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Johann Michael Pfautz Sr. (abt. 1722 - 1803)

Johann Michael (John Michael) "Hans Michael" Pfautz Sr. aka Pfauts, Fouts
Born about in Rohrbach, Kurfürstentum Pfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reichmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1746 in York, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 81 in Uwharrie Waters, Randolph, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Johann Jacob Pfautz and Anna Magdalena Kuntz were the parents of Johann Micheal Pfautz Sr. (also known as Hans John Michael von PFouts or Fouts) who was born about 1722 in Rohrbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. He had 10 siblings:

  • Hans Jacob "Pfoutz" Foutz (1720–1800)
  • John Frederick Pfautz (1730–1806) ​married to Susanna Christen (1726-1827)
  • Charlotte Pfautz (1733–1754) ​married to John Michael Lentz (1730- ? )
  • John Andrew Fouts (1736–1808) ​married to Nancy Ann Leman (1754-1838)
  • Catrina Pfautz (1737- ? )
  • Anna Marie Pfaultz (1738–1783) ​married to Johan Adam Varner (1729-1782)
  • Catherine Fouts (1740–1815) married to John Eckert / Eckmann ( ? - ? )
  • Maria Elizabeth Fouts (1743- ? )
  • Andreas Fouts (1751- ? )
  • David Fouts ( ? - ? )

Johann and Eva Catharina Werner (Varner) (1727-1800) were married about 1746 in York, Pennsylvania, United States. They had 10 children:

  • John Fouts Find A Grave: Memorial #42150110 ​married to Mary Magdalena Younce Find A Grave: Memorial #42150938
  • Catherine Fouts (1749–Deceased) married to Lawrence Younce (1739-1814)
  • Andrew Fouts (1751–1834) married to Rachel Cornell Merrill (1753-1834)
  • Elizabeth Fouts (1753–1798) married to John Yount (1747-1817)
  • Susannah 'Susan' Fouts Find A Grave: Memorial #7316694 married to Cutliff Harman Find A Grave: Memorial #25422102
  • Mary Magdalena Pfautz (1759–1822)
  • Jacob Fouts (1761–1835) married to Eleanor Malinda Waymire (1752-1827)
  • Jonas James Fouts (1763–1779)
  • Esther Fouts (1766–1825) married to Jacob Yount (1743-1813)
  • David Theobald Pfautz (1769–1817) married to Amelia Permetia Avery (1768-1850)

He passed away on 24 September 1803 in Uwharrie Waters, Randolph, North Carolina, United States

Notes and Unstructured Biographies

Pfautz-Fouts-Foutz Newsletter

The Germans living in the Palentine

SURN Pfoutz / GIVN John Michael

[fouts.FTW] Dr. John Scott Davenport, l Other Event(s): Emigration: bet 1761 and National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Note National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Dec. 1975, Vol. 61, No. 4: "Earliest Pfautz/Fouts Families in America" By John Scott Davenport. P. 249: " . . . Had land on Great Pipe Creek. Frederick (now Carroll) Co., Md., 1743-1754; moved then to father's plantation until 1762 when moved to Uwharrie waters in Rowan (now Randolph) Co., N. C. Plantation adjoined Dewald Fouts (see below). Deeded all his land to his eldest son John (Andrew) in 1801, then disappears from records. Sons and daughters with families moved to Ohio in late 1803. Michael is cited in one source as being a Quaker in 1789, but is not mentioned in Quaker records extant. Family was predominantly Dunker after move to Ohio."

John Scott Davenport, Ph.D., Sep. 16,1976: "This is an update to provide you with information acquired since publication of "Earliest Pfautz-Fouts Families in America," in the National Gen. Soc. Journal, Dec. 1975: Revision in Family of Jacob Pfautz, eldest son of Hans Michael:

Based on further records of the Rev. John Caspar Stoever and data provided by the Rev. Frederick S. Weiser, noted Penn. Dutch Historian-Genealogist, of Hanover, York Co., Pa. I have revised Jacob's family . . . "

John Scott Davenport, Oct. 14, 1977 -- states son of Maria Elizabeth, d. Pa., before 1763

John Scott Davenport, June 1, 1985: " . . . ten children. . . moved to Carroll Co., Md. and secured farms sometime before 1750. A few yrs. later, about 1756, John, Sr. and family moved to No. Car. . . " John Scott Davenport, Ph.D.

