Heinrich Stalter b. 28 Oct 1776 Zweibrücken, Rheinland-Pfalz, GR d. 1852 Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL: The Schrock-Birkey Connection

Heinrich Stalter

Male 1776 - 1852  (75 years)


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  • Name Heinrich Stalter  [1, 2, 3
    Born 28 Oct 1776  Zweibrücken, Rheinland-Pfalz, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    • Kirschbacherhof
    Gender Male 
    PURC 1802-1803  Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11
    • Awarded “outright” ownership of the cloister of St. Theresa at Gern by Max Joseph of Bavaria.
      Elector Max IV Joseph signed a lease in July 1803 for the “Ditzschen Hof” in Gern at Nymphenburg to the ”Mennonite Stalter the older.”
    PURC 6 Aug 1830  Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Heinrich buys from the Bavarian Queen Friederike Wilhelmine Caroline von Bayern, widow of the late King of Bavaria, the Holzbauer property: house No. 2 with 155 daily work of 2.720 guilders. In the emigration documents Heinrich has sold his property in 1841 for 10,766 guilders. (A Bavarian daily work has 3407 sqm = 36,672.64 sqft)?
    Immigration 1842  New Orleans, LA - Then Tazewell Co. IL. Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • According to Herbert Holly research, Heinrich Stalter had considered the idea of emigrating, but his wife was against it even though three children were already living in the USA. It was only after the death of his wife that Heinrich made the decision to emigrate with his family. He applied to emigrate on August 28, 1841, which was approved.


    Occupation Hofbesitzer In Germany (Estate/farm Possesser/owner)  [12
    Religion Mennonite 
    Died 1852  Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Buried Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Person ID I777  Schrock-Birkey Connection
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2021 

    Father Heinrich Stalter,   b. 1725, Grostenquin, Linstroff, Moselle, Lorraine, FR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1800, Sarralbe, Moselle, FR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Katharina Imhoff,   b. 1744 
    Married Bef 1770 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jakobine Stalter,   b. Abt 1790,   d. 11 Oct 1834, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Married Abt 1806 
    Children 
     1. Jacob Stalter,   b. 23 Jul 1807, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Katharina Stalter,   b. 6 Apr 1809, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1894, Olio Twp., Woodford Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Elisabeth Stalter,   b. 18 Apr 1813, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1872, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     4. Magdalena Stalter,   b. 10 Aug 1815, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1893, New Orleans, LA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Jakobine Stalter,   b. 12 Oct 1817, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860-1870  (Age 52 years)
     6. Maria (Mary) Stalter,   b. 5 Mar 1820, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1916, Raymond, Seward Co., NE Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     7. Heinrich Stalter,   b. 26 Oct 1826,   d. ? 1852  (Age 25 years)
     8. Joseph Stalter,   b. 24 Nov 1828,   d. Bef 1842  (Age < 13 years)
     9. Veronica (Fannie) Stalter,   b. 7 Aug 1831, Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1880, Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F360  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Oct 1776 - Zweibrücken, Rheinland-Pfalz, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 1802-1803 - Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPURC - 6 Aug 1830 - Gern, Munich, Bavaria, GR Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1852 - Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Went to Bavaria in 1802. Owner of the grounds of the St. Theresa Cloister at Gern near Munich. Went to the USA with 8 children in 1842. One son, Jakob, stayed in Germany (page 248.) However, he probably only traveled with seven children, since Jakob stayed in Europe and Elizabeth immigrated with Christian Birki in 1851.

