Friday, May 4, 2012

Hans George Sedelmohr 1636-1714

Hans Georg Sedelmohr
Born: 1636 in Dorfeach, , Hessen, Germany
Died:1714 in Stadt, Diepholz, Niedersachsen, Germany
married about 1680
(1st) Walpurgis

married  10 JUL 1699 Dorf Erbach,Kreise Erbach,Odenwald

(2nd) Anna Maria Dorffler

Born: 1686
Died: 27 Mar 1688 in König, Odenwaldkreis, Hessen, Germany

 Maria Martha Zettelmeyer 1700-
 Johanna Ottilin Zettelmeyer 1703-

1636, Birth
Dorfeach, , Hessen, Germany  

1699, 10 Jul, Age: 63
Marriage to Anna Maria Dorffler
Dorf Erbach, Hessen, Germany 

1714, Age: 78
Stadt, Diepholz, Niedersachsen, Germany 
Burial-Luthern,Church,Reichelsheim, , , Germany

By trade Georg was a tinker [Kessler or Kesselflicker]. According to the German-English Genealogical Dictionary by Ernest Thode (1992), "Kesselflicker" means a kettle repairman and was a person with no fixed residence; the term also included the soothsayer and medicine man. "Kessler" means a kettlemaker or coppersmith. Since both terms were used in German records to refer to Georg, he must have been a kettle repairman. It is likely that tinkers, who had to travel from place to place to find enough work, may have been away from home for months at the time.


The region in Hesse where the family has first been located has been referred to as the Odenwald (Odin’s Woods) or Starkenburg (which literally means "fortified castle").

Dorf Erbach, Kreise Erbach (Odenwald), Hesse, Germany. 
The marriage record of his youngest child, Johann Jacob, refers to Georg as a Beysitzer. The record of Georg’s marriage to Anna Maria Dörffler and in the birth records of his two daughters by her refer to him as a Beysass, which is a form of the word Beysitzer. Possible meanings of these words include a landless peasant, as well as someone who rents from or lives with someone else. According to OLD GERMAN PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS and ILLNESSES, translated from German into English language (courtesy of Oliver Weiss),Beisitzer means junior lawyer; juryman; inhabitant without land (e.g. a son living with his parents) and without citizenship rights or duties, Beysass(e) means rental inhabitant without citizenship, and Beysitzer means junior lawyer or juryman. These are the same definitions that Thode offers in his German-English Genealogical Dictionary.

Georg was Catholic according to the first group of baptismal records as well as the record of his death. However, his burial is recorded at the Lutheran church at Reichelsheim, which is about seven miles northwest of Dorf Erbach. Those records list his age

On his first marriage records his name is Sedelmohr. On his second marriage records and christenings his name appears as Georg Zettelmeyer.

Wilson, Harry E, Descendants of Jacob Zettelmeyer of Berks County, Pennsylvania
(Harry E. Wilson, 8520 Riley Hill Road, Zebulon, NC 27597. 1991.
Also publishes the Settlemyre/Zettelmeyer Page at:

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