EARLY FÖRTIG GERMAN
FIRST GERMAN GENERATION:
Förtig, Sr. became
leaseholder or tenant
of the Kummershof, Monastery Farm in Amorbach in 16181.
Amorbach is located
approximately four miles
of Miltenberg in northwestern
Bavaria, Germany. Lorenz, Sr. had
a son named
SECOND GERMAN GENERATION:
took over as the
tenant of the Kummershof, Monastery Farm1. He had a son
named Johann Förtig1.
THIRD GERMAN GENERATION:
Johann Förtig was recorded
the villicus in Kummershof, the steward or bailiff of the Amorbach
Katharina on January 30, 1652 in
Kummershof and had a
son named Georg Förtig1,2.
Johann died in Kummershof in 16721.
FOURTH GERMAN GENERATION:
Förtig was born on February 20, 1666 in the Kummershof, Monastery Farm, Amorbach1,2.
Georg married Anna Marie Förtig on September 16, 16881. Anna Marie was born July 4,
1669 in Watterbach, Bavaria, the daughter of Johan Förtig and Catherine Schäfer1.
Anna Marie were blessed with a son also named Georg
Anna Marie died on January 8, 1738 at the age of 68 in Watterbach1. The father Georg
died on October 1, 1758 also in Watterbach1.
Watterbach is located approximately four miles west of Amorbach in northwestern
FIFTH GERMAN GENERATION:
Förtig was born on August 3, 1693 in Watterbach1. He
was united in marriage with Anna Maria Schneider on November 29, 17211. Anna Maria was born on March 1, 1702 in Watterbach,
the daughter of Jos. Schneider and Barbara Breunig1. Georg and Anna Maria had a son named
on March 29, 1761 at the age of 671. Anna Maria died on October 10, 1780 in Watterbach
at the age of 781.
SIXTH GERMAN GENERATION:
Sebastian Förtig was born on January 23, 1732 in
Watterbach1. Sebastian married Barbara Schorck on February 7, 1763
in the Kirchzell Parish (Watterbach most likely)1,3. Barbara was born in 1742 in Otterbach,
the daughter of Franz Schorck1,3.
and Barbara were honored and blessed with the birth of two sons:
died on October 11, 1801 in Watterbach, at the age of
58 or 591. Sebastian died twelve years later on December 13, 1813 also in Watterbach,
at the age of 811.
CHILDREN OF SEBASTIAN AND BARBARA:
Förtig, born October 21, 1765, married Maria Anna Zeller and died March
Förtig, born June 17, 1771, married Maria Anna Bachmann and Mary Anna Nothburga Schwaninger,
immigrated to the United States in 1837 and died between 1837 to 1850
1. Förtig Genealogical Research by Mr. Josef
Fertig of Giessen, Germany.
Josef Fertig of
the origin of the
family from the Watterbach, Bavaria area. He obtained his
information from the Catholic church records of the Parish of
the author of the article
Familienname Fertig, published in the Bergsträßer
Heimatblätter on July 15, 1983.
The research information that Mr. Fertig performed was obtained from Mrs. Irmgard Förtig of Apothekenstr.,
Germany, via letter, dated November 2, 2003. Mrs. Förtig was the
wife of Karl Heinz Hermann Förtig, son of Hermann Josef Förtig born in
1890. Mrs. Förtig received this information from her husband's
cousin Mrs. Gisela (Förtig) Pfaff. Mr.
Josef Fertig's research of the Förtig family from Watterbach
is comprised of a two page letter written on August 3, 1988 and a three
page report of the ancestors of Hermann Josef Förtig.
from Mr. Josef
dated August 3, 1988.
