© Paul R. Swan    10 May 2016 15:09 Return to Home Page Hide All Notes Swan~Hartzell Family History


b 1581      d 1634
b 1581      d ____
b 1619      d 1619
b 1625      d 1663
b 1659      d 1707
b 1663      d 1738
b 1686      d 1747
b 1690      d 1726
b 1716      d 1716
b 1721      d 1807
b 1743      d 1815
b 1745      d ____
b 1768      d 1833
b 1768      d ____
b 1787      d 1855
b 1795      d 1837
b 1827      d 1913
b 1835      d 1923
b 1862      d 1904
b 1866      d 1942
b 1903      d 1989
b 1903      d 1953


My aim when I undertook to update this lineage some years ago was to extend my tree by adding more remote collateral Hartzell branches. However, once I looked at what was online (much of it having appeared since my previous forays into the Hartzell literature), I decided that I would be merely duplicating what others had already done better than I could manage.

So, instead, I'm going to concentrate any future research on no more than second cousins of my direct ancestors, (equivalently, only great-grandchildren). In order to make this web page more accessible, I've limited it to only those second cousins, but a little over a hundred more distant relatives are in my database, so if anyone is interested please get in touch with me.

The most extensive online list of the descendants of Jacob Hirzel (1581-1634) and Madelen Keller (born 1581) is surely that of Barbara McPherson Krol. When I read her page, it listed 2647 direct descendants and 1028 spouses down to the 10th generation.

The earliest known generations of our Hirzel family lived in Pfäffikon Parish of the Zürich Canton in Switzerland, some ten miles east of the city of Zürich. Lake Pfäffikon is the site of one of the largest prehistoric settlements built on pilings in the marshes of that region. Three levels of construction were found, dating back to the lowest, stone age strata of 3000 B.C.

Some thirteen miles away, on the southern shore of Zürichsee (Zurich Lake) lies the village of Hirzel, and my first guess was that the family name might have originated in that area. However, I see now that such an assumption is false. In a message to Steve Hartzell's online Seneca Hartzell Guestbook, Annemarie (Hirzel) Fariña wrote: This village has absolutely nothing to do with the origin of the Hirzel family. At the beginning of the 14th century the name of the village was still "Hirsol", a word that is related to "Hirse" which is the name of the crop "millet". In 1378 the name was changed into "Hirtzlen" to become much later the modern "Hirzel" village. In this same 14th century your and my family name was spelled "Hürzel" or "Hürtzel".

Annemarie in a personal communication [e-mail, 28 Mar 2001] provided me with her main source for this information, Historisch-Biographisches Lexikon der Schweiz, or, in English, Historical-Biographical Encyclopedia of Switzerland. She went on to write: "According to this encyclopedia, all the Hirzels have their origin in Pfäffikon, Canton Zürich. My genealogical tree starts with Niklaus Hirzel who lived from 1402 till 1446 at Pfäffikon. According to the first official document, dated 811 AD, the village was then "Faffinochova"; in the year 1308 AD it is documented as "Pfeffinkon". In my private library I have a detailed history book of 456 pages just on Pfäffikon."

There are several genealogies on RootsWeb WorldConnect web pages which purport to give the ancestry of our Jacob, born 1580 or 1581. Several name his father as Jacob, born 1553 or 1554 in Pfäffikon, died 14 Feb 1618 or 1612/13. Others name him as Peter, born 11 Aug 1554, died 14 Feb 1612/13 in Eglisau, Switzerland (about 25 miles northwest of Pfäffikon). (Other WorldConnect genealogies have him married to his mother-in-law, or with a wife who died in Virginia, USA!) As to his mother, most name her as Regula Heidegger, born about 1560, died 28 Jan 1612/13 in Eglissau. Another WorldConnect genealogy, which doesn't name a Jacob however, lists two other children of Peter and Regula, a daughter Regula baptised 9 Jul 1577, died 1 Oct 1615, and a son Hans Kasper, born 13 May 1593 and died 27 Oct 1661. None of these unsourced reports deserve more than passing mention.

Most of these genealogies also agree on his grandparents, Peter (born 1511) and Barbara (Stoll) Hirzel, Peter being the son of Hans (born 1446) and Anna Erni Hirzel, and Hans the son of Nikolaus, born 1404 in Pfäffikon. (These dates, of course, strongly suggesting a missed generation about 1480.) The lack of specific baptismal dates corresponds to the fact that no Kirchenbuch records for Pfäffikon currently exist, and the absence of any sources in these various accounts relegate the genealogies to little more than myths.

Another branch of the Hirzels, undoubtedly related in some way and contemporaneous to our earliest known generations, lived around Winterthur, a city about ten miles north of Pfäffikon. Families from both of these branches in the third known generation emigrated to The Palatinate, an area of Germany that had suffered huge population loses during the Thirty Years War.

Our Hartzell line extends from Jacob Hirzel, baptized 1581 in Fehraltorf, Zürich, Switzerland, through ten more generations, surnamed successively Hirtzel, Hertzell, and Hartzell, down to my mother, Mildred Louise Hartzell born in 1903. Successive generations of this direct line lived in The Palatinate, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma Territory when it became a state, and Kansas.

The tracing of this lineage is from several essential sources. Charles H. Price Jr., of Telford, Pennsylvania, "Compiled, Printed, Bound, and Published" A Hartzell-Price Family History and Genealogy309, an impressive tome on the descendants of Jacob Hirzel and of the Price family into which the Hirzels married. He traced the family from Switzerland to Reihen, Baden, The Palatinate, and identified those who emigrated to America, including our fourth generation Hans Georg. The research in Switzerland was carried out for him by genealogist J. Arnold, and in Germany by Pastor Henry Schuchman and Dr. Fitz Braun.

Hannah Benner Roach published a well documented article, “Hans Georg Hertzel, Pioneer of Northampton County and His Family” in The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine333, pp. 151-184, on the Pennsylvania immigrant and his descendants down to his grandson, sixth generation Johann Philip Hertzel. Roach, however, did not have all of the children of Johann Philip identified. In particular, Adam, our ancestor, was missing from the records to which she had access.

Johann Philip's brother Jonas in 1816 wrote an extensive genealogical letter183 to him while he was in Virginia, the last line of which mentions specifically "your oldest son adam", thus establishing this missing link. The letter traces the line from his grandfather "old george" to Jonas and then to his own grandson, and lists all of Jonas' siblings, including our Johann Philip, with birth dates. The original of the letter is in the possession of a sister of Glenn R. Hartzell of Dayton, Ohio, who provided us with a copy.

Glenn, our fourth cousin, also sent an eight page document, "Hartzell Ancestral Line"187 (author and date unknown) which recounts several branches of the descendants of the immigrant Johann George Hirtzel. This he said he received "from a cousin long ago". He had also provided a copy to Charles Price, who cited it in material he sent to Paul Middleton in 1980. Glenn notes that there are "some discrepancies" which have to be resolved, but this appears to be the earliest source of our knowledge of the York County, Pennsylvania, to Franklin County, Virginia, to Montgomery County, Ohio, generations of our lineage.

Again, however, a crucial link in the lineage was missing. Paul Middleton entered into correspondance with Charles H. Price before his recent death, and succeeded in unearthing a 1931 letter written by Roxie Louise (Hartzell) Winn, a daughter of Adam Leonard Hartzell, to D. J. Culver Hartzell310. This letter names one of her uncles and two of her aunts by their given and married names, thus establishing beyond doubt that our ninth generation Adam Leonard was the son of Philip and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Hartzell of Ohio. Our own family records from Adam to his granddaughter Mildred Louise thus complete the eleven generations of Hartzells.

In October, 1997 another Hartzell researcher, Dave Leebrick, was found on the Internet and contacted by e-mail. He sent an extensive writeup on our early Hartzell lineage with very complete documentation. His additions to this database are cited as233 with his own citations appended as appropriate.

Note on Dates

In comparing the partially overlapping reports of Hannah Benner Roach and of Charles Price, I find that Price either did not understand, or sometimes forgot, that the beginning of the year started on March 25 during the time period the family was in The Palatinate. Thus, the date "20 11m 1680" of the marriage of Clemens Hirtzel and Anna Sinter333, he reported as 20 Nov 1680. But the eleventh month of the year was actually January, so the date would correctly be given in the double dating notation as 20 Jan 1680/81. All of the dates that can be compared between the two sources demonstrate this same error.

On the other hand, Price gives one date as 31 July, and (assuming that it was originally recorded as the seventh month) a correction to 31 September doesn't work. So I have left his dates as he gave them, but warn the reader that any date shown here for the Palatinate may be in error by two months, and the year for days before 25 March may be in error by one year, until I read the Reihen Kirchenbuch to resolve these discrepancies [note, March, 2016].

The dates for Switzerland, however, were recorded with month names, not numbers, and can therefore be accepted as transcribed. During our Hirzel generations in Switzerland, before the 1650's, the dates are in the Julian, or Old Style calendar, as the Protestant Swiss did not accept the Gregorian calendar until 1701.

Jacob Hirzel  &  Madalen Keller
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Keller Top  

Jacob Hirzel was baptized 14 Feb 1581 in Fehraltorf, Zürich, Switzerland and died before 1634 in Balm, Pfäffikon Parish, Zürich, Switzerland. 

Jacob and Madalen Keller were married 2 Aug 1601 (O.S.) in Pfäffikon Parish, Zürich, Switzerland. 

Madalen Keller was born 14 Apr 1581 in Fehraltorf, Zürich, Switzerland and died in Balm, Pfäffikon Parish, Zürich, Switzerland.  She was the daughter of Hans and Madalen (Bosshart) Keller.

According to Price309 Jacob's parents and place of birth are unknown, but George T. Hartzell states that Jacob was christened in Fehraltorf, Zürich, Switzerland, and that he and Madelyn both died in Balm187. Annemarie Fariña, op cit., pointed out that the modern town has its own web site, Gemeinde Fehraltorf, which on its home page shows the historical progression of the name of this community. However, whether the church pictured (follow the “Kirchen” link) was built before or after 1581 I do not know. George T. Hartzell also had Madalen's birth town as Altdorf, but this source needs to be rechecked to see where the information came from. Leebrick provides the same information, and cites the “SWISS Newsgroup” on the internet233.

Price lists six other couples whose names appear in the Pfäffikon Parish records from 1601 to 1634. He and his researcher, Mr. Arnold, "believe" these are the brothers and sisters of Jacob, citing their appearance as godparents. We list them here for possible future research in the Pfäffikon parish records.

Hans Hirzel of Pfäffikon
m 23 Aug 1601 Anna Dieterich from Altorff (Fehraltorf).
George Hirzel
m Pfäffikon 17 Nov 1611 to Anna Wetzstein from Russikon,
these being the godparents of the last two sons of Jacob.
Barbel Hürtzel of Pfäffikon was a godmother 6 Jun 1613.
Margreth Hürtzel, m before 1620 to Jacob Erni of the parish.
Verena Hirtzel, m before 1634 to Hans Venner of Sulzberg of the parish.

Price gives a very poor account of the locations in which the children of Jacob and Madalen were baptised. First, he fails to distinquish between the town and parish of Pfäffikon, so unless he gives specifically some other town by name, we have to assume that he is referring to the parish. Even then, there are contradictions from page to page. The best that can be reconstructed is that the couple were married and had their first five children in the parish of Pfäffikon, that they were "in Hochfalden in the congregation Hittnau, same Parish" in 1610 and 1611. After that they were in the towns of Balm and/or Fierersbalm, probably for the rest of their lives, but we have no death record for either. All of these locations are within a few miles of the town of Pfäffikon.

Leebrick233 quotes from a Richard Hirtzel, otherwise unidentified:

"The name Hirzel is very well known in Zürich, where eleven of them have served as the burgermeister or mayor. There are several volumes of history and genealogy published on the prominent Hirzel line in Switzerland. At least one of these is in the library at SLC. It is in German, and takes the genealogy of the Hirzels back to the early 1300s. The Hirzel genealogy is painted on the wall of the family that I visited in Zürich, plus the fact that they have several books on the family. The point is that the Hirzel family is known to be connected with Pfäffikon".

Price indicates that his researcher, Mr. Arnold, was somewhat confused by the Keller family records that he found. However, he did not specify in what way the records were confusing, so we can only note here that there must be some problem. The fairly clear implication of his research is that Madalen's parents, Hans Keller and his wife Madalen Bosshart of Hittnau, were brother and sister to Andreas Keller and his wife Vreny Bosshart of Hittnau. This is based on the correspondance of names and places, and in that Jacob Hirzel was godfather to one of the grandchildren of Andreas and Vreny, while the latters' daughter-in-law Margreth Gubler, wife of Georg, was godmother to one of Jacob and Madalen's sons.

This family connection is not noted in the FHL AF entry for Madalen and her ancestors, which has her grandfather as Anthony Keller, of Ruti, Fehraltorf.

Leebrick233 cites Gloria C. Hartzell and Shirley Jo Watkins as listing two other children of Madalen and Jacob as Clemons and Peter, without further details.

The children of this family, and their baptizmal dates, are from "Hartzell-Price"309.

The eleven children of Jacob and Madalen (Keller) Hirzel:   Jacob, Hans Jakob, Anna, Hans, Hans Heinrich, Barbel, Marx, Hans Felix, Urseli, Heinrich and Elsbet. 

1    Hirzel, Jacob was baptized 25 Jan 1603 in Pfäffikon Parish, Zürich, Switzerland. 

Price says this first son died "probably 1603/04", but notes that there are no death records in the parish before 1634. There may have been a notation of his death in the baptismal records, as was the custom, but Price does not say.

2    Hirzel, Hans Jakob was baptized 20 May 1604 in Pfäffikon Parish.  He and Regula Gubelmann were married 12 Jun 1627 (O.S.) in Pfäffikon Parish.  Regula was born estimated Sep 1606*

Hans Jakob and Regula were both from Balm in the record of their marriage, dated 1627.06.12 in the Zürich archive of Pfäffikon marriages 1597 to 1633.

Balm probably refers to the town about seven miles southwest of Pfäffikon.


Balm bei Günsberg, a municipality in the district of Lebern in Canton Solothurn, about 60 mi w of Pfäffikon

, for some reason, records her name as Regel, but only the name Regula occurs, some fifty times, in that Zürich archive.

3    Hirzel, Anna was baptized 1 Dec 1605 in Pfäffikon Parish. 

4    Hirzel, Hans was baptized 24 Mar 1607 in Pfäffikon Parish. 

5    Hirzel, Hans Heinrich was baptized 8 Jan 1609 in Pfäffikon Parish and died before 1619. 

Hans Heinrich's godmother was Margreth Gubler, from Fierersbalm, the wife of Andreas Keller who was probably Madalen's uncle.

6    Hirzel, Barbel was baptized 13 Mar 1611 in Pfäffikon Parish. 

Barbel's godfather was Gerold Gubler of Fierersbalm, probably a relative of her presumed aunt Margreth (Gubler) Keller. (Price309 gives her baptism in 1611, possibly an error as that would be only seven months before the baptism of her brother Marx, and Price mentions elsewhere a baptism in 1610, which could only be Barbel.)

7    Hirzel, Marx was baptized 24 Nov 1611 in Pfäffikon Parish. 

8    Hirzel, Hans Felix was baptized 31 Jul 1614 in Pfäffikon Parish and died before 1671.  He and Lisabeth Ehrhart were married 10 Sep 1639 in Uster Parish, Zürich, Switzerland.  Lisabeth was born estimated Dec 1617*

Hans Felix was so named at his marriage, but his baptism apparently gives his name only as Felix309. His marriage record states that he was from Balm, but his children were subsequently baptised in Sulzberg, Pfäffikon parish. By 1657 the record notes that "Hans Felix Hürtzel is employed in Wittenbergerland", the name then used for Württemberg, Germany.

Lisabeth's marriage record describes her as being from Uster, a town a couple of miles southwest of Phäffikon. Her origins, however, have not been found. No record of her birth, nor of her marriage, nor of any Erhart lineage could be found in the Uster records. It is possible, according to Price, that her name perhaps could have been Eberhart.

The six children of Hans Felix and Lisabeth (Ehrhart) Hirzel:   Caspar, Caspar, Catrina, Ulrich, Beath Ludwig and Jagli. 

i    Hirzel, Caspar was born estimated Aug 1640* in Pfäffikon Parish, Zürich, Switzerland and died before 1641 in Pfäffikon Parish. 

ii    Hirzel, Caspar was born estimated May 1642* and died before 1650. 

The records are confused concerning the two Caspars, and their ages. The name could not be found in the 1650 record book.

iii    Hirzel, Catrina died 1643/1646. 

iv    Hirzel, Ulrich was born estimated Nov 1645* in Pfäffikon Parish and died before 1646 in Pfäffikon Parish. 

v    Hirzel, Beath Ludwig was born estimated Feb 1648*

Price gives his name parenthetically as "Beatludi".

vi    Hirzel, Jagli was born estimated Sep 1650*

9    Hirzel, Urseli was baptized 21 Apr 1617 in Pfäffikon Parish. 

10    Hirzel, Heinrich was baptized 28 Feb 1619.    

11    Hirzel, Elsbet was baptized 1 Jul 1621. 

It is unclear in Price's account as to whether Elsbet was baptised in Balm or in Fierersbalm.

Heinrich Hirzel  &  Maria Steiner
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Steiner Top  

Heinrich Hirzel was born 12 Jan 1619 in Pfäffikon Parish, Zürich, Switzerland, baptized 28 Feb 1619 in Pfäffikon Parish and died 23 Jun 1663 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate. 

Heinrich and Maria Steiner were married 12 Jan 1646 in Lüsslingen, Solothurn, Switzerland. 

Maria Steiner was born about 1625* in Switzerland and died 23 Jun 1663 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate.  She was the daughter of and Maria (Frey) Steiner.

It is unclear from Price's account as to whether Heinrich was baptised in Balm or in Fierersbalm, in the parish.

Heinrich and Maria were married in Lysslingen District, which Price says is today "Mt. Solothrun". This is probably more accurately described as Lüsslingen, Canton Solothrun. The marriage was also recorded in Pfäffikon, where it is stated that Heinrich was from Balm, and Maria was "of Batterckingen, Bern district". After their marriage they resided in Sulzberg with his brother Felix, and both brothers emigrated in the early 1650's to different parts of Germany.

Price notes that the name Heinrich Hirzel was quite common in the parish. One, born 1612, was living 1640 next to Hans Keller of Altdorf, Madalen's father; a second, born 1616, was a hired man in 1634 to Jac. Wyrt, a Deputy Bailiff; a third, born 1621, was from Balm in a 1637 record, and there were one or two others recorded up to 1646 in Pfäffikon.

Between the births of their third and fourth children, in 1652 and 1654, Heinrich and Maria emigrated to Reihen, Kries Sinsheim, Baden, The Palatinate.

Maria's death date I found on a FHL Ancestral File aggregrated from multiple submitters.

Another son, a Hans Rudi, had been attributed to this family, but I've lost the reference to this claim.

The six children of Heinrich and Maria (Steiner) Hirzel:   Catharina "Catrin", Verena, Hans Heinrich, Anna, Maria Barbara and Clemens

1    Hirtzel, Catharina "Catrin" was born estimated Oct 1647* in Kirchardt, Baden, The Palatinate and died 1678 in Kirchardt.  She and Johann Lofenius Zirckel were married 23 Jan 1672 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate.  Johann Lofenius was born 1650* in Hamback Solms, Braunre, Germany and died after 1686 in Babstadt, Baden, Germany.  He was the son of Conrad and Barbara (____) Zirckel.

Leebrick233 citing Shirley Jo Watkins in the Zirkle Family Association, vol. 4, no. 3, and an unidentified GEDCOM, says Katherina was born in 1647, christened on 5 Mar 1648, in "Aubikon, Pfeffikon", Switzerland. (This place name appears 86 times on the internet, but only in the context of Katherina, not for any other subject. Who originated this fiction is unknown, not what her birthplace actually was, likewise.) She died on 6 Oct 1683 in Kirchardt, Palatinate, Germany. Godparents were Hans Jugli Stutz from Bussenhusen. (There's a town by the name of Wallikon a little over a mile from Bussenhusen, and perhaps that is what was intended when someone recorded Aubikon, as noted above). These data differ considerably from those obtained from the Price 1971 source.

Leebrick233 gives the children in this family as they are shown below. Heinrich emigrated with three of his children, Ludwig, John, and Anna Mary, in 1730309.

Concerning Ludwig Zirckel's grandparents, Pastor Schuchmann reports their wedding record from the Evangelical Parish register of Reihen (another small nearby town in Sinsheim): “the 23 of January 1672 are married Joh. Lofenius Zirkel, the leaved son of the died Conrad Zurckel, Chaplain (Caplan) in Hambach in the County of Solms Braunfels (Palatinate), to Catherine, the leaved daughter of the died Heinrich Hirtzel, citizen of Reyheim (today Reihen).”

Johann Lofenius was a blacksmith. Leebrick233 gives his vital data, names his mother as Barbara, and states he was a Lutheran.

In German Roots of the Zirkle Family we read:

“Johann Lofenius Zirckel a Lutheren citizen and smith (farrier), settled in Kirchardt, then in Babstadt, where he died. He had emigrated after the Thirty Years War 1618-48 into this depopulated county in the Territory of the Lutheran Knights of the Kraichgau in the Palatinate. His wife Catherine Hirtzel was born in Switzerland, in the village Aublikon (parish Pfeffikon), the daughter of Hans Heinrich Hirtzel and his wife Maria Steiner. After the Great Thirty Years War, the Hirtzels also settled in Reihen where their relative, Pastor Clemens Hirtzel, a Calvinist clergyman from Winterthur in Switzerland, was minister from 1651 to 1670.” This source goes on to list the eight children with the dates as given below.

The eight children of Johann Lofenius and Catharina "Catrin" (Hirtzel) Zirckel:   Ursula, Hans Jacob, Heinrich, Anna Maria, Hans Georg, Katherina, Anna Barbara and Johann. 

i    Zirckel, Ursula was born 30 Mar 1672 in Kirchardt, Baden, The Palatinate. 

ii    Zirckel, Hans Jacob was born 20 Jun 1674 in Kirchardt. 

iii    Zirckel, Heinrich was born 20 Feb 1676/1677 in Kirchardt. 

iv    Zirckel, Anna Maria was born 19 May 1678 in Kirchardt. 

v    Zirckel, Hans Georg was born 30 May 1680 in Kirchardt. 

vi    Zirckel, Katherina was born 10 Oct 1682 in Kirchardt. 

vii    Zirckel, Anna Barbara was born 13 Jun 1684 in Kirchardt. 

viii    Zirckel, Johann was born 5 Jul 1685 in Kirchardt. 

2    Hirtzel, Verena was born estimated Oct 1649*.  She and Abraham Edelmayer were married 24 May 1670 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate.  Abraham was born 1631* in Mulhouse, Elsass, Germany.  He was the son of Bernard/Leonhard and Anna Cunegonde (Heilman) Edelmayer.

Abraham was a cooper from Mulhassen in Elsass.

