Descendants of Michael Schertz|
Generation No. 1
1. Michael1 Schertz died Bet. 25 March - 25 June 1711. He married Eva.
Before the Thirty Years' War the peasant's lot in Germany could compare favorably with any European country or material prosperity. The peasant was moderately intelligent and was able to obtain, in the Protestant districts at least, a fairly good training in both school and church. After the Thirty Years' War it took two centuries to bring villages back to their former state since Germany was a constant battleground.
The first of our ancestors to arrive at New York in 1710 were born as early as 1656 to 1680 and just escaped the Thirty Years' War but experienced the French Invasion, and the ensuing religious persecution. Several families under their Lutheran pastor Joshua Von Richert departed for London and reached there in March of 1708. Queen Ann sent them with Lord Lovelace, Governor of New York, to settle at Newburgh on the Hudson. Before departing they were naturalized on August 25, 1708 and the pastor granted 20 pounds sterling and 500 acres of land, with provisions of seeds, tools, furniture, and promised support for one year. The pastor returned to England in 1709 and with the encouragement of Queen Anne went to Germany and returned with 3000 of his countrymen, a greater number than anticipated. The arrival of emigrants, called Palatines, continued until there was an estimated 30.000 in England; the Palatinate was an area in the province of Bavaria lying west of the Rhine River. Some were sent to Ireland, others back home, while others became homeless wanderers throughout Europe. A group of 3000 were chosen to be sent to America with the present Governor of New York; this was the second emigration.
At Plymouth, England, ten ships were collected for their transportation, with one ship overturning during embarking which resulted in the drowning of those aboard. They embarked on 29 December 1709, experienced a very stormy voyage, and lost 470 enroute due to disease. Between 14 June 1710 until August, the vessels arrived at New York with the passengers in sickly condition after their voyage of 6 months. During the voyage and after the arrival, a total of 700 died and because of the fear of contagious diseases the authorities lodged them temporarily on Nutten Island (now Governor's). The frigate "Herbert" carrying the tools, tents, and arms for the emigrants was cast away on Montauk Point and the "Berkeley Castle" was missing-at-sea. Governor Hunter established a government and courts on Nutten Island for the protection of the Palatines, and forbid extortions in the price of bread and provisions purchased by them. A provision was made or apprenticing the orphaned Palatine children and those whose parents were unable to support them; the boys were bound out until they were 17 years old and the girls until 15.
Among the 1500 who were sent hundred miles up the Hudson River to form settlements at East and West Camps was Michael Schertz and his five children, and his name is on the "subsistence lists"
Michael Schertz is believed to have come from Darmstadt, Germany, and went to England with his wife Eva (surname unknown) and their five children. They were in New York by 30 June 1710 and from there went to Kingston and the "Camp" on the Hudson. Within a year, sometime between 25 March and 25 June, 1711, Michael died there, leaving Eva and their five children, one of whom was under age 10. ("The Shurts Family" Althea F. Courtot, September 1984)
The original German surname was Schertz, which evolved to the spellings Shurts and Shirts.
Children of Michael Schertz and Eva are:
Generation No. 2
2. Michael2 Shurts (Michael1 Schertz)1 was born Abt. 1679, and died Abt. September 17591. He married Elisabeth Stier1 02 February 1710/11 in Reform Dutch Church, Hackensack NJ, daughter of Jost Stier and Anna Slaeygel.
Michael, one of Michael and Eva's four sons, was born in Germany about 1679 and came with his family when he was about 30 years old. A month before his father's death he married on 2 February 1711 "Maria Elisabeth Stierin" at the Hackensack NJ Reform Dutch Church. Maria Elisabeth was the daughter of Jost Stier, who was also on the NY Subsistence List, and was the widow of Johann Friedrick Schmitt who she had married at Gundersheim, Germany, on 20 February 1705; from this marriage she had one son John Felter Schmidt.
Michael was the only brother to go to New Jersey, probably because his wife's family, the Stiers, had moved there. They moved to Readington Township in Hunterdon County, a predominately Dutch settlement and adjacent to the German settlers in German Valley, Lebanon Township. They had settled there by 1716 as Michael and Maria were witnesses to a baptism "on the Raritans", referring to the first meeting-house of the Reform Church of Lebanon. In the poll of October 1738 Michael participated as a freeholder from Readington Township to select representatives to the General Assembly of the Province of New Jersey. In he 1736-1745 account book of the Janeway store, Michael is referred to as "a pallatine living near George Scomp".
Ten months after their marriage, Michael and Elisabeth's first daughter Antie was born, followed by five other children, 3 sons and 2 daughters; all were baptized in the Hackensack Reform Dutch Church except son George. George had died sometime before his father's death in 1759, but was married with children who were provided for by their grandfather Michael Shurts in his will.
