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John Dirck "Joan or Johan Dith Ekrodt" Eckroth
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Birth: unknown, Germany
Death: Apr. 28, 1757
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA

Also listed as: Johan Dirck Eieckrodt

Husband of Marg. Geddinck
Husband of Margaretha (Geddinck)

Married November 2, 1727 Catholic, Billerbeck, Westfalen, Preussen

Submitter's note: There is a chance this may be "John Eckroth" who was killed in Lynn township April 28, 1757 by an Indian while plowing his field. It is also interesting to know that his wife was "Margaretha (Geddinck)" It would be interesting to know if her first name is Anna. I would suggest further research.

Submitter's note: There were seven living children at the death of John Eckroth in 1757. Three sons are named: Henry, Georg, Christophel.

Submitter's note: There is a Johann Dietrich Eckel that came on the ship Phoenix November 22, 1752 Reuben Honor, Captain from Rotterdam, last from Cowes. Johann Dietrich Eckel was listed as being sick. Source: "A collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch" page 297) Please note: Christian Henrich Sr. was on the Queen of Denmark Nov. 3, 1752.

This Joan Eckroth/Eieckrodt also is supected to have a brother named Henrich Eieckrodt which makes it even more intersting for further research into the family. They were married in the same year except Henrich/Henry was married April 27th, 1727

Update note: Children of John and Anna Margaret possibly from Kirkberg, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany "Should not be counted fact until fully researched".
Please note: Kirchberg is located in Rhein-Hunsruck-Kreis, Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

Services for the burial may have happend at the home of Jacob Pawlitz, who was one of th early Catholic settlers along with the Staab, Beverts (Bibers/Biebers), Keffer and Eckenroth families. (MBSC-book, page 57)

Please note: There were 10 People killed in Lynn township in July 1757. It is possible that his death was earlier than July but still unknown.

Please note: John Eckenroth arrived In Philidelphia in 1743.
John arrived with his wife and 5 children along with this brother Henry (Henrich).

Please note: This may be the order of children. It is not fact at the moment and should not be counted fact until fully researched.

Children of Joan Dieterich Ekrodt and Anna Margaretha (Geddinck) are:

?. Henry Eckenrode brn. Unknown; married Susanna Stysin/Steissen
Henry Eckenroth married Susanna Steissen Feburary 26th 1747-49. He was instumental in establishing St. Peter's Roman Catholic congregation in Elizabethtown having built about 1752 the little log chapel on his own farm about two miles east of Elizabethtown. (Records of American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia", Volume II, page 31-32, Volume V, page 339). Please note: It is possible this is the Henry, who died in 1806, Married Elizabeth__? and had 6 children rather than Susanna Steissen) Please view Henry Eckenrode death 1806 for further information.)
Possibly born around 1728-1729?

?. Catharine Elizabeth brn.1732 Billerbeck

?. Johann Wilhelm Eckroth brn. 1735 (Unknown birth location) or Parents
John Wilhelm Eckenroth (Ransomed by Indians?) On 19 Sep 1743, JOHANN WILHELM ECKROTH, age 18, arrived in the ship Lydia, James Abercrombie, Master, from Rotterdam. He took the oath of allegiance in Philadelphia the next day, 20, September 1743.

1. Henry brn. 1736 Kirkberg/Kirchberg, Germany

?. Maria Gertrud brn. 1738 Billerbeck, Germany

2. Peter brn. 1739 Kirkberg/Kirchberg, Germany
John Peter Eckenroth married Elizabeth Margaret?__ Hermany__? On June 10th 1758, Peter Ecrot (Eckroth) was listed as owning a draught horse by Constable John Holder in his report to Sheriff John Rinker of "the number of Wagons, Draught and Pack horses in Lynn Township, Northampton County" (History of Lehigh County, PA, 1914, pages 96 and 97. He died around 1767-68 He had four children: Christian who married Catherine Anna Schlosser then Mary Magdalen Schlosser; Henry, who married Elizabeth Schipfessel; Adam who married Barbara Nayer, and Eva Mary (Magdalen) who married Philip Burkhart. See bio: John Peter Eckenroth

