Friday, January 11, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 260: #409 Maria Margaretha (Stuber) Konig (1702-before 1771) of Germany and Pennsylvania

Maria Margaretha Stuber (1702-1771) is #409 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #408 Johann Nicolaus Konig (1707-1776)  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:                     Maria Margaretha Stuber[1–3]
*  Alternate Name:     Maria Margaretha Konig[1]  

*  Sex:                        Female    

*  Father:                   Johann Jacob Stuber (1674-    )    
*  Mother:                 Anna Catherina Mann (1678-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      before 30 November 1702, Herren-Sulzbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2]    
*  Christened:             30 November 1702 (after age 0), Herren-Sulzbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2]    

*  Immigration:          March 1752 (after about age 49), Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1]    

*  Death:                     before 1771 (before about age 69), York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[1]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:              Maria Margaretha Stuber (1702-1771)    

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

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Maria Margaretha Stuber was christened on 30 November 1702 in the Reformed Church in Herren-Suzlbach in the Rhineland Palatinate, the daughter of Johann Jacob and Anna Catherina (Mann) Stuber[2].  Johann Jacob and Anna Catharina Stuber had several children in Herren-Suzbach, and several in Edenkoben in the Rhineland Palatinate. 

Maria Margaretha married Johann Nicolaus Konig, as his second wife, on 19 June 1735 in Edenkoben, Rhineland Palatinate[1,3-4].  They had at least four children, all born in the Palatinate[1]:

*  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, Johann Nicolaus and Maria Margaretha (Stuber) Konig and their children 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 the Konig's children married a Wilhelm, children of Jacob Wilhelm of Lancaster County.  It is possible they were in Lancaster County, or in Berks County.  The earliest record of Nicholas Konig 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].

Between 1764 and 1771, Maria Margaretha (Stuber) Konig died, because Nicholas Konig married his third wife in December 1771[1].  There are no known death or burial records for Maria Margaretha (Stuber) Konig.

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. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Maria Margaretha Stuber entry.

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

4. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers , Part I, page 23.

5. 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.


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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Pat Kuhn said...

Randy, I have Konig/Koenig they settled in Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Linda Stufflebean said...

Hi Randy. I didn't realize you had Palatine German ancestry. Stufflebeans are all Palatines, too.