WENRICH, Johann Mathias

Male 1704 - 1785  (81 years)


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  • Name WENRICH, Johann Mathias 
    Born 1704  Frankenthal, Bayern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Alt Spelling Vennerick 
    Biography

    • Johan Matthias Wenrich (Venerick) was the son of Balthasar Venerick (1670-1740) and his wife Elizabetha. They came from Edigheim, Germany, to Rotterdam, Holland, in spring of 1709 with their four children (Maria Elizabeth, Hans Georg, Johan Matthias, and Johann Wendel). In Rotterdam they met British agents who pursuaded them to immigrate to America. In the fall of 1709 they moved to London in preparation for this migration. Finally, in spring of 1710 they sailed for America, settling first in upper New York and eventually moving down to Berks County, PA.

      Johann Mathias Wenrich took a naturalization oath in 1744 to England, and the Oath of Alligeance in 1777 to his new country, the United States of America. Seven of his children were baptized at the Little Tulpehocken church.  Some members of the family are buried at Northkill Churchyard, north of Bernville. Matthias purchased land in 1739 on Spring Creek (later Furnace Creek) near Robesonia in Heidelburg Township, from Conrad Weiser. On 28 November 1747 he was warranted 248 acres in Heidelburg Township known as parcel 34 and called "Venericka". This land was surveyed in 1768 and patented 9 June 1772. In 1767 he was taxed on 100 acres, 2 horses, 2 cattle, and 4 sheep. In 1774 Johann Matthias deeded part of his homestead, known as "Venericka", to son Mathias and moved to Tulpehocken where he died 5 January 1785.
    Immigration 1710  New York, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Living 1739  Robesonia, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will

    • In the name of God Amen the eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four, I Mathias Wenrich Sr. of Tulpehoccon Township in the County of Berks and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yeoman, being at present very old, infirm and sickly in body, but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to God therefore, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Dye, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; That is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my Soul into the Hands of God who gave it, and for my body I recommend to be buried in a Christian like manner, nothing doubting that at the General Resurrection I shall receive the save again by the mighty power of God, to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
      Item: It is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied. It is my will and I do order that the sum or sums of money which my son Mathias owes or is indebted to me yet, for a certain plantation which I have sold or granted to him, as will appear by a certain indenture, shall be equally divided amongst my eight children following, that is to say my sons John, Thomas, Michael, Francis and my daughters Elizabeth the wife of John Ache and Susannah the wife of Peter Shaffer, or their heirs. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Judith one cow, one bed with bedstead and all other things thereto belonging, the small chest, a spinning wheel, the small iron pot and iron pan, tea kettle, pepper mill, two pewter plates and 1/2 dozen spoons, six earthen pots and two dishes, one iron ladle, two teacups and saucers, a table, her hymn books, all the flax, tow, wool and yarn spun which I shall gave, two sheeps, two chairs, one tub, one bucket and a half-----casts, a two gallon cask, one glass bottle, all which foregoing articles shall be in full for my beloved wife Judith one third share of my personal estate, and to have no further demand for the same. It is my will and I do order that the remainder of my personal estate shall be sold upon the public Vendue after my decease and the money arising shall be equally divided amongst my aforesaid eight children, or their heirs.
      It is my will and I do order that the plantation whereon I now live situate in Tulephoccon Township in Berks County shall be let or rented out for the halfs, and the other half part and income of said plantation I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Judith so long she remains my widow and no longer--also to live in the small spring house, the liberty of the barn to put her cattle and provender therein and to have fire wood from the same the tenant has, so much as she has need of, all the aforesaid half which I did devise unto my beloved wife, shall be delivered unto her as customary, that it is to say the grain when threshed and the hay to be put in the barn, which shall be in full for her widow dower.
      And it is my will and I do order that after my wife should dye or marry again, that then my aforesaid plantation shall be sold upon public vendue, empowering hereby my herein named executors to grant to such purchaser or purchasers such title or conveyance as required by law, and the money arising from the sale of my aforesaid plantation shall be equally divided amongst my aforenamed eight children or their heirs and representatives.
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    _UID 9FD7E4CCC28D694DA5E99BE5EB30B3E6ED7D 
    Died 5 Jan 1785  Robesonia, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I398  Our Ancestry
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2011 

    Father WENRICH, Balthaser,   b. 1670, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1726, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother MAGDALENA, Maria Elizabeth,   b. 1680, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family SCHAUER, Judith,   b. 1705, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. WENRICH, Elizabeth
    +2. WENRICH, Johann Balthaser,   b. 18 May 1726, Tulpehocken Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1816, Robeson Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     3. WENRICH, John,   b. 8 Jul 1727, Robesonia, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1793, Tulpehocken Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +4. WENRICH, Matthias,   b. 1 May 1735, Tulpehocken Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1808, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. WENRICH, Johann Thomas,   b. 8 Sep 1734, Heidelberg Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1830, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     6. WENRICH, Michael,   b. 3 Mar 1737, Heidelberg Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827, Wythe, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     7. WENRICH, Susanna,   b. 1744, Tulpehocken Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1838, Coventry Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    +8. WENRICH, Francis,   b. 1750, Tulpehocken Township, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827, Piketown, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart