Name: Johannes George Jakob Koppenhoffer
Birth: 25 JUN 1746 in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Death: 29 AUG 1782 in Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia
Burial: AUG 1782 Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Fredrick County, Virginia
Baptism: 13 JUL 1746 Lutheran Church, Earltown, Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Reference Number: 6
Jacob was baptized by Johan Casper Stoever on July 13, 1746; sponsor: Balthasar Boesshaar and wife Susanna. He migrated to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia prior to 1764. Frederick County was created in 1743. Dunmore County was established from it in 1772 and in 1778 was renamed Shenandoah County. Thus, Jacob was in Frederick County until 1782, then in Shenandoah County, in the Strasburg area. Winchester remained in Fredrick County. A Jacob Kopenheifer was on the1782 Personal Property Tax list of Shenandoah County for two lots.
He was dead by August 1782. In 1783 Susanna Copenheifer (widow) was taxed on one cattle. There were also some Coughenours in 1783, 1784, and 1785 state enumerations in Shenandoah County, but no Copenhaver, and none of the others were in the area of Strasburg. In 1786 there was a Copenhouser listed.
On June 22, 1773 Jacob Copenhaver purchased a half-acre lot in Strasburg, Virginia., Lot #5 from Peter Stover and Frainey his wife. This may have ben the occasion of his move from the Winchester area.
In the Index to the 1770 Tax Records, Vol. 5 by Gary T. Hawbaker and Clyde L. Graff: Listed were Jacob Copenhaffer, Yr. 1771 Earl - Comments: Freeman.
LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA CHURCH RECORDS OF THE 18TH CENTURY, VOL 3 BY F. Edward Wright, page 175 refers to "John George Koppenhoefer of Jacob Koppenhoefer, b. June 25, 1746; bapt. July 13 1746. Sponsors: Balthasar Boesshaar and wife Anna.
Among the thirty-one names on the bronze plaque of the old Lutheran Church ruins at the Hebron Cemetery at Winchester, Virginia is the name of Jacob Koppenhaber (Copenhaver), when the cornerstone was laid in 1764. Jacob served in the Virginia Militia, Strasburg District in 1760 under Alexander Machir's muster roll. A copy of Jacob's November 1780 Will appears on Page 16 of Lloyd Dale Sparks book entitled "The Copenhaver Genealogy."
WILL of Jacob Copenh(i)afer's, Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia. Will Book "A" , page 431 - Date: - November 7, 1780 - Proved: - Aug. 29, 1782.
Shenandoah County Clerk's Office, Woodstock Courthouse, Virginia.
In the name of God Amen. I Jacob Copenhifer of County of Shenandoah and Town of Strasburg and State of Virginia, being called to the field in the Cause of American Liberty to be defended, being of sound memory &c. do here make my last will and Testament not knowing what may befall me.
And therefore if it should be my lott from our good and gracious God, that I should never see my dear wife and children anymore, I therefore and hereby commend them into the dearest and best protection of a Tender Father, God. That he may never forsake them, and what concerns my outward Estate and Goods.
I give and bequeath the whole to my dear beloved wife Susanna which I think not too much of her (if it should not be enough) to maintain and bring and raise up my small children, being six (John, George Michael, Maria, Susannah, Catherine, and Rebecca) in number and three or four of them being yet quite helpless, in full hopes she will make good use of it to their and her good.
Likewise if she should find proper to marry again, to pay to each of them an equal share out of half of the estate, observing to pay to my oldest son John the value of half a Joe (?a portuguese gold coin, issued 1722-1835 and worth about $8.50) more an over the equal share of said half of my estate, the other half being then her own property, only th said half Joe or eight hard dollars to come out of her half.
And that this my last will and testament be executed according to my true intention. I therefore do appoint my dear wife Susanna as sole executrix to execute every point there in according to my will.
And lastly that she shall use all means in her power to have my sons John and George (Michael) put out to good trades in a proper time.
Now this I witness with my own hand and seal, this 7th day of November 1780, to be my last will and testament.
Signed sealed and deliveredhis
by the said Jacob Kopenhefer (Signed) Jacob (X) Copenhafer
for his last will and testamentmark
on the above 7th of November 1780
In the presence of us ---
Frederick Harr (or Shaver?)
At a Court held for Shenandoah County on Thursday the 29th of August 1782. This last will and testament of Jacob Kopenhaber, deceased, was proved by the Oathes of Alexander Machir and Philip Hoffman. Sworn to by Susanna the Executrix herein named who have Bone &c and was order to be recorded.
