AN ALTERNATE FAMILY TREE
Descendants of Johann Michel Huth
Generation No. 1
Johann Michel1 Huth was born Abt. 1692 in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Palatinate, and died April 1738 in Engelstadt. He married (1) Unknown (1st wife of Johann Michel Huth) Abt. 1716 in Engelstadt. She was born Abt. 1698 in Engelstadt and died Abt. 1720 in Engelstadt. He married (2) Anna Barbara Zimmerman Abt. 1721 in Engelstadt. She was born Abt. 1700, and died Abt. 1760 in Engelstadt.
Notes for Johann Michel Huth:
This file on Johann Michel Huth and his descendants was compiled by his great-great-great-great-great-grandson, Rodney Nelson Hoots, of Arlington, Virginia. Letter of 16 Sep 99 from Nial Crawford, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes that his family (Graffert in German) has lived at 4 Weinberg Strasse, Engelstadt, Germany, since 1643. The Huth family has lived directly across the street at 9 Weinberg Strasse, since about 1639. E-mail 6 Feb 99 from Heike Geis, Engelstadt, Germany, reports name and year of marriage from records of the Evangelische Kirche (church) of Engelstadt. E-mail 1 Feb 99 from Sybille Bost, Engelstadt, Germany, reports year of death and occupation as baker from the church records.
Children of Johann Huth and Unknown Huth) are:
i. Johann Michel2 Huth, Jr., born 1716 in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Germany; died Unknown.
ii. Johann Jacob Huth, born 1719 in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Palatinate; died Abt. 1769 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina.
Children of Johann Huth and Anna Zimmerman are:
i. Johanna2 Huth, born in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Germany.
ii. Maria Margaretta Huth, born in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Germany.
iii. Frederick Huth, born in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Germany.
iv. Margaret Huth, born in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Germany.
v. George Adam Huth, born in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Germany. He married Maria (Mary) Guinn.
Generation No. 2
Johann Michel2 Huth, Jr. (Johann Michel1) was born 1716 in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Germany, and died Unknown. He married Maria Elisabetha Abt. 1734.
Children of Johann Huth and Maria Elisabetha are:
i. Anna Elisabetha3 Huth, born 1735.
ii. Anna Margaretha Huth, born 1737.
iii. Maria Angelica Huth, born 1739.
iv. Anna Christina Huth, born 1741.
v. Johan Friedrich Huth, born 1745.
vi. Christina Maria Huth, born Unknown.
Johann Jacob2 Huth (Johann Michel1) was born 1719 in Engelstadt, District of Bingen, Palatinate, and died Abt. 1769 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina. He married Maria Margaretha Andrae 25 November 1738 in Engelstadt. She was born Abt. 1721 in Engelstadt and died Abt. 1771 in Surry (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina.
Notes for Johann Jacob Huth:
As noted above, this version of the Hoots family is that of your Webmaster, Rodney Nelson Hoots. The commonly accepted version is contained in a book by Carl C. Hoots (Rodney's uncle) entitled "Descendants of Jacob Hoots." Rodney's version differs from Carls' in the following respects:
- In Carl's book, the patriarch is Johann Jacob Huth. Rodney goes back one generation further, to Johann Michael Huth.
- Carl made a tentative conclusion that the ancestor who came to America from Germany was Johann Jacob Huth, who arrived in Philadelphia 2 September 1743 on the Loyal Judith from Rotterdam. Rodney believes that that conclusion is firmly established.
- Carl assumed that Johann Jacob arrived in America single, migrated through Virginia to North Carolina, and married a woman named Margaret at some time before 1776, with whom he had nine children. Rodney believes that Johann Jacob was accompanied to America by a wife, Maria Margaretha (Andrae). Rodney further believes that Johan Jacob went directly to North Carolina after arriving in America, had a son named Jacob Hoots in 1745, and that Jacob was the one who married Margaret and had nine children. In other words, Rodney believes that there was an additional generation.
- Carl concluded that Johann Jacob served extensively in the British Militia and, later, the Continental Army, under the name "Jacob Hutts." Rodney thinks that he served in the North Carolian militia during the Revolutionary War, but probably did not leave the State, and that the Revolutionary War service cited in Carl's book is that of a Jacob Hutts of Virginia.
Johann Jacob's date of death is an estimate. He was probably buried in an unmarked grave on the farm of Frederick Shore.
Per 6 Feb 99 E-mail from Heike Geis, Engelstadt, Germany, church records of Engelstadt show that Johann Jacob was confirmed on Easter Sunday of 1733 at the age of 14, and married Maria Margaretha Andrae on 25 April 1738.
