The Stormer-Stermer-Starmer families are all related being descendants of Hans Jurg Stuermer who arrived in 1747 on the ship Restauration at Philadelphia. He brought his family and several other relatives. The Stormer-Stermer-Starmer families of Tennessee are descended from Johannes Georg Stuermer aka John Georg Stormer and his wife Catharina Smock/Smuck who left Lancaster Co., Pa. and migrated to Tennessee. That Johannes Georg Stuermer was a son of Jacob and Catharina Elisabetha ( ____) Sturmer, and he had a brother named Johann Philip Sturmer who was born and christened in 1753 at New Holland, Earl Tp., Lancaster Co., Pa......the father Jacob Sturmer was listed as a "doctor Jacob Starmer" in the early Washington Co., Tennessee records around 1804/5. Apparently he accompanied his son Johannes Georg Stuermer there and nothing more is known about him as yet.
At the same church records where Jacob and Catharina Elisabetha (_____) Sturmer have their son Johann Philip Sturmer's birth and christening at, there is also an entry for Johannes Georg Stuermer who married Anna Rosina Mueller on 1 January 1754 at New Holland. The later couple are the ancestors fo the Stermer-Stormer-Starmers of York Co., Pa. As a note there was another wedding on the same day of 1 January 1754 at New Holland where Hans Jurg Stuermer (his name spelled as Johannes Georg Stuermer) married his cousin Maria Stuermer, daughter of Hans Melchoir Stuermer of Wuerttemburg! His first wife Elisabetha ___________must have died prior to that date.
Hans Melchoir Stuermer was born and christened in Ohrenbach, Jagstkreis, Wuerttemburg being a son of Hans Peter and Eva MArgaretha (Klein) Stuermer. The parents were married in 1692 at Tauberzell, Mittelfranken, Bayern (Bavaria)with Hans Peter Stuermer being listed as being of Mittelfranken. The Franconian-Bavarian region used to encompass parts of Hessen, Thuringen and Wuerttemburg. The family is a frankisch-bayerisch family of Ritters (mounted knights) being of both ancient royal and nobel lineage. One of the oldest coats-of-arms is a red double cross on a white ancient oval shield.
Hans Jurg and Elisabetha ( _____ ) Stuermer had:
1. Jacob Sturmer m. Catharina Elisabetha _________
2. Elisabetha listed as Elisabeth Stormer aged 17 in
1749 being a runaway servant girl
3. Johannes Georg Stuermer d.1777; m. 1 January 1754
Anna Rosina Mueller at New Holland, Earl Tp., Lanc-
aster Co., Pa.
A copy of the marriage contract between Johannes Georg Stuermer and Anna Rosina Mueller is in the York Co., Pa. courthouse records but not listed....it is amongst the loose records pertaining to the estate of Johannes Georg Stuermer aka John George Stermer which his widow was the administratrux/executrix. Their children were:
1. Johannes Georg b.at Germany, Westmoreland Co.,Pa.
or at what is now Little Orleans District 1,
Allegany Co., Md.d. Dec 1810 bur 1811; m. Eva Brose
2. Johannes b. 22 March 1760; m. Barbara Moetz
4. Wilhelm m. ____________
5. Maria Rosina b. & chr 1765 Friedensaal Church at
Springfield tp., York Co., Pa.
6. Maria Elisabeth b. & chr 1767 at Friedensaal's
The family was heavily involved in the last French and Indian War....members of Col. Henry Bouquet's 1st battalion of the 60th Royal American Regiment of Foote which saw severe duty all over the frontier. Hans Jurg Stuermer died prior to his widow "Mary Starmer" marrying George Sinlap in 1764 at the First German Reformed Church, York, York Co., Pa. The family had been in Germany, Westmoreland Co., Pa. as well as at other locations as well such as the region called now Little Orleans, Allegany Co., Maryland in westerm Maryland....the region of Germanna and Westmoreland was disputed between Md., Pa., and Virginia as well as Connecticutt.
American Revolution sevice:
1. Johannes Georg Stuermer aka George Stermer, private
in Capt Barnard Zimmer's Lancaster Co. militia
"bound for camp in the Jersies"...he died in 1777.
2. Johannes Georg Stuermer aka George Starmer, private
who served along the frontier and was stationed at
Ft. Loudon (Winchester), Virginia in 1781/2. he was
married to Eva Brose.
3. Johannes Stuermer aka private John Stermer who was
at the battle of Yorktown and saw service along the
frontier too. He married Barbara Moetz.
4. Abraham listed as Abraham Stormer in Cooper's New
5. Johannes Georg Stuermer aka George Stermmer, a res-
ident of W. Henpfield tp., Lancaster Co., Pa. He
married Catharina Smock/Smuck in 1773 at Lancaster,
Lancaster Co., Pa.
Johannes Stuermer aka John Stermer/Stormer, son of Johannes Georg and Anna Rosina (Mueller) Stuermer, had by his wife Barbara Moetz a large family in York Co., Pa. His will names them there. The eldest son Adam Conrad Stormer had been born on the frontier and migrated out to Ohio.
Wilhelm Stuermer aka William Stormer married and had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters in the 1790 Maryland Census of Baltimore Co. It is believed he migrated to Ohio where he and most of his family were killed by Indians.
Abraham Stuermer aka Stormer disappears from record and nothing is known about him. Speculation has it that he either died in the war or was taken prisoner and taken to Europe where he started a family. Unknown at this time.
Johannes Georg and Eva (Brose)Stuermer had the folowing:
1. Johannes b.12 Sept 1785 Germany, Westmoreland Co.,
Pa. chr.14 Oct 1786 Friedensaal's Church, York Co.,
Pa.; m. 1815 Susann Seitz, daughter of Johannes and
Eva Elisabetha (Kleinfelter) Seitz. Migrated to Ger-
many, Westmoreland (now Indiana) Co., Pa.
2. Johan Jacob b.1786 chr 1786
3. Catharina b. 1787
4. Johannes Georg b.1789
5. Johann Adam b. & chr 1793; m. Maria Eliza Seitz
6. Christina b. & chr 1797
7. Petrus (Peter) b. & chr 1799; m. and went to Ohio
So, the mystery is no longer a mystery, but there are many more questions which need to be asked and discoveries to be made yet. For instance, which descendant has the old GErman Familie Bible with the family's genealogy inscribed in it in the old German script so that I/we can translate it?It was Col. Bouquet's 1st battalion which was with him at the battle of Bushy Run which was the most decisive battle of that war on the frontier.
Johannes Georg and Anna Rosina (Mueller) Stuermer bought land in 1774/5 at Shrewsbury tp., York Co., Pa. This place was originally called Strasburg.
In old Westmoreland/Indiana Co., Pa. there were three regions called respectively Germany, Scotland, and Ireland. This has caused many an inexperienced genealogist/family researcher difficulties. Too often the descendants assume the their ancestor meant the actual country instead of the regions in old Westmoreland/Indiana Co.! So, yes, the Johannes Stuermer aka John Stormer and his brother Johann Adam Stuermer aka Adam Stormer were indeed from Germany and the family had come from Strasburg!
I would like to point out that Hans Jurg Stuermer clearly, boldly, and legibly signed his won name on the passenger list in the old German script, and the descendants always signed their names the same in the old German script though they adopted the anglicized forms on the english records of the time. Genreally, those who had been west or went west took the form of Stormer while those in the eastern part of Pennsylvania took the form Stermer. Starmer occurs in both places. They kept their German culture and customs but identified themselves as German Americans. The remains of their family's homes and farms on the frontier werre destroyed and later land companies cheated many a settler out of their lands....but many wrote of the graves and remains of residences that were found by the english speaking later settlers who came decades later to where the German-Swiss had been before them; the history of the region was well known by the descendants of those hearty pioneers and some actually have been preserved.
I had copyrighted this information back in 1983 and again in 1994, and give permission for any relatives to use it for their own personal use only. Any and all other rights I reserve to myself.