Emera Ambrose von Althausen, Sr. (1736 - 1819) MP

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Nicknames: "Emera Ambrose Althizer", "Emera Althizer", "Emera Althausen"
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Birthplace: Bingen am Rhein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland
Death: Died in Riner, Montgomery, Virginia, USA
Managed by: Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator
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About Emera Ambrose von Althausen, Sr.

Emera Ambrose von Althausen was the son of Johann Peter Althauser and Elisabetha Christiana Laucks. He was born in 1736 in Bingen on the Rhine, Hesse, Germany and died in September, 1819 in Montgomery Co, Virginia. His first name may have been Emmerich at birth.

He is believed to be buried in the Althizer Family Cemetery, near Chestnut Ridge, Montgomery County, Virginia. The stone in the cemetery is for a "Pvt Emera V. Altizer," who died in 1819. The stone is more recent than 1819, which could result in an error in the name (the "V" could have been for von), but this is Emera's correct death and military service.

He married (1) Anna Maria Pitzer in 1765 in Allengheny Co, Virginia and had four children. It is believed that he married (2) Mary Miller of Maryland and had four more children. It should be noted that in a DAR application, this marriage has been called into question. There is extensive documentation of a Revolutionary War pension for a Mary Altizer, but her birth name or parentage is not found in the application. In the application, her husband is listed as "Emory" Altizer. The pension account was W. 4,720.

Emera served in the Virginia Infantry for eighteen months during the American Revolution, under Capt. Wallace. His DAR number is A002076. He was discharged from service after the surrender of Cornwallis. One family legend claims that he was brought to America to serve in a war but was too young and was adopted by a German immigrant family, later marrying their daughter Anna Maria. The dates don't quite fit this tale, charming as it is.

As with many European names in early American history, variations of spelling abound. His birth name was most likely Althausen or von Althausen. You will also find Althausen, Althauzer, Altizera (DAR records) , Althizer and Altizer, the last being the most commonly found variation in modern times. Another family tale has the name Altizer being a creation made from ALT of his name and IZER from his wife's name. More likely, it was an Americanized spelling based on the sound of the original German name.

Children of EMERA ALTIZER and MARY PITZER are:

  • ELIZABETH ALTIZER, d. Abt. 1858; m. GEORGE REED.
  • NANCY ALTIZER, b. Abt. 1790; d. Aft. 1860., married Adam. Akers.
  • JOHN ALTIZER, b. 1765; d. December 11, 1850; m. ELIZABETH ELKENS.
  • EMERY ALTIZER, b. 1769; d. 1872.

Children of EMERA ALTIZER and MARY MILLER are:

  • WILLIAM ALTIZER, d. Aft. 1820.
  • ELIAS ALTIZER, b. March 1776, Montgomery Co, Va; d. November 13, 1840, Posey Co, Indiana.
  • DAVID RILEY ALTIZER, b. 1784; d. September 26, 1854, TAZEWELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
  • JONAS ALTIZER, b. 1791; d. August 1861; m. (1) SALLY RATCLIFFE; m. (2) SARAH SIMP?.

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-------------------- Born 1736 Bingen on Rhine, Hessen, Germany

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Emera Altizer, Sr.'s Timeline

1736
1736
Bingen am Rhein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland
1765
1765
Age 29
Little River, Botetort, Virginia, United States
1765
Age 29
Allegheny, Virginia
1769
1769
Age 33
Virginia
1773
July, 1773
Age 37
Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, United States
1776
March, 1776
Age 40
Little River, VA, USA
1784
1784
Age 48
Montgomery County, Virginia, United States
1786
September 9, 1786
Age 50
Virginia, United States
1790
1790
Age 54
Montgomery, Virginia, USA
1791
1791
Age 55
Montgomery, VA, USA