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Johann Henrich Kau
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1717
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death: 1776
Washington County
Maryland, USA

Married Anna Elisabetha Andriges March 5, 1743 in Evangelisch-Reformierte, Winterbach, Pfalz, Bayern, She was born about 1716.

Children: Susannah Catherina, b 1743; Unknown daughter, b 1745; Johann Henrich, b 1747; Johann Frederich, b 1750; Johann Theobold (Devalt/Davolt) b 1752.

The Kau family in American history began in Northwestern Europe in the early 17th century. The area known today as Germany was at the time a collection of independent kingdoms known as the Holy Roman Empire. The Kau family was described as High Dutch, a term referred to the southern mountainous region of the German speaking people.

During this time in German history, the only reason an entire family would have been allowed to leave the kingdom where they lived would have been for reasons of religious or political dissidence. This Kau family was involved in the German Reformed Church known as Dunkards. The church, an outgrowth of the Lutheran Church, had a more literal interpretation of the Bible and acquired the name of Dunkard due to their practice of immersion of dunking their members during baptism.

In the Catholic controlled section of the southern part of the Empire where the family originated, the Dunkards were persecuted, not only because they were Protestant, but because they were considered very radical just as the Puritan Pilgrims had been in England.

The family began a migration from Europe to America some time between 1753 and 1775, perhaps 1757. They traveled up the Rhine River area to Rotterdam and boarded a ship headed for the New World of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Those of the family known to have immigrated to America during this time period are these sons of Johann Henrich Kau: Johann Henrich, Hans Nicholas, Johann Friederich, and Johann Theobold (Devalt/Davolt);

and these sons of Johann Adam Kau: Johann Jacob, Johann Nicholas, Johann Ludwig (Lewis), Philippy (Philip) Adam, Johann Wolventine (Valentine), and Johann Paul Coy.

Johann Adam Kau and his wife, Maria, died at sea crossing the Atlantic.

Henrich (Henry) and Elisabeth are found living in Washington County, Maryland by 1776 as they appear in that census.

In America, the Kau surname was frequently recorded as Kow, Cow, Cowe, or Koy. The Coy spelling was used when the families moved to Ohio.

(Early ancestral research by Stephanie Martin, Christian Shively and Connie Coy Rice).
Family links: 
  Johann Ludwig Kau (1680 - 1741)
  Maria Barbara Schoefers Kau (1682 - ____)
  Anna Elizabetha Andriges Kau (1716 - ____)
  Johann Heinrich Kau Coy (1747 - 1804)*
  Johann Henrich Kau (1717 - 1776)
  Johann Adam Kau (1720 - 1761)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Presumed to be buried in Hagerstown, Maryland
Created by: Treva Poe
Record added: Aug 22, 2011
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