German Immigrant Ancestors
in Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York

GILCHERS from Hachenbach [today called Glanbrücken] to Syracuse

(Soundex code: G426)

The Excel graphic chart below appears courtesy of Friedrich H. Hüttenberger, with permission.
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Glanbrücken area map
[today called Glanbrücken]
49N Latitude, 7E Longitude
E of Kusel, SW of Lauterecken,
NW of Kaiserslautern
in Rheinland-Pfalz (Kreis Kusel)
Postal zip code: 66887
Altitude: 237m / 777 feet
Today's population: 534

Glanbrücken online:

Meinestadt Glanbruecken:

Map at left is from and is used with permission.

Historical information below, translated by me, is from Glanbrücken online:

The name of Hachenbach was first noted in written records in the year 1150, but the place probably existed at least 100 years before that. Hachenbach emerged, along with many other villages, from the clearing of the Winterhauch Forest (confirmed by documentation from the year 1192), an area north of the Glan River between Baumholder and Idar-Oberstein. Starting in the 16th or 17th century Hachenbach became known as an area of vineyards.

In 1654 the plague raged through Hachenbach, and many victims fell to it. In 1802 the community numbered 119 inhabitants. In August of 1815 Russian troops were quartered in Hachenbach, as allies of the Prussians after driving the French from the area, and the enforced necessity for the locals to provide the soldiers with oats, hay, flour, and meat was a heavy burden.

Until 1800 not much is known about the local educational system. Children were usually taught by the minister during the winter months. In 1831 master bricklayer Peter Mueller of Hachenbach built the first real school building in the community. The Glantalbahn (railway along the Glan River) was built in 1902-03, with a station serving Niedereisenbach and Hachenbach in place 1908-1910. Today the two towns have combined and are known as Glanbrücken.

The presentation below summarizes information collected and combined by Friedrich F. Hüttenberger (German information) and Michelle Stone (U.S. information). As with all genealogy, it is never complete, and we welcome corrections and new information. The numbering system used here by Herr Hüttenberger begins with the first child [1.] of the original ancestor (Hans Nickel Guelcher) and shows each descending generation added to the right of the decimal, each number segment between decimals denoting the birth order of that person in his family of origin (for example, 1.4.6 would refer to the individual who is the sixth child of a parent who was the fourth child of Hans Nickel Guelcher's oldest child).

To see if there is additional information available on any of these people, try entering the name in the search engine for this website, visit the Onondaga County Genweb Message Board to see if an obituary or other public document has been submitted, and don't forget to try a search on Google.

--Michelle Stone

Hachenbach/Syracuse Gilchers

GILCHER / Hachenbach Line
showing those who went to Syracuse:


laborer in Horschbach
son of Jakob Gilcher and Margarethe Cappel of Horschbach
born 15 September 1790 at Horschbach
confirmed in 1804 in Horschbach
died 7 February 1869 in Hachenbach

daughter of Jacob Köhl (Koehl) from Oberalben
and Elisabeth Reusch of Hachenbach
born 19 June 1801 in Hachenbach
died 1 November 1872 in Hachenbach
who were married 24 September 1818 in Hachenbach

Their seven children (and the descendants of their eldest), showing those who emigrated to Syracuse (in red):

[] - JACOB GILCHER, JR. born 19 November 1819 in Hachenbach, died ?; married 21 Dec. 1843 in Hachenbach to PHILIPPINA HOFFMANN daughter of Johann Hoffmann, b. 30 August 1820 in (Hachenbach?), died ?
Their nine children:

[] -
JACOB GILCHER, butcher, meat-market owner, music-lover, born 28 August 1843 in Hachenbach; served in the Third Bavarian Cavalry, Regiment "Königin Mutter," of the Third Army Corps during the Franco-Prussian War; emigrated 1871; naturalized 22 October 1877; died 11 April 1906 in Syracuse, New York. Married first: (in Hachenbach?) MAGDALENE GRILL (born ?; died ?)
They had one son:

[] - LUDWIG GILCHER, farmer, born ?; died ? raised by his mother's family in Hachenbach after her death, he remained in Germany
Second marriage in 1875 to KATHERINE LOOS (born 24 March 1851 (in Hesse-Darmstadt?); immigrated c. 1869-1872; died 4 January 1952 in Lexington, Kentucky). They lived and worked in the Gilcher Block/Gilcher Hall building built circa 1886 at the corner of Butternut and Lodi Streets on Syracuse's predominantly Germany "North Side" (1324 Lodi Street; 602 - 604 Butternut Street, etc.)
Their four children:

