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|PARENT (M) Johan Peter PONTIUS|
|Birth||1685||Eborn, Birkenfeld, Rhine, Germany|
|Death||1736||Berlangenbach, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Marriage||1715||to Anna Rosina Catharina HAUCH at Berlangenbach, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Father||Hans Nickel PONTIUS|
|Mother||Anna Margaratha HOFFMAN|
|PARENT (F) Anna Rosina Catharina HAUCH|
|Birth||31 JAN 1694||Berlangenbach, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Death||AFT 1738||Berks County, PA|
|Marriage||1715||to Johan Peter PONTIUS at Berlangenbach, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany|
|Father||Hans Nickel HAUCH|
|Mother||Anna Maria ROTHUS|
|F||Maria Catharina Pontius|
|Death||BET 1787 AND 1800|
Johannes Pontius was born in Berlangenbach, Germany, August 18, 1718. He was the son of Hans Peter Pontius and Anna Rosina Catharina Hauch. His father was a shepherd born in 1684 in Eborn, Germany. His mother was the daughter of Hans Nickel Hauch and Anna Maria of Berlangenbach Germany.
Johannes had five brothers and a sister (note there are records for tenchildren as recorded herein). They were Johan Friderich Pontius born Oct15, 1715, Johann Karl Pontius, baptised June 19, 1721, Mary (born about1725), Johan Nickel, baptised January 27, 1727 (it appears this baby died, as the next son bears the same name), Johann Nickel, baptised Aug 24, 1728, and Johan Peter, baptised March 14, 1731, and died July 4,1734.
The father, Hans Peter Pontius died of a stomach ailment, (magenweh) onSeptember 4, 1736 at the age of 52 years.
This part of Germany was the borderland along the Rhine, which had been the battleground in many wars, often contested and full of the uncertainties of life that falls upon the people in such a land. When William Penn had been given the land of Pennsylvania as payment for along-standing debt to his father, he held a piece of worthless wilderness unless he could settle it. Penn went to Europe and saw in the Germans of the Palatinate a hardy, hardworking people, and offered land to any and all who would come to his land in America. The Germans, poor and tired of war responded in large numbers.
Johannes Pontius and his brother Nicholas (Johann Nickel) came in 1838 it is certain. It is speculated that his mother and sister also came at this time.