Peter WITMER 
- Born: 1737, Hertzheim, Nassau-Dillingsburgshoff, Kingdom of Prussia 1
- Marriage (1): Anna SMITH 
- Marriage (2): Sarah Maria Sallome SCHUETT 
- Died: 3 Jul 1793, Union Twp, Snyder Co, PA at age 56 1
- Buried: Row's Cemetery, Penn Twp, Snyder Co, PA 1
Cause of his death was yellow fever.1
From the book, "The Witmer Family" compiled by Maxine Blankenhorn Bennett, pub. by Clifford H. Bennett, 1984
Peter Witmer emmigrated with his parents, brothers and sister when only 10 years old, arriving in Philadelphia harbor 9 Oct 1747 in the ship "Restauration, James hall, Captain, from Rotterdam, last from Leith. His parents, born in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, had fled with other Swiss Mennonite families, because of religious persecution. They had found refuge in the more tolerant Upper Rhine Valley of Germany. He grew to manhood in the parental home in Lancaster Co., PA. The early years of his married life were spent in Lancaster Co., PA.
On 8 June 1759, Peter was granted a warrant of survey for 50 acres of land in Lancaster County. By 1766, he was located one mile above Port Treverton and took up 300 acres of land still in possession of his desendants. This large tract of land was on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Snyder County. In 1773, he lived in Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., and was taxed with 140 acres and personal property.
In 1773 or 1774, Peter loaded his family and goods on a flat boat at Columbia, PA, and went up the river with them to the site of the present village of Dundore, in Union Twp., Snyder Co., where he built his first cabin. He was one of the first settlers of this region, and a prominent citizen. His estate wa an important point in the early days, and in 1791, he established a ferry across the river to the foot of the Mahaney Mountain. He owned a saw mill, a distillery, and a large tract of land, besides condiderable personal property. In 1785, Peter was on the the road supervisors of Penn Township. Peter military record is listed under the facts section. The company was commanded by Capt. John Moll, of Sunbury, PA.
Peter Witmer, born 1737 in Hertzheim, Nassau-Dillingsburgshoff, Kingdom of Prussia; died July 03, 1793 in Union Twp, Snyder Co., PA. He was the son of Peter Widmer and Anna ?. He married Sarah Maria Sallome Schuett October 07, 1757 in St. Michael's and Zion Church, Philadelphia, PA.
Sarah Maria Sallome Schuett, born October 24, 1740 in Upper Alsace, FRA; died 1800 in Snyder Co., PA. She was the daughter of Carl Valentine Michael Schuett.
From Barbara Lenker's notes:
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 18:04:49 EST
In doing some cross checking between some info I have gathered and "The Witmer Family" book by Maxine Bennett, I have so far come
across one discrepancy. The info on Peter Witmer (R.1746) is in dispute. I'm 99% sure the Peter Witmer she has listed who followed
Joseph Smith to Ohio and was involved in the creation of the Mormom religion is not correct. That Peter Witmer was apparently the son of a Christian Witmer.
Peter Witmer (b abt 1773) who was the son of George and whose family was captured by Indians on Easter morning 1780 was raised along the Mohawk River in Eastern New York after he was rescued from his Indian captors. He was apparently taken in by the Yost family, grew to adulthood, married a Margaret Boshart and had 3 sons and six daughters. He bought a farm and resided in Johnstown, NY until his death at about 45.
This info. came from "Frothingham's History of Montgomery County" published 1892.
I'm also still not sure about whether Peter's father's name was George or Peter. I have info. stating it as both. I'm still researching that.
The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 1-39, 1650-1900's,
Volume XIV, Abstracts of Wills and Administrations of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Page 24
Peter Witmer (sic) not dated (sic); Proved 3rd day August 1793. Being very ill. Wife Maria Sallome. Son Peter. Son in law John Thornton the land on which he now lives, being on the River and to include the Little Meadow. Daughter Susannah. My saw mill. Executors: son Peter and son-in-law John Moltz. Witnesses: John Marcum, P. Hoslerman.
Noted events in his life were:
• He served in frontier wars against the Indians, in 1779. 1 Served as private
• He served in PA, in Revolutionary War. 1 Pennsylvania Continental Line
• He had an estate probated on 3 Aug 1793 in Sunbury, Northumberland Co, PA. 1
Peter married Anna SMITH  [MRIN: 717].
Peter next married Sarah Maria Sallome SCHUETT  [MRIN: 697]. (Sarah Maria Sallome SCHUETT  was buried in Row's Cemetery, Penn Twp, Snyder Co, PA 1.)