[] - unknown GILCHER, birth order and sex unknown, birthdate and place unknown; died before 1897

[] - JULIUS W. GILCHER, butcher, meat-market proprietor (Gilcher & Co., Syracuse), born 15 October 1877 in Syracuse, NY;
died 26 August 1962 in Setaucket, Long Island, New York; married c. 1909 HARRIET M. (BAUER?) (born 13 August 1888 in Liverpool, NY; died 8 March 1946 in Syracuse, NY
Their daughter:

[] - ERNA GILCHER, born 10 September 1913 in (Syracuse?) NY;
died 18 October 1999 (Boynton Beach, Florida?); married ROGER MACARTHUR (born 13 January 1913; died December 1984)
[] - LOUISE A. GILCHER, born October 1881 in (Syracuse?) New York; died ? married ROBERT WILLIAM DISQUE c. 1905; living in Lexington, Kentucky in 1952
Their daughter:

[] - CHARLOTTE DISQUE, born 11 August 1909 in Syracuse, NY; died 2 September 2001 in Colebrook, New Hampshire; married --- HENDERSON
[] - MATHILDE / MATILDA GILCHER, born May 1889 in (Syracuse?) New York; died ? married before 11 April 1906 DANIEL J. JONES; living in Lexington, Kentucky in 1952

[] - CAROLINA PHILIPPINA GILCHER, born 29 November 1845 in Hachenbach; died (between 1906 and 1935?); married on 29 February 1872 in Hachenbach KARL THRONECKER (born 26 June 1846 in Hachenbach)

[] - ELISABETH GILCHER, born 6 April 1849 in Hachenbach, died after 1935 (in Syracuse?); immigrated to Syracuse before April 1906; married CARL SCHNEIDER

[] - unknown GILCHER, born circa 1851 (in Hachenbach?), died between 1906-1933 (in Syracuse?); immigrated to Syracuse before April 1906; married A. OSCAR ZISCHANG, who was Shooting Master of the Syracuse German Rifle Association, 1886-1892, while his brother-in-law Jacob Gilcher was President and his brother-in-law Julius Gilcher was Captain. Zischang was also Captain of the Syracuse Sportsmen's Club 1894-1898, along with his brothers-in-law Jacob (organizer and President) and Adolph (treasurer)

[] - CARL GILCHER, born 1 August 1854 in Hachenbach, died after July 1935 (when he was living "in Germany")

[] - unknown GILCHER, born circa 1856 (in Hachenbach?), died between 1906-1935 (in Germany?); married JACOB KELLER ("Mrs. Jacob Keller" in "Germany", 1906)

[] - PETER GILCHER, wagon-maker, bridge-tender, carpenter; born 26 July 1858 in Hachenbach; immigrated between 1878-1881; naturalized before 1900; lived at 210 and 206 South Alvord Street; died 8 April 1933 in Syracuse, NY. Married first: on 11 October 1882 in St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Syracuse, New York ANNA KATHARINA WEINERT / WEINERTH (born 25 November 1853 in Gundersblum [Germany] daughter of Philipp Weinert and Jacobine Drenhäusser, died 23 October 1897 in Syracuse, NY)
Their four children:

[] - OTTO J. GILCHER, meat-cutter(?), born November 1884 in (Syracuse?) New York; died ?; married ANNA L. --?--

[] - ARTHUR A. GILCHER, bookbinder, book publisher (Erhard & Gilcher, 218 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse); born February 1886 in Syracuse, NY; died 19 January 1960 in Syracuse, NY; lived at 738 Renwick Ave.; married BESSIE --
Their daughter:

[] - CORA ETHEL (or F.) GILCHER, born 21 November 1914 (in Syracuse, NY?);
died (16 January 2000 in San Bernadino County, California?); married --- COYNE; living in Geneva, Ontario County, NY in 1960

[] - ANNA GILCHER, born 12 October 1889; died 7 August 1890 in Syracuse, NY

[] - EDITH A. GILCHER, stenographer, born 7 November 1894 in (Syracuse?) New York; died (April 1977 in Syracuse, NY?); married between 1927-1933 FRED SCHULTZ

PETER GILCHER married second: before April 1898 (in Syracuse, NY?) EMMA E. --- (maker or dealer of confectionery, born January 1864 in Syracuse, NY of German parents; died 26 October 1922)
Their four children:

[] - ALMA LYDIA GILCHER, "social worker," born 24 February 1899 in (Syracuse?) NY;
lived in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California; died (unmarried?) (March 1987 in Folsom, Sacramento County, California?)

