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John Justus Henckel

John Justus Henckel[1, 2, 3]

Male 1706 - 1778  (72 years)

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  • Name John Justus Henckel 
    Born 10 Feb 1706  Daudenzell, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _COLOR 10 
    Died 17 Aug 1778  Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "In 1750 John Justus Henchel sold his holdings in Pennsylvania and moved to Rowan, NC. In 1760 because of Indian depredations he moved with his family to Augusta County, Virginia and settled in a beautiful section known as Germany Valley. This was included in Rockingham County, Virginia, in 1778 and became part of Pendleton County in 1788. In 1863 the State of West Virginia was formed, and it included Germany Valley in the Union District of Pendleton County, West Virginia. The first improvement in Germany Valley by John Justus Henckel was the construction of a stockade with an enclosed area sufficient to house the families of his sons and sons-in-law as well as the other settlers in the immediate vicinity. This structure was known as Hinkle's Fort and was used as an outpost prior to and during the Revolutionary War. The attacks of the Indians during this period caused all settlers in this area to seek shelter and safety in this fortress. John Justus Henckel, Sr, was the recognized commander of the fort at which Colonial troops were occasionally quartered. At his death in 1778 he was succeeded by his son, Abraham Hinkle."

      From write-up by Linda Friend Adams:
      In his will Anthony Jacob Henckel left to his two youngest sons, John Justus and Anthony Jacob, the 250-acre home farm in New Hanover Township, then in Philadelphia County, now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. John Justus' share was 150 acres.In about 1730, John Justus married Maria Magdalena Eschmann, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Eschmann of German-Swiss origin, and settled on a farm near Macungie Creek, now Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, paying taxes as late as 1748 in Pennsylvania.

      By 1750 he sold his property in Pennsylvania and made the long journey down the mountain valleys from Pennsylvania into North Carolina what is now Davidson Co NC. In 1751 he was living on Dutchman's Creek in the Fork of the Yadkin, approximately 13 miles from Salisbury, Rowan County, now Davidson County, North Carolina.Their new land in West Augusta was near the Shawnee Indian Trail, so there the family built a log fort for protection in 1761-62, the site of which can still be seen today.
    Person ID I10103  Mather Schaffner Davis Henke | Ellsworth
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2020 

    Father Anthonius Jacobus Henckel,   b. 27 Oct 1668, Mehrenberg, Hessen-Nassau, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1728, Germantown, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Maria Elisabeth Dentzer,   b. 26 May 1672, Birkenau, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1744, Germantown, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1692  Daudenzell, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3456  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maria Magdalena Eschmann,   b. 1711, Berks Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1782, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 1730  Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Anna Maria Elizabeth Henckel,   b. 2 Aug 1731, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1824, Champaign Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     2. Jacob Henckel,   b. 14 Mar 1733, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1779, Hampshire Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. Catharine Henckel,   b. 18 Jan 1735, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Rebecca Henckel,   b. 5 Oct 1736, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1797, Cahokia, St. Clair Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     5. Anna Margaret Henckel,   b. 30 Apr 1741, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1805, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. Mary Magdalena Henckel,   b. 1 Feb 1743, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1829, Germany Valley, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     7. Elizabeth Henckel,   b. 20 Dec 1745, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1815, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     8. Susannah Henckel,   b. 16 Oct 1747, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Germany Valley, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     9. Abraham Henckel,   b. 20 Mar 1749, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1815, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     10. Hannah Henckel,   b. 9 Apr 1750, Lehigh Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1783, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     11. John Justice Henckel, Jr,   b. 14 Jan 1752, Salisbury, Rowan Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1794, Germany Valley, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     12. Isaac Henckel,   b. 5 Dec 1754, Salisbury, Rowan Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1824, Pendleton Co., WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2022 
    Family ID F3477  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Feb 1706 - Daudenzell, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1730 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 1778 - Pendleton Co., WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S98] Henckel Family Records 1635-1939.
      p 131-140; Wonderful information on this family and "Hinkle Fort".
      p 187 More history and family information;
      p 646 More good information.

    2. [S94] The William Largent Family, p 1-8.

    3. [S97] McCubbins' Collection, p 306.