More About JOHANNES BALTHSAR ANSPACH

Steinbach was 9 km. west of Frankfort and 14 km. southeast of Anspach, Germany.

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(From the Anspaugh-Anspach manuscript found in the Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library - 57 W. Broadway, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176)
John Baltzer Anspach came to New York with the Palatines in June 1710. By May of 1723 he had settled in the Tulpehocken Valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania, having migrated through the Schoharie of New York. John Blatzer Anspach was one of the German volunteers in the English expedition against the French in QUeen Ann's war in 1711. "Blatzer" as he was called was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, located about one half mile west of Stouchsburg, Pennsylvania, and is buried in the old cemetery there. He owned land about one mile north west of town of Stouchsburg, and it is supposed that this farm was his home place. His wife's name was Anna Maria.

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The old record book of Christ Lutheran Church at Tulpehocken gives a list of those who took communion there during the early years of the church, 1743, 1744, 1745, and 1746. The following are some familiar names from that list:

Anspach, Balthasar, wife Maria and daughter Catherine

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The church record book of Christ Lutheran Church of Tulpehocken gives a list of people who made contributions in 1747. For the completion of the church office. This included both Reformed and Lutheran People.

In the list of Lutheran are included: Baltus Anspach

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In the book Early Pennsylvania Births 1675-1875 it lists: Charter members, Christ Lutheran Church, Strouchsburg, Berks Co, PA.

Anspach, Balthas; Anspach, George; Anspach, John; Anspach, J. Peter; Anspach, Leonard

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Balthasar was one of the founders of Christ Lutheran Church

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Balthasar was an indentured servant in New York Colony, America 1710. (Yvonne Whites Research - 2001 - records: Chapters 1-6 of The Genealogy of the Anspach Family by Donald R. Anspach.)

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Balthasar petitioned the court to become a citizen in Mayor's Court, Albany, New York. 3 Jan. 1715/1716 - (Yvonne White Research-2001)

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The Anspachs were among the hundreds of Germans who were "escorted" en masse to New York colony in 1709/1710 from England. They were all endentured servants, who were supposed to make pine tar & pitch for the English Navy. However, the Governor was tricked, the man in charge actually knew nothing about the processing and the colonists felled hundreds of trees incorrectly before it was discovered to be wrong. The correct process would take two years and much of the Governor's own wealth was lost trying to make the colony profitable. it did not hel that there was a language problem as well as problems in surveys of the promised land grants. Balthasar & other colonists were drafted to serve in Queen Anne's War, and returned to find their families had not been provided for in their absence. They were never paid for their service and many eventually left New York Colony for Pennsylvania, including balthasar and his family. The pennsylvania Dutch colonists encouraged their German cousins to come to settle. However, they were not prepared for the unannounced masses that decended on the supposedly "empty" land. The Indians who used the land, and had treaties with the Dutch, came back to find all these German homesteaders on it. The Dutch were upset, the Indians were upset, and attacked, the Germans were outraged. Balthasar's family was saved from harm, but many were not so lucky. Eventually the colonists drove the Indians westward and then followed to populate the land into Ohio, Indiana and Illinois territories which later became states. (Yvonne White Research -2001)

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(Anspach & Lefflers Part I -Anspachs- Pg. A1:4)

On Jan. 10, 1725, Balthas' name appeared on the first tax list compiled for that section (Tulpehocken), and around 1732 he owned a tract of land about a mile north of the present Christ (Tulpehocken) Lutheran Church, west of Stouchsburg. He was an elder at Ried's Church, some 2 miles S.E. of Stouchsburg at Womelsdorf, built in 1727, however as Moravian influence in the church and conflicting feelings grew, he and about 160 others left and formed the church west of Stouchburg which was built in 1743. This area is in the present day Marion Township and was referred to as Fells Manor.

(Copy of Will of Johann Balthasar Anspach on Pg. A1:6 & A1:7 on file at the Register of Wills, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Book 1 p. 34 and is in German or an English Translation)

More About JOHANNES BALTHSAR ANSPACH:
Baptism: August 26, 1683, Steinbach, Germany Sponsor: Johann Balthasar Bender
Immigration: Abt. 1710, New York Colony, America
Military service: 1711, Canadian Campaign, Queen Anne's War
Naturalization: Bet. January 03, 1715 - 1716, Albany at a Mayor's Court
Religion: Lutheran
Residence: 1710, Livingston, New York
Will: September 05, 1744, Filed Philadelphia County Book I-36 (2)

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