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Johann Wilhelm FISCHER 1706-1771 m. Elizabeth Gertrude HAIN 1711-1768
s/o Weigel Fischer (1654-1725) and Anna Barbara Lerch (1672-1719)
1706 Apr 11 born Langenselbold, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany [Baptism Register] [Wilhelm’s great grandfather was Mayor of Langesebold, Germany]
1706 Apr 11 baptism [Langenselbold Evangelische Kirche; sponsor Wilhelm Ruth (Godfather) Langenselbold, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany] (doc)
1712 future wife Elizabeth born in Livingston Manor, NY [d/o George Hain and Anna Veronica Schneider]
1719 Jul 2 mother Anna Barbara Lerch died in Langenselbold, Germany; age 50
1725 Nov 8 father Weigel died in Langenselbold, Germany; age 71
1733 Permission to emigrate: Copy of the Original Document Given Under the Seal of His Excellency, the Count, Secretary of the Chancery, Bierstein, 1733: We, the Chancellor of the Right Hon. Count and Lord Sir Wolfgang Ernstin, Count of Isenberg and Biedingen, our gracious Count and Lord, hereby acknowledge and make known that William Fisher, heretofore inhabitant, neighbor and subject of Langenselbol, Amts Bonnenburg, obediently informed us that he "has decided to depart and to emigrate to Pennsylvania, where he intends to settle. And at the same time humbly requests us to notify not only his honesty and integrity, but faithfully to attest that henceforth he owes no allegiance to his Excellency, the Count, as we should find by investigation, and as we would consider it our duty to bear witness to the truth and further the welfare of each and everyone. To this seemly request to William Fisher we had to accede the more readily the better we have assured ourselves by authenticated reports that William Fisher has heretofore conducted himself to his Excellency, the Count, his counselors, officials, and toward each and everyone, that we can give to all good testimony in his behalf. His Excellency and we his chancellor decree that William Fisher owes us no allegiance, and permit to him to leave the county of Isenberg and to settle wherever he may desire. We therefore request all high and low, according to their stations and dignity, obediently, submissively and subserviently and kindly, not only to give implicit belief to our testimony, that the above named William Fisher who comes from a place free from all infectious disease, be permitted to go free and unmolested by whomsoever met, and his long journey to give him all assistance, and preferment, which we shall ever be ready to reciprocate whenever the opportunity shall offer. [The History of the Hain Family references this document and translation to the History of the Hain's Church, published in 1916 on page 24.]
1733 Aug 17 immigrated to Philadelphia, PA on Samuel of London from Rotterdam, Germany [age 26] [Copy of the Original Document Given Under the Seal of His Excellency, the Count, Secretary of the Chancery, Bierstein, 1733] [Emigration: Documented; see notes — usu. took 90-120 days BET APR AND MAY 1733 Langenselbold, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany. Immigration: Ship Samuel, Captain: Hugh Percy From: Rotterdam By Way of: Deal Arrival: Philadelphia, 17 Aug 1733 (http://www.progenealogists.com/palproject/pa/1733sam.htm) 17 AUG 1733 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Event: took 58-89 days fr. England — Phila. Departure ABT JUN 1733 Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands] [Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1733. (Original data: Rupp, Israel Daniel. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand names of German---Immigrants in Pennsylvania, Bk3394. pgs 85, 86) Extract: Joh Wilhelm Fischer Year: 1733 Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Source Publication Code: 7820 Primary Immigrant: Fischer, Joh Wilhelm] [Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1733. (Original data: Burgert, Annette K. Eighteenth Century Emigrants from Lanenselbold in Hesse to America. Bk3395, pgs 45) Extract: Joh. Wilhelm Fischer Year: 1733 Age: 26 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1707 Place: America [(doc) Samuel Passenger List]
1733 PA Census Index
1733 married Elizabeth Gertrude Hain in Wernersville, Berks, PA (History of Hain Family lists marriage date and all children, p13) [The records of the births of Elizabeth and John's children can be found on pages 30, 31, 80, and 81 of the 1916 History of Hain's Church. Following her parents' deaths, they migrated to Northumberland County and settled on land along Mahantango Creek, for which they have a deed recorded in 1774.]
1733 Mar 21 Land warrant, South Heidelberg, Berks, PA [Land Warrant Register: Page 63, Line 11 — Warrant #23, 200 acres — 21 March 1733 — C 48 Page 65]
1734 Dau Anna Elizabeth Gertrude born [m. Johannes Wilhelm Heckert 1754 in Wernersville, Berks, PA] [Peter owned and lived on a farm about one half mile east of Wernersville, subsequently owned by Abraham H. Miller and wife Eleanor Hain.]
