Individual Notes

Note for:   David H. Siegfried,   19 MAY 1795 - 29 AUG 1845         Index

     Date:   SEP 1845
     Place:   Maxatawny Twp, PA (Maxatawny Zion Church Cemetery)

Individual Note:   Leon Borst in Siegfried Family Cemetery indicates that David died without marrying and without children.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Johannis König\King,   29 SEP 1751 - 3 MAY 1811         Index

Alias:   John /King/

     Date:   6 AUG 1810
     Place:   Charlestown Township, Chester County, PA

     Date:   4 AUG 1800
     Place:   Charlestown Township, Chester County, PA

Individual Note:   Here are some of my notes on Johannis Koenig, who according to St. Peter's Lutheran Church Records, changed his name to 'King.'

1790 Census. Charlestown Twp., Chester Co., Pa. -
John King. 1 male of 16 years and upward | 3 males under 16 years || 2 females.
[next door to Lawrence King.]

Unites States Direct Tax of 1798
Tax Lists for the State of Pennsylvania [Roll 7]
Second Direct Tax Division
Lancaster, Chester, and Delaware Counties
Vol. 208
List of Tax on Dwelling Houses -
Occupant: King, Jn'o. | Owner: [blank] | Value: 250 | Assesst.: 0.50.
[Note: The Particular Lists or Descriptions for Charlestown are lost.]

1800 Census. Charlestown Twp., Chester Co., Pa. [pg. 858] -
John King. Males: 1, 10-15 / 2, 16-25 / 1, 45 & upward.
Females: 2, under 10 / 1, 10-15 / 1, 45 & upward.
[total: 8 people.]

1810 Census. Charlestown Twp., Chester Co., Pa. [pg. 316] -
John King. Males: 1, 16-25 / 1, 26-44 / 1, 45 & upwards.
Females: 1, 10-15 / 2, 16-25 / 1, 45 & upwards.
[total: 7 people.]

Abstracts of Chester County Wills and Administrations -
KING, JOHN. Charlestown. Letters granted, May 25, 1811.
John & Philip King, administrators.
        [I thought I had copies of these papers, but have not transcribed any information into the notes in my database. I am not at home right now to check.]

St. Peter's, Pikeland Cemetery -
[near the iron fence, about half-way between the upper and lower churches.. right in back of his Father.]
Hier Ruhet
der Leib des
Johannis Konig.
War gebohren den
29ten September
1751 gestarboren den
3ten [mai or mar ?] 1811.
Seines alters
59 Jahre 7 Monaths
und 6 tage.

Chester County Deed Book Z-3, pg. 62 -
        Deed } This Indenture Made the 2nd day of April, 1827,
Jacob Slonacker, Adm'r. } Between Jacob Slonaker, Adm'r. of the Estate of Philip King,
        - To - } late of Charlestown twp., who died intestate, of the first part,
     Samuel Slonaker } & Samuel Slonaker, of Pikeland, yeoman, of the other part.
Whereas, Philip King and Mary his wife, Lawrence King and Mary his wife, Conard [Conrad] King, Elizabeth Fleeman, John Moses and Mary his wife, George Sneider and Catharine his wife by their deed bearing date of 5th day of December A.D. 1785 ... did grant and consign unto a certain John King of the Township of Charlestown (who is since deceased) ... recited indenture recorded in the Office for Recording of Deeds at West Chester ... in Book H-2 (sic.), Vol. 30, page 135, relation being thereunto had more fully at large ... a certain parcel or tract of land situated in the Township of Charlestown ... Containing 105 1/4 acres be the same more or less ... And the said John King having died Intestate the said parcel or tract of land ... was awarded to the said Philip King [there's more.. such as Philip's wife was Susanna..]

Individual Notes

Note for:   Joseph Siegfried,   2 FEB 1721 - 3 SEP 1795         Index

Individual Note:   From the Centennial History of Kutztown, PA:

Joseph, son of Johannes Siegfried, was married to Anna Maria Romig, a daughter of John Adam Romig. He spent all his days on the homestead, which he received from his father. His home, like that of his father, was a stopping place for the Moravian missionaries and officials on their journeys through Maxatawny to Tulpehocken, Lebanon, Litiz, Lancaster, York, etc. Shortly before his death, which occured September 3, 1795, he was received into the fellowship of the Morvian Brethren. The following obituary appears on the Moravian Congregation record in Emaus:
        "Joseph Siegfried of Maxatawny was born February 2, 1727. His parents were Johannes and Elizabeth Siegfried, and were of Mennonite persuasion. On July 3rd, 1745, he entered into Holy wedlock with Anna Maria Romig, which state God blessed with 13 children, (eight sons and five daughters, of whom six sons and two daughters survive), and with forty-eight grandchildren, of whom seven are dead, and with three great-grand-children living.
        "His sainted parents already loved the Saviour and the Brethren (Moravians) who in former years lodged in their home.

Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834

February 1, 1797.
Adm. to Henry and Daniel, sons, the widow being blind.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Anna Maria Romig,   12 JUN 1724 - 10 DEC 1806         Index

     Date:   DEC 1806
     Place:   Maxatawny Twp, PA (Siegfried Family Cemetery)

Individual Note:   Irene Konrad has much info on the descendants of this family. John Speight has info on the Romig family.

She arrived in America on the "Dragon" in 1732.

She was blind when she died.

Will abstract from Berks County (See Diana Quinones email note):

Anna Mary SIEGFRIED, Maxatawny
Widow of Joseph.
Will dated 12/14/1796; proved 1/3/1807.
To dau Magdalena, wife of Abraham LEVAN and Catharine SIEGFRIED wearing
apparel and household goods.
To son Daniel SIEGFRIED, son of my son John 9 pounds.
Remainder divided among sons Joseph, Henry, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac and
Daniel and daus. Magdalena and Catharine.
Exec: son Henry.
Wits: Gideon GRIM and John SIEGFRIED

Individual Notes

Note for:   Johannes Siegfried,   27 NOV 1745 - 27 NOV 1793         Index

     Date:   DEC 1793
     Place:   Allentown, PA (Old Mennonite Cemetery)

Individual Note:   From the History of Northampton County, PA by William J. Heller (published 1920, Vol II. Page 530 and following):

        Col. John Siegfried, the friend of George Washington, from whom the village of Siegfried obtained its name , was of the Mennonite faith, and of German, Swiss or Alsatian origin. His grandparents had settled in Oley, Berks County, before 1719, whence they moved across the hills to Mexatawny. Here, February 2, 1727 {Note; According to Leon Borst, Joseph was born in 1721 not 1727}, Joseph Siegfried, the father of the colonel, was born, and here in 1745 the colonel was born. Comparatively little is known of his boyhood education and training. He first came into public notice in 1770, when he removed to the west bank of the Lehigh river, at what became known as Siegfried's Bridge, where he conducted a store, a tavern, and a ferry. The tavern was a one-and-one-half-story log house, and the sign contained in large letters this inscription: "Entertainment for Man and Beast". This tavern was favorably located. The ferry was the only means of crossing the Lehigh river, which separaated the two populous settlements of Allen and Whitehall townships.
        It was upon Colonel SIegfried that Washington depended in matters pertaining to Northampton county during the campaign of 1777, in making his urgent appeal for reinforcements to the yeomanry of Northampton county, who promptly responded, and within seven days after the issuing of the call the first division of Siegfried's battalion was in Philadelphia, prepared to take the field. Siegfried was commissioned lieutenant colonel, and Rev. Rosbrugh, chaplin, of the Third Battalion from Northampton County. The soldiers of Northampton county were assigned to the division of the army under the command of Gen. Isreal Putnam. They took part in the campaign which resulted in the cpture of one thousand Hessians at Trenton, but were unsuccessful in their attempt to cross the Delaware river. In the fall of the year 1777 the militia of Northampton county were again called out in the famous Pennsylvania campaign, and took part in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, Red Bank, and Monmouth. During a part of this campaign the men from Northampton county were under the command of Gen. John Armstrong and of Bridadier-General James Irvine. After the battle of Germantown, Colonel Siegfried returned home to attend to affairs in the county. While at home, Washington wrote a letter to him, requesting him to collect blankets, clothing and provisions and forward them to the army at Valley Forge. This duty Colonel Siegfried performed, his hotel being the center for a collecting bureau.
        The following summer, General Clinton, who had succeeded Howe, alarmed by the coming of the French to aid the cause of freedom in America, evacuated Philadelphia and hurried to New York City. Washington followed, overtook and defeated him at Monmouth, New Jersey. According to his diary, Siegfried also took part in this campaign which ended in Clinton shutting himself up in New York, and Washington watching him from the Highlands. In the spring of 1781, General Washington sent an officer to Easton to confer with Colonel Siegfried, who was in command of a detachment of militia at that place, in reference to sending a quota to the army.
        Col. John Siegfried died November 27, 1793, and was buried in the old Mennonite Cemetery. Shortly before his death he, together with Michael Beaver, whose brother Jacob settled near the Western Salsbury Church, and Abraham Levan, a kinsman of Mrs. Siegfried, all three natives of Berks county, conveyed one hundred and twenty-three and a half perches to Henry Biel and Peter Butz in trust for a school. The schoolhouse was built of logs, and was known ass Levan's School. Colonel Siegfried served as high sheriff of the county for one year, 1781 to 1782.
        At a public meeting held in the high school auditorium, Gov. S.W. Pennypacker was the principal speaker; sentiment favored the erection of a monument to Col. John Siegfried in the cemetery and a committee was appointed. On the 30th of May, 1914, a large granite monument was dedicated, containing a bronze tablet with a suitable inscription.
        The Levan family, kinsmen of Colonel Siegfried, removed from Berks county to Allen township about the same time. For a time they operated a paper mill, and later erected the grist mill now operated by Richard Smith.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Issac Siegfried,   14 SEP 1763 - 6 NOV 1833         Index