Received by e-mail from Jason Bourgeois, 26 Mar 2000:

Dear Paul,

I perused with great interest your website on the Hirtzel lineage. It so happens that one of the couples you mention, Abraham Edelmayer and Verena Hirtzel, have descendants that ended up on the "German Coast" of Louisiana. Their son, Hans Adam Edelmayer m. Maria Dorothea Lautermilch in Reihen. They had Hans Heinrich Edelmayer, who emigrated to Louisiana. His wife was named Charlotte Sorelle, and they had a daughter in Louisiana named Marie Charlotte Edelmayer, who married Jean-Baptiste Champagne.

From there, the family merged into a French Catholic culture of southern Louisiana, which creates quite a contrast from the Reformed Pennsylvania heritage that characterizes your portion of the Hirtzel family.

Thought you might find this interesting, especially since we have a common ancestor (in the Hirtzel line).

From Bobby J. Stelly I received an e-mail 3/23/2001 which gave his descent also from Abraham and Verena:

Abraham Edelmayer
m Verena Hirtzel
    Hans Johann Adam Edelmayer
    m Anna Catherine Keime
        Marie Christine Edelmayer
        m Johann George Stahlin
            Jacque George Stelly
            m Marie Barbara Miller

Since three given names "Hans Johann Adam" would be very unusual in a Swiss/German family, I'm somewhat uncertain about this Stelly lineage, particularly since it is in conflict with the above named wife for Hans Adam.

A son of Abraham and Verena (Hirtzel) Edelmayer:   Hans Adam. 

i    Edelmayer, Hans Adam was born estimated Jun 1671*.  He and Maria Dorothea Lautermilch were married in Reihen. 

3    Hirtzel, Hans Heinrich was born 6 Apr 1652 in Sulzberg, Pfäffikon Parish, Zürich, Switzerland and died 15 Mar 1716 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate.  He was married (1) to Margaretha Rudi 9 Jul 1676 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate.  Margaretha was born 15 Apr 1649 in Frenkendorf, Baselland, Switzerland.  She was the daughter of Hans and Barbara (Keisser) Rudi. He was married (2) to Veronica Rossberger 29 Nov 1695. 

Hans Heinrich's godparents were Hans Heinrich Muller from Sulzberg and Regula Baumberger and Ulrich Keller from Fehraltorf233. His parents emigrated 1652-1655 to Reihen, Duchy of Baden, The Palatinate. Heinrich's two marriages listed here are from Price, and also appear in the "Lawrence Hartsell Family Tree" of Glenda Keilstrup on ancestry.com.

I have found both Frenkendorf and Reihen listed as Margaretha's birthplace, but note that the next child, Hans Jakob, was born in Frenkendorf before the rest of the children were born in Reihen. Frenkendorf, as given by Jones, is probably correct.

Margretha's marriage to Hans Heinrich provides a very remote (in time) connection between the two sides of my ancestry. Their marriage in 1676 reveals that my parents were seventh cousins, Dad through Margretha's parents Hans Rudi and Barbara Keisser whose other daughter Elizabetha married Hans Lein, and Mom through Hans Heinrich's parents Heinrich Hirzel and Maria Steiner.

The two children of Hans Heinrich and Margaretha (Rudi) Hirtzel:   Hans Paul and Hans Heinrich. 

i    Hirtzel, Hans Paul was baptized 13.8.1677 (13 Aug 1677 Julian) in Reihen and died before 1745 in Montgomery, Pennsylvania.  He and Anna Catherine Wagner were married 23 Jan 1703 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate.  Anna Catherine was born estimated Dec 1683* and died in Montgomery.  She was the daughter of Hans Georg and Anna Ursula (BŐr) Wagner.

Hans Paul brought his family to America, arriving by 21 Sep 1732 on the Pink Plaisance, where he was listed as Pallus Hartsligh, age 50 [sic, 55]. Also with him were his younger brother Hans Heinrich, his cousin Hans Heinrich, brother of our Hans Georg, and Anna Catharine's parents with their family. Since Price was unable to find any record of Hans Paul until his son Georg Heinrich purchased land in 1737, he believes it possible that they lived with our Hans Georg for that five year period. This is certainly possible, but we have no evidence to support the idea, and they might as well have lived with the Wagners in the Goshenhoppen region.

There was also on the Captain's list an Urigg Hartsell, sick, 18 who has not been identified in any of the three Hirtzel families on board the ship.

Very little is known of their lives in Pennsylvania, but it is thought that Hans Paul and Anna Catharina were living in either Franconia or Rockhill townships. Price concludes that Hans Paul died before 1740, as he was not with the family when they took the oath that year. His son purchased land for over £300 in 1737, and that may have been an inheritance at the death of Hans Paul. Their probable burial place is Fuhrman's Graveyard, south of Christ Reformed Church at Indian Creek in Franconia, west of Telford, Pennsylvania.

Anna's age was given as 51 on the Captain's list when she immigrated, but her husband, age given as 50, was actually 54, so these this source cannot be relied on.

The four children of Hans Paul and Anna Catherine (Wagner) Hirtzel:   Johann George, Hans Paulus, Anna Christina and George Heinrich. 

ii    Hirtzel, Hans Heinrich was born 5 Oct 1684 in Reihen.  He was married to Elizabeth Schuch. 

Hans Heinrich emigrated on the Pink Plaisance with his brother Hans Paul and his cousin Hans Heinrich, son of Clemens, arriving Philadelphia by 21 Sep 1732 . It is believed by Price that he lived in Franconia and Salford townships, but no records to support this have been found. Price identified Eliz. Hezelain, on the Captain's list, as his wife, but this was actually a name on the list of children. No Elizabeth appears on the list of women, so she probably died before this date. I have added the Elizabeth listed there as a daughter in this family, as neither Hans Heinrich's brother Hans Paul nor his cousin Hans Heinrich had a known daughter by that name, and their wive's names were both Anna. This may be an incorrect assumption.

A daughter of Hans Heinrich and Elizabeth (Schuch) Hirtzel:   Elizabeth. 

4    Hirtzel, Anna was born 29 May 1654 in Reihen.  She and Peter Knecht were married 1676.  Peter was born estimated Apr 1652*

I originally had 5 May for her baptismal date, but don't know the source.

Anna's and Peter's grandson George Peter Knecht emigrated 1732 to Pennsylvania where he married Christina Hirzel, grandaughter of Anna's brother Clemens.

Price gives the dates of Anna and her younger siblings as birth dates, rather than baptismal dates, which is curious, but has to be accepted until primary records can be examined.

5    Hirtzel, Maria Barbara was born 28 Dec 1656 in Reihen. 

6    Hirtzel, Clemens was born 20 Feb 1659.    

Clemens Hirtzel  &  Anna Sinter
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Sinter Top  

Clemens Hirtzel was born 20 Feb 1659 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died 25 May 1707 in Reihen. 

Clemens and Anna Sinter were married 23 Nov 1680 in Reihen. 

Anna Sinter was born estimated May 1663* in Reihen and died 13 Jan 1738 in Reihen.  She was the daughter of Hans and Margaretha (Nayer) Sinter.

Clemens' godfather was the Rev. Clemens Hirzel, Pastor of the Reihen Evangelishe (Reformed) Kirche. The pastor emigrated from Winterthur, north of Pfäffikon, and indeed may have headed the emigration from that area of Switzerland to Reihen. He started his pastorate 23 Aug 1651.

The connection between these two Hirzel communities in Zürich canton is unknown. However, they were surely related, since this Clemens' father Heinrich followed the pastor to Reihen within a couple of years, and the latter stood as godfather to Clemens. Both families changed the spelling of their name to Hirtzel after they immigrated to The Palatinate, possibly to ensure the continued sounding of the "tz" implicit in the "z" of the Swiss dialect.

Clemens and Anna were married 23 11m 1680333, or 23 Jan 1680/81, as that numbered month is given in the calendar starting 25 March. (Mnemonic: December is 10th month.) Their birth and death dates as corrected here (2008), as well as the birth dates of sons Hans Georg and Hans Ulrich, are also given by Hannah Benner Roach in that calendar notation.

Clemens was the administrator, or bailiff, of the von Vennigen family at the time of his death, and his widow was for many years the midwife of the community333.

Ann's maiden name is given as Anna Sünther, daughter of Hans, in the Reihen record of her marriage. It's given that way also in the record of the birth of her son Hans Ulrich. All of the later records I've seen give it as Sinter.

Anna at the time of her marriage was a midwife in Reihen, and continued this profession throughout her life. Three of the sons of Clemens and Anna — Hans Heinrich, Hans Georg, our ancestor, and Hans Ulrich — emigrated to America, as did at least one grandson, Hans Melchoir, son of Stauffel.

Leebrick233 gives Anna's mother's maiden name as Nayer, rather than Mayer.

Two of the children in the family were twins, Maria Margretha dying at age 3, and her brother six years later at age 9 in 1708. Then, in 1714, three of the children of this family died. Maria Esther, 26, in the second year her marriage and the same year her daughter Anna Maria was born. Her daughter survived and married, but it is not known whether or not her husban died at the same time. That year also, Hans Jonas, age 20; and Anna Christina, aged 17 both died. These three deaths were during the time of the bubonic plague, known as the "Black Death".

The ten children of Clemens and Anna (Sinter) Hirtzel:   Hans Heinrich, Hans Georg, Maria Esther, Hans Christoph "Stoffel", Hans Jonas, Anna Christina, Johann Jacob, Maria Margretha, Anna Margretha and Hans Ulrich. 

1    Hirtzel, Hans Heinrich was baptized 25 Sep 1681 in Reihen.  He was married to Anna Barbara Umberger.  Anna Barbara was born estimated Feb 1685*

This is another of the descendants of Jacob Hirzel who emigrated from Reihen to Pennsylvania. Hans followed his younger brothers Hans Georg and Hans Ulrich by just five years, arriving by 21 Sep 1732 in Philadelphia on the pink Plaisance, John Parrett, Master, from Rotterdam by way of Cowes, England. On the voyage with him were his cousins Hans Paul and Hans Heinrich, sons of Hans Heinrich and Margretha (Rudi) Hirtzel. Hans Heinrich and Anna Barbara came with their daughter Christina 27, sons Leonard 24 and George 18 (see below), and daughter Jacobina 15. Price did not follow this line to any great extent, and only two grandchildren of the immigrants are given here.

Susan McMahan pointed out to me on 21 Jul 1998 that "Urigg Hartsell, sick 18" who appears on the list immediately following Leonard, was George born 25 May 1713, baptized 28 May 1713 in Reihen, citing Eunice Sechler's personal research in Reihen during June of 1985261.

Hans Heinrich and Anna Barbara settled in the Skippack area by 1736, and were associated with the Reformed Church there. The Rev. John Henry Goetschy preached in that congregation before he became Pastor of the New Goshenhoppen Reformed, and performed the marriage of their daughter Christina in 1736.

The four children of Hans Heinrich and Anna Barbara (Umberger) Hirtzel:   Anna Christina, Hans Leonhart, George and Jacobina. 

i    Hirtzel, Anna Christina was born about 1705 in Baden, The Palatinate.  She and George Peter Knecht were married 22 Jun 1736 in Skippack, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Christina and George Peter settled first in the area where she was raised, now northern Montgomery county, then later in Lower Saucon township, Upper Bucks county (now Northampton), where her uncle Hans George was by then located. Their descendants can be found buried in both of those areas. Their sons Hans Leonard and Ulrich married sisters Margaret and Maria Catharina Schlauch, daughters of Anna Margaretha Hertzel, Anna Christina's cousin.

George Peter arrived on the Pink Plaisance Sep 1732 with Hans Heinrich Hertzel, and was a shoemaker by trade.

The two children of George Peter and Anna Christina (Hirtzel) Knecht:   Hans Leonard and Ulrich. 

ii    Hirtzel, Hans Leonhart was born about 1708* in Baden, The Palatinate.  He was married to Maria Magdalena Thoren.  Maria Magdalena was born estimated Nov 1713*

Leonard emigrated with his parents on the Pink Plaisance, and he and Maria Magdalena settled in Lower Caucon township, Northampton county. Price gives their children from the "J. E. C. Index" by a Mr. Cope.

The four children of Hans Leonhart and Maria Magdalena (Thoren) Hirtzel:   Christian, Elizabeth, Gertrude and John. 

iii    Hirtzel, George was born 25 May 1713 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died 1789 in Northampton, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Barbara ____. 

Information provided to me by Susan McMahan on 21 Jul 1998 concerning George261:

Arrived in Philadelphia in 29 Aug 1730 on the ship "Thistle"
Proprietary tax, Northampton Co Bethlehem twp, 1772, farmer
Federal tax, Northampton Co Bethlehem twp, 1785, 1 horse 2 cows
Federal tax, Northampton Co Bethlehem twp, 1786, shoemaker, 2 acres 1
horse 2 cows
Federal tax, Northampton Co Bethlehem twp, 1788, shoemaker, 2 acres 1
horse 2 cows
1790 census, Northampton Co, 1 female (Lanah)

iv    Hirtzel, Jacobina was born 13 Jan 1717 in Baden, The Palatinate and died 1778 in Hatfield Twp., Montgomery, Pennsylvania.  She and Paul Leidy were married before 1739.  Paul was born about 1717 and died Dec 1752.  He was the son of Jacob and Hanna (____) Leidy.

Jacobina emigrated with her parents in 1732, her name on the Captain's list of children appearing as "Jacob Benia Hatslin". Paul and his parents were of Franconia township, Montgomery county. She and Paul purchased the first tract of an eventual 240 acres farm in Hatfield township, across the township line from his father's farm.

The five children of Paul and Jacobina (Hirtzel) Leidy:   John, Anna Maria, Conrad, Margaret and Catharine. 

2    Hirtzel, Hans Georg was baptized 30 May 1686.    

3    Hirtzel, Maria Esther was baptized 9 May 1688 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died 20 Oct 1714.  She and Hans Leonard DÜrr were married 13 Jan 1711.  Hans Leonard was baptized 30 Jan 1683 in Nordheim, Württemberg, Germany. 

A daughter of Hans Leonard and Maria Esther (Hirtzel) DÜrr:   Anna Maria. 

i    DÜrr, Anna Maria.  She was married to Martin Schuch. 

Martin emigrated 1751, and the Schuch homestead was the next farm north of that of Hans George Hertzel.

4    Hirtzel, Hans Christoph "Stoffel" was born about 1692* in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died 16 Dec 1734 in Reihen.  He and Maria Magdalena Dčringer were married 2 Feb 1717 in Reihen.  Maria Magdalena was born estimated Jun 1696*.  She was the daughter of Hans and ____ (____) Dčringer.

Cristoph was confirmed in 1706 at age 1496.

From her marriage record, Maria's father was of Obergimpern96, a town about six miles northeast of Reihen.

The four children of Hans Christoph "Stoffel" and Maria Magdalena (Dčringer) Hirtzel:   Hans Melchoir, Nicolaus, John Christoph and Charlotte. 

i    Hirtzel, Hans Melchoir was born 10 Apr 1718 in Reihen and died after 1765.  He was married (1) to Esther Schueck.  Esther was born 1729 and died 1756.  He was married (2) to Anna Maria Barbara Lauder.  Anna Maria Barbara died 24 Nov 1760.  He was married (3) to Margaret Zorlin. 

Hans Melchoir was confirmed 1732, and emigrated96 in 1742, arriving 21 Sep in Philadelphia on the snow Betsey.

The children and grandchildren (24 descendants and 16 marriages) of Hans Melchoir and his first wife Esther (Schueck) Hartzell are given by Glen Swarz. These web pages of Glen's are almost unique among WorldConnect files in that he gives complete sources for all of his information.

The two children of Hans Melchoir and Anna Maria Barbara (Lauder) Hirtzel:   Henry and Elizabeth. 

A son of Hans Melchoir and Margaret (Zorlin) Hirtzel:   Nicholas. 

ii    Hirtzel, Nicolaus.  He and Maria Catharina Dotterer were married 6 Aug 1748 in Reihen. 

Nicolaus was confirmed 1732.


The baptism records in Reihen show the following additional children for Christoph and Maria Magdalena:

Nicholas Hartzell (1722) m Maria Catharine Dotterer

John Christoph Hartzell (1725/1746)

Charlotte Hartzell (1732)

iii    Hirtzel, John Christoph died 31 Oct 1746 in Reihen. 

iv    Hirtzel, Charlotte was born 23 Aug 1732 in Reihen. 

5    Hirtzel, Hans Jonas was baptized 1 Jul 1694 in Reihen and died 1 Dec 1714 in Reihen. 

Hans Jonas was confirmed in 170896.

6    Hirtzel, Anna Christina was baptized 3 Feb 1697 in Reihen and died 19 Oct 1714 in Reihen. 

Anna Christina was confirmed in 171296. She died at age 16 just six weeks before her older brother Hans Jonas, and it seems likely that they may have both suffered from some contagious disease.

7    Hirtzel, Johann Jacob was baptized 27 Dec 1699 in Reihen and died 1 May 1708 in Reihen. 

8    Hirtzel, Maria Margretha was baptized 27 Dec 1699 in Reihen and died 28 Aug 1702 in Reihen. 

Maria Margretha and Johann Jacob were twins, and both died in their childhood.

9    Hirtzel, Anna Margretha was baptized 24 Sep 1702 in Reihen and died before Aug 1763 in York, Pennsylvania.  She and Johannes Leipp were married 1724. 

Susan McMahan, citing Eunice Sechler's genealogy, notes that Anna Margaret arrived in Philadelphia 18 Sep 1727 on the ship William and Sarah. She give me the children, and their spouses, of Johannes and Anna Lipe which I show here. At this point I have not researched the distinction between the spellings Leib and Lipe.

Johannes and Anna emigrated 1727.

The seven children of Johannes and Anna Margretha (Hirtzel) Leipp:   Jonas, Esther, Margaret, Elizabeth, Susanna, Johannes Gottfried and Barbara. 

i    Lipe, Jonas was born 1725 and died 1763. 

ii    Leib / Lipe, Esther was born 1728.  She was married to Johann Leonard Hirtzel.  Johann Leonard was baptized 29 9m 1726 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died 1774.  He was the son of Hans Georg and Anna Margaretha (Conrad) Hirtzel.

The marriage of Johann Leonhard and Anna Maria Frantz was entered in the records of the Old Williams Township Church. The baptisms of their two daughters were recorded there, also.

His second marriage, to Esther Leib, daughter of Johannes and Anna Margretha (Hirtzel) Leib, is from Pat Wallace [Private Communication, 15 Feb 1999]. The surname apparently also appears as Lipe.

iii    Lipe, Margaret was born 1728.  She was married to Deitrich Mayer/Deiter Massner. 

iv    Lipe, Elizabeth was born 1730.  She was married to George Philip Ziegler. 

v    Lipe, Susanna was born 1730.  She was married to Sebastian Weigel / Wigle. 

vi    Lipe, Johannes Gottfried was born 1740 in York County, Pennsylvania and died 1791.  He was married to Barbara Rudesill. 

vii    Lipe, Barbara was born 1743.  She was married to Jacob Ament / Ammen. 

10    Hirtzel, Hans Ulrich was baptized 21 Aug 1705 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate, died 11 Feb 1771 in Upper Salford, Montgomery, Pennsylvania and was buried in Old Goshenhoppen.  He and Anna Margaret ____ were married in The Palatinate.  Anna Margaret was born estimated Feb 1713*

Hans Ulrich is the only child in the family for whom Price mentions a baptism, and this when he was fifteen years old. He arrived 18 Sep 1727 with his older brother Hans Georg on the William and Sarah. The Captain's list reads "Hans Jer. Herzels - 4 Freights", and "Ulrick Hertsell, Skipach - 2 Freights"372. The notation "Skipach", when compared with other similar entries on the Captain's list, indicates that Ulrick, Hans Georg's much younger brother, had previously been in Skippack (in what is now Montgomery county), and was returning to this country after a visit back to the Palatinate. This is an example of the common practice that a young, unmarried son of the family would scout out the land, so to speak, then return to the homeland to report his findings, possibly take a wife, as did Ulrich, and guide the rest of the family to the new country. The second person in Ulrick's party was undoubtedly his wife, Anna Margaret.

His presence in the area of Lower Salford Township, adjacent to the northeast of Skippack Township, was first evidenced by his signature as a witness in a land transaction 19 May 1730. On 20 Feb 1734 he received a warrant from the Proprietaries of the Province for a tract of 150 acres in Upper Salford township "to pay quitrent of half penny Sterling yearly per acre". On Patent No. 297 he received for this, dated 3 Jul 1761, his name is spelled Hartzell. According to Price309 his land is bounded by Ridge Road, Whites Mill road, Schulz road and, on the northwest, by Ridge Valley Creek.

Ulrich's family were members of the Old Goshenhoppen Reformed congregation in Upper Salford Township. Google images the Old Goshenhoppen Cemetery at 2092 Church Rd, Harleysville, PA, just south of that road's intersection with Old Skippack Rd. The image below of the northern half of present Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, taken from Wikipedia, shows the location of Skippack and the Upper and Lower Salford Townships. This area was part of Philadelphia County during Ulrich's lifetime. Franconia Township, ajacent to the east of Upper Salford may -- or may not -- have been the home of Ulrich's elder brother Hans Georg, our ancestor (see below).

IMAGE: Northern_Montgomery.jpg
Northern Montgomery County

Ulrich and his son John Mark (Hans Marx) were buried in Deetz's Burying Ground on the same date, but nothing is recorded as to what event caused this. "It is said" that they were buried in the same grave, one on top of the other, but Price doesn't quote his source for this bit of arcanum. This graveyard, also known as Reller's Burying Ground and believed to have been originally an Indian burying place, is adjacent to Ulrich's property, across Schultz Road and near Glump Road which transects his land.

The children in this family are from309. He also added at the end of his list of the seven children "a son name unknown". (I had originally listed a son Philip, born 4 Sep 1767, but it is now clear the source I cited never existed. Other sources listing this named son may have been copied from my erroneous entry.) In the last chapter of his 1971 book, Price reports in great detail the results of extensive research he carried out on Ulrich and his descendants, including a four page inventory of his estate. He also copied Ulrich's will which, unfortunately, did not list the children by name. Hannah Benner Roach cites various primary sources for Ulrich, including his will, but gives no details333.

The eight children of Hans Ulrich and Anna Margaret (____) Hirtzel:   Johann George "John", Jacob, Ulrich, Henrich "Henry", Hans Marx, Anna Margaret, Barbara and ____. 

i    Hertzel, Johann George "John" was born Oct 1732 and died 11 Dec 1795.  He and Catharine (Hahn) Nyce were married before 1761.  Catharine (Hahn) was born estimated Oct 1737*

John George was the only son of Ulrich and Anna Margaret whose baptism was entered in the register of Old Goshenhoppen Church. There his name was given as "Johann Georg, (son of) Ulrich Hertzel and wife", witness Peter Moll. His marriage to Catharina Neiss by the Rev. Weiss in that church appears in a list dated 1747-1761 ['A History of the Goshenhoppen Reformed Charge, Montgomery County …'. by William John Hinke].

John George and his son, John George, were the last slaveholders in Franconia township. (Roach says he was of Upper Salford township, but whether this was another time, or another person, is unknown.) He is listed in the DAR Patriot's Index as a private of Pennsylvania.

