Paternal Merkels


Paternal Merkels
My Paternal Merkel line is nearly complete and the lineage traced back to the late 1600's with Joseph Merkel from Iffezheim, Germany. Jacob Merkel was my great Grand father who left Iffezheim and came to Rochester in 1867. Jacob had 11 children in Rochester to continue the Merkel ancestry.

Jacob's brother, Anton, arrived in Rochester in 1882. His wife was Magdalena Weber. The Weber's are also from Iffezheim, Germany. I've followed the Weber's back to the 1700's in Iffezheim, Germany and continue to look for any Weber families in Rochester who may be related to them.

Jacob Merkel and Elizabeth Ruff

and their children:

Jacob Merkel is my Great Grandfather who came to Rochester in 1867 and kept the Merkel line going. He had 11 children. Only 3 of his children had descendants. Select Gustave Joseph, Anna or Edwin in the table below to see charts, photos and any notes that I have on these families.

Jacob
Gustave

8 Nov. 1872
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29 July 1873
Unnamed


18 May 1874
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18 May 1874
Lillian
Eliz.

31 May 821
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   10 Oct. 1880

Adelaide

31 Mar. 1879
-
21 Oct. 1887

Gustave
Joseph


23 July 1880
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25 Nov. 1951
Edward
George

22 Oct. 1881
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17 June 1883
Frances
Theresa

6 May 1883
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9 Feb. 1884
Florentine
Magd.

6 Aug.
1884
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26 Nov.
1884
Anna
Mary
 

2 Dec. 1886
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19 Apr. 1976
Frances
Barbara

2 Dec. 1886
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9 Apr. 1897
Edwin
Albert


13 Feb. 1897
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April 1984



8th Generation 
 Joseph Merkel

Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather

7th Generation 
 Joes Michael Merkel

Great Great Great Great Grandfather

6th Generation
  Joes George Merkel

Great Great Great Grandfather

5th Generation 
 Caspar Merkel
had 4 wives

Great Great Grandfather

4th Generation  
  Jacob Merkel
immigrated to Rochester,  NY in 1867

Great Grandfather

3rd Generation 
 Gustave Merkel

Grandfather

2nd Generation
  William Merkel

My Father

1st Generation  
 John Merkel (me)

Me  25 July 1948 - to the present

 

A little History

How did the my Merkel families evolve?

Sometime between 700 - 800 AD the Merkel families came from South Tirol (today, northern Italy) and settled in a sparsely populated area called Murgtal in the North Black Forest. They were wood cutters in what today would be the cities of Forbach, Gausbach, and Langenbrand. Around 1200 AD, my paternal Merkel branch left this area and moved northwest eventually settling in the high lands of the Rhein River as landlords of Iffezheim.

The earliest records that I have found show that my GGGGG grandfather was Joseph Merkel . He was married to Katharina Krietenweis and they had 6 children. His direct descendants continued with his son Joes Michael followed by Joes George who lead to Caspar. Caspar was a key figure in the evolution of the Merkel line. He was married 4 times. His first three wives died so for his fourth wife, he married someone from the family. Her name was Barbara Pfetzer (his second cousin, 1 generation removed) and together they had 11 children.One of those 11 children was Jacob Merkel, my Great Grandfather. In 1867, apparently via the Atlantic harbor Le Harve, Jacob emigrated to America and eventually Rochester, NY. Jacob had 11 children in Rochester including Gustave, my grandfather. Two of his other children, Edwin and Anna Mary also married. and their children Jacob Merkel is my Great Grandfather who came to Rochester in 1867 and kept the Merkel line going. He had 11 children. Only 3 of his children had descendants. Select Gustave Joseph, Anna or Edwin in the table below to see charts, photos and any notes that I have on these families.

For information about these related families, go to the following pages:

Barrett Family

Ruf Family

Peter Family

Pfetzer Family

Weber Family

Anton Merkel - brother of Jacob Merkel arrived in Rochester in 1882. On Anton's page you will also find information on the Weber and Fetzner families in Rochester.


The Iffezheim Page:
My Paternal Merkel family originated from Iffezheim, Baden, Germany. Here you will find maps and history of Iffezheim including links to other Iffezheim sites.