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Philippi-Ensminger Marriages

26 March 2011 1 comment

** see updated post for additional marriage **

Philippi-Ensminger marriagesI think that I’ve sorted out a bunch of intermarriages between the Philippi and Ensminger families of Bas-Rhin, Alsace and later Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  One marriage I have not worked out is between Hans Georg Philippi and Anna Barbara Roth.  I’m not sure who the parents of Hans Georg Philippi are, I’m going to have to consult Wesner’s Alsatian Connections to see if she has his parents.

Georg Ensminger4 (Philipp3, Hans Georg2, Hans Meyer der Einssminger1) married Maria Catharina Philippi3 (Johannes2, Philipp Hensel Philipp1) on 7 Feb 1702 at Waldhambach, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France (source)

Anna Elisabetha Ensminger4 (step-daughter of Philipp3, Hans Georg2, Hans Meyer der Einssminger1) married Johannes Philippi3 (George Hans2, Philipp Hensel Philipp1) on 5 Jun 1691 at Waldhambach, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France (source)

Ludwig Ensminger6 (Hans Nicholas5, Philipp4, Philipp3, Hans Georg2, Hans Meyer der Einssminger1) married Eva Christina Philippi5 (Johannes4, Johannes3 George Hans2, Philipp Hensel Philipp1) on 12 Dec 1752 (source)

Bas-Rhin Vital Records, Les Archives départementales du Bas-Rhin, Waldhambach, BMS, 1683-1720, 3 E 514/1, p 132
Bas-Rhin Vital Records, Les Archives départementales du Bas-Rhin, Waldhambach, BMS, 1683-1720, 3 E 514/1, p 127
Ensminger PA 1994, Raymond Martin Bell and Brendan R. Wehrung, (Washington, PA: 1994), CS71.E6 1994., 2-25.


Quirins of Bettwiller and Wolfskirchen

24 March 2011 1 comment

I am sure this is not a complete list, and my transcription is not great.  However, this might be helpful to people (and it surely helps me sort out what I have found).  The shorthand citations refer to the city the records are under in the Bas-Rhin Archives, and the page refers to the page on the viewer–not any pagination on the leaves.

Waldhambach Records

Quirin Quirin is listed as the father in two marriage records: Hans Anton Quirin and Hans Philipp Quirin.

Hans Anton Quirin married Johanetta Wagner, daughter of Michael Wagner, on 20 Jan 1684 in Bettwiller (Waldhambach BMS p 124).  They had the following children:

  1. Anna Barbara Quirin, baptized 1684 (Waldhambach BMS p 5).  Baptism was witnessed by Otthilia, Georg Hans Philippi of Volksberg’s wife
  2. Anna Catharina Quirin, baptized 1688 (Waldhambach BMS p 12)
  3. [can’t read] Quirin, baptized 1690 (Waldhambach BMS p 20)
  4. Hans Nickol Quirin, baptized 1693 (Waldhambach BMS p 28)

Hans Philipp Quirin married Anna Margaretha Ensminger on 14 Feb 1693 in Bettwiller (Waldhambach BMS p 128).  I did not see any baptismal records.

Also listed is the confirmation of Jerg Quirin, son of Bricey Quirin, in Waldhambach (Waldhambach BMS p 114).  This is presumably Hans Georg Quirin, son of Bricius Quirin who is listed as having been baptized 8 Sep 1678 in Wolfskirchen in Brendan Wehrung’s portion of Ensmingers of Pennsylvania (pg 31).

Wolfskirchen Records

I have much more difficulty reading the Wolfskirchen records, so this has more gaps and things I couldn’t decipher.

What I have found seems to line up nicely with Brendan Wehrung’s information about the children of Britz Kurin/Quirin and Elisabetha Schmidt. I did not find mention of either of them, but Wehrun has their children listed as:

  1. Nicolaus QUIRIN, c. 03 Feb 1643, Wolfskirchen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
  2. Hans Thebalt QUIRIN, c. 24 Aug 1645, Wolfskirchen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
  3. Jacob QUIRIN, c. 15 Oct 1648, Wolfskirchen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
  4. Bricius QUIRIN, c. 15 Oct 1648, Wolfskirchen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
  5. Hans Heinrich QUIRIN, c. 24 Nov 1656, Wolfskirchen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France

I did not find anything on Hans Thebalt, but I believe I found information regarding the others which seem to line up with Wehrung.

Britz Quirin and his wife Synnel had:

  • Catharina Quirin, baptized 3 Sep 1676 (Wolfskirchen p 12, #33)
  • Hans Jacob Quirin baptised 8 Sep 1678 (Wolfskirchen pp13-14, #42)

In addition, Britz witnessed the baptism of an Anna Catharina in 1679 (Wolfskirchen p 14, #46).  Synnel witnessed the baptism of another Anna Catharina on 10 Oct 1677 (Wolfskirchen p 13 #37).

