Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.
Andreas Sigismund Brandstetter was born on March 8, 1667/68 in Gräbenwinden, Ansbach, Bayern, Germany. His parents were Sigismund Brandstetter and Catherina Johanna Eichbauer. They married on May 30 1659. Simon was a citizen and master carpenter from Ländlein ob der Enns which means from Austria.
Andreas’s godparent was Hans Boch, a farmer. He was very weak when he was born so he was baptized the same night.
He died when he was 54 on March 16, 1721/22 in Aichau, Ansbach, Bayern of tuberculosis. He was buried two days after this death having been honored with a special funeral service and oration.
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
17th and 18th century Germans often gave children two names at baptism. The first was a saint's name. The second a secular name which is what the child was called. The saint's name was usually given to all the children of that family of the same gender. Johannes was rarely a saint's name, but Johann was.
Ansbach or Anspach is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of Middle Franconia. Ansbach is 25 miles southwest of Nuremberg and 90 miles north of Munich, on the Fränkische Rezat, a tributary of the Main.
After the Thirty Years War, from 1618-1648, Bavaria [Bayern] was devastated. The depopulated countryside slowly filled with people from other areas including many who left their homes for religious reasons. Bavaria took in Exulanten who were, protestant religious refugees from Catholic, Austria. Church records included the notation "aus dem Ländlein ob der Enns" which meant they were from Austria.