According to Lyn Hanlon what we have so far is ;
Mathias Hoelscher (1679 – 1713 ) , born Furstenau, Germany married Cathrina Elizabeth Berteling (1689- ) born Furstenau . (Daughter of Philip Berteling and Margeta Catrina Schmitz ).
Their son, Philipus Holshcer (1717 – 1792), a pastor. Born Furstenau and married at Holtrop in 1747. Pastor at Holtrop 1744 – 1792. He married Cornelia Maria Cohlmeyer (1728 – 1773/79) who died Holtrop. She was born Werne , the daughter of Gerhard Frederick Colmeyer.
Philipus Holscher was a pastor at the Holtrop church for approx 48 years.
Their children:Cornelia Maria Holscher (1766 – 1805), and Anna Henrietta. They also had a son, Lorenz Eberhard b. Holtrop , W. Germany and was a pastor of Juist 1790 – 1806 , also pastor at Westerholt 1806-1807 and retired in 1807.Philip’s other son was Johan Rudolph (1770 – 1860) born in Holtrop and died at Norden. Also a pastor at Holtrop 1792- 1798 and pastor at Norden 1798 – 1860.
Lorenz Eberhard was the grandfather of our Johann Eberhardt Hoelscher .
Above is information re East Frisa, the area that holds the cities of Juist and Norden. ( Juist is one of the islands off the coast of north west Germany ).It is a rural area .
In 1806 East Frisia ( now called Oastfreesland) was annexed by the Napoleonic kingdom of Holland and later became part of the French Empire. After the Napoleonic wars, East Frisia was first occupied by Prussian and Russian soldiers, since 1813. In 1815, Prussia had to cede East Frisia to the kingdom of Hanover, which itself was annexed by Prussia in 1866.( I am of the assumption that the Pastor Hoelschers were all Lutheran as it was the main religion of Hanover).
It was the union of Lorenz Eberhard and Dorothea Christina Elizabeth Jelten that brought forth a son: Jelto Hoelscher (1800- ), born Juist Hanover, Prussia. Pastor at Marienfhafe 1825- 1857. Jelto married Marie Antoinette Taaks . They had a son, Johann Eberhard Hoelscher (1827 – 1877) born Marienhafe, Ostfriesland, Hanover, Prussia.
Mrienhafe is located near Norden in Lower Saxony Germany .
Marienhafeabbruch- st mary’s marienhafe back in the day !
This church was originally built in 1230 and was the largest church b between Bremen and Groningen. In its original configuration, the church had three main buildings and a ( 6 tier) staggered bell tower. The roofs were covered with copper(north) and slate( south). Apparantly this was done so that those on the water could use it to help navigate the shallow rivers at low tide. The rivers led to the harbour.
Johann married Magdaline Wilhelme Charlotte Rau(b 1838) in 1858 at Rocky Waterholes, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Who of course had William Louis Johann Eberhard Hoelscher (1860- 1912), the father of our grandmother, Meta Lillian Hoelscher.