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Ottersheim Emigrants Surname Index

This list identify the surnames of the Ottersheim emigrants. The numbers in the brackets [nnn] can be used to cross-reference the specific emigrant name to the entry in the "Ottersheim Emigrants Index".

Example: Scroll down to the Merdian surname and find Konrad in the given name sub group. He has an Index of 88. Go to the "Ottersheim Emigrants Index" and find number 88 in the left-most column. You find Konrad Merdian, left Ottersheim on 21 Aug 1881. He was accompanied by his wife and 6 children for a total of 8 persons.

Surname  Given Name[Index]Surname  Given Name[Index]Surname  Given Name[Index]
Bischoff Gutting Kuhn
Anton[59] Johann[28] Julius[110]
Jakob[45]Hanck Maria[106]
Sebastian[18] Anton[42]Litzelberger
Böhm Elisabeth[27] (Theod.)[41]
Anton[68] Fritz[86]Ludwig
Borger Konrad[32] Friedrich[62]
Johann[8]Hatzenbühler Georg Jakob[31]
Braun David[70] Margarete[19]
Eva[56] Elis. Reg.[61] Theobald[36]
Brüderle Heinrich[65]Merdian
Johann[92] Jakob[24][35][45][103] Anton[33]
Bumiller Johann[28] Eva[32]
Johann[20] Katharina[37] Franz[11]
Burgermeister Michael[101] Johann[20]
Julchen[79] Regine[73] Josef[71]
Ludwig[79] Valentin[15] Klara[32]
Valentin[69]Heckmann Konrad[88]
Valentin (children of)[85] Adam[24]Metz
Busch Heider Adam[1]
Johann[74] Jakob[48]Michleder
Conrad Margareta[48] Michael[49]
Barbara[29]Hertel Moock
Wilhelm[29] Anton[67] Anton[38]
Damen Hilsendegen Elis.[72]
Appolonia[58] Johann[9] Konrad[87]
Barbara[59]Hindert Peter[105]
Ludwig[63] Joh. Georg[32] Peter (wife of)[87]
Maria[56] Johann[28]Müller
Dausch Katharina[21] Anna Maria[27]
Franz[3]Hoffmann Anton[84]
Decker Georg[10] Heinrich[20]
Christina[57] Joh. Jakob[2] Johann[12]
Dörzapf Wilhelm[28] Katharina[49]
Elisabeth[30]Jennewein Konrad[91]
David[66] Adam[83] Peter[76]
Georg[50]Job Pfeifer
Johann Georg[50] Franz Leonhard[96] Katharina[22]
Karl[59] Michael[82] Johann[34]
Konrad[40] Peter[82]Reichling
Konrad[44] Sebastian[4] Eva[64]
Paul[51] Valentin[23] Katharina[66]
Peter[40]Jochim Nikolaus[94]
Ehli Ernst[112]Rösch
Georg[26]Jost Margareta[47]
Ludwig[26] Ludwig[7]Scheurer
Föhlinger Knöll Jakob[37]
Eva[111] Ludwig[72]Schuster
Johann[92]Kölsch Jakob[44]
Franck August[38]Seither
Andreas[14] Konrad[19] Andreas[43]
Eva[19]Kopf Stadel
Peter[39] Anna[107] Franziska[54]
Gaab Elisabeth[99] Johann[18]
Anton[13][90] Franz[98]Störtzer
Christine[78] Johann[95] Andreas[89]
Georg[78] Johannes[24] Eva[61]
Jakob[46] Katharina[104]Wingerter
Katharina[90] nee' Glatz Lisa[107] Georg[64]
Gadinger Otto[100]Winkelblech
Johann[97] Rosa[25][109] Martin[40]
Gensheimer Kreiner Zwißler
Christoph[5] Johann[72] Elisabeth[34]
Gerstner Ludwig[102] Franz[108]
Johann[16]Kröper Konrad[32][60]
Glatz Adam[80] Valentin[75]
Anton[90] Andreas[6]
Katharina[90] Barbara[42]
Regine[93] Franz[77]
Günther Franz Adam[35]
Adam[81] Joh. Georg[21][46]
Heinrich[17] Johann[55]
Katharina[29] Katharina[21]

Ottersheim Emigrants Index

The following is the list of emigrants as listed on pages 106-109 in the book Ottersheim by Landau: A Home Town History by Fritz Steegmüller. The German version of the book was published in 1965 and was translated to English and re-published in 2013. The index number in the far left column of the table can be used to cross-reference names in the "Surname Index" and "Destination Index" lists back to this list.