About ten years after the birth of his children, Michael purchased on 2 December 1735 his homestead farm at Readington of 200 acres for 200 Pounds. Prior to that Michael had purchased from John Reading a 100-acre tract on 13 September 1728 on the Rockaway River and two years later sold the same. Michael was ailing at the time he made his will on 3 September 1759 because two months later his will was probated on 26 November 1759. His will stipulated that his loving wife Elisabeth was to receive a bed, hog, cow, one-quarter of all the yearly winter grain, wool from five sheep yearly, and that their son Abraham was to take her into his home. The eldest son John received five sterling shillings as his birthright, one-half of the homestead farm on the westerly side, one-half of the apples and peaches from the orchard for six years. To son Abraham was left the other half of the homestead farm which adjoined Peter Schamp's land and the remaining half of the woodland. After Elisabeth died her sons were to pay 80 Pounds each to his daughters, Ann (Antie), Eva, and Margaret. The children of his deceased son George were to receive 10 Pounds each when of age. Michael also provided 10 Pounds for his wife's son John Felter Schmidt, then living in Pequannock Township, Morris County, and known as Faltus Smith.
Pastor Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, a missionary to the scattered congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, became at its request the pastor of the New Germantown Church. He kept a daily journal and his 19 September 1759 entry records his ride to visit an aged Lutheran named Michael Schertz who came to his country in the time of Queen Anne. Being on his deathbed Michael desired to take communion, not having received it for more than 20 years owing to the almost constant strife among the congregation over doctrinal issues; also he had lost his hearing but said it had returned to some degree during this last illness. Although Michael, then an 80 year old man, according to the pastor, had not been attending services, he had the bible and other edifying books and had a sound knowledge of salvation. For over an hour the pastor listened to the "powerful" prayers of Michael, deciding there was no hypocrisy in the man especially since they were the utterances of a dying person. In the pastor's entry for 24 September 1759 he wrote, "Today I was also invited to conduct the funeral services for the deceased Michael Schertz." ("The Shurts Family" Althea F. Courtot, September 1984)
Children of Michael Shurts and Elisabeth Stierin are:
3. Andreas2 Shurts (Michael1 Schertz)2 was born Abt. 1686. He married Catherine Appalonia Unknown2.
Andreas Shurts was probably born ca 1686-8 and married, probably at the Camp, Catherine Appalonia (surname unknown). Andreas was at the "Mannor of Livingston" until at least 1724. He volunteered for the expedition against Canada 1711 (The Documentary History of the State of New York, E.B.O'Callaghan, 1851) He and his wife and eight of their children were members of St. Peter's Lutheran Church at Rhineback, NY in 1734 (Kelly, Settlers and Residents of Germantown, NY). Baptisms of their descendants are to be found in the various Lutheran and Reformed Dutch Churches of Columbia Co., NY. (Some Descendants of Michael Shurts, Mary Jane Barton Shurts, 1978)
Children of Andreas Shurts and Catherine Unknown are:
Jurgen (Jury) Shurts married 13 January 1720, at the Camp, Catherine Wustan. Jurgen also remained at Livingston Manor and baptisms of his descendants will be found in various Columbia NY churches. He and his wife were also listed as members of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rhineback NY in 1734, with 3 children: Eva, David and Johannes. It could be that this Eva, rather than the daughter of Andreas, was the Eva who married Willhelm Phillips.
Children of Jurgen Shurts and Catherine Wustan are:
David (Valentin David) Shurts married Anna Catherine Miller on 18 January 1731 at the Camp. David made his First communion, Easter 1714 (Kelly). David and Anna Catherine Shurts, along with their first child Samuel, were members of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rhineback NY in 1734. Baptismal records of David's descendants are found in Columbia Co., NY
Children of Valentin-David Shurts and Anna Miller are:
Generation No. 3
Johannes, or John, Shurts was born ca 1714, and was the oldest son of Michael and Maria Elizabetha (Stieren) Shurts. He married Margrietje Van Buskirk, the daughter of Thomas and Volkertje (Collier) Van Buskirk. Johannes is listed in the Janeway store accounts October 1737 and his order was delivered to his half-brother, "Faltus Smith" (who was in Morris Co NJ 1747 and in Pequannock 1752). Johannes and his brother Abraham bought adjoining farms from William Coxe in 1752 on the South Branch of the Raritan in Clinton. These farms are shown on Sheet D of the Hunterdon Co. Map prepared by D. Stanton Hammond. Each is shown to be 194.4 plus acres. This farm of Johannes was willed to his son "Big Michael" who built the first grist-mill near Round Valley and Prescott Brook (Snell, p. 534). Johannes was on the Lebanon ratables list 1778-1780 for 184 (sic) acres. He was also on the Readington ratables list 1778-1779 for 161 acres, the farm which he had inherited from his father and bequeathed to his son John. The discrepancy in acreage between 1/2 of 200 shown on the map and the 161 acres is probably accounted for by the 1/2 of the woodlot purchased by Michael at another time. Johannes' will was dated 19 April 1788, probated 20 January 1789. His wife Margrieetje was still living at that time. (NJ Achives, Calendar of Wills, 1786-1790, Nelson, pg 203) (Some Descendants of Michel Shurts, Mary Jane Barton Shurts, East Lyme Ct, Dec 1978)
Johannes' children, Michael, John, Rachel and Elizabeth, were named in his will.
