Stitzel and Stutsman family, Brethen and Mennonite families:Information about Michael Frantz
II Michael Frantz (b. 1725, d. 1807)
Notes for Michael Frantz:
The Brethren Encyclopedia
The Brethren Press, Elgin, IL (1983)
In 1748 Michael, Jr., was baptized and married to Magdalena Zug, daughter of Ulrich and Barbara Bachman Zug. He was ordained in 1780. They and their eight sons and one daughter moved to Botetourt Co., VA, in 1784. Four of their sons married four daughters of John Nicholas Garst and moved to Clark Co., OH, 1814-16. They were active in the formative years of the Donnels Creek congregation. Michael, Jr., died in 1807.
F. H. Frantz and others, The Genealogy of the Matthias Frantz Family (1972); J. M. Kimmel, Chronicles (1951); Colonial America (1967) index; L. H. Brubaker, The V Family of Brubakers (1979); Virginia (1973) index; M. 0. Brumbaugh, History GBB (1899) 300-303; F. E. Mallott, Studies (1954); R. F. Flory, Lest We Forget (1974) 2:177-96, 384-87; M. Miller, Roots by the River (1973) index; L. W. Shultz, Winger Family Record (1970); E. H. Weddle, Pleasant Hill (1956) 7, 34, 52, 69-70, 74, 96, 107, 118, 125-6, 129-31, 163, 169-70, 183, 188-90, 197, 207, 221; R.B. Strassburger and W.J. Hinke, eds., Pioneers (1934) 1:14, 15, 59, 63, BB (1964) no. 24.
Richard W. Davis
Michael Frantz, b. 1725, Helmstadt, Germany. He may be the Michael Frantz who died in 1808 at Botetourt County, Virginia. He supposedly married on 12 Jun 1748, Magdalena Zug.
Elder Michael Frantz' own son, also named Michael, was baptized in 1748, the year that his father died. In 1759, Michael Frantz (the son) obtained title to farmland in East Cocalico Township. In 1770, Michael Frantz and wife were listed among the 86 baptized members of the Cocalico Congregation. This list was compiled and published in 1770 by the Baptist pastor and writer, Morgan Edwards.
(The wife of Michael Frantz is not named, but the conventional wisdom is that she was Magdalena Zug, presumed mother of the five Frantz siblings who married the five Garst siblings. The new thinking, however, is that the wife of Michael Frantz of Cocalico was his first cousin, Margaret Frantz, daughter of Baltzer Frantz.)
Magdalena Zug was baptized in the Conestoga/Cocalico Congregation just two months after the baptism of
Michael Frantz of Cocalico. Myth has it that both Magdalena and Michael were baptized by Elder Michael Frantz, in anticipation of marriage, shortly before the death of the elder.
From: "dwayne wrightsman"
Subject: [BRE] GARST/FRANTZ ROOTS
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 13:39:08 -0500
John Frantz b: 15 Dec 1749 in Pennsylvania
Jacob Frantz b: 25 Sep 1755 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Christian Frantz Sr. b: 1761/1762 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Daniel Frantz Sr. b: 9 Feb 1763 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Peter Frantz b: ABT 1765 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
David Frantz I b: 1766 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Frantz b: ABT 1767
Sally Frantz b: ABT 1768 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Abraham Frantz b: ABT 1774
1752 Michael was granted a Proprietary Patent by Thomas & Richard Penn (sons of William Penn), for 154 acres of Cocalica Twp. ["The Genealogy of the Matthias Frantz Family of Berks County, Pennsylvania," 1972, p. 10] They sold 50 acreas in 1762 and the balance in 1775 and moved to Botencourt Co., VA with most of there children.
Frantz and Garst Marriages
CHRISTIAN FRANTZ AND MARY GARST
DANIEL FRANTZ AND ANNA GARST
PETER FRANTZ AND CATHERINE GARST
DAVID FRANTZ AND ELIZABETH GARST
Michael Frantz - Magdalena Zug Connection
provided by Dwayne Wrightsman
MARRIAGES OF THE FOUR SONS
The four sons, Christian Frantz, Daniel Frantz, David Frantz, and Peter Frantz, all married daughters of John Nicholas Garst. All are mentioned by name in the settlement accounts of the John Nicholas Garst estate, recorded at Botetourt March Court 1808, Will Book "B," pages 44 and 178.
by Dwayne Wrightsman
removed references later retracted
In about 1790, Michael Frantz and his children and his grandchildren pulled up stakes, along with the Garsts, and moved to Botetourt Co., VA. By this point the children and grandchildren of Michael Frantz and John Nicholas Garst were all part of one big inter-married family.
