Note: This family was traced back to passengers aboard the ship, "Duke of Bedford," from Rotterdam, Holland with her home port Portsmouth, England. On the list of passengers were four by the name of Adam Koch, Sr., Adam Koch, Jr., Michael Koch, Sr. and Jon Michael Koch, Jr. According to the ship's record, they appeared before the Mayor of Philadelphia on the 14th day of September, 1751, and took the oath of allegiance to the Crown of Great Britain and the Province of Pennsylvania. All males over sixteen years of age were obliged to take the oath soon after their arrival.
Adam KOCH, Sr. and Adam KOCH, Jr. arrived in Philadelphia on
the "Duke of Bedford" on Sept. 14, 1751; According to "Records of
Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, PA, Part IV: Burials 1754-1812" there
is a burial record for Ann Margaret KOCH(IN) [the -in at the end of a
German name was just the feminine version, so you drop it]. It says she
was born Nov. 12, 1707, at Kempfenbrunn, "Hanauischen"; that she was the
daughter of Thomas ROHMANN; that she was married to Johann Adam KOCH in
1727; that both of them came to America in 1751; "During the 44 years of
their married life, she bore him 9 children of whom only 3 survive viz.
2s & 1d." She died on Oct. 11, 1783 and was buried in the Trinity
Church cemetery on Oct 13. Given those dates, Johann Adam KOCH must
have died in 1771, presumably in or near Reading since she was buried
there and he was taxed in Reading. According to "History of Reading,
PA, 1748-1898" by Morton Montgomery, Adam KOCH (and William KOCH and
Johannes KOCH, both heads of households;and Michael KOCH, single) was
one of the 269 taxables in Reading in 1759. Using her father's name,
Thomas ROHMANN, you could search church records in and near
Kempfenbrunn, Germany, which I would think is a parish near Hanau (near
Frankfurt)--I'm not a German expert,
Often the bride and groom came from the same or adjacent villages in
Germany, so you may find Adam KOCH here (by the way, many, many Germans
were christened with the first name Johan or another form of it, so
Johann Adam would be the same as Adam.
Adam Jr went to N.C. and became the father of George who married
Elizabeth ___. George is the father of Michael who married Anna Maria
Rader in 1823. Michael and Anna Maria had George Washington after moving
to Tenn. in 1827.
They were part of a group of German settlers who had come from the Rhine River Valley. They changed their surname from Koch to Cook soon after their arrival. Adam Cook, Sr. died soon after his arrival and was buried in Pennsylvania. His son, Adam Cook, Jr. is the progenitor of this Cook Family in the eastern part of Watauga County, NC (Sources:
died May 27, 1827, Berks Co. O'Bryan, Andrew
66. An act for the relief of ADAM KOCH.
Whereas Adam Koch, now an inhabitant of Berks county, entered into the late
revolutionary war at its commencement, under the command of CAPTAIN
M'CLELLAN, in 9th PA regiment, commanded by COLONEL NAGLE, that he was
dangerously wounded in the head, at the battle of Brandywine by a musquet
ball, which entered below his right eye and passed out below his right ear,
that he was afterwards hurt at the building of West Point Fort, and that the
former injury periodically affecting his intellects, together with the latter
increasing the infirmities of age, he is unable to support himself, therefore,
Adam Koch, is hereby entitled to receive an annuity of forty dollars during
his natural life, commencing on 1 Jul 1805, and payable half yearly, for the
life of Adam Koch. 21 Mar 1806.
[Malcom] is the son of Adam and Mary A. (Gicker) Koch, the former
born in 1785 and the latter in 1805. They were married in about 1833
and the father all his life was engaged in farming pursuits. Adam Koch
remained a member of the parental household until the death of his
father, when he was placed at the head of affairs, settled up the
estate, bought a snug home for his mother and sisters near Reading, and
provided for their future comfort and welfare. The death of the father
took place in October, 1841, when he was 56 years of age. The mother
survived her husband 34 years and died at the advanced age of 70 years
in Fairfield Co., Ohio. Adam Koch and family moved to Fairfield Co.,
Ohio, in 1839. Their family consisted of 6 sons and 1 daughter."
Portrait and biographical album of Champaign County, Ill. . Provo, UT.
MyFamily.com, Inc.. 2004. Portrait and biographical album of Champaign
County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches
of prominent and representative citizens of the county : together with
portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois and of the
presidents of the United States.. Chicago. Chapman Bros.. 1887, p 557.