Index Date Emigrant/Family Persons
1 1832 Adam Metz with family 7
2 1832 Joh. Jakob Hoffmann, 19 years old 1
3 1832 Franz Dausch 1
4 1837 Sebastian Job, shoemaker, and family 4
5 1837 Christoph Gensheimer, 20 years old 1
6 1839 Andreas Kröper, mason, and family 3
7 1840 Ludwig Jost 1
8 1844 Johann Borger and his wife and children 10
9 1846 Johann Hilsendegen with his wife and child 3
10 1846 Georg Hoffmann, weaver, and family 4
11 1847 Franz Merdian with family 5
12 1847 Johann Müller and family 8
13 1848 Anton Gaab and family 5
14 1849 Andreas Franck and family 6
15 1849 Valentin Hatzenbühler, 14 years 1
16 1850 Johann Gerstner and family 7
17 1852 Heinrich Günther with wife and child 3
18 Jan 1852 Johann Stadel and Sebastian Bischoff 2
19 20 Mar 1852 Konrad Kölsch, Eva Franck and Margarete Ludwig 3
20 25 May 1852 Heinrich Müller and family, Johann Merdian with family, and Johann Bumiller 15
21 11 Oct 1852 Joh. Georg Kröper, Katharina Hindert and Katharina Kröper 3
22 21 Oct 1852 Katharina Pfeifer from the rectory 1
23 11 Nov 1852 Valentin Job and wife 2
24 Nov 1852 Adam Heckmann, Jakob Hatzenbühler and Johannes Kopf 3
25 22 Dec 1852 Rosa Kopf and her youngest daughter 2
26 12 Mar 1853 Georg Ehli and Ludwig Ehli 2
27 18 Mar 1853 Elisabeth Hanck and Anna Maria Müller 2
28 11 Aug 1853 Johann Hatzenbühler, Wilhelm Hoffmann, Johann Gutting and Johann Hindert 4
29 16 Aug 1853 Katharina Günther, Barbara Conrad and son Wilhelm who had already been in America for 21 years 3
30 18 Sep 1853 Elisabeth Dörzapf 1
31 23 Sep 1853 Georg Jakob Ludwig, wife and 5 children 7
32 22 Nov 1853 Joh. Georg Hindert, wife and 5 children, Konrad Hanck, Konrad Zwißler, Eva Merdian and Klara Merdian 11
33 12 Dec 1853 Anton Merdian, wife and daughter, with 2 children 5
34 22 Dec 1853 Johann Pfeifer and Elisabeth Zwißler 2
35 13 Jan 1854 Franz Adam Kröper, wife and 5 children, Jakob Hatzenbühler 8
36 22 Jan 1854 Theobald Ludwig, wife and 5 children 7
37 22 May 1854 Jakob Scheurer and Katharina Hatzenbühler 2
38 03 Aug 1854 August Kölsch and Anton Moock, soldier 2
39 12 Oct 1854 Peter Franck, 5 children and Barbara (sister-in-law) 7
40 12 Jan 1855 Konrad Dörzapf, Peter Dörzapf and Martin Winkelblech 3
41 Mar 1856 Litzelberger, wife and 5 children 7
42 03 Apr 1856 Anton Hanck and Barbara Kröper 2
43 Nov 1856 Andreas Seither 1
44 09 Feb 1857 Jakob Schuster, wife and four children from 1st marriage, and 4 children from a second marriage. Konrad Dörzapf, wife and stepbrother of the wife. 13
45 Apr 1857 Jakob Hatzenbühler and Jakob Bischoff 2
46 27 Oct 1857 Joh. Georg Kröper, tailor, with wife and 3 children, Jakob Gaab 6
47 14 Jan 1858 Margareta Rösch 1
48 25 Aug 1858 Margareta Heider with 3 children and father Jakob Heider 5
49 03 May 1859 Michael Michleder and Katharina Müller with 2 children 4
50 15 Nov 1859 Georg Dörzapf, Johann Georg Dörzapf 2
51 Jul 1860 Paul Dörzapf 1
52 05 Apr 1861 Peter Kröper 1
53 04 Oct 1861 Widow Günther 1
54 27 Feb 1862 Franziska Stadel taken along by Jakob Bischoff 1
55 01 Jul 1862 Johann Kröper, shoemaker 1
56 27 Jun 1863 Eva Braun and Maria Damen 2
57 26 Oct 1863 Christina Decker 1
