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Conrad Ault

Birthdate: (41)
Birthplace: Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 11, 1788 (41)
Washington, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Valentin Alt and Maria Catharina Conrad
Husband of Maria Elizabeth Ault
Father of Frederick Ault
Brother of Anna Margaret Alt; Johann Frederick Ault; Johann Heinrich 'Henry' Heinrich Ault; Anna Catharina Ault; Catharina (Katrina) Ault and 4 others
Half brother of [-? Henry-] Conrad; Jacob Alt; Adam Ault; Anna Catharina Fawley and Catharina Alt

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About Conrad Ault


1. Nellie Wallace Reeser, Valentin Alt, His Children and Grandchildren (1949), pg. 73-80.

"Conrad Alt was baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Trappe, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania as the following record reads: Conrad b. 12/18/1746 bp. 3/14/1747 parents Valentin Alt and Catharina Sponsors Conrard Acker and wife Catharina   [The Pennsylvania German Society Proceedings Vol. 6 pg. 194]  
On March 26, 1756 Conrad became an apprentice to a wheelright as the following Orphans court record  {York county Pa Orphans court Book A pg. 63] shows: Came into Court Maria Katharina Alt widow and administratrix of Valentine Alt late of York township Weaver Decd and prayed that Conrad Alt a minor Orphan son of the said Valentine aged nine years the eighteenth day of December  last may be bound an apprentice to George Jacob Shaffer of Codorus township wheel wright it is considered by the Court and the said Conrad Alt is hereby bound an apprentice to the said George Jacob Shaffer until he shall be of the age of twenty one years in consideration whereof the said George Jacob  Shaffer doth covenant and agree to teach the said apprentice to read and write and the art or mystery  of a wheel  wright which he now practiseth and to  furnish and allow the said apprentice sufficuent meat drink apparel washing and lodging during the said term and at the expiration thereof to pay unto him three pounds current money of the province and two suits of apparel one whereof shall be new. 

On November 28, 1759 [York county Pa Orphans court records Book A pg 129] Conrad became the ward of George Myer and Philip Zeegler, following the death of his father, Valentin of York county, York township, Pennsylvania.

On May 27, 1760   [York county Pa Orphans court Book A pg.. 141]  his guardians petitionned the orphans court of  York county to discharged from an indenture of apprenticeship the boy and his master George Jacob Shaffer, wheelwright, to whom he had been apprenticed on March 26, 1756. The guardians petitioned that Conrad be apprenticed to Jacob Alt, weaver, and the  court so bound "the said minor - - an apprentice to Jacob Alt to learn the trade of a weaver during his minority in consideration whereof the said Jacob Alt  covenanteth to teach the said apprentice the trade or misery of a weaver and to find him sufficient  meat  drink appreal washing and lodgeing dureing the said term and at the expiration thereof to pay unto the said apprentice to the value of four pounds in tools of his trade or that sum in money and  one new suit of apparel and to teach  to read and write" 

Orginal tax lists for York county, Shrewsbury township, December 8, 1774 show Conrad a single man; so also do the assessment rolls for the same township in 1779.

His name appears on York county lists through 1783, at which time the data were as follows: 1783 York township York county Pennsylvania Conrad Alt, weaver males 2 females 1. By July 30, 1781 [Register of Friedensaal (Schuster's) Church Springfield township York county Pa. Collections of the Historical Society of York county pg. 18]

Conrad was married, he and his wife on that date serving as witnesses at an infant baptism at Friedensaal church, York county. T

he same church has a record of the baptism of a son as follows: Johannes b. 2/6/1782 bap. 3/10/17822 parents Conrad Alt Maria Elizabeth witnesses Johann Dunki and wife Jacobina [Register of Friedensaal (Schuster's) Church Springfield township York county Pa. Collections of the Historical Society of York county pg. 19].

Conrad removed to Washington county, Pennsylvania, where he made his will on December 30, 1787 [Washington County Pa. Wills Book 1 pg. 90-1].