1735 Sep 8 Son Johann Peter born [m. Maria Appolonia Heckert 1758 Apr 18 in Heidelberg, Berks, PA]
28 Sept 1737 Land Warrant Register: Page 64, Line 7 — Warrant #47, 50 acres —http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-88WarrantRegisters/LancasterPages/Lancaster64.pdf Land Warrant Register: page 6 — Warrant # 23 — 47 acres — A-058 page 236 Land Warrant Register: Page 64, Line 2 — Warrant # 62, 56 acres — C 48 Page 87 http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-88WarrantRegisters/LancasterPages/Lancaster64.pdf Land Warrant Register: 65, line 36 — Warrant #128, 31 acres — A52 Page 26 http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-88WarrantRegisters/LancasterPages/Lancaster65.pdf Land Warrant Register: Page 65, Line 15 — Warrant #104 — 25 acres — A52 Page 17 http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-88WarrantRegisters/LancasterPages/Lancaster65.pdf
1735 Nov 24 Received patent for 200 Acres, Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Lancaster (now Berks) County, Pennsylvania from the Penn family on 24 Nov 1735 Warranted by William Fisher on 21 Mar 1733 Surveyed 8 Oct 1735 (Book C48, Page 65) Patented 24 Nov 1735 (Book A7, Page 338) Known Owners William Fisher — Original patentee (plat doc)
1736 Sep 25 Son Philip born [m. Anna Maria Marschall bef 1768 in Berks, PA] (His will recorded 12 Jul 1803. Berks Co)
1737 PA Census Index
1737 Mar 18 Land Warrant C-48-87 56 ac. (plat doc)
1737 Sep 28 Land Warrant Register p64 line 7 Warrant #47, 50 ac.
1740 Mar 2 Son Johann Wilhelm born [m. Anna Catharine Marshall bef 1768 Berks, PA] (His will recorded Berks Will Book D, p26)
1740 Jun 10 Son Heinrich born [m. Christina Durst 1761 Sep 28 by Rev Waldschmidt in Wernersville, Berks, PA] (He was deacon at Hains Church, 1788)
??1740 Jun 10 Dau Yetta born [m. George R Engel??]
1741 Nov 28 Received patent for 56 Acres, Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Lancaster (now Berks) County, Pennsylvania, William Fisher, 28 Nov 1741 from the Penn family on 28 Nov 1741 Warranted by William Fisher 18 Mar 1737 Surveyed 19 Apr 1738 Patented 28 Nov 1741 Philip Fisher inherited in 1771 Michael Fisher inherited in 1803 Known Owners William Fisher — Original patentee Philip Fisher — William Fisher devised this land to him in his will Michael Fisher — Philip Fisher devised this land to him in his will Child Plats 115 Acres, 73 Perches, Lower Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania (all) 56 Acres, Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Lancaster (now Berks) County, Pennsylvania, William Fisher, 28 Nov 1741 (part) 25 Acres, Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, William Fisher, 9 Jul 1760 (part)
abt 1742 Dau Susanna born [m. George Hill]
1742 Jan 24 Son Johann Michael born [m.1 Maria Magdalena Eisenhauser 1760 Oct 2; m.2 Catherine Bollman 1777 in Berks, PA] [he received a Land Warrant for 100 ac in Long Swamp, Berks, PA on Apr 30, 1767 adjoining lands of Nicholas Mertz, Frederick Helwich, and Adam Helwich-doc) [Lived in Spring Twp., Berks County.]
1743 Dec 23 Land Warrant Register: Page 65, Line 17 — Warrant # 106, 48.5 acres — 23 Dec 1743 — C48 Page 101 (plat doc)
abt 1745 Dau Rosina born [m. Peter Grauel 1764 Apr 10 by Rev Waldschmidt in Lower Heidelberg, Berks, PA]
1745 Oct 2 Land Warrant A-52-26 31 ac. (plat doc) Surveyed 27 Mar 1747.
1747 Jun 7 Son Frantz born in South Heidelberg, Berks, PA; baptism of Frantz a son of William Fisher and wife; Sponsors, Frantz Krick and wife. [The History of St. John's (Hain's) Reformed Church Hahn's Church Records 1745-1757] [Unmarried]
1749 Listed on Naturalization Record (doc-Naturalization Index p30)
1750 Mar 5 Son Johann Frederick born [m. Gertrude Faust 1775 May 18 in Lower Heidelberg, Berks, PA] (Lived in Spring Twp, and was farmer and blacksmith)
1750 Mar 11 baptism of [Johann Frederick], a son of William Fisher and wife Elizabeth. Sponsors, John Frederick Hain and wife Anna Elizabeth. [The History of St. John's (Hain's) Reformed Church Hahn's Church Records 1745-1757]
1750 Jul 5 Elizabeth was a sponsor of baptism of a daughter of Casper Hain and wife Catharine. Sponsor, Elizabeth, wife of William Fisher."
