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Lorentz Schweissguth (1724 - 1799)

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Lorentz "Lorantz" Schweissguth
Born in Nassau, Deggendorf, Bayern, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Paradise, York, Pennsylvaniamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Paradise, York, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Categories: German Immigrants to Pennsylvania | Palatine Migrants.

Lorentz Schweissguth was a Palatine Immigrant.
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Laurentius (Lorantz or Lorentz are also used) Schweißguth[1] was born Feb 23, 1723/24 in Germany--probably in Wiesdbaden, Wiesbaden, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia, Germany. Laurentius's father was Johannes George Schweissguth. Laurentius died in 1789 in Pennsylvania, probably York County. Lorentz's name appears in the records in Germany as Laurentius and Lorentz. The Lutheran Church used the Latin Laurentius and the government used the German Lorentz.[2]

Lorentz was admitted as a Burger (adult citizen) at Wiesbaden, Nassau-Usingen, Germany on Dec 22, 1746. In 1746 Wiesbaden was part of Nassau-Usingen Province, Germany, which had it's first Lutheran pastor in January 1, 1543. Lorentz was trained to be a stone mason and shoemaker. Lorentz left his stone mason tools to his son, Phillip Swissgood.[3]


Laurentius was married twice.

  • He first married Catherine Elisabetha Mayer 16 Aug 1746 in Weisbaden, Hesse-Nassau, Bierstadt, Germany (Bierstadt is now a section of Wiesbaden, Germany). Catherine was born circa 1726 in Bierstadt, Hesse-Nassau (Germany). Catherine was the daughter of Bernhardt Mayer and ? ?. Catherine died circa 1760 in Paradise, York County, PA.
  • He next married Elizabeth Saltzgeber in 1761 in Paradise, York County, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth was born est. 1726. Elizabeth was the daughter of Dietrick Saltzgeber 'Teeter' and ? ?. Elizabeth died after 1800.


Laurentius immigrated from Germany through Rotterdam to Philadelphia, Colonial Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 1751 on board the ship HMS Edinburgh.[4]

Lorentz, Catherine, Sophia, and Maria arrived on 16 Sep., 1751 in the Port of Philadelphia, PA aboard the English sailing ship Edinburgh. They sailed from Rotterdam, via Cowes, England, to Philadelphia. Lorentz was given the Oath of Abjuration (renouncing former citzenships) on 16 Sep., 1751.[5]

Lorentz settled in Paradise township, York County, PA on the west side of the county. Here he owned 100 acres. Lorentz constructed a stone cottage. Laurntius was an Evangelican Lutheran and attended Jacob Lischy's church in York County, PA.

  • In the tax records for 1762, Lorentz is listed as - Swissgood, Laurence.
  • In 1769 he is listed as - Schweisguth, Lorentz, with 100 acres.
  • In 1783 he is listed as - Schweisgut, Lorentz, with 150 acrres.
  • In 1795 he is listed as - Schweisgood, Lawrence, with 100 acres.


Laurentius had the following children[6]

  1. Margaret E. or Maria Margaretha Elisabetha Schweissguth (1749-1806), born in Germany, died in North Carolina, married Godfried Ratz (1743-1804) in 1780 in North Carolina
  2. Sohpia Elisabetha Schweissguth (1747-?), born in Germany, died in North Carolina, married Johann Heinrich Clement (1737 - 1807)
  3. Johann Adam Schweissguth (1752-1833), born in Pennsylvania, died in North Carolina, married Anna Marie Catheron Beck (1764 - 1852)[7]
  4. Phillip Schweissguth (1754-1798), born in Pennslvania, died in North Carolina, married Eva Sophia (Helmstetler) (abt. 1760 - 1821) in about 1785
  5. Andreas Schweissguth (1755-1796), born and died in Pennsylvania, married Sarah Blocher (abt. 1760-?)
  6. Margarent Catherine Schweissguth (1761-?), born and died in Pennsylvania, married Michael Spangler (1758 - 1854)
  7. Elisabeth Schweissguth (1766-1843), born and died in Pennsylvania, married Peter Atland (1767-1852)[8]

