Dietz, Adam H. Jr

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Adam H. Dietz, Jr., b. 1746 Switzkill Valley, Beaverdam, s/o Johann Hendrich Dietz and Catharina Elizabeth Ecker, d/o Nicholas Ecker.[1] 1784 Sep 7, will, John Hendrick Dietz, son Adam to get half of the estate.

1746 Nov 7 Schoharie Lutheran Church (#281), Johan Hendrick Dietz and Elisabeth, bp. Adam. Sponsors Adam Dietz and wife Geertruad.[2]

The sponsor, Adam, was probably John Hendrich’s brother (Adam’s uncle), and Gertrude, Adam’s wife, was also the sister of Adam’s mother, Maria Elisabeth.[3]


Presumably could read and write.[4]


Presumably a farmer.[5]


Lot 519

The Van Rensselaer 1787 survey map shows an irregular shaped lot of 174 acres on the east of the Switzkill, with house and barn. North of this lot is lot 539, Adam Deitz (Adam Deitz, b. 1755 son of Willliam), 234 acres. On the west bank of the Switz Kil, lot 518, Conradt Swart. A Van Rensselaer lease records summary of Van Rensselaer Manor records at the NYS Archives show that from 1790 - 1837 the lessee on lot 519 was Adam Dietz Jr. In 1832 it was leased to Peter A. Dietz. An 1837 VR lease journal says that the lessee was Adam Dietz Jr. and that the lease to him started Dec. 18, 1790. The annual rent for the 159 acre farm was 18 bushels of Wheat, 4 fat fowls, and 1 days labor (with horse and wagon). There was a 1/4 sale provision. (NY State Library, Albany, Manuscripts and Special Collections. William Cockburn's 1787 Map of Van Rensselear's Manor). In the 1784 will of Adam H.'s father, John Hendrick Dietz, John wrote, "Likewise my will, Adam, my son, should build a barn, and my beloved wife should pay one half of the charges out of the land I have given them, or if after her death, then my daughters shall defray the one half of the charges of building the barn and it is my will that the barn stand on my farm together with my dwellings, and the house shall belong to my daughters, each an equal share." After 14 years of marriage and family, Adam probably already had a house on his father's farm. But they shared his father, John Henrick's barn.(probably a log barn like that of John Hendrick's brother, Johannes's barn, further up Switzkill Rd.) Within three years, Adam H. Jr., had built his barn shown on the 1787 VR Rent Lease Map located on lot no. 519, what has been for about 80 years, the Drezloe Farm. It was probably built c. 1785-86, and has been greatly renovated by the Drezlo family brothers, according to Joe Drezlo. Eva Dietz Young, who wrote the 1967 appendix to the original Dietz geneology supported this view of Adam H.'s barn location.

Military Service

Adam Dietz served in the American Revolution as an Ensign and 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Company (Beaverdam), 3rd Regiment (1st Rensselaerwyck Battalion), Albany Co, NY Militia.

Adam Dietz, Ensign, 3rd Regiment, Albany Co, NY Militia.[6]

1780 Mar 4, 2nd Lieut. Adam Deatz, Jun'r, 3rd Regiment (1st Rennselaerwyck Bn), Albany Co, NY Militia.[7]

Marriage & Children

1769 Oct 12, Schoharie Reformed Church, Albany Co, NY; "Adam Dietz jr, son of Hendriech, b Schogharie married Annatje Bellinger, d/o Joost, deceased, b Schogharie."[8]


  • 1. Henrich Dietz b: 01 Jan 1771 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 02 Jan 1771 Beaver Dam Dutch Reformed Church, Rensselaerville, d: 06 May 1850 Greig, Lewis Co, NY m: 10 Jan 1790, Catherine Ann DuPont b: 18 Sep 1770 d: aft. 1860 Greig, Lewis Co, NY.
  • 2. Johannes Bellinger Dietz b: 18 Aug 1772 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 11 Oct 1772 Beaver Dam Dutch Reformed Church, Rensselaerville, d: 01 Sep 1856 Switzkill Valley, Berne, m: 16 Feb 1798, Anna Barbara Warner b: 19 Apr 1775 Switzkill Valley, d: 22 May 1838 Switzkill Valley, Berne. Deeds show on April 4, 1812, John bought the southern 96 acres of Lot 539 from his uncle Adam W Dietz and farmed it until 1850 when he sold it to Robert Ball , his son-in-law.
  • 3. Johan Joost Dietz b: 05 Sep 1774 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 1774 Schoharie Dutch Reformed Church, d: bef. 1787 Switzkill Valley, Berne.
  • 4. Adam A. Dietz b: 26 Sep 1775 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 17 Mar 1776 Beaver Dam Dutch Reformed Church, Rensselaerville, d: 05 May 1833 Berne, m: 20 Sep 1798, Lana Zeh b: 18 Dec 1777 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 1777 Schoharie Lutheran Church, d: before July 15, 1833, Berne.
  • 5. Peter Dietz b: 09 Jan 1778 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 14 Mar 1778 Schoharie Dutch Reformed Church, d: aft. 1822, m: 11 May 1800, Experience Hubbell b: 04 Mar 1779 Baptism: 1779 Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co, NY d: aft. 1822.
  • 6. Sophia Dietz b: 1780 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 02 Feb 1780 Beaver Dam Dutch Reformed Church, Rensselaerville, m. Jacob Bestede b: 17 May 1776 Baptism: 1776 Beaver Dam Dutch Reformed Church, Rensselaerville.
  • 7. Elizabeth Dietz b: 25 Jan 1782 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 16 Feb 1782 Beaver Dam Dutch Reformed Church, Rensselaerville, d: abt. 1855 Grand Blanc, Genesee Co, MI, m: 24 Aug 1801, John Mills b: abt. 1780 d: abt. 1855 Grand Blanc, Genesee Co, MI.
  • 8. Johan Jost Adam Dietz b: 30 Jul 1787 Switzkill Valley, Baptism: 15 Aug 1787 Beaver Dam Dutch Reformed Church, Rensselaerville, d: 15 Sep 1844 Cole Hill, Berne, m: 10 Jan 1808, Margaret Willsey b: 04 Feb 1792 d: 10 Aug 1865 Cole Hill, Berne.


Adam Dietz died 1826 Sep 6, Berne.[9] Burial, not found.

His wife, Annatje Bellinger, d: 1813 Berne.[10] Burial, not found.

Additional Media


  1. Barker, William V.H. "Families (to 1825) of Herkimer, Montgomery, & Schoharie, N.Y." Sheldon, CT: W.V.H.Barker, 1999. no. 1613 - Adam Dietz.
  2. Kelly, Arthur C.M., "Baptism Record of the Schoharie Reformed Church, Schoharie, NY, est 1721." Rhinebeck, NY: Kelly, 1977.
  3. 2009, opinion of Glen Swartz
  4. 2009, opinion of Glen Swartz
  5. 2009, opinion of Glen Swartz
  6. Roberts, James A., Comptroller, "New York in the Revolution as Colony and State." 2ed. Albany, NY: Brandow Printing Co, 1898. p101.
  7. Fernow, Berthold, Ed., "Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York." Vol XV. Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons and Co, 1887. p263.
  8. Kelly, Arthur C.M., "Marriage Record of Two Early Schoharie, NY Churches; St. Paul's Lutheran Church 1743-1899 and Reformed Church 1732-1892." Rhinebeck, NY: Kinship, 1978.
  9. Berne, NY - Family Files, by Harold Miller, citing Beaverdam Reformed church records
  10. Berne, NY - Family Files, by Harold Miller, citing Beaverdam Reformed church records