Children of Johannes Shurts and Margrietje Van Buskirk are:
Eva Shurts was baptized 1 September 1717. She was the second daughter of Michael and Maria Elizabetha (Stieren) Shurts. She married William Kinney. His will was probated December 1757. Executors, his son Peter and John Shurts. Children, surname Kinney, named in the will were Michael, Peter and David. Their son Willem, baptized 22 May 1757 was not named in his father's will.
Children of Eva Shurts and William Kinney are:
11. Abraham3 Shurts (Michael2, Michael1 Schertz)3 was born Abt. 04 November 1722 in Hackensack NJ3, and died 1810 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ3. He married Aultyea Van Buskirk3, daughter of Peter Van Buskirk and Maritje Van Horn. She died Aft. 27 March 1807 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ3.
Abraham Shurts was the second son and the fifth child of Michael and Elizabeth (Stierin) Shurts, and was baptized on 4 November 1722 in the Hackensack Reformed Dutch Church. About ten years before his father's death in 1759, he married Aultyea Van Buskirk. She was the daughter of Peter and Maritje (Van Horn) Van Buskirk of the Spruce Run area of Lebanon Township in Hunterdon County NJ. Aultyea is sometimes called "Alche" and "Auchy" in the records, and was named for her maternal grandmother Aeltje Sebase Banta; from her came the name Althea which has been used by succeeding generations up to the present. Abraham and Aultyea had but two children: Michael whose birth date is unknown, and Peter who was born 12 October 1749 at Lebanon.
In 1751 Abraham purchased from William Coxe 200 acres between Flemington and Clinton, on the west side of the branch of the Raritan River, situated along the present road from Flemington to Clinton and about 3 miles from the latter town. In 1957 the old house was still standing. The house had a wide chimney which could hold a small-sized saw log; it has been written that the logs were drawn into the house by a horse. According to published tradition the land was purchased for the equivalent of $1.00 per acre and the good wheat land later sold for $5.00 per acre. The Lebanon rateable list for 1778-1780 show Abraham owning 184 acres; this land was on the "Great Road" leading from Grandins to New Brunswick and was later in the possession of grandson Abraham through inheritance.
Michael, one of Abraham's two sons, married Catharine Emery and had five children when he was killed in 1802 by being run over by a wagon near Pleasant Run in Readington Township.
Abraham made his will on 27 March 1807, three years prior to his death in 1810, sometime before May 28 when his will was probated. He died on the homestead farm in Lebanon Township at age 88; it is not known when Aultyea died but she was living at the time Abraham made his will. No record has been found of the burial place of Abraham and Aultyea; they were members of the zion Lutheran Church. In 1747 Abraham, together with his brother Johannes and many others, signed the subscription to obtain a pastor for the Lutheran congregation of that area. It is interesting to note that all signed their names, some in German, at a time when many were able only to make their mark.
Abraham was remembered as a proud old "Dutchman" and for his practice of wearing breeches buttoned above the knee, contrary to the custom of the time. His attire was completed with a wide-brimmed pointed hat, a heel-length linsey-woolsy coat with a wide collar and large pockets, and flare-top boots.
Abraham had provided that "Alche" enjoy and possess the homestead farm in Lebanon Township during her lifetime, then it was to pass to their grandson Abraham, the eldest son of their deceased son Michael. To possess it Abraham was to pay $1,200.00 each to his brothers Peter and Jacob. To his son Peter was left half of his personal estate which remained after his mother's death and also the farm in Tewksbury Township; this farm of 102 acres had been purchased by Abraham from William Alexander, Earl of Stirling. He also provided for Catharine, Michael's widow, by bequesting to her and her two daughters the remaining half of his personal estate. Among the items listed in the inventory of Abraham's chattel, totalling $683.27, was a large bible; this bible recorded his children's births and is mentioned by son Peter in his Revolutionary War Pension Application, but the bible has not been located. In his will Abraham spelled his name "Shirts", having dropped the German spelling. ("The Shurts Family" Althea F. Courtot, September 1984)
Baptism: 04 November 1722, Reform Dutch Church, Hackensack NJ
Children of Abraham Shurts and Aultyea Van Buskirk are:
Janneke Borgond is also recorded as Jane Bergen.
