Johannes Wilhelm Herrmann (called Wilhelm by everyone except his wife) was born July 18, 1736 in Graefenstuhl, Saxe Prussia. He migrated to the fertile Hesse valley, near Born or Cassell (Kassell) Germany when he was about twenty years old. He was a successful famer and active in the Luthern Reformed Church. **(to learn more read the first chapter of the published book by Jim Herman, Voyage to America-1766--which was published in June 2006, by clicking this LINK)
Johannes Wilhelm HERRMANN, signed a will on January 22, 1813 in Lincoln/Catawba County, North Carolina, six months before his death on June 29, 1813 in Lincoln/Catawba County, North Carolina. This is the only written documentation about him in North Carolina, although there is reference to and about him in notes and documentation from others. He was buried in Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Newton, NC. Inscription in the church records reads: Aged 77 years, William Herman, whose German name was Johannes Wilhelm Herrmann, was born in 1736 in Germany. The tombstone inscription reads Wm. Herman, b. 1736 d. 1813.
Photo by Jim Herman-Old St. Pauls Cemetary
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**click this link for history of Old St Paul's Church> http://www.oldstpaulslutheran.org/history.htmJohannes Wilhelm Herrmann and Maria Catherine Motz had the following children:
>Johannes Wilhelm Herrmann Jr. (John William Herman Jr.)
>George Herman (1763 - 1828)
>Peter HERMAN (1774 - 1850)
>Catherine Herman (1766 - 1842)
>John Michael Herman (1777 - 1859)
>Mary Herman (1780 - 1845)
The first two of their six children were born before leaving for America in 1766. In mid-year 1766 Johannes Wilhelm Herrmann and his family boarded the ship Pallidum-Richard Hunter, ships master-at Rotterdam and sailed the Atlanta Ocean to the new land of America. Upon arriving in the American port of Philadelphia he signed his name as Johannes Wm. Herrmann (which was entered by the magistrate as John William Herman) and swore the Oath of Allegiance on October 18, 1766. It was written down on the entry log that William was from Rotterdam, but last from Cowles Isle of Wite England. These were the last major ports from where they sailed. Later, William and his family settled in Berks County, near Reading, Pennsylvania. In this area William owned land in Long Swamp, Ruscombe Manor and Heresford Townships (per records, Series II Pa. Archives Vol. XVlII). The last tax listing for William Herman was in 1785, a few months before moving to North Carolina down The Great Wagon Road, in which the tax records were listed 100 acres of land, three horses, two cows, and eight family members.
Two horse/mule driven Conestago Wagon used on trip down the great wagon road from Pennsylvania to North Carolina
In a book about the history of Lincoln/Catawba county North Carolina, Miss Estelle Herman, a great, great granddaughter of William, remembered hearing about two Herman brothers who came from Pennsylvania to North Carolina on horseback to look the country over. On their trip, when they camped for the night, they tied their horses so they could graze while they slept. North Carolina appealed to them so much that they decided to move their families here. Some other Herman notes written by Polly Killian in 1876 said: "Came to North Carolina in 1779. Moved to North Carolina in 1786. Settled on Lyles creek and entered land which has been handed down from father to son till the present time. George Herman, second son of Wilhelm, came back to North Carolina in 1781 and settled on Long Shoals Creek."
Stone and wooden home similiar to Herman home circa 1800 near Lyes Creek, Catawba County, North Carolina.
Johannes Wilhelm Herrmann died June 29, 1813 at the age of 77 years and was buried in the cemetery of St. Paul's Lutheran Church near Newton. His wife, Catherine, died two years earlier on March 14, 1811 at the age of 77 years and is also buried in the same cemetery.. Wilhelm (William) and Catherine Herman and their children, William Jr., George, Peter, Michael, Catherine, and Mary became active and useful citizens of their Lyles Creek community near Newton and Conover North Carolina. They were members and officers in the German Reformed churches of St. Paul's and St, John's near Newton and Conover respectively.
Maria Catherine Motz Herrmann's Death
1811 ? Lyles Creek, Lincoln County, North Carolina
They came despite the cold March wind blowing down from the snowcapped Blue Ridge Mountains which were visible on the far western horizon just over the headstones on the west end of the burial ground. They came to the cemetery of Old St. Paul?s Lutheran Church. Following the final prayer by the minister of the church, the families huddled close together around her gravesite where they sang a hymn. Some had been hear before, others not at all. Each cherished their thoughts privately before leaving the cemetery with their families to return home.
Now that both John William Herman and Catherine Marie Motz Herman have passed on, the direct line of their children branch off to many different directions. Each child of these brave two pioneers carries the story of the Herman heritage from Prussia/Germany to Pennsylvania to North Carolina...and so each of these children, and their children?s children, carry the responsibility to pass it on, lest we forget.
