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  • ID: I08568
  • Name: Ludwig\Lewis Vincent WYSONG 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Lodowick /Weissang/
  • Birth: BET 1712 AND 1717 in Strasburg, Alsace-Lorrain, Germany (a village in Saarland, Germany, south of St. Ingbert and east of Saarbruecken?) 2
  • Birth: BET 1678 AND 1679 in Strasburg, Alsace-Lorrain, Germany (a village in Saarland, Germany, south of St. Ingbert and east of Saarbruecken?) 3 4
  • Death: 29 SEP 1784 in Heidelburg Twp., York Co., PA
  • Event: Given Name Lodowick Weissang (Vincent in French)
  • Event: Miscellaneous It's important to note that the information I have for TWO Ludwig's might all be for the same person!
  • Event: Miscellaneous Ludwig married twice and fathered 6 or 7 sons and from 4 to 7 daughters 5
  • Event: Miscellaneous 14 MAR 1769 Ludwick Weisang, Anna M. Weisang (Ludwig's wife?) and Henry Shitz witnessed the will of Thomas Butler of Heidelberg Twp., PA
  • Event: Immigrated 27 OCT 1738 >Philadephia, PA aboard the St. Andrew under the name Lewus Vinsent 4
  • Event: AKA/Nickname Lewis Vincent; French Louis; Louis Vinsent; Welsh Long; Welsh Louis;
  • Military Service: 1715 with the British Army from Wales > America in the King's service
  • Military Service: BET 1775 AND 1783 Continental Army 4th Co., 3rd Battn under Col. Jamison, York County Militia under Capt. Christopher Lowman 6
  • Emigration: ABT 1738 Saarland > Alsace > Wales > Manchester Twp., Lancaster Co./aka York Co., PA, America
  • PROP: 1766 176 acre farm, Manchester Twp., York Co., PA (purchased from John Penn)
  • Residence: ABT 1738 Manchester Twp., Lancaster Co. (now York Co.), PA
  • Residence: 1738 Manchester Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
  • Residence: 1740 Manchester Twp., York Co., PA (township became part of York Co.)
  • Residence: 1749 Manchester Twp., York Co., PA (newly formed York Co.)
  • Residence: 1782 Heidelberg Twp., York Co., PA farm
  • Event: Will Written 19 SEP 1784
  • Event: Will Probated 29 SEP 1784
  • Event: Funeral Services ABT 2 OCT 1784 Rev. Jacob Pellentz, a Catholic priest
  • Occupation: Blacksmith 7
  • Burial: ABT 1 OCT 1784 Heidelburg Twp., York Co., PA
  • Immigration: 27 OCT 1738 Ship St. Andrews per the report of the quarantine doctor 8
  • Reference Number: 8569
  • Note:
    The following is from "The Origins of the Weissang Family" from the "Cla rk Wysong Memorial Database":

    Ludwig, who arrived in Philadelphia on board the St. Andrew in 1738, usi ng the name "Lewis Vinsent", belonged to the Catholic branch. He is belie ved to have been born in a village in the Saarland, south of St. Ingbert a nd east of Saarbruecken. However, his baptismal record has not been locat ed, and Dr. Wysong was unable to establish his direct descent from Jose ph Pier Vincent.

    THE LIFE OF LUDWIG WEISSANG

    According to family tradition, on reaching manhood Ludwig migrated to Als ace-Lorraine, then to Wales, where he enlisted in the King's service and l anded in America in 1715. Some have suggested instead that he arriv ed in Philadelphia in 1740 on board the Loyal Judith with two persons bear ing the same surname, who might have been his brothers. They were: Conra d, age 30 in 1740, who had 50 acres in Lancaster County in 1752; and Phili p, age 26 in 1740, who had 16 acres in Philadelphia County in 1769. In 17 42 another possible brother, Simon, then age 41, arrived on the same shi p. He owned 200 acres in Lancaster County in 1760. However, Ludwig's na me does not appear on the passenger list of the Loyal Judith, and the re is hard evidence that, as mentioned above, he arrived in Philadelph ia on board the St. Andrew in 1738. The relevant documentation indicat es that he was too sick to come ashore to sign the oath of allegiance. O ne way to reconcile the family tradition with the evidence of the arriv al on the St. Andrew is to suggest that he may have been returned to Euro pe with the British Army after 1715, been discharged there, and then retur ned to America.

    Conrad died in May, 1789 and left a will in York County which indicates t hat he lived in Paradise Township and had a wife named Mary Elizabeth, w ho "eloped my bed and board and left me in a poor and sickly condition ". His will also mentions four children, Conrad, Anna Mary (wife of Jac ob Smith), Leonard, and Margaretha (wife of George Metzler), and a grandda ughter, Elizabeth Metzler. The son, Conrad, apparently immigrated to Cumb erland County, where he at one time owned 480 acres of land. Informati on about the subsequent history of Simon and Philip is not now available.

