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An American Family History

Heidelberg Union Church

Northampton County, Pennsylvania is on the eastern border of the state in the Lehigh Valley. It was formed in 1752 from parts of Bucks County. Easton is the county seat.
Lutheran Church

For many years Heidelberg Union Church was the only church in Heidelberg Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. It also included what is now Washington Township and Slatington. Between 1736, when Heidelberg was legally opened for settlement and 1752, groups of settlers formed two Heidelberg congregations.

The first church was built in 1744 and the earliest document is an agreement between the Reformed and the Lutheran congregations dated March 25, 1745.     

The first church building was destroyed by fire in 1757. In 1757 there were two major Indian attacks in the Heidelberg area. Twenty-five people were killed in these attacks including members of the congregations. Two companies of soldiers were enlisted to protect the settlers. . .

On March 22, 1777 and in 1778 Jacob Brandstetter appeared on the list of communicants.

Margaretha Brandstetter Schneider (Snyder) was christened on March 23, 1783.

The building was completely rebuilt in 1787.

On Palm Sunday, 1794 Jacob Brandstetter appeared on the list of communicants.

In 1796 they built a new schoolhouse and Jacob Brandstetter promised to pay 1 pound and 10 schillings.

Daniel and Christiana Branstetter were the sponsors at several baptisms: Daniel Kunfahr on January 2, 1812 and Lilia Schneider (Snyder) on February 20, 1813.

In 1842 Maria Barbara Brandstetter Peter was buried in the Heidelberg Church Cemetery with her husband Johannes.

In 1849 the church building was again rebuilt.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Early Baptisms

  From Two Hundredth Anniversary of Heidelberg Union Church, Reformed and Lutheran: Heidelberg Township, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania  
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.

Parents

Child

Sponsors

1768

Johannes & Appolonia Miller
Johann Peter Miller
Johann Peter & Magdalena Misemer
Willhelm, Jr. & Catharina
George
George & Margaretha Rex
Johan Christian Bloss
Johan C. Schneider (Snyder) & Susanna Bloss
Jacob & Catharina Arent
Johannes Arent
Johannes & Maria Kraus
Bernhard Guildener & Catharina Marger
Abraham
Johann George Kraus & Maria Magdalena Guldener
George & Christiana Ruppert
Johann Peter Ruppert
Peter Rupert & ?
Casper & Maria Magdalena Schnerr
Elizabeth
Maria Margaretha Schittler
Conrad & Philippina Reiss
Catharina Margaretha
Conrad Rite & Catharina Margaretha Guldener
Anton & Maria Catharina Schafer/Shafer
George Peter Schafer/Shafer
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Reeg
Peter & Anna Margaretha Handwerk
Anna Catherina Handwerk
Jacob Weber & Catharina Margeretha Guldener
Michael & Anna Margaretha Gonkel
Maria Margaretha
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Gongel
Johannes & Catharina Rumpel
Johannes Daniel
Johannes & Maria Margaretha Gongel
Peter & Dorthea Ruck
Anna Margaretha
Johannes Nicolaus Wehr & Anna Marg. Schellhammer
Adam & Maria Barbara Dietrich
Maria Barbara
Johannes Dietrick & Maria Barbara Kindt
Friederich & Christina Schleich
Anna Maria
Jacob Peter & Anna Maria Diehl
Jacob & Christina Handwerk
Johannes
Johannes & Anna Maria Kraus
Jacob & Christina Haussman
Andreas
Andreas & Elisabeth Barbara Hootz
Jacob & Catharina Geiger
Jacob & Eva Catharina
Jacob & Eva Goldner
Johannes & Maria Marg. Gongel
Johannes
Casper & Maria Magdalena Schnerr
Christian & Maria Marg. Laugnahr
Christian
Friederich & Catharina Sorbruch
Andreas & Elisabeth Barbara Hootz
Johannes George
Johannes George & Catharina Heintzelman
Carl & Maria Barbara Ross
Maria Barbara
Phillip Kraus & Maria Barbara Fruh
Peter & Magdalena Kassner
Joh. Michael Kassner
Michael & Rosina Ruch
Jacob Friederich & Margaretha Barbara Moyer
Georg Simon Moyer
Simon & Catharina Wehr

1770

George Peter & Barbara Missemer
Maria Margaretha Peter
Wilhelm & Maria Margaretha Rex
George & Maria Rex
Johannes George Rex
Johannes George & Maria Margaretha Rex
Bernhard & Catharine Margaretha Guldener
Johannes Franz Guldner
Frantz & Anna Catharine Guldener
Peter & Magdalena Missemer
Johannes George
Georg Jacob Re & Catharina Hartman
Tobias & Maria Margaretha Ebert
Michael Ebert
Michael Ohl & Elizabeth Barbara
Jacob & Christina Handwerk
Johannes Peter Handwerk
Michael & Elisabeth Barbara Ohl
Peter & Margaretha Handwerk

1771

Georg & Christina Rupert
Georg Carl
Mr. & Mrs. Georg Carl Rupert
Philip & Catharina Wehr
David
David & Christina Gordner
Friedrich & Christina Schleich
Christina Elisabeth
Johann Peter Hofman & Elizabeth Barbara Dill
Friedrich Jacob & Margaretha Barbara Moyer
Margaretha Barbara
Tobias & Margaretha Ebert
Adam & Maria Barbara Dietrich
Anna Christina
Daniel Steri & Catharina Sorbruck
Lorentz & Catharina Simon
Joh. Friederich
Friedrich & Maria Goldner
Lorentz & Sabina Granoble
Elisabeth Barbara
Friederich Xanther & Barbara Fruh
Peter & Margaretha Handwerk
Johannes Jacob Handwerk
Jacob & Christina Handwerk
George Peter & Barbara Missemer
Wilhelm
Wilhelm, Sr. & Margaret Rex

1772

Wilhelm & Catharina Rex
Anna Sara Rex
Heinrich & Sara Hartmann
George & Anna Maria Rex
Daniel Rex
Daniel Rex & Catharina Grackenbach
Bernhart & Catharina Margaretha Gultner
Maria Agata
Burghart Mosser & Maria Agata
Johann Adam & Anna Catharina Stenger
Catharina Elisabeth
Johannes & Elizabeth Vetter
Johan Casper Krum
Casper & Magdalena Schnerr
Andreas & & Elisabeth Barbara Hootz
Catharina
Georg & Catharina Heintzleman
Tobias & Maria Margaretha Ebert
Johannes
Johannes & Eva Hartman
Friederich & Christina Schneider (Snyder)
Anna Elisabeth
Georg & Elizabeth Lesseck