He died not later than August 11, 1788  [Washington county Pa. Probate Court Case A 7 pg. 1789]. Will of Conrad Ault  - - - In the name  of God Amen. I Conrod Ault of the County of Washington and state of Pennsylvania farmer being very sick and weak, but in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortallity of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in decent christain burial, at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubing but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the the mighty power of god, and as touching such wordly estate wherewith it has pleased  god to bless me in this  life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequath to Elizabeth Ault my dearly beloved wife all the beds and bedding, one  cow and a heifer with calf and she is to take her choice two ewes and two withers  her choice, and four hoggs her choice of  them all the putter, the Iron pot and frying pan  one skillet two ladles and flesh fork one churn and two buckets one tin  coffee pot and one tin quart and two tin cups  on box iron and two heeters, one spinning wheel and a picking axe a weeding hoe and mattock, five hogs a fatting in the pen, and all the grain in the place likewise all the food hay and straw and all the flax two  psalm books, four baggs all the knives and forks, two bells all the earthen ware, one lamp, all the wool, and wooling, and linnen, except my wearing apperal. Likewise I leave her the whole place till my youngest son Jacob Ault come to be fourteen years of age in which time she is to give the children schooling so as to read and write well, I do furthermore bequeath unto my beloved wife the third of all my moveable effects after my debts is paid, and also, the whole of my land if she keeps singal till my son John is twenty one years of age; afterward she is to have twelve bushels of good merchant able wheat, yearly and every year after John comes of age, and one hundred & thiry pounds of pork and three bushels of rye and half an acre of flax, and one  half bushel of salt and one cow to be winted on the place for her if she don't marry.  Besides a house to live in and half an acre well fenced for a garden and if she get married before John is of  age this  is all to be  void. Also I give to beloved son  John Ault and Frederick Ault and Jacob Ault my whole land to be devide equaly among them at the discresion of Frederick Ault Sen'r. and George Kintner whom I make constitue and ordain my sole executors of this my last will and testament and my will is that my oldest son John  shall not have anny more than an equal share with the rest and by them to be freely posessed and enjoyed and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanull any and every other former testaments wills legacies, bequests and executors by me in ant wise before named willed and bequeathed, ratyfying and confirming this and no other  to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this thirtyeth day December in the year of our Lord  One thousand seven hundred and eighty seven. Conrad Ault (Seal)  Signed seal'e published pronounced and declared by the said  Conrod Ault as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence each other have hereunto Subscribed our names. Henry Hufman Peter Sarter Philip Black Jacob Forwood Attest: A true copy from the record (signed S. A. Barnum register. The Inventory of  Goods of Conrod Ault, Deceased pounds- shillings - d.  One whetstone  0-1-3, one small  cleves 0-0-9, two old bridles 0-2-6, two old collars 0-4-0, one mans saddle 0-8-0,  one pair of sadle baggs 0-4-1, some cobbling tools 0-1-0, one comb  saw one rasp and two filed 0-1-6, two chissels and two small gouges 0-1-3,  one line one pair of compassess 2 gimblets & 1 key saw 0-2-0,  two large gouges 0-2-6, three chissels 0-2-9, three do 0-1-3,  one hamer one old augre 0-1-10,  one hand braud axe  0-4-0, one square and one hammer 0-3-0, one foot ades -0-4-0, one drawing knife and whetstone 0-3-0, one carpenter axe 0-15-0,  one braud axe  0-11-3, one hand saw  0-5-0, one ring mall and two Iron wedges  0-4-6, fifteen pounds of  Iron 0-7-6, two sickles  0-1-6, one  do  0-1-6, some instruments of make reeds & some knae (?) 0-7-6, one five hundred reed 0-4-0, one pair  of hobbles 0-1-0, one pair of stilyards 0-10-0, two pound of steel 0-2-9, two guns 1-2-6,  powder horn & shott bagg 0-1-0, one old pigon and wooden cock  0-1-0, one lamp and one tin quart  0-1-6, two wooden dishes five bowls eleven tranchers 0-7-0,  one dish six trenched and three bowls 0-2-0 two caggs 0-3-6,  two kaggs 0-3-6 <nowiki>------</nowiki> 8-0-4 (end of first page) (second page of orginal begins here)   One pickeling cask 0-3-0, two old baggs 0-1-3, one old butter tubb and washing tubb 0-3-0,  one little tubb and basket 0-3-0,  hemp seed 0-2-0, one box  two rasors and a hone 0-2-6, two spring lances and case 0-10-0, one pair of buckskin breeches & 1 pr. of stocking 0-12-6. one coat and waist coat 0-15-0, two shirts 0-10-0, two shirts  0-10-0, one cloth coat and wist coat 0-8-6, two pairs of linnen trowsers 1 pair of old stocking 0-2-9,  one pair stripped trowsers 1 pair of linnen do 0-3-0, one wool hat and two  pair of legings 0-3-9, one pair of  spotted mittings 0-1-6, one seven  hundred reed 0-6-0, one sythe and hangings 0-5-0, one plow and Irons cleveses and singeltrees 1-10-0, one cutting box knife & scrues  0-14-0, one black cow 3-0-0-, one heifer  2-10-0, one black and white calf 0-15-0, one red steir do 0-15-0, one red bull do 0-10-0, one horn'd weather & 1 ewe  0-15-0, one little ewe and 1 little ram 0-15-0, two weathers 1-0-0, sixteen hogs large and small 1-10-0, two glass bottles 0-2-6,  one pair of buckles 0-1-0, broke hemp 0-5-6, one black bell cow 3-10-0, one red cow 2-10-0, two ewes & two weathers 1-15-0, two barrows & two sows  0-13-6, one Iron pot 0-5-9, one pan 2 ladles 1 flesh fork and 1 skillet 0-11-3, all the puter and tin ware 0-15-6, one smoothing iron and a bell and lamp 0-5-6, two buckets 1 churn and old spining wheel 0-13-0, four baggs 1 picking axe 1 grubing hoe 1 old weeding hoe 0-12-0 <nowiki>----</nowiki> 30-7-6 brought over 8-0-4 <nowiki>-----</nowiki> 38-7-10. 

