ANCESTRY of the
CHARLES HENRICH EISENHARD FAMILY
IRWIN GEORGE EISENHARD
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The purpose of this narrative is to furnish information related to the ancestry of the Charles Heinrich Eisenhard family.
In pursuit of his purpose, the writer searched for data in court house records (wills, deeds, releases, orphan court dockets and letters of administration) in a half dozen counties of Pennsylvania, in the libraries of three historical societies and in the records (origlnal and otherwise) of a dozen churches in Adams, York, Berks and Lehigh counties. Church records were also checked against tombstone inscriptions in twelve or more cemeteries, chiefly to verify birth and death dates and also from the John Franklin Eisenhart family records written by Willis Wolf Eisenhart of Abbottown, Pennsylvania.
The narrative also refers to families whose descendants married into the Eisenhart family. The information supplied might serve as a basis for further investigation into the ancestry of such families.
The plan followed in writing the account is to trace both paternal and maternal ancestry through successive generations of the direct line, commenting upon children in so far as authentic information could be located. When the wife of a member of the direct line is referred to, her ancestor is traced back through preceding generations to the first known ancestor. Outside the direct line and after the first and second generations very little Information is supplied. However, the data supplied might be used to build up more complete genealogies.
For the benefit of readers who wish to verify statements, the more important sources of information have been added at the end of each section of the narrative. Statements relating to church and cemetery records may be verified easily and quickly by consulting the excellent files of the York County Historical Society, York, Penna.; they are practically complete for Adams and York counties for the John Franklin Eisenhart family and alsofor the counties of Berks, Lehigh and Northampton for the Charles Heinrich Eisenhard family. References to Pennsylvania Archive are limited to giving the Series and the Volume; the General Indexes In Third Series, Vol. 27, 28, 29, 30; In Sixth Series Volume 15 and in Seventh Series, Volume I-V, may be consulted for the names of persons and the page where the information is to be found.
The above information with the exception of a few corrections and additions, was taken from the book
"Ancestry, of the John Franklin Eisenhart family" by Willis Wolf Eisenhart.
The middle third of the eighteenth century was a period of change In some parts of urope the feudal system was in its last death throes. In England the Industrial Revolution was getting under way; social and political reform was making headway; progress in science was rapid. In Germany much time and effort was given to the development of agriculture; the peasantry was partially freed from feudal restrictions and obligations, and compulsory education was introduced. Although land and people had suffered much from successive wars, recovery was rapid and Germany prospered. In both Europe and America discoveries and inventions changed the life of the people in country and town, as also the means and methods of communication and transportation. Finally, the general welfare of society in both continents was promoted by the diffusion of a scientific and philosophical spirit-the spirit which initiated the struggle for the "freedoms" about which we have heard so much within recent years.
It was during the period referred to that the great wave of European immigration to America reached its height. The motives of those who came varied but the spirit that controlled was identical. Immigrants sensed the oportunities in a land freed from social restrictions, religeous intolerance and politcal rivalries. They were undaunted by the hardships and privations incident to a long ocean voyage and pioneer life in an unbroken wilderness. They came because the spiritual element in their concept of life was not dwarfed by the material. To their fortitude, sacrifices and labors, the American people owe an everlasting debt of gratitude.
The Eisenhart immigrants were a part of the great mid-century wave of immigration referred to. They left the home of their childhood and their loved ones for unknow homes in America and stranger neighbors, but they were not slow in establishing themselves once they got there. Within a decade of their arrival they had acquired lands; one in Northampton County (now Lehigh), the other in York County. The spots they chose became their new homes and there they mingled with other immigrants, making friends and taking an active part in the affairs of their communities. For the most part, their descendants continue to live within the counties mentioned or in those adjoining them.
When the Eisenhart immigrants landed in Philadelphia, the first settlement in Pennsylvania was a little more than one hundred years old. It was a Swedish settlement and its career was brief and checkered. It was not until William Penn acquired title to the Province that people from other European countries began to come in large numbers. Between the years 1727;and 1776, 68,000 Germans alone entered through the port of Philadelphia. They were attracted by the fertile valleys of Pennsylvania and the freedom promised then under the rule of the Penns. The contributions of these immigrants to the social, the economic and the political development of Pennsylvania is unsurpassed in the history of American commonwealths.
