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Johann Christian Merkel

Also Known As: "Mercklin", "John Chrisman Markle", "John Christian Merkel", "John Christian Merckling aka Mercklen", "Merkel"
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Schillersdorf, Bas-Rhin, Grand Est, France
Death: May 1766 (87)
Moselem Springs, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Berks County, PA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Merkel and Magdalena Merkel
Husband of Anna Catherine Merkel; Catarina Merckel; Jemima Weurtz; Eva Kelchner; Anna Dorthea Bender and 1 other
Father of Anna Maria Merkle; Maria Appolonia Hill; Johann Jacob Merkel; Johann Conrad Merckel; Maria Catharina Merkel and 6 others
Brother of Hans Merkel; Jacob Mercle; George Merkel and John Merkel

Managed by: Winfield Jones, Jr.
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About Johann Christian Merkel

he married (1) Jemima WEURTZEN, married in Amsterdam, Holland, b. ?, d. ?

(3) Eva KELCHNER, b. ?, d. ?.

Johann Christian Merkel fled to Amsterdam, Holland from Alsace-Lorraine section of Merzig on the Rhine, near Metz, to avoid religious persecution after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes which occurred 18 October 1685. His first wife was Jemima Weurtz, sister of the noted Admiral Weurtz of the Dutch Navy.

He first came to America in 1703, apparently with Jemima Weurtz. No record of any children.

There is speculation that says Jemima Weurtz was the mother of all his children, however, other sources claim he returned to Holland where he married Catharina Brucker and had their first two children before returning to America on the ship "Phoenix" on either 19 April 1718 or 19 April 1719.

Johann Christian Merkel settled in Salem (Moselem) Springs, Philadelphia Co., later Berks Co., PA where he was a farmer, blacksmith and coach-maker. His will was dated 25 Apr 1749 & proved 22 May 1766. J.V. Thompson Journals vol. 1, p. 123 (Will of Christian Merckel), 180-181; vol. 2, p. 328; vol. 21, p. 318

Other records show that Catherina Bruckner was the mother of all his children

  • MERCKLING, Maria Catarina
  • MERCKEL, Maria Apollonia Birth : 1718 married 13 JUL 1739 HILL, Johann Jacob Birth : 1716 Death : 1775
  • MERCKEL, Peter married GRIM, Catharina Birth : 30 APR 1726 Death : 31 JUL 1803 Marriage: 16 NOV 1750
  • MERCKEL, Peter Birth : 13 APR 1721 Death : 12 JAN 1785
  • MERCKEL, Anna Maria -KRAMER, Johann Frederick Marriage: 10 DEC 1745
  • MERCKEL, Anna Maria Birth : 1724
  • MERCKEL, Anna Helena BIEHLEN, Peter Birth : 21 Mar 1725-1726 Death : 20 FEB 1802 m 3 DEC 1750
  • MERCKEL, Anna Helena Birth : 21 Feb 1724-1725 Death : 18 MAR 1803
  • MERCKEL, Anna Francis m RUGH, Michael Birth : 5 Jan 1722-1723 France-Zutzendorf, Alsace Death : 28 MAR 1820 Westmoreland Co., PA Marriage: 16 APR 1745
  • MERCKEL, Anna Francis Birth : 1727 Death : 1809
  • MERCKEL, Christian --GUERST, Juliana Birth : 2 Mar 1733-1734 Death : 13 DEC 1803 m 14 NOV 1758
  • MERCKEL, Christian Birth : 28 AUG 1728 Death : 15 FEB 1814
  • MERCKEL, Johann George ----HILL, Anna Christina Marriage: 18 DEC 1750
  • MERCKEL, Johann George Birth : 27 JUL 1729 Moslem Springs, PA Death : 17 FEB 1779
  • MERCKLING, Johann ---- RODARMEL, Maria Birth : 1756 Death : 1832
  • MERCKLING, Johann Casper Birth : 16 SEP 1730 Death : 15 SEP 1819

This was written in his records in his own hand and was published in the preface to his baptismal and marriage records which were published as "Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Rev. John Casper Stoever from 1730 to 1779" (Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1982): I'll copy it in full since you are interested in Merkel/Markle history [Underlining is mine].

