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Peter Pontius, Prussian Immigrant

 

Peter Pontius, born about 1812 in Prussia, emigrated to the US at an unknown date.  He was married to Louisa Becker on 28 Nov 1850; she was his second wife.  There are other Pontius men from Prussia in the 1850 census, but it is not known whether they are related to Peter.

 

Peter and Louisa had these known children:

 

Peter Pontius b. March 1843 in Ohio, d. 12 Oct 1921

John Pontius, b. c1846 in Ohio

Joseph Pontius

Theresa Pontius

 

The couple also apparently adopted a child named Charles Hafred?, b. c1861 in Kentucky.

 

Young Peter married Caroline Daiber on 30 Aug 1880 in Hamilton County, OH; the couple had nine children.  Peter served in Company B, 17th Ohio Infantry, in the Civil War; Caroline filed claim as his widow on 22 Oct 1921.

 

Children of Peter Pontius and Caroline Daiber Pontius:

 

John , b. June 1880 - never married

 

William, b. June 1883 - m. Ella Krebs

Children: 

1) Albert  m.  ?

2) Louis -- never married

 

Jacob, b. Nov 1884 - m.  Anna Betz

Child: 

1) Elenor  m. Arthur Huenefeld

 

Mary, b. June 1887 - m. Henry W. Hausfeld

Children:

1) Elmer  m. Josephine ?

2) Alfred  m. Sylvia Shied

3) Howard  m. Alice Juergens

4) Alma  m. Lincoln Weiss

5) Louella  m. Harold Drewes

6) Norma   -- never married

7) Carl  m. Shirley ?

8) Alice   m. Robert Portune

 

Pauline, b. Oct 1888- m. Edward Herbstreit

Children:

1)  Edward  m. Jessica Wilson

2)  Loraine  m. Joseph Strunk

3)  Lenora  m.  Russell Ferkins

4) Albert   m. Betty Rohrer

5) Harold  m. Stella Smith

6) Eugene m. Helen Kerley

7) Helen  - died at 7 mos.

 

Louisa, b. Apr 1890 - m. Charles Metzger

Children:

1) Ethel --- never married

2)  Edward  m. Laura Lipps

3) Arthur  m. Mildred Fritch  then Violet ?

4) Clarence - never married

5) Raymond  m.  Florence Kuhn

6) Clifford   m. Julia Haverty

 

Carrie, b. Nov 1892 - m. George Schroer

Child:

1) Anna   m.  Elmer Heis

 

Lenora, b. July 1894 - m. George Schmidt

Children:

1) Loraine  m. (1) Robert Owens, (2) Vernon Johnson

2) Helen  m. William Mills

 

Frederick, b. Feb 1893 - m. Edna Anderson

Child:

1) Helen "June"   m.  Denver Shotwell

 

 

Sources:

Bev Loman

Len Niesen

 

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Below are some supporting census records for this family:

 

1920: Hamilton Co., OH - Norwood Ward 4, Dist 478 - Cleves Pike

 

Peter Pontius, 75, b. OH, parents born Prussia, truck farmer

Caroline Pontius, 60, b. Germany, parents b. Germany, nat. 1880

John Pontius, 35, b. OH, son, truck farmer

Lenora Pontius, 25, b. OH, daughter

 

1910: Hamilton Co., OH - Delhi, District 313, Western Avenue

 

Charles W. Metzger, 37, b. OH, fa..OH, mo. Germany, dairy farmer

Louisa Metzger, 20, b. OH, fa. OH, mo. Ger., wife, mar 2 yrs, 1 child

Ethel C. Metzger, 9/12, b. OH, fa. OH, mo. OH, daughter

Frederick Pontius, 13, b.OH, fa. OH, mo. Ger., bro in law

Lenora Pontius, 15, b. OH, fa. OH, mo. Ger. sis in law

Carrie Pontius, 17, b. OH, fa. OH, mo. Ger sis in law

(others in household not Pontius)

 

1910:  Hamilton Co. OH - Delhi, District 313, Liberty Street ?? Are these relatives ??

 

Theresa Pontius, 62, head of household, born Germany, parents b. Germany, widow

Louisa F. Pontius, 16, daughter, born Ohio

 

1910:  Hamilton Co. OH - Delhi, District 314

 

Peter Pontius, 68, born Ohio, parents born Germany, married 29 years, truck farmer

Caroline Pontius, 50, born Germany, parents born Germany, 9 children, 9 living, married 29 years

John, son, 24, born Ohio

Frederick, son, 14, born Ohio

Edward Miller, nephew, 8, born Ohio, both parents born Ohio

 

1900: Hamilton Co., OH - Delhi, Dist 293

 

Peter Pontius, March 1843, 57, b. OH, fa Ger, mo Ger

Caroline, Sept 1859, 40, mar 20 yrs, 9/9, Ger/Ger/Ger

John , June 1880, 19, OH/OH/Ger

William, June 1883, 16, "

Jacob, Nov 1884, 15, "

Mary, June 1887, 13, "

Pauline, Oct 1888, 11, "

Louisa, Apr 1890, 10, "

Carrie, Nov 1892, 7, "

Lenora, July 1894, 5, "

Frederick, Feb 1893, 3, "

 

1880: Hamilton Co, OH - Delhi, Dist 89

Peter Pontius, 68, b. Prussia, par b. Prussia

Louisa Pontius, 65, wife, b. Prussia, par. b. Prussia

Peter Pontius, 37, son, b. OH, par b. Prussia

 

1870: Hamilton co, OH - Delhi

 

Peter Pontius, 58, farmer, b. Prussia

Lousa (sic) Pontius, 56, b. Prussia

John Pontius, 22, b. OH

Charles Hafred?, 9, b. OH, adopted

 

1860 Census, Hamilton County, OH - Delhi Twp. p.434b

 

Peter Pontias, 48, farmer, born Prussia

Louisa " , 40, born Prussia

Peter " , 17, born Ohio

John " , 14, born Ohio

 

1850 Census, Hamilton County, OH - Cincinnati Ward 1

 

Peter Pontius, 37, Laborer, born Prussia

Peter " , 7, born OH

John " , 3, born OH