Melchior Darr

1721 - 1810
Germany - Pennsylvania
Hans Sigmund -> Melchior

Generation II - sons John Henry, Melchior II, George
Generation III - sons of  Melchior II - George Henry, Melchior III

I spent a lot of time with Melchior because an old cousin thought my Henry Darr's grandfather or great-grandfather might have been named Melchior.  But I really don't see where we could connect to this group, so.

Sources: Postings on GenForum especially those by Jamie Ayres(4 Jan, 15 June, 2 Aug 1999); a website by Randy ? http://regan.org/genealogy/families/darr/darr.htm (the wills come from there); US census records; other sources as noted. Any mistakes are my own.

Generation I

"Lorentz Durr was born abt. 1746 in Germany, and his brother Johannes Durr, Sr. emigrated to the US from Germany in Nov, 1764. Likely that Lorentz came over at the same time. Johannes and Lorentz died in Weisenberg Twp, PA (Lehigh County), Lorentz after 1772. Melchior Durr was another brother of Johannes and Lorentz, born in Germany abt. 1722 and died abt 1810 (in Lynn??)" Bll Derr- message 86, Durr GenForum - Jan 16 2000 - See Emigration Page (ship Hero)

1. Melchior, b. 1721 Europe; d. October 10, 1810 Lynn Twp., Northampton Co., PA
apparently he married Maria Unknown before marrying Anna Barbara.
m. Anna Barbara Kurtz Hilbert (1722-1773) - November 20, 1745
        New Hanover Lutheran Church, New Hanover Twp, Montgomery, PA
            (same day and place as Jacob)
        children (all attributed to Anna Barbara):
             2(i) Margareth b. 19 March 1746/47 d. aft 1805 m. Henry George Frey
             2(ii) John Henry b. 16 February 1748/49 m. Catherine Eddinger - moved to NC
             2(iii) Anna Maria b 31 October 1750 d aft 1811 in PA m. Martin Probst/Brobst
             2(iv) Melchoir (II) b 1752 m. Elizabeth Frank - moved to NC
             2(v) George b. 1754 d bet 1805-11 m. Christena Unknown - moved to NC
             2(vi) Catherine b. 12 May 1760 d. 1749 m. Jacob Fetteroff - moved to Berks Co, PA
             2(vii) Barbara 10 July 1763 d bet 1805-11 m. Daniel Shuman
             2(viii) son b before 1773, killed in Indian attack

1721 - born
1745 November 20 - married Anna Barbara Kurtz Hilbert (1722-1773)     (same day and place as Jacob)
        New Hanover Lutheran Church, New Hanover Twp, Montgomery, PA
                "A History of the Lutheran Church in New Hanover, Montgomery Co., PA." By J. J. Kline
                              - FHC Film #0384547
1747 - dau Margareth Barbara born       
                 Durr, Margareth Barbara Bn. Mar. 19, 1747 Bp. Mar. 22, 1747
                            Parents: Melchior & Barbara, Sponsers Jacob Durr & Margaretha
                  same source as above
1749 - son John Henry born
                 Durr, Johann Heinrich Bn. Feb. 16, 1749 Bp. April 9, 1749
                           Parents: Melchior & Barbara, Sponsers Jacob Durr & Margareth
                 same source as above
1750 - dau Anna Maria born
                Durr, Anna Maria Bn. Oct. 31, 1750 Bp. Mar. 17, 1751
                            Parents: Melchior & Barbara
                 same source as above
1752 - son Melchior II born
1754 - son George born
1760 - dau Catherine born
1763 - dau Barbara born
17xx - unnamed son born
1772 Christine Frey bapt 12 Apr 1772 (parents Margaret Barbara and Henry)
                       sponsors Melchior and Christine Durr
                       Friedens Union - Albany Twp - split from old Allemangel (Berks Co?)
                         Ancestry.com's Birth, Marriage and Death records.
Census etc.
Northampton County formed 14 Oct 1751 from Bucks; Wayne 1798, Schuylkill 1811, Lehigh 1812, Monroe 1836 and Carbon 1843 formed from it.
1780
Derr, Bernet Northhampton - Upper Millford
        Conrad ditto
        John ditto
        Michael ditto
        Nicholas ditto
        Henry Nhtn-AL?
        John Northhampton - Weisenburg
        Charles N - US
        Melchior N - LN
1790
      Melchor Derr - Lynn 291 - 101 = 1m 16+, 0m 16-, 1f                  Melchior = 69
1800
      Melchior Darr 00001 // 00100 = 1m over 45, 1f 16-26                  Melchior = 79
1810
not found - died 10 Oct 1810

