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Catherine Barbara Varner (Sigler)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Nordheim, Baden Wurttenberg, Germany
Death: Died in Pendleton County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Hans Bernhard Sigler and Maria Barbara Sigler
Wife of Johannes Adam Varner
Mother of Eva Catharina Pfoutz; Katherine Elizabeth Mullins; Johann Adam Werner; Christofel Stophel Varner; George Warner and 6 others

Managed by: Janice Elaine Craig
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Catherine Barbara Varner's Timeline

1698
March 8, 1698
Nordheim, Baden Wurttenberg, Germany
1725
May 1, 1725
Age 27
Massenbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1725
Age 26

Catharina’s baptism sponsors were Johan Zeller (A vicar) of the town of Lauffen on Neckar, Lorentz and Catharina Zalman of Heilbronn and Hans Andreas Bourke.

Below Catharina’s name in her baptism record in the Nordheim Kirchenbuch appears the word “America” which is written in a handwriting style different that that of the writer of the original record. This indicates that at some later time she left for America and the Pastor at Nordheim wrote the notation about her leaving in the baptism record. This notation method was used repeatedly by the pastor who served the church from the late 1720’s through the 1750’s.

The May 1, 1725 Masseenbach marriage record of Catharina and Johann Adam Werner lists Catharina by the same name as that given in her baptismal record. However, subsequent entries in the Massenbach Kirchenbuch gives her name as either Maria Catharina or simply as Catharina. Research has borne out that Catharina, at least in Massenbach and for unknown reasons, was referred to by both names. Other women in the Kirchenbook suffer from the same naming problem. Perhaps the Pastor not recalling the women’s correct names, simply used “Maria” out of convenience.

There is evidence that she died after arriving in Pennsylvania in 1732 but prior to 1762 when an Adam Werner married Cathrina Weber in St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Mannheim, York Co., Pa.

1726
February 26, 1726
Age 27
Massenbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1727
December 15, 1727
Age 29
Massenbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1729
March 10, 1729
Age 31
Massenbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1729
Age 30
Lunenburg County, Province of Virginia
1730
1730
Age 31
Massenbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1732
1732
Age 33
Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany
1732
Age 33

They left Rotterdam in 1732 and after stopping in Deal, England for supplies they made their way across the Atlantic Ocean aboard the galley, Johnson, along with 350 other passengers, crew and Captain David Crokatt. On Sept. 18, 1732 they arrived in Philadelphia. Eventually they settled in York Co., Pa.

It was noted that Adam Werner, his wife, Catharana and their children, John Adam and Catharina immigrated to America in 1732. The September 18th 1732 passenger list of the galley, Johnson, lists each of them by name. This is a rare occurrence in the records as few ships bothered to list the names of the entire family. This happy occurrence positively identifies the Werner family. Research shows that the Werners, Johann Adam, Catharina , son John Adam and daughter Catharina, who are listed regularly in the church records of St. Georges Lutheran Church in Masasenbach, Germany up to 1731 completely disappear from the records after that date.

(NOTE: St. George was a Catholic saint, however, Massenbach was owned by a petty Lutheran noble descended through a knightly order, St. George The Dragon Slayer, is
traditionally the patron saint of all knights, regardless of their religious affinity.)