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Jacob ANSPACH, Sr.

Dr. Jung: The earliest known ancestor of the emigrant was Jacob Anspach (Asbach), known as Ansbach der "Dicke," (Anspach the thick, fat or big), a ploughman in Stierstadt near Oberursel/Ts, born circa 1520 and died circa 1601-1603. This Jacob Sr. was married first about 1547-1549 to an unknown woman, and then married second the sister of Wendel Brems. By this second marriage, the American line was continued by Jacob Anspach Jr., (II) b. ca 1570 and d. before 1608 at Steinbach; Jacob Jr. was called Schultheiss at Steinbach 1598-1608. His son, Jacob Anspach III b. ca. 1590 was recorded as Schultheiss and merchant at Steinbach 1608-1650. Schultheiss appears to be a father-son occupation or title. It means mayor of the town.

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Jacob ANSPACH, Jr.

Jacob Anspach Jr., b. ca 1570 and d. before 1608 at Steinbach; Jacob Jr. was called Schultheiss (mayor of the town) at Steinbach 1598-1608. His son, Jacob III b. ca. 1590 was recorded as Schultheiss and merchant at Steinbach 1608-1650. So both father and son were mayor of Steinbach, Jacob III taking over at the death of his father.

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Dr. Hans Jung says, "Hans Henrich Anspach, b. at Steinbach ca. 1618 and d. 1646(?); Hans Henrich was a Landwirt (farmer) and Gerichtsverw (officer of the court) at Steinbach and married Anna Catharina Klock. They were the parents of the emigrant's father, Hans Jacob Anspach, master smith at Steinbach, who was b. 29 Nov. 1640 at Frankfurt/Main and died before 1700." (The emigrants came to America in 1709-1710).

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From p.1153 The Palatine Families of New York: "Hans Jacob Anspach, master smith at Steinbach, who was b. 29 Nov 1640 at Frankfurt/Main and d. before 1700; the wife of Hans Jacob Anspach may have been the Anna Dorothea Anspach who d. 26 April 1699 at Steinbach."

Johannes Jacob Anspach lived in Steinbach/Taunus, near Wiesbaden, Rheinland-Pfatz Germany. His known children:
Anna Catherine
Anna Ursula
Balthausar born 26 Aug 1683 in Steinbach" (bpt. 26 Aug 1683. J.M.)

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Steinbach was 9 km. west of Frankfort and 14 km. southeast of Anspach, Germany.

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(From the Anspaugh-Anspach manuscript found in the Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library - 57 W. Broadway, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176)

John Baltzer Anspach came to New York with the Palatines in June 1710. By May of 1723 he had settled in the Tulpehocken Valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania, having migrated through the Schoharie of New York. John Blatzer Anspach was one of the German volunteers in the English expedition against the French in Queen Ann's war in 1711. "Blatzer" as he was called was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, located about one half mile west of Stouchsburg, Pennsylvania, and is buried in the old cemetery there. He owned land about one mile north west of town of Stouchsburg, and it is supposed that this farm was his home place. His wife's name was Anna Maria.

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The old record book of Christ Lutheran Church at Tulpehocken gives a list of those who took communion there during the early years of the church, 1743, 1744, 1745, and 1746. The following are some familiar names from that list:

Anspach, Balthasar, wife Maria and daughter Catherine

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The church record book of Christ Lutheran Church of Tulpehocken gives a list of people who made contributions in 1747. For the completion of the church office. This included both Reformed and Lutheran People.

In the list of Lutheran are included: Baltus Anspach

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In the book Early Pennsylvania Births 1675-1875 it lists: Charter members, Christ Lutheran Church, Strouchsburg, Berks Co, PA.

Anspach, Balthas; Anspach, George; Anspach, John; Anspach, J. Peter; Anspach, Leonard

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Balthasar was one of the founders of Christ Lutheran Church

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Balthasar was an indentured servant in New York Colony, America 1710.

