JOHN FERTIG (1736-1831)
OF CHESTER COUNTY, PA
For more information, contact Mrs. Margaret
(Fertig) Downing at: ejdowning at cox.net.
John Fertig (1736-1831) of Chester County, PA was born in Altfeld,
Germany as Johann Mathias Fertig. The following data provides
documentation to support this claim.
of Chester County
Fertig of Altfeld, Germany
1. Same first and
2. Same birth date
Born February 24,
It is assumed that
baptism occurred at one day old, which is common.
3. Same region of
4. Same name of
birth date of brother Michael
October 3, 17329
6. Same Step
Mother remarried a
man named Sauer5
April 19, 1738 -
mother remarried Johann Adam Sauer from Kredenbach8,9
7. Name Johann
Peter Fertig is a father / son relationship
Son was named John
Father was named
Johann Peter Fertig8,9
If John Fertig’s
father died young, it is likely that John may name a son after his own
8. Likely same
year of immigration to USA
Ship arrival on
October 1, 1754 - Hans Adam Sauer and Hans Michael Sauer immigrated
with Johan Sauer5,6
9. Same religion
probable that brothers Johann and Michael were recorded with their
stepfather’s last name of Sauer upon immigration because of their young
age5,6. Then when both reached full adulthood, they changed
their name back to their father’s last name of Fertig. Plus on this
voyage arriving on October 1, 1754, the ship was carrying a known cousin
of John Fertig from Chester County, named Andreas Fertig as well as
another Andreas Fertig in addition to another known cousin named Lorentz
Albert6. The mother of John Fertig from Chester County
immigrated to the USA, so one would expect to find a her husband named
Sauer on a ship list in this time frame (women were not recorded on the
ship lists)5. There was a Hans Fertig who immigrated to USA
from Wertheim in 1752, however the following data support the theory
that John Fertig from Chester County was not the same person as the 1752
immigrant Hans Fertig5:
There is a common theory that
Fertig (1736-1831) of Chester County, PA was born in
Deidesheim, Germany, the son of
the son of Adam Fertig and
This theory is incorrect.
is more commonly held because of the publication of two genealogy works,
which are undoubtedly based on the same research efforts. The
first publication is entitled
"History of the Fertig (De la Ferte, Fertich) Family". The author
is not recorded and the work is not dated (probably completed circa
1915) and is found in the San Diego Regional Genealogical Library.
The second publication has no title, author or date and is located in
the Fort Wayne library. This document was transcribed by Mrs. Pat
Frappier of Kettering, Ohio and given the name "The Fertig Family". Both
of these works contain much of the same information and wording,
therefore it is concluded that they are both based upon the same
publications maintain that John Fertig from Chester County was born in
the son of Adam Fertig and
The following data provides evidence that
this theory is incorrect.
It is recorded that there was another Hans Fertig from Wertheim who
married in 1752 and wanted to emigrate from Wertheim5.
John Fertig from Chester County would have only been age 16 and too
young to marry at this time, so there was another Hans Fertig from
this region during this time that may be the 1752 immigrant.
If John Fertig from Chester County was the same 1752 immigrant named
Hans Fertig, then one should expect to also find an immigration
record of his brother Michael Fertig. However, there is no record of
a Michael Fertig who immigrated to USA during this time period. The
theory that Michael was listed with his stepfather’s last name of
Sauer accounts for Michael’s immigration.
Since John Fertig tombstone has an accurate date of birth down to
the day, the person (likely a child) who oversaw the tombstone
inscription had detailed information on the deceased1.
Therefore, if an exact date of birth was known, it is presumed that
the 1754 year of immigration which was inscribed on the stone should
have had an even higher degree of accuracy since the immigration
occurred later in time and likely would have been told talked about
numerous times by John Fertig before his death.
It would be very unusual for a 16-year old young man to emigrate
from Germany to USA by himself without his family. No other Fertig
members were listed on this 1752 voyage.
Reference 1 - Burials at Brownback’s Reformed Church East
Coventry, Chester Co.
– Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society
SHEEDER’S LIST OF OLD BURIALS AT BROWNBACK’S
Fertig, John 1736-1833 (came to Penna. In 1754)
SOLDIERS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR BURIED AT BROWNBACK’S CHURCH
Fertig, John – Private in the 2nd company, 2nd
battalion of East Nantmeal militia, under Captain Griffith, Sept. 24,
1781 (Pa. Archives, Series 5, Vol. V, p. 543)
ruhen die Gebeine von der verstobenen ELISABETH FERTIG Sie wurde
gebohren den 17 October 1739 von Adam DIHM seine ehefrau Margaretha in
Deutschland in dem Dorf Scholbrun und Graffschaft Wertheim Kam in
America im Iahr 1754 Verheirath sich mit Johannes Fertig in October
1762 und staro den lsten Juli 1812 im einem Alter von 75 Jahr 8 Monat
und 13 Tage (She came to Pennsylvania with her parents on the ship
Phoenix, Oct. 1, 1754. see “Penna. German Pioneers” and page 215,
Vol.XII, Penna. German Folklore Society)
FERTIG who was born in Europe the 24th of February 1736 He
came to America in the year 1754 (should be 1752) and departed this life
the 13th of January 1831 Aged 94 years 10 months and 11 days. (John and
Elizabeth Fertig were married by Rev. VanBuskirk at New Hanover, Oct. 24
1762). They lived in East Nantmeal township.
Reference 2 - The Pennsylvania-German Society – The Trappe Records
Hanover Lutheran Church
September 12, 1762, at New Hanover. Fertig, Johannes, Diemin, Elisabeth
Reference 3 - Pennsylvania Archives – Second Series, Vol.
- Edited by John B. Linn and Wm. H. Egle, M.D., 1890
1764, June 10, Fertig, Michael, and Anna Maria Ries.
Reference 4 - Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in
the American and West Indian Colonies. - Permanent entry number:
1815280, Source publication code: 2564, Source publication page
number: 136, Source publication: GIUSEPPI, MONTAGUE SPENCER, editor.
Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian
Colonies (Pursuant to Statute 13 George II, c.7). (Publications of the
Huguenot Society of London, 1921, vol. 24.) Manchester [England]: The
Huguenot Society of London, 1921. 196p. Reprinted by Genealogical
Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1964. Repr. 1979.
Source annotation: Data derived from return-forms connected with the
naturalization of foreign Protestants, papers that were sent from the
Colonies to the Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations.
Transcribed from two Entry Books, once the property of the Board of
Trade and Plantations, now with the Colonial Office in the Public Record
Office, London. Much other information. Contains returns from the West
Indies, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New York and
Pennsylvania. A more complete record of New York naturalizations can be
found in no. 9860, Wolfe, and for Pennsylvania in no. 6680.
Affirmer’s Name John Fertich, Township Limerick, County Philadelphia,
Date Sept. 14th, 1765.
Reference 5 - The Pennsylvania German Folklore Society,
- 1947, Pennsylvania German Pioneers from the
County of Wertheim by Otto Langguth, Historian and Genealogist
Kreuzwertheim-am-Main Bavaria. Translated and Edited by Don Yoder, Ph.D,
FERTIG, HANS – Altfeld (1752)
12, 1752: a tailor’s son, is indebted to the amount of 200 florins, and
wants to go with his wife to New England. //HANS FERTIG, Ship Phoenix,
November 2, 1752 (Hinke, I, 502), with other Wertheimers. He may have
been the JOHANNES Fertig who in 1762, at the New Hanover Lutheran
Church, married ELISABETH DIEM (“Trappe Records,” PCS Proceedings, VII,
FERTIG, MICHAEL –
Added by the American editor as a probable emigrant from Wertheim. In
1764 he married ANNA MARIA RIES at the New Hanover Lutheran Church (PGS
Proceedings, XX, 397). See his letter, dated Skippack, Pa, 1782, to his
cousin LORENZ ALBERT, quoted in the Introduction, Appendix III.
