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The Moelich Family in Germany

Evangelische Haupt Kirche - 1500 AD

 

"The first of the name is Peter, who appears in or about the year 1500 on the register of the Lutheran congregation at Winningen. This place is a market town of about three thousand inhabitants, on the left bank of the Moselle, five miles above Coblentz. It has a background of lofty and precipitous rocks, every available spot of which is planted with vines, producing the best flavored wine of the Lower Moselle. Winningen is one of the most ancient settlements in Germany, the unearthing of numerous coins, bits of arms, and remains of masonry, proving conclusively its Roman origin. In the year 888 the place was called Windiga, the present name having first been used about 1136."

"In 1288 Winningen came into the possession of the county Sponheim, which resulted, a few years later, in its forming, like Enkirch, Trarbach, and other places on the Moselle, a strong Protestant enclave in the midst of the Roman Catholic Electorate of Treves. Since 1814 it has been part of the kingdom of Prussia, and for sixty years before that date was attached to the Grand Dukedom of Baden. During the year 1557 the congregation - whose register has supplied the little information I have regarding the Moselle Moelichs, - went over in a body, under the leadership of Father George Muller, to the reformed religion and, to-day, there are only Lutherans in Winningen. The church, which is a very plain but noble-looking Romanesque structure, was built soon after the year 1200. During the seventeenth century the side naves were raised, in order to introduce galleries, which of course much mars its original architectural outlines. Pastor Theveny, the present incumbent, exhibits with much pride a Roman baptismal font, and, if his visitors are willing to climb, he will also, show the fine large bells hanging in the tower. On one of them is inscribed "in godes namen lueden ich, matheus heis ich, henrich vom proim gois mich anno x vc unde seven." (In the name of God I do ring; my name is Mathens, and was formed by Henry of Proim in the 1507)."

   
 
 
   

Eastern Gable of The Old Stone Farm House (John Mellick)

Aaron Melick (Malick) (1725-1809), the son of Johannes Moelich (1702-1763) and Maria Cathrina Kirberger (1698-1763), was a farmer and tanner in Bedminster Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.  Aaron married Charlotte Miller (1734-1802) in 1757, and with her had six children: John (Malick) (1758-1834), Catharine (1761-1793), Daniel (1763-1815), Elizabeth (1765-1768), Margaret (1767-1834), and Maria (1771-1824).  The family were members of the Lutheran Church in New Germantown, New Jersey.

Aaron managed his 367-acre farm in partnership with his son Daniel, and also owned livestock, a tannery, and a bark mill.  Aaron appointed his sons, John and Daniel, and his nephew Jacob Kline (1751-1823) as the executors of his estate.  After his death, Melick passed half of the value of the estate to his son and partner Daniel, who continued farming the property.


The Original Publication - 1889


Lesser Crossroads Version

Source:  Mellick, Andrew D. Jr., The Story of an Old Farm (The Unionist Gazette, Somerville, NJ, 1889)

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Story of an Old Farm

 

Johannes Moelich Home Built in Approximately the Year 1751


Eastern Gable of The Old Stone Farm House (John Mellick)


Eastern Gable - Old Farm House (John Mellick)

Biographical Note:

Aaron Melick (Malick) (1725-1809), the son of Johannes Moelich (1702-1763) and Maria Cathrina Kirberger (1698-1763), was a farmer and tanner in Bedminster Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.  Aaron married Charlotte Miller (1734-1802) in 1757, and with her had six children: John (Malick) (1758-1834), Catharine (1761-1793), Daniel (1763-1815), Elizabeth (1765-1768), Margaret (1767-1834), and Maria (1771-1824).  The family were members of the Lutheran Church in New Germantown, New Jersey.

Aaron managed his 367-acre farm in partnership with his son Daniel, and also owned livestock, a tannery, and a bark mill.

Aaron appointed his sons, John and Daniel, and his nephew Jacob Kline (1751-1823) as the executors of his estate.  After his death, Melick passed half of the value of the estate to his son and partner Daniel, who continued farming the property.  At the time of Aaron’s death, he owned eight slaves: Yombo, Dick, Nance, and their children Diana, Sam, Joe, Ann, and Dick.  Aaron’s will required that the children of Dick and Nance be sold into indentured servitude until their 25th or 28th birthdays.

Source: Mellick, Andrew D. Jr., The Story of an Old Farm (The Unionist Gazette, Somerville, NJ, 1889)

   

 

 

Pluckemin History

Information from The Story of an Old Farm by Andrew Mellick, Jr., p. 162-165, 1889].

The historic village of Pluckemin, New Jersey was settled in the early 1700s and played a significant role  during the Revolutionary War.   Pluckemin is one of the villages that comprise Bedminster Township in Somerset County.  (The main street of Pluckemin is Route 202-206, and can be reached from exit 22 and 22A off of Interstate 287).

 

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