58 25 Aug 1864 Barbara Damen and Appolonia Damen 2
59 14 May 1865 Barbara Damen, widow, and 4 children, Anton Bischoff and Karl Dörzapf 6
60 06 Jun 1865 Konrad Zwißler, barber 1
61 11 Oct 1865 Eva Störtzer and Elis. Reg. Hatzenbühler 2
62 30 Nov 1865 Friedrich Ludwig with wife and two children 4
63 01 Nov 1865 Ludwig Damen 1
64 Feb 1866 Georg Wingerter, tinsmith, Valentin Kröper and Eva Reichling 3
65 25 Jun 1866 Heinrich Hatzenbühler, blacksmith 1
66 01 Jul 1866 David Dörzapf and Katharina Reichling 2
67 21 Oct 1866 Anton Hertel with wife and child 3
68 25 Feb 1867 Anton Böhm 1
69 May 1867 Valentin Burgermeister, baker 1
70 12 Jul 1867 David Hatzenbühler (taken along by Franz Adam Kröper, who has been in America for 13 years) 1
71 24 Jul 1867 Josef Merdian 1
72 02 Aug 1867 Ludwig Knöll, Johann Kreiner and Elis. Moock 3
73 Dec 1867 Regine Hatzenbühler, the large Regine 1
74 1869 Johann Busch 1
75 May 1870 Valentin Zwißler, locksmith 1
76 03 Jun 1870 Peter Müller, mason (well builder) 1
77 Apr 1871 Franz Kröper and wife 2
78 Aug 1871 Georg Gaab and Christine Gaab 2
79 16 Feb 1872 Julchen Burgermeister and Ludwig Burgermeister 2
80 16 Mar 1872 Adam Kröper 1
81 May 1872 Adam Günther 1
82 Jul 1872 Peter Job, teacher, and Michael Job, tinsmith 2
83 1872 Adam Jennewein, tailor 1
84 02 Apr 1873 Anton Müller, weaver 1
85 17 Oct 1874 The three youngest children of the baker, Valentin Burgermeister 3
86 08 Jun 1880 Fritz Hanck 1
87 20 Jul 1881 Wife of Peter Moock and Konrad Moock 2
88 21 Aug 1881 Konrad Merdian with his wife and six children 8
89 27 Aug 1882 Andreas Störtzer, called the White 1
90 05 Sep1882 Anton Glatz with his wife and ten children, also Katharina Glatz (Gaab) and son (Anton Gaab) 14
91 07 Dec 1882 Konrad Müller, shoemaker 1
92 07 Apr 1883 Johann Brüderle and Johann Föhlinger 2
93 30 Aug 1883 Regine Glatz and two children (Louis E. Stetzer and Emma Stetzer) and from the White Störtzer 3
94 13 Jan 1884 Nikolaus Reichling 1
95 28 Aug 1884 Johann Kopf, butcher 1
96 25 Apr 1885 Franz Leonhard Job 1
97 29 Dec 1887 Johann Gadinger, husband of Margaret Hanck 1
98 1888 Franz Kopf (taken along by Peter Kröper) 1
99 Oct 1889 Elisabeth Kopf 1
100 Sep 1892 Otto Kopf (was taken along by his brother Johann) 1
101 1882 Michael Hatzenbühler (son of Georg Hatzenbühler) 3
102 10 Nov 1893 Ludwig Kreiner 1
103 1900 Jakob Hatzenbühler (b.1873) 1
104 13 Sep 1902 Katharina Kopf (taken along by her uncle Johann Kopf, married a certain Henry Fink in America. Embarked in Hamburg 13 Sept. 1902. Arrived in New York 24 Sept. 1902 1
105 1903 Peter Moock, brother of Jakob Moock, 15 years old 1
106 1904 Maria Kuhn, born 1884, in Chicago, Illinois died 1948 1
107 9 Sep 1905 Anna Kopf and Lisa Kopf 2
108 1906 Franz Zwißler, hairdresser, son of “Zum Hirsch” innkeeper, born in 1874, uncle of Ernst Jochim 1
109 24 Aug 1909 Rosa Kopf (sister of Katharina Kopf) 1
110 1909 Julius Kuhn, mason, Chicago, Illinois, married in America, a Viennese 1
111 20 Dec 1925 Eva Föhlinger born Kopf, followed her daughters to America after 60 years and died there in 1939 1
112 1929 Ernst Jochim, son of “Zum Hirsch” innkeeper Georg Jochim, born 1903. 1

