Rescheduling the Hagenbuch Reunion to June 2022
Although Andrew and I expect many venues to open up by June of this year, we are still leery about the impact of having a large group of people together at that time. We believe the most positive thing to do is to reschedule the Hagenbuch reunion to Saturday, June 18, 2022, still holding it at St. John’s Lutheran Church (also known as Delaware Run) near Dewart, Pennsylvania. This will allow for maximum attendance. Also, we will be able to be together as one large family inside the church sanctuary for a German church service and utilize the large fellowship hall there for food, visiting, and a presentation.
As some of our readers know, St. John’s is a special church for our immediate family as my father-in-law was minister there from 1969 to 1985, and Linda and I were married there in 1974. In addition, it is a “Hagenbuch Church”, like Oak Grove Lutheran, Hidlay Lutheran, and New Bethel Lutheran, since the earliest attendees at these churches were Hagenbuchs.
Along with a planned church service in the German Lutheran tradition, we will provide a tour of the graveyard at St. John’s. I first walked through the graveyard in 1970, when I was at the church to practice on the organ for a wedding. I was only 15 years old, but already was researching our family’s history. On that day, I remember seeing gravestones of Hagenbuchs I did not know. However, after I married Linda in 1974 and I became more involved in genealogical research, I soon found out who these folks were and how they were related.
Below is a list of relatives buried at St. John’s:
- Charles and Elizabeth (Hess) Hagenbuch. Charles was born in 1811 and died in 1870; and his wife, Elizabeth, was born in 1812 and died in 1872. Charles’ line is: Andreas (b. 1715) > John (b. 1763) > Charles (b. 1811).
- Conrad and Mary (Ruckle) Hagenbuch. Conrad was born in 1790 and died in 1865; and his wife, Mary, was born in 1790 and died in 1875. Conrad is the older brother of Charles, mentioned above.
- Henry W. Hagenbuch and his sister, Emma (Hagenbuch) Troxell. Henry was born in 1834 and died in 1893; his sister, Emma, was born in 1854 and died in 1938. Henry was a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Hess) Hagenbuch. He was a Civil War veteran and a renowned photographer in the area.
- Solomon D. Hagenbuch was born in 1838 and died in 1864 at the Battle of Petersburg, Virginia serving as Sergeant in the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was the son of John Phineas and Barbara (Dentler) Hagenbuch. Solomon’s grandfather was Conrad Hagenbuch, and his line is: Andreas (b. 1715) > John (b. 1763) > Conrad (b. 1790) > John Phineas (b. 1812) > Solomon (b. 1838).
- William C. Hagenbuch (spelled Hagenbugh on gravestone). Born c. 1842 and died c. 1851. (The stone says he was 9 years, 5 months, 19 days at time of death.) He was the son of John Phineas and Barbara (Dentler) Hagenbuch.
- Esther (Hagenbuch) and William Moyer. Esther was born in 1817 and died in 1847. Her husband, William, was born in 1809 and died in 1883. He cannot be found at St. John’s Cemetery, suggesting he remarried and is buried with a second wife. Esther was the daughter of Conrad and Mary (Ruckle) Hagenbuch.
- Rosetta (Hagenbuch) and James Mackey. Rosetta was born in 1824 and died in 1879. Her husband, James, was born in 1821 and died in 1872. Rosetta was the daughter of Conrad and Mary (Ruckle) Hagenbuch.
- Rebecca (Hagenbuch) and John Adams Heiny. Rebecca was born in 1828 and died in 1887. Her husband John was born in 1821 and died in 1903. Rebecca was the daughter of Conrad and Mary (Ruckle) Hagenbuch. Her line is: Andreas (b. 1715) > John (b. 1763) > Conrad (b. 1790) > Rebecca (b. 1828).
- Amandus Heiney (sic) was born in 1854 and died in 1879. He was the son of Rebecca and John Adams Heiny.
- Lincoln and Matilda Heiney (sic). Lincoln was born in 1864 and died in 1940. His wife Matilda was born in 1863 and died in 1924. Lincoln was the son of Rebecca (Hagenbuch) Heiny.
- Cresswell Heiny was born in 1877 and died in 1881, at the age of three. He was the son of John R. and Vinrietta Heiny. John R. was born in 1856. He and his wife, Vinrietta, are buried at Montoursville Cemetery in Lycoming County, PA. John R. was the son of Rebecca (Hagenbuch) and John Adams Heiny.
- Rollin C. Scales was born in 1876 and died on August 8, 1877 (1 year, 7 months old). He was the son of Matilda (Hagenbuch) and Cornelius Scales. Matilda was born in 1838 and was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Hess) Hagenbuch. Little Rollin Scales line is: Andreas (b. 1715) > John (b. 1763) > Charles (b. 1811) > Matilda (Hagenbuch) Scales (b. 1838) > Rollin Scales (b. 1876).
- Sarah E. Scales was born in 1875 and died in August 12, 1877 (2 years, 6 months, and 24 days old). She was the sister of Rollin and died only four days after her brother. Sarah’s parents were Matilda (Hagenbuch) and Cornelius Scales.
There are a large number of our Hagenbuch relatives laid to rest in this church’s cemetery. All are descended from the brothers Conrad and Charles Hagenbuch, who are sons of Andreas’ youngest son, John. Conrad, Charles, and their families were members at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Therefore, it is quite fitting that the reunion be held there, though we must wait one more year to all be together.
During the last year, Andrew and I have seen significant interest in attending the reunion from the many branches of our family. We look forward to having all of us together in 2022, which will mark the the 285th year of Andreas Hagenbuch coming to America.
This article was updated on November 18, 2021 to remove Mary Hagenbuch (b. 1810, d. 1846) which does not appear to be correct information and no stone exists for in the St. John’s cemetery.