About Johannes Adam Silbernagel
Johannes immigrated, circa 1720.
At 27 years of age Johannes became the father of Gerdraut Silbernagel in New York, February 5, 1728/9. The "Silvernail Family In America" states that she was born in 1730.
At 30 years of age Johannes became the father of Andreas Silbernagel (Silvernail) in Dutchess County, NY, 1731.
At 31 years of age Johannes became the father of Nicholas Silbernagel (Silvernail) June 11, 1733. The "Silvernail Family In America" states that he was born in 1742.
At 33 years of age Johannes became the father of Catherine Silbernagel July 1734.
At 34 years of age Johannes became the father of Barbara Silbernagel 1735.
Johannes became the father of Cornelia Silbernagel (Silvernail) circa 1739. The "Silvernail Family In America" states that she was born 1750.
At 40 years of age Johannes became the father of Elizabeth Silbernagel (Silvernail) September 8, 1741.
Johannes became the father of Johannes Silbernagel circa 1742. He may have been born in 1742.
Johannes became the father of Wynand Silbernagel circa 1744.
At 45 years of age Johannes became the father of Conrad (Conradt) Silbernagle Silvernail in New York, 1746.
At 47 years of age Johannes became the father of Arianasker (Arentje) Silbernagel 1748.
As earlier researchers were more interested in the Silvernail line, more information is available regarding brothers, Pieter and Adam ,than their three sisters. The "Silvernail Family Records" provides the following information: Adam Silbernagel apparently came from Germany prior to 1721, with a brother Peter, and sisters Maria, Gertrude, Christina, Elizabeth, and possibly Barbara. (Typist note that another place said Adam and Peter came with sisters and a widowed mother, Gertruy, and as no other place mentions a sister Gertrude, it seems this would be his mother and not a sister.) Adam first appears on church records with a wife Maria Catharina in 1721, probably a first wife, as he married at Claverack, NY, May 4, 1728 Elizabeth Rees. The record of this wedding says she married Adam, son of Niclas Silbernagel of Bingen (Germany). Another records says he appeared in church in 1721 with a sister Maria Catharine so she appears to be a sister and not a first wife as in the previous note. Adam's first appearance in the Lutheran Church records of Athens, NY was as witness at the baptism of the daughter of Conrad Smith, Maria Catharine, which suggests he was born about 1701 or before. The earlier note also said that Barbara Silbernagel could have been his daughter by his first wife, Maria Catharine. The names and dates of birth of Adam's children in the two records do not agree, and some of the dates are inaccurate, as church records have since been found for some of the children. "The Silberngel -Silvernail -Silvernale Family" states that it is suffice to say that Johannes Adam appear as family name in the lineage chart subsequent to 1722. As a result of the difficult trip the family of Nicholas decide to settle on the Robert Livingston Estate in Columbia County, New York. The first US Census noted that he was living in Livingston Town, Columbia County, in the First US Census in 1790 with his family. "The Silvernail Family" suggests the following: The name Silbernagels does not appear on published lists of the Palatinates coming over from 1708 to 1722, so they probably came over independently. One party says he came from Germany. John Wesley Silvernail of Pittsfield, Mass., in his book published 1910 calls him Baron Johannes Adam Von Silbernagel and claims he came from Landshut, Bavaria in 1710. Peter W. Silvernail of Valatie, NY in his records says there were two brothers, Johannes Adam and Johannes Peter, who came from the German Palatinate via England about 1720. In "Our Silvernail Ancestry", Keith Marvin again states that Johannes Adam came from Germany with his brother, sisters, and mother about 1720. He with his family was a member of St Peter's Church at Rhinebeck Ny, a Lutheran church. He was a witness at a baptism with his sister Maria Catherina of a girl born Jan 13, 1721 at Athens (Loonenburg) NY. The Holland Society year book for 1903 refers to Adam as "son of Niclaus, from Bingen." Marvin goes on to state that most of Johannes Adam's family remained near Ancram NY. Marvin also noted Adam's grandson ,John George, owned property the railroad wanted. John's son, Egbert then had the railroad stop at their property and the station was called Silvernails.
Johannes Adam Silbernagel's Timeline
Bingen am Rhein, Kurfürstentum Mainz, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
May 4, 1728
Claverack, Columbia, NY, United States
November 22, 1763
Dutchess County, Province of New York
Newburgh, Orange County, New York, United States