Re:Ancestress of Vought, Croft, Lent, Zipperli, and Wegeli
I believe that Polly Croft (wife of Godfrey Vought), her brother James Croft (husband of Esther Vought, sister of Godfrey) and their sister Catherine Croft (wife of Hendrik Lent), all from the late 1700s and early 1800s, in the area of Peekskill, Westchester County, New York and then Rome, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, were all children of Johannes Krafft and his wife, Barbara Zipperli (see my earlier postings on this GenForum concerning my theory).Barbara Zipperli was the daughter of Johan Friederick Zipperli and his wife, Maria Catharina Wegeli.Maria Catharina Wegeli was the daughter of Johan (“Hans”) Michael Wegeli and his first wife, Anna Catharina (maiden name unknown, or MNU).Set forth below is my THEORY that this Anna Catharina (MNU) Wegeli was actually born a Wimmer, daughter of Johan Sebastian Wimmer and his second wife, Anna Margaretha Wollhauf (also written Walauf).
I begin with some known facts.
1.Maria Catharina Wegeli was born 19 February 1705 in/near Bonfeld, in modern-day Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.According to the churchbook records, her two baptismal sponsors were Maria Barbara, the wife of Adam Winner (actually Wimmer), and Sophia Catharina Winner (actually Wimmer), daughter of Joh. Sebastian Winner (actually Wimmer).
2.Maria Catharina’s younger brother, Johann Michael Wegeli, was born 28 September 1706 in-near Bonfeld.Again according to churchbook records, his two baptismal sponsors were Johann Adam Winner (actually Wimmer), and Johann Michael Mehlacker.
3.On 24 November 1705, in between the baptisms of Maria Catharina Wegeli and her baby brother Johann Michael Wegeli, one of MCW’s two sponsors, Sophia Catharina Wimmer had married Hanss Michael Metzlacker (also written Muhlekher), one of JMW’s two sponsors.
4.In partial summary, the four baptismal sponsors of these two Wegeli children were all etiher born Wimmer or married to a Wimmer, and the two sponsors who were born Wimmer were brother and sister, children of Johan Sebastian Wimmer (and his first wife, Elisabetha Bremer (also written Berner).
5.Johan (“Hanss”) Sebastian Wimmer had become a widower on 21 December 1677 when Elisabetha died and on 14 July 1678 he had married, as his second wife, Margaretha Wollhauf, daughter of the late Lorentz Wollhauf and his late wife Barbara (MNU), who had been buried on 28 October 1674, age 60.
6.The Bonfeld churchbooks have some gaps.
7.Johan Sebastian Wimmer and his second wife, Margaretha (Wollhauf) Wimmer, had a daughter named Catharina Christina on 6 January 1684, some 5.5 years after their marriage.This Catharina Christina would grow up and marry one Johan Simon Vogt.
8.Johan Sebastian Wimmer and his second wife, Margaretha (Wollhauf) Wimmer, also had a son named Johannes, born 30 June 1696.
9.Johan Sebastian Wimmer died 14 March 1699 (age 61) and his widow, Margaretha, married Martin Messner on 9 November 1700.They had a daughter together, Susanna Catharina, about 1701.
10.In 1709, several families emigrated from Bonfeld, down the Rhine to the Netherlands, where they appear among the Palatine refugees in Rotterdam.Queen Anne of England agreed to accept the Protestants among them as colonists for British North America.In Rotterdam, lists were made, and on the fifth list, Simon Vegt (also written Vogt) and wife (Catharina Christina (Wimmer) Vogt) appear just above Hans Michel Wechel (also written Wegeli) and wife (and two children).Presumably this is Johan Michael Wegeli with his wife, Anna Catharina (MNU) Wegeli and their two children, Maria Catharina (approximately age 4.5) and Johan Michael (“junior”, approximately age 2.75).
11.Also on the fifth list was the widow Margaretha (Wollhauf) (Wimmer) Messerin, with two children (presumably Johannes, age approximately 13, and Susanna Catharina, about 8).
12.In 1717, Hans Michael Muhleckher and his wife, Sophia Catharina Winner (actually Wimmer), and their two children, along with Sophia Catharina’s sister (presumably Maria Sophia, her older sister and co-confirmand), left Germany headed for Pennsylvania (but might have been detoured to Virginia, the Germanna colony).
13.In partial summary, it appears that some part of the 1709 Bonfeld emigrant group shared family ties through the Wimmer family, and that more Wimmers emigrated a few years later.
ARGUMENT.The four baptismal sponsors for the two Wegeli children all seem to have a Wimmer connection.Then, the Wegeli’s appear on the 5th Rotterdam list of 1709 immediately after Simon and Catharina Christina (Wimmer) Vogt.To me this suggests the very strong possibility that Johan Michael Wegeli’s wife, Anna Catharina (MNU) was born a Wimmer and was the younger half sister of both Johan Adam Wimmer and Sophia Catharina (Wimmer) Metzlacher.Anna Catharina would be the older full sister of Catharina Christina (Wimmer) Vogt and Johannes Wimmer, and the older half sister of Susanna Catharina Messner (also written Messerin).
Anna Catharina MNU, a mother in 1705, was likely married to Johan Michael Wegeli about 1704.If she was between 16 and 22 at marriage, she would have been born between 1682 and 1688.Johan Sebastian Wimmer and his second wife, Margaretha Wollhauf, were married 14 July 1678, and so one would expect to see them having children soon thereafter, perhaps in 1679 and 1681, before the birth of Catharina Christina on 6 January 1684.Apparently there is no record of such children in the Bonfeld churchbook, and so even if such children were born, it is possible that they died before 1689 (when another Wimmer child’s death was recorded).It is also possible, however, that a daughter born about 1681 was named Anna Catharina and survived to reach adulthood and marry Johan Michael Wegeli.The names of other Wimmer children do not preclude the possibility of a daughter named Anna Catharina.There was already a Sophia Catharina, and there would later be a Catharina Christina, which suggests that repeated use of the name Catharina was not a problem, as long as the adjoining names (e.g., Sophia and Christina) were not identical.Therefore, an Anna Catharina is a possibility.
Because this is only a THEORY, it needs further research.The theory helps to focus the question, and the type of information to be sought, to either confirm or refute the theory.
IF this theory proves true, then Anna Catharina (Wimmer) Wegeli would have been the mother of Maria Catharina Wegeli (and thus the late mother-in-law of Johan Friederick Zipperli).AC(W)W would have been the maternal grandmother of Barbara (Zipperli) Krafft, and thus the great-grandmother of Polly, James and Catherine Croft (and thus an ancestress of the Voughts, Crofts and Lents who descend from them).
If anyone has any information that could shed light on this THEORY, or would like to cooperate on future research on these families, please contact me at email@example.com.