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"Samuel Meals Senior was a native of Adams County. He was a stonecutter by trade and also engaged in distilling. His wife was Mary (Baltsley) Meals. The ancestry was Welsh and Scottish." [1]

1777 Samuel Meals was born about 1777, based on age 66 at death in 1843. [2]

1784 Maria Baltzly was christened in Emmanuel Reform Church in Abbottstown, October 3, 1784. Her sponsors were her maternal grand-parents, Friederich and Maria Elizabeth Wolff. [3]

Anna Maria Baltzly and Samuel Meals, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Bender) Meals, were married in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

1809 Daughter Maria Christina was born on 26 June, 1809 and was baptized on 27 August 1809 to Samuel and Mary [Meals] Meel at Benders Reformed Church in Butler Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [4]

1810 Samuel Meals and female (age 45+) lived in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania with 2 males age 10-15 and 2 females age 10-15. The ages for this family might have been shifted by 1 column in the census, which would then agree with the ages shown here. Nearby listings included widow Balsley (Maria's mother, Christina?) and Frederick Wolf (perhaps Christena's brother) and David Meals (perhaps Samuel's brother). [5]

1811 On 20 November, "The petition of Samuel Meals and Mary his wife, one of the daughters of Henry Balsley late of Menallen Township Adams County, deceased was read to the [Orphan's] Court setting: that the said Henry Balsley ... died intestate being ... seized ... in a ... tract of patented land containing two hundred and fourteen acres ... in Menallen Township ... adjoining lands of John Valez, Joseph Davis, Henry Bender, and others, leaving a widow to wit Christina Balsley, and eight children, to wit: Henry, John, Christina, intermarried with Jacob Lamson, Mary the petitioner intermarried with Samuel Meals ... Kitty intermarried with John Toush, Peggy intermarried with Philip Beamer, Susanna and Sally, the two last being minors to wit Susanna under the guardianship of Conrad Bender and Sally under the guardianship of John Arndt ... and praying the court to award an inquest directed to the Sheriff ... to divide the said tract of land ..." [6] Photocopy,  1811 Adams County Orphans court B-5.

1812 On 7 January, "James Horner Esquire, High Sheriff of the County of Adams ... find that the said tract of land cannot be divided... without prejudice to and spoiling of the whole ... do value the said tract of land ... for the sum of three thousand two hundred dollars ... " The land was in Menallen Twp, adjacent to land of John Valey [Walhey?], Joseph Davis, Henry Bender, and others. Samuel Meals accepted the valuation and purchased the land from the other heirs. [7]

1812 Land of Samuel Meals, previously owned by Owen McGrail, was adjacent to a survey in Menallen Twp, made for John Walhey. Conrad Bender and David Meals were nearby landowners. [8][9](See also the 1818 land patent)

1813 On 10 April, son Gabriel Mühl was born to parents Samuel and Mary Muhl [Meals]. Johan and Barbara Arend were sponsors at Gabriel's baptism on 30 May, 1813 at the Lutheran and Reformed Church in Arendtsville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [10]

1813 On 6 August, Mary and Samuel Miehl [Meals] were sponsors at the baptism of Samuel Kennedy to John and Margaret Kennedy. [11]

1815 Son Samuel Meel [Meals] was born 19 Feb 1815 and was baptized on 21 May 1815 to Samuel and Mary Meals [Meel] at the Lutheran and Reformed Church in Arendtsville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [12][13]

1818 Samuel and Mary Meals [Meel] were sponsors at the baptism on 23 August, 1818 of Mary Anna Knaus, born 29 April, 1818, to George and Katy Knaus (possibly Samuel's sister) in Adams County, Pennsylvania. [14]

1818 On 20 June 1814, Christiana Baltzly [Balsley] warranted 12 acres in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Adjacent land was owned by John Walhey, Henry Rife, and William McGrew. The survey was returned for Christiana Balsly in 1818. Samuel Meals patented the tract on 4 Sept 1818. [15][16][17]

