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Timeline for the Aegender/Agner Family
This web page was created by me in an attempt to show
all information we have on the Aegender family prior to 1800 in a chronological
fashion. The surname is spelled in many various ways including, but
certainly not limited to:
Aegender, Ägender, Agnder, Ackender, Agener, Ageder,
Agendar, Aginer, Agner, Agnor, Aigner, Aignor, Eagner, Eagoner, Egener,
Egender, Egner, Egnor, Eigender, Eigenter, Eigener, Eiginer, Eygner, Igantor,
Igneor, Igender, Igonter, Igonder, Igoner.
The many different spellings has made life "interesting"
while researching this family.
Note: This timeline was compiled
by me, and is based on the research of many who have spent countless hours
pouring over old books, squinting at microfilm, and trying to determine
whether a spelling could possibly be a variant of our surname.
I do not have copies of all the documents
c1687 or c1698
Johannes AEGENDER born -- possibly in the
area of Gemeinde Boltigen in the District of Ober-Simmenthal, Canton Bern,
Switzerland. Name may have been originally AEGERTER.
Johannes Aegender married Margarita Unknown probably
Katherina Aegender born probably in Switzerland
Henricks Aegender born probably in Switzerland
Maria Dorothia Aegender born probably in Switzerland
Anna Kreta Aegender born probably in Switzerland
Ludwig Aegender born probably in Switzerland
Magdalena Aegender born probably in Switzerland
21 Sep 1731
Johannes Aegender, age 33, and his wife Margarita arrived
in America aboard the ship "Brittania," which had sailed from Rotterdam,
Holland to the Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With them came
their children Katharina, age 12; Anna Kreta, age 5; Henriks, age 10; Ludwig,
age 3; Magdelena, age 2; and Dorothea, age 6. This family, like many
others of Swiss and German origin, settled in what is now Lehigh County,
Pennsylvania. They lived on a 300 acre tract of land near Bethlehem
until at least 1750
14 June: Johannes and Margaretha Egender, along with
Nicklaus Kern and Margaretha Kern, were sponsors for the baptism of Johann
Nicklaus SENDERS born May 18, 1741 (Parents: Johann and Maria Christina
Senders) at the Jordan Lutheran Church in Bucks Co, PA (then it was Northampton
Co, PA and is now Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Co, PA.)
15 Dec: Ludwig Zimmerman marries Anna Margaretha Egender
at Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall T wp, Lehigh Valley. This is
likely Johannes' daughter Anna Kreta. "Greta" is a nickname
for Margaretha and when Johannes and his family docked in America, I imagine
the person writing the log mistook the nickname "Greta" and wrote what
it sounded like, "Kreta." The German "G" sounds like a hard "K" sound.
6 Mar: Eva Margaretha Zimmermann born, baptised
16 May 1742 at Jordan Lutheran in Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley. Parents:
Ludwig and Margretha Egender Zimmermann. Sponsors: Henrich
Egener and Eva Ruchin
29 Aug: Eva Dorothea Zimmermann born; baptised
16 Oct 1743 at Jordan Lutheran in Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley. Parents:
Ludwig and Margaretha Egnere Zimmermann. Sponsors: Dorothea
Egender, Michael Ruch, Eva Tropffin
28 Aug: Salome Zimmermann born; baptized 14 Sep 1746
at Jordan Lutheran in Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley. Parents: Ludwig
and Margaretha Egener Zimmermann. Sponsors: Phillipp Wirbel,
Maria Dorothea Egener, Johana Marg. Salome Birckenstock.
31 Aug: Ludwig Egener, along with David Mörsch
and Regina Huber, were baptismal sponsors for twins of Nicklaus & Barbara
Gauer. (Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley)
20 Jan: Phillip Wirbel marries Maria Dorothea Egener
at Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley
April: Johannes Eigenter was naturalized in Bucks County,
PA. He was listed among those "who conscientiously scruple to take
9 Oct: Maria Margretha Egener born; baptised
17 Jan 1748 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley, Parents:
Henrich & Maria Catherine Egener.