    Ludwig was a blacksmith and appears to have originally settled in Manches ter Township, which was part of Lancaster County until 1749 when it beca me part of the then newly-created York County. He is said to have been ca lled "Welsh Long" and "Welsh Louis" by his neighbors. We know from the ba ptismal records of Christ Lutheran Church in York, Pennsylvania, th at on 10 January, 1740, he and an unidentified wife became parents of a da ughter named Susan Catharina. George Henning and his wife and Reinhardt H ammer and his wife were sponsors at Susan's baptism. Then, on 4 Februa ry 1743, Ludwig and his still unidentified wife became parents of a son na med John Ludwig Reinhardt who was also baptized at Christ Lutheran. Reinh ardt and Susan Hammer were sponsors at Ludwig Reinhardt's baptism. This h as led researchers to assume that Ludwig's wife was probably the daught er of Reinhardt and Susan Hammer. Although Ludwig is known to have had ad ditional children, their date and place of birth and baptism, if any, is u nknown. There is evidence that Ludwig was married more than once.

    In 1766, some 26 years after the birth of his daughter, Susan, Ludwig acq uired a 176-acre farm in Manchester Township from John Penn. Dr. Dudley W ysong believed that Ludwig had five sons who served in the Revolutionary W ar. In 1782 Ludwig moved to a farm in Heidelberg Township.

    On 19 September, 1784, Ludwig wrote his last will and testament, which w as probated ten days later, on 29 September. One of his daughters-in-l aw is said to have claimed that only a few days before his death he walk ed "sthright upe shust like a solgher." In his will he asked that he be g iven a Christian burial and made reference to the worldly estate whi ch it "has pleased God to bless me in this life." His wife, named Mary, w as given his land and his household goods as long as she lived and after h er death his first born son, "Lodwick" was to be given ten shillings. T he "over plush" was to be divided into ten equal shares among his childre n. He appointed Philip Schlentz, Jr. to be his executor. The will was wi tnessed by Peter Hill, Jr. and Henry Berringer.

    The settlement of Ludwig's estate tells us a little bit about his lif e. The household goods were appraised at 11-19-0 pounds, which include d, as his most valuable assets, one cow appraised at 3-15-0 and hay apprai sed at 1-10-0. Other items included three pewter and six earthen plate s, ten pewter spoons, a pepper mill, a skillet, two hammers and a chise l, two washing tubs, some Indian corn, a kitchen dresser, a spinning whe el and a chest. On 20 November 1785 Mr. Schlentz filed an accounting whe re he reported that he had sold some of the goods for 2-13-7 and paid o ut 4-13-49 for expenses which included 2-5-0 to David Kleindienst for t he coffin and 0-7-6 for the funeral sermon preached by Rev. Jacob Pellent z, who has been identified as a Catholic priest. In a later accounting da ted 26 March 1793, Mr. Schlentz reported that the estate had realized t he sums of 45-1-0 from the sale of a house and lot and 7-19-2 from the sa le of the goods and chattels of Ludwig's widow who was now deceased.

    Ludwig's age at his death is unknown. Some family stories claim th at he lived until the ad-vanced age of 106 years and was able to walk 20 m iles a day after he was 100 years old.

    THE SONS OF LUDWIG WEISSANG

    The five sons of Ludwig Weissang who were identified by Dr. Dudley Wyso ng as Revolutionary War veterans were named John Ludwig Reinhardt, Valenti ne ("Felty"), Joseph, Feidt and Jacob. Dr. Wysong also believed that Ludw ig had another son, named Henry, but no other information about Henry h as come to light.

    John Ludwig Reinhardt is the only son whose baptismal record has been loc ated. He served as a private in George Eichelberger's Company from York C ounty and was on the tax rolls in the county in 1783. He later remov ed to the town of Loretto in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, where he di ed on 28 January 1808. He married Ann Catherine Kitzmiller and had issue.

    Valentine was listed as a member of the 7th class of inhabitants of Heide lberg Township in York County who were subject to Revolutionary War servi ce under a law passed in 1780, but it is not clear that he was ever actual ly called to serve. Nevertheless, this has been accepted as evidence of s ervice by the Daughters of the American Revolution and some of Valentine 's descendants have been admitted into membership in that organization. V alentine moved to Fincastle in Botetourt County, Va. where he was tax ed in 1790. In 1794 he purchased land in Franklin Co., Va. where he opera ted a mill. He later moved to Winchester in Randolph Co., Indiana whe re he was a brick mason and was involved in the construction of the coun ty court house. He married Elizabeth Albright and had issue.

    Joseph served in the Revolution as a private in Rudolph Springer's Compa ny from York County. He was captured by the British at Fort Washingt on on the Hudson River in November, 1776, and died in prison camp.

