Monts Family in Germany
HANS MANTZ AND BARBARA ENSINGER
The earliest German record for the Monts family is the marriage in Buttenhausen of Hans Mantz, son of Georg Mantz, to Barbara Ensinger. This marriage took place on 26 October 1645. Barbara Ensinger was the daughter of Michael Ensinger. Hans Mantz died on 20 February 1675. Barbara died on 27 December 1675.
GEORGE MANTZ AND CHRISTINA HäGELIN
Hans Mantz and Barbara Ensinger were the parents of Georg Mantz who was born 27 January 1646 and died 30 September 1687. On 10 February 1676, Georg Mantz married in Buttenhausen, Christina Hägelin, daughter of Jacob Hägelin. After the death of Georg Mantz, Christina married again on 17 April 1692 to Hans Wilhelm Houber.
GEORG MANZ AND ANNA MARIA STOSS
Georg Manz and Christina Hägelin were the parents of Georg Manz (Daylaborer) who was born in 1681 and died 28 January 1735. On 18 May 1709, Georg Manz married in Kohlstetten, Anna Maria Stoss, who was born 30 November 1684 and died 22 December 1743, daughter of Hans Bernhart Stoss (Farmer) and Regina Spon. The Kleinengstingen record lists Georg’s name as “Hans Georg.” Hans Georg and Christina Manz settled in Kleinengstingen where all of their children were born.
Georg Manz and Anna Maria Stoss had nine children. Marriage records for the sons, Bernhard and Johan Caspar Manz, are found in the Kleiningstingen and Holzelfingen parish books, respectively. These two sons migrated to SC in 1752 as did two daughters, Anna Maria and Elisabetha. The two sisters petitioned for bounty in their maiden names and at that time had one daughter each.
CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF GEORG MANZ AND ANNA MARIA STOSS
A. Maria Barbara Manz, born 16 July 1709.
1. Catherine Manz, born about 1739. Came to SC with her mother.
C. Ursula Manz, born 12 January 1713.
E. Elisabetha Manz, born 8 September 1717. Elizabeth Manz lived in Kleinengstingen and Gächingen before migrating to SC. She petitioned for land for herself and daughter, Anna Maria, 4 ½ years old. Her land grant was on Little Saluda River, now in Saluda Co., SC.
1. Anna Barbara Manz, born 28 August 1739. Father said to be Friederich Seitz, a young Forester. Evidently died young as she did not come to SC with her mother.
F. Bernhard Manz, born 12 January 1720, died after 1790, married 22 October 1743 in Kleinengstingen, Anna Maria Röcker, born 17 October 1720, daughter of Bernhard Röcker (a Judge in Kleinengstingen) and wife Anna Maria. They lived in Kleinengstingen before migrating to SC. (Anna Maria Röcker had a younger brother, Johann Georg, born July 1726, with church record saying that he left for Pennsylvania in 1749. The Church records also say that the family of Bernard Manz went to Pennsylvania).
1. Michael Christoph Manz, born 22 September 1744, died before 1800, wife probably named Elizabeth. Came to SC with his parents.
G. Johan Caspar Manz, born 3 March 1723, married November 1751 in Holzelfingen, Anna Catharina Werner, daughter of Christian Werner. They lived in Holzelfingen before coming to SC. In addition to the daughter, Ursula, this couple had a son, Gosper, who was born after coming to SC.
1. Ursula Manz, born 27 August 1750. Came to SC with her parents.
H. Christina Manz, born 16 January 1727.
Bernhard Manz (Farmer), born 12 January 1720, married, 22 October 1743 in Kleinengstingen, Anna Maria Röcker, daughter of Bernhard Röcker (a Judge in Kleinengstingen) and Anna Maria Oberacker. Bernhard Manz in old records is also known as Bernhard Michael Mantz. He is also named in the will of his cousin, John Onsilt of St. James Parish (Charleston Wills 24, p. 1031).
Bernhard Manz petitioned for bounty in SC claiming a wife and children: Michael and George (Council Journal 20:452). The 200 acre bounty grant of Bernhard Manz was located on Camping Cr. Bernhard Manz lived at first in what is now Newberry County, then, not long before his death, moving to the Zion Church area of Lexington County, SC. While living in the Dutch Fork he was a founding elder of St. Paul's Church, Pomaria, SC (Bulow to Church Elders, Newberry Deeds B-107). Additionally, Bernhard Manz and son, Johann Georg, ran a mill on Cannons Cr. which later became one of John Henry Ruff’s mills (Newberry Deeds A-945 and A-1095).
FAMILY OF BERNHARD MANZ AND ANNA MARIA RöCKER:
I. Michael Christoph Manz, born 22 September 1744, died after 1790. Came to SC with his parents.
MICHAEL CHRISTOPH MANZ
The wife of Michael Christoph Manz, son of Bernhard Manz, was probably named Elizabeth. In 1770, Michael Mintz Jr. was given by his father a 150 acre tract on Broad River (Charleston Deeds Q-3, p. 6). (In this deed they are called “Michael Mintz, Sr. and Jr.”). The name of Michael Manz is found in a variety of early records. Michael Christoph Manz is believed to have died before 1800, leaving a widow, Elizabeth, who in the 1800 census record is found among families who lived in the Zion Church area of Lexington County. She may have been the widow Monts found on lists of contributors to Zion Church as late as 1806.
