Some questions hang around longer than others, right? And forgetting them certainly doesn't solve them. So this is my list of questions where I have done some amount of research, but have not found enough supporting evidence. If you have any information or ideas about any of the names on this list, please feel free to contact me.




Was John Mann of Milford, Oakland, Michigan the son of Ernest Mann and Maria Magdalena Sommer? I believe that John Mann lived for awhile in Luzerne county, PA, and then later joined the migration of Mann and Sommer families who went to Michigan (Oakland and Macomb counties). If true, John brought some of his children with him and we have more Mann relations in MI!



Who was Alfred Summers, born about 1817 in New Jersey, and died 1885 in Brandon, Oakland, MI? He was married to Sarah Shadbolt (or Shadwell, not sure) of New York in 1839 in Michigan, and they had a number of children. Another Summers researcher (thanks to JD!) found in the probate records of John Summers Jr. (1784-1843) reference to a note dated Jan. 1840 due to John Jr. from David and Alfred Summers (this was one many notes due to John Jr from many different people!). Also found was a deed from Alfred and Sarah Summers of Oxford, Oakland, MI to Jared Summers of same place, dated 6 Sep 1845. How was this Alfred Summers connected to David (probably a son of David 1782-1825), John Jr., and Jared 1819-1902 (probably son of William d 1832)?

I'm not very sure that David H. Summers was a son of Jacob Summers Sr. His birth year seems to range from 1824-1831, and we don't have any census where this David appears with Jacob Sr's family. There was a David Summers living in the household of Jacob 2d in 1850 who was supposedly born in NY, but his birth year does closely match that of David H. And then there is some connection to Alfred in 1840 (see previously mentioned mystery).

New Jersey

What ever happened to our ancestor, Anna Barbara Rub Sommer? Based on deed activity, my best guess is that she died around 1816, but it would be nice to know more. There is also the ongoing mystery of how Anna Barbara was associated with the name LONGSTREET. I have imagined that Anna Barbara remarried after Georg died in 1785, but I have not found any supporting evidence for that idea.

Who was John Summers who married Mary Dillenham in Sussex County, 5 Jan 1802. Speculation is that this could be a first marriage of John Summers Jr. 1784-1843, before John's known marriage to Jane Gardner in 1807. If this marriage does belong to our family, were there any children?


Pertaining to Dr. John Sommer:

  • Who was his mother?
  • Where did Dr. John die, and where was he buried?

Who was Barbara White, mentioned as living with Martin Sommer when Jacob-Moreland wrote his will in 1823?

Martin Summers, blacksmith, married Maria Sommer - who was she? Did she have connection to HW Sommer's?

What about those darned Hayes? (more detail on this question coming soon)

Is there any more evidence to support the arrival of Matthias Sommer, oldest Freistett brother, arriving in PHL before 1752?

Is there any evidence (besides my theory) to tie Martin-Oxford to our Freistett family?

What happened to the widows and children of George Summers d. 1810, and Martin Summers d. 1811?


Updated January 16, 2016