1773

Lorentz & Sabina Granoble
Lorentz
Lorentz Ross & Barbara Myer
Jacob & Catharina Schneider (Snyder)
Johannes
Johannes Dannehauer & Catharina Buchman
Johannes & Catharina Handwerk
Maria Magdalena
Georg & Magdalena Kraus
Peter & Anna Margaretha Handwerk
Magdalena Handwerk
Peter Frantz & Madalena Handwerk
Joh. George & Manna Maria Rex
Jacob Rex
Jacob & Margaretha Greenmeyer

1774

Friedrich & Margaretha Barbara Moyer
Tobias Moyer
Tobias & Margaretha Ebert
Greefy & Sara Greefy
William
William Rex & Elizabeth Wassum
William & Catharina Bek
George Heinrich
George Rey & Anna Margaretha Ross
William & Anna Maria Kitching
Maria Margaretha
William Lauchnor & Margaretha Ros
Lorence & Walbury Ross
George
George & Margaretha Rey
1775
Adam & Maria Barbara Schmidt
Maria Barbara
Heinrich & Maria Barbara Fruh
George & Anna Maria Rex
Anna Maria
Jacob Rittenhouse & Maria Raber
Griffith & Sarah Griffith
Rachel
Johannes & Eva Catharina Kraus
Lorence & Walburi Ross
Johannes Peter Ross
Peter & Elizabeth Rey
Jacob Friedrich & Margaretha Barbara Meier
Jacob Friedrich
Joh. Friedrich Rubert & Margaretha Sholl
Johannes & Catharina Handwerk
Maria Margaretha Handwerk
Phillip & Maria Margaretha Kraus
Michael & Catharina Greenewalt
Eva Elisabetha
William Peter & Eva Elizabeth Bloss
Michael & Catharina Greenewalt
Anna Margaretha
Daniel Bloss & Anna Margaretha Dinky
Michael & Catharina Greenewalt
Maria
Philip & Maria Hammel

1776

Adam & Elizabeth German
Elisabetha
Jacob & Elisabetha Peter
Philip & Margaretha Kraus
Johannes Kraus
Johannes & Eva Catharina Kraus
Jaocb & Barbara Grimm
Jacob
Wilhelm & Elisabeth Fenstermacher
Johannes Schneider (Snyder)
Conrad & Catharina Rohrig
Wilhelm & Catharina Rex
Johannes
Johannes & Elisabeth Rebert
George & Margaretha Rey
Georg Wilhelm
George Schoenberger, Maria &Wilhelm Rex and Barbara Rey
George & Catharina Gungel
Maria Barbara
Mr. & Mrs. Heinrich Guldner
Ludwig & Margaretha Stein
Anna Margaretha & Anna Catharina
Peter & Thingfield Andreas, Andreas Sensinger & Catharina Geiger
Jacob & Susanna Riedy
Leonhardt
Leonhardt & Catharina Wassem
Friederich & Christina Schleich
Johannes
Johannes & Elisabetha Barbara Peter

1777

Johannes & Susanna Ebert
Maria Elizabeth
Felix & Maria Elisabeth Arndt
Wilhelm & Maria Kitching
Wilhelm
George Peter Lauchnor & Elizabeth Rex
Adam & Elizabeth German
Philip Jacob
Philip Peter & Elizabeth Weber
Conrad & Catharina Riedy
Abraham
Abraham Rydi & Catharina Rumple
Margaretha Barbara Kunkel
John George and Gertrude (Harter) Gildner
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Linz
Eva Elizabeth
Jacob & Eva Guldner
Michael & Catharina Grunewald
Maria Barbara
Johannes Nicholaus Grunewald & Maria Barbara Rex
Andreas & Elisabeth Barbara Hotz
Margaretha
George & Catharina Heinzelman
George, Jr. & Anna Maria Rex
Susanna
Jacob Peter & Susanna (Rex) Peter
Wilhelm & Elisabeth Rex
Margaretha
Margaretha Rex, widow

1778

Bernhardt & Catharina Margaretha Guldner
Johannes Michael
Michael & Catharina Moser
Adam & Maria Barbara Schmidt
Adam Schmidt
Jacob Schmidt & Maria Seidel
Carl & Margaretha Scholl
Simon Peter Scholl
Grandparents Peter & Elizabeth Barbara Scholl
Georg & Anna Margaretha Reeg
Johannes
Peter & Eva Elizabeth Reeg
Michael & Margar. Elisabeth Michael
Elisabetha
Adam & Elisabeth Kabel
Heinrich & Maria Catharina Lauteschleyer
Georg Jacob
Jacob & Christina Guncker
Johannes & Margaretha Weber
Johannes
Mr. & Mrs. Ebert Tobias
Adam & Anna Elisabeth German
Johannes Conrad German
Conrad German & Catharina Peter (single)
Balzar & Barbara Schneider (Snyder)
Ludwig
Ludwig & Margaretha Stein
Jacob & Christina Handwerk
Heinrich Handwerk
Heinrich & Catharina Schlebach
Andreas & Eva Voller
Eva Catharina
Gottfried Roth & Catharina Miller (single)
Georg & Anna Maria Rex
Wilhelm
Wilhelm & Catharina Rex
Georg & Gertraut Guldner
Christina Barbara
Christina & Martin Haertner

1779

William & Catharina Rex
Johann Franz
Franz & Susanna Missner
Peter & Lisabeth Ruppert
Johann Peter Ruppert
Johannes Wuchter & Christina Kind
Peter & Maria Eva Andreas
Andreas
Georg & Margaretha Reeg
Michael & Catharina Grunewald
Johann Georg
Catharina Kunkel
Conrad Roerich & Catharina Schnerr
Peter & Catharina Meyer
Catharina
Anton & Catharina Schaefer
Daniel & Lisabeth Sterri
Nicholas
Nicholas & Maria Mostiller
Johannes & Eva Elisabeth Vogh
Johann Georg
Georg Vog & Barbara Rey
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Washburn
Wilhelm Andreas
Wilhelm Andreas & Elisabeth Rex
Jacob & Scharlatt Geel
Anna Maria
Peter & Maria Meyer
Jacob & Scharlatt Geel
Johan Jacob
Catharina & Jacob Hunsigger
Jacob & Scharlatt Geel
Magdalena
Christian & Catharina Elisabeth Schmidt
George & Margaretha Barbara Miller
Maria
Georg & Barbara Horn
Heinrich & Catharina Schlebach
Johann
Jacob & Christina Handwerk
Johann Michael & Magdalena Mesamer
Jacob
Jacob Misemer & Margaretha Knedther
Johannes & Maria Susanna Ebert
Anna Margaretha
Philip & Margaretha Mertz
William & Elixabeth Rex
Johannes
Stophel Rex & Anna Maria Handwerk
Philip, Sr. & Margaretha Kraus
Susanna
Hannes Wuchter & Susanna Herman
Hannes & Catharina Rudi
Andreas
Andreas Gultener & Anna Margaretha Riedy

