Name: Conrad Jacob ECKERT
Change Date: 05 JAN 2005
Birth: 06 FEB 1741 in Langenselbold, Germany
Death: 25 AUG 1791
Burial: AUG 1791 Hain's Church Cemetery, Lower Heidelberg Twp, Berks Co, PA
Conrad Eckert was born at Langenselbold, in the Kingdom of Hanover, Feb. 6, 1741. During that year his father, John Eckert, emigrated to Pennsylvania, and settled in Heidelberg twp., Lancaster (now Berks) Co. Conrad m. Elizabeth Hain and they had: John, Peter, George, David, Daniel, Solomon and Conrad and daughters Catharine (m. Henry Copenhaven) and Barbara (m. Daniel Reeser). Conrad is buried at Hain's Church.
Baptism: 12 FEB 1741 Langenselbold Reformed Church, Germany
Note: Sponsor: Johannes Repp
John Eckert, the progenitor of the family, was born Oct. 1707 in the parish of Spielburg, Germany, near Frankfort-on-the-Main. In 1732 he married Angelina Hicks, and in 1741 emigrated with his wife and 4 children to PA. Children mentioned in his will: Johanna Magdalena (m. to Rev. Henry Decker), Valentine (m. to Elizabeth Gernant), Jonas (m. to Mary Catharine Ruth), Conrad (m. Elizabeth Hehn), Nicholas, Mary Christina (m. George Troutman), and Ann Mary (m. Frederick Hehn).
He came into full possession of the Eckert homestead when his siblings signed releases acknowledged on April 1, 1776 and recorded January 6, 1786. Commanded a company for the American Revolution which was raised in Heidelberg Twp. He became a member of the 1st Battalion commanded by Col. Henry Haller. Capt. Eckert's company later formed a part of Spyker's Battalion and participated in the campaign of Germantown and White Marsh during the fall of 1777. He was wounded in the battle and his health became so impaired that he never fully recovered. In 1778 and 1780 his company connected with the 4th Battalion. Upon his return from military service he carried on farming on the Eckert homestead near Robesonia until his death. The farm where he resided adjoined the 'Corner Church' property on the east. He was a County Commissioner from 1785 until his death in 1791. It is said that during the Revolution he carried on a powder mill in the southern parts of Heidelberg Twp. along the head waters of Spring Creek.
From 'WIlls Abstracts Berks County 1785-1800' compiled by Jacob Martin and John P Smith, pub 1996:
Conrad ECKERT, Heidelberg, will date: 7/5/1791; proved 9/12/1791
To eldest son John my plantation containing 1150 acres, also personal property, paying 1400 pounds.
To dau. Catharina, 80 pounds
To Peter, George, Barbara, David, Daniel, Solomon, and Conrad - 100 pounds each.
To wife Elisabeth all the land I bought of Jacob SLEHELY during life to bring up minor children.
Executors: Wife Elisabeth and brother Nicholas ECKERT.
Witnesses: Jost Fishbach and John Eckert, Esq.
Elizabeth HAIN b: 26 MAY 1750 in Heidelburg Twp, Berks Co, PA
- John ECKERT b: 13 OCT 1766 in Heidelberg Twp, Berks Co, PA
- Catharine ECKERT b: 11 DEC 1769 in Heidelberg Twp, Berks Co, PA
- Peter ECKERT b: BEF 17 NOV 1771 in Berks Co, PA
- George Eckert b: 10 FEB 1774
- Barbara ECKERT b: BEF 08 APR 1776 in Berks Co, PA
- David ECKERT b: 19 NOV 1778
- Daniel ECKERT b: 11 APR 1781
- Solomon ECKERT b: 12 AUG 1783
- Conrad ECKERT b: 25 FEB 1787
- Catharine ECKERT b: 22 DEC 1789