The Pennsylvania of 1750 was very different from the Pennsylvania of 1682. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the Indians who lived in the southeastern part of the state when Penn arrived had, for the most part, moved out and European immigrants had occupied much of the land they vacated. One of the strongest motives for their coming was land hunger. In their eagerness to acquire it, they sometimes settled on tracts of land without first getting clear title to them. Under date of December 8, 1819, one such indenture issued to the son of the original purchaser (1758) records the son as saying that he is "in quiet and peaceable possesion of the land" for which he sought a valid deed.
Most of the immigrants prospered. Many substantial stone houses were built and much of the land was brought to a high state of cultivation. Towns sprang up in strategic centers; roads were built and a brisk trade in the commodities needed by settlers developed. Most people worked hard and long. Social contacts was brief and checkered. It was not until William Penn acquired were comparatively few, centering, for the most part, about the home and church life of the day. There were quilting and husking bees, hunting and fishing trips, barn raisings, and the cooperative comradeship at harvest and butchering times. Attendance at church services, from which members rarely absented themselves, also provided opportunity for social contacts. It was the custom, both before and after services, to gather in the church yard for firendly chat. Marriages, baptisms and funerals brought people together. Betrothed couples frequently sponsored the baptism of a child named for one of them. More often this service was rendered by a married couple, especially by near relatives. People generally were thoughtful of others; they were helpful at funerals and cheerfully assumed the guardianship responsibility in the case of under-age children whose parents had died.
Many communities had at least a small group of people belonging to one or more of the following churches; Quaker, Mennonite, Brethren, Moravian, Presbyterian, Lutheran and German Reformed.
People of the Lutheran and Reformed persuasion usually worshipped in the same building frequently using the same book to record births, baptisms, marriages deaths, etc., of their membership. Church records bear silent testimony, as also the wording of wills, to the religious convictions of the early settlers. The "big Bible," nearly always in the German language, was a much prized bequest in many a will.
In 1754 the French and Indian War broke out and settlers in the fertile valleys west of the Blue and Allegheny mountains suffered the horrors and brutalities of Indian warfare. The border counties of southeastern Pennsylvania were comparatively immune. The Seven Years War as it was called in Europe, had scarcely, ended when the struggle for independence began. Suddenly southeastern Pennsylvania found itself in the center of the conflict. Many of the emigrants and their descendants saw service in the Continental Army or in the Militia of their own county. Those who remained at home contributed in money and kind to help defray the cost of the war. Pennsylvania Archives record taxes levied by counties to help pay the Revolutionary War debt incurred by county governments.
In spite of war, the struggle to get on in life was the dominant motive- With the coming of peace many of the descendants of the immigrants who had learned a trade continued to work at It. In addition they toiled long hours cultivating lands to raise the food needed to sustain life. The lot of women was especially hard. Besides bearing large numbers of children, they had the cooking, washing spinning, weaving, sewing, preserving of foods etc., to look after. In busy seasons farmers' wives often worked in the fields also.
The wills of the immigrants and their Immediate descendants reveal the regard people had for the things that help to make life more comfortable and satisfying. Time and again, the wife is willed a bed together with bedding, especially a feather bed; she is bequeathed pots and pans, kettles and knives, or is granted the right to live in a designated room of the house, to cook in the kitchen, to use the spring house, etc.; she is bequeathed a cow, a sheep, a pig, a certain number of bushels of wheat, rye or other grain, or a certain number of pounds of beef or pork; sometimes she is willed apples suitable for drying or enough hickory wood for winter fuel, cut stove length and delivered. Sons are bequeathed suits belonging to fathers, family clocks, tools used in trades, guns, big Bibles, etc. Daughters are bequeathed chests, beds and linen, spinning wheels, riding saddles, Psalm books, etc.
These bequests indicate the value placed upon articles used in meeting the ordinary needs of life and the difficulties experienced in Providing then. They point to hard winters and cold houses; to means and methods of travel, to the scarcity of "hard money," and to the regard people had for the possessions acquired,
during a lifetime. Security played Its part in their lives, too, a security based upon individual initiative, hard work and thrift, living. Little wonder, therefore, that they sought legal titles to lands from the commonwealth after independence was won; that they insisted upon tracing ownership to the Proprietors; that they often demanded re-surveys to settle boundaries, and that they were prompt in recording deeds when they were proven to be valid. This concept of values made them meticulous in the disposition of their estates. They were nearly al~ways divided among their children, share and share alike. except where sums of money had already been received or-the wife survived her husband. Widows were always well provided for; often, however, only until they re-married. Daughters were usually given sums of money in lieu of lands were willed to sons.
