One of the branches of the Hasselbacher family of which we know little comprises the descendants of Adam Hasselbacher.  Adam was one of the sons of Stephan, was born in Gresten, and with two of his brothers and a fourth Hasselbacher of unknown relationship, were the first Exulanten to come to Franconia. Adam had at least three children, all of whom appear to have been born in Austria. The youngest of these was Simon, born in 1636. I was able to find Simon's baptismal record in the church records of Gresten.  You can see the actual image here, and my attempt at a translation here.

Summaries of church records from Franconia tell us that Simon went to Stierhofstetten, a village down the Aisch River from Neustadt and Diespeck. To try to learn more, I ordered a microfilm of the oldest church records from the Church of LDS.  The film was difficult for me to interpret due to the lightness of the images, and a difficult style of writing.  It seems a mix of German and Latin that makes it hard for me to tell even what kind of record I am looking at. Additionally there was no index for these records of 1667 to 1721.  Non-the-less, a half hour scan of the film turned up three records containing the name of Simon Hasselbacher.  I reproduce them below as placeholders and in case someone can help us.

The record above is an early one from 1667, the first year of records on the film. It is a marriage (or possible proclamation) between Simon, the son of Adam, and Anna Christina.  It looks like there is other valuable information, but I cannot interpret it at this time.

I took the year of the record above from the page before. I think, but am not sure, that this is a baptismal record, but I cannot identify the name of a child. On 29 June some event is recorded.  I see the name of Anna (?Christina).

I interpret the page above to be one of death records.  The date of entry #4 is 15 March 1689. I see the name Simon Hasselbacher, but I also see the name Margareta.


I have not spent enough time with these books to be able to make much of them.  I will postpone any further research until I get back from my trip to Germany next month.  Perhaps I will be able to visit the village and learn more about their records.