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Melchior Johann Hengst (1731-1802)

Melchior Johann Hengst was born about 1732 in the Palatinate region of Germany. He immigrated on the ship named Ann, which arrived at the Philadelphia port on September 28th 1749. Melchior died March 1802 in York County Pennsylvania. His will was signed July 4th 1801, and probated March 8th 1802. His son, Michael, was the executor.  [1] 

Melchior (Michael) married about 1753 to Maria Catherine Meckele who was born about 1735 in Elsheim, located in the Rhineland Palatinate region of Germany.

Maria's father was Christian Meckele who was born about 1700 in Elsheim, located in the Rhineland Palatinate region of Germany. Christian died about 1764 in York County Pennsylvania. Christian also was the father to a son named Christian, [2]  who was born about 1740 in Elsheim, located in the Rhineland Palatinate region of Germany.

Christian Meckele had the following children:

a.  Maria Catherine Meckele married Michael Hengst

b.  Christian Meckele married Maria Catherine. Their children were. [3] 

1.  Maria Catharina Meckele daughter of Christian and Maria Catharina Meckele; born October 16th 1774; baptized November 27th 1774. Witnesses: Michael Hengst and Maria Catharina, his wife.

2.  Johann Michael Meckele son of Christian and Maria Catharina Meckele, born March 1781, baptized April 15th 1781. Witnesses: Michael Hengst.

3.  Margaret Meckele daughter of Christian and Catharina Meckele, born August 19th 1785, baptized October 16th 1785. Witnesses: Margaret, daughter of Michael Hengst.

Michael's wife, Maria was not mentioned in his will, so she must have died prior to 1801, when Michael's will was signed. Michael and Maria Hengst's children were all born in York County Pennsylvania. The following were the only children listed in Michael's will.

i.    Catherine Hengst was born about 1756, and married Mr. Vandermullen.  [4] 

ii.   Christian Hengst was born February 28th 1758, and baptized April 2nd 1758.  [5]  Most likely died prior to Michael signing his will in 1801.

iii.   Jacob Hengst was born about 1765. [6] 

iv.   Margaret Hengst was born January 24th 1760, and baptized privately on February 15th 1760.  [7]  She married Godfrey Kleindrenst. [8] 

v.    Eva Hengst was born about 1763, and married George Philips. [9] 

vi.   Michael Hengst was born February 6th 1771. [10]  He married Juliana Harbaugh

vii.  Elizabeth Hengst was born August 19th 1775, and baptized September 29th 1775.  [11]  She married George Wolf. [12] 

viii. John Hengst was born about 1776, and baptized February 9 th1777. [13]  John must have died prior to the 1801 signing of Michael's will.

The following child was listed by other genealogist, but cannot be verified as a child of Michael and Maria Hengst's child. Anna Margaret Hengst was born 10 A.M. May 11th 1761, and baptized May 31st 1761. [14] 

There is an Ann Mary Hengst in a Lutheran Church record for May 1843, 1846, and 1854, taking communion in Delroy, York County Pennsylvania. In each case she is listed without a husband. [15]  This church and location is the Hengst family church. There was also a birth for Ann Mary Hengst on August 24th 1820, and baptized October 26th 1820.  [16]  This is most likely a relative to another Hengst.

Michael Hengst (1771-1834)

Michael Hengst was born February 6th 1771 to Melchior Johann Hengst and Maria Catherine Meckele in York County Pennsylvania. He died September 2nd 1834, and was laid to rest in Salem Cemetery in Lower Chanceford Township, York County Pennsylvania.  [17] 

Michael Hengst married about 1792 to Juliana Harbaugh (Herbach), who was born March 30th 1772 in York County Pennsylvania. Juliana's parents were John Harbaugh and Maria Christina Elisabeth Mehl.  [18]  Juliana died July 19th 1852 in Chockley, York County Pennsylvania.

The will of John Herbach is dated November 26th 1802, and was probated (proven) on February 6th 1803. The executors were George Herbach (oldest son) and Michael Hengst of York County.

