Hans Martin Spitelmaier and Anna Catharina Willemann
Baden, Hoffenheim, Germany
Berks County, Pennsylvania
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Various spellings of Spitelmaier -
Spttlemayer, Spittelmaer, Spitelmier, Spittlemayer, Specklemire, Spittelmyer
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.
Their six children were born in Baden. The first child named Anna Magdalena Spitelmaier was born on August 17, 1705 and probably died as a very young child. Hans Martin Spitelmaier was born on November 2, 1707. Anna Maria Spitelmaier was born on November 14, 1708. Anna Magdalena Spitelmaier Brandstetter was born on August 18, 1711. Hans Adam Spitelmaier was born on March 9, 1714. Johann Georg Spitelmaier was born on January 4, 1718.
Martin Spittelmayer age 54 and his wife Maria, age 50 and their children Anna Maria age 24, Anna Madlena, age 21, and Hans Adam age eighteen immigrated to America in August, 1733 on the ship Hope from London. Only the children who were older than eighteen were listed. Daniel Reed the Master was from Rotterdam. The voyage was qualified on August 28, 1733.
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.
Berks County, Pennsylvania was formed on March 11, 1752 from parts of Chester County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County. Northwestern parts of the county became Northumberland County in 1772 and Schuylkill County in 1811.