1750 Jul 15 listed on baptism record of son Johann Frederick.
1751 Feb 15 Dau Gertrude born
1752 Mar 11 Original warrants for formation of Berks Co (from Lancaster Co) show “The general extent of the Hain lands has been traced. Below Furnace Lane, or east of it, and on the south side of the main highway, extending east as far as the Cacoosing Creek, is a tract of land settled and owned by the Fisher family. William Fisher married Gertrude Elizabeth Hain, daughter of George Hain. The family homestead was established on the present John Bowman farm along the pike, east of the borough line of Wernersville, by a William Fisher, who we conclude, from reading the will of Georg Hain, was the father of the William Fisher who married a daughter of George Hain the ancestor. We call attention to two homesteads belonging now or in the past to descendants of these Fishers. John Fisher, a grandson of the ancestor William, married Rosina Hain. His homestead was the farm still owned by one of his descendants, Samuel Fisher. It lies in the valley of Spring Creek, midway between Hain's Church and Robesonia. Here at an early day, about 1820, John Fisher established a paper mill, later turned into a woollen (sic) mill. Farther up stream some of the Eckert family had established a mill and distillery, and the 'big spring' farm next adjoining was the homestead of the Bechtel family. All of these represent names found in the early baptismal records of the congregation, which have been worked out with much patience and labor for publication in this book. The homestead farmed by Fred G Hain (a short distance north of the church) was for some years a Fisher home. We call attention to it as having been the boyhood home of Rev Peter S Fisher, a man of much influence in the life of the Reformed Church in Pennsylvania. It was an early Hain property, and later came into the possession of William Fisher and his wife. They built on this property in 1820 the large stone barn still standing in excellent condition. On the tombstone erected on the graves of William Fisher and his wife in the old graveyard adjoining Hain's Church is this meaningful sentence: 'They were the parents of Rev P S Fisher.' Two sons of Rev Peter S Fisher came to prominence and influence in their lifetime. General B F Fisher, who was an eminent lawyer and veteran of the Civil War. The writer of this recalls very distinctly the firs t political meeting and torchlight parade in the Garfield campaign, where General Fisher and ex-Governor Hartranft spoke from the same platform. A second son, Rev Nevin Fisher, of Philadelphia, was for a number of years rector of St John's Catholic Church on 13th Street, opposite the Wanamaker store, and is now a monsignor, an office of high rank and dignity in the Church." [Kershner, William Jacob and Adam G Lerch. History of St. John's (Hain's) Reformed Church in Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Penna. Reading, Pa: I. M Beaver, 1916. Bk2954 p. 464-467]
1752-1760 Elder at Hain’s Church
1752 May 31 Son John George born [Berks Co Church Record for Baptism of Johann George Fischer listed as father] [m. Maria Catherine Bollman 1780 in Berks, PA]
1753 Mar 22 Land Warrant A-58-236 47.75 ac. Transferred to son Phillip (plat doc)
1753 May 3 Baptism of John George, a son of William Fisher and wife. Sponsor, John George Reichmann. [The History of St. John's (Hain's) Reformed Church Hahn's Church Records 1745-1757]
1756 Jul 16 Berks County, Pennsylvania. Will Surety:
The abstract of Berks County wills states that Peter Hains, second son of George and Veronica, and William Fisher, the husband of Elizabeth, their daughter were both administrators of Veronica's estate.
1757 Jul 16 Administrative bond, 16 Jul 1757, Heidelberg Township, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. In Veronica's estate records, Peter is identified as her second son in a document dated July 17, 1757. Peter died in 1757, just a year after his mother's death. Her estate had not yet been settled before Peter's death.
1757 Oct 2 William, a son of John Heckert and wife Elizabeth Gertrude, born Sept 19, 1757. Sponsors, William Fisher and wife Elizabeth (grandparents).