Ottersheim Emigrants Destination Index

This list attempts to identify where the Ottersheim emigrants settled in America. These pages are intended to assist the descendants of these emigrants in identifying their ancestors and thus their link to Ottersheim. The numbers in the brackets [nnn] can be used to cross-reference the specific emigrant name back to the original entry in the "Ottersheim Emigrants Index".

Cook County
Kröper,Barbara[21] (married Frank Schmitz; the couple was living here by 1900)
Kuhn, Julius[110]
Kuhn, Marie[106] (brother to Julius Kuhn[110])
La Salle County
Hanck, Conrad J.[32] (brother to Antone Hank[42])
Livingston County
Cornell Township
Kröper,Barbara[21] (married Frank Schmitz; lived here in 1880 then moved to Chicago)
Marshall County
Bruderle, Johann[92] (married Katharina Gaab nee Glatz[90])
Gaab, Anton[90] (son of Georgii Gaab & Katharina neé Glatz) before 1915
Glatz, Anton[90], his wife, Adam, Barbara and Emma (after 1896); Anton was brother to Katharina Glatz. Son Adam married Emma Störtzer[93].)
Glatz, Katharina[90] (widow of Georgii Gaab, sister to Anton Glatz[90], sister-in-law to Andreas Störtzer[89]; married Johann Bruderle[92].)
Glatz, Regine[93] (sister-in-law to Andreas Störtzer[89]; married Joseph Kapraun of Henry)
Hanck, Mary Elizabeth[27] (sister to Antone Hanck[42]; Lived in Marshall County until shortly after marriage to Don Ettinger in Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois on January 25th 1855. The Ettingers then moved to Adair County, Iowa.
Kröper, John George[21], wife Magdalena Mock[21], daughters Elizabeth Kröper[21] (married Joseph Maubach and Frank Balenseifen, Eva Kröper[21] (married Peter Schmitt, Barbara Kröper[21] (married Frank Schmitz; lived in Livingston county after marrying then moved to Chicago)
Störtzer, Andreas[89]
Störtzer, Ludwig[93] (son of Andreas Störtzer)
Störtzer, Emma[93] (daughter of Andreas Störtzer; married Adam Glatz son of Anton Glatz)
Hopewell Township
Hank, Antone[42] (married Barbara Mock Kröper[42] in New York; Barbara (daughter of Joannes Georgius Kroeper[21]r and Magdalena Mock[21])
Hatzenbühler, Valentin[15] (married Anna Marie Hanck[15], sister to Mary Elizabeth Hanck and Antone Hank; retired to Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska)
Kröper, Valentin[64] (married Eva Reichling[64] in St. Louis, Missouri then shortly thereafter moved to Marshall County; daughter Catherine would marry Peter Hank, son of Antone Hank)
Stadel, John[18] (married Katharina Kröper in New York)
Cass County
Conrad, Wilhelm[29]
Owen County
Jennings Township
Job, Sebastion[4], wife Francisca, children: Clara, Eva, Conrad, Franciscus
Adair County
Orient Township
Hanck, Mary Elizabeth[27] (sister to Anna Marie Hanck[15] and Antone Hank[42]; married Don Ettinger in Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois on January 25th 1855 then moved to Orient.)
Wayne County
Hilsendegen, Johann[9], wife Elisabeth neé Hörner, son Johann
Kröper, Franz Adam[80], wife Barbara, children: Anna Maria, Johann, Catherine, Maria Magdalena, Daniel
Reichling, Nicholas[94]
St. Louis County
St. Louis
Kröper, Adam[80]
Kröper, Peter[52]
Lancaster County
Hatzenbühler, Valentin[15] (married Anna Marie Hanck[15], sister to Mary Elizabeth Hanck[27] and Antone Hank[42]; Years 1849 to 1880 were lived in Marshall County, Illinois.
Moock , Peter[105]
New Jersey
Essex County
Föhlinger, Eva[111] (mother of Katherine, Rosa[109])
Föhlinger, Katherine[104] (married Henry C. Finck)
Föhlinger, Rosa[109] (sister to Katherine[104])
Zwissler, Frank[108] (later moved to Irvington)
Hudson County
West New York
Jochim, Ernest[112]
Hamilton County
Kopf, Elizabetha[99]
Allegheny County
Glatz, Anton[90], his wife Magdalena and children: Elisabeth, Josef, Catherine, Peter Georg, Johannes, Adam, Barbara, Emma (before 1896)
Shaler Township
Müller , Konrad[91]
Erie County
Glatz, Jacob[90] stayed when father Anton Glatz[90] moved to Illinois
Taylor County
Gaab, Anton[90] (son of Georgii Gaab & Katharina neé Glatz) after 1915