George paid taxes on three slaves until 1788, and on two until 1795. At his death, George left one of his slaves, named Cuff, to his son with the proviso that he be given his freedom after four years of service, and that he should give him three pounds each year in addition to his board, lodging, and apparel. The other slave, a woman named Betz, was left to his widow.

Susan McMahan [Personal Communication] gives the dates I have for these children, and indicates that Mary Magdalena was baptised in the Indian Creek Reformed, and Hanna in the Old Goshenhoppen Reformed.

The five children of Johann George "John" and Catharine (Hahn) (Nyce) Hertzel:   Mary Magdalena, Catharine, Margaret, Hanna and Johan George "John". 

ii    Hertzel, Jacob was born about 1734*.  He was married to Catharine Hartzell.  Catharine was born estimated Oct 1745*

The eight children of Jacob and Catharine (Hartzell) Hertzel:   Jacob, ____, Elizabeth, Paul, Michael, Abraham, Isaac and Jonas. 

iii    Hertzel, Ulrich was born about 1736* in Montgomery, Pennsylvania and died 1816 in Montgomery.  He was married to Catharina ____.  Catharina was born estimated Feb 1742*

In the Old Gossenhoppen record we find that on 7 Jun 1772 Ulrich Hertzel contributed thirteen shilling 6 pence "on account of the building expenses" of the new parsonage built at the New Gossenhoppen congregation.

Ulrich lived in Upper Salford Township. His funeral was conducted by the Reverand John Theobald Faber who was pastor of the Great Swamp Reformed church in Lower Milford township, Lehigh County, and possibly the godfather of John Theobald Ritter, nephew of Barbel Ritter who married Hans Jacob Hertzell. Lower Milford is north of Salford Township, and it is to be supposed that this funeral was conducted in the latter township, not in the home church of Rev. Faber.

The three children of Ulrich and Catharina (____) Hertzel:   Jacob, Johann Jacob and Margaretha. 

iv    Hertzel, Henrich "Henry" was born about 1745* in Berks, Pennsylvania and died 1779 in Berks.  He was married to Sophia ____.  Sophia was born estimated Dec 1744*

Henry lived in Springfield township, Bucks county. Susan McMahan gives his death data, and lists his children as given here, plus two unnamed children whose place in the family she didn't know.

The six children of Henrich "Henry" and Sophia (____) Hertzel:   Heinrich, Magdalena, Jacob, George, Elizabeth and Susanna. 

v    Hertzel, Hans Marx was born 18 Nov 1746 and was buried 12 Feb 1771.  He was married to Elizabeth Nyce.  Elizabeth was born estimated May 1747*

Hans Marx also appears in the records as John Mark. He was buried the same day as his father, the Old Gossenhoppen record reading "1771, Febr. 12, Johann Marx Hertzel, of Old Goshenhoppen, was buried. He was born 1746, date unknown, aged 24 years, 3 months, etc." ['A History of the Goshenhoppen Reformed Charge, Montgomery County …', by William John Hinke].

The two children of Hans Marx and Elizabeth (Nyce) Hertzel:   Johann Philip and Johann George. 

vi    Hertzel, Anna Margaret was born about 1757* and died after 1771.  She was married to Michael Schwarz. 

vii    Hertzel, Barbara was born estimated Oct 1750* and died after 1771.  She was married to Adam Smith. 

viii    Hertzel, ____. 

Hans Georg Hirtzel  &  Anna Margaretha Conrad
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Conrad Top  

Hans Georg Hirtzel was baptized 30 May 1686 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died after 1747 in Lower Saucon, Bucks, now Northampton, Pennsylvania. 

Hans Georg and Anna Margaretha Conrad were married 10 Mar 1712/1713 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate. 

Anna Margaretha Conrad was born about 1690* in Reihen and died after 1726.  She was the daughter of Jacob and ____ (____) Conrad.

The details of this and the next two generations are in large part from Hannah Benner Roach333, as discussed in the introduction. Roach was given access to the report written by Dr. Braun concerning the Reihen research by Pastor Schuchman for Charles H. Price, Jr., and Price309 cited her article for Hans Georg in this country (quite a round robin of references).

For a much more detailed account of Georg Hirtzel in the Palatinate and (as Georg Hertzel and as George Hartzell) in Pennsylvania the interested reader should not miss Our Ancestor Hans Georg Hertzel by Jim Hartsell. On that web page Jim has presented a very extensive narrative and collection of photographs, paintings and documents illustrating just what life was like during Georg's time.

Hans Georg emigrated from The Palatinate, arriving in Philadelphia 18 Sep 1727 on the William and Sarah, William Hill, Master, from Rotterdam by way of Dover. Patrick Gordon, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania, informed the Council on that date that "here is lately arrived from Holland a Ship with four hundred Palatines, as tis said", and said he had information they would very soon be followed "by a much greater Number, who design to settle in the back parts of this province". In order to prevent their continuing as "a distinct people from his Majesties Subjects", the Council decided that registration was necessary. They ordered that the masters of the ships provide a list of the names of those they imported, and that the male passengers sign a document declaring allegiance to the King, fidelity to the Proprietary of the province, and obedience to its laws and the laws of Pennsylvania. Thus this ship bears the distinction of being the first to arrive in Philadelphia for which records of passengers were taken.

William Hinke372 reads from the Captain's list of the William and Sarah, "Hans Jer. Herzels - 4 Freights", and "Ulrick Hertsell, Skipach - 2 Freights" (Other sources read the names as "Hans George Hertzer and Ulrich Hetzell", or as "Hans Jerg Hertzel and Ulrich Hertzel", illustrating the difficulties presented by the handwriting, by the phonetic rendering of German names by English clerks, by assumptions as to the meaning of abbreviations, and by editorial license.)

Jim Hertzel pointed out to me that I had originally written "Persons" instead of "Freights", above, a quite different meaning. A clear explanation appears on a web site of Don Smith documenting the arrival of the William and Sarah: "Each adult passenger 16 years old or above was counted as one freight. Children 4-15 were counted as half-freights and were charged half the price of an adult for passage. Children under 4 were transported for free." The children of Hans Georg and Anna Margaretha at that time were aged 13, 11, 8, 5 and one year, so this record then is in accord with the interpretation that the entire family was on board the William and Sarah, including his wife Anna Margaretha.

This detail was also misinterpreted by Roach, who cites the ship's list as describing the family as four "persons", and wonders who they were. This has led to widespread misconceptions that Anna died on shipboard, or that Hans Georg was married twice, or that only two of the young siblings were on board. There is no mystery here, the entire family came over together. (But can you imagine a trip of 4000 miles with four youngsters and a toddler in the conditions that prevailed in those days?)

On 21 Sep 1727 Hans Georg, his youngest brother Ulrich, and fifty others appeared before the Council and promised to "be faithful to the Proprietor of the Province", to "demean ourselves peacably to all His said Majesties Subjects, and strictly observe & conform to the Laws of England and of this Province to the utmost of our Power and best of our understanding". He signed his name as "hans Jerg hertzel"333. Thus it seems that from the very first in this country, the family surname was spelled with two letters "e".

Hannah Benner Roach gives their marriage date as 10 1m 1703, when he was 17 years old, and notes that the first birth recorded was not until eleven years after the marriage333. I think it more likely that there was a transcription error somewhere, and that the date was actually 10 Mar 1712/1713 in the double dating notation. That date was eighteen months before the birth of Hans Georg, Jr. A new look at the original records would be desirable. (Actually, I'm not at all sure what is meant by, say, "10 1 month 1713". The first month of the year at that time was March, but the year started on March 25. So would the tenth day of the first month 1713 have meant 10 March 1712/13 or 10 April 1713?)

It may be that Hans Georg settled first in an area some thirty miles north of Philadelphia. Soon after he immigrated, by a decree of the court in 1728, this area was organized as Salford Township, Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania. Some three years later, the name of Hans Georg Hertzel appears on a Petition for the establishment of part of Salford as a new township, Franconia, the decree being entered in the Court of Philadelphia 31 Mar 1731. (Over fifty years later, Montgomery county was erected out of Philadelphia county to encompass these townships on the border of Bucks county.) This petition, and a tax record (see below) are the only records we have of Hans Georg in that location. This township, and others of the area where the immigrant Hertzel relatives located, is shown here:

Jim Hartsell, in his web page cited above, calls into question that our Georg Hertzel was the man who located in Salford township. He points out that there was another by that name who came to Philadelphia County, Jerg and Ludwig Hertzel arrived on the Thistle in 1730. (In so far as we know, these men were not related to our Hertzels.)

The tax record in question is found in a somewhat unsatisfactory book, History of Franconia Township by John D. Souder432. Souder cites, twice, a 1734 tax list for the township which contained "thirty-four taxables and land-holders, nearly all Germans". In the first instance he gives a partial list of 14 men, including "George Hartzell, 100 acres", and in the second he gives a "complete list", which names only 29 landholders, including "Gorg Hartzell, 50 acres". Souder states that "George Hertzel and Ludwig Hertzel" were among the 1730 arrivals, but there was no Ludwig listed in his 1734 tax lists.

Making allowance for the random spelling by Souder of both the given and surnames of these individuals, I must agree that George/Gorg could be either our Georg or the Jerg who came on the Thistle, with the probability favoring the Jerg, I now feel. But if so, we don't know the location of our Hans Georg and his family during the eight years between 1727 and 1735.

In April 1735 Hans Georg was granted a warrant for the survey of 300 acres, on the east branch of Saucon Creek, to which he gave the name "Partnership". This was located some twenty miles north of Franconia in Bucks county. Very late in life he conveyed the second half of this property to his son-in-law Philip Schlauch, soon after he had conveyed the first half to Nicholas Transue. Nicholas was presumably the other man in the "Partnership", but we don't have records to indicate any other relationship between the two men.

Hans Georg was not a member of the Old Goshenhoppen Reformed Church, as was his youngest brother Ulrich, who was there in 1733.

A most amusing reference to Hans Georg settling there can be found in The Compendium of American Genealogy396, by Frederick Virkus which gives him as the progenitor of the Methodist Episcopal Bishop Joseph Crane Hartzell. The entry reads: "John George, Pfalzgraf, von Herzel (1680-1760: desc. Clan von Herzeele, Barons of the Reich) …, settled at Hartzells (now Drylands), Pennsylvania …, born, Mannheim, Grand-Duchy of Baden; m Anna Barbara —". The Bishop, appointed as a Missionary Bishop to Africa, was indeed a 3rd great-grandson of Hans Georg, but the titled roots attributed to our line are a complete fabrication.

The actual survey of the Saucon Creek land, by Nicholas Scull for "George Hatzell", was not made until 24 Dec 1737. Two weeks before, land to the west of his had been surveyed by Schull for his son Hans Georg, Jr., and in later years land just to the north was warranted and surveyed to his sons Jacob and Leonard, and his son-in-law Philip Schlauch. The surveys of these lands south of the Lehigh River and north of Hellertown Road are shown on this detail from the survey map given by Roach.

IMAGE: Saucon_Creek_platmap.jpg
Hertzel Surveys at Saucon Creek, 1737

Click here to see a Google terrain image of this area. These must have been attractive farm lands then, but are now covered by the slag dump of the Bethlehem Steel Company. A look at a Google satellite image shows that Applebutter Road is still so-named, but that Hellertown Road is now called Easton Road. Other than those two, few road alignments survived the 270 years since then, but the orientation of the roads on the left side of the image illustrates why I had to rotate the parcel map five degrees counter-clock-wise in order to correctly place George's parcel. The maps at that time were drawn to magnetic north, and magnetic declination maps of Epoch 1740 actually show a declination of about 7.5 degrees west for this locale, but that difference is minor considering the inaccuracies to be expected.

By the end of May 1738 George and his neighbors needed a better way to get to the lower part of Bucks county. They submitted a petition to the County Court of Quarter Sessions, in which they "humbly begg the fawour you would please to take into Consideration that there might be a Road laid out ower Tohickon beginning at the Recorded Road att Thomas Morris fence in Hill Town & from thence to Nathaniel Irish mill att the mouth of Saugh Coung [Saucon]". This petition was accepted by the Court for what eventually became the Old Bethlehem Road, which turned out to need successive improvements over the years. Hans Georg and his sons signed most of the numerous petitions, and from one, dated March 1743, Roach reproduces his signature.

In June 1742 the settlers "on and near Sawcum being desirous to have a Township laid out" again wrote up a petition. In September a constable, George Marsteler was appointed, and in March 1743 a plan of Lower Saucum township was approved by the court. This was still Bucks county 12 Nov 1747 when Hans Georg, then aged 61, sold the southern half of his land to his son-in-law Phillip Schlauch, husband of Anna Margaretha. Since, as is mentioned in that deed, he had already conveyed the northern half to his original partner, and so divested himself of his entire estate, Hans Georg died without a will or any court recorded actions. Consequently, neither the date of his death nor his place of burial are known.

It should be mentioned here that there were others of this family name who immigrated to Pennsylvania over the next few years who are not known to be relatives of Hans Georg. George and Ludwig Hertzel were on the Thistle, qualifing 29 Aug 1730. Conradt, Jacob (Hans Georg had a brother Johann Jacob), and Jacob, Junr. Hertzel were on the Enterprise and qualified 8 Dec 1738. Matthias Hirtzel was on the snow Betsey, qualifying 27 Aug 1739, and others came in 1750 and later. Coincidently, the snow Betsey was the ship which brought over Hans Georg's nephew Hans Melchoir in 1742.

Roach333 says that Anna Margaretha's father Jacob was of Ittlingen. The Martin Conrad who bought half of the "Partnership" plantation of Hans Georg, after it had been purchased by Philip Schlaugh, might have been her cousin or nephew. The Hans Leonard Conrad who came in 1732 on the Pennsylvania with her future daughter-in-law Barbel Ritter might well, also, have been a relative, and research on the Conrads in this part of Pennsylvania might provide a lead to her ancestry in The Palatinate.

The baptismal dates of the children of Georg and Anna Margretha are given here in the German numerical month notation that Roach copied from the report prepared by Dr. Braun. Why the date for Hans Georg, Jr., is labeled a birth date instead of a baptismal date is unknown.

The five children of Hans Georg and Anna Margaretha (Conrad) Hirtzel:   Hans Georg, Hans Jacob, Anna Margaretha, Johann Dietrich and Johann Leonard. 

1    Hirtzel, Hans Georg was born 8 7m 1714 in Reihen and died 21 Jan 1762 in Easton, Northhampton, Pennsylvania.  He and Catharina Schmetzer were married before 1737 in Pennsylvania.  Catharina was born 3 Mar 1713, died 20 Sep 1796 in Lower Saucon, Bucks, Pennsylvania and was buried in Lower Saucon. 

Roach333 did not have the maiden name of his wife Catherine, but it is given as Schmetzer in a merged Ancestral File on FamilySearch.com, and in innumerable entries on RootsWeb WorldConnect Project, where her birth is given variously as in Lower Saucon, Bucks (now Northampton), Pennsylvania and in Reihen, Baden, Germany. The surname is also spelled Schmeitzer, and one descendant says the original was Schmötzer. A Sarah Schmetzer was born 1 Mar 1723/24 in Northampton (probably Bucks at that time) County [GenForum post 8 Dec 1999 by Cindy Belveal], and could have been a sister or cousin of Catharina.

One month after their first child was born, Hans George Jr. obtained a warrant, 20 Sep 1737, for 200 acres which were surveyed the following 10 Dec adjoining his father's plantation to the northwest.

During the Supreme Court session of 25-27 Sep 1740, George and his relatives and friends, because they were foreigners and minors when they immigrated, journeyed to Philadelphia and each made his Declaration of Allegiance. They, having "inhabited and resided the space of seven years and upwards in his Majesty's Colonies in America, and not having been absent out of the said Colonies for a longer space than two months, at any one time, during the said seven years", and having produced a certificate showing they had "taken the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in some Protestant or Reformed Congregation in this Province", swore to and signed the prescribed oaths and desclarations entitling them to the benefits of natural born subjects of Great Britain. It was not just in Puritan New England that religious qualifications were prerequisites to civil rights. Here, in the colony founded by William Penn some sixty years before to provide a haven of religious tolerance, membership in a Protestant church was a requirement for full citizenship.

In this record his name appears as "George Hartsell, of Bucks County", the earliest example of the use of an "a" instead of the "e" of Hertzel. In March of 1743, the record shows that Hans George and his brother Johann Leonhard did not appear in court, whereupon their bonds were forfeited. No record as to why they were to appear in court has been found.

During the early years of their married life, there was little opportunity for Hans Georg and Catharine to record the births of their children, as they depended on occasional visiting ministers for baptisms. John, in 1741, and Anna Maria Margaretha, in 1743, had their baptisms entered, but Roach does not specify where those records can be found. In 1756, some five years after their youngest child was born, John Egidius Hecker opened books for the Reformed congregation in Lower Saucon, and the names of all of their children were entered in the registers. On 1 Jan 1761 George, as a member of the congregation's consistory, signed the church accounts.

A year later, Hans George and George Heckman were both drowned at Easton, probably as they attempted to cross the Lehigh River. Both men were buried by the Rev. Hecker three days later. George's will, written in German 21 Feb 1757, was proved at Easton 3 Feb 1762. In it, he declared that Catharina was to have full power over all of his estate, so long as she did not marry. His children who were left with their mother he directed "shall be obedient and secure her in Every helpful Thing", but if she remarried, they were to be taken from her "if they are fit to Learn a Trade". His entire estate, including bonds and bills due, amounted to £493, according to the inventory 15 Feb 1762.

The family continued to live on the farm until all of the children were married. Then, 1 Feb 1769, son-in-law Jacob Gross purchased the plantation for £401, paying to the other heirs their equal shares. A final vendue of the personal estate brought in another £161 two months later, and the final accounting rendered 10 Aug 1769 came to a total estate of £638, a mark of the success that Hans George, Jr., attained during his life as a farmer.

The eight children of Hans Georg and Catharina (Schmetzer) Hirtzel:   Magdalena, Eva Anna Christina, John, Anna Maria Margaretha, Friedrich, Johann Adam, Johann George and Susanna Catharina. 

i    Hertzel, Magdalena was born 26 Aug 1737 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died 8 Jan 1817 in Plainfield Twp., Northampton, Pennsylvania.  She and Johann Jacob Gross were married about 1755.  Johann Jacob was born 7 Jun 1734, died 7 Dec 1792 and was buried in Lower Saucon, Reformed Cemetery. 

Johann Jacob was probably the immigrant on the John & Elizabeth who qualified 7 Nov 1754. He was of Bethlehem township until he acquired his father-in-law's plantation, to which he moved.

The ten children of Magdalena and Johann Jacob Gross were born 1756 through 1778. Johann George was baptised in the Tohickon Reformed Church over two years after his birth, and Johann some fourteen months after his. This is probably due to the lack of a minister in those early years. Anna Christina and Johann Jacob were baptised in the Dryland Lutheran, while Johann Friedrick and Maria Sarah were baptised in the Lower Saucon Reformed. The other children are known only from their burial records.

The ten children of Johann Jacob and Magdalena (Hertzel) Gross:   Philip, Johann George, Johann, Anna Christina, Johann Jacob, Johann Friedrick, Matthias, Conrad, Susanna and Maria Sarah. 

ii    Hertzel, Eva Anna Christina was born 28 Jan 1739 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Matthias KÜnig.  Matthias was born about 1734* and died before 31 Jul 1810. 

Anna Christina was confirmed 11 Nov 1753 in St. Paul's (Blue) Church as the wife of Matthias. The first baptismal name Eva comes from several online sources, but was not found by Roach.

She and Matthias were sponsors 7 Apr 1765 to her niece Anna Christina Gross.

Matthias immigrated on the Janet, qualifing 7 Oct 1751. They lived first in that part of Bethlehem Township which became Lower Nazareth, and moved later to Westmoreland County. His German will was proved 31 Jul 1810 at Greensurg, Pennsylvania.

The first child of their eleven children was baptised at Old Williams, the next two at Tohickon Reformed, Eva Christina at St. Paul's (Blue) church, and most of the rest at Dryland Lutheran. Henry is known only by being named in his father's will.

The eleven children of Matthias and Eva Anna Christina (Hertzel) KÜnig:   Maria Magdalena, John Jonathan, Susanna Catharina?, Eva Christina, ____, George Adam, Regina?, Johannes, George David, George David and Henry. 

iii    Hertzel, John was baptized 29 Sep 1741 in Bucks County and died before 24 Jun 1779.  He was married to Barbara Hittel.  Barbara was born about Mar 1743* in Northampton, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of George Michael and Anna Maria (____) Hittel.

John was confirmed at Pentecost, 1757 at "Lohr Sacconheim" according to the records of the Tohickon Union Church, Bedminster township, Bucks, Pennsylvania. He was a shoemaker, and moved after the sale of his father's plantation to Salisbury Township where in 1772 he was assessed "for the land he lives on". He died intestate.

Barbara's parents were of Salisbury township.

Of the six children of John and Barbara, the only baptismal records are for Maria Leah at the Lower Saucon Reformed, and John Philip at the Dryland Lutheran. On 24 Jun 1779 Adam Edelman was named guardian for the children except for Elizabeth, then over fourteen years of age.

Online searches for the spouses of these sons and daughters turn up such obvious errors that I have not recorded them here. Those same sources say that Barbara remarried to a George Knoppenberger in 1783.

At one time I had incorrectly recorded Barbara's birthdate as 21 Feb 1787. This is most likely the date of her death, but that needs to be confirmed.

The six children of John and Barbara (Hittel) Hertzel:   Elizabeth, George Adam, Maria Leah, Mary, Susanna and John Philip. 

iv    Hertzel, Anna Maria Margaretha was baptized 27 Apr 1743 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died before Dec 1819.  She and Johann Philip Stuber were married about 1761.  Johann Philip was born 16 Jun 1736 in Offenbach amGlan, Rhineland, The Palatinate and died before 10 Aug 1816 in Lower Nazareth.  He was the son of Johann Wilhelm and Maria Amalia (RÜmer) Stuber.

Johann Philip was born in Offenbach am Glan, The Palatinate, and immigrated at age nine years, qualifying at Philadelphia 26 Sep 1752, having arrived with his parents and siblings on the Richard and Mary. The family settled in Lower Saucon where his father was an elder in the Old Williams Lutheran church. After his marriage, Johann Philip purchased 150 acres in Alenn Township from George Santee. Late in life he purchased five acres in Lower Nazareth township where he and Anna Maria lived until his death333.

Roach enumerates the children in this family, but skips over number five. I believe from the intervals between births that she simply skipped a number. The children from Johann George through Maria Margaretha were baptised at the Dryland Reformed church, and Maria Christina at the Schoenersville Christ Reformed.

The seven children of Johann Philip and Anna Maria Margaretha (Hertzel) Stuber:   Jacob, Catharine, Johann George, Johann Jacob, Johann Adam, Maria Magaretha and Maria Christina. 

v    Hertzel, Friedrich was born 2 Apr 1745 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died before 6 Jan 1802 in Monallen Twp., York, Pennsylvania.  about 1768 in Northampton, Pennsylvania. 

