WINGERD - WENGER - WINGARD

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WINGERD - WENGER - WINGARD

There are several stories as to why the name changed to Wingard.  John adopted the spelling Wingerd because a deed had been written with that spelling and it was simpler to use the new spelling than to change the deed, but, neighbors, friends and perhaps other family members persisted in using the spelling Wingard and the family finally adopted that spelling, although John's stone has the spelling Wingerd.  Another story states that in 1859 all male members of the family over 21 years of age met at the old homestead near Delphi and agreed to change the spelling.  Another story is that during the Civil War due to the family involvement in the underground railway and being pro north it was deemed advisable to assume a German name as the German's in the area were thought to be true to the south.  His son Jacob stated "It was done for a very good and sufficient reason and it is nobody's business", although he was too young to have been in on the decision.

Source : http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dlw-wc&id=I12515
 

 

Reference:

 

Christian Wenger 1595

Benedict Wenger
Birth:  
1595 in Roethenbach, Bern, Switzerland
Death: 
17 JAN 1619/20 in Roethenbach, Bern, Switzerland
 

Catherine Tschantz
Birth:  
b: 1599 in Roethenbach, Bern, Switzerland

Married: January 17, 1620 in Roethenbach Parish, Bern Province, Switzerland


Children:

1. Benedict Wenger b: 4 Jun 1624 in SWITZERLAND c: in Province Bern, Roethenbach, , Switzerland

2. Anna WENGER

3. Barbli WENGER

4. Hans WENGER

5. Christian WENGER

6. Peter WENGER

7. Uli WENGER

8. Niclaus WENGER

9. Walter WENGER

 

 

Benedict Wenger 1624

Benedict Wenger
Birth:   June 4, 1624 in Switzerland
    Father: Christian Wenger b: ABT 1580 in Schallinberg Switzerland
    Mother: Catherine Tschantz b: ABT 1580 in Switzerland
Death:

 

Anna Blosser (or Blasser)
Birth:  ~1645 in Switzerland

Children:

1. Ulrich Wenger  b: 4 AUG 1667 in Roethenbach, Bern, Switzerland

2. Hans Wenger

 

 

Ulrich Christian Wenger 1667

Ulrich Christian Wenger
Birth:          ~1667 in Canton Bern, Switzerland
Christened: August 4, 1667 in Bern, Rothenback, Parish, Switzerland
Death:         January 24, 1759

 

Christian Engel
Birth:   ~1655
Death:

Marriage:
 December 9, 1692 in Eggiwil, Tothenbach Parish, Canton Bern, Switzerland

Children:

1. Johannes "Hans" WENGER b: 1 Jan 1685 in Thierachern, Bern, Switzerland

2. Christian WENGER b: 1 May 1698 in Martisegg, Switzerland

3. Elizabeth WENGER

4. Mary WENGER

5. Joseph WENGER

6. Karl Michael WENGER

7. Ullrich WENGER

8. Peter WENGER
 

 

Johannes "Hans" Wenger 1685

Johannes "Hans" Wenger
Birth:
 January 1, 1685 in Thierachern, Bern, Switzerland
    Father:  Ulrich Christian Wenger
    Mother: Christina Engel
Death: ~1749 in
Wattenwill, Thurnen, Switzerland
 

Hannah
Birth:   1685-88 in Canton Bern Switzerland
Death:  1758 on son Christian's farm near Manheim, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Burial:  Manheim, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, probably at Christian's farm cemetery.
            
No stone exists for her or for Christian.

Married: before 1705

Johannes and his family came first to Pennsylvania on Sept. 16, 1748 via the ship Patience

Hannah arrived in Pennsylvania with her two sons; Christian and Michael on September 9, 1749 via the ship 'St. Andrew'.  Her husband Johannes (Hans) Wenger, 1680~ 1749.9.9 had died in Canton of Bern, Switzerland prior to this move. 

 

 


1749 St. Andrew

Captain: James Abercrombie

From: Rotterdam

By Way of: Plymouth

Arrival: Philadelphia, 9 Sep 1749

Persons 400 Palatines.

- Michael Wagner
- Christian Wenger
- Johannes Wenger

 

A story exists in the TWB of Hannah hiding in her home from the authorities from the church who came to see why she had not come to church. 


A Canadian genealogy gives her father as Sherrick but without source.

Children:

 

1. Johannes "Hans" WENGER
Birth:        1705 in Bern Switzerland
Death:      June 1, 1772 in Jonestown, Lebanon County, PA
Marriage: ~1727 in
Thur Seftigen, Berne, Bern, Switzerland
Spouse:     Anna Shirk
 

2. Michael WENGER    
Birth: ~1710 in Bern Switzerland
Death: January 15, 1791 in Lancaster, PA
Marriage: Spouse Unknown

Arrived with his brother Christian and their widowed mother in PA on Sept. 9, 1749 via the ship 'St. Andrew', from Rotterdam, last from Plymouth. Took the oath of allegance to the King of England, as required by the Penns on Sept. 9, 1749 and settled near what is now Mastersonville, Rapho Twp, Lancaster County, PA. The spelling of his name on the ship's register Wagner though that of his brother and mother is Wenger. Assuming the same person the name Wagner is on an assessment list for Lebanon Twp., in 1750. On an assessment list for the same twp in 1759, the name is Wagoner. His homestead is located on Chiques Rd. .9 miles north of Elizabethtown Rd. on the west side of the road. The home is unoccupied and visited during the Wenger Family Reunions of the G line. On the outside of the deed to his Rapho Twp. land we see Wagner. Within the deed are the spellings Waggner and Wagoner and a correction to spell Wegner. When he died and his sons received the deed the name is spelled Wenger, though it was signed by them as Wegner. In the Rapho Twp., tax list his name was always spelled Wenger as it was in the 1780 census. In early years his sons John and Isaac used Wegner and in later years Wenger. He died intestate and his estate was sold to his son Isaac and recorded as Wenger. Michael had no grandsons, so the Wenger name is not carried past his next generation, but his descendants are found among the Gibble\Gibbel and Strite families as well as others, presumably including the Shelly family.
http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dlw-wc&id=I1227


Children:

1. John Wenger

      Birth:         ~1750 in Rapho Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

      Marriage:  Elizabeth b: ABT 1751

      Children:   Anna Wenger      b: ABT 1775   in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

                        Elizabeth Wenger b: ABT 1777  in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

In his early life John used the name Wegner and then used Wenger.

Lived in Mt. Joy Twsp., Lancaster Co., PA

 

2. Isaac Wenger

    Birth:         3 JAN 1757 in Rapho Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    Marriage:  Anna "Nancy" SHELLY 4 JAN 1758 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    Children:
   Nancy WINGERT b: 15 SEP 1789

                      Barbara WENGER b: 29 JUL 1791 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

In his earlier life Isaac used the name Wegner and then used Wenger.

Lived on father's farm at Mastersonville, PA

Both buried in Small plot on eastern edge of the farm northeast of the Chicques meeting house (Old Gibble Cem.?).
Deeded land to son-in-law Abraham Gibbel, book 15, p. 482


3. Ann Wenger

    Birth:         ~1760 in Rapho Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    Marriage:  Jacob SHELLEY 1761~ 1813 

Lived in Mt. Joy Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. Will book K. vol. 1, p. 592 Jacob Shelly and wife Anna of Mount Joy Twp., after her decesase all personal goos to go to the children of her eldest brother John Wenger, eldest daughter Anna (Anna Wenger, 1775~, G211, 0) to have the right to live in the small house on the plantation after Jacob's wife's death, my brother Christian shall have the plantation and he (Christian) shall pay to my youngest sister Anna Musselman ¹200

 

3. Christian WENGER
Birth:   ~1715 in Switzerland
Death: 1765 in Rapho, Lancaster, PA

Christian was born in Switzerland.  Arrived with his brother Michael and their widowed mother Hannah in Philadelphia, PA on Sept. 9, 1749 via the ship St. Andrew and settled in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, PA.  Was issued a warrant for a grant of 50 acres of land in Rapho Twp, dated Oct. 19, 1750 bounded by the land of Peter Sider on the west. It was surveyed May 14th, 1761 to him. The land was patented to his son John on Dec. 27, 1764. Wenger Clan Notes number 3 page 10 states that this was after the death of his father which is given as 1765. PK indicates that Christian married a Moyer. His home is believed to be the property off Rife Run Road currently owned by Richard Burkhart and located at 40°11.295N 76°25.398W No stone has been found for Christian or his mother Hannah. Tradition has it that a mound on the property is an old Indian burial site. Christian had died by the time of the revolution. His three children were young adults and chose not to live under the flag of the new country, choosing instead to be loyal to the crown. In 1788 They, with others including the Damude and Sider families, migrated to Ontario, Canada and their descendants are now found in Ontario and other parts of Canada as well as in the US. Other Wengers that went to Canada later are John M. (Wingert) Wenger, 1758, G121, Rev. and Abraham Winger, 1768 1832.3.17, G172 and Henry Winger, 1776.7.16 1850.7.16, G175
http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dlw-wc&id=I1413


Married:
Moyer

Children:

