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View Tree for Adam ImmenhauserAdam Immenhauser (b. Abt. 1723, d. 1807)

Adam Immenhauser was born Abt. 1723 in Germany, and died 1807. He married Anna Margaret Wilhelm.

 Includes NotesNotes for Adam Immenhauser:
Adam arrived with his daughter Maria atthe Port of Philedelphia, aboard the ship Hampshire on 7 Sept 1748.

From the book "Rhineland Emigrants, Lists of German Settlers in Colonial America", Edited by Don Yoder and published by Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 1985. we find the paragraph.

Emigrants from the Year 1748

6. Friedrich Ploz (Plotz) and Adam Imhausser (Imenhauser) from Stadecken on February 3, 1748, received permission to leave for the "Island of Pennsylvania" [Insul Pinsylvanian], on payment of 15 and 10 florins for buying out their vassalage and payment of the tithe (tenth penny). They landed at Phledelphia on the ship Hampshire on Sept. 7, 1748 (Strassburger-Hinke, List 118 A-C) List A gived Ploz's age as 36, and Imhaussers as 25. {1}

In order to leave his homeland, Adam was required to sell his property and pay ten percent of its value (tithe) to the state treasury. Adam's property's worth would have been 100 florins. Adam lived under a vestige of vassalage. Therefore, he applied for manumission as well as permission to emigrate {2} He then paid 15 florins to be released.

1. Rhineland Emigrants, List of German Settlers in Colonial America, Edited by Don Yoder, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co Inc, 1985 page 781
2. Op Cit., Introduction, page x

Adam's village, Stadecken (Stadecken-Elsheim) is presently located near Mainz in an area called Rheinhesson in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. It is very close to the Rhein River an which Adam could have traveled to the Port of Rotterdam.

Frances Strong Helman stated that Adam owned 50 acres of land in Windsor Twp., Berks Cty, PA six months after his arrival and that he may have lived there before moving to York Cty.

Notes by Arthur Wayne Emehizer : The spelling of Immenhauser was used in America only once on the passenger list when Adam came over. His name was spelled various ways on deeds and other documents after he arrived here. The name was spelled many different ways in the census records and land records etc. Thus the early names could have been spelled many different ways. The use of Immenhauser and Emenheiser and others are interchangeable. Some of the more popular spellings found in various documents are IMMENHAUSER, EMENHEISER, EMENHISER, EMENHIZER,EMEHEISER, EMINHIZER, EMAHIZER, EMEHIZER, EMAHISER. If the early spellings are wrong it is because of the various documents. We have tried to maintain the spellings as the original documents have them but where there were conflictions, the the name was spelled as most of the documents had them. Even between brothers and sisters the name was spelled differently in some cases. In the Early Families where the spelling was not known for sure, usually Immenhauser or Emenheiser was used in this family history .