1757 Nov 20 baptism of a son of George Hain and wife Elizabeth, born Oct 14, 1757. Sponsors, William Fisher and wife Elizabeth
1760 Jul 9 Received patent for 40.5 Acres, Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, William Fisher, 9 Jul 1760 from the Penn family on 9 Jul 1760 Warranted by William Fisher 23 Dec 1743 Surveyed 26 Oct 1744 Patented 9 Jul 1760 Known Owners William Fisher — Original patentee
1760 Jul 9 Received patent for 31 Acres, Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, William Fisher, 9 Jul 1760 from the Penn family on 9 Jul 1760 Warranted by William Fisher on 2 Oct 1745 Surveyed 27 Mar 1747 Patented 9 Jul 1760 Known Owners William Fisher — Original patentee
1760 Jul 9 Received patent for 25 Acres, Heidelberg (now South Heidelberg) Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, William Fisher, 9 Jul 1760 from the Penn family on 9 Jul 1760 Warranted by William Fisher on 5 Oct 1743 Surveyed 20 Oct 1743 Patented 9 Jul 1760 John Fisher inherited in 1771 Known Owners William Fisher — Original patentee John Fisher — William Fisher devised this land to him in his will Berks County Deeds, Book 15, Page 440
1767 on tax list 100 ac [Fischer Family holdings Wernersville S of Hoover Motors on Grandview Farm Lower Heidelberg, Berks, PA]
1768 Jun 4 wife Elizabeth Gertrude Hain died in Heidelberg, Berks, PA
1768 Nov 2 will signed [I William Fischer of Heidelberg Township in Berks County in Pennsylvania and at present weak and sick in Body, yet God be thanked in good Understanding and Memory I have considered the mortallity of Men and I make herewith my Last Will and Testament in the following Manner First I commend my immortal Soul in the Hands of the great and merciful God which gave me the same and my Body to the Earth whence it was taken, to be buried in a Christian-like Manner. And that all my just Debts shall be paid out of my perfonal Estate by my Executors herein after named. 2dly I give and bequeath, or to say I give Devise and Bequeath to my Son Peter Fischer, as the eldest of my Sons, four several pieces of land which are contiguous together [rest of line unreadable] [Next line unreadable] at present ??? adjoining ??? and George Hahn's Land and is distinguished in a general Draught or Plan Which I have cause to be made for this Purpose and signed with my own Hand the fifteenth Day of January in the Year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty three in which Draught or Plan the said four Pieces of Land are distinguished with the Letter A. I say I give and bequeath the same Land to him to have and to hold to him my Son Peter Fischer and his Heirs and Afsigns for ever for which he shall pay to my Executors hereafter mentioned or the Survivor of them the Sum of two hundred and seventy Pounds current Money of Pennsylvania within the Time of twelve Months after my Decease. 3thly I give and bequeath to my Son Philip Fischer three several Pieces of land which are contiguous lying in Heidelberg aforesaid, whereon he at present dwells and all these Pieces of land are distinguished in my general Plan with the Letter B. I say I give and bequeath the fame Lands to my Son Philip Fischer to have and to hold to him and his Heirs and Afsigns for ever upon Condition that he and his Heirs and Afsigns shall from Time to Time and at all Times Spring and Summer offer the Water to pafs in the Run or Creek two Days and two Nights succefsively in every Week for ever for the use and Benefit of his Brother's Land Which joins him. And shall pay to my Executors the Sum of one hundred and fifty Pounds current Money of Pennsylvania within twelve Months after my Decease 4thly I give and bequeath to my Son John Fischer three several Pieces of Land in the Township of Heidelberg aforesaid which was Distinguished in my general Plan with the Letter C I say I [This line unreadable] have and to hold to him & his Heirs and Afsigns for ever Upon Condition that he & his Heirs and Afsigns shall not divest or convey the Run or Creek, and shall not ??? C??? or stop the Dam and Watercourse which is made and digged on the said Land and is in use, but my Son Michael Fischer and his Heirs and Afsigns for ever shall have full Privilege of the Faid Run Dam Watercourse or Drain to his and their own use