Thomas Marshall CSC
From: - George R. Griffiths, Genealogical Researcher
6023 Fairview Place,Falls Creek, Virginia 22041
Received: - October 15, 1973
The following was provided by Ruth Ehringer in a letter dated April 24, 1988 to Ruth Johnston in Babson Park, Florida:
"Jacob served during the Revolutionary War in the 8th Virginia Regiment (known as the Germany Regiment), Alexander Machir's Company of the Strasburg District. The commander was Rev. Mullenberg.
"Jacob was one of the founders of the Lutheran Church in Winchester in 1764. (According to George Griffiths, Lord Fairfax had donated a lot for the purpose in May 1753. The church, built of limeston, burnd on September 24, 1854 was not rebuilt.) Wife - Susannah Juliana who died in July or August, 1825. Estate appraised 8/12/1825. Her son-in-law, Jacob Sonner (husband of daughter, Rebecca) was the administrator of Susannah's estate. Susannah married husband #2 after Jacob died -- Jacob Volckner (also spelled Folckner) between 1782 and 1794.
"Jacob and Suns children - 7 in number - Catharina B. Copenhaver (married Peter Snapp & Jacob Funck); John Copenhaver (married Margaret Verner (Peggy); Rebecca Copenhaver (married Jacob Sonner; Margaret Manuel Copenhaver (not married); George Michael Copenhaver (married Regina Loldes (also spelled Baltus); Mary Magdaline Copenhaver (my gr gr grandmother) (married William Miller, Jr.); Susanna Copenhaver (married Benjamin Clevenger)."
Deed Book. C-96, December 20, 1777, Taverner Beale, Sheriff, sale to Jacob Copenhaver, Tanner, of Strasburg . . . . John Funk moved from Shenandoah Co. leaving debts which the said lot and house in Strasburg were sold to settle (John Funk did not appear at date set for settlement 4 Mar. 1772). Thus Lot #57 was bought by Jacob Copenhaver. Recorded 30 July 1778 (Shen. Co).
It is assumed, but not proven, that he died in Revolutionary service. No war or pension record to confirm this has been found. But Jacob Copenhaver was deceased by August 1782. In Will Book A, page 444, the Inventory, estate of Jacob Copenhafer,decd., was appraised by Fredk, Stover, Valentine Smith, and Alex. Hite September 23, 1782. It was recorded on Thursday October 31, 1782. Shenandoah County Order Book, 1781-1784, page 84.
In the 1783 Virginia State enumeration (Personal Property tax list for Shenandoah County) his widow was listed as Susannah Cappenheafer. She remarried by July 1 1790 to Jacob Felkener/Folkener/Volkener/Fealtner (see deed dated July 1, 1790 under son John Copenhaver, below). Jacob Felkener had a daughter Ann Feltner, who married December 20,1793 to Daniel Stocklager.
From Jacob's will in 1780 we know he had six children, John, eldest son, and son George "to be put out to good trades in a proper time," plus three or four yournger and "quite helpless." Deed Book O, below identified the females as Catherine, Pecky (Rebecca), Molly (Mary), and Susannah. Note that daughter Margaret is missing from the document, probably dead by 1780.
The deed mentioned above dated July 1, 1790 (see also under #2 below) makes it quite clear that Susannah, the widow, was remarrried by that date to Jacob Felkener. YET, in 1795 she gave consent for the marriage of her daughter Rebecca, signing by mark as Susannah Copenhaver. Then in 1797 for the marriage of her daughter Mary appended to the record was this statement, "Susannah Copenhaver appeared in Woodstock and consented to the Issuing hereof, thesaid Mary's father being dead." BUT, on January 25, 1799 she signed the marrige certificate for her daughter Susannah by mark as Susanna Felkener. It is possible that these inconsistencies were from clerical error, wherein the mother of Rebecca and Mary Copenhaver was assumed by the clerk to be Copenhaver also.