November, 1753….On April 23….Selig declares having made an agreement for
transport to Rotterdam, with the following: …Hans Adam Sauer, with wife
and children, Hans Knauer, Andreas Fertig, both of Altfeld…Hans Adam
Diehm and wife and children, of Schollbrunn. He presented the
Agreement, sealed in Michelrieth on April 11, 1754, and written by the
Sauer, Hans Adam – Kredenbach (1754)
April 16, 1762: son of Johann Thomas Sauer, has gone to New England. In
1754 he appears with wife and children, amount the passengers of the
boatman Selig…Hans Adam Sauer, with Hans Michel Sauer and Johannes
Sauer, and other Wertheimers, Ship Phoenix, October 1, 1754…
267 & 268
RESIDENTS OF ALTFELD 1698
Andreas Fertig, Sr.
Letter of Michel Fertig of Skippack, to Lorenz Albert, June 30, 1782
Beloved Friend and Esteemed Cousin Lorentz Albert…My step-brother Adam
Saur lives nearby here, and his father with him. Mother has been dead
two years…My brother, Johannas Fertig, lives in Chester County, about 18
miles from me, in Est Nentmel [East Nantmeal] Township, has a wife and
six children, 100 or more acres of land, but is not getting on….Besides,
I wanted to inquire of you, if I may, whether you could not give me some
news of our cousin Andreas Fertig
Reference 6 - Names of Foreigners Who Took The Oath Of Allegiance,
FOREIGNERS IMPORTED IN THE SHIP PHOENIX, JOHN SPURRIER, COMMANDER, FROM
ROTTERDAM, LAST FROM PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND. QUALIFIED NOV. 2, 1752.
FOREIGNERS IMPORTED IN THE SHIP PHOENIX, CAPT. SPURRIER, , FROM
ROTTERDAM. QUALIFIED OCT. 1, 1754.
Reference 7 - Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Tombstone
– Located just southeast of Water Tower on PA. 22/322 between Clarks
Ferry Bridge and Dauphin in Middle Paxton Twp., Dauphin Co. Recorded 21
Aug. 1986 by Glenn P. Schwalm
Fertig, Michael Sr. 1733-9.10.1799 aged 66 yr (Sandstone
broken in half – earliest burial)
Reference 8 - Michelrieth Lutheran Church Registers - Michelrieth,
of Johannes Mathias Fertig (photocopy of original handwritten church
Transcription: 1736, 25tn dito (Febr), Parentes Hanβ Pet. Fertig u Anna
Altf., Susceptures Johannes ? ? ? ? Alft sofn, Infantes Johannes
Translation: Johannes Mathias, the son of Hans Peter and Anna Fertig
from Altfeld, was baptized on February 25th 1736. Sponsors
were Johannes ? ? ? ? from Altfeld.
Reinhold Völler of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church Parish in Michelrieth, Grafschaftsstraße 19,
D-97828 Marktheidenfeld-Michelrieth, dated February 6, 2008: ....Folgenden
Eintrag habe ich in unseren Kirchenbüchern gefunden: 1736/25.2./ Fertig
Johann Matthias/ Eltern (Parents): Hans Peter und Anna Fertig, Altfeld;
Pate: Johannes Hans Peter Fertig, Sohn, Altfeld.
Below entry, I have in our church records found: 1736/25.2./ Fertig
Johann Matthias. Parents: Hans Peter and Anna Fertig, Altfeld; Mentor
: Johannes Hans Peter Fertig, son, Altfeld.
Pfarrer Reinhard Hausmann, Am
Schläglein 17 - Altfeld, D - 97828 Marktheidenfeld, dated March 8,
2008:....Now I answer your questions:
1.1 The Wertheim area (County of Wertheim) is divided
into two parts since 1815. The part in the North of the Main River had
become part of Bavaria, the part in the South of that River part of
Baden. The parts differ in the churches: Bavaria Lutheran;
administration in Munich. Baden United Evangelical; administration in
Karlsruhe. According the different administration there are different
laws and orders since 1815. Before 1815 you find nowhere any familiy
register. After this time parishes in Baden have family registers, but
going back only till about 1815.
