|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1681, Switzerland|
John Hottel was born Johannes Hodel about 28 June 1681, and baptized on 6 July 1681, in the village of Altishofen, about 20 miles northwest of Luzern, in the middle of Switzerland, the third child of Hans Hodel and his wife, Marie Trachsler, both born in that same place.
As a married adult, Johannes Hodel was a small farm owner in Germany, with about ten acres of land, including the start of a vineyard, near the village of Alsheim bei Gronau. Alsheim is southwest of Ludwigshafen & Mannheim, west of Heidelberg, northwest of Speyer, and east of Kaiserslautern. The ruins of Gronau Castle are just outside the village of Alsheim---hence "bei Gronau."
Johannes Hodel married first to Elisabetha, born about September 8, 1686; she bore him four children: Barbara, Charles, George, & Elizabeth, before she died on December 21, 1726, and was buried at Alsheim bei Gronau on December 22, aged 40 years, 3 months, 14 days.
Johannes Hodel married second on June 23, 1728 to Maria Margaretha "Margaret", widow of Caspar Rheinwald, and daughter of Johannes Steph. She had one son from her first marriage: Johann Heinrich Rheinwald.
John & Margaret Hottel had one son, Johannes, shortly before they emigrated to America. The family then consisted of Johannes, 51, his wife Margaret, 30, his children: Barbara, 19, Charles, 14, George, 10, baby John, 1, and Margaret's son from her first marriage: Henry, 7. They probably traveled by boat down the Rhine River to Rotterdam. There they boarded the ship "Pennsylvania Merchant," probably in June 1732. They landed in Colonial America at Port Philadelphia on September 11, 1732, the year George Washington, father of our country, was born. The spelling of the family name was changed when they came to America simply because they sailed on a ship of English registry, where the clerk responsible for listing the passengers spoke no German. He wrote what he thought he heard these German passengers saying, and so Johannes Hodel became John Hottel. They settled for a while in the northern part of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, then followed the trail of many others down into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, not later than 1745. They were active members of the Reformed or Lutheran faith.
The location of John Hottel's grave in Keller Cemetery is no longer known; but a descendent, John T. Hottel & his family, erected a new memorial monument in the cemetery. It was dedicated on September 11, 1982, 250 years to the day since the Hottel family arrived in America from Europe.
Please view the family website at www.hottelkeller.org
Elisabetha Hottel (1686 - 1726)*
Barbara Hottel Keller (1713 - 1798)*
Johann Georg Hottel (1722 - 1782)*
Created by: steven coulter
Record added: Oct 12, 2007
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