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Name Martin WETZEL
Birth abt 1780, Virginia (Rockingham Co.)
Father Henry (George Henry) WETZEL (1731-)
Mother Sarah Catherine WEATHERHOLZ (1730-)
1 Catherine SHAVER
Birth abt 1780, Virginia
Death 2 Aug 1853, Brocks Gap, Augusta Co., Virginia
Father Balthasar (Palser) SHAVER (1752-1831)
Mother Catherine UNKNOWN
Marriage 21 Oct 1800, Rockingham Co., Va.
Children Jacob (1800-1866)
Sarah (Sally) (~1801-1875)
Hannah (1806-1890)
Jesse (1808-1890)
Elizabeth (1809-~1883)
Mary Catherine (1811-<1873)
Susannah (1817-)
Paulser (1826->1870)
Notes for Martin WETZEL
Martin Wetzel is the son of Henry (George Henry) Wetzel and Sarah Catherine Weatherholz. Martin may have been a carpenter.

Martin Wetzel and Catherine Shaver were married on October 21, 1800. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Ferdanand Lear. (Lewis H. Yankey, "The Whetzel Family, p. 88.) Martin Wetzel and Catherine Shaver Wetzel had 10 children.

" Martin and Philip Souder were great pals, according to Elizabeth Dove. They hunted together, and made brandy together, where the Souder mill now stands, in Bergton. The brandy was distilled from peaches and apples.

Lawson Souder Tells that Martin Wetzel lived on the hill across Sirks Run, near the present Earl Lantz house. The chimney was there until J. Frank Souder and Ross Smith built a road, using stones for fill, in front of where Earl Lantz now lives.

Martin & Philip Souder were great hunters. Martin would kill a deer and divide it with Philip. When it was consumed, Philip would be the same." The information quoted above is from "The Shaver Family of Rockingham County, Virginia," by Lewis H. Yankey, 1991, with additional information added in 2001.

Martin Wetzel and Catherine Shaver may have accompanied their son, Paulser Whetsel/Wetzel, when he left for Virginia. In the book "Brocks Gap Miscellaneous Research", compiled by Yankey, Dove and Ritchie, is this statement: "It is said that Palser and his aged parents moved to Shenandoah County, VA in 1854." Paulser Whetsel may have already been married to Sarah Dove at this time.

Additional information from "Brocks Gap Miscellaneous Research:"
1. Martin Wetzel, son of Henry Wetzel, is first taxed, in the 1800 tithe list, as having 1 horse.
2. In 1801 Martin Wetzel had 2 horses.
3. In the 1814 land tax, Martin Wetzel had 97 acres on Wetzel's River (later called Crab Run,) valued at $38.00. This land was in the area where Martin Wetzel's brother and father lived.
4. In the 1850 tax, the 97 acres is assessed to Martin Wetzel's son, Baltzer (Paulser) Wetzel.
5. Later records show land transactions involving Paulser Wetzel and wife, with Philip Souder.
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