Friday, January 4, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 259: #408 Johann Nicolaus Konig (1707-1776) of Germany and Pennsylvania

Johann Nicolaus Konig (1707-1776) is #408 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #409 Maria Margaretha Stuber (1702-1771) in 1735 in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #204 Philip Jacob Konig ((1738-1792), married #205 Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779) in 1763.
*  their son, #102 Philip Jacob Konig (1764-1829), married #103 Catherine Ruth (1770-1813) in 1789.
*  their daughter, #51 Elizabeth King (1796-1863), married  #50, Daniel Spangler (1781-1851) in 1815.
*  their daughter, #25 Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901), married #24 David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) in 1851.
*  their son, #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), married #13 Abby Ardell Smith (1864-1944) in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977).
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                       Johann Nicolaus König[1–4]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nicholas King[5–6]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nicholas König[7–8]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nicholas Koenig[9]

*  Sex:                          Male    

*  Father:                     Hans Paulus König (1678-1736)    
*  Mother:                   Anna Catharina  --?-- (1678-1731)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                       18 May 1707, Leinenweber, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2]    

*  Immigration:           October 1752 (about age 45), ship Ketty, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1]    

*  Death:                     before 29 March 1776 (before age 68), will probated; York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[5]    

*  Probate:                 29 March 1776 (age 68), will proved; York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[5-6]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Maria Ursula Bochinger (1709-1735)    
*  Marriage 1:             20 January 1728 (age 20), Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1,3,9]    
*  Child 1:                 Johann Gottfried König (1728-1805)    
*  Child 2:                 Johann Peter König (1730-1793)    

*  Spouse 2:              Maria Margaretha Stuber (1702-1771)    
*  Marriage 2:           19 June 1735 (age 28),  Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1,4,10]    
*  Child 3:                 Anna Elisabetha König (1737-1776)    
*  Child 4:                 Philip Jacob König (1738-1792)    
*  Child 5:                 Johan Wilhelm König (1745-????)    
*  Child 6:                 Maria Barbara König (1750-????)    

*  Spouse 3:             Susanna Vogele (1705-after 1776)    
*  Marriage 3:          17 December 1771 (age 64), York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[1,7–8]  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
Some of the material presented in this sketch is excerpted from the book The Kings of York County:  Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers by Richard Shue[1].  Part I of the book details the life and times of Johann Nicholas Konig ("King"), the immigrant and pioneer.

A person named Johann Nicolau Konig was born 18 May 1707 in Leinenweber in the Rhineland Palatinate to Hans Paulus and Anna Catharina (--?--) Konig[2].  This may be Nicholas King of Pennsylvania.  

Johann Nicolaus Konig married, first, on 20 January 1728 to Maria Ursula Bochinger (1709-1735) in Edenkoben in the Palatinate[1,3,9], who bore him at least two children:

*  Johann Gottfried Konig (1728-1805), married 1761 Anna Christina Ziegler (1740-1802).
*  Johann Peter Konig (1730-1793).

His first wife died before 1735, and he married, secondly, to Maria Margaretha Stuber on 19 June 1735 in Edenkoben, Rhineland Palatinate[1,4,10].  They had at least four children, all born in the Palatinate:

*  Anna Elisabetha Konig (1737-1773), married Johann Martin Cronemiller (1737-1770) on 20 June 1756 in Lancaster.
*  Philip Jacob Konig (1738-1792), married 1 April 1763 Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779) in Lancaster.
*  Johann Wilhelm Konig (1745-????)
*  Maria Barbara Konig (1750-????), married about 1770 to Adam Wilhelm (1742-1824).

The Konig's were of the Reformed faith, and the date of their departure from the Palatinate of the Rhine corresponds to the period of heavy emigration by Reformed and Lutheran adherents from the Palatinate. The Palatinate had been a beautiful, fertile, vineyard-clad land, located between Speyer in the south and Cologne in the north.  It was caught in the crossfire of the recurring wars instigated by France's Louis XIV.  The countryside was ravaged, the crops and villages burned, the peasants persecuted.  Homeless Palatines died of starvation and exposure.  There were three different faiths in the region - Reformed, Lutheran and Roman Catholic, and the ruler of the moment tried to  impose his religious beliefs on everybody, resulting in persecution for those out of favor.  Under these circumstances, Nicholas King and his family emigrated to America in the wake of thousands of his countrymen[1].

