I've just recently found this forum and have enjoyed reading it. I knew that my Father and Uncle had traced our family tree so I asked my dad to send me the information. It seems to match the info that Anthony has posted. I'ts quite long and I hope it's not too much for this type of forum:
Born about 1650, died August 20, 1716 in Klingen, Germany.
Married Anna Barbara Unknown.
Anna was born about 1677 and died March 12, 1737 in Klingen, Germany.
Benedict and Anna Barbara had two boys: John Jacob and Hans Peter.
Married Melchoir Muhler (date unknown). There were no children of this union.
HANS PETER BALTZELL (also known as BALSAM and BALZLY)
Born about 1704 in Klingen, Germany, died about 1778 in Frederick County, Maryland.
Married Anna Barbara Fanner on January 16, 1724/25 in Klingen, Germany.
Anna Barbara was born January 6, 1711/12, died November 27, 1743, in Thaleischweiler, Germany. (She is also shown to be born in 1705 and died January 27, 1744).
Anna Barbara was the daughter of: Matthias Fenner and Anna Barbara Unknown.
Peter and Anna Barbara had five children: Barbara, Catherine, Henry, Peter, and Anna Maria.
Married Anna Maria Dorni on May 12, 1744 in Nunschweiler, Germany.
Anna Maria was born March 7, 1711/12, died June 7, 1790 (or 1795) in Frederick Co., Maryland.
Peter and Anna Maria had five children; Mary, John, Elizabeth, Maria and Martin.
Anna Maria was the daughter of Theodor Peter Dorni.
"Peter Balsam" arrived on the ship St. Andrew into the Port of Philadelphia on August 18 (some say 10th), 1750, with his second wife Anna Maria and maybe 8 children. (Three of the older children were married). They located in Fredrick County, Maryland.
His brother, John Jacob, with sons Carl (Charles) and George Jacob, arrived on the ship Chance from Rotterdam on November 1, 1763, in the Port of Philadelphia.
HENRY BALTZELL (also known as BOLSER, BITZELL or BILTZELL)
Born about 1735 (two other sources give his birth year as 1718) in Germany, died in1821 in Sycamore Township, Hamilton County, Ohio.
Married Mary Margaretha (Margaret) Alexander on November 2, 1760, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick County, Maryland.
Mary was born about 1741, died in Sycamore Township, Hamilton County, Ohio,in1821.
They had 10 children; Samuel, Peter, George, Henry, John, Joseph, Mary, Gustave, Elizabeth and Katie.
Both Henry and Mary are buried on the burial plot on the old Bolser homestead, four miles east of Reading, Ohio. The family moved to Washington County, Pennsylvania around 1790 and then on to Hamilton County, Ohio (currently Cincinnati) by 1795 coming in with the Bell, Waldsmith and Kern families.
Henry served in the Revolutionary War as a 2nd Lieutenant in Captain Fist(h)er’s Company under the command of Colonel Nicholas Hausseger of the German Battalion. This makes all of his adult descendants eligible to join the Sons/Daughters of the American Revolution.
PETER BALTZELL (also known as BOLSER) was born January 9, 1764 in Fredrick Co., Maryland, died April 3, 1834.
Married Saville Crepps in Philadelphia in 1785.
Saville was born in 1767 and died in 1854.
They had eight children; Henry, George, John C., Betsy, Rebecca, Levisa, Jacob and Barbara.
Mary was the daughter of Heinrich Alexander and Margaretha Unknown.
They moved to Miami Country, Ohio in 1811 and purchased land. Peter left his land to the three sons; Henry, George and John C..
JOHN C. BALTZELL (also known as BOLSEL POLSER, BOLSER, PALSER or BALSER) was born August 4, 1786 , died December 9, 1878.
Married Mary Ann Stevens on April 1, 1802.
John served in the War of 1812 with Captain Luther Leonand’s Company of the Ohio Militia. He filed for pensions in Paulding County, Ohio, on April 4, 1851, and again on April 1, 1871. On the second application for pension he is listed as a captain but other records show him as a private. The reference books do not list any children of John C.
There is a possible disconnection of the line here due to no listing of John C.’s children and Peter’s inability to find his family after returning home from service after the Civil War.
PETER BALTZELL born about 1836, died around 1906 or 07 in West Branch, Michigan.
One reference shows his age as 22 in 1861 when he was mustered into the Union Army which would make him born in 1839.
Married to the widow of Van Wagner, Mary Ayers, on October 29, 1900, in West Branch, Michigan.
Mary was born in England May 23, 1863, died in January 1908. It was the second marriage for both.
They had four sons (a fifth son, Enos, died in infancy); Earl James, born April 17, 1897, died June 1981; Emmett Paul, born June 10 1898 (1895), died January 2, 1940; Ernest Peter, born April 23, 1904, died March 14, 1992; Elmer Everett born ?, died 1930 in Fresno, California
Peter enlisted in Ft. Wayne as a private with Company D of the 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War at which time he was shown to be a native of Posey Country, Indiana. He was captured by the Confederates on October 22, 1862, and paroled prior to December 6 1862. He was wounded on June 24th, 1864, in Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. He served from September 29, 1861 to September 29th of 1864 when he was mustered out in Indianapolis.
On the marriage certificate Peter lists his father as John C. and mother as Pauley Hawley (sic). The name is very hard to read so this may not be correct. Since the John C. referenced above married Mary Ann Stevens this would require that John C. married more than once for him to be the father of our grandfather Peter. In all of the books and reference material I can find only one John C. listed however. Lots of Johns but only one John C. Some other interesting notes.
The Rev. Isaiah Baltzell is listed as being from the Peter line. He was born November 26, 1832 in Fredrick, Maryland and died January 16, 1893. He was a prolific writer of religious songs with at least four music books published and served as the editor of Etude magazine for awhile. It appears he descended from one of Hans Peter's other sons, either Peter or John since Henry left Maryland around 1790. Isaiah was the father of Winton James Baltzell (W.J.) who wrote the History of Music which was widely used as a text book in a number of schools. Another famous musician was a John Baltzell, born Sept 23, 1860, and died in 1940. He recorded a number of records and was well known as a champion old time fiddle player as well as being a composer. I have not found the connection for him yet. The father of Judge Robert C. Baltzell, Henry H., was a brother of John C.
EMMETT PAUL BALTZELL
Born June 10, 1898, in West Branch, Mich., and died Jan. 2, 1940, in Los Angeles.
Married Gladys Bertha Long, about 1934 in Los Angeles.
Gladys was born Aug. 26, 1907, in Fairhope, Alabama, and died Oct. 10, 1976, in La Mirada, Calif.
Two sons Donald Lee Baltzell and Robert Paul Baltzell.
They met in Detroit, Mich., and moved to Los Angeles in the late 1920s. Gladys returned home in Detroit while pregnant with Donald
Emmett (Bob), along with his three brothers, was orphaned in 1908 and they were scattered to foster homes and orphanages, Bob living in a foster home in West Branch, Mich. The four brothers reunited in the early 1920s. He was inducted into the army March 5, 1918, rising to pvt. 1st class as a medical corpsman, and was discharged July 19, 1919. He was suffered many medical problems due to mustard gas in the war and caring for Elmer, who died of tuberculosis in 1926. He spent most of his last six years in the Sawtelle Veterans’ Hospital, West Los Angeles.
DONALD LEE BALTZELL
Born Dec. 31, 1931, Detroit, MI
Married Patricia Joyce Travers, Feb. 3, 1951, Los Angeles, CA.
Patricia born Feb. 18, 1934, Great falls, MT.
Four children, Donald Dean, Linda June, Joanne Joyce and Bradley Scott.