Children of George Shurts and Janneke Borgond are:
Generation No. 4
30. Michael4 Shurts (Johannes3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 04 July 1760, and died 23 May 1840. He married (1) Anna Haver 02 May 1784. He married (2) Mary Taylor 01 May 1815. She died 29 August 1847.
More About Mary Taylor: Burial: Lebanon Reformed Cemetery
Children of Michael Shurts and Anna Haver are:
Children of Michael Shurts and Mary Taylor are:
John Shurts served in the Wagon Master's Dept in the Revolutionary War and was living at New Germantown, Tewksbury Twp. at that time (D.A.R. Applic 293851). John's will dated Readington 31 August 1813, probated 18 October 1813, names the children listed, with the exception of Rachel. (NJ Archives, Calendar of Wills, 1810--1813. p. 337, File 2620). The will of Deliverance dated Readington 7 October 1828, probated 1837, names the same children.
Children of John Shurts and Deliverance Bray are:
36. David4 Kinney (Eva3 Shurts, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born Abt. 30 December 1753. He married Mary.
David Kinney was baptized in the Readington Church on 30 December 1753.
Child of David Kinney and Mary is:
38. Peter4 Shurts (Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 12 October 1749 in Lebanon Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ3, and died Bet. 1840 - 1850 in Prob. Readington Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ3. He married Margaret Schomp, daughter of Hendrick Schamp and Margrietje Cock. She was born Abt. 17583, and died Bet. 1840 - 18503.
Peter Shurts (Shirts) was one of Abraham's two sons, born 12 October 1749 in Lebanon Township NJ. His birth was recorded in his father's family bible and copied by Peter into his own bible, is stated by Peter in his application for a Revolutionary War pension. The family records from these bibles have not been located. Peter grew up in the Pleasant Run area, and lived next to the farm of Joost and Margrietje Schomp, the parents of Peter's wife Margaret and Capt. David Schomp who made a deposition to support Peter's pension application.
Peter married Margrietje Schomp about 1774, as their first child Alevia was born on 6 August 1775; Peter was then 25 years old and Margrietje about 8 years younger. They were living in Readington Township (Hunterdon County NJ) with their one daughter when the militia was organized, and in 1776 Peter volunteered. His first tour of duty was in that year and he was stationed at Elizabethtown for a month. After going to Staten Island NY to attack the Tories and "Refugees" (Loyalists), the militia then returned to Elizabethtown. On his second tour of duty the militia cut timber on DeHart's land in Elizabethtown to build log huts for their housing. After the loss of Fort Washington NY and the evacuation of Fort Lee, Peter was on guard in Elizabethtown when Lord Sterling and his troops passed through on their way to New Brunswick. While on a tour at Millstone in Somerset County there was an outbreak of smallpox causing the death of his Capt. Benjamin Allegar, and Peter was inoculated afterwards. During that winter and the spring of 1777 he served on tours of duty, two weeks each, along the Raritan River and was quartered in Col. Ten Eyck's barn. While at a place called Dismal, between Samp Town and Bonhan Town, the militiamen were ordered to watch the British and to harass them whenever they left New Brunswick, to cut off their foraging sorties, and to seek out stragglers The British left at New Brunswick a standing battalion which was engaged in a skirmish with the militiamen, resulting in a retreat by the latter. Peter's military service continued until some time before the battle of Monmouth when he states in his pension record, "my laments from having had my leg broke increased so that I was excused from doing military duty". For his service as a private for more than nine months or more, according to his recollection at age 83, Peter received an annual pension of $30. A copy of his pension application (S834, 17 June 1832) details his military experiences and is filled with family documents.
After Peter's release from service he continued to live in Readington Township with Margaret and their seven children: Alevia, Aultyea, Elizabeth, Abraham, Peter Jr., Henry, Michael. Four of their children were baptized at the Zion Lutheran Church in New Germantown (now Oldwick).
After inheriting his father's farm in Tewksbury Township in 1810, he and his family moved there and remained until sometime before 1832 when he returned to Readington where he was living when he filed his pension application. On 25 February 1829 Peter and Margaret sold their 102-acre tract in Tewksbury to their grandson Abraham, son of Michael, for $2500; this was the farm inherited by Peter from his father who had purchased it from William Alexander, Earl of Sterling.