15 Nov: Johann Phillipp Wirbel, son of
Phillip Wirbel and wife, was born in Bucks County, PA. He was
baptized in Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley on 17 Jan 1748. Sponsors
were: Anton Sold, Juliana Margaretha Neuhardt, and Eva Aegener
3 Jul: Henrich Aegener, along with David Gihsy
and Julianna Margaretha Diehl, were baptismal sponsors of Johann Henirch
Gauer, son of Nicklaus & Barbara Gauer. (Jordan Lutheran Church,
Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley.)
9 Oct: Henrich Egener, along with Jacob Schreiber,
Magdalena Schreiber, and Johannes Jundt, were baptismal sponsors a son
of Jacob and Dorothea Jundt (Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall Twp, Lehigh
11 Oct: Ludwig Agener marries Christine Mahnin (drop
the -in ending, just a German indication of female; surname is Mahn) at
Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley.
7 May 1750
Anton Sold marries Eva Agener at Jordan Lutheran Church,
Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley. We have only circumstantial evidence
to say that Eva is a daughter of Johannes and Margarita Aegender:
1) Age 2) Surname 3) Used same church and 4) Anthony Solt/Salt
appears in Rowan Co, NC near Henry. Given that most girls married
at 21, that makes her about the same age as reported for Magdalena on the
ship's passenger list. Either Eva and Magdalena are the same person,
or Eva was born shortly after the family's arrival in America.
26 Mar: Johann Henrich Agener born in probably Bucks
Co, PA; baptised 23 Apr 1749 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall Twp,
Lehigh Valley. Parents: Henrich and Catherine Agener. Sponsors:
Reinhardt Böhny and Anna Magaretha.
30 Aug: Maria Margaretha Aegener born in probably Bucks
Co, PA; Parents: Luewig & Maria Christina Aegener. Baptized 10
Sep 1749 at Jordan Lutheran Church, Whitehall Twp, Lehigh Valley.
Sponsors Jacob Mamy and Anna Catharina Aegener. (who is the Catharina
Aegener??! Is this wife of Henry? Or is his sister Katherina?
If this is Katherina, then she is definitely not the Catherine Egner who
married John Stuckey before 1742.)
early to mid-1750s
Johannes, son Henry, and daughters Dorothea and Eva move
to Rowan Co, NC. There seem to be no records showing that Johannes
bought land but Henry did. Henry settled on 320 acres in Tract #9
of the McCulloh Land Grant on the east side of the South Fork of Crane
Jacob Varble born, probably in Bucks Co, PA. Parents:
Dorothea Aegender and Phlipp Wirbel
Johannes Eigender born, probably Bucks Co, PA. Parents:
Ludwig Aegender and Christina Mahn (John Eagoner is named as a son of Ludwig
& Christina in a 1791 deed concerning Ludwig's estate.)
Benedict Eigener born, probably Bucks Co, PA. Parents:
Ludwig Aegender and Christina Mahn. We have only circumstantial evidence
to say that Benedict is a daughter of Ludwig and Christina Aegender:
1) Age 2) Surname 3) Confirmed in same church they used
4) a Benedict EIGENOR (also Elginor and Igonder in military records) was
enrolled in the third militia company in the Elizabeth Town District of
Frederick County (now Hagerstown, Washington Co, MD). This is same
company as Henry and John were enrolled in.
23 Apr 1758
John Eckender's will is recorded. Rowan Co, NC
court records state: "Upon motion of Mr. Dunn the Last will and Testament
of John Eckender proved by the Oath of Conrad Michel and ordered to be
recorded - the Exr. having before Sd. Order taken Oath as by Law Directed."
24 Jan: Johannes Agnder makes his "will" in
Rowan Co, NC Actually it is a power of attorney signed in the presence
of his children (unnamed), assigning Conrad Michel to collect his maternal
and paternal inheritance in Switzerland. Here he states "The seventieth
year is upon me," thus creating conflict in the birth year when compared
to the passenger list.
29 Jul: Henry Jacob Eygener born in probably Bucks
Co, PA; bap. Aug. 21, 1757 at Tohickon Reformed Church (Bedminster Twp,
Bucks Co, PA). Parents: Ludwig Eygener and Christina. Witnesses:
Jacob Scheumer, Barbara Raub
21 Sep 1759
Anna Catherine Eigener born; bapt. Nov. 4; d. Ludewig
and w. Maria Christina; sponsors: Johannes Schmidt and Anna Catharina Odenwalder
21 Oct 1770
Johannes Eigender was a communicant at Williams Twp.
