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Valentin "Velty" Alt (Alt (Ault)), Sr.

Also Known As: "Valti"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Germany
Death: January 10, 1756 (54)
York County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Peter Alt (Ault) and Maria Catherine Haener
Husband of Katharine Catherina Alt and Maria Catharina Conrad
Father of Jacob Alt; Adam Ault; Anna Catharina Fawley; Catharina Alt; Anna Margaret Alt and 9 others
Brother of Anna Alt

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About Valentin Alt


1. Nellie Wallace Reeser, Valentin Alt, His Children and Grandchildren (1949), pg. 1-7. see PDF file attached and upload to GENI

3. Keith A. Dull, Early German Settlers of York County Pennsylvania (1997), pg. 287.

"Valentin immigrated to America on the ship 'Davey' on Sept 25, 1738 and m. Anna Catharina Schmidtdau of Martin and Anna Catharina Schmidt. They settled in Montgomery co., Pa. and moved to York co. between Feb. 1755 and Apr. 13, 1755. Catherine was b. Fenershausen in Osingen, Germany in recorded in deaths of CLY on Dec. 1, 1722 and d. on June 8, 1759. Valentin d. in 1755. His will was written on July 18 1755 and probated on Jan 10, 1756 after Valentin's death Anna Catharina m. Heinrich Conrad and had one child: Valentine; Catharina had the following children (eight, children, five alive at the time of Catharina's death)...."

4. Probate Card File York County Historical Society, Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, 250 East Market St., York, Pennsylvania 17403.

"Alt, Valentine - 4-1-1756-A 133 Will in German York twp. Maria Katrina - widow and admx of Valtentine Alt, a weaver. 1) Henry son aged 10 on Oct. 31 apprenticed to Abraham Keepher of Cordorus twp. son of Casper Keepher OC/A63-3/26/1756. 2) Conrad Alt, son  aged 9 on  Dec. 18 Bound to George Jacob Shaffer of Codorus, Tailor OC/A 127-128. Frederick Alt age 18 years - of 1759 son of Valentine chose Andrew of York twp. yeoman his guardian OC/A 129-130. Henry Conrad of Cordorus twp (miller) now married to Catherine widow of Valentine Alt of York twp. has George M__ and  Philip Ziegler made G. for minors of Valentine Alt - - - Henry, Conrad, Catherine, Vale__ & Philip ALt. OC/A 141-5/27/1760 Philip Ziegler & Geo. Myer - G of Conrad Alt S of Valentine being to weak to continue apprenticeshio as wheelwrig__ with Jacob Shever is no apprenticed to Jac_ Alt weaver. OC/A 175 - 5/27/1761. Guardian Philip Ziegler & Geo__ OC/A 175 to Michael Kaiselman cordwainer of SHerwsbury twp. Katrina Alt age 12 yrs. Oct. 10 to Michael Loow of Manchester twp. OC/A 208-209 11/25/1761. Geo. Myer & Philip Ziegler G of Philip Alt apprenticed him to Nicholas Shuster (Blacksmith) of Shrewbu__ twp. OC/A 247-248 12/__/1762. Henry Conrad md. to wido Maria Katrina - Bal of 13-16-11 for divisio_, 4-12-3 for widow, 2-1-0 to Adam Alt and 22 sh 60 for each of their Guardian - viz Jacob, Frederick, Henry, Conrad, Katrina & Ph__." This was hadwritten from cards and someone had enlarged this seet of written page or did not place in on copier to get full contents of handwritten data.

5. Naturalizations - More Imigrants Come, pg. 266.

"1738 - Settling of Another Lot of Palatines - In the Pa Gazette of Oct. 26, 1738, contains this item: "Last Saturday arrived here, the ship Davey from Holland with Palatines. The Captain and both mates and one hundred and sixty passengers died on the passage and the carpenter brought in the vessell. Most of the ships which bring Dutch passengers...Turning to Volume 17 Seceond Ser of Pa Archives pg. 169 we fine that this ship Davy was not Dutch, but German; and came from Amsterdam. The list of passengers given in the records numder 94...."

6. Ester Van Aken, Genealogy of Ault (Alt) Family (1969, 56 pg.), pg. 1, 2.

"The Ault and Allied Families. I Vanlentine (ca. 1710 - 1755). Walentine Alt (Ault) was born in Germany about 1910 and died in Pennsylvania in 1755. 

(1) "Early Central Pennsylvania Lineages by Dr. C. A. Fisher pg. 13 shows that he married Marie Catherine Smith b. at Emmerhauser, Ger. (12-1-1722 --- 6-8-1759) Children born to them:

  • a ADAM ALT m. Susanna. b. Eva Alt 7-24-1762, b. Elizabeth 3-28-1762,
  • b. Salome, John Adam, Daniel, Susanna, Catherine;
  • a. JACOB m. Elizabeth; a JOHN FREDERICK ALT 11-7-1743 --- 1815 m. Rebecca. b. John Frederick, Michael, ANdrew & Eva;
  • a JOHN HENRY ALT m. Anna Mria Walter, m. Christina. b. Valentine 1772 - 1854 m. Susana, b. John 1775 - 1849 m. Elizabeth Lowe, b. Jacob b. 1776 - 1867, b. Anna Maria 1785, b. Frederick 1788, b. Christina m. Neary Nease, b. Elizabeth m. Michael Sower, b. Lewis b. 1804; a CONRAD ALT 1746 - 1788;
  • a CATHERINE 1748;
  • a VALENTINE 3-22-1750 m. Catheinre;
  • a. Philip 10-12-1752.

