The Phlegar Family

The Immigrant

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Generation One:  The Immigrant Patriarch

1.  Hans Georg Pflüger  [the Younger]

Son of Hans Georg Pflüger and Anna Hübsch

Born:  1 Jan 1703/4  Wiernsheim, Wurttemberg, Germany

Died:     Jan 1754      York, Pennsylvania


1)  Anna Elisabeth Strobel

Born:  26 Sept 1703  Wiernsheim

Died:  1728  Wiernsheim

Married: 13 Nov 1725 Wiernsheim

2)  Eve Franzisk Jost

Born:  1694 Pinache, Wurttemburg

Died:  after 1753  York  PA

Married 13 Sept 1729, Wiernsheim


by Anna:

i.   Anna Elisabeth

b. 27 Aug 1726 Wiernsheim

ii.  Ursula Catharine,

b. 22 Aug 1728 Wiernsheim

d. 10 Mar 1772 Wiernsheim

m. Johannes Buhrer 1751 Wiernsheim

by Eve:

iii. Maria Catarina

m. Hans Kaussler 1742 York, PA

iv.  Jacob

b.  ca. 1733 PA

d. ca 17 Apr 1800  York, PA

m. Anna Maria Catharine Trout 1755 York, PA

v.  Georg Friedrich

b. Aug 1735 York, PA,

d. Feb 1791 York, PA

m. Maria Margretha Kieffer after 1755 York, PA


1725 - married Anna Strobel

1726 - daughter Anna Elisabeth born 27 Aug

1728 - daughter Ursula Catharein born 22 Aug

1728 - wife Anna Elisabeth died

1729 - married Eve Jost

1731 - Immigrated to America

1731 - landed in Philadelphia 17 Aug

1733 - on list of male members of Lutheran Church in or near York Co.

1733 - son Jacob born about this time

1735 - son George Frederick born in Aug

1735 - son George Frederick baptized 10 Oct

1743 - daughter Maria Katarina married John Kaussler 24 Nov

1751 - grandson John Bernard Kaussler born 9 Jan  York Pa.

1753 - grandson John Kaussler (Jr.) born 22 Mar York Pa.

1753 - wrote his will 10 Dec

1754 - Will probated 4 Feb


Many Phlegar descendants have suggested birth dates and birth places for the immigrant Hans Georg.  One claimed he

immigrated from Saxony, but Pflügers were not living in Saxony at that time.  Another used the same birth year as

above (1703) but gave no reference for that fact.  A massive search was made by a genealogist in Germany about the

year 2000 for this particular Pflüger line.  Nothing matched the names and births as well as the Pflüger family in

Wiernsheim.  The Pflüger page in the Wiernsheim Kirkenregister provides the following clues:


Hans Georg Pflüger, son of Georg Pflüger and Maria, born 6 July 1676 Wiernsheim, died 2 September 1743, married

25 October 1701 to Anna Katharina Hübsch in Wiernsheim.


1.  Johann Jerg (Hans Georg), born 1 January 1703

2.  Anna Margarete, born 21 September 1704

3.  Maria Barbara, born 19 July 1706

4.  Jakob Sebastian, born 15 July 1707

5.  Johann Friedrich, born 23 ____ 1709

Hans Georg (b. 1676) married secondly to Sophie Margarete Reyle in Iptingen on 10 May 1718.

Their children:

6.  Child born and died 1720

7.  Georg Adam, born 24 November 1722

8.  Christian Gottfried, born 24 November 1722

9.  Elisabeth Judtih, born 16 Mary 1724

10.  Maria Sophie, born 16 March 1724

Johann Jerg [George], born 1703, married Anna Elisabeth Strobel in 1725;  she died 1728 (see above).  The register

text gives a marriage of Hans Georg to Eva Franzisk Jost in Pinache, but the reigster is not clear which Hans Georg this

is.  Finally, the text says:  "Nothing more is known about the son Hans Georg Pflüger, linenweaver in Wiernsheim."

The given names used in this family in the first few generations reflect the family of the immigrant who came to

Pennsylvania in 1731:  Jacob and Friedrich (brothers), Catherine/Katarina (his mother), Georg (his father).  When Hans

Georg left Wurttemberg, he probably left illegally--either in spite of a 1724 edict which made it illegal to emigrate or in

spite of a law making it impossible for military-aged young men to leave.  The text written by the local Lutheran priest

which began "nothing more is known..." is typical of the singular message in other Kirchenregisteren for the young

men who sought a better future elsewhere.