    Feidt moved to Shepherdstown Virginia (now W. Va.) in about 1775 or 177 6. In 1778 he was drafted for Revolutionary War service and served as a p rivate at Fort McIntosh in the same company as his brother, Jacob. In 17 81 he moved to Fincastle, Virginia, were he was drafted for Revolutiona ry War service a second time. In his pension claim, which is in the coun ty records at Fincastle, he indicated that he had served under General Laf ayette at Yorktown and was present when Lord Cornwallis surrendered the Br itish forces. He worked as a blacksmith and wagon-maker at Fincastle whe re he died on 27 Au-gust 1837. He is buried in the cemetery of the Fincas tle Presbyterian Church. He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Phemac h, and, after her death, to Susannah Coffman. He had issue by both wives.

    Jacob served in the Revolutionary War as a drum major with the 8th Virgin ia Regiment at Fort McIntosh. He later lived in Shepherdstown, Virginia w here he was a shoemaker. He married Mary Byers and had issue.

    THE DAUGHTERS OF LUDWIG WEISSANG

    The total number and the identification of Ludwig's daughters is unclea r. Since we know that Ludwig had a minimum of ten surviving children (pos sibly eleven) when he wrote his will and only five (perhaps only four) sur viving sons have been identified, this means he could have had at least fo ur and perhaps as many as seven daughters. Dr. Dudley Wysong identified f our, namely Mary, Susan Catherina, Veronica (Franey) and Catherine. Oth er researchers add Elizabeth and Anna Maria to this list. Only Susan Cath erina has been documented in the baptismal records.

    Mary "Weyser" is shown in the Pennsylvania Archives as marrying George Bo ardman in Au-gust, 1747, but other sources show that she was born about 17 38 and was married in August 1757. Since we do not know when Ludwig, w ho arrived in America in 1738, was first married, it is unclear who her mo ther was and where she was born. There is no evidence that she was born a board ship. There is also the possibility that she was the daughter of Si mon or Philip who arrived in 1740. No de-scendants have been identified.

    Susan Catherina's subsequent history is also unclear. She may have actua lly been the daughter called Catherine. A Catherine "Weising" married Hei nrich Hartman at the German Reformed Church in Philadelphia on 27 July 177 3, but this Mrs. Hartman appears to have been born in 1754, rather than 17 40. Ludwig's daughter, born in 1740, would probably have married earli er than 1773. Catherine Weising Hartman could also have been the daught er of Simon or Philip.

    Veronica is said to have married James Dole Davis on 1 July 1771 in Yo rk County. No further information about her is currently available.

    Elizabeth, who died in 1807, was the first wife of John Platt, a Revoluti onary War veteran who died in Loretto, Cambria County, Pennsylvan ia on 12 February 1850. John Platt's military service was attest ed to in a document filed in Cambria County in 1844 by John Ludwig Reinhar dt Wysong's grandson, John Storm. John Storm testified that his grandfath er and John Platt were cousins and that John Platt's first wife was a ha lf sister of J. Ludwig Wysong. This is the evidence that the immigrant Lu dwig Weissang was married more than once, and that Elizabeth's mother w as most likely not the daughter of Reinhardt and Susan Hammer. John and E lizabeth (Wysong) Platt had issue.

    Anna Maria is said to have married Sebastian Jacob Weaver. They both di ed in Adams County which was created from York County in 1800. Evidence f rom census records indicates that they lived on a farm in Mount Pleasant T ownship and had issue.


    The Clark Wysong Memorial Database is an update of information collect ed by Clark Wysong before his death in September, 2000. Genealogical repo rts identifying some of the descendants of the immi-grant, Ludwig Weissan g, are now available. Grateful acknowledgement is extended to the many re -searchers who contributed the information which is included in this datab ase.

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    The following information is from WorldConnect, entered by Bill Mackey:

    "Wysong: Americanized version of Weisang/Weissang. Weisang/Weissang: Germ anized version of the French name Vincent/Vinzent."

    The following is from the Wysong-Fleshart Line papers from Donna Crocke tt Mowery:

    One branch of our family tree of equal importance and interest also are t he Wysongs and the Flesharts. These ancestors of ours were traced by D r. H. Dudley Wysong, which beyond any doubt are authentic.

    OUR WYSONG ANCESTORS

    Legend has it that our immigrant ancestor was Ludwig Wysong (Lodowick Weis sang), a native of Strasburg, Alsace. He went to Wales and soon enlist ed in the British Army where he was known as "French Louie" by the other s oldiers. His division was sent to America about 1717. His term of enlist ment expired while there, and he decided to remain and become an Americ an colonist. He located at York, PA, where he was a brick mason. He marr ied Mary ?. To this marriage were born 10 children.

    There is a copy of Ludwig's will in the above referenced document.

