Mathias Harter and Anna Shuler 7th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree.
Mathias Harter was born June 5, 1737 in Baden, Germany, the Kingdom of Prussia at that time. HIs parents were Andreas and Anna Zahner Harter. The whole family sailed to America on September 24, 1742 when Mathias was 5 years old. It wasn’t a luxurious journey. Gottlieb Mittelberger, wrote ‘Journey to Pennsylvania 1756’. The book is a “firsthand historic account of the misery and exploitation of German immigrants”. The trip was about 3 months long. There’s a chance Mathias was an indentured servant his first few years in America, he would have worked to pay off his passage.
Anna Mary Shuler was born around 1737 probably in Germany, her parents aren’t known. Anna and Mathias married September 9, 1759 in New Holland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They had 9 children.
Mathias was in the American Revolution, Second Battalion of Cumberland County Pennsylvania Militia and possibly guarded British prisoners of war. Mathias is on a list of Captain Holderbaum’s company on December 25, 1781 and 1782. “Roll of the Second Battalion of Cumberland County Militia between the Ages of Eighteen and Forty-five Years taken from the Returns made to me on Oath by the Officers Commanding Companies Given under my hand this 4th Day of July A. D. 1783. JNO. ALEXANDER, Lieut. Cumbd. County” Mathias Harter is number 226 on a list of 445 men.
Tax lists of 1779 show Mathias owned and paid taxes on 140 acres, 2 horses and 2 cows. Mathias, Anna and children were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Warwick. Pennsylvania.
Mathias died in January 1790 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Anna died in March 1816. Mathias signed his will October 29, 1789, ‘sick and weak in body’. He gave Anna “the east room of their home, use of the garden and forage and stable room for her cows and calf”, furniture and “household goods and kitchen furniture as she might need”. Mathias stated at Anna’s death the real estate would be appraised then sons, starting with the oldest could have the land, whoever owned the land would give mortgage to his brothers, if no one wanted the land, it would be sold, the money would be split between sons and daughters. The will was proved on January 26, 1790.
Mathias and Anna’s 3rd great granddaughter Fiana Druckenbrod married William Miller, they were in Iowa by 1876, their daughter Lola Miller was born there in 1880. Lola married another William Miller, their son is Faber Miller, born in 1905.
- Gottlieb Mittelberger, Journey to Pennsylvania 1756, [Mittelberger’s travelogue provides a firsthand historic account of the misery and exploitation of German immigrants]. Image “Title Page of Journey to Pennsylvania (1756) Stuttgart, Germany, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51197209“.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gottlieb_Mittelberger
- Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976 Pennsylvania archives, series at Archive.org https://archive.org/stream/pennsylvaniaarch51mont#page/n374
- Notes on the Bowman, Harter and Sauer families at FamilySearch.org
- U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 at Ancestry
- Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993 at Ancestry