      “At age 26, Heinrich Stalter II accompanied his widowed mother and two younger siblings, Johannes and Maria, to Upper Bavaria. From 1803 until 1806 it is unclear where they lived specifically, but it is thought that they initially went to an area near Donauworth, some 35 miles north of Munich. By 1807, Heinrich II was married to a woman named Jakobine Stalter. It is unclear whether her surname Stalter was only her married name or if Heinrich married a girl with the maiden name of Stalter. Heinrich II became owner of two estates of a former Catholic cloister located at Gern near Munich. (This area is 1.4 miles east of the center of downtown Munich today. The abbey that was subsequently returned to the Catholic church is now the Kloster St. Theresa). The estates became central habitation points for Heinrich's siblings. His brothers, Johannes, Jacob, and Josef all lived at the estates at one time. Heinrich and Jacobina had a son, Jakob, born July 22, 1807. Over the next 35 years, Heinrich and Jacobina raised a family (nine children) and successfully operated their estates. In operating their lands, they employed a number of Amish workers. Among these were Valentine Birkey and Nicholas Augstein (Eigsti) although their involvement in the operations is vague. There were a number of marriages among the families of the Stalters, Birkeys and Augsteins. By 1842, Jacobina had died. Several of Heinrich's children had already left Bavaria for America. Heinrich disposed of his assets in Germany and, with several of his children, emigrated to America. Although the passenger list with Heinrich's emigration data has not been located, Guth reports his emigration occurred in 1842. What is known is that he after he arrived in Illinois, he lived with various family members, including his daughter, Catherina Stalter Yotty in Tazewell County in 1850. There is no historic evidence that he purchased any real property in America, not unexpected given his advanced age at the time he immigrated. He died sometime between 1852 and 1860 in Tazewell County, Illinois and is buried in the Birki Cemetery, just north of Groveland. His daughter, Elizabeth, was the second wife of Christian Birki on whose farm the Birki Cemetery is located. “

      While in Bavaria, Heinrich was one of the signatories to a letter sent March 18, 1811, to King Maximilian I. Joseph (ruler from 1806-1825). In it the “Elders of the Menonists” of the dairy farm Oberndorf, appealed to the King for permission to hire their own private instructors to educate their children in their own catechism, since he had allowed them freedom of religion. But “some of the community have received legal orders to send their children to school a good half hour away.”

      The answer came to them on Sept. 11, 1811, that “attendance of the local school remained compulsory, but the Mennonite children were not compelled to participate in religious instruction.”

      Others signing the letter were: Christian Güngerich, Christian Bürcky, Johannes Bächler. [15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1285] Preacher Heinrich Stalter---Head of the Amish Mennonite Congregation of Munich, Herbert Holly.

    2. [S209] Remi Stalter Records .

    3. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/155138138/heinrich-stalter.

    4. [S1297] The Mennonite Family Stalter in Gern, Herbert Holly, Gives dates as abt. 1780-1851.

    5. [S615] Heinrich Stalter History.

    6. [S208] Stalter Family Records, Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

    7. [S986] Fermiers Anabaptistes de Sarralbe.pdf, Jean-Michel Engel, Gives birthplace as Hombourg in Saarland, GR.

    8. [S1281] A note from 2014 about Stalter, Herbert Holly, Memo information.

    9. [S1109] Hermann Hage.

    10. [S1222] Stalter Estate (Anwesen) in Gern . Lived at Holzbauerhof No. 2, Herbert Holly.

    11. [S1223] Leasing of Dietzschen farm at Gern, to Mennonite Stalter, H. von Sehelcher from Neuburg.

    12. [S589] Gern2.doc.

    13. [S1285] Preacher Heinrich Stalter---Head of the Amish Mennonite Congregation of Munich, Herbert Holly, Between 1852-1860.

    14. [S1060] Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/155137550/christian-birki.

    15. [S40] Amish Mennonites in Germany: Their Congregations, The Estates Where They Lived, Their Families (English edition), Hermann Guth, (Masthof Press, Morgantown, PA).

    16. [S547] Yordy Family information, Gary Yordy.

    17. [S1127] A Letter to King Maximilian ! from Mennonite Elders, Herbert Holly.

    18. [S1278] Stalter of Gern, Herbert Holly.

    19. [S134] Descendants of Christian Birky.

    20. [S398] Amish Mennonites in Tazewell Co., Joseph Staker.


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