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The Birthplace of George Adam Kellenberger / Killenberger.
From the Goshenhoppen Register:

KILLENBERGER, George Adam, adult [born before 1748], admitted this day, 1 June 1766, to the sacraments (of penance and eucharist) born in Creutz-Steniach, in the Upper Palatinate, of a Catholic mother and a Calvinist father, instructed in Lutheranism by his step-father, but never professed this heresy, emigrated with his parents to Halifax seventeen years ago [c.1749], came to Pennsylvania last year [1765], and is now staying in Falkner's Swamp. 

I believe that I have found this city "Creutz-Steinach"; in the Lower Palatinate, not the Upper - in a city today called Heiligkreutzsteinach. 

For decades, the search for Creutz-Steinach in the Upper Palatinate went unsatisfied; The word Steinach is contained in dozens of cities across Germany and appears to mean "stone". Those knowledgable of old German tell me Creutz is a variation of Kreuz; meaning "Cross". In the Upper Palatinate, no cities have been found containing both words.

The more time I spent learning about the Palatinates and German immigration around 1750 (see list below), the more reasons there were to focus the search on the Lower Palatinate:

1) "The Palatinate" (Pfalz or Kurpfalz) is frequently referred to in Genealogy and nearly always means the Lower Palatinate (Rhine Palatinate).
2) "Upper Palatinate" is rarely referred to as a location in and of itself. Cities in this area are usually referred to as Bavaria.
3) the Lower Palatinate (or Rhine Palatinate) was where the influx of Germans came from between 1748 and 1752...Lunenberg, Nova Scotia being one of the main landing points.
4) The Rhine Palatinate was by far the source of the largest group of German immigrants in America at the time of George Adam Kellenberger.
5) Bavarian Germans were rare in America at this time.

In all of Germany, just one city is found with both Kreuz and Steinach in the name: the city of Heiligkreuzsteinach; currently in Baden-Wurttemberg but prior to 1803 a part of the Rhine Pfalz (the Lower Palatinate).

And in this city is where I found the death of Adam Kellenberger 6 Feb 1746 in the Reformed (Calvinist) Church Records...fitting in perfectly as George Adam's father; as described in the Confirmation Record of the Goshenhoppen Register:

Tag des totes
Date of Death
Verstorbene
1746 pag[ina] 31
Deceased
1746
page 31
Alter
Age
Tag d[es]
Begräbniß
Date of
Funeral/Burial
Texte
Text
6ter
Feb
6th of
Feb
Adam Kellenberger Bürgl[icher] Einwohner
u. Schneider Meister zu HXSteinach
Adam Kellenberger, civil inhabitant
and master tailor of Heiligkreuzsteinach
29 Jahr
7 Tag
29 Years
7 Days
[Born 30 Jan 1717]

d. 8 (or 9)ten
dito
8th (or 9th)
[this place]

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And the added bonus: Another Kellenbarger is found in the records of the same Church...quite possibly George Adam Kellenberger's Grandfather:

22te ditto [Feb]
22nd Feb [1740]
Joh. Georg Kellenberger, Burger und Einwohner, Schneidermeister.
Johann George Kellenberger, Burger and citizen, master tailor of this place.
58 jahre, 10 Wochen, 1 Tag
58 Years, 10 months, 1 day [Born 21 Apr 1681]

23te
dito [Feb]
23rd Feb

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For more about these records, and the city of Heiligkreuzsteinach, see my old pages:

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