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Part I: Catherine ROTH, d/o John ROTH & Catharina ENGLER, b. Lower Nazareth Tp., Northampton Co., PA, bap. and conf. Schoenersville, joined the Moravian Church at age 15. See Moravian Church Genealogy Links

Part II: Descendants of the Moravian minister, the Rev. Johann ROTH & Maria Agnes PFINGSTAG.
See also ROTHs with a Moravian or Schoenersville connection, ROTHs from Hecktown or Lower Nazareth Tp.



Part I: Catherine ROTH, my ancestor

Born "15 Aug 1812" per a catalogue of Moravian women entry circa 1831, manuscript in the collection of the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, PA. Corroborated by obituary 04 March 1898, the Bethlehem Globe Times. She was born in a non-Moravian "Settlement," per the Moravian Archives. She was born in "Lower Nazareth Township," Northampton Co., PA, the "daughter of John ROTH (c.1785-c.1855) of Hecktown," Lower Nazareth Township, per husband's obituary of 7 Sep 1891.
"Bap. and confirmed in the [Christ] Lutheran [and Reformed] Church at Schoenersville, by Rev. [Johann Conrad] YEAGER, [d. 1832, itinerant]." "...When fifteen years of age [c.1827-8], she came to Bethlehem and joined the Moravian Church." per obituary 04 March 1898, the Bethlehem Globe Times. She was allowed to join the congregation in 1831 per the Moravian Archives, at age 19. She may have immediately joined the Moravian Church and lived in the congregational Sister's House, or she may have attended the Moravian school for girls as a boarding student and joined the church at a later date.
Mar. 13 Dec 1835 John Augustus FREITAG / FRIDAY, carpenter and son of Moravian minister (1812-1891). Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA by the Rev. Charles F. SEIDEL, per Clarence E. BECKEL's "Records of the Bethlehem Moravian Congregation."
Died "04 Mar 1898" per obituary 04 March 1898, the Bethlehem Globe Times.
Bur. God's Acre, Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA.

John ROTH, my ancestor
Born c.1785 prob. Northampton Co., PA.
Mar. Catharina born ENGLER per Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, PA (see below)
Of "Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton Co., PA" when daughter Catherine ROTH b. "15 Aug 1812," per her obituary.
Died c.1855, prob. Hecktown, Lower Nazareth Tp., Northampton Co., PA.

Possible ancestors of Catharina ENGLER ROTH, my ancestor

George ENGEL (c.1754-) and Sarah SORBER (1745-1808) m. 1760, the daughter of Jacob SORBER and Mary ENGLE DOLL, had at St. Peter's Lutheran and Reformed Plainfield Tp., (1) John Henry b. 4 Nov 1774 (2) Jacob b. 7 Sep 1776 (3) Anna Maria b. 11 Nov 1781 twin (4) Elizabeth b. 11 Nov 1781 twin (5) Catharine b. 4 Aug 1786, bp. 12 Nov 1786 sp. John STOFFLET, Marg. BRAUN. Looking for her marriage possibly at St. Peter's Lutheran / Ref'd, Plainfield Twp., possibly to Johannes / John or Johan [something] ROTH / ROT / RHODE / RHOADS / ROAD.

Heinrich ENGEL / ENGLE (1730-1812) and Anna Margaretha / Margretta UNKNOWN had (1) Christopher [m. Elizabeth 1st?] [m. Susanna 2nd?] (2) George (c.1754-) (3) Susanna m. HICKER

Adam ENGLER (c.1702-) and Anna Appellonia UNKNOWN had (1) Adam [m. Catharine?] (2) Anna (3) Caspar [m. Eva?] (4) Jacob [m. Anna Maria?] (5) Heinrich b. 15 Jul 1730 d. 8 Apr 1812


Part II: Descendants of the Moravian minister, the Rev. Johann ROTH and Maria Agnes PFINGSTAG.

Johann / John / Sr. ROTH
Born 03 Feb 1726 Saarmund, Mark Brandenburg, Germany, per ROTH genealogy in the collection of the Moravian Museum, Bethlehem, PA (MMB). Joined the Moravian congregation at Zeist. Arrived Bethlehem, Northampton Co., PA with single brethren in the charge of John Henry SEIDEL on the Moravian ship "Irene." NY to England 06 Apr 1756, arrived NY 02 June 1756, per Transactions of the Moravian Historical Society, (MHS) Vol. V, No. 2. Became Moravian missionary in PA and OH.
Mar. 16 Aug 1770 Maria Agnes PFINGSTAG b. 04 Apr 1735 in Wirsche, Wurttemberg, d. 25 Feb 1805 bur. Nazareth Moravian Church, Northampton Co., PA. After her husband died, "...she went to live with her sons at Hope, New Jersey, in May 1799," per MMB. "Descendants are prominent laborers in the Lutheran Church." (MHS Vol. VII, No. 4)
Died 22 July 1791 York, PA.
Bur. York, PA?

