, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The most important of these branches was that seated at Grabenstadt who were raised to the rank of cavaliers in 1579.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anna Katharina Sophia Hart, a Mennonite German who arrived in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1848; Adalbert Hardt, who arrived in New York from Bremen, Germany