In 1752, the Konig family left the Palatinate by boat, sailing down the Rhine to Rotterdam in Holland.  The family boarded the ship Ketty along with about 200 other German immigrants.  The ship, captained by Theophilus Barnes, sailed to Portsmouth in England to obtain clearance papers to sail to America.  They sailed to Philadelphia, arriving  in mid-October 1752.  The passengers took the oath of allegiance to King of England on October 16, 1752 at the Court House in Philadelphia[1].

The Konig family on the passenger list for the ship Ketty included:

Johann Nicolaus König, 45
Maria Margaretha (Stuber)
Gottfried, 24
Johann Peter, 21
Anna Elisabeth, 15
Philipp Jacob, 13
Johann Wilhelm, 7
Maria Barbara, 2

The list noted that they went to Chester County.

Between 1752 and 1760, the family's whereabouts is not known.   Two of Nicholas' children married a Wilhelm, children of Jacob Wilhelm of Lancaster County.  It is possible he was in Lancaster County, or in Berks County.  The earliest record of Nicholas in York, Pennsylvania is 1760, when he purchased a 200 acre tract of land in Manchester township, on the north side of the Codorus River, for 600 pounds. There he and his sons built a primitive home, a barn, cleared and planted the fields[1].

Nicholas became a naturalized British citizen on March 21, 1762, and his sons Jacob and Godfrey became citizens on September 9 1762. Between 1764 and 1771, Margaret King died[1]

On December 27, 1764, his son Jacob bought the 200 acres for 600 pounds.  Nicholas purchased another 200 acres of land on 22 August, 1765.  On November 19, 1770, Nicholas King "yeoman" purchased a house and lot on Beaver Street in York, paying Andrew Rudisilly 60 pounds for a lot and house[1].

Nicholas married his third wife, Susanna Vogele, on 17 December 1771 in  the First Reformed Church in York[1,7-8].

Nicholas wrote his will on 9 March 1776, claiming he was "sick and weak in body, but of sound disposing mind", and signing by mark on the document. The will was proved in York County court on 29 March 1776, with his daughter Elizabeth Cronemiller as executrix[5-6].  He provided his wife Susanna Kingwith 20 pounds, and expressed his wish that she continue to dwell in their home.  To Elizabeth, he bequeathed the house on Beaver Street in York.  He directed that all remaining property be sold at public auction and the proceeds be divided equally between his four children - Godfrey, Ann, widow of Cronemiller, Phillip, and Barbara, wife of Adam Wilhelm..

Johann Nicholas King died between 9 March (when he wrote his will) and 29 March 1776 (when the will was proved) in York, Pennsylvania.  There is no known burial location for him or any of his spouses.

1. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers (York, Penn. : the author, n.d.), Part I, page 23, Johann Nicholas Konig sketch.

2. Konig-King research material ( letters and family group sheets), 1973-1980;  held by Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, [address for private use], Alfred Kuby letter, dated 23 June 1980, Johann Nicholas Konig birth and baptism record.

3. Konig-King research material ( letters and family group sheets), 1973-1980;  held by Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, [address for private use], Johann Nicholas Konig family group sheet, Johann Nicholas Konig and Maria Ursula Bochinger marriage record.

4. Konig-King research material ( letters and family group sheets), 1973-1980;  held by Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, [address for private use]; Karl Scherer letter, dated 29 March 1973, Johann Nicholas Konig and Margaretha Stuber marriage record.

5. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers, Part I, page 25, Nicholas King probate.

6. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, "Will books, 1749-1882 ; General index to wills, 1749-1940," Wills v.A-D 1749-1779, Vol. C, pages 342-344, Nicholas King will and probate papers, 1776; also on FHL microfilm US/CAN 22,131.

7. "York County, Pennsylvania, 1745-1800: First Reformed (Trinity) Church," indexed database, (, Marriage, Nicolaus Konig and Susan Vogele entry.

8. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, digital images, (, PA - York > York > United Church of Christ > Trinity United Church of Christ,  AD 1771, image 132 of 502, Nicholas Konig and Susanna Vogele marriage entry.

9. "Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch (, Nicklaus Koenig and Maria Ursula Bechingers, 20 Jan 1728; citing Evangelisch, Kapellen-Drusweiler, Pfalz, Bavaria; FHL microfilm 193,930.

10. "Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Nicolaus Koenig and Maria Margaretha Stuber entry.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

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