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Ancestors of Hans Michael, Christopher Friedrich and Joseph Friedrich

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Johann Jakob Mercklin

Birth & Death: Hoheneck Church records by correspondance from Heinz E. Walter. After his name is written "Gerichtsverwandter". Also from the research of Friedrich R. Wollmershäuser, German researcher.
He was 82 years old at his death.

According to F.R. Wollmershäuser there was a long entry in the church record about his marriage.

Research in the Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart by Friedrich R. Wollmershäuser.Record group H 101: Land registers. Band 775: Land register of Hoheneck revenue office 1743, vol. 1.
Entries on Hoheneck are inscribed on double pages 1 to 384. On page 383, the signature and seal stamp of Johann Jacob Merckhle ( as one of the members of the local law-court) is given, (photo copy in the possession of Ejvor Merkley).

Entries of houses lists: page 66; Hanns Jacob Mercklen (with the name of the previous owners).
Page 68: Michel Merckhlen, before him Hanns Jacob Merckhlen,....a house and yard besides the common lane and the town wall, bordering to the Allmand land and the barn of Friderich Brudeerlen.
On page 95: Hanns Jacob Merckhlen and Hanns Jerg Eberlen, a barn.


Catharrina Knaussmann

Birth & Death: Hoheneck Church records by correspondance from Friedrich R. Wollmershäuser.


Anna Catharina Mercklin

Birth & Death: Hoheneck Church records by correspondance from Heinz E. Walter. "More Palatine Families", by Henry Z. Jones p.181.


Anna Maria Mercklin

Birth & Death: Friedrich R. Wollmershäuser. She died at the age of 23 and she was unmarried.


Johannes Hans Michael Merckle

BIRTH: Film #1056745 Hoheneck Church records, also "More Palatine Families", by Hank Z. Jones, page 181 and 182.

Marriage: Neckarweihingen Lutheran Church Record of marriages, register for 1741.
Marriage entry reads; 14 9br. married Johann Michael Märcklen, son of Joh. Michael Märcklens, farmer at Hoheneck with Margretha, daughter of Johann Jacob Haas, farmer.

Death & record of his children: St. Paul's Evangel. Luth. church of Schoharie p. 25, 33, 43, 60, 88; deaths, vol. 1743-1786, p. 240, 241. Michael Merckle gravestone is on the Bates Farm in Schoharie County, New York.

First name is writted Hans or Johannes in the German records.

Death: St. Paul's Lutheran Church Records, Schoharie, New York.
Michael was killed, by Indians, in a raid on the Schoharie settlements 19 Oct. 1780. His two daughters, and some accounts say a young son, were captured and taken to Canada. Two others were killed at the same time, his niece, Catherina Merckel, daughter of Friederich Merckel, and Johannes Frantz, son of Sebastion Frantz.

Page 181-182 of "The Palatine Families of New York and New Jersery" gives the following; "Johann (Hans) Michael Mercklin, who was often called "Jung Hans Michael" in the Hoheneck register, was a member of the council there (1751 entry in church book) . . . .

Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart;
1. Stadtarchiv Ludwigsburg, Hoheneck: Land records. Page 27, 1 Feb. 1742; Sale by Johann Michael Merckle to his father-in-law Jacob Haas in Neckarweihingen.

2. Proceedings of the Wurttemberg Privy Council, 1753, page 192 Session of 11 May 1753. . . . . Gottlieb Wohlhaupter from Nurtingen for permission to move to the New World. . . . Michael Merkle from Hoheneck, Ludwigsburg district, for the same. Decision: Allowed.

At the baptism of two of Michael Merckle's children, his emigration to America was noted in the Hoheneck church registers".


He is known as Michael Merckle in the New York records. Michael and his two brothers, Christopher Friedrich and Joseph Friedrich are mentioned in the probate of their father in 1771. In this document they are said to be living in New England and have given up all rights to property in Germany. They are also mention in the Annual account of Ludwigsburg district, 1764/65, Band 7835: page 152: Martin Lang at Neipperg and the three Merklin sons in America are the foreign heirs of missing Jacob Muller from Hoheneck. Their brother Johanne and sister Sabrina Barbara, who stayed in Germany, are also heirs in this will. (Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart).

Michael was naturalized at the same time as his brother, Christopher F, on the 20th of March 1762. He and Christopher were enrolled in Capt. Jacob Sternberger's Company at Schoharie 2 May 1767. (Taken from Report of the State Historian, vol.II, p. 843) Both Michael and Christopher were on a list of names to be added to the patent of Johannes Lawyer et.al. 5 Dec. 1768 (Calendar of Council Minutes 1668-1783, p. 538).

