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  • ID: I00073
  • Name: Johannes "John" Walrath
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1712 AND 1717 in Livingston Manner or Schoharie, New York/Schoharie, Schoharie Co., NY
  • Death: AFT 1764
  • Note:
    Reference: LDS FHC.

    See the following e-mail from Jerome "Jerry" Walrath (dated May 23, 2001):

    "I received a message from Teri Popp regarding the ancestry of Johannes Wa
    lrath Wallrath/Wallrad/Walrad). Johannes is assumed to be the youngest s
    on of Gerhardt and Maria Reffi Walrad, born most likely in East Camp on t
    he Hudson River. Some early researchers confused Johannes with Johan Ado
    lf, son of Heinrich Conrad Walrad, the other 1710 Palatine emigrant. T
    he 1746
    will of Henry Wallrad (as signed) gives his sons as Hendrick and Johan_Ado
    lf. Johan_Adolf was later known just as Adolf, which is the way his 17
    83 will was signed. There is no documented proof that Johannes was t
    he son of Gerhardt, but he could not have been a son of Heinrich Conra
    d. It is my belief that Heinrich Conrad was a son of Gerhardt and his f
    irst wife Eva Elisabetha NLN, either the one listed as "unnamed son" bo
    rn in 1691 to Gerhardt Walrad and wife Eva Elisabetha. Eva Elisabeth di
    ed in 1693 and Gerhardt, widower, married Maria Reffi in 1695. Hunter
    's Subsistenance lists show that Gerhardt Walrath had children, at lea
    st 2, born in America. The son born and bapt. in 1700 as Johann Adol
    ph is my direct ancestor. He was later known as Johann Adam and then ju
    st Adam. Henry Z. Jones explains this name change in "More Palatine Fami
    lies"- A child bapt. as Adolph could be called Adam, but a child bap
    t. as Adam was never called Adolph....go figure. If you have acce
    ss to "The Palatine Families of New York" by Henry Z. Jones, you will fi
    nd information on Gerhardt and Heinrich Conrad Wallrad. The German chur
    ch records for Gerhardt show the name spelled as Wallrad, Walrad, Wallrat
    h, and Walrath. The Simmendinger index uses the spelling Wallerath. Hu
    nter's lists spell the name Walrath. In the early Mohawk valley church a
    nd colonial records the name is also spelled Walradt, Walrod, Woolradt, am
    ong other variations. Many descendants today use these various

    Johann Adam (aka Johann Adolph) is my direct ancestor. He married Anna B
    arbara (Jones suggests the possibility that her name was Ritter
    ). It is assumed that he was the brother of Johannes as there are many t
    ies between these two families in the Mohawk Valley, specifically Stone Ar
    abia in now Palatine Twp. Adam's son Henry (Hendrick, Heinrich, etc.) w
    ho married Catharina Klock was his son, and most likely they were the spon
    sors of Henry Johannes. Incidentally Catharina was the daughter of Johan
    guergh 'Old George' Klock and Maria Catharina Margaret Wallrad, the d/o He
    inrich Conrad
    Wallrad. I can send you copies of the info. from "The Palatine Famili
    es of New York" if you do not have access to a copy. Gerhardt was o
    ne of the three Palatine deputies who went to England to petition the Ki
    ng and Queen for justice from Gov. Hunter. Unfortunately they were not s
    uccessful and Gerhardt either died in England or aboard ship returni
    ng to America. "

    Some records indicate that Johannes' parents were Gerhardt and Anna Mar
    ia [Reffi] Walrath, while others indicate they are Hendrich Conrad and Chr
    istina (some provide Catharina) Walrath. The following information is fr
    om the Walrath Family Association's newsletters found on line.

    A man by the name of Hendrich (also sp. Henrich) Conrad Wallrath (who marr
    ied a Christina Matheus) and Gerhardt Walrath (also sp. Walraht) both arri
    ved in New York as part of the Palatine immigration. See "Early Eighteen
    th Century Palatine Emigrations," by Walter Allen Knittle, at p. 290. Bo
    th men ended up in the same area of New York, probably further adding to t
    he confusion and intermingling of the information. It is possible that t
    he two men were brothers or cousins.

    The "Walrath Family Newsletter," in Newsletter #15, at p. 6, discusses t
    he lineage of Johannes Walrath who married Amelia Sutz as being the s
    on of Gerhardt and Anna Maria [Reffi] Walrath versus being the son of Hen
    ry and Catharine Walrath. The discussion is a little hard to follow, b
    ut it centers on the fact that the Johann born to Henrich and Catherine co
    uld not have been old enough to be Johannes' father based on the confirm
    ed birthdate of Amelia Sutz.

    Newsletter #18, p. 4, later provides the following information regarding t
    he parentage of Johannes "John" Walrath.

    You should note, however, even though Newsletters #15 and 18 provide for t
    he belief that Gerhardt and Anna Maria [Reffi] Walrath are, indeed, Johann
    es' parents, other issues listed his parents as Henry Walrath and Christi
    na (further adding to confusion!). However, I should also say that the pa
    rentage of Johannes appearing as Henry and Christina is only in the earli
    er issues of the Newsletter (prior to issues #15 and #18 being printed).

    In addition, the Hendrich Conrad Walrath that some researchers list as t
    he father of my Johannes "John" Walrath, was born in 1737 in Palatine Town
    ship, Montgomery County, New York. He died January 3, 1791. He married C
    atherina Matheus in about 1758. In comparison, my Johannes "John" Walra
    th was born in 1717 and died in 1756. As you can see from the dates, Hend
    rich and Catherine could not possibly have been Johannes "John" Walrat
    h, b. 1717 who m. Amelia Sutz.

    Newsletter #45, at p. 4, provides copies of the birth records from the Dut
    ch Reformed Church in Stone Arabia. In those records, you can see that Jo
    hannes and Amelia [Sutz] Walrath are having children in the same time fra
    me that Henrich and Catharina Walrath are having their children, further l
    ending to the belief that Johannes and Henrich (at least, the one that mar
    ried Catharine) were contemporaries, not son and father. This listing al
    so shows "who" the sponsors (or godparents) were for each child listed.

    Father: Gerhardt Wallrath b: BEF 1680 in Runkel, Germany
    Mother: Anna Maria Reffi b: in Montgomery, Orange County, New York

    Marriage 1 Amelia Sutz b: 26 FEB 1713/14 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York
      1. Has No Children Gerhart "Garret" Walrath b: ABT 1739 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York
      2. Has No Children John J. Walrath b: ABT 1741 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York
      3. Has Children Mary Magdelena Walderon b: ABT 1743 in Pennsylvania or Stone Arabia, Montgomery, New York
      4. Has No Children William Walrath b: 1747 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York
      5. Has No Children Catherine Walrath b: ABT 1749 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York
      6. Has No Children Adolph Walrath b: 20 MAY 1752 in Stone Arabia, New York c: 20 MAY 1752 in Palatine, Stone Arabia, Mntgmr, New York
      7. Has No Children Johann Peter Walrath b: 23 APR 1757 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York
      8. Has No Children Henry Johannes Wallrath b: 3 APR 1760 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York c: 13 APR 1760
      9. Has No Children Isaac Walrath b: 15 NOV 1761 in Palatine, Montgomery County, New York c: 5 DEC 1762
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