In the 1840 Readington Township census Peter, age 92, is listed as a pensioned soldier, living with his wife Margaret and their daughter Elizabeth. Following the death of both parents sometime between 1840 and 1850, Elizabeth, who never married, went to live with her brother Peter A. Shirts, also in Readington. Peter made no will, nor was there an administration of his estate after his death. It is not known where Peter and Margaret were buried but since Margaret was a Schomp, it is possible they were interred in the family plot on the Schomp's Readington farm. However, only one stone remains standing, that of Margaret's parents, Hendrick and Margrietje Schomp. ("The Shurts Family", Althea F. Courtot, September 1984)
Children of Peter Shurts and Margaret Schomp are:
39. Michael4 Shurts (Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) died in Pleasant Run, Readington Twp. Hunterdon Co. NJ3. He married Catherine Emery, daughter of Peter Emery and Catharine Apgar. She was born 17 November 1767 in Lebanon, Hunterdon Co., NJ, and died 1806.
Michael Shurts was killed by a wagon which ran over him near Pleasant Run in 1802.
Children of Michael Shurts and Catherine Emery are:
40. Michael4 Shurts (George3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born Abt. 1750 in Hunterdon Co., NJ, and died Abt. 1830 in OH. He married (1) Elizabeth Hote in West Buffalo Twp., Northumberland Co., PA. He married (2) Susanna.
Michael Shurts perhaps died in 1830 in St. Clair, Columiana Co., OH. Michael is said to have married Elizabeth Hote in West Buffalo Twp, Northumberland Co., PA, where they had four children born 1775-1783. He served in the Lancaster Co. Militia. His name is on the Muster Roll 1781. He almost surely had 3 children by Susanna McGehan, all baptized, somehow or other, at Zion Lutheran Church, Tewksbury Twp, Hunterdon Co., NJ on 28 October 1795. There is no other available Michael and his brother Matthias who also went to Columbiana Co. OH, had children baptized at this church during this period. Michael did not purchase land in Columbiana Co., OH until 1807. His children with Elizabeth Hote were all born in Northumberland Co., PA. His children with Susanna McGehan were all baptized 28 October 1795 in NJ.
Children of Michael Shurts and Elizabeth Hote are:
Children of Michael Shurts and Susanna are:
42. Mattias4 Shurts (George3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz)4 was born 13 February 1753 in Hunterdon Co., NJ, and died 14 January 1845 in Columbiana Co., OH. He married Susanna McGehan 21 December 1783. She was born Abt. 1762, and died 18 September 1848.
Children of Mattias Shurts and Susanna McGehan are:
Generation No. 5
Children of John Shurts and Mary Alpaugh are:
Nathan Shurts had a grist mill in Franklin 1850 and was a Shake Manufacturer in the 1870 Census for Frenchtown.
Child of Nathan Shurts and Margaret Lowe is:
Children of Margaret Shurts and Henry Schomp are:
59. Johannes5 Shurts (John4, Johannes3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 14 August 1788, and died 1833 in Lebanon, Warren Co., OH. He married (1) Sarah Van Zeilus. She was born 20 April 1792, and died 26 February 1827. He married (2) Phoebe Ludlum Conklin. She was born 1801, and died 1858.
More About Johannes Shurts: Burial: Lebanon, Warren Co., OH
Child of Johannes Shurts and Sarah Van Zeilus is:
Children of Johannes Shurts and Phoebe Conklin are:
More About Alevia Shurts: Burial: Spruce Run Cemetery, Lebanon, NJ
Children of Alevia Shurts and Cornelius Bowman are:
64. Aultyea5 Shurts (Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born Bet. 1778 - 1780, and died Bet. 10 June 1818 - 11 November 1821. She married (1) George Egbert 04 May 1796, son of Nicholas Egbert. He died Bef. 02 May 1802. She married (2) Francis Blackwell 06 October 1805, son of Elijah Blackwell and Martha Lanning. He died Bet. 1850 - 1860.
Aultyea is believed to have been the second daughter of Peter and Margaret, born about 1778-80, but there is no record of her baptism in the Zion Lutheran Church, nor in any of the neighboring churches. Her elder sister (or perhaps her twin) Alevia was born in 1775, and no record of her baptism has been found. Aultyea's granddaughter Leonora Ann (Barrass) Bennett named one daughter Altha Olivia for these two daughters of Aultyea. Since four of Peter's children were baptized and records for the other three cannot be located, it is assumed that these were never later entered in the church book by the pastor after conducting home baptisms.
