Coming up, the second week of September, I'm planning on meeting a friend at Acadia National Park in Maine for a week. I thought perhaps I could do a little research on the way, but that's probably not going to happen since, due to other commitments, I can't leave here until the 5th. So maybe, I can spend some time in Pennsylvania afterward.
Anyway, I started looking at those Pennsylvania ancestors, most of whom are "Pennsylvania Dutch" with the odd migrant from Connecticut (Sprague) and several Scotch-Irish (Dunfee & Hazlett) that came in through Maryland.
I made a list of the known ancestors and several "persons of interest" noting where they had lived and when. Then decided to map it out to visually "see" the various locations. I had done something similar back in 2000, but with a map that included all of the eastern states. Comparing this map to the earlier one shows that more ancestors have been found in Pennsylvania, more than I thought.
Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania, is in Dauphin County.
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It's a bit overwhelming when I think about researching in all of these locations! Back in 1986, on-site research was done in Fayette, Westmoreland, Adams, and York counties. And, of course, quite a few records were found on several visits to Salt Lake City last year. Perhaps I should just spend what time I have at the State Archives in Harrisburg?
Research plans for some of the ancestors are in progress - listing what is known about them, the documents that I already have, and what I'd like to find. Of course, the amount of information known varies considerably, dependent mostly upon how much research time has been devoted to them in the past.
Below is the list of locations and ancestors (or persons of interest) in Pennsylvania. Some people are listed in multiple counties. Alexander, Schuder, Sprague and Stoever are in my Dad's lineage. All others are in Mom's lines. Some of them I don't know where they were prior to where I found them. And, of course, there are the ancestors that were "born in Pennsylvania" with locations unknown, such as James Neal, Peter Wise and Conrad Stem... The number in front of the county name refers to the numbers on the map, going from the east side of the state to the west side.
1 - Northampton (part of Bucks until 1752)
- Bayer/Boyer, Adam - Williams Twp (1733-1754)
- Brinker, Andreas & Regula Herter - Lower Saucon (1735-1764)
- Brinker, Ulrich (married Apolonia Bayer/Boyer, d/o of Adam) - Lower Saucon (1735-1785)
- Brinker, Andrew (With wife Barbara Lederman, moved to Westmoreland shortly after marriage in 1785.) Lower Saucon (1760-1785)
- Williams (Willems), Johannes & Margaretha - Whitehall - (1736-????)
- Williams (Willems), Thomas [Daughter Margaret married George Yerion about 1770. Both families to Westmoreland by 1785.] - Whitehall - (1736-1785)
- Yerion (Jerian), Mathias - Lynn - (1732-1761)
- Hoffman, Burckhard [Person of Interest] - Upper Hanover - (1727-1770)
- Hoffman, Michael - Upper Hanover - (mid 1700s)
- Hoffman, Michael - Douglas - (mid 1700s)
- Hoffman, Michael - Alsace - (died 1777)
- Schädler, Dietrich [Person of Interest. Baptism sponsor of Dietrich Hoffman in July 1751.]
- Schedler, Engel [Person of Interest. Did she marry "my" Michael Hoffman? Is she the mother of Dietrich Hoffman?] - (1740s-1780s)
- Alter, Georg Henrich [Person of Interest. Possible father of Susanna Alder/Alter who married Dietrich Hoffman] - (1750s-1780s)
- Daniel/Daniels, Adam - Bethel - (1738-1777)
- Forster, Wilhelm Georg (aka William Foster) md Magdalena Daniel in 1774 - Bethel - (1764-1780s)
- Leatherman (Lederman), Jacob - Tulpehocken - (1740s-1762)
- Leatherman (Lederman), Peter - Tulpehocken - (1740s-1801)
- Leatherman, Barbara, d/o Peter md Andrew Brinker - Tulpehocken - (1785)
- Stoever, John Caspar III - Bethel - (1785-1805 to Ohio)
- Stoever, John Caspar II - Lebanon - (1742-1779)
- Schuder, Nicolaus - Mahonoy & Washington - (1772-????)
- Schuder, Christian & Christina Stoever - Mahonoy & Washington - (1772-1803 to Ohio)
- Forster, Wilhelm Georg (aka William Foster) - Mahonoy - (1780s-1798 to Shenandoah, Virginia then Ohio about 1807)
- Steinweg/Stoneroad, George -Lancaster - (1754-???? married Veronica Danner 1763)
- Danner/Tanner, Veronica - Lancaster - (married George Steinweg 1763)
- Brubaker, Hans Jacob 1st - Martic - (1730-1755)
- Brubaker, Hans Jacob 2nd - Martic - (1730-1802)
- Brubaker, Hans Jacob 3rd - Martic - (about 1760-1817. Married Elizabeth Steinweg about 1788, to Ohio about 1817.)
- Berlin, Jacob & Ann Margaretha Euler - Codorus - (1740s)
- Berlin, Jacob & Ann Margaretha Euler - Berwick - (1750-1790)
- Berlin, Frederick Sr. - Berwick & Hamilton - (1750-1836) - Susan [Wagner ?]
- Berlin, Frederick Jr. - Berwick & Hamilton - (1771-1843) - married Juliana [Dietzler ?]
- [Dietzler ?], Juliana -
- [Wagner ?], Susan -
- Rupert, John, Barbara [baptism of Eva 1787] - Latimore - (????-1787)
- Dunfee, George & Mary - Cumberland - (1790-1800)
- Dunfee, George & Mary - Liberty - (1800-1830)
- Dunfee, James & Sophia (Hazlett) - Liberty - (1800-1830)
- Hazlett, Jonathan & Elizabeth - Liberty - (1810-1830)
- Cow, Henery (aka Henry Coy) - Montgomery - (1790-1804)
- Hoffman, Detrick (2 sons married daughters of Henry Coy) - Montgomery - (1790s-1804)
- Helm, Conrad - Bedford - (1804)
- Helm, Conrad - Londonderry - (1807-1811)
- Stoever, John Caspar III - Milford - (1802-1805 to Ohio)
- Yerion, George - Mount Pleasant - (1773-1804) - wife Margaretha Williams
- Brinker, Andrew & Barbara Lederman - Mount Pleasant - (1785-1805)
- Sisley, Lewis & Margaret Ellis - Washington - (1790-1826)
- Stem, Conrad - Washington - (1820-1840s) - married Indiana Sisley before 1833, to Ohio before 1850. He was born "in Pennsylvania" in 1804.
- Ellis, James - Fallowfield - (1780-1803)
- Ellis, Nathan Fallowfield - (1780-late 1790s to Ohio)
- Sprague, Thomas Sr. - Springfield - (1800-1805) - Came from Connecticut, went to Montgomery County, Ohio.
- Alexander, William - Springfield - (1800-1805 to Ohio) - Married Lucy Sprague.
I hesitated in posting this since it may turn out that I don't get to Pennsylvania for research this year, but thought I'd post it anyway since I spent so much time on it and also in the hopes of hearing from anyone researching these lines or with ties to these people - leave a comment below or send me an email at kinexxions "at" gmail "dot" com.
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Becky Wiseman, "Those Pennsylvania Ancestors," Kinexxions, posted August 29, 2012 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2012/08/those-pennsylvania-ancestors.html : accessed [access date])