Notes for Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer: Johannes Jakob was born in Meckesheim, Bad-Wurttemberg, Germany. Bad-Wurttemberg is located in SE Germany; most people there are Alemanni (relatives of French Alsatians), Franconians, Palatinate people and Swabians; before the Romans, this area included main European trading artery of Rhein and immense hardwood forests, now largely cut; the Alps form the southern border.
About a year after the birth of their first child Friedrich Ludwig, the family set sail for America.
His German name was Jakob Koppenhoffer. He is the first known ancestor to live in America. He and his wife Elizabeth came to America on the ship "Robert and Alice" of Dublin and last from Rotterdam. They arrived at the port of Philadelphia on September 11, 1738. They settled in Earltown, Earl Township, (now New Holland) Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania. The source for this information is the book "Pennsylvania German Pioneers: The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia -1727-1808" , a three volume set authored by Ralph Strassburger & William Hinkle. Some of their descendents moved south near Winchester, Virginia and Augusta County and later Greenbrier and Nicholas Counties, Virginia (now West Virginia). The spelling of the name was changed to Copenhaver after coming to America.
According to the Returns of Earll Township - County of Lancaster - 1772 Jacob Copenhaver (listed as Jacob Koppenhaven) was listed as a Freeman and owed taxes in the amount of $15.00. This reference may apply to his son Jacob.
Also, from 1765 to 1771 a list of people receiving communion at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Holland included: Elisab. Koppenheferin, Baltzer Koppenheber, Jacob Koppenheber, Charlotta Koppenheberin. The last time Jacob appears is in 1769.
According to PENNSYLVANIA BIRTHS, Lancaster County 1723-1777 by John T. Humphrey, p. 191. Scharlotta Koppenhefer b. ca Jan 1748 father - Jacob mother- Elisabetha. John George Koppenhoefer b. 25 Jun 1746 father-Jacob mother-not given. Joh. Balthaser Koppenhofer b. Jan 1741 father - Joh.Jacob mother-not given. Johannes b. 2 Sep. 1742 father-Joh.Jacob mother - not given. Sophia Catharina b. 27 Feb. 1744 father - Joh. Jacob mother - not given.
Jacob and Elizabeth were members of the Lutheran Church and early records of Rev. Johan Casper Stoever confirm births and christenings of their children. The dates of death or place of burial for Jacob and Elizabeth or anything else about their life is not known. According to the book "Copenhaver Families in Virginia, compiled by George Griffiths, published October 1994, Jacob volunteered on May 5, 1776 in Captain Lewis Farmer's Company of the Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment, under Colonel Samuel Miles, First Regiment. He was reported missing at Long Island.
Information regarding this family is included in th "Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to North America, Volume I, The Northern Kraichgau" by Annette Kunselman Burgert, published by the Pennsylvania German Society, Breinigville, Pennsylvania.
Location of the village of Meckesheim as supplied by Curt Hofemann@koretsf.com: "Meckesheim with postal code 74909 today is in district HD, Heidelberg, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis (Kreis is an administrative district similar to a US county), in Northern Bad-Wuerttemberg. To find it on a map, ut us 7-8 miles/12 km southest of Heidelberg & 5 miles/8 km south of the border with Hesse in the Odenwald (forest). The river Neckar runs through Heidelberg& a smll river called the Elsen runs either from or to the Neckar (can't tell from the map) through Meckesheim where it meets another small river called Maienbach at Meckesheim. Meckesheim is on Route 45 and has a railroad station. It is 15 miles/24 km east of the Rhein which at this point is the border between B-W & Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate). Towns in the immediate vicinity are Monchzell (this is probably your refrence to "Munchzell") which is 1 mile/2 km NE of meckesheim, Mauer, Bammentall, Schlatthausen, Oberhof, Eschelbronn and Zuzenhausen."
More About Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer: Baptism: Aft. November 27, 1705, probably baptized in the Monchzell Lutheran KB church, Meckesheim, Baden, Germany.494
More About Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer and Elizabeth Catherinen Weider: Marriage: July 03, 1736, Germany.494
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