On March 25, 1816 Conrad's farm "Melanthus" 105 acres on Pigeon creek Somerset township which had been patented to him posthumously on May 12, 1789 [Patent Book No. 16 p. 4] was deeded by his son to Thomas Hall [Washington county Pa. Deeds Book 2 A pg. 139-40]. The deed states that Conrad had willed this land to his three sons: John, Jacob and Frederick; that John and Jacob died leaving no childrren; therefore Frederick was the sole owner.

Conrad's wife Elizabeth is named in the Washington county Somerset township tas lists for 1788 and 1789. No further  records concerning her have thus far been found. 

Conrad Alt served in the American Revolution as a member of Capt. Henry Ferree's Company York county Pennsylvannia [Pennsylvania Archives 6th series Vol. 2 pg. 670-1]."

2. Nellie Wallace Reeser, Chartered Records of the Valentin Alt Family In America, A (1963, West Lafayette, Indiana Handwritten/Typed Family Group Sheets 2876 pgs. bound in 4 vols), pg. 3, 1887, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington DC 20540-4570, CS71.A465.1963. Microfilmed 1984 L. C. Photoduplication Services Washington D.C. 2 reels. Copies in Indiana State Ligrary Genealogy Division; Phone: 317-232-3675; Fax: 317-232-3728 140 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2296 and Latter Day Saints Family History Library 50 East North Temple Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-3400 Phone: 801-538-2978; FAX: 801-240-1448; Library Photduplications Services Phone: 202-707-5640 quoted mein Nov. 2001 as follows after a $25.00 deposit above that for 1500 exposures @ 50 cents for neagative $750, 2 reels postive $96., processing and retrieval fee $12 for grand total of $858. "Will dated 30 Dec. 1787 and probated 11 Aug. 1788 Washington co., Pa."

3. Pa. Archives Series: 1st, 12 v; 2nd, 19 v; 3rd, 30 v; 4th, 12 v; 5th, 8 v, 6th, 15 v; 7th, 5 v; 8th, 9 v; 9th, 10 v (1852 - ?, Philadelphia and Harrisburg), 6th Series Vol. 2 pg. 670-1. "Served American Revolution as a member of Capt Henry Ferree's Co., Rock co., Pa."

4. Keith A. Dull, Early German Settlers of York County Pennsylvania (1997), pg. 288. "Conrad b. on Dec. 18, 1746 and bapt. Trappe Lutheran Church in Montgomery co. on Mar. 14, 1747."

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Conrad Ault's Timeline

December 18, 1746
Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
March 14, 1747
Trappe, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvannia
March 14, 1747
Augustus Evangel, Trappe Twp, Montgomery, Pennsylvania
August 11, 1788
Age 41
Washington, Pennsylvania