Peter Martz, Jr.
Charles M. Martz
James V. Martz
Following the death of my father, James V. Martz (1904 - 1973) I became more and more interested in my family history and heritage. From 1974 through 1993 I spent all of my spare time traveling to our ancestral locations in New York State and Pennsylvania, notably Northumberland County, Pa., where several generations of my paternal lines had lived. This was long before there was an Internet with its easy online access to census and newspaper files. Instead I spent days at a time in county courthouses, churches, the National Archives Branch in Philadelphia, libraries, historical societies and newspaper offices digging out everything I could find pertaining to my ancestors. In 1987 I compiled my notes into what I called "A Martz Family Almanac" arranged chronologically from the arrival of Johan David and Veronica Märtz in 1733 to the present. I printed several copies to give to my immediate family and continued a little further until 1993 when I moved on to other projects. In 2016 Oakey Mertz contacted me about his research on the Martz/Mertz families and reawakened the sleeping dragon. The following pages comprise the entirety the "Martz Family Almanac" from the last draft of 1993, in what I hope is a better organization. They are arranged by person (see the list at left) instead of the strictly chronological printed version which I now realize was difficult to follow with all the overlapping lives intermixed. The list at left is primarily paternal Martz/Mertz lines. Clearly there is more to come for the maternal lines.
I am deeply indebted to Charlotte Darrah Walter and Jack Hetrick of the Northumberland County Historical Society; Fritz Reed, Register and Recorder of the Northumberland County Court; the staff of the Federal Archives Branch, Philadelphia; the staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Joseph Meiser for all of their assistance in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to the Honorable William Harvey Wiest for all those lunchtime conversations about our mutual ancestors and more recently, Oakey Mertz for reigniting my interest, and, of course, all those ancestors who contributed their DNA for making it possible for me to be here at all.
Burgert, Annette Kunselman; Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America, Picton Press, Camden Maine, 1992
Hinke, William J.; "Church Record of the Longswamp Reformed Church, Longswamp, Berks County, 1762 - 1810", manuscript, 1938