Person Sheet

Name Martin (Hans Martin) WETZEL
Birth 6 Sep 1700, Preuschdorf (Bas-Rhin) France
Death 2 Aug 1760, Frederick Co., Virginia
Education Hans Martin was probably unable to read and/or write in English, and signed his name with a distinctive "mark."
Father Hans Nichol (Nicklaus) WETZEL
Mother Maria Barbara MOTZ (MOTZIN)
1 Maria Barbara GEIST
Birth abt 1698, Preuschdorf (Bas- Rhin, ) France
Death abt 1749, Frederick Co., Virginia
Father Hans Nichlaus GEIST
Marriage 6 Jan 1720, Gerstorff, Germany
Children Martin (1724-~1782)
Nicholas (1727-1793)
Katharina (1728-~1794)
Maria Barbara (1732-)
Henry (George Henry) (1731-)
John (1733-1786)
Susanna (~1737-<1794)
Notes for Martin (Hans Martin) WETZEL
Martin (Hans Martin) Wetzel came to America, arriving in Philadelphia, on Sept. 21, 1731, aboard the "Britannia" with his wife and 3 children. There were 264 Germans in the group, acccording to Toothman's document, "The Wetzels and Bonnets." The group was part of the Palatine Project, which relocated Germans and other Europeans. Hans Martin Wetzel is recorded as having married Maria Barbara Geist, daughter of Hans Nicklaus Geist, of Gerstorff, in Anne Kunseman Burgert's "18th Century Immigrants from the Northern Alsace," (name 552, p. 539.) More children were born to Martin Wetzel and Maria Barbara Geist, including John Wetzel, whose sons were Indian fighters. Zane Gray wrote about John Wetzel's son, Lewis Wetzel, in his books.

For additional information on the voyage of persons who sailed on the "Britannia," in 1731, you may go to the following link, provided by written permission of the author of the site:

To read a biography of Lewis Wetzel, you may go to the following link (permission granted on web site to link to this article:)

Martin died in Frederick Co., Va., probably at Brocks Gap. Frederick Co. later was divided into Shenandoah & Rockingham Counties. The last will and testament of Hans Martin Wetzel was finalized on the 5th day of August, 1760. He declares that he is "weak in body, but likely to part this world in the Presence of Almight God." He names Henry "my oldest son born in this country", and Eva, "my lawful and dearest wife," as his heirs. John Whetzel and Samuel Bonnet were the bondsmen. A descendant of Martin saw the will in Winchester, Va. in 2005. This and other history of this Wetsel (Whetsel ) family is told in Toothman's document, "The Wetsels and the Bonnets," and in Lewis Yankey's "The Whetzel Family."
A readable copy of the will of Martin (Hans Martin) Wetzel may be seen at:

The Frederick Lutheran Church KB, Frederick, Maryland, has Martin Wetzel, Sr. and wife, sponsoring children in 1750 and 1751, for baptism.

In the Photograhs Directory , you can see a photograph, made by Donahue Bible, Mohawk Tennessee, in 1996, of an 800 year old Lutheran Church at Preuschdorf. You can also see a copy of the Whetsel "crest," and a copy of Martin Wetzel's will, dated 1760. To see these photos, go to:
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