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Johan Georg Hirtzel, Sr.

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Reihen, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: November 12, 1747 (61)
Northampton, Northampton County, PA, United States
Place of Burial: Northampton, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Pastor Clemmons Hirtzel and Anna Hertzel
Husband of Anna Margaretha Hertzel
Father of Maria Barbara Scholl; Hans George Hertzel, Jr.; Hans Jacob Hertzel; Anna Hertzel; Johann Dietrich Hertzel and 4 others
Brother of Hans Heinrich Hertzel; Maria Esther Hertzel; Ann Margaretha Leib; Hans Ulrich Hirtzel; Johann Jacob Hirtzel and 3 others
Half brother of Christoph Hertzel

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About Johan Georg Hirtzel, Sr.

Hans George Hartzel Sr. Information from Helen Elise Reneau Webpage:;p=hans+george+sr.;n=hartzel Bi rth 30 May 1686 - Reihan,Baden,Germany Died 3 February 1707 - ,,PA,USA , age at death: 20 years old


Clemens HIRZEL 1659-1707 Anna Margaretha SINTER 1664-1738

 Spouse(s) and child(ren)

Married (bet 10 jan 1701-Jan 1703), Reihen, Baden, Germany, to Anna Margaretha CONRAD ca 1688, Hans George, Jr. HARTZEL 1714-1762 Hans Jacob HARTZEL 1716-1781 Anna Margareta HARTZEL 1719-1807 Johan Deitrich HARTZEL 1722-ca 1779 Johann Leonhard HARTZEL 1726-ca 1787


Hans Heinrich HIRZEL 1681 Hans George, Sr. HARTZEL 1686-1707 Maria Esther HIRZEL 1688-1714 Christoph HIRZEL 1690-1734 Hans Jonas HIRZEL 1694-1714 Anna Christina HIRZEL 1697-1714 Maria Margaretha HIRZEL 1699-1702 Johan Jacob HIRZEL 1699-1708 Anna Margaretha HIRZEL 1702 Hans Ulrich HIRZEL 1705-1771


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He imigrated to PA on the ship "William and Sarah" on 18 Sep 1727 He was called the Pioneer of Northampton, PA PA Magazine Vol XXIV No. 3 1966 Hartzel & Allied Family, by Helen Jackson Black

Hans Georg3 emigrated from The Palatinate, arriving in Philadelphia by 18 Sep 1727 on the William and Sarah, William Hill, Master, from Rotterdam by way of Dover.

Patrick Gordon, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania, informed the Council that "here is lately arrived from Holland a Ship with four hundred Palatines, as tis said", and said he had information they would very soon be followed "by a much greater Number, who design to settle in the back parts of this province". In order to prevent their continuing as "a distinct people from his Majesties Subjects", the Council decided that registration was necessary. They ordered that the masters of the ships provide a list of the names of those they imported, and that the male passengers sign a document declaring allegiance to the King, fidelity to the Proprietary of the province, and obedience to its laws and the laws of Pennsylvania. Thus this ship bears the distinction of being the first to arrive in Philadelphia for which records of passengers were taken.

William Hinke [Strassburger and Hinke, 1934] reads from the Captain's list "Hans Jer. Herzels - 4 Persons", and "Ulrick Hertsell, Skipach - 2 Persons"4. From the oath of allegience Hinke read "Hans Jerg Hertzel", while Roach read the signature as "hans Jerg hertzel". Thus it seems that from the very first in this country, the family name was spelled with two letters "e".

Hinke's interpretation of the "4" and "2" as persons seems to be incorrect. Jim Hartsell [Personal Communication, 26 Feb 2004] pointed out to me a Palatine Project web page, 1727 William & Sarah, which interprets these numbers as "freights", with an adult being one freight and a child counting as half. Thus the 4 for Hans Georg works out fairly well when interpreted as himself, his wife, and four children, but Johann Leonard, a babe in arms when they embarked, seems to have qualified for free passage.

Heading the list of passengers on the William and Sarah was Georg Michael Weiss, a young minister who came with the immigrants as their pastor. Born 23 Jan 1700 at Eppingen, Württemberg, Weiss had been ordained May 1726 at the Reformed Church at Heidelberg where he had matriculated at the University in 1717. He became the first pastor of the New Goshenhoppen Reformed Church, located west of the present East Greenville, Montgomery County.

Hans Georg settled first in an area some thirty miles north of Philadelphia . Soon afterward, by a decree of the court in 1728, this area was organized as Salford township, Philadelphia county. Some three years later, Hans Georg's name appears on a Petition for the establishment of part of that township as a new township, Franconia, the decree being entered in the Court of Philadelphia 31 Mar 1731. (Over fifty years later, Montgomery County was erected out of Philadelphia county to encompass these townships on the border of Bucks county.) This petition is the only record we have of Hans Georg in that location, but neither Price nor Roach examined deeds or other Philadelphia county records, and a search may identify just where he lived, and for how long. The location of this township, and others of the area where the immigrant Hertzel relatives located, is shown below.

On 23 Apr 1735 Hans Georg was granted a warrant for the survey of 300 acres, on the east branch of Saucon Creek, to which he gave the name "Partnership". This was located some twenty miles north in Bucks county. Very late in life he conveyed half of this property to his son-in-law Philip Schlauch, soon after he had conveyed the first half to Nicholas Transue. Nicholas was presumably the other man in the "Partnership", but we don't have any other records to indicate the relationship between the two men.