1. Johannes/John Hansley Wenger, Bishop

Birth: 1740 in Lancaster, PA
Death: 1827 in Black Creek, Ontario, Canada

Married: Elizabeth ESCHLEMAN b: 1758 in Lancaster, PA, USA
Children: Peter WINGER Bishop b: 22 Aug 1796 in Bertie, Welland, ON, CANADA


2. Maria or Mary Catherine Wenger
 
Birth: 1755 in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., PA
Death: 1808
Married: Jacob Seider (or Sider) : 1758 in Lancaster Co., PA
Children:
  1. Anna Sider b: 1782

  2. John "Johannes" Sider b: 30 Apr 1785 in Germantown, PA
       m: Anna Climenhaga b: 3-4-1793 c: (14)

  3. Elizabeth Sider b: 1788

  4. Barbara Sider b: 1790

  5. Jacob Sider b: 1792

  6. Christian Sider b: 12 Jan 1797 in Bertie, Welland, Ontario Canada

  7. Martin Sider b: 1801 in Bertie, Welland, Ontario Canada

 

3. Anna Housely Wenger
 

Birth: 1759-60 in Rapho, Lancaster, PA, USA
Burial: Pelham, Welland, Ontario, Canada

Married: Henry DAMUDE b: in Rapho, Lancaster, PA
Children:

  1. Elizabeth DAMUDE b: 9 Dec 1790    in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

  2. Mary Damude          b: 1793               in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

  3. Anna Damude           b: 1795              in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

  4. Susanna Damude      b: 17 FEB 1798  in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

  5. John Damude           b: 14 OCT 1800  in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

  6. Lydia Damude          b: 1803               in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

  7. David Damude         b: 5 NOV 1806   in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

  8. Catharine Damude    b: 1811               in Fonthill, Pelham Twsp, Welland County, Ontario Canada

 

4. Martin WENGER
Birth: ~1715

Did not immigrate to the U.S. Might have been imprisoned. Returned to Bern, Switzerland and took his parents' home. He gave his Bible to his nephew Martin Wenger. This Bible is located in the Juniata College Library, Huntington, PA
http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dlw-wc&id=I1678

 

Shenandoah Valley
Isaac Wenger House & Site of Mill:
The home was built about 1848 by Isaac Coffman, a Mennonite, and purchased by Isaac Wenger. The farmhouse is a fine example of pre-Civil War rural architecture. It has 12 rooms and six chimneys. Wenger owned the mill immediately across what is now Route 42. It was burned in 1864 by Union troops and rebuilt after the war. It continued in use into the 1930s. The mill was razed in 1991 to make way for the expansion of the present highway. Isaac Wenger, a Mennonite, was active in the Unionist Underground Railroad. He kept and hid refugees and conscripts and helped them to connect with pilots who led them at night over the mountains to the South Branch Valley where they could find their way to Keyser and the B & O Railroad. His loyalty was recognized by General Sheridan who gave him protection papers. He did not vote for secession, but in order to avoid military service which was contrary to Mennonite practice, he had to hire a substitute and pay a fine to the Confederacy. Consequently, his claim was rejected by the Southern Claims Commission.

 

Johannes "Hans" Wenger 1705

Johannes "Hans" Wenger
Birth: 1705 in Bernese area or Canton Bern Switzerland
    Father: Johannes "Hans" Wenger
    Mother: Hannah   
Death: June 1, 1772 in Jonestown, Lebanon County, PA
Burial: Probably, Lebanon, Wenger Cemetery, PA
 

Anna Shirk
Birth: ~1705 in Bern, Switzerland
    Father: Casper (SchŸrch) SHERK b: 9 APR 1657
    Mother: Verena BURKHARD b: ABT 1660 or Barbara Light
Death: 1771 in Lebanon Co., PA

Marriage: ~1727 in
Thur Seftigen, Berne, Bern, Switzerland
Immigrated: Switzerland to Pennsylvania in 1748

Children:

 

1) Stephan WENGER

          Birth:     1728 in Switzerland

          Death:   1786

          Burial:  

          Spouse:  Anna Meshe b: 1726 d: 1787 Father:Benjamin Meshe (sister of Christian's wife Elizabeth)

 

Born in Switzerland and arrived in Philadelphia with his parents and sibling on Sept. 16,1748 via the Ship Patience, John Brown, Master.  He was 20 years old.  Settled and lived in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., PA.  Married Anna Meshe 1726-1787.  His brother Christian married her sister Elizabeth. Was a farmer and operated a distillery. On July 3, 1767 his father sold Stephan 2 1\2 acres that was then willed to Stephan's son John and his wife. Stephan already had land that adjoined his father's land. The 2 1\2 acres was sold on June 16, 1816 to Jacob Wenger and his wife Anna for 125¹ Stefan settled in Rapho Twp. Lancaster Co., PA. and at one time owned over 6 00 acres. His homestead is believed to be the farm on Old Line Road that was passed to his son Stephen, to his son John, to his son Mart. 

Buried in the Wenger farm cemetery between Old Line Road and Shumaker Road. 

His stone reads ALHIRR STEPHAN WENGER 1786 D 8 ALT 58 IHRA

Will probated Nov. 17, 1786

Richard Eugene Wenger, 1945.5.2, lived in a home on Stephan's property in 1995.

 

          Children: 

          Christian Wenger

Birth: 1756

Death: 1841
Married:
Esther Burkholder

Children: Anna      b: 19 SEP 1785
                Esther     b: 29 MAR 1788
                Christian b: 14 OCT 1799

 

Farmer in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., PA.

He received the northern portion of his father's farm.  1800 census p257 concluded that Christian married Esther Burkholder, 1763~ daughter of John Burkholder, 1734-1779.11

His son Christian received his property.

          Henry Wenger

Birth: 1758

Death: 1823
Married:
Esther 1760-?   No Children

Farmer in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co.
He received the eastern portion of his father's farm. Married Esther, 1760~

Census 1790 p143 1800 p257

Buried Wenger Farm Cemetery on the Stephan Wenger homestead.

His property was passed to his grand nephew John Brubaker Wenger, 1817.1.15 1898.9.20

          Stephan Meshe Wenger

Birth: 1763 in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Death: 9 Sep 1823 in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Married:
Mary Brandt b: 1769 in Rapho Twp., Lancaster, Pennsylvania (USA)

Children: John Wenger Birth: 29 DEC 1789  Death: 28 DEC 1844
                Christian Wenger b: 14 MAR 1793
                Ann Wenger b: 20 MAR 1797

 

Mennonite. Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co.

Stephen's wedding suit is being preserved and and kept by Moses Wenger.

He was willed the homestead of his father and the still house and all that went with it, 174 acres. He also added to his possessions, including the plantation on adjoining his on the north west side which he bought on July 13, 1814 from his uncle John Meshey, containing 132 acres. The family cemetery is located on the boundary between these properties. (This piece of land went to Christian)  He made a will, being sick, wherein he desired his son John to have the original homestead and his son Christian to have the one he bought from John Meshy. He was at the time building a new house on each of these farms. Those houses were still standing in 1950~. He lived four more years, then his will was out of date. The will was written in German and was in the possession of Rufus Wenger. His estate was settled as having died intestate. He is buried in the farm cemetery on Shumaker Road.  The stone reads, ALHIRRUT STEPHAN WENGER 1823 DEN 9 SEPTEMBER                     I ST ALT 60 IAR

          Ann Wenger

Birth: ~1765

Death:
Married:
Peter (Fuchs) Fox b: ABT 1765

Children: Martin W. (Fuchs) Fox b: 9 MAR 1786

                Esther W. (Fuchs) Fox  b: 1788

 

After Ann's death Peter lived in Lower Paxton Twp., Dauphin Co., PA

 

 

2) Christian WENGER

          Birth:        1730 in Switzerland

          Married:   Elizabeth Meshe b: 1730 (sister of Stephen's wife Anna)

          Death:

          Burial:

          Children:  Maria Wenger b: 1760 married Heinrich Huber b: AUG 1757 Child: Nancy 12-7-1804

 

3) Judith WENGER

          Birth:        January 19, 1732 in Bern, Switzerland

          Death:      March 4, 1812 in Lebanon Co., PA

          Burial:      Ebenezer Greenwood Cemetery, Lebanon Co., PA

          Married:   Martin Funck born Jan 30, 1732 in Richen-Baden, Hisbach, Germany
                           Son of Heinrich "Hans" Frey Funk and
                           Grandson of Hans Heinrich Meili Funck and Barbara Hauberger Frey

                           Emigrated on 1750 Ship 'Brotherhood'
                           Died December 9, 1796 in Lebanon Township, Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania

          Children:  Barbara Funk b: 09 JUL 1760 in Lebanon Twp., Lebanon, Pennsylvania (USA)

                           Magdalena Wenger Funk b: 03 JUL 1761 in Lebanon Twp., Lebanon, Pennsylvania

                           Christina Funk b: 15 DEC 1768

                           Martin Wenger Funck was born 29 Nov 1766
 

He died 17 Feb 1838 and was buried in Ebenezer.
Martin married Barbara Longenecker on 4 Mar 1792.
Children: Barbara Funk born November 25, 1795

http://worldroots.com/brigitte/swope/swop5.htm

 

4) Hans "John" WENGER

          Birth:        November 9, 1732 in Switzerland

          Death:      1806 in Jonestown, Lebanon County, PA

          Married:   #1 Maria b: 1735

          Children:  Christian WENGER b: Dec 23 1756 d: 1841 m: Maria WEAVER b: 1759 c: Martin 1860
                           John WENGER        b: 1758              married Elizabeth BECHTEL children 8
                           Martin WENGER     b: 1759 d: 1820 married Barbara BECHTEL
                           Veronica WENGER  b: 1760

          Married:  #2 ANNA HUBER

 

AKA: Elizabeth "Anna" Chefram Huber/Hoover

Birth:   ~1740 in Switzerland

Elizabeth was born in Switzerland about 1740. She married first John (Herr Von) Huber an officer in German Army. Herr Van Huber was killed during the Seven Year War.  Widowed Elizabeth, with three of her children, left the German Cantons of Switzerland for America, arriving about 1764. They settled in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania in 1765. Her son Michael died at sea.  Her son, Heinrich Huber married Maria Wenger and moved to Franklin County.  Her daughter, Catherine, married Joseph Wenger (1767) son of Martin Wenger and Anna Huber Gingrich and relocated to Canada.  She married a second time in 1732 to John Wenger. They had 6 children.