1780

Adam & Elisabeth German
Susanna
Nicholaus Peter & Susanna Riedy
Andreas & Eva Fuller
Johann Friedrich
Friedrich Haussman & Magdalena Rex
Mr. & Mrs. Johann Friedrich Serfass
Georg Friedrich
Joh. Georg & Gertraut Gultener
Johann & Magdalena Rex
Catharina
Conrad Rex & Catharina Palyert
Joseph & Christina Barbara Nelig
Maria Magdalena
Mr. & Mrs. Casper Schnerr
Carl Gottlob & Catharina Beyer
Anna Maria
Martin Andreas & Anna Maria Rex
Johannes & Margaretha Weber
Anna Catharina
Catharina Weber
Tschim (Jim) & Susan Datzen
Elizabeth
George Miller & Elisabeth Peter
Bernhard & Catharina Margaretha Giltner
Maria Magdalena
Mr. & Mrs. Philip ???
Balzar & Barbara Schneider (Snyder)
Margaretha
Mr. & Mrs. Ludwig Stein
Margaretha Barbara Kunkel
Balzar and Barbara Schneider (Snyder)
John George and Gertrude (Harter) Gildner
Maria Margaretha Gildner
Jacob & Catharina Weber
Heinrich
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Weber

1781

Ludwig & Margaretha Stein
Anna Magdalena
Mr. & Mrs. Balzar Schneider
Adam & Maria Barbara Schmidt
Gerog Wilhelm
Mr. & Mrs. Wilhelm Rex
Mr. & Mrs. Thomi Fayer
Elias
Johan Georg Muller
Georg & Margaretha Reeg
Maria Catharine
Johannes Carl Ross & Catharina Schafer/Shafer
Adam & Catharina Mauerer
Johann Adam
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Herter
Andreas & Elisabeth Barbara Hootz
Johannes
Mr. & Mrs. Johann Kraus
Peter & Catharina Wagener
Eva Elizabeth
Mr. & Mrs. Georg Volik
Joseph & Anna Maria Lidgert
Salme
George & Maria (Hunsicker) Rex
Margaretha
Margaretha Rex, widow of Wilhelm
Michael & Catharina Grunewald
Johannes
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Reber
Georg & Anna Maria Schoenberger
Maria Barbara
Mr. & Mrs. George Reeg
Michael & Magdalena Misemer
Johann Heinrich
Mr. & Mrs. Heinrich Hartman
William Jr. & Elisabeth Rex
Johann Georg
Mr. & Mrs. George Rex
William Sr. & Catharina Rex
Daniel
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Rex
Philip & Margaretha Kraus
Georg
Mr. & Mrs. Georg Kraus
William & Margaretha Rex
Johann Wilhelm
Mr. & Mrs. Simon Moser
George & Catharina Herger
Peter Herger
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Handwerk
Andreas & Margaretha Elizabeth Sensinger
Catharina
Conrad Roerich & Catharina Wassem

1782

Johann & Maria Margaretha Wuchter
Johannes
Martin Wuchter & Magdalena Ebert
Hannah German
Conrad
Mr. & Mrs. George Horn
Andreas & Catharina Gultener
Andreas
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Gultener
Adam & Anna Elizabeth German
Johann Adam
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Adam Baer
Johannes & Magdalena Keck
Leonhard
Leonhart Balyert & Maria Rex
Johannes
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Hunsicker
Jacob & Catharina Elizabeth Gultener
Elizabeth Margaretha
Anna Margaretha Gultener
Jacob & Catharina Elizabeth Gultener
Johannes Franz
Johannes Franz & Delia Gultener
Johannes & Margaretha Weber
Jacob
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Weber
Michael & Sophia Mauerer
Johann Jacob
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Maurer
Johannes Georg & Gertraut Gultener
Maria Eva
Anna Maria Handwerk
Friedrich & Sabina Zerfass
George Philip
George Kern & Christina Herter
Joseph & Anna Maria Lidgert
Joseph
Christoph Rex & Elizabeth Kern
Johannes & Susanna Ebert
Elizabeth Barbara
Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Hootz
Jacob & Anna Catharina Dengler
Anna Catharina
Carl Fred. Meyer & Catharina Kindt
Jaocb & Elizabeth Kammerer
Andreas
Andreas Mauerer & Catharina Reinhard
Franz & Otila Gultener
Catharina Elisabetha
Christian Gultener & Elizabeth Barbara Genser
Wilhelm & Eva Margaretha Kumpf
Barbara
Barbara & Georg Horn
Georg & Anna Maria Rex
Johan Heinrich
Johannes Heinrich Reinhardt & Catharina Rex
Anna Maria Siglin (single)
Anna Maria
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Siglin

1783

Jacob & Christina Handwerk
Anna Maria Handwerk
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Klotz
Ludwig & Margaretha Stein
Christina
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Herter
Jacob & Maria Salome Rittenhauser
Johannes
Peter & Eva Catharina Wagener
Conrad
Conrad Rorich & Catharina Wasem
Georg & Maria Rex
Johannes
Andreas & Eva Maria Fuchs
Maria Elizabeth
Georg Rege & Anna Maria Willeman
George & Barbara Vogt
George Bogt
Mr. & Mrs. Geog Horn
Hans Georg & Gertraut Gultener
Maria Gertraut
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Harter
William & Elizabeth Rex
Maria Rex
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Handwerk
Michael & Eva Schneider (Snyder)
Johann Michael
Martin Harter

1784

Mr. & Mrs. Philip Mertz
Anna Margaretha Mertz
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Fuller
Anna Barbara
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Reinschmidt
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Riedy
Catharina
Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Becker