Working draft May 1, 1981: "Partinymic Code B1: "Michael Fouts-Catherine Varner, of Randolph Co., N.C. Family #2-002" John Scott Davenport, Ph.D.: 1 June, 1985: " . . . After the mar. of Andrew and Margaret Catherine (Fouts) Hoover in 1745 5hey and Margaret Catherine's brothers, John and Michael Fouts, moved to Carroll Co., Md., and secured farms sometime before 1750. A few years later, about 1756, Jon, Sr. and family moved to No. Car. The Hoovers did not move to Randolph Co., N.C. until 1774 after all their childred had been born. Data on the Fouts children . . . were taken from an old Fouts family Bible near Dayton, Oh. "Information on John Fouts, Jr., supplied by Dr. Edgar A. Menk, Rte.7, Muncie, Ind.: The ancestry of John Fouts, Jr., is doubtful. It is my opinion that he is the son of John Fouts, Sr., and the grandson of John Michael and Catherine (_______) mentioned by Col. C. I. Dephart, genealogist, in an article on page 56 in the National Genealogical society Quarterly for dec., 1929, where he says 'In my Hoover article, I say that about 1745 Andreas Hoover mar. Margaret Catherine Fouts, only dau. of John Michael and Catherine (________) Fouts, who arrived in Philadelphia on the ship 'William and Sarah' on 18 Sep., 1727 and settled in Warwick twp., which adjoins West Earl Twp. on the West, Lancaster Co., Penn. "Andreas and Margaret Catherine (Fouts) Hoover and the latter's brother Michael and John, then promptly moved to what is now carroll Co., Md., on Big Pipe Creek, the Frederick Co., Md. where they acquired Farmsteads prior to 1750. "John Fouts, Sr. later is said to have moved to North Carolina where he lived the rest of his life. John Fouts, Jr. at the same time moved to Rowan Co., N. C. where he acquired land and mar. . . " Gen. Aid Bulletin, (This is from a Gen. Soc. in Ohio, sorry I can't recall which one! HGS) Vol. 15, Issue 3, Jan., 1986 Helen Wiley Lee, 1839 S. Lorraine, Wichita, Ks., 67211

"5 Generations of the Pfautz-Fouts Family" compiled and published by Audrey L. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.--Order from 1824 S. Harvard, Independence, Mo., 64052: pp. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13-21 " . . . died in the fall of 1803, or later, in Randolph Co., or Montgomery Co., Oh. The actual date of death is missing and he was not probated in either county. . . " When Michael was about 14 yrs. of age, a second relative from Germany arr. at Phil. and joined his famiy. Theevia (Theobald/Dewald/David), of about the same age, arr. on the ship 'Davy' in 1738, and came directly to Skippack . . . most likely the two boys were cousins, or cousins once removed . . . " (The basis for this record is the 'Bible list' contributed by Norman G. Fouts and the result of Dr. John Scott Davenports' research; also, record shared by other members of the Fouts Association.)"

  • Correspondence 19 Apr., 1993 Lowell E. Goar, 3262 Calif. St., Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626 !From: diller at (Corinne H Diller) 23 Sep 1997
  • From: AGNESWINK (Agnes Winkleman) 21 Oct 1998:

"I got both John Fouts and Michael Fouts accepted as Patriots as they gave supplies. (John) Michael Fouts, our Grandfather, who was the father of our John who married Mary Younce. Both of these two men. Father and son."

