A few years ago I began to research our family history, and life got in the way. I recently resigned from my job and found my unfinished projects. Genealogy was one of those projects. Several months later, over 200 clocked hours, and a database of 7,000+ people (and it continues to grow), I am finding interesting facts about Raymond's parents, John Lawrence Staub and Myrtle Groft, not to mention their ancestors who date back to the mid-1600s. To share this with everyone at the reunion would have been challenging.
So I will use this blog to share what I find, and to perhaps connect to distant relatives. I hope that you will find it as interesting as I do. For those of you who use Facebook religiously, this blog is connected to a page on my Facebook. Feel free to help with this research by sharing your memories and photos of your grandparents, Myrtle (aka. Mammaw), and even asking your cousins about the family and what they remember. Please know that I respect your privacy and will not post personal information of living relatives. Consider this your family portal for continuing our legacy.
History lesson number one: At age 21 (and as far as I can find, he sailed without relatives) and in 1738, Johannes Adam Staab arrived in the Port of Philadelphia on the passenger ship, the Winter Galley, and settled in Berks County, PA. His wife Catherine Bewertz, arrived a year later on the Loyal Judith with her father and siblings. They met and married a few years afterward. He moved his family to what is now known as Adams County, mainly Brushtown. In the image below, you can see McSherrystown towards the upper right corner of the image. If you follow Rte. 116 to the left you will see three tracts of land (highlighted in yellow). These three tracts were owned by Johannes Adam Staab and his wife, Catherine. A complete story of his unfortunate struggle to hold onto his land rights can be found by clicking here.
Please let me know what you think of my postings and of this research. Until the next time ...