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George Christian Spangler, Sr.

Also Known As: "Christophe"
Birthplace: Prussia
Death: January 20, 1802 (73-74)
Miles Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Saint Peters Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery, Rebersburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Mr. Spengler and Susanna Spengler
Husband of Anna Maria Spangler
Father of John Spangler; George Christian Spangler II; Anna Margaret Spangler; Anna Maria Spangler; John Michael Spangler and 7 others

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About George Christian Spangler, Sr.

Regarding his wife;s name - previously, she has been called "Anna Maria Kreider" (also spelled Krider and Kryder), confusion which undoubtedly arose from the maiden name of the wife of her son Christopher (Anna Margaret Kreider), who was buried directly to the left of Georg Christian Spängler (the immigrant) in Saint Peter's Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery. The marker for Anna Margaret Kreider reads in German (with spellings preserved): Anna Margaretta, wife of Christophe Spangler, born Kreider". The confusion was compounded by several passages in John Blair Linn's publications on central Pennsylvania which mistakenly refer to Georg Christian Spängler as "George Christopher Spangler".

Over time, the name of "Anna Maria Kreider" as the spouse of Georg Christian Spängler has been reproduced countless times, and it was even included in the DAR registry at an early date, before standards of proof were put in place.

Although there is no direct primary evidence of the maiden name of the wife of Georg Christian Spängler, careful examination of records from Saint Luke’s (Old Williams) Lutheran Church in Hellertown, Northampton County, Pennsylvania indicates that she was very likely Anna Maria Ensli.

Georg Christian Spängler and Anna Maria Ensli presumably were married during a gap in the marriage register in 1754, at which point Anna Maria ceased to be listed by her maiden name ("Anna Maria Ensele") and instead was listed from thereon by her married name ("Anna Maria Spengler") elsewhere in the register.

DAR# A107760

Veteran of the American Revolutionary War ▫

Georg Christian Spängler (also spelled Spangler and Spengler) was born in Germany circa 1728.

He emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1749, arriving in Philadelphia on the Jacob, where he took the prescribed oath on 2 October 1749. Aboard the ship were passengers from the German region of Swabia and from the former German states of the Duchy of Württemberg, the Margraviate of Baden and the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt. The precise origin of Georg Christian Spängler within Germany remains unknown at present.

He was referred to by his middle name, "Christian". In Pennsylvania, his name was typically recorded as Christian Spengler.

Christian Spengler was a member of the Williams Township Congregation (Saint Luke's Lutheran Church) in present-day Northampton County, Pennsylvania by December 1749. He was accompanied by his mother, Susanna ______, who was in Williams Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania with him by 18 August 1754.

He married Anna Maria Ensli in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 1754.

Christian Spengler was a farmer in Moore Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania from 1764 onward. On 5 November 1765, he applied for a patent for his farmstead, called Spänglershausen (“Spangler’s house”), comprising 21 acres located near Monocacy Creek south of present-day Moorestown. Over the following years, in a stepwise fashion, he obtained an additional 235 acres of farmland adjoining his original property. The farmlands extended along both banks of Monocacy Creek.

Private, Eighth Class under Captain Paul Fleck in the Eighth Company of the Fourth Battalion of the Northampton County Militia on 14 May 1778.

Private, Eighth Class under Captain John Ritter in the First Company of the Third Battalion of the Northampton County Militia, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Kern in the State of Pennsylvania in 1780 and 1781.

While in Moore Township, the Spangler family primarily attended Salem Lutheran Church, but on 21 July 1781, Christian Spengler the elder was appointed trustee of the newly organized affiliate church in Bushkill Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania (presently Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bushkill Center).

He removed to Miles Township, Northumberland County (present-day Centre County), Pennsylvania in 1797, where he joined his son Christopher Spangler.

Christian Spängler (as he signed his name) wrote his will on 27 June 1800, and he died before 18 January 1802, when the inventory of his estate was taken.


Georg Christian Spängler (Christian Spangler) and his wife Anna Maria Ensli (Mary Ensley) were the parents of eleven children, all born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Most of the children were known by their middle names.

1. George Christian Spangler, b. 2 November 1755. "Christian" married Anna Catharine Blank on 27 December 1781.

2. Anna Margaret Spangler, b. 15 May 1758. "Margaret" married John Francis Gramly on 12 November 1776.

3. John Michael Spangler, b. 7 December 1760. "Michael" married Anna Catharine Braun on 5 April 1784.

4. John Henry Spangler, b. 15 January 1763. "Henry" married Mary Magdalena Haupt in 1785.

5. John Christopher Spangler, b. 11 May 1766. "Christopher" married Anna Margaret Kreider in 1793.

6. John Spangler, b. 15 April 1768. John married Mary Magdalena Strawbridge in 1795.

7. Susanna Spangler, b. 16 March 1770. Susanna married Jacob Abel in 1790.

8. Jacob Spangler, b. 25 July 1772. Jacob died before 27 June 1800.

9. John George Spangler, b. 18 January 1774. "George" married Barbara ______ in 1799.

10. George Peter Spangler, b. 24 March 1776. "Peter" married Barbara ______ in 1799, and Susannah Knisely on 22 June 1830.

11. Anna Maria Spangler, b. 1780. "Mary" married John Daniel Kratzer on 3 April 1803.


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George Christian Spangler, Sr.'s Timeline

November 2, 1755
Moore, Northampton, Pennsylvania
May 15, 1758
May 15, 1758
Brush Valley, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States
Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States
January 15, 1763
Northampton County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 17, 1766
Moore, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States