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    The following is from Polli Bates:
    Ludwig Wysong b 1678 was actually 105 years old when he died. If he had l ived past his birthday in 1784, he would have been 106. He was the fath er of John Lewis, Valentine, Sr., Feidt, and the rest of the children of h is wife, mary Susan HAMMER.From the document from Joe Berg: "Ludwig and h is wife accompanied Susan and John Storm when they came from Baden, Germa ny to McGuire Settlement in Pennsylvania with revered Prince Galitzin (a R ussian Prince who gave up everything to become a Catholic Priest and co me to America.)." However, Ludwig's wife, Mary Hammer, was born in Pennsy lvania according to Bill Mackay.

    Did one of Ludwig's half-sisters marry a John Platt? John and his wif e, a Ms. Wysong, had five children: Henry, John, Joseph, Mary and Catherin e. Jeannette Jones Sosa is a descendent and is trying to prove this marri age and lineage. jjsosa@intcomm.net (Email received 17 Mar 2000)

    The following information is from WorldConnect, entered by Bill Mackey:

    "Wysong: Americanized version of Weisang/Weissang. Weisang/Weissang: Germ anized version of the French name Vincent/Vinzent."

    The following is from the Wysong-Fleshart Line papers from Donna Crocke tt Mowery:

    One branch of our family tree of equal importance and interest also are t he Wysongs and the Flesharts. These ancestors of ours were traced by D r. H. Dudley Wysong, which beyond any doubt are authentic.

    OUR WYSONG ANCESTORS

    Legend has it that our immigrant ancestor was Ludwig Wysong (Lodowick Weis sang), a native of Strasburg, Alsace. He went to Wales and soon enlist ed in the British Army where he was known as "French Louie" by the other s oldiers. His division was sent to America about 1717. His term of enlist ment expired while there, and he decided to remain and become an Americ an colonist. He located at York, PA, where he was a brick mason. He marr ied Mary Hammer. To this marriage were born 10 children. (Supposedly, Lud wig lived to be 105 years old and was active until almost the last -- ab le to walk 20 miles a day when he was over 100 years of age.]

    There is a copy of Ludwig's will in the above referenced document.

    Here is some information that may point to the relationship of the Wyso ng family to St. Vincent de Paul. Vincent was most probably his last nam e, de = of, and Paul is really Pouy. This village is close (next to) to t he village where our Vincent/Weissang/Wysong ancestors lived. It should a lso be noted that our heritage is Catholic.

    St. Vincent de Paul was born in 1581. He came from a poor Catholic fami ly of Pouy, a village in the southwest corner of France. Later in life wh en he became friend and counselor to royal and noble persons, he never con cealed his humble origin. "When I was a boy, I tended cattle," he told th em. "I am only a cowherd, the son of a poor farmer." He was ordain ed in 1600. The great turning point, however, was a vow he made in 16 11 to consecrate his whole life to the service of the poor, which result ed in the St. Vincent de Paul Society operating to this day throughout mu ch of the Christian world.




    Father: Joseph Peter WYSONG b: 1540 in Nimes, France

    Marriage 1 Mary Susan HAMMER b: 1718 in Heidelburg Twp., Hanover Co., PA
    • Married: 1736 in Loretto, Cambria Co., PA 8
    • Married: ABT 1737 in York Co., PA 8
    Children
    1. Has No Children Maria WYSONG b: 1738 in Manchester Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
    2. Has No Children Susanna Catherine WYSONG b: 1740 in Manchester Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
    3. Has Children John Ludwig Reinhardt WYSONG b: 1743 in York, Manchester Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
    4. Has Children Valentine Irvin WYSONG I b: 1756 in York, Manchester Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
    5. Has Children Joseph WYSONG b: 1745 in Lancaster Co., PA
    6. Has No Children Henry WYSONG b: 1747 in Lancaster Co., PA
    7. Has Children Elizabeth WYSONG b: 1750 in York, Lancaster, Co., PA
    8. Has No Children Veronica "Franey" WYSONG b: BET 1751 AND 1753 in York Co., PA
    9. Has No Children Catherine WYSONG b: 1754 in York Co., PA
    10. Has No Children Jacob WYSONG b: 1754 in York Co., PA
    11. Has Children Feidt\Fayette WYSONG b: 1755 in York Co., PA
    12. Has Children Anna Maria WYSONG b: 25 NOV 1755 in York Co., PA ?

    Sources:
    1. Title: John & Polli Bates via Internet
    2. Title: Pollianne Cook Bates
      Repository:
      Media: Book
    3. Title: Fincastle, Botetourt Co., VA Sign
    4. Title: Clark Wysong Memorial Database
    5. Title: Wysong Family Newsletter
      Repository:
      Media: Book
    6. Title: Jeanette Jones Sosa via Internet
    7. Title: Charles Recker
      Repository:
      Media: Book
    8. Title: Brian Jones via Internet

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