Muschlitz / Mushlitz / Mushlit / Muschlet Genealogy
As near as I can tell, everyone with the surnames Muschlitz, Mushlitz, Mushlit, and Muschlet
The common ancestor was Gottlieb (Gottfried) (Jacob) Muschlitz, who was born illegitimate in
, Wurttemberg, Germany on 18 June 1718.
His full name at
was Johann Heinrich Gottfried Mushlit.
His mother was Agnes Reuther, and according to his baptism record his father was "a nobleman from Silesia".
Agnes Reuther was born 2 August 1691 in Unterhausen, Wurttemberg, Germany to
Hans Conrad Reueter and Anna Barbara Bertsch. She died 23 April 1763 in Pfaffenhofen.
Hans Conrad's parents were Hans Reueter and Anna Mutschler, his grandparents were
Melchior Reuetter and Elisabetha, and Hans Mutschler and Margaretha Hueppen.
Anna Barbara's parents were Hans Jacob Bertsch and Brgitha. They all appear to be from Unterhausen.
Gottfried married Maria Regina Schreiber on 17 September 1746. They had one child who died in birth,
on 16 Aug 1746.
His wife died 29 November 1754, at the time of her death she was listed as being
by her husband.
According to the Pfaffenhofen church records, Gottfried is listed as receiving
communion in 1749 and 1750, but no later.
His wife is shown receiving
communion in 1754, before she died. Both her name and
Gottfried's are then crossed off the register.
No death record for Gottfried has been found in Pfaffenhofen.
Gottfried arrived in Philadelphia on 3 October 1753, on the
Ship Eastern Branch.
Gottlieb served in the Pennsylvania militia in the late 1750s/early 1760s.
He was at Ft. Bedford, PA in 1760.
It is believed he was in Frederick, MD circa 1762, there is a record from the
Monacacy Lutheran Church in Frederick, MD from 23 May 1763, for the baptism of "a little son
named Johann Adam", born 28 February 1762, parents Gottfried Muschlitz and his wife Friederica,
sponsors Johann Adam Furcht and his wife Maria Christina.
Johann Adam later went by the surname Mitchell.
There is also a baptism in Frederick on 19 August 1772 of an Elisabeth,
daughter of Samuel and Christina Welsch;
the sponsor was Friderica Muschlitz, widow.
Meanwhile, back in Northampton County...
Gottfried appears on the 1762 tax list for the county in Towamensing Twp.
By 7 October, 1765, Gottfried is now the wife of Katherine, the widow of Andreas Sholl/Strohl,
whose children were having guardians appointed by the Orphans Court.
On 26 Mar 1770 his wife Catharina, widow of Andrew Sholl, stated that current husband
bought in false charges and disbursements to the administration account.
Gottfried signed the Oaths of Allegiance on 18 August, 1777.
He died sometime before 12 June, 1778, when his will was exhibited.
Gottfried is known to have had at least four children with Katherine:
- Martin born 7 August 1764
- Jacob (John) born about 1768
- Elizabeth who married Lewis Encke
- Margaret, about whom nothing is known
The first question to ask is, of course, is this the correct Gottfried Muschlitz?
The timeline does work. This Gottfried was born in 1718, and our Gottfried arrived in
Philadelphia in 1753 - he would have been 35 years old. He died about 1778, when he would have
been 60. He disappears from Pfaffenhofen by 1751, leaving about two years to make it to Philadelphia.
Gottfried appears to have married at least three women, two of which were widows.
It is uncertain whether Friederica from Frederick, MD was a widow prior to her marriage to
Gottfried, but I would not be surprised if she was.
Finally, his life in Pfaffenhofen seems to match what we know about him in the New World -
he was a scoundrel. He abandonded his wife in Germany, and left for America. While here, he
was married to two women at the same time (at least two, we should say). His wife in Towamensing brought
charges that he falsely spent money from her first husband's estate.
There are no actual records in America that state where Gottfried was from. The only mention is a single sentence
in a turn of the century
history of Lehigh County
that states that he was from Switzerland.
No documentation for this is presented.
My belief is that this was family legend, 150 years after the fact.
All in all, I'm pretty convinced that this is the correct Gottfried. Now it gets really exciting - we have to find
this mysterious nobleman from Silesia who was Gottfried's father!
Interestingly enough, there was a village in Silesia called Muschlitz,
in Festenberg (now Twardogóra), Gross-Wartenberg, Breslau, now in Poland with the present name of Moszyce.
My next step is to start examining records from this region, to see what can be learned.
Ruebezahlider Schlesische Provinzialblaetter, Band 20
A German-language newspaper from Silesia, year 1794, contains an obituary of a woman named Sylvia Charlotte von Tschammer
who was the daughter of Hans Ernst von Kessel und Zeutsch, Erbherzog (heritable duke) von Muschlitz und Weschulke.
This nobleman lived about 1681 to 1737, according to the obituary.
The surname variations:
I first find this surname occuring with the sons of Jacob Muschlitz, born about 1830, who was
a great-grandson of Gottfried. Jacob lived first in Towamensing Twp, PA. Then later in life in
Philadelphia, where this surname seems more common. Jacob used Muschlitz early on, then appears
as Jacob Muschlet in the 1900 census. His children were:
- William Henry born 1856
- Mary Elizabeth born 1857
- Charles A. born 1859
- George W. born 1861
- Sallie P. born 1865
- Thomas J. born 1870
- Gertrude born 1873
- Oliver born 1876
I first find this surname occuring with two of the sons of John Muschlitz, born about 1805, who was
a grandson of Gottfried, a son of Jacob (John) Muschlitz. His children were:
Both Charles and Ewdin moved to Brooklyn, NY.
- Erwin Franklin Muschlitz born 1826
- William Monroe Muschlitz born 1827
- James Muschlitz born 1833
- Charles H. Mushlit born 1836
- Ley Muschlitz born 1841
- Edwin Mushlit born 1842
- Amanda Muschlitz born 1850
This variation is much more common, and started with several individuals.
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