Person Sheet

Name Captain John WETZEL
Birth 1733, Pennsylvania
Death 11 Jun 1786, Marshal Co., West Virginia
Burial McCreary Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia
Father Martin (Hans Martin) WETZEL (1700-1760)
Mother Maria Barbara GEIST (~1698-~1749)
1 Mary Bonnett
Birth 1735, Paoli, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Death Jun 1808, Ohio County, Virginia
Father Jacques (Jacob) Bonnett (1701-1753)
Mother Anna Marie DEROUX (-1753)
Marriage abt 1756, Augusta Co. (later Rockingham Co.), VA
Children Martin (1757-1829)
Christina (~1759-)
George (~1762-1784)
Lewis (-1808)
Jacob (1765-1827)
Susanna (Lucy) (1767-1828)
John, Jr. (1770-1817)
Notes for Captain John WETZEL
Captain John Wetzel, along with the Bonnets, the Zanes, the Ebberlys, and the Rosencranzes, moved, across the Alleghenies, to occupy some of the "free lands" that had become available, in 1786. Ultimately, the little group of families settled near present day Wheeling, West Virginia. The Wetzels carved a farmstead along Big Wheeling Creek, about 14 miles from the Ohio River.

John Wetzel received his title, "Captain," from service in the Revolutionary War. He was Captain of the Rangers, raised from Ohio and Monongahila Counties, the summer of 1778. His company was under the command of Colonel Daniel McFarland. His son, Martin Wetzel, Jr. was a private in this company.

Neither Capt. John Wetzel nor son, Private Martin Wetzel, Jr., received compensable injuries while in service.

Capt. John Wetzel's personal property estate was appraised Aug. 19, 1786, and was valued at about 120 Pounds, which was considerable for a frontiersman. His son, Jacob Wetzel, was administrator of his will.

More information on Captain John Wetzel is given in Wagoner's study, "John Wagoner, 1741-1842." Other notes on Captain John Wetzel and his family are found in "The Whetzel Family," compiled by Lewis H. Yankey, Criders, Virginia, 1991.

For more information on McCreary Cemetery, Marshall County, West Virginia, and photographs of the grave stones of Captain John Wetzel and his family, go to:
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