JOSEF FERTIG, Wartweg 113, 6300 GIESSEN
Dear Mrs. ???
were very glad about your letter. We have always looked for a
message from you. I have added an extract of the church book of the
church in Kirchzell. I could complete it until the year 1618.
father of the genealogical tree of the
Watterbach is Lorentz Fertig, who
had taken over the Kummershof from the Amorbach monastery as leaser in
1618. The monastery farm was then taken over by Lorentz, Jr.,
followed by his son, Hans. Hans died and his wife married a
Heimbücher from Watterbach. Watterbach was nearly deserted and
wasted during the time of the 30 Years War. New farmers then
came into the land. One of them was Johann
Förtig, the son of
the baker Valentin Fertig from Amorbach. The daughter of Johann,
named Anna Maria married Georg Fertig, the son of Hans. So there were
in the beginning two
families in Watterbach. Watterbach was a poor village. In
1395, there were 13 farms with no more in current times. After
the 30 Years War, nine of the farms were destroyed and uninhabited.
They must be newly settled. Later on, many families emigrated to
Bensheim and in about 1750, went to Pommern and later on to the
United States and Canada.
like to write to you some more. In 1853 and 1854, the sister of
my great grandfather with her nine children from Bensheim emigrated to
the United States. I have pictures of her family from Cleveland,
Ohio. The name of her husband is the rare name Gottron. Is
it possible that your relations in the United States can find out if
there are currently in Cleveland any persons with the name of Gottron
or Fertig? You intended to visit America. I have already
written to some Fertigs in the United States, but in vain. Many
of them are Jews.
know if and when you will come again to
for the pictures. The flowers are again blooming!
1. Hermann Josef
Förtig, b. 22.3.1890 Watterbach, Married 19.7.1920, d. 7.3.1930
2. Förtig, Heinrich
Josef, b. 14.3.1864, M. 7.2., Watterbach
4. Förtig, Johan
Martin, b. 11.11.1806 Watterbach, married 2.10.1845, d. 25.6.1887
5. Herkert, Anna
Maria, b. 11.5.1822 Buch, married 2.10.1845, d. 2.7.1894
8. Förtig, Martin,
b. 21.10.1765 Watterbach, married 4.7.1797, d. 18.3.1852 Watterbach
9. Zeller, Maria
Anna, 2.2.1777 Kirchzell, married 4.7.1797, 20.4.1851 Watterbach…..
Sebastian, b. 23.1.1732 Watterbach, married 7.2.1763, d. 13.12.1813
17. Schork, Barbara,
b. 1742 Otterbach, married 7.2.1763, d. 11.10.1801 Watterbach, 57 yrs.
32. Förtig, Georg,
b. 3.8.1693 Watterbach, married 29.11.1721, d. 29.3.1761
33. Schneider, Anna
Maria, b. 1.3.1702 Watterbach, married 29.11.1721, d. 10.10.1780
64. Förtig, Georg,
b. Kummershof (that would be the Monastery Farm at Amorbach), married
16.9.1688, d. 1.10.1758 Watterbach
65. Förtig, Anna
Marie, b. 4.7.1669 Watterbach, married 16.9.1688, d. 8.1.1738 Watterbach…..
128. Förtig, Johan,
Villicus in Kummershof (steward or bailiff of the Amorbach Monastery
Farm) d. 1672
130. Förtig, Johan,
Watterbach, b. Amorbach, married 9.30.1665
Catherine, b. Watterbach, married 9.30.1665, d. 9.6.1711 Watterbach…..
Father of No. 128
was Lorenz Förtig Jr.
FATHER OF LORENZ
FÖRTIG JR. WAS LORENZ FORTIG SR, who became a leaseholder or tenant of
the Amorbach Monastery Farm in 1618.
Father of No. 130
was Valentin Förtig, baker, a citizen of Amorbach…..
2. Amorbacher Familienbuch 1618-1913, Norbert Schmitt
English translation: Amorbach Family Book 1618-1913, Norbert Schmitt
Fertig Lorenz o.w.A., n.i.SM oo N.N.
bekannt: 1)Lor.*7.1.1619?oo (?s.6407), 2)Nik.*21.2.1620.
Village of Gottersdorf, page 68
6039 Lorenz Fertig, not further indicated in register, not in death
register, married ??
2 children: 1) Lorenz, born January 7, 1619? married (?s.6407),
2)Nikolaus, born February 21, 1620.
