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Johann Joerg 'George' Boßhaar
(1694-1730s) and
Mary Elizabeth Wennerich ( ? - ? )

 

Johan Joerg “George” Boßhaar -- also commonly spelled "Boeshaar" and "Böshaar" -- was born in 1694 in Zweibrücken in the Pfalz region of Germany, the son of Johannes “Jacob” and Anna Christina (Mauer) Boßhaar Sr. George was baptized in infancy on June 7, 1694, with three sponsors present including merchant Hanß Jörg Koch, Hornbach weaver Ulrich Maurer and Anna Weber, wife of Zweibrücken’s town flour miller Hans Balth. Weber.

George was about age 16 when he migrated to the American colonies with his parents and siblings. After being detained for a number of months in New York City, they eventually settled in Kingston, Ulster County, NY.

He immediately sought citizenship and was naturalized on Sept. 8-9, 1715, with his name placed on the “Kingston Nats.” lists. In 1718-1721, he paid a ₤2 tax in the town of Hurley.

 

Two books naming the Boeshaars. Left: Jones' Palatine Families of New York. Right: Marino's Pasour, paysour, Payseur, Paseur

 

On Aug. 7, 1716, at about the age of 22, he was united in wedlock with Mary Elizabeth Wennerich ( ? - ? ). She was the daughter of Balthazar and Elisabetha Wennerich, also spelled “Winnerich.” The nuptials were held in the Old Dutch Reformed Church in Kingston.

The Boshaars initially lived in Kingston and produced eight children, among them Maria “Magdalena” (Boeshaar) Ulm, also spelled "Ullom" and "Woolham." The other seven offspring – all of them baptized in the Old Dutch Reformed Church – were Anna Margaretha Lang, Jacob Boshaar, Balthazar “Balthus” Boshaar, Matheus Boshaar, Georg Boshaar, Johannes Boshaar and Bernhardt Boeshaar. Another source lists an additional daughter, Elizabeth Boshaar.

At an undetermined time, the family pulled up stakes in Kingston and relocated southward into Pennsylvania. They identified their destination as Lancaster County and settled in the small farming village of New Holland, about 13 miles east of the county seat of Lancaster. They are believed to have been members of the New Holland Lutheran Church.

 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the south and southwest.
From History of Lancaster County, by I. Daniel Rupp, 1844

 

George passed away in Lancaster County sometime after March 8, 1734. While precise details seem to be lost, family scholar Thomas J. Marino has written that the death “probably” occurred in Leacock Township, with burial “probably” in the Bashore Cemetery on land owned by his son Balthazar.

Mary Elizabeth’s fate is not known, other than she is known to have been alive in 1779.

An important book naming this family is The Palatine Families of New York, Vol. 1, by Henry Z. Jones Jr. (Camden, ME: Picton Press, third printing, 1995). In the volume, Jones gives credit to Frances C. Francis of Washington, DC for being "most kind in sharing her documented data on the Pa. and W. Va. Descendants of Jacob Böshaar."

 

Trinity Lutheran Church today in New Holland, PA

 

 

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