3. George Eckroth/Egroth brn. 1740 Kirkberg/Kirchberg, Germany. Married Anna Maria "Mary" (Neier-in).
On June 18, 1777, Friedrich Lutz was back in Lynn Township and serving as a Sergeant in the 6th Company, 3rd Battalion of the Northampton County Militia together with Corporal Christopher "Stophel" Eckroth/Eckerodt and Private 6th Class George Eckerodt/Eckenroth, both his brothers-in-law. (History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, 1914, page 154)

4. Mary Elizabeth (Eckroth) Lutz brn. 1741 "Elder" Kirkberg/Kirchberg, Germany. Married Friedrich Lutz Sr.
Mary Elizabeth Eckroth (The Elder) Brn. around 1741. She married Friedrich Lutz; their son is Friedrich Jacob Lutz Jr. (Their son is buried at Jacob's Union cemetery in Jacksonville, PA. See bio: Friedrich Jacob Lutz Jr.) Her 2nd Husband was Francis Hartman (WK-book page 365) She married widower Francis Hartman on May 14th 1800 in the Church at Reading, PA. (probably St. Peter's) in the presence of witnesses -Sabastian Allgeyer and Eva Fricker (GR, page 183; Records, Volume 8, page 391). (WK-book 367)
Please note: Francis Hartman's 1st wife was also named Mary Elizabeth.

5. Christophel/Christopher Eckrode/Eckeroth/Eckenrode brn. 1742. Married Anna Margaret (Henrich) Eckenrode.
Christophel/Christophal (Christopher)or ("Stofel") Eckenroth(2)/Eckroth/Eckerode of Lynn Township, Lehigh County, Northampton, PA and Anna Margaretha (Henrich)Eckenrode daughter of Christian Henrich Sr. and wife Maria Margartha born(Bieber/Schlosser?)Henrich, widow of John Weibel. (GR, page 110; "Records", Volume 3, page 387.

?. Anna Margaret (Eckroth) Baverts Hartman brn. 1744
Anna Margaret Eckenroth was possibly baptised Nov. 17th 1746 At John Eckroth's house but more likely she was baptized at the Priest's house. She married Conrad Baver/Biebers/Beverts/Beebers/Bevertz in Philip Schmid's house near Cedar Creek, Machungie Township, Northampton Co., PA. (GR, page 17; "Records", Volume 2, page 332).
Anna Margaret brn April 25th 1744 Philadelphia Co., PA. m. on 14 August 1763, at the age of 19, Conrad Beverts (Bevertz) in Philip Schmid's house near Cedar Creek, Macungie Twp., Northampton Co., PA. (GR, page 17; "Records", Volume 2, page 332). Anna Margaret's 2nd marriage after the death of Conrad Berverts was to Michael Hartman. The 2nd marriage was at Matthias Keffer's house in Allemangel on 8 May 1785. Witnesses were Anna Margaret Eckroth, her brother Henry Eckroth, and her brother-in-law, Matthias Keffer. (GR, page 111; "Records", Volume 3, page 388).
Please note: Anna Margaret brn between 22nd April and 25th of July 1744 may have been the 6th child born. In the (Northampton County Orphan's Court Book D, page 65.
Anna Margaret was baptized "In the priest's house"; Sponsers, Wendel Helffer and his wife Appolonia (Goshenhoppen Registers, page 8; "Records", Volume 2, page 323). I would suggest further research on her parents.

?. Catharine (Eckenrode) Kuhn brn. 1746
Catharine Eckroth baptised 17th November 1746 Philadelphia Co.,PA m. John Kuhn January 18, 1767 (GR, page 102; Records, Volume 3, page 379).
Please note: Visited by Father Theodore Schneider in Records on November 17th 1746 (In John Eckroth's House).
Please note: This suggest that it was a baptisim of Catherina Eckroth at her parents house that day.

? John Henry Eckenrode brn. around 1747
Henrich "Henry" Eckenrode/Eckenroth died on the 11th of October buried on the 13th of October 1813. (WK-book page 111)Henrich Eckenrode/ or Eckenroade/Eckroade/Eckroate/Eckroth
Husband of Anna Barbara Kuhn. See bio: Anna Barbara (Kuhn) Eckenrode
John Henry Eckroth brn. around 1747 m. Anna Barbara Kuhn 1765

?. Mary Elizabeth (Eckroth)brn. June 6, 1750 "Younger" Keffer brn. 1750. Mary Elizabeth married Matthias Keffer
Mary Elizabeth Eckeroth married Matthias Keffer in 1781. She was about 30 years old at that time. (WK-page,583) Please note: It is possible that this may be Maria Christina Eckroth brn. 1758. If this were the case, she would be around 23 years of age when she married Matthias Keffer

Submitter's note: Two of the children may have been killed by Indians. "Need further information to determine this. Ovid Eckroate mentioned a story about the Eckroate family that there were three Eckroate brothers; two were killed by Indians the other survied by hiding in the roots of trees near a river. It is suppose to be from this surviving brother that the "Eckroate" decended. The Eckroates' were from PA.