 

          Children

          1. Abraham WENGER  / WINGERT

Birth:      ~1765 in Lebanon County, PA
Death:    1830 in Franklin County, PA

Married: Elizabeth Detwiler b: ABT 1770
Burial:    Burkholder Cemetery, Letterkenny Township, Franklin County, PA Religion: Minister in the River Brethren Church

Children:

  1. John Wingert b: 7 OCT 1791

  2. Jacob Wenger b: 13 JUN 1794

  3. Anna Wingert b: 13 JAN 1799

  4. Christian Wingert b: 9 OCT 1803

  5. Abraham Wingert b: ABT 1804

  6. Elizabeth Wingert b: 1805 Fanny

  7. Wingert b: 20 NOV 1807

  8. Maria Wingert b: 1 NOV 1813

          2. Barbara WENGER    b: 1768
          3. Joseph Wenger

Birth: September 21, 1769
Death: Feb 20, 1825 of Blood poison from minor wound with awl on left wrist

Burial: Martindale Mennonite Church Cemetery, Lancaster Co., PA

Residence: On west side of Martindale Mennonite Church

Married #1: 1789 to Susanna Martin born August 31, 1762

Children: Anna Wenger b: 28 Feb 1793 in Lancaster Co., PA

Married #2: 1797 to Barbara Martin b: 11 Apr 1764

Married #3: Elizabeth Zimmerman b: 21 Nov 1778

Children:

  1. Christian Wenger b: 20 Dec 1802

  2. Joseph Wenger b: 20 Dec 1802

  3. Barbara Wenger b: 14 Dec 1804 in Lancaster Co., PA

  4. Elizabeth Wenger b: 11 Feb 1805 in Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA

  5. Zimmerman Wenger b: 25 Nov 1807

  6. Susanna Wenger b: 3 Apr 1810 in Lancaster Co., PA

  7. Isaac Wenger b: 18 Feb 1812

  8. Mary Wenger b: 28 Apr 1814

  9. Jonas Wenger

    Birth: May 6, 1815     Death: Jan. 16, 1897
    Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    Son of Joseph Wenger & Elizabeth Zimmerman
    Spouse: Maria Martin, Anna Weaver, Eliza Ziegler
    Burial: Saint Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery
    Waterloo County Ontario, Canada
    Mary Ann died 9-12-1855 infant daughter
    Menno died 10-31-1855 age 2 years
  10. Magdalena Wenger b: 13 Aug 1816 Esther Wenger b: 23 Jul 1819

          4. Elizabeth WENGER

Birth:      1770 married
Death:   

Married: John Sollenberger b: 1771

Children:

  1. John Sollenberger b: 4 AUG 1792

          5. Susanna WENGER    b: 1773 married Henry Kumpler b: 9 Jan 1801 in Myerstown, Pa.

          6. Anna WENGER        b: 1776

          7. Jacob WENGER

Birth:      December 1, 1778 in Lancaster County
      or      January 13, 1778 in Wenger Cem. Jonestown, Lebanon Co. Pa.

Death:    March 31, 1858 in Wenger Cem. Jonestown, Lebanon Co. Pa.
Burial: Wenger Cemetery, Jonestown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Married: January 19, 1799 - Barbara WOLF b: 4 Mar 1775

Children: (8)

            

 

5) Maria WENGER

          Birth:        1735 in Switzerland

          Death:

          Burial:

          Married:

          Children:

 

6) Henry WENGER

          Birth:        1737

          Death:

          Burial:

          Married:   SARAH

          Children:

 

7) Martin Wenger

          Birth:         February 2, 1742

          Death:       September 28, 1815

          Burial:

          Married:   Anna "Annali" Gingrich on June 25, 1764 in Lebanon (then Lancaster) County, Pennsylvania

          Children:  (9)

 

8) Abraham WENGER

          Birth:        1748 in Switzerland

          Death:      September 1808

          Burial:      Bethel Twp. Lebanon Co. PA

          Married:   Anna GROH b: ABT 1740  daughter of John Groh

          Children:  Abraham b: 1768  John b: 1765  Isaac b: 1771  Jacob b: 1772 
                           Henry b: 16 Apr 1776 in Jonestown, Lancaster, PA, USA
                           Martin b: 1780/1781   Mary b: ~1778

 

Johannes and his family immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1748
Johannes arrived at the age of 43 in Philadelphia on Sept. 16, 1748 via the Ship Patience  (some claim ship was "Paliena")
 
Patience, September 16, 1748 :

Capt. John Brown. Qualified Sept. 16, 1748.

http://www.ristenbatt.com/genealogy/shiplst3.htm

 

Johannes Wanger, 43

Johannes Wenger, 16

Stephan (X) Wenger

Christian (X) Wenger
Hans (X) Wenger

Hans Winger Jr. from the Wenger Alps of Switzerland, arriving in Philadelphia on September 16, 1748 on the ship Patience.

Maria Funck's mother, Judith Wenger, was born the 19th of January 1732 near Zweibrucken in the Rhineland Palatinate, Germany. Her father was Hans Wenger, Jr. son of Hans Wenger, Sr. a Mennonite weaver of Canton Berne, Switzerland. Hans Wenger, Sr. died before the family emigrated to Pennsylvania. Because of persecution in Switzerland, Hans Wenger, Jr. moved to a village near Zweibrucken when he was a young man. He arrived in America on the ship "Patience" the sixteenth of September 1748. He brought with him his family of five sons and two daughters: Stephen, Christian, Hans (John), Abraham, Martin, Judith and Maria. They settled near Jonestown, Lebanon County, Pa., where he and many members of his family are buried adjoining an abandoned church.

Hans Wenger, Jr.'s mother and brothers, Michael and Christian arrived in Philadelphia, 9 September 1749, on board the ship "St. Andrew" and settled in Rapho Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

 

Born in the Bernese area (most likely the Emmenthal region) of Switzerland. Several authors give that he was born at Bern which can be the Canton of Bern. It has been widely held that Hans married Anna Shirk, 1705~ 1771,, (i1748.9.16) the dau. of Casper (Sherrick\Schirch) Shirk, 1710~ 1770, SH, Rev. (i1731.12\1732.5.15) who later sold Hans his original property. This has not been verified and the approximate dates for Anna and Casper would indicate otherwise. A note in the papers of NWN state that the fact that he married Anna Shirk is recorded in Casper's Bible and that the marriage took place in Europe. It is not clear who Casper is. It is here assumed that Casper is Anna's brother or cousin and not her father. This would mean that Hans bought land from his brother-in-law or cousin and not his father-in-law. The marriage was about 1727. Left Switzerland due to religious persecution and settled in about 1744 in Zweibrčucken of the Lower Palatinate on the Rhine. Mennonite. Some have reported that all of his children were born in the Palatinate, but this requires that he would have arrived at an earlier date. The 1744 date would mean that all of his children were born in Switzerland. Arrived at the age of 43 in Philadelphia on Sept. 16,1748 via the Ship Patience, John Brown, Master from Rotterdam, last from Cowes. The numbering of Hans's children as given in TWB is not correct. He traveled with his children Stephen G11 (age 20), Christian G12 (age 18), Judith (age 16), John (Hans) G14 (age 16), Maria G15 (age 13), Henry G16 (age 11), Abraham G17 (age 8) and Martin G18 (age 6). The family settled in Bethel Twp. (now Swatara Twp., originally Lancaster Co. now Lebanon Co.) one half mile northeast of present Jonestown, Lebanon Co., PA. The farm that he settled on in 1749 is stated as being 125 (170, see below) acres and was purchased for $125.00 from Casper Shirrock (Shirk, Sherk, Sherrick), 1710~ 1770, H, (i1732.5.15) who bought the land in 1740 from John Penn, Thomas Penn and Richard Penn, sons of William Penn. Warrent #250 (Bureau of Land Records-Harrisburg, PA) (Oct. 5, 1738 to Casper Sherk for 200 acres on Swatara Creek in Bethel Twp., Lancaster (now Lebanon) Co. Surveyed March 31, 1740 for 170 acres. Patented (Pat. A120-279-29) to Casper Sherk on Nov. 29, 1745. Signed by Thomas Penn, son of William Penn.) (Nov. 1, 1749 Deed P-94-Lancaster Co., Casper and Magdalena Sherick sell land of 170 acres to John Wenger. DLW There is also a patent number A-77-189 associated with this property. NWN gives that the first survey used a White Oak tree at the south west corner as a maker and that the tree was still standing in the 1950s. Neighbors were Nicholas Youngblood, Peter Lane, George Hauck and Jacob Miller. Same land as in Warrant #250) On July 3, 1767, John Wenger of Bethel Twp., Lancaster Co. sold to son John 62 acres, 76 p. for $373. 6s. S P. (bounded by John Wenger and Stephen Wenger). On July 3, 1767, John Wenger Sr. sold to Stephen Wenger 2 1\2 acres, Stephen Wenger willed above to his son John and wife. On June 16, 1800, John Wenger of Dauphin Co. Bethel Twp., sold 179 acres, 52 perch to Jacob Wenger for $800 in gold and silver. On June 6, 1816, John Wenger and Anna his wife sold 2 1\2 acres to Jacob Wenger and Anna his wife for 125¹ being tract Stephen bought of John Sr. on July 3, 1767 and which he willed to son John. Through the above transactions Jacob Wenger, 1778.12.1 1858.3.31, G140, Rev. became the owner of the homestead tract and his descendants maintained possesion for many years. It was perhaps owned by John L. Wenger, 1841.4.8 1917.1.15, G14053 in 1900. The farm was purchased by Rollin Reinheimer and his wife. It is reported that it was then purchased by the Yoder family. The original deed and instruments of transfer were in the possession of Mrs. Lizzie S. Wenger, 1871.6.25, G140535 Boud of Jonestown in 1970. The current location of this deed is unknown. The homestead is currently (2005) owned by the Landis family. Site of farm on elevation overlooking the fertile valley of Big Swatara Creek. Wenger Cem. is situated on the northwest corner of the property. The Wenger meeting house is located in a corner of the cem.. Hans's brothers Christian G3 and Michael G2 arrived with their widowed mother Hannah in PA on Sept. 9, 1749 and settled in Rapho Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. The numbering of his offspring was corrected from earlier records and is reflected here and on his memorial stone placed in the Wenger Cem. in 1994. His will was dated Sept. 15, 1771 and probated June 1, 1772 so his date of death is sometime between these two dates. His son John was executor. Hans is no doubt buried in the Wenger Cem., but no stone exists. It is thought that he and Anna are buried under a wall of the Wenger meeting house. There is currently a sagging under a window area. It is thought that the sagging is due to the earth having been excavated for the graves. It is reported that while the church was being constructed the grave was exposed, but they continued with the construction. Over 114,600 of his descendants are known.
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The following information on the Wenger family came to me from a Wenger descendant.

Johannes/Hans Wenger b. 1705 in the Bernese area of Switzerland. Several authors give that he was born at Bern. It is widely held that Hans married Anna Shirk, 1705-1771, the daughter of Casper Shirk (Sherrick), 1710-1770 who later sold Hans his original property. This has not been verified and the approximate dates for Anna and Casper would indicate otherwise. A note in the papers of NWN state the fact that he married Anna Shirk is recorded in Casper's Bible and that the marriage took place in Europe. It is not clear who Casper is. It is assumed that Casper is Ann'a brother and not her father. This is consistent with Hans buying land from "his brother-in-law" and not his "father-in-law". The marriage recorded in the bible was about 1727. They left Switzerland due to religious persecution and settled in about 1744 in Zweibrucken of the Lower Palatinate on the Rhine. They were Mennonite. Some have reported that all of his children were born in the Palatinate, but this requires that he would have arrived at an earlier date. The 1744 date would mean that all of his children were born in Switzerland. He arrived at the age of 43 in Philadelphia on Sept. 16, 1748 via the Ship Paliena (Patience), John Brown Master from Rotterdam, last from Cowes. He traveled with his children Stephen, (age 20), Christian, (gae 18), Judith (age 16), John (Hans) (age 16), Maria (age13), Henry (age11), Abraham (age 8) and Martin (age 6). The family settled in Bethel Township (now Swatara Twp., present Jonestown, Lebenon Co. which was originally Lancaster county PA) The farm that he settled on in 1749 is stated as being 125 (possibly 175-see below) acres and was purchased for $125.00 from Casper Shirrock (Shirk, Sherk, Sherrick) (1710-1770) who bought the land in 1740 from John Penn, Thomas Penn, and Richard Penn who were sons of William Penn. Warrent #250 Bureau of Land Records- Harrisbur, PA Oct 5, 1738 To Casper Sherk for 200 acres on Swatara Creek in Bethel Twp., Lancaster (now Lebanon county) surveyed March 31, 1740 for 170 acres. Patented (Pat. A120-279-29) to Casper Sherk on Nov. 29, 1745. Signed by Thomas Penn, son of William Penn. Nov. 1 1749 Deed P-94-Lancaster Co., Casper and Magdalena Sherick sell land of 170 acres to John Wenger. Neighbors were Nicholas Youngblood, Peter Lane, George Hauck and Jacob Miller. Same land as in Warrant #250. On July 3, 1767 John Wenger of Bethel Twp., Lancaster Co. sold to son John 62 acres, 76 p. for $373. 6s. S.P. (bounded by John Wenger and Stephen Wenger). On July 3, 1767, John Wenger Sr. sold to Stephen Wenger 2 1/2 acres, Stephen Wenger willed above to his on Johnand wife. On June 16, 1800, John Wenger of Dauphin Co., Bethel Twp. sold 179 acres, 52 perch to Jacob Wenger for $800 in gold and siver. On June 6, 1816, John Wenger and Anna his wife sold 2 1/2 acres to Jacob Wenger and Anna his wife for 125? being tract Stephen boughtof John Sr. on July 3 1767, and which he willed to his son John b. 1778 d. 1857. Wife, Barbar Wolf became the owner of the homestead tract and his descendants maintained possesion for many eyars. It was perhaps owned by John L. Wnger in 1900. The farm then purchased by the Yoder family. The original deed and instruments of transfer were in the possession of Mrs. Lizzie Wenger Boud, G140533 of Jonestown in 1970. The current location of this deed is unknown. Site of the farm on elevation overlooking the fertile valley of Big Swatara Creek. Wenger Cem. is situated on the northwest corner. Wenger meeting house is now built there. Some of Dwight Eisenhower's relatives are buried in this cemetery. Han's brothers, Christian, Michael, arrived with their widowed mother Hannah in PA on Sept. 9, 1749 and settled in Rapho Township, Lancaster Co., PA. His father, a weaver, lived and is buried in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland.

The number of his offspring was corrected from the earlier records and is reflected here on his memorial stone placed in the Wenger cemetery in 1994. His will was dated Sept. 15, 1771 and probated June 1, 1772 so his date of is sometime between these two dates. His son John was executor. Hans is no doubt buried in the Wenger Cem., but no stone exists. It is thought that he and Anna are buried under the current wall of the Wenger meeting house which is sagging under a window area. It is thought that the sagging is due to the earth having been excavated for the graves. It is reported that while the church was being constructed, the grave was exposed, but they continued with the construction.

As you can see from the Wenger family history; the family is well documented in birth and land records. The Will of 1771 in fact lists the name of children of the deceased and these names are consistent with those of the Wenger family. See copy of attached Will of 1771, and related documents.
 

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Martin Wenger 1742 - 1815

Martin Wenger
Birth:   February 2, 1742 in Switzerland or near Zweibrucken, Bavaria
    Father: Johannes WENGER b: ~1705
    Mother: Anna SHIRK           b: ~1705
Death: September 23/28, 1815 in Green Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Burial: Sep 1815 Wenger Family Cemetery, Greene Twp., Franklin County, Pennsylvania
 

Anna Huber "Annali" Gingrich
Birth: August 19, 1743 near Zweibrucken, Bavaria
    Father: Joseph "Yost" Kendrick GINGRICH born ~1720
    Mother: Anna HUBER born ~1720 in Switzerland; Parents: Jacob & Anna Huber born 1698 in Switzerland
Death: August 16, 1793 in Green, Cumberland Co, PA at age 49

Married: June 25, 1764 in Lebanon (then Lancaster) County, Pennsylvania

They immigrated to American and settled in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Martin was a farmer and a Mennonite deacon.
Martin Wenger's will was probated on November 12, 1812.
 