  • From: Jim Eubank 11thPhoenix at 7 Mar., 2000

From: "Roseanna Zahner",> 4/6/00 states name Michael Jacob Pfautz !Internet Apr. 2000 states name to be Eva Catharina Werner (Varner) b. 15 Dec., 1727 mar Michael Jacob ?PFAUZ b. 1722, d. 1803 From: Corinne Diller Mar. 2000 From: Jim EEubank, July 2000

1726 Skippack,Pennsylvania immigration

5 Generations of the Pfautz-Fouts Family by Woodruff, in Randolph Co, NC or in Montgomery Co, OH. Born as Jacob Michael but went by Michael. Anglicized name to FOUTS when he obtained land at Pipe Creek, Prince Georges County, MD in 1744. Lived on Little Pipe Creek Waters, Frederick (now Carroll) Co, MD from 1744 to 1762. Family moved to Uwharrie Waters in Rowan Co, NC. Arrived in PA abt 1726 with parents and sister, Margareta. Settled in Skippack, a German village about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia. He and Catherine were Dutch Friends (Mennonites)

  • REV WAR: pay voucher from state of NC dated 20 March 1782, original in NC Archives
  • TAX: 1779 Randolph Co, NC, on William Millikan's list of persons who had not taken the Oath of Allegiance
  • LAND: 260acres, 17 Feb 1763, NorthCarolinaLandGrants, 19:445-449
  • BIRTH/DEATH/etc: from Schwarztrauber, Stewart and Related Families by Sayre Archie Schwarztrauber, p429-430
  • Source: S1453554768 Repository: #R1450211287 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Ancestry Family Tree
  • Repository: R1450211287

Immigrated to York County, Pennsylvania on the "WIlliam and Sarah" about September 8, 1727.

Source: Fouts - Pfautz Lineage: A Genealogy Site [1]

John Michael Pfautz (1722 - 1803)

Michael Fouts, oldest son of Jacob of York County, went under the name of "Michael Fouts", but undoubtedly he was given the double name of Jacob Michael Fouts. There was no Jacob Fouts, or any other male Fouts in the Germany Twp. area, with a wife named Catherana that is unaccounted for.

Michael crossed the Atlantic while a babe in arms, along with his father, mother and older sister, Anna Margaretha. Their arrival in America took place prior to September 1727 at which time the first "Ship Lists and Oaths" were established. They settled on the Hillside farm in or near the small German village of Skippack, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) Co., about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia, where they remained for the next fourteen years.

When Michael was about 14 years of age, a second relative from Germany arrived at Philadelphia and joined his family. Theevia (Theobald/Dewald/David), of about the same age, arrived of the Ship "Davy" in 1738, and came directly to Skippack. The relationship is unknown, but most likely the two boys were cousins, or cousins once removed, and became inseparable friends for the remainder of their lives. Theevia's name has undergone several changes over the years. In the early Maryland/Pennsylvania records he was known as "Theobald" or a nickname "Dewald"; in North Carolina records his name was "Dewald", and as time passed he was simply known as "David". Even his sons, when disposing of his lands in 1793, referred to him as "old David Fouts".

In 1741 Jacob and family, accompanied by David, moved from the Skippack area to Germany Twp., Lancaster (later York) Co., Pennsylvania, about one hundred miles in a southwesterly direction near the Maryland border.

On 30 August 1744, now 20 years of age, Michael obtained his first Land Survey Warrant. He secured a 50 acre tract of land called "Michael's Fancy" on little Pipe Creek.

In the spring of 1746, he married Catherine Varner, daughter of Adam Varner of Germany Twp., Lancaster (later York) Co., Pa. They lived on Little Pipe Creek Waters, Frederick (now Carroll) County, Maryland, 1744-1762. On 11 June 1747 a son John was born, and was baptized by the Rev. J. Waldeschmidt at the St Matthew's Lutheran Church, Hanover, on 23 June 1747. the date is in agreement with the Michael Pfautz "Bible" page contributed by Norman G. Fouts.

Michael stayed on his land, Michael's Fancy" about five years, during which time the land was placed within the bounds of Frederick Co., Maryland. He sold this farm and was granted a Warrant for 91 acres, bearing the date 20 July 1749, called "Clear Meadow", lying on the Great Bear Branch, a draught of Pipe Creek. Michael lived on his second farm about five years when on 28 August 1754, he sold to Henry Cassell.