"Aully" was probably around 18 years old when she married George Egbert, son of Nicholas of Brookeye, Pleasant Run area of Readington Township, on 4 May 1796. Nicholas Egbert, a member of the Readington Reform Dutch Church until 1788, was the founder of Methodism at Readington early in the 1800's. Before their first meeting-house was built, the Shurts and Egbert family occasionally had services conducted in their homes by the Trenton circuit preachers. This could account for the marriage of George and Aully being performed by the Justice of the Peace, Ezekial Cole, who was the most prominent man in the township and was also a judge during the Revolution; Aully's sister Alevia was also married by Cole two years later. On 4 July 1803 Abraham and Alche Shirts sold land in Lebanon to Cole.
George Egbert had served in the Readington militia in 1793, indicating he was born between 1748 and 1775. He and Aully lived in Readington and had three sons: Nicholas named for George's father; Peter named for Aully's father; James named for George's brother.
After only six years of marriage, Aully was left a widow as George died while still a young man, shortly before 2 May 1802 when an accounting was made of his personal estate. Following a public auction debts were paid to two doctors and disbursements made to Aully's father and sister Elizabeth, and also to three Kinneys who were her brother Henry's in-laws. The "necessaries for funeral" were paid by her great-uncle John Shirts, and a debt of $45 paid to satisfy a judgement by Isaac Emans against George. It would appear that due to his illness, George had financial hardship and was assisted by Aully's family. It can be assumed that Aully returned to her parent's home with her three young sons following the sale of their personal possessions. Her father-in-law- Nicholas Egbert died on 29 December 1811 and in his will left bequests to each of Aully's sons.
Three years after George's death, Aully married on 6 October 1805 a bachelor, Francis Blackwell, of Amwell Township, Hunterdon County; he was the son of Elijah and Martha (Lanning) Blackwell. They were married by a Justice of the Peach, Paul Egbert, of Readington. Elijah Blackwell moved to Independence Township in Warren County after purchasing land there on 24 July 1809, and Francis and Aully followed his parents and lived in a separate household. By then they had three daughters, Deborah, Margaret named for Aully's mother, Martha Ann named for Francis's mother; Aully's sister Alevia also named a daughter Deborah.
Aully died at about age forty, between 10 June 1818, the date of her third daughter's birth, and 11 November 1821, the date of Francis Blackwell's second marriage to Sarah Seals. Aully's burial site has not been located.
Sarah Seals Blackwell reared Aully's young daughters and her own two sons James E. and Isac Newton and two daughters Susan Ann and Achsah L. at their farm in Independence Township (now Allamuchy Twp.). It is presumed that Francis Blackwell died sometime after his 1850 census, his name is not on the 1860 census. He left no will nor was there any administration of his estate in Warren County, and no further record could be found; his burial site is unknown.
Around 1840 Aully's daughter Martha Ann Blackwell married John E. Barrass of Flemington when she was about twenty years old and went to live there and rear their 10 children. ("The Shurts Family", Althea F. Courtot, September 1984)
Children of Aultyea Shurts and George Egbert are:
Children of Aultyea Shurts and Francis Blackwell are:
Child of Abraham Shurts and Eleanor is:
67. Peter A.5 Shurts (Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 22 April 1787, and died 05 July 1875. He married Catharine Apgar, daughter of Peter Apgar. She was born 18 June 1789, and died 28 January 1864.
One of Peter Shurts' sons may have been Andrew V. who perhaps married Jane Biggs Hoffman, (dau of Jacob Hoffman of Readington) whose son George Washington Shurts died 2 February 1839 and is buried in Lebanon Ref. Cemetery. However, Andrew V's name does not appear on the birth records, and so it is not included here.
More About Peter A. Shurts: Burial: Lebanon Reformed Cemetery
More About Catharine Apgar: Burial: Lebanon Reformed Cemetery
Children of Peter Shurts and Catharine Apgar are:
68. Henry5 Shurts (Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 26 November 1789. He married Maria Kinney 07 March 1810, daughter of Andrew Kinney.
There is a possibility that Henry Shurts' wife, Maria Kinney, died about 1835 and that Henry remarried, to a woman who was much younger, and who in turn died between 1855 and 1860.
At the time of the 1860 census, Henry, a widower, was living at White House P.O., Readington Twp., age 70 with the following children in his household: Henry D. born ca 1837, James W. born ca 1839, Sarah born ca 1840, John W. born ca 1855. Also living at White House P.O. at the time were two children who seem to be siblings of these others, Garrett W. Shurts born ca 1843 and Margaret W. Shurts born ca 1852, in the house of Garet Voorhees age 71 and wife Margaret age 66. These children appear to be grandchildren of Henry, but they do not fit into the family which Henry had with Maria Kinney. Since most of these children had the middle initial W, it would seem that the mother's surname began with that letter. (Some Descendants of Michael Shurts, Mary Jane Barton Shurts, East Lyme CT, Dec 1978)
Children of Henry Shurts and Maria Kinney are:
70. Abraham5 Shurts (Michael4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born Abt. 1787. He married Margaret Rockefeller, daughter of David Rockefeller and Margaret Risler. She was born 01 June 1789 in Lebanon NJ.
