An American Family History

Hans Adam Spitelmaier

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Various spellings of Spitelmaier -
Spttlemayer, Spittelmaer, Spitelmier, Spittlemayer, Specklemire, Spittelmyer

Berks County, Pennsylvania was formed on March 11, 1752 from parts of Chester County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County. Northwestern parts of the county became Northumberland County in 1772 and Schuylkill County in 1811.

Hans Adam Spitelmaier was born on March 9, 1714 in Baden, Hoffenheim, Germany. His parents were Hans Martin Spitelmaier and Anna Catharina Willemann. His sister was Anna Magdalena Spitelmaier Brandstetter

On November 9, 1751 Johann Adam Spitelmajer, widower, from Olyer Mountain and Anna Elisabetha Manweil (Maunweiler), widow of Georg Manweil married at Mertz’s Luthern Church in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Adam’s children included:
John Specklemire (1762),
Leonard Specklemire (1764),
Eve Specklemire (1766),
Susannah Specklemire (1767), and
Maria Catherina Specklemire (1768).

Adam Spittelmyer was naturalized in Philadelphia in April, 1761. He was from Alsace Township in Berks County and did not take an oath. His name (Spittlemeyer) appeared on petitions to build forts in the Berks County area in the mid 1750’s.

He died on June 7, 1792 in Southward, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
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Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

The Palatinate is a region in south-western Germany. Many thousands of Palatine immigrants were driven out of Germany by war, famine, despotic rule and disease. They were attracted to Pennsylvania by the first settlers who sent back favorable reports.


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