Daughter of Johan Peter Pontius & Anna Rosina Catharina Hauch.
Probably born Sept in Berglangenbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
It appears that her parents died in Germany. Maria came to American aboard the ship "Glasgow" in 1738. Her future husband, George Christophel Harrold emigrated in 1743.
The Harrolds originally settled in Bethel twp, Lancaster Co, Pa. This might be where Maria met Stophel, but they seem to have married in 1744 in Berks Co, Pa.
They moved to Heidelberg twp in Berks Co, Pa where some of their children were born.
In 1755, Christophel was with Braddock and Washington when they marched on Ft. Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian War. That's how he got his "Tomahawk Grant" -- maybe in Westmoreland Co, PA. Braddock had 1350 British troops, but also had 500 American militiamen (including Daniel Boone). About 500 of the total group were killed in the battle.
Stophel apparently went on an expedition to western Pennsylvania with Conrad Weiser and was alloted land in Hempfield Township called "Harroldton" where he moved his family in 1770. Their settlement in Hempfield was known as the Herold/Harrold Settlement and was made up of mostly German immigrants.
Stophel & Maria dedicated 158 acres of land known as "Good Purpose" which later was the land on which Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church was built, and on which the St. Johns Church is also resident today.
George Christopher Harrold (1723 - 1787)
John George Harrold (1745 - 1828)*
John Peter Harrold (1754 - 1835)*
Christopher Columbus Harrold (1758 - 1828)*
Daniel Harrold (1764 - 1814)*
Harrold Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Created by: Mary Jo Freeman
Record added: Sep 13, 2009
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