Dec 19, 2004
(Re: Christina Sink, w/o Adam Hartzell)
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This web page offers
clues to the ancestry of Christina Sink (~1768- ~1821), who married Adam
Hartzell (~1765- ~1835) in 1786 in York (now Adams) County, PA.
Christina may have been the daughter of Micheal & Mary (Ryel) Zinck, whose
known children spanned only 10 years, so there could have been more.
Micheal's son Abraham Sink (b. 1762) was born about the same time
as Adam Hartzell, and both were born in Northampton County, PA.
This same Abraham Sink settled in Franklin County VA near Philip Hartzell
(Adam's father), both in 1792. Adam followed at about the same time or a
little later. This Sink family also had apparent connections with the Sinks
families of North Carolina, and thus a possible connection with the North
Carolina George Sinks who settled in Montgomery County Ohio in 1804, where
the Adam Hartzell family settled in 1815.
This document also provides a probable connection from Abraham Sink's brother
Stephen to my ancestor David Hartzell, through the Toney family.
Note that Jacob Zinck/Zink born in Württemberg, Germany was Jacob Henry Zinck and also
went by Henry Zinck.
Sink/Zink families - Troutt web page - click on Surnames, Miscellaneous, etc.
Rowan Roots - Shows Christina Sink born 1762, but she is not our ancestor.
Link to the full web page of David R. Jones, Jr.:
Link to a backup copy of the FIRST 5 GENERATIONS of the
David R. Jones, Jr. file:
Comments by Jim Hartsell
Hartzell and Sink families in Northampton County, PA at the
For information on the Hartzells, see the link on my home page
"Paul Swan's Hartzell Chapter".
Philip Hartzell (1743-1815) lived in Northampton County PA and York (now Adams)
County PA until he moved by 1792 to Franklin County, VA. Philip's son Adam, who
married Christina Sink in 1786, was born in Northampton County PA.
Jacob Henry Zinck, born 1698 in Germany, imigrated to America in 1725, and settled
in Northampton County, PA. His son Micheal Zink, born 1722 in Germany, married
Mary Ryel in 1754, presumably in Northampton County PA. Micheal & Mary Zink
later lived in Chester County, PA. They had the following children, of whom
Abraham, Stephen and Paul play a part in my comments:
Jacob Sink, b. bef. 1753, Northampton County, PA, d. Bourbon County, KY
Mary Sink, b. abt. 1754
John Sink, b. bef. 1755, Northampton County, PA
Henry Sink, b. bef. 1757, Northampton County, PA
Paul Sink, b. abt. 1757
Stephen Sink, b. Sept. 1759, Royal Colony, Chester, PA, d. 1835 Franklin Co. VA
Abraham Sink, b. Feb. 12, 1762, Northampton County, PA, d. 1847 Franklin Co. VA
The Revolutionary pension papers of Abraham Sink state he was born in 1762
in Northampton County PA, and enlisted in 1778 in Chester County PA.
Adam Hartzell and Abraham Sink both born in Northampton County
at about the same time.
Adam Hartzell was the first child of Philip Hartzell. Philip married
Christina Barbara Kreiling in 1765 in Dryland, Bethlehem, Northampton
County PA. Adam was born in Northampton County PA after 1765,
and several sources say "about 1768", which would mean he married at age 18
(in 1786). I'd say more likely born about 1765.
This means Adam Hartzell and Abraham Sink were both born in Northampton
County, Pennsylvania, at about the same time.
Christina Sink may have been born in Northampton County PA.
It is a good possibility that Christina was a younger sister of Abraham Sink,
and born after 1762. The known children of Micheal & Mary Zink were born
in a 10-year range, so there could have been more.
An IGI Individual Record on Christine Sink, with Source Info being Film
Number 2034537, shows her as born about 1763 in Northampton County, PA
(younger than Abraham Sink).
Record ID is 87903702.
Another source of information
says that Christina Sink was born in Lower Saucon Twp.,
Northampton Co., PA., as was her husband Adam, who was born 12 March 1768.
Question on where Adam Hartzell and Christina Sink were married.
It is assumed that Adam and Christina married (in 1786) in York (now Adams)
County PA, but during courtship they must have lived near each
other or had a close family connection over a longer distance.
Philip Hartzell supposedly moved the family from Northampton County PA
to York (now Adams) County PA around 1781, when Adam was about thirteen.
The Micheal Zink family moved to Chester County PA around 1760 but differing
accounts show their children born both in Northampton and Chester Counties.
The Troutt web page (link above) seems more recent and exact, and it
says most of their children were born in Northampton County. At least we
know for sure they were in Northampton County in 1762 when son Abraham was
born, as noted above.
Note that the 1790 PA census shows an Adam Hartsel in Forks Township,
Northampton County. This is another Adam who was taxed in 1785 in that
township. It is a puzzle why Adam & Christina are not in the census.
In 1790 PA there were Sink families in the counties of Philadelphia, Chester,
Berks, and Montgomery. See map above.
A connection between these families later in Franklin County VA.
Both Adam's father Philip Hartzell and Abraham Sink settled in Franklin
County Virginia in 1792, seemingly close to each other on a branch of Mill
Creek, about 7-8 miles NNW of Rocky Mount. As mentioned above, Adam
Hartzell followed at the same time or a little later.
See the link "Early Franklin County VA" for a map and more info.
Of interest is the birthplaces of Abraham Sink's children, to set a timeline.
