|This is the history of an American
branch of the Seidensticker family that can be traced back 300 years to Siegen, Westfalen,
West Germany. The American progenitor, Johann Henrich Seidensticker migrated from
Siegen to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1750.
An unrelated family with a similar but slightly different name, Seidenstricker, also settled in Lancaster County in the latter half of the 18th century. That family can be traced back to Bad Dürkheim, Pfalz, Bayern, West Germany.
It is easy to confuse the members of these two families because the early records do not always make the spelling distinction between Seidensticker and Seidenstricker. The Seidenstickers were apparently members of the Reformed church while the Seidenstrickers were members of the Lutheran church but they both crossed denominational lines at times for such sacraments as baptism and marriage though not for communion and confirmation.
A number of people are participating in the research of the Seidensticker family. They include Carol and Richard Keister of Bellbrook, Ohio who have written a research report about the descendants of Abraham Seidensticker. Mary J. Knear, Carol's mother, assisted in this research.
Karen and Gary Price of Dayton, Ohio have written a research report about the descendants of Henry Seidensticker. Jay L. Troxell of Hagerstown, Maryland also contributed information.
Bill Diederich of Incline Village, Nevada, has been working on both the Seidensticker and Seidenstricker family histories for more than 35 years and admits that it is difficult to sort them out and determine who belongs to whom.
The e-mail addresses of the Seidensticker researchers are:
1. JOHANN EBERT1 SEIDENSTICKER was born Abt. 1690 in or near Siegen, Westfalen, Preussen, now West Germany. He married ANNA CATHRIN BILENBACH 24 November 1711 in Siegen. Their marriage is recorded in the records of the Evangelisch church at Siegen. See LDS microfilm #802311.
Known children of JOHANN EBERT SEIDENSTICKER and ANNA CATHRIN BILENBACH:
Generation No. 2
2. JOHANN HENRICH2 SEIDENSTICKER (JOHANN EBERT1) was born Bef. 04 February 1719/20 in or near Siegen, Westfalen, Preussen, now West Germany. Date baptized. His baptism is recorded in the records of the Evangelisch church at Siegen. See LDS microfilm #598263. He died in or near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
He married ANNA CATHARINA NOELL 14 February 1746/47 at Siegen. The marriage is recorded in the records of the Evangelisch church at Siegen. See LDS microfilm #802312.
Johann Henrich Seidensticker, who could not write his own name, migrated to Pennsylvania aboard the English ship, "Nancy," in the summer of 1750, He probably was accompanied by his wife and his son, Henry, who was born at Siegen ___ September 1747. After arriving at Philadelphia, he took the required oaths of allegiance at the court house on Friday 31 August 1750, signed with his mark, and the clerk wrote his name as J. Henry Seydenstiker. He had arrived shortly before on the Nancy which had sailed from Rotterdam with a stop at Cowes in England. Although the records show that 270 persons were "imported" on the Nancy, only 88 adult males were among the group. Perhaps the best known signer was Henderick Willem Stiegel, who became famous as an ironmaster and glassmaker at Manheim, Lancaster County.
We believe he is the same Johann Henrich Seidensticker who was baptized 4 February 1720 at Siegen, Westfalen, Preussen, now West Germany, the son of Johann Ebert Seidensticker and his wife Anna Cathrin.
Probable children of JOHANN HENRICH SEIDENSTICKER and ANNA CATHARINA NOELL:
Generation No. 3
3. JOHANN HENRICH3 SEIDENSTICKER (JOHANN HENRICH2, JOHANN EBERT1) was born Abt. September 1747 in or near Siegen, Westfalen, Preussen, now West Germany. He married DOROTHEA _____?_____.
According to research by Karen Price, Johann Henrich Seidensticker was born ___ September 1747 at Siegen, Westfalen, Preussen, now West Germany, the son of Johan Henrich Seidensticker and Anna Catharina Noell. His birth is recorded in the records of the Evangelisch church at Siegen. See LDS microfilm #____?_____.
In 1782, (Henry?) Seidenstick is listed with 5 acres in Manheim Township, according to Lancaster County Tax Records. See PA 3: 17: 774.
Henry Seidenstich was enumerated in the 1790 Census of Warwick Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania with the following persons in his household:
Free white males over 16: 2 (Henry Sr., Henry Jr.?)
Probable children of JOHANN HENRICH SEIDENSTICKER and DOROTHEA __?__:
Abraham Seidensticker was probably born in 1761 since he was 16 years old when he was confirmed on 12 July 1777 at Cocalico Reformed church in Ephrata Township, Lancaster County. Ephrata Township is now part of Lebanon County. He was probably a son of Johan Henrich Seidensticker and Anna Catharina Noell who arrived at Philadelphia aboard the ship Nancy in August 1750.
In 1781, Abraham served in Captain William Dodds Company of York County Militia. See Pennsylvania Archives: 6: 2: 639.
Abram Sydersticker was enumerated in the 1790 Census of Washington County, Maryland but he evidently was not married or had a family at that time as no other person was residing in his household. See p. 189.
Children of ABRAHAM SEIDENSTICKER and ELIZABETH FUNK are:
For more information about this family, read the research report by Carol and Richard Keister. See link below:
Generation No. 4
5. HENRY4 SEIDENSTICKER (JOHANN HENRICH3, JOHANN HENRICH2, JOHANN EBERT1) was born 27 December 1782 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and died 17 October 1860 in Beavercreek Township, Greene County, Ohio. He married CATHARINE FROST 10 November 1811 in in Beavercreek Township, Greene County, Ohio.
According to research by Karen Price, a Henry Seidensticker was born 27 December 1782 at Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johan Heinrich Seidensticker and Dorothea ______?_____. His birth is recorded in the records of the __________. This Henry Seidensticker eventually migrated to Greene County, Ohio.
Henry Sidensticker married Catharine Frost 10 November 1811 at Greene County, Ohio. Daniel Tryer, minister, performed the ceremony. See Greene County Marriage Records 1803 - 1860, p 12. According to research by Karen Price, Henry was the son of John Heinrich Seidensticker and his wife Dorothea ____?_____ and Catharine was the daughter of George Fraus/Frost and Anna Bohn/Boone.
Henrich Seidenstich of Green County, Ohio was one of the 1,420 subscribers to the German Bible published in 1819 by John Baer of Lancaster. Ref: H.W. Kriebel, "The Pennsylvania German." Lititz, Pa.: Express Printing Co., Vol. 11, No. 7, July 1910, p. 413.
Henry Sidensticker was enumerated in the 1820 Census of Bath Township, Greene County, Ohio. See p 161 A.
Children of HENRY SEIDENSTICKER and CATHARINE FROST are:
For more information about this family, read the research report by Karen and Gary Price. See link below:
Please note that the conclusions presented above do not agree in all respects with those in the Keister and Price reports. This is due to honest differences of opinion concerning the evidence contained in the scanty records of events which occurred 150 to 250 years ago.
Click here to view the research report about the descendants of Abraham Sydersticker and Elizabeth Funk by Carol and Dick Keister
Click here to view the research report about the descendants of Henry Seidensticker and Catharine Frost by Karen and Gary Price