Mercydorf
in Banat, founded in 1734 & remained a German Banat village until 1988

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Herz, Wilhelm, Jung, Worth, Dunley, Friedl  
Families of Mercydorf

of Susan Thomas

Variant Spellings: Herr, Hertz, Herzl, Her, Hurz & Hirz

Family Story Ancestors of Leonard Louis Herz Family Photos

Family Story

The earliest records found to date, in Mercydorf, of my Grandfathers surname Herz, are the baptismal record of Anna Maria Hirz. She was born on September 4, 1757. Her parents were Petrus Hirz and Jus Dunley. I hope someday to make a connection with this first Hirz family, and my great great grandfather Peter Herzl, born in Mercydorf, around 1845.
 
Peter Herzl had at least two sons, Peter born in 1875, and Johann, my great grandfather, born on July 18, 1870. Peter married a girl named Maria, and Johann married Eva Wilhelm. Eva was born on December 5th, 1876. Her parents were Peter Wilhelm and Anna Jung. Peter’s father was also Peter Wilhelm.
 
John Herz and his wife Eva had two children. Their first child, Lenard Herz, was born in Mercydorf, on November 30th, 1899. His sister Anna was born there in 1903. Lenard’s name was changed to Leonard, and his middle name Louis, was added later. We presume this change was made after they came to the states.
 
In the early 20th century, the United States was looking for workers. My family must have determined that this country would give them opportunities they did not have in Hungary, opportunities that would make life better for our family.
 
On May 8, 1903, Peter Herz, 28, arrived in NY on the ship Graf Waldersee. Two months later, on July 18, 1903 his wife Maria, 25, arrived in NY on the ship Bulgaria and joined him. On December 30, 1904, Johann, 34, arrived in NY on the ship Main, to join his brother. I can only imagine how heart wrenching it was for them to leave their family and friends, knowing they would never see them or even talk to them again. Their parents probably never got over the loss that they must have felt when their children left home for good.  It would have been especially difficult for Johann to leave his wife and children. He did not know how long it would be before he would see them again.
 
After two years of separation, Johann had saved enough money to send for Eva. She said good bye to here little ones, and her family, and left on the ship Slavonia. She arrived in NY on November 30, 1906. Johann’s and Eva’s reunion was bitter sweet. They were together again, but still separated from their children.  I’m sure there were many tears shed in those days. At last it was time for Leonard and Anna to be reunited with their parents. They came with Eva’s brother Joseph, and his wife Ilona, along with their 3-year-old son Jani. Leonard and Anna were listed on the ships manifest as having the last name of their uncle Joseph Wilhelm. Leonard was 10, though he is listed as being 9, and Anna was 7. The ships manifest said that Joseph paid for his and his wife’s tickets, and John Herz paid for the children’s tickets. With $35.00 in their possession they set sail from Bremen on the ship called Main. Eight days late they arrived at Ellis Island. It was June 16, 1910. Finally the family was reunited.  
 
John and Eva lived In College Point NY. John worked on the railroad making $14.00 a week. Leonard went to school through the 5th grade. He had also gone through the 5th grade in Hungary. Even though he did not have much in the way of a formal education, he learned to both speak and write in English, as well as already being able to speak German and Hungarian. As a young man he liked to perform magic tricks for his family, and on stage.  On July 19, 1919, Leonard married Hazel Louise Miller, born October 12, 1903. Leonard worked at the Rubber Mill in College Point. After it burned down, Leonard and Hazel moved to Butler NJ. They had six daughters, and 10 grandchildren.
 
Anna married Martin Freidl. Anna worked at the Rubber factory, and Martin was an iron worker. They had two children Elizabeth, and Martin. The Freidl family continues to live in College Point.  
 
There is no doubt that life for our family from Mercydorf was never easy. I hope they realized that because of their bravery and sacrifice their descendant’s lives are inconceivably better than they would have been.
 