     Place:   Hecktown, Northampton Co, PA (Dryland Cemetary)

Individual Note:   Irene Konrad has much info on the descendants of this family.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Abraham Siegfried,   1764 - 1800         Index

Individual Note:   Irene Diehl Konrad has much info on the descendants of this family. From Irene: "Abraham SIEGFRIED, born 1764 in Maxatawny Twp, Berks Co, was married about 1785 to (Maria) Dorothy KUTZ. In 1792 they left Maxatawny and settled in East Allen Twp. Their log cabin is still standing near the western boundary of Bath, and is now being restored. It's really worth seeing "

Abraham was a brother of Henry Siegfried who married Dorothy's older sister, Elisabeth Kutz.

Abraham died in 1802 and his wife died 30 years later. It is believed that they
were both buried in the small private Siegfried Cemetery on the north side of
what is now Main Street, at the western end of Bath. However, many of the
headstones are now missing or in such poor condition that the names on them are illegible.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Daniel R. Siegfried,   20 DEC 1767 - 11 NOV 1843         Index

     Place:   Hamburg, Berks Co, PA (St. Johns Church Cemetary)

Individual Notes

Note for:   Catharina Siegfried,   1772 - 1811         Index

     Place:   Bath, Northampton Co, PA (Siegfried Cemetary)

Individual Note:   According to Leon Borst in Siegfried Family Cemetery, Catharine was never married but she had a son, Joseph, with Dr. Joseph Hirst.

Individual Notes

Note for:   Johannes Siegfried,   ABT 1692 - BET 4 DEC 1747 AND 14 JAN 1748         Index

     Date:   4 DEC 1747
     Place:   Philadelphia County, PA

     Date:   14 JAN 1748
     Place:   Philadelphia County, PA

Individual Note:   Note from WorldConnect Project:
He came to America sometime after 1710 and before 1720. Birthplace per Rich Siegfried . He settled first around Oley in Philadelphia Co (now Berks Co), and then in the early 1720s moved to the Maxatawny area of Berks Co.

Leon Borst has a lot of info on this family. Ancestor of Bob Hewitt and Jane Green

Per Leon: Johannes Siegfried was the progenitor of the Siegfried Family in Maxatawny, Pennsylvania. He had 600+ acres of land in Maxatawny when he died in Dec 1747 and his will left 1/2 the land to son Joseph and 1/2 the land to son John. The will also provided for his widow, Elizabeth, and for his six daughters, the youngest of whom were Anna and Margaretha.

Per Leon: They were Mennonites and lived in Oley, Philadelphia Co. (now Berks Co.) before moving to Maxatawny, Philadelphia Co. (now Berks Co.).

From "Pennsylvania Archives" (Series 2, Vol 19): "9b'r 1724, John Sigfrid requests the grant of about 300 acres of land above Oley when it is to be granted", but he never received, via warrent/patent, the 300 acres he requested. [9b'r is an abbreviation for November, the ninth month in the Julian calendar, which was the official calendar in use in Colonial America until 1752.] On Mar 7 1732, he purchased 294 acres in Maxatawny (land he was probably living on when he made his request in 1724) from a land speculator, Casper Wister, who received a Patent for 2,000 acres on Apr 13 1730. [The heirs of William Penn "purchased" this land from the Indians on Sep 7 1732.] He later purchased more land adjacent to the 294 acres.

