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Whitenack Family Origins

Whitenack Family Origins

Posted: 29 Mar 2000 10:42AM GMT
Edited: 9 Jun 2002 12:31AM GMT
The Whitenack family surname is one of the 19th century derivations of the original family from Germany - Weidknecht - (forest servant)from the Adelshofen Baden and Goldensheim principalities. The Whitnah, Whitenack, Whitenach, Whiteknight and other spellings of the name can trace their origins to the Weidknechts in either Germany or the Alcace region of France. In the very cold winter of 1708, Martin Andreas Weidknecht came down the Rhine river, encouraged by William Penn, escaping with many other protestant germans, the persecution of the french catholics, where they were given asylum for political reasons by England in London. Close to 30,000 were harbored there in tent cities and shipped off to other parts of Britian as serfs or indentured, or sent to New York on 10 original ships in 1710-1712. The palitines in NY were given a 2 year subsistance (welfare) and encouraged to settle, likely england hoped to populate New York with Brit supporters. They moved into the upper NY State region (Livingston Manor) and eventually the son of Andreas (Johannes George) moved into the Somerset county area of New Jersey, integrating with the Dutch Community and marrying a dutch woman, "Neeltje". His sons, Cornelius, Hendrick, Johannes, Joseph, are the projenitors of many of our Whitnah/Whitnack etc. families. Hendrick moved into the then West Virginia area, his childrend staying or moving on into Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska. Cornelius has many descendents in NJ, Joseph went back into upstate NY and also into MO (Iron County). Many of the children of each of these bear the same names as their fathers and uncles, middle names often take up a mother or grandmother's maiden name.

My grandfather, Carroll Henry Whitnah, born in NE, is the son of Eli Carroll Whitnah, son of Hendrick, or Henry Whitnah or Whitenack, son of Johannes, and I may have missed a few, as this little history is from memory, written at work. Most of the names on this query board are familiear to me, and I can probably give a good lineage of them.

In Germany, several generations of these Weidknechts bore the title "mayor" or community leader of their boroughs. More Weidknechts arrived 1730's or so, from germany, settling in PA, and have mostly taken on the surname "Whiteknight" or "Whitenight".

Cheers, Cheryl

Whitenack - Franklin Co. VA

Pamela Vance (View posts)
Posted: 1 Apr 2000 8:11PM GMT
i have a lineage book that makes mention of several Whitenack's marrying into the Vest and Conner families.
Pamela

Whitenack/Weidknecht/Whitnack

Posted: 9 Apr 2000 3:53PM GMT
Edited: 12 Dec 2001 5:51PM GMT
Cheryl, I have an Andreas Weidknecht b.1644 d.1708 in Adelshofen m.( 1 ) Catherina Weidknecht b.abt 1648 d.1675 in Adelshofen.
Their ISSUE was Michael Andreas Weidknecht b.11/1/1672 m.Margaretha Barbara Erich b.1675 in Adelshofen, (There were probably other siblings but they are not mentioned here).
Their ISSUE was George Fred, b.abt 1697 d. Abt 1711, John George, b. 1699, d. Abt 1779, Anna Elizabeth, b.1701, (no further data on her), all born in Adelshofen.They arrived in America in 1709.

Andres Weidknecht m. ( 2 )Anna Lisabetha Schlutter on 7/25/1677 in Adelshofen. She was born abt 1653, d.abt 1738 in Adelshofen.
Their ISSUE were: Hans Martin Weidknecht, b.1/23/1697 in Adelshofen. He is the Martin Weidknecht that landed in Philly on 9/30/1722 on the ship “Dragon”. Therefore, this Hans Martin and Michael Andreas would be half-brothers.

