Records suggest the Windsheffel family left their native Germany and settled in London around 1760.
Christian Windsheffel, a Cabinet Maker, born in 1739, was raised in Stargaard in the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in northern Germany. In 1761, Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, later Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, came to England with her retinue. It is believed that Christian came to England, either as part of her retinue or in the hope that his skills would be called upon by her or the numerous Germans that travelled with her.
Shortly after the family’s arrival, Christian’s wife Mary gave birth to a son in 1768 who they called Christian also.
There being no other C Windsheffels in the United Kingdom in 1814, our second Worshipful Master must have been either father or son. Since the father would have been 75 years old in 1814 it is highly probable that his son was the C Windsheffel referred to in masonic records. He would have been 46 years old at the time of his investiture.
Christian Windsheffel (1739) died in 1823 and his son in 1832. Throughout their lives in England they lived in the parish of St. George in the East, in the East End of London.