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Nicholas (Hans) Feuerstein1

Male
b. 25 March 1712, d. before 11 January 1768


Father Hans Feuerstein1 b. circa 1686, d. circa 1740
Mother Mother (Feuerstein) Unknown b. circa 1686
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Family 1 Anna Catharina Nonnenmacher b. 2 August 1711, d. circa 1760
Marriage* 13 April 1733  Berg Evangelical Lutheran Church, Berg und Thal, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France, Principal=Anna Catharina Nonnenmacher1 
Children  1. Anna Catherina Feuerstein b. 23 Aug 1733, d. 1769
  2. Johan Nicholas Feuerstein b. 17 Apr 1735, d. 1807
  3. Johan Joseph Feuerstein b. 7 May 1737, d. c 14 Jan 1793
  4. Eva Catharina Feuerstein b. 3 Jun 1739, d. a 1763
  5. Rosina Feuerstein b. 13 Mar 1741 or 13 Mar 1742, d. a 1810
  6. Johann Mathias Feuerstein b. 5 Apr 1744, d. 1829
  7. Maria Dorothea Feuerstein b. 17 Feb 1746 or 17 Feb 1747
  8. Maria Magdalena Feuerstein b. 22 Mar 1749 or 22 Mar 1750
  9. Michael Feuerstein b. 10 Jun 1750
  10. Theobald Feuerstein b. 3 Aug 1752, d. b 1760

Family 2 Catherine Kuntz Hacken b. circa 1712
Marriage* after 1760  York Co., PA, Principal=Catherine Kuntz Hacken1 

Note*   Between 1733 and 1752, the births and baptisms of nine of Nickel (Nicholas) and Catharina's ten children were recorded in the records of Berg Evangelical Church. According to parish records, Nickel was a carpenter, farmer and citizen of Thal.

It is said that when their oldest child became subject to conscription into the French army, Hans Nicholas and Catharina abandoned their 10 acre farm
in Alsace and went to Holland. In Rotterdam, the couple with nine children boarded the ship "Peggy," Captain James Abercombie, Master. He arrived
with his family in Philadephia, PA on Sept 24 1753. The family qualified for entry on the following day.

About 1755 until 1760 he indentured himself and sons as farm laborers in Lancaster Co., PA in order to pay for his passage to America. Some
records are available about this family in Trinity Lutheran Chuch Record in Lancaster, PA.

In 1760, about the same time his wife died, he acquired a 300 acre tract of land that adjoined the Pigeon Hills in Paradise Township, York Co., PA.
The land purchase was made by assignment from Fredrick Eichelberger in papers dated Nov 15 1760. The property was bound by 7 other owners: John Heidler, John Emich, Lawrence McMullen, Adam Blyer, Nicholas Bittenger, Jacob Balsley, and Gotlieb Priechner.

After his wife died he remarried to Catherine Hacken, widow respectively of John Kuntz (1723-1753) of Heidelberg Township, York Co., PA and of
Nicholas Hacken (died 1758) of York Co., PA

Between 1760 and 1764 Nicholas and Catherine, his second wife, were associated with the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in York Town. During this time they witnessed the baptism of a Stautzenberger grandchild on April 11, 1763.

On April 3 1763 he was naturalized at the "Supream Court" at Philadelphia. He listed his residence as Paradise Township, York Co., PA.

He was a carpenter and a farmer.

He died shortly before Jan. 11, 1768, the date on which administrative powers for his estate were granted to his second wife, Catherine, and his
eldest son Nicholas Jr. He had lived in America only 15 years. On June 1, 1768 Nicholas Jr. filed a petition reporting that his father had left a widow, nine surviving children, and a 300 acre tract of land in Paradise Township. Nicholas Jr asked for partition of the real estate among the heirs and appointment of a guardian for his brother Michael, age 11 years. John Stiffler (Michael's uncle) was appointed guardian. On May 30, 1770 Nicholas' Sr second wife, Catherine (now remarried Catherine Fritz) and Nicholas, Jr. produced their administration account. Their administration bond and the inventory were filed on June 1, 1770. Nicholas Jr. petitioned the court that he be permitted to take the 300 acre tract, and he was ordered to distribute the estate among the heirs. On Nov 27, 1770 the Court ordered that Nicholas Jr. be summoned to show why he had not paid Conrad Stoutsberger his distributive share. Conrad was by then a widower with minor children of the late Catherine Firestone Stauzberger.

Three of his sons enlisted and served in the Revolutionary War. He and his descendants claimed, as did many Alsacians, German ancestry.

Other researchers include two more children, Susannah Catharina Feuerstein b. 2 Jul 1742 and Johann P. Feuerstein b. 6 Jun 1747. They also mention Caherina Dorothea instead of Maria Dorothea. These two might fit into the family if it can be proved that only nine of the children survived their father's death as mentioned in the estate records.

