Peter Schlosser, Jr.

On this day, 23 October 1804, Peter Schlosser, Jr. passed away. He was my 6th great-grandfather.

Circa 1736, Peter Schlosser, Jr. was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was the first-born child of Peter Schlosser and Maria Margaretha Waeschenbach, both who had emigrated from Germany.

In August 1737, brother John Frederic Schlosser joined the family. He was baptized on 24 August 1737, in the First Reformed Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (The First Reformed Church was founded circa 1730, and the first log church was built on 20 June 1736.)

Sister Anna Barbara Schlosser was welcomed to the family in April 1739, and was christened on 22 April 1739, in the First Reformed Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Another sister, Anna Christina Schlosser, was born 12 April 1742, and was baptized on 6 June 1742, in the First Reformed Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

In 1743, brother John Heinrich Schlosser was born.

Between 1743 and 1745, the Schlosser family left the First Reformed Church and joined the Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded in 1733 by Pastor John Casper Stoever.

A third sister, Maria Barbara Schlosser, arrived on 14 January 1745. She was christened on 3 February 1745, in the Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Annville Township, Pennsylvania.

Brother George Ernst Schlosser was welcomed to the family on 8 August 1746.

Two years later, sister Catherine Margaretha Schlosser was born on 10 January 1748. She was baptized on 8 February 1748, in the Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Annville Township, Pennsylvania.

Brother John Heinrich Schlosser arrived on 2 August 1751.

At some point between 1748 and 1752, the family began attending a new church, located at the site of the modern-day St. Jacobs Kimmerlings Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. We know this because father Peter Schlosser, whose name is mentioned in the first record of this church, was among the most prominent settlers and one of the most active workers in the original church, which was constructed of logs. William Egle in his book, History of Lebanon County, claims that the first church was erected by Peter Schlosser and presented to the church society on the ground where Jacob Kimmerling settled. Peter Schlosser also recorded the first baptisms and confirmations of this church’s congregation. Then, in 1752, after the erection of the new church (dubbed the Quittapahilla Church), Peter Schlosser presented the records book and protocol to the church leadership.

Two years later, Peter Jr. welcomed another brother, Johannes Schlosser, who was born on 10 September 1754.

Young Peter’s final known sibling was brother Christopher Schlosser, who arrived on 15 October 1757. By this time, Peter Schlosser, Jr. was about 21 years old.

Sometime between 1757 and 1759, the Peter Schlosser, Sr. family migrated to Washington County, Maryland. During this time, some genealogists have suggested that mother Maria Margaretha (Waeschenbach) Schlosser passed away; however, I have found no records or gravesite to prove or disprove this theory.

It looks like Peter Schlosser, Jr. choose to remain in Pennsylvania, because on 4 April 1769, Peter Schlosser, Jr. married Susan Regnas (a German immigrant) in Cumberland County (or possibly Dauphin County—sources vary). The marriage was performed by Rev. John Conrad Bucher. Peter was about 33 years of age, and Susan was about 20 years old.

Soon after the couple wed, they relocated to Washington County, Maryland to be closer to his father. It was here that the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Elizabeth Schlosser, who was born on 23 March 1770.

About a year later, circa 1771, son George Ernst Schlosser was born in Washington County, Maryland.

In 1780, a second daughter joined the family. Her name was Catherine Schlosser.

Two years later, on 2 April 1782, the couple’s final child, son John Peter Schlosser, was born in Washington County, Maryland. (He was my 5th great-grandfather.)

The 1783 tax list of Lower Antietam and Sharpsburg Hundred (in Washington County, Maryland) showed Peter Slusser (Schlosser) with land and a sawmill worth £30. In addition, Washington County, Maryland records show that Peter Slusser (Schlosser) owned 148 acres in Lower Antietam and Sharpsburg and 199 acres in Marsh Hundred.

Sadness came to the entire Schlosser family when father Peter Schlosser died on 8 January 1790, in Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland.

In 1790, the Peter Schlosser family (enumerated as Slusser) was living in Washington County, Maryland. Residing in the household were two free white males age 16 and older (Peter and son George), one free white male under the age of 16 (son John), and three free white females (wife Susan, daughter Elizabeth, and daughter Catherine.)

On 26 March 1791, Peter Slusser (Schlosser) appeared in Washington County Court as plaintiff against defendant Joseph Chapline, Cases 133, 134, 140, 141, and 145. This cases all pertained to debt.

In 1800, the Peter Schlosser family (again enumerated as Slusser) was residing in Marsh and Barren Hundred, Washington County, Maryland. Living in the household was one free white male age 16 to 26 (son John), one free white male age 45 and older (Peter), one free white female age 16 to 26 (daughter Catherine), and one free white female age 45 and older (Susan).

Sadly, on 23 October 1804, at the age of 53, Peter Schlosser, Jr. died on his homestead in Washington County, Maryland. He was laid to rest “on [his] farm by Iron Bridge, Antietam Creek.” Local newspapers later referred to this bridge as Schlosser’s Bridge. The property on which Peter Schlosser, Jr. is buried eventually became the Daniel Foltz farm.

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