Susan Thomas

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Ancestors of Leonard Louis Herz

Generation No. 1

1. Leonard Louis Herz, born November 30, 1899 in Mercydorf, Hungary; died May 31, 1967 in Butler, Morris, NJ. He was the son of 2. Johann Herzl and 3. Eva Wilhelm. He married (1) Hazel Louise Miller July 19, 1919 in Garwood NJ Methodist Episcopal Parsonage. She was born October 20, 1903, and died March 10, 1945 in Butler, Morris, NJ. She was the daughter of Federick J. Miller and Helen J. Nunn.

More About Leonard Louis Herz:
Census: 1920, Cranford Twp. ED#59, Union Co., pg 8 no. 116
Immigration: 1910
Mortage: March 26, 1943, paid in full $1,500
Occupation: 1920, Machinist in at Factory
Social Security Number: 137-07-8427
Wedding: July 19, 1919, Thursday

Generation No. 2

2. Johann Herzl, born July 18, 1870 in Mercydorf, Hungary; died August 1938 in Butler Morris, NJ. He was the son of 4. Peter Herzl and 5. Margaret Worth. He married 3. Eva Wilhelm February 13, 1896 in Mercydorf, Timis, Hungary.

3. Eva Wilhelm, born December 05, 1872 in Mercydorf, Hungary; died October 05, 1956 in Butler Morris, NJ. She was the daughter of 6. Peter Wilhelm and 7. Anna Jung.

More About Johann Herzl:
Medical Information: blue eyes, light brown hair
Naturalization: June 28, 1947

More About Eva Wilhelm:
Immigration: November 30, 1906, Arrived on ship Slavonia

Children of Johann Herzl and Eva Wilhelm are:
1 i. Leonard Louis Herz, born November 30, 1899 in Mercydorf, Hungary; died May 31, 1967 in Butler, Morris, NJ; married Hazel Louise Miller July 19, 1919 in Garwood NJ Methodist Episcopal Parsonage.
ii. Anna Herz

Generation No. 3

4. Peter Herzl, born Abt. 1845 in Mercydorf, Hungary. He married 5. Margaret Worth.

5. Margaret Worth, born Abt. 1845 in Mercydorf, Hungary. She was the daughter of 10. Franz Worth.

Child of Peter Herzl and Margaret Worth is:
2 i. Johann Herzl, born July 18, 1870 in Mercydorf, Hungary; died August 1938 in Butler Morris, NJ; married Eva Wilhelm February 13, 1896 in Mercydorf, Timis, Hungary.

6. Peter Wilhelm, born in Mercydorf, Hungary. He was the son of 12. Peter Wilhelm. He married 7. Anna Jung.

7. Anna Jung, born in Mercydorf, Hungary.

Children of Peter Wilhelm and Anna Jung are:
3 i. Eva Wilhelm, born December 05, 1872 in Mercydorf, Hungary; died October 05, 1956 in Butler Morris, NJ; married Johann Herzl February 13, 1896 in Mercydorf, Timis, Hungary.
ii. Joseph Wilhelm, born 1879; married Ilona.

More About Joseph Wilhelm:
Immigration: June 16, 1910, Arrived on the ship Main

iii. Rozina Wilhelm, born 1891.

More About Rozina Wilhelm:
Immigration: August 28, 1907, Arrived on ship Slovonia

Generation No. 4

10. Franz Worth

Child of Franz Worth is:
5 i. Margaret Worth, born Abt. 1845 in Mercydorf, Hungary; married Peter Herzl.


12. Peter Wilhelm

Child of Peter Wilhelm is:
6 i. Peter Wilhelm, born in Mercydorf, Hungary; married Anna Jung.

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My Family photos

Leonard Herz, left with sister-in-law Grace who is about to be sawed in half. Taken around 1921.

Hazel and Leonard with grandchildren. Taken around 1941.

Peter Wilhelm, my GGreat grandfather, with my grandfather Leonard Herz, & his sister Anna in 1908.

Peter was taking care of the children, while their parents set up their new home in College Point, NY.

Eva Wilhelm Herz, my great grandmother, b 05 Dec 1872, Mercydorf. Arrived in NY 30 Nov 1906, ship Slovonia. Eva died the day I was born 5 Oct 1956.

Eva Herz's passport

 


drawing by Susan

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