As near as I can figure, we are descended from the first marriage of Andreas Catherina.
(I)John George (Johannis) Weitkneght, (also spelled Witenaght, Whiteknacht, Whitenaught,) lived and died in NJ m.Neeltye, b.abt 1703.
Their ISSUE were Cornelius, Johannis, Andreas, Hendrick, Petrus, Sarah, Nargretje (Margaret), Jannetye, Abraham, Neoltye.
(II)Abraham Witeknaght, b.1757 in Somerset NJ m.Anna Coshun, b.1761 Somerset NJ.
Their ISSUE were Joseph C Whitenack, b.1797, d.1849, Sarah, b.1800 d.1801, Abraham, b.1804.
(III) Abraham b.1804, m. Unknown.
Their ISSUE was John Whitenack, b.abt 1830, Elizabeth, b.abt 1832
(IV) John Whitenack (Whitnack) b.2/13/1831, Somerset, NJ d.4/16/1904, Oskaloosa KS. m.Mary Elizabeth Bushey, b.1837, Lock Haven, PA,d.abt 1862 in Clayton, IL.
Their ISSUE were: James Herbert Whitnack, John Henry Whitnack, William Franklin Whitnack and Aurelia Whitnack
(V) William Franklin Whitnack, b.4/6/1860, d.11/14/1925 in Corning,CA, m.Alice Jane Neal, b.2/6/1863 in Maryville, MO, d.10/11/1924 in Corning, CA.
Their ISSUE were: Charles Elston, b.1880, Sarah Elizabeth, b.1883, Clarence Elmer, b.1885, Roy Albert,b.1887, William Henry, b.1889, Guy Grover, b.1892, Nettie Bell, b.1894, Neal Abram, b.1897 and Fanny Lodema, b.1899,d.1905.
(VI) Clarence Elmer Whitnack, b.3/15/1885 in Maryville, MO d.6/5/1964 in Coronation, AB, m.4/30/1913 in Oakland, Ca to Minnie Belle Dagner b.10/2/1895 in San Jose, CA d.2/12/1970 in Coronation, AB.
Their ISSUE are: Warren Alfred, Edna Mae, Edith Jane, Albert Neal, Robert Charles, Edward Lee, Willis Franklin, Mary Emily, Leslie Clarence, Benjamin Leroy, Tom Vernon Allan, Gladys Evelyn, Jack Edgar.

Whitenite

Posted: 12 Apr 2000 10:18PM GMT
Edited: 13 Jan 2002 2:18AM GMT
Hi! I am just another Whitenite, spelling,did you find whitenecht,whitnick,?in my fathers family plot inDutch Hill Cemetery,he is in with a bunch of whitenight,

Whitnack

Posted: 14 Apr 2000 4:39PM GMT
Edited: 9 Jun 2002 12:31AM GMT
Thank you, Willis: I do actuall have all of that early data. If you can give me your lineage - I will add you to my database. Perhaps you would like my info - it is becoming more recent (by recent I mean last 3 genereations)Yes, I descend directly from this same Johannes and his predecessors. I am trying to think where you come in - let me know who your parent/grandparents are?
Cheers, Cheryl

OH Whitenacks

Posted: 5 Jun 2000 6:42PM GMT
Edited: 5 Mar 2002 8:34PM GMT
Hi,
Enjoyed your brief summary of the Whitenack origins. My husband descends from the Ohio Whitenacks so I am wondering if that fits into your group. Our group is through Abram Whitenack sr and jr. I believe they would have been descended from Cornelius b. 1732. Not absolutely sure yet. Still doing research.
Ancyn

Ohio Whitenacks

Posted: 25 Jun 2000 1:51PM GMT
Edited: 9 Jun 2002 12:31AM GMT
Yes, Cornelius is the brother of my antescendant, Henry. Both were sons of Johannes Weidknecht from New Jersey. There were several other brothers, and sisters and most of the Whitenacks and Whitnahs and Weidknechts from NJ come from them. Email me and I can give you more Cornelius information. I even think that I have a transcription of his family bible pages.

Cheers

Cheryl L. Higgins
cwhitnah@netmeg.net
Posted: 16 Aug 2000 10:36PM GMT
Edited: 12 Dec 2001 5:51PM GMT
Cheryl,
My G Grandfather was John Elston Whitnack, born about 1830-32 in Somewrset, NJ.
My Grandfather was William Franklin Whitnack, born in Lock Haven, PA in 1860.
My Father was Clarence Elmer Whitnack, born in Maryville, MO. I am having second thoughts about how we tie in with this Michael Andreas Weidknecht, as there is no concrete evidence, but I have this gut feeling there is a tie-in somewhere there, as it's just too much of a coincidence not to be. Bill
Posted: 16 Aug 2000 10:39PM GMT
Edited: 12 Dec 2001 5:51PM GMT
Cheryl,
My G Grandfather was John Elston Whitnack, born about 1830-32 in Somewrset, NJ.
My Grandfather was William Franklin Whitnack, born in Lock Haven, PA in 1860.
My Father was Clarence Elmer Whitnack, born in Maryville, MO. I am having second thoughts about how we tie in with this Michael Andreas Weidknecht, as there is no concrete evidence, but I have this gut feeling there is a tie-in somewhere there, as it's just too much of a coincidence not to be. Bill

oscar whitenack

katherine (View posts)
Posted: 29 Sep 2000 4:01PM GMT
oscar was my grandfather,his father was john o whitenack and they lived in new jersey. my grandfather sisters name was mary(1884),joseph(1890-1937),alfred(1873-1935)john o(1876-1939).oscar married katherine weiss1907,they had five children,john married mary haran and they had one son, alfred had one son also, any familiar names just starting to study my grandfathers family
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