The LDS Church filmed the Evangelical Reformed Church registers of Solingen Germany. For the period around 1700, according to the Julian calendar, there are references to many Engels including their baptisms, marriages, and deaths and in particular, the christening of several Peter and Clemens Engels. They contain the following record of our most distant ancestor as beautifully documented on the web site of Henri Engels of Strasbourg, Alsace, France who is descended from Clemens s/o Caspar Engels II. Cousin Henri has also accessed many of the original church records in Germany and France.
The Solingen Reformed Church records list the marriage of a Caspar Engels to a Anna Kuhn on the 25 of September 1689. The church also lists the death of a Caspar Engels of Theegarten Solingen Westphalie on the 5 of October 1726 at the age of 80 years. This suggests he was born in about 1646 near the end of the 30 Years War. The Wupper River valley had seen many battles during the War and Imperial troops were occupying the Castle Berg when Caspar I was born. It is possible he was born in the castle as its generous grounds had rooms for about 500 residents.
Caspar Engels (I) abt 5 Oct 1646, d. 5 Oct 1726
(1) m. Margarethe Von Breckerfeld abt 1669
(2) m. Anna Kuhn in 25 Sep 1689 - one child, Johannes b. 2 Mar 1691
(3) m. Anna Herbertz on 21 Jun 1716 - no children
Caspar Engels II m. Catherina Evertz on 9 Oct 1707
Around 1730, Caspar II immigrated to Klingenthal France at the behest of the King Louis XV who desired to use his steel blade skills for the king's Army along with a dozen other artisans from Solingen. He brought his entire family and the sons assisted their Father in setting up the shops for manufacture of steel blades such as bayonets.
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