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Charles Pontius b. c1800 in Prussia


In the census of 1850, we find the family of Charles Pontius, age 50, born in Prussia, living in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA.  The ages and birthplaces of his children make it apparent that the family immigrated sometime between 1840 and 1850.  Charles and many of his children moved to Salem Township, Washington County, Ohio before 1850.  Following is some of the lineage of this man.


Charles and family entered the US in Baltimore in August 1846 on the Bark Paoli.  Attached is the actual ship's list (pages 1, 2 & 3); "Carl Pontius" and family are on page 3.


Please note that Rudi Pontius, in his manuscript entitled Chronik Pontius-Familien, lists this family.  He states that Johann Karl Pontius, b. 12 January 1800, was the son of Johann Friedrich, grandson of another Johann Friedrich, and great-grandson of Johann Peter Pontius and Anna Rosina Hauch.  This is the same Johann Peter who is listed as the father of Johannes and Nicholas Pontius, the most famous and prolific of the American Pontiuses.


Following each person's census data is the birth date and name listed in the Chronik Pontius-Familien (CPF).  


Charles and Elizabeth are said to have died in Washington County, OH 


Charles Pontius b. c1800 in Prussia (Karl b. 12 January 1800 in Berglangenbach), was a shoemaker

Elizabeth, wife, b. c1805 (Elizabeth Katharina Steinmetz, b. 02 Apr 1805) [nee Hartwick per History of Butler Co.]

         (Married 09 June 1825).  Elizabeth may have died before 1860, as Charles is living with son Peter & wife then.




Charles Pontius, b. c1826 in Prussia (Karl b. 06 Mar 1826), married Christena Wolfe (b. c1828) bef 1849, merchant of Cameron OH in 1870.


                       Mary, b. c1849

                       Elizabeth, b. c1851

                       Charles, b. c1853

                       Caroline, b. c1856

                       Edward, b. c1858

                       Fredrick, b. c1859

                       John, b. c1866

                       Emma, b. c1868

                       William, b. c1870

                       Clara, b. c1874


Jacob Pontius, b. (Jakob, b. 29 Nov 1828), married Barbara Monke, resided Washington County, OH


                       Jacob, b. c1855 in Pennsylvania

                       Elizabeth, b. c1857 in Ohio

                       Emma, b. c1859 in Ohio

                       Anna B., b. c1861

                       Caroline, b. c1863

                    1 Carl August, b. March 20, 1866, died Sept. 30, 1920  **death record**

                                m. Katherine Schlarb


                                       Yetta Mary, b. 13 Nov 1892 in Pittsburgh, PA, died 7 Jan 1972 in Muskingum Co, OH

                                                 m. Jesse Wilbur Farra


                                                         Juanita Katherine Farra, b. 24 Jun 1912, d. 15 Apr 2001, m. R. P. Lanning

                                                         Floyd W. Farra, b. 16 Jun 1913, d. 25 Sep 1914

                                       Carl August Peter, b. c1896 in Pittsburgh, PA

                                       Blanche R., b. c1898 in PA

                                       Marie M., c1903 in PA

                                                 m. (1) Carl Hale (2) Howard Hale


                                                        Duane Hale

                                       George L., b. c1906 in OH

                       Catherine / Katie, b. Jan 1870

                       William, b. c1872


Nicholas Pontius, b. 1832 in Prussia (Johann Nikolaus b. 18 April 1832), m. Christina Wolfe ??  [See Note A]


                       Edward, died in infancy


Elizabeth Pontius, b. c1835 in Prussia (Elisabeth b. 02 July 1835)


Caroline Pontius, b. c1837 in Prussia (Karolina b. 08 Oct 1837), m. Gottlieb Fox of Virginia


Peter Pontius, b. c1841 in Prussia (Peter b. 07 Oct 1841*), m. Julia before 1860


Margaretha Pontius, b. 20 Jun 1842 (was not listed in the 1850 census with the family, only listed in CPF)






Len Niesen

1 Joel Hegg (Jacob descendent), provided descendency for Carl August, b. 1866


(Donna Bell, another researcher, is believed to descend from Jacob of this family.)


* Note:  Peter may have died before 1870.  There is a child named Catharine / Katie Pontius, born c1867, living in the household of Jacob Miller in the 1870 and 1880 federal census, and she is listed as his "step-daughter."  The apparent mother in the household is named Julia.  Jacob is also not listed in the biographical sketch of his brother, Nicholas, below.


Note A:  The following biographical sketch is from the History of Butler County, PA, 1895:

NICHOLAS PONTIUS, one of the well known and prominent citizens of Fairview township, was born in Prussia, Germany, April 18, 1832, son of Charles and Elizabeth (HARTWICK) PONTIUS, natives of Prussia. Charles PONTIUS was a shoemaker, and came to the United States, with his wife and six children, in 1845, landing at Baltimore, and thence proceeding to Pittsburg, where he followed his trade. Later he settled on a farm in Washington county, Ohio, where both he and wife died. They were the parents of six children, three of whom are living, viz.: Charles, a merchant of Cameron, Ohio; Nicholas, and Caroline, wife of Gottlieb FOX, of Virginia. The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood days in his native land, where he received a common school education. He was thirteen years of age when his parents came to the United States, the voyage across the Atlantic in a sailing vessel consuming fifty-six days. After arriving at Pittsburg he entered a furniture manufactory, and served an apprenticeship of three years as a finisher, receiving three dollars per week and later four dollars per week during his apprenticeship. He afterwards worked as a journeyman until 1862, in which year he located at Millerstown, Butler county, and engaged in the mercantile business. In 1864 he removed to Buena Vista, where he continued in business until 1878, in which year he retired. In the meantime he had embarked in the oil industry, and now owns 140 acres of good land with a profitable production. He is also interested in the eastern belt, is one of the leading producers of his locality, and at one time owned an interest in fifty-six wells in the Millerstown field. He is a stockholder in the Producers Pipe Line Company, and was one of the original stockholders in the German Oil Refinery at Brady's Bend, which was afterwards purchased by the Standard Oil Company. In 1852 Mr. PONTIUS was married, in Pittsburg, to Christina WOLFE, a native of Saxony, Germany, who came to Butler county with her parents when five years of age. To this union has been born one son, Edward, who died in infancy. Politically, Mr. PONTIUS is a Republican, and is a member of the I. O. O. F. In 1878 he and his wife spent the summer on a visit to their native land, enjoying a portion of the fruits which his industry and economy accumulated. He has been a very successful business man, and is recognized as one of the substantial citizens of the county.