1) Johannes / John / Jr. ROTH / RHOADS
Born 04 Aug 1771 "Tschechseheqanun" per Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI). "Tscheschequanick" (Sheshequin) on the Susquehanna River per mother's Lebenslauf, Native American village later known as Ulster, Ulster Twp., Bradford Co., PA. Moravian missionaries visited from 1766, Moravian mission from 1769 to 1772. "John was an innkeeper for a time in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and its first postmaster. He was an ordained Congregational minister and served a congregation in Mount Hope, Orange County, New Jersey. Later he served as a Presbyterian minister in North Moreland, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania," per MMB.
Mar. 26 Aug 1798 Susanna STAUD / STOUT, LDS IGI gives two places of marriage: Northampton Co., PA or Hope, Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ, a Moravian settlement.
Died Unknown to author

  1. Maria Susanna RHOADS b. 22 May 1779 Hope Twp., Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
  2. Thomas Benjamin RHOADS b. 24 Jan 1802 Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
  3. John Jr. RHOADS b. 29 Nov 1803 Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
  4. Lisetta / Lizetta ROTH / RHOADS b. 25 Aug 1807 Nazareth, Northampton Co., PA d. 31 Aug 1807, buried Nazareth Moravian Church, Northampton Co., PA. (MHS Vol. VII, No. 4)
  5. Sarah Eliza RHOADS b. 06 Feb 1809 Hope Twp., Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
  6. "Jacob RHOADS" b. 06 May 1811 Hope Twp., Essex (Sussex?) (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI. Agrees with MMB.
  7. Julian RHOADS b. 17 Jul 1813 Oxford Twp., Sussex (now Warren) Co., NJ to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
  8. Benjamin RHOADS b. 23 Dec 1816 Deer Park Twp., Orange Co., NY to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.
  9. David RHOADS b. 18 Jun 1819 Wallkill, Orange Co., NY to John Jr. ROTH and Susanna STOUT per LDS IGI.

2) Johann Ludwig / John Lewis ROTH
Born 04 July 1773, bap. 05 July 1773 by David ZEISBERGER, Moravian settlement Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas Co., OH, supposedly the first white child born in Ohio territory. "John Lewis ROTH was taken to Pennsylvania when not quite one year of age. He educated himself [at the Moravian schools] Nazareth Hall, [and] Bethlehem, Pa...; "History of Tuscarawas County, Ohio," Chapter Five.
Mar. c.1793 "Miss BECK." Per MMB "...later he removed to Bath, Pa..." Ludwig / Lewis in Moore Twp., Northampton Co., PA Federal Census 1830 and 1840 and died there in 1841.
Died 25 Sep 1841, Bath, Northampton Co., PA.
Bur. Lutheran Church, Bath, Northampton Co., PA. Last request for funeral included references to the Prodigal Son. His tombstone bears the following inscription: "Zum Anderken au Ludwig ROTH, geboren 4th Juli, 1773. Gestorben 25th September 1841, alter 68 Jahre, 2 M., 21 Tage," per MMB.

  1. "John George" ROTH b. c.1795, per MMB.
  2. "Joseph" b. c.1797, per MMB.
  3. "David" b. c.1799, per MMB.
  4. "Anna Louisa" b. c.1801, per MMB.
  5. "Nancy" b. c.1803, per MMB.

3) Johann / John David ROTH
Born 13 June 1775 Mount Joy / Donegal, a congregation served by his father, Lancaster Co., PA. He was "of a choleric disposition" per his father's lebenslauf.
Mar. 1796 Maria Catherine ALTHAUS / ALTSHAUS / ALTHOUSE (b. 08 Jan 1776).
Attended the Moravian school in Nazareth. May have worked at the Henry gun works near Nazareth, Plainfield / Bushkill Twp., Northampton Co., PA. Served in the War of 1812, per MMB. "In 1818 John David was postmaster at Fryesburg [now Coopersburg], Lehigh County, and that same year was elected to the House of Representatives (whether U. S. House or State is not known)." In 1821, moved to Butler Co., PA per MMB.
Died 06 Nov 1859
Bur. Butler Co., PA?

  1. "John" b. c.1797 per MMB.
  2. "Anna Marie" b. c.1799 per MMB. Anna Maria ROTH was bap. 15 Dec 1799 daughter of "David and Catherine" of Dryland Church, Hecktown, Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton Co., PA per LDS IGI.
  3. "Susanna" b. c.1801 per MMB.
  4. "Salome" b. c.1803 per MMB.
  5. "Elizabeth" b. c.1804 per MMB.
  6. "Benjamin" b. c.1806 per MMB.
  7. "Frederick William" b. c.1808 per MMB.
  8. "Lewis" per MMB. Lewis ROTH was b. 17 Oct 1812, Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., PA to John David ROTH and Catherine ALTSHAUS per LDS IGI. Per LDS Ancestral File, this Lewis ROTH m. Lydia BEIGHLEY 31 Aug 1837, had
    a) Louisa b. c.1837 per LDS Ancestral File.
    b) Marietta b. c.1839 per LDS Ancestral File.
    c) George W. b. c.1841 per LDS Ancestral File.
    d) Lewis M. b. c.1843 per LDS Ancestral File.
    e) John M. b. c.1845 per LDS Ancestral File.
    f) Theophilus B. b. c.1847 per LDS Ancestral File.
    g) D. Luther b. c.1849 per LDS Ancestral File.
  9. "Christian D[avid?]" b. c.1812 per MMB.
  10. "Maria" b. c.1814 per MMB.

4) Johann / John Benjamin ROTH
Born 31 July 1779 Mount Joy (congregation served by the Moravians), Lancaster Co., PA. "Benjamin ROTH" birth record per LDS IGI.
Mar. Miss UNKNOWN per MMB. Was a sea captain per MMB.
Died 1818 per MMB, unknown place.
Bur. Trinity Church Yard in New York City per MMB.


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