Heimbach Ancestors - Family of John Jacob Wetzel of PA


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This my descent from John Jacob Wetzel which consists of only 2 generations. I have a little more information on some of the people in this file. Feel free to let me know of any corrections or additions to this family. I have placed some of my sources at the end of this page. E-mail to Ginny Deagan (NEW E-MAIL:[email protected])

John Jacob Wetzel was born in 1710 in Germany. His parents are unknown. His wife’s name was Anna Maria, her maiden name is unknown, although some have said that it was Bassler. There is a marriage of a Jacob Wetzel and Anna Maria Hag in the New Goshenhoppen Reformed Church Records on 26 Oct 1759 - (a second marriage?).

Jacob arrived in Philadelphia on the “Charming Nancy” on 8 October 1737. His brother, Hans Martin Wetzel had emigrated earlier in 1731. Jacob settled in Hereford Township, then Philadelphia County, now Berks County near the junction of the present counties of Berks, Montgomery, Bucks and Lehigh. In 1743, he received a warrant for the survey of 100 acres in Bucks County, and in 1743, he received a warrant for the survey of 25 acres in Philadelphia County. He also received Land Warrants for 150 acres and also for another 51 acres of land in Hosensack Valley. The patents were received in 1747 and 1754. A third Patent was received in 1771 for 47 acres called “Mount Fair”.

It has been said that Jacob Wetzel and five of his sons all served in the Revolutionary War. He would have been about 67 years old if this is so. He was a farmer

He died in 1785 leaving a will in Will Book A, page 102, Berks County, PA. It was dated 8 May 1785 and proved 9 November 1785. He provided well for his wife, Maria. She received kitchen implements, the churn, two cows and one oxen. She was to live in the residence as long as she is a widow. She was to have two apple trees on the property which Jacob had sold to his son-in-law, Henry Heimbach and also the interest on the 100 Pounds encumbered on that property. His eldest son, Jacob received five Pounds and “the smooth gun rifle”. The youngest son, Conrad was to have the large Bible. Daughters Catherine and Marialiss (Maria Elizabeth) each received 4 pounds, 10 shillings and the remainder was to be shared between all nine children. He named his wife, Anna Maria and his son, Georg as executors . The will was witnessed by David Strauss and Georg Adam Bortz.

Children of Jacob and Anna Maria Wetzel:

  1. John Jacob Wetzel, Jr., b. Abt. 1745. Marr. Elizabeth Druckenmiller (or Truckenmiller). Died Oct 1819.

  2. John Wetzel , b. 30 Oct 1746. Marr. Catherine [Druckenmiller/Truckenmiller?]. Died Abt. 25 July 1837 in Berks County.

  3. John George Wetzel b. 26 Feb 1748/49. Marr. abt. 1773, Eva Elizabeth Kercher . Died 1 Feb 1834 in Longswamp Twp., Berks County, PA.

  4. Philip Wetzel b. 19 Dec 1751. Wife was Anna Maria. Died 4 Sep 1826.

  5. Catherine Wetzel , b. 4 Nov 1754. Marr. Henry Heimbach . Died 18 Apr 1843 in Berks County.

  6. Peter Wetzel , b. 1755. Wife was Anna Catherine. Henry migrated with brothers, Philip and Peter to central Pennsylvania and settled in Pennsylvania Township, Northumberland Co. He operated a gunbarrel mill at Kreamer, PA at one time.

  7. Henry Wetzel , b. 29 May 1762. Marr. Catherine [Hein] . Died 2 Oct 1850.

  8. Conrad Wetzel , b. 1764. Marr. Anna Maria Strauss . Died about 1839, probably in Beaver County, PA.

  9. Mary Elizabeth Wetzel , b. 1766. (called Marialise in father's will).

2. Catherine Wetzel was born 4 November 1754. She married Henry Heimbach and was the mother of ten children. She died 18 April 1843 at age 88.

For children of Catherine and Henry Heimbach, see Heimbach Descendants

  1. "Early Wetzel Families of Eastern Penna., Miles T. Wetzel, typescript, no date, (Ft. Wayne, Allen County Library)

  2. History of Lehigh Co. PA , by Chas. Rhodes Roberts, et al. Lehigh Valley Pub. Co. LTD Allentown Pa 1914 Vol 1, Upper Milford Twp., Early Settlers( Reformed) page 768.

  3. Correspondence from John Dickson, 431 E. Water St., Mt. Vernon, IN 47650