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Ambrose Henkel (1786 - 1870)

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Rev Ambrose Henkel
Born in New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] in Lincoln Countymap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married 15 Sep 1816 in Rockingham, Virginiamap
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Died in New Market, Shenandoah, Virginia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 3 Jul 2019 | Created 1 Nov 2014
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"HENKEL, AMBROSE, third son of the Rev. Paul and Elizabeth (Negeley) Henkel, born July 11, 1786, near Solomon's Church, eight miles N. W. Of New Market, Va.

Married Catharine Hoke, Lincoln Co.

One child, Noah Isaiah.

Second marriage to Mary Kite, Page Co., Va. Children: Mary Catharine, Arianna Elizabeth, Eleanora Caroline, Paul Philip.

Third marriage to Veronica Hoyle (Heyle), Lincoln Co., apparently sister of his brother David's wife Catharine. Children: Gerhart Ambrose, Hieronymus.

Licensed 1823 and ordained 1824 by Tenn. Synod. Churches served, all in Va.: Trinity (Koiners), 1823-25; Emmanuel, New Market, 1825-38; St. Mary's near Mt. Jackson, 1825-55; Raders, Timberville, 1829-37; and Zion, near Edinburg, 1854-.

Learned printer's trade at Hagerstown, Md., having walked there from home in Va., 1802; established first Lutheran printing shop in America at New Market, Va., 1806.

Published a German language paper, "The Virginia and New Market Popular Instructor and Weekly News," 1807-09.

Edited a New Market newspaper for 72 years, and was referred to as "perhaps the oldest practical printer in Virginia."

Sold printing shop to older brother Solomon, a physician, who thus became a publisher also. The Henkel Press was long an outstanding force in the development of the Lutheran Church in worship, confessional strength, education, and practices throughout the South.

Literary contrtibutions: Prepared and published "Church Hymn Book" (1838); was chm. of comm. of Tenn. Synod to prepare "Book of Forms" (liturgy and orders), published in 1843; aided in translating into English Lutheran symnbols, and publishing "The Christian Book of Concord" (1851); translated into English and published serially Vol. I Luther's "Church Postil" (Epistles), 1857-58.

Of him it was written: "He was a scholar, theologian, translator, editor, and printer, as well as a preacher, as a writer and translator he was noted for his precision and accuracy of style; he was a profound thinker, an earnest student, and a forcible speaker." Secretary Tenn. Synod, 1829, 31, 33; president, 1853.

Died Jan. 6, 1870, at New Market, Va., in 84th year; buried at Emmanuel church in New Market. Information provided by;THE HENKEL FAMILY book

Life Sketches of Lutheran Ministers, North Carolina and Tennessee Synods 1773-1965, pp. 86-91" [1]


  1. Find A Grave Memorial# 72855870. Created by: Sheila Parcell. Record added: Jul 05, 2011.

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