. JOHANN ADAM1 KOCH, SR was born 1707 in Otzweiler, Germany, and died 1771 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He married ANN MARGARET ROHMANN 1727, daughter of THOMAS ROHMANN. She was born November 12, 1707 in Kempfenbrunn, "Hanaulschen", Germany, and died October 11, 1783 in Reading, PA.
JOHANN ADAM KOCH, SR:
Johann Adam Koch, Sr and his family arrived in Philadelphia on the "Duke of Bedford" on September 14, 1751. According to "History of Reading, PA, 1748-1898" By Morton Montgomery, Adam Koch (and William Koch and Johannes Koch, both heads of households; and Michael Koch, single) was one of the 269 taxables in Reading in 1759. Many Germans were christened with the first name Johan or another form of it, so Johann Adam would be the same as Adam.
According to "Five Adam Koch's--Berks County Revolutionary Soldiers" in Berks County Historical Review, Vol 8 (1943), Adam and Ann Margaret (Rohman) Koch's son Adam Koch was listed as a farmer in Bern Township, Berks, Co, starting in 1766. he died in 1771, presumably in or near Reading since his wife was buried there and he was taxed there.
ANN MARGARET ROHMANN:
She was buried October 13, 1783 in the Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery.
Quote from church records: "During the 44 years of their married life, she bore him 9 children of whom only 3 survived.
Children of JOHANN KOCH and ANN ROHMANN are:
i. HENRY2 COOK.
ii. MICHAEL COOK, b. 1730.
2. iii. ADAM KOCH, JR, b. 1735; d. August 1817, Jefferson, Ashe Co. , NC.
Descendants of Conrad Koch
JOHANN ADAM3 KOCH, SR. (JOHANN VALENTIN2, CONRAD1) was born 1710 in Otzweiler, Germany, and died 1771 in Reading, Berks County, PA. He married ANNA MARGARETHA ROHMANN 1727 in Germany, daughter of THOMAS ROHMANN. She was born November 12, 1707 in Kempfenbrunn, Hanauischen, Germany, and died October 11, 1783 in Reading, Berks County, PA.
JOHANN ADAM KOCH, SR.:
This family was traced back to passengers aboard the ship, "Duke of Bedford," from Rotterdam, Holland with her home port Portsmouth, England. On the list of passengers were four by the name of Adam Koch, Sr., Adam Koch, Jr., Michael Koch, Sr. and Jon Michael Koch, Jr. According to the ship's record, they appeared before the Mayor of Philadelphia on the 14th day of September, 1751, and took the oath of allegiance to the Crown of Great Britain and the Province of Pennsylvania. All males over sixteen years of age were obliged to take the oath soon after their arrival.
They were part of a group of German settlers who had come from Otzweiler, Germany in the Rhine River Valley. They changed their surname from Koch to Cook soon after their arrival. Adam Cook, Sr. died in 1771 in Reading, Berks Co, PA and was buried there. His son, Adam Cook, Jr. is the progenitor of this Cook Family in the eastern part of Watauga County, NC Research
Records of the Lutheran Church in Reading, Pa gives info that Adam and Anna Margaretha were born in Germany in 1710 and 1707 respectively. They were married in 1727 and had 9 children of whom 2 sons and 1 daughter were living at the time of her death in 1774.
In 1759, Adam Koch, head of household, and Michael Koch, single, were among 269 taxable persons living in Reading, PA. ( From the "History of Reading, PA, 1748-1898" by Morton Montgomery.
info on Otzweiler, Germany. "Otzweiler, Germany?" I got the Home Page of Stefan Riegel whose ancestors came from the town of Beckerbach, province of Rheinland-Pfalz, southwest of Frankfurt, Germany. Beckerbach is quite near to the village of Otzweiler. This is the village from which the Koch (Cook) Family emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1751. Stefan Riegel gives a history of Otzweiler as written by a Protestant minister, Hillenbrandt, in 1785:
"Half an hour towards west (from Limbach) lies the village Otzweiler. It encompasses 24 houses and the same number of families. It lies in a valley between some hills and belongs both to Baden and to Salm-Kyrburg. The inhabitants of this village are generally very poor, the houses are built badly from clay and straw, single floored and roofed with straw. Agriculture and cattle-breeding is very inferior, soil and fields are poor and infertile, so that the land will rarely match the work of its owner unless it is well fertilized. The inhabitants are heavily indebted. Moreover, their landmark is small, because it is bounded by the manorial forest, the so called Badischer Ruckwald, on the one side, and by the Salmischer Siener-Wald on the other side close to the houses of the village. The village possesses no forests for its own, so that the inhabitants must buy their firewood. The little part of fertile land closeby the village is manorial property and taken in lease by the inhabitants. In bad years its harvest hardly equals its rent. After all these comments, this village is the poorest in the district of Naumburg and the best meadows belong (had been bought) more and more by foreigners. The inhabitants are partly Lutherans, partly Reformed and partly Catholics."
