I seek other researchers of the Fultz/Foltz/Folls family of northern Maryland in the 1700-1800s. I'm beginning to think my John Fultz is of the family of Johann Nicolaus Voltz, several of whose children came to Philadelphia Sep 18 1773 on the ship Britannia. Johan Conrad Fultz worked in a glass factory there with some Kramers, then moved to Manheim in Lancaster Pennsylvania then in spring of 1774 Conrad Voltz was listed along with others who built and began operating a glass factory south of Fredericktown, Frederick County MD.
In the 1790 census his widow Margaret Foltz appeared in Frederick County - presumably a widow with one male and one female child, perhaps John and sister Catharina Foltz.
Though the first appearance of John Fultz in the census is 1810, when he appears in the Baltimore County "Pipe Creek and North Hundred" region (I believe this is the same area where his son still owned a farm in 1860), he must have been in the area by 1801 at least: at the Bachman Valley Jerusalem Evangelical Church (Vol 9 Maryland German Church Records), appearing on confirmation list in 1801 are John Foltz, Anna Maria, his wife, and Catharina Foltzin (single).
Shortly thereafter Catharine must have married: on 25 Oct 1803 a child, Anna Maria Hauser, was born to Frederick Hauser and wife Catharine, with John and Anna Maria Foltz the sponsors. (There are many Hauser/Houser/Hyser records in Frederick County.)
Also in 1803, my ancestor Anna Maria Polly Fultz was born. I have no birth record, but: when Polly Fultz's daughter Isadora Wilson was born on June 10, 1838, baptised at the Zion Church at Mancester, Anna Maria the elder is named as sponsor and designated "grandmother."
Though I believe there were other children, the only other one I can identify is John Fultz Jr. Born much later than Polly, in 1822, he lived next to the widow Fultz in 1840 and he has his mother Anna with him in the 1850 census. John Jr. married Christianna S. (May 07, 1826-October 05, 1864) and had these children: Agnes (June 18, 1846-October 08, 1864), John W. (September 30, 1849-October 02, 1864), Mary S. (April 03, 1855-September 27, 1864), Laura Emma Virginia Fultz (February 17, 1860-November 09, 1864 - this daughter's birth recorded at Jerusalem Evangelical Church).
In the 1860 census John Fultz Jr. and family (including mother Anna Maria Sr.) is also found next to the Michael Wilson family (his sister and brother-in-law and daughters). Catastrophe soon struck: as we can see from the dates on the tombstones at the Bachman Valley church, his wife and four children all died within weeks of each other in 1864. Following the sudden death of his entire family, in the 1870 John Jr. is remarried, living in Manchester with new wife Mary b. 1825. He is now a cigarmaker. His mother is apparently dead; living with him and Mary is an Amanda Rohrback or Rinebacker, b. 1859, perhaps a child of this new wife's first marriage.
The farm of John Fultz was between Bachman Mills and Manchester, in what is today Carroll County. It is very near the Pennsylvania border, just south of Manheim Township in York County and the Adams County line. Before 1837 this farm was almost on the line between Frederick County and Baltimore County Maryland. Thus there are potentially five counties in two states to search for the same area.
Any Maryland Foltz researchers of this period, please contact me at email@example.com
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