1.2 In the area are established some parishes, mostly
including several villages. E.g. Michelrieth parish (Bavaria):
Michelrieth (residence of the pastor) with the oldest (mother-) church;
Altfeld, Oberwittbach without churches; Kredenbach, Steinmark with
church in St. since 1954; Glasofen, filial church since the 1920th. All
lutheran inhabitants of these 6 villages are listed up according the
time and according baptisms, marriages and burials - until about 1850
without an alphabetic register. Be aware: No family regster, even no
alphabetic register!! That makes researches a time consuming work. And
not only this: The old handwritings are difficult, even if diligently
written. The reason: They are written with gothic letters. Young people
can't read it.
1.3 I myself have studied many churchbooks of the
parishes in Wertheim County because my wife had her roots here. But I
met a family genealogy book only for Wenkheim (Baden 1666 - 1871 partly
in Latin language, 4 x Fertig) and Neukirchen (catholic, Baden 1685 -
1910 without Fertig). Those books are not written for a certain family,
but for the parish, that is for the pastor. I think the people here had
been natives, poor, concentrated to earn their living and therefore not
interested in family geneology. What was necessary for them they wrote
on the last pages of their bible.
2. Johann (= Hans) Adam Sauer married 9. April 1738 in
Kredenbach Anna, widow of Hans Peter Fertig, tailor in Altfeld, née
3. Hans (= Johann) Peter Fertig, master tailor, married
22. June 1728 in Altfeld maiden Anna Gerberich.
4. Johanna Haupt is not born in the parish Michelrieth
1720. The name Haupt in general does not occur in the registers of
5. Only by occasion the pastor mentioned an emigration in
the registers. Regularily one has to look for emigration in the State
Archive of Bronnbach. I have not yet proved because the persons are
mentioned by Dora Yoder.
Reference 9 - Fertig, John Christian, Genealogical Research – Sarasota Florida,
deceased. Mr. Fertig hired Ms. Cornelia Schrader-Muggenthaler,
professional genealogist from Munchen, West Germany to search the
Michelrieth Lutheran Church Registers for the Fertig family.
Christian Fertig genealogical findings obtained from a database held by
Ms. Pat Frappier:
1. Hans Peter1 Fertig was born March 13, 1699/00
in Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany, and died November 20, 1737 in
Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany. He married Anna Gerberich June 22,
1728 in Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany. She was born January 30,
1708/09 in Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany, and died Abt. 1780 in
Children of Hans Fertig and Anna Gerberich are:
2 i. Apollonia2 Fertig, born
August 17, 1729 in Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany.
3 ii. Peter Fertig, born February 22,
1730/31 in Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany.
4 iii. Michael Fertig, born October 03, 1732
in Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany.
settled in Chester County, PA. In 1759 he was listed as an inmate in
5 iv. Hans Mathias Fertig, born February 25,
1735/36 in Altfeld, Wertheim, Baden, Germany.
settled in Chester County, PA and was called Hans Adam after arriving in
Information posted by John Christian Fertig, Jr. on Volume 14, Tree
1033 of the World Family Tree Collection,
www.genealogy.com. Contact information given was JOHN C FERTIG ,
JR.4009 APPLEYARD DRIVEFT. WORTH, TX 76137-1272
Generation No. 1
1. Johannes1 Fertig was born Abt. 1594 in
Altfeld, Germany, and died February 1671/72 in Altfeld, Germany. He
married Anna WFT Est. 1609-1643. She was born WFT Est. 1584-1606, and
died WFT Est. 1627-1693.
Child of Johannes Fertig and Anna is:
+ 2 i. Johannes2 Fertig, born Abt.
1624 in Altfeld, Germany; died Abt. 1700 in Altfeld, Germany.
Generation No. 2
2. Johannes2 Fertig (Johannes1) was
born Abt. 1624 in Altfeld, Germany, and died Abt. 1700 in Altfeld,
Germany. He married Catharina Friudenberger June 14, 1663 in Altfeld,
Germany. She was born WFT Est. 1621-1647, and died WFT Est. 1671-1735.
Child of Johannes Fertig and Catharina Friudenberger is:
+ 3 i. Johannes3 Fertig, born March
09, 1667/68 in Altfeld, Germany; died WFT Est. 1703-1759.
