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Eighteenth century emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America

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Eighteenth century emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America, Annette Burgert, AKB Publications, 1992, [TRL 974.80043 B79] 


Note: All references refer to the children Henrich, Christopher and Catharina of Mathias Seyler of Birlenbach which  was a village in the Dutchy of Zweibrucken

p. 78, #58
American Record
Salem Lutheran KB, Lebanon, Lebanon Co., PA
Joh Heinrich Seyler and wife Catharina sponsors to a baptism, 20 Jun 1773
Henry Seiler and wife Eva Catherine sponsors to a baptism, 3 Aug 1775
both above for children of eobald Busch (also as Tiewald Pisth) and wife Elisabeth.

p. 302, #293
European Record
Anna Catharina Sailer dau of late Matthai Sailer, former citizen and churchgoer at Birlenbach m. 11Nov 1755 Georg Friedrich Straub and second m 15 Jan 1765 Joh Friederich Knoblach, linenweaver, citizen Langencandel

American Record
Johann Kobbeloch, linenweaver, born in Langencandel; his wife (nee) Seyler, from the village of Borlebach. 

p. 464, #467
Birlenbach =  modern zip code 67160 for Wissembourg
European Record
St John's Lutheran KB, Wissembourg
Johann Andreas Seyler, clockmaker, and wife Anna Mari nee Breisach had children:
Margaretha Louisa b. 6 Nov 1785
Margaretha Magdalena b. 10 June 1787

A Michael Seiler, who wa salso a locksmith and clockmaker appears in the record and has 6 children between 1758 and 1772. Heinrich and Christoph Seyler do not appear in the records, therefore it appears likely that Johann Andreas Seyler who remained in Europe when his father Heinrich emigrated, may have been apprenticed to Michael Sailer - perhaps a relative.

American Records
St Michael's and Zion KB, Philadelphia
Henrich Seiler and wife Catharina Margaretha (newcomers) had a daughter: Cathrina Margaretha b. 17 Oct 767 on the Delaware: bp 9 Nov 1767 on ship.

Dauphin County Wills: Henry Seiler, Town of Lebanon, 14 June 1785 - 7 July 1785, locksmith, to wife Catharina ........ my brother Christopher Seiler .... to son Andreas living in town of Weisenburg in Under Elsatz in Germany .....

Dauphin County Deed Book: D-1: 443: 7 Jul 1790 ..... Christopher Seiler, executor of Henry Seiler late of lebanon ... to his son Andreas Seiler ..


p. 465, #468
Birlenbach =  modern zip code 67160 for Wissembourg
European Record
Birlenbach Lutheran KB:
Mathias Seyler, citizen and church censor at Birlenbach, and wife Anna Catharina had a son:
Johann Jacob bp. 26 Dec. 1719

Johann Jacob Seyler, cooper, son of Matthai Seyler, citizen and church censor at Birlenbach, m. 16 July 1743 Dorothea Schaff from Retschweiler [Retschwiller= 67250 Soultz-sous-Forfits]. Children:
1. Johann Philipp b. 1 May 1744, bp. 3 May 1744
2. Maria Magdalena b. 24 Jan. 1746, bp. 26 Jan. 1746
3. Maria Catharina b. 29 Sept. 1747, bp. 1 Oct. 1747
4. Johann Jacob b. 8 Apr. 1749, bp. 13 Apr. 1749
5. Johann Georg b. 1 June 1751, bp.6 June 1751

Zweibrucken Manumissions Protocoll, Clee- and Catharinenburg, 1752:
Jacob Seyler of Birlenbach, with wife and five children, leaves for America.