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Re: Johannes Hammerich, Pennsylvania
Posted by: George O'Reilly (ID *****7848) Date: March 30, 2002 at 13:44:12
In Reply to: Johannes Hammerich, Pennsylvania by Bill Davenport of 20

Johann Georg Hamerich was a linen weaver in the village of Hassloch lying in the Rheinland-Pfalz East of Neustadt, Germany. He was the son of Heironimus Hammerich from Freinsheim, Germany. He married Maria Elisabeta Biber, the daughter of Jacob Biber, on 20 February 1719 at Hassloch. Their children were: Johann Paul, Johannes, Anna Margretha, Johann Peter, Johann Henrich, Maria Cretha, Anna Margaretha, Philp Lorentz, Johann Jacob, and Maria Eliszabetha. The children were all born in Hassloch and were baptized in the German Reformed Church at Hassloch with the exception of Johann Jacob and Maria Eliszabetha Hamerich who were both born in Pennsylvania. Johnann Jacob was baptized as the son of Joh. George Hammerich in the Nei Holland Evangelical Lutheran Church with Jacob Gysi and wife as sponsors.Maria Eliszabetha was baptized in the First German Reformed Church at Lancaster in Lancaster County, PA.
Burns quotes S. C. Jones in concluding that Nancy Cook was Hans George's second wife who bore him eighteen children. The children Jones sets forth were the American born children. These children were: George, David, William, Moses, Thomas, John, Elijah, Greenberry, James, Reuben, Jane, Susanna, Hannah, Rebecca, Mollie, Mary, Sarah, and Benjamin. Burns believes Johann Jacob and Maria Elisabeta became John and Mary in Virginia in order to make the children total to twenty four. However, I total the number of children to be twenty six based on eight children by Hans George's first wife, and eighteen children by his second wife. Apparently, the eighth child, Philip Lorentz Hamerich, was not counted since he died shortly after birth. How someone came up with twenty four children is beyond me since seven and eighteen total to twenty five and not twenty four.
       Burns states the passenger list of the Snow Lowther lists seven children (all but Philip Lorentz, who died shortly after birth), but the lists published by Rupp (17B) in Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, and French Immigrants in Pennsylvania From 1727-1776 and in Pennsylvania German Pioneers (List 17A, 17B, and 17C) make no mention of any other Hamerick individuals than the ones shown below.




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