1785

Georg & Margaretha Willeman
Maria Barbara
Margaretha Reeg
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Wuchter
Christian
Chistian & Christina Gildner
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Roehrig
Catharina Barbara
Christian & Christina Gildner
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Schneider (Snyder)
Maria Eva
Mr. & Mrs. Balazer Schneider (Snyder)
Christina Neff
Christina Gabel & Rudolf Laugenor
Wilhelm & Magdalena Peter
Heinrich Peter
Henry Hunsicker & Barbara Ferber
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hunsicker
not recorded
Mr. & Mrs. Christian Laugenor
John Jacob
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Kemmerer
Mr. & Mrs. Ludwig Stein
Catharina
Mr. & Mrs. John Jacob Ringer
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Wuchter
not recorded
Tobias Ebert & Maria Ruppert
Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Rerig
not recorded
--- Rerig & Catharina Harter
Mr. & Mrs. Wilhelm Rex
Elizabeth
Friederich & Elizabeth Handwerk
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Wagener
Anna Maria
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Vuller
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Rex
Heinrich Rex
Anton Schaffer/Shafer
Mr. & Mrs. Debald Peter
Maria Catharina
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Peter

1786

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gabel
Johannes Michael
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gabel
Mr. & Mrs. Rudolf Laugenor
Christina Laugenor
Mr. & Mrs. Heinrich Ohl
David Ohl
Mr. & Mrs. David Gordner
Mr. & Mrs. Wileman Lehnhardt
Maria Barbara
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholaus Manabach
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Weber
Maria Magdalena
Mr. & Mrs. Martin Wuchter
Catharina & Andoni Loeb
Johannes
Johannnes Gackenbach & Elizabeth Sigel
Elizabeth & Johannes Roerig
Elizabeth
Christophel & Hannah Rex
Johannes
Elizabeth & Samuel Sieger
Heinrich & Catharina Heinbach
Elizabeth
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Kabel
Georg & Anna Margaretha Reeg
Margaretha
George Peter Schaffer/Shafer & Christina Reeg
Wilhelm & Catharina Fredien
Johannes
Ulrich & Barbara Neff
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Handwerk
Johan Philip
Mr. & Mrs.Philip Kraus
Adam & Anna Elizabeth German
Maria Catharina
Jacob & Elizabeth Peter
Johannes & Maria Morhart
Elizabeth
Samuel Rudi & Elizabeth Sigel

1787

Wilhelm & Elizabeth Rex
Wilhelm Rex
Peter & Maria Eva Handwerk
Friederich & Catharina Handwerk
Johannes
Conrad & Christina Rerig
Joseph & Maria Schmidt
Jacob
Jacob & Catharine Harber
Georg & Anna Maria Rex
Elizabeth
Wilhelm & Elizabeth Rex
Michael & Barbara Moser
Abraham
Mr. & Mrs. Kistler
Jacob & Margaretha Freyman
Maria
Peter & Sabina Hartman
Rudolph & Christina Lauchnor
Daniel
Michael & Elizabeth Gabel
Ludwig & Margaretha Stein
Gertraut
Peter Rein & Anna Barbara Wird
Frantz & Otilla Guldner
Johannes Frantz
Tobias Ebert & Catharine Elizabeth Ridy, both single

1788

Phillip & Margaretha Krause
Daniel
Daniel & Magdalena Moser
Johannes & Margaretha Weber
Conrad Weber
Carl & Hannah Ross
Carl
Carl & Barbara Ross
Heinrich & Catharina Hartman
Heinrich
Balzar Jungert & Catharina Metzger

1789

Carla & Margaretha Miller
Johannes
Johannes & Abolonia Muller
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Rockler
Samuel
Semm & Elizabeth Humell
Johan Peter Hunsicker
Mr. & Mrs. Christoph Rex
Georg Rex
Georg & Maria Kiper
Mr. & Mrs. Georg Merz
John Carl
John Carl Ruppert & Anna Margaretha Ritisch
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Keck
Johan Michael
Michael Moser & Christina Schaefer
Mr. & Mrs. Andreas Herger
not recorded
Mr. & Mrs. Georg Volk
Mr. & Mrs. Heinrich Ohl
Elizabeth
Georg & Albertina Simon
Leonhardt & Elizabeth Willeman
Leonhardt
Mr. & Mrs. Adam Jorg
Bernhardt
Bernhardt & Anna Kontz
Mr. & Mrs. Hannes Martin Wuchter
Johan Heinrich
Heinrich Ebert & Hannah Hoffman
Friedrich & Catharina Handwerk
Johan Jacob
Johann Jacob Handwerk & Gertraut Harter
Adam & Anna Elizabeth German
Abraham
Abraham Peter & Maria Barbara Brandstetter
Ludwig & Elizabeth Enek
Johannes
Johannes & Elizabeth Reber
Andreas & Catharina Guldner
Maria Magdalena
Adam & Barbara Hartman
Johannes & Margaretha Wuchter
Johann Georg
Georg & Elizabeth Gerg
Wilhelm & Elizabeth Rex
Jacob
Jacob & Catharina Ferber
Jacob & Catharina Ferber
Salomi
Peter Ferber & Elizabeth Handwerk
Ulrich & Dorthea
Maria Margaretha
Johannes Krum & Margaretha Cabel, both single
Baldhaser & Elizabeth Haak
Elisabeth
Peter Handwerk, Jr., & Elisabeth Haaak

1790

Johannes & Anna Maria Rumpel
Johann Jacob
Jacob & Catharina Geiger
Georg & Anna Maria Holschus
Catharina
Catharina Selp
Jacob & Susanna Peter
Elisabeth
Casper & Elisabeth Peter
Heinrich & Barbara Zerfass
Johannes
Johannes & Anna Maria Rumpel
Georg & Maria Rex
Maria
Margaretha Rex
Daniel & Magdalena Moser
Daniel
Bastian & Anna Maria Moser

1791

Johannes & Magdalena Keck
Johannes
Stephanus Balliet & Catharine Rockel
Heinrich & Catharina Hartman
Wilhelm
Wilhelm Mertz & Elizabarbara Peter, both single
Heinrich Hunsicker
Conrath & Elizabeth Rierig
Christina Barbara
David & Barbara Weyand
Michael & Magdalena Gabel
Johan Peter Gabel
Carl & Margaretha Muller
Johan Peter Muller
Peter Muller & Susanna Knerr, both single
Georg & Elisa. Christina Helffrich
Anton
Anton Schaefer
Joseph & Susanna Datsen
Richard
Wilhelm Mayer & Elizabeth Roth
Johan Georg & Gertraut Goldner
Johann Martin
Conrath & Christina Rierig
Heinrich & Maria Kocher
Johann Georg
Martin & Christina Harter
Michael & Christina Harter
Jacob
parents & Margaretha Rex
Peter and Maria Eva (Stettler) Handwerk
Christian Krum & Margaretha Rex, both single
Rudy & Christina Laugenor
Jonas
Georg Heinrich & Christina Holenbach
Johannes & Margaretha Weber
PeterWeber
Peter Hofman & Catharina Ebert
Johannes & Anna Maria Morhart
Johannes Christina
Christian Krum & Elizabeth Siegel
Wilhelm & Elizabeth Rex
Daniel Rex
Georg & Anna Maria Rex
Friederich & Catharina Handwerk
Johan Heinrich
Martin & Christina Harter
Philip & Elizabeth Schantz
Heinrich Schantz
Heinrich Neff & Eva Misemer

