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 Friedrich Wilhelm Aderhold

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Friedrich Wilhelm Aderhold

  • Birth 30 Oct 1748
  • Death 1807 Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Dallas, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 16670107

Born in Uthleben, Prussia (now in Nordhausen District, in the Thuringen area of central modern-day Germany) - his godfather was his grandfather, Nicol ADERHOLD. Appears as Frederick ADERHOLD in Colonial records and Frederick William in U.S. records. Called Frederick. Son of Johann Caspar ADERHOLD. Apprenticed as a tailor and accomplished a "walking tour" as part of his training. Married 26 JUL 1767 in Berghausen, Prussia (now Nassau District, Germany), to Maria Elisabeth Johanette ISHEIM. Immigrated ca. 1773 to the colony of Pennsylvania (churchbook in Germany has a note by his name "Went to America"). Fought in the American Revolutionary forces with the Pennsylavnia Militia as a resident of Yorktown. Father of four sons. Will made December 1806 and probated January 1807.

A special note regarding the son of Friedrich & Elisabeth (ISHEIM) ADERHOLD named Jacob (1775-1853). That I am aware of, there is no primary source record that his name was ever anything but Jacob (if there is something I am not aware of, I would appreciate having it brought to my attention). I believe some of his descendants received through oral tradition the datum that their ancestor, Jacob Israel ADERHOLD (1814-1870), was named for his father. I have come to the conclusion that what this meant was that the son was named *Jacob* for his father, not that the father was named Jacob Israel.

It is my understanding that all four sons (John Conrad, John George, Jacob, and John William) were bestowed the given names of their respective godfathers, which is why three of them coincidentally have the first name John. The first two were born and christened in Prussia, in 1768 and 1772, respectively. Jacob was born 1775 in the colony of Pennsylvania, and under British law, only royalty and nobility could have more than one given name (which is why all the Founding Fathers have only one given name) - so the godfather for whom Jacob was named could only legally use one given name, and Jacob could only be christened with one given name; during that period, his parents appear in records simply as Frederick and Elizabeth. John William was born 1778, after independence was declared, and the limit of one given name consequently no longer applied.

If there are other facts bearing on this matter, I would appreciate knowing of them, but based on the information I have seen thus far, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth was named simply Jacob ADERHOLD.


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  • Created by: John Mallory Land
  • Added: 16 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16670107
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Friedrich Wilhelm Aderhold (30 Oct 1748–1807), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16670107, citing Beaver Dam Cemetery, Dallas, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by John Mallory Land (contributor 46870015) .