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The name Baltzell was supposed to have originated in Baltz Germany. The coat of arms is a riderless horse with silver saddle and bridle in either full gallop or rearing (depends). Colors are Blue and Silver. The crest has a full faced helm with bull horns to each side and peacock feathers in the middle. The fess is blue and silver and represents military service. On each side of the shield are knights with lances in full plate armor. There is a motto in German, but for the life of me I can't remember what it is right now. I have quite an extensive book I researched before going to Japan. I lost track of time and patience while there and never finished it completely.
I have recently found out (which another Baltzell hinted at a few years ago) that Baltzell is Swiss, not German. From around Basel, Switzerland. Our ancestor came across the mountains into Germany (maybe stopping in Baltz, Germany) and settling in Klingen Alsace, Germany, Now part of France.
In 1763 practically the whole brood of kids left Rotterdam and landed in Philladelpia aboard the Good Ship Chance. Only a few of the children actually registered on the manifest. Another brother had left earlier and only registered as P.B, Hans Peter Baltzell. It goes on and on and on from here. If you are ever in Frederick, Maryland, visit the Frederick County Historical Society. Their headquarters are in Dr. John Jacob Baltzell II mansion. I have a picture somewhere. I went to see it when I was in D.C. Boy, now I'm gonna have to dig out my papers and book and start up again. Oh, Mark D. Baltzell is my little brother. Hey Mark, Wassup.