Submitter's note: The information by Ovid may indeed be a older generation of Eckroths' than mentioned here.

Submitter's note: It is presumed by myself that Joan Dirk, Eckroth is the son of Dietherich Eckrodt and Sibilla (Mollers) Eckrodt. It has not been proven that they are the parents but lived in the same town, Billerbeck, Germany.

Submitter's note: John Eckroth is thought to be buried on his farm land in Lynn Township, Northampton, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

Submitter's note: Records made by David Schultz diary says: "John Eckroth was shot dead by the Indians in 1757 while plowing fields, daughter injured but survived."

Submitter's note: Variations of the name found at Goshenhoppen are as follows:Eckenrodt (Eccorod),(Eckorod),(Eckerott)

Please note: In the years 1748-57 there could possibly have been earlier Church burials. Father Schneider mentions only a few burials and the dates are missing. It was only after the arrival of Father de Ritter (DeRitter) that more exact and accurate records were kept and efforts made to continue zealously the missionary work of his predecessor. The burials of former parishioners also were buried in Reading cemetery at Old Neversink Mountain, the burials in the old cememetery in the rear of the present Church, the burials at St. Henry's cemetery at Moselem near Kutztown and the Deppen family cemetery at Mt. Pleasant near Bernville to the North of Reading.

Please note: On the (WK-book, page 23) It is noted that on Aaron Donat's "Farm of 80 acres was situated near Wanamaker and on (this) the land of Aaron Donat a man named Eckroth (John Eckroth) was shot dead ( on 28 April, 1757 by the indians) while plowing, and his daughter was wounded." (WK-book, page 23)

Please note: The land in 1984 was owed by Wayne Kistler, also a decendant of Donat, Lutz and Eckroth. (WK-book, page 23).

Please note: On June 21, 1757, two months after John Eckroth was killed, Friedrich Loeser/Lieser/Leaser, aged 19, born in Germany (1738) enlisted for 3 years in Captain John Nicholas Wetherhold's Company, First Battalion, Second Pennsylvania Regiment. (WK-book, page 26)

Please note: Christian Henrich, whose home was consistently used as a Mass House until his death in 1798. This homestead was on Sharp Mountain which is found recorded in the registers as "Monte Acuto" and similar variations. Sharp Mountain, now more commonly known as the "Spitzenberg" is near the village of Kempton in Albany Township. Other Catholic families living in this corner of Berks County were those of Adam Stahl(er), James and John George Spring(er), John Fuss, and some members of the Lorentz family. In neighboring Windsor Township, Berks county, lived Casper Thum and Andrew Grett (Great), whose house was used at time for religious services. (MBSC-book, page 58)

Information provided below of stories of Eckroate history.

Ovid E. Eckroate wrote some information about the Eckroate family in which tells this story:

"An interesting story survives for the Eckroate ancestry. It seems there were three Eckroate brothers being pursued by Indians alone the river. (What river? perhaps the Ohio). Two of the brothers were caught and killed. The remaining brother escaped by hiding in the roots of a tree. It is from this surviving brother that the Eckroate lineage supposedly descended. The Eckroates that settled in Ohio were supposed to have come from Pennsylvania." (Ovid E Eckroate 9 March 1990.)

submitter's note: I feel the river may have been the Ontelaunee River or Maiden Creek or a river close to Bally,PA. or the Susquehanna river"(Joseph)

Sources: Eckroate family History letters submitted by Ovid E. Eckroate March 9, 1990.

Submitter's Note: The Eggenrodde/Kreyensmit connection: There is a possibility that Henricus Kreyensmit born March 21, 1709 May be involved. His Parents were Joannes Kreyensmit/Kreienschmidt and Anna Eggenrodde/Eckenrode. Further research is needed to determine a relationship through the family by possible guardianship. (Joseph)

Submitter's Note: The family Stryck is associated with the family Eggenrodde in the town of Eggerode in North Rhein Westfahlia Germany. The family Stryck is of Swiss origin.

