- Sources Early Chronology, based on Newsletters of Dr. John Scott Davenport (from David Fouts of Stanfordville, New York; refs 31-34, and 31-27). 1730s. His parents settled on a small hillside farm in or near the town of Skippack, now Montgomery Co., Pannsylvania, about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Family was joined by David (Dewald) Fouts from Germany, a young man about Michael's age (Ship "Davy" in 1738). The two boys (cousins?) became close friends and stayed so for the rest of their lives, traveling together, etc. 1744 Aug 30 - Original land warrant obtained in Pennsylvania. 1745 Aug 29 - Obtained 'Michael's Fancy" on Little Pipe Creek, Prince George Co., Maryland (50 acres). Complete description found in Ref. 31-15 "Prince George's Co., Maryland, Patented Certificates #1452." 1747-1753 - Children are born at Pipe Creek Waters, Frederick Co., Maryland. 1749 March 27 - Sold "Michael's Fancy" in Maryland. 1749 July 20 - On Pipe Creek Waters, Maryland, obtained "The Clear Meadow" (91 acres) on Great Bear branch of Great Pipe Creek. Complete description found in Ref 31-15 "Frederick Co., Maryland, Patented Certificates #866." 1754 Aug 28 - Sold "Clear Meadow" in Maryland. 1755-1761 - His children are born at German Township, York (now Adams) Co., Pennsylvania. 1761 Feb 20 - Pipe Creek Farm "Carolina" was surveyed in Frederick Co. (now Carroll Co.) Maryland. 1763-1776 - His children are born at Uwharrie Waters, Rowan (now Randolph) Co., North Carolina. 1763-1801 - On the Uwharrie in Randolph Co., North Carolina (Ref 37-11; Land Registers, Deed Books, Land Entry Books, N.C. Grant Books in Rowan Co. (1763-1771); Guilford Co. (1771-1779), and Randolph Co. (1779-1835). 1760s? Michael, (cousin) David, and interrelated families form the Uwharrie Dutch settlement. Michael may have had a mill (probably a grist mill) as he was references in a deed of 1779. His son John was known as "the Miller." 1776-1787 - During the Revolutionary War, almost all the Uwharrie Germans were pacifists. As such, they lost many of their civil rights, such as the right to purchase land. For 12 years many of them left or were pushed off their lands in North Carolina. The ban was lifted in 1787, but Carolina was not a happy place. When they needed more land, tney moved out to Ohio and Kentucky and into western North Carolina. 1800 - Michael is apparently living in household of son Andrew. 1803 fall - Michael joins with son John and grandson Michael, Jr., to sell all the lands they own, individually or jointly, in North Carolina. It was Michael Sr's last appearance in the public the records. Death dates are missing for both him and his wife, Catherine. He may have died in Randolph Co., North Carolina, or in Montgomery Co., Ohio. ..... 1975 Dec. Davenport, John Scott. 1975. "Earliest Pfautz/Fouts Families in America." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 63(4):243-60. A carefully researched and documented genealogy. Michael Fouts was born in Europe ca. 1724; married Catherine Varner, daughter of John Adam Varner, of Germany Twp., York Co., Pennsylvania. He died in about 1803 in Randolph Co., North Carolina. He had land on Great Pipe Creek, Frederick Co. (now Carroll Co.), Maryland, 1745-1754; then moved to his father's plantation until 1762, when he moved to Uwharrie waters in Rowan (now Randolph) Co., North Carolina. His plantation adjoined that of Dewald Fouts (see below). In 1801 he deeded all his lands to his eldest son, John, then disappeared from the records. His sons and daughters with families moved to Ohio in late 1803. He had 10 children, including five sons. The Varners were Mennonites. Michael is cited in one source as being a Quaker in 1789, but is not mentioned in Quaker records extant. His family was predominantly Dunker after move to Ohio. 1982 Feb. 4. Letter from John Scott Davenport of Rootstown, Ohio, to Mrs. William G. Fouts of Galveston, Indiana. Ancestors of Solomon Fouts: 1. Jacob Pfautz, c1690-1765, of York Co., Pennsylvania (Im migrant before 1730). 2. Michael Fouts, c1724-c1803, of Randolph Co., North Carolina. 3. John Fouts, 1747-1821, of Montgomery Co., Ohio. 4. Frederick Fouts, 1772-1852, of Montgomery Co., Ohio. 5. Noah Fouts, 1801-1845, of Cass Co., Indiana. 6. Solomon Fouts, 1826-1907, of Cass Co., Indiana. "The family movent of our Fouts line (I, too, descend from Jacob, via Anna Margaret Hoover) was from the Lower Neckar Valley of Germany before 1730, to Perkiomen Creek waters in Philadelphia (now Montgomery) County, Pennsylvania, then (c. 1737) to Germany Township, York (now Adams) County, Pennsylvania, then (1745) to Pipe Creek waters, Frederick (now Carroll) Co., Maryland, and then (1762) to Uwaharrie waters, Rowan (now Randolph) Co., North Carolina. After Michael Fouts died in 1803, all of his children, except for son Andrew, moved - most to Montgomery Co., Ohio, but several of the son-in-laws moved to the mountain county [country?] of western North Carolina. "This origin in Jacob Pfautz is now proven - and has been accepted by Hulda Hoover McLean, President Hoover's niece, and Hoover family genealogist. We do not know Jacob's wife's name, beyond Magdalena,..." "As to religion, Jacob Pfautz was a Lutheran, Michael Fouts appears to have adopted his wife's Mennonite persuasion, and John and Frederick Fouts appear to have been Dunkers. What Noah and his family were, I know not, but they were in a Bretheren (Dunker) area in their early Indiana settlements. I presume you known that Noah was in St. Joseph Co., Indiana, for a few years before he settled in Cass Co." "Michael's wife was Catherine Varner,..." 1988 Manuscript. "Pfautz - Fouts Family: First 5 generations and related families," by Audrey L. Woodruff and Jim Varner. A key document, very carefully researched. Michael Fouts (Sr.), son of Jacob, was born ca. 1724 in Rohrbach, near Sinsheim, Rhenish Palatinate; died in 1803 in Randolph Co. (or possibly Montgomery Co., Ohio). He married Eva Catherina Varner in about 1746 in Ger many Township, Lancaster Co. (later York Co.), Pennsylvania. Eva was born in Dec 1726 in Massenbach, Germany; she died before 1800 in Randolph Co., North Carolina, and was buried there. She was the daughter of Johann Adam Werner (Sr.) and Catherine Barbara Sigler. They lived on Little Pipe Creek Waters, Frederick (now Carroll) Co., Maryland, 1744-1762. In 1763 Michael and Catherine moved to Uwharrie Waters in Rowan Co., North Carolina. Their children are listed. 1999 Oct. 24 - Pedigree chart of the Ancestors of Lewis Fouts. Sent by David P. Fouts of Stanfordville, New York, to William Shurtleff of Lafayette, California. Michael Fouts (Sr.) was born about 1724 in Rohrbach, Rhenish Palatinate, Germany. Married 1746 in York Co. or Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. Died in 1803/04 in Randolph Co., North Carolina or Montgomery Co., Ohio.
"Ancestral File", database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/99L8-THL : accessed 2013-03-23), entry for Michael Fouts.
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