John' wife was Magdalena, and their children are: [19] 

a.  George Herbach

b.  Margaret Herbach wife of Peter Zeigler

c.  Elizabeth Herbach wife of Adam Balm

d.  John Herbach

e.  Juliana Herbach, wife of Michael Hengst

f.  Polly Herbach, wife of William Johnston

Michael and Juliana lived most of their life in the area of Delroy borough, Lower Windsor Township York County Pennsylvania, which is where all of Michael and Juliana Children were born.  [20] 

i.     Samuel Hengst was born September 3rd 1800

ii.   Daniel Hengst was born September 30th 1793, and baptized November 3rd 1793.  [21] 

iii.  John Hengst was born February 8th 1795, and baptized April 5th 1795. [22] 

iv.   Jacob Hengst was born December 13th 1796

v.   Michael Hengst was born February 9th 1798, a twin with Juliana

vi.   Juliana Hengst was born February 9th 1798, a twin with Michael

vii.  George Hengst was born May 8th 1802

viii. Mary Hengst was born March 25th 1804

ix.   Zachariah Hengst was born March 25th 1804

x.    Benjamin Hengst was born April 15th 1807, and baptized May 7th 1807.  [23] 

x.   David Hengst was born June 25th 1809

xii.   Elisabeth Hengst was born August 11th 1811

xiii. Joseph Hengst was born October 17th 1814. He married Sarah Conway

Joseph Hengst (1814-1899)

Joseph Hengst was born November 11th 1814 to Michael Hengst and Juliana Harbaugh in York County Pennsylvania. He died April 19th 1899. [24]  Joseph married Sarah Conway who was born November 26th 1818, and died March 2nd 1890. [25]  Joseph and Sara Hengst were both laid to rest in the Pine Grove Cemetery Lower Chanceford Cemetery, York County Pennsylvania.

Joseph and Sarah had seven children who were born in Springfield Township, York County Pennsylvania.

i.    Henry Bershinger Hengst was born April 28 th1839

ii.   Amos Hengst was born November 2nd 1840

iii.  Leah Hengst was born April 30th 1843

iv.   John Hengst was born November 16th 1844

v.    Levi Hengst was born March 15th1849

vi.   Benjamin Franklin Hengst was born in September 1852. He married Annie Dietz. They had a son George Hengst Sr. who married Annie Meyers. George Sr. and Annie had a son, George Hengst Jr. who married Gloria Ryer.

vii.  William Hengst was born in July 1856

John Hengst (b. 1844)

John Hengst was born November 16th 1844 to Joseph Hengst and Sarah Conway in Springfield Township, York County Pennsylvania. He was a farmer, and farmed in both the Springfield and York Townships of York County Pennsylvania. John married Fianna [26]  Knaub October 28sup>th 1866. Fianna was born about 1847 to Henry Knaub and Elisabeth Neff.

Fianna's father, Henry Knaub was born about 1825 in Pennsylvania, and her mother, Elisabeth Neff, was born in Pennsylvania about 1810. Both Henry and Elisabeth's parents were also born in Pennsylvania, circa late 18sup>th century. Henry Knaub was also a farmer in both the Springfield and York Townships of York County Pennsylvania.

Henry and Elizabeth had the following children, who were all born in Pennsylvania.

a.  Lydia Knaub was born about 1842/43

b.  Eli Knaub was born about 1844/45

c.  Fianna (Viana or Anna or Phianey) Knaub was born about 1847/48

d.  Daniel Knaub was born about 1849/50

e.  Jessiah Knaub was born about 1850/51

f.  Elisa Knaub was born about 1864/65

g.  Sarah Knaub was born about 1866/67

In 1770 John and his wife are living next to John’s parents, Joseph and Sara, in York Township, York County Pennsylvania.

In 1880 John and Fianna Hengst’s daughter, Emma Jane Hengst wasn't living with the family,  [27]  but the other members were, and they lived in Springfield Township, York County Pennsylvania. Emma may have been living with an extended family member (Benjamin and Sara Horn) as a servant, under the name of Jane, in Spring Garden Township, York County Pennsylvania.

In 1900 the family lived on West Main Street, York Pennsylvania.

John Hengst and Fianna Knaub had the following children, who were all born in Springfield Township York County Pennsylvania. According to the 1900 census record, Fianna had 9 children, and 8 were still living.

i.    Emma Jane Hengst was born May 10th 1867 to John Hengst and Fianna Knaub, and baptized June 5th 1867 by Rev J. Smith of Paradise York County Pennsylvania. [28]  Emma is listed in the 1870 census, but lives with the Horn family in 1880. Emma died August 14th 1934 at 67 years, 8 months, 26 days. She was laid to rest in the Yoe Union Cemetery Yoe Borough York, York County Pennsylvania. Emma married: James Kenneth Taylor

ii.   Lillian Etta Hengst was born March 18th 1869. In the 1870 and 1880 census.

iii.  Alpheus Theodore Hengst was born April 5th 1871. In the 1880 census.

iv.   Milton Henry Hengst was born September 12th 1874. In the 1880 census.

v.     Ida May Hengst was born October 11 th1877. In the 1880 census.

