Monday, April 16, 2018

Johannes Sigmann and Sigmann Family - German Connection

There are quite a few side branches of our family tree which lead us to Germany or Prussia. One of them is the line of our uncle by marriage, Mr. Richard Lee Sigman.

Richard was born on 6 August 1914 in Harrison County, Texas. On 23 March 1934, he married Miss Cora Belle McIntosh. They had three sons and four daughters.

Richard's grandfather, Mr. Archibald L Sigman was born in Georgia in 1835, but he moved to Texas. It must have happened before 1860 because The Census record of 1860 mentions him, his wife and two children. They lived in Panola, Texas. The child named Dozier was born in 1858 in Texas.

United States Census, 1860
Name: Archibd Sigman
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1860
Event Place: Beat 7, Panola, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Race: White
Race: (Original) [Blank]
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1835
Birthplace: Georgia
Page 29

Archibd Sigman, age 25, b. Georgia
Mary Sigman, (wife) age 19, b. Georgia
Dozier Sigman, son age 2, b. Texas
Delpha Sigman, daughter, age 0, b. Texas

Record Source

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), Archibd Sigman, 1860.

What we can also learn from that record is that Archibald was a hatter and the value of his personal estate was $500.

Richard Lee Sigman's great-grandfather of the name Barnet Eli Sigman was born in Catawba, North Carolina (about 1795). His great-great-grandfather Christopher Sigman came to this world in Tinicum, Bucks, Pennsylvania  (on 20 August 1766). During his life, Christopher relocated to North Carolina, where he passed on 21 August 1841.

Jörg Bernhardt Siegman who is the next ancestor in Richard Lee's family line was born in 1722 in Hüffenhardt, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Although he died in Lincoln, North Carolina (21 April 1769), it was his father Johannes who was the adult family Immigrant and took Jörg and his siblings to America.

Johannes Sigmann was born on 24 August 1689 (in Hüffenhardt as well) to Georg Sigmann and Margaretha Brenner. Johannes had three wives. He married his first wife Anna Barbara Barleth on 24 October 1713 in Hüffenhardt. She died at the age of 20, about two years later (on 2 February 1715).

Hüffenhardt - city council building

Maria Barbara Manns, daughter of Johann Georg and Maria Manns was Johannes' second wife. They got married where they both lived (in Hüffenhardt) on 18 January 1715.

Mentioned in the record of Johann Sigman and Maria Barbara Mann
Name: Johann Sigman
Spouse's Name: Maria Barbara Mann
Event Date: 18 Jun 1715
Event Place: Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden

Record Source:
"Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Johann Sigman and Maria Barbara Mann, 18 Jun 1715; citing Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden; FHL microfilm 1,189,311.

Maria Barbara was born on 18 March 1692. She died after 18 days in child birth, on 29 December 1728. Johannes was a widower again. Not long, though. On 24 November 1729, in the evangelical church of Hüffenhardt he married Miss Maria Rosina Umberger, daughter of Hans Conrad and Ana Rosina Umberger.

Maria Rosina Umberger (marriage record)
mentioned in the record of Johannes Sigmann and Maria Rosina Umberger
Name: Johannes Sigmann
Spouse's Name: Maria Rosina Umberger
Event Date: 24 Apr 1729
Event Place:: Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden

Record Source:
"Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Johannes Sigmann and Maria Rosina Umberger, 24 Apr 1729; citing Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden; FHL microfilm 1,189,311.

Portal of the evangelical chuch in Hüffenhardt

 Maria Rosina was 28 then, her husband Johannes was 40 and he worked as a smith.

Maria Rosina Umberger
Deutschland Geburten und Taufen (Germany Births and Baptisms 1558 - 1898)
Name Maria: Rosina Umberger
Event Date: 1677 - 1838
Gender: Female
Christening Date: 29 Jul 1701
Father's Name: Hanns Conrad Umberger
Mother's Name: Ana Rosina

Record Source:
"Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), Maria Rosina Umberger, 29 Jul 1701; citing ; FHL microfilm 1,336,611.

In 1738, Johannes, his children and Maria Rosina emigrated to America. They travelled on the ship "Charming Nancy" which belonged to Mr. Benedict Arnold. The ship left Rotterdam (last from Cowes, England) and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 9 November 1738. There is the passenger list where Johannes and his three sons Hans Georg (b. 1716), Johannes (b. 1720), and Jorg Bernhard (b. 1722) are listed under the name of Sighman. It seems rather interesting that only male passengers were recorded. Females' names were not on listed at all.

Picture of the city council: By p.schmelzle [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], from Wikimedia Commons,
Portal of the church picture: By p.schmelzle [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], from Wikimedia Commons,
Information based on my MyHeritage reasearch.

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