Children:

 

1. John Gingrich Wenger

Birth:        March 24, 1765 in Frederick Maryland

Death:      September 2-7, 1848 in Gulford, Franklin County, Pennsylvania

Burial:      John Miller Farm Family Cemetery

Children:  (10)

 

2. Anna or Annali WENGER

Birth:       June 27, 1766 in Franklin, Pennsylvania

Death:

Burial:     Daleville, Botetourt, Virginia

Spouse:   Jacob B GISH b: 5 FEB 1767 in , Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Children:

  1. Elizabeth GISH b: ABT 1790 in , , Virginia

  2. John H GISH b: ABT 1792 in , , Pennsylvania

  3. Susanna GISH b: ABT 1794 in , , Virginia

  4. Abraham GISH b: 18 MAY 1797 in , , Virginia

  5. Catherine GISH b: ABT 1798 in , Botetourt, Virginia

  6. Jacob B GISH b: ABT 1801 in Daleville, Botetourt, Virginia

  7. Mary GISH b: 18 NOV 1802 in , , Virginia

  8. Lydia GISH b: 7 JAN 1806 in , Botetourt, Virginia

  9. Annie GISH b: ABT 1807 in , Botetourt, Virginia

  10. Cassandra GISH b: 1 DEC 1809 in , , Virginia

  11. Priscilla GISH b: ABT 1811

 

3. Joseph Yost WENGER / WINGER

Birth:       December 19, 1767 in Franklin, Pennsylvania

Death:     1840

Married:  Novembeer 15, 1792

Spouse:    Catherine Hoover (or Katrina Huber) born 1764   died Dec 12, 1837

Katrina or Catherine Hoover was the daughter of John and Elizabeth "Chefram" Hoover.

Joseph Wenger and his family moved to Roanoke, Virginia.
There they changed the spelling of their surname to Winger.
At one point in time they also lived in Canada.
Children:

  1. Michael Wenger     b: ~1790

  2. Martin WINGER   b: August 5, 1791 in Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania

  3. Joseph WINGER   b: ~1794 in Franklin, Pennsylvania

  4. Henry M. Wenger  b: June 23, 1800

  5. Jacob Wenger        b: 1806

  6. Susanna Wenger    b: August 11, 1807

  7. Nancy WINGER   b: October 11, 1811 in , Roanoke, Virginia

 

4. Martin J. WENGER

Birth:      13 AUG 1826 in Warren Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Married: Barbara BECHTEL b: 17 AUG 1774

Death:   

     

 

 

5. Christian WENGER

Birth:      October 22, 1771 in Franklin, Pennsylvania

Death:

 

6. Elizabeth "Lizzie" WENGER

Birth:      September 21, 1774

Death:    25 OCT 1850

Spouse:   John DETWILER b: 17 MAY 1771 in , Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Children:

  1. Jacob DETWILER b: 18 OCT 1795

  2. Catherine DETWILER b: ABT 1798

  3. Michael DETWILER b: 1800 in , Franklin, Pennsylvania

  4. Nancy DETWILER b: 14 AUG 1801 in , Franklin, Pennsylvania

  5. Martin DETWILER b: 4 SEP 1803 in , Franklin, Pennsylvania

  6. John W DETWILER b: 6 NOV 1809 in , Franklin, Pennsylvania

  7. Elizabeth DETWILER b: 28 JAN 1815 in , Franklin, Pennsylvania

 

7. Michael WENGER

Birth:

September 21, 1776

Death:

May 26, 1827

Spouse:

Magdalena LEHMAN b: 14 JAN 1781

Michael Wenger married Magdalena Lehman, the daughter of Bishop Daniel Lehman of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The Lehman family were Mennonites. Michael Wenger and his family moved to Ohio.

 

8. Abraham Gingrich WENGER

Birth:          November, 13 1778 in Siloam, Greene Twp. Franklin Co. PA

Marriage:   1809

Spouse #1:  Catharine SOLLENBERGER b: 5 MAY 1779

Children:

  1. Martin Sollenberger WENGER b: 1 MAR 1799

  2. Ellen Elizabeth Sollenberger WENGER b: 21 APR 1802 in Greene Township, Franklin

Spouse #2:  Elizabeth RISSER b: 15 Aug 1788

Children:

  1. Abraham Risser WENGER b: 10 MAY 1812

  2. Henry Risser WENGER b: 21 APR 1815 in Near Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania

  3. Barbara Risser WENGER b: 15 JAN 1814

  4. Samuel R WENGER b: 12 MAY 1817

  5. Michael Risser WENGER b: 18 OCT 1818 in , Franklin, Pennsylvania

 

9. Barbara WENGER

Birth:          February 16, 1781 in Greene Twp., Franklin Co., PA

Death:        September 1834 in Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Co., ON

Burial:

Married:    1 Apr 1797 in Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., PA

Spouse:      George S. EBY b: 8 May 1776 in Lancaster Co., PA.

Children:

  1. George EBY b: 25 Dec 1798 in Lancaster Co., PA.

  2. Peter EBY b: 3 Jun 1800 in Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., PA.

  3. Nancy EBY b: 13 Oct 1801 in Lancaster Co., PA.

  4. John EBY b: 6 Nov 1803 in Lancaster Co., PA.

  5. Samuel W. EBY b: 18 Aug 1805 in Waterloo Twp, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada .

  6. Martin EBY b: 4 Aug 1807 in Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada

  7. David EBY b: 23 Apr 1812 in Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada

  8. Magdalena EBY b: Nov 1813 in Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada 

  9. Elizabeth EBY b: 14 Apr 1815 in Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada 

  10. Veronica EBY b: 8 Mar 1817 in Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada 

  11. Moses W. EBY b: 23 Dec 1822 in Berlin, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada

 

Birth:    unknown

Death:  unknown

 
This stone seems entirely unreadable.

It was in between several Wenger stones.

 

Burial:
Saint Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery
Waterloo County
Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

Martin Wenger and his family moved from Lancaster County to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. In 1781, he owned and operated the first water powered hemp mill in that area. He also donated land for the Brinzer cemetery, also known as the Wenger Cemetery in Greene Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

Martin Wenger (jr?) was drafted to serve the Union Army during the Civil War, but because of his pacifistic religious views he declined service. The only alternative at the time to avoid service was to hire a substitute man to serve in one's place in combat. This is what Martin Wenger chose to do.

Catharine Funk (Marriage #2)
Birth: June 7, 1744 in Lancaster, PA
Married: 13 Apr 1794 in Greene Twp., Franklin County, Pennsylvania

 

 

John Gingrich Wenger 1765 - 1848

John Gingrich Wenger
Birth: March 24, 1765 in Frederick Maryland (or Lebanon, Pennsylvania)
    Father: Martin Wingard/Wenger b: 2 Feb 1742 in Zweibrychen Switzerland
    Mother: Anna (Annali) Mariah Anna Gengrich b: 19 Aug 1743 in Lebanon Pennsylvania
Death: September 2, 1848 in Guilford Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Burial: John Miller Farm Family Cemetery

John Gigrich Wenger was born in Lebanon Co., PA. Moved to Guilford, Twp., Franklin Co., PA with parents at about the age of 10.  

John acquired property in Guilford Twp., Franklin County. along what is now Swamp Fox Road.

He married Catherine Funk who was born June 12, 1765 and died January 14, 1844 in Franklin County PA. Both buried on the original homestead in Guilford Twp., (now called the John Miller farm family cemetery.  His wife Catharine's grave is next to his with dates 1765.6.12 1844.1.14 (78-7-2) as well as two grandchildren (these dates are from a cemetery listing done at an earlier time). DLW attempted to find his stone in 1998 but only found what believed to be Catharine's. The grave site is over-grown and very hard to find. The portion of his property with the grave site in later years was owned apparently by Henry Miller (there are Millers buried in the old grave site) and then by Benjamin Lehman who passed it to Emery S. Lehman who passed it to Ralph Lehman who passed it to Willis Miller Lesher, 1918.12.8 2003.6.24, G141314121 the owner in 2001

Some claim that John G Wenger married Catharine Rohneau\Rummele born 1770 in Maryland and died ~1830

 

Catherine Funck                                            (Note: Dorothy (Wingard) Lesser and Harold Funk married in 1942)
Birth:   June 12, 1765 in Marsh Head, Washington County, Maryland
Father: HENRY FUNK SR born: 1722
Mother: ANNA SIMON     born: 1726
Death: January 14, 1844 in Franklin County PA
Burial:
John Miller Farm Family Cemetery

Born in Frederick, Maryland. Married John Gingrich Wenger, 1765.3.24 1848.9.2, G181 She is mentioned in her husband's will made in 1842. See also Will Book A, p. 148, Washington Co. Courthouse, Hagerstown, dated Sept. 11, 1784, probated July 21, 1787 Both buried John Miller farm family cem. (78-7-23)


Married in April 1787 in Washington Maryland

Children:   

1. Martin Birth: Oct 1784

 

2. John Wenger Wingard
Birth:      September 4, 1788 in Franklin, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Death:    September 26, 1865 in Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana, age 77 years and 22 days
Married: Catherine Rowland on November 18, 1811 in Hagertown, Washington County, Maryland
Burrial:   Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana with Catherine

 

3. Henry Wingert
Birth:      October 1789 in Guilford Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania
Married: Elizabeth Snively born 3 OCT 1795 in Antrim Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania, and died 1857

 

4. Anna  Birth: ~1790,

 

5. Catherine
Birth:      June 3, 1796
Married: November 14, 1815 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Spouse:   Jacob Detweiler born August 30, 1791 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Death:    August 18. 1883 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania

 

6. Jacob
Birth:
        June 6, 1800
Marriage: Elizabeth b: 22 MAR 1804
Children:  Abraham \ Abram M. Winger b: 16 MAY 1837

Abraham Wenger ... was a man of industry, integrity, and piety, very exact in business, a strong advocate of peace principles and nonconformity to the world, and a faithful, consistent member of the Mennonite church.
When forced into the Confederate army, and shouldering the musket, he remarked that by compulsion he would be obedient so far, but assured the officer that he would hurt no one.  In his every-day life he practiced the principles that he always advocated, and was true to his convictions, regardless of cost. His life was worth of imitation. -- Solomon B. Wenger, South English, Iowa

 

7. Mary Susannah Birth: September 15, 1801

 

8. Elizabeth
Birth:        ~Aug 24, 1803
Death:      8 JUN 1885 in Allen Co Ohio
Marriage: John Leonard Sellars b: 22 NOV 1782 in Bucks Co Pa
Children:  Henry Sellers b: 28 SEP 1831 in Franklin Co PA  married: Lavina Danner on Nov 15, 1863

 

9. Michael 
Birth:
        ~1806
Marriage: Margaret Ann Grove b: 3 MAR 1811
Children:  David Winger b: 30 JUN 1841

 

10. Joseph
Birth:       April 1808  in Franklin Pennsylvania
Death:     October 7, 1880
Married:  Elizabeth Grove b: 3 AUG 1809
Children: John born July 21, 1830 & Joseph Winger Jr b: 15 APR 1833

Catherine is mentioned in John's will.
See also Will Book A, p. 148, Washington Co. Courthouse, Hagerstown, dated Sept. 11, 1784, probated July 21, 1787

 

 

John Wenger Wingard 1788 - 1865

John Wingerd
Birth: September 4, 1788 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
    Father:  John Gingrich Wenger Wingard b: 24 Mar 1765 in Frederick Maryland
    Mother: Catherine Funk                          b: 12 Jun 1765 in Frederick Maryland
Death: September 26, 1865 in Delphi, Carroll, Indiana at age of 77 years and 22 days
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana


GPS Latitude: 40.621746, Longitude: -86.64395
 

John is mentioned second in his father's will. Wenger Clan Notes page 24, 32 Birth date has been reported as Sept. 14. Born Guilford Twp., Franklin Co., PA Married Catherine Rowland, 1789.11.15 1862.1.7 in Hagerstown, Md. on Nov. 18, 1811. Their children were born in Franklin Co., PA. They emigrated to Delphi, Deer Creek Twp., Carroll Co., IN from Franklin Co., PA in 1838 along with cousin Samuel Bechtel Wingard, 1790.9.17 1865.3.30, G1423 and others. There are several stories as to why the name changed to Wingard. John adoped the spelling Wingerd because a deed had been written with that spelling and it was simpler to use the new spelling than to change the deed, but, neighbors, friends and perhaps other family members persisted in using the spelling Wingard and the family finally adopted that spelling, although John's stone has the spelling Wingerd. Another story states that in 1859 all male members of the family over 21 years of age met at the old homestead near Delphi and agreed to change the spelling. Another story is that during the Civil War due to the family involvement in the underground railway and being pro north it was deemed advisable to assume a German name as the German's in the area were thought to be true to the south. His son Jacob stated "It was done for a very good and sufficient reason and it is nobody's business", although he was too young to have been in on the decision. In 1840, p 426. In 1850, 9th dist. p 264. In 1860, Deer Creek Twp., p 297. His date of death may be 1865.9.21. Wilbur Wendell Wingard, 1906.10.4 1982.5.15, G1812851, Rev. 501 Chickasaw, Bartlesville, OK 74003 was thought to have Clarence Wingard's research on John's family, but attempts to obtain that research by various researchers have failed. NWN Buried Wingard Cem. which is on the original homestead in a fenced off corner, north east of Delphi, as is his wife. (77-0-22)http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3061027&id=I0584

 

Catherine Rowland
Birth: November 15, 1789 in Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland
    Father: Henry Rowland b: 24 MAY 1756 in Lancaster County, PA
    Mother: Mary Shively b: 20 AUG 1755 in Frederick Co MD
Death: January 7, 1862 in Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

GPS Latitude: 40.621746, Longitude: -86.64395

Married:
November 18, 1811 in Hagertown, Washington County, Maryland

 

Children:

1. David Wingard Birth: 11 SEP 1813 in Franklin Co, PA

 

2. John Wingard
Birth: March 31, 1815 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Married: Catherine Snowberger on March 18, 1847
Death: November 21, 1893 in Flora, Carroll County, Indiana
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana with Catherine

This stone needs to be cleaned up
and is very hard to read, but it is the
monument for John Wingard

Spouse:    Catherine Snowberger born June 22, 1827 died June 19, 1905
Burial:
    Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana
Children:
Mary Catherine Wingard Arnot born 1849; died 1921
                John        born February 3, 1850; died August 23, 1851 at age of 1 year, 6 months and 20 days
                Benjamin born August 29, 1848;  died Sept 7, 1852       at age of 4 years and 10 days
                James W born August 18, 1863;  died August 18, 1863 at birth
                David A  born November 21, 1867; died Sept 1, 1870  at age 2 years and 10 month
Burial:     Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

 

3. Mary Ann Wingard Birth: 08 MAY 1816 in Franklin Co, PA

 

4. Henry Harrison Wingerd
Birth:   August 1, 1817 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Death: April 14, 1893 in Harlan County, Nebraska

 

5. Jacob Wingard
Birth:        18 MAR 1819 in Franklin Co, PA
Death:      24 Aug 1900 in Sheldon Iroquios Illinois
Marriage: 5 Jan 1841 in Carroll Indiana to Susannah Long Zook b: 17 Nov 1825 in Texas Corners Bedford Pennsylvania

 

6. Catherine Wingard  Birth: 19 JUN 1821 in Franklin Co, PA

 

7. Susannah Wingard  Birth: 08 FEB 1823 in Franklin Co, PA

 

8. Elisha "Eli" L. Wingard
Birth:
      June 5, 1824 in Franklin Co, PA
Married: Ann E. Itskin born April 24, 1836 died February 17, 1896
Death:    November 16, 1906
Burial:    Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana with wife Ann E. Itskin

Child:  Edward J. born January 7, 1855 and died January 17, 1882
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

Child:  Emeline born October 4, 1856, died March 15, 1922
            Eliza Ella born February 24, 1859, died March 24, 1925
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

Child:  Lousanna Elizabeth born June 15, 1861; died July 4, 1949
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

Child:      Henry Alvin born November 30, 1865; died November 20, 1952
Married: Avis Allen on April 23, 1902
Burial:     Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

Child:  Clarence E. born August 30, 1876; died May 13, 1961
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

 

9. Nancy Wingard     Birth: 14 AUG 1825 in Franklin Co, PA

10. Samuel Wingard
Birth:   June 4, 1827 in Franklin Co, PA
Death: July 27, 1892
Burial: Wingard Cemetery in Carroll County, Indiana

Inscription:
Son of J & C Wingard

 

11. Elizabeth Wingard  Birth: 12 MAR 1829 in Franklin Co, PA

12. Benjamin Wingard Birth: 25 AUG 1830 in Franklin Co, PA

13. Joseph Wingard     Birth: 15 SEP 1833 in Franklin Co, PA

 

See Lindale's Song pp 15-19 for a story of Virginia Mennonites in the Civil War.
... Before long Mennonite young men were forced into the army, in many cases against their wishes. The above Jacob Wenger is an example. When coerced into Confederate military service he agreed to carry a gun but he "assured the officer that he would hurt no one." If this is the Jacob Wenger of the Greenmount area, his paretns were Joseph and Barbara Beery Wenger who lived near Edom. Father Joseph, being an old man when the war came, became very distraught when the soldiers came to burn his barn in the fall of 1864, and he tried to keep the fire from spreading to his house. "His strength was overpowered" and he never fully recovered. He died four months later.

Herald of Truth - August 1879, pp 157-158:
July 22nd, about 5 miles north of Harrisonburg, Va., Bro. JACOB WENGER, aged about 50 years. He was a consistent member of the Mennonite Church for many years, and a useful man in the neighborhood where he resided. He was much interested in the progress of the church and took an active part in her Sunday Schools

 

 

Henry Harrison Wingerd 1817

Henry Harrison Wingerd
Birth:   August 1, 1817 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Death: April 14, 1893 in Harlan County, Nebraska

 

Eva Clark
Birth:   February 23, 1827
Note:   Eva may be Cherokee Indian

Death: March 7, 1869
            Eva Clark's mother's first name was Mahala which was at the time a common name among Native Americans of the
            southeastern United States.  It is possible that she was adopted so that is the case, finding out more would be difficult. 
            Adoptions before 1850 were typically informal.


