First Generation

The Family of Johann Philipp Merlau and Anna Christina Darmstädter


Philipp Merlau was born on August 6, 1806, at Arheilgen, Hesse-Darmstadt2, the son of Johann Philipp Merlau and Anna Catharina Rasch.  On January 1, 1830, he married Anna Christina Darmstädter at Arheilgen2.  Christina was born on December 15, 1808 at Arheilgen, Hesse-Darmstadt.  Philipp and Christina settled in Arheilgen, where they undoubtedly began a life if farming and where their first six children were born.

In 1840, Philipp and Christina and their three living children came to America aboard the galliot Maria and Adriana11, along with Philipp's brothers, Christoph and Karl.  They settled in Wales, New York, where they continued farming.  Six additional children were born in Wales.  Philipp died on July 18, 18604 and Christina died on November 29, 18934.

The children of Philipp and Christina are:

Second Generation


i. Anna Magdalena Merlau Anna Magdalena was born on February 17, 18302, at Arheilgen and she died on June 19, 188826.  Anna Magdalena married John Mindel.  They had 4 children.
ii. Karl Merlau Karl was born on January 19, 18322, at Arheilgen and he died in 192122.  Karl married Sophia Barbara Zittle.  They had eight children.
iii. Kristina Merlau Kristina was born on April 20, 18342, at Arheilgen.
iv. Elizabetha Merlau Elizabetha was born on April 25, 18352, at Arheilgen and she died there on April 27, 18352.
v. Elizabetha Merlau Elizabetha was born on September 22, 18362, at Arheilgen and she died there on March 7, 18382.
vi. Dorothea C. Merlau Dorothea was born on March 6, 18582, at Arheilgen and she died on July 28, 1914, at Prairieville, Michigan24.  Dorothea married Charles J. Enzian.  They had two children.
vii. Philip Merlau Philip was born in September 194127, in the Town of Wales, New York and he died in 191424.  Philip married Mary Ann Faldine.  They had four children.
viii. George B. Merlau George was born on August 14, 194324, in the Town of Wales, New York and he died on October 14, 192724 at Orangeville, Michagan.  George married Frances H. Falk.  They had two children.
ix. Conrad Christopher Merlau Conrad was born on February 28, 184524, in the Town of Wales, New York and died on September 22, 192624, in Allegan County Michigan.  Conrad married Helen Elizabeth Rogers.  They had three children.
x. Daniel Merlau Daniel Merlau was born on March 10, 184824, and he died on March 3, 189524.  Daniel married Sarah Cook Gage.  They did not have children.
xi. Elizabeth B. Merlau Elizabeth was born in November 18508, and she died in 192524.  Elizabeth married Frederick J. Zittel.  They had six children.
xii. Philander Valentine Merlau Valentine was born on March 11, 18541, and he died in March 1938.

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