I was borm and grew up in Rochester, NY. This genealogy project started here in California in the mid 1980's.

 

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I've descended from both Paternal & Maternal Merkel families. This site contains my research on these Merkel families as well as a number of other Merkel families in Rochester that have direct or indirect connections to my Merkels. You can find information on these other Merkel families from the menu at the top of the page.

My Paternal Merkel lineage can be traced back to the late 1600's with Joseph Merkel from Iffezheim, Germany. Jacob Merkel was my great Grand father who left Iffezheim and came to Rochester in 1867. Jacob's brother, Anton, arrived in Rochester in 1882. His wife was Magdalena Weber.

My Maternal Merkel family begins with Valentine Merkel born 1789 in Langenbrand, Germany. Valentine Merkel arrived in Rochester in 1851 along with his entire family. Most of his children went on to have large families in the Rochester and Irondequoit areas. Other families on my maternal side that I'm currently interested in are the Sippel, Pabst and Dill families.

There are a lot of people here other than my Merkel families. Check the menu at the top to search for surname or an individual.

My Paternal Merkel Line


My Paternal Merkel lineage can be traced back to the late 1600's with Joseph Merkel from Iffezheim, Germany. Jacob Merkel was my great Grand father who left Iffezheim and came to Rochester in 1867. Jacob had 11 children in Rochester to continue the Merkel descendants.

Jacob's brother, Anton, arrived in Rochester in 1882. His wife was Magdalena Weber. The Weber's are also from Iffezheim, Germany. I've followed the Weber's back to the 1700's in Iffezheim, Germany and continue to look for any Weber families in Rochester who may be related to them.

To find out more about my Paternal line and other related families, go the Paternal Page.

JACOB MERKEL & ELIZABETH RUF

and their children:

Jacob Merkel is my Great Grandfather who came to Rochester in 1867 and kept the Merkel line going. He had 11 children. Only 3 of his children had descendants. Select Gustave Joseph, Anna or Edwin in the table below to see charts, photos and any notes that I have on these families.
Jacob Gustave Unnamed Lillian Eliz. Adelaide Gustave Joseph Edward George Frances Theresa Florentine Magd. Anna Mary Franies Barbara Edwin Albert
8 Nov.
1872
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29 July
1873
18 May
1874
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18 May
1874
1 Oct.
1875
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1936
1 Mar.
1879
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21 Oct.
1887
23 July
1880
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25 Nov.
1951
22 Oct.
1881
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17 June
1883
6 May
1883
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9 Feb.
1884
6 Aug.
1884
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26 Nov.
1884
2 Dec.
1886
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19 Apr.
1976
2 Dec.
1886
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9 Apr.
1897
13 Feb.
1897
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April
1984

My Maternal Merkel Line STARTS HERE

Valentine Merkel 1789 - 22 June 1856, My maternal great great great grand father emigrated the 9th of Nov. 1851 from Germany and the Atlantic harbor Le Harve and arrived at the Port of New York on the 10 of Dec. 1851 at the age of 62. The Manifest of Passengers indicates that Valentine arrived with his wife Maria Anna Gerstner and 6 children on the ship: Splendid. Two of his other children, Leopold and Valentina also arrived on the same ship but are listed with their husbands and families. Leopold and his wife Valentina Schmitt arrived with their 6 children. Valentina and her husband Elias Fritz made the journey with their two children.

To find out more about my Paternal line and other related families, go the Maternal Page.

 

VALENTINE MERKEL & MARIA ANNA GERSTNER

Select fom their children to find more information
Leopold
20 Feb.
1816
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Valentina
21 Feb.
1819
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18 July
1861

William
31 May
1821
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10 Oct.
1880

Follow William for my direct maternal Merkel line

Vincent
2 Apr.
1824
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21 Nov.
1890

Bernard
15 July
1827
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2 May
1896

Bernhardina
10 Jan.
1830
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23 Oct.
1907

Theresa
1 Aug.
1832
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12 Dec.
1842

Johann
12 June.
1836
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5 Oct.
1887

Helena
16 Feb.
1840
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30 July
1857

Other merkel lines in rochester


Over the years, I found a number of other Merkel families that have indirect connections to my Merkel families.

Eusebius Merkel and Martin Merkel are related through their grandfathers. The grandfather of Eusebius was Cornelius Merkel. The grandfather of Martin was Amand Merkel, the brother of Cornelius. They both came from a different branch of the Iffezheim Merkels that is not related to my Merkel line.

Eusebius Merkel and Martin Merkel are related through their grandfathers. The grandfather of Eusebius was Cornelius Merkel. The grandfather of Martin was Amand Merkel, the brother of Cornelius. They both came from a different branch of the Iffezheim Merkels that is not related to my Merkel line.

Eusebius Merkel and Maria Anna Aspenleiter Richard Merkel and Constantine Roth
Martin Merkel and Maria Zoller Vincent Merkel and Agnes Dres
Lucas Merkel and Stephanie Ruckenbruk Michael Merkel and Katherine Eiseman
Magnus Merkel and Maria Anna Fortenbacher Henry Merkel and Louise Bayer
 

 

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