1820 Samuel Meals lived in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania with males: 2 age 0-10 (David, Samuel, or Gabriel), 1 age 16-18 (Johannes?), 1 age 16-26 (Jacob B), 2 age 26-44 (himself and ?) and females: 1 age 0-10 (Elizabeth), 2 age 10-16 (Christina and Catherine), 1 age 26-45 (Maria). One was engaged in agriculture and 2 were engaged in manufacture. Nearby listings included widow Christina Balsley (likely Maria's mother), Frederick Wolf (perhaps Maria's uncle), and John Walhey [named as a neighbor on the 1818 land warrant]. [18]

1821 Samuel and Maria Meals [Meel] were sponsors at the baptism on 15 July, 1821 of David Balzli, born 27 July, 1820 to Johannes and Maria Balzli (perhaps a brother of Maria) in Adams County, Pennsylvania. [19]

1824 Son Moses was born 17 Sep 1824. Samuel and Maria Meals [Meel] were sponsors for the baptism on 30 Oct 1824 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Moses Meel was christened at Lutheran and Reformed Church, Arendtsville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [20]

1824 On 10 April, Samuel Meals was named executor for the estate of Mary Meals in Adams County, Pennsylvania. [21]

1825 Samuel and Maria Meals [Meel] were sponsors at the 29 Oct 1825 baptism of Andreas Baumbach, born 26 Aug 1825 to Joseph and Katharina Baumbach in Adams County, Pennsylvania. [22]

1829 Samuel Meals and Henry Bender (perhaps a cousin) had an account with the poorhouse, reported 18 March in the Adams Sentinel newspaper.
Photocopy,  Samuel Meals notice from Adams Sentinel Newspaper, 1829.

1830 Samuel Meals, age 50-60, lived in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania with males: 2 age 0-5 (?), 2 age 5-10 (Daniel and Moses), 1 age 10-15 (David), 1 age 15-20 (Samuel?) and females: 1 age 10-15 (Elizabeth?), 1 age 20-30 (?, perhaps the mother of the two youngest males?), and 1 age 40-50 (Maria). Son Jacob B Meals, brother David Meals, and John Weigle Sr (future father-in-law of Samuel's daughter, Christina) were listed on the same page. [23][24]

1837 Samuel Meals Jr, perhaps the son of this Samuel, was listed as a delegate from Menallen township to the Democratic Republican standing committee. [25] Samuel and Gabriel Meals, the sons of this Samuel, were named to a Committee of Vigilance in Menallen Twp for the Democratic Party. [26]

1838 Daughter Elizabeth Meals married Mr Clemenstain Krum, both of Menallen Twp, on 5 April. It may have been a double wedding. Lydia Meals (relation unknown) married Elyah (Elijah, sic) Warren the same day, both ceremonies carried out by Daniel Gottwald. [27]

1840 Samuel Meals (age 60-70) and Maria (age 50-60) and family of 4 sons and 2 daughters lived in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [28]

1843 Samuel Meals died. The will of Samuel Meals, of Menallen Twp, Adams County, was dated 18 May 1843 and was probated 1 June 1843. Wife Mary got income from the farm, rent from the house and lot in Bendersville, and Samuel's share of Mary's mother's estate, and other items. Jacob B Meals was to get, after 1846, the farm where Christian Crum lived. Oldest son Jacob B Meals and Philip Beamer were named as executors for the estate with final accounting in May 1854. [29][30] Samuel's death notice at age 60 in Menallen Twp reported "On Thursday last, Mr. Samuel Meals, sen., of Menallen township in the 66th year of his age. The deceased was a kind and obliging neighbor, and an affectionate husband; he has left a wife and nine children to mourn over his departure. May his death be sanctified to his surviving relations." [31]
Photocopy,  Samuel Meals death notice from Adams Sentinel Newspaper, 1843.

