My original Query, “ John FOULTZ (1797-1849) Lancaster Co., PA”, was written in March 2001. After 2001, I went on to search other family lines, and just recently came back to re-searching FOULTZ, FULTZ, FOLTZ, and various other spellings.
As I live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I decided that I would try to tie as many of the various FOLTZ families from Dauphin and Lancaster County together as I could. From the 1790 U. S. Population Census Index and Census posted on Ancestry.com. I have come up with the following:
Dauphin County, unknown – Foltz, Jacob and John; Fultz, Joseph.
Lancaster Co., Carnarvon – Foltz, Jacob; 1 male over 16, 3 male under 16, 2 females, and 1 free person
Lancaster Co., Earl – Foltz, George
Lancaster Co., Lampeter – Foltz, John
Lancaster Co., Lancaster Boro – Folke, George; Foltz, Adam; Foltey, Andrew
Lancaster Co., Manheim – Foltz, Christ’n
Lancaster Co., Manor Twp – Foltz, John
Lancaster Co., Warwick – Foltz, Henry; Pfoutz, John
I’m sure that I have missed some of the spelling variations, and I do not know if all or even if any of these families have a common ancestor.
I do know that in the 1920’s, there were large family reunions held in Deodate, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and some of the FOULTZ family attended. Prior to the 1900’s, the FOULTZ name was spelled as the clerks heard the name and appears as FOLTZ and FULTZ on official documents (sometimes the same document) signed with an “X” indicating that my FOULTZ family member could not read or write.
On the 1920 U. S. Population Census for Pennsylvania, Dauphin County, Conewago Twp, [Deodate village area], a Christian M. FOLTZ, age 51, owned and operated a general store. Also an Ezra J. FOLTZ, age 54, owned and operated a creamery. One of them appears to have sponsored the FOLTZ/FOULTZ reunions, but I have no direct evidence of that.
The FOULTZ family is rather small, only 60 names appearing on the Social Security Death Index, 42 of which have been “proven” to be related to my FOULTZ line. However, there are almost 3,000 names each listed for the FOLTZ and FULTZ families.
As mentioned above, I have just started re-viewing and updating my research in this area. Any assistance, including sources to check, would be greatly appreciated.
Clayton Hutchins< firstname.lastname@example.org >
1248 Slate Hill Road
Peach Bottom, PA17563