"Johann Casper Stoever, father of the children named above (in the record of baptisms), was born December 21st 1707, in a place named Luedorf in Solinger Amt, Duchy Berg, in Unter Pfaltz. His parents were Johann Casper Stoever (a native of Frankenburg in Hesse and Gertraudt (family name not given), born in Amt Solingen. When he was six years of age he learned to read German perfectly in four weeks under his father's direction. After this he also commenced to study Latin under his father. Subsequently he receivedd private instructiatin Latin and Greek from four pastors successively named, H. Nicolaus Muentz, H. Samuel Bratschisch, H. Valentine Kraft and H. Antonius Pfaffman, and later in the languages named, as also in Hebrew and French, and likewise in theology from H. Knabel and finally from H. Special (Superintendent) Adolph Reuhfeld at Brumath, three hours (twelve miles), from Strassburg. Journeyed from Europe to America in 1728 on the Rhine and on an ocean vessel, p!

reaching on Sundays. Arrived in Pennsylvania Sept. 29th and continued to preach; ordained on April 8th 1733, by Christian Schultz, p. t. pastor in Philadelphia, and married at the same time to Maria Catarina. They became the parents of the above named children (eleven named in record of baptisms.) His wife was born May 14th, 1715, at Lambesheim in Chur Pfaltz. Her sponsor was Catarina Ursula Schmidt. Her parents were Christian Merckling and his wife Catarina, nee Brucher.

November 2d, 1778--Whilst I am writing this cursum vitae, my age is by the grace and help of God 70 years, 10 months, 1 week and five days."

He owned property valued at 100 florins in Lambsheim, Frankenthal, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany, in 1704. On 19 April 1719, he sold his house in the Vordergasse to Dietrich Roth.3 He was cartwright or wagonmaker at the time of his marriage in Lambsheim.3

    Johann Christian Mercklin immigrated in April 1719 to Pennsylvania.4 He was naturalized on 23 March 1741 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.5 
    Johann Christian Mercklin received the first patent of land from the Penns for 150 acres in Moselem Springs, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, on 7 May 1734. A second patent for 50 acres was secured on 9 May 1745.6 
    Johann Christian Mercklin was was a blacksmith and wagon maker by trade and established his blacksmith and wagon shop at Moselem Springs. He also established a grist mill which was believed to have been built of logs circa 1748.7 
    Johann Christian Mercklin was among the first to help organize the Moselem Lutheran Church in 1737.8 
    Johann Christian Mercklin left a will dated 25 April 1749. According to the will, his sons Peter and George, who were named executors, were to divide his estate among themselves and then pay their brothers Christian and Casper 100 pounds each, and to each of their five surviving sisters, 40 pounds each. The will was entered into probate on 22 May 1766. By the time Johann Christian died, he had sold all of his property to his sons Peter and George.9 He sold 196 acres to his son Peter Mercklin and 175 acres to his son George Mercklin for "for the natural love and affection he beareth toward his son" and five pounds current money on 16 November 1751. The land, along the Mussillium (Moselem) Creek in Richmond Township, Berks County, was part of the 350 acres of land Johann Christian obtained through a patent from the Penn brothers

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Birth: 1678 Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Death: 1766

John Chrisman Markle [Johann Christian Merklin (1678-1766)], who was born in Alsace, on the Rhine, in 1678. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in 1685, he fled from Germany, passing down the Rhine, and settled in Amsterdam, Holland. Here he married Jemima Weurtz (or Weurtzen), a sister of the admiral of that name. In 1703 he came to America, and settled at Salem Springs, Berks Co., Pa., where he purchased fifteen hundred acres of land of the Penns. He was by trade a coach-maker, and he there established a wagon-shop, blacksmith-shop, and grist-mill.

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  • Gaspard Markle (1730 - 1819)*

Burial: Unknown

Family:Johann Merkel and Maria Bender (1)

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Parents: Peter Merkel and Magdalena Coehorn

Johann Christian Merkel

b. 16 Jul 1678 Metz, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany

d. Apr 1766 Richmond Twp., Berks, Pennsylvania

Parents: Johannes Bender and Anna Unknown

Maria Anna Catharina Bender

b. abt 1678 Lambsheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

d. bef 1749

m. 1711 Germany

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Anna Helena Merkel

21 Feb 1725

18 Mar 1803 Richmond Twp., Berks, Pennsylvania

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Johann Christian Merkel's Timeline

July 19, 1678
Schillersdorf, Bas-Rhin, Grand Est, France
August 6, 1708
Age 30
Lambsheim, Frankenthal, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany
October 13, 1711
Age 33
Lambsheim, Frankenthal, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany
May 14, 1715
Age 36
Lambsheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
March 23, 1719
Age 40
Lambsheim, Frankenthal, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany
April 15, 1721
Age 42
Moselem Springs, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 45
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States
February 21, 1725
Age 46
Moselem Springs, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 28, 1728
Age 50
Moselem Springs, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States