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 Johann Conrad Kerschner

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Johann Conrad Kerschner

  • Birth 15 Sep 1717 Germany
  • Death 21 Apr 1791 Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Shoemakersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 44034902

Conrad Kirscher (Kerschner), born: 1717 in Germany. He arrived on the Ship ELIZABETH, August 27, 1733 from Palatinate of Germany by the way of Rotterdam, Holland and settled with his parents in the Hain's Church-Warnerville region of what was then Lancaster County and is now Berks County, Pennsylvania.

According to the ship passenger list, Conrad Kerschner was born 1719. A new tombstone placed beside the old original red stone reads: Conrad Kirschner born: 1717 and died: 1791. Dr. A. G. Kerschner of Norristown, Pennsylvania had the new gray granite stone placed beside the original stone in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery (now the Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery). The original reads:

German:
Heir Ruhet Der Leib
Von Conrad Kirschner
Gebore D 15 Sept. 1717
er Starb Dewn 21 ten April; 1791
Alter 73 Jahr 7 mo und 6 tag
Leichen Tex
Nahemia Cap 13 verse 29

Translation:
Here lies the body
of Conrad Kirschner
Born: 15, Sept., 1717
He died 21 of April, 1791
Funeral Tex
Jeremiah Cap. 13, verse 29

Conrad Kirsachner left the Wernerville region because of too many mountains and hills. He moved to Windsor Castle region because the land was better. It was during the days of the Frenc h and Indian Wars but the Indians were back of the Blue Mountains.

Conrad Kirschner is buried in Zion Church of Christ Cemetery (formerly the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery) in Windsor Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The cemetery is located between Shoemakersville and Windsor Castle, Zion Church of Christ is a beautiful dark red brick church, standing upon a slight hill to the right of the road. It has one tall spire and a shorter one to the left.

Conrad Kirschner, like many others of that time, were deeply religious and anxious for the spread of worship of the Gospel. It was therefore neccary to have a house of worship closer to their homes. conrad Kirschner had moved his farm in windsor Township, close to the sight of the Ziuon Lutheran Church. He journeyed to Philadephia as early as 1759 or 1760 for the purpose of getting a grtant of land on which to erect a church and schoolhouse. William Penn's sons granted hin a tract of 40 acres of land upon which a log church was built in 1861. Thirteen or fourteen years later the original church was replaced by a larger and finer building. These two chrches stood at the very southern end of the cemetery. This stone church was in use during the Revolutionary War as an arsenal and store house when food and clothing were solicited for the army. During the war, the congregation assembled in a barn belonging to Conrad Kershner to worship. They also met there when the third church was being built.
THE KERSHNER FAMILIES OF MARYLAND 1731-1977 VOL. I, by Mary Kershner Maxwell.

"At the Courthouse aforsaid, August 27, 1733.
Fifty eight Palatines who with their families making in all one hundred and seventy two Persons, were imported here in the SHIP ELIZABETH, of London, Edward Lee, Master, from Rotterdam, but last from Dover, as by Clearance thence, were qualified as before." Minutes of the Proviuncial Council. printed in COLONIAL RECORDS, VOL.III, Pages: 5 and 6.

List 30B -- Palatines imported in the SHIP ELIZABETH, of London, Edward Lee, Master, from rotterdam, but last from Dover, pt Clearance thence, Qualified aug. 27, 1733.

Johannes Kesnoser, farmer, age 50 (first namne on the list of men).
Kertroudt (Gertrude) Kesnoser, age 50, (first name on the list of women).
Conree (Conrad) Kesnoserm age 14, (first name on the list of children).
Johan Yerck (George) Kenoser, age 12, (second name on the list of children).
PENNSYLVANIA GERMAN PIONEERS VOL. I, by Ralph Strassburger, pages: 113-115 and 765-767.

The Oath of Allegiance
Conrad Kerschner of Windsor Township, part of the First Battalion, Berks County Militia under Captain Nicholas Scheffer on duty at New Town, January 2, 1777.
BLUE BOOK OF SCHUYLILL COUNTY, by Ella Elliott, pages: 143-144.


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  • Created by: Richard Parker
  • Added: 7 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44034902
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johann Conrad Kerschner (15 Sep 1717–21 Apr 1791), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44034902, citing Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery, Shoemakersville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Richard Parker (contributor 47021994) .