and Benefit for the watering of his and the adjoining Meadow therewith and as and whereto they shall beneficial and shall have full Liberty at all times to repair and cleanse the said Dam Watercourse and Drain and to pafs & ??? down thereby with Carriages and Beasts and Men without Hindrance as often as they shall find beneficial according to the true Intent and Meaning hereof And my Son John Fischer shall pay to my Executor for the same the Sum of two hundred and ninety Pounds current Money of Pennsylvania within twelve Months after my Decease 5thly I give and bequeath to my Son Henry Fischer a piece of Land in Heidelberg aforesaid where he at present dwells adjoining Henry Hähns Land and in distinguished in my general Plan of Draught with the Letter D I say I give and bequeath the same Land to my Son Henry Fischer to have and to hold to him and his Heirs and Afsign for ever for which he shall pay to my Executors the Sum of two hundred and eighty Pounds current money of Pennsylvania within twelve Months after my Death 6thly I give and bequeath to my Son Michael Fischer three several pieces of Land which are distinguished in my said Plan with the Letter E it is my present Dwelling Place and adjoins to Christian Hähn's Land with all the Buildings I give and bequeath to my Son Michael Fischer to have and to hold to him and his Heirs and Afsigns for ever upon Condition that my Son Peter Fischer and his Heirs and Afsigns for ever shall have the privilege to lead the water, dammed up with a Dam not very far from my Dwelling House, along a Watercourse as Drain to water his Meadow lying down the said Stream yet [Next Three Lines unreadable] his Heirs and Afsigns shall be bound [unreadable] as in Common the said Dam and Watercourse as Race from Time [unreadable] so often as shall be necefsary. And my Son Michael Fischer shall pay to my Executors the Sum of six hundred Pounds current money of Pennsylvania within twelve Months time after my Decease 7thly And it is my Will and I order that my Executors as soon as pofsibly may be after my Decease shall sell all my personal Estate by public Vendue and shall divide all the Money thence arising with all such Sums of Money as my Sons shall pay for their Land into eleven equal Shares among my Children, to wit, one eleventh part to my Son Peter and so forth to Philip, John, Henry, Michael, Frantz, Frederich and George Fischer and to my Daughters Elisabeth, Susannah and Rosina or to their Heirs in Case one of my Children shall then be deceased and as much as each Child hath received from me in my Life Time so much they shall receive left in the Distribution. My eldest Daughters shall have their Shares first. All such sums they will find regularly set down in my Memorandum Book 8thly I hereby give full Strength Power and Authority to my Executors here-afterafter named or to the Survivors and Survivor of them to sign seal and acknowledge each of my above named Sons to whom I have bequeathed Land, as soon as they have paid the full Sum for their Land, according as they pay, a good Deed for their bequeathed Land to them their Heirs and Afsigns for ever agreeable to such Plan or Draught as is annexed to this Testament, if the same shall be necefsary And if at any Time it shall be found that the Surveyor has committed an Error in describing the Lines, Corners or Marks in my general Plan, yet the Deed shall be made according to the Corners Lines and Marks that were Furveyed to each of my Sons and as they have the same in Pofefsion according to the true Intend and Meaning hereof. Lastly I ordain nominate and appoint my Son Peter Fischer and by Son in Law John Heckert of Heidelberg to be Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I herewith make null and void all and singular Wills and Testament by me heretofore made and ratify this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the second Day of November 1768. Signed sealed and by William (Signature) William Fischer (S) Fischer as his Last will openly acknowledges in our presence and at the request as Witnefses hereto Subscribed Michael Schmöhl Peter Ruth Friedrich Weitzel [At the top of the page is a drawing with the various parcels of land marked with letters "A" to "E"] Be it ??? and I do hereby order that all the Pieces of Land in the above Draught marked with the Letter A I bequeath unto my Son Peter and to his Heirs: forever. Likewise the Letter B to my Son Philip. Likewise the Letter C to my Son John, likewise the Letter D unto my Son Henry. and the Letter E unto my Son Michael for each adn every of them & their Heirs or Reprefentatives to hold for ever ??? to the above Plan. Witnefs my Hand the 15th Day January 1763. Signature: William Fiscfer Signed in the presence of Us. [Three Signatures] (doc and transcription)