vi.   Urben Joseph Hengst was born February 24 th1879 in Jacobus, Springfield Twp.,York County, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 and 1900 census. He married Lottie May Shearer

vii.  John A. Hengst was born February 6th 1883. Died prior to the 1900 census.

viii. William Edward Hengst was born July 5th 1885, in the 1990 census

ix.    Matilda Lucrita Hengst was born January 2 nd1887, in the 1900 census

End Notes

[1.] Melchior Johann Hengst Will: Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[2.] Christina Meckele son Named Christian: Vol. 1, Records of Friedensall (Schuster's White) Church, Springfield Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1755-1801. York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[3.] Christian Meckele married Maria Catherine and their Children: Vol. 1, Records of Friedensall (Schuster's White) Church, Springfield Township, York County, Pennsylvania, 1755-1801. York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[4.] Catherine Hengst Marriage to Mr. Vandermullen: Melchior Johann Hengst Will, Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[5.] Christian Hengst Birth and Baptism: Vol. 2, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York , York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[6.] Jacob Hengst Birth: Melchior Johann Hengst Will, Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[7.] Margaret Hengst Birth and Baptisim: Vol. 2, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York , York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[8.] Margaret Hengst Marriage to Godfrey Kleindrenst: Melchior Johann Hengst Will, Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[9.] Eva Hengst Marriage to George Philips: Melchior Johann Hengst Will, Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[10.] Michael Hengst Birth: Melchior Johann Hengst Will, Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[11.]  Elizabeth Hengst Birth and Baptism: Vol. 2, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York , York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[12.] Elizabeth Hengst Marriage to George Wolf: Melchior Johann Hengst Will, Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[13.] John Hengst Birth and Baptism: Vol. 2, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York , York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[14.] Anna Margaret Hengst Birth and Baptism: Hertzog, F. J. C.. Records, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York, York County, Pennsylvania, 1733-1800, published 1919, York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[15.] Ann Mary Hengst: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 697.

[16.] Another Ann Mary Hengst Birth and Baptism: York County, Pennsylvania, 1801-73: Canadochly Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[17.] Michael Hengst Death and Burial: The cemetery is currently known as the Canadochly Evangelical and Reformed Church Cemetery, located near the small village of Yorkanna, 4845 East Prospect Road in Lower Windson Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

[18.] Juliana Harbaugh (Herbach) Parents: John Harbaugh (1735-1803), Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs, PA 17372

[19.] John Herbach Children: John Herbach Will, Abstracts of wills from York County, Pennsylvania for the years 1749 to 1819, Wills and Estate Records, York County Archives, 1500 Pleasant Acres Road, York, PA 17402

[20.] Michael and Juliana Hengst Children: The birth dates and death dates of the children were obtained from church records, and cemetery headstone inscriptions.

[21.]  Daniel Hengst Birth and Baptism: Vol. 2, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York , York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[22.] John Hengst Birth and Baptism: Vol. 2, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, City of York , York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[23.] Benjamin Hengst Birth and Baptism: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 697; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

[24.]  Joseph Hengst Death: Calendar of Vital Records, York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[25.] Joseph Hengst Marriage to Sarah Conway and Her Birth and Baptism: Records, York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403

[26.] Fianna is spelled as it appears on the Emma Jane Hengst, Certificate of Birth and Baptism, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Rd, York Springs, PA 17372

[27.] Emma Jane Hengst: We know Emma is the daughter of John Hengst and Fianna Knaub by the names listed on Emma’s Certificate of Birth and Baptism, and Vol II. York County Biographical History, page 164-165; Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Rd, York Springs, PA 17372

[28.] Emma Jane Hengst Birth and Baptism: Certificate of Birth and Baptism, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Rd, York Springs, PA 17372

[29.]  Emma Jane Hengst marriage to James Kenneth Taylor (1865 – 1941), Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs, PA 17372

Bibliography

1. Genealogical Reports for The Historical Society of York County, Henry James Young, Director, Volume XXVIII, pp. 217, Evidences of the Hengst Families of York County before the year 1850, published 1941, York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, PA 17403.

2. Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 697; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

3. 1880 Jane Hengst Census: Spring Garden, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1207; Family History Film: 1255207; Page: 222D; Enumeration District: 020; Tenth Census of the United States, 1880; (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

4. 1880 John and Fianna Hengst Census: Springfield, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1207; Family History Film: 1255207; Page: 443B; Enumeration District: 031; Tenth Census of the United States, 1880; (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

5. 1900 John and Fianna Hengst Census: York, York, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1500; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0132; FHL microfilm: 1241500. United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900; Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.