Updated: July 2005
BRAUERBACH and LUTZ
According to "The Tracht Family Tree," the first Tracht
moved into the town of Gadernheim, Germany, in the middle of the 1600s. Adam Tracht married into the Lutz family and his in-laws’
genealogy is recorded. (1)
Nickolaus Brauerbach was the son of Peter Brauerbach of Staffel, a branch of Beedenkirchen parish
near Gadernheim. On April 2, 1583, Nicholaus married Anna Bauer, the daughter of Adam Bauer of Gadernheim. Anna gave birth
to Else on March 15, 1590.
On May 24, 1614, Else Brauerbach married Philipp Lutz, who was born Feb. 18, 1593 to Instad
and Anna Lutz. Else gave birth to Peter Lutz on May 23, 1619.
Peter Lutz became a miller in Gadernheim. Among his children
was Anna Lutz, who married Adam Tracht on Oct. 31, 1657.
Gadernheim is in the Odenwald region south of Darmstadt. From
1618 to 1648, the Thirty Years’ War ravaged much of Germany, including the area around Gadernheim. And in 1630, the
plague killed about 100 people in the neighboring village of Reichenbach, a town of 300.
(1) Information comes
from "The Tracht Family Tree," page 6.
ADAM and ANNA DRACH
Adam Drach was born in 1629.
Married Anna Lutz on Oct. 31, 1657. Anna was the daughter of Gadernheim’s miller, Peter Lutz.
born May 27, 1659.
Hans Peter, born Dec. 29, 1660, died Feb. 3, 1661.
Elisabeth, born April 16, 1662.
born June 22, 1664.
Peter, born March 6, 1666.
Anna Katharina Barbara, born Sept. 12, 1670.
Hieronymus, born 1672.
Peter, born March 8, 1674.
Hans Martin, born Nov. 17, 1676.
Anna Elisabeth, born Oct. 27, 1678, died before 1682.
born June 19, 1681.
Anna Elisabeth, born July 16, 1682, unbaptized and probably still born.
Adam lived in Gadernheim,
Germany, where he eventually became a church elder. He was most likely a miller, because he was the son-in-law of one. (2)
died July 14, 1715.
(1) Unless noted, information comes from "The Tracht Family Tree," page 7. The approximate
year of birth and the death date are also listed in the card file at the Hessian Family History Association in Darmstadt.
I opted for the spelling - "Drach" - in the card file and in most church records of Adam’s descendants. (2) The card
file only mentions that he was a church elder in Gadernheim.
JOHANN MARTIN and URSULA DRACH
Martin Drach was born Nov. 17, 1676 in Gadernheim, Germany, to Adam and Anna (Lutz) Drach. (1)
Married Anna Ursula Zehfuss.
Ursula was born in 1670 in Raidelbach to Hildebrandt and Margarethe Zehfuss.
Hans Peter, born Feb. 6, 1705.
Heinrich, born May 17, 1707.
Anna Margarete, born July 5, 1709.
Anna Appolonia, born July 14, 1713.
Ursula had been
married before, to Johann Adam Lutz, citizen of Gadernheim. They had two children: Anna Elisabeth, born Nov. 2, 1697, died
Aug. 12, 1718; and Johann Joerg, born Nov. 7, 1701, drowned in a pool on Dec. 14, 1704.
Hans was a citizen of Gadernheim
and died there May 19, 1735.
(1) Information comes from "The Tracht Family Tree," page 8.
PETER and MARGARETHE DRACH
Johann Peter Drach was born Sept. 6, 1705 in Gadernheim, Germany, to Johann Martin
and Anna Ursula (Zehfuss) Drach. (1)
Married Elisabeth Margarethe Zehfuss on Jan. 22, 1726 in Reichenbach. She was born
April 8, 1705 to Hans Jacob Zehfuss, the mayor of Raidelbach. Hans Jacob Zehfuss died Dec. 9, 1724. He went to Neunkirchen
on the first Sunday in Advent. The next morning, he was found laying in the woods, dead of a broken neck. (2)
Eva Maria, born Feb. 20, 1727, died Nov. 25, 1727.
Hans Georg, born Oct. 1, 1728.
Anna Margarete, born Dec. 16,
Elisabeth Margarete, born Nov. 27, 1733.
Eva Maria, born March 23, 1735.
Johann Leonhard, born Jan. 21, 1738.
Ursula, born June 18, 1740.
Johann Peter, born Jan. 14, 1743.
