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Diez Family

First Generation

Jacob Diez and his wife Anna Maria Mumbacher were early settlers in the vicinity of Bethania NC. Anna Maria and three of their children died of a fever in August 1776; Jacob was sick himself at the time and died two months later. The Records of the Moravians include the following quotation:

Other evidence indicates that at least four children survived. Court records from 1778 show that "Ann Mary Deetz, 4&1/2 yr-old-orphan of Jacob Deetz decd, was bound as apprentice to Michael Teague in 1778 to learn the art of mantua maker, until she is 18". Her brother Jacob, age 9, was bound to Joseph Miller as an apprentice gunsmith. Estate settlement papers from 1781 name Louisa, Jacob, Johanna, and Anna Maria as "children and heirs of the late Jacob Dietz, planter". In addition to these four children who were still under age in 1781, Jacob and Anna Maria may have been the parents of two other daughters. Catherine Diez is referred to in May 1776 as "Dietz's second daughter" at the time of her marriage to Ludwig Wolff, and this diary entry is indexed to Jacob Dietz. An Elizabeth Dietz who died in September 1777 probably also belongs to this family, and may have been Catherine's older sister.

Circumstantial evidence suggests that Jacob was the brother of Barbara Diez (1738-1815) who married Heinrich Stoltz in 1753 and George Hauser in 1776. Barbara was born in Eschweiler, near Zweibrücken. Has anyone looked there for birth or baptismal records for Jacob?

Second Generation

Probable children of Jacob Diez and Anna Maria Mumbacher
daughter, no record except that Catharine is referred to in 1776 as the "second daughter" - is this Elizabeth Dietz who died in September 1777?
Catherine Diez (died about 1780) m. Ludwig Wolff (1757-1842) in 1776
three children, names unknown, who died in the summer of 1776
Louisa Diez (1766-after 1840) m. Heinrich Spainhour (1762-1821)
Jacob Diez (ca. 1769-prob. after 1850)
Johanna Diez (1772-1835) m. 1) Christian Hege (1771-1817), 2) Herman Butner (1771-1845)
Anna Maria Diez (1773-1792) did not marry

We were told by one correspondent that Louisa Diez Spainhour died in Owen Co. Indiana between 1851 and 1855, but another descendant of this couple has been able to trace her only through the 1840 census in NC and has no evidence that she ever went to Indiana. Louisa's daughter Elizabeth Spainhour and her husband Andrew Arney did move to Indiana, but we haven't found them in the 1850 census. Does anyone have more information?

Third Generation

Possible children of Jacob Diez b. ca. 1769
Anna Maria Diez (1793-1796)
John Diez (ca. 1795-after 1860) m. Charity Geiger (ca. 1792-after 1860)
Jacob Diez (1801-1802)
Heronomus Diez (b. & d. 1803)

Anna Maria, Jacob and Heronomus are all buried at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Rural Hall NC. Jacob Deets age 80 is living with John and Charity Deets in the Forsyth County 1850 census. We don't have a marriage record for Jacob, but believe that this is probably the son of Jacob Sr. who was apprenticed to Joseph Miller in 1778.

John and Charity married in 1833, when both were in their 30s. There are no children living with them in 1850. We suspect however that John had a prior marriage that produced a son John H. Deats about 1825. In 1860 John H., his wife Mary, and their children are living very close to John and Charity.

Fourth Generation

Possible child of John Diez and an unknown first wife
John H. Deats (ca. 1825-after 1880) m. Mary Cooper (ca. 1828-after 1880)

Fifth Generation

Children of John H. Deats and Mary Cooper
Laura A. Deats (ca. 1845-?) m. Benjamin G. Fulton, s/o Fewel and Jane Fulton
Eugene Paton Deats (ca. 1848-?) m. Caroline Kiger
Joicey H. Deats (ca. 1856-?)
Mary Deats (ca. 1858-?)
Sally (Rosalie?) Victoria Deats (ca. 1860-?) m. David L. Mustin, s/o B.B. and Martha Mustin

The last daughter appears as Sally V. in 1870 and Victoria in 1880. We believe that she is the Rosalie V. Deats, d/o John and Mary, who married David Mustin in 1882.


Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, 11 volumes; Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission.

Forsyth Co. NC Cemetery Records

Abstracts of Wills and Estates Records of Rowan County, North Carolina 1753-1805 and Tax Lists of 1759 and 1778, copyright Jo White Linn 1980

Surry County NC will abstracts, vols. 1-3 1771-1827, abstracted and compiled by Jo White Linn, indexed by Edith Montcalm Clark, copyright Jo White Linn 1974

This page was extensively revised on September 3, 2004.

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