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Ludwig Christophel Franciscus

  • Birth 23 Dec 1680 Germany
  • Death 27 Sep 1757 Lampeter, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 9176792

Born "in Grafschaft on the road to Rohrbach" in Germany, Franciscus arrived in Philadelphia in September 1710 aboard the ship Mary Hope. His first wife's name is unknown, but about 1718, in Lancaster County, he married Anna Margaretha Schwab, a native of Sinscheim, Germany. Nine children were born to them, even as they became substantial landowners. Many Americans with the name Franciscus, Francisco, or Cisco trace their ancestry to these immigrants. "Olde Chris" and his wife were initially buried in the churchyard of the First Reformed Church on Orange Street in Lancaster. In 1870 the churchyard was abolished and remains were removed to the Lancaster Cemetery. The authors of THE HOUSE OF FRANCISCUS describe this founder of the family as "a hard living, hard driving man who decided what he wanted and then went after it!"



  • Created by: Walter Brian Cisco
  • Added: 23 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9176792
  • Mike Francisco
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ludwig Christophel Franciscus (23 Dec 1680–27 Sep 1757), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9176792, citing Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Walter Brian Cisco (contributor 46626121) .