Children of Johann Huth and Maria Andrae are:
i. Anna Elisabetha3 Huth, born 1739; died 13 January 1740.
Notes for Anna Elisabetha Huth:
Per E-mail from Heike Geis, 6 Feb 99, Anna Elisabetha was born in 1739 in Engelstadt and died 13 January 1740.
ii. Jacob Hoots, Sr., born 1745 in Bladen (Forsyth) County, Colony of North Carolina; died 1801 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina.
Generation No. 3
Jacob3 Hoots, Sr. (Johann Jacob2 Huth, Johann Michel1) was born 1745 in Bladen (Forsyth) County, Colony of North Carolina, and died 1801 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina. He married (1) Margaret (last name unknown) Abt. 1765 in Rowan (Forsyth) County, Colony of North Carolina. She was born Abt. 1748 in Bladen (Forsyth) County, Colony of North Carolina, and died Abt. 1823 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina.
Notes for Jacob Hoots, Sr.:
Jacob Hoots was the great-great-great-grandfather of your Webmaster.
Jacob is buried in the Old Hoots Cemetery (Farmington Quad - 36 degrees 04' 30" Latitude; 80 degrees 37' 06' Longitude), Yadkin County, North Carolina.
In 1783, the Continental Congress authorized the Paymaster General of the Continental Army, John Pierce, to settle unpaid military pay for veterans of the Revolutionary War. He completed the task in 1785 and issued a record of the pay certificates called "Pierce's Register." On page 386 of Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution, under "Sundry Names," it is noted that Jacob Hoots, Militia, Salisbury District, filed claim 4651, apparently for back pay. The town of Salisbury, North Carolina, was and still is located about 30 miles south of the site of Jacob's farm. In the first census of the United States in 1790, Jacob's family is shown as being in the Salisbury District.
Notes for Margaret (wife of Jacob Hoots, Sr.):
From "Descendants of Jacob Hoots," by Carl Casper Hoots: (In commenting on Jacob's son, Anthony) "It must be assumed that he was close to his father and mother and built a house near them so that he could help them in their declining years." Since Anthony and his family moved to St. Clair County, Illinois, about 1825 the year of Margaret's death is estimated to be about 1823.
Children of Jacob Hoots and Margaret Hoots are:
i. John4 Hoots1, born Abt. 1765 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina; died Abt. 1835. He married (1) Unknown (Wife of John Hoots) Abt. 1784. He married (2) Frances Taylor1 02 March 1795 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; born Abt. 1775; died Abt. 1845.
Notes for John Hoots:
After they married 1795, John and Frances left the land Jacob had inherited from his father and moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina.
ii. Jacob Hoots, Jr., born Abt. 1766 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina; died 1797 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina. He married (1) Mary (Polly) Magdalina Carver 11 January 1791 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; born May 1771; died 03 October 1846 in Bethania, Stokes County, North Carolina.
Notes for Jacob Hoots, Jr.:
Buried in an unmarked grave in the Old Hoots Cemetery.
On page 7 of "Descendants of Jacob Hoots," written by Carl Hoots, of Yadkinville, NC: "In the minutes of the Old Heidelberg Lutheran Church of Dutchman Creek, near Yadkinville, NC, written in German, there is recorded: Jacob Huth born 13 May 1793, baptized 15 August; parents Jacob Huth and wife Magdelin. Sponsors Heinrick Kahl and wife Elizabeth." (Webmaster's note: The father is Jacob Hoots, Jr. The mother is Mary (Polly) Magdalina Carver. Heinrick Kahl is mentioned in Jacob's will as Henry Caul. The fact that the entry is written in German and the name spelled Huth verifies the history of Johan Jacob Huth described above.)
Notes for Mary (Polly) Magdalina Carver:
After Jacob Jr.'s death, Polly married Casper Stultz on 14 January 1797, in Stokes County, North Carolina. She and her two sons, David and Jacob II, moved to Bethania, Stokes (Forsyth) County where she remained the rest of her life. Bethania was one of the early Moravian settlements and Casper Stultz is mentioned in "Moravians in North Carolina." Polly is buried in Shiloh Lutheran old Cemetery under a tombstone reading Mary Magdalene Sholtz, May 1771-3 Oct 1846.
iii. Phillip Hoots, born Abt. 1768 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina; died Abt. 1799 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He married Mary Morgan1 10 March 1792 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; born Abt. 17721.