Congregation, Lehigh Valley
The Rowan County NC list of taxables made by Constable Michael
Brown shows the names of Henry Agender and Philip Warbl (Wervill).
2 Oct: George Ulrich Eygener born; bapt. Nov. 23, 1761
at Tohickon Reformed Church (Bedminster Co, Bucks Co, PA); Parents:
Ludwig Eygener and Christina; Sponsors: Ulrich Lutz and wife
28 Dec: Deed for Henry's land in Rowan Co, NC
Ludwig Aigner appears on a tax list in Williams Twp,
Northampton (now Lehigh) Co, PA
16 Jun: Benedict Eigener confirmed at Williams
Twp. Congregation, Lehigh Valley
30 Oct: Johann Eigender was baptized at the Lutheran
Congregation at Williams Twp., Northampton Co, PA. Parents are listed
at Johan and Margaret Eigender. Also listed is a Johann Baugratius
Eigender, same date, same parents. It is unknown if this is a double
entry giving the full name for this child or if these are two separate
children. Johann is a patron saint name (as in Johann Baugratius)
not a call name, unless the writer meant it to be Johannes. This
could be John Agner Jr.
5 Dec 1772
Benedict Eigner was a communicant at Williams Twp. Congregation,
Catharina, d. of Ludwig Eigner was a communicant at Williams
Twp. Congregation, Lehigh Valley
Marg. Eichner was a communicant at Williams Twp. Congregation,
Lehigh Valley (This is likely the wife of John s/o Ludwig & Christina)
9 and 11 Apr 1773
Confirmed Good Friday and Communed the Following Sunday
1773 for the first time: Henrich, son of Ludwig Eigender, at the
Williams Twp. Congregation, Lehigh Valley.
Three of Ludwig's sons appear in militia companies in
the Elizabeth Town District of Frederick County, MD (now Hagerstown, Washington
Co, MD): Benedict, Henry, and John. It is assumed that Benedict
and Henry died in the American Revolution, as we this is the last trace
we have of them. They are not mentioned in the 1791 deed concerning
Henry and David Agner were among those listed as Tories for
failing to appear in court and take the Oath of Allegiance to the State
of NC. (Rowan Co, NC Court Minutes)
7 Aug: John Agendir, Anthony Agender, and David Agender
were Tories in Capt. Peter Little's District (Rowan Co, NC Court Minutes)
John Iginner appears on a tax list of Washington County,
David Agner listed in the Rowan Co NC Court Minutes under
18 Jun 1785
David Eggender and Margaret Wise marry in Rowan Co, NC.
Within this period of time those holding property adjacent
to the plantation of Henry Agender included Jacob Wervil, Anthony Salt,
Jacob Frailey and the Dutch Meeting House (Pine Church) where Phillippina
Eigernern and Daniel Little (Luttel) had taken their first communion.
20 January 1790
Henry Agender wrote his will. Sometime prior to
this date his son John Agendar died leaving two daughters, Catherine and
Mary. Sons David and Henry also mentioned in will.
Ludwig Aigner: Washington Co, MD
John Igantor: Washington Co, MD
George Aignor: Washington Co, MD Appears as head
of family with 1 male under 16 and 3 females
Christian Tomer (husband of Mary Agner): Washington
Co, MD Appear as head of family with 1 male under 16 and 2 females
Henry Aginder Sr: Rowan Co, NC Appears
in census alone
Henry Aginder Jr.: Rowan Co, NC Appears as head of
family with 3 males under 16 and 5 females.
David Aginder: Rowan Co, NC Appears as head of
familyw ith three males under 16 and 3 females.
Ludwig Aegender dies, probably during the winter of 1790/91.
13 Jun 1791: At the Request of John Eagnor a deed was
recorded concerning the estate of his father, Lodowick Eagoner, deceased.
It names, by relationship: wife Christine, daughter Catherine (wife
of Peter Holmes), son George, daughter Margaret (wife of Christian Piper),
daughter Mary (wife of Christian Tomer / Domer).
Will of Henry Agender probated.
The diary of Pastor Carl August Gottlieb Storch notes that
he buried "Old Eiginer" on 17 December 1792.
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