The two Michael Frantzes (son of Michael, son of Christian) were the same age and they were first cousins. They both lived and paid taxes in Lancaster County.
Son of Michael:Michael Frantz who lived in East Cocalico, in the eastern part of the county, paid taxes in Cocalico Township during the 1760s, 1770s, and 1780s. This latter Michael Frantz was probably Michael Frantz II, son of Michael Frantz I. He was listed as a 1770 member of the Cocalico Brethren. According to various court documents, he was married to Margaret (aka Anna Maria) Frantz, who was a daughter of Balser Frantz (brother of Michael I and Christian I). He was named as executor in several wills of Cocalico Brethren during the 1770s and early-to-mid 1780s.
Frantz and Zug Family
Posted by Dwayne Wrightsman on 8 Jan 2006
Subject: The Elusive Abraham Frantz
In an 1883 letter from Aaron Frantz, Elder of the Donnels Creek Brethren Congregation, Clark County, Ohio, to Michael Zug, compiler of the Zug Family Genealogy, unpublished, 1884, Elder Frantz listed eight sons of Michael Frantz (b.1725) and Magdalena Zug in the following order as being:(1) Michael, (2) Hannes, (3) Abraham, (4) Christian, (5) Jacob, (6) Daniel, (7) Peter, and (8).David.
Although Elder Frantz did not provide birth years for the eight Frantz brothers, documented events prior to 1785 in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA, and after 1790 in Botetourt County, VA, confirm that the names given by Aaron Frantz to Michael Zug were roughly in birth order.One can question whether Michael was older than John (Hannes), whether Christian was older than Jacob, and whether Peter was older than David, but otherwise the names are generally in birth order. One name stands out from the others and that is Abraham Frantz.He is the elusive brother.
Cocalico, Lancaster, PA
The Lancaster County Tax List for 1771 has only one Michael Frantz with land in Cocalico. He had 150 acres (obviously rounded down from the 154 acres stated in the patent). This Michael Frantz would have been Michael Frantz II, son of Elder Michael Frantz, deceased, and husband of Margaret Frantz, and son-in-law of Baltzer Frantz, deceased. A second Frantz listed for Cocalico was George Frantz, who was Margaret's brother. A third Frantz listed for Cocalico was Widow Frantz, probably the wife of Abraham Frantz, deceased. Abraham had been a brother to Margaret and to George.
Michael Frantz -- Retraction
posting by Dwayne Wrightsman
June 9, 2005
(i.e., finding the right Michael
To the listers of Brethren-L, Frantz-L, Garst-L, and to the Garst Genealogy and Family Research Center:
According to Frantz family lore, the father of the four Frantz brothers who married four daughters of John Nicholas Garst was thought to be Michael Frantz of Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, PA. This position was published most comprehensively in 1996, in the three volumes of "Frantz Families -- Kith & Kin" compiled by Lorraine Frantz Edwards.
In 2001, I challenged the family lore with a theory that the father of these Frantz brothers was probably the Michael Frantz of Little Swatara Creek on the Northern frontier of Lancaster County. This Michael Frantz lived on both sides of the Little Swatara two farms upstream from the farm of John Nicholas Garst. They were neighbors from 1750 to 1790. They were the same age, and they were both members of the Little Swatara German Baptist Brethren.
In some articles in "Brethren Roots" and in "Mennonite Family History" published in recent years, I held fast to the theory that geographic evidence suggested strongly that the Michael Frantz who was the father of
the Frantz men who married the Garst sisters was the Michael Frantz of Little Swatara, rather than the Michael Frantz of Cocalico.
I must now, in 2005, retract this position. I have since uncovered documented evidence from the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg that the Michael Frantz of Little Swatara Creek was probably childless. I
have also uncovered documented evidence from the Pennsylvania Archives, also in Harrisburg, revealing the names of all of the Frantz brothers, except for the youngest two, as living in that part of Cocalico Township wherein lived Michael Frantz of Cocalico.
... Future articles in "Brethren Roots" and in "Mennonite Family History" will lay out the documented evidence that I have uncovered which supports the traditional position which had the right Michael Frantz all along...
More About Michael Frantz and Magdelena Zug:
Marriage: 12 Jun 1748, cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Children of Michael Frantz and Magdelena Zug are:
- +Daniel Frantz, b. 09 Feb 1763, Lancaster Co, PA, d. 17 May 1843, Clark Co., Oh.