Antecedents of M. Paul Hawes : Johannes Recksrodt
Dietrich Rexsrodt
(Cir 1554-)
Hans Rexsrodt
Johannes Recksrodt


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Maria Magdalena

Johannes Recksrodt 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 1595, Wanfried, Hesse, Germany 5
  • Marriage: Maria Magdalena
  • Died: 1621, Smirschitz, Bohemia at age 26 6

bullet   Another name for Johannes was Hans Rexrodt.7


bullet  General Notes:

Johannes left Wannfried and fought in the Battle of Bílá Hora (White Mountain) near Prague, the capitol of Bohemia, on 8 Nov 1620. This was an early battle of the Thirty-Years' War. He died well west of Prague the next year.

bullet  Research Notes:

Deutchen Geschlecterbuch Band 94 reports that Johannes died in 1640.

E-mail message from Bill Rexroad:
"…Wanfried was the acting capital of Hesse/Thuringia for several decades during that period with the palace being there in town. The Reckerode clan had been loyal servants to the Landgrave including being part of the royal court. The great general Georg's sister was lady in waiting to the Landgrave's wife for a time and many Reckerode fought for the Landgrave. It is assumed that Johannes was one of these loyal servants that traveled with the army to Bohemia for the beginning of the 30 years war. What's interesting is that he died (I'm guessing) before Wenceslaus was even born or shortly thereafter. Maria stayed in Smirschitz for several years raising him before returning to Germany and then to a new town; Erbach. I think this is why he has a different coat of arms (dog and log) than his ancestral Reckerode clan (eagle's wings). It may be from his mother's family who may have actually been from Bohemia and took the boy into their household. …

According to Bess Wilson:
A Johann Recksrodt, born in the late 1500s, was recruited by the cavalry in Solm, with whom he traveled to Bohemia and participated in the Battle of the White Mountain at west Prague on November 8, 1620. The Emperor Ferdinand II defeated the Winter King Elector Friedrich V of the Palatinate.

Johannes Recksrodt realized that his new-found employment with the horsemen of the cavalry was not what he wanted to do, so he left the cavalry and settled in Smirschitz, in the vicinity of Konigsgratz (Sadowa). It was here, in 1621, that his wife Magdalena bore him a son, Wenzelslaus. Johannes taught his son the smith trade, making guns, cannons, and church bells.

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Johannes married Maria Magdalena. (Maria Magdalena was born in 1606 in Wanfried, Hesse, Germany 10 and died on 28 Oct 1692 in Erbach, Hesse, Germany 10.)



1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FamilySearch™ Pedigree Resource File (Includes family history records that individuals have submitted through the FamilySearch Internet site.

2 William D. Rexroad, A line of Rexroad in America (<>).

3 Descendants of Hans Recksrodt ("Bess Wilson" <[email protected]>
From information collected from other sources including A History of the Descendants of Zacrariah Rexrode of Pendleton County, VA (WV) by Walter L. Eye, July 1986.).

4 Juergen Gerstenberger, Nachkommen von Hans Rexsrodt (<>
<[email protected]>
From information collected directly and from Heidi Banse), <>.

5 Jay Scott Risner, Ancestors of Jay Scott Risner (,

6 Bill Rexroad, E-mail from Bill Rexroad (<[email protected]>).

7 E-mail from Mary Ross (Columbus, Ohio
<[email protected]>
Including information obtained from Heidi Banse, a friend, Rexroth descendant, and researcher in Germany.).

8 E-mail from Joe Rexroad ("Joe Rexroad" <[email protected]>).

9 Search (, <>.

10 Juergen Gerstenberger, Nachkommen von Hans Rexsrodt (<>
<[email protected]>
From information collected directly and from Heidi Banse), <>.

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