The following story retelling the death of Michael Merckel is taken from William Roscoe's, "History of Schoharie County", pp. 268-272.
"The Indians and Crysler appeared at Michael Merckley's at dusk and demanded quarters for the night. In the course of the evening, the party retired to a room and held a private council. Mr. Merckley told his family that he was fearful mischief was entertained, and told them to keep a watch over them. Fritzs girls and a daughter of Frederick Merckley were present, and they listened at the door, but were detected and an Indian placed as sentinel. They held a council and asked the girls if France was at home, being told that he was not, they retired for the night and in the morning captured the Hynds family . . . ."

The account goes on to state that very few families were living in New Dorlach at this time and that they were all helpful and firiends to each other. Some sided with the Rebels and some with the Crown. They were also friendly with the Indians who lived in that area of New York.

On the 18th of October, a party of eighteen Indians and three Tories, led by Seths Henry and Philip Crysler, made their appearance at Michael Merckley's house. Simms, in his book on Schoharie County states that the Indians were probably a part of the forces of Colonel Johnson who had invaded the Schoharie valley Michael Merckley had been visiting a daughter in another part of the valley. With him was his niece, Catherine, daughter of his brother Joseph Friedrich. As he came riding up towards his house, on horseback, he was shot and scalped.
His niece, Catherine, . . . . was also killed. (See notes on Catharine Merckel, daughter of Friedrich Merckel.)

William Roscoe in his account of this event went on to state that "the accusation against Michael Merckley of being disloyal, we are far from being able to credit, and are led to believe it was an unjust charge, prompted by a neighbor's maliciousness after a period of over fifty years from the massacre.' . . . . Again, even the massacre of the old man, or the circumstances attending it, are cited as evidence of his friendly relations with the Loyal cause! "He discovered," says Simms, "the Indians about the door, but conscious of his kind feelings towards them, zeal in the royal cause, while in the act of dismounting from his horse with perfect unconcern, he was shot down." Who could assume to know what he thought and felt? With his family in the house, surrounded by a blood-drinking band, and knowing by their past history, they would as soon thirst for their blood as any others, he could not, with the heart of a true father, feel unconcerned, and his riding up to the party when he might have evaded them by keeping back, was no ividence of his unconcern or zeal only for his family. " . . . .
"We know Michael Merckley to have been a man who was advanced in years, a widower of considerable means, and lived a gentleman, without manual labor. He was the scribe, or head man of the neighborhood, and took no active part in the struggle, was friendly to all, and an honored man. The family of Frederick Merckley were attached to the Colonial cause and were active participants from the son John, entering service under Arnold to relieve Gansevoort, to the close of the struggle, yet they too, were accused of being friends to the crown."

Note: Michael Merckel did have a son, Henrich, (Henry), who was a Loyalist and went to Canada. His daughters, Anne Eve and Catharina were taken by the Indians to Canada where they married. Henrich, (Henry's) Land Petition, in Canada says he had one brother still living (in New York) and two sisters living in Canada. His counsin, Henry, son of Christopher F. Merckel, was also a Loyalist and in Canada and he acted as witness for Henrich, son of Michael.

Gerber, "Neue Beitraige zur Answanderung" page 18 reads:
Merckle, Joh. Mich. age 33 to New York 1753
Wife: Mar. (no age given)
Dau: Dorotha age 9
Dau: A. Maria age 6
Son: Joh. Mich. age 5
Dau: Barb. age 1.

Some of his descendants spelled their surname Maricle, others used Markley.


Margarethe Haas

More Palatine Families", by Henry Z. Jones, p 181 & 182.

Death: St. Paul's Lutheran Church , Schoharie, New York.

Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart, Annual accounts of Ludwigsburg districts; band 7840: 1781/82.
Page 104-105: Margaretha Merklin, who has moved to America with her husband 30 years before, and Georg Haas, who went away as a single man and is missing, inherit 262 florins 50 Kr. each from their deceased mother in Neckarweihingen. The Ducal Privy Council has determined by decree of 1 Dec. 1781 that Mrs. Merklin has moved away with her husband and thus lost the quality of being a subject (peasant subjected to the Duke of Wurttemberg) and thus 10 per cent emigration tax are to be collected of her share; and that Georg Haas is to be considered missing as an unmarried man and his share is to be administrated until more about his life or death can be learned.


Dorothea Merckle

Birth: FHL Film #1056745 Hoheneck Lutheran Church Records.
She is also listed as being age nine when her parents came to America
as found in Gerber's, "Neue Beitraige zur Auswanderung" page 18.

