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(Est 1663-1738)
(Abt 1659-1724)
Johann Michael KURZ
Johann Peter THOMAS
(Bef 1696-1743)
Anna Elisabetha KURZ
(Abt 1736-Bef 1789)


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Eva Maria SIX


  • Born: Abt Mar 1736, Pleizenhausen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany 4
  • Baptized: 11 Mar 1736, Protestant (Evangl.) Church, Pleizenhausen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany 4
  • Marriage: Eva Maria SIX 6 Apr 1760, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania 1 2 3
  • Died: Bef Dec 1789, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania 5

bullet   Other names for Peter were Peter DOMAS and Peter TOMAS.


bullet  Baptism Notes:

Sponsors were Peter Scholosser from Pleizenhausen, Johann Peter Lust from Laubach and Maria Elisabeth Götz from Pleizenhausen.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Emigration, 1754, Simmern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. 8

• Immigration, 1 Oct 1754, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 9 His trip to Philadelphia was on the Ship Phoenix, originating in Rotterdam and last stopping in Cowes, England, before traveling across the Atlantic. Onboard the ship were 11 Roman Catholics, 25 Menonists, Swissers., 300 Souls and 554 Freights, mostly originating from Franconia, Palatinate, and Zweybreck.

• Land, 2 Jul 1764, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. 10 Peter Thomas entered into an indenture recorded in Berks County Deed Book 6, pages 114-115, dated 2 July, 1764, that "Didrich Sixth" [Dietrich Six] sold a one hundred acre tract of land in Bethel Township to Peter Domas [Thomas] for the sum of five shillings. The land was bounded by the lands of George Groff, George Lechner, and Jacob Seirer/Seirett[?]. It was half of Dietrich's land and was a portion of the land originally granted by Warrant to Andreas Groff. Peter was bound not to sell the land without Dietrichs agreement. Dietrich agreed not to sell the other half. The parties bound themselves to each other (and heirs) in the sum of one hundred pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania.

• Probate, 23 Dec 1789, Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. 2 Eva Maria Thomas (widow of Peter Thomas) and Christian Thomas (eldest son) were granted Letters of Administration over the Estate of Peter Thomas. Eva Maria, Christian, Daniel Hoffman and Jacob Geyer(?) (both of Bethel Township) paid the 300 pound bond to the Register of Wills.

Various documents describe the process of the sheriff gathering a group of 12 local residents to determine how the land (148 acres) could be partitioned without prejudice to or spoiling the whole. On 4 Feb 1795, the sheriff reported back to the Orphan's Court that the land could not be divided and it was appraised at a value of 400 pounds. On that same day, the Orphan's Court awarded the land to Christian Thomas providing he pay each of the other heirs their respective share. George Groff and George Sheephaur provided the securities for Christian to make these payments. [Berks Co. Orphan Court Proceedings, vol. 4, book 1, 247-249]

The documents list the heirs as: Eva Maria (widow) and nine children: Christian (eldest son), Jacob, Godfrey, Margaret, the wife of Michael Raebuck, Eve Maria, the wife of John Sheffer, Elizabeth, Catherine, Christina, and Magdalena (last four yet in their minority [less than 18 yrs old]). [There was another son, Johannes, who is not listed. This researcher presumes Johannes to have died before Peter's death.]

Subsequent petitions were made to the Orphan Court of the County of Berks on 25 March 1791 to allow Elizabeth and Catherine (both minors above the age of 14) to make a choice of guardian, and to name guardians for the two girls under the age of 14, Christina and Magdalena. Daniel Hoffman was named the guardian (husband of Eve Emmert, who was daughter of George Emmert (co-executor for the will of Dietrich Six)).

A list of the initial dispersements made from the Estate of Peter Thomas included the following names: Frederick Deek, Henry Bunner, Jacob Feather, Michael Groff, Philip Wile, Godfrey Röhrer, George Wirich, Jacob Snyder, Jacob Röhrer, Frederick Weaver, Jacob Geiger, Daniel Kunsman, Philip Zaring, Philip Gephart, Michael Raboch, Eve Thomas, Marin Gundrum, Daniel Hoffman, and Daniel Ludwig.

An inventory of belongings is listed in the file, with a total value of over 64 pounds.


Peter married Eva Maria SIX, daughter of Dietrich SIX and Unknown, on 6 Apr 1760 in Bethel Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.1 2 3 (Eva Maria SIX was born on 5 Nov 1742,11 died on 7 Jul 1817 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania 11 and was buried in Himmels Church Cemetery, Washington Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania 11.)


bullet  Marriage Notes:

It is unclear how Eva Maria would have met Peter Thomas, given there is no record of Peter's family in the Bethel Township area. Given that their marriage took place at the conclusion of the Indian uprisings of 1755-1759, perhaps there is some relationship between those events. Eva Maria's family clearly had been forced from their home during portions of this time period. Perhaps they stayed further south in Berks County, or in Lebanon, where Peter may have been raised. Perhaps Peter was in the militia garrisoned at Fort Henry near Eva Maria's home. These ideas are nothing but speculation at this point.



1 Family Archives CD # 129 (Church Records: Adams, Berks & Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania, 1729-1881), Version 2.0, (Genealogy.Com, LLD, 1999)
, Record ID: 281199, Misc. Records of Rev. John Casper Stoever.

2 Peter Thomas Estate, Probate File, Berks County, Pennsylvania, Berks County Services Center, Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, Reading, Pennsylvania.

3 Mildred Smith, Compiler, Marriage Records of Rev. John Casper Stoever, PAGenWeb <> (downloaded 14 Oct 2000), 66.

4 Germany, Rheinland, Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirchenbuch - Pleizenhausen (Kr. Simmern), 1666-1805, microfilm, FHL INTL 492979, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
, item 2, 45.

5 Peter Thomas Estate, Probate File, Berks County, Pennsylvania, Berks County Services Center, Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, Reading, Pennsylvania, Bond paid on 23 Dec 1789 for administrators, wife Eva Maria and son Christian.

6 Estate file of Dietrich Six, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphan's Court, Berks County Services Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, Will, translated to English.

7 F. Edward Wright, Berks County, Vol 4, Family Archives CD #166 (Church Records: Selected Areas of Pennsylvania 1600s-1800s), CD-ROM, Version 2.0, (Brøderbund Software, Inc., Novato, CA, 1997), based on Berks County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 18th Century, Vol. 4, (Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1994), Alolheo (Altalaha) Lutheran Church.

8 Professor Wernor Hacker, Eighteenth Century Register of Emigrants (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1994), 457.

9 Ralph Beaver Strssburger, LL.D., Edited by William John Hinke, PH.D., D.D., Pennsylvania German Pioneers, A Publication of the Origianal Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia From 1727 to 1808, Vols 1 and 2, Second Printing (Balltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1980; republished, Family Archive CD # 501, Immigration Records: Immigrants to Pennsylvania, 1600s-1800s, Version 2.0, ©1999 Broderbund Software, Inc.), Vol. 1, 626-636.

10 Pennsylvania. Berks County, Deed Book no. 6, Recorder of Deeds, Berks County Services Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, 114-115.

11 Joseph A. Meiser, Jr. and Sarah Roadarmel Meiser, A Genealogist's Guide to Burials in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, Vol 3, (Elysburg, PA: J.A. Meiser and S.R. Meiser, 1985-1990), 6 microfiches, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, FHL US/CAN Fiche 6100178, Himmel's Church, 238.

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