Hans was a citizen of the village of Reidelbach. (4)
died Aug. 27, 1742, in Raidelbach several days after falling from a cherry tree. (5)
(1) Card file at the
Hessian Family History Association in Darmstadt. (2) Wife’s name, marriage date and wife’s parents’ names
come from card file. Other information in the paragraph comes from "The Tracht Family Tree," page 8 and 9, which confirms
the card file information. (3) Card file and Tracht book agree on names and dates. (4) Death record of Anna Margaretha, March
11, 1788, Reichenbach Church Books, page 694. (5) Card file and Tracht book agree.
and KATHARINE DRACH
Johann Georg Drach was born Oct. 1, 1728 in Raidelbach, Germany, to Johann Peter and Elisabeth
Margarethe (Zehfuss) Drach. (1)
Married Anna Katharine Karmann on May 7, 1750. Katharine was born May 2, 1729 in Seeheim
on the Bergstrasse to Johannes Karmann. (2)
Johann Adam, born March 5, 1752.
Johannes, born Nov. 16, 1754.
Georg, born May 22, 1758.
Eva Maria, born Oct. 6, 1761.
Johann Peter, born Oct. 15, 1769.
Hans was a citizen of Raidelbach,
probably a farmer.
Hans died Sept. 24, 1781 and Katharine died Jan. 10, 1810.
(1) Card file at the Hessian
Family History Association in Darmstadt. (2) Information comes from "The Tracht Family Tree," page 10.
PETER and ELISABETH TRACHT
Johann Peter Tracht was born Oct. 15, 1769 in Raidelbach, Germany, to Johann Georg
and Anna Katharine (Karmann) Drach. (1)
Married Anna Elisabeth Weber on May 1, 1798. Elisabeth was born June 8, 1777 in
Gadernheim, Germany, to Johann Philipp and Anna Margarethe (Wiener) Weber. Johann Philipp Weber was the innkeeper and a master
linen weaver in Gadernheim. (2)
Anna Margarethe, born May 8, 1799 and died Aug. 2, 1800 of smallpox.
Philipp, born June 17, 1802.
Johann Jakob, born Sept. 17, 1804.
Anna Elisabeth, born Sept. 29, 1806.
Jan. 9, 1809.
Anna Margarete, born Jan. 31, 1811.
Johann Peter, born April 28, 1813.
Peter was a master linenweaver
and resident of Gadernheim.
Peter died Feb. 4, 1830. Elisabeth died April 16, 1847. (4)
(1) German records
begin the list the family as "Tracht" on a regular basis in this generation. Information from "The Tracht Family Tree," page
12. Birth date is confirmed in Reichenbach Church Books, page 368. (2) Marriage date and wife’s name listed in the German
book "... wir ziehen nach America," page 121 as well as the Trach book. Other information comes from Tracht book. (3) Johann
Philipp’s birth is in the Reichenbach Church Books, page 222. It is followed by a notation that he left from North America
in 1831. Other births listed there are those of Anna Margarethe, Johann Jakob and Anna Elisabetha, on pages 211, 232 and 241,
respectively. Anna Margarethe’s death is listed on page 735. The other births are listed in the Tracht book, with confirmation
on Johann Peter in "... wir ziehen nach America." (4) Tracht book, with confirmation on Peter’s death in Reichenbach
JOHANN PHILIPP and KATHARINA TRACHT
Johann Philipp Tracht was born June
17, 1802 in Gadernheim, Germany, to Johann Peter and Anna Elisabeth (Weber) Tracht. (1)
No record of a marriage has been
found, but Philipp appears to have lived with Anna Katharina Schaller as a wife. Because they were not married, their children
were considered illegitimate in church records. Katharina was born May 3, 1802 in Lautern to Christian and Anna Christina
(Heldmann) Schaller. Christian Schaller was a village citizen and millwright of Lautern. Christian died April 3, 1818. (2)
Peter, born May 20, 1827 in Lautern.
Eva Maria, born March 27, 1829 in Lautern.
John Philip, born March 22, 1837
Margaret, born Nov. 27, 1839 in Ohio. Married Nicholas E. Price.
The Trachts immigrated to the United States with a party organized by Philipp’s cousin Johann Adam Tracht. Adam
had been a soldier in the bodyguard of Prince Ludwig of Hesse-Darmstadt and had served in Napoleon’s forces in Spain.
Adam was a relatively wealthy man and paid for the trans-Atlantic passage of many of his relatives.
In 1831, Philipp and
Katharina were among the immigrants on the Famous Dove, which ran aground off the coast of Virginia. For a full account of
the wreck, see the biographical note on Nicholas and Anna Elizabeth Price.
The Trachts settled in Van Buren Township in
Hancock County, Ohio, in 1834. Philip Traht is listed as living in Ohio when his property transaction was recorded on June
13, 1834. (4)
(1) Reichenbach Church Books, page 222. (2) "The Tracht Family Tree," pages 23 and 24, and
the German book "... wir ziehen nach Amerika," page 121, although the Tracht book says she was born May 18, 1801. (3) Children
listed in Tracht book, "... wir ziehen nach Amerika," and 1850 Census of Hancock County. Eva Maria’s birth is listed
in Reichenbach Church Books. (4) "Early Land Records of Hancock County, Ohio, Hancock County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical
Society, page 75.