1771 Oct 23 died in Heidelberg, Berks, PA
1771 Nov 25 will witness statement
1771 Nov 25 will probated; To son Peter 4 several pieces of land, lying contiguous in Heidelberg, as shown in draught or plan signed with my hand, January 15, 1763, paying therefore £270. To son Philip, 3 several pieces of land in same Twp, paying £150 to Exrs. To son John, 3 tracts in same Twp, paying to Exrs £290. To son Henry, tract of land in Heidelberg, where he now dwells, paying to Exrs, £280. To son Michael, 3 pieces of land being my present dwelling place, paying £600 to Exrs. Personal estate to be sold and whole proceeds divided into 11 equal parts, sons Peter, Philip, John, Henry, Michael, Frantz, Frederick and George, and daus Elisabeth, Susanna and Rosina, to have one share each. Exrs: son Peter and son in law John HECKART. Wit: Michael SCHMOHL, Peter RUTH, Freedrich WEITZEL [Will: in J. BCGS Vol. 14 No. 4 02 NOV 1768 Berks, PA] [Will Book Z, page 132; also Will Book 2, page 9.] [Reading of will: Reading, Register General's office, Berks County, This Twenty Fifth Day of November in the Year of our Lord on Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy one Personally appeared Peter Ruth and Frederick Weitzel two of the subscribing witnefses to the aforewritten Will and on their Oath on the Holy Evangelis?? of Almighty God did Severally Declare and say that they were present together and saw and heard William Fischer the Testator therein named Sign (that ?? they remember the Seal was there asfigning, they don't remember the Sealing) pronounce publish and declare the said aforewritten Will is and for his Last Will and Testament and that he Said Testator at the Time of the Doing thereof was of sound Mind Memory and Understanding to the best of their Knowledge and aas they verily believe – and further that the respective Names of the Deponents thereto published are all of their own Hand Writing respectively by them subfcribed thereto as witnefses (Michael Schmele as the same time subfcribing also as a Witnefs) in the p?? of each other and in the Defence and at the Request of the said William Fischer the Testator – Cor??? James ??? D. Reg.] (doc and transcription)
Aft 1771 Oct 23 Hain's Cacusi Church Cemetery (memorial) Wernersville, Lower Heidelberg, Berks, Pennsylvania
1771 Dec 21 Inventory listed [Inventory 1771 of the Estate of William Fischer deced Filed 23d Day of Dec 1771 Berks County Be it Remembered that the Son Michael Ruth and Michael Beesch appeared before me the Subscriber and on their solemn oath on the Evangelists of the Allmighty God has to certify Dclared that they have made the ??? ??? Appraisment f??? fully according to their best judgment Sworn before me on the 21th Day of December 1771 Signature: William ???? A true and perfect Inventory and Consionable Appraisement of all and Singular the goods & chattles Rights and Credits which were of William Fischer Late of the Townfhip of Heidleberg in the County of Berks Yeomen Deceased [Column Headings at Right: Pounds — Shillings — Pence (I will transcribe as 10-2-3)] Wearing Apparal: 5-0-0 Books: 1-5-0 Roan gelding: 18-0-0 ditto: 18-0-0 Black gelding: 14-0-0 Young Black Mare: 18-0-0 an old Black Mare: 16-0-0 7 Cows: 23-10-0 5 Heifers: 8-15-0 a Steer: 1-10-0 Bull: 1-5-0 3 Calves: 2-10-0 Waggon: 7-0-0 ??? and 2 old wheels: 1-10-0 Block waggon & 2 pare of Latters: 0-7-6 2 Harrows: 1-5-0 3 ploughs: 2-10-0 8 sheep: 4-0-0 ??? waggon: 6-0-0 2 sledges: 0-5-0 Six fat Hogs: 15-0-0 4 little pigs or Schoats: 3-0-0 140 Bushels of wheat at 5"6 PB: 38-10-0 8 Bushels of Rye at 3"6 PB: 1-8-0 30 Bushels of Oats at 1"8 PB: 2-10-0 oats in the straw: 4-15-0 Hay: 30-0-0 8 Conv. Chairs: 1-2-6 8 Sickles: 0-10-0 Horse ???: 3-0-0 Hemp and flax: 4-0-0 a grind stone: 0-7-6 