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May 10, 2010

 
The Waltman Family

of Northampton County

Pennsylvania


by Neil A. Boyer




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        The Waltman Family of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, was prominent in the early history of the county. The progenitor of the family, Conrad Waltman, journeyed to America in 1738. His actual residence has not been identified, but his many children apparently lived in the area of Kreidersville. The primary source of information about this Waltman family is a book called The House of Waltman, by Lora LaMance, published in 1928, but much of this book is disputed. Recent research provides a different picture of the makeup of the Waltman family. The issues are discussed here. A critique of LaMance's book is included in Part I. This presentation of the Waltman family of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, is in three sections:


      The main focus of the first part is Conrad Waltman, who journeyed to the United States from Bavaria in 1738 and appears to have settled in Northampton County, near Kreidersville, two or three miles north of the town of Northampton, about ten miles north of Allentown. This section contains:

-- European history of the Waltman family, including the origin of the name "Waldmann," or "man of the woods."

-- Information on the miserable year for trans-Atlantic travel that marked 1738, when Conrad Waltman journeyed to America aboard the Davy.

-- The participation of a man named "Conrad Waltman" in Captain Rundio's Company in the Pennsylvania Flying Camp, and the company's involvement in the Battle of Fort Washington, on November 16, 1776.

-- The debate over which of two people named "Conrad Waltman" actually was a member of Captain Rundio's company.

-- How the DAR has handled applications from people claiming that one or the other Conrad Waltman was the "patriot" who participated in the Revolutionary War.

-- A critique of the Lora LaMance version of the Waltman family history.



        The second section focuses on his 13 or 14 or 15 children, with emphasis on his son Valentine Waltman, of Schoenersville, who appears to have been a model citizen and the pillar of the Waltman family. It also addresses Valentine’s son Conrad Waltman, described here as Conrad Waltman, Junior.



        The third section focuses on Peter Waltman (1779-1836), of Allentown, the son of Conrad Waltman Junior, and continues down through Peter’s only son, Joseph Waltman (1806-1898), of Easton, Pennsylvania.  It continues with special treatment of Joseph's son Jacob Franklin Waltman (1835-1923), who moved to Colorado, and to another of Joseph’s sons, Samuel Waltman (1832-1911), and granddaughter, Henrietta Waltman Boyer (1874-1948). For Henrietta, the Waltman history is much like that of her husband, Lewis Elmer Boyer, for the ancestors of both traveled from Germany to America in the mid-1700s, settled in eastern Pennsylvania, and moved to Easton in the mid-1800s.  

        This section contains photographs of the families of Joseph Waltman and of his sons Jacob Franklin Waltman and Samuel Waltman. It also contains family details and photographs of the Taylor family of Easton, which was linked to the Waltmans through the marriage of Sabina Taylor and Samuel Waltman, and the Rutman family of Easton, which was linked to the Waltmans through the marriage of Minerva Rutman and Dr. Charles Waltman.





LINKS


Part I: Conrad Waltman
Part II: Children of Conrad Waltman
Part III: Conrad's Descendants Peter Waltman and his son Joseph Waltman
Lora LaMance and the House of Waltman
The Battle of Fort Washington and Conrad Waltman
Neil Boyer's Home Page
 




About the Author

            Neil A. Boyer was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1938.  He grew up in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, then graduated from Wilson High School in Easton, Moravian College in Bethlehem, and New York University School of Law.  He was a teacher and lawyer in the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers to go to Ethiopia in 1962.  Upon his return, he worked for the Peace Corps in Washington and then spent nearly 40 years with the Department of State, representing the United States at meetings of the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Universal Postal Union.  He retired from government in 2003 and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. For more information on Neil Boyer, go here.

            Neil Boyer is the author of The Boyers of Easton, a 319-page book, published in 1987, with more than 300 photographs, focusing on his grandfather, Lewis Elmer Boyer (1869-1948), of Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. That book traced the Boyer family backward from Lew Boyer to his ancestors, as far as Johann Friedrich Boyer (1718-1804), who sailed to America from Rotterdam aboard the Nancy in 1752.  The book also went forward to Lew Boyer’s children and their children. Lew Boyer’s wife was Henrietta Waltman (1874-1948), and the book included a lengthy chapter on the Waltman family. These pages grew out of an effort to bring the Boyer book up to date, drawing on new information and the growing potential of the internet for genealogical research. The Waltman material in this paper is significantly expanded.

             Neil Boyer’s Waltman lineage runs as follows:

Conrad Waltman (1715?-1796?)
Valentine Waltman (1732?-1810?)
Conrad Waltman, Junior (1759-1785)
Peter Waltman (1779-1836)
Joseph Waltman (1806-1898)
Samuel Waltman (1832-1911)
Henrietta Waltman Boyer (1874-1948)
Lewis Arthur Boyer (1909-1985)
Neil Arthur Boyer (1938- ).


 


LINKS

Part I: Conrad Waltman
Part II: Children of Conrad Waltman
Part III: Conrad's Descendants Peter Waltman and his son Joseph Waltman
Lora LaMance and the House of Waltman
The Battle of Fort Washington and Conrad Waltman
Neil Boyer's Home Page
 



Corrections to this material and supplemental information are requested and welcome.  
Please contact Neil Boyer at 702 Twin Holly Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or by email at
naboyer@comcast.net

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