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  • ID: I2579
  • Name: Johann Theobald Lentz
  • Surname: Lentz
  • Given Name: Johann Theobald
  • Nickname: Dewalt
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 18 Mar 1742 in Germany
  • Death: 1812 in Rowan County, North Carolina
  • Burial: Organ Lutheran Church Cementary, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina
  • _UID: F81D79D4EBACE8429B32448840D44CEC08D5
  • Baptism: 18 Mar 1742
  • Immigration: 10 Nov 1764 Philadelphia, arrived from Germany
  • Note:
    Y-DNA Research

    LENTZ-LENTZ: Hans Petrus Lentz > Johann Theobald "Dewalt" Lentz > Peter J Lentz > Joseph Lentz > Moses G Lentz > Joseph Henry Lentz > private > KWL (FTDNA Kit 2152)


    FF-DNA Research

    BRADLEY-LENTZ: BAB and REL are 5th cousins 2 times removed. Their common ancestors are Hans Petrus Lentz and Anna Susannah Magdalena Klein..
    a) Hans Petrus Lentz > Johann Theobald Lentz Sr > Dewalt Lentz Jr > John Elisha Lentz > Luther Agustas Lentz Sr > Bettie Cutchin Lentz > BAB (Kit No: 223262)
    b) Hans Petrus Lentz > Bastian Lentz Sr > Margaret Lentz > Sophia Sifford > Sarah Peeler > Philip M Lentz > Henry Lentz > Ellis Preston Lentz > REL (Kit No: ??)

    BRADLEY-CLINE: BAB and SC are 6th cousins. Their common ancestors are Moritz Klein and Anna Catharina Martzloff.
    a) Moritz Klein > Anna Susannah Magdelena Klein > Johann Theobald Lentz > Dewalt Lentz > John Elisha Lentz > Luther Agustas Lentz > Bettie Cutchin Lentz > BAB (Kit No: 223262)
    b) Moritz Klein > Jacob Klein > John Cline > David A Cline > George Washington Cline > Robert E Lee Cline > Claude Cline > SC (Kit No: ??)


    BY Alan Lentz


    He appears on p. 463 of the baptismal records of the Hirschland Lutheran Kirchenbuch (Churchbook): "18th of March 1742 - baptism of Joh. Theobald Lenz, mother Anna Magdalena, father Petrus Lenz from Postroff. Postroff is a village in the northern part of the present-day French province of Alsace. Today the region is in the northern part of the Departement of Bas Rhin in France or, one may say, in northern Alsace Province.

    In the 16th and 17th centuries Alsace was a country divided into numerous small domains and the area of Postroff belonged to the Grafschaft of Nassau-Saarwerden. In the 18th century, the northwestern section belonged to the Counts of Nassau and was known as the Graftschaft of Nassau-Saarwerden. The area is about 40 miles northwest of the city of Strasbourg.


    In Strassburger's "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" Vol II, p. 802, lin 23, the compilers misread Dewalt's signature "Dibolt Lentz" as "Dibolt Lertz." In Old High German, the name Theobald was Theudobald, " meaning "bold among the people, " Perfectly good German variants of this name are Teobalt, Theobalt, Tewald, Thiebalt, Dibolt, Diebolt, Dewald, Dewalt, Diewald and Diewalt. English clerks often spelled it as Teobald, Tebald, Tebalt, Tebelt, Tewalt, and Deobald. Diebolt Lentz is the spelling shown by Rupp and Engle in their separate works (NOTE: NEED TO FIND THESE TWO AUHORS' WORKS AND PUT THEM INTO THE BIBLIOGRAPHY.) His name shows in the baptismal record in their native village of Postroff as Theobald; in Strassburger's work as Dibolt; and in some PA and NC records as Deobald or Theobald but usually as Dewalt or Dewalt, and sometims but rarely as Duvald.

    LENTZ is a very old German name meaning "Springtime, " and was also written as LENZ.

    Dewalt (Diebolt) LENTZ arrived in Philadelphia on 10 Nov 1764 on the ship Boston from Rotterdam via Cowes, England. Dewalt probably had exchanged letters with his older brother Bastian LENTZ who arrived in 1753 and settled in Berks Co., PA, where Dewalt soon joined him. According to family legend in NC, they had two other brothers--John LENTZ and Peter LENTZ--who also lived in NC at times when Bastian and Dewalt lived there. As of this writing (1996), neither ship records showing when and where Peter and John arrived in America nor baptismal records in their native area have been found. Until such documentation is found proving whatever the kinship was between Bastian and Dewalt on one hand and Peter and John on the other, we cannot continue to say that the four were brothers. We continue to believe, however, that they must have been of some kin--cousins or uncles, perhaps.