Friedrich was a party to the release of his father's plantation Feb 1769, and took a mortgage 1774 on Philip Stuber's property in Allen township when he was living there. No further definite record of him has been identified, but he may have been the Friedrich who was assessed in Salisbury township 1786 and 1788, and the one censused 1790 in Menallen township, York, with two males over sixteen, two under, and three females in his household333.

Friedrich's wife was named as Anna Maria Margaret in two Pedigree Resource Files which do not provide sources, but since that combination of three names matches that of his sister and of his niece, I doubt that that marriage claim is valid.

vi    Hertzel, Johann Adam was born 24 Apr 1747 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died Jan 1824 in Mt. Pleasant Twp, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  He and Anna Maria Clara Schlauch were married about 1768.  Anna Maria Clara was born about 1746*.  She was the daughter of Philip and Anna Margaretha (Hirtzel) Schlauch.

Johann Adam was assessed in Bethlehem township 1772, and by 1783 had moved to Forks township where he was censused 1790333.

Adam and Anna Maria Clara moved from Adams Co. Pennsylvania to Westmoreland Co. Pennsylvania where Adam died in 1824 [McMahan, 1998/1999]. Their grandchildren by their son John were in Stark County, Ohio.

Johann Adam and Anna Maria Clara were first cousins, his father Hans Georg, Jr. and her mother Anna Margaretha being brother and sister, children of Hans Georg Hirtzel, Sr.

Roach appends a question mark to Anna Maria Clara's name, indicating some doubt about her identity as the daughter of Anna Margaretha (Hertzel) Schlauch. She also notes that the translated baptismal records of their children give her name as Gloria and as Anna Maria Eleanor.

Their children through John were baptised in the Dryland Reformed Church; the rest in the Dryland Lutheran Church. Some dates and spouses names have been collected here from FamilySearch IGI and Pedigree Resource Files, for which source citations are not available.

The twelve children of Johann Adam and Anna Maria Clara (Schlauch) Hertzel:   Catharine, Anna Maria, Anna, John, Sarah, Maria Margaret, John Adam, Jonathan, Leonard, John George, Balli "Polly, Maria" and Eva Christina. 

vii    Hertzel, Johann George was born 8 Feb 1749 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died 3 Nov 1824 in Menallen Twp., Adams, Pennsylvania?.  He and Hannah Felicia? Kreiling were married about Jul 1769.  Hannah Felicia? was born 31 Oct 1751 and died 2 Feb 1830 in Menallen Twp., Adams, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Eberhard and Catherine (____) Kreiling.

Johann George was probably the shoemaker who lived in Bethlehem township through 1788. However, he was not listed there in the 1790 census, as he and his wife Hannah moved to York county where her sister Christina and Johann Philip Hertzel were living.

According to Roach333, he and Hannah were married ca. 1768. His death record in at Bender's Lutheran Cemetery, however, says he "lived 55 yrs. 4 mos with Hanna, his wife". As he died in Nov 1824, this implies July 1769, the month in which their first child was born. The phrase "lived … with", rather than "married to", may have been well chosen.

In 1780 George "Hartsill (Hurtsil)" was in the sixth class of Menallen township, which class was required to provide "one able-bodied recruit for the Continental Army to serve during the War". There is no record of whether this requirement was met, nor whether George ever performed actual service. George "Hertzil" of Menallen township in 1783 was taxed £6.2.5 on 150 acres of land, 1 house, 2 outhouses, 4 horned cattle, 4 horses, and 6 sheep valued at £189.10. He had eight inhabitants in his house at that time.

George's will, wherein he was named "George Hartzell of Menallen Township", was probated 13 Nov 1824 in York county, and names his children. Susan McMahon (20 Feb 1998 RootsWeb posting), names sons George b 1772 d 1838 Adams Co; Philip b 1772 d 1823 Adams Co; Leonard b 1776 d 1824 Adams Co; John b 1779 m Mary Rowe, Jacob b 1784, and Henry b 1789 d 1824-1830.

Hannah's second name was listed as "Philitz" but indicated to be an error by Roach333, and, according to George T. Hartzell187, may be Felicia. Note that her sister married Johann George's cousin Johann Philip, our ancestor.

From the Dryland baptismal records we know eight of their children: Christina and Matthew baptised in the Dryland Lutheran church, John George and John Philip (twins), Catherine and Leonard all four in the Dryland Reformed, and Sarah and John in the Dryland Lutheran Church333. From George's will, probated 13 Nov 1824, we find that Catharine had married Henry Bream, Sarah was unmarried, and by their absence, that Christina and Matthew must have died.

Also mentioned in George's will, probated 13 Nov 1824, in addition to his wife Hannah, were seven additional children who were born after the family left Bethlehem township for Adams County: Henry, Elizabeth, Hannah wife of Philip Long, Susanna, Mary, Barbara, and Jacob. Leonard also was named although he had died in 17 Feb of that year, so George probably wrote and signed the will sometime before that earlier date.

Hannah's will, probated 8 Feb 1830, has some intriguing names, although the terse synopsis in the Hartzell-Hartzler Report leaves much to be desired in understanding the implications. As Hannah Hartzell of Menallen Township, Adams County, widow, she named her son Henry, deceased, and issue Hannah, Peggy (a nickname for Margaret), Sallyan (presumably Sarah Anne), Polly (Mary), George Washington, Jacob Franklin, Kasiah, and Emeline. Although it's not entirely clear, I'm assuming that these were the names of her grandchildren, but why her living children were not named is a mystery, as that was usually required by law.

The fifteen children of Johann George and Hannah Felicia? (Kreiling) Hertzel:   Christina, Matthew, John George, John Phillip, Catherine, Leonard, Sarah, John Johannes, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jacob, Susanna, Anna Marie, Johann Heinrich "Henry" and Barbara. 

viii    Hertzel, Susanna Catharina was born 18 Jan 1751 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She and George Thčrheimer were married about 1768.  George was born Mar 1740, died 20 Jul 1803 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery. 

George is first recorded in Bethlehem township in 1764. In 1788 he was assessed as an inmate, i.e., not a land owner, and by 1790 was living in that part of Bethlehem which had become Nazareth township.

Susanna Catharina and George had eight children, Anna Catharine, Maria Margaret, George Michael, John, George Adam, Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph, all of whose surnames were recorded as "Derhammer"333. However, Roach in a footnote says that George's name appeared as Thurhammer, Dürhamer, Turhammer, etc. All of the children were baptised in the Dryland Lutheran Church except Maria Margaret, who was baptised in Dryland Reformed.

The eight children of George and Susanna Catharina (Hertzel) Thčrheimer:   Anna Catharine, Maria Margaret, George Michael, John, George Adam, Abraham, Isaac and Joseph. 

2    Hirtzel, Hans Jacob was baptized 16 2m 1716.    

3    Hirtzel, Anna Margaretha was baptized 17 2m 1719 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died after 1781.  She was married (1) to Philip Schlauch about 1737.  Philip was born 11 Jun 1710 and died 1755.  He was the son of Ernst Bernard and Anna Elisabeth (Fick) Schlauch. She was married (2) to Philip Daniel Gross 29 Jun 1756 in Lower Saucon, Northampton, Pennsylvania.  Philip Daniel was born about 1727. 

Anna Margaretha remarried the year after Philip Schlauch's death. They had recently stood sponsors for the son of their friends Philip Daniel Gross and his wife Leonora, but Leonora and her infant son were soon dead. (Philip's younger brother Johan Jacob Gross had married Anna Margaretha's niece, Magdalena Hertzel, daughter of Hans George.) Margaret, as she was by then known, and the widower Philip Gross married and eventually added two more children to their family.

Philip also joined with her in the administration of her husbands estate, distributing £180 to her seven children, all of whom but one were under age. It is an interesting commentary on the procedures of those times that daughters Margaret and Catharine, minors over fourteen, chose with the permission of the court their neighbor Rudolph Oberle as guardian, while her son Jacob, also over fourteen, chose his step-father. For the three youngest children, all under fourteen, the court appointed Margaret's brother George "Heartswell" as guardian.

While Philip Gross surely acted as the head of the combined family in these early years, the legal requirements for the protection of her own children essentially ignored the reality of Margaret's remarriage. The wisdom of this is apparent in that within a few years, Philip and his step-son Jacob Schlauch were at odds in court over the distribution of his father's half share of the "Partnership" land. Apparently relations were strained between the Gross and Schlauch children, and the Grosses had moved to Germantown by the time the land question was settled. After Philip's death, Jacob purchased the other half of the land, and a new patent granted 15 Jun 1770 reunited the original 300 acre estate settled by Hans Georg Hertzel some thirty five years previously.

Philip immigrated on the Dragon, qualifying 30 Sep 1732. Under a 6 Dec 1734 warrant he took up 150 acres "near New Cowissioppin", Bucks county, in what is now Lower Milford township, Lehigh. On 3 Nov 1739 he received a warrant for 100 acres which his brother-in-law Leonard Hertzel had surveyed 15 Oct 1751. On 10 Dec 1741 he sold his original land and in 1747 bought half of his father-in-law's "Partnership" farm in Saucon.

It was at Anna Margaretha and Philip's home that the Lutheran "Congregaton of the Augsburg Confession in Saucon" met. Although we do not know when this started, John Jacob Justus Birckenstok opened the books under that name in 1740. For some unknown reason, no children of theirs had baptisms entered in the book after their first two, and the book was after Philip's death used in a new church on Jurg Schenck's land in Williams township, two miles to the east.

Philip died intestate, and the inventory of his estate totaled £294 12sh. Five spinning wheels and a weaer's loom and gears probably indicated that one of his trades was that of a weaver, but he managed a sizable farming enterprise as well. Margaretha and her brother George were granted administration 25 Apr 1755, posting a bond of £300.

The seven children of Philip and Anna Margaretha (Hirtzel) Schlauch:   George, Maria Margaret, Maria Catharina, Johann Jacob, Anna Maria Clara, Rosina and Philip. 

i    Schlauch, George was born before 1738* and died before 1769. 

ii    Schlauch, Maria Margaret was born 9 May 1739 and died 20 Apr 1810.  She and Hans Leonard Knecht were married 1 Jan 1760.  Hans Leonard was born 18 Jan 1737.  He was the son of George Peter and Anna Christina (Hirtzel) Knecht.

Margaret and her sister Maria Catharina married brothers. She and Hans Leonard had six children, Maria Margaret, Christine, Clara Catharine, Sarah, John, and Anna Dorothea born 1760 through 1779.

The children and descendants of Maria Margaret and her husband Hans Leonhard Knecht are given on the RootsWeb database entitled Daniels-Kemmerer belonging to "Beckie".

iii    Schlauch, Maria Catharina was born 13 Feb 1741 and died 27 Jul 1781.  She and Ulrich Knecht were married 17 Jul 1759.  Ulrich was born 18 Feb 1738 and died 26 Feb 1818.  He was the son of George Peter and Anna Christina (Hirtzel) Knecht.

Maria Catharina and Ulrich had nine children, Maria Margaret, Barbara, Catharina, Philip Daniel, John, Elizabeth, John George, Jonathan, and Christian, born 1760 through 1780.

iv    Schlauch, Johann Jacob was born 14 Feb 1743.  He was married to Anna Maria ____. 

Johann Jacob bought his father's estate for £260, paying to the other heirs their shares. He is probably the Jacob who with wife Anna Maria had a daughter Maria Magdalena in 1784 who was sponsored by Jacob Gross and Magdalena.

v    Schlauch, Anna Maria Clara was born about 1746*.  She and Johann Adam Hertzel were married about 1768.  Johann Adam was born 24 Apr 1747 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died Jan 1824 in Mt. Pleasant Twp, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Hans Georg and Catharina (Schmetzer) Hirtzel.

Roach appends a question mark to Anna Maria Clara's name, indicating some doubt about her identity as the daughter of Anna Margaretha (Hertzel) Schlauch. She also notes that the translated baptismal records of their children give her name as Gloria and as Anna Maria Eleanor.

Their children through John were baptised in the Dryland Reformed Church; the rest in the Dryland Lutheran Church. Some dates and spouses names have been collected here from FamilySearch IGI and Pedigree Resource Files, for which source citations are not available.

Johann Adam was assessed in Bethlehem township 1772, and by 1783 had moved to Forks township where he was censused 1790333.

Adam and Anna Maria Clara moved from Adams Co. Pennsylvania to Westmoreland Co. Pennsylvania where Adam died in 1824 [McMahan, 1998/1999]. Their grandchildren by their son John were in Stark County, Ohio.

Johann Adam and Anna Maria Clara were first cousins, his father Hans Georg, Jr. and her mother Anna Margaretha being brother and sister, children of Hans Georg Hirtzel, Sr.

The twelve children of Johann Adam and Anna Maria Clara (Schlauch) Hertzel:   Catharine, Anna Maria, Anna, John, Sarah, Maria Margaret, John Adam, Jonathan, Leonard, John George, Balli "Polly, Maria" and Eva Christina. 

vi    Schlauch, Rosina was born estimated Oct 1748*

See the comments regarding her brother Philip, below, as to Rosina's age and order of birth in the family.

vii    Schlauch, Philip was born estimated Mar 1751*.  He was married (1) to Rosina ____.  He was married (2) to Mary Catharina ____. 

Philip was confirmed 22 May 1768 at Old Williams. The next year, June 1769, he was between fourteen and twenty-one years of age at the settlement of his father's estate, so must have been born 1748-1755. However, Rosina, listed before him by Roach, was under fourteen, so her ordering of the children is questionable. A first hand inspection of the relevant court documents might resolve this inconsistency.

Philip and Rosina had four children, Anna Rosina, Susanna, John Jacob, and Maria Magdalena from 1768 through 1773.

Philip and Maria Catharina had three children, John George, John, and Anna Margart born 1777, 1784, and 1787.

The two children of Philip Daniel and Anna Margaretha (Hirtzel) Gross:   George Daniel and Maria Magdalena. 

i    Gross, George Daniel was born 26 Mar 1757, died 16 Mar 1803 and was buried in Christ Lutheran, Upper Mt. Bethel.  He and Catharine ____ were married about 1784.  Catharine was born estimated Mar 1761*

George Daniel was listed in the 1790 census immediately following John Santee, Jr., his brother-in-law.

George and Cathaine had four children, Philip Christian, Maria Magdalena, John George, Elizabeth, and Sebastian born 1785 through 1799.

ii    Gross, Maria Magdalena was born 1 Jul 1759 and died 27 Nov 1848.  She and John Santee were married 19 Feb 1782.  John was born estimated Oct 1743*.  He was the son of Valentine and Maria (____) Santee.

John was a carpenter by trade, and according to Roach was "probably" the son of John Santee, Sr., by a first wife before he married Regina Hertzel. Tom Potsko [GenForum] believes that first wife to be a Catherine Smith. John, Sr. was the brother of Catharine Santee who married Jonas Hertzell.

John, Jr., was granted a pension for his service in the Northampton County militia during the Revolution.

John and Maria Magdalena had eight children, Susanna, George Daniel, Joseph, John, Maria Catharina, David, Elizabeth, and Sarah born 1784 throught 1799 or later. Their son John married 11 Jan 1811 Anna Maria Ritter, born 28 Aug 1792, who could well have been a grand-niece of Barbel Ritter, Maria's aunt by marriage to Hans Jacob Hertzel, as Barbel's brother Paul had a daughter with that given name.

4    Hirtzel, Johann Dietrich was baptized 31 8m 1722 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate and died before 16 Nov 1779.  He was married to Catharina Hickman.  Catharina was born estimated Oct 1735*

In the communion record at St. Paul's Lutheran (Blue) Church in Upper Saucon township, in Nov 1753, it was noted that Johann Dietrich was blind.

The two children of Johann Dietrich and Catharina (Hickman) Hirtzel:   George and Eva Catharine. 

i    Hertzel / Hartzell, George was born 1 Apr 1758.  He was married (1) to Anna Margaretha Michel.  Anna Margaretha was born about 1762 and died 6 May 1786.  He was married (2) to Anna Maria Dewalt.  Anna Maria was born 16 Dec 1768 and died 5 Mar 1835. 

George was baptised at Tohickon, Bucks, PA. The IGI extracted record from the German Reformed Church spells his father's given name as Diderich.

The wives, chlldren and grandchildren of George were taken Nov 2008 primarily from the web page of Barbara McPherson Krol [Worldconnect.Rootsweb.Com/~Barbarakrol].

A birth date of 24 Nov 1786 for George's son John George originally appeared on Barbara Krol's web page, but has now been corrected.

The two children of George and Anna Margaretha (Michel) Hertzel / Hartzell:   John George and Elizabeth. 

The eight children of George and Anna Maria (Dewalt) Hertzel / Hartzell:   son, Anna Margaret, John Adam, Maria Magdalena, Catharina, Susanna, Jacob and Joseph. 

ii    Hertzel, Eva Catharine was born 13 Dec 1760.  She was married to John Samuel Mow.  John Samuel was born 3 Mar 1751/1752 and died 1850.  He was the son of Johann Samuel and Anna Catherine (Krempe) Mau.

Eva Catharine also was baptised at Tohickon Reformed Church, her sponsors were John Hickman and wife, as they were for her brother George. Her husband's surname is occasionally spelled "Mau' on several web pages. That was his father's name in Germany [Lois Jones, Ancestry Board post 2004]

For this family I've followed the web pages of Carol L. Shoot with minor additions from other WorldConnect pages.

The eight children of John Samuel and Eva Catharine (Hertzel) Mow:   John Adam, Hannah Fredericka, ____, John Samuel, Rebecca Charlotte, Rachel Henrietta, Christian David and Eva Pamela. 

5    Hirtzel, Johann Leonard was baptized 29 9m 1726 in Reihen and died 1774.  He was married (1) to Anna Maria Frantz 6 Apr 1747.  Anna Maria was born estimated Oct 1725*.  She was the daughter of Paul and Mariae (Waldman) Frantz. He was married (2) to Esther Leib / Lipe.  Esther was born 1728.  She was the daughter of Johannes and Anna Margretha (Hirtzel) Leipp.

The marriage of Johann Leonhard and Anna Maria Frantz was entered in the records of the Old Williams Township Church. The baptisms of their two daughters were recorded there, also.

His second marriage, to Esther Leib, daughter of Johannes and Anna Margretha (Hirtzel) Leib, is from Pat Wallace [Private Communication, 15 Feb 1999]. The surname apparently also appears as Lipe.

Anna Maria's baptism record, and her parents names, are given here as found on the FamilySearch web site.

The two children of Johann Leonard and Anna Maria (Frantz) Hirtzel:   Maria Susanna and Sarah. 

i    Hertzel, Maria Susanna was born 2 Dec 1747. 

Maria Susanna's sponsors were Paul and Anna Maria Frantz, her grandparents.

ii    Hertzel, Sarah was born 12 May 1749. 

Sarah's sponsors at her baptism were Jacob and Barbara Hertzel, her uncle and aunt.

Hans Jacob Hirtzel  &  Barbel "Barbara" Ritter
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Ritter Top  

Hans Jacob Hirtzel was baptized 16 2m 1716 in Reihen, Basel, The Palatinate, died 9 Feb 1781 in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton, Pennsylvania and was buried in Dryland Cemetery, Northampton, Pennsylvania. 

Hans Jacob and Barbel "Barbara" Ritter were married before 1741 in Northampton, Pennsylvania. 

Barbel "Barbara" Ritter was born 26 Apr 1721 in The Palatinate, died 7 Dec 1807 in Pennsylvania and was buried in Dryland Cemetery, Northampton, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of ____ and ____ (____) Ritter.

Hannah Benner Roach gives Hans Jacob's baptism twice, once as 16 2m 1716, and the second time as 16 Feb 1714 [Roach, 1966]. The Feb was probably due to mis-translating the "second month", and 1714 conflicts with the birth of his elder brother, so I have retained her first date.

Hans Jacob and his wife apparently lived on his father's homestead, at least until it was sold to Philip Schlauch in 1747. On 13 May 1749 Jacob obtained a warrant for fifty acres to the north and east of the land of his brother George, Jr., and bounded on the east by that of his brother Johann Leonhard and Philip Schlauh.

Hans Jacob moved about 1755 to Bethlehem Township in the recently erected Northampton county with his brother-in-law Casper Ritter. His land lay on the west side of the road from Bethlehem to Nazareth where the road to Easton crossed it. In the fall of 1763 he, together with John Sandy (Santee), signed articles of association for defense against the Indians. John's son John Jr. married a niece of Hans Jacob, Maria Magdalena Gross, daughter of Anna Margaretha Hertzel.

Hans Jacob was assessed in Bethlehem 1766 as an innkeeper and farmer, with an estate of 50 acres cleared and 110 acres uncultivated rated at £20. By 1772 he had given the inn over to his son Jonas, and worked only as a farmer [Roach, 1966]. They were taxed that year £5 and £1, as a farmer and a laborer.

Also taxed that year in Bethlehem were a George Hertzel and an Adam Hertzel, both farmers, where possible relationships to the family have not been identified. Possibly that same Adam was taxed 1785, 86, and 88 in Forks township, Northampton county, on 180 acres of land, as our Adam, grandson of Hans Jacob, had by that time moved with his father to York county.

Hans Jacob's will (Roach gives the day of his death as 1 Feb 1781 in one place, and 11 Feb 1781 in another, but his son Jonas' 1816 letter says Feb 9th), drawn 3 Jan 1781 and proved 6 Apr 1781, left his house and 260 acres to Barbara for life or widowhood. After that the estate was to be divided among his eight children.

Barbel emigrated Sep 1732 from The Palatinate with others of her family. Although described as Barbara in almost all American reports, she was born as Barbel, as were several Hertzels in the previous century in Europe. As I have not researched her lineage myself, I recommend The Ritter Family Home Page of Barbara A. RITTER (Morgenstern), which comprises an extensively researched and sourced genealogy of the Ritters.

The names and birth dates of the children in this family are as given by Jonas in his 1816 letter (see below), and used in the "Hartzell Ancestral Line", except that Jonas names the second twin only as "Malley". His information is extended by Roach, who cites the original baptismal records for most of the children. She clearly did not have access to Jonas' letter, however, as she had no birth dates for a few of the children, had only a doubtful tombstone record for Jonas, and placed Jacob after Regina in her list.

The eight children of Hans Jacob and Barbel "Barbara" (Ritter) Hirtzel:   Jonas, Johann Philip, Jacob, Regina, Christina, Elizabeth, Anna Maria "Malley" and John. 

1    Hertzel, Jonas was born 26 Feb 1741, died 1824 in Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania and was buried in St. Peter's Cemetery.  He was married (1) to Catharine Santee about 1763/1764.  Catharine was born 7 Mar 1746, died 9 May 1804 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery.  She was the daughter of Valentine and Maria (____) Santee. He was married (2) to Margaret Grube.  Margaret was born 20 Nov 1747, died 22 Apr 1817 and was buried in St. Peter's Cemetery.  He was married (3) to Susanna ____.  Susanna died after 1824. 

The date of Jonas' birth, 26 Feb 1741, is given by Jonas himself in his 1816 letter (see below) setting out his record of the Hartzell genealogy. Hannah Benner Roach says that "one transcript" of his tombstone gives 1 Feb 1744 [Roach, 1966] which, although widely quoted, must be rejected.