Michael's third farm, located on Pipe Creek in Frederick (now Carroll) Co., Maryland, was surveyed on 20 February 1761. The 55 acres was first settled and named "Carolina" by Andrew Stiger who had apparently sold or abandoned his claim on the property. Michael's certificate was issued on 11 December 1762. (Hall of Records", Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.)

Soon thereafter, word reached York County that the Cherokee War was over in Western North Carolina and that the waters of the Uwharrie (Rowan County) was open for settlers. The Pfautz families wasted no time in preparing for this move and in the summer of 1762, as of one mind, Michael, his father Jacob, his kinsman David and Brother-in-law Andrew Hoover, sold all of their holdings in Maryland and Pennsylvania within two months time.

Michael and David, young men in their prime, along with other interrelated families of that area, traveled a wilderness road for a distance of about 400 miles a the crow flies. It was the second time when these faithful companions set forth on a journey in search of a better homeland. At this time Michael and his wife Catherine (Varner), were the parents of 7 children, John 16, Catherine 14, Andrew 12, Elizabeth 10, Susanna 8, Magdalena 4, and Jacob about 18 months. David, married two years prior to Michael, had even more children. Three of his sons - John, Jacob and David Jr. - were 16 or older and looking forward to purchasing their first land at a reasonable price.

On 17 February 1763 the following obtained Henry McCulloh Deeds on the Waters of Uwharrie in Rowan County, North Carolina. Note the English spelling of the names.

(David Sr. & Jr. lands were consolidated) David Fouts - 292 acres David Fouts (Jr.) - 230 acres Jacob Fouts - 200 acres (16 year old son of David Sr.) Michael Fouts - 260 acres John Barnhart - 200 acres Andrew Hoover - 275 acres (Bro-in-law of Michael) John Mast - 233 acres William Merrill - 245 acres Jacob Schwartz - 200 acres Sunbright Heltzell - 200 acres Adam Varner - 289 acres (Bro-in-law of Michael Fouts)

22 February 1763 Andrew Hoover bought an additional 289 acres

This is your earliest Uwharrie Dutch Settlement with the exception of William Merrill. The Uwharrie until 1771 were located in Rowan County. In 1771, they, in most part, were taken within the newly erected Guilford County. In 1779, the southern portion of Guilford, wherein they resided, was included in the newly formed Randolph County.

Dr. Davenport secured an area Map Maker who, from the deeds, plotted the land of the early Fouts on the Uwharrie. He secured over 3,000 land entries or deeds (property bought and sold) of the early Fouts and related families, covering Rowan, Davidson, Guilford and Randolph Counties. I have over 300 in my file that are related, in some manner, to Michael and his son Andrew. Sufficient to say, Michael, Sr. owned land on the Uwharrie at the junction of the Rich Fork and North Fork and along both sides of North Fork. the following may be of interest - Guilford County Land Entry No. 1632, made 7 May 1778, by James Allen is described as "a tract or parcel of land containing 100 acres lying in between Michael Fouts' Mill and Harmon's improvement"...Inasmuch as the Fouts Mill does not appear in Randolph County records, we can assume that it was not a public mill, but was used privately. That it was a grist mill is evidence by the designation of "John Fouts, miller" in 1792 (Michael's oldest son). If it was a saw mill, he would have been a "sawyer", and if a fulling mill, he would have been a "fuller".

Old David appears to have been the leader of the Uwharrie German community, for he was appointed "overseer of the Trading Road, from the Painted Springs east across the Uwharrie to Caraway Creek", by the Rowan County Court in 1768 (Rowan County, North Carolina Court of Pleas & Quarter Session Minutes, 2:17) He was the only German to be so recognized before 1771.