Notes for Phillip Hoots:
After Phillip's early death, it is believed that his son Jacob lived in the Hoots settlement on Harmon Creek, the original Jacob Hoots farm. It is not known what happened to his wife Mary.
iv. Peter Hoots1, born Abt. 1773 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina; died Abt. 1860 in Morgan County, Illinois. He married Vinnie (or Winnie) Edwards Abt. 1800 in Scott County, Illinois; born 1785 in North Carolina; died Bet. 1850 - 1860.
Notes for Peter Hoots:
From "The Descendants of Jacob Hoots," by Carl Hoots: "We do not have Peter's marriage record but assume that he was married ca 1800 in Kentucky or North Carolina. His wife was a widow...Sold land that he received from his father's will in 1801, to his brother-in-law Jacob Garner...This 100 acres was deeded to to Garner on 9 January 1804. Peter left North Carolina about this time...The 1810 census of Cumberland County, Kentucky, gives Peter and wife with two boys and one girl under 10...we find him in the 1830 census of Morgan County, Illinois...His son David and family were living near him. He and Vinney still living in 1850 but in Scott County which was taken in Morgan in 1839. He was 87 years old in 1860 and living with John and Nancy in Scott County...Peter owned 103 acres of land in Cumberland County that is now covered with water from the Dale Hollow Dam in Kentucky. Peter owned 182 acres of land in Bledso County, Tennessee, lying in or near Brush Creek and Segwatcher Creek, according to a 27 November 1834 record. He moved to Tennessee from Kentucky and lived there before moving to Illinois."
v. Mary Hoots1, born Abt. 1774 in Surry (Yadkin) County, Colony of North Carolina; died Unknown in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina. She married Jacob Garner 29 December 1797 in Liberty Township, Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; born Abt. 1774; died 1818.
Notes for Jacob Garner:
From "Descendants of Jacob Hoots," "The Garners are a well-known Yadkin family. They often traded at the big general store at Huntsville, NC, the Clingman Store, as did the Hootses. Ledgers of this storedating back to 1818 have recently been brought to light. The earliest account book (1818) shows that Mrs. Polly Garner, widow, sold beef worth $1.15 to the store and "tow linen" worth $2.50 which was brought to the store by her daughter Nancy. Mrs. Polly Garner was born Polly Baity; she married Benjamin Garner, brother of Jacob, in 1798. "Archy" Garner, son of Jacob and Mary Hoots Garner, had an account in the 1818 ledger; also, John Garner, Jr., brother of Jacob.
Excerpts of Jacob Garner's Will (written 27 March 1818, recorded in the Surry County Registry, at Dobson, NC): To my son Archibal, a certain tract of land conveyed to me by Peter Hoots bearing date of 1-9-1804 and bounded as follows: Viz, beginning at a pine in Bate's line running west 182 poles to a pine in said Garner's line then South 88 poles to a red oak, thence east 182 poles to a Spanish oak in Reybe line, thence north to the beginning, containing 100 acres. Balance of said tract to be given up to Archibal as soon as a deed is obtained. To daughter Mary one cow, one feather bed and furniture suitable for the same, also a side saddle. To sun (sic) Morgan all the land lying on the south side of the north fork of Harmons Creek belonging to me exclusive of the tract given to Archibal. To beloved wife Mary the plantation on which I now live together with my improvements and to hold the same undivided until my son Morgan is of age. After the death of Mary the plantation is to become the property of Morgan and my wife Mary is to hold the same unmolested during her widowhood. All the rest of my property goods and chattles to Mary whom I nominate constitute and apoint sole executrix of this my last will and testamint. March 27th 1818. Witness: Thadius Maynard, John Renegar, George O. Bates. Signed, Jacob Garner. August Session 1818, Surry County Court approved and recorded Jo. Williams Clerk."
vi. Anthony Hoots, Sr., born Abt. 1776 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1837 in St. Clair County, Illinois. He married (2) Susanna Creason 01 August 1799 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; born 1778 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; died in St. Clair County, Illinois.
Notes for Anthony Hoots, Sr.:
From "Descendants of Jacob Hoots:" "It must be assumed that he was close to his father and mother and built a house near them so that he could help them in their declining years."
He and his family moved to St. Clair County, Illinois, about 1825 and the family is listed in the county's 1830 census.
Records, Court House, Surry County, North Carolina: Marriage Bond in Registrar of Deeds Office; Aug. 1, 1799 Anthony Hoots to marry Susanne Grissom, Jacob (X) Hoots, Surety.
vii. Henry Hoots, born Abt. 1778 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1865 in Probably in Overton County, Tennessee. He married (1) Ann Groce1 13 June 1803 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; born Abt. 1785.
