Ward Welsh Truckenmiller
Patsy Ann Smith
Schwenkfelder immigrationThe Schwenkfelders were a small, pietistic sect that emigrated from southern Germany and lower Silesia in the Austrian Empire beginning in 1731. After being persecuted for two centuries, and denied the right to Christian burial, they decided to follow like-minded German immigrants to the Pennsylvania colony where religious freedom was guaranteed. They arrived in Philadelphia in six migrations between 1731 to 1737, with the largest group of 200 sailing from Rotterdam in 1734. They settled farmsteads around Philadelphia, especially in modern Berks and Lehigh Counties. By 2003, almost all Schwenkfelders had joined more established Christian denominations, though many still claimed to be followers of the old doctrine. Schwenkfelders followed the teachings of Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig (1489–1561), a devout Catholic and member of the Silesian nobility. He was drawn to Martin Luther’s reform teachings but disagreed with him over the exact nature of the Lord’s Supper and the baptism of infants. Schwenckfeld believed that the Bible should not be literally interpreted or used as a “paper pope” but rather that believers should trust the Holy Spirit for insight into its meaning. Family was central to Schwenkfelder worship, with house churches the norm. As a result, the Society of Schwenkfelders was loosely organized, and its members freely associated with more established churches, where they could share their gifts of spiritual insight. In 2003, there was still an organized church, consisting of five congregations and about 2,600 members associated with the United Church of Christ, though many who claim Schwenkfelder roots are associated with the religious work of the Evangelical Lutherans, Presbyterians, American Baptists, the Christian Missionary Alliance, the Evangelical Association, and the Holiness Movement.
David Yeakel 1762-1820 married Anna Kreibel 1766-1841Maria Yeakel 1791-1854 married Daniel HeinCharles "Fred" Truckenmiller married Patsy Ann SmithDaniel Truckenmiller married Heather Sulouff
Beyer Line to Thelma Clara (Brown) Truckenmiller
Yeakel Line to Thelma Clara (Brown) Truckenmiller
Kreibel Line to Thelma Clara (Brown) Truckenmiller
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Schwenkfelder Cakes Step 1-6 P.M. 1 cup mashed potatoes 1/2 cup sugar 1 pgk. yeast 1/2 cup water in which potatoes have been cooked Step II 9 P.M. 1/4 cup hot water 1/4 tsp. saffron 1 cup warm milk 1/2 cup lard 1 egg 1 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cups flour Step III- next morning 6 cups flour Crumbs 1 cup flour 1 cup light brown sugar 1/3 cup lard 1 tsp. cinnamon Step I At supper time make a sponge by dissolving yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm potato water.....Add to mashed potatoes and sugar that have been mixed together.......Cover and let set in a warm place for 3 hours. Step II After the sponge has set for 3 hours, pour hot water on saffron and let set a few minutes........Meanwhile, soften the lard in warm milk........Add it to egg, beaten with the sugar and salt..........Slowly pour in the saffron water without using saffron......Add this and 2 cups flour to potato sponge and beat until smooth........Cover and let rise overnight in a 75 degree temperature, free from draft. Step III In the morning, add the 6 cups of flour and more if necessary to handle.......Knead until smooth......Roll out dough into two sheet cakes, 1/3 inch thick........Place on cookie sheets and cover with a cloth to rise 1/2 hour........Rub together the four ingredients to make the crumbs.......When cakes are risen, heat oven to 350 degrees.Brush top of cake with cream or melted butter...Cover cakes with crumbs..Bake 20 to 25 minutes.