|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1758|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1834|
One fine autumn day in 1739 two young brothers began the adventure of a lifetime. They left their family, friends and home in Hettenhusen, Germany and dared to cast their lot in life on a voyage across the ocean. They sailed on The Loyal Judith from Rotterdam to the new American colonies. Johann Heinrich Handwerk (Father) and Nicholas (uncle) Handwerk landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed the required oath of allegiance and began their new life. With the coming of the Revolutionary War, both brothers being of German heritage felt little loyalty to the Crown of England and joined the Continental Army under George Washington. (Years later a great-grandson of Johann would be named George Washington Handwerk). Both survived the war and lived out their days as free Americans.
Above the front door of the oldest house in Heidelberg Township, Pennsylvania is a stone with the inscription "Hannes Handwerck mitt Gott hab ich disz haus gebaut im jahr Christi anno 1769", meaning "Johannes Handwerck with God's help I have built this house in the year of Christ A.D. 1769." The two story stone house was oriented towards the points of the compass. You can view a picture of the house at http://constitutionclub.org/2008/10/26/more-fun-with-genealogy/#more-5531,
Johann (also known as "Henry") Handwerk married and had at least five children. His son Peter Handwerk served in the Revolutionary War. His son Frederick Handwerk also a Revolutionary War soldier, married Maria Harter and had six children. Four of these children changed their last name from Handwerk to Huntwork.
Johannes Jacob Handwerk (1710 - 1791)
Barbara Lamb Handwerk (1709 - 1766)
Maria Catherina Harter (1771 - 1837)
Johannes Handwork (1787 - 1864)*
Michael Huntwork (1798 - 1831)*
Henry Huntwork (1832 - 1906)*
Maintained by: Charles H Handwork
Originally Created by: Bill Shrum
Record added: Jul 10, 2009
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