Saw your posting regarding the Earnhardt's of NC.Here is a little info for you to start with.Do you have any further info (ex: dates, etc) that could narrow down your ancestor?I will try to help you if I can.We live in Oklahoma, not far from Texas.
The Earnhardt's came from Germany to Pennsylvania to North Carolina (3 brother's migrated from Pa. Johan Philip, Johan Kilian, Johan Georg).From these 3 brother's came most of the Earnhardt clan from NC.You will see different spellings but the original spelling was Ehrenhardt.
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The first of the family recorded as entering this country were Christof, Katharina, and Maria (under 16) Ehrenhardt, who were listed as Palantines, aboard the ship, Johnson which arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam on Sept. 19, 1732. (Penn. German Pioneers, Strassburger, Vol. 1, pp. 71-77). Unable to find any further record of Christof and his family in any of the Penn. records.
Hans Jacob Ehrenhart (age 23) arrived in Phil. aboard the ship Glasgow from Rotterdam on Sept. 9, 1738 (Pa. German Pioneers, Vol. 1 pp. 204-207). Jacob settled near what later became Emmaus, Pa., and extensive records for his family reside in the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. He was born in Morstadt, Germany, near Worms. (They Came to Emmaus, Barba., pp. 362-363). Jacob died in Pa. in 1760. His children married and settled in Pa. (Moravian Church Records). Later descendants of Jacob migrated to Ohio and Indiana (Pa., Ohio and Indiana census records).
The next members of the family to arrive in this country were Johannes and Johannes Philip Ehrenhardt, who arrived in Pa., aboard the ship Friendship on Nov. 2, 1744. (Pa. German Pioneers, Vol. I, pp. 356). The signature of Johannes on the oath list in Pa. was that of an older man with unsteady hand, while Johannes Philip's signature was smooth (Pa. German Pioneers, Vol. II, p. 375).
In the 1740's Johannes and Philip obtained land warrants in Bucks (later became Northampton, then finally Lehigh County) about 10 miles from where Hans Jacob settled. (Pa. Archives, Third Series, Vol. XXIV, p.124). Additional land warrants adjacent to Johannes and Philip were issued to Killian and Jacob in the 1750s. When Johannes died in 1767, his estate was administered by Johan Jurg (John George), the oldest son then living in Pa. (Northhampton County Will and Estate records). The fact that other older sons existed, but were not in Pa. indicates that Philip and Killian had migrated to North Carolina and obtained Granville grants by 1762.
Descendants of Johannes Philip Ehrenhardt
This information is from Mrs. Helen Earnhardt Lance, formerly of Durham, NC, who spent years researching.
It was by way of Palatinate that Johannes Philip Ehrenhardt came to America. The Dutch, the Germans etc. were not Dutch, neither were they German. In the Brittanica Encyclopedia, the history of the Palatinate was it is the northern section of Bavaria on the Rhine River. It is called Palatinate because after it was taken over by the Germans and ruled by favored lords of the government, it was divided into Palatinates or districts. Each district had a big castle built for the ruling lord of the Palatine.
Persecution, full and dastardly by the Roman Catholic Church, imprisonment, murder, burning at the stake, murder by wild animals as Romans cheered inhabitants driven out and houses destroyed and crops burned at the instigation of the Holy Roman empire.
William Penn (Quaker) who had been give a vast estate in the new world by the king of England in lieu of a vast sum the king had borrowed from William's father decided to seetle this new world area by good honest working men and women who were being persecuted.
Ehre-n in German means "honor, respect, reputation, frank, glory, credit." Hardt is the name of a mountain. Mrs. Lance thought probably Johanne Philip could have come from Hardt Mountain.
Carolina Cradle by Robert W. Ramsey, page 88, shows that Philip acquired land in Bucks County, Pa. He later migrated to Rowan County, NC. Recorded deeds in the courthouse in Salisbury, NC show that Philip acquired land on Dutch Second Creek about five miles east of Salisbury, NC.
Philip Earnhardt left a will dated 2/11/1797 in which he names his children: Mary, Elizabeth, George, John, Christine, Easter, Eave, Eliza, Caty and Mary Margaret.
John Eronhart (b:1768 d:1846) inherited one half of his father's farm. He married Elizabeth Eller. The following children were born: Allie, Charles, Silas (Steve's line), Thomas, Edward and Eve.
Silas married Caroline Goodman. She died 10/30/1855 on the banks of the Ohio River and was buried on the NW side of the graveyard at Golconda. Silas was left with 6 children (which he turned back after the winter) to go back to Rowan County, NC. Their children were Nathaniel, Lorenza, Turner, Julius, Daniel, Laura (2 died in childhood - Franklin and Amarintha).
1. Johannes Ehrenhardt b: 1700 d: 1767 - Married Anna Sybilla Taubin
(Came to America in 1744)
Their child: Johannes Philip Ehrenhardt b: 1723 d: 1804 - Married 1st: Elizabeth ?
(she was born 1726 d:1776) 2nd marriage: Anna Margaretha Troutman on 3/16/1776
2. Johannes Philip and Elizabeth had the following children: Mary, Elizabeth, Philip, George, John, Christine, Easter, Eave, Eliza, Caty, Mary Margaret
3. John Earonhart b:1742 d:1795 - married Catherine ? b:1746 d:1/9/1798
They had John Eronhart.
4. John Eronhart b:1768 d:1/1/1846 - married Elizabeth Eller on 12/29/1795 (2nd marriage was Catherine Cauble)
John and Elizabeth's children were Allie or (Elias), Charles, Silas, Thomas, Edward, Eve.
5. Silas Earnhardt b: 1808 d:1889 married Caroline Goodman b:12/1/1817 d:10/30/1855. Their children were Nathaniel, Lorenza, Turner, Julius, Daniel, Laura and 2 died in childhood (Franklin and Amarintha).
6. Turner Earnheart b:11/21/1846 d:4/26/1929 married Susan Emily Griffith 9/3/1872.
Their children were Ernest Griffith, Charles Eran Sr., Mary Edith.
7. Ernest Griffith Earnheart b: 5/30/1873 d:2/21/1942 married A. Mabel Fink. Their children were Harold Ernest and Juanita Fay.
8. Harold Ernest b:6/4/1903 d:2/7/1953 married Pauline Virginia Darling.
Their children were John Harold and Stephen Griffith.
9. Stephen Griffith b:3/1/1946 - married Jana Ruther. They have one son - Erich Ethan b:2/5/1972. Stephen married Karmen Beth Slater. They have one son - Stephen Tyler born 8/8/1994.
This last entry is my husband, son, and myself.