Settlers in Felsönána
The village of Felsönána was situated on the von Mercy Domains in
Tolna County and was settled by Hessian settlers beginning in the mid 1720s. The
majority of these pioneering families were Lutherans although there was sizeable
numbers of Reformed among them. They formed a “united” congregation and related
to the Lutheran congregations and pastors in Varsád and Kistormás where there are
numerous entries with regard to the families in Felsönána in their church
records. The early schoolmasters were untrained men and served in an emergency
capacity because they also functioned as lay leaders in worship. Later trained
teachers served the congregation but did so secretly until the Edict of
Toleration. Several of them began the church records and copies of many of the
entries in those church books can be found in the Kistormás records as well.
The following is information gathered from several sources
and the church records in an
attempt to discover what we can about the early settlers and their origins.
Heinrich emigrated from Dauernheim, Kreis Büdingen in Oberhessen to Hungary and
settled in Felsönána. In 1734 he returned back home. He had to deal with some
property rights or inheritance issues. He offered such a rosy picture of the
situation on the von Mercy estates in Hungary that a wave of would be emigrants
followed in his wake from the whole area and Dauernheim soon
belonged to those communities where a majority of its inhabitants went in search
of their fortune in Hungary.
His wife was named Anna Margaret, born 25.11.1695 and died in Felsönána
Elisabeth was born in Oberhessen in Reimenrod, Kreis Alsfeld. She was born there
on 03.03.1741 as the illegitimate daughter of Anna Margaret Becker. Her
grandfather was named Johann Becker. She married Johann Martin Euler in Kistormás
Johann Heinrich was born 06.05.1709 in Hopfgarten, Kreis Alsfeld and died
17.09.1792 in Ráckozár in Baranya. His parents were Johann from Altenburg by
Alsfeld and his second wife Anna Margaret Jürgen the daughter of Hans Jürgen of
Hopfgarten born there 02.02.1707. Johann Heinrich emigrated with his half-brother
or uncle named Johannes from Rainrod, Kreis Alsfeld to Hungary and settled in
Felsönána. As the trusted agent and administrator of Prince Eszterházy he played
an important role in the settlement of Ráckozár and the surrounding villages in
left for Hungary in 1721 from Oberlais Kreis Büdingen and settled in Felsönána.
His 51 year-old widow Katharina died there in 20.11.1735.
Heinrich came to Felsönána from Birklar Kreis Giessen. He died on 31.10.1738. He
was from among the countless colonists who succumbed to the rigors of the heavy
work required to clear land and drain the swamps and died at an early age. He was
45 when he died. Two sons had emigrated with him, Johann Jakob and Johann Peter.
Johann Jakob was born in 1722 and married in Felsönána 22.11.1746 and his bride
was Anna Christina Schmied the daughter of the master blacksmith Andreas Schmied
and his wife Anna Clara. Following her death, Johann Jakob remarried 30.11.1749
and his second wife was Elisabeth Deckert who had been born in Mucsfa 22.04.1730
the daughter of Johann Deckert a fabric dyer from Mucsfa. She died in Felsönána
20.11.1749. The other son Johann Peter Dörmer married in Felsönána 28.11.1741 and
his bride was Peter Eberhard’s daughter Barbara.
carpenter came from Neukirchen in the Stift Fulda.
Johann from Grebenau Kries Alsfeld married Elisabeth Jäckl the daughter of Johann
Jäckl in Felsönána in 1765.
David was from Reichenbach but there are approximately 60 or more villages with
that name in Germany.
Elisabeth from Sinnerod (but could also be Winnerod, Kries Giessen). Her parents
were Johann Heinrich Funck and Anna Maria. She married Johann Konrad Koch of
Nagszékely who was a widower. They married on 08.04.1735.
Johann Heinrich came from Burggemünden, Kreis Friedberg. In 1758 he married Anna
Maria Beck. He immigrated to Hungary with Johann Peter Graulich who also settled
in Felsönána and was probably his brother.
Maria from Eichelsachsen, Kreis Büdingen born on 11.11.1723. Her parents were
Hanns Hänsel and Anna Maria. She married Johann Lein in Felsönána on 17.10.1754.
Katharina from Heubach, Kreis Alsfeld born 04.11.1728 and married in Felsönána on
18.06.1754 to Jakob Schäfer from Varsád. Her parents were Ludwig Johann Jäckl and
Anna Katharina Weiss. The parents had married on 16.10.1710. The grandparents
were Dietrich Jäckl and Johann Welten Weiss.
was the brother of Anna Katharina.
Karl from Isenburg-Fürdingen was married to Anna Maria Sauer. Among his relatives
was Johann Friedrich Kring who acted as a Godfather in 1740.
was from Rühlingshausen (but where?)
came from Walldorf, Kreis Grossgerau by Frankfurt or Walldorf in Baden by
emigrated from Wolleroth in Hessen/Kassel to Felsönána where he married.