Children of Abraham Shurts and Margaret Rockefeller are:
72. Peter5 Shurts (Michael4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 1794. He married Catherine Emery, daughter of Jacob Emery and Elizabeth Rockefeller. She was born 17 September 1795.
Peter Shurts lived in Clinton Twp.
Children of Peter Shurts and Catherine Emery are:
More About Jacob V. Shurts: Burial: Bethlehem Presbyterian Cemetery
Children of Jacob Shurts and Julia Fritts are:
Generation No. 6
Child of Martha Blackwell and John Barrass is:
115. George S.6 Shurts (Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 14 July 1806, and died 15 February 1885. He married (1) Sophia Boeman Kline, daughter of David Kline and Elizabeth Hager. She was born Abt. 1809, and died 05 December 1892. He married (2) Mercy Jones 24 May 1828. She was born 22 December 1809, and died 27 January 1857.
Living with George S. Shurts and family in the 1850 Lebanon Twp Census were Catherine Jones age 50 (perhaps the sister of Mercy?) and Essie Teats sage 20. George S. Shurts was Overseer of Highways, 1841.
More About George S. Shurts: Burial: Lebanon Reformed Cemetery
More About Sophia Boeman Kline: Burial: Lebanon Reformed Cemetery
Children of George Shurts and Mercy Jones are:
Children of Peter Shurts and Effie Tiger are:
118. Henry6 Shurts (Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 10 February 1819. He married Ann Tiger 22 October 1842. She was born Abt. 1825.
Children of Henry Shurts and Ann Tiger are:
119. Isaac A.6 Shurts (Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 10 February 1821, and died 11 December 1903. He married Elizabeth Hall 23 September 1846, daughter of Peter Hall and Catharine Packer. She was born 17 November 1824 in Fairhaven, Wayne Co., NY, and died 21 November 1907.
Isaac A. Shurts death certificate gives the mother's name as Jane, which is perhaps an error. Isaac was married by Rev. John Van lieu on 23 September 1846, to Elizabeth Hall, dau, of Peter R. and Catharine (Packer) Hall of Branchburg, Somerset Co., NJ. Isaac operated grist mills in various places before retiring to Newark NJ. Issaac and Elizabeth are buried with most of their children in Fairmont Cemetery, Newark NJ.
More About Isaac A. Shurts: Burial: Fairmont Cemetery, Newark, Essex Co., NJ
More About Elizabeth Hall: Burial: Fairmont Cemetery, Newark, Essex Co., NJ
Children of Isaac Shurts and Elizabeth Hall are:
More About Andrew Kinney Shurts: Burial: Readington Reformed Cemetery
Children of Andrew Shurts and Catharine Stryker are:
131. John K.6 Shurts (Henry5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 06 December 1824, and died 26 July 1853. He married Rebecca Van Dyke. She was born 07 March 1832, and died 18 February 1853.
More About John K. Shurts: Burial: Readington Reformed Cemetery
More About Rebecca Van Dyke: Burial: Readington Reformed Cemetery
Child of John Shurts and Rebecca Van Dyke is:
135. Henry Theodore6 Shurts (Henry5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 14 February 1835, and died 06 April 1879. He married Sarah E. Abt. 1862. She was born Abt. 1836.
Children of Henry Shurts and Sarah E. are:
136. Michael6 Shurts (Abraham5, Michael4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 08 December 1807, and died Abt. 1895 in Clinton Twp.. He married Hannah Aller 28 January 1841. She was born Abt. 1822.
Michael Shurts died in Clinton Twp. Service at Lebanon M.E. Church. He was a farmer in Clinton and lived in his later years with son John. His children Jacob and Issac either died before 1895 or did not live in Hunterdon Co. NJ at that time.
Children of Michael Shurts and Hannah Aller are:
140. Jacob6 Shurts (Peter5, Michael4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 15 September 1815 in Bound Brook NJ, and died 24 August 1881. He married (1) Harriet N. Smith. She was born 18 December 1819, and died 31 August 1881. He married (2) Maria Probasco 14 December 1842, daughter of Jeremiah Probasco. She was born 09 June 1821, and died 07 November 1851.
Children of Jacob Shurts and Harriet Smith are:
Children of Jacob Shurts and Maria Probasco are:
George A. Shurts worked for the railroad. He was living in Bethlehem Twp in 1870, and Sarah Snyder, age 76, was also in the household.
Children of George Shurts and Mary Snyder are:
143. Michael6 Shurts (Jacob V.5, Michael4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born Abt. 1828. He married Nancy. She was born Abt. 1832.
