HANSELPACKER Family Information


abt 1750, probably New Jersey
MARRIED 1: abt 1770, Bergen Cty, NJ
MARRIED 2: 1789, NB
DIED: 11 Nov 1819 Ripples near Scotchtown, Sheffield Parish, Sunbury Cty, NB
BURIED: probably the Hanselpacker Cemetery, Scotchtown

SPOUSE 1: Margretha b abt 1750
SPOUSE 2: Catherine

FATHER: Unknown

MOTHER: Unknown

PERSONAL DATA: The Hanselpacker family, probably a German surname originally spelled Henselbecker, is recorded in some church records in Bergen County. Several Hanselpackers are listed as parents, children or witnesses in the Ramapo Lutheran Church of Mahwah, Bergen County, including Philip, Conrad, William, Wilhelm, Willem, Johannis, and Michel. In the Ramapo Church records, the births of children of the above are all listed including John the son of Philip and Margretha, christened 15 Aug 1773.

Philip, Conrad and William are listed in the muster roll for the Fourth Battalion of the New Jersey Volunteers in 1778; thereafter Philip becomes a Corporal, Conrad remains a Private, and William's name occurs no more. It is likely that these three were brothers, but no clarifying documents have been found as yet.

After the war Philip emigrated to NB and soon came to Fredericton where he built the Oxford Cottage, selling it in 1787 and going to his land grant at Ripples in Sunbury County. Philip had four children, probably all with Margretha, and it is the oldest, John, who was my ancestor. He was born in Bergen County, NJ in 1773, went with the family to Ripples. In 1882 he received a grant of 400 acres at Den Brook, Cambridge Parish, Queens Cty and moved there .

John married Julia Balmain 6 Feb 1799 at Gagetown, Queens Cty and had at least 11 children. It was his son William H who married Mary Ann Clark in Canning Parish. They remained there all their lives and William was recorded in the 1861 census.

William and Mary Ann had 10 children. The eldest was Miriam Leah b abt 1829 in Canning Parish, lived with the Coulthard family in Fredericton according to the 1851 census, and married Samuel Dayton in 1852.

1. Family Line Publications, 1935, Early Church Records of Bergen County, New Jersey, provides baptismal records of many Hanselpackers, Henselbacker, and Henselbekkers.
2. Muster Rolls in the Canadian Archives at Ottawa can be obtained on microfilm (C11820) through Interlibary Loan.
3. The Provincial Archives of NB at Fredericton have a great deal of material on Philip, John and William including land grant information, wedding records, wills, censuses, and newspapers.
4. Chapter 5 of the author's book Fathers and Mothers, 2002, 328pp is devoted to this line and is available from the author at 6695 Terry Court, Arvada, CO 80007 and email: [email protected]

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