Wolleroth cannot be located in any contemporary geographical atlas of Germany.
It was most likely the local variation of the proper name of the community that
was given orally and the recorder had to use his imagination. This happened
frequently in the church records.
Julianna born in Niedergemünden, Kreis Alsfeld 26.01.1730. She married in
Felsönána to Johann Heinrich Zarth. Her father was Matthias Nagel. He married in
Niedergemünden on 26.02.1722 and his wife was Anna Julianna Pabst the daughter of
Johann Heinrich Pabst. Anna Julianna’s grandfather was Konrad Nagel.
came from Eberbach probably in Baden by Heidelberg.
Anna Veronica came from Mohlstein, Hessen Darmstadt and married in Felsönána on
06.06.1755. Her husband was Johann Schnabel. The parents of the bride were
Johann Schleining and Anna Elisabeth.
Konrad came from Nordheim (Main) in Bavaria.
Christoph was born in Reichlos, Kreis Alsfeld on 10.11.1732. He married in
Felsönána 28.11.1758 and his bride was Anna Margaret Birkenstock. The parents of
the groom, Johann Heinrich Walther baptized on 24.08.1709 married in Reichlos,
filial of Freienstein on 07.08.1732 to Eva Katharina Jäckl born in Reichlos in
1704. Grandparents: Johann Walther who married Regina Bätz on 25.09.1708. The
maternal grandparents were Hans Andreas Jäckl from Guntzenau, who married Anna
Katharina Höll in Reichlos on 12.06.1702.
Friedrich son of Johann came from Grumenau (in the neighbourhood of Hessen
Darmstadt). On 15.12.1771 he married Anna Margaret Schell.
In addition among the earliest settlers we can also identify the following
although their places of origin are unknown.
was a Godfather in 1740.
Andreas arrived before 1744. His son, Johann Georg was confirmed in 1757.
Plätzer Johann and Anna Maria. Their daughter Anna Maria married 12.04.1751 and
her husband was Johann Wilhelm Bach, son of Johann Heinrich Bach of Dauernheim.
Witnesses included the grandfather of the bride, The Richter of the village:
Johann Heinrich Plätzer and Church Father Heinrich Krähling (Dauernheim?) and an
elder of the congregation: Heinrich Raab.
Johann Peter born before 1693 and his wife Anna Margaret born 20.08.1693 and died
in Felsönána. Children: Maria Angelika who married Johann Lang of Kalaznó in
Adam born around 1696. He died in 1769 at the age of 73 years. His wife was
Margaret Katharina. Children: Johann Georg married in Kistormás. Came from
Wiesbaden-Schierstein. Lived in Kistormás first.
Johann Kaspar was the schoolmaster from 1732-1740. His daughter was baptized on
married Anna Elisabeth Dörmer on 14.01.1745.
had a son Simon baptized in 1740
Jakob born around 1726 died in Felsönána 13.08.1780 and his wife Katharina
Margaret born 18.05.1726 died on 03.08.1780.
Franz (probably the brother of Johann Jakob) and his wife Katharina Maria had a
child baptized in 1739. On 02.02.1758 their son Johann Jakob married Margaret
Katharina Wentzel the daughter of Hartmann Wentzel and Anna Margaret.
Jakob is listed as the father of Anna Maria on her confirmation in 1757.
Georg a locksmith the son of Johann Georg Jahnson married Maria Barabara Wegmann
from Nagyszékely on 18.01.1746.
and his wife Maria had a child baptized in 1740.
and his wife Maria Dorothea’s son was born around 1753/1754 and married Anna
Barbara Schmied in Felsönána. The grandparents of the groom were Zacharias
Landmann and Anna Margaret who was born around 1697 and died in Felsönána on
04.06.1747. A Jakob Landmann from Udvari married Katharina Barbara Walther in
and his wife had a daughter born in 1743.
Georg and his wife had a child on 09.01.735 and the Godparents were Johann Georg
Kirchner and Johann Heinrich Wagner.
Christoph and his wife Susanne Maria were Godparents in 1757 for Johann Christoph
Schmidt’s daughter Elisabeth Katharina.
blacksmith may have come from Eichelsdorf, Kreis Büdingen married Anna Clara.
Christian married 07.02.1741 in Kistormás to Anna Maria Jahnson the daughter of
the Johann Georg Jahnson the local locksmith.
Hans Nickel married on 22.11.1745 to Anna Katharina Becker the daughter of Adam
a widow born around 1683 and died in 1736.
Johann Konrad married in 1739. His wife was Johanna Margaret widow of Johann