Sources and Footnotes

  1. #Surname
  2. tbd
  3. tbd, #Wikipedia
  4. #Immigration. #PAPioneers
  5. #Immigration
  6. #Will
  7. Johannn Adam: #BirthAdam, #FGAdam
  8. Elisabeth: #BirthElisabeth
  • Source: The surname is from the German Schweißguth, using the German and old English "ß" for double "s". It is a German Palantine name that was changed to Schweissguth, then Swicegood or Swisegood after the immigrants came to America.
  • Source: Title: World Family Tree Vol. 2, Ed. 1 Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Publication: Release date: November 29, 1995 Note: #NS20711 Repository: Call Number: Media: Other
  • Source: Title: Cole Loyd Ancestry file.FBK.FBK1.FTW Repository: Call Number: Media: Other
  • Source: Laurentius or Lorantz was born in 1724. Laurentius or Lorantz Schweissguth, He passed away in 1799, First-hand information as remembered by Mary Nance, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.
  • Source:, site no longer accessible, Mar 10, 2017
  • Source: Donald G. Miller Family Home Page: Information about Lorentz Schweissguth, accessed Mar 10, 2017
  • Source: 16 Sep 1751. Records in Philadelphia showed that he sailed from Rotterdam on the HMS Edinburgh, landing in Philadelphia on 16 Sep., 1751.
  • Source: The book Pennsylvania German Pioneers, page 460, lists Lorentz Schweissguth.
  • Source: Lorentz and Catherina "Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 January 2016), Elisabeth in entry for Elisabeth Schweissguth, 27 Jul 1766; Christening, citing SAINT PAULS REFORMED OR WOLFS CHURCH CONGREGATION, WEST MANCHESTER TWP, YORK, PENNSYLVANIA; FHL microfilm Q974.841 K2HS V.2.
  • Source: "Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 December 2014), John Adam Schweissgutt, 13 Aug 1752; Christening, citing CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH,YORK,YORK,PENNSYLVANIA; FHL microfilm Q974.841 Y1 V2Y V5-6.
  • Source: The Palatine Immigrant Decentenial Index, Document, accessed Mar 4, 2017
  • Source: Pennsylvania German pioneers; a publication of the original lists of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, edited by William John Hinke
  • Source: Pennsylvania German Pioneers Passenger Lists Directory of Online Transcriptions of Palatine Passenger Lists, Palatine German Immigrant Ships to Philadelphia 1727-1808
  • Source: Books Google,, Names of Foreigners who Took the Oath of Allegiance..., Pp. 335-336, accessed 13 November 2016, Bibliographic Information: Title : Names of Foreigners who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, with the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808, Author: William Henry Egle, Editor: William Henry Egle, Edition : reprint, Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com, 2010, ISBN: 0806301015, 9780806301013, Length: 787 pages, Link, accessed Mar 4, 2017
  • Source: Will dated 12-Mar-1799 proved 26-Mar-1799 at York Co., PA. Provides for wife and children.
  • Source: Schweissgut, Laurentius, evgl. luth. Schummacher. Source: Georg Schweisgut. Lorentz's marriage appears in the records of the Evangelische Kirche, Wiesbaden. Lorentz, wife Elisabeth, and 2 daughters sailed to America aboard the English ship Edinburgh, arriving at Philadelphia September 16, 1751. They soon moved onto a farm in Paradise Township, York Co, PA. First there was 100 acres, 150 later.
  • Source: Wikipedia article on Weisbaden, Article, accessed Mar 4, 2017
  • Source: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Ancestry Family Trees

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On 4 Mar 2017 at 19:15 GMT G. Moore LtCol wrote:

Swicegood or Schweissguth-1 and Schweissguth-17 appear to represent the same person because: They have the same wives and children. Should be merged to the original german name Schweissguth

On 5 Dec 2014 at 23:43 GMT K Clark wrote:

Schweissguth-9 and Schweissguth-5 appear to represent the same person because: They have almost identical details.

On 27 Nov 2014 at 15:01 GMT Brian (Phillips) Ward wrote:

TO BE CONNECTED: Schweissguth-1

Johann Adom Schweissguth August 11, 1752 Paradise, York, Pennsylvania, USA - October 11, 1833 ~ Managed by Glenn Crater. [view] [send Trusted List request]

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