Such in brief, was the life and environment of the York, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton County Eisenhards during their first hundred years In America. On the wholes the lot of their children was fraught with less hardship and want than that of their immigrant ancestor, and the communties in which they lived were more prosperous and homogenous.
The Eisenhart Family
The Eisenhart family originated in Germany. The name appears in official German records in the eleventh century. At that time an Eisenhart was attached to the court of the Babenberg family which ruled the duchy of Bavaria. Eisenharts settled in the Bavarian Woods in southern Germany; and between Wittenberg and Eisenach, in central Germany. During the reign of Louis II, King of Bavaria, an Eisenhart served as Chief of the Cabinet.
The above statements are, among others, included in a letter written October 1, 1947 by M. Amadea Eisenhart, school nurse, Josefsheim, Bad Toelz, Bavaria, Germany; the letter was addressed to Mr. M. H. Eisenhart, Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., Rochester, New York. Copy of an English translation of the letter was made available through the courtesy of Mr. William S. Eisenhart, Esq., York, Penna. The writer of the letter does not include documentary evidence in support of its statement; she does state in the letter, however, that she recorded the facts about our family tree, as a teacher .. and, as you know, study in ancestry became compulsory with us in our schools." The reference, no doubt, is to a requirement during the Hitler regime to submit evidence in support of Aryan descent.
On the 5th of May, 1949, the writer of this narrative, Willis Wolf Eisenhart, met Dr. Eberhard Mueller, Direktor der Evangelishen Akademie, Bad Boll, bei Goppingen, Germany. Dr. Mueller had come to America in the interests of the youth of Germany. On hearing the name, Eisenhart, he said that he knew Eisenharts who live in that part of Wurtemberg which borders the Black Forrest.
During the year 1948, the writer, Willis W Eisenhart, corresponded with a pastor of the Lutheran Church located in Kaiserslautern, Germany, his purpose being to secure information about his immediate European ancestry. The pastor was successful in enlisting the interest of Landrat Helmuth Maier of Nurtingen, who reported that the name Eisenhart is not generally met up with in the districts of Nurtingen, Kirschheim, and Urach; he also reported that an eisenhart who hailed from Lustnau near Tubingen, for the first time in 1888, came to Nurtingen.
Willis W. Eisenhart recall that an early edition of Encyclopedia Britannica listed the name of only one Eisenhart, resident in Germany; the latest edition lists none.
It appears from the above statements that there are comparatively few descendants of the Eisenhart family living in Germany today. Perhaps M. Eisenhart's use of the word "rare" in commenting upon the prevalence of the name is justified.
In available American records the name Eisenhart is variously spelled; viz., Eissenhardt, Eisenhardt, Isenhart, Izenhart, Issenhart, Eysenhart, Eissenhard, Eisenhard and Eisenhart.
American records contain the names of two Eisenhard immigrants who came to America about the middle of the eighteenth century. Photo copies of the original ship lists, filed in the Pennsylvania Historical Society building, Philadelphia, mention Andreas Eissenhardt and Conrad Eisenhardt. Andreas came on the ship Phoenix, John Spurrier, Captain, by way of Rotterdam and Portsmith, landing in Philadelphia, September 25, 1751. Three weeks later, October 16, 1751, Conrad came on the ship Duke of Wirtemberg, Montpelier, Captain, by way of Rotterdam and Cowes, landing in the same city. Both immigrants were literate, having signed the required records in German script. Scores of immigrants who came on the same ships had to "make their marks."
One of the immigrants whose name does not appear in the Philadelphia ship lists bears the name, George Eisenhard. Further information about him and about Conrad will be found in Sections Two and Three and for Andreas in the First generation of this narative.
The descendents of Conrad Eissenhardt are found for the most part, in York, Penna., and in the townships of the county north and west of the city. Some of them crossed the county line into adjoining counties; however, the Bell Telephone Directory (1949) for Lancaster County doesn’t list the name of an Eisenhart.
Most of the descendents of Andreas Eissenhardt live in Lehigh and adjoining counties; the Bell Directory lists the names of Eisenharts within the Philadelphia area and surrounding territory. A Northumberland County History refers to Eisenharts who emigrated from Berks County about 1800; some of them moved on into Snyder County.