It is not surprising that the Koch Family and many others left the village to better themselves. Riegel continues in his history of Otzweiler: "An investigation on emigrations from Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland in the 17th century reveals that more than 30 motions for emigration from Otzweiler were proposed in this period at the local authority. Most of the proposers realized their plans so that more than 100 persons emigrated from Otzweiler in that time.
The destination of emigration for the most families was Galicia (today Poland and Ukraine). Known family names are Fetzer, Grohn, Heidrich, Mosenheimer, Riegel and Schmitt. A significant number of families tried to find a new home in Hungary and Banat (today Yugoslavia), while only Family Koch and 3 more families decided for the expensive emigration to North America, as registered by the immigration office at the harbor of Philadelphia between 1738 and 1751.
With the abolishment of the feudal system under the French occupation of the left side of the Rhine after the French Revolution, the governmental membership also changed for Otzweiler. By dissolution of the districts Salm-Kyrburg and Naumburg as well as of the municipalities Becherback and Sien, Otzweiler became part of the municipality Schmidthachenbach, district Grumbach. Since the formal integration of the German countries on left side of the Rhein to France in 1801, the 200 inhabitants of Otzweiler became French citizens - by law. However, the French membership did not persist for a long time. Napoleon's failed campaign against Russia marked the beginning of the end of French primacy in the Palatinate in 1814.
After a short temporary administration by Bavaria-Austria and a membership to the Kingdom of Prussia for only a few months, Otzweiler became part of the district of Meisenheim in 1816 under the principality of the Duke of Hessen-Homburg until 1866. Otzweiler magistrate was in Hundsbach. This was moved to Becherback in 1820 and continued until 1940. Today Otzweiler is a member of the association of communities Kirn-Land.
A document dated from 1868 reports that most inhabitants of Otzweiler lived from agriculture and cattle-breeding, although these professions were negligible compared to the other villages in the district of Becherbach. A number of inhabitants served as craftsmen or daylabourers. We know of locksmiths, linen weavers, basket makers, masons, smiths, millers, shoemakers, carpenters, coopers, ragpickers and tailors." ("History of Otzweiler and Its Inhabitants," by Stefan Riegel, The Riegel Genealoby Web Page.) Great great Grandfather Michael Cook, Jr. was a miller. He owned and operated a grist mill and saw mill east of Boone, NC on Goshen Creek.
Otzweiler is located in the southwestern part of modern Germany in the province of Rheinland-Pfalz near to the border with France at Luxembourg. It is also in the Rhine River valley near Wiesbaden, Mainz and Frankfurt.
JOHANN ADAM KOCH, SR.:
Burial: Reading, Berks County, PA in Trinity Lutheran Church Cem., Reading
ANNA MARGARETHA ROHMANN:
The burial info for Anna Margaretha was found in "Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, PA, Part IV, Burials 1754-1812."
ANNA MARGARETHA ROHMANN:
Burial: October 13, 1783, Reading, Berks County, PA in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery.
JOHANN KOCH and ANNA ROHMANN:
Marriage: 1727, Germany
Children of JOHANN KOCH and ANNA ROHMANN are:
i. HENRY4 KOCH.
ii. MICHAEL KOCH, b. 1730.
iii. ANNA MARIE KOCH, b. May 14, 1748.
iv. GEORGE KOCH.
5. v. JOHANN ADAM KOCH, JR., b. 1735, Otzweiler, Germany, the Rhine River Valley; d. August 1817, Cooks Gap, Ashe Co, NC later Watauga Co in 1849.
4. HEINRICH3 KOCH (JOHANN VALENTIN2, CONRAD1) was born in Otzweiler, Germany. He married ANNA MARGARETHA.
Heinrich Koch and his family emigrated October, 1749 arriving in Philadelphia, PA on the ship, Lydia. His wife had the same name as his brother, Johann Adam Koch's wife, Anna Margaretha.
Child of HEINRICH KOCH and ANNA MARGARETHA is:
i. JOHANN JACOB4 KOCH, b. March 06, 1745/46.
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