|Birth: ||1747, USA|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 1806|
Translation of her tombstone:
Zum Andenken Von Schalotta Altemoffin
To Memory Of Schalotta Altemus
im Jahr 1747 u.frarb
den 15 September 1806
in the year 1747
died on the 15 September 1806
ehefrau Von Nicolauf Altemof
wife of Nicholas Altemus
There is a debate about the true parentage of Schalotta Altemus. It is said she was either a daughter of Heinrich and Susanna Frans, German settlers near Kunkletown, or a daughter of George and Anna Rex, Lenape Indians also of the Kunkletown area.
One case states that Schalotta was a daughter of George and Anna Rex and was adopted by Heinrich and Susanna Frantz. This is believed the case by the PA Lenape Nation, and they have accepted her descendants as members.
"There is a fairly strong family legend that Schalotta Frantz was really an Indian girl who was adopted by the Frantz family and then later married Nicholas Altemus. Some family members claim that she was American Indian by birth and was daughter of George Rex and his wife Anna Benigna (there American names).
George Rex was the Chief of the Indian settlement known as "Meniolagomeka" and was a grandson of Noah, a tribal leader, or "Sachem". George was baptized by the Moravians in 1749 and given the name "Brother Augustus". The legend says that when George Rex left the Indian village sometime around 1754, he left behind a daughter, who was later adopted by Heinrich and Susanna Franz and given the name Charlotta Juliana."
(information provided by Dale E. Berger)
According to the Lenape Nation of PA:
Sharlotta Rex was adopted by the Frantz family.
The other case states that Schalotta was a natural born daughter of Heinrich and Susanna Frantz.
Here is an excerpt from the will of Heinrich Frantz:
Will of Heinrich (Henry) Frantz, registered by Lewis Gordon, deputy register & witnessed by George Van Buskirk, 14 Mar 1777, Northampton County, PA: Written 27 Sep 1775, (This is original spelling):
"In the name of God Amen the twenty seventh day of September, one thousand seven hundred and seventy five, I Henry Frans of the township of Chestnut Hill county of Northampton and Province of Pennsylvania Yeoman, being very
sick in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial t the Discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the Same again by the mighty power of God and as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, Devise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath to Susannah Frans my Dearly Beloved Wife my whole Estate for her maintance as long as she Liveth and then to be divided as followedth, Viz ...
...I also give too my daughter SHARLOT ALTEMOUS the sum of thirty pounds of the like Lawful money . . ."
(will excerpt courtesy of Dale E. Berger)
Nicholas Altemus (1745 - 1836)
Peter Altemose (1771 - 1859)*
Adam Altemose (1778 - 1863)*
Michael Altemus (1781 - 1856)*
Johann Nicholas Altemus (1785 - 1839)*
Note: MY MATERNAL GR-GRANDMOTHER X6
Maintained by: Harry's Daughter
Originally Created by: Denise Phillips
Record added: May 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69837037