[] - HERBERT T. GILCHER, automobile mechanic, born 7 August 1900 in Syracuse, NY; lived at 210 South Alvord Street; died 11 April 1969 (in Syracuse, NY); married MAY HODES (born 24 May 1906 in Syracuse, NY; died 3 April 1987 in Syracuse, NY; last residence 210 S. Alvord St.)
They had one daughter [still living]

[] - FLORENCE S. GILCHER, stenographer, born c. 1903 in (Syracuse?), NY; died before 1947 (in Syracuse, NY?); married before 1926 LESTER LEROY WALTERS
Their daughter:

[] - FERN WALTERS, born (between 1926-1933 in Syracuse, NY?)

[] - EMMA J. GILCHER, born circa 1908 in (Syracuse?) New York; died (before 1960?); married between 1934-1947 --- GRILL (a cousin?);
living in Denver, Colorado in 1947

[] - JULIUS GILCHER, blacksmith, born 17 January 1861 in Hachenbach; immigrated 1884; naturalized 1889; died 27 July 1935 in Syracuse, NY; married circa 1896 ELISABETH HOFFMAN (a cousin?) born 23(?) December 1872 or 1873 in Nassau (Dtl?), Germany, immigrated 1893, died 2 October 1954); they lived at 700 Butternut Street, Syracuse, next to adjacent blacksmith shop
Their three sons:

[] - WILLIAM F. GILCHER, machinist, auto mechanic, born 23 December 1896 or 1898 in (Syracuse?) New York; died 2 June 1960 (in Syracuse, NY?)

[] - ERNEST E. (EMIL?) GILCHER, blacksmith, auto mechanic, machinist, born 23 June 1898 in Syracuse, NY; died 13 May 1960 in Syracuse, New York. Veteran of World War II.

[] - CARL H. GILCHER, auto mechanic, born 22 May 1901 in Syracuse, NY; died 26 September 1955; married before 1927 AUDREY B. WEIL (born 12 February 1901 in Syracuse, NY; died 23 November 1988 in Syracuse, NY); lived at 121 Mayar Street, Syracuse
They had one son:

[] - DONALD C. GILCHER, Army veteran, maintenance worker, artist, born 1928 or 1929 in Syracuse, New York; died 22 May 2004 in Syracuse, NY.

[] - ADOLPH O. GILCHER, meatcutter (Schmitt & Gilcher; Litty, Gilcher & Lang; Gilcher & Co. meat markets); born 15 June 1863 in Hachenbach; immigrated c. 1880-1881; naturalized 8 February 1886; died 13 March 1946 in Syracuse, NY; married circa 1896 LOUISE H. THOMASMEYER (born 2 October 1872 in New York of German parents; died 29 May 1950 (in Syracuse, NY?)); lived on (at different times, 129, 131, 183) Durston Avenue, Syracuse
Their four children:

[] - MARION E. GILCHER, bookkeeper at her father's meat market; secretary; born 7 July 1896 in Syracuse, NY; died 6 January 1982 (in Syracuse, NY?); last residence 181 Durston Avenue.

[] - unnamed infant GILCHER, stillbirth 25 July 1897, in Syracuse, NY

[] - KATHLYN A. GILCHER, born February 1899 in (Syracuse?) New York; died ?;
was living in Detroit, Michigan circa 1921

[] - MARGARET W. GILCHER, born circa 1903 in (Syracuse?) New York; died ?; married WILLIAM V. REDDY circa 1935; was living in Detroit, Michigan in 1926

[] - ELISABETH MARIA GILCHER born 26 October 1821 in Hachenbach, died ?; married 9 December 1847 in Hachenbach to HEINRICH SCHENKENBERGER (schoolteacher, son of Heinrich Schekenberger; born 20 September 1822 in Dessloch)

[] - KAROLINA GILCHER born 16 August 1824 in Hachenbach; died 11 April 1871 in Koerborn; married 19 February 1852 in Koerborn to CHRISTIAN GILCHER (son of Jacob Gilcher and Eva Schultheiss; born 27 December 1814 in Koerborn)

[] - KARL GILCHER born 28 January 1827 in Hachenbach; died 25 February 1827 in Hachenbach

[] - KATHARINA GILCHER born 28 April 1828 in Hachenbach; died ?

[] - KARL GILCHER born 22 April 1832 in Hachenbach; was living in St. Julian (Germany) in 1893; died ?

[] - PETER GILCHER born 2 October 1834 in Hachenbach; was living in Niedereisenbach (Germany) in 1893; died ?

Updated by Michelle Stone 7 October 2004

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