Married: March 14, 1847
in Carroll County, IN

1878 (fall) Henry and Eva moved to Harlan County Nebraska

 

Children:

1. Eli E Wingerd                                 
Birth:        May 7, 1848
Death:      August 1911
Residence: after 1870 Sumner Twp, Winneshiek Co, IA
 

2. Henry Harrison Wingerd
Birth:        August 7, 1849
Death:      JAN 1902
Married:   February 1893 to Martha Reed born 1850

 

3. Catherine Wingerd                          
Birth:
       January 6, 1851
Death:
25 DEC 1925
Marriage: Charles Edwin Blood b: 07 FEB 1853
Children:  Henry Florentine Blood b: 29 AUG 1883
                 Olive Eva Blood b: 03 SEP 1890
                 Charles Earl Blood b: 02 MAY 1905

 

4. Ellen "Eliza" Wingerd
Birth: 22 MAR 1852
Death: 14 JAN 1925
Married: 04 MAR 1878 Marion Brading born 1850

 

5. Evangeline Wingerd
Birth:      23 FEB 1854 in Carroll Co, IN
Married: MAY 1876 John Herold b: 1855
Death:    25 SEP 1933
Burial:    Evangeline, John & probably four children in Lakota, ND cemetery

 

About Evangeline's children - the record Victoria left about 1934 

1) Josephine "Minnie" Herold born the 12 of March 1877. 
married Hansen

2) Catherine, Stella, Herold born March 12, 1878 and died 18 of August.  5 months, 2 weeks, six days.

3) Jacob Florentine Herold born 12 of May 1879  If lived would be 55 years
(Jake was killed when the car he was driving was hit by a train).

4) Benjamen Clemence Herold born Oct. the 9 in 1880 if lived would be 54
(referred to as clem) 

5) Joseph Howard Herold born 24 of March 1883 if lived would be 51

6) Eva Junette Herold born March 4 1885 is 49 years old

7) Ellen Victoria Herold March 15 1887 is 46 years old

Picture shows some of the animals Victoria made.
She whittled dolls and other things from wood.
The animals were covered with cloth and given glass eyes.
She used to put them out in her garden on sunny days.
Some of her grandchildren are shown here.

8) Royal Paul Herold born September 24, 1889 and died July 4 in 1890 age 9 months and ten days 
if lived would be 45 years old

9) Evangeline May Herold born April, 20 1891  if lived would be 43 years
(She died in the 1918 flu epidemic)

10) Royal John Herold born April 22, 1893 Royal aged 41 years old.

11) Henry Wingerd Herold born Nov. 29 1897 if lived would be 37 years old
(he died because he was kicked by a horse)


Eva, Clemence, Jake, Joseph, Victora
Royal, John, Mae, Henry, Evangeline

 

Evangeline wrote this to the family of her brother Eli.   Victoria was staying with the Eli Wingerd family in Iowa. 

I cannot make out a postmark on the envelope.

 

"The farmers had no wheat to sell for the hoppers took it and others that had a little grain got no price so you see the people is near starving, so them that got a smart crops of everything ought to thank god for it instead of complaining. Dear sweet girl I am lonesome to see you too.  (I could tell you a few things.)  I hope your baby will get well again, how is the rest of the children?  Did John's crop turn out good?  You see I would like to see Royal's children and Clem is so homesick that it worries me for him, for it is hard to make him understand and how conditions are that one gets tired of living.  (next page) Henry is at Hanson's today.  Minnie was here last Sunday and she looked well, and her two younger boys, and young George Hanson was here this morning to get Cecil for she was here for two days sewing some things for her.  It has been an awful cold winter.  It stormed all the time, and was a lot of snow fell.  Did it snow up there?  Dear Victoria, try and bear up and put your trust in Christ.  You are the only one of the family that I can remind to look to our creator for help, and may god Bless and keep you in his grace.  My love to all. Evangeline Herold." 

 


 

6. James Peter Dugan Wingerd
Birth:  September 1856 in Iowa
Death: December 28, 1918
Married: 14 JAN 1878 Adeline Forney b: 14 MAY 1863
 

7. Winfield Scott Wingerd
Birth: 04 OCT 1858
Death: 30 NOV 1886

 

8. Junietta "Ettie" Wingerd
Birth:
       04 JUN 1861 in Winneshiek County, Iowa
Death:     08 OCT 1924
Married:  26 OCT 1882 Adelbert Kyser b: 03 DEC 1857
Children: Ethel A Kyser born 08 APR 1888 in Colorado Married: 16 JUN 1910 Albert Loshbaugh b: 24 SEP 1880

 

9. Owen Butler Wingerd
Birth:  JUN 1864 in Winneshiek Co, Iowa
Death: 07 MAY 1935

 

10. Florentine "Floren" C Wingerd
Birth:
DEC 1868 in Winneshiek Co, Iowa
Residence: Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE
Married: 22 DEC 1897 Bertha Taylor b: 07 NOV 1877
Children: Hazel Pearl Wingerd , G1812401 b: OCT 1894
                Winfield Sheldon Wingerd , G1812402 b: 22 APR 1908

 

James Peter Dugan Wingerd 1856 - 1918

James Peter Dugan Wingerd
Birth:  September 1856 in Iowa
Death: December 28, 1918

Adeline Forney
Birth:  May 14, 1863

Married: January 14, 1878

 

Children:

1. John N Wingerd
Birth:   April 7, 1880
Death: died in infancy
 

2. Catherine Eva "Katie" Wingerd
Birth: March 20, 1882 in Nebraska
Death: 2 APR 1952
Married: Henry W. Bruck Birth: 22 APR 1882 Death: 1 JAN 1927 in Los Angeles, CA

Children:  

  1. Lillie M. Bruck , G18124621 b: 12 OCT 1903

  2. Mary E. Bruck , G18124622 b: 28 MAY 1906

  3. Marion Bruck , G18124623 b: 28 MAY 1906

  4. James E. Bruck , G18124624 b: 12 JAN 1908

  5. Owen B. Bruck , G18124625 b: 30 AUG 1909

  6. infant son Bruck , G18124626 b: 2 DEC 1910

  7. infant son Bruck , G18124627 b: 2 DEC 1910

  8. Elmer G. Bruck , G18124628 b: 12 NOV 1912

  9. Henry Belmont Bruck , G18124629 b: 14 NOV 1914

  10. Alvin W. Bruck , G18124620 b: 11 DEC 1916

  11. Deloris A. Bruck , G1812462A b: 1 JUN 1918

  12. Doris M. Bruck , G1812462B b: 1 JUN 1918

  13. Robert G. Bruck , G1812462C b: 2 DEC 1921

  14. David E. Bruck , G1812462D b: 7 FEB 1923

 

3. Flora Mae Wingerd
Birth:   February 29, 1884 in Holdridge Nebraska (or  in Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE)
Death: October 8, 1954 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
Burial: Veronia Memorial Cemetery, Columbia County, OR
 

4. Alice Etta Wingerd
Birth: June 4, 1892 in Nebraska Cora
 

5. Cora Ellen Wingerd
Birth: October 6, 1898

1910 United States Federal Census
Flora M Sanks

Age in 1910: 26

Birth Year: 1884
Household Members:
James P D Wingerd 53
Adline Wingerd 45
Alice E Wingerd 17
Cora E Wingerd 11
Catherine K Brock 28
Lillie M Brock 6
Mary E Brock 3
James E Brock 2
Orine B Brock 7 month
Flora M Sanks 26
Ella F Sanks 2

 

 

 

Flora May Wingerd 1884 - 1954

Flora May Wingerd
Birth:         February 29, 1884 in Holdridge Nebraska (or  in Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE)
    Father:  James WINGERD
    Mother: Adeline FOURNEY
Death:       December 8, 1954 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
Burial:       Veronia Memorial Cemetery, Columbia County, OR
                  
 

 

Claude Everett Sanks
Birth:         May 5, 1883 at Grays Lake, Illinois
Death:       July 30, 1951 in Vernonia, Columbia County, Oregon. 
Burial:       Veronia Memorial Cemetery, Columbia County, OR

                           

Marriage: June 2, 1905.

Residence:
1910 Hooker County, NE
Residence: 1920 Freetown Township, Antelope County, NE
Residence: 1930 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, NE

Children:

1. Ella Fanny Sanks

Ella Fanny Sanks

1935

Birth:   April 7, 1908 in Hooker Nebraska
    Father: Claude Everett Sanks (born May 5, 1883)
    Mother: Flora Mae Wengard (born Feb 29, 1884 in Atlanta, Harlan Co, NE.
Death:
November 14, 1935 in Deer Lodge, Montana. 

2. Edmond Claude
Birth:            September 2, 1910 in Dalton County, Nebraska
Married #1:  Wilma Mae Eagon born on February 9, 1913 in Parnell, Nodaway, Missouri
Married #2:  Wilma Benefiel
Married #3:  1946, August 9, to Evelyn Mattie Breninger born Sept 16, 1926 in Armel, Colorado died Jan 6, 2008

Death:          March 23, 1993 in Scappoose (Portland), Columbia County, Oregon
Obituary:      The Oregonian, Portland, OR - March 26, 1993

EDMOND CLAUDE SANKS
The funeral for Edmond Claude Sanks of Scappoose, a retired custodian for the
Scappoose School District, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Peninsula Church of Christ.
Mr. Sanks died of a stroke Tuesday in a Portland hospital. He was 82.
He was born Sept. 2, 1910, in Dalton, Neb. He married Evelyn Breninger on Aug. 9,
1946, in Vancouver, Wash. Mr. Sanks had lived in Scappoose for the past 50 years. He
worked for the Scappoose School District for a number of years until his retirement in
1976. He was a member of the Peninsula Church of Christ.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his sons, Wayne of Walla Walla and Darrell of
Scappoose; his brother, Raymond of Portland; his sister, Nona Lynes of Lewiston, Idaho;
six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Scappoose.