Jonas was confirmed at "Lohr Sacconheim" (Lower Saucon, Northampton County) on Pentacost, 1757, and eleven years later was treasurer of the church. In 1772 he was taxed £3 12sh in Bethlehem township as an innkeeper, and in 1786 as a tavernkeeper. He was probably the most public figure of the family, rising to political prominence as a member of the Committee of Correspondence in 1776, sheriff 1779, and Assemblyman 1781 through 1783. He was in 1789 elected to the Supreme Executive Council, served again as sheriff in 1790, and was a justice of peace in the county333.

On 6 Oct 1816 Jonas wrote a letter to his brother Philip who was at that time in Rocky Mount, Franklin, Virginia. This letter, dated at Allentown (Lehigh County, PA), is two legal size pages long. The first page starts off by chiding Philip for not writing since "25 august 1813 - which Letter was delivered to our Brother John Hartzell By the same man that you gave it to". There was at that time no organized postal delivery service which could be depended upon to take a letter from Virginia to Pennsylvania. It then goes on to provide a chatty account of various items of family news, and says that their brother John will send Philip's share due from their mother "as sun as the Bank notes of the united States will be in Circulation".

The second page of Jonas' letter is almost entirely a genealogy of the family. Jonas mentions first the death dates of their parents, then gives the birth dates of all of the children of the family, with a calculation of the intervals between each birth. He next copies a "memorandom given By me Jonas Hartzell to my son Isaac & his Sons it Being from Jonas and philips grand father, down to our grand Children in the mail Blod down to the present fifth generation - to Jonas and philip Hartzels grand Children". He then lists "old george" and his son Jacob, both born in Germany, and gives the years of their birth and death. Then himself, "as god pleases yet Living in the year of our Lord 1816". Finally, he lists the dates of birth of his son Isaac and grandson Thomas.

At the end of the letter he says that he has sent this to Isaac to be "Entered in his Bible for our great grand Children", and requires that Philip must also send a copy "to your oldest son adam & then his sons if any". This provides the only documentary evidence we have that our ancestor Adam is the son of Johann Philip Hertzel. Images of this letter have been made available on the web by Jim Hartsell.

Jonas and Catharine were sponsors at the birth of his cousin Caspar, son of the immigrant Martin Ritter and his wife Margaret, at Schoenersville, Lehigh Co., b. 6/28/1782 and bapt. 7/21/1782 [Judy Martens GenForum post 10 Sep 2000]. However, I have not determined that Martin's relationship, if any, to Jonas' mother Barbara Ritter.

According to Roach333, citing a Dryland Reformed record by the Rev. Thomas Pomp, Catherine's parents were Valentine and Maria Santee, who were also the parents of John Santee who married Regina Hertzell as his second wife. By his first wife, possibly a Catherine Smith [Tom Potsko, GenForum], John had a son John who married Maria Magdalena Gross, daughter of John and Anna Margareth (Hertzell) Gross. The records for these early Santees are sparse and conflicting, so some of the relationships are only to be taken as a best guess of researchers of the family. See GenForum for detailed discussions of the difficulties.

Valentine may have been the signer of a petition 1733 in Warwick township, Bucks, for which Roach cites History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania by W. W. H. Davis, Doylestown, 1876.

The nine children of Jonas and Catharina as given here were taken from333. The Hartzell Ancestral Line says that son Jonas "married and went to Jersey to his wife's relatives. He did not do well. He enlisted, … and the family heard that he was killed" in the War of 1812. Jonas Sr., bought a house and cared for his widow and her children.

The nine children of Jonas and Catharine (Santee) Hertzel:   Isaac, Regina, Jonas, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jacob, Maria Catharina, Catharina Elizabeth and Margaret. 

i    Hertzel, Isaac was born 8 Jul 1764.  He was married to Margaret ____. 

Contrary to several online claims, Isaac's wife Margaret was not Maria Margaret Hertzell, daughter of Johann Philip and Christina Barbara (Kreiling) Hertzell. The most convincing argument is that Isaac was still living in 1816 after Maria Margaret married Andrew Rowland 25 Jan 1793.

ii    Hertzel, Regina was born 22 Oct 1766, died 25 Feb 1815 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery.  She was married to Philip Knecht.  Philip was born 6 Jun 1768, died 9 Jul 1850 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery. 

iii    Hertzel, Jonas was born 3 Jan 1769 and died before 1820. 

iv    Hertzel, Sarah was born 19 Jun 1771, died 19 Dec 1790 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery. 

v    Hertzel, Elizabeth was born 13 Aug 1773. 

vi    Hertzel, Jacob was born about 1774. 

vii    Hertzel, Maria Catharina was born 21 Dec 1775. 

viii    Hertzel, Catharina Elizabeth was born 2 Jul 1778. 

ix    Hertzel, Margaret was born 4 Feb 1784. 

2    Hertzel, Johann Philip was born 20 Apr 1743.    

3    Hertzel, Jacob was born 20 Aug 1745 and died before 27 Jun 1818 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.  He and Maria Catharina Klein were married about 1770.  Maria Catharina was born 4 May 1746 in Baden, Germany and died 2 Jan 1840 in Pleasant Unity, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Johann Gerlach and Anna Catharine (____) Klein.

Jacob was named in his father's will, and was surely the Jacob, Jr. assessed in Bethlehem townhip in 1772. He moved to York county where his brother Philip lived, but was in Unity township, Westmoreland county in western Pennsylvania, when he died in June 1818.

The earliest record of interest in York county occurs when two Jacob Hartzeals were taxed in Berwick township in 1779 [Tax List of York County 1779, Third Series, Pennsylvania Archives]. We know that Jacob's father Hans Jacob died in Northampton county in 1781, but it is possible that father and son were in York county together by 1779, with the father moving back north before his death. On the other hand, The DAR Patriot Index has a Jacob Hartzell, Private in Pennsylvania, born 27 Sep 1751, died 24 Mar 1839, married first to Mary Catherine Klein, second to Margaret Smith. Therefore we must note in what follows below that there were at least two Jacobs who have been confused in the Pennsylvania records.

Jacob was a member of the third class of the inhabitants of Berwick township's federal army quota 30 Jan 1781. No record of actual service in that class has been found. However, Jacob did see service as a private in a detachment of the fourth class of the county militia that year. He spent the two months from 16 Jul to 16 Sep guarding prisoners of war at Camp Security, for which he received £5 pay and £5.10 bounty. He was also listed as a private in the eighth company of Captain Peter Ickes, Seventh Battalion of the York County Militia, in the spring of 1785.

Jacob Hartsell, wheelwright of Berwick township, had five inhabitants in his house in 1783. He had 1 house, 1 outhouse, 1 lot, and 1 horned cow worth a total of £36 on which he was taxed 15 shillings.

Sunday, 11 Apr 1790 was a doubly blessed day for the Hertzels. On that day at the Arendtsville Lutheran and Reformed Church, Jacob and Catharina's daughter Christina Barbara was baptised, with the child's aunt and uncle Johann Philip and Christina Barbara (Kreiling) Hertzel standing sponsor. That same day, Johann Philip and Christina Barbara's grandson Jacob, son of Adam and Christina (Sink) Hertzel, was baptised with Jacob and Catharine sponsors. Jacob and his wife also sponsored children at Christ Lutheran Church in 1792. It's not known when Jacob left the area to go to western Pennsylvania.

Maria Catharina's death date and age at death are given by Chris Morgan [Personal Communication, 1 Aug 1998] citing Della Reagan Fischer's Book of Marriages and Deaths, 1808-1929, pg. 96 which records: "Hartzell Maria Catharine relic of late Jacob of Pleasant Unity d 2d inst. Aged 93 yrs. 7mo. 29 days (1-17-1840 RF)"

Jacob and Catharina's two children recorded in the Dryland Lutheran Church records were baptised 1771 and 1773. The first York county birth listed here, Eva, daughter of "Jacob and Catharina Hertzel", was recorded in the Abbottstown Reformed (now Emanuel Reformed) Church, sponsors Wilhelm and Eva Mummeyer. This latter couple were Maria Catharina's sister and brother-in-law. Abbottstown is on the eastern edge of what is now Adams county.

In the second York county record Christina Barbara, "daughter of Jacob and Maria Catharina Herzel", was baptised in the Arentsville Lutheran and German Reformed church, sponsored by Johann Philip and Christina Barbara Herzel. It is from this second baptismal record, only, that we know that Catharina Klein's own baptismal name was Maria.

Chris Morgan [Personal Communication, 1 Aug 1998] provided me with the birth dates, corresponding to the above baptismal dates, and the three additional children, John Jacob, John and Freny or Teeny. She obtained this information from Geoff Crawford (geoff@innov8cs.com), who cited the "Johann Gerlach Klein Bible", and noted that the Bible list did not include Christina Barbara's name.

The seven children of Jacob and Maria Catharina (Klein) Hertzel:   John Jacob, Anna Catharine, Leah, John, Eva "Eve", Freeny/Teeny and Christina Barbara. 

i    Hertzel, John Jacob was born 21 Nov 1768. 

ii    Hertzel, Anna Catharine was born 21 May 1771.  She was married to ____ Cline. 

iii    Hertzel, Leah was born 16 Jul 1773 in Unity Township, Westmorland, Pennsylvania.  She and John Chambers were married in York, Pennsylvania. 

iv    Hertzel, John was born 3 Jul 1777. 

v    Hertzel, Eva "Eve" was born 28 Oct 1781 in Abbottstown, York, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Jacob Frieze. 

vi    Hertzel, Freeny/Teeny was born 1783.  She was married to ____ Walters. 

Apparently some read this daughter's name as Freeny, but Chris Morgan reads it as Teeny, for Christina.

vii    Hertzel, Christina Barbara was born 6 Mar 1790 in York, Pennsylvania. 

4    Hertzel, Regina was born 17 Dec 1747, died 5 Oct 1823 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery.  She and Johannes "John" Santee were married about 1763.  Johannes "John" was born 20 Oct 1730, died 28 Apr 1807 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery. 

John first appeared in Lower Saucon on the assessment roles of 1761, and by 1763 he was in that part of Bethlehem township which became Lower Nazareth. That year with Jacob Hertzel he was a member of the Easton militia along with Valentine Sandy, father of Catharine who married Jonas Hertzel. In September 1776 John was commissioned Captain in the Norhampton County Associators, and was ordered in December to march to the Flying Camp with his company. Under the Militia Act of 1777, he served as Captain in the Sixth Battalion, and later in the Second. The records show that Philip Schlauch was his sergeant in 1780, and his son Adam, along with Adam Ritter, were privates in his company. His final residence was on the west side of the Bethlehem-Nazareth Road on land adjoing Jonas Hertzel's333. Roach cites The Penn Patents in the Forks of the Delaware by A. D. Chidsey, Jr., Easton, 1937, for the location of the Hertzel lands.

The nine children of Regina and John listed below are from Roach333. According to a GenForum post by Stephanie, 9 Jun 2000, citing [Will Book 4 p 276], John's will named Regina (wife or daughter?) but only two sons, Leonard and George, executors, are mentioned by name.

The nine children of Johannes "John" and Regina (Hertzel) Santee:   Valentine, Magdalena, Leonard, Elizabeth, Sarah, George, Regina, Christina and Margaret. 

i    Santee, Valentine was born 3 May 1764, died 7 Jan 1812 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery.  He was married to Christiana Painter. 

ii    Santee, Magdalena was born about 1766. 

iii    Santee, Leonard was born 14 Oct 1768. 

iv    Santee, Elizabeth was born about 1771. 

v    Santee, Sarah was born 5 Jul 1773. 

vi    Santee, George was born 23 Jan 1776 and died 11 Jan 1850. 

vii    Santee, Regina was born 3 Aug 1780. 

viii    Santee, Christina was born 24 Nov 1782. 

ix    Santee, Margaret was born about 1786. 

5    Hertzel, Christina was born 5 Sep 1750. 

Christina was confirmed at Tohickon Reformed in 1766.

6    Hertzel, Elizabeth was born 9 Sep 1758. 

Elizabeth was baptised at Tohickon Reformed 10 Oct 1758, her uncle Henry Ritter and his wife Mary Elizabeth stood sponsors.

7    Hertzel, Anna Maria "Malley" was born 9 Sep 1758.  She was married to ____ Kridler. 

Malley and Elizabeth were twins, and Casper Ritter and his wife stood sponsor for Anna Maria at the Tohickon Reformed. She was confirmed at Tohickon Reformed on Easter, 1773. Her name Malley is spelled here as given in Jonas' letter, her full name is from the baptismal record cited by Roach.

The Hartzell Ancestral Line says she married Sam or Daniel Kridler who had a blacksmith shop where her brother Jonas used to live and ran a tavern close to Allentown.

According to the "Hartzell Ancestral Line", Malley's husband was either Sam or Daniel Kridler, "who had a blacksmith shop where Malley's brother Jonas used to live and ran a tavern close to Allentown". Her brother Jonas' daughter Regina marred George Kridler, most probably related.

8    Hertzel, John was born 21 Aug 1762, died 6 Mar 1847 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery.  He and Catharine Schneider were married 1781.  Catharine was born 2 Mar 1764, died 8 Jan 1830 and was buried in Dryland Cemetery. 

John had 160 acres in Bethlehem township across the road from the Santees. In 1816 he lived in Allentown, and was the administrator of his mother's estate.

John and Catharine had nine children, Elizabeth, Maria Magdalena, Jacob, John, Jonas, Isaac, Sarah, George, and Catharine born starting 1784.

A son of John and Catharine (Schneider) Hertzel:   George. 

i    Hertzel / Hartzell, George.  He and Susannah Toney were married 1809 in Franklin Co., Virginia. 

From Jim Hartsell [Personal Communication]:

"John and Catherine's son George Hartzell is the one who was censused near Adam Hartzell in 1810 Franklin County, Virginia, and who married Susannah Toney in 1809 in Franklin County, Virginia. George moved to Wayne, now Union County, Indiana around 1815, and and was censused there in 1820 (as Harzell). His daughter Catherine married James Alexander in 1827 in Union County, Indiana. He died in Union County, Indiana in late 1830, and his estate had a lot of shoemaking tools."

Jim's ancestor David Hartzell, who lived nearby, named his first son James Alexander Hartzell.

The three children of George and Susannah (Toney) Hertzel / Hartzell:   Catherine, John and Adam. 

Johann Philip Hertzel  &  Christina Barbara Kreiling
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Kreiling Top  

Johann Philip Hertzel was born 20 Apr 1743 and died after 1815 in Rocky Mount, Franklin, Virginia. 

Johann Philip and Christina Barbara Kreiling were married 30 Apr 1765 in Dryland, Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania. 

Christina Barbara Kreiling was born about 1745*.  She was the daughter of Eberhard and Catherine (____) Kreiling.

Johann Philip was confirmed 1760 at Sacconheim (Lower Saucon), Pennsylvania. He was in Bethlehem township, Northampton Co. by 1772, when he was assessed £1 12sh as a farmer, and was warranted 100 acres there 10 May 1773 [McMahan, 1998/1999]. McMahan also notes he took the Oath of Allegiance in that county in 1778.

By 1781 they had moved to York (now Adams) County, Pennsylvania on the Maryland border333. On 30 Jan 1781 he was enrolled as a member of the sixth class of Cumberland, but there is no record at hand that he saw service during the War.

Two others of the family came about the same time. Johann Philip's brother Jacob and his wife Catherine Klein, and his cousin Johann Georg Hertzel with his wife Hannah Kreiling, sister of Christina, were also there by 30 Jan 1781, when class lists were drawn up in all of the townships. Whether he also came with them we don't know. It seems likely, and Catherine and Hannah's father Gerlach Klein was in York county at the time of his death in 1785.

In 1781 a grant of two acres and twenty-seven perches was made by Jacob Arendt and Stophel Sentmire to Frederick Stanour and Philip Hartzell for the use of the Lutheran and Reformed Churches. A two story, log and weather-boarded structure was erected, with a barrel shaped pulpit and a railed-in altar. This was known, informally at least, as Arendt's church. The first record book was purchased in 1785, and the two congregations worshiped in the same house, rebuilt in 1851, until 1878. This church was in Arendtsville, about five miles northwest of Cumberland Township.

Philip "Hartsel" was taxed £8 8sh in Cumberland 1783 for 300 acres of land, one house and one outhouse, one horned cow, two horses and two sheep, valued at £403 5sh. He had eight inhabitants in his household. This record and many others we cite for York county events were taken from the 22 page "Hartzell-Hartzler Report" [1947-1949, Source lost] in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

According to Susan McMahan, Philip was censused in York Co. in 1790 with one male over 16, one under, and five females.

Jim Hartsell reports that Philip purchased 150 acres of land for 160 pounds in February, 1792. See Jim's David Hartzell web page for a settlement map showning this location in Franklin County, Virginia. (The "Hartzell Ancestral Line" says that he went in 1794 with his family, but that is obviously wrong, and the letter to Paul Middleton from Charles Price310, mistakenly cites this as being from the letter of Jonas Hartzell.) The "Hartzell Ancestral Line" goes on to report that when his son Adam left for Ohio, Philip stayed in Rocky Mount, "although it is said they did not like it too well there".

The tax lists of Virginia are indexed online, and that for Franklin County for 1799 lists Philip Hartsel. He was censused 1810 near Gogginsville, possibly on his son Abraham's land. Glenda Rowland [Personal Communication, 26 Feb 1998] says that information passed on to her claims that Philip died about 1815 in Franklin County, VA.

Christina, as Christiana Barbara, was confirmed and communed for the first time on 22 May 1763 at the Lutheran church. She is later recorded as communing there from 1765 through 1772.

Roach333 listed the births and baptisms of only three of the nine children of Christina Barbara and Johann Philip, even though the others, with the possible exception of their youngest, had been born before the family left for southern Pennsylvania. Why their baptisms were not recorded is unknown.

In 1783 Johann Philip had eight inhabitants in his household in York county, and in 1790 was censused with one son under sixteen years and four daughters. Adam had recently married and left home, and apparently Abraham had, as well, although he was only nineteen. The rest of the children are as given by Charles Price as he obtained them from Glenn Hartzell of Dayton, Ohio. As discussed earlier, that Adam is their eldest son comes from the 1816 letter of Johann Philip's brother Jonas. One daughter and the youngest son remain unidentified.

Susan McMahan261 includes in this family a daughter born 1763 whom she questions really belongs to Johann Philip and Christina. The particulars she gives are as follows:

"John T. Humphrey's Pennsylvania Births - Bucks Maria Magdalena Herzel, baptized 11 Dec 1763 at Tohickon Lutheran Church, Bedminster Twp, Bucks Father Philip, mother not given. I question just who this is because Philip would be only 20 and he is the only one of his immediate family who had any children baptized there."

"There were other Hertzel's who worshiped there--Melchior and Deitrich. Deitrich would be his uncle, so perhaps he was visiting. Melchior would be his father Jacob's first cousin."

Jim Hartsell has considerable additional information on the children of Johann Phillip and Christina Hartzell.

The seven children of Johann Philip and Christina Barbara (Kreiling) Hertzel:   Adam, Katrina Catherine, Abraham, Maria Margaret, Elizabeth, ____ and Frederick. 

1    Hertzel, Adam was born 1765/1768*.    

2    Hertzel, Katrina Catherine was born about 1769* and died in Ellerton.  She and Jacob Mullendore were married 20 Oct 1794 in Franklin County, Virginia.  Jacob was born 1759* and died 1841. 

Catherine and Jacob came to Ohio with Adam in 1815. They had two children, Nance who married Francis Webb, and Abeon who married and had a son, Aaron. According to McMahon [Personal Communication, 1998], they then moved on to Indiana. However, the Hartzell Ancestral Line says that Katarine died at Ellerton, Ohio. I've also seen her name as Katrina and Katarina.

There is a completly hashed up record on RootsWeb which gives two marriages for Jacob, the other one to a Susannah Swisher. However the dates of the two marriages, and the birth dates and places of eleven children are so incompatible that this can only be taken to indicate that there may have been two men by the name of Jacob Mullendore in Virginia. That record gives Jacob's father as Jacob Mullendore born in "Holland, Gutersloh, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany " and his mother as Anna Mullendore.

3    Hertzel, Abraham was born 23 Jan 1771 in Northhampton, Pennsylvania and died May 1842 in Ellerton, Montgomery, Ohio.  He and Eve Houtz were married 23 May 1796 in Franklin County, Virginia. 

We know nothing about the life of this brother of Adam, but an Abraham Hartzel purchased federal land just north of Germantown, Montgomery, Ohio, 25 Mar 1805. It could well be that it was Adam's objective to join his younger brother that sent him off a decade later with his family.

The Hartzell Ancestral Line says "We believe" that Abraham, as a very young man, was one of a group of about fifteen men who formed a fishing and hunting camp there, but left when the settlers came and formed the town of Germantown. He then later returned to the area, as he is buried in Ellerton, six miles north of Germantown.

This record of Abraham and Eva's marriage is from "Marriage Bonds of Franklin County, Virginia" as relayed to me by Jim Hartsell (Personal Communication, 4 Feb 2003). An online record which I previously cited here incorrectly places this marriage in Bedford County, VA. Jim also wrote that "Surety was Christian Houtz. Also mentioned in these marriage records are Philip Hartzell (surety twice), his children Adam (surety), Margaret (bride), Catherine (bride), Elizabeth (bride), all from 1793 to 1798, and Adam's son Jacob (groom)."

Jim Hartsell [Personal Communication, Aug 2011] thinks Abraham and Eve had several children, including David A. Hartzell born in Bedford/Franklin County, VA, on May 23, 1802. (The area of Franklin County north of the Blackwater River was Bedford County up to 1785.)

"David "arrived" in Ohio in Nov., 1804 at age 2. In 1805, Abraham purchased land in Montgomery County Ohio, and in 1806 was in a tax list there. Abraham's presumed daughter Elizabeth Hartzell was born July 11, 1807 in Montgomery County Ohio. In 1810 and 1817, Abraham was in a tax list for Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1820, Eve Hartzell was head of a household in Cincinnati, Ward 2 (without Abraham) with seven members of her household age 10-25. This would include David and Elizabeth. It appears Abraham abandoned his family by 1820. In 1835, David was in a business partnership with a George Sinks in Montgomery County, Ohio. In 1840 and 1853 David was living in Cincinnati Ward 2, same Ward as Eve in 1820. In 1860, David was in Storrs Township on the west side of Cincinnati, where he was keeper of a boarding house, and no wife is listed. Sister Elizabeth was living there, with husband Thomas Yeatman (who was David's executor). David's 1868 will names his wife Helen, and "our children".

"On another note, in Ohio, Adam Hartzell was living on land belonging to Abraham's brother-in-law's brother. Eve's sister Catherine was married to John Moyer, who's brother was the Michael Moyer who owned Section 27 of Jefferson Township, Montgomery county."

See Jim's websites "The Other David Hartzells" and "Eve Houtz Ohio Connection".