However, Morton Montgomery's "History of Berks County" was wrong about Johannes and his sons Johannes and Joseph. Per Leon Borst: Montgomery for his 1809 publication, apparently didn't know that Johannes (the father of Joseph and John) was the founder of the Siegfrieds in Maxatawny (or in fact, that he even existed).

Per Leon Borst: "To date, no one knows where or when Johannes and his wife Eliaabeth were born (Switzerland and Germany are "probabilities" -- people speculate that they were born in the 1690's since that would put them in their 20's when their first known child, Catharina, was born in 1719). Nor do we know when and where they were married or Elisabeth's maiden name. Any dates or "facts" you see without qualification prior to the 1719 record of their daughter's birth are pure speculation. Also, Catharine wasn't born in Oley Township, Berks County, Pa. as many people write. She was born in Oley (an area quite a bit larger than present day Oley Township), Philadelphia County (present day
Oley Township was officially formed in 1740 and this area of Philadelphia County became a part of Berks County when Berks was established in 1752). And Johannes Siegfried did not move to Maxatawny Township. He moved from Oley to an area the Indians called Mach-set-hanne (Bear's path creek) and I believe he moved there in 1724 -- eight years before the Penns "purchased" the
land from the Indians in 1732. When Johannes died in Dec of 1747, he left half his 600+ acre farm in Maxatawny Township (became a Township in 1742)to son Joseph and half to son Johannes (John)."

Note from Leon Borst on 10/05/02:

The Zion Church you can see from Rt.222 is on Church Rd. It is no longer referred to as "Siegfried's Church". Johannes Siegfried, who moved into the area in 1724 and purchased 294 acres in 1732, died in Dec 1747 with a farm containing 600+ acres. The "Rodale Institute" now owns 300+ acres of the original Siegfried farm. The Rodales (publishers of "Prevention Magazine" and many organic gardening books) have restored the old buildings located on Siegfriedale Road (about a mile north of Maxatawny Zion Church). The church was not built on Siegfried land (I don't know why it was called "Siegfried's Church")..

To my knowledge, there are no records of Anna Siegfried's birth and death dates. Her Father, Johannes Siegfried, mentions in his will (written in Dec 1747) "my two youngest daughters, Anna and Margaretha"(which would mean she was born sometime after 1727 since her sister Elizabeth was born 2 Jul 1726). It is in Anna's Mother Elizabeth's will (written 7 Jun 1766) that we see " Anna, the wife of Jacob Teisher". Anna is not buried in the Maxatawny Zion Church Cemetery nor is there any record of her being buried in the Siegfried Family Cemetery (off Christman Road ).

Leon F. Borst
Chester County, PA

From the Centennial History of Kutztown, PA published by the Kutztown Centennial Association in 1915:

"Johannes Siegfried was one of the first, if not the first white settler in the vicinity of Kutztown. He and his good wife Elizabeth had taken up residence in Oley, where their daughter Catherine was born November 14, 1719. Some time prior to 1732 Johannes Siegfried and his family crossed the Oley Hills and settled on a large tract of land at what is known as Siegfried's Dale. ........... [left out part of paragraph relating to ancestors of the article] ........... Some time before his death, which occured in 1776 [This is an error in the original article - see will abstract following], Johannes SIegfried divided the plantation between hi two sons Joseph and John. Besides these two sons he had six daughters: Catherine, wife of Frederick Romig; Susan, wife of Daniel Levan; Mary Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Rothermel; Magdalena, wife of Anthony Fischer; and Margareth, wife of Jacob Moss. Their home was the stopping place for Moravian Missionaries, who itinerated through Pennsylvania and adjoining colonies during the middle decades of the Eighteenth Century. The family was of the Mennonite faith."

Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834

SIGFRIED, JOHANNES. Philadelphia Co.
December 4, 1747. January 14, 1747. H.463.
Wife: Elizabeth. Children: Joseph, Johannes, Catherine, Susannah,
Elizabeth, Magdalena, Anne and Margaretha. Exec: Joseph Sigfried and
Bastian Zimmerman. Witnesses: Bastian Zimmerman, Jacob Wentz, Nicholas