Hans Sang (Sing) was born in 1614 in Endersbach to Johannes Sang and Anna Enssle.
He was assuredly baptized within the former Collegiate Church, which nonetheless stands. The tower was constructed in 1729.
Hans would by no means have remembered a childhood with out warfare.
In 1618, when Hans was solely 4 years outdated, the Thirty Years’ Struggle erupted, devastating this a part of Germany. Greater than two-thirds of the residents perished, succumbing to warfare, hunger, plague, and different opportunistic illnesses like dysentery and cholera.
Hans, nonetheless, was one of many fortunate survivors.
Hans would at some point turn into a butcher, which implies he needed to apprentice with somebody. We don’t know his father’s occupation, which might nicely have been a butcher as nicely.
We don’t know when Hans’ mother and father died, according to this genealogy primarily based on church and civil paperwork, however primarily based on the truth that his final recognized sibling was born in 1625, it will seem that each of his mother and father had been dwelling for at the very least the primary 11 years of Hans’s life.
Information from that point are scarce to non-existent. What the troopers didn’t burn, they destroyed or stole. It’s a miracle that the church itself wasn’t burned. The remainder of the city could have been. For all we all know, the minister could have died or been killed, with no substitute. In different phrases, there could have been nobody to file something.
The struggle raged round Hans. Maybe the truth that he was a butcher’s apprentice saved him. Armies needed to eat.
In 1634, Hans would have been 20 years outdated. In German tradition, not fairly of age to marry, however dwelling in a warzone would have modified the norms of the day.
Endersbach, along with her church marked by a pink star within the middle of city, above, was a mile or so down the highway from Beutelsbach, her middle marked with a pink pin.
The truth is, the households of the 2 cities intermingled commonly and had possible been associated for hundreds of years. Endersbach is first present in data in 1278 as Andrespach, so had been in existence for a whole lot of years, as had Beutelsbach – each settlements alongside the Rems River.
Troopers had been quartering in Beutelsbach for a while, and possibly in Endersbach too. Pillaging was a given, however city elders, in addition to the residents, paid the troopers as a lot as they might give you to guard the city from burning.
Apparently, the fee both wasn’t sufficient, or one thing else occurred, as a result of within the late fall or early winter of 1634, neighboring Beutelsbach burned to the bottom. The church was fortified, so it’s definitely attainable that at the very least among the residents took shelter throughout the church partitions, contained in the church, which held.
Would Endersbach burn too?
Did Endersbach burn?
The Endersbach church was additionally a walled church, constructed between 1468 and 1491 with the intention that the residents would all shelter throughout the church that could possibly be way more simply defended than particular person houses, clustered within the village. Houses additionally served as farms, with a barn, livestock and fields stretching out immediately behind the home. Homes abutted one another for defense.
Fortified church buildings had been constructed as defensive buildings and integrated navy options, corresponding to thick partitions, battlements, and embrasures most likely initially constructed to face up to the Ottoman invasions of the 1400s and 1500s.
You possibly can see parts of the remaining Endersbach church wall on this up to date picture.
When Beutelsbach burned, the Endersbach residents possible crammed their leather-based hearth buckets with water, proven under, gathered their households, and rapidly ran to the church.
In all probability plenty of praying occurred that day, not only for their very own safety, however for his or her neighbors and family whose houses they might see burning within the distance as thick, acrid smoke drifted over the vineyards on its option to Endersbach.
There was by no means any doubt who was in cost throughout a struggle.
Following the torching of Beutelsbach, the native residents would have needed to take up residence someplace else, at the very least for some time. Some most likely sheltered with household and pals in Endersbach.
Heartache and illness accompanied them, with unsanitary situations inflicting sickness and loss of life amongst those that didn’t burn or die defending their houses.
Maybe that’s when Hans Sang or Sing took a shine to Barbara Eckhardt whose household was from Beutelsbach. Did her household search refuge in Endersbach?
Hans and Barbara married someday in 1636, in Beutelsbach, the place Hans grew to become a citizen.
Two years after that devastating hearth, I’m certain Beutelsbach was nonetheless making an attempt to get better and rebuild – nonetheless within the midst of a struggle. No matter all the pieces else, life needed to go on not directly. Folks nonetheless married, started households, and shepherded the subsequent era into the world.
We don’t know if each home burned, however we do know that Beutelsbach misplaced about 50% of its residents, maybe extra.
If the native butcher was a type of who perished or was burned out, Beutelsbach would have inspired Hans, the butcher’s apprentice from neighboring Endersbach, to take up residence. In fact, Barbara’s consideration would have sweetened that deal and made Beutelsbach look very engaging to Hans – a win-win for everybody.