Melchior's Will
Will Book 4, Page 392, Northampton County, PA, German File 2769. Dated 14 Oct., 1805, probated 13 May 1811. Transcribed from German.

A summary reckoning of what I, Melchior Darr, in Lynn Township, Northampton County, have given my children of my inheritance already, and what they should have after my death, as follows: namely,
My son Henrich now has received on hundred pounds in cash and goods and after my death he shall also have sixty pounds besides.
My son Melchior has received niney pounds on his inheritance and must still receive 10 pound so that he also has 100 pounds. After my death he shall also have 60 pound besides.
My son George has received his 100 pounds and his two children named Christian and Maria Barbara shall have 18 pound additional and no more, as he has his inheritance in full.
My daughter Maria (Brobst/Probst/Propst) has received only 62.7.6 and must still receive 37.12.6 of her 100 pound. After my death she shall also have an additional 60 pound besides what I will also place in her hands for the service and burial of myself and my wife.
My daughter Catharina has received 68 pound and must still receive 32 before she also has 100. After my death she shall also have an additional 60.
My daughter Creta?(Greta, Margaretha?) Barbara and her children have received their entire inheritance in full.
My daughter Barbara has received her 100 pound, and I bequeath to her or her heirs also an additional 60 pounds after my death.
This is a supplement to my testamental last will and testament. I give and bequeath to my daughter Maria all my household goods and additional property which I still have, after my death, for the care and burial which she shall do for me and my wife, and I give her a power of attorney to pay my debts with my money or property, and to distribute it to my heirs as given in the above summary reckoning and list of debts. As witness hereunto I have set my hand and seal on the 14th day of October 1805 A.D. Witnessed by:
Jacob Oswald Phillip Moser (s) Melchior Derr

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Generation II - sons of Melchior I
2(ii). John Henry b. 5 February 1748/49 New Hanover, Montgomery Co. PA; d. July 11, 1816 Davidson Co, NC.
      married Catherine Eddinger ~ 1774.
           11 children:
           3 (i). Anna Maria Eva b. 10 Aug 1775, d. 4 Feb 1843 Fountain Co, Ind;
                         m 14 Feb 1792 Valentine Sowers 10 Dec 1768 Rowan Co NC
                                son of Johan/John Philip Sauer/Sowers 1734-1784 and Christianna Fauste 1735-1825
                                   11 children
           3(ii). Elizabeth Darr b. 1777; m George Shuman
           3(iii). Johan Heinrich "Henry" b. 25 May 1780, d bef 1816; m Eva Grimes 1805 Sumner Co, Tn
           3(iv).Maria Barbara b. 15 Nov 1782, d 3 Jul 1854 Davidson Co, NC;
                     m. Maurice (Morris) Davis 18 Jul 1769-1 Sept 1830     son of Conrad Davis & Sarah
                             8 children
           3(v). Daniel b. 24 Mar 1785, d 1833; m Elizabeth
           3(vi). John b. 1787. d 1836 Davidson Co, NC; m Elizabeth Conrad
           3(vii). Susannah b. 14 Jul 1789; m. Henry Verbel
           3(viii). Catherine b. 5 Aug 1794, d 9 Sep 1886 Davidson Co, NC;
                   m ~ 1815 Jacob Berrier 19 Dec 1794- 4 May 1857 Davidson Co NC
                             son of John George Berrier 1739-1810 & Susannah Sowers 1761-1825
                               5 children
           3(ix). Andrew b. 14 Oct 1797, d 5 Oct 1866; m Molly Berrier
                  m. Molly Berrier 1799 - 14 June 1887     daughter of John George & Susannah
                               8 children
           3(x). Christian b. ~1800?
           3(xi). David b ~1800?; m Mary Sappenfield
Census etc.
1790 Rowan
Henry - Sal 314 = 135 = 1m 16+. 3m 16-, 5f - John Henry s/o Melchior 1? Henry b. 1748 = 42
               Johan "Henry" b. 1780 = 10 / Daniel b. 1785 = 5 / John b. 1787 = 3
               Catherine b. 1754 = 36
               Anna Maria Eva b. 1775 = 15 / Elizabeth b. 1777 = 13 / Maria Barbara b 1782 = 8 / Susannah b. 1789 = 1
1800 - not found
1810 Rowan
Henry Darr 84 = 01101 // 01101 = 1m, 1f 10-16; 1m, 1f 16-26; 1m, 1f 45+
        male b. 1794-1800 = David or Christian b. ~1800 or Andrew b. 1797
        emale b. 1794-1800 = Catherine b. 1794 (Anna m 1792; MB m 1799)
        male b. 1784-94 = John 1787 or Daniel 1780
        female b. 1784-94 = Susannah b. 1789 - missing Elizabeth b. 1777
        male b. before 1765 = Henry b. 1748 = 62
        female b. before 1765 = Catherine b. 1754 = 56
        missing Johan Henry b. 1780 - should be in TN?
                    Daniel b. 1785
John Henry died 1816
1820 Rowan
Andrew / Catherine / David Tar - 326 I don't understand what these numbers mean
           Catherine 120030 00102
           there were all zeros for the 1st part of the page, then these #s - I'm not sure what they mean - it seems to mean aliens, but Catherine wasn't???
1830 Davidson
215 - Catherine Darr - only 1f 70-80 = widow of John Henry?