Bro. George Soelle, the Moravian Missionary from old Salem made 12 visits (46 days) on the Uwharrie and recorded in his Diary that he "never got south of Michael Fouts' place." He held his first meeting at Dewald (David) Fouts, Sr.'s place on 18 November, he wrote in his Diary --        "...This is a unique species of people. They appear to me like Aesop's crow which inflated itself with other birds' feathers. They have Moravian, Quaker, Separatists, Dunker principles, know everything and know nothing, look down on others, belong to no one, and spurn others. Just one soul inspired some hope in me, with whom I was also able to converse, namely, Dewald's wife, whose frivolity is getting to be a burden to her and often oppresses her. (This could be his second wife). She, also was the only one there who asked me to visit more frequently when I should return to that region...This Dewald has a lot of children who have been blind from birth." (David, Jr.'s children)...Old David Fouts was a hardheaded German according to Soelle who wrote that he "met stubborn resistance when I tried to enlighten him". Soelle stayed at David's one night when he "lost his way to Hoover's and had to turn back at Michael Fouts". On another occasion he wrote, "I often experience among such folks what Soloman says, "A fool often asks more questions than a wise man can answer". In general, he thought the Uwharrie Germans a "Course lot".

Within Michael, Sr.'s family there was a great diversion of religious faiths. Michael and his wife , Catherine were both "Dutch Friends", otherwise known as Mennonites. His son John's progeny were largely identified with the Dunker's (Church of the Brethren); daughter Catherine's religious persuasion unknown, but her husband, Lawrence Younce, was identified with the Dunker's; Andrew was a Baptist; Elizabeth Yount was a Dunker; Susanna Harmon and Mary Harmon were Baptists; Jacob was Quaker and Esther Yount was Dunker. For many years "old David Fouts" was considered un religious but in his later years he was called on the the "New Borns" of the Separate Baptist Church. The Baptist Historical Society identifies the Separate Baptists as practicing nine ordinances emphasizing - plainness of dress, espousing pacifism, eschewing oaths, and preaching in a peculiar sing-song manner, all of which were done also by the Dunker's.

At the beginning of the Revolutionary war, in 1775, each Poll was expected to take the Oath of Allegiance to the State of North Carolina, serve in the Militia, agree to bear arms, and pay taxes for the support of the war effort. The German's with few exceptions took the stance of "Pacifists" and refused to take the Oath, etc. As a result they lost their Civil Rights, which included purchasing land, until the end of the was when they were restored in 1787. Michael and his children, with the exception of Andrew who married into the very patriotic Merrill family, were pacifists. During the 12 year interim many of the Germans lost, or were literally pushed off, their lands. I was not a happy place for the non-conformists -- the Mennonites, Dunker's, Quakers and Moravians.

When the Uwharrie Dutch, with large families, needed more acreage, they were forced to seek out lands in the mountainous country of Wilkes-Ashe Counties, N.C. in the 1780's; in Kentucky in the 1790's and in the Northwest Territory (Ohio) in the late 1790's and early 1800's.

Old David, Sr., a staunch pacifist, and his son David, Jr., moved from the Uwharrie to Wilkes (now Ashe) Co. before 1789,where he bought and sold land. David apparently died there, for his sons were deeding away his Uwharrie lands in 1793.

In the fall of 1803, Michael, Sr. joined with his son John (the miller) and grandson, Michael, Jr., to sell off all the lands they owned, individually and jointly, in N.C. It was Michael, Sr.'s last appearance in Public records. It is believed that Michael, Sr. died in 1803, or soon thereafter, in Randolph County, N.C. Likewise it is possible that he went with his oldest son John and grandson, Michael, Jr. to German Twp., Montgomery Co., Ohio, where they made their Entries in the summer of 1804. Death dates are missing for both Michael, Sr. and his wife Catherine (Varner). He was not probated in either Randolph County, North Carolina or Montgomery County, Ohio.

Source: 5 Generations of the Pfautz - Fouts Family Complied and Published by Audrey L. Woodruff, C.G.R.S., 1987


Description: This book contains a variety of lists of names of early Pennsylvania immigrants, prmarily those with German, French, Swiss and Dutch decent . Many are from ship passenger lists between 1727 and 1776. Some historical notes also accompany the lists. Most of the names are male but some female names are included too. Other extras include, some ages, acreage owned in certain townships, and a list of name interpretations.

Source Information: Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2001. Original data: Daniel Rupp, A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776..