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Balthasar petitioned the court to become a citizen in Mayor's Court, Albany, New York. 3 Jan. 1715/1716

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The Anspachs were among the hundreds of Germans who were "escorted" en masse to New York colony in 1709/1710 from England. They were all indentured servants, who were supposed to make pine tar & pitch for the English Navy. However, the Governor was tricked, the man in charge actually knew nothing about the processing and the colonists felled hundreds of trees incorrectly before it was discovered to be wrong. The correct process would take two years and much of the Governor's own wealth was lost trying to make the colony profitable. It did not help that there was a language problem as well as problems in surveys of the promised land grants. Balthasar & other colonists were drafted to serve in Queen Anne's War, and returned to find their families had not been provided for in their absence. They were never paid for their service and many eventually left New York Colony for Pennsylvania, including Balthasar and his family. The Pennsylvania Dutch colonists encouraged their German cousins to come to settle. However, they were not prepared for the unannounced masses that descended on the supposedly "empty" land. The Indians who used the land, and had treaties with the Dutch, came back to find all these German homesteaders on it. The Dutch were upset, the Indians were upset, and attacked, the Germans were outraged. Balthasar's family was saved from harm, but many were not so lucky. Eventually the colonists drove the Indians westward and then followed to populate the land into Ohio, Indiana and Illinois territories which later became states.

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(Anspach & Lefflers Part I -Anspachs- Pg. A1:4)

On Jan. 10, 1725, Balthas' name appeared on the first tax list compiled for that section (Tulpehocken), and around 1732 he owned a tract of land about a mile north of the present Christ (Tulpehocken) Lutheran Church, west of Stouchsburg. He was an elder at Reid's Church, some 2 miles S.E. of Stouchsburg at Womelsdorf, built in 1727, however as Moravian influence in the church and conflicting feelings grew, he and about 160 others left and formed the church west of Stouchsburg which was built in 1743. This area is in the present day Marion Township and was referred to as Fells Manor.

(Copy of Will of Johann Balthasar Anspach on Pg. A1:6 & A1:7 on file at the Register of Wills, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Book 1 p. 34 and is in German or an English Translation)

Baptism: August 26, 1683, Steinbach, Germany Sponsor: Johann Balthasar Bender
Immigration: Abt. 1710, New York Colony, America
Military service: 1711, Canadian Campaign, Queen Anne's War
Naturalization: Bet. January 03, 1715 - 1716, Albany at a Mayor's Court
Religion: Lutheran
Residence: 1710, Livingston, New York
Will: September 05, 1744, Filed Philadelphia County Book I-36 (2)


Johan George and Anna Caterina were cousins.

In the book Early Pennsylvania Births 1675-1875 it lists:
Charter members, Christ Lutheran Church, Strouchsburg, Berks Co, PA.

Anspach, Balthas
Anspach, George
Anspach, John
Anspach, J. Peter
Anspach, Leonard


Below notes from (Anspach & Lefflers Part I -Anspach- Pg. A3:14)

Usually went by the name of Jacob. Jacob is one of the grandchildren who inherited land from Balthasar, however, the record of when he might have sold it was not found.

There is no indication that Jacob served in the Revolution; he was 38 when the war began and had a number of children. "Berks of Old" states that an Adam, John, Peter, and Jacob Anspach donated horses to the Army.

Burial: 1818, Altalha Lutheran Church, Rehersburg, Pennsylvania
Military service: Bet. 1754 - 1763, Possibly served during the French & Indian War
Will: August 01, 1818, Filed at Reading, Pennsylvania

Johann Anspach

Baptism: 1775, Altahala Church, Pennsylvania - Sponsors: Johannes Katterman
Occupation: Blacksmith


John Anspach born in 1775, and lived in Womelsdorf Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was married December 9, 1798, to Catherine Kurr, the daughter of Thomas Kurr and wife Elizabeth Kintzer or Kinser at Christ Lutheran Church near Stouchsburg. Tomas Kurr was a Revolutionary soldier and his father took the Oath of Allegiance. Nicholas Kintzer or Kinser, father of Elizabeth who married Thomas Kurr also took the Oath of Allegiance. It is believed that John Anspach and his wife Catherine Kurr may have migrated into Montgomery County, Ohio, as a number of their children were married in that County, the latter migrating further west into Decatur County, Indiana, where Jacob Anspach and his wife Ellen had come earlier and whom they called "Old Uncle Jacob."

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