Kochersperger, Johann Martin I * Nov. 11, 1752
Johann Martin KOCHERSPERGER was born on November 11, 1752 in Rittershoffen, Alsace [at that time was it a part of the county of Hanau-Lichtenberg, a territory of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation], as the first of eight children of Johannes II Kochersperger and his second wife Anna Maria, nee Grässel.
About 18 years old, in about 1770, he emigrated as the first family member to the New World, to the United States of America. He settled in Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, near Philadelphia and married there on July 5, 1756 Maria Christina Seyfried, born in Philadelphia. To the couple were born eleven children. Thus he laid the foundation for today's largest group of our family in the United States and became the patriarch of the so-called "Philadelphia branch".
When the American Colonies declared their independence, he joined in August of 1776 Colonel John Feree's First Rifle Battalion and in May of 1777 became a 7th Class Private in Captain John Slaymaker's 5th Company seeing action in various skirmishes during the American Revolutionary War.
Johann Martin died on Oct. 26, 1822 at his home and got his final resting place at the "German Lutheran cemetery" in Philadelphia. His wife followed him in death four weeks later on November 24, 1822.
Johann Martin wrote a testament, which identifies him as a wealthy man. May be he was a thrifty man, may be even closefisted. In an articel in Harper's Magazin, puplished more than 30 years later, Judge Duncan is quoted as saying that Johann Martin was a skinflint. He has been his client and in his testament he took him into account with a legacy. But the story ended differently.
Source: Research by Daniel Guggisberg