e.g.: Peter Gilcher below was the 4th child
of his father; his father was
the 6th child; grandfather was 7th child in his father's family etc.
Whenever a system number is missing, descendancy has not or not fully
been researched yet.
1. Adolf GILCHER (184.108.40.206.5.13.6) of Essweiler district of Kusel, musician (violinist),
son of Michael
and Elisabeth WIRTH,
born 13 FEB 1859 Essweiler, died 23 APR 1950 Ogdensburg, N.Y., USA,
married to Frances Marg. UMBRECHT (her mother was a born SAMSEL)
born 13 NOV 1859 Albany, N.Y., died 10 JUN 1916 Syracuse, N.Y.
emigrated to USA in 1873 (application 7.1.1873, permission 22.2.1873)
(source W.Gilcher, Ithaca N.Y., QAF-Gilcher (Scherer).
emigrated in fall 1834 (source: registers of reformed church of Spesbach)
emigrated to Sandusky Ohio, in 1854;
5. August GILCHER (220.127.116.11.5.13.8) of Essweiler, musician (clarinetist)
son of Michael GILCHER
and Maria Elisabetha WIRTH,
born 23. MAY 1868 Essweiler, died 21 MAY 1946 Boston, Mass.,
married 16 SEP 1892 USA to Elisabeth SCHUFF
(born 16 SEP 1872 Monsheim, died 8 JAN 1955 Boston, Mass.)
emigrated to the USA with
his father Michael in the 1870ies.
The 1880 US Census lists him as attending school in Boston.
Cp. siblings: Adolf, Caroline, Jakob, Johann and Wilhelmine Gilcher.
(sources: QAF-Gilcher(Scherer/Paul); W.Gilcher, Ithaca N.Y.,USA;)
6. Caroline GILCHER (2.2.7. 18.104.22.168) from Essweiler/district of Kusel
daughter of Michael GILCHER
and Maria Elisabetha WIRTH
born 24 MAR 1858 Essweiler , died November 1925 in Wilton, New Hampshire,
married to Jakob DICK, musician,
(born 10 June 1853 Wolfstein/Pfalz, died 17 Oct 1916 presumably in Wilton,
emigrated around 1870
? (the source has already got a question mark on that date)
Cp. siblings Adolf, August, Jakob, Johann and Wilhelmine Gilcher.
(sources: QAF-Gilcher (Scherer); W.Gilcher, Ithaca, N.Y.,USA;)
7. Christian GILCHER (22.214.171.124.1.1) of Bosenbach,
emigrated to USA after 1851, before 1864
Sources: division of the Jakob Gilcher estate; document of 13 JUN
1864 (Rheinland-Pfalz archives Speyer, Notariat Wolfstein); genealogy of
letter of Linus Cave 6 MAY 1987)
Son of shepherd Peter
and Margarethe called Elisabeth EDINGER.
born 21 SEP 1842 Lohnweiler,
1861 in England as a travelling musician
emigrated 25 JAN 1866 (Le Havre - New York).
He came back to the Pfalz
31 JAN 1898 and was sentenced to serve 5 months in prison,
because he had used rough language against the German Emperor in a Kaiserslautern
inn. (source: Pfaelzische Volkszeitung 15 FEB 1898).
In the Ellis Island records, we find the immigration of a 56-year-old Daniel Gilcher in
1898, whose residence is "Honneke", PA (= misspelled for Carnegie, Pa.). This is the
Lohnweiler Daniel Gilcher again who returned to America for good after this bad
experience with the lacking freedom of speech in the new German Empire.
He was naturalized in 1872. He operated a barber shop in Carnegie. The 1920 Census
finds him still in Carnegie , retired at age 77, there also his son Daniel , a barber.
10. Daniel GILCHER (126.96.36.199.13.2) from Horschbach district of Kusel
emigrated to the USA in 1851,
(source: Kusel District Administration, box no.188/A 1024)
No further hints found so far.
born 10 NOV 1902 Theisbergstegen
, district of Kusel, ev.,
emigrated to the USA in 1923, visited Germany several times
lived 473 Central Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11200, (address valid until 1965)
source: Anna Rothaar, Storchenstr.12, Homburg
Ellis Island records show a Heinrich Gilcher from Essweiler as an emigrant of the year
1922, 25 years old . This may match ( not checked yet, though).
