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* Johann Ludwig Marstaller (1722-1780)*

Updated June 28, 2008

This homepage is intended to be the archive of the descendents of Johann Ludwig Marstaller. He was born in Pliezhausen, Wuerttemberg, Germany on April 10, 1722, the youngest son of Jakob Marstaller (1680 - 1755) and Anna Barbara Schmid (1685-1751). He married Anna Elizabeth Kehrer in Pliezhausen on March 31, 1750. They immigrated to America in 1751/1752. The exact date is not certain. Initially they lived in Lynn Township, Northhampton(now Lehigh)County, Pennsylvania where their first two children, John George and Catharina Barbara were born. At this time in America's history, Lynn Township was the frontier and Indian hostilities prior to the French and Indian War led them to move to Bern Township, Berks County, PA just north of the city of Reading. It is also possible that he came to America as an identured servant but no records have been found yet. Johann Ludwig was granted a warrant for about 72 acres of land on the banks of the Schuylkill River where he lived as a small farmer until his death in 1780. His will is still registered in the Berks County Courthouse.

Johann Ludwig and Anna Elizabeth had six children, one son and five daughters including a set of twin girls. All the children except for one of the twin girls survived to adulthood and married. Within two generations, the Marstaller name was changed to Masteller, although some descendents use the variants Mastellar and Mausteller. The descendents of Johann Ludwig and Anna Elizabeth, up to the end of the nineteenth century, were primarily concentrated in Southeastern and North-Central Pennsylvania. The male Masteller line was found primarily in Columbia and Sullivan Counties, although one great-grandson moved to Todd County, Minnesota by 1850.

Through the kind help of many individuals, I have been able to trace the line back to about 1585 and have about 6000 names in my files. I would be very interested in filling in the descendents of the daughters of Johann Ludwig and Anna Elizabeth. I have attached the first six generations I have on record.


Millard S. Masteller

132 Deysher Rd,
Fleetwood, PA 19522
United States

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