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Re: Hirneisen of Hochdorf to America
Posted by: Bonnie Hirneisen Date: September 07, 2001 at 10:21:32
In Reply to: Hirneisen of Hochdorf to America by W Cary Anderson of 13

I am researching Hirneisen's in Lancaster and Berks Counties PA. The first Hirneisen that we have found (not verified by hard evidence) was Johann Jacob Hirneisen b. 1777 who married Catherine Kaz? b. 1775. We have a book that was written by their descendants about the Hirneisen families. We have located Catherine's tombstone but it is unreadable and her daughter's is next to it. It is broken in half but some of it is legible.

Here is an entry from the book: (I put notes in parenthesis that are probably incorrect)
"In the year 1814 (should be 1819), Sept 29, a sailship arrived in Philadelphia. Among its passengers was our forefather, Jacob Hirneisen, his wife, Catherine Kurtz (probably Kaz) and their five children, 4 daughters and 1 son. On account of high seas and storm tossed waves, their voyage took almost two months to cross the Atlantic. Jacob's sister, Veronica, also accompanied them (cannot locate any info on her). They left Wittenberg, Germany, in Aug., 1814, for Rotterdam, 400 miles. Two of his relatives went along to help pay the passage for all but the young son. They wanted to keep him in Germany. His passage was paid by a doctor from Philadelphia, whose name has not been learned, but apon arrival he had to earn off his passage by working for the doctor. Judith, thier 6th child, was born in Philadelphia a year later. (Judith was probably born in Hochdorf)"
(The History of the Hirneisen Family)

Here are two versions of the tombstone at the Swamp Reformed Church in Lancaster Co., PA:
Tombstone of Judith Hirneisen
"Here rest, peacefully, daughter Judith Hirneisen, born December 10th, 1815.
In the year 1819 she traveled with her parents and sisters to America. After a voyage of 56 days they landed healthy on Sept. 29th in the harbor of Philadelphia.
She was staying with her parents. She went to school and her teacher was Mr. Christian Kegerc's. In the year 1834 Rev. Leinbach confer ru ert her in his church and at the same time was present to Holy Supper. 15 monats later she died on T. B. and the dead was her freind who freed her sick body.
She died Dec. 26th, 1834. Her age was 19 years 16 days.
She was born in Kodr darf Ober Auct Harb, State Wurttenberg.
The earth and grave I'll give my body, this is my wish, I have, take you dark grave my soul, I will rise the day of justice."
(Tombstone made by her father Jacob Hirneisen. From the History of the Hirneisen Family 1962 book)


Here rests in peaceful slumber, Judith Hirneisen, the daughter of Jacob and Katherena Hirneisen. She was born December 10, 1815. In the year 1819 she started her trip with her parents and brothers and sisters to America, where she landed in good health after a sea voyage of 56 days. She arrived September 29th in the port of Philadelphia where she lived with her parents. She received her education from Mr. Christian Kegereis. In the year 1834 she was confirmed in this church and received her first communion from pastor Leinbach. Fifteen months before her death she contracted consumption, and wasted away until finally death freed her from her illness. She died December 26, 1834. Her age was 19 years and 16 days. She was born in Hochdorf, Oberamt Horb, in the kingdom of Wuertemberg. (from http://www.paonline.com/jlgens/swampdea.htm Swamp Reformed Cemetery records)

Here is Catherine's tombstone inscription:
Catharina, wife of Jacob Hirneisen. Maiden name Kar.(?). Born April 25, 1775; Died December 26, 1838. Aged 63 years, 8 months and 1 day. (from http://www.paonline.com/jlgens/swampdea.htm Swamp Reformed Church records)

I have Jacob's parents as Johann Wilhelm Hirneisen b. 1734 and Anna Walz and Catherine's parents as Hans Jakob Kaz and Catharina Kneissler. Jacob was a Bookbinder in Germany and Stone cutter in America. I am unsure how accurate this information is. Most info is from FamilySearch. My sister in law (Laura Hirneisen) is also very interested in Genealogy. She is the one who found most of the info I have.

If you notice in the one passage from the Hirneisen book it states that two relative came with Jacob's family. Do you know who those individuals are? And a Veronica Hirneisen, Jacob's sister???, is mentioned. Has a Veronica appeared in your research?

I am looking forward to seeing your manuscript. Please let me know when it is being printed. I would love a copy. I am sure my husband's family would also! If you are interested in anything else please let me or Laura know. Click on our names in a message and you can get our email addresses. Thanks.


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