2(iv). Melchior II b. 1752 PA; d. 1834 Davidson Co., NC
      married ~1774 Rowen Co., NC - Elizabeth Frank      d/o Johann Wilhelm & Barbara Walk Frank
      Children:
        3(i)Christence (Christina) b. 1782, d 1844; m. John Gottlieb Grimes
        3(ii)George Henry b. 1784, d. 11 Jan 1854 Madison Co, TN; m. Catherine Byerly
        3(iii)Melchoir III b. 3 Oct 1790 , d 15 Apr 1862; m. Susanna Conrad
        3(iv)Mariah Barbara b. 25 Mar 1797, d. 3 Oct 1870 m. Jacob Hedricks
        3(v)William b. 1798; m Barbara Boss

Revolutionary War Pension Abstracts
Melcher of Mecher Tar, S7674, NC Line, see Melcher Tar
Tar, Melcher of Melcher Dorr, NC Line, S7674, appl in Aug 1832 in Davidson Co NC, sol was b in 1752 in PA & he lived in Rowan Co NC at enl & afterwards lived in Davidson Co NC

Census etc.
1790 Rowan
Melchor Derr - Sal 312 = 133 = 1m 16+, 3m 16-, 2f    
           Melchior = 38
           George Henry 1784 = 6 / Melchior III 1790 = 0 / unknown male
           wife Elizabeth Frank = 36
           daughter - Barbara or Christina
1800 Rowan
Melchor Tarr 359 = 21001 // 10101 = 2m, 1f under 10; 1m 10-16; 1f 16-26; 1m, 1f 45+
           male b. 1790-1800 - William b. 1798
           male b. 1790-1800 - Melchior b. 1790
           female b. 1790-1800 - Mariah Barbara b. 1797
           male b. 1784-1790 - George Henry b. 1784
           female b. 1774-1784 - Christina b. 1782
           male b. before 1755 - Melchior b. 1752
           female b. before 1755 - Elizabeth b. 1754
1810 Rowan
Melcher Tarr 42 = 01101 // 10010 = 1f under 10; 1m 10-16; 1m 16-26; 1f 26-45; 1m 45+
           female b. 1800-1810 - unknown female
           male b. 1794-1800 - William 1798
           male b. 1784-1794 - George Henry 1784 or Melchior 1790
           female b. 1765-1784 - Elizabeth lying about age? b. 1754
           male b. before 1765 - Melchior b. 1752
1820 - not found
1830 Davidson
208 - Melker Darr sr 2100010001 // 1102 = 2m, 1f under 5; 1m, 1f 5-10; 2f 15-20; 1m 30-40; 1m 70-80
           male b. 1825-30 (grandchildren?)
           male b. 1825-30
           female b. 1825-30
           male b. 1820-25
           female b. 1820-25
           female b. 1810-15
           female b. 1810-15
           male b. 1790-1800 - William 1798
           male b. 1750-50 - Melchior b. 1752 (wife Elizabeth d. 1825)
Melchior II died 30 December 1833
Melchior II's Will
28 FEB., 1828. Melchoir Darr, Jr.'s Will (Written 28 Feb., 1828; Proved Feb., 1834) Found in Davidson Co. NC, Will Book 1, pages 240-241