JOHANN GEORG MANZ
The wife of Johann Georg Manz, son of Bernhard Manz, was named Barbara. John George and Barbara “Morentz” witnessed the will of Samuel Lonam (1777, Newberry Wills A, p. 166).
After the Revolutionary War, George Monts and father, Bernhard Manz, settled in Orangeburg District, now Lexington County, and were members of Zion Church. In 1787, George Monts obtained land grants on Twelve Mile Creek and Fourteen Mile Cr. in Lexington Co. (State Plats, Charleston series, 16:211 and 25:317). Additional surveys were on Fourteen Mile and Bear Crs.
George and Barbara Monts were the parents of George Monts who married Elizabeth Wingard and John Monts who married Eliza Turnipseed. Catherine Monts who married Thomas Derrick and Christina Monts who married Daniel Wingard are said to be daughters of George Monts, Sr.
A. Catherine Monts, born about 1776, died about 1861, married Thomas Derrick, born about 1774, died about 1858, son of John Melchior Derrick and Anna Barbara Kelly. They settled in the old Salem Church neighborhood on waters of Hollow Creek. Buried in the Thomas Derrick family cemetery, Leesville, SC.
1. Daniel Derrick, born 12 October 1800, died 5 September 1883, married. (1) Mary Magdalene Black, born 8 June 1802, died 30 August 1862, daughter of John Black, Sr. and Susannah Catherine Hite. They moved to Smith Co., MISS. Daniel Derrick married (2) Nancy Stingley, born 31 March 1819, died 20 October 1894, widow of George Stingley.
B. Christina Monts, born about 1781, married Daniel Wingard, born about 1784, died 1818, son of George Wingard and Anna Oaks. Their family cemetery is in Lake Murray, Memorial marker at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Lexington, SC.
1. Nancy Elizabeth Wingard, born about 1802, married William J. Hicks, b. about 1800.
C. George Monts, Jr., born June 1786, died 5 October 1841, married Elizabeth Wingard, born about 1790, died May 1870, daughter of John Mathias Wingard and Mary Katherine Areheart.
1. Sally Monts, born 13 October 1812, died 18 July 1877, married (as second wife) 23 December 1845, Henry Kleckley, born about 1811, died May 1854, son of David Kleckley and Mary (Polly) Friday. Buried in Mathias Cemetery.
D. John Monts, born 1790, died 27 November 1874, married 5 August 1830, Eliza Turnipseed, born about 1806. In addition to the sons below, on 12 October 1845 there was a funeral for one of the sons of John Monts (Dreher's Journal).
1. John Thomas Monts, born 28 August 1838, died 1918, married Mary Louisa Mathias, born 1834, died 1915, daughter of Jonas Mathias, Jr. and Sarah (Sallie) Hook. Buried in Monts Family Cemetery.
JOHAN CASPAR MANZ
Johan Caspar Manz was born 3 March 1723 in Kleinengstingen and married in November 1751 (in Holzelfingen), Anna Catharina Werner, daughter of Christian Werner of Holzelfingen. A daughter, Ursula, was born 27 August 1750 in Germany, before they married. They migrated to SC in 1752, coming on the Caledonia. A bounty grant of 150 acres to Gasper Mantz was located on Eighteen Mile Cr., south side of Saluda River in Lexington County. (Colonial Grants 5:244). A Memorial for John Barnet See records that on 13 July 1759 Gasper Mantz sold his bounty grant to See (Memorials 7:257). Gasper Mans is found in the list of men who were on duty in Col. Chevillette's Battalion at the Congarees Store from 1759 to 1760 (M. J. Clark, Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774, pp. 907/908).
Ursula Manz, the daughter of Johann Caspar Manz, was born 27 August 1750. She obtained a 100 acre survey in 1772 just south of Little Mountain, SC. Later plats in the area show that her land was later owned by Henry Amick. It is possible that Ursula Manz was the wife of Johann Heinrich Emig (Amick), born 7 March 1746, son of Johann Conradt Emig and Barbara Herion. The Amicks came to SC in 1752 on the Upton.
Gosper Monts, the son of Johan Caspar Manz and Anna Maria Werner, was probably born about 1755. In the year 1817 he was dead. Gosper Monts married Anna Mary Minick who was born about 1768 and died after 1850, daughter of George Bartholomew Minick and Mary Magdalena Summer. The family of Gosper Monts lived near present day Little Mountain, SC. Gosper Monts owned the bounty grants of George Henry and Catherine Wertz. John William (Jockey) Monts, grandson of Gosper Monts, lived on the George Henry Wertz tract. The Catherine Wertz grant contained the home place of John Monts and his family cemetery.
