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(Est 1663-1738)
(Abt 1659-1724)
Johann Michael KURZ
Johann Peter THOMAS
(Bef 1696-1743)
Anna Elisabetha KURZ
Heinrich Gerhard THOMAS
(Abt 1732-Bef 1797)


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Heinrich Gerhard THOMAS 1

  • Born: Abt 1732, Pleizenhausen, Rheinland, Germany 2
  • Baptized: 31 Aug 1732, Protestant (Evangl.) Church, Pleizenhausen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany 2
  • Marriage: Mary MAGDALENA Abt 1762, Pennsylvania
  • Died: Bef 24 Jul 1797, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania 3

bullet   Another name for Heinrich was Heinrich Gerog\Geroth THOMAS.


bullet  Research Notes:

The baptism record on which this family member is based, shows the name as Heinrich Geroth Thomas, with one of the sponsors being Geroth Bauermann. In the book of Simmern area families, Dr. Michael Frauenberger shows this person with the name Georg. However, through careful analysis of handwritting of other names and words, there is strong evidence to support the name being Gerhard.

In this church, there are baptisms by Nichol and Maria Christina Bauermann, Jacob and Anna Maria Bauermann, Nikol and Henrietta Maria Catharina Bauerman, Michol Bauermann, Geroth and Eva Catharina Bauermann, and Gerhard and Eva Catharina Bauermann. In this section of records recorded by the same recorder, there was a baptism on 17 April 1735 (p 41) of Maria Eva Bauermann, parents being Geroth Bauermann and Eva Catharina, with no others by Gerhard Bauerman. Outside of the records recorder by this same recorder, there is no mention of a Geroth Thomas or a Geroth Bauermann. Then on p. 48 with a different recorder, is the baptism of Johann Jacob on 17 May 1737 (parents Gerhard Bauermann and wife Eva Catharina of Bergenhausen), with Anna Elisabetha Thomasin being one of the sponsors. Suggests Geroth is a form of the name Gerhard used by this particular recorder.


bullet  Baptism Notes:

Sponsors were Henrich Ruhel? of ?, Gerop [Gerhard] Bauermann of Berghausen [Bergenhausen] and Maria Catharina, wife of Nichol Bauermann.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Emigration, 1754, Simmern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. 4

Immigration, 1 Oct 1754, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 5 His trip to Philadelphia was on the Ship Phoenix, originating in Rotterdam and last stopping in Cowes, England, before traveling across the Atlantic. Onboard the ship were 11 Roman Catholics, 25 Menonists, Swissers., 300 Souls and 554 Freights, mostly originating from Franconia, Palatinate, and Zweybreck.


Heinrich married Mary MAGDALENA about 1762 in Pennsylvania. (Mary MAGDALENA died after 1803 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.)


bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Residence, 27 Mar 1774, Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.



1 Bettac, Suzy, Personal Research, email:

2 Germany, Rheinland, Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirchenbuch - Pleizenhausen (Kr. Simmern), 1666-1805, microfilm, FHL INTL 492979, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
, item 2, 34.

3 Pennsylvania. Westmoreland County, Will Book B, from Gedcom file [thomas 26 mar 2004] from Suzy Bettac; received 28 Mar 2004, Will of Gerhardt Thomas, 139.

4 Professor Wernor Hacker, Eighteenth Century Register of Emigrants (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1994), 457.

5 Ralph Beaver Strssburger, LL.D., Edited by William John Hinke, PH.D., D.D., Pennsylvania German Pioneers, A Publication of the Origianal Lists of Arrivals In the Port of Philadelphia From 1727 to 1808, Vols 1 and 2, Second Printing (Balltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1980; republished, Family Archive CD # 501, Immigration Records: Immigrants to Pennsylvania, 1600s-1800s, Version 2.0, 1999 Broderbund Software, Inc.), Vol. 1, 626-636.

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