Notes for Henry Hoots:
Henry served in the North Carolina militia during the War of 1812 with the Second Regiment, Fifth Regiment, Surry County, under Captain Abner Carmichall. His service is listed in the "Muster Rolls, Soldiers of the War of 1812, Detached from the Militia of North Carolina,1812 and 1813," published by the State of North Carolina in 1873 (http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/military/1812roll.txt).
His nephew, Jacob (John's son) Hoots also served but in a different unit.
Simon Groce was Bondsman for Henry's wedding. Henry and Ann are shown in the 1850 census of Overton County, Tennessee.
Notes for Ann Groce:
From "Descendants of Jacob Hoots:" "Henry Hoots' wife, Ann Groce, was from one of the Old German families who settled in the South Deep Creek and Harmon Creek community during the Revolutionary period and before. These families, such as the Groces, Hootses, Shores, and Shermers have been intermarrying, buying and selling land to each other, trading, witnessing each others wills and going to church and school together ever since. Ann Groce's grandfather, Simon Groce, bought the northern half of Frederick Shore's 500 acres, which lay half on the south side of South Deep Creek and half on the north side, in the late 1760's. Frederick's son John married Margaret Groce, and his daughter Elizabeth married Daniel Hoots. In 1779 John Groce, probably Ann Groce Hoots' uncle, bought 150 acres of state land on Harmon Creek, just down the creek a mile or so from the Hoots land. Ernest Groce, historian, thinks it was where the Sid and Bessie Hoots Shore house still stands (1990). The Groce's came from Strasbourg, Germany, to Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania, and then on to the Yadkin Valley probably right after the French and Indian War was over, probably at the insistence of Sarah Groce, who was living here with her husband, Frederick Long. (Ref: Alec Brumfield article in the Yadkin County Historical Society Journal)."
Frederick Lang (Long) was a Moravian and is mentioned often in "The Records of the Moravians in North Carolina," when one of the brethren would go out to the Deep Creek community from Bethania to preach, staying with the Langs and Shores.
Marriage Notes for Henry Hoots and Ann Groce:
Simon Groce was bondsman.
viii. Margaret Hoots, Jr., born Abt. 1780 in Rowan (Yadkin) County, North Carolina.
Notes for Margaret Hoots, Jr.:
From "Ancestors of Jacob Hoots:" "Very little is known of Margaret, except that her father, Jacob, left her in his will 'one feather bed and furniture and the rest of the house and kitchen furniture to be equally divided between my two daughters Mary and Margaret' and 'one kettle.' This will was made in 1801 so she must have been still living then. It is not known if she ever married."
ix. Daniel Hoots, Sr., born Abt. 1785 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; died October 1844 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina. He married Elizabeth Shore1 Abt. 1807 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; born Abt. 1787 in Surry (Yadkin) County, North Carolina; died 1854 in Yadkin County, North Carolina.
Notes for Daniel Hoots, Sr.:
Daniel is the great-great-grandfather of your Webmaster.
Daniel is probably buried in the Old Hoots Cemetery (Farmington Quad - 36 degrees 04' 30" Latitude; 80 degrees 37' 06' Longitude), Yadkin County, North Carolina.
From "Descendants of Jacob Hoots:" "All of Daniel's children married into well known families of the South Deep Creek and Harmon Creek sections, who settled early there and still live there. Four of his children married Goughs, children of James Gough (1770-1836) who came from Maryland.....Daniel remained in Surry (Yadkin) County all his life and lived on Harmon Creek as a farmer and miner, northwest of the present village of Courtney on the north side of Island Ford Road. He and Conrad Wishon made muskets for the government, and they were probably used by the infantry during the War of 1812. Daniel received 100 acres of land from father Jacob's will after the death of his mother Margret.....Daniel's wife, Elizabeth, was a very remarkable woman and managed to keep her home going after Daniel's death, with the aid of a few gold nuggets that, tradition says, they kept stashed in the rafters of their house, from Daniel's mining in a nearby vein.....After Elizabeth Shore Hoots died, John Hoots, my grandfather, proceeded to settle the estate of Daniel and Elizabeth and Anderson. He kept all of the receipts in a strong box that was willed to granddad John and are still in our possession...."
(Census extracts, excerpts from Jacob Hoots, Sr.'s will, excerpts from Elizabeth's father's will, the complete texts of all documents in the strong box, and Daniel Hoots' will are included in "Descendants of Jacob Hoots," by Carl Hoots)
Rodney Nelson Hoots, Webmaster