There is much evidence that Gosper Monts was orphaned at an early age and raised by the Wertz family. In a deed of 1798, John Miller gave the 50 acre bounty grant of Catherine Wertz to his godchild, John Montz, oldest son of his stepson, Gosper Montz (Newberry Deeds P-2, p. 438). This land had been sold by indenture of 1765 to Miller by George Henry Wertz (Rosalyn Sease Indenture Collection, Caroliniana Library). John Miller, in the above deed, was the second husband of Anna Barbara, widow of Jerg Heinrich Wertz. (In 1778, Barbara Miller transferred a tract of land on Camping Cr. to her son, George Henry Werts, Newberry Deeds O, p. 51). The Wertz family, like the Monts, migrated from Holzelfingen to SC in 1752. Since the Werts and Manz families were not closely related, it is thought likely that Jerg Heinrich and Anna Barbara Wertz were the Godparents of Gosper Monts. After the death of the parents of Gosper Monts he was raised by the Wertzes. Following the death of Gosper’s step-father Wertz, his step-mother remarried Johannes Müller and who was the second step-father of Gosper Monts.
The family of Gosper Monts and Anna Mary Minnick was described by Sarah Ann Catherine Feagle Monts, widow of George Michael Monts (from notes made by Rosalyn Summer Sease). Gosper Monts, according to Mrs. Monts, had no brothers in America and had the following children: Eve Catherine (married Adam Shealy), Polly (married Henry Smith), John, Adam (moved to Mississippi), Jasper (moved to Alabama), and William.
CHILDREN OF GOSPER MONTS AND ANNA MARY MINNICK:
A. Mary Elizabeth Monts, born about 1788, died about 1845.
B. Mary Magdalena (Polly) Monts, born about 1790, married Henry Smith, Sr. They moved to Lexington Dist. and settled on Little Black Cr. He built a house, dam, and grain mill at this site. His monument stands in woods off road just east of present Collum’s pond.
1. Johann Adam Smith, born 25 December 1804, died 5 March 1885, married (1) Catherine Elizabeth Hallman; married (2) Mary Magdalena Gruber, born 15 November 1805, died 24 February 1885, daughter of Phillip Gruber and Mary Catherine Minnick. Buried at Bethlehem (Black Creek) Lutheran Church.
C. Mary Caroline Catherine Monts, born about 1792, died about 1872, married Adam Shealy, Jr., born about 1788, died about 1875, son of Adam Shealy, Sr. and Anna Mary Swittenburg.
1. William M. Shealy, born about 1811, married Christener Shealy, daughter of David Shealy and Mary Elizabeth Werts.
D. John Monts, born 11 December 1793, died December 1878, married (1) 26 December 1815, Mary Feagle, died before 1827, daughter of Lawrence Feagle and Rachel Quattlebaum; married (2) Mary Magdaline (Polly) Kinard, born about 1794, died about 1864, daughter of Michael Kinard, Sr. and Catherine Swittenburg. John Monts and two wives are buried in the John Monts cemetery.
Children by Mary Feagle:
Children by Polly Kinard:
E. George Gosper Monts, born about 1794, died after 1860, married Christiana Shaffer, born about 1794, daughter of John Frederick Shaffer, Sr. Moved to Alabama and settled in Brush Cr. section of Perry Co., AL.
1. John Fred Monts, born 21 July 1822, died 26 March 1888, married (1) 2 April 1847, Elizabeth Ann Massey, born about 1821, daughter of Benjamin B. Massey and Julina Sanders; married (2) Elizabeth Rhodes, born 1839, died 1871, daughter of Thomas Rhodes and Lucinda Poole; and married (3) Frances Warren, born 1839, died 1877. John Fred Monts is buried at Fellowship Cemetery on the Roy Crawford Place, Perry Co., AL.
F. Adam Monts, born 20 August 1798, died 2 December 1893, married 22 February 1820, Mary Elizabeth Sease, born 18 June 1801, died 14 March 1889, daughter of John Mark Sease and Nancy Shirer. They moved to Mississippi and are buried at New Chapel cemetery, Itawamba Co., Miss. Their children included: William Anderson, Mark, Emily Ann, Magdalin, John Robert, Elizabeth, J. Isaac, Louis Phillip, Frances A., Mary Ann, and Katherine C. Monts. Further description of their family is found in W. H. and J. T. Wright, Our Monts Family. A History of the John Casper Monts Family of S.C. (1990).
G. William Monts, born about 1803, died 12 December 1888, married Mary A. Shealy, born 1808, died 13 September 1882, daughter of David Shealy and Mary Elizabeth Werts. Buried in the William Monts cemetery.
1. Anna Elizabeth Monts, born 2 February 1826, died 14 February 1899, married Solomon Derrick, son of Andrew Derrick and Catherine Hiller
Submitted by: Carl W. Nichols
Posted 3 August 2004