William Herman Jr. (1762-1829)
John William Herman’s first son, William Jr., lived out his remaining years with his wife Mary on land inherited from his father; land located between Meckling’s and Lyles Creek situated in the Catawba lands near Conover, North Carolina. They had five children: John Peter, born 1786 and died at age eighty-nine in 1876; John William III, born 1794 and died at age fifty-eight in1852; George, born 1797 and died at age eighty-six in 1883; Monroe, born and died in 1802, and Henry born 1800 and died at age eighty in1880.
Book 33 page 186 Lincoln County: May 16, 1827, William Herman Jr. and wife Mary to Peter Herman for $1, 159 acres on waters of Meekling Creek at Bolicks and Deals corner, from original grant to Gilbreath Falls on March 14, 1780 #262, in return for maintenance for their lives. Witness: Jacob Boleh, John Yoder.
John William Herman Jr. sailed the Atlanta Ocean with his parents and younger brother when he was four years old in the year 1766; grew to manhood in the Oley Valley of Berks, County, Pennsylvania from 1767 to 1787; migrated to North Carolina in 1787 and died at age sixty-six August 14, 1829—seven years following the death of his wife Maria who died at age sixty-one on November 14, 1822.
George Herman (1763-1850)
George, the second son of Johannes and Maria Catherine Herrmann, found Long Shoals Creek Township in Lincoln County North Carolina more than suitable to establish his home. Arriving in Lincoln County in the year 1781 as a nineteen year old pioneer, he became acknowledged as the young, single German man from Pennsylvania. Within weeks of arriving he joined the local Colonists’ soldiers fighting against Great Britain. During his three years of service up to the end of hostilities in this area, he rose in rank from a private to Captain. Working tirelessly during the next few years he purchased more than one hundred thirty-five acres of good bottom land and saved every last bit of money he earned. When his family arrived in 1786 he was granted, for the sum of one hundred twenty American dollars, two hundred fifty acres from the former Lord Granville grant located on Meckling’s Creek, near Lyles Creek north of the settlement of Conover, North Carolina. Two hundred of these acres were for his father who had sent his brother William Jr. one year earlier with money to be used for land acquisition. The other twenty-five acres he purchased for his own use.
George was an adventurer from the day he was born. Coming to America when he was two years old with his older brother William Jr. and his parents, he came alone as a teenager to the Catawba Lands five years before his family arrived. George was instrumental in securing land for the Herman family and their new home in North Carolina.Note: The following addition information is contributed by:
Derick S. Hartshorn
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON GEORGE HERMAN (SR)
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Catherine Herman (1776-1843)
John Michael Herman (1777-1859)
As a recorder of deeds for Lincoln County due to his fine penmanship, John Michael lived near the courthouse in the thriving township of Lincolnton, North Carolina. He obtained land purchases in Lincoln County and held deeds to several farm properties. On May 26, 1826, John Michael Herman sold his share of his father’s inheritance to his older brothers Peter and George. The receipt is recorded in the Catawba County Court house and states: “Received of George and Peter Herman sum of $202.20, it being the full part of my legasee of my father’s estate, I say received by me.” Signed by Michael Herman and witnessed by his brother William Herman Jr. and sisters Catherine Herman Wagner and Mary Herman Deal.
Mary Herman (1780-1845)
Mary was six years old when she arrived in the Catawba lands of North Carolina with her family in the year 1786. Shortly after her seventeenth birthday in 1797 she married William Diehl. They had nine children: William Jr., born in 1797; George, born in 1800; Catherine, born 1804; Mary, born in 1807; Delilah, born in 1809; Eli, born in 1811; Lydia, born in 1813; Noah, born in 1819, and Linnie, born in 1823.
Excerpt from the book Voyage to America 1766, copyright 2006 - Jim Herman
1766 - Voyage to America, Rotterdam Port
Boarding the ship Palladium in the cool misty Friday morning, Johannes Wilhelm Herrmann and his wife Catherine along with sons Wilhelm Jr. and George, located their pre-assigned area in the ships cargo hold; an area that would become an undesirable home of discomfort. Each passenger was allotted a space that measured about 2’x 6’. Johannes, Catherine and the two small boys were fortunate to be located in a starboard side forward corner space in the hold of the wooden sailing vessel Palladium. The other family members were adjacent along the forward bulkhead wall of the hold. Although the individual spaces were small, the combined space of the four related families—fifteen members in all—created a space that was thirty feet wide, but only six feet in depth. Combining the seven children together in the corner area left a goodly amount of remaining space for the eight adults.