13.Franz GILCHER (188.8.131.52.8.5) from Lauterecken
14. Friedrich GILCHER (184.108.40.206.9.2) from Wahnwegen
Son of Michael GUELCHER
and Elisabeth KLEEMANN,
baptized 6 Oct 1671 Nerzweiler,
died in America,
married 2 Oct 1696 Christina Salome MACK, born 7 Feb 1669,
emigrated "to the new land" with his son Thomas in 1744 (at age 72!)
(source: Penns. German Society 1936; W Hacker: Auswanderer aus der Rheinpfalz)
18. Heinrich GILCHER from Essweiler
son of Jakob GILCHER
carpenter) and Kartharina DEGEN,
emigrated to the USA 1921/23
(source: note by Hans Gilcher ,Essweiler 16.12.1991)
note: he did not come through Ellis Island
Heinrich GILCHER (b.1775) from Bosenbach see No.41.
19. Hermann GILCHER ( ? ) from Essweiler
solo clarinetist in the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago, Illinois, USA; no further data given
(source: Emil Strauss, Kusel, 1952
20. Hermine GILCHER (220.127.116.11.5.13.3) from Essweiler, Kusel district
daughter of August GILCHER
and Elisabeth SCHOTT (sic) (or SCHUFF?)
granddaughter of musician Michael Gilcher,
born ? (after 1892!)
address until 1980: West Roxbury, Mass. 02132, USA
(source: QAF- Gilcher ( Paul)
21. Jakob GILCHER, "from the Kusel region"
searched by Mrs. Magdalene
of Hachenbach through German consulate
New York in 1879
(source: M.Geh. St.-Archiv, M.A.1913, Fasz. 6/45)
22. Jakob GILCHER (18.104.22.168.5.13.3) from Essweiler, distr. Kusel, musician ( flutist),
son of musician Michael
and Elisabetha WIRTH
born 9 Oct 1852 Essweiler, died 26 Jul 1880 Boston Mass., USA,
married to Karolina KOCH (18 Sep 1851 - 16 Dec 1879) ; child Amalia 1873;
she"secretly" emigrated to USA in around 1873, ("secretly" in the papers means:
without prior official permission of authorities).
One of 4 brothers and 2 sisters who emigrated to the USA. See also Johann, Adolph,
August, Carolina, Wilhelmina and Michael Gilcher.
(source: QAF Gilcher: Karl Scherer notes; Wm.Gilcher Ithaca,NY,USA)
23. Jacob GILCHER (22.214.171.124.13.3) from Horschbach, distr. Kusel
son of Joh. Daniel GILCHER
II., and Catharina GILCHER
born 7 Oct 1833 in Horschbach
emigrated to the USA in 1853.
His elder brother Daniel emigrated two years earlier.
(source: Archives of the district administration of Kusel, box 189/A 1026/2)
24. Jacob GILCHER (GILGER, GILDER) (126.96.36.199.4.3) from Essweiler, distr. Kusel
son of Johannes GILCHER
and Maria Catharina SAMSEL
born 2 Jul 1805, confirmed 1819 at Hinzweiler church,
emigrated in 1833 to the USA (20 miles from Sandusky, OH)
married in Richland Co.,OH, 31 Mar 1836: Philippina DICK
(source: QAF - Gilcher: letter of descendant Larry R. Gilger, 1969)
Latest research (dec. 2001) in the Cusel district archives shows that he emigrated in Nov 1827
when he was 22, unmarried, and a soldier of the 12th Infantry Regiment on steady leave, without
In the night from the 6th to the 7th of November 1827, 4 Essweiler families (25 souls) emigrated
(25.) Jacob GILCHER ( ) from Rathsweiler, near Ulmet, distr. Kusel, a barber
According to the source
(magazine: "Der Pfaelzer in Amerika no.37/1895, page 5)
he is said to have been born in 1835 and to have emigrated in 1849 and to have been
married to Mary HENN, 2 children, one called Ida.
But there was no such person born in Rathsweiler in 1835. The source is definitely
wrong in this case.
A Jacob Gilcher, born 1835, who emigrated, came from Horschbach (188.8.131.52.4.1.3), went to
Syracuse like his three uncles of the Gilcher family. His son was George A. Gilger, a wholesale
grocer, and his daughter was indeed Ida Gilger. So the source referred to this Jacob Gilcher of
the Horschbach branch, who had followed his uncles to Syracuse.