Generation No. 3
3. Johannes3 Fertig (Johannes2,
Johannes1) was born March 09, 1667/68 in Altfeld, Germany,
and died WFT Est. 1703-1759. He married Christina Albert April 23, 1689
in Altfeld, Germany. She was born WFT Est. 1654-1677, and died WFT Est.
Child of Johannes Fertig and Christina Albert is:
+ 4 i. Hans Peter4 Fertig, born
March 13, 1699/00 in Altfeld, Germany; died November 20, 1737 in Altfeld,
Generation No. 4
4. Hans Peter4 Fertig (Johannes3,
Johannes2, Johannes1) was born March 13, 1699/00
in Altfeld, Germany, and died November 20, 1737 in Altfeld, Germany. He
married Anna Gerberich June 22, 1728 in Altfeld, Germany. She was born
January 31, 1708/09 in Altfeld, Germany, and died 1780 in Skippack Twp.,
Montgomery Co., Pa..
Child of Hans Fertig and Anna Gerberich is:
+ 5 i. Michael5 Fertig, born October
03, 1732 in Altfeld, Germany; died May 11, 1799 in Dauphin, Pa.
Generation No. 5
5. Michael5 Fertig (Hans Peter4,
Johannes3, Johannes2, Johannes1) was
born October 03, 1732 in Altfeld, Germany, and died May 11, 1799 in
Dauphin, Pa. He married Anna Maria Ries June 10, 1764 in N. Hanover
Lutheran Church, Pa., daughter of Martin Ries and Barbara Rees. She was
born March 11, 1747/48 in Freiberg, Germany (Bavaria) ??, and died
February 08, 1821 in Dauphin, Pa..
Notes for Michael Fertig: At least one source has his name as Johann
Michael Fertig. His mother remarried after the death of his father and
they emigrated under the step fathers name of SAUER. Upon becoming
independent of his family he changed his name back to FERTIG. Born in
Michelreith. Buried in Mt. Pleasant (Red Hill) Cemetery, Dauphin, Pa..
, BAPM: 1733, BURI: Dauphin, Pa, TITL: Sr.
Anna Maria Ries: Buried in Mt. Pleasant (Red Hill) Cemetery, Dauphin,
Pa., BURI: Dauphin, Pa
Marriage Notes for Michael Fertig and Anna Ries: N. Hanover Lutheran
Letters received my Mr. John Christian Fertig from Mrs. Cornelia
Schrader-Muggenthaler, professional genealogist, Heimeranstr. 2, 8000
Munchen, Tel:089/5024469, West Germany
9.6.1989 (June 9, 1989)
…parents of Michael Fertig:
Peter Fertig born on the 13th March 1700. He married on the
22nd June 1728 Anna Gerberide (Gerberich)….
Parents of Hans peter are: Johannes Fertig who married Christina Albert
on the 23rd April 1689. Michael had the following sister
and brothers. The Johann Adam is a Johann Mathias and born on the 25th
Feb. 1736. Peter born 22nd Feb. 1731. Apollina born 24th
8.4.1989 (August 4, 1989)
again proofed about your Michael Fertig and am sure now, that I found
the right family because I found his mothers remarriage….This is what I
have so far. I hope I can trace the Fertig family back to 1632 when
churchbooks started. Johann Michael Fertig is born on the 3rd
Okt. 1732 His sisters and brothers: Apollonia born 24th Aug.
1729, Peter born 22nd Feb. 1731, Hans Mathias born 25th
Feb. 1736. The parents are: Hans Peter Fertig born on the 13th
March 1700. He married on the 22nd June 1728 Anna Gerberide.
Hans Peter Fertig died on the 20th Nov. 1738 (1737). His
widow Anna married on the 19th April 1738 Johann Adam Sauer
from Kredenbach…Parents of Hans Peter are: Johannes Fertig he married
23rd April 1689 Christina Albert.