Elizabeth Sink, b. abt. 1781, Chester County, PA, d. Franklin County, VA
Henry Sink, b. abt. 1787, Northampton County, PA, d. Franklin County, VA
Nancy Sink, b. 1788
Abraham Sink, Jr., b. 1789, Chester County, PA
Sarah Sink, b. 1793, Franklin County, VA, d. Franklin County, VA
Susannah Sink, b. 1796, Franklin County, VA, d. Franklin County, VA
Jacob Sink, b. abt. 1799, Franklin County, VA, d. Franklin County, VA
Jonathon Sink, b. abt. 1800
William Sink, b. abt. 1808
John Sink, b. 1808, Franklin County, VA
Mary Sink, b. 1810, Franklin County, VA, d. Franklin County, VA
Also of interest is Abraham Sinks' military service in the Revolutionary War.
He received a severe wound in his face, and was in the hospital a long time.
The wound left him almost deaf, along with a scar. He moved
after the war to Franklin County, VA.
Stephen Sink was in Franklin County, VA by 1793 and settled 6 miles east
of Rocky Mount. His name is on the Early Franklin County VA map. His children
were, where Frony plays a part in my comments:
Henry Sink, b. 1783 PA
Susannah Sink, b. 1784
Daniel Sink, b. abt. 1789, d. 1828 in Franklin Co. VA
Mary Polly Sink
Froney "Fanny" Sink
David Sink, b. 1794, d. abt. 1867 Christian Co. MO.
A connection between Stephen Sink and David Hartzell (1805-1865).
Stephen Sink's daughter Frony married Jesse Toney 16 Dec. 1806, in Franklin
County VA. George Hartzell, later of Union County, IN, married Susannah
Toney, presumed daughter of Jesse's brother James,
28 Mar. 1809 in Franklin County, VA. This made Frony Sink an aunt of George
Hartzell. George & Susannah had
a daughter Catherine, who married James Alexander in Union County, IN.
It is believed that David Hartzell, from a close relationship with George's
family, named his first son James Alexander Hartsell. See the family chart
at the end of this document.
William Toney's 1774 land was a couple of miles west of Philip Hartzell's.
William was the father of James and Jesse Toney.
See the link "Early Franklin County VA".
For more on all this, see my "Evidence for Ancestry of David Hartzell",
and also go to the link
A connection with the Sinks families in North Carolina and Ohio.
Abraham & Stephen's brother
Paul Sink moved to North Carolina about 1778 in the Salisbury area of
Rowan County. This is very interesting because
(1) it links the Pennsylvania Sinks with the North Carolina Sinks, and
(2) Paul must have passed through Franklin County, VA.
On the George Sinks mentioned in Paul Swan's Hartzell Chapter, the name
"Sinks" does sound noticeably different from "Sink". However, George Sinks
(of Randolph County, NC) is the one who was in Montgomery County Ohio by 1804,
where Adam Hartzell settled in 1815. George Sinks' land was some 20 miles
north of Germantown. George was in Washington County, eastern PA, by July,
There was also a Charles Sinks, 1801, in Hamilton County OH.
Abraham Hartzell, brother of Adam, was in Montgomery County, Ohio by March
1805, when he purchased federal land just north of Germantown.
There is another (Anna) Christina Sink. She was the daughter of John Jacob
and Derrodea Zinck, born 29 Sep 1762 (!) in Davidson County, NC. She
married John Henry Shoaf in 1782, and died 1843 Rowan County, NC.
NOTE - also in the 1790 PA census in Northampton County PA:
George Henry Hartsel, Salisbury Township
John Hartsel, Nazareth Township
Henry Hartsel, Upper Mt. Bethel Township
John Hartsel, Allen Township
Leanard Hartzel, Williams Township
Christian Hartzel, Williams Township
DIAGRAM OF THE STEPHEN SINK - JAMES ALEXANDER CONNECTION
And do we need a diagram!
Assuming Christina Sink belongs where she is shown below,
you can connect JAMES ALEXANDER HARTSELL at the top right to
JAMES ALEXANDER at the bottom right. (Time goes from left to right in
If Christina Sink was Stephen's sister, then Frony Sink, George Hartzell's
aunt, was Christina's niece.
In other words, if George was Adam's cousin, they had something in common. Adam was
married to a Sink, and George had an aunt (Frony) who was a Sink, who could have
been Christina's niece.
Susannah Toney below* is placed here because William Toney had a daughter AND
grandaughter named Susannah (stated in his will), and the surety for her marriage
was James Toney. Usually the father was the surety.
George Hartzell below** is very likely the son of Adam Hartzell. Before, I had
a theory that George might be the son of John Hartzell (who married Catherine
Schneider in 1781). This George would have been Adam's cousin.
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1743-aft.1820 |ADAM HARTZELL
|~1765-~1835 |DAVID HARTZELL
m. 1786 +----------------+
York Co. PA |1805-1865 |JAMES ALEXANDER HARTSELL
MICHEAL SINK | |1837-1910
---------------+ | b. Fayette Co, IN
1724- |?CHRISTINA SINK?|
|FRONY "FANNY" SINK
| m. 12/16/1806,|
| Franklin Co.VA|
WILLIAM TONEY |
1727-1804 | |
|JESSE TONEY |
|JAMES TONEY (surety for dau. Susannah's marriage)
|1776-1861 |*SUSANNAH TONEY
| |~1792- |
| m. 3/28/1809 |
| Franklin Co.VA|CATHERINE HARTZELL
| m. 7/26/1827 |
**GEORGE HARTZELL| Union Co. IN |
JAMES ALEXANDER |