In the name of God, Amen, I Melker Darr of the County of Davidson and State of North Carolina being of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament revoking all other wills heretofore made by me and do hereby will and devise and bequeath my estate in the following manner -
First, I will and bequeath to my son Henry Darr the plantation that I bought of Wm Linn which my son Henry Darr sold to Jesse Hargrave containing seventy five acres be it the same more or less which I value at the price of three hundred and seventy five dollars. I also will him seventy eight dollars worth of property which he has already received.
Seventhly [secondly] I will and bequeath to my son Melkar Darr the plantation whereon he now lives containing two hundred acres which I value at the price of five hundred dollars. I also will to my son Melkar Darr fifty acres of land adjoining the land above willed to said Melkar Darr that I bought of Jonathan Roberts provided that he pays to my daughter Christina Grimes the
wife of Godfrey Grimes the sum of one hundred and thirteen dollars.
Thirdly I will and bequeath to my son William Darr the plantation whereon I now live containing one hundred acres and I also will to my son William Darr all my land adjoining the lands of that belonging to the heirs of Christian Lookabell dec., and John M. Smith and Philip Hedrick containing one hundred and thirty acres. I also will him my Blacksmith tools and my dresser which land and property I value at the price of five hundred dollars.
Fourthly if my son Melkar Darr does not agree to pay to my daughter Christena Grimes the sum of one hundred and thirteen dollars within three years after my decease the fifty acres of land above willed to him shall belong to my daughter Christena Grimes.
Fifthly I will and bequeath to my daughter Barbara Hedrick the wife of Jacob Hedrick the negro girl named Lucy which they have in possession at this time which I value at the price of one hundred and thirteen dollars. I further will that all the money I may possess at my decease and debts due by note or otherwise to be equally divided between my two daughters Christena Grimes
and Barbara.
Seventhly I do hereby nominate and appoint my son William Darr sole executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of February eighteen hundred and twenty eight.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Melker Darr the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other have at his request hereunto subscribed out hand as witness. Jno M. Smith, Jacob Beck
Signed: Wm Darr (Seal) (Clerk's note) The above signature of Wm Darr was in error, it should have been copied as Melkar Darr's signature.

2(v). George Darr - very little known.
1754 - born
17xx m Christina Unknown; 2 children before 1805: Christian and Maria Barbara.
1790 Rowan
      George - Sal 318 = 123 = 1m 16+, 2m 16-, 3f - s/o Melchior 1? Too many children??
North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal,
Volume Ii, No. 1 January 1976?, Page 86, in an Article titled "The Account Book of Pastor [Carl August] Storch," by Ute-ingrid Seidler, it is indicated that "Durr (D U Umlaut R R), Valentin, Buried 23 September 1793" it is stated that the material was entered in 18th Century German script., which previously limited access to his account book in which were entered all income received by Pastor Storch for his services. It is also indicated that "Durr [D U Umlaut R R], Ge [Georg?], buried 15 February 1795" on Page 30 of the Source, it is indicated that Durr [D U Umlaut R R], Christ. And Durr [D U Umlaut R R], Jacob were confirmed at the Buffalo Creek Church in 1796. - Is this this George? Christian and Jacob could be his sons???