three old saddles: 1-5-0 3 axes 3 Hatchets 1 adds: 0-13-0 7 Sighs: 0-2-6 5 augers; 6 chisels 1 drawing knife: 0-7-6 hand screw: 0-7-6 3 tubs 1 churn: 0-10-0 23 little cask: 0-15-0 2 Kittles: 2-10-0 5 butter tubs: 0-5-0 Big chain one drag chain & one bell and old Iron: 0-10-0 2 dung forks 2 pitch forks 2 dung hooks one shovel: 0-8-0 a guting box and knife: 0-5-0 wind mill: 2-0-0 Iron ???: 0-50-0 Copper Still and one ???: 3-2-6 Old Iron and Sundrys: 0-12-6 Iron Stove: 2-10-0 2 tubs with fome sault: 0-3-0 a Big wheel: 0-3-0 Wool and Sundrys: 0-9-0 Meal chest: 0-7-6 Bead and Beadstead: 2-10-0 One ditto: 2-15-0 one ditto: 3-5-0 chest: 0-10-0 one ditto: 0-15-0 15 lb flaxen yarn 50 lb toe yarn 12 lb wollen yarn: 4-0-0 shoemaker tools and sundrys: 0-6-0 an old chest: 0-7-6 gun: 0-10-0 a Riffle gun: 1-0-0 4 ?ives: 0-5-0 18 old bags one waggon cover: 1-0-0 some ??? feed an half Bushel: 0-3-0 a dough trough 2 Baskets one Springling can a small rag: 0-4-0 5 earthen Pots: 0-7-6 5 Iron Pots: 1-5-0 3 Buckets: 0-2-0 9 Pewter Dishes: 1--15-0 2 Peber mills: 0-5-0 3 pots and 9 Pewter Plates: 0-13-0 20 Pewter Spoons, one Tea Kittle: 0-5-0 Pewter flask and Sundrys: 0-2-0 ??? ???: 0-2-0 Drefser: 1-10-0 Little Kittle: 0-5-0 Potrack and tongs and antiron: 0-12-0 4 Bottles: 0-20— Pewter Tankard a tin quart and Tea Pot: 0-5-0 Cloth prefs: 3-10-0 a hamer and Sundrys: 0-20-0 a Bead and Beadstead: 3-0-0 one ditto: 5-0-0 2 Spinning wheels: 0-5-0 an old chest: 0-5-0 2 chairs: 0-3-0 a block and base: 2-0-0 a Hatchel and Sundrys: 0-11-6 28 yards flax linen at 2"3 PY: 3-3-0 28 yards hemp Linen at 1"10 Py: 2-9-8 18 yards top linen at 1"4 Py: 1-4-0 14 yards woolen cloth at 4"6 Py: 2-9-6 1 yard ditto: 0-4-0 6 table cloth and 11 hand towels: 1-0-0 9 sheets 2 table cloth: 1-10-0 3/4 Chack Linen: 0-2-0 2 1/2 lb blue woolen yarn: 0-7-0 1 1/4 lb of flax: 0-10— a little chest 2 Dozen of Button 2 raisers: 0-2-0 Button and wollen yarn and Sundrys: 0-2-6 a tin Box and Sundrys: 0-3-5 an ?? Jack and Sundrys: 0-2-0 one ?atchel and Sundrys: 0-3-0 3 lamps 2 candlesticks one hand saw: 0-3-0 one table and 2 Benches: 0-7-6 fox trap and Sundrys: 0-15-0 in Cash: 68-8-0 Baskets: 0-3-0 A Bond from Isaac Levin in 25 Pound to a half a years In= west 15: 25-15-0 a C???ing hoe and Sundrys: 0-8-0 a pair of stillyards: 0-6-0 Total: 422-3-8 Taken an appraisment the thirtieth Day of November in the year of our Lord on thousand seven Hundred and Seventy one, amounting in the whole to four hundred and Twenty two Pounds three Shillings & eight Pence of Lawful Money of Pennsylvania 2 signatures The Accompt of Peter Fischer and John Heckert Executors of the Testament & Last will of William Fischer late of the Township of Heidelberg Viz: The said Accomptants charge themselves with all and singular the Goods and Chattels Rights and Credits which were of the said Deceased according to an Inventory and Appraisement thereof exhibited into the Register General's Office at Reading amounting to 422-3-8 Item. With advance on the Sales of the said Goods at Public Vendue 136-16-4 ½ Total: 559-0-1/2 Reading October 10th 1774 Errors Accepted The said Accomptants ??? Allowance for their several Payments & Disbursements made ??? of the said Estate in the Execution of the Will aforesaid as follows to wit as ??? ??. 1771 Nov 25. For Cash paid James ??? ?? Deputy Reg or proving ??? Will & Letters Testamentary 1-10-0 Several Expenses ??? 2-17-7 Gertrude Renner -5-6 Leonhard ??? -16-9 Philip Gilbert 1-4-8 Thomas D??? -12-4 Henry Printz -13-6 John Price Esq 1-5-30. Michael Schmöhl: -7-6 Dec 27. Jacob Egle 1-8-8 1772 Jan 14. William S??? -9— Magdalena Lash -2— April 6 Henry B??? -18-??? Peter Fischer John Heckart July 28. George Hudson -10-10 1773. Mar. 17. Sampson ??? -7-6 April 5. Peter Eberle -7-6 May 31. Henry Hähn -3-9 Dec 6. Michael Ruth -4-Fredrick Weitzel -3— William R??? -12-6 1774 Oct. 10. Michael ??? 1-5— Baltzer ??? 2-8— George Hehn Jun -9-4 Item for a Debit due to Peter Fischer one of the accompt: -14-10 Do. due to John Heckert -10— Collision Read for draug out this acct -7-6 James Reed Esq for ???? this account far Copy & Seal -12-6 [Total] 21-6-9 C??? on receipts 559 pounds at ??? Ditto on paying 21-6-9 1-1-4 26-10-4 [Total' 47-17-1 Ballance in the Hands of the Accomptants to be distributed accounty to ????? will 511-2-11 ½ Total] 559-0-0 1/2] (doc and transcription)
