History of the Susquehanna & Juniata
Ellis, F. & A.N. Hungerford, History of the
Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys Embraced in the Counties of
Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union and Snyder. 2 vols. Philadelphia:
Everts, Peck & Richards, 1886.
The following are excerpts from the referenced
Pages 1237-1238 (Buffalo Township section)
"John Pontius, the great-grandfather of the above-named gentleman,
came to America from Switzerland in the early part of the 17th
century, and with his wife, settled in Berks County, Pa. Their son
Henry, born 1744, took part in the Revolution and attained the rank
of lieutenant. He came into the Buffalo Valley at the close of the
French War, but did not remove permanently until 1770, about which
time he took up 600 acres on Cedar Run.....He married Catharine
Wolfe, and their children's names were Andrew, Frederick, Henry,
Nicholas, John, George, Peter, Philip, Jonathan, Catharine,
Christena and Barbara. He died in 1822, his widow following him in
1829. Philip, the 8th son, born August 15, 1789, was drafted for the
War of 1812, but having several brothers in the army, and being
needed on the farm, paid the amount required and remained at home.
In 1814 he was married to Abigail, daughter of Benjamin and Ellinor
(Robinson) Thompson, who was born in 1790 and the union resulted as
follows: Catharine, Benjamin Thompson, Matilda, Emanuel, Samuel,
Eliza Ann, Henry P., Mary A.C., Angeline L.
"Mr. Philip Pontius died in 1872, aged 83 years."
Pages 1304-1306 (Union section)
"John Frederick Pontius came from Germany before the Revolution and
settled in Berks County, Pa. His son, John Nicholas, was born there
in 1749....and married Maria Appolonia Wilhelm, February, 1778, and
had 9 children, -- Jacob Adam; John Frederick; Conrad; Elizabeth
(married Samuel Geddes); Catharine (married George Hassinger); Susan
(married John Wormley) and 2 others. He died in 1831, surviving his
wife, who died in 1813.
"Son John Frederick Pontius was born in Buffalo township, Union
County, Pa in 1788........On September 11, 1832, he was married to
Mary Ann Larrabee, whose father was Dr. John Larrabee who emigrated
from Connecticut to Mifflinburg and afterwards moved West and was
drowned in the Ohio River. Mrs. Larabee died August 18, 1877,
having reached the age of 92 years.
"Colonel John Frederick Pontius and his wife Mary Ann (Larrabee) had
follows: John N., born June 17, 1833; Mary M.A.C.; Amelia Caroline,
born March 20, 1841, died March 23, 1869; Frederick Ephraim, born
November 7, 1846, died August 20, 1881; and Susan M. He died June
17, 1869, aged nearly 81 years, being followed by his widow 7 years
"Son John N. Pontius was married to Miss Sarah Jane Dreisbach on
September 25, 1862 and the following children were born: Mary S.,
born August 16, 1863 and Nevin D., born April 17, 1868."
(Limestone Township section)
Christopher Seebold became the owner of the mill built by James
Watson. This mill has been owned by a Seebold ever since that time.
Christopher Seebold was a native of the kingdom of Wurtemberg, and
was brought to America when a child seven years old. He came from
what is now Lebanon County, Pa. to Union County, and died in 1814,
at the age of 73; buried at New Berlin. He had two sons, John and
Christopher. John became the owner of the mill, which is still in
the hands of his posterity. Christopher kept a tavern in New
Berlin......In 1813 he was appointed a justice of the peace. In 1820
he was elected county treasurer of the county. He had 3 sons and 6
daughters - Betsy, married to Long,
Polly, married to Pontius,
and Catharine, married to Hummel, all moved to the West; Nancy and
Sally both died in 1824 at New Berlin; Hannah, the youngest, was
married to Abraham Schoch, a resident of New Berlin. M.L. Schoch,
Esq., is their son.
of the second Christopher were Philip, Christopher and John. The
last-named is still living in New Berlin in his 83rd year, the
oldest man in the borough....Philip was sheriff of the county from
1825 to 1828, and died in 1874, at the age of 86, leaving a large
family of sons and daughters. Christopher died a few years ago at an
advanced age. Philip and Christopher lived on adjoining farms about
one and a half miles west of New Berlin."