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Generation 3 - sons of Melchior II
3(ii). George Henry, b. c1784 Rowan Co., NC; d. Jan 11, 1854 Madison Co., TN
        m. ~1805 Catherine Byerly
           9 children:
      4(i)George b. 1807, d 1855 Madison Co, TN; m. Elizabeth Prudence Irwin
      4(ii)Elizabeth Catherine b. 18 Nov 1808, d 3 Dec 1870 Dallas Co, TX; m. Samuel Lovett
      4(iii)Alexander b. 1810-12, d 1850 Tipton Co, TN; m. Martha Hicks
      4(iv)George Henry Jr. b. 2 Oct 1813, d. 11 Sep 1872 Madison Co, TN; m. Miriam Hicks
      4(v)Daughter, b. November 20, 1816
      4(vi)John b. 24 Oct 1817, d 6 Nov 1872 Rockwall Co, TX; m. Angelina C. Irwin
      4(vii)Ransom, b. Dec 19, 1819, d.Dec 19, 1820
      4(viii)William David (Sr) b. ~1823, d aft 1870 Falls Co, TX; m. Nancy Estes
      4(ix)Levi b. 3 Mar 1825, d 3 Mar 1908 Hill Co, TX; m. (1) Mary Ann Ince;
      (2)Rosan Priscella Ellen Harrington
1810 Rowan
I don't know whether George Henry was known as Henry (it seems he is called Henry in Melchior II's will), but it is on the same page as Jacob Hedrick and the children sort of fit.
Henry Tar 88 = 101001 // 10100 / 1 = 1m, 1f 0-10; 1m, 1f 16-26; 1m 45+
           male b. 1800-10 - George b. 1807
           female b. 1800-10 - Elizabeth Catherine b. 1808
           male b. 1784-94 - George Henry 1784
           female b. 1784-94 - Catherine 1784
           male b. before 1765 - Catherine's father????

3(iii). Melchior III b. 13 Oct 1790, d 15 Apr 1862
            married Susanna Conrad (9 July 1791- 20 Nov 1876)  daughter of Hans Heinrich Conrath & Susannah Frank 1765-1838
        8 children
        4(i).Solomon b. 10 Jul 1815, d 13 Feb 1885
        4(ii).Elizabeth b. 10 May 1818, d 30 Sep 1843
        4(iii).Susannah b. 15 Mar 1824, d 26 Jul 1850
        4(iv).Henry C b. 1827
        4(v).Rebecca b. 1828
        4(vi)Samuel b. 1830
        4(vii).Catherine b. 1833
        4(viii)Eli E b. 1836
Census etc.
1830 Davidson
242 - Melker Darr 1110001 // 112001 - This is Melchior III
        1m, 1f under 5 b. 1825-30 - Samuel b. 1830, Rebecca b. 1828
        1m, 1f 5-10 b. 1820-25 - Henry C b. 1827, Susannah b. 1824
        1m, 2 f 10-15 b. 1815-20 - Solomon b. 1815, Elizabeth b. 1818
        1f 30-40 - Susannah b. 1791 = 39
        1m 40-50 - Melchior b. 1790 = 40
1840 Davidson
251 - Milcher Darr 01111001 // 02120001
        1m, 2f 5-10 b. 1830-35 - Eli E b. 1836, Catherine b. 1833, unknown female
        1m, 1f 10-15 b. 1825-30 - Samuel b. 1830, Rebecca b. 1828
        1m, 2f 15-20 b. 1820-25 - Henry C b. 1827, Elizabeth b. 1818 , Susannah b. 1824
        1m 20-30 b. 1810-20 - Solomon b. 1815
        1m, 1f 50-60 = Melchior 50, Susannah 49
1850 Davidson, North - p. 297 (593) - l. 26 - 1141-1152
        Melcah Darr 59
            Susannah 56
            Henry C 23
            Rebecca J or I 22
            Samuel 20
            Catherine J or I 17
            Eli E 14 - All b. NC
p. 298b - Solomon Darr 34 / Elizabeth 24 / Wm C D W m1

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