The Palatinate is a region in south-western Germany. Many thousands of Palatine immigrants were driven out of Germany by war, famine, despotic rule and disease. They were attracted to Pennsylvania by the first settlers who sent back favorable reports.
Adam was a twin. His twin, Johann Jacob Brandstetter, died before 1708 when his brother of the same name was born. Jacob's Godfather was Michael Weidner who was a farmer from Ober Schönbrun.
He was a master carpenter (zimmerman).
He married Eva Katharina Gampfer on May 2, 1769 in Thaleischweiler. Katherina was born in 1708 and was the daughter of Matthias Gampfer, the mayor of Niederfroschen.
Their children were born in Froschen.
Anna Maria Brandstetter was born June 4, 1728 and
died April 8, 1729.
Hans Andreas Brandstetter was born July 24, 1729.
Johannes Brandstetter was born March 15, 1733.
Anna Magdalena Brandstetter Alspach was born Oct 15, 1736.
Johann Theobald Brandstetter was born May 21, 1739 and
died on April 21, 1744. Johann David Brandstetter was born July 16, 1745 in Froschen and
died June 29, 1779 in Neufroschen.
Their daughter, Anna Magdalena Brandstetter, had to marry Johann Reinhardt Alspach and leave the country because she was pregnant.
Johann Adam died on February 23, 1745/46 in Froschen. Eva Catharina died April 21, 1769 in Froschen.
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.
The Brandstetter (Brandstaetter, Brandstatter) girls of Thaleischweiler were rather free with their affections, but they made matters right by marrying their lovers-and departing from Germany. from Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine.
Choosing a Godparent sponsor was not just a formality in 17th century Germany. Each child had one Godparent of the same gender. It established ties between families that were near kinship. The Godparent was expected to provide spiritual support and material support in times of need.
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.