    Strassburger says that the order of names on the ship's roster is important since people from the same locality usually traveled together as friends or relatives and continued to associate with one another after they arrived in America. The following names were close to D- Diebolt LENTZ: (1) Hans Adam HARTMANN, (2) Peter REITNAUER (RIDENHOUR), (3) George REITNAUER, and (4) Johannes PFLUM. Adam HARTMANN sponsored a son for Bastian LENTZ at Mertz Lutheran Church on 11 May 1768. (On the Organ Church records in Rowan Co., NC, it is found that sponsors were almost always relatives.)

    PA had a tax on "renters" which included unmarried men age 21 or older. Once they married and became the head of a family, they were dropped from this tax list. It became known as the "Bachelor's Tax." In 1767, Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA, Dewalt LENTZ paid 15 shillings tax as a single man for the year 1766 (from PA Archives). He married in March 1767 and would have been dropped from the tax list at that time.

    Mertz Church records in Berks Co., PA, p. 212, show that Deobald LENTZ married Elizabeth BECHTEL on 3 Mar 1767. C. F. Fox lis

    NARRATIVE OF JOHN LENTZ, Sr. (December 1967)
    By J.P. Lentz, 2010 Trail 5, Burlington, North Carolina, 27215
    Retyped by Jason Pearce (b 1972, Raleigh, North Carolina)

    John Lentz, Sr. was the third brother to come to North Carolina and received land in 1784. He is believed to show on the 1830 Census as being over 100 years old. His wife was Margaret. Children: Peter ca 1753, Benjamine Mar 6 1755, Devalt ca 1757, Jacob ca 1759, John Jr ca 1761, Elizabeth wife of George Hager ca 1763, Catherine wife of Jacob Miller ca 1765.

    He gave his son Peter 104 acres of land in 1789. Son Peter died and his farm sold Aug 19, 1813, with the following childrend: Mary wife of John Mills, Polly wife John Lyerly, Jacob, Catey Benson (also signs) believed to be a daughter, and Bastian Lentz deseased.

    Son Bastian Lentz married Sophia Freatly in 1797 and died in 1802, leaving a widow and three children named Phillip, Susan, and Sophy. We have found descendants of Sophy Lentz. Philip and Susan are still lost. The widow Sophia Lentz married William Freez who gave bond of 300 pounds as guardian for the three children in 1803.

    John Lentz Sr. sold his farm in 1796 and retired near the Cabarrus County line with his son John Jr. where he bought land and divided it between Jacob and Benjamine. Benjamine Lentz married Rosenna Fite, daughter of Peter Fite, and in 1817, they moved to Bedford County, Tennessee where we have found many descendants. Benjamine Lentz served in the Revolutionary War and received a pension. He had 10 children. he died 1833. Benjamine Lentz said he was born in Fairfield County, SC, March 6, 1755. It is believed that John Lentz Sr. and his brother Peter Lentz Sr. both arrived at Charleston, SC, about 1750.
  • Change Date: 8 Feb 2015 at 12:05:40

    Father: Hans Petrus Lentz b: 18 Jan 1711 in Postroff, Germany Nassau-Saariverder
    Mother: Anna Susannah Magdalena Klein b: 1711 in Postroff, Germany Nassau-Saariverder

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Bechtel b: ABT 1745
    • Married: 3 Mar 1767 in Mertz Lutheran Church, Rockland Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania
    1. Has No Children Anna Mareretha Lentz b: 10 Jan 1768 in Rockland, Berks County, Pennsylvania
    2. Has Children Peter J Lentz Sr b: 1769 in Rockland Township, Pennsylvania
    3. Has Children Elizabeth Lentz b: 20 Nov 1776 in Pennsylania
    4. Has Children Dewalt Lentz b: 27 May 1780 in Pennsylania

    Marriage 2 Mary Haltermann
    • Married: 6 Nov 1800 in Zion Organ Lutheran Church, Rowan (Iredell) County, North Carolina
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