Death: She was not living when her brother, Henry, filed his land petition in Canada in 1783.


Margaretha Merckel

Birth: Hoheneck Lutheran Church Records; FHL Film #1056745.

Death: She was not living when her brother, Henry, filed his land petition in Canada in 1783.


Anna Maria Merckle

Birth: Hoheneck Lutheran Church Records; FHL Film #1056745.

Death: She was not living when her brother, Henry, filed his land petition in Canada in 1783.


Barbara Merckle

Birth & Death: Film #1056745, Hoheneck Church Records; also from "More Palatine Families" by Henry Z. Jones, p. 182.


Anna Catharina Merckle

Birth & Death: Film #1056745, Hoheneck Church Records; also from "More Palatine Families" by Henry Z. Jones, p. 182.


Barbara Merckle

Birth: FHL Film #1056745, Hoheneck Lutheran Church Records.
She was the dau. age 1 years of the Gerber record.


Katharina Merckle

Birth: Research from Heinze E. Walter, German researcher.


Elizabeth Merckle

Birth: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Schoharie, New York. No baptism date written in the record. Sponsors were Jacob Schafer and his wife.
Schoharie was in Albany County at the time of her birth.


Henrich Merckle

Birth: St. Paul's Lutheran Church Records, Schoharie. No baptism date is written in the record. Sponsors at his christening were Henrich Heens and his wife.
At the time of his birth, Schoharie was in Albany County.


Matthias Merckle

Birth: St. Paul's Lutheran Church Records, Schoharie. No baptism date written in the record. Sponsors at his christening were Math. Bauman and his wife.
At the time of his birth, Schoharie was in Albany County.

Death: He is not listed in his brother, Henry's, Land Petition of 1785.


Christian Merckle

Source: Family group chart with ordinance work.


Johannes Merckle

BIRTH: St. Paul's Lutheran Church Records, Schoharie. No baptism date is written in the record. Sponsors at his christening were Johannes Bauch and his wife Eva.
Schoharie was in Albany County at the time of his birth.

This could have been the son taken captive by the Indians and killed on the way to Canada, if so he would have been 13 and not 5. Johannes may have died young. He is not mentioned in his brother Henry's Land Petition.


Merckle

"Merckel-Merkley Family in New York and Canada", by A.F. Bennett, p. 24. He may be the same child as Johannes.
This may be the son killed by Indians aged about five. According to some acounts of the Indian raid, the boy captured was the son of Friedrich Merckel and he was later brought back from Canada.


Joseph Friederich Mercklin

BIRTH: Film # 1,056,745 Hoheneck Church Records; "More Palatine Families" by Henry Z. Jones, p.181 gives his name as, "Johannes Friederich".

No marriage record has been found but the name of his wife is listed in his will.

DEATH: From Mrs Stanley A. France, R.D. 2, Cobleskill, New York.
His will was dated 14 Apr. 1804. His gravestone is on the Old Merclay Farm, now called the Bates Farm, Schoharie County, New York.
Friederich and his wife are buried in the same cemetery on the old Mercley farm in Schoharie County, New York. This farm is at the present time owned by the Bates family who are descendants of Friederich.

Friederich is listed in the will of his father as being in America and also in the probate papers of Jacob Muller of Hoheneck. His four brothers and sister, Sabrina, are also listed in the Jacob Muller probates. His brother, Johann, and sister, Sabrina, signatures on on this document dated in 1764. Friederich and his brothers, Michael and Christopher were in America.

No emigration record for Friederich has been discovered. The above mentioned record proves he was in New York by 1764 and he probably came with his older brothers in 1753. At that time, Friederich would have been 22 years old and was probably unmarried.

His descendants in New York went by the surname Mercley and Marcley.


Catherine

"Merckel, Merkley Family in N.Y. & Can.", p. 5 & 6.


Richard Hans\Hanes

"Merckel-Merkley Family in New York and Canada", by A.F. Bennett, p. 24.


Anna Merckel

This is a probable daughter according to "Merckel-Merkley Family in New York and Canada", by A.F. Bennett, p.24. She was not found in the Hoheneck Church Records.


John Garner

"Merckel-Merkley Family in New York and Canada", by A.F. Bennett, p. 24.


Anna Merckel

This is a probable daughter according to "Merckel-Merkley Family in New York and Canada", by A.F. Bennett, p.24. She was not found in the Hoheneck Church Records.


Johannes Michael Merckle

Birth: Hoheneck Lutheran Church Records; FHL Film #1056745.