Hans Michael Pfautz , Hans Michael Diel , Hans Jerg Anspacher , Georg Schumacher , Hans Georg N”gelle , Hans Georg Kremer , Andreas Holsbacher , Hans Adam Wilder , name written by clerk Hans Georg Wolff , Hans Martin Liebenstein , Johan Henrich Hartman , Johannes Haberacker . In vol. iii. 284. Colonial Records, it is stated, "sundry of these foreigners lying sick on board, never came to be qualified." I have compared Lists A, B and C and find in List A, besides those given above, the following names: Benedict Strome , name written by clerk Henericus Bell , name written by clerk Daniel Levan , name written by clerk Willm Jurgeins , name written by clerk Adam Henrich , name written by clerk Sebastian Vink , name written by clerk Hans Georg , name written by clerk



Description: This database contains the original lists of German pioneers who arrived at the port of Philadelphia from the years 1727 to 1808. These lists of early arrivals in Pennsylvania are significant because in none of the other ports of the American colonies, through which German settlers entered, were such lists prepared or preserved. In Philadelphia alone did the authorities insist on the preparation of careful and detailed lists of arrivals. About three hundred family associations, tracking their ancestry to these pioneers, meet annually in Pennsylvania.

Source Information: Strassburger, Ralph Beaver, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, - Vol. I-II (2). Norristown, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania German Society, 1934

Hans Michel Pfautz [List 2 A] A List of Palatyns, Imported In ye Ship James Goodwill, David Crockatt, Master, from Rotterdam, Sept 27, 1727.|R*|r ttt Michael Sigrist 1 6 Michael Tanner 1 2 Joseph Schurgh I 3 Hans Haggy 1 4 Jurgen Miller 1 5 Hans Leaman 1 5 Hans Langneker 1 2 Hendrich Aberlee 1 5 Raynard Jung 1 3 Jacob Wygart Wm. Wygart 2 2 Tewalt Leatherman 1 6 Hans Michal Kunts Jurg Michael Kunts 2 4 Ulrich Stoupher 1 6 Ulrich Zug 1 4 Peter Zug 1 4 Barthol. Sigrist 1 4 Abraham Aberholt 1 4 Jacob Fritz 1 3 Adam Kiener Wm. Kiener 3 9 Hans Kiener Christian Webber 1 4 Margaret Heislern 4 ttt Hans Michael Fiedler 1 3 Philip Schaberger 1 5 Hendrich Wolfe 1 2 Jurgh Steiniger 1 7 Joseph Clap Johan Adam Philple Jurg Clap 6 14 Ludowigh Clap Christian Miller Jurg Coch Jacob Walter, Senr Jacob Walter, Junr 2 6 Christopher Kirchofe 1 5 Jacob Siegel 1 6 Jacob Gass, Senr, sick Jacob Gass, Junr 3 6 Fredrich Gass John Miller Joseph Miller 3 9 Hans Miller Jacob Arnet 1 3 Paul Hein Hans Hein 2 6 Bastian Merree 1 1 Michael Lybert 1 3 |F|R*|rDate entered by different hand.|f Jurg Zengh 2 Jacob Gangwyer 1 1 ttt Hendrich Schultz 1 1 Hans Foster 1 1 53 166 |P11|p [Endorsed:] Names of the Palatines who subscribed the Declaration. 27th Sepr 1727. Da. Crockat, 53 P[ersons]. |QAt a Council held in the Courthouse of Philadia, Septemr 27th 1727, · · · A List was presented to the Board of the names of Fifty-three Palatines, who with their Families making in all about two hundred Persons were imported into this Province in the Ship James Goodwill, David Crocket, Mr., from Rotterdam, but last from Falmouth, as by the Masters Affidavit signed by the Officers of the Customs there, it appeared upon Enquiry that the Master had no particular License for their Transportation."

From the Minutes of the Provincial Council, printed in Colonial Records, Vol. III, p. 284.

[List 2 B] Palatines imported in the Ship James Goodwill, David Crockat, Mr from Rottr, who hereunto sett their hands, 27th Sepr 1727, in the presence of the Governr & Council. ttt Michael Sygrist Michel Daner __________________________________________

Immigrant: Pfautz, Hans Michael Location: America Year: 1727 Page Number: 338 & 339 Document Type: Immigrant Record


Source: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index

Publication: HACKER, WERNER. Eighteenth Century Register of Emigrants from Southwest Germany to America and Other Countries. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1994. 516p.

