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Johann Michael Hillerich
Birth: Mar. 12, 1795
Hessen, Germany
Death: Dec. 19, 1879
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA

Kiefermeister und Ortsbürger in Seckmauern until 1842, Michael was the eldest son of Johann Matthäus Hillerich, fürstlich Löwensteinscher Revierjäger and Ortsbürger of Seckmauern, by his wife Elisabetha Elbert. Johann Michael Hillerich was born at 4 o'clock in the afternoon on March 12, 1795 at Seckmauern in Herrschaft Breuberg, and was baptized the following day at Wörth-am-Main, with his father's cousin, Johann Michael Ostner, fürstlich Löwensteinscher Förstmeister zu Rosenbach, as his Gevatter.

His marriage to Anna Apollonia Ritter at Seckmauern on November 18, 1819 was recorded in the Catholic parish register of Breuberg. An Ortsbürger of Seckmauern, Michael's occupation before his immigration was listed variously as Fußbinder , Küfer , and Kiefermeister, and he was described as a 47 year old cooper from Seckmauern bound for Louisville in the passenger list of the ship Schiller of Bremen, recorded upon its arrival in the port of Baltimore on October 7, 1842. His wife Apollonia and children, Anna Maria, Elisabeth, 'Nanche', Johannes Franz, Friederich, and Adam, were also recorded on the same manifest. He settled his family in Louisville, where assisted by his eldest son, Bernhard Hillerich, he purchased in 1846 a lot on the south side of Geiger Street between Campbell and Wenzel Streets, and was enumerated in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 federal censuses there. His address given in many of the city directories was #20 Geiger Street, near the corner of Campbell. Michael and his wife were parishioners of St Boniface Church, one of Louisville's two oldest German Catholic congregations.

His death from 'old age' was recorded in the 1880 Federal Census Mortality Schedule for Louisville, and his obituary published in George Philip Doern's The Anzeiger, reads Starb: Am Freitag Abend um 6 Uhr, unser innigst geliebter Vater Michael Hillerich, im 85 Lebensjahre. Die Beerdigung findet Sonntag Nachmittag um 1 Uhr vom Trauerhause No. 20 Geigerstrasse aus statt, wozu Freunde und Bekannte ohne weitere Notiz ergebenst eingeladen sind. ~Die trauernden Kindern" [December 20, 1879, p. 1, col. 5]. He was buried at St Louis Cemetery on December 21, 1879.

Michael's great-grandfather Albert Hillerich (1706-1765), who settled in Seckmauern, was the youngest son of Anton Hillerich (1666-1733) of Klein-Zimmern, by his wife Anna Maria Seibert (1664-1733). Albert's nephew Johannes Caspar Hillerich (1748-1800), also of Klein-Zimmern, settled in Seckmauern as well.

[Biography based on the research of Michael's 4th-great-grandson, Todd Whitesides.] 
Family links: 
  Johann Matthäus Hillerich
  Elisabetha Elbert Hillerich (1769 - 1828)
  Anna Apollonia Ritter Hillerich (1799 - 1876)
  Georg Bernhard Hillerich (1818 - 1886)*
  Anna Maria Hillerich Nist (1821 - ____)*
  Rosa Elisabetha Hillerich Bierly (1824 - 1881)*
  Maria Anna Hillerich (1826 - 1877)*
  John Frank Hillerich (1830 - 1903)*
  Frank Joseph Hillerich (1830 - 1895)*
  Maria Eva Hillerich (1832 - 1832)*
  John Frederick Hillerich (1833 - 1924)*
  John Adam Hillerich (1836 - 1880)*
  Apollonia Hillerich (1840 - 1842)*
  Andreas Martin Hillerich (1843 - 1914)*
  Mary Eva Hillerich Herdt (1846 - 1926)*
  Justina Hillerich (1793 - 1848)*
  Johann Michael Hillerich (1795 - 1879)
  Maria Eva Franzisca Hillerich (1797 - 1797)*
  Johann Friedrich Hillerich (1799 - 1867)*
  Leonhard Hillerich (1804 - ____)*
  Franziska Hillerich (1810 - 1814)*
*Calculated relationship
J. Michael Hillerich
Mar. 12, 1795
Dec. 19, 1879
Saint Louis Cemetery
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Sect. E, Lot 233
Maintained by: Todd Whitesides
Originally Created by: Claudia Jansen Hartley
Record added: Apr 05, 2008
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Johann Michael Hillerich
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