Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cline/ Klein/ Schuffert Family and Paul Gerhardt

Today I write about one of our side family tree branches which goes to Germany or I maybe should say came from Germany to America. Anyway, it connects us to Paul Gerhardt, theologian and Lutheran pastor, the greatest German hymn writer.

In one of the previous posts, I told you about our great-great-grandfather, Jacob Rippy Gant who moved our family line to Tennessee. Jacob's brother Joshua Allen Gant (born circa 1823 in Orange County, North Carolina) married Miss Mary Jane Cline on 11 Feb. 1861. It happened in Sumner County, Tennessee.

Mary Jane was a daughter of  Mr. Andrew Jackson Cline (born 15 June 1806, Sumner County, Tennessee) and Miss Mary Cynthia Fykes of Tennessee.

Record source: "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKH3-GN7D : 22 December 2016), Andrew Cline and Polly Fikes, 03 Dec 1833; citing Sumner, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 969,845.

Andrew Jackson's father was John Cline whose wife was Miss Rachel Shaver. She was also Andrew Jackson's mother.

North Carolina, Civil Marriages
Name: John Cline 
Event Type: Marriage Notice
Event Date: 5 Nov 1798
Event Place: Cabarrus, North Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Spouse's Name: Rachel Shaver
Spouse's Gender: Female

Record source: "North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29D-1XXS : 11 May 2018), John Cline and Rachel Shaver, 1798.

And here we reach Germany - John's mother was Anna Katherina Klein (nee Schuffert) born in Lorraine, Germany on 14 Nov. 1732.

On 28 Sept. 1733, Anna came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her parents, Johann Jerg Schuffert and Gertrude Schuffert nee Hubener.

John's father Hans Michael Klein was born in Upper Rhine, Germany on 27 May 1725. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. Hans married Anna Katherina Schuffert on 17 June 1750 in Dryville, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Anna's father Johann Jerg Schuffert was born on 1 July 1689 in Langenselbold, Hesse-Nassau, Germany. Her mother was Gertrude Hubener (born on 1 March 1699 in Germany as well).

Johann's mother was Catherine Gerhardt born in Nassau, Deggendorf, Bayern, Germany on 28 April 1656. In 1670 Catherine married Johann's father Michael Schuffert (b. 19 Feb. 1655, Rangsdorf, Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany).

Catherine's father was Paul Gerhardt, son of Ludwig Christian Gerhardt and Anna Dobler.

(12 March 1607, Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany - 27 May 1676, Lübben, Brandenburg, Germany).

The house of Paul Gerhardt - Gräfenhainichen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

"Commit whatever grieves thee into the gracious hands of Him who never leaves thee, 
who heav'n and earth commands. 
Who points the clouds their courses, 
Whom winds and waves obey, 
He will direct thy footsteps and find for thee a way." - Paul Gerhardt

The Paul Gerhardt's line* in short:

➦ his daughter Catherine Schuffert
➦ her son Johann Jerg Schuffert
➦ his daughter Anna Katherina Klein (Schuffert)
➦ her son John Cline
➦ his son Andrew Jackson Cline
➦ his daughter Mary Jane Gant (Cline)
➦ her husband Joshua Allen Gant
➦ his brother Jacob Rippy Gant - our great-great-grandfather

*My MyHeritage research

  • Picture of Gerhardt:
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=367908
  • Picture of Gerhardt's House: 
Von Doris Antony, Berlin - photo taken by Doris Antony, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4025150

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