THE SCHLAPPICH FAMILY


Yellow lettering is what I typed from the book, white lettering is used for my comments. Jim Robinson


Retyped from a book or booklet possibly written by Sam'l Schlappich, Lakeworth, FL., in about 1958.
See note at bottom of this document.


The only excuse one can legitimately summon for a family history, or tree, is that of interest in what has gone before, relative to the family.

To begin with, we know a few facts about our immigrant ancestors who landed at Philadelphia in 1753.
They came on the ship EDINBURG whose captain was John Lyon from Rotterdam, last from Cowes, and they qualified at Philadelphia, PA., on October 2nd, 1753; Johann Daniel Schlappig aged 29 and Johann Jost Schlappig aged 33. Little is known of the voyage or its incidents, but, from the records and date in Pennsylvania Archives (Series 2, volume 17, page 417) we learn that the voyage lasted from the time of embarkation, May 28th, 1753, to the date of arrival at Philadelphia on October 2nd, 1753, when they qualified, or a total of about four months.

This same trip could be accomplished today in a matter of hours by plane.
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A translation of their passport, written entirely in Old German script is as follows:

Johann Daniel Schlappig whose parents are known to be Johann Jost Schlappig and Anna, whose home was BurgEbersbach, born in holy wedlock Nov. 22d 1723.
Her mother a housewife named Anna Margaretha, whose parents are known to be Johann Adam Brachthauser and his beloved wife Elizabeth, born in holy wedlock Oct. 31, 1728.
These people were married Oct. 1st, 1750. Their daughter named Anna Maria was born Dec. 31, 1751. Baptised Jan. 5th 1752. Emigrated from BurgEbersbach May 28th, 1753.
This paper was signed by J. L. Sartorius, and since it was Jacob Sartorius who signed the church records in similar German script, the signature is qualified as authentic. According to notes on this paper, added later, Johann Daniel died June 24th, 1794 (aged 70 years) and his wife Anna Margaretha died Sept. 1799 (aged 71 years).
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While the German method of notation may be confusing to us, the fact emerges that Johann Daniel Schlappig, aged 29, was married to Anna Brachthauser, they had a child named Anna Maria (born Dec. 31, 1751) and this child they brought with them to the United States in Oct. 1753.
Of the other brother, Johann Jost, we have little information but that contained in tax books and in a Pennsylvania record which is noted elsewhere herein.
That these people settled in their adopted land almost immediately is a matter of record, as the name appears frequently in the Pennsylvania records of tax-payers and property owners. They acquired property in Berks and Bucks counties, both by homestead and purchase; later, in Schuykill and Northumberland. Some of this property is still in the hands of direct descendants, largely in the vicinity of Shartlesville, Reading and Daubertsville, PA.
All this would apparently indicate a liking for the rural or farm life to which, no doubt, they were accustomed, and they fitted into the German speaking communities already established. The male generations were actively engaged during the Revolutionary War and accredited data is obtainable at Harrisburg, PA.
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It appears that the earlier system of taxpaying was a various and loosely organized affair. Many of the tax collectors were illiterate as well as unlettered, and their own individual systems of phonetic spelling accounts for the variation, as appearing on these books. However, in 1767, the Archives, or records, show that the brothers Johann Daniel, had 60 acres and Jost had 100 acres and that they lived in Bern Township, Berks County, PA as late as 1785.
Prior to the Civil War between the states and, principally, that period between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, much of the family history is lost. However, some facts emerge from tax records and property transfers, which show the family, as a unit, was prosperous. They had increased their original holdings somewhat, for Daniel and Jost owned 100 acres each.
Each of these brothers had large families, some of whom died young, but, in general, they were sturdy, industrious and economical, which is still a characteristic of the family. Records show that most of the marriages in the family took place between the ages of 22 to 26, though some second marriages of the male members were as late as 65. However, these late marriages were invariably without issue, but did serve to complicate the relationship somewhat.
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None of the family were of the truly adventurous type, but Rev. Joseph H., who was intensely religious, decided on missionary work as his life's work for the church faith he had adopted. This led to real hardship for the growing family, which was located, for a time in Ravanna Township, Missouri. The home, situated far from any sizable settlement, depended on water from a spring a mile away and had to be carried, or carted, for household use. Wild pigeons and huge flocks of wild ducks and geese clouded the sky but, without a gun, they meant nothing to the young spiritual enthusiast trying to organize a congregation in the wilderness that at that time was Missouri. The writer, one of his eight children, was born there in a log cabin, the family home.

The sole compensation for all this endurance and hardship and effort to organize a mission church was supplied by the Board of Missions, which allotted $200 a year. As the neighborhood was intensely poor and widely separated, this was an impossible situation and resulted in compelling the family to move back to Pennsylvania to a more acceptable charge or position. I might add that he retired from active labor as preacher or pastor while at Line Mountain, PA., charge in Northumberland County, where he had supplied five congregations as minister leader and spiritual advisor. All his work was done by "horse and buggy" transportation, in all kinds of weather and seasons. He never received more than $500 salary per year and much of that included meat, potatoes etc.
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(German Ancestors)
(Prior to 1753)

GENERATION I.