1792

Nicholas & Gertraut Muller
Salomi
Johannes & Catharina Knerr

1793

Carl & Margaretha Krauss/Krause
Franz Krauss/Krause
Johann Muller
Casper & Margaretha Hunsicker
Margaretha
Andreas & Margaretha Sensinger
 

1794

 
Philip & Margaretha Krauss/Krause
Friedrich
Andreas & Catharina Gildner
Heinrich & Margaretha Seibert
Elizabetha
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cabel
Johannas & Magdalena Haussman
Johannes Haussman
Johannes & Margaretha Peter
Carl & Catharina Ruppert
Catharina
Michael Rees & Anna Maria Foller, both single
Johannes & Magdalena Keck
Salomi
Johannes Hammel & Magdalena Handwerk
Eva Langenhayen & Andreas Peter
Catharina
Peter Ferber & Catharina Foller
Johannes & Philipina Haussman
Elizabeth
Casper & Elizabeth Peter
Michael & Salomi Hotz
Salomi
Hannes Foller & Catharina Hotz
Daniel & Maria Rehrig
Johannes
Johannes Rehrig & Elizabeth Harder
Friederich & Catharina Handwerk
Johan Georg
Georg Fenstermacher & Elizabeth German, single
Jacob & Catharina Rumpel
Jacob
Jacob & AppoloniaGeiger
Peter & Catharina Ruppert
Johann Georg
Jacob & Appolonia Geiger
Balthaser & Anna Maria Ferber
Magdalena
Elizabeth Hag

1796

Georg & Salomi Muller
Johan Nicolaus
Nicolaus & Gertraut Muller
Jacob & Catharina Rumpel
Anna Maria
Hannes & Maria Barbara Rockel
John & Christina Klotz
David
Johannes Kraus & Christina Muller

1797

Johannes & Magdalena Keck
Daniel
Johanes & Catharina Rockel
Georg & Salomi Muller
Elisabetha
Johannes Kraus & Christina Muller

1798

Jacob & Anna Catharina Grusel
Eva
Christian Schneider, Jr. & Eva Hartmann
Wilhelm & Elisabeth Rex
Hendrich Rex
Heinrich Krum & Regina Kern
Jacob & Magdalena Peter
Hendrich Peter
Andreas & Maria Giltner
Johannes
Johannes Ebert & Magdalena Schupp

1799

Philip & Elizabeth Kammerer
Elizabeth
Cristinan & Maria Haak
Jacob & Apolona Geiger
Maria Barbara
Johannes & Barbara Rockel
Stophel & Hannah Rex
Maria Barbara
Johannes Rex & Maria Barbara Hunsicker
Michael & Eva Hootz
Maria Barbara
Heinrich & Margaretha Saubert
Heinrich
Heinrich & Margaretha Saubert
Daniel
Heinrich Krum & Elizabeth Cabel, both single
Heinrich & Margaretha Saubert
Adam
Rudolph & Christina Lauchenor
Rudolph & Christina Lauchenor
Adam
Rudolph & Christina Lauchenor
Rudolph & Christina Lauchenor
Philip
Philip & Elisabeth Kammerer
Christina & Margaretha Wirth
Johan Georg
Johan Georg Rex & Catharina Wirth, single

1800

Jacob & Apolonia Geiger
Jacob
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Barr
Maria
Heinrich Krum & Catharina Neff
Conrath & Barbara Ebert
Daniel
Daniel & Margaretha Rader
Christina & Maria Horn
Georg
Georg & Barbara Horn
Christina & Maria Horn
Peter
Michael & Maria Wehr
Christina & Maria Horn
Christina
Georg Jacob & Maria Horn
Margaretha (Margaret) Schneider
George Reber & Margaretha Schneider (Snyder)

1801

Johannes & Susanna Muller
Daniel
Conrath Knerr & Eva Miller
Georg & Cathrina Sendel
Peter
Peter & Margaretha Hollenbach
Philip & Eva German
Philip
Johannes & Eva Kistler
Georg & Salomi Muller
Salomi
Abraham & Elizabeth Rex
Georg & Catarina Rex
Johann Georg
Martin Wehr & Margaretha Rex
Johannes & Maria Kammerer
Christina
Christina & Maria Horn
Daniel & Maria Rierig
Daniel
Michael Bloss & Margaretha Rex
Carl & Margaretha Muller
Jonas
Johannes & Elizabeth Berger
Peter & Catharina Ruppert
Magdalena
Michael & Salomi Hootz
Michael
Peter & Christina Frey
Charistina & Maria Haak
Johan Georg
Georg & Catharina Kammerer
Charistina & Maria Haak
Magdalena
Jacob Haak & Catharina Bartsch, single
Charistina & Maria Haak
Anna
Jacob & Elizabeth Kammerer
Philip & Elizabeth Kammerer
Philip
Jacob & Susanna Fritzinger
Jacob & Abalonia Geiger
Elizabeth
Peter & Catharina Barr
Jacob & Maria Horn
Solomon
George & Barbara Horn

1802

Jacob & Maria Horn
Sara
Jacob & Catharina Schneider (Snyder)
George, Jr. & Catharina Rex
Maria
George & Maria Rex
George & Catharina Rex
Catharina
Johannes & Catharina Schonberger
Johannes & Elizabeth Fritzinger
Susanna
Jacob & Susanna Fritzinger
Christina & Marie Horn
Michael
Michael & Maria Barbara Schmidt
Heinrich (Henry) Schneider
Johannes & Susanna Krauss/Krause
Susanna Krauss/Krause
Georg Krauss & Magdalena Bloss, single
Peter & Margaretha Hollenbach
Andreas
Andreas & Eva Schiferstein
Martin & Margaretha Sendel
Johan Georg
George & Catharina Kammerer
Catharina Hartman
Johannes
Andreas & Anna Maria Guldner