There are Eisenharts in western Pennsylvania and in the North Central States; some of them may have sprung from George Eisenhard, the immigrant. Occasionally, one learns of Eisenharts in the larger cities of the United States, some as far west as the Pacific States.
In 1800 Jonas Eisenhart, farmer, who was born in Berks County, Penna., moved to Northumberland County, Penna., thence to Snyder County, Penna., where he died in 1883. His wife was Polly Geist, a daughter of Andrew and Christina (Snyder) Geist. They had sixteen children. One of their sons, Gabriel, lived in Snyder County; another, Daniel, in Northumberland County; a third, William, went to Jefferson County, Penna.; a fourth, Emanuel, to Philadelphia; a fifth, John, to Nebraska, and a sixth, Jonas, to Central America. Daniel, 1830-1906, had a son John E. who married Elsie M. Rupp. Jonas Eisenhart, died 1883, had two brothers, Stephen and Reuben.
Recently, Willis W. Eisenhart, learned of an Eisenhart who was born at Bielen in Prussia, Germany; he was living in Baltimore, Md., in 1866. The marriage record of First Reformed Church, York, Penna., states that he married Mary M. Schnabel of York, Penna., on the 11th of January, 1866. His name is spelled Eyssenhardt in the record.
The year of publication of this narrative (1961) marks the two hundred and tenth anniversary of the coming of the Eisenhart family to America.
Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Stassburger & ....
This history was published as a supplement to the author’s history of the John Franklin Eisenhart family written by Willis Wolf Eisenhart of Abbotstown, Penna. The history was published in Febuary, 1951. At the time of its publication very little was known about the European ancestry of the Eisenhart family. Since then, some of the information contained in this hisrory was located by the author; for most of it, however, the author is indebted to Dr. Fritz Braun of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Dr. Braun’s research has disclosed 1) evidence of Eisenharts in Germany more than a thousand years ago, 2) that many Eisenharts served their generations in church and state and 3) that those who immigrated to America in 1751 descended in direct line from an ancester who was born about four hundred fifty years ago. There are still undiscovered sources of information relating to Eisenharts both here in America an in Europe. The writer, W. W. Eisenhart, urges others to search for it, and to publish the results of their findings.
As stated in the writer’s history, the Eisenhart family originated in Germany, Europe. The oldest records, hitherto discovered, relate to an Eisenhart who lived in the year, 775 A.D.; i.e. during the reign of Charles the Great (Charlemagne). The following is an exact copy of one of five similar records in the writer’s, W. W. Eisenhart, possesion; it is a transcription from the Codex Laurishamensis of the Monastery of Lorsch, Germany. It is written in mediaeval Latin, the language in use at the time
459 Gundelandus bbas
Donatio Jsenhardi in Haselahe.
In Christo nomine die kalendus novembris ano 8 Karoli regis (1. Nov. 775)
ego Jsenhart dono and sanctum Nazarum martyrem, qui requiescit in corpore
in monasterio Laurisham ubi venerabilis Gundelandus abbas preesse videtur
in Haselahe marca quidquid habere videor et mancipia 15 et habam stipulatione
Actum in monaterio Laurisham die et tempore, quo supra!
note both spellings Jsenhart and Jsenhardi in the original
A translation of the record cited: Donation of Isenhard in Haselahe ... In Christ’s name, Kalends of November, in the year 8 of Charles, King, (Nov. 1, 775) ... I, Isenhart, give to the holy martyr of the Nazarene, whose body reposes in peace in the monastery Laurisham, where the venerable Gundelandus presides as abbot, whatever I own in the village Haselahe, and 15 bondmen ... Done in the Lorsch Monastery, on the day and at the time given above.
Lorsch monastery was founed by the Benedictines in 763 A.D. The church was consecrated in the presence of the emporer Charles the Great (Charlemagne). It was destroyed by fire in 1621. Lorsch is situated between the city of Worms and Bensheim in the Rhine Valley near Heidelberg.
The Eisenhart referred to in the above Latin record is the same person who donated to the Monastery of Lorsch in Waldach, Nov. 9, 779; in Talheim, May 6, 782; and in Giselstein, Sept. 1, 782. The records referred to herein are numbered 466/L3638; 366/3305; and 460, respectively. In record #460, the Eisenhart was the authorized agent for Count Gerold of Nagold district, a brother-in-law of Charles the Great. Record #319. dated April 1, 788. refers to an Eisenhart who, in the Latin record, is called Prespiter, which translated into German is Pfarrer, and in English is priest. The latter’s donation was made in the village of Huodingen, and "in perpetuity."