Regarding Jacob's estate - - Deed Book O, page 305, contans the following: Heirs of Jacob Copenhaver to Christian Spiker, dated May 5, 1800 -- This Indenture made the fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred, between George Copenhaver and Regina his wife, Jacob Funk and Catherine his wife, Jacob Sonner and Pecky (Becky) hsi wife, William Miller, Molley his wife and Benjamin Clevinger & Susannah his wife, all of the county of Shenandoah & Commonwealth of Virginia Legatees & Devisees of Jacob Copenhaver of the same place, decd. of the one part, & Christian Spicker of Strasburg County & State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth Whereas Jacob Copenhver, now decd, in his lifetime mentioned that all his estate should be to his wife Susannah, to her use, that in case she should intermarry again, that then one half of his estate should be to his children which said Will is dated seventh day of November one thousand seven hundred & eighty & of record in theCounty Court of Shenandoah, the said Susannah, executrix having since intermarried with Jacob Fealtner, the said Jacob Fealtner & Susannah his wife, executrix aforesaid & John Copenhaver a Legatee & Devisee, & Becky his wife sold & conveyed their right & title to a certain Lot or half an acre of land, situate & being in the Town of Strasburg, Number 5, by their certain deed, bearing date the lst day of July 1790 to George Greem which is of record in the County Court of Shenandoah, the said George Greem conveyed the same by his deed to the said Philip Greem conveyed the same by his deed to the said Christian Spicker, party of the second part to these presents all which said conveyances are recorded in thesame County Court, as by a reference to the same may more fully appear, thesaid Jacob Fealtner & Susannah his wife & John Copenhaver & Beckey his wife did for & in consideration of the sum of nine pounds current money of Virginia, in their hands paid by the said George Greem, the receipt whereof they have acknowledged . . . . . . . , etc
Regina X Copenhaver
Alexander HiteCatherine X Funk
Saml. RichardsonJacob Sonner
Philip SpenglerPeggy (Becky?) X Sonner
Molly X Miller
Susannah X Clavinger
The Indenture was recorded in Shenandoah County Order Book, 1799-1802, page 319, June Court 1800 - - To Christian Spiker, Indenture of bargain and sale. On page 188 September Court 1800 - - Above proved by oath of Philip Spangler.
Another deed, dated December 17, 1801, between the heirs of Jacob Coplenhaver, other than George (John Copenhaver then of Greenbrier County) and George Coplenhaver, hatter, of Strasburg, sold to George Copemhaver Lot #57 in Strasburg. Witnesses were Jno Balthis, Isaac Hoffman and George Hauck. After the Justices had examined the wives privily, the deed was recorded March 29, 1802.
The widow, Susannah Felkener died about 1827 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. In Will Book O-96 is an estate account of Susannah Felckner, decd., Jacob Sonner, Administrator. Payments began August 13, 1825 and the estate totalled $310.31. The account was recorded April 9, 1827. Jacob Sonner was a son-in-law. In the 1820 censusof Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia, there was a Susan Copenhafer with two females over 45, plus a male 10-16. She was listed near John Copenhafer and Jacob Sonner (see below) but could not have been Susannah (Copenhaver) Felkener. She was probably the widow of a Copenhaver, but has not been identified.
Jacob and Susanna Koppenever had the following children:
1. Cathrine/Catharina Copenheifer, born ca. 1765, married Peter Snapp March 17, 1783 (date of bond). Peter was dead by 1790 when Catherine married (2) August 17, 1790 to Jacob Funck/Funk, both performed by Rev. Simon Harr. Rev. Harr lived at Strasburg, Virginia. Peter Snapp served in the Revolution in the 8th Virginia Regiment from Strasburg. The child of Peter and Catharina was:
Margaret Snapp, born ca. 1784, married February 18 1805 to John Hines. Their child was:
Catharine Anna Hines, born December 24, 1806, bt. July 25, 1807. Witness, Susannah Feltner
2. John Copenhaver, born ca. 1768, married Peggy (Margaret) Verner/Varner on July 29, 1789 in Augusta County, Virginia. She was probably the daughter of Henry Varner. Another daughter, Elizabeth Varner, married Samuel McCullock in Augusta County on February 4, 1793. In the 1800 deed of his father's property it is mentioned that John "and Beckey his wife" had disposed of their share in 1790. Becky may well have been Peggy, since his wife was Margaret. The 1790 deed clearly refers to her as Margarett. They were then of Stanton, Augusta County, Virginia. The deed was dated July 1, 1790 between Jacob Felkner and Susannah his wife late Susanna Coppenheaver widow and relict of Jacob Coppenheaver of the one part, and John Coppenheaver, an heir, and Margarett his wife also of the one part, and George Gremm of the other part.