Jacob Gilcher of Rathsweiler,
the barber, was born 23 Apr 1859, emigrated in the
1880ies and lived in Syracuse N.Y, where also his sister Katharina Gilcher married
KREISCHER lived (emigr. 1883) and his brother Carl GILCHER, a shoemaker.
Presumably Jacob Gilcher of this source is identical with the following:
26. Jacob GILCHER (184.108.40.206.7.2.6) from Rathsweiler, near Ulmet,
a barber of profession,
son of Abraham GILCHER and Louisa HAESEL,
born 23 Apr 1859 Rathsweiler
married 25 May 1886 in Syracuse, N.Y.: Marie Louise GRUB from Ulmet,
died 1926 in Syracuse.
(sources: "Syracuse Union" of the 27.5.1886, letter of William Gilcher in 1989, and
Michelle Stone: Syracuse burials)
27.Jacob GILCHER (220.127.116.11.5.11.1) of Essweiler, district of Kusel, musician,
(sources: Westricher Kalender 1959 p.80, William Gilcher, USA,; Essweiler civil register)
29. Johann GILCHER (18.104.22.168.5.13.2) from Essweiler,
distr. Kusel, musician ( clarinetist),
son of musician Michael GILCHER and Elisabetha WIRTH
born 19 Nov 1850 Essweiler, died 3 Jun 1924 near Boston Mass., USA
married to Karolina KRIEGER (5 Oct 1856 - 5 Sep 1928) ;
emigrated to USA in around 1870.
One of 4 brothers and 2 sisters who emigrated to the USA. See also Jakob, Adolph,
August, Carolina, Wilhelmina and Michael Gilcher.
(source: QAF Gilcher: Karl Scherer notes; W.Gilcher Ithaca,NY,USA)
30. Johannes GILCHER (22.214.171.124.2.4) from Rossbach near
Wolfstein, district of Kusel
son of Jacob GILCHER from Essweiler and Barbara SCHERER,
born 6 Nov 1824, death unknown, married 7 Mar 1848 Rossbach: Maria Elisabeth
DIEHL, widow FECHTER, born 2 Mar 1815 Oberweiler im Tal,
granddaughter of Michael Diehl and Elisabeth Gilcher, Horschbach
application 2 MAY 1853 to emigrate to North America; reason: improvement of
(source: Theodor Zink, Erdesbach, 1941)
additional information: the family had three children Elisabeth, 1849, Johannes 1850,
and Magdalena 1852; they emigrated to the USA with three stepsons Heinrich,
Jakob and Johannes FECHTER in 1853.
31. Julius GILCHER from Essweiler,
son of Jakob Gilcher, joiner/cabinetmaker and Katharina DEGEN
emigrated between 1921 and 1923 (estimated)
(source: letter of Hans Gilcher 16.12.1991)
32.Maria Elisabeth GILCHER, married WENZ (126.96.36.199.4.5)
from Essweiler, distr. Kusel,
daughter of Johannes Gilcher and Catharina SAMSEL
born 8 Jun 1809, died in Pa./USA,
married 12 Dec 1828: Peter WENZ from Essweiler
born 17 Dec 1798 Essweiler
emigrated about 1853 to Pennsylvania / USA
(source: letter of Charles H. Engle, 23.11.1922, who wanted to know exact emigr date)
33. Michael GILCHER (188.8.131.52.5.13) from Essweiler,
son of Johannes Gilcher and Elisabeth SAMSEL ;
musician, composer, band-leader, one of the first professional traveling Palatine
musicians , later mayor of his home village Essweiler,
born 30 Dec 1822 Essweiler, died 20 Mar 1899 Essweiler,
married 12 Feb 1850 Marie Elisabeth WIRTH from Rothselberg, born 15 Sep 1826,
died 5 Apr 1897 Essweiler,
played in Scotland, South America, Australia, emigrated to the USA and returned later
in life to become the mayor of Essweiler.
6 of his 8 children emigrated to the USA, his eldest son Adam kept the farm, his eldest
daughter Philippina BERNHARDT married and stayed in Essweiler.
His life is partly described in the book "Kuckuksruf und Nachtigall" by Marliese
Fuhrmann, ed. 2000; he is included in the exhibition of the "Musicians' Museum" in
the castle of Burglichtenberg near Kusel (source: QAF Gilcher, Karl Scherer notes)
34.Oswald GILCHER, musician of Rossbach (district of Kusel)
The Ellis Island records don't show any Oswald Gilcher , only Otto Gilcher.