Date and place of intended destination. Place of origin and reference number to original source are also provided. Date of birth is sometimes listed. Section letters in the page number refer to Addendum pages.


Immigrant: Pfautz, Hans Michael Location: America Year: 1727 Page Number: 86 Document Type: Immigrant Record

Source: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index Publication: HALL, CHARLES M. 'Pal-Index': A Surname Index of Eighteenth-Century Immigrants. Salt Lake City: Global Research Systems, 1979. 147p.

Data on immigrants from France (Alsace-Lorraine), Switzerland, southern Germany, and some adjacent places, arriving between 1727 and 1775. 'Palatines' was a term adopted from British merchants and the people of Philadelphia whose first contact with large migrations from continental Europe in the 1700s was with Palatines (Pfaelzer in German), people from the Palatinate (Pfalz). A third of the immigration in this period was from what later became Baden-Wuerttemberg. Information includes name, origin, date, place of settlement, and sometimes the religion. About 6,500 names gathered from about 50 sources.


In some sources he is called Michael; some call him Jacob. It is assumed that he is one and the same. Audrey Woodruff- Prince Georges Co. MD patented certificates #1452 for Michael Fouts, patent for 50 acres called "Michael's Fancy-1745. Having established a homestead he married in 1746. They lived here for about 5 years when they moved to Pipe Creek Waters, Frederick Co. MD. In 1762 they sold their property and moved to NC with many other Fouts and Varner family members.

He moved to Uwharrie Waters in Rowan Co.NC in 1763. In 1803 he, along with his son and grandson, sold all his land in Randolph Co. NC. He may have died in Randolph Co. NC shortly thereafter or may have moved north to Montgomery Co. OH with his son. No probate record has been found in NC or Oh. He was a Dutch Friend or Mennonite. One child of his was baptized in the Lutheran Church.

More About Michael Jacob Fouts and Katarina Varner: Marriage: Abt. 1745, Lancaster (now York) County, Pennsylvania.

Michael was born in 1724. Michael Fouts ... He passed away in 1803.[1]


  1. A source for this information is needed.

See also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #66771091
  • Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 - Michael Pfautz in entry for Andreas Pfautz, Christening, 12 June 1751, Christ Reformed Church, Littlestown, Adams, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Family Structure - - no real Sources for this group as yet.
  • Pfautz-Fouts-Foutz Newsletters 1-14; Written by Dr John Scott Davenport, Ph.D of Provo, Utah; Publisher: Dean R Pfoutz, (Honolulu, Hawaii) - [2] [3].
  • Michael Pfautz in entry for Andreas Pfautz, "Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950"Johann Micheal Pfautz or Fouts Sr. / Birth 1724 / Rohrbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany / Death. 24 September 1803 / Uwharrie Waters, Randolph, North Carolina, USA
  • Alternate Name / Birth Name: John Micheal Pfautz / Michael Jacob Pfautz / Hans John Michael von PFouts or Fouts / John Michael Pfautz

Family Members :

  • Johann Micheal Pfautz or Fouts Sr. (1724–1803) and Eva Catharina Werner (1727–1800) / Marriage: about 1746, York, Pennsylvania, USA / Children (9) / John Fouts (1747–1822) Catherine Fouts (1749–Deceased) Andrew Fouts (1751–1834) Elizabeth Fouts (1753–1798) Susannah 'Susan' Fouts (1755–1817) Mary Magdalena Pfautz or Pfouts (1759–1822) Jacob Fouts (1761–1835) Esther Fouts (1766–1825) David Theobald Pfautz (1769–1831)
  • Parents of Johann Micheal Pfautz / Johann Jacob Pfautz (1700–1763) and Anna Magdalana Kuntz (1705–1762) / Marriage: 1719 / Rohrbach, Rhenish, Palatinate, Germany / Children (5) Johann Micheal Pfautz or Fouts Sr. (1724–1803) John Andrew Fouts (1736–1808) Anna Marie Pfaultz (1738–1783) Catherine Pfautz (1740–1815) Maria Elizabeth Pfautz (1743–Deceased)
  • Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 - Michael Pfautz in entry for Andreas Pfautz, "Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 December 2014), Michael Pfautz in entry for Andreas Pfautz, 12 Jun 1751; Christening, citing CHRIST REFORMED CHURCH,LITTLESTOWN,ADAMS,PENNSYLVANIA; FHL microfilm Q974.842 LI
  • From: Davenport Newsletters