The deed identifies two half-acre lots, No. 5 and No. 57, being devised in Jacob's will and this indenture, for nine pounds, two shillings, and sic pence, sold Lot No. 5 to George Greemm. It was signed by Johann JacobFelkner and Susannh Felkner and John Copenhaver and Peckkey Copenhaver. Appended is a document to Justices of Augusta dated July 1, 1793 requiring them to examine Margaret Coppenheaver "privily and apart" from her husband, and a certification tht they did so and that Margaret Coppenhaver "declared tht she freely and Voluntarily Acknowleged the Conveyance . . . . without the persuasion or threats of her husband and that she was willing the same should be recorded.
In an 1801 deed (see under Jacob Copenhaver, above) they were in Greenbrier County, now West Virginia and his wife signed by mark as Peckkey Copenhaver.
Quotation from "Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants - A History of Frederick County, Virginia", Catalog #975-599CAR.C10, page 190: The German Lutheran Congregation was in an organized state in 1762 at Winchester, and make a brief note, stating "that upon their application they were received into regular Synodical connection with the Synod of Pennsylvania." This Synod was the only Lutheran Ecclesiastical body in the Country. The records of this Congregation - found in the Corner-stone, - may have mentioned many things of interest relating to the planting of this Church in the Village of Winchester. None have been preserved so far as known, except the valuable document which gives in full the names of the founders of the church they proposed to build, and also the date of the beginning of this great work, as well as a declaration of their principles as fearless and determined men holding the faith of Martin Luther. This document which has been so carefully preservd in all these years, is given at this point in full in the English translation; the original is written in Latin, and not in German, as has been stated by several writers.
"In the name of God the Father, son and Holy Ghost, Amen. The foundations of this Temple, by the Grace of God, were laid in the year of Christ 1764, on the Sixteenth of April. The Hearers and Founders of this Temple are all and each members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, at this time residing in this City of Winchester, to-wit: Thomas Schmidt, Nicholas Schrack, Christopher Henockel, David Deitrick, Christopher Wetzel, Peter Helfenstein, George Michael Laubinger, Heinrich Becker, Jacob Braun, Stephen Franckel, Christopher Altrilk, (this name was afterwards Aldrich and Eldridge, as old records show) Tobias Otto, Eberhard Doring, Andreas Friedly, Christopher Heintz, Imanuel Burger, Donald Heizel, Jacob Trautvbein, Joh Sigmond Haenh, Johannas Lemly, Johannes Lentz, Christian Schumacher, Michael Roger, Michael Waring, Christopher Lambert, Samuel Wendel, Michael Gluck, Gulius Spickert, Balthaser Po, Jacob Koppenhaber (COPENHAVER) Heinrich Weller, under whose care and inspection and at whose expense this Temple is built.
At that time bore rule George III, King of Great Britain, Our most Clement Master, and his Officers and Governors in Virginia, Francis Fauquier in Williamsburg, presiding with highest authority, and Thomas Fairfax Chief Magistrate in this whole district, at that time residing not far from this City, who has given to us gratiutously and of good will two lots of ground, embracing one acre, for Sacred uses.
This Temple has been Consecrated to the Triune God and to the Evangelical Lutheran Religion alone; all sects whatever name they may bear and all others who either dessent from or do not fully assent to our Evangelical Lutheran Religion, being forever excluded:
As a permanent record of which to our posterity this paper is here placed, and has been deposited for everlasting remembrance in this Corner-Stone;
Drawn up in Winchester April 16th MDCCLXIIII.
Johann Casper Kirchner, At that time Minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Scribe Ludwig Adams,
Anthony Ludi, School-Master in City."
Father: Johannes "Jan Jakob" Koppenhoffer b: 27 NOV 1705 in Meckesheim, Baden, Germany
Mother: Elizabeth Catharinen Weider b: ABT 1715 in Meckesheim, Baden, Germany
Susannah Juliana Folkener b: ABT 1740 in Virginia
in Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia
- Catharina B. Copenhaver b: 16 JAN 1763 in Shenandoah County, Virginia
- John Henry Copenhaver b: ABT 1768 in probably near Winchester, Virginia
- Margaret Manual Copenhaver b: 22 DEC 1773 in Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia
- George Michael Copenhaver b: 1774 in Shenandoah County, Virginia
- Mary Magdalene "Mollie" Copenhaver b: 14 SEP 1777 in Strasburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia
- Rebecca Harriet Copenhaver b: 22 DEC 1773 in Shenandoah County, Virignia
- Susannah Copenhaver b: 9 AUG 1779 in Shenandoah County, Virginia
- Elizabeth Copenhaver b: 1781 in Fredrick County, Virginia