36.Otto GILCHER, emigrated from Saarbrücken to the USA
address 1938: Floral Park, L.I. N.Y., 196, Tulip Ave.
(source: Adam Metz, New York, 1938)
37.Peter GILCHER (184.108.40.206.6.4) son of Peter Gilcher and Susanna
born 12 May 1812 Essweiler /distr. Kusel, carpenter, died 3 Jul 1877 Sandusky
married 2 May 1837 Barbara BOOS
emigrated in spring 1833 to USA; settled in Sandusky OH
on the same ship: Friedrich Rheinheimer, Johannes Fehrenz of Welchweiler, Jacob
Schuck; (source: Sandusky Then and Now, p.103)
his brother Heinrich Gilcher, *19.10.1804 and his cousin Jacob Gilcher *2.7.1805
emigrated with him (source Larry R. Gilger 1970)
38.Susanne GILCHER, born KOCH (married to 220.127.116.11.6)
born FEB 1783 Kreimbach/Pfalz, died 28 APR 1875 Sandusky, OH,
daughter of Heinrich KOCH and Elisabeth KELLER of Kreimbach,
married 2 MAY 1807 Johann Peter GILCHER IV of Essweiler,
born 29 NOV 1778 Essweiler, died 3 JUN 1848 Essweiler.
Essweiler civil register states in 1851 that she "secretly emigrated to the USA in 1848",
(sources: Zink, Erdesbach; civil register of Essweiler)
39.Thomas GILCHER (2.1.3) from Nerzweiler distr.Kusel,
son of Hans Jakob Gilcher and Christina Salome MACK,
baptized 1703, married 1733 to Margaretha REISS (Reuss) daughter of Jacob REISS
of Oberweiler im Tal (Jacob Reiss died before August 1757; inheritance division; documents !),
emigrated to America in 1744 with 6 children and his old father.
(sources: QAF-Reiss; 9.3.1937; Penns.Germ.Society 1936)
40.Wilhelmina GILCHER (18.104.22.168.5.13.7) of Essweiler/Kusel,
daughter of Michael GILCHER and Elisabeth WIRTH
born 15 JUN 1866 Essweiler, died 1 DEC 1940 Boston , Mass.,USA,
married 4 OCT 1890 USA: Johannes WEICHEL, musician (fagott),
born 15 JAN 1866 near Kusel/Wolfstein, died 27 JAN 1942 Boston, Mass.
children: Minnie, born JAN 1891, married WELLS, Buffalo, died
7 DEC 1974
Helen E., born 6 Nov. 1893 Dadham, Mass.,
Clara A. DEC 1896, married to Frederick LEON Dadham, Mass.,
As time permits, I'll add those that I know of to this database.
41. Heinrich GILCHER (22.214.171.124.3)
born March 29, 1775 Essweiler, son of Johannes Guelcher and Katharina Martin.
Married to Margarethe KILIAN from Bosenbach, a cooper by profession, lived
in Bosenbach. Emigrated without permission in the night of the 6th to the 7th of November 1827,
destination: Brasil. With him : his wife and 3 children:
Jakob, a tailor, born in 1805,
Philipp, a cooper, born in 1811,
Margaret, without a profession, born in 1814
His eldest daughter Charlotte, born 1798, married (1817) to Johannes PFEIFFER, a linnenweaver,
emigrated that night as well, with her husband and 3 children.
42. Louisa GILCHER (126.96.36.199.7.5) from Rathsweiler,
daughter of Peter GILCHER and Luise GRILL,
emigrated in 1854 to the USA (Ship Juventa from Le Havre to NY, arrival 19.6.1854) shortly after her
two-year-old daughter had died (March 54). She went to Racine, Wisconsin and married German
emigrant Karl EMRICH. Her sister Elisabeth later emigrated to Racine, WI as well.
43. Maria Elisabeth GILCHER (188.8.131.52.7.7) from Rathsweiler,
daughter of Peter GILCHER and Luise GRILL,
emigrated in 1857 to the USA (Ship Havre from Le Havre to NY, arrival 23.4.1857) at age 24;
presumably followed her sister Louisa. She married John RENNER.