First, we are dealing with two Fouts lines: (1) Michael, eldest son of Jacob Pfautz, Immigrant to America before 1730, and (2) David Fouts, Sr., who was Theobald Pfautz, Sr., Immigrant of 1738. (The German diminutive of Theobald was "Dewald" which pronounced with German inflection sounded like "David" to the English-tuned ear. Considering that there were also real Davids among the Germans, there was inherent identification chaos in that dimension.) Michael Fouts and David Fouts, Sr., were cousins of some degree, settled Pipe Creek waters in Frederick (now Carroll) Co., Md., in the mid-1740s in concert, sold out and moved to Uwharrie waters, Rowan (now Randolph) Co., N.C., in 1762 - 63, and lived out the balance of their lives in close proximity to each other. Michael Fouts, who married Catherine Varner, was a convert to his wife's Mennonite persuasion. David, Sr., who married Catherine Spengel, was a convert to his wife's Dunker religion (or vice versa) Michael’s role in the Dougan-Fouts connection is the most easily explained. His third son, Jacob Fouts, 1761 - 1835, married Eleanor Malinda Waymire, daughter of John Rudolph Waymire. Jacob of Michael was a Quaker, moved from Randolph Co., N.C., to Montgomery Co., Ohio, in 1801 - 02; then to Dearborn (now Wayne) Co., Indiana Territory, in 1806. [Jacob of Michael's eldest son William married Sarah Davenport, his second daughter Rebecca married Jesse Davenport, both in Randolph Co., N.C., in 1800---which partially explains your editor's involvement (his own Fouts connection comes through two generations of Hoovers)]. In 1810, Jacob Fouts, Jr., 1788 - 1874, second son, left the Fouts Settlement on the Ohio - Indiana border, journeyed to Clark County, Indiana Territory, and married Eleanor Dougan. He took her back to Wayne County --- where they farmed in the Fouts Settlement until 1819, when they moved to Clark County. In 1832, they moved to Fulton Co., Illinois (Buckheart Twp.).

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Pfautz-297 and Pfautz-1 appear to represent the same person because: My mistake. I did not discover Pfautz-1 until after I had created Pfautz-297. They are the same person. There are minor deviations in data, but they can be resolved after merge.
posted by Jeff Modisett
Pfautz-297 and Pfautz-1 do not represent the same person because: There has to be changes made and I think it would be more beneficial to get the duplicate deleted. All info does not match. I don't want to change mine unless it can be proven mine is wrong. Thanks for understanding.
posted by Devorah Brown
Fouts-821 and Pfautz-1 appear to represent the same person because: There seem to be 3 husbands for Eva Catherine (Varner) Fouts (Varner-656) - Michael Jacob Fouts Sr. (Fouts-410)

- Michael Fouts (Fouts-821) - Johann Michael Pfautz (Varner-656) I think they are all the same person. What do you think? Thank you for your time KiKiMueller

posted by KiKi Mueller
Fouts-824 and Pfautz-1 appear to represent the same person because: I think these two profiles represent the same person. Matching birth and death dates and wifes information. Spelling of the last name should probably be LNAB Pfautz and other last names Fouts. Here is the family search profile:
posted by Erik Granstrom
Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910

Birth, Marriage & Death Name Michael Spouse Eva Gender Male

posted by Devorah Brown
North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890

Census & Voter Lists Name John of Michael Fouts Residence 1779 - Tax List, Randolph County, NC

posted by Devorah Brown

Rejected matches › John Jacob (1723-)

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