Additional Ottersheim Emigrants

Pages 104-105 of the book, "Ottersheim by Landau: A Home Town History" by Fritz Steegmüller, mentions three emigrants from Ottersheim during the 18th century. Among these were George Kuhn, Konrad Doll and Nicolaus Job. Research of New England records has uncovered additional names and information about these and other emigrants.

Bischof, Jacob
Jacob Bischof (b. 1765), a Catholic from Ottersheim/Germersheim, Palatinate, was given the land in 1809. He died in 1812 and Johannes Brust (b. 1781) came from Selz to marry the widow and take over the land.[1]
Borger, Friedrich
Was listed as an entry in volume 2, page 127 of Der Deutsch Pioneire as a resident of Cincinatti (Ohio) having emigrated from Ottersheim, Pfalz, Bavaria.[2]
Doll, Konrad
Conrad Doll, son of Georg Doll of Ottersheim and wife Anna Margaretha Weinheimer- 'this man is in America' (document dated March 21, 1753).[3]
Frank, Nikolaus
Nikolaus Frank (b. 1765), a Catholic from Ottersheim/Germersheim, Palatinate, was given the land in 1808. In 1813 he turned it over to his son-in-law, Joseph Braun, Jr., (b 1790) from Selz, Alsace. Nikolaus Frank himself married the widow Christina Lutz and took over the Lutz landholding (no. 34). Joseph Braun shot himself in 1832.[4]
Kuhn, Georg
Georg Kuhn - son of Valetin Kuhn of Ottersheim - is said to reside in the New Land, according to a letter written April 26, 1747 from Carlsdaun [Charleston] in South Carolina.[5]
Reinholz, Johann Michael
Johann Michael Reinholz appears to be an Ottersheim emigrant not documented in Ottersheim by Landau: A Home Town History by Fritz Steegmüller. No is the family name listed there. However, the baptism for Johann Michael Reinholz is listed in the Family History Center Film: 488317; Saint Martin's Church Records - Ottersheim; Title: Taufregister, 1748-1785; father, Joanne Adam Reinholz; mother Susanna Catharina Karg. He was born and baptized on 19 September 1764.</ref>
Stahl, John Jacob
John Jacob Stahl, born 1708c, arrived in Philadelphia on September 5, 1738, and with him came Melcher or Melichor Stall (he could not write his name, born 1717.[6] The latter date looks reasonably close.
In any event, they were in Maryland before 1741 when unique names given to the parcels of land they were buying on time from Daniel Dulany signaled the specific tie to their origins in Switzerland. Their first tract, “Switzerland,” consisting of 150 acres, was surveyed for Dulany on November 21, 1741 and was patented to Jacob Staley on September 29, 1744. It was located “on a little hill above a spring that falls into a meadow on the east side of Catoctin Mountain and at the foot thereof."