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George Heinrich Ernsberger
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Birth: 1720, Germany
Death: Feb., 1754
Pennsylvania, USA

Birth*: George was born in Germany (Palatinate) circa 1720.
Biography*: Henry, as he was commonly called, is listed on the passenger list of the ship Charming Nancy, Charles Stedman, Master. He arrived in the port of Philadelphia on October 8, 1737. He took the Oath of Allegiance that same day. The passengers were Palatines imported from Rotterdam, last from Plymouth. The spelling of his name on the original ship list was Georg Henrick Ansparger. On a different copy of the same list Henry's name is spelled Jerg Heinrich Ernsperger. Henry was most probably single, but over 16 years of age since he took the oath of allegiance. That would make his date of birth circa 1720. It is possible that the Christian Hersberg also on the same ship, with his wife Barbara and his children Anna and Peter, is a brother to Henry, but no proof of that has been found. Henry was a cordwainer (leatherworker who made things of cordovan, especially shoes) and a farmer. He married Maria Magdalena Rausch about 1740-41, probably in the First Reformed Church of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, although a record has not yet been found. (From cemetery records) One of the earliest found records of land transactions is that of Henry Ernsperger (Arnsperger) buying 99 acres of land from Hans Neisley in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Hans Neisley had bought 200 acres of land from Christopher Franciscus. He sold 99 acres to Henry on 15 April, 1747 and another 100 acres to Phillip Knight. The warrant was dated 26 April, 1748 and returned by Henry 28 April, 1748. Henry received his patent 2 May 1748. Conestoga Township is located in the southwest portion of Lancaster County. Its western border is the Susquehanna River. It is bordered on the northwest by Manor Township and Manheim Township, on the north by Lampetre Township, and on the south by Martock Township. Henry's land was in close proximity to Conestoga Creek and Mill Creek in that township. On 16 January, 1750, Henry and Magdalena mortgaged 99 acres to Phillip Ellog for 100 pounds; signed by Henry in German. Soon after this Henry and Magdalena decided to move to Donegal Township which lies west of Conestoga Township along the Susquehanna River. Henry sold his 99 acres in Conestoga Township to Daniel Keepots on 5 July, 1751. He received 370 pounds for his land. Between 1751 and 1754 Henry and Magdalena purchased 225 acres of land in Donegal Township. It appears Henry either became very ill or had a serious accident sometime in January, 1754. His will is dated 25 January, 1754 and it was witnessed by Christian Fox and Charles Glasses. The will was verified on 6 March 1754. From this Henry died sometime in February, 1754. The inventory of the estate was filed 6 March, 1754 and valued at 556 pounds 19 shillings 6 pence. Henry did not mention his children in his will except to leave 1/3 to them. Henry died at a relatively young age. Probably 35-40 years old. He left Magdalena with probably six minor children. The oldest being about 12 years old and the youngest being only 2 years old. Magdalena remarried within one year of Henry's death to Christian Fox (Fuchs), a witness to Henry's will. On 5 March 1755, Christian and Magdalena Fox petitioned the Court to sell part of the 225 acres of land from Henry's estate to pay debts of the estate. The petition was granted. On 18 May 1755 Christian and Magdalena were sponsors for the baptism of Magdalena Grund, daughter of Henry and Catherine Grund, in the First Reformed Church of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Magdalena and Christian bought and sold land in Donegal Township through 1772. About this time, they moved into York County, which is across the Susquehanna River from Donegal Twp. Christian is buried in the Reformed and Lutheran Cemetery, in Arendtsville. Arendtsville is located twenty miles north of Hagerstown, Maryland, where Christopher Ernsberger settled.
Psgr List*: He was listed on a passenger list in Lancaster, PA, 8 October 1737, ship. Charming Nancy,4,5,6
Marriage*: He married Maria Magdalena Rausch in Lancaster, PA, circa 1740.
Name Variation: George Heinrich Ernsberger was also known as Henry Arnsberger, Ernstberger, Ehrensberger, Ansbarger Variant spelling of the name includes: Ernstberger, Arnsberger, Ansbarger, Ehrensberger.7,8,9,10
Will*: He made a will in Lancaster, PA, on 25 January 1754. Official translation made by Abraham Myer and filed in the Court in 1754.

Henry Ernstberger: In the name of God father son and Holy Ghost know all men by these presents and to whom these presents shall or occasion have to know and wear as the soul is made to the likeness of God .... (translation indicates next line is unreadable)
Any of worldly goods unto the hand and grace of God if they should depart from my body and my body interment to be buried in a christian like and decent manner at the resurrection received the same again by the mighty power of God.

2nd My world estate belonging thereto left after my deceased I give and bequeath the third part to wife Magdalena the moveables as may be named as at will and she shall be Heirs thereto as __ the plantation belonging so I give my will that she shall do therewith what she pleases or find it to be best but if she should not be able to manage said plantation then she shall sell it by herself or upon the ____ ____ the third part thereof she shall be a Heirs thereto this I have willed by my good and sound mind & memory that these presents shall stand before ___ and worLancaster, PAdly offices. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal.

Henry Ernsperger Seal (this was signed in original German script)

Donegal the 25th day of January 1754
Christian Fox Charles Glasseo

Lancaster __ March the 6th 1754 Before me the subscriber came Christian Fox and Charles Glasseo the witnesses to the within written testament and on their __ and say that they were present and saw and heard Henry Ernsberger the testator within named sign seal publish pronounce and declare the within writing __ and for his last will and Testament and at the doing thereof he was of sound deposing mind memory and understanding according to the best of their knowledge observation and being.


Elizabeth Ernstberger+ b. c 1740
Maria Agnesia Ernsberger+ b. 9 Mar 1742, d. 4 Apr 1815
Ulrich Ehrensperger b. c 1744
Christopher Arnsberger Sr+ b. c 1746, d. b 11 Jun 1811
Maria Dorothea Ernstberger b. 1 Dec 1748
Paul Arnspiger+ b. c 1750, d. 18 Jul 1822
George Henry Arnsberger+ b. 14 Feb 1751, d. Mar 1804
Michael Ernstberger b. c 1753

source cited; arnspiger 
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  Maria Magdalena Rausch Ernstberger Fox (1726 - 1802)*
*Calculated relationship
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Record added: Apr 11, 2013
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George Heinrich Ernsberger
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