Henry William Stiegel

Henry William Stiegel
Born Heinrich Wilhelm Stiegel
(1729-05-13)May 13, 1729
Died January 10, 1785(1785-01-10) (aged 55)
Pennsylvania, USA
Other names 'Baron' Stiegel
Citizenship Germany
United States
Occupation Glassmaker, Ironmaster
Years active 1752 - 1774
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Huber
Elizabeth Holtz

Henry William Stiegel (May 13, 1729 in Cologne, Germany January 10, 1785 in Pennsylvania, USA) was a German-American glassmaker and ironmaster.

Stiegel was the eldest of six children born to John Frederick and Dorothea Elizabeth Stiegel in the Free Imperial City of Cologne.[1] He immigrated to British North America in 1750 with his mother and younger brother, Anthony (his father and other siblings had died). The Stiegels sailed on a ship known as the Nancy, and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1750.[1]

After arriving, Stiegel took a job in Philadelphia with Charles and Alexander Stedman, most likely as a clerk or bookkeeper. In 1752, Stiegel moved to what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to work with Jacob Huber, an ironworker. He married Huber's daughter, eighteen-year-old Elizabeth, the same year. The couple had two daughters, Barbara (born 1756) and Elizabeth (born 1758). Elizabeth Huber Stiegel died on February 13, 1758, only ten days after giving birth to their second daughter. Stiegel married his second wife, Elizabeth Holtz, within a year. They had a son named Jacob.[1]

When Jacob Huber died in 1758, Stiegel and several business partners from Philadelphia assumed ownership of Huber's foundry and renamed it Elizabeth Furnace (in honor of his wife). Stiegel later purchased a forge in Berks County called the Tulpehocken Eisenhammer. He called the place Charming Forge, another iron forge near Lancaster.[2]

An active lay Lutheran and associate of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, he donated the land on which the Lutheran church in Manheim, Pennsylvania is now built. Stiegel was also a founding member of the German Society of Pennsylvania, formed in 1764 to aid newly arrived German immigrants.[3] He led the fundraising efforts to secure the plot of land on which the Society's first building was eventually erected.[4] Stiegel reportedly died in poverty.[5]


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  2. Wilson, Kenneth M (1995). American Glass, 1760-1930. Hudson Hills Press. p. 57.
  3. Seidentsticker, O., & Heinrici, M. (1917). Geschichte der Deutschen Gesellschaft von Pennsylvanien, 1764-1917. Philadelphia, Pa.: Neudruck von Graf & Breuninger, p. 577-578, "Stiegel, H. W." [biographical sketch]. In German.
  4. Seidensticker & Heinrici (1917), p. 71. In German.
  5. "Exploring the quaint towns and villages of Lancaster County". Observer-Reporter. Jun 5, 1988. pp. F8. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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