There are records of Eisenharts who lived in Germany during the interval between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries, but it cannot be proven that they were the descendents of the Eisenharts who made bequests to the Monastery of Lorsch. One such record may be seen in the Statistical Land Office, Wurtenberg, Germany; source: Bd. IV, District of Donau, S. 623 u. 304. The following is a translation of a German transcription of the record cited, which record is in the author’s possession:
The Eisenhart castle (Burg), near Alberis, chief administrative center of Wangen, is the ancestral seat of the progenitor of the Eisenhart community. The castle (Burg) fell into ruins; the nobility became extinct in the fourteenth century. In the sixteenth century (1596), the title was revived in russia by restoring the nobility. The prussian nobility was invested (with a fief) by Rudolph II, German Kaiser, in 1596, and on the 2nd of October, 1786 was renewed.
The bearers of the title were:
Secretary of State von Eisenhart, known in the War of Independence.
Benedick Eisenhart, abot in Upper Bavaria, died 1669.
Jodokus Eisenhart, counselor in Rotenburg, died 1565.
Michael Eisenhart, lawyer in Speyer.
Eisenhart-Rothe, Major General Friedrich von Eisenhart, died 1839; and
his consort, Helena von Rothe, descendent of an old Thuringian noble family. Theyreceived permission from King Frederick Wilhelm IV, brother of Kaiser Wilhelm I, to assume the name and coat-of-arms of the Rothe nobility.
Sources: Protestant Church Book, Dachtel and Deckenpfronn District of Boblingen, Wurtemberg, Germany. The following records trace Eisenhart descendants in direct line from the year 1520 or 1530 to the year 1770; they were translated from German records in possession of Willis W. Eisenhart::
Jakob Ysenhart, the older; b. about 1520 or 1530; m. Ursula __
Georg Eysenhart, farmer of Dachtel; b. before 1559; d May 30, 1635 in Dachtel; m. Agatha Krause, October 18, 1585, a dau. of George Krauss of Gechingen, two miles northwest of Dachtel.
Georg Eisenhart, Guardian of Spiritual Interests (Heiligenpfloger) and burgess of the town, Dachtel; b. April 5, 1589 in Dachtel; d. Tan. 69 1676 in Dachtel; m. Katharim Aberman, October 18, 1619 in Dachtel, a dau. of Michael Aberman, farmer in Dachtel,- she was b. Oct. 30, 1590 In Dachtel; d. Feb. 22, 1675 in Dachtel.
Jorg Elsenhart farmer in Dechtel; b May 28, 1624; d. ; m . Katherine Schneider, Oct. 23, 1649 a dau. of Enidris Schneider of Deckenpfronn her birth and death dates are not recorded.
Andreas Eisenhart farmer and Justice of the Peace (Gerichtsverwandter) in Dachtel; b. Feb. 8, 1654 in Dachtel; d. ___ ; m. Agatha Aychlin, Oct. 12, 1680 a dau. of Baltbas Aychlin of Deckenpfronn; she was born Jan. 25, 1660 in Deckenpfronn, and d. Feb. 4, 1714 in Dachtel.
Four Other European Families
Michael Eisenhart; b. about 1440; buried in Rothenberg in the Franciscan cloister; m. Anna Trub, dau., George Trub, theologian in Rothenburg on Tauber and resident of Jagst district; his dau., Margaret Eisenhardt was born at Rothenburg about 1485; she m. Luke Boss, Sr., who was born about 1480 and d. about 1550; he was a Rothenburger and a son of ___ Boss and Anna Wacker. German Ancestry Bk., Vol. #43, page 94.
Agatha Eisenhart married Nicholas Finck of Reutlingen; he was a shopkeeper and sergeant-major (of cavalry); b. at Reutlingen, Dec. 12, 1620; d. at Reutlingon, October 18, 1669. Genealogical Handbook of Burgher Families; Vol. #34, page 261.
