Friday, January 25, 2013

Henry Goering Kurtz 1799-1850

Heather's 5th great paternal grandparents

Henry Goering Kurtz
son of 
Born  1799
Died 1850
Married 1st
Sarah Bauman
Daughter of
Born November 2 1804

Marianna Elizabeth Kurtz 1822-1899 m. Joseph Scharf
*Sarah H. Kurtz 1826-1879 m. William Lafayette Heisler
*William B Kurtz 1827-1894
Benjamin Keller Kurtz 1828-
John Henry Kurtz 1830-1905 m. Barbara Heisling
George Wolf Kurtz 1832-
Jeremiah Kurtz 1834-
Martin L Kurtz 1836- m. Eliza McCutchen
Louisa Catherine Kurtz 1839-1912 m. George McCreery
Emanuel Kurtz 1841-
Augustus Muhlenburg Kurtz 1845-1912 m. Francis Gertrude Watson

* It is odd that no baptismal record is found for Sarah or William, in the church records that record all of the other children's baptisms. But after George's baptism, I cannot find any record of the younger children being baptized there either.

1799- Henry Goehring Kurtz is born

1804 - Sarah Bauman Born
Nov 2 1804

In February 1822, when daughter Marianna is baptized, there is a record immediately above Marianna for the baptism of Sarah Ann Kurtz, giving her birthday, and stating that she was baptized February 24 1822 (same day as Marianna) "in her 18th year".
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

1821 - Henry Kurtz M. Sarah Bauman
Marriage to Sarah Ann Bauman
20 Apr
Age: 22
Lancaster, PA

1822 - daughter Marianna Elizabeth Kurtz is baptized
So is Sarah.
Name: Mariana Elisabeth Kurtz
Birth Date: 14 Feb 1822
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 24 Feb 1822
Baptism Place: Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Baptism Age: 0
Father Name: Henry Kurtz
Mother Name: Sarah Ann Kurtz
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

1827 - Found on Communicants list 
along with wife Sarah
Name: Henry G Kurtz
Event Type: Other
Event Date: 1827
Event Place: Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

1828 - Son Benjamin Keller Kurtz is baptized
Name: Benjamin Keller Kurtz
Birth Date: 9 Jun 1828
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 4 Sep 1829
Baptism Place: Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Baptism Age: 1
Father Name: Henry G Kurtz
Mother Name: Sarah Ann Kurtz
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

1829 - Found on Communicants list 
Name: Henry G Kurtz
Event Type: Other
Event Date: 26 Apr 1829
Event Place: Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

1830 - Residence
Name: Henry G Kurtz
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5:        3   (William, Benjamin, John Henry)
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2   (??  ?? Sarah & Henry married in 1821)
Free White Persons - Males - 30 thru 39: 1   Henry would be about 30-31
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 3   (Marianna Elizabeth, Sarah H, ??)
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1   Sarah would be about 24
Free White Persons - Under 20: 8
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 10

Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 10

I had that Henry married an Anna Keller, but it was unsourced info.  Looking at this census, with two sons unknown between the ages of 10 and 14, leads me to believe that Sarah was the second wife.  Sarah and Henry married in 1821 - so they had only been married 9 years in 1830.

If there were children born to Henry before 1820, they do not appear in the St John's Lutheran Church Records.  I find no mention of Henry in those records until 1822, when both his wife Sarah & his daughter Marianna are baptiz

1830 - Son John Henry Kurtz is baptized
Name: John Henry Kurtz
Birth Date: 14 Apr 1830
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 31 Mar 1830
Baptism Place: Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: Henry G Kurtz
Mother Name: Sarah A Kurtz
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

1832 - Son George Wolf Kurtz is Baptized
Name: George Wolf Kurtz
Birth Date: 3 Sep 1832
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 13 Jan 1833
Baptism Place: Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Baptism Age: 0
Father Name: Henry Gaing Kurtz
Mother Name: Sarah A Kurtz
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

1850 - Residence
Name: Henry G Kartz
[Henry G Kurtz] 
Age: 53
Birth Year: abt 1797
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Pottsville North West Ward, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 457
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry G Kartz 53
Sarah A Kartz 44
Jeremiah Kartz 16
Martin L Kartz 13
Louisa C Kartz 10
Emanuel Kartz 9
Augustus Kartz 7
William B Kartz 23

1850 - Henry Died

1871 - Residence
Sarah is listed as the widow of Henry G, at
193 Railroad St, Pottsville PA

1875 -  Martin's marriage record lists his parents-
Name: Martin L. Kurtz
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Age: 27
Birth Date: 1848
Birth Place: Schuylkill Co., PA.
Marriage Date: 12 May 1875
Marriage Place: Staunton, Augusta, Virginia
Father: Henry G. Kurtz
Mother: Sarah A. Bauman
Spouse: Eliza E. Mccutchen
FHL Film Number: 30416
Reference ID: No. 3495

1880 - Sarah lives with son John
Name: Sarah A. Kurtz
Age: 74
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: House Keeper
Household Members:
Name Age
John H. Kurtz 50
Barbara L. Kurtz 49
Annie Kurtz 22
Frank H. Kurtz 20
Ella L. Kurtz 18
Albert L. Kurtz 15
Harry L. Kurtz 13
Orvin A. Kurtz 8