Regardless that Beutelsbach church data weren’t stored once more till after 1646, we do know one thing about Hans and Barbara’s kids who survived and remained in Beutelsbach. Their loss of life data typically give an age, subsequently revealing at the very least the 12 months they had been born.
After their marriage, life grew to become at the very least considerably regular, as regular as life might be throughout a struggle that has lasted your complete lifetime. Kids had been born, and a few died. Everybody went to church on Sundays. Birthdays collected. Christmas was celebrated, and candles lit the church superbly.
Hans did fairly nicely for himself because the Beutelsbach butcher. His house and butcher store was proper on the base of Beutelsbach’s fortified church wall at Marktplatz 8.
The seam within the roof, simply to the fitting of the pink automotive, divides Marktpfalz 8, at left, from Marketpfalz 10. As you possibly can see, it’s really a small residence, snugged up in opposition to the church wall on one aspect.
Hans and Barbara lived within the final home earlier than the church, or the primary home when leaving the church. It was straightforward to select up meat on the way in which previous.
All houses had been clustered within the middle of city, their barns and subject stretching out behind, as you possibly can see on this 1832 Beutelsbach map. Vineyards, tended by the residents, had been positioned on the hillsides.
Sadly, in 1832, Marktpfalz 8 now not existed, except the numbering has shifted. The area is vacant on the map, so has apparently been rebuilt. It seems that the neighboring property, Marktpfalz 10, stays the identical with a recognizable footprint.
Nevertheless, it’s most likely not the advertising and retail alternative that made this location so fascinating to Hans.
If Beutelsbach was to be attacked or burn once more, all Hans and Barbara wanted to do was seize their youngsters and actually run exterior their entrance door and up the steps to be contained in the wall.
Nobody was nearer to security. We don’t know what number of occasions they sheltered within the security of the church, however we are able to say with certainty that they did throughout the first dozen years of their marriage because the struggle continued, day in and day trip, swirling round them.
No marvel Hans and his bride arrange housekeeping in Beutelsbach. Alternative amongst chaos.
When the 30 Years’ Struggle lastly led to 1648, Hans was 39 or 40 years outdated. He would have seen actually generations of troopers marching by means of each Endersbach and Beutelsbach, up and down the roads, pillaging as they went. It didn’t matter which “aspect” the troopers represented; nobody was protected. Concern and working for security was the one life Hans had ever recognized. The struggle was lastly, lastly, over.
I can solely think about the celebrations all through Germany.
This print from Nuremberg exhibits a fireworks show celebrating the top of the struggle.
Martin Goll, a historian, and descendant who lives in Beutelsbach in the present day, tells us that by the point Hans died, on April 18, 1684, he was a rich man, at the very least in comparison with different Beutelsbach residents.
Hans Sang or Sing had defied the percentages. He lived by means of a brutal struggle that lasted three a long time and took two-thirds of the individuals dwelling on this a part of Germany. He managed to not damage himself badly sufficient as a butcher to perish of an infection, didn’t starve to loss of life, evaded or survived the plague, dysentery, and typhoid, nicely, proper up till he didn’t.
In opposition to unimaginable odds, Hans lived to be 70 years outdated – after which, after which – he died from the Plague. He wasn’t alone. Eleven days earlier, his spouse, Barbara, died as nicely.
Paradoxically, this may be the Plague’s last stand in most of Europe for a few years earlier than it will rear its ugly head once more.
I’d wager that many individuals in Beutelsbach died within the days and weeks surrounding Hans and Barbara’s deaths. Many extra had been most likely fairly in poor health, however recovered.
Did the minister survive? In that case, was he nicely sufficient to carry out funerals? Had been the useless buried, then the funerals following at a later time?
Had been Hans and Barbara’s funerals mixed?
I’d love to listen to what the minister needed to say at Hans’s funeral earlier than he was buried within the churchyard, contained in the wall, just some ft from his modest house that he shared with Barbara for almost half a century. Absolutely, they had been buried aspect by aspect, Hans becoming a member of Barbara just a few days after she departed this life.
These early graves aren’t marked within the churchyard in the present day. We merely know that they’re there, silent sentries to ensuing generations.
However wait, that’s not the top of Hans’ story – there’s extra. There’s something else that will cement Hans Sing’s place in historical past – simply not in his lifetime. Hans by no means knew about this, as a result of it hadn’t occurred but.
Hans Sing is the ancestor of a United States President. And sure, that implies that President is my cousin.
I’ll let you know “the remainder of the story” after I write about his spouse, Barbara Eckhardt.
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