Submitter's Note: The original town "Eckenroth" is located in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The Latin term "Ogelrode" was given to the people of that area. Eckenroth is also adjacent to the town of "Roth". An old Catholic Swiss School was set up. The town of Eckenroth also has a Celtic/Gaeltig past.

Submitter's Note: Variations of the spelling of the family name at St. Paul's Mission Goshenhoppen, PA. Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Bally, PA.: Eckenrodt/Eccorod/Eckorod/Eckerott

Submitter's Note "Auf Deutsch": "Egenroth ist ein Dorf der Gemeinde Heidenrod des Rheingau-Taunus-Kreises.
Das Dorf ist eine Gründung der Katzenelnbogener. Es hieß um 1260 "Erechenrod". Das Kloster Gronau besaß hier einen Herrenhof mit einem Hubengericht. 1569 und 1631 gab es in Egenroth acht Haushalte, 1634 waren es noch vier, 1648 stand das Dorf leer. Die Siedlung liegt östlich des Klosters Gronau und des Altenberges. Source: Wikipedia-Name: Egenroth/Erechenrod

Submitter's note "In English": Egenroth is part of a settlement of Heidenrod of Rheingau-Taunus region.
The place is part of a founding of the Katzenelnbogener. This little village area of Heidenrod was called "Erechenrod" around 1260. The Cloister Gronau founded it. In the year 1569 and 1631, Egenroth had eight Households, in 1634 there was only four, in 1648 was Egenroth abandoned. The settlement is located east of the Cloister Gronau and of the Altenberges.

Submitter's Note: The Low German name used for Koblenz during the old era is "Kowelenz".

Submitter's Note "Auf Deutsch": Eichenrod ist ein Ortsteil von Lautertal (Vogelsberg) in Deutschland im Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen.

Submitter's Note "Auf Deutsch": Das Dorf Eggerode ist ein Ortsteil der Gemeinde Schöppingen im Kreis Borken

Please note: "Auf Deutsch": Der Eggerather Hof wurde erstmals 1197 urkundlich als Eckenrode erwähnt und steht unter Denkmalschutz. Vermutlich handelte es sich damals um einen Weiler, wird er doch als uilla (villa=Dorf) bezeichnet. Im 14. Jahrhundert nannte sich ein Adelsgeschlecht nach dem Hof. Verschiedene Adelsfamilien waren im Laufe der Jahrhunderte Eigentümer des Hofes. Im 18. Jahrhundert wurde er als Rittersitz aufgeführt. Im 19. Jahrhundert gelangte der Hof in bürgerlichem Besitz.

Sources:"Eckroth-Eckenroth-Eckenrode Family" Vol. I. and Vol. II. William E. Kirkpatrick Published by Chris Pelikan 1987.

Sources: "Most Blessed Sacrament Church Bally, PA Originally known as St. Paul's Chapel of Goshenhoppen, Berks County, PA." Information Compiled and Researched by Edward H. Quinter Pottstown, PA. In collaboration with Rev. Monsignor Charles L. Allwein Pastor-Emeritus 1976
Family links: 
  Dietherich Eckrodt
  Sibilla Mollers Eckrodt
  Margaretha Geddinck Eckroth (1709 - ____)*
  Johann Wilhelm Eckroth (1725 - ____)*
  Catharine Elisabeth Eckroth (1732 - ____)*
  Henry Eckenroth (1736 - ____)*
  Maria Gertrud Eckroth (1738 - ____)*
  John Peter Eckenroth (1739 - 1767)*
  George Eckroth (1740 - 1805)*
  Maria Elizabeth Ickerodt Lutz (1741 - ____)*
  Christopher Eckenrode (1742 - 1813)*
  Anna Margaret Eckroth Baver Hartman (1744 - ____)*
  Catharine Eckenroth Kuhn (1746 - 1815)*
  Henry Eckenrode (1747 - 1813)*
  Anna Mary Eckroth Keffer (1750 - ____)*
  Henrich husband of Anna Christina (Deitmars) Eckroth*
  John Dirck Eckroth (____ - 1757)
*Calculated relationship
Asperum Collem Mass House
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Joseph
Record added: May 21, 2010
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