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.
Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.
Their children were born in Aichau-Ansbach. Johann Michael Brandstetter was born on May 16,1693. Twins, Johann Jacob Brandstetter and Johann Adam Brandstetter were born on July 25, 1695. The first Johann Jacob died before 1708 when his brother of the same name was born.
Anna Barbara Brandstetter was born on October 24, 1700. Her Godmother was Barbara Roth, a farmer's wife from Unterschorn.
Eva Barbara Brandstetter Meyer was born on December 7, 1715. Maria Barbara Brandstetter was born on December 25, 1717. Her Godmother was also Barbara Roth.
Barbara Roth was the Godmother to all three Brandstetter daughters. Michael and the first Jacob's Godfather was Michael Weidner. Simons' Godfather was Johann Michael Weidner. Adam and the second Jacob's was Adam Sebastian Roth. Mathias' Godfather was Melchior Belli.
Many family members moved
west to Thaleischweiler-Froschen in the Palatinate in the early
1700's. The Brandstetters lived at the village of Fröschen near Piramasens and were members of the Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche der Pfarrei Thaleischweiler, which was five miles north of Pirmasen.
Andreas died on March 16, 1721/22 in Aichau of tuberculosis. Apppolonia died on March 19, 1742.
At least four of the children and some of the grandchildren left for Pennsylvania between 1738 and 1765. The older sons, Michael, Adam, Andreas, and Simon remained in Germany. The younger sons, Jacob (left 1738) and Mathias (left 1749) and daughter, Eva Meyer (left 1752) all went to America.
The grandchildren who left included Michael's son, grenadier Johann Friedrich and daughters, Anna Elizabeth Heinrich and Anna Barbara Kreiger. Anna Elizabeth was forced to marry Johann Heinrich in 1742 because she was pregnant. She left for America in 1765. Adam's daughter, Anna Magdalena was also forced to marry and leave for America soon after Anna Elizabeth.
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.
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.
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.
Thaleischweiler-Fröschen is a currently a city in the Südwespfalz district, in Rhineland-Palatinte. It was formerly the two adjoining villages on the western edge of the Palatinate forest, approximately just north of Pirmasens.
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.
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.
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.