Heral Family

"Heral" is the way my line spells it, but other lines use:

Herald, Harrold, Harrolle, Herrold

Some researchers are studying the possibility that this Harrold (Harald) family were descendants of Nordic-Vikings who raided then settled in Germany.  Others say that they were from Normandy, France and were Huguenots who were forced out of France into Germany by the Catholics (maybe by 1600).  However, our earliest known ancestor, Jakob Horold, was born in Marbach, Germany in 1555. So, it seems more likely that they were German before even that time.

from Germany to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana & Illinois

village of Marbach, Germany

Marbach 1916  Marbach, Germany, a postcard from 1916.

Lichtenstein Castle in Stuttgart, Germany, (abt 25 miles south of Marbach) would have been familiar to our Herald ancestors. 

The Romans originally had a settlement at Marbach, but the first document mentioning Marbach is in 972.
In 1410 there were 3 German emperors and 3 popes in Rome, all claiming the right to rule.

1st known generation - Jakob Horold
b 1555, Marbach Germany
m Margaretha ?

2nd generation - Cornelius Horold
b Sept 11, 1586, Marbach, Germany
m Maria Barth
d June 8, 1660

3rd generation - Georg Christoph Hoeroldt
b 1616 Steinheim;
m Anna Magdalena Mueller, daug of Hans Mueller
d Mar 29, 1684, Germany

4th generation - Hans Michael Hoeroldt,
b Oct 2, 1663, Marbach, Germany;
m Margaretha Klein
d Nov 12, 1693, Steinheim, Germany, age 30 years old.

The town of Marbach was in the Palantine (or German Pfalz) and was orginially named for the Counts Palatine who ruled this area, the first being in 945. It is made up of Upper Palatine and Lower Palantine. Marbach is a part of the Lower Palantine. During the Reformation (1500's) the Palantinate became Protestant and the strongest Calvinist region in Germany. This region attracted other Protestants from Holland and Switzerland.
The devastating Thirty Years War (1619-1648) was a result of France trying to crush the Protestant movement in the Palatine. Most of the 1600's were a nightmare of war in the Palatinate from the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism, causing Germans from this area to immigrate to America. They are a part of the early German immigration (Pennsylvia Dutch).
The War of the Grand Alliance (or Palatinate War of Succession 1688-1697) began with an invasion by French King Louis XIV. After taking several towns in the Palatinate, he retreated to France while implimenting a scorched earth policy and torching all the towns. In Marbach, this was known as Great Fire of 1693. It damaged most buildings, all except for St. Alexander's church (built 1450) because it was outside the town walls. As this date coincides with Hans' death it makes us wonder if he died during or because of this attack.
The War of the Spanish Succession came soon afterwards (1702-1713). The Palatinate was on the west side of Germany and suffered many times from invasion by France. During this time (1708-09) the people also suffered through the worse winter in 100 years, which caused many vineyards to die off. This create the climate for another mass emigration. By 1709 there may have been as many as 32,000 people from the Palatinate in London.  In 1710 3,000 sailed to New York.
Our Herrold ancestors lived through all of this mess and did not immigrate until 1743.

Harrold house Marbach
5th generation -

George Christoph Harrold, Sr - Our American immigrant  

6th generation --

George Christopher "Stophel" HERALD, Jr., b Oct 22, 1723, Steungeim (Steinheim an der Murr), Wurttemberg, Germany
Map of German states

    • 1743 - 20 years old, he immigrated with father & brother, John George, aboard the Rosannah arriving in Philadelphia, Sept 26, 1743. His mother and 3 sisters are not listed. The passenger list from the ship link shows 3 men, not listed together:
        Christaf Heralde
        Yarah Christal Herald
        Johan Earah Herald  [maybe should be Johan Yarah?-- I wonder if this means "George"]
    Another passenger list shows 2 men not listed together:
        Georg Christoph Hoerold, from Steinheim an der Murr, Baden   
        Jorg Christoff Heroldt

    • They first settled in Bethel, Twp, Lancaster Co, Pa. 
    • 1744 - The year after he immigrated, he married Maria Catherina Pontius in Berks Co, Pa.
    • 1750 - Christopher moved with his father to Heidelberg Township, Berks Co, Pa. where several of his children were born.
    • 1755 - Christophel was with Gen. Braddock and Washington on their disasterous march to Ft. Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian War. One source indicates that that may be  how he got his "Tomahawk Grant" -- maybe in Westmoreland Co, Pa.  But a Tomahowk Grant was not a reward for military service, it was merely slashes that a man put on trees surrounding his claim of land before there was a land office. Later when a land office was organized, they usually legalized these slashes, called Tomahawk Grants.
    • His brother John George moved to Chapman Twp, Snyder Co, PA and spelled his name HERROLD.
    • 1770 - George  Christopher went on an expedition to Western Pennsyalvania (see map below) with Conrad Weiser and was given land in Hempfield Twp, Westmoreland County, which became known as "HARROLDton." This may be been when he marked out his Tomahawk Grant. Around 1770 settlers started moving into southwestern Pennsylvania, some from Frederick Co, Va, others from eastern Pa. During the Revolutionary War ownership of the western lands transferred from English proprietary lands to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. in 1781 the state created a State Land Office.
    • He dedicated 158 acres called "Good Purpose" on which later was built Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church (today St. John's Church is on this land). There is also a Harrold's Cemetery where they are buried.
    • 1787 - Died apr 23, Greensburg, Hempfield twp, Westmoreland, Pa
    • see short bio

    1) John (George?), b 1745, Berks Co, Pa; d Feb 28, 1828 near Blairsville, in Blacklick twp, Indiana Co, Pa. m 2nd Barbara Ann Altman; he was in Blacklick twp, Indiana Co, Pa in 1810 & 1820. Ch:  Joseph (1788-1859, m Elizabeth Armitage, moved to Athens Co, Oh where Eliz. died. He died at New Durham Twp, LaPorte Co, IN)
    2) John Peter Sr, 1754-1835, m Elizabeth Baum
    3) Christopher Columbus, 1758-1828; m Elizabeth Painter; ch: Catherine (1782-1860; may have m Thomas Foster), Christopher (m 1st cousin, Barbara Herrald, daug of John George and Barbara Altman)
    4) Catherine, b aft 1760, Berks co, Pa; d aft 1810; m Capt. John (Johann) Cribbs, 1777 in Westmoreland Co, Pa. (he died 1791, son of Johann Krebs & Sarah Fedele). She m 2nd Jacob lock aft 1792 in Hempfield twp.
    5) Daniel, b 1764 Berks Co, Pa; d Sept 12, 1814, Hempfield twp, Westmoreland Co, Pa; m Mary Troxal, 1790.

Below is 1836 map of Pennsylvania:

<>7th generation:
John Peter Harrold Sr., b 1754 Berks Co Pa.
    • 1770-75 - (abt 16 years old) moved west with his father to Westmoreland Co, Pa.
    • 1777 - married Elizabeth Baum in May, Pennsylvania (probably Westmoreland Co)
    • In 1820 there was a John Herrold and a Peter Herrold in Westmoreland Co, Pa
    • 1826 - married 2nd Catherine Harrold [don't know the relationship, but maybe she was a sister-in-law]
    • 1835 - died Mar 6.
    • children:
    1. John Peter Jr, 1780-1850
    2. Christian
    3. Christopher
    4. Daniel (son: Jacob, 1818-1885, m Elizabeth Anna Harbough/Hollenbeck)
    5. John (died)
    6. David, b 1816
    7. Catherine
    8. Elizabeth
    9. Susanna
   10.  John

<>8th generation:
John Peter Harrold Jr, born Jan 23, 1780, Westmoreland, Pa
    • 1794 - (age 14) Peter would have been in Westmoreland County, PA during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.
    • 1801 - (age 21) married 1st to Elizabeth Muehleisen Milliron
    • He moved to Stark Co, Ohio before 1820 (Stark Co was formed in 1808 from Columbiana Co, where his brothers David & Christian settled)
    • 1820 in Stark Co, Ohio (Paris twp, p. 226) "Peter Harrold - 210010 - 2101001"
            Peter - 26-44
            Elizabeth - 26-44
            1 son - 10-15 [George-18, John-16]
            1 daug - 10-15 [Maria-14, Sarah-11]
            2 daug - 0-10 [Elizabeth-10, Catherine-7]
            2 sons - 0-10 [Samuel-5, Peter-2]
    • He may have married Elizabeth Silvius before 1826 in Ohio. She may have been the mother of David.  There is a 9-year gap in the children's ages.
[legend: 2 boys under 10, 1 boy 10-16, 1 man 26-45 - 2 girls 0-10, 1 girl 10-16, 1 woman 26-45, 1 foreigner or naturlized]
     • 1830 he was in Wayne Co, Ohio (He was not in the 1823 census of Wayne Co, Oh)
            Harrole, Peter - 1110101-00020
            son - under 5 (David-3)
            son - 5-10  (?)
            son - 10-15  (Peter R-12, Samuel-15)
            son - 20-30  (John Jr-26, George-28)
            Peter - 40-50 (he was 50)
            2 girls - 15-20 (Elizabeth-20 & Catherine-17)
            woman - 50-60 (Elizabeth was abt 54)
    • Maybe before 1835 Peter & his sons moved to Richland County, IL: Peter, George, Samuel and maybe John. John married there in 1835.
    • 1840 - Peter and his son, Peter were both in the 1840 census of Lawrence Co, IL, p 186 -
            Peter Herald - 00000101-000000001
            male 30-40 - (George-38)
            male 50-60 - (Peter-60)
            female  60-70 - (Elizabeth-abt 64)
            [where is David-13???]
    • 1850 - Peter & Elizabeth were living with son George in Richland Co, IL, p. 162 (Oct. 28):
            Harold, George - 46, b OH, farmer
            Harold, Peter - 61 PA, farmer  (prob should be 70)
            Harold, Elizabeth - 74 PA
    • Probably died 1850-60. Buried in Richland Co, IL, place unknown.
    • children: George, John, Maria, Sarah, Elizabeth, Catherine, Samuel, Peter R.  & David

<>9th generation:
David Heral, b 1827 Ohio  - pictures
    • 1845 - married in Richland Co, IL to Mary Ann Leathers
    1. Martha Ann HERAL
    2. Mary Elizabeth HERAL
    3. Sarah Emmaline HERAL
    4. Harrison Wesley HERAL
    5. William Sherman HERAL
Site map:  Heral - David - home

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