The Palatine Families of New York

Source: Henry Z. Jones, Jr., The Palatine Families of New York (Universal City, California: published by the author, 1985). [WorldCat]

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JOHANNES HESS (Hunter Lists #302)

Johannes HESS, blacksmith of Bleichenbach in the earldom of Hanau, md. 29 Aug 1711 Anna Catharina, d/o Ludolst CURRING of Hellstein in the earldom of Isenburg (West Camp Luth. Chbk.).  The roots of this Mohawk Valley family were then at 6474 Bleichenbach (5 km. n.w. of Budingen; Chbks. begin 1650, Ref.); entries on the group were also found at 6474 Selters (1 km. further n.w.; Chbks. begin 1672, but gaps, Luth.).  The earliest known antecedent of the American family was Henrich HESS, called a wagner in Bleichenbach on an inhabitant list of 1694 (Selters Chbk.).  He md. an Anna Maria (–) and had issue:

  • Johannes, a wagner in Bergheim in 1692 (Selters Chbk.).
  • Henrich, d. 20 April 1699, aged 51 yrs.  (Bleichenbach Chbk.).
  • +    Augustinus.

Augustinus HESS, a blacksmith and s/o Henrich HESS the Wagner, md. Kunigunda, d/o Johann EMMERICH of Bleichenbach, 20 Oct 1680 (Selters Chbk.); for more on Kunigunda EMMERICH’s ancestry, see the section on #164 Johannes EMMERICH, her brother.  Augustinus HESS d. 17 April 1731, aged 74½ yrs. old (Bleichebach Chbk.); Kunigunda HESS, his wife, d. 10 March 1725, aged 65 yrs. and 9 months (Bleichenbach Chbk.).  Their ch. were:

  • Johann Henrich, b. 24 Nov 1681 – sp.: Johann EMMERICH (Selters Chbk.).  The child was bur. 28 March 1682 (Selters Chbk.).
  • Anna Catharina, d. 4 July 1686, aged 2 yrs. and 5 months (Selters Chbk.).

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  • Johannes, b. 2 April 1687 – sp.: Johannes – s/o Weigel SCHÜTZ (Selters Chbk.).  He was conf. 29 May 1699 (Bleichenbach Chbk.).
  • Anna Eva, b. 16 Aug 1689 – sp.: Anna Maria – wid/o Henrich HESS the wagner (Selters Chbk.).
  • Johann Henrich, b. 17 April 1692 – sp.: Johann HESS – wagner from Bergheim and the father’s brother (Selters Chbk.).  He was conf. 23 May 1706 (Selters Chbk.).
  • Augustinus, b. 22 Jan 1696 – sp.: Augustinus GLAS … (Selters Chbk.).  He was conf. in 1709 (Selters Chbk.).
  • Anna Maria, b. 31 Jan 1700 – sp.: Maria – wid/o Johan Wendel DIPPEL the Bürger in Ortenberg (Bleichenbach Chbk.).

A Johan HES was listed alone on Capt. Francois WAREN’s ship in Holland in 1709 in the 5th party of Palatines (Rotterdam Lists).

Johannes HESS made his initial appearance on the Hunter Lists 30 June 1710 with 1 pers. over 10 yrs. of age in the family; the household increased to 2 pers. over 10 yrs. 29 Sept 1711.  Johannis HES was nat. 17 Jan 1715/16 (Albany Nats.).  Joseph HESS and his wife Catharina with 1 child were at Neu-Heessberg ca. 1716/17 (Simmendinger Register).  Johannes HESS was a patentee on the s. side of the Mohawk River 30 April 1725 (Burnetsfield Patent).  Johannis HESS and Fredrich PILLENGER received land from Lewis MORRIS Jr. in 1732 (Albany Co. Deeds, Vol. 6, p. 348).  BERKENMEYER mentioned that he started for the Falls 12 Aug 1734 and arrived late in the evening at the home of Hannes HESS, who treated him kindly; later HESS and his wife were so gracious that he stayed longer than expected (Albany Protocol, pp. 91 & 94).  (Johannes) HESS was noted with Johannes (Jr.) on Pastor SOMMER’s List of families ca. 1744 (Schoharie Luth. Chbk.).  A Johannes HESS was recorded at Canajoharrie in 1763 (Albany Co. Freeholders).  The ch. of Johannes1 HESS and his wife Anna Catharina were:

1) Jannicke2, b. 20 May 1712 – sp.: Andreas BAGGS and Anna PERSCH (West Camp Luth. Chbk.).