Margaretha, wife of Niclaus Quirin, witnessed the baptism of Catharina Quirin (daughter of Britz and Synnel).

Hans Heinrich Quirin witnessed the baptism of a Hans Niclaus in 1676 (Wolfskirchen p 12 #30).

Jacob Quirin and his wife Anna Catharina had:

  • Hans Jacob Quirin, baptized 19 Dec 1677 and died 3 May 1747 (Wolfskirchen p 13 #39)

Jacob witnessed with baptism of Hans Jacob Quirin (son of Britz and Synnel).  He also witnessed the baptism of Matthias Heinrich in 1672 (Wolfskirchen p 8, #8), Nicolaus on 16 Dec 1677 (Wolfskirchen p 13, #38), and Hans Nickolaus in 1679 (Wolfskirchen p 14, #45).

Bas-Rhin Civil Records (Etat Civil)

23 March 2011 2 comments

I’ve been working on going through the records of Waldhambach through the online Bas-Rhin Etat Civil, and it has been TREMENDOUS.  I’ve sorted out a lot of the Ensminger and Philippi lines and marriages, which had been really bothering me–there’s a good deal of intermarriage, but I wasn’t sure where.  I’ve filled in a lot of blanks.

I’ve also had a crash course in understanding Kurrent German handwriting.  Waldhambach records are  fairly easy to understand, even without any real knowledge of German or Latin.  I’m having a bit more trouble where the records are not in table form–Wolfskirchen and La Petite-Pierre (Lützelstein) come to mind!

One thing that I did figure out is that I probably will not be able to sort out the Quirin family.  There are two Quirin families that have intermarried with my Ensmingers and Philippis: children of Britz Quirin (aka Bricius Quirin) of Wolfskirchen and children of Quirin Quirin (aka Quirinus Quirin) of Bettwiller.  Quirin seems to be a somewhat popular surname in other parts of Alsace and in Lorraine, and the records I have found do not go back far enough to make a good connection.  I’ll be posting what I have found hopefully later this evening or tomorrow.

I’ve also been looking for hints towards Maria Christina Cleiss, wife of Johannes Philippi who emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1750. I thought I had found her, as I found the baptism of Maria Christina Clauss, daughter of Hans Nickol Clauss and Anna Maria Windstein, on 14 Aug 1693 in Waldhambach, but then I also found her burial at age 11.  I’ll be posting what I did find out for that family, though.

On a side note, although I definitely appreciate and am eternally grateful for these records to be put online and freely accessible, there is no way that this could have come cheap, and no way the maintenance is cheap.  Whether we get them for free on the internet or not, things still have costs, and I have to wonder how many people are getting use of them and where those people are from.  I’m certainly not paying French or Bas-Rhin taxes, but yet I’m using it heavily.  I just have to wonder how sustainable this will be.  I would definitely pay a subscription fee.

Mary Conrad’s Family

10 March 2011 Leave a comment

Time to go to bed, so time to summarize this.

Looking for the parents of Mary Conrad (b Jun 1827 in NY, d 27 Oct 1906 in Knoxville, Tioga, PA), who married Joseph H Ellison (b abt 1820 in New York, d aft 1880 prob in PA).  Mary was the mother of the no longer so elusive Jennie Ellison.

Looked at the census records for Greenwood, Steuben County, New York in 1850, when Joseph H and Mary (Conrad) Ellison were enumerated there.  I found the household of George Conrad (b abt 1799 in NY) and Ann (b abt 1798 in NY).  They had 4 others living with them who were probably all children of theirs:

  • Catherine Conrad (b abt 1829 in NY)
  • Ezra Conrad (b abt 1833 in NY)
  • Edson Conrad (b abt 1838 in NY)
  • Sarah Conrad (b abt 1841 in NY)

Another Conrad family can be found in Greenwood a few doors down from George & Ann at this time: Humphrey Conrad (b 1821 in NY) and Philinda Conrad (b 1826 in NY).  Humphrey was probably a son of George & Ann.  Humphrey and Philinda had Nellie Jane Conrad (1856 – 1922) and Fred Wilbur Conrad (1863 – 1932). Humphrey enlisted in the Civil War as a Private on 4 March 1864 at the age of 43 in Company H, 10th Cavalry Regiment New York and died from wounds Company H, 10th Cavalry Regiment New York on 23 Sep 1864. Philinda died in 1900 and is buried in the Mead family cemetery in Greenwood along with son Fred. Searching on Ancestry, others have identified Philinda/Phylinda as Philinda Mead, daughter of Alvin Mead and Sally Ann Kruzen.

Ezra Conrad also enlisted in the Civil War, but he survived.  He and his wife Rachel had many children, and by 1900 was living in Potter County, PA.  Ancestry info has his wife having been Rachel King, daughter of John and Electra (Stephens) King.

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