Förtig Lorenz ?*7.1.1619 Gott.(?s.6039)o.w.A., n.i.SM oo Maria N. (nach
bekannt: 1)M.*13.4.1653, 2)A.M.*13.4.1656, 3)Joh.*10.5.1659,
6407 Lorenz Förtig, born ?January 7, 1619 in Gottersdorf (?s.6039) not
further indicated in register, not in death register, married Maria ?
(after RMLA), not in death register
5 children: 1)Maria, born April 13, 1653, 2)Anna Maria, born April 13,
1656, 3)Johann, born May 10, 1659, 4)Lorenz, born August 11, 1661,
5)Jakob, born July 18, 1663.
Förtig Johann o.w.A., +vor Dez. 1674(n.i.SM), Hofbauer oo 30.1.1652
Katharina N. a.Buch, To.d.Schultheißen von Buch(o.w.A.),n.i.SM.
bekannt: 1)Kath.*?(nach RMLA), 2) Joh.*20.3.1656, 3)Pet.*?(nach RMLA)
oo(s.6405), 4)M.*6.3.1661 oo (s.4005), 5)Val.*18.7.1663,
6)Gg.*20.2.1666, 7)Matthäus*8.3.1671, 8)Christina*19.12.1674.
Village of Kummershof, page 79
Johann Förtig (not further indicated in register) died after December
1674 (not in death register), Yard Farmer married on January 30, 1652 to
Katharina, Buch, daughter of Schultheißen
of Buch (not further indicated in register), not in death register
children: 1) Katharina, born ? (after
born March 20, 1656, 3)Peter, born ? (after RMLA) married Barbara
Anna Maria, born March 6, 1661,
Valentin, born July 18, 1663,
6) Georg, born February 20, 1666,
born March 8, 1671, 8)Christina, born December 19, 1674.
The following is a brief comparison
between the genealogical information contained in the
Familienbuch by Mr.
(NS) and the Förtig genealogical research by Mr. Josef Fertig (JF) of
A summary of the genealogical information by JF
is as follows: Lorenz Förtig, Sr. became leaseholder or tenant of the
Kummershof, Monastery Farm in Amorbach in 1618. Lorenz, Sr. had a son
named Lorenz Förtig, Jr., who took over as the tenant of the Kummershof,
Monastery Farm. Lorenz, Jr. had a son named Johan Förtig, who was
recorded as the villicus in Kummershof, the steward or bailiff of the
Amorbach Monastery Farm. Johan had a son named Georg Förtig. Johan
died in 1672. Georg Förtig was born in the Kummershof, Monastery Farm
and married Anna Marie Förtig on September 16, 1688. Anna Marie was
born July 4, 1669 in Watterbach, Bavaria. Georg died on October 1, 1758
The book by
NS was then examined to verify the above genealogical information
by JF. NS indicates that a man named Lorenz Förtig,
no. 6039, lived in the village of Gottersdorf (approximately 1 kilometer
north of Kummershof) and had a son named Lorenz, who was born on January
7, 1619? in Gottersdorf. The son, Lorenz Förtig, no.
6407, married Maria and had five children from 1653 to 1663 while living
in Kummershof, the third born named Johann, born May 10, 1659. In
addition, NS documents a man named Johann Förtig, no. 6406, (with no
known relationship with Lorenz Förtig, no. 6407)
who was recorded as a Yard Farmer and married on January 30, 1652 to
Katharina and he died after December 1674. He had eight children from
1656 to 1674 while living in Kummershof, the sixth child named
February 20, 1666.
No. 6039, Lorenz Förtig (NS), is most likely
the same person as Lorenz Förtig, Sr. (JF), for the following reasons:
1. Both persons have the same name, Lorenz, 2. Both persons have a son
named Lorenz, 3. Both persons were alive in 1618, 4. Both persons lived
in the same area, within 1 kilometer of each other in the Kummershof /
Gottersdorf region, 5. In the Kummershof / Gottersdorf region, No.
6039, Lorenz Förtig, is the only recorded Förtig family member living in
the early 1600’s.