1803

William & Sophia Harter
Jacob
Martin Rierig & Eva Seitel
Georg & Catharina Sendel
Catharina
Wilhelm & Sophia Harger
Elizabeth
Andrew Schissler & ---Gunkel, both single
Peter & Catharina Ruppert
David
David & Elizabeth Kuntz
Georg & Catharina Kammerer
Daniel
Martin & Margaretha Sendel
Jacob & Elizabeth Bossert
Johannes
Johannes & Dorothea Schlicher
Andreas & Maria Guldner
Jacob
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ebert
Christian & Maria Haak
Maria
Jacob Lauchenor & Maria Schoeber, both single
Johannes & Catharina Rex
Johann Georg
George & Maria Rex

1804

Philip & Elizabeth Kammerer
Johann Georg
George & Catharine Kammerer
Anna Catharina
the parents
George & Elizabeth Handwerk
Johann Georg
George Krauss/Krause & Maria Kunkel
Peter & Susanna Ebert
Maria Magdalena
Jacob Klauss & Magdalena Wuchter, single
Daniel & Maria Rierig
Martin
Martin Rierig & Elizabreth Rex
Jacob Friederich & Anna Catharina Denger
Peter
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hollebach
Salomi
Jacob Lauchenor & Catharina Brandstetter, single
Johannes & Susanna Krauss/Krause
Salomi
Mr. & Mrs. George Bloss
George & Salomi Muller
Hanna
Hannah & Christophel Rex
Christina & Maria Horn
Salomi
Julianna Wehr
Michael & Maria Harter
Lidia
Jacob & Abolonia Geiger
Heinrich
Heinrich Hausman & Maria Rex, single

1805

Christian & Magdalena Ebert
Elisabeth
Elizabeth Farber
Isaac & Catharina Strohm
Susanna
Susanna Riedy
Heinrich
Heinrich Muller & Margaretha Handwerk
Wilhelm & Sophia Harger
Michael
Michael Remaly & Catharina ?
Gerog & Catharina Kammerer
Andreas
Martin Wirth & Maria Schonberger
Heinrich & Susanna Handwerk
Elizabeth
Susanna Peter
Johann Georg & Maria Rex
Johann George Rex
Wilhelm & Elizabeth Rex
Johannes & Catharina Rex
Catharina Rex
George & Catharina Rex

1806

Johannes & Susanna Krauss/Krause
Jonathan Krauss/Krause
Adam Krauss/Krause & Eva Hartman
Andreas & Maria Schussler
Johann Adam Scussler
Christina & Maria Haak
Elizabeth
Heinrich & Catharina Hartman
Philip
Philip & Margaretha Mertz
Philip & Elizabeth Kammerer
Solomon
Jacob Lauchenor & maria Schonberger
Christina & Magdalena Ebert
Susanna
Johannes & Susanna Ebert
Casper Handwerk
Casper & Juliana Peter
Andreas & Anna Maria Guldner
Abraham
Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Riedy
Gottlieb & Gertraut Vogt
Elizabeth
Jaocb Vogt & Salomi Misemer
Abraham & Maria Sewitz
Abraham
Christian & Maria Rex
Jacob & Maria Horn
Jacob
Johannes & Magdalena Klotz
Heinrich & Susanna Handwerk
Salomi
Georg & Margaretha Kraus

1807

Michael & Maria Harter
Johann Georg
Johann Georg & Margaretha Reber
Peter & Eva Roth
Elizabeth Roth
Heinrich & Margaretha Hunsicker
Johan Jacob Schneider (Snyder)
Jacob Brandstetter & Eva Schneider (Snyder)
Peter & Magdalena Handwerk
Maria
Maria Ohl
Martin & Margaretha Sendel
Johan Martin
Philip & Eva German
Lidia
Conrad & Magdalena German
Georg & Margaretha Loch
Elizabeth
Andreas & Elizabeth Sensinger
Simon & Barbara Schneider (Snyder)
Salomi
Christina & Susanna Schneider (Snyder)
Peter & Catharina Rubbert
Jonathan
Martin & Magdalena Wuchter
Johannes & Christina Friedrich
Anna
Jacob & Margaretha Linn
Conrad & Susanna Wehr
Christian
Christina Schmidt & Elizabarbara Ebert
Johannes & Magdalena Mayer
Johannes
Jacob & Susanna Fritzinger
Johannes & Magdalena Mayer
Daniel
Jacob & Catharine Muller
Conrad & Barbara Ebert
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Farber
Johannes & Magdalena Rierich
Peter
Peter Rierich & Salomi Farber
Johannes & Catharina Rex
Elizabeth Rex
Andreas & Elizabeth Sensinger
Georg & Margaretha Reber
Michael Reber
Jacob & Catharina Handwerk
Jacob & Abolonia Geiger
Jonas Geiger
Wilhelm & Magdalena Fenstermacher
John George & Elizabeth Handwerk
Daniel
Peter Handwerk & Gertraut
Heinrich & Elizabeth Muller
Maria
Nicholas & Elizabeth Muller

1808

Jaocb & Margaretha Lauchenor
Philip
Philip & Elizabeth Kammerer
Christian & Magdalena Ebert
Salomi
Conrad & Susannah Wehr
Christian & Magdalena Ebert
Catharina
Christina & Catharina Schmidt
Andreas & Margaretha Kammerer
Andreas
Jacob & Margaretha Freyman
Jesse & Elizabeth Kern
Magdalena
Daniel & Maria Rierig
Heinrich & Susanna Handwerk
Susana
Susana Georg & Friederich Handwerk, both single
George & Margaretha Krauss/Krause
George Krauss/Krause
Conrad & Magdalena German
Catharina German
Heinrich & Magdalena Weber

1809

Simon & Barbara Schneider (Snyder)
Magdalena Snyder
Wilhelm & Elizabeth Schneider (Snyder), both single
Johannes & Elizabeth Fritzinger
Jonas Fritzinger
Matheiss Fritzinger & -- Neeff, single
Jaocb & Margaretha Lauchenor
Catharina
Johannes & Susan Krauss/Krause
Elizabeth Krauss/Krause
Philip Krauss/Krause & Maria Handwerk
Abraham & Maria Sewitz
Johann Georg
Johann Georg Sensinger & Hanna Rex
Philip & Elizabeth Kammerer
Johannes
Johann Georg & Margaretha Reber
Johannes & Margaretha Andony
Rebecca
Michael & Maria Barbara Schmidt
Heinrich & Elizabeth Muller
Salomi
Jacob Haussman & Salomi Muller
Georg & Elizabeth Handwerk
Hanna
Wilhelm Rex & Magdalena Gunckel
Joseph & Maria Lauchenor
Elizabeth
Johannes & Elizabeth Rex
Andreas & Maria Schussler
Hanna
Mr. & Mrs. Heinrich Henritzy
Johannes & Catharina Rex
Johannes
Martin & Margaretha Sendel
Andreas
Georg Hootz & Catharina Frey
Christina & Maria Haak
Margaretha
Andreas & Margaretha Kammerer

