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Some Paternal Ancestors of Edwin Brown (“Big Doc”) KUGLER Sr

Nicholas UMBSTATT (c1625–1682)1

A Nickel Umbstatt is listed in the “Register of the community members of Kriesheim (Krigsheim) in the German Palatinate and how they are called with [Christian] name and family name, 1661”.2 Unlike others on the list, no religious affiliation is shown for Nickel Umbstatt.

His wife, whose first name is unknown (some sources, without attribution, have it as “Anna” or “Anna Barbara”3) and whose last name may have been Wasselet (the usual spelling as quoted in many sources, all probably originating from Pennypacker’s 1899 Settlement of Germantown)4, or Wohlvelet5, or Waseler6, is said to have been born about 1618, and died in Kriesheim in 1702. I have found nothing else about her. Her possible surnames come from interpretations of the inscription in the Umbstatt Bible regarding receipt of the Bible by Nicholas Umbstatt from his brother-in-law, Matias ????????. Because of the delicate condition of the ancient book, its present keepers do not allow the inscription to be reexamined. If Matias was Nicholas’s wife’s brother, then Matias’s surname must have been Nicholas’s wife’s maiden name; but on the other hand if Matias was the husband of a sister of Nicholas Umbstatt, then the wife’s maiden name remains unknown. (It is not known whether Nicholas Umbstatt had any sisters.)

Your possible Ancestor Hans Peter Umbstatt, born about 1650 probably at Kriesheim, is known to be the child of Nicholas and his wife. There is a record at the archives of the Lutheran Church of Hesse-Nassau that a Johannes Nicolaus Umbstatt, age 15, son of Niclass Umbstatt, was confirmed in the church at Monsheim at the Feast of the Pentecost [7 June] 1663.7 This could have been an older brother (born about 1648) of Hans Peter Umbstatt.

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The fact that the notation, written presumably by Hans Peter Umbstatt, in the Umbstatt Bible—“1682 den 4ten Oktober Morgens umb 4 uhr is unser Vater Nicholas Umstat gestorben” (“1682 the 4th of October about 4 o’clock in the morning, our father Nicholas Umbstatt died”)—says “unser Vater”, rather than “mein Vater”, is an indication that Hans Peter was not an only child.


1 “1661-1682 Nicholas Original Records” at the Umstead website; “1685 Hans Peter Umstat” > “Hans Peter’s Bible” also at the Umstead website; Brian (RW db); Millerick (RW db); Saunders (RW db); Sears (RW db).

2 The original, which is housed at the Fürstlich Leiningensche Verwaltung, Amorbach, Germany, under A6/15/5, and is written in old German script, is entitled “Verzeuchnus der Kriegsheimer Gemeinsleut und wie selb mit Namen und Zunamen Heißen. 1661”. A translated version of this list, with all the individuals’ names, was published in Krefeld Immigrants and Their Descendants, Vol 6, No 1, p 4, Links Genealogy Publishing Co, Sacramento, CA. The article states that “Kriegsheim near Worms was one of the places [from which] the German settlers . . . came”. I learned of this document from “1661-1682 Nicholas Original Records” at the Umstead website.

3 e g, Saunders (RW db).

4 Pennypacker (1899).

5 “Another Old Book”, Daily Pottstown Ledger, Pottstown, PA, 3 Mar 1875 (article about the Umstadt Bible), reproduced in “1685 Hans Peter Umstat” > “Hans Peter’s Bible” > “A Blurb from the ‘Daily Pottstown Ledger,’ 1875 and a MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH!!!” at the Umstead website.

6 Ibid.

7 Latter-Day Saints’ Film #1195874, Item 1, Vol KB01, p381; microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, UT, at the Zentralarchiv der Evangelische [Lutheran] Kirche Hessen-Hassau, 1984. My source—“1661-1682 Nicholas Original Records” at the Umstead website.

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