Reference 10 - History of the Fertig (De la Ferte,
– No author, no date (circa 1915), San Diego Regional Genealogical
VIII. JOHN FERTIG was born in Deidesheim, Rhine Palatinate, Germany,
February 24, 1736. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1754, on S.S. Phoenix
from Rotterdam. Took the oath of allegiance to the British sovereign,
as required by law, November 2, 1754. His name appears on the original
ship’s list as “Hans Fertig”. He was married in October 1762, to
Elizabeth Dihm, the daughter of Adam Dihm and his wife Margaretha. She
was born in the town of Scholbrun in Wertheim, Germany, October 17,
1739, and came to America in 1754. John Fertig settled in Vincent
Township, Chester County, Pa., prior to 1769…
Hans, or Johannes Fertig, came in the ship ‘Phoenix’ and qualified on
Nov. 2, 1752; the other, Michael Fertig, came over somewhere around
1760, both settled in Chester County, PA.; the former died there, the
later removed to Berks, Montgomery and finally Dauphin counties.
Native to the German Palatinate about the time of the revocation of the
Edict of Nantes, in 1685, prior to that date, as we shall see, it was of
French origin, and written, DE LA FERTE, easily changed into Ferti,
Ferte, and Fertig.
de la Ferte family originated in Normandy….
Fertich, born Febr. 4, 1700
Adam, b. Febr. 4, 1700, married, May 3, 1734, Johanna, daughter of
the land proprietor, Adam Fertich, of Deidesheim, and Johanna Fertich,
born Haupt, make this testamentary disposition. I, Adam Fertig, declare
as my heirs, my wife, Johanna Fertig, born Haupt, our sons, Jacob and
Heinrich, both of full age, our son, Peter Fertig, under age; our first
born son, Johannes or Hans Fertig, if he should return, otherwise he is
to receive only 5Th., all in the following proportions.
Johannes Fertig, the eldest and first born son, had emigrated prior to
1760, and it was probably necessary to make a new arrangement to meet
the situation. This was quite common, as otherwise long time would
elapse before the property of a deceased could be distributed.
Adam, bt. March 9, 1735, died an infant.
Johannes, bt. Febr. 27, b. Febr. 24,1736, in Deidesheim, also styled
Hans Fertig, evidently away from the paternal home in 1760 and in 1784,
came of a stock that sent emigrants to the New World to seek their
Michael Fertig, a cousin of Johannes, settled in Pike land, adjoining
East Vincent Township, somewhere around 1765, or before, also came first
to the then Philadelphia county, afterwards Lancaster.
Nov. 2,1752 in the ship ‘Phoenix’, John Spurrier, commander, from
Rotterdam, last from Portsmouth, came a large number of
emigrants…Johannes Fertig was then only 16 years of age, which explains
the diminutive “Hans”’ still younger, and another dilutive would have
FERTIG was born in Europe, February 24, 1736. He came to America in the
year 1754. Died January 13, 1831. Aged ninety-four years, 10 months
and 11 days – Tombstone in Brownback’s Churchyard.
arrived at Philadelphia on the Ship Phoenix, from Rotterdam, last from
Portsmouth, England, commanded by John Spurrier. His name appears on
the original ship’s list as “Hans Fertig”. Upon landing he took the
oath of allegiance to the British sovereign, as required by law.
Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Volume XVII, p. 371. Rupp. Thirty
Thousand Names of Emigrants. 1875, p. 292. Note; According to his
tombstone John Fertig came to America in the year 1754.
was married in October 1762 to Elizabeth Dihm, the daughter of Adam Dihm
and his wife Margaretha. She was born in the town of Schulbrun, in
Wertheim, Germany, October 17, 1739, and came to America in 1754.
Tombstone in Brownback’s Churchyard
Fertig settled in Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, prior
Fertig Died January 13, 1831. His wife Elizabeth died July 4, 1812.
They were buried at Brownback’s Reformed Churchyard, Chester County,
Pennsylvania, where their tombstones bear these inscriptions:
Memory of JOHN FERTIG who was born in Europe the 24th of
February in the year of our Lord 1736. He came to America in the year
1754, and departed this life the 13th of January A.D. 1831.
