Founded in 1968 as the National Pontius Association
The Pontius Family Association is dedicated to research, education, and the preservation and publication of family history and genealogy. We also strive to keep in contact with our German relatives through our international reunions with their Pontius Family Association.
The association has members who spell the surname six different ways: Pontius, Pontious, Punches, Pontzius, Poncy, Pountious. Though these are the most common there are at least 20 spellings of the surname. About 70% of the Americans and 100% of the Germans use Pontius.
At this time the Pontius family tree can be traced to 1570 with the birth of Niclas Pontius in the Saarland. The starting point for the Pontius family history in America begins with the arrival in 1738 of two Pontius brothers, Johannes (1717-1792) and Nicholas (1728-1794). A brother Friedrich (1715-1782) remained in Germany and it is with many of his descendents that we meet with during our international reunions.
Not all of our members trace there genealogy back to these two brothers, that is not a requirement for membership. There were many Pontius immigrants that came in later years and from the other four German and French Pontius lines.