John George Bloss 1 3 4 5

1744 - 1815

  • Born: 15 Oct 1744, Washington Twp, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania 6

  • Marriage (1): Ann Barbara Schneider in 1767 in Heidelberg Twp, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania 1 2

  • Marriage (2): Elizabeth Fenstermaker on 8 Jun 1802

  • Died: 19 Apr 1815 at age 70

  • Buried: Heidelberg Cemetery Old Sect Row 15

  General Notes:

Per History of Lehigh County

John George Bloss, eldest son of Conrad, was born Oct 15, 1744. He was a farmer, miller, and distiller. ON June 29, 1767, he purchased his father's farm, consisting of 278 acres and sixty-three perches, for which he paid 250 pounds. On May 20, 1800, he was granted four acres and 137 perches - this tract was called "Mayfield" - in pursuance of a warrant dated Dec 9, 1781. By a patent dated May 20,1800, he was granted another tract of 215 acres and 130 perches, bordering on Mahoning Creek, in Penn township, Carbon County. On Dec 9, 1784, he took out a warrant four ten acres. George Bloss and David Wyant took out a warrant bearing date Dec 9, 1784, for 220 acres.
In 1772, he paid Proprietary tax amounting to three punds and eight shillings. In 1785 he paid Federal tax on 283 acres of land, three horses, and five head of cattle, amounting to two pounds, five shillings and five pence. On March 7, 1806, John George Bloss sold all the land he then owned; but he continued to reside on the homestead with his son Henry until his death. His farm in Washington township, Lehigh county, he sold to two of his sons, John George, Jr., bought 137 acres, fifty perches, paid 850 pounds; Henry bought 141 acres, fifteen perches, paid 850 pounds; John Lentz, his son-in-law bought the tract of 215 acres and 130 perches in Penn township, Carbon county, for which he paid 250 pounds.

John George died April 19, 1815 after an illness of 4 days. In his will which was made April 15, and probated in Allentown, May 16, 1815, his sons Christian and John George Jr., were appointed executors.
In the old cemetery adjoining the Heidelberg Church a tombstone still marks conspicuously the resting place of the last remiains of John George Bloss:
Ruen Die
Gebeine der verstorbeunen
Johan Georg Bloss ist
gebohren den 15then October
Jur jahr 1744 ist gestorb
en den 19ten Aprill in johr
1815 ist alt worden 71 johr
7 monat und 4 tag.

Per NSSAR Appl 52606

John George Bloss was a 2nd Lieut. in 1778 in the 5th Co., Third Battalion, Northampton Co. Militia, commanded by Conrad Reather (Ritter). (Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series, Vol. 8, p 226,233)

In 1780 he served as a private for eight days on the Frontier against the Indians in the 6th Battalion, as shown by the payroll of Capt. C. Reder's Company. (Ibid, Vol. 8, p 459)

In 1781 he served as a private in the 6th Battalion, 7th Class, as a substitute for John Reedy form May 16th to July 16th (Ibid, Vol. 8, p 471, 527)
In 1782 he was a private in the 5th Company of the 6th Battalion under Capt. Conrad Rader. (Ibid, Vol 8, p 510)

He received Depreciation pay as a member of the Northampton Co Militia (Ibid, Vol4, p 313)

The following is from the website noted below the General Muster Roll of the 3rd Btl'n Militia June 18, 1777

Fifth Company
Officers: Capt Conrad Ritter; 1st Lt Adam Kunckel; 2nd Lt George Bloss; Ensign George Rex
Court Martial Men: Joseph Baliet; Casper Schnerr
Sergeants: Peter Andrews; Michael Greenwald; Edward Grienemayer; Philip Hammel
Corporals: Martin Andrews; George Guldner; William Rex; Peter Steitel
Drum and Fife: Jacob Freyman; Jacob Retenhauser
Class 1st: Henry Boenger; Jacob Duenky; Henry Faerber; Henry Frantz; George Freyman; Michael Schneider
Class 2nd: William Fenstermacher; William Kern; William Kern Jr.; Philip Mertz; Henry Silvius; William Silvius
Class 3rd: Daniel Bloss; William Holly; Henry Mosser; William Peter; John Rockel; Anthony Shaeffer
Class 4th: Casper Huntzacker; Andrew Knoedler; Christian Laucnohr; Theobald Peter; George Rex; William Rex Jr.; John Wasum
Class 5th: William Huffman; William Kern Sr.; John Reber; George Remley Jr.; George Remley Sr.; Michael Remley; Abraham Shelhammer
Class 6th: Leonard Baliet; Peter Frantz; Henry Lautenschleger; Leonard Lautenschleger; Henry Shalebach; Martin Shnerr; Peter Waggoner
Class 7th: Jacob Huntzecker; John Kern; Jacob Peter; Conrad Rehrich; Charles Sholl; Lawrence Wehr; Baltzer Wirt
Class 8th: William Andrew; Jacob Baer; Jacob Brandstetter; Jacob Handwerk; Christopher Rex; Ludwick Stein

  Noted events in his life were:

• Military: 2ND Lieutenant 5Th Co 6Th Batt. Pennsylvania Inf.

• Military: Patriot From Pennsylvania.

John married Ann Barbara Schneider, daughter of Johann Freidrich Schneider and Anna Maria Saeger, in 1767 in Heidelberg Twp, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania.1 2 (Ann Barbara Schneider was born on 10 Mar 1749 in Heidelberg Twp, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania 2 and died on 1 Nov 1790 in Heidelberg Twp, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania 2.)

John next married Elizabeth Fenstermaker on 8 Jun 1802. (Elizabeth Fenstermaker was born on an unknown date and died after 1815.)


1 National Society, SAR - Sons of the American Revolution, 52606.

2 Ivana Erney (, Ivana's Family from Pennsylvania (

3 Raymond E. Hollenbach, History of Heidelberg Union Church 1740-1978 (Lehigh Co Historical Society 1977), pg 41.

4 Church Records, Heidelberg Union Church 1710-1783, Records 1766-1833 LDS Film 1305846 (Handwritten notes), First page.

5 Charles R. Roberts, Rev. John Baer Stoudt, Rev. Thomas H. Krick and WIlliam J. Dietrich, History of Lehigh County (note: ANY INFO FROM THIS SOURCE MUST BE VERIFIED) (1914 Volume 1 & 2 c 1914 by Lehigh Valley Publishing Co.), pg 110.

6 Robert Emery, Emery.