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Erkerode/ Die Endung -rode deutet auf einen Hof auf gerodetem Land)
Averoth/ Ex Olhrod. Family
Origin of Family: Lotharingia / Germany
Suggestions would be: Latin "Ogelrode", Eckenroth Bad Kreutznach, NRW Eggerode, Billerbeck, Koblenz, Coblenz, Kowelenz, Coblentz, Koblenz Niederberg areas. There are
also areas near Duesseldorf just east Erkrath.
Please note: Endung -rath oder -rot/-rode or -roth does not matter.
Haus Bavier: (in alten Quellen auch Buer, Buir oder Buyr)
Das Haus erscheint erstmals als fränkischer Adelshof Erkerode im Jahr 1147. 1189 erscheint es als Wasserburg und Rittersitz von Daniel de Erkerode. 1221 wird ein Konrad von Erkrath (Erkerohde) erwähnt. Seine Mutter war eine Schwester des Edelherrn Heinrich von Denn (Danne). 1367 erscheint das Haus als Sitz eines Ritters von Schönrath. Sources: Haus Bavier Wilkipedia de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haus_Bavier
Eckenroth is located between Bad Kreuznach and Simmern. It is one of the smallest village located in the Stromberg area.
In the Stromberger Census (Stromberger Zinsbuch) books you can see the family listed names as "Ockenrait" and "Oeckenrod".
Die Herren von Erkenrode waren vermutlich auch
die Bauherren und ersten Patronatsherren der
Erkrad, Erckraidt oder Erckrat(h)
3 weitere Namesnstraeger: de Erkenrode de Erkenrodhe genannt.
There are three old names I am aware of:
Bernerus de Everkrothe
Siegebertus de Everekrothe
Daniel de Erkerode
It is thought that in the 12th century the town "Eggerode" in North Rhein Westphalia was founded by a Knight from "Eckenroth" of Bad Kreuznach also with the help from the Stryck family of Switzerland. The town of Eckenroth in Badkreuznach, RL-Pfalz, Germany. The town had a religious Catholic background that taught relgious education by Swiss Catholic Clergymen.
In the 17th century you see the family living near Eggerode Germany in Billerbeck, Coesfeld, Bork and the Schoeppingen area.
Families left from Rotterdam, Nederlande
Settled in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the area of the Blue Moutains near the Kings Highway near Steinsville, PA. AKA: Indian trail=Kings highway in Lynn township, Lehigh, Co., PA.
Our family was visited by Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest "Father Theodore Schneider" and also mentioned in the Goshenhoppen Records by sacraments performed at the house and at Asperum Collem or Spitzenberg in Albany township, Berks, Co., PA.
Parts of the Eckroth farm were sold to the Donat family and were later known as the Donat Farm.
My 1st generation Grandfather was killed by an Indian while plowing the field. He had his daughter with him but she had managed to escape the attack. (I don't know which daughter escaped) My uncle mentioned to me about a Indian attack in our family but would not confirm which side. He mentioned that the head had been put on a fence post. I could not get any other information but I'll try my other uncles to get what I can at a later date.
Family farm located in Lehigh Co., PA "Lynn township" Other family lines that are known to me are: Lutz, Eck, Kuhn, Henrich/Henry, Neier/Nauer, Schlosser and many others.
My family line moved to Stark Co., Ohio then to Nebraska and into Oklahoma.
Johnan/Joan/John Diet. Eckrodt and Anna Margaretha (Geddinck)....(This is the current thought of mine anyway).
George Eckroth/Eckroat and Anna Maria (Nauer/Neier) Note of interest: George's children were taken into guardianship by David Zehner, since most of George's children were under age when George Eckroth died. The Oswald family also had an interst in obtaining guardianship for the children under age 14 but in the end it was the Zehner family. David Zehner's wife was Elizabeth Henrich born March 11th 1770 in Pottsville, Schuylkill Co, PA. After George's death, Anna Mary/Maria Neier married Christian Henrich Jr.
Daniel Eckroad and Rebecca (Eckerott/Eckenroth)
(Yes, He married his cousin...so did his brother)
Jacob D. Eckroate and Barbara (Kleis)
John Ananias Eckroat and Mary Catharine (Baechler)
William M. Eckroat Sr. and Mary Alice (Hall)
William M. Eckroat Jr. and Kathryn (Kloiber)
William M. Eckroat III. and Gayle (Gasper)
I got an email from a guy in Eggerode Germany and he mentioned to me that one time they use to have these shooting matches and people would come from all around Germany and Switzerland and that something went terribly wrong, (Gun powder?), one year and people were killed and the town Priest put an end to these shooting matches... I've always wondered if part of the Jacob Egg/Eck family of Switzerland came to these matches. Jacob Egg/Eck was a gun maker. I have no other information. I also heard about the Stryck family having some interest in Eggerode Germany.
Ovid E. Eckroate wrote some information about the Eckroate family in which tells this story:
"An interesting story survives for the Eckroate ancestry. It seems there were three Eckroate brothers being pursued by Indians alone the river. (What river? perhaps the Ohio). Two of the brothers were caught and killed. The remaining brother escaped by hiding in the roots of a tree. It is from this surviving brother that the Eckroate lineage supposedly descended. The Eckroates that settled in Ohio were supposed to have come from Pennsylvania." (Ovid E Eckroate 9 March 1990.)
Research shows us that the family is Roman Catholic but in those days very few Parishes were set up in the area. (Mass houses were mostly used) In some other cases protestants would call upon a visiting Catholic Priest to administer Sacraments, even protestants themselves would request Sacraments of the Church. I have also noticed that they may have gone to the German reformed Church and part of the family has gone to the Zion Reform and Friedens.
Update note: The Friedenskirche was allowed to share the Roman Catholic Church at St. Michael's in Koblenz Germany Rhein-Hunsrueck
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