Children of Michael Shurts and Nancy are:
Children of William Shurts and Elizabeth Barkman are:
Generation No. 7
Child of Leonora Barrass and Joseph Bennett is:
146. Samuel J.7 Shurts (George S.6, Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 1831, and died 1915. He married (1) Mary Hoffman, daughter of Peter Hoffman and Ann Gray. She died 1908. He married (2) Mrs. Oscar Apgar.
Children of Samuel Shurts and Mary Hoffman are:
147. Ross J.7 Shurts (George S.6, Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 29 November 1837, and died 14 March 1868. He married Catharina Hoffman 21 October 1855, daughter of William Hoffman and Anna Van Vliet. She was born Abt. 1836.
In 1860 Ross J. Shurts lived in New Germantown, Tewksbury Twp. In 1870, his widow Catherina, lived in Bethlehem Twp.
Children of Ross Shurts and Catharina Hoffman are:
Children of Isaac Shurts and Martha Davis are:
162. John Wagner7 Shurts (Henry6, Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born Abt. 1856. He married Alice Cole.
Children of John Shurts and Alice Cole are:
163. Peter Hall7 Shurts (Isaac A.6, Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 17 July 1847 in Greenbrook, Somerset Co., NJ, and died 28 February 1924. He married Carrie Minetta Sayre 17 January 1878 in New York City, NY, daughter of James Sayre and Julia Phillips. She was born 12 July 1857 in Fairhaven, Wayne Co., NY, and died 05 January 1925.
Peter Hall Shurts was employed at Cooley's Dept. Store and served as Supt. of Sunday School, Spring St. Presbyterian Church (Chinatown), moving ca 1885 from New York City to New London CT, where he became a partner in "The New York Store". He established a Real Estate business in 1902, which was carried on by his grandsons. Peter and Carrie had 4 sons and a daughter. Their second son, Arthur Hall Shurts 1882-1975, had two sons, 2 grand-daughters, and 5 great grand children. Their daughter, Elizabeth Jenette had two daughters, 6 grandchildren.
Children of Peter Shurts and Carrie Sayre are:
164. Jacob K. Vanderveer7 Shurts (Isaac A.6, Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 15 October 1849 in Quicks Mills, Flemington NJ, and died 06 July 1940 in Carthage NY. He married (1) Sarah Mooney 05 September 1878. He married (2) Margaret Kellogg 15 August 1900.
The Rev. Dr. Jacob K. Vanderveer Shurts was a pastor for 16 years at the First Presbyterian Church of Carthage NY. In 1917 he became Assoc. Pastor, Park Presbyterian Church, Newark NJ, serving with the Rev. Dr. Charles Lee Reynolds for 12 years. He was also a lecturer on the Battle of Gettysburg, having been a drummer boy there.
Child of Jacob Shurts and Sarah Mooney is:
Children of Catharine Shurts and Westley Runyon are:
169. George B. McClellan7 Shurts (Isaac A.6, Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 22 November 1862, and died 18 May 1923. He married Bertha Goetschius. She died 20 March 1965.
George B. McClellan Shurts was Secretary of the W.H. Shurts Co. He and Bertha had 2 daughters and a son George B. McClellan Shurts Jr. who had 3 sons and 2 grandsons.
Children of George Shurts and Bertha Goetschius are:
191. Peter S.7 Shurts (George A.6, Jacob V.5, Michael4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born Abt. 1851. He married Anna Riddle 09 December 1876, daughter of E.G. Riddle and Elizabeth Cramer.
Children of Peter Shurts and Anna Riddle are:
Generation No. 8
Child of Altha Bennett and Joseph Dalrymple is:
204. Austin8 Shurts (Samuel J.7, George S.6, Peter A.5, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) was born 1859. He married Rachel.
Child of Austin Shurts and Rachel is:
Generation No. 9
Child of Mabel Dalrymple and Henry Fancher is:
Generation No. 10
232. Althea Mae10 Fancher (Mabel Eleanor9 Dalrymple, Altha Olivia8 Bennett, Leonora Ann7 Barrass, Martha Ann6 Blackwell, Aultyea5 Shurts, Peter4, Abraham3, Michael2, Michael1 Schertz) She married Elwood Crocker Courtot.
Children of Althea Fancher and Elwood Courtot are PRIVATE
1. "The Shurts Family", Althea F. Courtot, September 1984.
2. Some Descendants of Michel Shurts, Mary Jane Barton Shurts, East Lyme CT, December 1978.
3. "The Shurts Family", Althea F. Courtot, September 1984.
4. Some Descendants of Michel Shurts, Mary Jane Barton Shurts, East Lyme CT, December 1978.