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Re: A Spayd history that my Great Grandfather had
Posted by: Patti Messenger (ID *****0997) Date: August 02, 2006 at 09:42:10
In Reply to: Re: A Spayd history that my Great Grandfather had by Liz S of 31

Hot Diggity Dog!

Your Kate is a younger sister of my Great Grandfather, Rufus Loose Spayd!

After I posted the history, I discovered that it didn't relate to our line, but the confusion with the same names made it look like it did apply. Our ancestor Henry (Johann Heinrich Spath) arrived on the Snow Rowand in 1753. The passenger list is here

Philip (Johannes Philipus Spath) was also on that ship. I believe that he is a brother of our ancestor Henry. I only recently figured out that Henry was our ancestor. Morton Montgomery's book lists Charles Spayd, another cousin of ours, and says that his lineage could be traced back to ancestors that arrived on the Rowand. I finally realized that the Philip that arrived on the Rowand never lived in Berks County, and so our ancestor could only be Henry.

Henry probably asked his brother Philip to be sponsor for the birth of his son, and the custom back then was to name the child for the sponsor, thus our ancestor Philip, born about 1770. I have not been able to find a record of Philip's birth, so this is pure speculation.

Philip married Catharina Papp, or so the minister wrote it. I can't find any other record of Papp's in Berks County, and I believe that he married Catharina Babb.

The Snow Rowand records only lists males over the age of 16.

I believe that a sister, Anna Maria Spath may have also been on board. She married Ludwig Lupp, who was also a passenger on the Snow Rowand. Henry attended the same churches as Ludwig and Anna Maria, when they attended the Blue Mountain Church. Henry had children christened there. When Ludwig Lupp became the German Reformed minister of the Bern Church, Henry began attending there. He had his own children christened there, and he served as sponsor for other people as well.

Anna Maria Spath (Lupp) is important because her descendents have traced her lineage back another Generation. Her Father is listed as Johann Georg Spath of the town of Hof in Hesse-Nassau in Germany. If Anna Maria was a sister of our Henry, than Johann Georg Spath is our ancestor too.
Henry lived in Heidelberg Township, near Sebastian Spath. Sebastian was born in 1740 enroute to America. I believe he was a cousin of Henry, because they both followed the Lupps to the Bern Church together, and Henry sponsored at least one of Sebastian's children. Sebastian named one of his children for Henry. Our line americanized the name to Spayd. It appears that Sebastian's line americanized their name to Spotts and Spatz.

I found it interesting to note, that in the records from the Bern Church show that our Spath (Spayd) ancestors weren't the ony ancestors that wordhipped there. The Albrechts and Looses were there, worshipping together generations before their descendents married.

Henry served in the Revolutionary War in the Militia, under Captain Filbert, also of Heidelberg Township. I have been looking (on-line) for where Henry is buried, and haven't had any luck yet. I live in California, and have only been to Pennsylvania twice in my life, but this fall my parents and I will be visiting there and I plan to research the Berks County Historical Society, and other places that could offer information. I would love to hear more from you, and I would love to hear what information you have. My email is


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