Marriage: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Schoharie New York.

Death: Ibidem.


Jacob Ross

Birth:

Death: age 88 years and five months. Buried in Woodland Cemetery.
Gravestone is now part of the Upper Canada Memorials at Canadian Village.

History: soldier in the King's Royal Regiment of New York.
He had a farm in Osnabruck Twp., Stormont, Ontario, Canada.


Christina Merckle

Birth: St. Paul's Lutheran Church Records, Schoharie. No baptism date written in the record. Arthur C. M. Kelly transcription of St. Paul's record, page 34. Witnesses at her christening were Christopher Merckle and his wife. Her uncle and aunt.
The Ault Manuscript spells her name "Christianne".

Marriage: Ault Manuscript, copy in possession of Ejvor Merkley.
She had nine children.

Death: Upper Canada Memorial says she died 14 Jan 1856 at the age of 98 years and 3 months. This would put her birth year as 1759 but her christening record gives her birth year as 1764. If the year of death, on her gravestone is correct, she was age 92 at the time of her death.

History: Harkness, "History of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry". pp.51-52. "One of the most interesting stories of the earlier settlers is that of Christianne Merkley, of Palatine descent, who lived with her father, Michael Merklye, a well-to-do farmer in the Schoharie settlement. She was seventeen and there were two younger children, a sister of fifteen and a brother of five. The father had gone for the day with a niece to visit the niece's married sister, and the children were anxiously awaiting their return. Finally, seeing them come, they rushed to the door to greet them only to see them being attacked by Indians. Both were killed and the buildings burned. The Indians took what booty they could and the party including the children started for Niagara."

The following brief but touching narrative respecting her, was related to us by Mr. Samuel Ault, her gradson....
"Mrs. Ross was a daughter of Michael Merckley, a Loyalist, who lived in Schoharrie, near the Mohawk river, the State of New York. She and her sister Eve, and her brother a little child, were taken prisoners by a scouting party of Indians... Her mother was dead...her father absent from home with a niece of his....". This goes on to relate the story of their capture and the murder of their brother by the Indians.
It then states that Sir John Johnston took the sisters to Montreal, "who remained in his employment as servants for nearly two years. At the close of the war, Christianne married Ross, a discharged soldier, and came to Cornwall for the purpose of settling on a farm which he drew from Government....

"Christianne lived to the patriarchal age of 98, retaining to the last full possession of her mental faculties, she departed for the "better country" about three years ago, full of hope and resigned to her call. Her German Bible and prayer book had been her companions through life and her comfort in old age, and even in death they were not divided, for at her own request they were buried with her in the same coffin."


Christopher Peter Empey

Birth: A.E. Hickey, The Ingleside Hickeys, Published 1963 at Don Mills, Canada, page 34 and 35.

Marr: Marriage is recorded in the Ontario Historical Society Papers & Records, Vol. 27, page 394.


Anne Eve Merckle

Birth: "Merckel-Merkley Family in New York and Canada" by A.F. Bennett, p. 24. A.E. Hickey, The Ingleside Hickeys, Published 1963 at Don Mills, Canada, page 34 and 35.

Marr: Marriage is recorded in the Ontario Historical Society Papers & Records, Vol. 27, page 394.

Death: A.E. Hickey, The Ingleside Hickeys, page 34, 35.

History: She was captured by Indians in the raid of 1789 and taken to Canada with her sister, Christina, and was living there according to the testimony
her brother, Henry, made at Montreal on the 28th of Jan. 1788. The following comes from the Empey Family History; "Indians burned their house and killed
all the family who were at home except Anne and her sister, Christian, who was six years younger. They were carried off, and after six weeks reached the Indian Village at Niagara. Their captors sold them to the squaws for two gallons of rum. Eventually they were ransomed by the family of Sir William Johnson and taken to Montreal. Anne Merckel Empey lived to her ninety-third years." Some accounts state she was 15 at the time of the Indian raid.


Stephen Schneyder

Birth:Benningen, Wurttemberg, Germany Lutheran Church Register. Researched by Friedrich R. Wollmershäuser. Witnesses were Georg Meyer and Andreas Loser.

Marriage: Ibidem. Record states Stephan is the son of Jacob Schneyder and Maria the daughter of Hans Eberlin.

Death: Ibidem. He died at the age of 79 years less 3 months.

In 1738 Stephan Schneyder, spelled Schneider, was the oldest member of the local law-court, the person acting in that position for the longest time.


Elisabeth

At the time of her marriage to Stephan Schnyder she listed as the widow of Johannes Hirschman.

She died at the age of 62 years.