Valentine ALt was one of the Palatines who came to America on the ship Davy, William Patton, COmmander, from AMsterdam, but last from Cowes in England. Before being allowed to remain in America they had to qualify by taking an Oath of allegiance. He took this oath at the court house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Oct. 25, 1738 [Penn. German Pioneers by Strasburg and Hinkle Vol. 1 pgf. 234-6 and Vol. 2 pg. 241; Colonial Records of Penn Vol. III pg. 282f].

This oath was a follows:

"We natives, subscribers and late inhabitants of the Palatinate upon the Rhine and places adjacent and hing transported ourselves and our families into this province of Pennsylvania, a colony subject to Great Britain, in hopes of finding a retreat and peaceable settlement do solemnly promise and engage that we will be faithful and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King George II and his successors of Great Britain bemean ourselves preaceably and conform to the laws of England and the province to the utmost in our power and understanding."

By Feb. 5, 1744 he was living in that part of Philadelphia co., now and since 1784 included in Montgomery county, in the area of Faulkner Swamp. 

The New Hanover Lutheran Church there recorded the following concerning the children of Valentine and Catherine Alt: [Penn German Proceedings Vol. 20 (1909) pg. 200-1]

  • Child: Anna Margaret (II) birth: b. April 1742 d. 7-9-1745 [The New Hanover Lutheran Church deaths] sponors:------; Johann Frederick (II) birth: 11-7-1743 baptism: 2-5-1744 Sponsors: Johann Frederick Stemple and wife [The New Hanover Church Records];
  • Child: Anna Catherine (II) borth: 9-30-1744 Baptism: 1745 Sponsors: Hemrick Krause and wife [The New Hanover Church Records];
  • Child: Conrad (II) birth: 12-18-1746 baptism: 3-14-1747 sponsors: --- [Augustus Evangelical Lutheran CHurch at Trappe, Montgomery co., Penn. Records]; Child: Catherine (II) birth: 9-29-1748 baptism: 12-4-1748 sponors: Catherina Krause; *Valentine (II)birth:3-22-1750 baptism ---- sponors Valentine Vogt and wife 3-22-1750;
  • Child: Phillip (II) birth: 10-12-1752 baptism: 3-5-1753 sponsors: Phillip Jost and wife [The New Hanover Church Records];.

Valetine was still in Faulkners Swamp in Feb. 1755 [Relating to German Settlers of Penn and Adjancent Territory From Adv. in German Newaspapers 1743-1800] but by April 12 of that year he settled in York co. Pa. [York co. Penn Records].

He was marred twice, both wives having the name Catherina.

Valentine Alt (Ault) signed his will in York of. Pa. on July 18, 1755 and it was admitted there for probate on Jan 10, 1756. (II) An English translation of his will is given in the book "Valentine Alt, His Children and Grandchildren" by Nellie Wallace Reeser. In this will he names Adam as the oldest surviving child and Jacob as the second. It is thought that both were born before Valentine came to this country."

At the bottom of her bibliography is: Nellie Wallace Reeser has made a professional job or research and compiled a very complete record of the Ault (Alt) Family. She placed the orginal manuscript in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Microfilms of this were placed in the Indiana Genealogical Library at Indianapolis, Ind. and alsin int he Pennsylvannia Genealogical Library.


7. David A. and Brenda L. Paup, Index to the Probate Inventories of York County Pennsylvania 1749 - 1850 (1992, Family Line Publications Rear 63 East Main Street Westminster, Maryland 21157), pg. 2. "Alt, Valentin, 1756."

8. 1989, South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc., Abstracts of Unrecorded Wills of York County, Pennsylvania 1749-1798, pg. 3.

"Valentine Alt [orginal in German; contemporary translation] Dated 15 July 1755, Valentine Alt, of sound mind and memory. To son Adam one English shilling. To son Jacob all my plantation and everything I have for  105 pounds. As the children shall come of age, he shall pay each of them 15 pounds. If  one of the children should died, the mother shall be heir to that child's money. My son Jacob shall keep the children with him and cloth them until they are fit to put out to learn a trade or as the mother and my son and executors shall think proper.  Son Jacob shall give to my wife Maria Catarina as long as she lives, 10 bushel of wheat  [etc.]. If my wife does not like to live any longer with my son, he shalll build a little house for her and make a little garden with it. If she marries again, my son shall give her  only the mentioned grain. Executors: John Heckendorn and Andreas Shenk. Witnesses:  John Hecendorn [G] and A ndreas Shenk [G].. Testator signed [G]. Probated 10 January 1756, with witness Heckendorn  (one of the people called Unitas Fratrum) affirming and witness Shenk making oath before George Stevenson, Deputy Register. [Translation by John Meem]."
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Valentin Alt's Timeline

March 1, 1701
Age 31
Age 32
September 30, 1737
Age 36
New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA
April 9, 1742
Age 41
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
April 9, 1742
Age 41
New Hanover Luth, New Hanover Twp, Montgomery, Pennsylvania
November 7, 1743
Age 42
Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
September 30, 1744
Age 43
New Hanover, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 30, 1744
Age 43
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania