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Gabriel Drollinger

Also Known As: "Drullinger", "Trullinger", "Trollinger", "Trolinger", "Tyrolinger"
Birthplace: W Ellmendingen, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Death: November 01, 1805 (83)
Salem, Salem, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Michael Drollinger; Hans Michael Drollinger; Eva Marie Drollinger and Eva Marie Drollinger
Husband of Anna Margaretha Drollinger
Father of Margaretha Jackson; Elizabeth Jacobs; Gabriel Drollinger; Friederich Trollinger; Peter Drollinger and 7 others
Brother of Philipp Jacob Drollinger; Eva Drollinger; Hans J. Drollinger; Adam Trollinger; Salome Schneider and 5 others

Managed by: Stephen Edward Dickson
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About Gabriel Drollinger

Gabriel Drollinger, son of Hans Michael Drollinger and Eva Klemmer, was born in Elmendingen, Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden-Wuertlemburg, Germany, on 25 March 1722. He married on Apr. 23, 1743 with ANNA LOTTHOLTZ, dau. of Hans Lottholtz and Anna Fuess. She was a first generation American from the Palatine.She was born Mar. 16, 1721 in Penns Neck, Salem, Salem, New Jersey. They resided first in Alloway, New Jersey before removing to Penns Bock about 1759.She died in Salem, Salem Co., New Jersey in Jan. 1769; he died there Nov. 1, 1805. No burial location known. All children born in New Jersey.

Children were:

  1. Margareth (14 September 1744 - 28 July 1834) married
    1. Kelch
    2. Jackson
  2. Elizabeth (16 December 1748 - 8 February 1833 or 2 August 1833) married Jacobs
  3. Gabriel (25 January 1751 - 1808)
  4. Friederich (17 June 1752 - 3 June 1841)
  5. Peter (1753 - 14 November 1847)
  6. John (1756 - 1833)
  7. Jacob (1758 - 28 May 1775)
  8. Sarah (19 June 1760 - 1854)
  9. Phillip (1 May 1762 - 15 June 1832)
  10. Michael (3 December 1764 - 9 August 1765)
  11. Samuel (1767 - 4 January 1845)
  12. Daniel (25 January 1769 - 6 December 1843)

Two brothers left Germany and came to America prior to the founding of the United States. Their names were Adam Drollinger (changed to Trollinger, to reflect the German pronunciation) in 1738 to Philadelphia; and Gabriel Drollinger in 1740 to Maryland. Adam settled in North Carolina Colony, and Gabriel in Salem County, New Jersey Colony. Both have many descendants. Their father, Hans Michael Drollinger came in 1743, with "his wife", daughter Salome and a son. He stayed in Pennsylvania for a time, and later joined Adam in NC, where Adam is noted in the town history of Hawe River, which he founded as Trollinger's Crossing.


From the Gamber Family Record The Making of an American - and America


A group of brigands called the Sea Beggars oust the Spanish garrison from the city of Middelburg, Zeeland. The Beggars have the motto "Rather Turks than Papists." In a chain reaction the Spanish are forced out of an area now comprising part of France, much of Belgium and most of the Netherlands. Thus begins the Eighty Years War.

The beginning of the war really dates to 1555. Charles V/Kaiser Karel/Carlos (depending on your location) Hapsburg was the ruler of the largest empire the West has known. It included what today are Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, parts of Italy, Hungary and Croatia, central and much of south America, and more. While he did not hesitate to use the sword, Charles knew that his reign depended more on soft power, playing off people, and accepting a degree of local self-government in the various areas. (In fact practically all of his empire came to him by inheritance rather than conquest.) And he knew the value of allies. He was unique in voluntarily retiring from those thrones, to spend the final years of his life,to a monastery without worrying about bureaucrats. He split his empire, in 1555 leaving Spain, the Netherlands and the New World to his son Philip.

Philip II was rather unlike his father. He believed that he was the most important person in the world, that he knew what God wanted, and that God had given him the duty to enforce God's will. Of course he had to declare all-out war on the Dutch terrorists - and any other non-believers of his version of the Church of Rome.

The rebels did something unheard of: They formed a government by committee. No king or prince. They allowed freedom of religion and (mostly) business. There were no serfs or slaves. Criminal and civil law were enforced by courts, with prosecutions handled by what amounts to a district attorney. Such ideas terrified the crowned heads of Europe, but Philip was so disliked that none would join him in trying to subdue the rebels. Queen Elizabeth of England even sent a governor to the Netherlands, though his welcome is soon withdrawn.


Additional references for the above: Emperor Charles V von Habsburg, King of Spain



Beginning in the mid 16th Century, as war after war raged through what is now southwestern Germany, eastern France, Switzerland and neighboring areas, those who were eventually called the Poor Palatines found it difficult to survive. These were the non-combatant families of farmers and tradespeople who found their stores of food raided by the armies of the '80 years war'.

Giving up their food was especially hard because nature was not kind during this time either. This was the time known now as "The Little Ice Age" when winters were especially cold and growing seasons short and brutal. Consequently child mortality was high. It was into the worst of this that Gabriel's older brother Adam, and sister Salome were born, but it was far from over when Gabriel, the youngest, entered the world. There may have been as few as three Drollingers from this family, out of eleven born, to live to adulthood. Adam, Gabriel and their sister Salome Salome Schneider Schneider are those three. Their father came from a family with only a single brother, and their mother may have been an only child.

Adam and Salome grew up watching as siblings died; and they all knew hunger in their lives. It is very possible that this childhood is directly connected to the patriotism of Adam's son and grandson, as most 'Poor Palatines' quite justifiably became Loyalists rather than Patriots. But that is Adam's story. Adam Trollinger.

For several years Gabriel and family lived near enough to attend church in Friedberg, New Jersey; based on the translated records of the Friedberg Evangelische (Lutheran) Church. One of the dates from those records has previously been erroneously cited as Gabriel's death in Maryland. June 28th, 1768 is the date of Gabriel Drollinger, son of Gabriel Drollinger's, confirmation into the Lutheran faith. Mention of the Gabriel Drollinger family ceases before any record of my own ancestor, Philip Drollinger in the church records, which continued well into the 19th century.

Unlike their parents generation, nearly all of the 12 children of Gabriel and Anna survived to adulthood in the new land; and had children of their own. Most left New Jersey with Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio as their destinations.

(A work in progress by a fifth great grandson.)


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Gabriel Drollinger's Timeline

March 25, 1722
W Ellmendingen, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
September 14, 1744
Cohansey Luth. Ch., Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey
December 16, 1748
Cohansey Luth. Ch., Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey
January 25, 1751
Cohansey Luth. Ch., Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey
June 17, 1752
Cohansey Luth. Ch., Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey
Cohansey Luth. Ch., Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey
Cohansey Luth. Ch., Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey
Cohansey Luth. Ch., Alloway, Salem County, New Jersey
June 19, 1760
Pensneck, Salem County, New Jersey