Married 24 November 1788, in Diespeck, Germany
Johann Georg Hasselbacher and Anna Maria Wehr were my 5G Grandparents. They were married 24 Nov 1788. Johann Georg's birth record, death record, and additional information about his life as a farmer will be presented on separate pages. Anna Maria's birth record and death record are also available.
Am, 1788. (Monday) d. 24 November.
Wurde Johann Georg Haselbacher, angehender
Bauersmann u. Einwohner all hier, des Georg
Hasselbacher, Bauersmanns dahier ältester
Sohn, mit Anna Maria Wöhrin <Wehr>, des Johann
Heinrich Wöhrs, hiesigen Bauersmanns 2.Tochter,
als ein paar Fornicanten auf erhabenem
Hochfürstl. Regierungs-Befehl dahier in der
Stille copulirt. [Transcription from Ludwig Wendel.]
On Monday, 24 Novenber 1788
became Johann Georg Haselbacher, farmer
to be from here, and Inhabitant, son of Georg
Hasselbacher, Farmer from here's oldest
son, with Anna Maria Wöhr <Wehr> [daughter of] Johann
Heinrich Wöhr, local farmers second daughter,
as a pair The Remainder is very interesting and I will need help.
It speaks of elevated lords, ascendancy to power,
a command given, and a calm marriage!]
- This is a short and easy to read marriage entry. Despite that, I do not understand its best parts! The marriage occurred one month after the birth of the couple's first child: Katharina Margareta Hasselbacher (who would herself become my 4G Grandmother.). This probably explains the term "Fornicanten." Somehow the marriage was allowed to occur. This was not always the case in those times. A married couple had to demonstrate that they had the financial means to marry and have a family. Perhaps that is why the fact that Johann was in line (angehender) to inherit his father's farm or farming rights. Johann Georg was already an Einwohner which is a official citizen. It appears that special permission might have been given by a (?new official).
- One possible interpretation of the text above is that the father of the child was some high lord, but the birth record seems to make clear that Johann Georg was the father. Perhaps I an a descendant of nobility after all as I have been know to claim in jest!
- It is clear that the church text gives the bride's name as Wöhr. Herr Ludwig who compiled many records form the churches in the area appears to have thought that the correct name was Wehr. I have seen both names in the church records of the area. To my poor ear, the two names do not sound that different. We should keep an open mind on this spelling as we dig further into the history of the families of the Aischgrund.
- In a similar vein, note that Johann Georg's name was interpreted by Herr Wendel as Haselbacher. There is no doubt that the name Hasselbacher was frequently spelled with a single 's', particularly in the early years. In Diespeck it settled out pretty consistently to Hass- or Haß-.
- The 19th century abstract of this record can be viewed here, and Herr Wendel's transcription can be seen here.
- I assumed I would find little more information about Johann George, but due to the fact that he became bankrupt and had to sell part or all of his farm, additional information has recently come to light that helps weave the fabric of the family Hasselbacher. I will present that material in other pages. Suffice it to say here that Johann Georg had at least two Hops gardens, that he had an geographical and family association with the Klobenmuhl that still stands today on the Aisch.
- To my knowledge, Johann Georg was the last Hasselbacher farmer in Diespeck. His children either moved away, or took up other professions. (Most families had small garden plots, but the designation of "Bauer" or farmer was an important one not used casually. He may well have lost the farm in 1824.