Rexrode/Lautenschläger (Lautenschlager) Ancestry

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The Rexroth name, as well as other spelling variations, is a habitational name for someone from a former village near Wanfried in Hesse on the Werra River near Thuringia. This village is mentioned in the literature for the first time in 1337 as Reystras and in 1490 as Rexraide. Spelling variations of this family name include: Rexrodt, Rexrode, Rexroad, Rexroth, Reckrodt, Rexerode, Reckrode, Reckrodt, Reckroth and many more.

Legend says that this family served as weapons and armor maker for Otho or Otto II, crowned in 961 the Emperor of Germany. He was nicknamed Otto the Red. The family supposedly showed their loyalty to Otto II by taking the name, "von Rexroth". "Rex" meaning king, "Roth" being an old German word for Red. Thus the name "von Rexroth" means "from the red king". There seems to be no factual basis for this legend.

Source: Michael Lee Rexroad, Archive of Rexroad Family History (copyrighted 1996).

 

Hans Rexsrodt
b. ca. 1480
He married.
d. ca. 1540
Wanfried, Hesse, Germany
  Hans Dorfheilige
(b. Wanfried, Hesse, Germany)
m. Dorothea (maiden name unknown)
She died in Wanfried, Hesse, Germany.
       
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Joachim Recksrodt/Rexsrodt
b. ca. 1510
d. ca. 1570
Wanfried, Hesse, Germany
m. N. N. Dorfheilige            
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  Dietrich Recksrodt/Rexsrodt
b. ca. 1554
Wanfried, Hesse, Germany
m. ?          
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    Hans Recksrodt
b. in Wanfried, Hesse, Germany
m. ?        
Lenhard Lautenschläger
b. 1560, Hesse, Germany
Lenhard married.
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    Johannes Recksrodt   Maria Magdalena
(maiden name unknown)
     
Wilhelm Lautenschläger
b. ca. 1578
Günterfürst, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany
d. 1625 in Erbach, Odenwald, Hessen, Germany
Wilhelm first married Catharina Ihrig (1570-1613). However, he later married 18 May 1614 in Güttersbach, Odenwaldkreis, Hessen, Deutschland (Germany)to Apollonia Wagner (b. 1580) who was mother of Hans.

Apollonia Wagner
b. 1580
d. in Güttersbach, Odenwaldkreis, Hessen, Deutschland (Germany).
Apollonia was Wilhelm's second wife.

b. 1595
Wanfried (near Kassel), Hesse, Germany
d. pre 21 June 1621
Smirschitz, near Koniggratz, Bohemia
m. b. 1606 in Wanfried, Hesse, Germany
d. 28 Oct 1692, Erbach, Hesse, Germany, age 86
     
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Hans Lautenschläger   Wenzeslaus (Wenzel) Recksrodt   Veronika
(maiden name unknown)

Wenzeslaus Recksrodt was born shortly after his father's death and remained in Bohemia for many years. He married and had at least one child there, but eventually made his way back to Germany. But settled in a slightly different part of the country than where his ancestors had lived.

Wenzel Recksrodt was the founding father of the Rexroth bloodline in the Odenwald. He had left his birthplace of Smirschitz and moved to the Odenwald, probably after the 30 Years War which ran from 1618 to 1648. The Odenwald is a low mountain range in Hesse and Baden. For much of its history it was a relatively poor region.

Wenzel lived in Erbach, working as a horse and weapon smith. Erbach was the seat of Colonel Count Erbach von Bohmen who ruled over much of the Odenwald region. Erbach was in the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt had come into existence in 1567.

Most men in the family became blacksmiths. Although a common trade by American standards, blacksmithing required certification by a guild and brought with it some degree of status. The Recksrodts held the status of Bürger or Burgher, which means they were citizens with full rights and were not subject to serfdom. Their sons married the daughters of tailors, church officials, court officials and other middle-class people at a time when middle-class status was relatively rare in Germany.

According to Bess Wilson: Wenzeslaus is credited as the founding father of the Rexroth bloodline in the Odenwald. He had left his birthplace of Smirschitz and moved to the Odenwald in the retinue of Colonel Count Erbach von Bohmen. There he lived in Erbach, working as a horse and weapon smith, with his wife, Veronika, and seven children. His firstborn son, Hans Barthel Recksrodt, was born in Smirschitz, before the family moved to Erbach in the Odenwald. Eventually the Recksrodt family would branch out in the Odenwald area and develop what was then called iron hammers or forges. They eventually had a monopoly of the iron-making trade in the Odenwald area. The Recksrodts were to become a very famous family, and quite a bit was written about them and their dynasty.

Source: Michael Lee Rexroad

b. 11 June 1615
Güttersbach, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany
He married Anna before 1643.
d. 27 March 1675
Güttersbach, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, age 59
  b. 21 June 1621 in Smirschitz, Bohemia
d. 21 June 1705 in Erbach, Odenwald/Hesse, Germany
m. ca. 1644
Smirschitz, Bohemia
b. 1618
Smirschitz, Bohemia
d. 28 October 1662 or 1692 in Erbach, Odenwald/Hesse, Germany
   
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  Elisabeth Lautenschläger   Hans Barthel Recksrodt/Rexroth      
  b. 16 June 1650
Güttersbach, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany
d. 17 September 1721 in Erbach, Odenwald/Hesse, Germany
m. (2nd) 20 Jun 1671 in Erbach, Hesse, Germany b. 1645 in Erbach, Odenwald, Germany
or Smirschitz, Bohemia
d. 26 April 1694 in Erbach, Odenwald/Hesse, Germany
     
                 
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        Johan Baltasar Rexrode (Recksrodt)  
Johanna Lowisa Christina Küchler (Kuchler)
   
        b. 11 June 1673 in Germany
d. 16 August 1734 in Erbach, Odenwald, Germany
m. m. 19 June 1710
Erbach, Hesse, Germany
b. 7 January 1690/1691
Erbach, Hesse, Germany
d. 11 Dec. 1726
Erbach, Hesse, Germany
Johanna seems to have been in her 50s when her last son was born. She bore Johann Balthaser seven children. When the youngest was one year old, Johanna died.
                 
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descendants
     
Johannes Recksrodt + Maria Magdalena (maiden name unknown)
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|b. about 1600 in  |b. about 1600 in GERMANY|
|Wanfried, near    |                        |
|Kassel, GERMANY.  |                        |
|d. in Smirschitz, |                        |
|near Koniggratz,  |                        |
|Bohemia, GERMANY. |                        |
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              Wenzelslaus   Veronika
              Recksrodt   + (maiden name unknown)
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|b. 1621 in Smirschitz,   |b. 1618               |
|Bohemia, GERMANY.        |d. 28 October 1692 in |
|d. 21 June 1705 in       |Erbach, Odenwald,     |
|Erbach, Odenwald, GERMANY|GERMANY               |
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                        Hans        Elisabeth
                        Barthel   + Lautenschläger
                        Recksrodt |
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              |b. 1645 in Erbach, |b. about 1650 in|
              |Odenwald, GERMANY  |   GERMANY      |
              |d. 26 April 1694 in|d. 17 Sept. 1721|
              |Erbach, Odenwald,  |in Erbach,      |
              |GERMANY            |Odenwald,GERMANY|
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                                Johan          Johanna
                                Baltasar    +  Lowisa
                                Rexrode     |  Christina
                                (Recksrodt) |  Kepler
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                |b. 11 June 1673 in GERMANY |
                |d. 16 Aug. 1734 in Erbach, |
                | Odenwald, GERMANY         |
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