||Reinhardt Alspach was a Palatine Migrant.|
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Confirmed 1718, which makes the birth date suspect as confirmation takes place in Germany between 14-16 years of age.
The following is from research done by Dr. Roger Minert at the request of Arlene McLennan:
Reinhardt Alspach was "obliged" to leave the country because of Anna Magdalena Brandstetter's pregnancy. Illegitimacy was a very common occurrence and it didn't seem logical that Reinhardt, a blacksmith and farrier, as was his father, was the only one to be made an example of. So why would such an ordinary man have such a penalty imposed on him?
The baby Anna Magdalena was carrying, Georg, was born in Mohlbach, just to the west, and christened in Nunschweiler, both places in Pirmasens, Bayern, Germany.
The second, most important aspect, was the marriage of Reinhardt Alspach and Anna Magdalena Brandstetter. According to the research, Reinhardt was clearly in military service, otherwise he would not have been required to gain the county's permission in order to marry the girl who was carrying his child. (His employer was the county of Hanau-Lichtenberg.)
Reinhardt and Anna Magdalena were married in Buchweiler, Zabern, Elsass-Lorraine, Germany (about 30 miles south of Nunschweiler, then in the county of Zabern, now in France). A few years before the marriage, Buchweiler belonged to the count of Hanau-Lichtenberg.
The information from Dr. Minert says in part, "I wonder if the couple were required to go to a military parish in Buchsweiler because of his duty commitments at the time".
In the "Register zu den evangelisch-lutherischen Kirchenbuchern der Pfarrei Thaleischweiler 1720-1798" (Evangelical-Lutheran Church records of the church at Thaleischweiler) there is this entry: "Alspach, Reinhardt, from Froeschen, married at Thaleischweiler, 29.11.1737, Anna Magdalena Brandstaetter, whom he had impregnated. Therefore, they were obliged to leave the country after their marriage and then went to America."
It's true the original marriage paper does not give the bride's maiden name. However, there are several churches who have in their records the marriage information that includes her maiden name, the birth of Georg is in the church book of Nunschweiler and has the full name of both parents, as well as the ships passenger records, and the county records.
Reinhardt should not be confused with his nephew Reinhardt, born Nov 11. 1731, who apparently also married an Anna Magdalena Brandstetter, born Oct 15, 1736 . He was the son of Reinhardt's brother, Johann, and Anna Ottilia Stegner. They married Nov 24, 1755. They had nine children all born in Oberfroschen. It was this family Dr. Knebs must have assumed to be the Reinhardt who emmigrated in 1738 with his wife Anna Magdalena Brandstetter and son Georg.
He married Anna Magdalena Brandstetter on29 Mar 1737 on Thaleischweiler, Sudwestpfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Spouse also found as Anna Magdalena Ohlinger.
Evangelical-Lutheran Church Germany Select Marriages listing has Anna's last name as Hochzeiter
He passed away on 16 May 1763 in Hamburg, Berks, Pennsylvania, USA
Thank you to Scott Ledbetter for creating WikiTree profile Alspach-24 through the import of Ledbetter01.ged on Jun 8, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Scott and others.
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On 22 Dec 2015 at 13:44 GMT Keith McDonald wrote:
did not come up as a match when i created mine becuase of different spelling of first name. when adding wife, match for her appeared, and viewing it, saw you already had him.
On 14 Nov 2014 at 17:53 GMT Shirley (Haight) Roberts wrote:
On 14 Nov 2014 at 17:44 GMT Shirley (Haight) Roberts wrote:
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