Johann Melchoir Eisenhart, evangelical, b. ___ d. __ in. Anne Catharine they had a son, Johann Martin Eisenhart farmer; b. and bap Nov. 14, 1754 in Dachtel; d June 3, 1843 in Dachtel; m. Anna Katharina Weiss; b: Apr. 27, 1760 at Dachtel; she was a dau. of Johannes Weiss, a butcher, ev., and his wife, Anna Margaretha __. J. Martinis wife d. Feb. 23, 1844 at Dachtel; they were married October 20, 1778; Source: Protestant Church Book: Bd. 24, 1843, Nr. 9.
Jakob Eisenhart, commoner and farmer, ev., b.__; d.; m. Katharina, dates not recorded; they had a son, Johann Michael Eisenhart, a commoner and farmer; b. July 18, 1762; bap. July 19th at Dachtel; d. October 25, 1830 (buried at Dachtel Oct. 27); m. Elizabeth Katherina Sattler, May 31, 1785, at Dachtel, a dau. of Friedrich Settler, ev.9 commoner and farmer at Dachtel, and his wife, Katherina, born Koenig. Johann Michaelis wife d. June 22, 1827, at Dachtel: buried June 24th Source, Protestant Church Book, Dchtel, Boblingen, Wurtemberg.
Eisenharts in Switzerland
During the summer of 1952, the writer, Willis W. Eisenhart, made the acquaintance of Frederick Wilhelm Eisenhart who lived in Interlaken, Switzerland. From him personally, the following information was obtained: His family originated in Liptingen, Baden, Germany, a state bordering on Switzerland; he said the are still twenty-five Eisenharts living there. His ancestors crossed the border into Switzerland. His grandfather's name, was Leo, and his father’s, Ignaz; both were members of the Roman Catholic Church. He has a brother, Frank, who lives in Warsaw, Indiana, U. S. A.
Frederick lived on Hoheweg Street, Interlaken. He is the manufacturer of an "Eisenhart watch," and conducts a high class watch and clock shop. He was married twice, his first wife was a Rose Hiltbrunner, with whom he had four sons; viz., Kurt Bruno, Heinz Othmoir, Egon Adolph, and Fritz. His second wife was Martha Steinar; their children are Gottfried (Freddy) and Peter (Willy); they are a cultured family and speak English.
Erwin Eisenhart, Wurtemberger
The writer visited Herr Eisenhart at his home in Deckenpfronn, Calw Kreis, Wurtemberg Germany, Aug. 4, 1952. The town is located on a gentle roiling upland. Stretching in every direction as far as the eye can see, one beholds an idyllic farm scene of unsurpassed beauty. Miles away to the south, the Black
Forest extends to the horizon; at one's feet lies Deckenpfronn, a typical Wurtemberg village. Dachtel, four miles distant is situated in the trough of a valley (Thal) on the roof (Dach), so to speak of the upland referred to; it is a small village where members of the Eisenhart family lived when their cousins came to America in 1751-an appropriate name for the village.
Erwin Eisenhart was the son of Gottlieb Eisenhart, teacher, and the grandson of Frederick Eisenhart, teacher, also. All three Eisenharts were, in turn, burgomasters of Deckenpfronn. Our cousins were gracious hosts who practice the sentiments expressed in two inscriptions on the wall of their home; they may be seen 1) just inside the entrance door, and 2) on a framed reporoduction of the Eisenhart coat of arms. The inscriptions are:
Bring Gluck Herein (loosely translated Hello, Come In, Bring Luck Inside --bte)
Einer fur Alle
Alle fur Einer
The sketch of the Coat of Arms (Wappenskizze) is in color; a description of it; together with a translation of the German inscriptiion on it follows:
The Wappen in the home of Erwin Eisenhart consists of a shield divided into four parts,
and a crest. The upper right and lower left fields have a conventionalized fleur-de-lis superimposed upon each; the lower right and upper left have one rampant lion superimposed upon each. The crest rests upon the shield; it is composed of the head and neck piece (vizor, etc.) of a mediaeval knight. The upper half of the body of a liaon, standing erect between the wings above the shield, rests upon the head of the piece; the lion’s paws are extended toward the left, his right paw holding a fleur-de-lis. Von Eisenhart
Der alteste zurickstammende war der Rittergutsbesitzer, Ottobert von Isenhart, wohnhaft in der Ritterburg, Alberiss, Oberamt Wnagen (Allgau); durch das K gl Archiv in Stuttgart. Nachgewessen, die Burg zerfiel und der Adel erloach in 18 Jahrhundert
The oldest ancestor was the knightly landowner, Ottobert von Isenhart, residing in Ritterburg, Alberiss, chief Administrative center of Wangen, Allgau, (a district of southwest Bavaria adjoining Wurtemberg). Source: the royal archives in Stuttgart. Afterwards, the castle fell into ruins and the nobility became extinct in the 18th century.
