The following information is summarized from the book "A Shenandoah County Pioneer and His Descendants - Matthias Schutz (Sheetz) 1698-1766," by Thomas M. Spratt, published in 1993 by Iberian Publishing Co., Athens, Georgia. Statements in square brackets [ ] are my clarifications or deductions from the information provided in the book.
Matthias Schutz, age 34, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 on the ship Loyal Judith out of Rotterdam. "It is known by later records that there was one son, Matthias, Jr. with his father...It is not known when Matthias, Jr. was born in Germany, but it is believed to be in the 1720s. They were members of St Michaels and Zion Church in Philadelphia...it is believed the Sheetz family came to Shenandoah County [Virginia] after 1754 and settled west of Woodstock on Narrow Passage Creek."
Matthias Jr., b. ca. 1725 m. Barbara Nunnemacher in 1748 in Pennsylvania, and was killed by Indians in 1766 in Shenandoah Co., Virginia
Christina SHEETZ, b. 1748, in PA [Lived with her brother Matthias, apparently in Pennsylvania].
Johan Jurg (George) SHEETZ, b. 1750, in PA. Believed to have died young.
Matthias SHEETZ, b. 1752, in PA, m. 1774 Barbara FROST in PA. [May have remained in or returned to Pennsylvania?]
Hans Emerick (John) SHEETZ, b. 1754, in PA, m. Margaret _____, d. 1830
Barbara SHEETZ, b. 1757 in VA, m. Archilbald BURNS 28 Jan 1781 in Shenandoah Co., VA
Elizabeth SHEETZ, b. VA, m. Leonard MAURER 7 Feb 1782 Shenandoah Co., VA
Henry SHEETZ, b. 1762 in VA, m. 1780 Susannah _____, d. 1838 Shenandoah Co., VA
Johann Jacob SHEETZ, b. 10 Oct 1764 in VA, m. Eva WALKER/WACKER 3 Jan 1788 in Shenandoah Co, VA, d. 1828
A descendant chart based primarily on this book can be found online at:http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~nony/nnmkr/d654.htm#P654
Tidbits about this family from other sources:
- An abstract of the will of Barbara Nunnemacher's father, John Emerick Nunnemacker of Rockhill, Bucks Co., PA, confirming that she was the widow of Mathias Sheetz, can be found online at:http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/bucks/wills/willabst...
- Elizabeth SHEETZ and her husband Leonard MAURER (MOURER) moved to Highland Co., Ohio. For further information see:http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/o/w/Robert-S-Mo...
- There is a highway marker in Virginia regarding the death of Mathias Sheetz, said to be the last Indian-Settler Conflict. See marker number VA - A41 at:http://www.historical-markers.org/distance/index.cgi?mid=145...