4    Hertzel, Maria Margaret was born 8 May 1773 in Northampton Co., Pennsylvania and died 1860 in McMinn Co., Tennessee.  She and Andrew Rowland were married 25 Jan 1793 in Franklin County, Virginia.  Andrew was born estimated Feb 1770*

Maria Margaret was baptised 23 May 1773 at Dryland Reformed, her sponsors being Martin Gross and his wife Margaret, Maria's great aunt333. Roach does not mention Maria Margaret's marriage(s).

Glenda Rowland, [Personal Communication], says that Maria Margaret Hertzell, born 8 May 1772, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, married Andrew Rowland 25 Jan 1793 in Franklin Co, VA, sur. Philip Harzell, and that they had:

Adam b 5 Jan 1794, Ashe, NC d ca 1850
Abraham b 15 May 1797, NC d 13 May 1867 McMinn Co., TN
Jacob b 30 May 1798
"and others"

She had received from Geneva Pickle of Virginia a copy of a page from the "Franklin Co Marriage Records 1786 Through 1806", and copied it "exactly as written".

The abbreviation "sur." stands for surety, and apparently is at least approximately equivalent to "sponsor", or "he who gave away the bride". Jim Hartsell reports that surety for Hartzell marriages that he ascribed to Philip's daughters included Philip Hartzell (for Margaret and Elizabeth) and Adam Hartzell (for Catherine).

Glenda says there is also information in Family Tree Maker's Family Arhives Vol.III, and adds that Andrew and Margaret were in NC until after 1830, then they went to McMinn Co, TN. They were last in the census records there in 1850. They came to TN with their sons Adam and Abraham and their spouses and children.

Some of this information also appears in the IGI (where she is named as Maria and his name is spelled Roland) and in a Pedigree Resource File of Patricia Ranson, submission 1004534-0903100162127. This latter source explicitly identifies Maria Margaret as the daughter of Johann Philip and Christina Barbara (Kreiling) Hertzel, and spells his surname as Rowland.

Anther Pedigree Resource File by William and Judy Campbell, 1970410-0508103072852, claims that this same Maria Margaret was married first on 25 Jan 1787 in Bedford, Virginia, to Isaac Hartzell, son of Jonas and Catherine (Santee) Hartzell. This must be incorrect as Isaac was still living in 1816 after Maria Margaret married Andrew Rowland in 1793.

5    Hertzel, Elizabeth was born 17 Aug 1778.  She and Jacob Kinsey were married 11 Sep 1798 in Franklin County. 

Elizabeth was baptised 13 Sep 1778 at Dryland Lutheran, her sponsors Philip Faas and his wife Elizabeth.

6    Hertzel, ____ was born estimated Jul 1780*

This last daughter, name unknown, is implied by the census of 1790 in which there were four daughters listed.

7    Hertzel, Frederick was born 1786* in York, Pennsylvania and died 1855 in Keokuk, Iowa.  He and Sarah Houghman were married 1810 in Butler Co., Ohio. 

From the census I had this son, born after 1774. McMahan260 gives the name and data shown here. Her descent is from a son Peter b 1812 in Ohio.

Adam Hertzel  &  Christina Sink
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Sink Top  

Adam Hertzel was born 1765/1768* in Bethlehem, Northampton, Pennsylvania and died 30 Aug 1833 in Ellerton, Montgomery, Ohio. 

Adam and Christina Sink were married 1786 in Pennsylvania. 

Christina Sink was born about 1768* and was buried in Ellerton, Ohio.  She was the daughter of Michael and Mary (Ryel) Sink.

Adam was about thirteen years old when his father moved the family to York county, and would have been twenty-six if the 1794 date for their move to Virginia is correct. It was about this time that the family's name began appearing as Hartzell. I cannot pinpoint this change with respect to each individual, so am simply listing all of Adam's children with this new, fourth version of the lineage name.

Jim Hartsell posted on one of his web pages the 1810 census showing a Philip Heartsell, Adam Heartsell, and George Heartsell, all in Franklin County, Virginia. For Adam, he interprets the ages of the children to put names on each one:

1 male 26-45 Adam b 1765-1784
1 female 26-45 Christina b 1765-1784
1 male 16-25 Jacob b 1785-1794
1 male 16-25 John b 1785-1794
1 male 10-16 George? b 1794-1800
1 female 10-16 Elizabeth b 1794-1800
1 male < 10 Leonard b 1800-1809
1 male < 10 Daniel? b 1800-1809
1 male < 10 David b 1800-1809
1810 Franklin Co., VA, Census

Adam and Christine's daughter Kate married a man named Burlachers who fled to Ohio to escape service in the War of 1812. Adam and his family followed in 1815, leaving Virginia 1 Sep 1815, and arriving in Germantown, Montgomery County, Ohio, on Christmas day according to the "Hartzell Ancestral Line6. It took them just over sixteen weeks, their covered wagon probably having been drawn by oxen. Their most likely route was west-southwest to the Kentucky border then west along the main wilderness trail, or circling south into Tennessee over a slightly longer but easier route. They then would have gone north through the Cumberland Gap, across the Cumberland river a little way west, and then turned and made their way due north, up Boone's road and beyond across the Ohio River into western Ohio. This would have amounted to about a 480 mile trek, at a little over four miles per day.

Their son Philip and others in the family moved later to Miami county, while some went to Anderson, Indiana, where the remains of their covered wagon still exist.

It seems possible that Adam's younger brother Abraham had preceeded him to Ohio by a decade. See Abraham's history, above. Also, about five weeks before Adam left Virginia, a Jacob Hartzel, then residing in Pennsylvania according to the Ohio record, purchased land some four miles west of Eaton, Preble county, no more than twenty miles west of Abraham's land. This could have been their uncle Jacob, who we believe was in Virginia twenty years earlier, and who is reported to have died testate in Westmoreland county in western Pennsylvania in 1818. (The 1800 census has two — and the 1810 census index three — Adam Hartzells in Westmoreland county. Just to be sure we haven't missed a move between Virginia and Ohio, the latter census itself ought to be checked for the ages of those three and their families.) There were other Hartzels who about this time came to western Ohio, principally Darke county, from Adam County, Pennsylvania. They are surely related, but their connection to our family has not been traced.

The Miami Valley Ohio Genealogical Index online lists an Adam Hartzell in Jefferson Township, Montgomery County, in 1820 and 1830.

It is believed that Adam and Christina were buried at Ellerton, north of Germantown, but that their graves were destroyed when Hemple Road was straightened.

Jim Hartsell has carried out very extensive research on this family in order to verify that his ancestor David was the youngest son of Philip and Christina. His study of Adam is presented on his Adam & Christina (Sink) Hartzell web page.

When Adam and Christina moved to Ohio in 1815, they may have been following her relatives as well as his. Several men recorded as Sink, Sinkes, and Sinks had entered federal land there about a decade earlier. Charles Sinks was the earliest, entering land 31 Dec 1801 in Hamilton county, and George Sink 10 Nov 1804 and 15 Jan 1805 entered land in Montgomery county. George's land was some twenty miles north of Germantown, Montgomery, to which Adam first headed on their trek west. This is probably the George Sink whose will was written 28 Jan 1818 and proved 19 Apr 1819. It does not mention Christina, as he was not her father, but he could well have been an uncle. An Andrew and Emily (Yount) Sinks came from North Carolina in 1798 and homesteaded about twelve miles from Dayton, but are not recorded as having entered federal land. These Ohio families might well be studied for clues as to Christina's origins back in Pennsylvania.

Most of the children in the family are as named in the "Hartzel Ancestal Line" from Glenn Hartzell, except for Jacob and Jonas whose birth records were found, and George, discussed below. However, the list as he gives it raises several questions. Adam and Christina's marriage, and the births of their first four children, are given by Price as being in Northampton county, Pennsylvania. This conflicts with the record of the birth and baptism of Jacob, the eldest, in Arendtsville, York County, Pennsylvania, in 1790. For now, I'm ignoring the Northampton attributions, as no mention is made elsewhere of Adam leaving his home in York and returning to his place of birth, although it could have happened.

The next serious difficulty is that their son Jonas' birth and baptism are also recorded in the Arendtsville church in York county in 1796, but as the son of Adam and Sara Herzel. Whether this is a second wife, or a second name for Christina, is not known. I am assuming the latter for now, but the possibility of another wife for Adam in Pennsylvania should be kept in mind. This is a compound problem, for not only is the name Sara new to us, but the second Jonas Hartzell letter mentioned above claims that all of the family went to Virginia in 1794. It is possible that this father of Jonas is some other Adam, which would resolve these difficulties. But this is the same church in which their son Jacob was baptised in 1790, and no other Adam appears in the York county records which have been rather thoroughly researched and reported in the Hartzell-Hartzler Report cited earlier.

There has been some question concerning whether there was a son named George in this family. The George in question was born 31 Aug 1812, and died 28 Sep 1894 in Hillgrove, Darke county, Ohio. He was married on 14 Sep 1834 in Miamisburg, Montgomer, Ohio to Margaret Yaughey, born 8 Apr 1812 and died 6 Feb 1897 in Hillgrove.

Jim Hartzell of Piqua, Ohio, and Jim Hartsell of Sunnyvale, California, have researched this question, and it looks on balance as if this George was not a son of Adam. The clinching record to my mind is a copy of a guardianship record of 30 July 1827 that Jim Hartzell found in Dayton, Ohio. This concerned a George Hartzell, age 14 and son of George, guardian Joseph Watson. The given age makes it quite likely that this was the George born 21 Aug 1812, who in that case could not be a son of Adam.

The order of the children as shown here should not be relied upon, as it is based in part on mere assumptions. Kate, for example, must have been born before 1794, at the latest, if her husband fled to Ohio during the War of 1812. In 2006 I made minor changes to the order of these children so that my list agrees with Jim Hartsell's, with Jonas corresponding to his "unknown son", and with "D. A." added as a tentative son. Jim does not accept the son Jonas of David and Sara as belonging to this family.

The eight children of Adam and Christina (Sink) Hertzel:   Philip, Catherine "Kate", Jacob, John, Elizabeth "Betsy", Leonard, Daniel and David. 

1    Hartzell, Philip was born about 1787*.    

2    Hartzell, Catherine "Kate" was born estimated Aug 1788* and buried in Knightstown, Indiana.  She and ____ Burlachers were married in Virginia. 

Jim Hartsell reports that Kate (married __ Burlachers) and Betsy (married Moses Rentfrow) had moved to Koscuisko County, Indiana, between Fort Wayne and South Bend, near Knightstown. They are buried near each other in Syracuse Cemetery.

3    Hartzell, Jacob was born 21 Mar 1790 in Arendtsville, York (now Adams), Pennsylvania.  He and Hannah Capper were married 1816 in Virginia. 

Jacob's birth and baptism, as the son of Adam and Christina Herzel, are recorded at the Lutheran & Reformed Congregations of Arendtsville. Sponsors were Georg Leng [Lang?] and Margreth, or "George Lenz; Mar. (grandparents?)" in another record. Baptised on the same day was Christina Barbara Herzel, daughter of Jacob and Maria Catharina Herzel, who was born 6 Mar 1790. Sponsors were Philip Herzel (Jacob's grandfather) and Christina {'Joint Register of the Lutheran & Reformed Congregations' of Arendtsville, FHL film #0020702i1, baptisms 1785-1874. Sponsors were not indexed, and I only scanned for their names to 1805.)

When his father took the family to Ohio in 1815, Jacob remained behind in Virginia, as did his grandfather, Johann Philip.

4    Hartzell, John was born 25 Sep 1793 in Pennsylvania and died 1868 in Ohio.  He and Susanna Heck were married 19 Oct 1819 in Montgomery, Ohio.  Susanna was born about 1802*.  She was the daughter of Abraham and () Heck.

John and Susanna are the great-great-grandparents of Glenn Ray Hartzell of Dayton, Ohio, who provided us [Hartzell, 1990] with a copy of the 1816 letter to our ancestor Johann Philip Hertzel in Virginia from his brother Jonas [Hartzell, 1816]. Glenn also sent the eight page document entitled "Hartzell Ancestral Line" which recounted several branches of the descendants of the immigrant Johann George Hirtzel. This he received "from a cousin long ago", and he also sent a copy to Charles Price, who cited it in the material he sent to Paul Middleton in 1980. He notes that there are "some discrepancies" which have to be resolved, but this appears to be the original source of our knowledge of the York County, Pennsylvania, and Franklin County, Virginia generations of our lineage.

I had at one time written that John and Susanna had eight children, but the book I cited doesn't exist, and I cannot find the correct source. The "Hartzell Ancestral Line" lists seventeen, including two consecutive sets of twins! These were Jacob, Joseph, Eliza, Levina, Allen, Clinton, John, David, Sarah, Abraham, Lewis, twins Susannah and Leonard, twins George and Mary, Elizabeth, and Henry. Jim Hartsell says that Jonas was the son of another Adam and Sarah Hartzell, and this may be the case also for some of the other named children.

5    Hartzell, Elizabeth "Betsy" was born 1798* in Indiana, died 1881 in Indiana and was buried in Knightstown, Indiana.  She and Moses Rentfrow were married 15 Oct 1818 in Montgomery, Ohio.  Moses was born about 1795*, died 20 Apr 1849 and was buried in Syracuse Cemetery, Kosciusko, Indiana. 

Personal Commumication 25 May 2001 from Joan Smith:

"I was searching the internet and came across your website. I wanted you to know that you may have a hard time finding information on a Moses Rentfrew and Elizabeth "Betsy" Hartzel because most people have them listed as Moses Renfro and Elizabeth. Moses and Elizabeth were in my direct lineage. There are several of us with information regarding their family if you are interested. You can check out [GenForum] and look on the Renfro site or Rentfrow site."

The GenForum postings copied 26 May 2001 indicated that Moses' grandfather was also Moses (the source spells the surname as Renfro), born 1727 in Jamestown, Virginia, and died 1834 in Kentucky. He married twice, the first to a Hannah Renfro, daughter of Joseph and Mary Owens, and second to Elizabeth Dixon Turpin. One of the children from his second marriage was Turpin Renfro, who was born 1774 in Virginia, and died 1810 in Ohio. He married Sarah Troup, daughter of Jacob and Mary, and they were the parents of the present Moses.

6    Hartzell, Leonard was born about 1799* in Keokuk, Iowa and died 1878 in Keokuk.  He and Delilah Weiss were married about 1825 in Montgomery, Ohio.  Delilah was born estimated Dec 1802* and died 1847. 

Leonard's birth year, marriage and death are from Jim Hartsell, who cites Susan McMahon's notes (GenForum, 7/21/99).

Robert Hartsell writes, 12 Feb 2000:

"Leonard Hartzell, son of Adam & Christine, brother of your Phillip was my gggrandfather. Leonard's first four children were born in Ohio. He then moved to Indiana and later to Iowa were he died in 1868."

Jim Hartsell later wrote on his messages page:

"In 1832 Leonard & wife Delila bought land in Rush County, Indiana, in Center Township, and sold it in 1835. In 1840 they bought land in adjacent Ripley Township, and sold it in 1844. I have the land description."

A "Biographical Sketch of Leonard Hartzell, posted by Jim Hartell, and taken from a book entitled "Past and Present of Bureau County [Illinois]", by George B. Harrington,1906, names the eleven children of Leonard and Delilah:

1. Willis, and
2. Lewis, both deceased;
3. Adam, who resides in Wyanet [town in Bureau County];
4. Susan, now Mrs. [William R.] Smith;
5. Mrs. Nancy McNuslin, of Cass County, Nebraska;
6. Mrs. Eliza Mounts, deceased;
7. Edward, who has also passed away;
8. John, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri;
9. Philip, living in Tama, Iowa;
10. Mary, deceased; and
11. Aaron, who has departed this life.

7    Hartzell, Daniel was born 1801/1802 in Virginia. 

In March, 2007, Jim posted an extensive and persuasive article elaborating on his identification ofAdam and Christina's son Daniel. However, in the end, he is not positive that Daniel was Adam's unidentified son.

8    Hartzell, David was born 20 Nov 1805 in Rocky Mount, Franklin, Virginia, died 5 Mar 1865 in Windsor Township, Shelby County, Illinois and was buried in Ash Grove Cemetery, Windsor, Illinois.  He and Barbara Nipp were married 15 May 1836 in Connersville, Fayette, Indiana.  Barbara was born 17 Dec 1815 in Wythe County, Virginia, died 22 Jan 1880 in Shelby, Illinois and was buried in Ash Grove Cemetery, Windsor, Illinois.  She was the daughter of Phillip and ____ (____) Nipp.

David's birth, marriage and death are from Jim Hartsell, who presents an extensive and quite persuasive argument that David, son of Adam and Christina Hartzell, is identical to his ancestor David Hartsell who married Barbara Nipp. Jim's life of David, a project lasting most of Jim's own life, is wonderfully presented on another web page, David Hartzell. This is as interesting and well executed example of genealogical research as I've seen, and presents David's life in the context of the history of his time and place.

On 24 Nov 2002 Jim wrote again to report that he had found that Margaret Nievel, originally described as the first wife of David, was actually the wife of David Hetzel, son of John and Catharina (Thomas) Hetzel. Thus this David's only wife was Barbara Nipp whom David met "in Rush County Indiana, near where Adam's son Leonard Hartzell was as of 1832".

From Jim's web pages: "David … married Barbara Nipp on May 15, 1836 in Connersville, Fayette County, Indiana. They lived in Jennings Township, near Springersville, Fayette County, about 3 miles east of Connersville. In late June or July, 1860, David and his family moved 235 miles west to Shelby County, Illinois, in the vicinity of Windsor. David Hartzell died 5 Mar 1865 in Windsor Township, Shelby County."

I show here the direct lineage from David down to Jim, and refer the reader to that extensive set of web pages for details on David and his descendants.

Hartzell, David, born 1805 and died 1865
m Barbara Nipp, born 1815, d 1880
    Hartsell, James Alexander, born 1837, died 1910
    m Sophronia Walker, born 1849, died 1926
        Hartsell, James Oran was born 1881 and died 1953
        m Edna A. Dietz who was born 1885 and died 1982
            Hartsell, James Daniel was born 1910 and died 2003
            m Coy Ruth Dean, born 1912
                Hartsell, James Dwight

The eight children of David and Barbara (Nipp) Hartzell:   James Alexander, Margaret, Rebecca, Eliza J., Barbara, William, Mary Celestia and Sarah Elizabeth. 

i    Hartsell, James Alexander was born 18 Mar 1837 in Fayette Co., Indiana and died 1910.  He was married to Sophronia Walker.  Sophronia was born 1849 and died 1926. 

ii    Hartsell, Margaret was born 11 Mar 1838. 

iii    Hartsell, Rebecca was born Oct 1839. 

iv    Hartsell, Eliza J. was born 1840/1841 and died 1850/1860 in Indiana. 

v    Hartsell, Barbara was born 30 Oct 1842. 

vi    Hartsell, William was born 16 Apr 1848. 

vii    Hartsell, Mary Celestia was born 1851/1852. 

viii    Hartsell, Sarah Elizabeth was born 1854/1855. 

Philip Hartzell  &  Mary Elizabeth Miller
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Miller (1) Top  

Philip Hartzell was born about 1787* in Pennsylvania, died Dec 1855 in Covington, Miami, Ohio and was buried in Hartzell Cemetery, Covington. 

Philip and Mary Elizabeth Miller were married 29 Dec 1811 in Montgomery, Ohio. 

Mary Elizabeth Miller was born 1794/1795* in Ohio, died 10 Feb 1837 in Newberry Twp., Miami, Ohio and was buried in Hartzell Cemetery, Covington.  She was the daughter of John and Susannah (Studebaker) Miller.

Philip and Elizabeth moved, sometime after their marriage, from Montgomery County to a farm on Greenville Creek in Miami County, Ohio. Their 160 acre place, on which they spent most of the rest of their lives, was located in Section 36 about two miles west of Covington.

Philip served in the War of 1812. He is indexed (with image) on familysearch.org as belonging to "Adams' Batttalion (1812-13)" of the Ohio Militia".

By the time of the 1850 census, on 1 July of that year, Philip and Elizabeth, with their daughter Eliabeth Sullenberger were living on a farm which was valued at $5300. Philip and Elizabeth are mentioned in the General Index of Miami Valley Pioneers.

On 22 Sep 1852 Philip deeded lot number 66 in Covington to his son-in-law Isaac Lehman and wife Elizabeth. The next year, on 1 Apr 1853, Philip sold his 160 acres to their son-in-law John Cassel for $4000. Most of his children and their spouses (thirteen signatures) signed the release. This was essentially a distribution of his estate before Philip's own death. After he died, an Administrator's record lists ten children, and notes that all had received their shares except $209.40 yet due to daughter Catharine. It also mentions the children for whom Rudolh Bollinger had been appointed guardian. Their daughter Elizabeth Lehman was not mentioned on this release, so must have died within the preceding six months.

In Section 36, on the Covington-Gettysburg Road about two miles west of Covington, is the Hartzell Cemetery, also known as the Sampson Cemetery82 In 1911, according to a nearby resident, the cemetery had been fenced but not cared for. Then, around 1930, a storm blew down two large pines, breaking many stones. More damage was done by people sawing up the trees for firewood. On 15 Sep 1979, Bosserman and Gale E. S. Honeyman, (a Spitteler descendant, incidently, and source of much of our information on that and the Shively lineages of our family) fit together the many small pieces and scraps which remained, and partially restored several of the inscriptions. Their readings are as follows:

Hartzell, Elizabeth, w/o Philip, d. 10 Feb 1837 in her 42nd year
Phil--, d 2 or 7, likely December in 1855
------ footstone P. H.
------ footstone C. B.
Hartzell, Sarah M., d/o --ilip  Ju--  )
----zell, -ary   ) s/s [does this mean side by side on one stone?]
----el---, David, ----Sep------
Bolli----(nger), Cat------, w/o --------H. 1836 (note below)
Hartzell, Mary (may read) d. 1 Aug 1844, age -y, 1m -d
------, field stone

They also write: "Note: A Catherine Hartzell married Rudolph H. Bollinger on 11 Apr 1839, therefore, if this is her gravestone the date we copied can't be correct." This information is now posted online: Hartzell Family Graveyard.

The Sarah M. Hartzell could be Philip's daughter, but as she married it seems unusual that her married name was not used on her tombstone. The other inscriptions have not been identified with known family members.

Hartzell Cemetery in Newberry Twp. is atop a small hill in the NW quarter of Sect. 36, Twn. 9, Rng. 4. It is on the south side of the Covington-Gettysburg Road some 100 yards east of the Greenville Creek. ... Before 2000 all of the stones were removed and the ground was planted in grass. It is now a part of the front lawn of a new home. No trace now remains of this graveyard.

The 1835 State Census of Miami County, posted online by the Miami County, Ohio, Genealogical Researchers, lists male residents over the age of 21 in the order in which the enumerator recorded them, hence preserving the names of neighbors. Philip appears in Newberry Twp. in the following segment of the list:

Catterlin, John
Catterlin, Solomon
Coate, John
Cristy, Joseph
Elmore, Joseph
Redick, William
Souder, Joshua
Souder, John
Hartzell, Philip
Miller, John
Hartzell, Levi
Williams, Michael
Williams, William
Davanport, Noah
Ballinger, Samuel
Rudy, Samuel
Hurley, William
Burns, Daniel
Deeter, Daniel

John Miller, since listed next to Philip and Mary Elizabeth, is most likely her brother John, who would have been about 30 years of age at the time of the census. Levi Hartzell was Phillip and Mary Elizabeth's second son; the surname Ballinger appeared in the cemetery listing discussed above. The last name is most probably that of a nephew of our Abraham and Elizabeth (Shiverly) Deeter, as that Daniel, born 30 Apr 1778, is known to have come to Miami County.