The Pomerania Eisenhart Wappen
In a letter, dated August 14, 1954, Dr. Braun enclosed a photo copy of an Eisenhart coat of arms (Wappen) which he says is identical (identisch) with the sketch (Skizze) of the Wappen you saw in the home of Erwin Eisenhart, copy of which (in outline only) Dr. Braun had sent me Feb. 12, 1951. He adds, however, 1) that the photo copy of the shield he now submits is without crest (ohne Helmzier), and 2) that the colors are not like those you saw in Herr Eisenhart’s home. He cites his sources of information as 1) Rolland Illustrated Universal (allg) Wappenbuch (coat of arms book), and 2) "in the book by Rietstap." In the latter book, he says "the shield is divided into four parts (viergeteilt); fields one and four are red with one silver lion on each; fields two and three are gold with sky-blue lillies." A photograph of this Wappen is shown herein. Mar. Amadea Eisenhart, School Nurse
See the "Ancestry of the John franklin Eisenhart family" book by Willis Wolf Eisenhart for reference to her. The following information is take from her letter to the writer, mailed at Bodenmais, Bayr. Wald, Germany, and dated Dec. 6, 1951:
George Eisenhart was a very industrious man and a well qualified writer during the years
before World War II. He had traveled from Jena to the Bavarian Forrest, (presumably, for information about the Eisenhart Family in Germany). August von Eisenhart, a member of the nobility, was chief of the cabinet council under King Ludwig II of Bavaria (source, a small book about King Ludwig II).
The Bavarian Eiseharts were knights. She says "I myself have found the following in an old chronicle: from 1430 to 1454, a free landowner, von Eisenhart, occupied the castle, Schwarzwhir in the Upper Palatinate."
The castle Belzig, named the Eisenhart, is in the vicinity of Magdeburg. Miss Eisenhart expresses doubt as to whether she herself is descended from the nobility branch of the Eisenhart family. American Eisenharts
Since February 1951, the writer , W. W. Eisenhart, has learned from time to time of Eisenharts living in the states of Washington, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana, California and Ohipo, in addition to those referred to in his family history "Ancestry of the John Franklin Eisenhart family."
Inasmuch as the primary purpose of this Supplement is to supply information about European Eisenharts, additional information about American Eisenharts is not included. The wrtier believes that the most difficult part of the search for information about Eisenharts is sufficiently covered in his History and this Supplement to enable interested members of the Family, both here and in Europe, to trace their line of descent from very early times.
Received from Milton Edward Eisenhard February 12, 1997
MILTON EDWARD EISENHARD FAMILY
Milton Edward Eisenhard married - Edna Ruth Weir June 24, 1925
B. June-9. 1904 D. February 12, 1973
Glynn Ruth Eisenhard - October 4~, 1927
Robert Milton Eisenhard - May 11, 1931
Glynn Ruth Eisenhard married - Raymond Stover - August 11, 1951
B. June 20, 1923 - D. December 2, 1987 CHILDREN None
Robert Milton Eisenhard - married - Evelyn Cogswell Erdle - August 29, 1954
B. July 3, 1930 CHILDREN Garth David Eisenhard - August 8, 1955
Cheryl Ruth Eisenhard - June 9, 1958
Julie Ann Eisenhard - September 14, 1959
Jeffrey Robert Eisenhard - March 6, 1963
Garth David Eisenhard - married Helaine Adele Cohen November 25, 1984
B. September 23~, 1952 CHILDREN Cory Maxwell Eisenhard - August 13, 1987
Cheryl Ruth Eisenhard - married Michael Allen O'Brien June 2~, 1990
B. September 3, 1962 CHILDREN Olivia Evelyn O'Brien - May 20, 1995
Julie Ann Eisenhard - married Joseph Patrick Cummings September 14~, 1991
B. July 17, 1958 Jeffrey Robert Eisenhard - married Jennifer Maret April 20, 1990 B. June 3, 1968 CHILDREN Erin Sydney Eisenhard - August 13, 1990
Hiram W. Eisenhard - Never Married