Johann Sebastian KunkelAge: 62 years16751737

Johann Sebastian Kunkel
Given names
Johann Sebastian
Birth February 18, 1675 45 35
Birth of a brotherHans Nikolaus Kunckel
March 20, 1677 (Age 2 years)
MarriageAnna Catharina SamerView this family
January 29, 1700 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
Melchior Kunkel
November 1700 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
Johann Georg Kunkel
March 19, 1702 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
Eva Elisabeth Kunkel
September 29, 1703 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a son
Johannes Kunkel
September 21, 1704 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a daughter
Anna Elisabeth Kunkel
September 29, 1705 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a son
Johann Peter Kunkel
April 28, 1712 (Age 37 years)
Death of a fatherHans Jacob Kunckel
April 1712 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a son
Lorentz Kunkel
about 1715 (Age 39 years)
Death of a brotherHans Nikolaus Kunckel
May 14, 1723 (Age 48 years)
Marriage of a childJohann Peter KleinfelterEva Elisabeth KunkelView this family
June 16, 1724 (Age 49 years)
Marriage of a childJohann Georg KunkelAnna Margaretha SchusterView this family
January 20, 1734 (Age 58 years)
Death October 14, 1737 (Age 62 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: about 1655Lohrhaupten, Geinhausen, Germany
22 years
younger brother
-2 years
Family with Anna Catharina Samer - View this family
Marriage: January 29, 1700Kempfenbrunn, Geinhausen, Hessen, Germany
10 months
17 months
18 months
1 year
1 year
7 years
4 years
Lorentz Kunkel
Birth: about 1715 39 37Florsbach, Geinhausen, Hessen, Germany
Death: January 15, 1756Shrewsbury Twp, York City, PA

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Sebastian Kunkel lived in the village of Floersbach in the principality of then Hessen Hanau. Three of his sons: Johannes (Hans), George and Lawrence and one daughter Eva Elizabeth left their homes between 1748 and 1751 and separately crossed the Atlantic Ocean to settle in eastern Pennsylvania. Sebastian was born, lived and died in Floersbach, a village so small that it did not even have a church. The family for several generations attended the church in Kempfenbrunn which was located about 1 1/2 miles from their village. Here can be found the record of Kunkel births, marriages, and deaths, not only for Sebastian's family, but numerous other Kunkels who were probably related. Floersbach is now part of the community called "Floersbachtal" and is located in a farming area approximately 30 miles east of Frankfort and 20 miles north of Wuerzburg. It is in the northern part of the Spessart Forest at the Hessen/Bavaria border and dates back to the Holy Roman Empire. Sebastian was baptized in the Kempfenbrunn Church. Sebastian was the second oldest of five children, four boys and a girl. Hans was listed as having an occupation of juror, which we are told was like a minor justice of the peace in the village. Sebastian met his wife Anna Catherine Samer, the daughter of Georg Samer in Floersbach. They were married at the kempfenbrunn church on 29 Jan 1700. Their first son, Melchoir, was born about 9 months later on 5 Nov. 1700. [The Sons of Sebastian Kunkel]

The sons of Sebastian Kunkel all had some money. Georg was listed as having considerably more than his brother Johannes. The Hessian government did not want to lose tax payers and charged for approval for emigration The charge for the rich was 10% and raised to 20% in 1751. Much has been written about the perils of the 4 to 5 months sea journeys to this county. The trips starting at pickup points along the Rhine River were it could take 4 to 5 weeks to reach the sea because of the frequent stops at custom-houses at which the ships were examined. They then had to cross the North Sea, making a last stop at Cowes, on the Isle of Wight in England before making the long trip crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Long waits at the various ports could consume a travelers resources. Departures were in April or May after the winter storms had subsided and most ships arrived in Philadelphia, PA in the month of September. With the parents of this family - "Sebastian and wife" both being deceased and the prevalent wars and famine that existed in Central Europe, these children had a good reason to seek a better life. The arrival with their families is well documented from both the ship captains list and the listing of those who signed - "....declaring their allegiance and fidelity to this Providence and the Government of PA." The three brothers did get together after arriving in PA, in succeeding years. This is established by both Church records and legal documents files in the Northampton County Court house after the death of Lawrence Kunkel on 15 Jan. 1756, when he was ambushed by the Indians. (Notes from: Christina Hoffman and Bob Rowland - December 2000 via).