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Linda Shultz Wood: MY DAR PATRIOT

Matthias Shultz served as a Private in Company D and served under Captain Huston of the Virginia line commanded by Wm. Sterling.  He served under a few different Commanders, one of which was George Rogers Clark as recorded S*W8714. He received a pension and a land bounty which is recorded in the Pension Files S*W8714. Matthias pension application was taken from a deposition prepared in Ohio County, Kentucky, Jan 7, 1833, under an act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.  

Matthias Shultz states, in pension documents of the time, that he was called into service in December of 1776.  He joined his company as a substitute for his brother-in-law, Casper Rinker, who had only recently married his sister, Mary Shultz. He served mainly under Captain Charles Thurston. Since his enlistment was for only three months, he was discharged in March 1777, and returned home.

Matthias states that he was drafted the last of August or the early part of September 1777, for a second three-month tour of duty and served under Capt. White and Col.William Calmes.  Again, he marched north through Fredericktown and Lancaster and joined Washington's army a few days after the battle of Germantown, where he remained during the balance of his term of enlistment. At Germantown he did mostly scouting duty and was discharged at the end of his tour of duty.

Matthias Shultz, my 4th great grandfather, was born on August 19, 1757, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Shultz (1704) and Margeth Huber (1706-1758) who immigrated from Switzerland as recorded on In 1785 he married Diademia Ogden (1761-1841) in Nelson County, KY. He died on May 19, 1834, in Beaver Dam, Ohio County, KY and is buried in the Shultztown Cemetery in Ohio County. They appeared to have had 8 children, one of which, Joseph Thomas Shultz was my 3rd great grandfather born in August of 1801 in Ohio County, KY and died in April of 1895. Joseph married Nancy Howard (1798-1877) in August of 1822 in Ohio County. William Robert Shultz, one of their children was my 2nd great grandfather, born October 2, 1824, and died March 15, 1873. He married Zerelda Ann Reed (1835-1924) in November of 1851 in Butler County, KY. One of their children, Herbert E. Shultz was my great grandfather, born October 21, 1859, and died May 12, 1940, in Ohio County, KY. Herbert married Rosaline Alice Vaughn (1859-1940) on June 2, 1881, in Butler County, KY. Their son Cecil C. Shultz, my grandfather was born on December 3, 1886, and died June 30, 1940, in Ohio County, KY. He married Jeffie French (1891-1967) in 1910 in Ohio County, KY. My father David Malloy Shultz was born August 1, 1912, and died November 17, 1974, in Ohio County. He married my mother, Molly Taylor (1915-1999) in 1934 in Ohio County. Many of the Ohio County Shultz family were from the Prentiss community. 


As part of America 250, the Butler County Chapter NSDAR members will be continuing our series of articles about our Patriots of the American Revolution. If you have a Revolutionary Patriot in your family line and are interested in joining our chapter please contact the Regent, Lynda O’Driscoll at 270.734.5137 or any chapter member.


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