Hans Georg's arrival on the Ship Samuel which landed 17 August 1731 at the Port of Philadelphia is documented on

the ship's log as well as in the Minutes of the Provincial Council of Philadelphia when he was required to take the

Declaraion of  Fidelity and Abjugation (becoming a British citizen with loyalty to the King).  Both events are dated 17

August, indicating that the passengers onboard the Ship Samuel were not restrained for any reason, especially for

reasons of epidemics onboard ship during the passage.  Ship Samuel was a "snow,"  a schooner-type vessel.

From the ship's log:

"Palatines imported on the Ship Samuel  Hugh Percy Master  from Rotterdam but last from Cowes in England by

Clearance thence

"Qualified Augst 17th 1731"

(Signatures of the Palatines followed.  The last signature was that of Hans Georg Pfllüger)  [1]

Transcription of the ship's log for the total list of Passengers contained the names of thirty-three adult females, among

whom was Eve Fleger and thirty children (age fifteen or younger) which included Mary Fleager and Katrena Fleager.


Courthouse in Philadelphia:

"A list was presented of the Names of Thirty-nine Palatines, who with their Families, making in all One hundred &

seven Persons, were imported here in the Ship Samuel . . . The Master [Percy] being examined said he had no

particular License for their Transportan;  They were then called in, and having declared that their Intentions were to

settle & live peaceably in this Province, the several Persons . . . did repeat & sign the Declaration inserted in the Minute

of 21st of September 1727 . . ."

Transcribed surnames which followed:

Crisner, Fisher, Glain Shrawss, Knopp Holthausen, Kert, Groust, Scheive, Hermel, Babemeyer, Han, Metzger, Wenst,

Kink, Mellar, Goodbroodt, Ritter, Madinger, Bender, Ditreich, Loreman, Voell, Erlewyn, Millburger, Heck, Bauor,

Sourmilg, Kauns, Pengler, Wartsan, Kopp, Hendrick, Tysen, Wentz, and  Hans Georg Fleger. [3]

RESIDENCE  in Pennsylvania

George and Eve did not leave clues about their early settlement in Pennsylvania.  Within two years, they were members

of a Lutheran Church in or near the village of York.  When their eldest son Jacob was born at that time, 1733, they

must have had him baptized;  but the record is lost.  Not so, however, for their second son, Georg Friedrich Pflüger:   in

the York Register of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster County, PA, on 10 Oct 1735, the baptism of Georg

Friedrich, son of Georg Friedrich, took place with sponsors Georg Freidrich Lader and his wife, Agnes. [4]

For the next twenty-one years, the Pflüger family lived in the York community.  George bought land and farmed the

same.  He was successful enough to have some extra help for his wife Eve.  Their children grew up and were active in

the Christ Evangelical Lutheran church.  Their daughter Katarina married John Kaussler and began having her own

children by 1743, children who became the grandchildren George probably knew.

George's land bordered that of Andrew Schenck, Jacob Remmel, and John Strawmeir.  Friends, and possibly

neighbors, also included John Hekedorn, George Waller, and Leonard Immel, men who witnessed George's Will.

But then came sadness to the Pflüger family.  Late in 1753, George wrote his Will.  He may not have been well even at

that time because he died within two months.  His eldest son Jacob had just turned 21.  His youngest son George was

only twenty (not yet of age) and would not marry for almost two years.  His wife Eve survived him, but we do not

know when she died.

York County PA probate records tell that Jacob Pfleger (by his mark) was the Executor of his father's will.  The

required bond for serving as executor was provided by Jacob as well as by other family friends, John Heckedorn and

Casper Keepher (Kiefer)--the man who would become young George's father-in-law.

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The long journey from Germany to America, made by Hans Georg and Eve, began a family which has spread from

shore to shore over nearly three centuries.  Members of the family have fought in many wars:  possibly the Seven

Years (French and Indian) War, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War (on both sides), and both World Wars.  They

have often lived in the same communities without knowing that cousins were close at hand.  Their occupations have

included doctors, ministers, lawyers, statesmen, blacksmiths, farmers, and too many skilled artisans to list.  The

daughters have often been the force at home which kept the family together through good times and bad.  This

Pflueger family is family-oriented:  usually hustling children off to church each Sunday, in the past holding family

reunions and other get-togethers.  If this sounds like a typical American family, it is.  We are just a tiny piece of the

vertebrae in the backbone of America, thanks to Hans Georg and Eve.

Source Notes:

[1] Strassburger, Ralph Beaver and William John Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Norristown, Penn:

Pennsylvania German Society, 1934, Vols. 1-4.

[2]  Strassburger, Vol. 1, 40

[3]  Minutes of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania, Vol. III.  Philadelphia:  Jo. Severen & Co., 1852, 410-411.

[4]  Smith, Debra & Frederick Weiser, Trinity Lutheran Church Records 1730-1767, Vol. I.  Apollo, PA:  Closson

Press:  1988, 19.