Voyage to America
Am 21. Freitag Juni 1766: Verlassen der Rotterdam Hafen heute--Leaving the Rotterdam Harbor today. We are grateful to God leading us to a good ship and master. There is an abundance of excitement from crew and passengers for this new adventure. Some sickness among us from the barge voyage bears concern. Too many spent passage money for food and custom tariffs. We are fortunate to have more than the required passage fee. Fee for passage to America is 15 gold Louis D’ors for adults, nothing for small children. Catherine one of the sick but is not complaining. Rumors circulating to our first stop in Cowes port of the English will be a short trip, maybe one week—barring bad weather down through the channel of sea that separates us. First weeks rations distributed on boarding: 4 tankards beer and 2 water per adult male; 4 each water for women and children; 4 pounds butter for our group of 15; salted pork, beef and fish for 3 or 4 days; barley meal; syrup from stock barrels; 2 bread loafs each and 1 bunch turnips for soup ration 1 day each week. Jacob Henniger’s wife Maria birthed a boy departing port. Loben Sie zu Gott--Praise to God. Wilhelm Herrmann
Am 22. Samstag Juni 1766: Kein fortschritt-- No progress. Good start with sufficient wind that became calm quickly. Drift with tide and Dutch coast visible from hence we came one day past. Spirits high. Master Hunter assures departure by tomorrow. Catherine stomach sick again this morning. Children well behaved and they are many about. Master Hunter allowing all to roam vessel during day’s calm. Pot smell in hold noticeable. Some have poor habits. Weather pleasant. Miss home but not speaking to it. All is left behind except present company. Wilhelm Herrmann
Sunday 23 June 1766: Viel aufruhr während gestern abend--Much commotion during last night. All awakened from abrupt shift of boat to one side with accompanying crunch of the hull under us. Tide and new wind sent us to a sandbar near coast. All passengers but sick and children called on deck to shift leaning to upright and free from sandbar. No moon impaired sight. Difficult standing and walk to the side lean. Several slid off but crew reclaimed them safely from the shallow waters. Sails hoisted up moving the encumbered vessel. Slowly we came to deeper water. The light wind brought spring rain. Day wind from southwest more contrary over favorable with much rain and cold. Slow progress using tack sail yet forward somewhat. Master Hunter advised tacking will be used many times during contrary winds. Difficult to adjust switching the lean when there is tack. Children use it for a game rolling a yarn ball. There is some adult concern already but the children lessen it with their laughter. Catherine morning sick again with little appetite. Others seem recovered except her. Henniger baby boy died in the afternoon and buried in the waters inside a sand bag. A hymn was sung but little spoken. He is the first of we hope not many. Loben Sie zu Gott --Praise to God. Wilhelm Herrmann
Sunday 30 June 1766: Since Sunday last weather brutal. Much slashing about of the vessel through the day and night. Swells higher than the height of two men—the crew called the height 4 ells, an English measurement. Sea sickness by most all. Sanitary poor. If you avoid one the other will succumb your stomach. Spirits low. Talk from crew of no progress this first week. Confined to hold all week with no fire cooking topside. Ate bread, moldy butter with syrup although crew fixed hot soup for all one day. Catherine’s sickness due to carrying our third child I suspect—good news and bad. This long trip will try her to the ends. For the new child, praise be to God. Wilhelm Herrmann
Sunday 7 July 1766: Yet another week of foul weather with contrary wind. We are now from Rotterdam 16 days thus far less than half traveled to the English port. Crew reports the worst weather ever upon this narrow sea between the continent and the Isles. I would not wish for any to see worse. Remaining below deck where the stench from the sickness and sanitary is unbearable at times is a must less the rolling deck deposit you to the sea. Near the stern of the hold 6 women and 2 men fought. The woman who started the ruckus used a poor reason and was rightfully punished by the master of the ship. There are rumblings many will disembark upon arrival from Port of Cowes never to set foot from land again. Surely there is an end to this vicious weather or we will likely perish with our dream unfulfilled. Hope for the best. Wilhelm Herrmann
Sunday 14 July 1766: Favorable winds with clear sky 5 days consecutive of the past 7. Used abundant water to clean the hold from fear of new sickness. Sanitary tolerable but remains unsatisfactory. Two hot meals on top side restored faith and disposition. Two more deceased. The older widow Walter gave out and left son Phillip alone. One of the two small Hans Petry children was the other. They were laid to the waters with the singing of a hymn. Land is to the port, visible and close. Catherine improving with fair color and improved spirit. Wilhelm Jr and George free of sickness. Should the sails remain full we will arrive to the port of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in 2-3 days. Praise be to God. Wilhelm Herrmann
Wednesday 17 July 1766: We have arrived safely in the harbor of Cowes, England. Ships Master Richard Hunter advised we may be here several days and we can leave ship to market for needs. There was little to buy since the products we desired were too dear to their owners on consecutive days to market; so instead we took on free fresh water to our ship. These first five days at port recorded 12 passengers left to live and toil here, most likely as servants given they are of poor assets and wealth. Ship’s Master Hunter has decreed laxness in sanitation, including pot dumping, will be immediate expulsion to the nearest land, hostile or friendly. Wilhelm Herrmann
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