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Notes for Johann Whilem Andreas "Andrew" ZUMWALT

The Anglicized version of his name is John William Andrew Zumwalt.

1737 The family arrived in the New World on the ship Virtuous Grace.

Jax Zumwalt posted at

"What was the Andreas ZumWald family leaving behind! Both Andreas’s and Margaretha’s father’s had been dead for years. Andreas’s mother, Susanna Feller ZumWald Seegmueller, estimated to be in her early 60’s in 1737 does not appear in Zweibrucken records after 1731 and Margareth’s mother would have been 79 if she were still alive. Andreas’s only known brother, Philipp Jr. had died 3 years earlier and Andreas and Margaretha seem to have taken Philipps orphaned 10 year old son ( Balthasar ) into their family and would take him to America with them. Philipp Jr’s. wife, Catherine Steeg, would sometime in 1737 re-marry. Andreas’s sister Anna Catherina ZumWald was married to Mayor of Neiderauerbach, Jacob Amboss"

From "The Andrew Zumwalt Family Outline of the First Four Generations, " Vol. One, by Paul L. Reed, Colusa (CA) Library:
"The Andrew Zumwalt family settled in Pennsylvania in 1737 only one year after the William Penn family and the Indians signed a treaty in 1736. The properietors took title to land west of the Sussquehanna River, where the town of York was laid out in 1741, and York County was separated from Lancaster County in 1749."

"All seven sons of Andrew Zumwalt lived in Virginia during the Revolutionary War - service records of four of the five sons of Ann Regina have been documented. All seven sons went west to Kentucky at the close of the Revolution.

Sons "George Sumwolt" and "Stuffle Sumwalt" migrated to Bourbon Co, KY where they were among those listed in the militia of Ruddell's fort.

Then sons John, Jacob, Christopher, Adam, and Andrew moved from Bourbon County, KY, with Daniel Boone to Missouri between 1796 and 1798 where they became citizens of Spain, receiving land grants in the St. Charles District of the Louisiana District of the Indiana Territory from the Spanish government.

His bio was mistakenly applied to son Jacob in A History of Pioneer Families in Missouri:

ZUMWALT.-- Jacob Zumwalt, of Germany, emigrated to America, and settled first in PA., where the town of Little York now stands. He purchased the land upon which the town was subsequently built, and erected a cabin upon it. Being afflicted with a cancer, he removed to VA., where he could obtain medical aid, and settled on the Potomac, not far from Georgetown. But he grew worse instead of better, and soon died. In the meantime, the deed to his land in PA. had been destroyed, and his children lost what would have been a princely fortune to them. This valuable paper was lost in a rather singular manner. One of the girls, while hunting about the house for a piece of pasteboard to stiffen her new sun-bonnet, found the deed, and, being unable to read, she supposed it was some useless piece of old paper, and used it in her bonnet. The deed had never been recorded, and therefore could not be restored, and the heirs to the property never succeeded in establishing their title.....There were 5 Jacobs in the different Zumwalt families, and they were distinguished as Big Jake, Little Jake, Calico Jake, St. Charles Jake and Lying Jake.

Residences & events:

N Germany where he was born and lived.

Rotterdam, Holland. Seeking religious freedom, Andrew and Balthazar (brother or nephew?) set sail for American aboard the "Virtuous Grace" mastered by Capt John Bull.

1727 Baltimore, MD was their port of entry.

9/24/1737 He took the oath of Allegiance in Philadelphia.

York Co, PA. He settled there and the city of York is now located on the old Zumwalt farm. After the death of William Penn, he moved the family to Georgetown on the Potomoc River.

Little York, Shenandoah Co, VA. where it is said he founded the town.

Frederick Co, VA where he died.

His will was dated 10/20/1764 and stated:

"In the Name of God, Amen; I, Andrew Zomwald in the County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia, being weak in body but Sound of memory, (Blessed by God) do this 20th day of October ANNO Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Four, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:

First, I recommend and give my body to the ground and my soul to God.

Secondly, I give to my wife, Ann Regina Zomwald for her share a third part of all my estate as well deserved for all her trouble she has had with me in all my sickness and children got with my first wife as well as hers. I say she is to have a third of all my land, cattles, householdstuff, etc.

Thirdly, the two parts or third left, is to be divided in equal shares amongst the children one as much as the other.

Fourthly, I make my wife, Ann Regina, sole Executrix and ordain her for that, in trust for the intents, purposes in this my will contained, as a mother ought to do to my children got by my first wife as well as them got with her.

Fifth, If any of the children should be fit and grown up for to learn a trade such as the like the ___________ shall be put to it with the will of their mother.

In witness whereof, I, Andrew Zomwald set my hand and seal the day and year above mentioned,

Andrew Zomwald

Signed, sealed and delivered as my last will and testament in the presence of George Weaver, Peter Speer and Martin Blake."

At a Court continued and held for Frederick County the 6th day of March, 1765, this last will and testament of Andrew Zomwald, deceased, was proven by the oaths of George Weaver and Peter Spear, two of the witnesses there to and ordered to be recorded. Ann Regina, the Executrix therein named having refused to take upon herself the Execution thereof, Administration with the will annexed of the estate of the said Andrew Zomwald, deceased, is granted unto Henry Zomwald, he having made oath thereto and together with Jacob Huff and George Weaver, his securities entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of Four Hundred Pounds for his due and faithful execution thereof.

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