Eight years earlier, in the 1827 Quadrennial Census, Philip was listed in Newberry Twp. with recognizable surnames in his immediate vicinity being that of Joshua Souder, next in line, as well as John Souder, Samuel Rudy and Danuel [sic] Burns.

Elizabeth Miller came to Miami county, Ohio, about 1812, settling on Greenville Creek, according to Beers72. Her parents' names were not mentioned in that account. Joe Bosserman identified her for me, however, as the daughter of John and Susannah (Studebaker) Miller [Personal Communication], and these lines are discussed in their respective chapters in this family history.

The children in the family are given in part by Price309. Of importance to us is that one of the children, Adam Leonard, was missing from this reference. As mentioned in the introduction to this family history, however, a copy of a letter was discovered in the files of Charles Price in response to a letter to him from Paul Middleton. The letter, from Roxie Louise, a daughter of Adam Leonard who married Emmett Winn, was written 16 Jul 1931. In it Mrs. Winn writes, "I do not know my grandfather's name; but he was born somewhere in Pennsylvania. My father was born in Ohio; but moved to Missouri when young. He had a brother Philip, and some of his sisters were Delila Riber and Susie Castel." These, of course, are the daughters of Philip and Elizabeth, Delila who married Henry Reiber, and Susanna who married John Cassel. This provides primary evidence then, of the lineage connection from Philip to Adam Leonard.

The eleven children of Philip and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Hartzell:   John, Levi, Elias, Delila, Susannah "Susan", Christine "Tennie", Philip, Elizabeth, Adam Leonard, Sarah and Malinda. 

1    Hartzell, John was born about 1810* in Covington, Miami, Ohio.  He was married to Sarah Hurley. 

John and Sarah had nine children, among whom where Clark, of St. Paul, Minnesota, Emanuel F., who died 1921 in St. Louis, and William, born 1851 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, who moved later to Ohio and then to St. Joseph, Missouri. William had four children, including Eugene A. of St. Louis, and Myrtle K., of Kansas City, Missouri. His two daughters married A. J. Winchell and F. A. Hanat.

This could be the John Hartzell of the 1870 census index in Platt County, just south of St. Joseph, but I've not checked the census itself to determine that John's age. There is no marriage recorded in Miami County for John and Sarah.

There was a William Hurley listed close to Philip Hartzell in Newberry Township in the 1835 census, and this could well be Sarah's father. There were also various Hurleys in Miami county who were married during Sarah's time there, and so could have been aunts, uncles, or cousins. Cornelius Hurley m Sally Gabb 1 Oct 1818, Henry Hurley m Sarah Hamlet 9 Dec 1828, and Amy Hurley m Martin OBrien 18 Nov 1834.

2    Hartzell, Levi was born 21 Mar 1813 in Covington and died 31 Jan 1871.  He and Mary Saunders were married 23 Feb 1841 in Miami, Ohio.  Mary was born 31 Dec 1820, died 5 Jan 1906 and was buried in Greenville Falls, Covington, Ohio.  She was the daughter of John and Sarah (Grubb) Saunders.

Levi and his family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, according to Price. The marriage record for Miami county has Mary's name spelled Sanders, and an online index to those marriages had it as Souder. There are many other records in the county for each of these spellings.

Mary and Levi had nine children, Joshua, Elias, Susanna, Sarah, John R., Philip, Allen M., Warren S., and Lucy, born 1842 through 1865. Their children and grandchildren are given by Price310, citing Mrs. J. D. Handbury, 1930.

3    Hartzell, Elias was born about 1814* in Covington, Miami, Ohio. 

4    Hartzell, Delila was born about 1816* in Covington.  She and Henry Reiber were married 1840 in Miami, Ohio.  Henry was born 1816* in Pennsylvania and died 17 Oct 1886.  He was the son of Jacob and Catherine (____) Reiber.

Delilah and Henry had eleven children. including Philip, Jacob, and Benjamin.

Henry was the third of four brothers, the others being John, Peter, and Benjamin, born 1811 through 1818 in Perry county, Pennsylvania. He came to Ohio in 1835. In a few years he had saved enought to purchase 80 acres of land, to which he added in later years. He and Delila had eleven children, of whom three gave their lives in the Civil War. One died of the measles, one of diptheria, and one as a prisoner at the notorious Anderson prison.

5    Hartzell, Susannah "Susan" was born about 1818* in Newberry Twp., Miami, Ohio, died 1913/1914 and was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery.  She was married (1) to Rudolph R. Bollinger 24 Jan 1841.  She was married (2) to John Cassel 1 Jul 1852 in Miami County, Ohio.  John was born 1818 in Pennsylvania, died 24 Feb 1887 and was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery.  He was the son of John and ____ (____) Cassel.

The source I once had for Susannah's birthdate of 23 Feb 1819 has been lost, and conflicts with that of her sister's calculated from the latter's tombstone.

There was a Rudolph Bollinger censused in 1835 in Newton Township, Miami County, and the somewhat unusual name makes in a distinct possiblility that that man was this Rudolph.

In April, 1853, John Cassel purchased from Philip Hartzell Sr., "and his heirs", a farm of 160 acres, NW corner, Section 36, Range 4, where they [John or Philip?] lived in Miami county. Price310 cited Miami County, Ohio Land Records, Book 44, p. 344] for this information

6    Hartzell, Christine "Tennie" was born 21 Sep 1820, died 30 Oct 1896 and was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Newton Township, Miami, Ohio.  She and Joseph Jones were married 11 Feb 1841 in Miami County, Ohio.  Joseph was born 15 Jan 1817, died 23 Dec 1877 and was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery. 

The marriage and burial data for Joseph and Christine comes from Joe Bosserman [OHMIAMI-L@rootsweb.com, 7 May 2001], who also writes "In 1850 Joseph Jones was listed as a Wagon-Maker in Newberry Township, Miami County Ohio". He also reports that "Joseph's gravestone reads, died 23 Dec 1877, aged 60y-11m-8y, Christina's reads, died 30 Oct 1896, aged 76y-1m-9d", from which I calculate their birth dates.

7    Hartzell, Philip was born 23 Jan 1824 in Darke, Ohio and died 7 Nov 1907 in Newberry Twp., Miami, Ohio.  He and Elizabeth Swisher were married 1846 in Darke County, Ohio.  Elizabeth was born 29 May 1829 and died 8 Jul 1885 in Covington, Newberry Twp., Miami, Ohio.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Rachel (Baird) Swisher.

Philip grew up in Newberry township, attending the first schoolhouse on Greenville Creek. After he left his father's farm, he worked at millwrighting and bridgebuilding, and became a contractor. He was the principal contractor in the area, having build almost all of the bridges of that time in Miami county.

The following biography is from "Memoirs of Miami Valley", vol. 3:

"Philip Hartzell, carpenter and millwright, P. O. Covington. Mr. Hartzell, one of the old residents, is a son of Philip Hartzell, Sr., who was a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Ohio when a young man with his father, Adam Hartzell. Adam located in Montgomery Co., about 1800, and resided in that county until his decease. Philip, Sr., married Elizabeth Miller, came to this county and settled on Greenville Creek, either just before or immediately after the war of 1812; his decease occurred in Covington, he being in the 68th year of his age. The subject of this sketch was born in 1824, and grew to manhood here in the pioneer days of Newberry Township; went to school in the first house built for school purposes, on Greenville Creek; Mr. Hartzell's life has been varied with success and reverses; he remained on the farm with his father until he arrived at his majority, worked at millwrighting about one year, then worked at bridge building, first as a hand, and later he became a contractor for several years was the principal contractor in the county, and built nearly all the bridges in Miami Co.; while repairing an old bridge, the old timbers suddenly gave way,and he fell on the stony ground some twenty feet beneath; some of the timbers falling on him and crushing the frontal bone, required the removal of a portion and the placing, of a silver plate instead, which he now carries, the only mark or reminder of his fearful accident being the ugly scar and sunken spot on his forehead, underneath which is silver plate instead of bone.

In 1860, he was an equal partner in the Covington flour-mill, and had a large investment in property in Covington, but, being some in debt, the pressure of 1861 compelled him to sacrifice heavily; he soon recovered sufficiently to buy a mill at Casstown, but in 1868, a fire swept away the labor of years and left him with almost nothing; he managed to trade into a coal mining company in the Hocking Valley, and in two years had an interest worth $6,500, which he exchanged for a mill at Sidney that he sold for $9,000 in 1872, he bought the Burket mill property, in Union Township, which he improved considerably, and when he had it nicety fixed it took fire and burned; there being no insurance, he was unable to re-build, but still owns the site, including 60 acres of land; since the last misfortune, Mr. Hartzell has resumed his trade. He was married in 1846, to Elizabeth Swisher, daughter of Jacob Swisher, who was an early resident of this county, and resided in the same neighborhood with the Hartzells, but at the time of her marriage she was a resident of Darke Co.; they have seven children."

Philip was buried next to his wife in Highland Cemetery, along Ingle Road on the north edge of Covington, Miami, Ohio [Bosserman, 197?]. From this record we get his birth and death dates.

Elizabeth was an early resident of Miami county, residing in the same neighborhood as the Hartzells. At the time of her marriage to Philip, however, she was living to the west in Darke County. She and Philip had seven children.

Diane Goldenetz, of Phoenix, AZ, wrote [Personal Communication, 31 Jul 01]: "Elizabeth's father was Jacob Swisher and her mother was Rachel Baird. She was the first child of about 20 that Jacob fathered from 2 wives. Rachel died about 1854, then he married again. Jacobs father was a John Swisher, his mother was Mary."

8    Hartzell, Elizabeth was born 1825/1826* in Ohio and died before 1 Apr 1853.  She and George F. Sulenberger were married 1848.  George F. was born 1813 and died before 1 Jul 1850. 

Price310 cites Hartzell [1934] for this family.

Elizabeth died between 22 Sep 1852 and 1 Apr 1853.

There was a George Sulenberger, Jr. censused 1835 in Newberry Twp., Miami County, probably this man. On the basis of this record, and another for John Sulenberger also in the township, I've changed the spelling of this surname from Sullenberger184 to the version with one "l".

9    Hartzell, Adam Leonard was born 17 Mar 1827.    

10    Hartzell, Sarah was born 1830* in Covington, Miami, Ohio.  She and Henry Freeman were married 2 Mar 1848 in Miami, Ohio.  Henry was born 1819* in Ohio. 

Henry was a Hatter living in Newberry township, Miami county according to the 1850 census. Sarah's sister Malinda was living with them at the time. There was a David Freeman living in the township in 1835, possibly Henry's father.

11    Hartzell, Malinda was born 5 Nov 1834 in Covington, Miami, Ohio.  She and Isaac Lehman were married 20 May 1851 in Miami, Ohio. 

Malinda and Isaac's marriage is from the Index to Marriage Records, which records five other Lehman marriages in Miami county from 1832 through 1851

Adam Leonard Hartzell  &  Louisa Ricker Eaton
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Eaton Top  

Adam Leonard Hartzell was born 17 Mar 1827 in Covington, Miami, Ohio, died 19 Aug 1913 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri. 

Adam Leonard and Louisa Ricker Eaton were married 9 Jul 1861 in Johnson, Kansas. 

Louisa Ricker Eaton was born 18 May 1835 in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada, died 8 Feb 1923 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri and was buried 10 Feb 1923 in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri.  She was the daughter of John Clements and Louisa (Ricker) Eaton.

The information provided by his son Charles for his death certificate says Adam Leonard was born in Covington, Ohio. (Margaret Hartzell, Charles' daughter, thinks he was born in Piqua, where the other side of our family, the Mitchells, resided, but that may be because records are located there in the county seat.) About the time he came to Missouri, either just before or just after, he made a trip to California.

According to the Miami County, Ohio online Genealogical Index, there was an earlier generation Adam Hartzell censused 1820 and 1830 in nearby Jefferson Twp., Montgomery County [Census book pages 116 and 235, respectively].

Adam Leonard and Louisa settled in Clinton county, Missouri, in 1865, a few years after their marriage. The farm he purchased lay a short distance from the Log Church, and at the time of Adam Leonard's death was being lived on by Alfred Edgar, described as "E. A." in the obituary.

In 1880 "Addam L." and "Louiza" were censused in Concord, Clinton, Missouri with their six children. John E. and Edgar A. were working on the farm, and the three girls were at school. Edgar's age was given as 16, rather than 15.

According to his obituary, Adam "saw some service in the Missouri state guard in the early part of the Civil war". The family story, handed down, says he rode with Quantrill. William Clark Quantrill (also Charles W. Quantrell by some authors, and allegedly alias Charley Hart in his early years) was a guerrilla leader of the Southern cause who came to prominence early in the Civil War. Four years of border warfare between the factions for and against slavery, whipped to blood heat by the tactics of John Brown, fomented a legacy of hatred probably stronger and more personal than anywhere else in the country during that conflict. Quantrell was commissioned a Captain in the Confederate Army on 15 Aug 1862, and organized a company of about 150 men, ninety of whose names have been recorded. He later journeyed to Richmond, Virginia, where he was commissioned Colonel, and returned to his men on the Kansas border in January or February of 1863.

The guerrilla warfare Quantrill and other bands waged in the Missouri counties along the Kansas border so beleagered the Union forces that Major General Henry Halleck decreed that any civilian caught with arms would be executed. In August of 1863, a group of Southern women who were relatives of Quantrill's men, including Bill Anderson's sisters and Cole Younger's cousin, were imprisoned in a dilapidated, three story brick building. Within a few days the building collapsed, killing four of the prisoners. Six days later, Quantrill had collected 500 men and in retribution attacked and burned Lawrence, Kansas, killing every male they could find who was old enough to carry a gun. This was the home town of the hated Senator James Lane, whose Jayhawker bands had led murderous raids against the homes of southern sympathisers in Missouri for several years. Almost immediately, Brigadier General Thomas Ewing, in command at Kansas City, issued the infamous Order No. 11 which forced virtually all of the population out of a four county area from Kansas City south along the Kansas border. The order drew heavy criticism from both the Northern and Southern press, but failed to aid the Federal cause in any material way.

Our family story says that Louisa, with her son John Eaton and a negro woman slave, fled the area in a wagon, driving through Kansas City north to Plattsburg. There her brother, either Alfred or Edgar, ran a livery stable. If this was indeed at the time of Order No. 11, John Eaton would have been almost eleven months old. Since Adam Leonard was not with his family at that time, he probably participated in the raid on Lawrence. The few more or less factual reports available on Quantrill's company (all highly partisan on one side or the other) provide only incomplete lists of the men he commanded, and Adam Leonard's name is not to be found. Post-war accounts of annual conventions of Quantrill's veterans up to the time of Adam Leonard's death do not list him, either. Thus the family story, while quite possible true, hasn't yet been corroborated by any objective evidence.

In 1880 "Addam and Louiza" were censused in Concord, Clinton County, Missouri with all of their children at home. The two older boys, ages 16 and 18, were working on the farm, the three daughters, from 9 to 13 years of age, were attending school.

Adam Leonard died at the home of his daughter Mrs. G. Emmett Winn, one and a half miles northeast of Plattsurg [Anon., 1913a]. He had moved into town several years before his death, as he had become partially paralyzed and blind. His obituary38 reported that at that time all of Adam and Louisa's children were living except our ancestor John Eaton: "Ed, C. L., Roxie now Mrs. Emmett Winn, all of this [Clinton] county, Mrs. Mary Porter of Mulhall, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Dollie Hale of Osceola, Missouri". There was also a short, very flowery obituary in the Plattsburg Democrat. Adam Leonard was a Mason 64 years, and the Masonic Lodge conducted the service at the grave. He was buried at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Louisa Ricker Eaton represents the convergence of our New England ancestry. That is, all of our New England ancestors were hers, as well. In addition, when she left New England, first for Canada and then for Missouri, she became the last generation of our ancestry who lived in New England.

A photograph of Louisa, and another of her three daughters, Dollie, Mayme, and Roxie, were received by Pat in July, 1992, from Ollie May Hartzell.

According to the 1850 census, Louisa was living in Oxford township, Johnson County, Kansas Territory with her sister Melissa Pennoyer and John O. Eaton who had come from Canada with the family. Louisa moved back to Missouri when she married Adam Leonard. She joined the Christian Church in the year of her marriage, and apparently belonged to the Log Church near their farm.

Louisa's death certificate says she was living in Concord, Clinton county, and lists the cause of death as apoplexy.Her death notice in the Plattsburg Leader, 9 Feb 1923, says she "died Thursday evening after being taken suddenly ill Wednesday". The funeral services were held at the home of Emmett Winn. The Plattsburg Democrat says she died "Thursday 8 Feb at 5:00 at age 87 years". She was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.

The children and grandchildren (and one great-granddaughtre) of Louisa and Adam Leonard as given here are from the family bible at one time in the possession of Grace (Winn) Siler. A copy of the family events was provided to us by Margaret Hartzell, daughter of Charles Leonard. It is difficult to say how many records were contemporary entries, and how many added at a later date. Apparently the entries were begun sometime after Adam Leonard's death in 1913.

The six children of Adam Leonard and Louisa Ricker (Eaton) Hartzell:   John Eaton, Edgar Alfred, Roxie Louisa, Mary Miller "Mayme", Dollie Edna and Charles Leonard. 

1    Hartzell, John Eaton was born 30 Jul 1862.    

2    Hartzell, Edgar Alfred was born 26 Feb 1865 in Clinton, Missouri and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery.  He and Louise D. "Lula" Heisler were married 1 Feb 1899.  Louise D. "Lula" was born 1870*, died 1944 and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. 

Sometimes recorded as Alfred Edgar, he was censused as a young man as "Edgar A.", and mentioned in his father's obituary as "E. A.". IN 1930 the census entry read "Harzell, Alfred S." Obviously, this man's given names were not accurately recorded.

The two children of Edgar Alfred and Louise D. "Lula" (Heisler) Hartzell:   Samuel Allen and Alfred Leslie "Duck". 

i    Hartzell, Samuel Allen was born 2 Dec 1899.  He was married (1) to Harriett Chenoweth. 

The two children of Samuel Allen and Harriett (Chenoweth) Hartzell:   Gladys Merle and Emma Jean. 

ii    Hartzell, Alfred Leslie "Duck" was born 2 Nov 1902 in Missouri and died Nov 1976 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri.  He was married (1) to Katherine ____.  Katherine was born 1901/1902.  He was married (2) to Julia Bernadette Mallen.  Julia Bernadette was born in Plattsburg and died 25 Nov 1990 in Plattsburg. 

Alfred Leslie, as recorded in the family bible, seems to have been called Leslie A. in later life, and was known by his friends in Plattsburg, Missouri, as "Duck".

The birth date and burial year of Nov 1976 given here are from the SSDI, and the evidence that these are for the correct Leslie Hartzell (one of three) is the death location given as Plattsburg.

A pedigree resource file on FamilySearch claims that Leslie was married twice, once to a Julia Bernadette (written as if that were her surname), and second to a Julia Mallen. I had originally (and carelessly) accepted this, but now believe, and am showing here, that Leslie was married to only one Julia, Julia Bernadette Mallen. That conclusion is supported in that her obituary and a legal notice regarding her estate named her as Julia B. Hartzell.

However, there is a 1930 census record for Oklahoma City (Ward 1, Sheet 2b) for a Hartzell household consisting of Alfred S., born 1864/65, Lula, born 1869/70, Katherine, born 1901/02, Leslie, born 1902/03, and Mary Lu, born 1927/28. This record, particularly with his mother identified as Lula, establishes that Leslie (Duck) was in fact also married to a Katherine.

(See also the note below concerning Julia's obituary.)

Leslie's wife Julia and children were first given to us by Ollie May Hartzell, the wife of Lawrence Eaton Hartzell, a first cousin of "Duck", and my mother's brother. Ollie May and Lawrence also lived for a time in Plattsburg. Her July, 1992, letter to my sister Pat Thiessen also included a somewhat ambiguous notation "died 25 Nov 90", but apparently referring to his wife Julia.

"Duck"'s 74th, and last, birthday party, on election night, 2 Nov 1976, was written up in the Plattsburg Ledger of November 12. In addition to noting the large crowd which gathered at Don's Hitchen Post in Plattsburg, the article listed the food, provided by friends and neighbors, which "ranged from barbecued coon, squirrel, roast beef and venison to mountain oysters".

The children are also named in Leslie's death notice which noted that he died in a Smithfield Hospital, and that the survivors, in addition to his wife, included "three sons, James Hartzell of Plattsburg and Jeff Hartzell and John Hartzell, both of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Lou Curfman of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Judy Blankenship of Kansas City, and five grandchildren." The notice said that Leslie was a lifelong resident of Clinton County, and worked as a carpenter in Plattsburg.

Julia's obituary, which provided her death date in Plattsburg, noted that she was a lifelong resident of Plattsburg, and was a secretary for the Missouri Division of Family Services there. She was survived by her three sons and daughter Judy Blankenship, who at that time was of Smithsville, about 19 miles by road SW of Plattsburg. That a daughter Mary Lou was not mentioned in this context can be interpreted, that she was a step-daughter, and so not listed.

A daughter of Alfred Leslie "Duck" and Katherine (____) Hartzell:   Mary Lou. 

The four children of Alfred Leslie "Duck" and Julia Bernadette (Mallen) Hartzell:   Judith "Judy", James, Jeff and John. 

3    Hartzell, Roxie Louisa was born 5 Jan 1867 in Clinton, Missouri and died in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri.  She and George Emmett Winn were married 14 Nov 1894.  George Emmett was born 1856* in Plattsburg, died 1936 in Plattsburg and was buried in Greenlawn Cemetery. 

The five children of George Emmett and Roxie Louisa (Hartzell) Winn:   ____, Virginia Louise, Rex Hartzell, ____ and Grace Roxie. 

i    Winn, ____ was born 29 Aug 1895 and died 29 Aug 1895. 

ii    Winn, Virginia Louise was born 30 Nov 1897 and died 20 Aug 1939. 

iii    Winn, Rex Hartzell was born 13 Nov 1900 and died 3 Sep 1960. 

iv    Winn, ____ was born 4 May 1902 and died 4 Jun 1902. 

v    Winn, Grace Roxie was born 4 Jun 1905.  She and Dwight Siler were married about 1939. 

Grace Siler's address in 1990 was Route 1, Box 11, Plattsburg, Missouri 64477.

4    Hartzell, Mary Miller "Mayme" was born 29 Dec 1868 in Clinton, Missouri.  She and Morton A. Porter were married 17 Dec 1890.  Morton A. was born estimated Feb 1867*

The four children of Morton A. and Mary Miller "Mayme" (Hartzell) Porter:   Vera Ione, Essig Upton, Jennetta Louise and Gladys Edna. 

i    Porter, Vera Ione was born 1 Jan 1892.  She was married to Harry Essex.  Harry was born estimated May 1889*

The two children of Harry and Vera Ione (Porter) Essex:   Una Maxine and Hartzell Porter. 

ii    Porter, Essig Upton was born 21 Dec 1893.  He was married to Mae ____. 

