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In the spring of 1752, Michael Lutz of Kreuzwertheim Germany, born there on the 7th of April 1723, applied for permission to emigrate to the new world. He was 29 years of age. He had been married in 1747 to Anna Walburgis Weissler and had two children, Anna Catharina, born 11 January 1749, and Peter born 12 March 1751.
THE DAY OF DECISION
Heinrich Stieff wrote his name in the careful, upright German script he had learned in his homeland,and yielded place to the next man. His decision was made. He would go to Nova Scotia and take up land under his scheme proposed by John Hughes, the Philadelphia merchant. There were eight others who had made a similar decision. Mattias Somers, Vallon Tin Miller, and Charles Jones had already signed the Articles of Agreement. Andrew Criner, Michael Lutz, Jacob Cline, Matthias Lentz, and Jacob Trietz were scawling their signatures below his. It was the Twenty Seventh Day of January in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Six, according to the document the land seekers were signing. How long had Heinrich Stieff been in Pennsylvania looking for land? Since his name had not been deciphered from among the thirty thousand or more names of immigrants fromt he German States who arrived in Pennsylvania during the course of the eighteenth century, it is impossible to answer that question. He had certainly been there for more than four months. On September 22, 1765, he had taken the sacrament in the church at Roxborough, Philadelphia County, a necessary preliminary to naturalisation in the September-October Court of the country. One tradition current in the family is that six of the seven sons of Heinrich Stieff, Jacob, Christian, Frederick, Henry, and Lodovic or Lewis, had been born in Europe, and only the youngest, Matthias, in Pennsylvania. On the other hand, in agreement signed on January 27, 1766, the census of 1767 set down the seven sons as Americans. It seems probable that Heinrich Stieff had been a comparatively late comer to Pennsylvania and had found the available land near Philadelphia taken up by earlier comers. One of his descendants had heard a tale of Heinrich Stieff's having farmed in Virginia and suffered a crop failure. It would be interesting to know if Heinrich Stieff had met, previous to this fateful day in January, 1766, and of those who signed the articles of Agreement. Were any of them related? Did they worship together? In years to come the families of Lutz, Somers, Trites, Jones, and Steeves were to become very closely linked. Had other ties than land hunger brought them together? The other four signers, despite the ominous sentence at the end of the agreement, that the parites bound themselves "each to the other in the Sum of One Thousand pound Sterling . . . . for the Neglect or Nonperformance . . . . . in all or any part of the above Agreement", failed to carry out their part of the undertaking. No evidence has turned up to indicate that Vallon Tin Miller, Adrew Criner, Jacob Cline, and Matthias Lentz sailed to Nova Scotia in the spring of 1766, or at any other time. For those four, then, January 27, 1766, was not a day of decision. For Matthias Somers, Michael Lutz, Jacob Trietz (Trites), Charles Jones, and Heinrich Stieff, it was a turning point in their lives. They made their decision and they stuck by it. For them, and for that part of Nova Scotia, later the southeastern part of New Brunswick, to which they went, the consequences of that decision were immense and far-reaching.
Samphire Greens is 'The Story of The Steeves' written by Esther Clark Wright. In this account of those legendary figures, Heinrich Stieff and his seven sons, Mrs. Wright weaves fact and fancy into a vivid and readable story of those settlers who came before the Loyalists. As a descendant of the youngest of the seven sons, she has a special interest in the story here told: as historian and sociologist, she is concerned to analyze family lore and to examine the relationship of the Steeves to the times and the places in which they lived.
More recent information can be found in “The Search for Heinrich Stief : A Genealogist on the Loose ” by Les Bowser. Copies are available for purchase at the Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum.
Jacob (Treitz) Trites Sr. was born about 1731 in Germany. After he arrived in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (at the time it was called 'The Bend', part of Nova Scotia) in 1766, he never left, but remained at the eastern end from 1766 until his death in 1791. This Jacob Trites may well be called "The Father of Moncton", he was the last of the heads of the nine families to sign the agreement in Philadelphia in 1766. Although he remained on his original 200 acre town lot for the first few years, he was later granted 2190 acres at the Eastern end of the Township. It was basically the land between the two creeks in modern day Moncton. Although the family of Jacob Trites appears to be complete, three sons and one daughter; in some quarters there are suggestions that there was a second daughter, born after their arrival at the Bend (now called 'Moncton'). I believe that this was Elizabeth, the daughter of Rosanna and Robert Cumming and not another offspring of Jacob and Elisina. Although, very little is known about Elisina, it is assumed they were married about 1748/49 in Pennsylvania. We have learned of four different ways in which to spell her name. Elisina is the best known and it's abbreviated from of Elisha. A declaration signed in her presence gave her name as "Christiana", while she signed "Christina" in June 1790. The burial place of Jacob and Elisina is unknown however, it is suspected that they are buried somewhere in Albert County, NB. Jacob Trites Sr. would have been about 36/37 years old when he arrived at the Bend and Elisina a few years younger. Jacob Jr., the oldest son, would have been 16 ar 17 years old when they arrived and Abraham 15 years old. Rosanna, the only daughter was 13 years old and Christian, the baby of the family would have been 7 or 8 years old. They were a small family, but one well equipt to start a new life in a new land where every pair of hands would have a task to perform. The three sons, all old enough to be able to help jacob prepare the land and build a shelter for the family and a daughter old enough to be a good and willing "mother's helper". So with that, that the Trites family started a new life as the first settlers of Moncton.
Nine generations of Trites decendants are available for research at the Museum. If you have any questions about the Trites family, please don't hesitate to contact us. If you have any additional information about the Trites family, let us know; we take pride in keeping our records updated.