Johann Adam Pontius
Little is known of Adam Pontius. The few
mentions of one or more persons by this name, in the period between
1749 and 1800, are listed below.
In Eine Chronik der Pontius Familien, Rudi Pontius
lists Johann Adam Pontius as follows:
Adam Pontius *in Niederbrombach. Die Eltern von Adam
sind nicht bekannt. Adam Pontius
war Schneider und Krämer. Er heiratete Anna Elisabeth NN und hatte
vier Kinder. Die gesamte
Familie wanderte 1747 nach Pennsylvania, USA aus. Über die Zeit in
Amerika liegen keine
Informationen vor. Quelle: FB Birkenfeld (ev. u. kath.) 1557-1798 v.
Roughly translated, this says: "Adam Pontius in
Niederbrombach. Parents of Adam are not known. Adam
Pontius was a cutter and shopkeeper. He married Anna Elizabeth
(last name not known) and had four children. The entire family
emigrated in 1747 to Pennsylvania in the USA. No information
is available on his time in America. Source: Family
Book, Birkenfeld (Evangelical and Catholic.) 1557-1798 by Rudi
James Punches' research on Pontius immigrants
included mention of Adam Pontius "imported at Philadelphia in 1747,
with a wife and two children." Other emigration records
indicate Adam was from Birkenfeld (see
In a book called "The Colonial Laws of New York from
the Year 1664 to the Revolution," Volume IV, page 357 (printed
Albany, NY, 1894), a document is printed entitled, "An Act for
Naturalizing the several Persons therein Mentioned," dated July 3,
1759. Adam Pontius is on the list of those being naturalized.
This book can be viewed at:
An Adam Pontius is among the soldiers listed in a
June 6, 1760 report of "Colonel
John Chevillette's Battalion of South Carolina Militia in the 1759
Cherokee Expedition." The list includes soldiers in
the payroll of Captain Lewis Golsan's Company, under the command of
Colonel John Chevillette, who fought in the Cherokee Wars of
December 6, 1759
The Pennsylvania Gazette
PHILADELPHIA, December 6.
Extract of a Letter from Charles-Town,
South-Carolina November 7, 1759.
Congarees, November 3,
“The Governor, on his Arrival here, did not find
the expected Number of Troops. The collected Force of the three
Battalions (Chevellette’s, Powell’s, and Richardson’s) does not
exceed 800 Men, but he intends to lose no Time, and will
therefore, on the Arrival of the Regulars and Provincials with
the Baggage Waggons and Artillery, proceed to the Cherokees.
Further Draughts, to the Number of 500, are ordered to follow.
We hope to be joined (according to Directions sent to that
Purpose by his Excellency) by the North-Carolina Forces at
Keowee. It is said the Little Carpenter is returned from the
Expedition he was upon, and has brought in four Scalps, and two
A child, Johannes Pontius, baptized 18 July 1775, was listed in the
records of St. Michael’s and Zion Lutheran Church in Philadelphia,
whose parents are listed as “Johann Adam and Elisabeth.” There is
no further information about this child. This is the same
church where David Pontius, the 1768 immigrant, and his wife were
married and their children were baptized. David's wife was
also named Anna Elisabeth, and it is possible the father's name has
been misread or confused; the original record would need to be
consulted to determine the facts.
James E. Punches