1843 Samuel Meals was buried on 5 May at age 65 at Wenksville Cemetery, Wenksville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [32]


Samuel Meals grave marker. 1843 On 26 June, An estate announcement for Samuel Meals was posted was posted by Jacob B Meals. [33] 1845 "Register's Notice: ... Orphans' Court, Adams County ... The account of Jacob B Meals and Philip Beamer, executors of the last will and testament of Samuel Meals, deceased". [34] 1845 On 29 April, at the Orphans' Court at Gettysburg, York County, Pennsylvania: "Came into court Jacob B Meals and Philip Beamer executors of Samuel Meals deceased and produced an account" showing balance of $53.65. [35] 1848 On 23 May, at the Orphans' Court at Gettysburg, York County, Pennsylvania: "Came into court Jacob B Meals and Philip Beamer executors of Samuel Meals deceased" with a second account showing balance of $53.65. [36] 1850 Mary Meals (age 66) lived alone in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania next door to the family of son Jacob Meals. [37] 1860 Mary Meals (age 76) lived alone in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania next door to the family of son Jacob Meals. Her real estate was valued at $2,700. [38] 1870 Mary Meals (age 85) lived in Menallen Twp, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Her real estate was valued at $4,500. Next door was the household of son Jacob B Meals. [39] 1870

Mary Meals grave marker. Mary was buried at Wenksville Cemetery, Wenksville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. [40]

Footnotes:

[1] Luther Reily Kelker, History of Dauphin County, Vol. 3 (1907), 109, [Google_Book].

[2] Newspaper, The Adams Sentinel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 29.

[3] F. Edward Wright, Adams County Church Records of the 18th Century (2000), 92, [Google_Book].

[4] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 940425 of Pennsylvania births, [FamilySearch_Record].

[5] US census, 1810, PA, Adams, Menallen, p 3 or 98

[6] Adams County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court B-5.

[7] Adams County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court B-17.

[8] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, P-200, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[9] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, D6-246, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[10] Ancestry.com, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1785-1874: Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, citing FHL film 20702, [Ancestry_Records].

[11] Ancestry.com, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1785-1874: Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, citing FHL film 20702, [Ancestry_Records].

[12] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 824351 of Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, [FamilySearch_Record].

[13] Ancestry.com, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1785-1874: Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, citing FHL film 20702, [Ancestry_Records].

[14] Ancestry.com, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1785-1874: Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, citing FHL film 20702, [Ancestry_Records].

[15] Pennsylvania Land Warrant, Adams County, B-34, [PA_Land_Warrant_Links].

[16] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, C15-37, date 19 Sept 1814, [PA_Survey_Book_Links].

[17] Pennsylvania Land Patent, H15-608, [PA_Patent_Book_Links].

[18] US census, 1820, Pennsylvania, Adams, Menallen, p 29

[19] Ancestry.com, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1785-1874: Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, citing FHL film 20702, [Ancestry_Records].

[20] Family History Library microfilm, 824351, familysearch.org, [FHL_Film_Catalog].

[21] Probate index, estate 1119, [FamilySearch_Image].

[22] Ancestry.com, Adams County, Pennsylvania, 1785-1874: Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, citing FHL film 20702, [Ancestry_Records].

[23] US census, 1830, Reel 0143, Image 167, line 2, [Internet_Archive].

[24] US census, 1830, PA, Adams, Menallen

[25] Newspaper, Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 28 July, 1840.

[26] Newspaper, Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 6 October, 1840.

[27] Robert Stover, Abstracts of the Republican Compiler, 1831-1851, Vol. 2 (1976), 139, [Google_Book].

[28] US census, 1840, Reel 0435, Image 153, line 2, [Internet_Archive].

[29] Adams County, Pennsylvania Will E-52, [FamilySearch_Image].

[30] Newspaper, The Adams Sentinel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 26 1843 and 31 March 1845.

[31] Newspaper, The Adams Sentinel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 29.

[32] Find A Grave Memorial 33884802, Randall C McCauslin, [Find_A_Grave].

[33] Newspaper, The Adams Sentinel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

[34] Newspaper, Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, April 21 1845.

[35] Adams County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court F-244.

[36] Adams County, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court G-28.

[37] US census, 1850, Reel 0743, Image 100, family 723, [Internet_Archive].

[38] US census, 1860, PA, Adams, Menallen

[39] US census, 1870, PA, Adams, Menallen

[40] Find A Grave Memorial 33884798, Randall C McCauslin, [Find_A_Grave].


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