1810

Heinrich & Susanna Handwerk
Catharina
Georg & Catharina Frantz
Georg & Elizabarbara Kunfahr
Johann Georg
Conrath & Susanna Wehr
Christina & Magdalena Ebert
Juliana
Stephen Keck & Juliana Schmidt
Joseph & Maria Lauchenor
Michael
Mr. & Mrs. Johann Georg Handwerk
Georg Jacob & Maria Horn
Johan Georg
Mr. & Mrs. Simon Schneider (Snyder)
Johannes & Elizabeth Ringner
Andreas
Andreas & Maria Guldner
Johannes & Elizabeth Rex
Johann Georg
Wilhelm Rex & Barbara Hunsicker, single

1811

Abraham & Anna Maria Sewitz
Jacob
Georg Rex & Elizabeth Kern, both single
Jonas Schneider
Christian Bloss & Elizabeth Bloss, single
Heinrich & Franca Drumbauer
Carl
Christina Schmidt & Susanna Wehr
Daniel & Rebecca Peter
Maria
Nicholas & Elizabeth Hentzinger
Andreas & Margaretha Kammerer
Johannes
Johannes Hunsicker & Catharina Freyman
Johannes & Catharina Rex
Maria
Jacob Peter & Maria Rex, single
Philip & Eva German
Philip
Mr. & Mrs. Johannes Kistler
Johannes & Elizabeth Fritzinger
Jesse
Johannes & Anna Neeff
Jacob & Apolonia Geiger
Johannes
Johannes Barr & Susanna Rockel, single
Christian & Elizabeth Schneider (Snyder)
Johann Georg
Georg & Maria Rex
Johannes & Susana Krauss/Krause
Emanuel Krauss/Krause
Heinrich Bloss & Elizabeth Hausman
George & Margaretha Krauss/Krause
David
Johannes & Susana Krauss/Krause
Jacob & Margaretha Peter
Catharina
Jacob & Catharina Haussman
Jacob & Catharina Vogt
Elizabeth
Wilhelm Rex & Sara Hunsicker, single
Friedrich & Maria Kammerer
Christian
Christina & Maria Haak
Heinrich & Elizabeth Muller
Elizabeth
Daniel & Catharina Roth
Taschim (Jim) & Catharina Kelly
Elizabeth
Christina Kramlick & Elizabeth Rex, single
Heinrich & Susana Handwerk
Margaretha
Philip & Elizabeth Kammerer
Daniel
Joseph & Maria Lauchenor
Magdalena
Magdalena Datz, single

1812

Georg & Elizabarbara Kunfahr
Daniel
Gerog & Maria Rex
Jacob
Mr. & Mrs. Casper Hunsicker
Johannes, Jr. & Rosina Muller
Nathan
Peter Hunsicker & Maria Hartman, single
Philip & Salomi Krauss/Krause
Benjamin
George & Margaretha Krauss/Krause
Jacob & Juliana Klaus
Nathan
Johannes & Salome Schmidt
Joseph & Margaretha Saeger
Nathan
Daniel Saeger & Susana Wehr, single
Christian & Magdalena Ebert
Rebecca
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Reber
Peter & Eva Roth
Catharina
Daniel & Catharina Roth
Jonas
Jacob & Magdalena Peter
Johannes & Christina Friedrich
Elizabeth
George & Elizabeth Handwerk
Elizabeth
Martin & Catharina Wirth
Daniel
Christina & Margaretha Wirth
Georg & Magdalena Rex
Stevanus
Jost Heinrich & Maria Catharina Muller
Abraham & Anna Maria Sewitz
Hanna
Nicholas & Hanna Kern
Maria
Michael & Maria Wehr

1813

Lidia
Joseph & Maria Lauchenor
Maria
Michael & Maria Harber
Daniel & Maria Krauss/Krause
Daniel Krauss/Krause
Friedrich Krauss/Krause & Margaretha Rex
Peter & Magdalena Wehr
Tschasawe?
Philip & Catharina Wehr
Christian & Elizabeth Schneider (Snyder)
Elizabeth Snyder
Jacob Rex & Margaretha Rex
Andreas & Margaretha Kammerer
Andrew
Abraham & Elizabeth German
Elias
Bernard & Margaretha Neeff
Christian & Maria Horn
Johannes
Johannes Wetzel & Susanna Wehr
Christian & Maria Horn
Polly
Michael & Eva Wehr
Christian & Maria Horn
Thomas
Thomas & Hanna Gottschall
Christian & Maria Horn
Simon
Jacob & Magdalena Neubert
Philip & Salomi Krauss/Krause
Maria Krauss/Krause

Heidelberg Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania originally included Washington Township and Slatington. It is located on Trout Creek and Jordan Creek.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
Lutherans are Protestants who follow Martin Luther's religious teachings, especially the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

Settlers often built log cabins as their first homes.

Heidelberg Union Church
By Samuel J. Kistler, Esq
(Selections on the early years)

The first settlement by the congregation was made in the year 1735. The number of the first immigrants was small, consisting of isolated families who had come from Switzerland and Westphalia. Their names have been preserved, and show that they were from one neighborhood, but the name of the place is, unfortunately, forgotten.

The names of the first arrivals were Jacob Peter, Casper Peter, and Wilhelm [sic Rudolf] Peter, three brothers, but whether their father accompanied them cannot be ascertained. Later came Johannes Hunsicker, Jacob Mayer, David Gisi, Conrad Wirtz (now written Wert), Friederich Nisele, Ulrich Neff, Heinrich Hoffman, Peter Miller, Heinrich Roeder, Georg Grum, and Jörg Schmalz. This first company of settlers formed the foundation of the succeeding congregation, and at once staked off the land they intended to use for church and school purposes...

