The Johann Adam and Anna Maria (Mertz)


Family of Berks and Schuylkill Counties, Pennsylvania

Volume 2

Adam Zehner pedigree chart

Book 2 is finally here!

Adam Zehner immigrated to the United States from Germany as a young man in 1754. Family tradition has it that Adam arrived here without sufficient funds to pay for his passage, and was indentured for several years to a Pennsylvania settler named Mertz who had paid the captain's fee. Adam settled initially in Berks County, where he married, about 1759, Anna Maria Mertz, said to have been a daughter of his benefactor. Several children were born to them near Mertztown in Longswamp Township. About 1769 they moved north a few miles across the Blue Mountains to West Penn Township in what is now Schuylkill County, near Tamaqua. There, several more children were born, bringing the total to fifteen.

This is the story of Adam's descendants - generations 4 through 7, covering the period from about 1850 to about 2015. Over time, many families migrated west to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and nearly every state in the union. Included are all known descendants in generations 4 through 7, male and female. All members of this book can be found in a 51 page index in the back.

Many, but not all, Zehners currently in the U. S. descend from Adam and Maria Zehner. If you are one of them, you may want to own a copy of this book. They also make great gifts for younger family members.

Maria Mertz pedigree chart

About This Book

It has been eighty-three years since a major book was written about the descendants of Adam Zehner, who immigrated into Pennsylvania in 1754. In 1997 I began research on this family with the ambitious goal of writing a quality book about the history and genesis of this family. The first volume was published in 2009 and the second volume is now complete.

In this book, you will learn about our ancestors and cousins. More than just birth, marriage, and death dates, you will find details about where they lived, what they did for a living, and sometimes other details like education, fraternal affiliations, and religion. In many cases, you may be able to locate your ancestor's land or burial site on a map and plan a personal visit there.

What is covered. This 695-page book reports, in as much detail as I have been able to discover, the lives of every descendant I have been able to identify in generations four through seven of Adam's descendants; about 2500 people plus their spouses). Nearly 15,000 detailed citations to information sources support the facts.

Index. The every-name index, with both maiden and married names of women, also includes all places, cemeteries, churches, and historical events mentioned in the book. Individuals who appear in more than one section of the book are cross-referenced for easy navigation.

Schedule and Cost. The book was published by of Akron, Ohio. The books cost $56.00 including shipping and handling within the continental U.S. Only a small number have been printed, so I suggest that you order your copy right away.

About the Author

William J. Zehner is a Certified GenealogistCG. He taught genealogy at the local community college Lifelong Learning Center. He was the newsletter editor of the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Bay County Genealogical Society. He is Web master of the Bay County Genealogical Society. He lives in Lynn Haven, Florida. him.

David Zehner Mill in Schuylkill County

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