The three children of Essig Upton and Mae (____) Porter:   Essig Upton, Shirley Jean and Jerry Richard. 

iii    Porter, Jennetta Louise was born 12 Sep 1896.  She was married to William Craig.  William was born estimated Oct 1893*

The two children of William and Jennetta Louise (Porter) Craig:   Helen Marie and Jack Lawrence. 

iv    Porter, Gladys Edna was born 29 Nov 1899.  She was married to Cecil Green. 

5    Hartzell, Dollie Edna was born 2 Oct 1871 in Clinton.  She and Harry C. Hale were married 29 Mar 1893.  Harry C. was born estimated Feb 1870*

The two children of Harry C. and Dollie Edna (Hartzell) Hale:   Ronald Hartzell and Leonard Ethan. 

i    Hale, Ronald Hartzell was born 25 Aug 1894.  He was married to Cora Harrison. 

The seven children of Ronald Hartzell and Cora (Harrison) Hale:   Dorothy Joyce, Mary Edna, Harry Harrison, Ronald Vernon, Vivian Frances, Allene Berdine and Gene. 

ii    Hale, Leonard Ethan was born 6 Jul 1901.  He was married to Virgil Gravens?. 

6    Hartzell, Charles Leonard was born 5 Sep 1874 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri and died 19 Jul 1960 in Plattsburg.  He and Hattie Frances Carter were married 18 Jun 1902.  Hattie Frances was born 12 Sep 1876 and died 29 Oct 1923. 

Charles may have been living in Oklahoma when his brother John Eaton died in 1904, as the latter "gave his brother, Charlie, directions about his business affairs on the way to the hospital" according to the death notice in the Mulhall Enterprise.

Charles' death notice says that Mr. "Hartcell" was a retired merchant and farmer who was a longtime resident of Lathrop and Plattsburg, Missouri. Funeral services were held at Crunk Chapel in Lathrop, and he was buried in Lathrop Cemetery, his nephew Leslie being one of the pallbearers.

The three children of Charles Leonard and Hattie Frances (Carter) Hartzell:   Lucile Esteline, Virginia Ruth and Margaret Frances. 

i    Hartzell, Lucile Esteline was born 8 Jan 1906.  She was married to George A. Owen.  George A. was born estimated Oct 1902* and died about 1955. 

George and Lucille resided 1960 in Kansas City, and they had two sons and a daughter. In 1990 Lucille was residing in Augusta, Kansas.

The three children of George A. and Lucile Esteline (Hartzell) Owen:   Marjorie Ann, Charles E. and Eleanor L. 

ii    Hartzell, Virginia Ruth was born 17 Dec 1908 and died 26 Jul 1963.  She was married to Elmer S. Whitmer.  Elmer S. was born 1901/1902* in Missouri and died 1969.  He was the son of David A. and Fannie B. (____) Whitmer.

I am accepting the 1920 census record in Ray County, Missouri, for this Elmer's birth place and year, and parentage. Ray is partially adjacent to Clinton County, the given name and middle iniitial correspond to my records, and the age is just right, so I think it is a reasonably sure assignment.

Elmer was censused 1910 and 1920 with his parents ifrst in Richmond, Ray, Missouri and then Crooked River, the same county. As a married man he was censused 1930 in Mount Vernon, Lawrence, Missouri, and in 1940 back in Richmond.

I originally had sons Charles born 7 Nov 1931 and Alvin 20 Mar 1932..e., born 1930/1931 and 1931/1932. That implies a misprint for 7 Nov 1930, which I adopt here.

In 1960 Elmer and Virginia were residing in Richmond, Missouri.

The two children of Elmer S. and Virginia Ruth (Hartzell) Whitmer:   Charles D. and Alvin D. 

iii    Hartzell, Margaret Frances was born 8 Jul 1915 and died 21 Jan 2008. 

Margaret Frances kindly provided us with copies of the family Bible records of Adam Leonard's children and grandchildren. She was an insurance agent, residing since 1960 in Cameron, Clinton, Missouri. Her company still exists there (2011) with the name Kenney & Hartzell Insurance.

John Eaton Hartzell  &  Mary Jane "Merrie" Alford
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Alford Top  

John Eaton Hartzell was born 30 Jul 1862 in Campbellton, Johnson, Kansas and died 30 Jun 1904 in Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma Territory. 

John Eaton and Mary Jane "Merrie" Alford were married 6 Jun 1897 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma Territory. 

Mary Jane "Merrie" Alford was born 25 Feb 1866 in Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa, died 20 Dec 1942 in Joplin, Jasper, Missouri and was buried in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Mulhall, Oklahoma.  She was the daughter of John Weller and Elizabeth (Teeter) Alford.

Ollie May Hartzell relates that John Eaton's son Lawrence told this story of the birth of his father. Lawrence's grandparents Adam Leonard and Louisa were traveling from Oklahoma Territory to Plattsburg while she was pregnant. On the trail, near the Kansas-Missouri border, she began her labor pains while they were traveling, and John Eaton was born in the midst of the journey, which they soon resumed, to Plattsburg. Since Oklahoma was Indian territory at the time of John Eaton's birth, this must have been on the return from a short visit there, as white settlers were not then allowed in the Territory.

In 1891, two years after the land run there, (and nearly thirty years after the above story) John moved to Oklahoma Territory and shortly afterward entered the employ of the Carey-Lombard Lumber Company at Norman. The certificate for his marriage to "Miss Marie J. Alford" states that he was from Norman, and that the ceremony was performed in "The Bricker Hous" of Cleveland county. It was signed by Eld. Thos. H. Stover31.

In 1898 John came to Mulhall as manager of the same firm. (The town had in 1890 been called "Alferd", and it would be interesting to know whether that name has some connection with Merrie's family, as their name was for a time spelled Alfred in Iowa before their move to Kansas and Oklahoma.) In the fall of 1898 John announced that the lumberyard was closing, but by 1900 it was back in business. He continued in that employment until he announced in December of 1903 his resignation effective the end of the year to engage in farming, his youngest child Mildred then being just eleven months old.

On 13 Sep 1902, John and his brother Charles had purchased the NE quarter of Section 25, Township 18 north, Range 3 west of the Indian Meridian for $2800 from Edgar and Mary Tucker. This was in Rose Hill township, on the border with Mulhall township, and about three miles south and three miles west of the town of Mulhall. This section 25 land must have been the farm John intended to farm, and it's not known whether Charles lived on it, as well.

John died in the hospital at Guthrie early Thursday morning 30 June after having been stricken on the 24th with an intestinal problem. Two notices, one concerning his sudden illness, and one of his death, appeared in the 1 Jul 1904 issue of The Mulhall Enterprise, and an obituary one week later. After Dr. Hatfield was unable to solve the problem at his home in Mulhall, John was taken Wednesday by the 11:00 train to the hospital at Guthrie, during which trip he gave his brother Charilie directions about his business affairs. Dr. Blesh performed an operation in which it was determined that "an adhesive band had formed about the intestine so contracting the passage that nothing could pass through". An earlier operation could have solved the problem, but at this late time nothing could be done to save the patient. Although John could recognize his wife after the operation, he died the following morning.

John's body was returned to Mulhall Saturday on the 9:17 train, and the funeral took place from the Presbyterian church, the Rev. J. R. Morgan preaching. After the sermon, the services were taken in charge by the St. John's Lodge No. 12, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he had been a member since November, 1902, and the burial took place at Roselawn cemetery.

IMAGE: Mary_Jane_Alford.gif
Mary Jane Merrie (Alford) Hartzell
25 Feb 1866 - 20 Dec 1942
Iowa, Oklahoma Territory, Kansas, Missouri

Merrie purchased 28 Apr 1908 lot four in block fifteen in the town of Mulhall from William and Sarah Strunk for $500. Then, on 18 Jan 1910, five and a half years after his death, Merrie as executor of John's estate sold his half interest in the Section 25 purchase of 1902 to his brother Charles for $1000. The two of them had paid $2800 for the land, but there was still outstanding a $1600 mortgage on the whole tract. Thus it's difficult to tell whether this sale represents a 28% loss in value of the land, a distress sale on Merrie's part to her brother-in-law, or a settlement of her interest taking into account the circumstances of the mortgage.

Sometime in 1908 Merrie sold her house in Mulhall, and moved with her three daughters to Guthrie. This city, some twelve miles south of Mulhall, had on 16 Nov 1907 been made the capitol of he Oklahoma Territory. On 23 Apr 1910, Merrie paid $2500 to Rachel Rees for lot fourteen in block forty in East Guthrie, Logan county. Either this location, or her original home in Guthrie, was at 211 E. College Avenue. That year, she was censused as a boardinghouse keeper with her three children and her sister Maggie living with her. According to Mildred, her daughter, Merrie had opened the boardinghouse to accomodate the influx of legislators to Guthrie, but as the capitol moved to Oklahoma city in 1910, this was a short lived source of tenants. The following year, on 16 Jun 1911, Merrie sold lot fourteen to Alice Caldwell for $2500. Then, on 30 Aug 1912, Merrie paid $1100 to "Ellice" and I. H. Caldwell for lots 7, 8, and 9 in block 86 in East Guthrie, where her address was 607 E. Grant.

See the Eaton family history for the story of Ernest Eaton, a far distant cousin of Merrie's mother-in-law, lived southwest of Guthrie at this time.

The three children of John Eaton and Mary Jane "Merrie" (Alford) Hartzell:   Lawrence Eaton, Lillian Roxie and Mildred Louise

1    Hartzell, Lawrence Eaton was born 17 Jun 1898 in Oklahoma Territory, died 24 Jul 1982 in Glenwood Springs, Garfield, Colorado and was buried in Cremated, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  He and Ollie May Soper were married 22 Dec 1923 in Springfield, Missouri.  Ollie May was born 12 Sep 1906 in Oakley, Logan, Kansas, died 24 Dec 1994 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and was buried in Cremated, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  She was the daughter of John H. and Laura Myrtle (Tinsley) Soper.

Lawrence came with his mother and sisters to Topeka about the time of his nineteenth birthday. He apprenticed as a boiler maker at the Santa Fe shops, and when his apprenticeship was finished, was sent to Clovis, New Mexico. Just after his arrival there, the Santa Fe employees went on strike, so Lawrence moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he went to work for the Frisco Railray Shops as an electric welder, the job he followed for the rest of his life.

He and Ollie May married in Springfield, and in 1925 they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, the home of her parents for many generations, where he went to work for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. When the depression hit, he became unemployed and could not find work in Kentucky. They came back to Missouri, and lived in and around Kansas City for some twenty-five years, where he held jobs as a welder with several companies. It was during this period that he designed and made the unique stainless steel bracelets that many in the family prize highly.

Ollie May remembers that one railroad job Lawrence accepted took him to Cheyenne, Wyoming. After one day there, he called home and said he was sending her a pass to come visit and see the place, but she was to first call his former boss and get his old job back. This she was able to do, as he had been a senior welder in the company where his work was well appreciated. She went to Wyoming for a short visit, and they took in Denver on the way back to Kansas City. One day in Wyoming was enough!

In 1955 Lawrence and Ollie May moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, but Lawrence's "retirement" merely meant that he worked many different types of electric welding jobs, as his talents were much in demand. Most mornings for the rest of his life he spent in the basement doing cabinet work, and most of the beautiful furniture in her home today came from his hands.

Ollie May was one of seven children, Charles Henry, Ray Tinsley, Marie Frances, John, Ollie May, Berry Collins, and Anna Laura. She worked for much of her life as a telephone operator, particularly for General Electric in the Power and Light Company building in Kansas City. She now resides in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, at 101 Polo Road, 945-5625.

Ollie May died seven days after having fallen down a stairway and injuring her head. Her sister Ann, who apparently lived most of her life in Louisville, Kentucky, died less than two years after Ollie May.

2    Hartzell, Lillian Roxie was born 29 Aug 1899 in Oklahoma Territory and died 9 Jan 1988 in Torrance, Los Angeles, California.  She and Frank Edwin Middleton were married 27 Aug 1921.  Frank Edwin was born 6 Jun 1899 and died 1952 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. 

Lillian and Frank were married 27 Aug 1921, divorced, and then remarried 26 Apr 1930. They were living in Joplin, Missouri, in December, 1942 when Lillilan ws the informant for the information on her mother Merrie's death certificate. The had been living in that community for one year.

The three children of Frank Edwin and Lillian Roxie (Hartzell) Middleton:   Clyde Edwin, John Lawrence "Larry" and Elizabeth "Betty" Marie. 

i    Middleton, Clyde Edwin was born 17 Jun 1924 in Topeka.  He was married (1) to Mary Francis Rushin 4 Jun 1944 in Macon, Bibb, Georgia.  Mary Francis was born 21 Dec 1921 in Cairo, Grady, Georgia and died 14 Mar 1972.  He was married (2) to Jean Frances (Holden) Shelman 25 Aug 1973. 

The two children of Clyde Edwin and Mary Francis (Rushin) Middleton:   Janet Marie and Clyde Edwin. 

ii    Middleton, John Lawrence "Larry" was born 23 Apr 1931 in Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He and Barbara Jeanne Jenkins were married 17 Dec 1950 in Torrance, Los Angeles, California.  Barbara Jeanne was born 9 Aug 1932 in Springville, Utah, Utah. 

Her mother Sarah was born 23 Apr 1900.

The four children of John Lawrence "Larry" and Barbara Jeanne (Jenkins) Middleton:   Linda Jeanne, Paul Lawrence, Karen Lynn and Laura Kay. 

iii    Middleton, Elizabeth "Betty" Marie was born 14 Aug 1933 in Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She and Henry Randolph Jean were married 16 Apr 1954 in Torrance, Los Angeles, California.  Henry Randolph was born 19 Sep 1928 in Lake Arthur, Jefferson Davis, Louisiana. 

The four children of Henry Randolph and Elizabeth "Betty" Marie (Middleton) Jean:   Russell Wade, David Allen, Curtis Randall and Kevin Marshall. 

3    Hartzell, Mildred Louise was born 11 Jan 1903.    

Mildred Louise Hartzell  &  Paul Reese Swan
Jacob 1, Heinrich 2, Clemens 3, Hans Georg 4, Hans Jacob 5, Johann Philip 6, Adam 7, Philip 8, Adam Leonard 9, John Eaton 10, Mildred Louise 11 Swan Top  

Mildred Louise Hartzell was born 11 Jan 1903 in Mulhall, Logan, Oklahoma Territory and died 3 Jul 1989 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. 

Mildred Louise and Paul Reese Swan were married 4 Jun 1927 in Topeka. 

Paul Reese Swan was born 15 Oct 1903 in Topeka and died 11 Oct 1953 in Topeka.  He was the son of James Albert and Marguerite "Maggie" (Markley) Swan.

IMAGE: Mom_and_Dad.jpg

Paul and Mildred were married in Topeka Saturday, 4 June 1927, by the Rev. C. Clark Buckner, Minister of the Gospel in the Christian Church. It is not known where the marriage ceremony took place. Dr. Buckner had been born in 1887, and was a graduate of Christian University, now Culver-Stockton College, in northeastern Missouri. He held pastorates in Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nebraska before coming to Topeka, and in Texas and Missouri subsequently. He initiated in Missouri (as did Lyndon Johnson in Texas) the National Youth Administration program under President Roosevelt in 1935.

Dad entered Santa Fe service as a clerk in the Topeka freight auditor's office in November 1919, just after his sixteenth birthday. He resigned in May of 1923, but was again employed by the Santa Fe in June 1926 as a signal helper on an Eastern Lines construction crew, and was promoted to assistant signalman 1 Apr 1927. He entered the signal engineer's office in Topeka as an assistant draftsman 8 Oct 1927, and subsequently held the positions of material supervisor 9 Mar 1929 and second draftsman 16 Nov 1930. On 1 Nov 1935 he transfered to the office of the Signal Engineer System as a draftsman, and was promoted to Chief Clerk, Signal Engineer in that office 20 Jan 1936. He held that position until his death in 195347.

Dad purchased the three corner lots #241-3-5 on Ohio, which he renumbered as 2801, from his father 8 Dec 1936. These included also the home which had been built by his uncle Ham Swan. The deed states that he assumed the balance due on two notes, of $1785 and $200, payable to the Capitol Building and Loan Association. Those notes had been taken out ten years earlier by our grandparents, and the payments of $22.20 and $2.22 per month were to run until 1938. We believe that mother and dad had been renting the home from grandfather Swan since about 1930, but the exact date of their move to Highland Park is not known.

Mildred's parents moved to Mulhall in 1898, two years after they married, when Mildred's father transfered from Norman, Oklahoma to become manager of the Carey-Lombard Lumber Company in Mulhall. (This biography is an abridged version of one written in 1993 by Leo K. Thiessen, Mildred's son-in-law. We thank him for the care he took in creating this memorial to mother.) On June 30, 1904, when she was just one and a half years old, her father died quite suddenly from a bowel obstruction. He had resigned from the lumber company shortly before his death to engage in farming, possibly with his in-laws, John Weller and Elizabeth (Teeter) Alford who were farming near Mulhall.

About 1909, Mildred moved with her family to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where her mother was a seamstress and ran a boardinghouse for the state legislators in order to support her family. Merrie also taught school at times. In 1917, the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, so that her brother Lawrence could become a boiler maker apprentice in the Santa Fe railway shops. Mildred attended the eight grade at Lincoln Grade School and completed the 9th grade of Junior High in 1919. She then worked at Crosby Brothers Department Store in Topeka until 1922. During her last year there, she also attended the Strickler School of Business, learning to be a comptometer operator. She went to work in 1922 for the W. A. L. Thompson Wholesale Hardware Company as a comptometer operator, and worked there until her marriage in 1927.

An item in "The Topeka Daily Capital" for July 29, 1922, listed 40 girls signed up for the YWCA week-end near Maple Hill, including Mildred Hartzell. Maple Hill is a small town about 20 miles due west of Topeka.

One of Mildred's friends for most of her life was Loretta Arens. Loretta worked as a teller in one of the banks in Topeka, as I recall. The Social Security file shows a Loretta Arens born 28 Aug 1902 and died in February of 1987, her last residence being Sebastian, Indian River, Florida. This may well be Mildred's friend, as the date of birth is just before Mildred's, and we do remember her retiring and moving away from Topeka.

A few years after their marriage, Mildred and Paul set up their home at 2801 Ohio in the Highland Park section southeast of Topeka, Kansas. (See the description of Paul's uncle Hamilton Brown Swan for the history of this house which Ham built before 1909.) Mildred lived there until 1981 at which time she sold the house and moved into an apartment in Mission Towers on East 29th, behind the Highland Park Methodist Church. Just across Minnesota on that corner is the location of the home of Aaron Markley, Paul's grandfather, who bought that land in 1885, and where Paul's parents James Aaron and Marguerite (Markley) Swan were married.

As a young wife and mother, Mildred was active in the Brownie Scout organization when Pat was small, and served as President of the Topeka Girl Scout Council. She worked in grade school activities and the Sunday School. Mildred was an active member for over fifty years of the Highland Park Methodist Church which she joined 9 Dec 1934, and where Patricia and Paul, Jr., were baptised 9 Jun 1940. She was also a graduate of the well known Menninger Bible Study Classes conducted in Topeka by the wife of Dr. Karl Menninger.

Mildred became a member of the Order Of The Eastern Star, as was her mother since the family's days in Mulhall. Mildred was initiated into Buelah Chapter in Topeka on 20 October 1923, and was later chosen for Buelah Belles.

When Paul died of cancer in October, 1953, Mildred renewed her business skills by taking a six week refresher course as a comptometer operator at Clark's Secretarial School. She then went to work 23 Mar 1954 for the Kansas Corporation Commission, and moved 1 Sep 1955 to the Department of Administration where she verified vouchers and payrolls. While working there she took a twelve week course in basic accounting in 1959, and then transfered into the Department of Public Instruction, 19 Apr 1960. There her job was as a traveling auditor of the School Lunch Program in the smaller towns' schools throughout Kansas. Mildred moved from the traveling job to work in the office in July, 1964, where she worked until she retired 31 Dec 1967.

Mildred was able to live comfortably and independently after her retirement. One of her favorite recreations, both during her marriage and later, was playing bridge, and she was a member of many bridge clubs over the years. She remained very active in all of the church groups and served the Topeka Rescue Mission as volunteer and secretary. Mildred liked to travel and was able to do so both while she worked and during her retirement. She was a member of the Topeka Travel Club and thus was usually able to travel with friends and acquaintances. During this time Mildred traveled to all of the continents, except for Antartica, some more than once.

[I am greatly indebted to Leo Thiessen, Mildred's son-in-law, for compiling the above biography of my mother - PRS.]

After Paul died, his youngest brother Fritz, who lived in a small house he had build next door on the first lot of their parents' property, wanted to leave for the southwest. Mildred on 12 Nov 1953 purchased the house, 2807 Ohio, and sold it in 1971, the deed being transferred 28 Aug 1981 when the mortgage was paid off. She sold her own longtime home at 2801 Ohio on 13 May 1981.

Mildred enjoyed excellent health until late December, 1987, at which time she began to have many health problems. She spent the last 6 1/2 months of her life in the Manor House nursing home in Topeka. The official cause of her death was heart failure, but she suffered from many other ailments. Her will, dated 21 Jul 1964, bequeathed to her daughter Patricia Thiessen her diamond ring, dishes, and glassware, and to her daughter-in-law Mildred Louise Swan her silverware. The residue of the estate was given to Patricia and her son Paul, share and share alike.

At Paul Sr.'s death in 1953, a gift of an altar bible had been given to the Highland Park Methodist Church in his memory. Thirty six years later the scriptures were read from this bible at Mildred's funeral service.

The two children of Paul Reese and Mildred Louise (Hartzell) Swan:   Paul Reese and Patricia Lee "Pat". 

1    Swan, Paul Reese was born 7 Feb 1929.    

2    Swan, Patricia Lee "Pat" was born 19 Nov 1931 in Topeka and baptized in the Highland Park Methodist Church.  She and Leo Kurtis Thiessen were married 26 Aug 1956 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  Leo Kurtis was born 26 Sep 1933 in Inman, McPherson, Kansas. 

The two children of Leo Kurtis and Patricia Lee "Pat" (Swan) Thiessen:   Amy Susanne and Julie Marie. 

i    Thiessen, Amy Susanne was born 14 May xxxx in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. 

ii    Thiessen, Julie Marie was born 12 Oct xxxx in Atchison, Atchison, Kansas.  She and Duane Orval Hartshorn were married 22 Jun 1986 in Denver, Denver, Colorado.  Duane Orval was born 12 Jan xxxx in Canada.  He was the son of Denzel Fred and Janet Sue (Johnston) Hartshorn.

The four children of Duane Orval and Julie Marie (Thiessen) Hartshorn:   Denzel Henry, Lucy Ann, Ella Sue and Meam Kathlene. 

b 1929      
b 1930      d 1998

familyhistorycomposerweb2016 Top