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Francis Hostetter (b. 1739, d. Bef. 19 Apr 1806)Francis Hostetter349 was born 1739 in [unknown], Baden, Germany, and died Bef. 19 Apr 1806 in St. Charles, Missouri Territory.He married Catherina Shutz on 20 Nov 1764 in Hanover, York, Pennsylvania.
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Name: Francis HOSTETTER
Birth: 1739 in BADEN, Germany
Death: BEF. 19 APR 1806 in St. Charles County, Missouri Territory, USA
Burial: 1806, St. Charles County, Missouri Territory, USA
Reference Number: 96
!Birth: History of Pike County, Missouri 1883, page 1012.
!Marrage: Borromeo Parish marriage records; St. Charles county, Missouri.
!Death: Missouri; St. Charles Conty Historical Society; estate records; box 64; file 1512.
!Religion: German Baptist "Dunker"; Maryland; Baltimore county; Deed aa; pps 289-90.
Francis did not sign the Maryland Oaths of Fidelity and is reputed to have been a Tory. This from the Missouri Democracy Vol. III, page 428. From Centennial History of Missouri, by W.S. Stevens, 1921: "He was in the meat business in Baltimore, Maryland, prior to and during the Revolutionary War, and was an active and prominent member of the Tory faction; he, in common with a large element in many of the colonies, sincerely mistrusted the ability of a governmental democracy successfully to steer the ship of state, and consequently, much to the regret
of his present day descendents, took sides with King George the Third and was a most pronounced proponent of royalist doctrines. He feared that rule of the people would be the synonym of the Bolsheviki rule in vogue in Soviet Russia of this day."
He was a trustee of the German Baptist or "Dunker" church in Baltimore city. He and Abraham Sitler, Anthony Kimmel, Adam Garhard, James Bolton, Christian Wine and John Hinneman of Baltimore and Nathaniel Shriver and Daniel Moyer of Frederick County, MD bought two lots adjoining Baltimore town on 13 Feb 1787. Francis' name was spelled variously Hoffstetter, Hohstetter, Hoghstetter and Holstetter in the deed indexes of Baltimore.In 1791 he sold property to his son-in-law John Hull, probably in preparation for his move to Kentucky.John Hull disposed of property three times in 1797 so may have moved on himself.The Dunkers (Dunkards) were so called because of their belief in trine immersion, baptising three time for each part of the Holy Trinity, and practiced "love feasts" and refused military service.His faith may have contributed to his support of the Tory cause. Francis migrated to Bourbon county KY by 1792 when he appears on tax lists there. He and son Isaac owned land there in Bourbon and Montgomery counties. His son moved to Missouri (or New Spain as it was then Spanish territory) about 1797 and Francis supposedly joined him there after the death of his wife. Francis took advantage of spanish tax inducements and claimed land there as did his son Isaac. He was granted a Spanish land patent in Feb 1800. There was a Peter Hostetter in records there about the same time as Francis and Isaac. He may have been another son of Francis and Catherine Frances. Francis died in 1806 and his son Isaac inventoried his estate that year. I suspect that his move from Maryland to Kentucky and maybe from Kentucky to New Spain may have been caused by his Tory sympathies. Men like him must have been unpopular and persecuted during the war and probably for some time after. Francis is most likely buried in St. Charles county, Missouri, on land that was his or his son's, as their claims adjoined one another. Isaac lived on this land for ten years after his father's death. Francis' father may have been Ulrich Hostetter, who with brothers Christian & Nicholas arrived on 15 sep 1749 on the ship Phoenix.They may have been from Glaurus, Canton Glaurus, Switzerland. These hostetters lived in York county Pennsylvania.A Francis Hostetter was married there in 1764 and appeared on tax lists there in the 1780s. York county Pennsylvania is due north and only about forty miles from Baltimore.Francis may have returned there after the war for a time before departing for Kentucky.
Francis sold all of his property in Baltimore to his son-in-law on 18 Oct 1791; his property was so extensive and rich I include the list from the deed here:
"One House and Lott in Frederick Street; one Mahogany Desk, one Mahogany Dining Table, one Mahogany Tea Table, six Silver Table Spoons, 6 silver tea spoons, six pewter dishes, nine pewter plates, two china bowls, six china cups and six china saucers, four delf bowls, two china mugs, two large glass tumblers, eighteen delf plates, twelve knives & twelve forks, one feather bed, two cattail beds, four bedsteads, six sheats, nine blanketts, two iron potts, one cupboard & kittle, one tea kittle, six windsor chairs, six rush bottom chairs, three large washing tubs, four bucketts, two kittles, two pine tables, one case and bottles, one pair of brass hand irons, two brass candlesticks, one shovel & one pair of tongs, one horse cart, one horse, twelve wine glasses, three small glass tumblers, twelve pewter spoons, one flesh fork, four iron ladles, four flat irons, one frying pan, two china tea potts, one pewter tea pott, four delf tea pots, twelve delf cups and saucers, one pewter tea pot, two saddles and two bridles, one chest, one trunk, one corner cupboard, one cow, two wheelbarrows, two looking glasses, one small trunk, one large arm chair, one small ditto, one iron stove, two small childring chairs, two pictures and two lanthorns"
John Hull paid 250 pounds for all of this.Francis signed his name in German.The clerk who transcribed the deed made a point of duplicating Francis' signature, the only writing of this type in a two page deed. Francis' name is in English writing in the body of the deed. His name is signed "Frantz" but I can't make out the last name though it is written legibly.This is a very impressive (to me anyway) list of property.No telling what he took with him or sold in other ways.Francis was obviously liquidating his property prior to his move to Kentucky.Why he moved when he was obviously so prosperous is a mystery but may be due to the practice of dunkards migrating in groups. This deed is in deed folio gg, pages 559-560.
On further examination of histories of the Dunker church I believe that Francis did not participate in the Revolutionary War because he was a Dunkard. It was a against the Dunkard faith to fight and any Dunkard who did was expelled from the church. "The Brethren in Colonial America" by Donald F. Durnbaugh gives the names of many Dunkards and much information about the their life, origins and faith. Page 183 describes the congregation at Little Conewago, Hanover township, York county, Pennsylvania. This is where I had already deduced Francis may have come from. A list of 52 persons baptised in their faith is included for the year of 1770. Among them are "Nicholas Housteter and wife" and "Christian Housteter" and several Moyers. The elders of this church were named Moyer and Henrick. There was also a George Wine. A man named Wine and one named Moyer signed the deed for the Dunkard church property in Baltimore. I no longer believe that the Hostetters migrated due to persecution, rather that they migrated with Dunkards from Maryland and other states. The Dunkards in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia kept in close touch by letters and visits.There was a Peter Hostetter who received a Spanish or French land grant in Missouri who may have been a son of Francis and Frances. If so, he had died before 1812 when his father's estate names his heirs.
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More About Francis Hostetter and Catherina Shutz:
Marriage: 20 Nov 1764, Hanover, York, Pennsylvania.
Children of Francis Hostetter and Catherina Shutz are:
- +Isaac Hostetter, b. 02 Aug 1770, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, d. 24 Dec 1844, Frankford, Pike, Missouri.