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Jacob Heinrich Gernhart (1845 - 1911)

Jacob Heinrich Gernhart
Born in Germanymap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1870 in Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Nov 2011
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Many thanks to Smith-32867 for the following research ~ Stough-48


Jacob was born April 1846 in Germany – probably in or near Machtlos, Hessen-Nassau.[1][2]

He married Martha about 1870[3]

According to the 1900 census, Jacob emigrated in 1881 as did Martha but Martha, 42, appears on the passenger list for the Frisia, departing Hamburg May 1884 with five children -- Wilhelm (9), Friedrich (8), Adam (7), Elise (3), George (6mo). No Jacob.[4]

In the 1900 census, Jacob and Martha were living in North Union, Schuykill Co., PA with or next door to their son William Gernhardt. Both Jacob and William were coal miners.

In the 1910 census, Jacob and Martha, still in North Union, were living with or next door to their daughter Elizabeth Stu(r)tzman, who’s married with many children.


  1. Wilhelm/William Gernhardt, born January 1871[5]; married about 1893 (married 7 years in 1900 census) Elizabeth Stutzman,[6] born Apr 1875 in Germany, daughter of Ludwick? Stutzman, b abt 1846 (64 in 1910 census); she emigrated 1891. William was a coal miner in 1900, 1910. He was probably the William Gernhardt who was informant on his brother Adam’s 1910 death certificate. (William was living in the same town—Black Creek, Luzerne Co., PA in the 1910 census.)
  2. Friederich, born about 1876 (age 8 in 1884) but probably closer to 1872/3. There is a marriage record for Fred Gernhardt of Weston, PA, born 30 Jun 1874, marrying 30 Jun 1896 in Nuremberg (sp?), PA Carrey Noss, b 15 Aug 1879 PA, possibly daughter of Henry Noss, who gave consent on the marriage record.[7]
  3. Adam, born 20 August 1875; m 28 Nov 1896 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, Emma Applegate, born 15 Feb 1880 in PA.[8] Adam was killed in a mining accident on 10 February 1910.[9] By his death, he and Emma had four daughters – Vertie, Edna, Terrell and Carrie. Emma, married second, another coal miner, Florian Konshik, b 1888.
  4. Elise/Martha/Elizabeth, b 18 August 1878 (per marriage record; age 3 on 1884 passenger list); m. 18 May 1900 John Stutzman, b 1 Mar 1878 (per marriage record) or 1880 (per 1900 census) in Germany; emigrated 1891. She was "Elise" on passenger list, but "Martha" in 1900 census. (She and John were living with her parents.) On her marriage record, she was Eliz. Gernhardt.[10]
  5. George, born 6 Oct 1883 (per marriage record, per 1900 census; 6 months old on 1884 passenger list). He married in July 1903 Ella Myers, b 17 Sep 1885 (dau of Edward Myers, who gave consent for the marriage), with consent of [his father] Jacob H. Gernhardt. By his marriage, he was a fireman.[11]
  6. Another child. In the 1900 census Martha is listed as having had 6 births, of which 5 were alive in 1900.
  1. 1900 US Census – North Union, Schuykill Co., PA
  2. Hamburg Passenger Lists (for wife and children) May 1884 indicate place of origin: Machtlos, Hessen
  3. 1910 US Census – North Union, Schuykill, PA: married 40 years.
  4. Hamburg Passenger Lists ( database)
  5. 1900 US Census – North Union, Schuykill, PA
  6. while we haven’t yet found a marriage record, her father is living with them in the 1910 census
  7. "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Jul 2014), 004268804 > image 613 of 757.
  8. Birth dates, marriage date, and Emmas's maiden name from Pennsylvania Marriage records,
  9. Death Certificate – Adam Gernhardt, available on
  10. [ Marriage Record – Stultzman and Gernhardt] in "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," index and images, FamilySearch (accessed 06 Jul 2014), 004266235 > image 149 of 728.
  11. Pennsylvania Marriage Records -

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Marriage year is calculated from 1910 census (married 40 years)
posted by Jillaine Smith

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