Between the years 1735 and 1740 there also came hither Palatines and Würtemburgers, and strengthened the colony. Among these there were, on the Reformed side, Heinrich Ohl, Jacob Riedy, Michael Fritzinger, and others; on the Lutheran side, Ulrich Sensinger, Jörch Recks, Peter Handwerk, Johann Krauss/Krause, and others. The Lutherans likewise provided themselves with a piece of land for the church and school purposes adjoining the Reformed lands on the south.

The organization of the congregation took place in the year 1740. Heinrich Ohl who had taken up the land where Saegersville now stands, and who was the richest and most respected man in the settlement, agitated the matter of building a church, but four years passed before the church was constructed. Meetings were held, but as no minister could be engaged, the work of construction was discontinued.

During this period the services of a reader from Lynn were obtained, and he was accustomed to hold services at the houses of the people. The place for assembling was at Jacob Daubensdpeck’s, about one mile south of the church lands. There divine service was held for a period of five years. Finally there came a talented Lutheran minister, by the name of Jacob Friederich Schertlein, who was undoubtedly sent through the interposition of Rev. Muhlenberg to this portion of the country.

And now steps were taken to build the first church, which was erected in the year 1744 as a log church, and was dedicated by Revs. Schertlein and Philip Jacob Michael. This first church building stood in the northeastern corner of the old graveyard, which has for a long time been filled with graves. At the same time a school-house was erected. From the very beginning the plan of the fathers contemplated the holding and enjoyment of these buildings in common. For this reason they built the church upon the Reformed land, and the school-house upon the Lutheran, and when the church was completed and dedicated, both branches of the congregation made a contract on the 28th of March, 1745, that it should be and remain a Union church.

The following heads of families formed the congregation: Jacob Friederich Schertlein, the Lutheran minister; Philip J. Michael, the Reformed minister. Schertlein was a regularly ordained minister of great ability, who soon, however, left here and was called elsewhere, either to Maryland or Virginia. Michael, of whom we have already learned in the history of the Ziegel Church, was a reader, who was never ordained, and had elevated himself to the office of minister. The Reformed elders were George Grum and Jörg Schmalz; the Lutheran, George Recks and Michael Mosser.

The members were Jacob Mayer, Heinrich Ohl, Ulrich Sensinger, George Schmalz (elder), Daniel Burger, Nickel Klein, George Grum (elder), David Gisi, Michael Fritzinger, George Recks (elder), Leonhard Mayer, Heinrich Oswald, Adam Winch, Heinrich Hofmann, Ulrich Neff, Andreas Shcüssler, Friederich Schneider [Snyder], Jonas Matzinger, Michael Fritzinger, Jacob Peter, Casper Peter, Rudolf Peter, Michael Mosser (elder), Jörg Newhard, Nickelburger, Michael Ruch, Peter Miller, Conrad Wirtz (Wert), Friederich Nisele, Jacob Schlung, Hans Ulrich Arndt, Johannes Niesele, Heinrich Roeder. The above-named members were the builders of the first church, and paid for its construction L18 5s., of which the Reformed side contributed 13£ 18s 8d., and the Lutheran 4£ 6s 4d....

The Indian massacres, which during the fifties of the last century devastated all the settlements across the Lehigh, at Gnadenhütten (now Lehighton) and in Lynn, both on the right and left of the Heidelberg settlement, passed by this congregation almost without leaving a trace...

The second church was built in the year 1756. The first little log church was destroyed by fire. The new church was also a log church, but very much larger and better arranged in every respect, being fitted out with galleries, aisles, pulpit, and altar. A new school-house was also erected at the same time with the church. This was placed upon the land of the Reformed congregation, which sold all its right in and to the old school-house to the Lutherans for 4£ 10s., and from this time on each portion of the congregation had its own school until later years, when the old school-house was torn down, and the schools again united in one. The new church was dedicated in 1757, and the old contract, that this building should be used in common, was renewed. From 1745 and 1757 the number of communicants was more than doubled. However, an increase from Europe partly accounts for this....

Not until 1758, the year following the building of the second church, did the congregation make efforts to obtain a fee-simple deed and lawful possession of their church- and school-lands. To accomplish this Michael Ohl, son of Heinrich Ohl, and Simon Wehr were appointed a committee on the Reformed side to obtain the requisite papers in Philadelphia. At the same time the Lutherans acted in the matter.

The following members of the Reformed Church obligated themselves to furnish the money for the purchase of the lands, viz.: Jacob Peter, Johannes Hunsicker, Johannes Grum, Rudolph Peter, George Hack, Bernhard Neff, Jacob Riedy, Heinrich Neff, and Heinrich Ohl. Nancy Ohl, and unmarried daughter of the last named, had the church weatherboarded at her own expense in later years.

In the war of independence, this congregation furnished a number of soldiers, the names of only two of whom, unfortunately, have been preserved for historians, namely, those of Christian Schmidt and ------- Krumbach.

The first church records were, according to the statement of Father Johannes Hunsicker, who died when upward of ninety years of age, and who is the authority for most of the foregoing information, destroyed by fire with the first church building. The minutes of the Reformed Church records begin in 1764, and are still in existence; of the Lutheran, in 1768. On the title-page of the latter appear the names of Wilhelm Rex, Casper Schnerr, Tobias Ebert, and Samuel Miehl as the Lutheran consistory.

A new cemetery was opened in the year 1832. The old graveyard was filled to its entire capacity. The congregation decided to use the ground to the east of the church, and this has been increased in size a number of times since.

In the year 1849 the congregation held an election to decide the question whether the schools should be joined in one, to abrogate the difference in the creeds. All the votes but three were cast in favor of uniting the schools. At this time Ferdinand Berkemeyer taught on the Reformed side, and Joseph Folban on the Lutheran. The latter resigned, and Berkemeyer was chosen as the common teacher. A centennial festival was held for two days in the year 1845, upon the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the founding of this congregation.

The third church was built in the year 1849. On the 17th of May in that year the consistory and members of the church assembled for the purpose of adopting a constitution, according to which the church should be built, and by which the congregations should in the future be ruled according to the establishment of their fathers. The new church was placed on the other side of the little brook, hardly one hundred paces from the spot where the other stood...

Scarcely was the church finished when the desire arose to possess an organ. The matter had already been agitated before this time, but the majority were always opposed to the idea. They preferred singing without the accompaniment of an organ. Upon the election held upon this matter, only sixty-three votes were cast in favor of purchasing an organ, while fourteen resolute ones were found against it. The construction of the orga was intrusted to Charles Hanzelman, an organ-builder, who had removed to these parts from Philadelphia. The organ was dedicated in 1853, and was for those times a perfect work...

 

 
 
 

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