Notes received from Gene C. Smith :
Adam was born in 1723 based on his age of twenty-five when he immigrated in 1748. It is assumed he was born in the village of Stadecken, Electoral Palatine Oberant of Oppenheim, Germany. He took communion in 1736. About 1740 he married Anna Margaret who's last name might be WILHELM. Their daughter, Christina, was born about 1740 in Germany. On February 3, 1748 Adam Imhauser (Immenhauser) and Friedrich Ploz (Plotz) of Stadecken, Oppenheim, Germany received permission to leave for the"Island of Pennsylvania" [Insul Pinsylvaniam], on payment of 10 and 15 Florins respectively for buying out their vassalage [obligation to render military service or its equivalent] and payment of tithe [the tenth part of the annual produce of agriculture, etc, due or paid as a tax](tenth penny). This was granted by the former Electoral Palatine Oberamt of Oppenheim which is south of the city of Mainz in the area now known as Rheinhessen, part of the present state of Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany. From this we know that Adam and wife lived in Stadecken, along the Rhine, in 1748.
Adam and Friedrich Plotz immigrated and took the Oath of Allegiance on September 7, 1748 at Philadelphia, PA. They sailed from Rotterdam, Holland to Falmouth, England and then to Philadelphia, PA. It can be assumed they departed Holland in late June or early July.
Where Adam first lived in America has not been determined but it is not unsual to spend five years as an indentured servant to pay the ship's fare. On March 9, 1749 he warranted 75.5 acres north of Reading, PA. This land he will sell to Adam LUCKENBILL on May 8, 1773. In September 1754 Anna Margaret was born. On August 3, 1756 Anna Maria was born. Both were baptized on September 26, 1756 at the Canadochly church, Lower Windsor township, York County, PA. The sponsors were Michael and Maria Elizabeth Vallendin; and Henry and Anna Maria Wolff. From this it is reasonable to expect that Adam and family lived in or near the Lower Windsor township area. In 1757 John was born. He will move west and establish the western Emenheiser branch. In 1760 Jacob was born. He will establish the eastern Emenheiser branch. Interesting that no baptism record have been found for these two boy. There is reported two other children: Frederick and Elizabeth but I have no cross proof of this fact and doubt the validity at this time.
On March 6, 1765 Thomas ARMOR conveyed to Adam 155 acres in York Township and possibly 115 acres but location not noted. This is the begining of many land deals Adam will make, which indicates a growing estate. On January 6, 1768 Adam sold 61 acres (p/o the 155 acres in York twp) to John KRONE Jr for 20 pounds. At this time Adam lived in Windsor township and was a farmer. On Feburary 17, 1769 Adam patened 26 acres 137 perches, called 'DRY HILL', in Windsor township from Thomas Penn and Richard Penn. On July 15, 1771 Adam sold 61 acres (p/o the 115 acres) to Charles MENGES for 26 pounds. Adam was still living in Windsor township and still a farmer.
On January 30, 1781 Adam was called as a member of the 6th class of Inhabitants of Windsor township to provide an able body (or serve) for the Continental Army to serve during the War. There is no record of how this was satified at this time.
On November 11, 1791 Adam bought two tracts of land totaling 70 acres in Windsor township from Robert Bigham for 30 pounds. On May 30, 1792 Adam sold 26 acres 137 perches, call 'DRY HILL', in Windsor township to Col. Jacob Dritt for 75 pounds. Adams was still living in Windsor township but he is now called a 'yeoman'. The last land transaction found was on June 5, 1794 when Adam purchased 120 acres from Robert Bigham.
In 1805 or 1807, Adam and his wife died but the location of burial is unknown.
A word of caution about townships: York township was formed in 1745, in 1758 Windsor township was formed from a part of York township, and in 1838 Lower Windsor township was formed from a part of Windsor township. Some references use the present township but records use the township as established at the time of the record. Example: Canadochly church was built in York township (1755-1758), then was in Windsor township (1758-1838), and then in Lower Windsor township (1838-present).
Adams' house is still standing in East Prospect on the Bank Hill Road heading east from the square. The picture was taken in September 1990 during my visit back there.

-----end of notes of Gene C. Smith


Notes From Andree Miller :
At 25 years of age he imigrated to U.S. from Palatine Germany and was of Swiss origin. Can be found on the Strasburg and Henkles ship list. In 1748, he sailed on the Hampshire , captained by Thomas Cheesman from the port of Rotterdam, Holland on an English vessel. Emanhisers are buried in the Johnsville Shauck cemetery on 42 in the left hand side of the cemetery( in Ohio}. Adam settled in York Co. Pennsylvania. He took the oath of Allegiance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept 7, 1748. He purchased a tract of land in what is now York County, PA. from Thomas and Richard Penn, Proprietories of the Province of Pennsylvania, signed by John Penn in 1769. Adam was one of the original land owners of Pennsylvania. Sources are "Strassberger Pennsylvania Germans" Vol 1, pages 373,374,& 375 and in the Pennsylvania Archive, series II, Vol. 17, pages 265 & 264. The original ship list is in Harrisburg, PA. and in the Cannadockley Church records in York Co,, PA

Children of Adam Immenhauser and Anna Margaret Wilhelm are:
  1. +Johannes Eminhizer, b. Abt. 1757, Windsor Twp, York Co., PA, d. Abt. 1832, Centre Co., PA.
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