Antecedents of M. Paul Hawes : Wenzeslaus Recksrodt
Hans Rexsrodt
Johannes Recksrodt
Maria Magdalena
Wenzeslaus Recksrodt


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Wenzeslaus Recksrodt 1 3 4

  • Born: 21 Jun 1621, Smirschitz, Bohemia 5 6
  • Marriage: Veronika circa 1644 in Smirschitz, Bohemia 1 2
  • Died: 21 Jun 1705, Erbach, Hesse, Germany at age 84

bullet   Another name for Wenzeslaus was Wenzel Recksrodt.7


bullet  General Notes:

Wenzeslaus was born shortly after his father's death and remained in Bohemia for many years. He married and had at least one child there, but eventually made his way back to Germany. But settled in a slightly different part of the country than where his ancestors had lived.

Wenzel Recksrodt was the founding father of the Rexroth bloodline in the Odenwald. He had left his birthplace of Smirschitz and moved to the Odenwald, probably after the 30 Years War which ran from 1618 to 1648. The Odenwald is a low mountain range in Hesse and Baden. For much of its history it was a relatively poor region.

Wenzel lived in Erbach, working as a horse and weapon smith. Erbach was the seat of Colonel Count Erbach von Bohmen who ruled over much of the Odenwald region. Erbach was in the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt had come into existence in 1567.

Most men in the family became blacksmiths. Although a common trade by American standards, blacksmithing required certification by a guild and brought with it some degree of status. The Recksrodts held the status of Bürger or Burgher, which means they were citizens with full rights and were not subject to serfdom. Their sons married the daughters of tailors, church officials, court officials and other middle-class people at a time when middle-class status was relatively rare in Germany.

bullet  Research Notes:

According to Bess Wilson:
Wenzeslaus is credited as the founding father of the Rexroth bloodline in the Odenwald. He had left his birthplace of Smirschitz and moved to the Odenwald in the retinue of Colonel Count Erbach von Bohmen. There he lived in Erbach, working as a horse and weapon smith, with his wife, Veronika, and seven children. His firstborn son, Hans Barthel Recksrodt, was born in Smirschitz, before the family moved to Erbach in the Odenwald. Eventually the Recksrodt family would branch out in the Odenwald area and develop what was then called iron hammers or forges. They eventually had a monopoly of the iron-making trade in the Odenwald area. The Recksrodts were to become a very famous family, and quite a bit was written about them and their dynasty.



Wenzeslaus married Veronika circa 1644 in Smirschitz, Bohemia.1 2 (Veronika was born in 1618 in Smirschitz, Bohemia 5 and died on 28 Oct 1692 in Erbach, Hesse, Germany.)



1 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.).

2 Heidi Banse, Vorfahren der Familie Banse (<>
"Heidi Banse" <[email protected]>
Michelstadt, Hesse, Germany).

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

4 Jay Scott Risner, Ancestors of Jay Scott Risner (, <>.

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

6 Bess Wilson, E-mail from Bess Wilson (<[email protected]>
Arligton, Texas).

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

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

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