visiting the Forks of the Delaware
I've just returned from a whirlwind research trip to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I visited courthouses in Newton and Belvidere in New Jersey, and Easton and Doylestown in Pennsylvania, the research libraries of the Northampton Historical Society, Easton Public Library, the Lutheran Archives, and the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. I met up with my discovered cousin in Oxford who gave me a wonderful driving tour of the area, and I believe I might have found the graves of the family of George Summers, Jr. at Upper Dublin Lutheran Cemetery in Bucks County, PA. All this ground covered in three and half days. Whew.
The great news is that the trip was quite productive. I can't say there was any earth-shattering new discovery, but there was lots to find since we had just unraveled the Knofts mystery shortly before I left on this trip. I finally knew what name to look for: Grotz or Krotz or Cruts and a few other variations. And since I had a limited amount of time, the best I could do was make copies of everything and wait to actually read it and study when I got home! There has been a mountain of information to wade through, but I am NOT complaining. It's fun to learn about this new family line.
So watch my blog - I'm sure there will be some new postings that stem from the goodies found on this trip!
top burning questions
Well, with the Knofts question solved, I almost don't know what questions remain! OK - I don't really mean that, but it's nice to bask for a little while in satisfaction of having solved at least one long-standing question. But what other curiosities are out there?
- Who was Anna Barbara, wife of John George Sommer? We feel pretty sure we have identified that she was NOT born a LONGSTREET and that she married in Germany and had children before arriving in America. But we still don't know what happened to her after George died. Did she remarry (maybe to a Longstreet)? Did she live with one of her children? Did she return to Germany? It sure would be nice to know her story.
- The quest to know what became of all the known children of our original known immigrants Ernst and Maria Magdalena is improving, but a number of questions still remain, most notably pertaining to John and Peter Mann.
- The next generation of Menge's also presents questions. Even though all the children of Earnest and Catharina Man were born in New Jersey, we have located only one baptism. And since this Earnest was a trustee of a Presbyterian church, we have to wonder if the church records we wish we could find might be in a Presbyterian church rather than a Lutheran one. It would be great to find more info, but it becomes more clear all the time that research in early New Jersey is difficult at best because many of the old records, it seems, are gone.
- And finally, the new branch of the Grotz family presents more than a few questions. In particular, was Andrew Crutz the younger a son of Andrew Crutz, Sr.? And then there's the matter of Mary Krotz who married Abram Fangboner. I have not been able to locate any record of her in Easton as I did for the other Krotz girls. So I have the thought that maybe this Mary was actually the widow of a Krotz when she married Abram. Hmmmm. Always more questions.