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Early Sheetz Family - Philadelphia PA & Shenandoah Co., VA

Early Sheetz Family - Philadelphia PA & Shenandoah Co., VA

Posted: 1164999809000
Classification: Query
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 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:


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:

- Elizabeth SHEETZ and her husband Leonard MAURER (MOURER) moved to Highland Co., Ohio. For further information see:

- 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:

Re: Early Sheetz Family - Philadelphia PA & Shenandoah Co., VA

Posted: 1321313025000
Classification: Query
I found John Emerick Nunnemacker's will on the Buck's county site (it changed since you posted the link--but I found it. thank you)

It look like John's wife Judith inherited the land prior to their marriage. It also looks like the will was executed in Buck's Co, but John lived in Rock Hill which was Huntingdon Co. If the land went to Judith prior to the marriage then it would have been pre 1735+-. Do you know what land or land grant records are available for that era for Buck's Co? I am assuming that Judith was an only child or at the very least had no brothers for the land to pass to her. Her father was most likely one of the first settlers, had land granted to him and he died widowed, with no sons. From that record, we could get Judith's maiden name and her father's name. I am in MA and don't know what records are available. You've done quite a bit of Sheetz research and I'd like your thoughts.
Thank you
Maryann Flaherty

Re: Early Sheetz Family - Philadelphia PA & Shenandoah Co., VA

Posted: 1321745938000
Classification: Query

I've not done "real" research in PA that early, but I briefly checked the FHL Card Catalog, and it appears there are deeds back to the late 1600s. You should be able to order the microfilm for a small fee and use it at a local Family History Center, plus there are numerous published abstracts of early Bucks records, including deeds. Use the old FHL catalog and search by place at:

In addition, the Pennsylvania State Archives has images of several of their early land warrant registers and surveys online. A good place to start if you find you're dealing with original grants rather than resale deeds is:

Be sure to also click on the Land Records link/tab in the upper right hand corner for additional information.
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