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John/Johannes Endress

John/Johannes Endress
b. 17 October 1802, Rudersburg, Wurtenburg, Germany, to Gottfried and Anna Marie Endress
d. 1859, Freedom, Beaver County, Pennsylvania

m. 1829, Pennsylvania
Rosina Rein
b. 15 July 1805, Butler County, Pennsylvania
d. about 1869, Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Children with Rosina Rein:

  • Louisa married William Schaufelberger
  • Mary married Christian Haller
  • Catharine married Christian Siefried
  • Ludwig
  • John

The Endress and Rein families immigrated to America to join the Harmony Society founded by George Rapp in Germany. A religious Utopian society, holding all property in common, the Society became a busy and successful farming community. The excellent farmland in Indiana drew the Society there for ten years, but in 1825 it returned to Pennsylvania and built a new town at Economy.

John (Johannes) Endress immigrated to Indiana from Harmony, Butler County, Pennsylvania, to New Harmony, Posey County, Indiana, in 1815. In 1825 he moved with members of the society to Economy, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Very carefully controlled, members of the Economy community had almost no contact with the outside world. As regulations tightened, marriage was banned and celibacy was enforced, causing many young people to withdraw from the society. John (Johannes) Endress, his wife, and his mother-in-law Eva Rosina (Lambert) Rein were among them.

Submitted by:
Nancy B. Fratt
Westfield NJ