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Johann Adam Mensch (b. 26 December 1720, d. 10 December 1783)Johann Adam Mensch (son of Johann Nickel Mensch and Amalia)45 was born 26 December 1720 in Deimberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, West Germany46, and died 10 December 1783 in Hopewell Twp..He married Barbara Kerns on Abt. 1754 in Emanuel Lutheran Church of Friesburg, Upper Alloways Creek Twp., Salem Co., NJ.
Notes for Johann Adam Mensch:
Johann Adam Mensch was born about 1720 in Deimberg(1), near Lauterecken in what is now the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, West Germany.Adam sailed to America on the ship "Brothers" under Captain Muir, leaving from Rotterdam and arriving in Philadelphia on August 24, 1750(2).Legend has said that Adam's brother Henry also sailed on the same ship(3), but his name does not appear on the passenger lists.Supposedly Adam's future wife, Barbara Kerns, sailed on the same ship too, meeting her future husband on board(4), but there is no one named Kerns on the lists.
Adam Minch (1811-1890), a grandson of the immigrant, wrote this account of his grandfather's arrival in America:
A young woman named Barbara Kerns came to America from Amsterdam in the same boat with Henry and Adam Mensch.John Miller from the vicinity of Franklinville, NJ, came to the wharf in Philadelphia, riding a horse and leading another one for the man he wanted to hire to work on his farm.Adam decided to go with Miller, who said his home was a "cottage in a grove," if Miller would take Barbara Kerns, which he did(5).
Adam Mensch's younger brother Johann Nickel (Nicholas) Mensch arrived in Philadelphia on the ship "Windsor" on September 27, 1753(6).
Adam Mensch was by trade a tailor, but apparently also worked as a farmer(7).After his indenture was over, he "farmed on shares" for Samuel Purvines of Pittsgrove Twp., Salem County(8).About 1768 he and his wife bought 100 acres of land in Hopewell Twp., Cumberland County from Israel Pemberton, a merchant of Philadelphia(9).Adam first built a cedar log house there.Then after, he built a brick house, the cedar log house was used for a stable(10).The property remained in the family until 1921 when a great-great grandson sold it(11).
No marriage record has been found for Adam and Barbara.But from the birth of their first child, one can approximate that they were married c. 1754-1755.The marriage probably took place at the Emanuel Lutheran Church of Friesburg, Upper Alloways Creek Twp., Salem Co., as this was where they regularly attended.Adam and Barbara Mensch had four children.
Adam Mensch was naturalized October 5, 1765 in Philadelphia.The original naturalization papers were still in existence in 1959(12), but their present location is unknown.
Adam died December 10, 1783, aged 59 years, probably at his home in Hopewell Twp.His will, written December 2, 1783 and proved January 2, 1784, named his wife Barbara and son, Peter, executors(13).An inventory totaling L813.9.4 was taken December 29, 1783 by Jacob Miller and Johannes Hawn(14).
(1) Baptism Record of Johann Adam Mensch, Churchbooks of Herren-Sulzbach, Number 88/1, p.122
(2) Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, William John Hinke, ed. p. 436-437.List of passengers on the ship "Brothers" on August 24, 1750.
(3) Thomas Cushing, MD, Charles E. Sheppard, Exq., History of the Counties of Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland New Jersey, with biographical sketches of their prominent citizens, p. 700
(5) "An Account of the Minch Family as Told by Adam Minch and written down by Mrs. Emma (Minch) Clement, Nov. 1882," copied by Charles E. Sheppard July 24, 1925 into his "My History," Vol. XV p. 280 (microfilm in the Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury, NJ).
(6) Strassburger, "Pennsylvania", pp. 357-358.
(7) Clement, "An Account of the Minch Family," p. 280.
(10) "Interview with Adam Minch," December 15, 1880, by Charles E. Sheppard, Esq., local histotian and genealogist, recorded in his "Workbook E.", p. 76 (microfilm copy in Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury, NJ).
(11) O. Karsch, pastor of Herren-Sulzback, "Einwanderer und Auswanderer im Amte Grumbach", p. 10
(13) Elmer T. Hutchinson,ed., "Documents Relating to the Colonial, Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary History of the State of NJ", calendar of NJ wills, administrations, etc., Vol. VI 1781-1785, pp. 275-276 (Will of Adam Minch)
Source for Notes of Johann Adam Mensch:The Descendants of Adam Mensch by Suzanne Nurnberg
More About Johann Adam Mensch:
Baptism: 1720, at the Lutheran Church in Herren-Sulzbach on the "26th Sunday after Trinity" in 1720.
Burial: Unknown, Emanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Friesburg.
Naturalization: 5 October 1765, in Philadelphia.
More About Johann Adam Mensch and Barbara Kerns:
Marriage: Abt. 1754, Emanuel Lutheran Church of Friesburg, Upper Alloways Creek Twp., Salem Co., NJ.
Children of Johann Adam Mensch and Barbara Kerns are:
- +Andreas (Andrew) Mensch, b. 9 April 1756, Pittsgrove Twp., Salem Co., NJ, d. 23 January 1823, at home near Friesburg, NJ.
- +Susanna Mensch, b. 11 April 1759, Pittsgrove Twp., Salem Co., NJ, d. date unknown.
- +Peter Mensch, b. 6 May 1763, Pittsgrove Twp., Salem Co., NJ, d. Abt. 28 August 1805, Hopewell.
- +Benjamin Mensch, b. 15 September 1765, Pittsgrove Twp., Salem Co., NJ, d. 5 July 1834, Hopewell Twp., NJ.