Maria Anna Engels wife of Michael Kirschner

Maria's father was Peter Engels (Sr.) who immigrated from France in 1754. His first wife died on the trip and he remarried a Maria Catherina shortly after arrival in the new world. In about 1756 he was located in Frederick MD where he remained until his death in 1793. In 1765 he leased lot 100 which apparently included a building previously used as a tavern. In 1772 he sold lot 100 and moved to lot 50. We can assume Maria lived with her parents until her marriage in 1782.

1761 30 Dec, daughter Maria Anna born to Peter and Maria Catherina. Jacob Steiner and wife witnesses is recorded in the Reformed Church records of Frederick.

1776 Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety provided a list of young men who joined the militia a week after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Michael Kershner was one of those men who later married Maria Anna Engels. The two Lantzs are probably related to Leonard Lantz who marries Maria's sister Catherina.

A Roll of thirty four men enlisted by Captain Philip Gray-
bill in virtue of a warrant issued by the Honorable Council of
Safety for that purpose and to him directed bearing date the
twelfth day of July in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred
and seventy-six.
David Mumma       Adam Earbaugh     Christopher Begel Jacob Myers
Roland Smith      Frederick Welhelm Jacob Hardstone
John Moore        Ferdinant Lorance William Kemmel-stone 
John Shryock      Vendell Andrews   Henry Millberger
Joseph Stritter   Michael Kersher   William Libzinger
Jacob Ruturt      George Hyalt      Jacob Frymiller
Martin Lantz      John Shlife       James Caple
Philip Kantz      Abraham Frantz    John Rich
Vendell Lerance   Frederick Wager   Lorance Knery
Matthias Byer     Henry Hartman     Wolfgone Citzinger
Peter Baker       John Shaffer      Rudolph Kromer
I do hereby certify that I have viewed and examined thirty
four men answering to the above names exhibited to me for
that purpose by Capt. Philip Graybill and find them effective
and fit for duty.

Thomas Jones, 2nd Major, of Baltimore
Town Battalion of Militia.

1777 Maria Anna is confirmed in the Reformed Church.

Note: No Reformed Church marriage records have been found from 1770-1784.

7 Jun 1778Muster Roll of Captain John Kershner's Company guarding the Prisoners of War at Fort Frederick can be found in the Maryland Archives. It contains about 50 names and it must be supposed that John Kershner is related to Michael Kershner. Frederick had a prison facility built by Abraham Faw, brother-in-law to Peter Jr. It housed prisoners captured by Continental Army.

1782 24 Aug, Maria Anna (21) marries Michael Kirschner.

Children of: Maria Anna Engels and Michael Kirschner
Catherina b 3 Jun 1783
bp 3 Aug 1783
  Peter Lowdermilk/4
Maria Anna b 5 Jun 1784
bp 24 Jul 1784
  Michael Tice/?

8 Dec 1801 Daughter Catherina marries Peter Lowdermilk in Allegany County and has at least four children. This indicates the family has relocated west as so many Engels from Frederick did around 1800.

23 Jan 1816 "RESOLVED, That the treasurer of the western shore is hereby directed to pay to Michael Kershner, of Allegany county, a private in the revolutionary war, or his order annually, in quarterly payments, a sum of money equal to the half pay of a private, as a further remuneration to him for those services by which his country has been so essentially benefitted." A belated pension for his war service.

1818Maryland Legislature passed a resolution directing the treasurer to pay Michael Kershner as an agent for settling the claims of Maryland with the general government, eight hundred dollars, &c. It is unclear what kind of agent Michael is functioning as.

From Charles E. Reid on

±History of Michael Kirshner (Kershner, Kerchner) S. 34947
From the records of his service in the Revolutionary War: Michael volunteered at Baltimore, MD July 16, 1876. He was listed as a private his entire 3 yr. Enlistment. He was discharged July, 16th 1779. His payroll and muster roll isn't continuous between these dates but some of the slips were not dated. He was assigned to the third vacant company in the German Regiment of the Continental Forces in the Service of the United States, Commanded by Lieut. Com Lewis Weltner. This regiment was designated at various times as Capt. Phillip Greybell`s 3rd vacant and Capt. Christian Myers Company.

This organization was formed in compliance with Resolutions of Congress of May 25, and June 27th, 1776 which provided that a battalion of Germans be raised for the service of the United Colonies, and that four companies be raised in Pennsylvania and four companies in Maryland. The organization was disbanded by Resolution of Congress of October 3rd, 1780, which provided that the non-commissioned officers and the privates be incorporated with the troops of their respective states. Those not belonging to any particular state to be annexed to such Corps as the Commander-in-Chief should direct.

By May of 1777 this regiment was commanded by Col. Baron Arendt and he was assigned to the light Infantry. On Nov of 1777 his regiment was commanded by Lieut. Col. Ludwig Weltner. In April 1778 he was in Valley Forge at headquarters. In June of 1778 he was in Camp Second River and in July was at Camp White Plains. In October he was in Camp Fish Kill. All of these stated he was on command in the light Infantry.

On the 20th day of April 1818 he applied before the Fifth Judicial Dist. of Maryland for pension relief as provided by law. He stated his age as being 67 his wife as 57. He also stated he was a shoemaker by trade but because of Rheumatism he was only able to make 3pair of shoes a week if he could buy or get the leather. Sometimes because of this he was unable to work when he wanted to. He also said his widowed daughter lived with him and she had four children. He was granted a pension at the rate of 8 dollars a month beginning the 4th of March 1819. There is a record showing he received this pension for three years but I do not know why it was stopped. He stated that he was in the battle of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and a German town of Monmouth. (the records were hard to read on these battles)

May 31, 1814 Michael purchased Lot 269 c/w buildings for $600.00. On 29th of Sept. 1823 he made a will of his property. He made his wife Mary a life estate and upon her death to his daughter Mary Reid one half of the lot and buildings and one half of the tract called Shades of Death which contained 71 acres. Upon her death the one half share was to go to the Reid Children and were named as George, Ann, Peter, Thomas, James, and Cecelia. The other half was to go to his other daughter's children George L., John, Upton, and Alexander H. Lowdermilk evenly divided. This Will was proved 15th April 1826. Executors were his wife Mary and Martin Rizer. He never listed the property other than the lot when he applied for his pension and this may have been the reason the pension was stopped before his death his stated age on the pension application of 67 it would put his birth at 1751.

Passed Mar 6,1832 (Maryland Session Laws) Resolution in favour of Mrs. Mary C. Shryer. Resolved by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the treasurer of the western shore, pay to Jacob Lantz, for the use of Mrs. Mary C. Shryer, of Allegany county, as the next and near friend of Mrs. Mary A. Kershner, deceased, late a pensioner of the state, the sum of fourteen dollars and fifty-five cents, the balance due up to her decease.

It is obvious from this resolution that Maria was living of Michael's pension and having to be cared for by a Mrs. Shryer. Jacob Lantz lived in Cumberland at this time so maybe Mary died there.

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