The family is one of the Hessel Lutheran families of the place Kreuznach. The investigation into the church records show the following facts on:
for the first time the name appears in Hessel 1689, with the person being baptized Johann Christoph Hessel, son of the hoof- armourer and Johann Philipp Hessel. In 1692 is the death of a six-year-old daughter reported. 1696 Ottilia Anna is the daughter of Johann Philipp listed as a confirmed girl.
Johann Christoph, the true patriarch of all living Hessel is regarded as the progenitor. He was 1725 born, learned the art of baking and brewing, and later became an innkeeper in “Güldne eagle”. Christopher died 1803. He is described as a humble and honorable man from his second wife, a mayor's daughter from Worms. The first wife, Magdalena Bieber was the mother of his 9 Children, three of whom died young.
The progeny of the other six (Maria Theresia, Philip, Rosine, John, James and Bartholomew) is so numerous, that were created in this chronicle of six particular tables. The above-mentioned Philip was also a brewer and landlord. John learned the mercantile community and went to Frankfurt. James was an innkeeper in “German House” near the egg market.
Hessel, Henry Charles Daniel Bartholomew: The chronicle of the family of Hessel from Kreuznach 1686-1886, a manuscript printed Bonn 1886