Shelby County

George Heintz

Male 1819 - Yes, date unknown


George Heintz

George Heintz was born in Zittersheim, Bas-Rhin, France 25 Mar 1819 the fifth child and second son born to Sebastion Heintz and Maria Catherine Zorn in Zittersheim in 1819.  Like his father he grew to manhood becoming a tailor in Zittersheim.  In 1940 at the age of 21  he married He married Magdalena Munsch in Zittersheim, Bas-Rhin, France, 24 Sep 1840.  Magdalena was born in Zittersheim on 6 Oct 1818, the daughter of Philippe Munsch and Catherine Stamenler a farmer in Zittersheim.  In the next four years two daughters and a son were born to the couple. 

        In the autumn of 1847 the couple with their three children left Zittersheim and headed for the new frontiers of America.  Settling in Clay Township in Auglaize County Ohio George immediately went to work building a new life for his family.  Staying in Clay Township only one year George purchased a piece of property in Section 32 of Jackson Township just over the line in Shelby County. 
        The family stayed four years in Jackson Center before selling the property in 1852, and purchasing a farm on Section 18 near Montra.  Two more children were born to the couple after their arrival in America. Magdalena died 12 Aug 1854 in Shelby, Ohio, at 35 years of age leaving George with five children to raise.  Her body was interred in Jackson Center, Shelby, Ohio. 
        Six months after Magdalenašs death George remarried Martha Bauer 12 Feb 1855 a native of Mittelburg, Bavaria, born 30 Aug 1826. She had come to America in 1853, and settled in Cincinnati.  While living in Montra George became involved in the founding of what would eventually become the Emanuel Lutheran Church.  He and many of the his fellow immigrants from Alsace had been members of St Jacobs when about 1858 they formed their own congregation in a storeroom in Montra.  Records are not clear as to whether the store belonged to George or John Iseman, but on September 8, 1861 under the leadership of Reverend Koenig they organized  a congregation giving it the name of Emanuel's Evangelical Lutheran Church.  George was one of the signers of the church constitution, and its first trustees.  George conducted the first confirmation class, and one of the first recorded baptisms of the new congregation was George and Marthašs son William.  In the fall of 1865 the first church building was dedicated on land purchased from John Linker for $40.00.  Twenty-three members had contributed $700.00, much lumber ,and a great deal of labor for the construction. 
        Four more children were born to the new union in the next ten years, and George continued in the tailoring business along with his farming.  Being an enterprising man George left farming and opened a mercantile business in Monta, which he conducted until 1861.  Seeing a vast need for building materials George opened a sawmill business manufacturing and dealing in lumber until his death in 1866.  George was laid to rest in the small cemetery, which adjoins Emanuel Lutheran Church where Martha and many of his children are also buried. 
        Following his death Martha remarried James Simpson on 14 Jul 1870, and they had one child Martha Anna born 21 Feb 1873.  The child was baptized and died two days later on the 23 Feb.  James died on 27 Feb 1888, and Martha on 2 Feb 1904 in Jackson Center, Shelby, Ohio, at 77 years of age. 
        The farm George purchased and lived on near Montra still remains in the family today, and the 40š by 60š barn built by George in 1859 still stands.  When George died the farm passed on to Martha, and despite her marriage to James Simpson it remained in the Heintz name.  Following her death sons John and William purchased the farm.  Williams son Edward George purchased Johns half in 1919, and moved back to where he was born. 


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