I visited a museum in Herkimer NY a few years ago and made the following reference notes:
IN a book on pioneer families in upstate New York, there is a short section on the "Plantz" family.The pages are not numbered so I think this was more of a "pamphlet" than a book.The Plantz family section comes just after sections on "Albany Bush Pioneers", and "The Lefler Family" and "Dennie's Crossing".
The Plantz Family
A wealthy family by the name of Plantz lived in the Duchy of Baden, Germany, near the Black Forest and early in the eighteenth century one son so displeased his father by marrying against his wishes that the parent tore the page containing the marriage record from the church register.A son of this union eventually came to America but the ship upon which he had embarked was wrecked and the young man suffered so for lack of food and drink that he never had the courage to return to his native country to claim his share of an estate upon which the city of Baden-Baden now stands.
One obstacle to be overcome later was the proving of that hated marriage, and although Emperor William 1 acknowledged the claim to the estate to be a just one, the American descendants could accomplish very little because of the missing marriage record.
Young Plantz brought with him to America a grant of land from King George 11, and stamped in gold on the sheepskin deed was the insignia of Holland.The property was located north of the Mohawk river and, as Johannes Plantz and his wife Maria Margarietta, already married in 1751, according to the old Palatine church record, had settled in Albany Bush, the claim was probably to their farm located in the Hanson patent.There Johannes and Margariettareared a large and fine family and the name Plantz has always been identified with the best interests of their church and community.Johannes was a member of Col. Klock's Second Regiment of Tryon County's Militia and later enrolled with the "Associated Exempts".In this organization were such men as Jacob Boshart, Jacob Coughnet, Jelles Fonda, Sampson Sammons, and other patriots whose age limited their military service.
----------------------------- What made the page interesting to me was that my Grandmother (b 1887) recounted how her grandmother had always assumed that the family would be receiving a great inheritance one day.She told her family to remember the name Dorothy Plantz, as that was the connection to the inheritance.It seems to me that she was referring to this long long suit in Germany which the American family finally lost.By the time they failed, though, ties with the Canadian branch, which left New York sometime in the 1820's, were cut and my GGGrandmother never heard the end of the story.
For those who are interested, Dorothy Plantz (d Johannes Plantz and Maria Margarietta) was married to Jacob Rema, both of NY.Their daughter Catherine (b.1789) married Archibald Armstrong (b 1794, son of Adam Armstrong and Sarah Sarje)