No. 6407, Lorenz Förtig
(NS), is most likely the same person as Lorenz Förtig, Jr. (JF), for the
following reasons: 1. Both persons have the same name, Lorenz, 2. Both
persons have a father named Lorenz, 3. Both persons have a son named
Johan/Johann, 4. Both persons lived in the mid 1600’s, 5. Both persons
lived in the same village, Kummershof, 6. In Kummershof, No. 6407,
Lorenz Förtig, is the only recorded Förtig family member living in the
No. 6406, Johann Förtig
(NS), is most likely the same person as Johan Förtig (JF), for the
following reasons: 1. Both persons have the same name, Johann/Johan, 2.
Both persons have a son named Georg, 3. Both persons died on or after
the 1670’s, 4. Both persons lived in the same village, Kummershof, 5. In
Kummershof, No. 6406, Johann Förtig, is of the only recorded Förtig
family in the 1600’s except for No. 6407, Lorenz Förtig, 6. Georg, the
son of No. 6406 (NS), was born in 1666 and this date corresponds to a
very limited range of possible birth dates for Georg (JF) considering
that: A. Georg (JF) was married in 1688, which would make him 22 years
old if born in 1666 and B. Georg’s (JF) wife was born in 1669, which
would make Georg (JF) 3 years older than his wife if born in 1666.
Therefore, the work by NS is in
predominant agreement with the research by JF. However, according to
NS, No. 6407, Lorenz Förtig cannot be the father of No. 6406, Johann
Förtig for the following reasons: 1. Johann, the son of No. 6407 was
born in 1659, 2. Johann, No. 6406, was married in 1652 and had his first
recorded child in 1656. Therefore because of the preceding dates, the
two individuals cannot be the same person.
Since No. 6406, Johann
Förtig (NS), is most likely the same person as Johan Förtig (JF) as
described above, the NS genealogical information will be incorporated in
the current family genealogy. However, since the relationship between
Lorenz Förtig, Jr. and his son, Johan Förtig as detailed in the JF
research cannot be verified in the NS research, all information on
Lorenz Förtig, Jr. and Lorenz Förtig, Sr. as presented in the NS
research will not be incorporated into the current family genealogy and
it is presumed that the JF research work is still valid unless proven
The presumption of the validity of the JF research work is based on the
following reasons: 1. JF was an avid Förtig/Fertig family researcher as
evidenced by the publication of
“Der Familiename Fertig”,
an article by JF on the origin of the
Fertig family name.
JF would have
likely devoted a higher level of accuracy to researching the details of
the Förtig family as compared to NS, who was doing a broad research of
all the families in the Amorbach region, 2. JF may have based his
research conclusions on reliable records other than the source
references that were utilized by NS.
being said, the JF research is still questionable since JF did not
record any birth dates for the first four generations of the Förtig
family. Therefore, JF did not likely find any actual birth records
which would have positively confirmed the relationship between the first four
family generations. However, as earlier stated, the JF research work
will remain in the current family genealogy until it is determined to be
3. 1763 Marriage
Förtig and Barbara Schorck.
Diözesanarchiv Würzburg, Pfarrei Kirchzell, Kirchenb. A2 b (1705-1790),
Aszug aus den Kirchenbüchern der kath. Pfarrei Kirchzell,
Eheregister 1763: Seite 49
7. Febr. Inthronizatus est honestus adolescens Sebastianus, filius
legit. Georgii Förtig p.m. incolae in Watterbach cum pudica
virgine Barbara Francisci Schorck ex Otterbach fil. legit.
Test. praesent. 57.
Excerpts from the Kirchzell
Marriage Register 1763, A2b (1705-1790),
held at the
archives of the Catholic Bishop in
The marriage between unmarried Sebastian Förtig (son of late
Georg Förtig in Watterbach) and unmarried Barbara Schorck (daughter of
Franz Schorck in Otterbach) has been performed on
1763 in Kirchzell in the presence of 57 witnesses.
1771 Birth and baptismal record of John Anthony Fertig.
For more information, see the reference section for John