[7]” In present-day terms this was between Rocky Springs and Indian Springs. Jacob Staley made this his home plantation and devised it by his 1760 will to his sons.[8] On December 10, 1741 Dulany had tracts surveyed for both men, “Otersum” for Jacob Staley[9] and “Masswander” for Mechior Staley.[10] The latter parcel gave the clue to the church records at Maschwanden where a birth date from Melchior Steheli was discovered which matched his birth record found in Frederick.[11]
The tendency to infer English cognates when viewing German proper names was a failing among early English scribes just as it may be for present-day historians. But, having discovered the true origin of “Masswander” as Maschwanden, one is encouraged to look for a German or Swiss place name in relation to “Otersum.” The village of Ottersheim just east of Landau in the Palatinate[12] immediately comes to mind.
In the Reformed Church Book there, no Stehli’s are to be found. But married in Ottersheim in 1730 were Johann Theobald Traut from Impflingen and Anna Margaretha Rebstock, who arrived at Philadelphia on August 27, 1733 with a host of other future Marylanders.[13] Also from Ottersheim were Wilhelm Humbert and his wife Anna Barbara Deg who reached Philadelphia on September 29, 1750.[14] As William Umphart, a German Protestant, he applied for a land warrant in Maryland on December 23, 1751 and had 150 acres surveyed on April 25, 1752 as “Umphart’s Delight."[15] Wilhelm and Barbara Humbert next appear on August 16, 1754 at the baptism of their daughter Catharina Humbert.[16] Sponsors at the baptism were Henrich Funck and Catha[ina] Trautin. Two years later, Henry Funck was marrying Jacob Staley’s step-daughter, Catharina. The circle is complete: After Theobald Traut’s early death about 1738, his widow Anna Margaretha Rebstock Traut from Ottersheim married as her second husband Jacob Staley from Maschwanden. Jacob Staley’s “Otersum” was thus named from his wife’s village, not his own.
The certificate of survey for “Otersum” indicated that the beginning point for its 100 acres lay 100 yards from Martin’s Shoup’s Spring Branch and on its east side. Only twelve days before, on November 28, 1741, Dulany had had “Mankine” surveyed for Martin Shoup [Schaub], and the two parcels were thus laid out contiguously. Actually the land on which “Otersum” was to lie had been previously surveyed for Philemon Lloyd and Dr. Charles Carroll[17] who assigned right to Jacob Staley. It was patented to Staley on December 24, 1744. On May 10, 1750, Jacob Staley enlarged this tract to 423 acres,[18] which ultimately he devised to his sons.”