Aged 94 years 10 months and 11 days. There was a time that time is past
when youth I bloomed like thee. A time will come ‘Tis coming fast when
thou shall fade like me.
of the Will of John Fertig (1)
the name of God Amen. I, John Fertig of Coventry township, Chester
County and State of Pennsylvania being in perfect health of body, of
sound mind memory and understanding blessed be Almighty God for the same
Do make this my last Will and Testament…
Reference 11 -
The Fertig Family, Transcribed by Mrs. Pat Frappier of Kettering, Ohio
- book was located in the Fort Wayne library, no title, no author, no
date. In 1986, Mr. John C. Fertig wrote a letter to Goodspeed's book
Shop in Boston Mass. They responded back "We do not have the book . We
purchased it in a box lot Here is the citation for the book - FERTIG
FAMILY OF GERMANY AND FRANCE, FROM ANTOINE DE LA FERTE, 1487 TO
CHRISTOPHER FERTIG OF PENNSYLVANIA 1774 By G. Anjou 118 pages
typewritten unbound Ca 2906 22.50$” – G. Anjou could potentially by
contains much of the exact information contained in the History of the
Fertig (De la Ferte, Fertich) Family, with the following additions:
Johannes Fertig, the eldest and first born son, had emigrated prior to
1760, and it was probably necessary to make a new arrangement to meet
the situation. This was quite common, as otherwise long time would
elapse before the property of a deceased could be distributed.
Adam bt. March 9, 1735,
died an infant.
Johannes, bt. Febr. 27,
1736, born Febr. 24, of whom presently.
Jacob, bt. April 12,
1737, married, Sept. 17, 1766, Elise Huber…and emigrated to Chester Co.,
Pa, where he died and was buried Dec. 17, 1809….Jacob Fertig made his
will, Nov. 7, 1784:…(My father, the landed proprietor, Adam Fertig, died
on Febr. 3, 1761, having been married to my mother, Johanna Haupt, who
died two years ago, and having had issue, four children, the
undersigned, and Johannes, Heinrich and Peter Fertig. Now, all of these
have either been lost sight of or are dead, and I am the sole heir to
the maners of Deidesheim, Speyer and Scholbrunn.
Heinrich, bt. March 14,
1738; no further data. There seems to have been a Heinrich or Henry
Fertig of Chester Co., Pa, simultaneously with Johannes Fertig.
Peter, bt. May 1-, 1748,
died Oct 6, 1775, a bachelor, a miller to occupation of Landau where he
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Reference 12 – Ancestors and Descendants of Johan Adam Diehm The
Immigrant of 1754 and Early Settler of Montgomery and Chester Counties,
Pennsylvania - Patricia Shaffer Frappier, 1995.
Children of John Fertich and Elizabeth Diehm
John b. 6-Sep-1763
Johann Peter b. 2-Sep-1766
Mary b. 25-Jan-1767
Adam b. -1770
Abraham b. -1771
Jacob b. 9-Sep-1778
Elizabeth b. 20-Jul-1784
Reference 13 -
Der Familiename Fertig”
(The Family Name Fertig)
the “Bergstrasser Hematblatter”,
the local newspaper of the Bensheim region (approximately 40 miles south
of Frankfurt, Germany). The editor was Diether Blum of Bensheim. The
article was written by Josef Fertig of Giessen (approximately 50 miles
north of Frankfurt) on July 15, 1983. Translation to English as
....In the research of the early archives of the line of princes (the
Early Cloister Archives), Richard Koreas in the book “The History of the
Cloisters of Amorbach in the 14th and 15th
Centuries” found that there was a Schoolmaster of the Cloister at that
time by the name of Beringer Fertig. This person named “Fertig” is also
in the Markitel Book “School of Heidelberg” under the name “Berngerus
Vertig” from Hetegebuer that is known today as Hettiggenbeuren in a
village part known as “von Buchen”. Heidelberg University was founded in
1386. The fact that he had a baccalaureate degree at that time means
that he must have gotten his degree earlier at another university,
probably the University of Paris. His early education was in the school
at Amorbach, a school of which he later became the Schoolmaster. He must
have gotten the degree involving writing else because at that time the
skill of writing was not yet fully mastered at the time of the Amorbach
School (1300’s and 1400”). During the early times of the landowners and
the tithing of the farmers, it became apparent that there was a law
needed and crafted for the saving and registration of tithing in the
area around Cloister Amorbach. This law is still in place today. A legal
disagreement developed between the Cloister and the Hornbacher farmers.
