Ludwig Kolb was the 4th great-grandfather of Florence Mosier. His parents are unknown. He was born about 1694. His birthplace is assumed to be Germany, but may have been Alsace-Lorraine. Ludwig was probably part of the German immigration to America, or “Great Migration”, that began in 1717. It is probable that he is the Johann Ludwig Kolb included on the passenger list of the ship St. Andrew Galley that arrived in Philadelphia on September 26, 1737 from Rotterdam by way of Cowes, England. The passenger list for this ship does not include the names of wives and children who accompanied heads of households. However, the record of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA includes the following baptism on February 2, 1747: “Johann Ludwig, sohn des Johan Ludwig Kolbe und Eva Elizabeth, seine frau.” The child’s birth date is given as December 24, 1736. This would indicate that Ludwig was accompanied by his wife Eva [surname unknown] and his infant son on his journey to America.
Ludwig and Eva settled in Germantown and later moved to Barren Hill, Montgomery Co., PA. They had at least nine children: John Ludwig, Philipp, Leonard (b. 1742), Catherine, Eve, Margaret, Andrew, Conrad, and Kate. All of Ludwig’s children except Andrew and Conrad are named in his will filed in Philadelphia on March 9, 1774 and proved on July 27, 1782. His will names his wife and son Leonard as executors.
Ludwig was buried on June 2, 1782 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown. His age at time of death was 88 years and 4 months, placing his birth in February 1694. The entry in St. Michael’s burial record indicates that Ludwig resided in Barren Hill at the time of this death. Eva died at the age of 88, and was buried on December 26, 1798 at St. Michael’s.
Ludwig may be a brother or other relation of Leonhart Kolb (Coale) arriving in Philadelphia on the ship Joyce with wife Anna on November 30, 1730.
A group of Kolb brothers (Martin, Jacob, Henry and Johannes) arrived in Philadelphia from the Palatinate in 1709 and settled at Germantown, followed by their brother Dielman Kolb in 1717. These Kolbs were the sons of Dielman Kolb, born about 1648 in Wolfsheim, Baden, Germany and died in 1712 or 1713 in Manheim. An extensive family history has been published about this group of Kolbs, and no mention of Johan Ludwig Kolb can be found in that source.
- Kolb Arrivals in Pennsylvania 1707-1828
- The Great Migration 1717-1754: The Ocean Crossing and Arrival in Philadelphia
- The Palatine Project
- German Genealogy: History of the Rhineland-Palatinate
- German Immigration & Emigration
- Germantown Historical Society
- Montgomery County Historical Society
- Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Germany/Deutschland
- Genforum Kolb Family Genealogy Forum
- Genforum Culp Family Genealogy Forum