The actual survey of the land, by Nicholas Scull for "George Hatzell", was not made until 24 Dec 1737. Two weeks before, land to the west of his had been surveyed by Schull for his son Hans Georg, Jr., and in later years land just to the north was warranted and surveyed to his sons Jacob and Leonard, and his son-in-law Philip Schlauch. These must have been attractive farm lands then, but all are now covered by the slag dump of the Bethlehem Steel Company. The surveys of these lands south of the Lehigh River and north of the Hellertown road are shown on a map by Roach [1966].

By the end of May 1738 George and his neighbors needed a better way to get to the lower part of Bucks county. They submitted a petition to the County Court of Quarter Sessions, in which they "humbly begg the fawour you would please to take into Consideration that there might be a Road laid out ower Tohickon beginning at the Recorded Road att Thomas Morris fence in Hill Town & from thence to Nathaniel Irish mill att the mouth of Saugh Coung [Saucon]". This petition was accepted by the Court for what eventually became the Old Bethlehem Road, which turned out to need successive improvements over the years. Hans Georg and his sons signed most of the numerous petitions, and from one, dated March 1743, Roach reproduces his signature.

In June 1742 the settlers "on and near Sawcum being desirous to have a Township laid out" again wrote up a petition. In September a constable, George Marsteler was appointed, and in March 1743 a plan of Lower Saucum township was approved by the court. This was still Bucks county 12 Nov 1747 when Hans Georg, then aged 61, sold the southern half of his land to his son-in-law Phillip Schlauch, husband of Anna Margaretha. Since, as is mentioned in that deed, he had already conveyed the northern half to his original partner, and so divested himself of his entire estate, Hans Georg died without a will or any court recorded actions. Consequently, neither the date of his death nor his place of burial are known.

It should be mentioned here that there were others of this family name who immigrated to Pennsylvania over the next few years who are not known to be relatives of Hans Georg, but may well have been. George and Ludwig Hertzel were on the Thistle, qualifing 29 Aug 1730. Conradt, Jacob (Hans Georg had a brother Johann Jacob), and Jacob, Junr. Hertzel were on the Enterprise and qualified 8 Dec 1738. Matthias Hirtzel was on the Snow Betsey, qualifying 27 Aug 1739, and others came in 1750 and later. Coincidently, the Snow Betsey was the ship which brought over Hans Georg's nephew Hans Melchoir in 1742.

Roach [1966] says that Anna Margaretha's father Jacob was of Ittlingen. The Martin Conrad who bought half of the "Partnership" plantation of Hans Georg, after it had been purchased by Philip Schlaugh, might have been her cousin or nephew. As discussed above, it is uncertain as to whether Anna Margaretha died before or after the family came to America. The Hans Leonard Conrad who came in 1732 on the Pennsylvania with her future daughter-in-law Barbel Ritter might well, also, have been a relative, and research on the Conrads in this part of Pennsylvania might provide a lead to her ancestry in The Palatinate

Hans (John) Georg HIRTZEL Sr. was born on 30 May 1686 in Reihen, Baden, Germany. He died in 1747 in Northampton Co, PA. He was buried in Probably Saucon Twp, Bucks/Northampton Cty, Pa. Immigrated in 1727 in the second group of Hartzells. Lived and died in Pennsylvania. Crossed the Atlantic in the "William and Sarah" from Rotterdam, landed Philadelphia 18 Sept 1727. Family traveled with him, also brother. Settled in Philadelphia county about 30 miles north of Philadelphia city in an area that became Salford township in 1728. In 1731 the area where he lived became Fanconia township. Later yet became Montgomery county in 1784. About 1734 he sold this and purchased 300 acres on the east branch of Saucon Creek and gave it the name "Partnership". this farm was bout 27 miles further north adjoining what is now the city of Bethlehem, Pa. The location now is on the north side of the present Easton Road from Hellerton to EAston, lower Saucon township , Northampton county.

In 1734 he conveyed the southern part of the "Partnership" to his son-in-law, Philip Schlauch, and at an undisclosed date, assigned the other half, "ba a deed in the German language" to Nicholas Transue, presumably the man with whom Hertzel had taken up the land originally. Thus, at the end of his life, Hans Georg Hertzel had no estate to be probated. Thre are no proceedings on record in either Bucks or Northampton County, the latter formed in 1752. Neither the date of his death or burial are known.

"Compendium..." describes him as being a descendant of the Clan von Herzeele, Barons of the Reich); from Upper Consistory of the Palatinate, Germany, 1727; took oath of allegiance Sept 11, 1732, settles at Hartzells (now Drylands), Pa. Buried at Drylands, Reformed Church; born, Mannheim, Grand-Duchy of Baden. Parents: Clemens HIRTZEL and Anna SINTER. Children were: Johann Dietrich HERTZEL , Johan Leonard HERTZEL, Hans (John) George HERTZEL Jr., Hans Jacob HERTZEL , Anna Margretha HERTZEL

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Johan Georg Hirtzel, Sr.'s Timeline

May 30, 1686
Reihen, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Age 13
Garrweiler, Calw, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
July 7, 1714
Age 28
February 16, 1716
Age 29
Sinsheim, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
December 17, 1719
Age 33
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September 29, 1726
Age 40
Sinsheim, Herzogtum Württemberg, Heiliges Römisches Reich Deutscher Nation
Age 45
Age 47