Re: Warstler - my ancestors
Dear Steve Warstler:
I too am a descendant of Johann Heinrich Woerschler (1729-1814) and have done a fair amount of work in PA and in Germany on him. To the best of my knowledge we do not know when he immigrated, except that it was between 1752 and 1757. You give a specific date. Can you tell me where that came from? In addition, you say that he lived in Maryland between PA and OH. That is not quite what I understood. Don Yoder told me that he lived rather in Hanover, PA, after leaving the Bermudian. I have, however, seen no documentary proof of that although I spent a lot of time looking for it this past winter in the Lancaster Co. Historical Soc. Library in Lancaster, PA.
The Wiley book is news to me. I do not know how I got this far without hearing of it. Can you give me a full citation so that I can try to track in down in some library somewhere? I live in Washington, DC, so almost everything is sooner or later available here.
Earlier this week I was flying my Cessna over Heinrich Woerschler's house (from about 1765) and the Bermudian Union Church which is just down the road from it in Adams County, PA. The house has been covered with siding apparently and has some extensions but otherwise looks pretty much as it must have in 1765.
Have you used the "Register zu dem Kirchenbuch der lutherischen Pfarrei Trippstadt 1698-1798", (it is a 1990 typed transcription of the original manuscript of same), a copy of which is in the Institut fuer pfalzische Geschichte und Volkskunde" in Kaiserslautern? In typescript it is easy to use although the information is about the same that others obtained from the original manuscript well before 1990. I used it last year and intend to stop by again in July or August to try to push further back to see if I can do more on Johann Heinrich Woerschler's WIFE'S parents and grandparents. The wife was Maria Katharina Schaefer (b. 1729). Her father was Hans Heinrich Schaefer and her mother was Anna Magdalena Schaf. I think that we are at a dead end with the father but the mother, Schaf, may yet yield one more generation. Last year I did not realize that I was just one or two pages from that potential information.
Other possibilities with Johannes Woerschler (ca 1688-1752), however, can perhaps be pursued in Herzheim-am-Berg, Rheinland-Pfalz, where he and his wife apparently lived before moving to Stelzenberg (near Trippstadt). In fact, I am pretty sure that Johann Heinrich Woerschler (1729-1814) was actually born in Breitenau, Rheinland-Pfalz.
I look for to the immigration date clarification and the bibliographical citation. Many thanks.Dennis K. McDaniel