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Johannes "Jan Jakob" KoppenhofferJohannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer (son of Nichlaus Koppenhoffer and Anna Margretha ???)494was born in Meckesheim Village, Germany, died in probably Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.He married Elizabeth Catherinen Weider on July 03, 1736 in Germany494, daughter of Hans Weider and Unknown.
Notes for Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer:
Johannes Jakob was born in Meckesheim, Bad-Wurttemberg, Germany.
Bad-Wurttemberg is located in SE Germany; most people there are Alemanni
(relatives of French Alsatians), Franconians, Palatinate people and
Swabians; before the Romans, this area included main European trading
artery of Rhein and immense hardwood forests, now largely cut; the Alps
form the southern border.
About a year after the birth of their first child Friedrich Ludwig, the
family set sail for America.
His German name was Jakob Koppenhoffer. He is the first known ancestor
to live in America. He and his wife Elizabeth came to America on the
ship "Robert and Alice" of Dublin and last from Rotterdam. They arrived
at the port of Philadelphia on September 11, 1738. They settled in
Earltown, Earl Township, (now New Holland) Lancaster, County,
Pennsylvania. The source for this information is the book "Pennsylvania
German Pioneers: The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of
Philadelphia -1727-1808" , a three volume set authored by Ralph
Strassburger & William Hinkle. Some of their descendents moved south
near Winchester, Virginia and Augusta County and later Greenbrier and
Nicholas Counties, Virginia (now West Virginia). The spelling of the
name was changed to Copenhaver after coming to America.
According to the Returns of Earll Township - County of Lancaster - 1772
Jacob Copenhaver (listed as Jacob Koppenhaven) was listed as a Freeman
and owed taxes in the amount of $15.00. This reference may apply to his
Also, from 1765 to 1771 a list of people receiving communion at Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Holland included: Elisab.
Koppenheferin, Baltzer Koppenheber, Jacob Koppenheber, Charlotta
Koppenheberin. The last time Jacob appears is in 1769.
According to PENNSYLVANIA BIRTHS, Lancaster County 1723-1777 by John T.
Humphrey, p. 191. Scharlotta Koppenhefer b. ca Jan 1748 father - Jacob
mother- Elisabetha. John George Koppenhoefer b. 25 Jun 1746 father-Jacob
mother-not given. Joh. Balthaser Koppenhofer b. Jan 1741 father -
Joh.Jacob mother-not given. Johannes b. 2 Sep. 1742 father-Joh.Jacob
mother - not given. Sophia Catharina b. 27 Feb. 1744 father - Joh. Jacob
mother - not given.
Jacob and Elizabeth were members of the Lutheran Church and early records
of Rev. Johan Casper Stoever confirm births and christenings of their
children. The dates of death or place of burial for Jacob and Elizabeth
or anything else about their life is not known. According to the book
"Copenhaver Families in Virginia, compiled by George Griffiths, published
October 1994, Jacob volunteered on May 5, 1776 in Captain Lewis Farmer's
Company of the Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment, under Colonel Samuel Miles,
First Regiment. He was reported missing at Long Island.
Information regarding this family is included in th "Eighteenth Century
Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to North America, Volume I, The
Northern Kraichgau" by Annette Kunselman Burgert, published by the
Pennsylvania German Society, Breinigville, Pennsylvania.
Location of the village of Meckesheim as supplied by Curt
Hofemann@koretsf.com: "Meckesheim with postal code 74909 today is in
district HD, Heidelberg, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis (Kreis is an administrative
district similar to a US county), in Northern Bad-Wuerttemberg. To find
it on a map, ut us 7-8 miles/12 km southest of Heidelberg & 5 miles/8 km
south of the border with Hesse in the Odenwald (forest). The river
Neckar runs through Heidelberg& a smll river called the Elsen runs either
from or to the Neckar (can't tell from the map) through Meckesheim where
it meets another small river called Maienbach at Meckesheim. Meckesheim
is on Route 45 and has a railroad station. It is 15 miles/24 km east of
the Rhein which at this point is the border between B-W & Rheinland-Pfalz
(Rhineland-Palatinate). Towns in the immediate vicinity are Monchzell
(this is probably your refrence to "Munchzell") which is 1 mile/2 km NE
of meckesheim, Mauer, Bammentall, Schlatthausen, Oberhof, Eschelbronn and
More About Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer:
Baptism: Aft. November 27, 1705, probably baptized in the Monchzell Lutheran KB church, Meckesheim, Baden, Germany.494
More About Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer and Elizabeth Catherinen Weider:
Marriage: July 03, 1736, Germany.494
Children of Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer and Elizabeth Catherinen Weider are:
- +Johannes George Jakob Koppenhoffer, d. August 29, 1782, Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia.