Friday, January 25, 2019

52 Ancestors - Week 262: #411 Anna Catharina (Unruh) Wilhelm (1709-after 1771) of Germany and Pennsylvania

Anna Catharina Unruh (1709-after 1773) is #411 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #410 Johann Jacob Wilhelm (1700-1773)  in about 1727 in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #205 Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779) married #204 Philip Jacob Konig ((1738-1792), 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:                    Anna Catherina Unruh[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:     Catharina Wilhelm[4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Anna Catharina Unruh Wilhelm[3]
*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    Hans Georg Unruh (1671-    )    
*  Mother:                  Anna Appolonia Schweitzer (1682-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                    26 November 1709, Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1,3]    
*  Baptism:               1 December 1709 (age 0), Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1]    

*  Death:                  after 17 August 1771 (after age 61), husband's will written; Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States[4]    
*  Burial:                 after 17 August 1771 (after age 61), First Reformed Church Memorial Garden, Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States[3]    

*  Distribution:        16 October 1773 (age 63), Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States[4]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                Johann Jacob Wilhelm (1700-1773)    
*  Marriage 1:             about 1727 (about age 27), Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2]    

*  Child 1:                  Johann Jacob Wilhelm (1728-1784)    
*  Child 2:                  Johann Valentin Wilhelm (1731-    )    
*  Child 3:                  Maria Catharina Wilhelm (1735-1793)    
*  Child 4:                  Philip Jacob Wilhelm (1738-1795)    
*  Child 5:                  Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779)    
*  Child 6:                  Johann Adam Wilhelm (1742-1824)  

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

Anna Catharina Unruh was born 26 November 1709, and baptized 1 December 1709 in the church at Edenkoben in Rheinland-Pfalz[1].  She was the daughter of Hanss Georg Unruh and his wife, Appollonia Schweizer, after whom her eldest son named a daughter. 

In about 1727, Anna Catherina married Jacob Wilhelm, probably in Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz[2].  

Jacob and Catherina had at least two children baptized in the Evangelisch church at Niederhochstadt in Rhineland-Pfalz[2].

The Wilhelm family migrated from Rhineland-Pfalz to America in April 1734, probably sailing down the Rhine River to Rotterdam[2].  They left Rotterdam on the ship St. Andrew with John Stedman, Master.  They stopped in Plymouth on the way to Philadelphia.  The ship landed there on 12 September 1734 with a total of 263 persons.  There were 89 males above age 16, 41 males under 16, and 123 women and female children aboard the ship. 
The family settled first in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where the births of sons Philip Jacob (1738) and Johann Adam (1742) were both recorded at  Little Tulpehocken Church (Christ's Church Evangelical) in what is now Jefferson Township in Berks county[2].

The children of Johann Jacob and Anna Catharina (Unruh) Wilhelm are:

1.  Johann Jacob Wilhelm - baptized 29 March 1728 in Niederhochstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany; married about 1754 to Sophia Catharina Schupp (1730-1799); died 16 November 1784 in Donegal, Pennsylvania. 

2. Johann Valentin Wilhelm - baptized 2 December 1731 in Niederhochstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Garmany, probably died in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

3.  Maria Catharina  Wilhelm - born about 1736, probably in Berks County; married Henrich Zanck (1711-1801) before 1752 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

4. Philip Jacob Wilhelm - born 10 January 1738, baptized 2 February 1739 in Little Tulpehocken Church (Christ's Church Evangelical) in Berks County; married Elisabetha Haverstick in 1762 in Lancaster; died October 1793 in Lancaster.

5. Maria Barbara Wilhelm - born 7 September 1740, North Codorus, York, Pennsylvania, died before 1789 in York; married Phillip Jacob Konig 1 April 1763 in Lancaster.

6.  Johann Adam Wilhelm - born October 1742, baptized 28 November 1742, Little Tulpehocken Church (Christ's Church Evangelical) in Berks County; married Barbara Konig in about 1770 in York, died 1824 in Lancaster.

At a later date, the Wilhelm family moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they resided on Prince Street in the town of Lancaster during the 1750s and 1760s[2].

It is not known when Anna Catharina died, but it was after Jacob wrote his will on 17 August 1771 because she was bequeathed money, personal property and lifetime support in the will.
Jacob Wilhelm's will was proved  in Lancaster County Probate Court on 16 October 1773, and the probate records are in Lancaster Will Book J, pages 350-353[4]

There is a Find A Grave memorial for Anna Catharina Unruh Wilhelm in the First Reformed Church Memorial Garden in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, although there is no death date or stone photograph for Catharina[3]

1. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Unruh entry, 01 Dec 1709; citing ; FHL microfilm 68,853.

2. John H. Grimes, "The Wilhelm Family of Northwestern Berks," Jacob Wilhelm and Anna Catharina Unruh marriage entry.

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, First Reformed Church Memorial Garden, Lancaster, Penn., Anna Catharine Unruh Wilhelm memorial #164627469.

4. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, Jacob Wilhelm will, written 17 August 1771, registered 16 October 1773; accessed in Lancaster County, “Wills, 1747-1830, Vol. I-K,” Book J, pages 350-353, images 424-425 of 786.


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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