The following sources by GeneJunky:

Sources:

1. Title: Firestone Family of Frederick Co. Maryland: Firestone Family of Frederick County, Maryland
Abbrev: Russell (1993)
Author: George Ely Russell
Note:
ABBR Western Maryland Genealogy, Vol 9, Nos. 1 & 2, Jan
Page: Therein, "Nicholas Firestone was born Johann/Hanss Nickel Feuerstein/Feyerstein..."
2. Title: Firestone Family of Frederick Co. Maryland, #01 Nicholas Firestone: Firestone Family of Frederick County, Maryland, Subject: #01 Nicholas Firestone, Volume: 9, No. 1, Page: 3-7
Abbrev: Russell (1993): #01 Nicholas Firestone
Author: George Ely Russell
Page: therein, "Nicholas1 Firestone was born Johann/Hanss Nickel Feuerstein/Feyerstein ca. 1713, probably in the village of Thal, a member of the well-established Feuerstein family in Berg Parish..."
3. Title: Firestone Family History (1904): Nicholas: Firestone Family History, Subject: Nicholas Firestone (the elder), Edition: typescript, Version: FHL film 1035628, item 2, File Reference: R. Ulmer, transcription of. dtd 2000
Abbrev: Firestone (1904): Nicholas
Author: Firestone, Jason
Publication: Chicago, 1904
Page: about page 2, "Berg and Thal are two small farming villages situated one mile apart, forty miles north-west of Strasbourg in the Province of Elsas, Germany, and six miles south of the railroad station of ----Union...;" according to Google Earth (10 July 2007) the town of Sarre-Union is located north east of Thal, about 3.3 miles as a crow flys, and 7.4 miles from Berg
4. Title: Firestone Family of Frederick Co. Maryland, #01 Nicholas Firestone: Firestone Family of Frederick County, Maryland, Subject: #01 Nicholas Firestone, Volume: 9, No. 1, Page: 3-7
Abbrev: Russell (1993): #01 Nicholas Firestone
Author: George Ely Russell
5. Title: Firestone Family of Frederick Co. Maryland, #01 Nicholas Firestone: Firestone Family of Frederick County, Maryland, Subject: #01 Nicholas Firestone, Volume: 9, No. 1, Page: 3-7
Abbrev: Russell (1993): #01 Nicholas Firestone
Author: George Ely Russell
Page: therein, "In June or July 1733 he married Anna Catharina Nunnenmacher of Berg, then already about seven months pregnant with their first child," cites "Berg Parish Church Book," baptismal entry dated 27 Aug. 1733 for child Anna Catharina born 23 Aug. 1733
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Note   (From George Ely Russell's 1957 work "Firestone Genealogy")

Nicholas Firestone (Proginator of the American Firestones)
Born 1712: Berg und Thal, Alsace. Farmer having 10 acres. (Another ref. says born 1705). Member of German Lutheran Church. In 1752 he abandoned his propety and secretly left Alsace in order that his oldest son would avoid military service for King Louis XV. The family went to Holland, and sailed from Rotterdam on the ship "Peggy," Capt. James Abercrombie, master. He was an indentured servant, contracting to give his services of himself and his family in exchange for their passage. They arrived at Philadelphia on Sep. 24, 1753, he aged 40, son Nichlas, age 21, sons John, Mathias, and Michael. He qualified on Sep. 25, 1753. They traveled to Lancaster, Lancaster co., Pa., where they lived and workd on a farm as early as 1754. After the terms of their indenture were fulfilled, they moved to Conococheague Creek, in what was then Cumberland co., Pa., living in Peters twp. (now Franklin County), where he remained until his death in 1763. The name of his wife is not known; she may have died in Alsace. Children: Nicholas, b. c1732; George Philip, b. c1736' John, b. c1734; Mathias, b. c1740; and Michael (no further record).

Sources:
Compendium of American Genealogy, Virkus, volume 6., page 450
Harvey Firestone, A. Lief, 1951 (biography)
Penssylvania-German Pioneers, Strassburger & Hinks, 1934, v.1, page 46
Lancaster Co. (Pa) Historical Society Papers, page 2761 
Birth* 25 March 1712  Berg Evangelical Lutheran Church, Berg und Thal, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France1 
Marriage* 13 April 1733  Berg Evangelical Lutheran Church, Berg und Thal, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France, Principal=Anna Catharina Nonnenmacher1 
Immigration* 24 September 1753  Ship Peggy, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA, THE PEGGY

[List 204 A] A List of mens Names and ages, Imported in the Ship Peggy, Capt. James Abercrombie, from Rotterdam, 24 September, 1753.

Nicholus Fyrestein, 40
Nicholus Do., Jun., 21

[Endorsed:]
List of Foreigners imported in the ship Peggy, Capt. James
Abercrombie, Qualified 24th Sept. 1753.
119 Stedman.

[List 204 B] Foreigners imported in the Ship Peggy, Capt. James Abercrombie, From Rotterdam. Qualified 25th Sept. 1753.

Nickell Füerstein
Nickel Feuer[stein]

[Endorsed:] List of Foreigners imported in the Ship Peggy, Capt.
James Abercrombie
Qualified 24th Sept. 1753.
119 [men]
+21 [women & children]
140 [Total]2 
Marriage* after 1760  York Co., PA, Principal=Catherine Kuntz Hacken1 
Death* before 11 January 1768  Paradise Twp, York Co., PA1 

Citations
  1. [S85] Firestone Genealogy - 1957, George Ely Russell.
  2. [S388] German Pioneers to America, online http://www.ristenbatt.com/genealogy/.


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