1774 Oct 10 Disbursement Statement
SAR Record 65212 [U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970" about Elizabeth Gertrude Hain. Original data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. Extract from DB: Name: Elizabeth Gertrude Hain SAR Membership: 65212 Birth Date: 1 Apr 1711 Death Date: 4 Jun 1768 Spouse: Wilhelm Fischer Children: Gertrude Faust]
SAR Record 77845 [U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970" Frederick Fisher. Application No. 77845, Paul J. Bickel, Jr. Original Data: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. Notes: Applicant: Paul J. Bickel, Jr., Acceptance Date: 11 March 1954 Paul J. Bickel, Jr., Age 29 — Date of Application: 1 March 1954 — Frederick Fisher Born 5 May 1750 Berks County, Pa. — Died 17 Oct 1828, Berks County, Pa. — Birth information of Paul J. Bickel and his father and their wives — John Fisher, [ID4991} son of Frederick Fisher — 24 Feb 1787 — 14 March 1852 — Spouse: Catharina Baum — 25 Aug 1793 — 13 May 1861 — Married 1815 — Frederick Fisher,[ ID0545] — 5 May 1750-17 Oct 1828 — Spouse: Gertrude Faust [ID1166] — 15 Feb 1751-31 Oct 1827 — Married 1775 — Wilhelm Fischer [ID0430] — 11 Apr 1706-23 Oct 1771 — Spouse: Elizabeth Gertrude Hain 1 Apr 1711-4 June 1768 — Married 1733 (?) Frederick Fisher is the ancestor who assisted in establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of Private in Captain Miller's Company of Pennsylvania Militia. — Ancestor's Service: — Frederick (Fridrich) Fisher was a member of the Company of Capt. Sebastian Miller's Company of Militia commanded by Col. Joseph Hester, Berk's County, Pa. May 31, 1781. (1st Company, Sixth Battalion. — See Penna. Archives, Vol. 5, p. 211, (231,) Series 5. — References: (1) Sketch of my grandfather appears in Vol. 2, Montgomery's History of Berks County, Pa. (1909) p. 874 — For further data, see Application of Paul J. Bickel, my father. National Society, S.A.R. 65,212. — Reference: Penna. Arch. 5th Series, Vol. V, p. 211. — Name, signature and address of Paul J. Bickel, Jr.] The eight sons of Wilhelm Fischer all served in the Continental Army during the Revolution. [At one time six of these sons served in the same company, as is evidenced by a return of Captain Sebastian Miller's Company of Berks County Militia under Colonel Joseph Hiester on May 31, 1781 in which appear the names of John, Henry, Fridrich, Georg, Pitter, and Michael Fisher (Pa. Arch. 5th Series, vol V., pg 211), while Frantz Fisher is noted in a regiment of the Continental Line and Philip Fisher in the German Regiment. ]
1933 Aug 13 Memorial erected at Hain’s Church: WILHELM FISCHER Born in the Palatinate April 11, 1708. Arrived at Philadelphia Aug. 17, 1733. Died October 23, 1771. And his wife ELIZABETH GERTRUDE, the daughter of George and Veronica Hain. Born 1711. Died 11 April 1706 Johan Born — Langenselbold, Hesse, Germany 1711 Elizabeth Born — Livingston Mannor, Sullivan, New York About 1733 Married — 14 June 1768 Elizabeth Dies — Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania — Burial: Hain's Church Cemetery, 23 Oct 1771 Johan Dies — Wernersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania — Burial: Hain's Church Cemetery June 4, 1766. Who are interred at this spot, and who ere among the earliest members of the Cacusi, or Hain's Reformed Church. The parents of 8 sons and 3 daughters. To these pioneer ancesters, who braved the perils of the frontier thru their desire for a new home for their prosterity, a new church with religious freedom, and who helped lay the foundation of a new nation, which their sons fought to establish. This tablet is respectfully dedicated in reverence and gratitude by their descendants in celebration of the bi-centenary of the Fisher Family in America. (photo)
TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTION: Fischer, William, b. Apr. 11, 1706, d. Oct. 23, 1771, survived by 8 sons and 3 daughters. (Red sand tombstone 5x16x33 inches.) (This is the husband of Elizabeth Gertrude Hain, daughter of George Hain, being buried along side of said Elizabeth.) (photo)
RECORDS/DOCUMENTS Wilhelm Elizabeth
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