KRAFFT, Johann “Conrad” & Dorothea (Rosch)

Cliff McCarthy, 2016

Johann Conrad Krafft was baptized at the Evangelische Kirche [Church] at Hofingen, Wurttemberg, Germany on 29 March 1741, the son of Martin and Maria Magdalena Krafft.

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Dorothea Rosch was born in Wurttemberg, Germany and baptized on 16 September 1738. She was the daughter of Michael and Catharina (Fischer) Rosch.

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Conrad and Dorothea were married in Berks Co., Pennsylvania on April 30, 1765. The records of Trinity Lutheran Church include this event as well as the births and baptisms of four children between 1766 and 1771.

In a letter to the Daughters of the American Revolution, dated August 1958, Mrs. J. W. Pugh states:

“…my grandmother always told us that Dorothy Rush and Conrad Kraft came over on the same ship as children. They knew this was so because a barrel of tar caught on fire on the ship they came on. The fire caused so much excitement that both children always remembered it.”

In fact, Michael Rosch, Sr. and Michael Rosch, Jr. are listed among the passengers that arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Duke of Wurtemburg on 16 October in 1751. However, no Kraffts are listed, nor other members of the Rosch family.

Conrad Kraft purchased property in Reading, Pennsylvania from John and Rachel Guster on July 11, 1767. This house was on the north side of Richard Street and they paid “55 pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania.” Both Conrad and his father were listed as shoemakers in the tax lists of 1767 and 1768. Conrad sold the Reading property in 1774, and by 1779, the family had moved to Hellam Township in York Co., PA. Their last child was born there.

During the American Revolution, Conrad Kraft served as corporal and sergeant in Captain Daniel DeTurck’s Company of the Berks County militia for about two months in 1776. Michael Rosch, his brother-in-law, served in this unit, as well. Conrad Krafft served also in 1780 and 1782.

After 1782, the family is found in Codorus Township, York Co., and then Heidelberg Township, York Co., in 1793.

Conrad Krafft died in August 1797.  On the 15th of that month, Jacob Baumgartner, his son-in-law, posted bond as the administrator of Conrad’s estate. In February 1799, the estate of Conrad Kraft was valued at more than 110 pounds.

We do not know when Dorothea (Rosch) Krafft died, but she was alive in 1791, when she was mentioned in her father’s will.

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Children of Conrad & Dorothea (Rosch) KRAFFT

CONRAD KRAFFT was born Aft. 1744 in prob. Wurttemberg, Germany, and died August 1797.  He married DOROTHEA ROSCH 30 April 1765 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading, Berks Co., PA, daughter of MICHAEL ROSCH and CATHARINA FISCHER.  She was born in Germany. The Children of CONRAD KRAFFT and DOROTHEA ROSCH are:

i.    MARY MAGDALENE KRAFT, b. 2 February 1766, Berks Co., PA; d. 11 August 1846; m. JACOB BAUMGARDNER; b. 15 November 1765, poss. Berk’s Co., PA; d. 9 September 1846.
ii.    ANNA DOROTHEA KRAFT, b. 24 April 1767; d. 1768.
iii.    CATHARINA KRAFT, b. 23 May 1769.
iv.    CHRISTIAN CONRAD KRAFT, b. 25 December 1770; m. ESTHER.
v.    PHILIP KRAFT, b. Abt. 1775, Pennsylvania; m. NANCY PARKER, 5 November 1798.
vi.    GEORGE KRAFT, SR., b. 21 October 1779, Pennsylvania; d. 16 May 1851; m. MILDRED OR MALINDA PARKER, 9 January 1803; b. 4 September 1785, Virginia.

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SOURCES:

  • 1793 Pennsylvania Septennial Census for Conrad Kraft (Heidelberg Township, York Co., PA).
  • Berks Co. Deed Book 9, Page 240.
  • Berks Co. Tax Lists, 1767, 1768.
  • DAR Application of Camelia Brooks Pugh, file submitted 1957.
  • Pennsylvania Church Records – Adams, Berks, and Lancaster Counties, 1729-1881 [database online]. (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: Extracted from microfilmed transcriptions of the original church records. The microfilmed records are located at the Family History Library.), Ancestry.com.
  • Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, (as reproduced at http://www.Ancestry.com, 2016), “Electronic.”
  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Berks Co., PA.
  • Roll of Captain DeTurck’s Company of Berks County Associators in Service, July 1776.
  • Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File (Pennsylvania State Archives, “ARIAS”, http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us, 26 March 2005).
  • “Wurttemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985,” (as reproduced at http://www.Ancestry.com, 2017), “Electronic.”
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