Shultes, William

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William Shultes was a native of Berne, born 19 DEC 1762 in probably, West Berne, Albany, NY the son of Mathias Shultes (1740 – 1812) and (Anna) Eva Engle (October 1, 1745 - February 2, 1809). His siblings were:

  • Jacob John Shultes (1761 – 1852) - Capt. Jacob Shultes - Johan Jacob Sholtes
  • Maria Shultes (1763 – 1849)
  • Mathias Shultes, Jr.
  • Anna Maria Shultes (1766 – )
  • Johannes Schultes (1770 – 1847)
  • Peter B Shultes (1771 – 1850)
  • Elizabeth Shultes (1774 – 1853)
  • Eve Shultes (1776 – 1854)
  • Gertrude Shultes (1779 – )
  • Adam Shultes 1781 – 1857) whose daughter Sophia married John D. Haverly KOCH family tree



Lieut. William Shultes was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He served under Captain Adam Deitz in Col. Vrooman's regiment from March of 1782 to November of that same year, at the Fort in Beaverdam. No service records are available except for his widow, Catherine's, application for a pension based on his service and his rank was not mentioned.


William Shultes was a farmer in Berne.

Marriage & Children

William Shultes married first a Miss Catherina Post, daughter of the notorious tory Jacob Post, and they had four children.

  • Matthias William Schultes (1785 – 1812)
  • Hannah (Anna) Shultes (1786 – 1813), married Stephen Lamoreaux
  • Mary Catherine Shultes (1788 – 1813), married Jacob I. Weidman
  • Thomas W. Shultes (named in his father's will)

He married on June 29, 1800 at the Reformed Church in Berne, Miss Catherine Sternberger (Catharine Sternbergh) (1779 – 1852), a daughter of Philip Sternberg and Anna Maria Haverly. Their children were:

  • Peter William Shultes (1801 – 1852)
  • Abraham Shultes (1803 –


William Schultes died 11 APR 1808 in West Berne, Albany, NY and was buried at the Berne Beaverdam Cemetery. Catherine died on August 14, 1852. No marker exists for her at the Berne Beaverdam Cemetery.

His Will

Additional Media

The widow, Catherine Sternberg Shultes (or Shultis)filed for pension relative to William's service during the Revolutionary War. The copied pages are very poor and mostly illegible but are presented here for their historic value. The location of the residence of this family was once Berne, but became Knox when Knox was formed.

Shultes, Abram, a landmark and well known citizen of Berne, was born in Berne (now Knox) March, 1827.

The parent tree of the Shultes family in America was Mathias (Mottise) Shultes, who was born in Holland in 1726, his father being killed the same year by religious persecutors, the mother fearful that her own life and the life of her child might also be sacrificed, fled to America with her babe, when he was but six months of age. She settled in the woods (probably in Schoharie county) among her Dutch friends and there reared her boy to manhood. He later became one of the first settlers in the town of Berne and from time to time took up 400 acres of land, made him a home and cared for his mother until the time of her death. He fought Indians during the French and Indian war from 1754 to 1763, and fought Tories and Indians during the war of the Revolution. During this war, the Indians and Tories were determined to kill him and many a time he was obliged to seek shelter in the woods, to escape from their attacks.

His son William was lieutenant of a regiment during the Revolutionary war. He reared six sons and several daughters. Lieut. Wm. Shultes, the grandfather of Abram, was a native of Berne, where he was a farmer. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and died when forty-five years of age. His wife was a Miss Post, daughter of the notorious tory Jacob Post, and they had four children. For his second wife he married Miss Sternberger, by whom two children were born.

Peter W. Shultes, Abram's father, was born on the homestead in 1801. He came in possession of one of his father's farms and succeeded in accumulating a large property and at the time of his death was worth §40,000. His wife was Magdalene West, daughter of Peter and granddaughter of the celebrated artist Sir William West and they had twelve children, but only five grew to, maturity. He died in 1853 and his wife survived him many years and died at the home of her son, Abram.

Abram Shultes attended the the common district school and took an academic course at the Gallupville Academy. When nineteen years of age he began teaching, this he followed about six months of the year for several years, when he settled on the homestead, where he remained until forty years of age, when the farm was sold and divided among the heirs; he then bought his present farm of 160 acres on West Mountain and moved there in 1867 and he owns another farm of 120 acres in the town of Rensselaerville. In 1855 he married Margaret Turner, born in England and a daughter of George and Dorotha (Potter) Turner, who came to America with his family in 1832. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Shultes were Florence (wife of Wallace R. Peasley), George D., De Forest, Mary, Alice, Joseph T., Charles A., William J., Margaret and Susan E. George, Joseph and William are now in Cortez Valley, Nevada, in the silver mines. George Turner, father of Mrs. Shultes, was born in England in 1772. He was a farmer and cartman, carting coal principally. He settled in Berne on West Mountain in 1832 and died October 10, 1833. His wife, Dorothy, was born in 1786 and died December 15, 1838 and they had eight children: George, Margaret, Joseph Jonathan, Elizabeth, Mary, Susan and Leah.

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