DWS: name Jacob is speculation. Our Christopher's father has not been proven.
Need to research the French migration to Germany across the Rhine to escape persecution after France's King Louis 14 revoked the Edict of Nantes on15 October 1685.
Jacob as the father's name From WFT Vol 21Tree #1077:
There may be a link with Johannes Georg Ludwick who died Jan 1769 and was the father of Mary Ludwick Hays 'Molly Pitcher'. Needs research.
Matthias Heffner Haeffner
DWS: Name From WFT Vol 21Tree #1077:
DWS: Copy of Will provided by Elmond D Holbrook to Doug W Schueths:
"The text is taken as best can be transcribed from a copy of the will.
Last Will and Testament of Matthias Heffner Proved July 15, 1785 Inventory filed January 18, 1786
In the Name of God Amen. The Twentyfourth Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two I Mattheusz Haeffner of Manhaim Township in the County of York in Pennsylvania (in made-spelling) being sickly, old and weak in Body but of perfect Mind and Memory Thanks be given to God therefore for calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that is Appointed for all Men once to Dye do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommand my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it and for my Body I recommand it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and Decent manner at the Discretion of my Executor nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I Shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and as Touching Such Worldly Estate where with it hath Pleased God to bless me in this Life I give Devise and Dispose of the Same in the following manner and form Imprimis it is my will and I do order That in the first Place all my Just Debts and funeral charges be Paid and Satisfied Then I give and bequeath unto my Dearly beloveth Wife Markret all and Singular my Household Goods and Moveables that is to say all what so ever I shall have by the Time of my Death that I give unto my said wife Markret and her Heirs wherefore and whereof and out of wich my Said Estate my Said Wife Markret Shall Pay unto my own Childrings and to my Childrins Childring Such as Shall hereafter be mentioned So as follows that is to say first my Wife Markret Shall Pay unto my oldest Daughter Ana Mary the sum of one Shilling sfairling wich Shall be her Respect if part in full what She Shall have yet out of my Estate [because my Estate is very Little] ferder it is my will that my wife Markret Shall Pay unto my Daughter Apolon the Sum of one Shilling sFairling wich shall be her Respect if Part in full out of my Estate ferder it is my will that my wife Markret Shall, either give the fron (farm) I have wich I have yet unto the four sons of my oldest Daughter Ana Mary that is to Pay Jacob Laudwick and Conrad Laudwick and George Michael Laudwick and Abraham Laudwick Each of the four shall have Eaquill Shear of that my Said fron I have ferder it is my will that my said wife Markret shall give unto the above named Jacob Laudwick [the oldest son of my oldest Daughter] my Biblia and my Songbook wich I give and bequeath unto the said Jacob Laudwick but this is my will that if my wife should want to keep my fron I have she may keep him if She dos Pay the Sum of Three Pound in Gold or Silver in Eaquile Shear unto the above named four sons of Christopher Laudwick Deceased ferder I Make and Nomenate my well Trusty Naiber Christopher Schroth to be my Hole and Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterlly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills Legacies and Executors by me in any ways before this time Named willed and bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and year first above and within Written. Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the Said Matheusz Haeffner as his Last will and Testament in the Presence of us the Subscribers.
(Their marks)(His Mark)
Nicholous Wolfgang Matheus Haeffner
York Co, Pennsylvania - Before me Jacob Barnitz, Deputy Register for the probate of will and franking Letter of administrations in and for the County of York in the State of Pennsylvania, personally came George Ruhlman and Jacob Brunckhart two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing Contained in the two foregoing pages of this sheet of paper, and on their Solemn Oath, Do severally say that they were personally present and saw and heard the aforenamed Matthias Heffner make his mark unto and seal and publish the said foregoing instrument of writing as and for his last Will and Testament, and that at the time of the doing thereof he the said Matthias Heffner was of sound disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and Belief; And that they respectively made their marks thereto as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator and at his request and also in the presence of each other, and that they also saw Nicholas Wolfgang the other witness make his make thereto and witness at the same time.
Sworn Subscribers at York this (Their Marks)
15 Day of July 1785 George Ruhlman
Before Jacob Barnitz DR Jacob Brunckhart"
DWS: ancestry.com family tree: CZERNY FAMILY TREE
BIRTH 1704 Malterdingen, Emmendingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
DWS: Shown as Markret in Matthias's will.
DWS: ancestry.com family tree: CZERNY FAMILY TREE
BIRTH 1712 Germany
mentioned in father's will.
Date of birth abt 1736 from Elmond D Holbrook
Date of birth abt 1738 from Elmond D Holbrook
Date of birth abt 1739 from Elmond D Holbrook