Arnestus Dietz is my paternal great-great-great grandfather via my great-grandmother Helen Louise Dietz. I have quite a bit of information on Arnestus:
- He was born on March 18th, 1818 in Pennsylvania.
- He had a brother named Jeremiah.
- Sometime around 1846, he married Elizabeth Brown Smith of Ceres, McKean, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Smith’s obituary mentions the age she was married. I have a photo of Elizabeth, pictured here:
- He appears in the 1850 Federal Census in Sharon, Potter, Pennsylvania. Along with him are listed:
- Elizabeth (Spouse, age 25)
- Mary J. (Daughter, age 3)
- Clinton (Son, age 1)
- He appears in the 1860 Federal Census in Washington, Jefferson, Pennsylvania. The last name is spelled as “Deets” in this census record. Along with him are listed:
- Elizabeth (Spouse, age 35)
- Mary (Daughter, age 13)
- Clinton (Son, age 11)
- Allen (Son, age 9)
- Clara (Daugher, age 6)
- Lucinda (Daughter, age 4)
- George (Son, age 10/11 mo.)
- Sometime in the mid 1860s, the Dietz family moved to La Crosse Wisconsin. Arnestus was in his mid 40s at the time.
- He appears in the La Crosse Directory for 1866-1867 as living in La Crosse.
- He died 12 August 1868 in La Crosse. He is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse, which gives exact dates of birth and death.
Some information can be gleaned from the book “The history of Ceres and its near vicinity, from its early Settlement in 1798 to the present.” Arnestus, along with his brother and wife, are mentioned in the book:
Later he removed to Friendship [PA], and Jeremiah Deitz, who had a blacksmith shop near, lived in the house for several years. Arnestus Deitz, his brother, who lived with him for a time, married Elizabeth Smith, second daughter of Harry Smith. They lived on the Phelp's place for a time, but removed to Ohio, and later to Wisconsin, where Mr. Deitz died, after a long and lingering illness, leaving his wife and six children.
That is the extent of the information I have on Arnestus. What I do not have is the name of his father, which makes any further research of my Dietz lineage impossible. I would love to further this research, if you have any thoughts on this, I would be very grateful!