2) Anna Eva2 (some doubt as to name of child), b. or bpt. 24 Sept 1713 – sp.: Joh. EMERICH and wife Margaretha (Stone Arabia Luth. Family List in Chbk.).

3) Anna Maria2, b. or bpt. 25 March 1715 – sp.: Anna Margreth BURCKHARD or BORKIS (West Camp Luth. Chbk. & Stone Arabia Luth. Family List in Chbk.).  West Camp Luth. gives b. 19 April 1715.

4) Anna Catharina2, b. 25 March 1717 – sp.: Anna Catharina CONRA (West Camp Luth. Chbk.); the sp. were Marx BELLINGER and wife Anna in the Stone Arabia Luth. Family List in Chbk.

5) Augustinus2, b. or bpt. 21 Dec 1718 – sp.: Joh. Ludolff CORING and wife Utilia (Stone Arabia Luth. Family List in

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Chbk. Augustines HESS was a patentee on the n. side of the Mohawk River 30 April 1725 (Burnetsfield Patent).  Achistenes HESS was a freeholder at the Falls in 1763 (Albany Co. Freeholders).  He md. an Anna (–) and had issue:

i)     Johann Nicolaus3, bpt. 7 Aug 1760 – sp.: Johann Nicolas WEBER and Margretha (Stone Arabia Ref. Chbk.).

Maryly B. PENROSE’s excellent Mohawk Valley in the Revolution lists additional ch. for Augustinus2 HESS:

ii)     Johann Conrad3, bpt. 3 April 1762.

iii)     Johannes3, b. 25 April 1764.

iv)     Daniel3, b. 19 April 1766.

v)     Anna Eva3, b. 27 May 1768.

6) Johannes2, b. or bpt. 5 May 1721 – sp.: Thomas SCHUMACHER and wife Dorothea (Stone Arabia Luth. Family List in Chbk.).  The will of Johannes HESS of Canajohary in Albany Co., farmer, was dated 28 Oct 1760 and probated 30 April 1771 (Fernow Wills #798).  He md. Anna Margaretha JUNG 10 Nov 1743 (Stone Arabia Luth. Chbk.) and had issue:

i)     Catharina3, b. or bpt. 16 July 1744 – sp.: Johannes HESS Sr. and wife Catharina (Stone Arabia Luth Chbk.).

ii)     Johannes3, b. or bpt. 27 Oct 1745 – sp.: Johann Friderich HESS and Elisabetha JUNG (Stone Arabia Luth. Chbk.).

iii)     Elisabetha3, b. or bpt. 12 Aug 1747 – sp.: Jacob STARING and Dorothea Elisabetha JUNG (Stone Arabia Luth. Chbk.).

iv)     Anna3, b. or bpt. 25 March 1749 – sp.: Augustinus HESS and wife Catharina (Stone Arabia Luth. Chbk.).

v)     Johann3, b. or bpt. 10 May 1751 – sp.: Joh. Friderich JUNG and Anna Margaretha NELLIS (Stone Arabia Luth. Chbk.).

vi)     Theobald3, b. or bpt. as Debalt 22 Sept 1753 – sp.: Debalt JUNG and wife Catharina (Stone Arabia Luth. Chbk.).

vii)     Daniel3 (Will).

viii)     Friederich3 (Will).