  1. Journal of the American Society of Germans from Russia; The Society, 1980; Page 43, Entry 28
  2. Early Nineteenth-Century German Settlers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Other States. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, and 4C; by Clifford Neal Smith; Genealogical Publishing Com, June 1, 2009, Page 4
  3. New World Immigrants: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from Periodical Literature, Volume 1; Edited by Michael Tepper; Genealogical Publishing Company; Jan 1, 1979, Chapter entitled, Ottersheim (Kreis Germersheim); Page 54
  4. Journal of the American Society of Germans from Russia; The Society, 1980; Page 42, Entry 9)
  5. New World Immigrants: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from Periodical Literature, Volume 1; Edited by Michael Tepper; Genealogical Publishing Company; Jan 1, 1979, Chapter entitled, "Ottersheim (Kreis Germersheim)"; Page 54
  6. Strassburger-Hinke, id., Lists 52 ABC, pp. 198-203. After 1741, a Melcher Steheli arrived August 30, 1743 (Lists 96 ABC); Hans Jacob Ställy, August 30, 1749 (List 125 C); Jacob Stehli, September 11, 1749 (List 129 C); Jacob Steli, October 4, 1751 (List 174 C); Jacob Steeli, October 20, 1752, etc. See ibid., passim. Some eleven different Jacob Stehli’s and ten different Hans Jacob Stehli’s appear about this time in the Maschwanden marriage records alone! The practice of naming sons Jacob and Hans Jacob within the same family was common in Maschwanden.
  7. C/S: LG E: 377; Patent: PT 2: 166.
  8. Frederick County Wills, A1: 218.
  9. C/S: LG E: 384; Patent: PT 2: 195.
  10. C/S: LG E: 589; Patent LG C: 539, April 26, 1746.
  11. Credit for this discovery should be given Gary Myers-Bruggey, who has generously made available the results of his Staley family research. The record in Frederick of Melchior Staley’s birth may be derived from his age at death as given in E. W. Reinecke’s transcription of the Frederick Reformed Church Book. Reinecke added a record of burials not found in the original Schlatter or Brunner Church Books which he reportedly found on loose scraps of paper written in German by the Rev. William Runckel, Reformed pastor in Frederick from 1784-1801.
  12. Credit for this suggestion should again go to Gary Myer-Bruggey. The Ottersheim in question bears the German postal number 6741. Another Ottersheim, 6719, situated west of Worms and north of Grünstadt, was a Lutheran community.
  13. Strassburger-Hinke, op. cit., Lists 30 A A’BC, pp. 113-115, 765-767. With them were Hans Beter Hoffman, Georg Friederich Unseldt, Frantz Weiss, Hans Jurigh Ley and others.
  14. Strassburger-Hinke, op. cit., List 157 C, p. 445.
  15. C/S: BC & GS 12: 109 was assigned to Catherine Toms who in 1759 received the Patent: BC & GS 8: 626. William Humbert held other land in Frederick County, including “Peru,” a part of the “Resurvey on Mistaken Friend” (Frederick County Land Records, H:516), a part of "second Choice (ibid., M:92) and "Humberts Resurvey" (C/S: BC & GS 47: 294), all in today’s Myersville area of Jackson District.
  16. Frederick Reformed Church Book, P. 33.
  17. See above, pp 3-8. Since the land had been cultivated but no rights were made good, a special warrant was required.
  18. C/S: Y & S 7: 208; Patent: BC & GS 4:223. Here the tract’s name was spelled “Othersam” and “Othersum.”

Researching Ottersheim Ancestors

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Film: 247649
Baptism: 1810-1833
Last Rites: 1810-1833
Film: 247740
Baptism: 1783-1790
Marriage: 1783-1790
Last Rites: 1783-1790
Film: 367504
Baptism: 1863-1931
Baptism: 1932-1960
Marriage: 1863-1931
Last Rites: 1863-1931
Film: 367538
Baptism: 1792-1809
Baptism: 1810-1844
Baptism: 1845-1905
Marriage: 1815-1908
Film: 367539
Last Rites: 1810-1853
Last Rites: 1853-1929
Film: 488317
Baptism: 1748-1785
Baptism: 1785-1798
Baptism: 1797-1801
Marriage: 1748-1785
Marriage: 1785-1798
Marriage: 1797-1801
Last Rites: 1785-1798
Last Rites: 1748-1785
Last Rites 1797-1801
Film: 488318
Baptism: 1807-1814
Baptism: 1815-1826
Marriage: 1807-1814
Marriage: 1815-1836
Last Rites: 1807-1814
Film: 488397
Baptism: 1732-1760
Baptism: 1785-1798
Marriage: 1785-1798
Marriage: 1732-1760
Last Rites: 1732-1760
Last Rites: 1785-1798


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