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German Ancestry


My German ancestry is thru two basic families the Schlegels(Slagles) and Stines(Stein or Stone).

The Slagle family descends from the immigrant, Christoph Friedrich Schlegel, who was born October 24 1676 and died about 1772. He left Saxony for America between 1697 and 1700 first settling in Germantown, Pennsylvania. It is speculated he was associated with Pietism, a revivalist movement in the German Lutheran Church and that he came to North America for religious freedom. Some genealogists suspect Christoph was even a member of the secret Rosicrucian Order.

He later moved from Germantown, southward to the Susquehanna Valley. He is believed to have built the first water mill within the Susquehanna watershed.

If a genealogist were to follow his movements and land purchases in his lifetime, they would find he was quite wealthy. The inventory of his estate is said to be one of the seventh largest in the colonial period.

On May 6 1746, He married Ann Maria “Mary” Eyster, daughter of the German Immigrant, Johann Jaqcob Eyster. Mary and Christoph had eight Children; Hanna, Daniel, Jacob, Christopher, Henry, Catherana, Mary Magdalena, and Susanna.

It is from his son Jacob I descend by Mary Barbara his second wife.

Jacob Schlegel was born June 10 1723 in Lancaster, PA, and died before April 9 1790 in Berwick Twp., York, Pa. He married Mary Catherine Klee May 6 1746 in Hanover, York, Pa. She was the daughter of Johann Nicholas Klee and Catherine whose last name is unknown. They were the parents of 12 children. She was born February 26 1729 in Germany, and died March 18 1775 in Lancaster Co., Pa. He married Mary Barbara (last name unknown) on June 25 1776. Jacob fathered and additional 7 children by Mary Barbara before his death in 1790. Mary Barbara married Jacob Stine and apparently moved to Frederick County Virginia.

Jacob Slagle's will was recorded in Berwick Township October 22, 1789 and proved April 10, 1790 Executors:  Jacob Rudisell and Henry Slagle. Wife:  Barbara Slagle. Children:  Christopher, Louise m. Mathias Smisser, Susanna, Jacob, Helena m. Conrad Sherman, Magdalena m. George Eyster, George, Catharine m. Godlip Smith, Salomy, David, Christiana, John, Mary, Gloria, Joshua, Elizabeth and Eve. 

 Children of Jacob SCHLEGEL and Mary BARBARA are: 

  11   i. John SLAGLE was born 21 Aug 1777, and died Bef 1824.

  12   ii. Mary SLAGLE was born 5 May 1779. She married Frederick GELWICKS. 

  13   iii. Peter SLAGLE was born 10 Feb 1781, and died Bef 1790.

  14   iv. Gloria SLAGLE was born 28 May 1782, and died Jul 1817. She married Charles SPRENKEL. He was born 28 Apr 1779 in York Co., PA, and died 13 Nov 1854 in Hanover, York, PA. 

  15   v. Joshua SLAGLE was born 24 Apr 1784.

  16   vi. Elisabeth SLAGLE was born 7 May 1786. She married Daniel RESH. 

  17   vii. Eve SLAGLE was born 5 Oct 1788. She married Lewis STINE.

The ancestry of my Great Great Grandfather Lewis Stine is unknown but the following facts would lead to the conclusion that he may have well been related to the Jacob Stine who married the widow Mary Barbara Slagle, possibly a son from a previous marriage.