Fourth Generation

8. Conrad4 Weinmueller (Johannes "Hans"3, Hans Friedrich II2, Hans Friedrich I1) (#1185) was born Rumbach Germany 1682. Conrad died 1724 Rumbach Germany, at 42 years of age.

He married Anna Dorothea Stoeher Rumbach Germany, 1705. (Anna Dorothea Stoeher is #1186.) Anna was born Rumbach, Germany November 29, 1684. Anna was the daughter of Hans Christoff Stoeher and Anna Loescher. Anna died after 1756. Conradt and Anna married in the village of Rumbach Germany in 1705. Rumbach is located in the southwest corner of Germany near the border with France. Conrad was employed at a local grist mill owned by Anna's parents. Hans Christoff Stoeher and Anna Loescher Stoeher. The mill was known as the Bundenthal mill and served both Bundenthal and Rumbach as a sawmill as well as a gristmill.

Anna Loescher was an heir of the Dithmar family who were acknowledge to be quite wealthy. This may explain their ownership. Hans, death about 1713, transferred the responsibility of operating the mill to Conrad. Anna Loescher lived another ten years. At her death in 1723, Conradt and Anna Dorothea inherited a share of the mill and bought the shares inherited by Anna's brothers and sisters. Conradt was not able to enjoy his success for long. He died in 1724. During the time they had together, Conradt and Anna had five children who were known to survive. Their names and their birth or christening dates are shown below. In all probability these are the christening dates. Births at this time, were rarely recorded and, if they were, they were consistently inaccurate. On the other hand, the churches kept excellent christening and burial records provided a person spent his entire life as a member of that particular church. Our couple had this ceremony performed in a Lutheran church. The Lutheran affiliation was to last for several generations to come.

In those days, widows didn't stay widows very long, if they could help it, and Anna was no exception. Life was too hard to spend time grieving. Shortly after Conradt's death, Anna married Andreas Mahler who became the mill's operator until 1736. It is not clear what happened, or why, but on Jan. 24, 1737 Christoff took over the mill and Mahler moved on to Zweibrucken and built another mill. Christoff came up with some substantial money from somewhere and bought the mill from his mother and brothers for 1600 guldens.

The gulden no longer exists as a medium of exchange so I do not have a 1995 value of 1600 guldens except to say it was a bundle. The German kings, of the house of Hanover, issued gold coins to exchange with the British pound. I assume a gulden had comparable value to the pound. Johannes, Johann Conradt and Catharina were each paid 250 guldens for their shares and the balance of 850 guldens went to Anna to be used for her support for the rest of her life.

Whether Christoff and Mahler had an "arrangement" or weather there was a blowup in their working relationship can only be imagined. Did Anna go to Zweibrucken with Mahler? Or did she take her money and stay in Ixheim? Did Mahler loan the 1600 guldens to Christoff so he could buy out the family? We will never know.

Catharina, who was twenty at the time all this happened, was probably married and couldn't have cared less about what her brothers were doing.

Both Johannes and Johann Conradt took their inheritance and left for America, arriving in Philadelphia on September 19, 1738 aboard the good ship Thistle.

Christoff sold the mill to Freidrich Weber in 1756. He then leased a mill in Zweibrucken. Was that mill the one Mahler built? He also built another mill in Ixhiem. No doubt he had over extended himself both physically and financially. After the Ixheim deal, he went bankrupt and died.

The mill is still standing and operating for the benefit of tourists. It is known as the Falken Mill and is owned by a man named Benno Helbing. One of his ancestors began working at the mill in 1760. Click here for A sketch of the mill.

Note: Text for Conradt was provided by Jerrald R Winemiller, from his book "The Winemiller Family Tree Our Branch (Three Hundred Years)" and edited by Larry Winemiller.

For a copy of the Orignal text click here.

Conrad Weinmueller and Anna Dorothea Stoeher had the following children:

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