GOTTFRIED SCHLAPPIG
Born 1625
Married 1651 to ANNA MARIA OFFERMANN

GENERATION II.


JOHANN HEINRICH SCHLAPPIG
Born 1652
Married 1686 to HSCHEN KNEBELL (born 1652)

GENERATION III.


JOHANN JOST SCHLAPPIG
Born 1688
Married to ANNA ANDRIES of Langenaubach

GENERATION IV.


JOHANN DANIEL SCHLAPPIG
Born 11-22-1723
Died 1-29-1794

(See Generation I. American Branch)


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(American Branch)


GENERATION I.


JOHANN DANIEL SCHLAPPIG (emigrated to U. S. when 29 years old)
born 11-22-1723
died 1-29-1794
Wife: ANNA MARGARETHA BRACHTHAUSER
born 10-31-1723
died 9-23-1799

Children: (Possibly 5 sons and several daughters)

1. Marie born 12-31-1751 (in Germany)
2. Magdalena (twin of Anna)born 9-25-1752 (in Germany)died in infancy
3. Anna (twin of Magdalena)born 9-25-1752 (in Germany)died 3-23-1829
......Husband: Johann Muller
.........Child: Marie Christina Muller born 11-20-1779 died 4-19-1848
..................Husband: Johannes Kreck
.....................Child: Anna Margaretha Kreck born 12-14-1809 died 7-8-1876
.............................Husband: Johann Heinrich Schmitt born 5-19-1799 died 1-19-1873

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GENERATION I. (continued)


.......................................Child: Johann Heinrich Schmitt born 3-18-1851 died 9-20-1922
..............................................Wife: Christine Wickel born 7-5-1857 died 2-11-1948
...............................................Child: Heinrich Wilhelm Schmitt born 3-25-1883
......................................................Wife: Christine Bruck born 11-16-1881
......................................................Child: Ehrich Wilhelm Schmitt born 3-13-1913
.............................................................Wife: Hilda Ohrndorf
.............................................................Children: Edith (born 6-11-1940)
............................................................................Renate (born 1-7-1944)
............................................................................Heinz (born 8-8-1949)

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4. Johann Daniel Schlappig born 8-28-1762 died 1-21-1836
.....Wife: Margaretha Seaman born 1-26-1756 died 1-16-1826
.....Children: Samuel H. Schlappig born 2-29-1796 died 8-13-1876
................... Philipp Schlappig birthdate unknown (my line comes in here)

(See GENERATION II)

Possibly six other children, names unknown

NOTE: When I retyped this book, I left out the descendants of Samuel H. Schlappig as he does not seem to be in my lineage. Jim Robinson


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(Following are doubtful): ----this statement is actually in his book. JR

5. George Schlappig born 8-26-1771 died 11-28-1834
....Wife: Barbara Hollenback born 3-15-1772 died 3-15-1854
....Children: 2 sons and 7 daughters George died at 21 years Elisabeth died at 32 years

6. Jacob Schlappig born 1763 died 1828
....Wife: Elisabeth Wagner
..........(Moved to Ohio and had 15 children)
7. Yost Schlappig

GENERATION II.


[Ed. Note: I did not type Generation II from this booklet since I don't believe that it is in my ancestral line. My line goes from the Schlapia family of Ringgold Co., Iowa back through Michigan to Philipp Schlappig in Berks Co.,who appears to be a son of Johann Daniel. Also, I have moved pages 10 and 11 to the end for readability. Jim Robinson]

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Also, special credit must be given to the German branch of the family, still resident in Germany. The correspondence that began before World War I (in 1912) consisted of contact with Johann Philip Earnst Schlappig and his family of ten children, then all living. Two members of this family were responsible for and led directly to sources of information not possible elswhere, viz., Paul, the youngest, boy and Martha, at the home in Dillenberg. It appears that several members of the family were ingaged in manufacturing rubber goods, heels etc., all of which was later lost, destroyed in the bombings at Dusseldorf and dillenburg. Paul was an electrical worker and his last card to us related that he had been inducted into the German army and was then located in Berlin. In that communication he wrote, "It looks to me like there is going to be a war." Perhaps, even that early they knew, or suspected, what we later discovered.
This contact ceased during the war, but was later resumed in the person of Herta Dalbeck, whio is the granddaughter of Earnst Schlappig and the daughter of Emma Schlappig (wife of Rudolph Dalbeck). It is to the efforts and research of her father, Rudolph Dalbeck, that we have been able to establish a factual lineage back to the time and date of 1625. This research is his hobby and he is employed as accountant in a large chemical works near his home in Mettman. Herta, his only child, ws married to Karl Heinz Schultz on November 5th, 1955.

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Grateful acknowledgment is also made to my daughter, Helen R. Hancock, for her assistance in the preparation of this family history for the press and for her part in the research work covering the present generation.

S. J. S.


February 1958.

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I don't have an original copy of the book or booklet from which the above information came.
I have typed these pages from photo copies which were copies of copies several deep.
I took some editorial liberties with respect to indentation.
I can only wish that I had access to the original source documents that supported this book.
I don't know if the above document is copyrighted or not.
I place the information on the world wide web in order to share it with others interested in the Schlappig (Schlappich) family.

Jim Robinson