7) Johann Friderich2, b. or bpt. 5 Sept 1722 – sp.: Friderich BELLINGER and wife Elisabetha (Stone Arabia Luth. Family List in Chbk.).  The will of Frederick HESS of German Flats was dated 25 Aug 1795 and recorded 12 Feb 1796 (Herkimer Co. Will Bk. A).  He md. Mary (Will) and had ch.:

i)     Friderich3 (Will).

ii)     Henrich3 (Will).

iii)     Conrad3 (Will).

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iv)     Elisabetha3 (Will).

v)     Catharina3 (Will).

vi)     Magdalena3 (Will, as Lana).

8) Anna Dorothea2, b. or bpt. 25 March 1724 – sp.: Thomas SCHUMACHER and wife Dorothea (Stone Arabia Luth. Family List in Chbk.).  She md. Adolph WALLRATH (HJ).

There were several other members of the HESS family in the Mohawk Valley: 1) An Augustine HESS d. 31 March 1838, aged 85 yrs. (Columbia Cem., Ref. Church, Herkimer Co.); 2) A Johann Jost HESS d. 22 July 1841, aged 85 yrs. and 7 months (Columbia Cem., Ref. Church, Herkimer Co.); and 3) a Hendrick HESS of Canajohary wrote his will 26 Aug 1801, and it was probated 13 June 1810 (Montgomery Co. Will Bk. I).

NICLAUS HESS (Hunter Lists #303)

The German home of this Palatine family was at 5419 Freirachdorf (22 km. n.e. of Neuwied; Chbks. begin 1689).  Nicolaus HESS md. Veronica Catharina (–) 30 July 1702; a notation in the chbk. mentioned that the couple had lived together a long time previous to their marriage in whoring and had an illegitimate child.  Niklaas HESCHE, his wife and 1 child were listed in the 6th party of Palatines in Holland in 1709 (Rotterdam Lists); they were recorded near Johann Herman BÖTSER, Johan diderig SCHNITER, Johan Wilhellem SNEITER, and Hans Jacob DINGES – all of whom came from villages bordering Freirachdorf (HJ).

Niclaus HESS made his initial appearance on the Hunter Lists 4 July 1710 with 2 pers. over 10 yrs. and 3 pers. under 10; the entry changed 4 Aug 1710 to 3 pers. over 10 and 2 under 10.  In most all of his entries on the Hunter Rolls, Nicolaus HESS was recorded near other 1709ers from the Neuwied-Westerwald region (HJ).  Niccolas HES was nat. 17 Jan 1715/16 (Albany Nats.).  He was a Palatine Debtor in 1718, 1719 (at Kingsberry), and 1721.  Nicklas HES was a Palatine willing to remain at Livingston Manor 26 Aug 1724 (Doc. History of N.Y., Vol. III, p. 724).  He had ch.:

1) Peter2, bpt. 25 June 1702 – sp.: Peter KAUS, Peter SCHUMACHER, and Anna Maria HESS (Freirachdorf Chbk.).

2) Maria Catharina2 , bpt. 5 Aug 1703 – sp.: Petrus HESS, and Catharina – d/o Jacob HESS.  The child d. 2 Sept 1703 (both Freirachdorf Chbk.).

3) Anna Maria2, bpt. 2 Sept 1704 – sp.: Anna Maria – d/o Jacob SCHUMACHER, and Anna Margaretha – d/o Antoni HACHENBURG (Freirachdorf Chbk.).  She md. Johann Dieterich DICK (HJ).

4) Elisabetha Catharina2, bpt. 28 March 1706 – sp.: Jacob

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SCHMIDT, Eva Catharina – d/o Frederic HÜMERIC, and Elisabeth – w/o Matthaeus SCHUMACHER (Freirachdorf Chbk.).  Catharina HESS md. Johannes FINGER in 1725/26 (Linlithgo Ref. Chbk.).

Peter2, s/o Nicolaus HESS, probably d. young (HJ).  A later-arriving Johann Pieter HES joined the Germantown Ref. Church 19 Oct 1751 with papers from the church at Rhosbach; Roβbach is the parish seat for Freirachdorf in Germany (HJ).

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