Sarah A. Kurtz 74

1889 - Deaths of Daughter Anna Elizabeth (kurtz) Scharf & daughter in law Eliza (McCutchen) Kurtz, wife of  Martin Luther Kurtz.
Harrisburg Telegraph
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
17 Sep 1889, Tue • Page 1

Washington Lafayette Heisling, born in 1824, married twice, first to Sarah H. Kurtz (1826-1870) on November 10, 1845, a daughter of Henry Gerhring Kurtz (1799-1850) and Sarah A. Bauman (born 1806), and again after Sarah's death to Anne W. King (1843-1939), a daughter of Joseph Koenig (1815-1897) and Maria Wagner (1815-1896). Much like his grandfather, Washington established English speaking schools and churches in Pottsville and Ashland and also lived in Mifflinburg and Harrisburg, where he died in 1894;

 Barbara Ann Heisling, born June 1, 1831, married John Henry Kurtz (1830-1905) who was a brother to the first wife of Barbara Ann's brother Washington Lafayette. This couple lived in Minersville and Shenandoah, Schuylkill County with children moving to Connecticut, Ohio and Tennessee.  Barbara Ann died June 20, 1884 but it is not know if she died in Shenandoah, or in Harriman, Tennessee, where her husband moved with their daughter's family.


Name: Mrs Catherine McAlley
[Mrs Catherine Kurtz] 
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 73
Birth Date: 20 Mar 1839
Birth Place: Pottsville, Schuylkill County
Death Date: 23 Feb 1912
Death Place: Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: Henry Kurtz
Father Birth Place: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Mother Name: Sarah Banman
Mother Birth Place: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Certificate Number: 13862


A John & Mary Kurtz appear repeatedly in the church records near Henry & Sarah - possibly a brother of Henry? There is also a George Kurtz with them.
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church


Sarah Is NOT the daughter of Christian & Maria Royer.  Their daughter Sarah was a nun - 

from A.H. Huber
The death on Saturday last of Sarah Bauman, the oldest inmate of the Seventh Day Baptist cloister building at Ephrata, removes one of the most picturesque personages in Pennsylvania. For a quarter of a century no one in connection with the old Ephrata cloister was better known or esteemed. In fact for years, until prevented by the infirmities of age, she acted as caretaker of the old prayer hall.
"The hour set for the funeral was 9:30 in the morning. The body was laid out in the inner cell which for 40 years was the home of the deceased. According to the old custom the corpse was placed in a plain coffin of poplar wood, without lining or ornament, the shavings made in planing the boards, covered with a linen sheet, being placed in the bottom of the box for the body to rest upon. The burial garb, the habit of the ancient sisterhood, consisted of a gown, over which was a loose sack, secured around the waist with a long apron. Around the shoulders a three cornered kerchief crossed over the breast, on the head the coil peculiar to the Ephrata Community. 
Promptly at 9:30 the remains were taken from the cell and brought out into the courtyard formed by the angle of the cloiser and chapel and placed upon a bier, the mourners and relatives ranging themselves on one side and interlocking their arms. A funeral hymn was then given out and lined by Rev. John King of Baker's Summit, Bedford Co., Pa. This was sung by all members present. A short address followed, after which the curious ceremony was performed of opening the coffin so that the sun should once more shine upon the departed before being consigned to the grave.
The cortege then took up its way to the old God's acre by the roadside where rest most of the former religious enthusiasts belonging to the monastic establishment."
Her age was 87 years, 2 months and 8 days. In the little cemetery where reposes all that is mortal of this saintly sister also rests Conrad Biessel, founder of the Seventh Day Baptists, who died July 6, 1768, and of Peter Miller, another leader who died Sept 25, 1796. 
A.H. Huber
(from "The Royer Family in America" by Rev. J.G. Francis, page 177) 

Ephrata Cloister Cemetery 
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA


I cannot reconcile this story with the census records and proven genealogy:
John Nichols Kurtz came to Philadelphia from Halle University in Germany about 1745. When Mulenburg came to Pa. to look after the German Lutherans he found them scattered and without ministers, so he sent to Halle and asked for teachers. John Nichols Kurtz was one of those teachers. The school that Mulenburg founded in Philadelphia later became Mt. ariy Seminary.

Benjamin Kurtz, a descendent of John Nichols Kurtz, taught at Gettysburg, but he wanted to establish a different kind of school, so he came to Selinsgrove from his Missionary Institute, grew Susquehanna University. He was a bachelor and brought his sister to Selinsgrove to keep house for him. She became the wife of Scharf and the mother of Grandmother Lumbard.

Benjamin, son of John Nicholas Kurtz,  was born in 1762 - his son Benjamin was born in 1795.  Anna Elizabeth Kurtz, who married Joseph Scharf, was born in 1822.  These dates simply do not work - BUT there could be another Benjamin Kurtz that I am missing.  I can't be certain Henry & Sarah are the parents of Anna Elizabeth - although the dates do line up for the baptism of their child Marianna Elizabeth.

There are Kurt's in Virginia. When my mother was young she used to visit them and I even remember her getting letters from Virginia. There are also some living in York County, Pa. The name is still famous in the Lutheran Church and I sometimes see it in our church paper.

Seamans Protection Certificate for a different Henry Kurtz, born about 3 years later than "our" Henry.  Not that the Sarah Kurtz here cannot be our Henry's wife, since the certificate is from 1819 and they did not marry until 1821
Henry Kurtz
Sarah Kurtz
abt 1802 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
29 Dec 1819 - Pennsylvania

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