Abraham Merckle

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About Abraham Merckle

With family affairs in order, Abraham Merkle then immigrated in 1717 from Germany to America with his wife and 5 children, his married daughter with new son-in-law, and his brother Balthasar Merkle with his wife and 3 children.

Abraham arrived in Philadelphia without his wife and two of his daughters; Veronika, Katharine and Rosina apparently died en-route, possibly buried at sea.

Undaunted, Abraham quietly began integrating the Merkle Family line into the German community in Philadelphia County. The very next year, on November 15, 1718, Jost Hite was able to purchase 600 acres a few miles up Perkiomen Creek for the price of 125 pounds. Here, Jost built a grist mill just outside of present day Schwenksville. Abraham and his children connected with the family of the master linen weaver who had settled Germantown in 1685.

According to the Church Book of Bonfeld, Kingdom of Württemberg, Abraham and Anna Veronika Merkle (aka /Merckle /Markle /Markley) were the parents of thirteen children in Germany. Forty-four children are documented for the 1st Generation of family members that emigrated to America.

   The names of [Merkle] Family members used in the Profiles of Abraham and Anna Veronika Merkle and their children have been brought into alignment with the historic (German) Merkle Family Tree: 

"Stammtafel der familie Merkle; nach den Kirchenbüchern zu Bonfeld, Oberamts Heilbronn, königreich Württemberg, und denen zu Wimpfen, grossherzogtum Hessen (1886)." (see Descendants of Abraham Merkle, 1884)


   Stammtafel der familie Merkle (German) 


This is a supplement to H.S. Dotterer's Descendants of Jacob Markley of Skippack ... pub. 1884.

   Descendants of Jacob Markley of Skippack, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania 


   Source: S38 Abbreviation: Frey Journal Title: Jon Frye, Frye Family Association Journal. (4356 Chippewa Trail, Jamestown, OH 45335) Repository: #R1 Page: Vol. 3, Issue 2; Fall 2003. p.46 "Benjamin's Christina" by Charles J. Burgess
   Repository: R1 Name: My Files Address:
   Source: S4 Abbreviation: Ancestral File Title: Ancestral File, version 4.19 (2002), Family History Library [FHL], Salt Lake City, Utah. Available online at http://www.familysearch.org. Note: Highly inaccurate. Use as pointers to possible data only. Repository: #R4
   Repository: R4 Name: Online Address: Web Address: http://www.gentryjournal.org/index.htm
   Source: S84 Abbreviation: WorldConnect Title: WorldConnect database at Rootsweb. <http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/> [This is the same file available from Ancestry.com Family Trees.] Note: Files are submitted by individuals. Research notes often included. Source data sometimes cited. Repository: #R1 Call Number: Copied webpage Data: Text: Lee Case <lease@deseretmail.com> GEDCOM download. 21 July 2000.
   Source: S89 Abbreviation: Palatine Families of New York Title: Henry Z. Jones, Jr., The Palatine Families of New York: A Study of the German Immigrants Who Arrived in Colonial New York in 1710 (Universal City, CA 1985) Note: Copies in my file sent by Hunterdon NJ Historical Society. Also in Birmingham Library. Repository: #R1 Call Number: F130 .P2 J66
   Source: S98 Abbreviation: German Origins of Jost Hite Title: Henry Z. Jones, Jr., Ralph Connor and Klaus Wust, German Origins of Jost Hite, Virginia Pioneer (Shenandoah History; Edinburg VA; 1979) Note: Copy of book owned by Hank Adams. Repository: #R1 

Arrived in American colonies 1717

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Abraham Merckle's Timeline

March 1, 1664
Bad Rappenau, Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
May 16, 1685
Age 21
Bonfeld, Neckarkreis, Würtemberg, Germany
January 16, 1686
Age 21
Bonfeld (within present Bad Rappenau), Kraichgau (Present Landkreis Heilbronn), Herzogtum Württemberg (Present Baden-Württemberg), Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation (Present Germany)
April 17, 1687
Age 23
Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
January 6, 1689
Age 24
Bonfeld, Baden Wurtenberg, Germany
June 9, 1692
Age 28
Bonfeld, Germany
January 3, 1697
Age 32
March 20, 1699
Age 35
Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Herzogtum Württemberg, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation