Saturday, January 13, 2007


Gotleb Hensel
Generation No. 1

JOHN GOTLEB1 HENSEL was born 16 Dec 1789 in Rosenthal, Oschatz, Saxony, Germany, and died 10 Jul 1876 in Philadelphia, PA. He married MARY DORTHEA VOGDON in Philadelphia, Pa, and I have had little luck in finding much information on this family other than she was born 06 Feb 1799 in Lichtenau, Baden, Germany, and died Sep 1883 in Philadelphia, PA.
(the excerpt below is from the 1909 document)

As a young man, John G. Hensel sailed to the United States (exact time unknown) with his brother Christian Hensel. John settled in Philadelphia and Christian settled near Newburgh, Cumberland County, PA.

John started out as a Baker and Confectioner at a shop on the north side of Callowhill Street, near 4th or 5th Street, Philadelphia. The house and shop may still stand but the exact location cannot be determined.

All his children were probably born in the Callowhill Street home. They attended the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Race Street below 6th, which was the oldest English Lutheran Church in the world. The church was torn down about 1924 to make way for the Philadelphia approach to the Delaware River Bridge.

After all his children had married and with the help of his eldest son, Henry W. Hensel, he purchased 3 acres on the East bank of the Schuylkill River a few miles north of Norristown, PA. He and Mary Dorthea lived quietly. When both had become quite old they accepted the invitation of their children to spend the last years with them. John G. lived with his eldest son Henry at 2113 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia until he dies of heat prostration in 1876. His wife Mary Dorthea lived the balance of her days with Daughter Mary Hensel Wolf at 1718 N. Park Avenue, Philadelphia, until her death from a fall on a stairway in 1883.

They are both buried on a hillside of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.

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