was often referred to as Henry or Emerick, since he had three other
brothers who were also named Johann. It was often customary in German
families to give the same first name to many sons but with different
middle names. His brothers were also known by their middle names,
rather than Johann.
Johann Emerick and Elizabeth Burger married on October
20, 1738 at the Dutch Reform
Church of Kingston, New York. Johann was 25 at the
time. Johann and Elizabeth lived in Rhinebeck NY (Dutchess
County) and most likely were a farming family.
Elizabeth was also of German descent,
her parents also arriving in New York with the Palatine
immigration of 1710. The family name had originally been Burghardt but
evolved to Burger. Elizabeth’s great grandfather was Nicholas
Burghardt from Gersfeld in Fuldishland and her grandfather, Johannes
Burghardt of Ober-Mockstadt in the Isenberg earldom. His wife (Elizabeth’s grandmother) was Elisabetha Schleicher.
Johann Emerick and Elizabeth’s family bible
dated 1768 is found in NY State DAR records
(Vol. 23). Their first son was named Martinus as was their fifth
son. It is thought that their first child, Martinus, died young though
since there are no records of this earlier Martinus found having reached
Our thanks to Susan B. Schock, a descendent of this
line, who has contributed a considerable amount
of information, including some of the biographical information above and
for several others.
My thanks go out to several others who are descendents
of this line and who have contributed information about their branches:
- Michelle Schryver Peck of North East PA
- Becky Stanton of Newport News VA
- Walter Schryver of Pennsylvania
- Dawn Fleming of Virginia