Through a book written on July 8, 1422, related to this event which was
witnessed by four people including the Schoolmaster of Amorbach, it has
been clearly ascertained that Berringer Fertig was the Schoolmaster of
the Cloister Amorbach and who was at the University of Heidelberg in
1390 using the Latin name Berngerus Verting which translates to
Berringer Fertig in German. Thus we know beyond doubt that Berringer
Fertig, the Schoolmaster, was the first person to have legally
documented the name of “Fertig”. Berringer Fertig was noted in this book
as being the “Notar” or lawyer whose signature made this document
Reference 14 - List of fraudulent manuscripts by Gustave Anjou
Gustave Anjou, the author of
the Fertig family publication contained in the Fort Wayne library is
noted for producing many fraudulent genealogy publications14.
Fertig from Chester County had a brother Michael Fertig5.
However, according to these two publications, John had three brothers,
but none of them were named Michael Fertig10,11.
These publications reference Michael Fertig, but suggest that he was a
The Fort Wayne
publication includes the will of Jacob Fertig written in 178411.
According to this work, Jacob Fertig was the brother of John Fertig.
Jacob allegedly also immigrated to Chester County, PA11.
However, his will states that all of his brothers have been lost sight
of or are dead11.
We know that John Fertig lived until 1831 and since both Jacob and John
lived in the same county, it is very unreasonable for Jacob to lose
tract of his own brother who lives in the same county1,11.
Therefore the integrity of the publication is drawn into question.
Palatinate, Germany is a Catholic village
while John Fertig of Chester County was of the Lutheran / Protestant
The publications are incorrect to suggest that the Fertig family has
it's origin in France10.
Research work by Mr. Josef Fertig
of Giessen, Germany
has traced the Fertig family back to the year
in Amorbach, Germany where the name began to be used for the first time.
- The references in
these documents are very sparse. A professional genealogical
research attempted to verify some of the genealogical information
contained in these publications and was unsuccessful.
following manuscripts and books all contain fraudulent information
forged by Gustave Anjou (c1863-1942) Real name was Gustaf Ludvig
Ljungberg. Born in Sweden. ...On other pages located through the FRAUD
INDEX link located below, you will learn who Gustave Anjou was and how
he operated....The Anjou List....FERTE
Professional genealogists and serious
researchers alike, have been aware of the forgeries and frauds committed
by GUSTAVE ANJOU (1863-1942) and we of this Society believe this
material should be brought to the attention of all who may come in
contact with any the publications listed below.
The sad fact is that Gustave Anjou was
not a genealogist, but a forger of genealogical records that have been
passed on for years to unwary clients and then through researchers who
believed, or wanted to believe, they had a true lineage. They in turn
republished the material in their own works and the cycle continues even
Gustave Anjou produced these
"genealogies" for wealthy clients at a price of around $9,000 and the
client. needless to say, always received what they wanted.
In the words of Mr. Anderson;
" A typical Anjou pedigree displays four
1. A dazzling range of connections
between dozens of immigrants to New England; for example, connections
far beyond what may be seen in pedigrees produced by anyone else:
2. Many wild geographical leaps, outside
the normal range of migration patterns;
3. An overwhelming number of citations
to documents that actually exist, and actually include what Anjou says
they include; and
4. Here and there an invented document,
without citation, which appears to support the many connections noted
under item 1 above".
The above mentioned publication is one
that belongs in your genealogy library. I urge you all to read the
detailed account of this article and the five other genealogy fraud
articles that appear with it. Included is another detailed article about
Gustave Anjou's life and forgery methods, entitled Gustave, We Hardly
Knew Ye: by Gordon L. Remington, editor of the Genealogical
Please do not contact the Society in
regards to copies of these articles. We will honor existing copyright
laws owned by the publisher and do not distribute copies of their work.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Mr.
Anderson for bringing these facts to our attention and also to the
Genealogical Journal for their courage by publishing the material.
Harold Oliver, Director
America's First Families October 5, 1998