 

3. Owen Winfield
Birth:        ~1913 in Nebraska
Death:      November 4, 1956 in Marion County, OR
Marriage: Darlene Starks
 

4. Elizabeth Marie
Birth:     October 30, 1914
Death:   August 20, 1916 at the age of 1 year and 9 months and 21 days
 

5. Nona Grace
Birth:        ~1919
Marriage: Ralph COLLINS
 

6. Martha Evangeline
Birth:      March 4, 1921 in Aliance, Box Butte County, Nebraska
Death:    April 12, 1984 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
Married: circa 1938, one child, died in infancy, divorced circa 1941 Marriages 1 Charles Phillipst
Married: Charles Elisha Tarbell born August 18, 1906 in Bachlor Flatt Oregon
 

7. Ruth Mae
Birth:   December 26, 1925 in Gering, Scotts Bluff County, NE
Death: January 16, 1992
 

8. Raymond Leroy
Birth: ~1928
Marriage: Bernadette

Reference:

  • The Thatcher Family - Claude Everett Sanks

  • 1910 United States Federal Census

  • 1930 Census : Scotts Bluff, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska; Roll: 1293; Page: ; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 329.0

  • Oregon Death Index, 1903-98

1910 United States Federal Census
Flora M Sanks

Age in 1910: 26

Birth Year: 1884
Household Members:
James P D Wingerd 53
Adline Wingerd 45
Alice E Wingerd 17
Cora E Wingerd 11
Catherine K Brock 28
Lillie M Brock 6
Mary E Brock 3
James E Brock 2
Orine B Brock 7 month
Flora M Sanks 26
Ella F Sanks 2

 

 

1930 United States Federal Census
Scotts Bluff, Scotts Bluff, Nebraska;

Roll: 1293; Page: ;

Enumeration District: 24;

Image: 329.0

 

Claude Everett Sanks

Head

M

W

47

married 22

IL

IL

KY

laborer

Flora May Sanks

wife

F

W

46

married 21

NE

IA

MO

 

Edmond Sanks

son

M

W

18

 

NE

 

 

laborer/road work

Owen Sanks

son

M

W

16

 

NE

 

 

 

Nona Sanks

daughter

F

W

11

 

NE

 

 

 

Martha Sanks

daughter

F

W

9

 

NE

 

 

 

Ruth Sanks

daughter

F

W

4-4/12

 

NE

 

 

 

Leo Roy Sanks

son

M

W

2-1/2

 

NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correspondence

 

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From: M Martin
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:52 PM
Subject: Jay

I am enjoying your genealogy site.  Thanks for posting all the information.

I can verify that Martin J. WENGER (Birth: August 10, 1769 in Franklin, Pennsylvania) did not die as a child

and did marry Barbara BECHTEL because he is my great, great, great, great grandfather. :)

Matt Wingard 

 

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From: Roxanne Williamson [mailto:roxannepen@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, August 6, 2012 1:04 PM
To: jay@usfunks.net
Subject: Wingard family history

Hi,
I am working on my Wingard relations and was wondering if you had  the following folks or could point me in the direction of another branch of the family:
 
John Wingard b 1780 d 1834  born in PA
 m either Elizabeth Hertzell or Kress
 
    child:  Andrew Jackson Wingard born 1831 Pa 
 
             his son John Bell Wingard (my gr grandfather) b Oct 4, 1862 Monticello Indiana
                                                                               d  Dec 18,1938 Morgan County Missouri
 
Since this Wingard family also moved to Indiana from Pa I was hoping there was a connection.  Do you know if the family was River Brethren/Mennonites?  Any poke int he right direction would be much appreciated.
 
Roxanne Pendleton

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From: Schroeder, Donna
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 6:35 PM
Subject: Eva Clark's mother

Eva Clark's mother's first name was Mahala which was at the time a common name among Native Americans of the southeastern United States.  It is possible that she was adopted so that is the case, finding out more would be difficult.  Adoptions before 1850 were typically informal.

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From: Schroeder, Donna
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 7:24 PM
Subject: a little information

I have been in contact with a cousin in the Red Lake Falls, MN area.  I now have proper identifications for Evangeline's children in the picture I sent.  The oldest daughter, Josephine "Minnie" Herold Hanson, was not in the picture.  The identities of the other daughters in descending order of age were Eva, Victoria, and Mae.  I misidentified the youngest child's gender.  The child is Henry.  The other men were correctly identified.  I do now have a printer paper copy of an old picture you might be interested in - five of Evangeline's brothers.  They were identified.  The sixth would be the one who died in the 1880's.  The names were listed as Eli, Florentine, Dugal (Dugan?), Harrison and Owen.  Dougal and Harrison did not have beards or abundant facial hair.  There seemed to be a fondness for using middle names or nick names in many cases.   I plan to visit my cousin in August and I will find out if she has the original picture.  I did also find out that four of Evangeline and John's adult children were buried in the plot with their parents, Mae, Jake, Henry and Clemence.  Henry was widowed.  The other three never married.  I realize that these collateral ancestors will not be as important to you as perhaps getting a picture of a direct ancestor.  My scanner sputters when I try to scan a larger picture or I would send the picture now.

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From: Schroeder, Donna
Sent:
Sunday, July 01, 2012 12:31 PM
Subject: information?

I do have a little more information and some additional pictures from my grandmother's photo album but I do not want to send it if you think you have enough from that branch.  Also, if the powerpoint did not come through, I could try something else.   A friend of a friend did some research for me and I now have more data about Evangeline's older children who settled in MN.  Evangeline's oldest daughter was Josephine Minnie and the Cecile mentioned in Evangeline's letter should have been Cecil instead.  I must have added the e at the end of the name from force of habit.  Also there is a Jennifer Hanson who was looking for information about Evangeline.  She has never been in touch with me. I posted a response to her query hoping for a connection.  Perhaps she has contacted you?  We visited the Minnesota relatives two or three times during my childhood, a long time ago now.  Please let me know if you would like any more information.

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From: Schroeder, Donna
Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:27 AM
To: jay@usfunks.net
Subject: a piece of a letter

I have a piece of a letter - at least the first page must be missing.  Evangeline wrote this to the family of her brother Eli.   Victoria was staying with the Eli Wingerd family in Iowa.  I cannot make out a postmark on the envelope.

"The farmers had no wheat to sell for the hoppers took it and others that had a little grain got no price so you see the people is near starving, so them that got a smart crops of everything ought to thank god for it instead of complaining. Dear sweet girl I am lonesome to see you too.  (I could tell you a few things.)  I hope your baby will get well again, how is the rest of the children?  Did John's crop turn out good?  You see I would like to see Royal's children and Clem is so homesick that it worries me for him, for it is hard to make him understand and how conditions are that one gets tired of living.  (next page) Henry is at Hanson's today.  Minnie was here last Sunday and she looked well, and her two younges boys, and young george hanson was here this morning to get Cecile for she was here for two days sewing some things for her.  It has been an awful cold winter.  It stormed all the time, and was a lot of snow fell.  Did it snow up there?  Dear Victoria, try and bear up and put your trust in Christ.  You are the only one of the family that I can remind to look to our creator for help, and may god Bless and keep you in his grace.  My love to all. Evangeline Herold." 

This is all I have in Evangeline's hand.  I have assumed Evangeline was still living in Northern Minnesota at the time because the people mentioned as visiting: Minnie, George Hanson, and Cecile farmed in the area around Crookston and Red Lake Falls, MN.  Clem was developmentally disabled.  It is possible that Evangeline was staying with her daughter Evie who was also living in that area and John and Evangeline had already moved to North Dakota but I do not think they moved there until Victoria was around sixteen or seventeen.  A visible postmark would have helped.

About Evangeline's children - the record Victoria left about 1934 

Joseph, Willemena Herold born the 12 of March 1877. 
       (The only person I can associate with this name is Minnie Herold Hanson.  I do not know why the name is preceded by Joseph.)

Catherine, Stella, Herold born March 12, 1878 and died 18 of August.  5 months, 2 weeks, six days.

Jacob Florentine Herold born 12 of May 1879  If lived would be 55 years
       (Jake was killed when the car he was driving was hit by a train).

Benjamen Clemence Herold born Oct. the 9 in 1880 if lived would be 54 (referred to as clem) 

Joseph Howard Herold born 24 of March 1883 if lived would be 51

Eva Junette Herold born March 4 1885 is 49 years old

Ellen Victoria Herold March 15 1887 is 46 years old

Royal Paul Herold born September 24, 1889 and died July 4 in 1890 age 9 months and ten days  if lived would be 45 years old

Evangeline May Herold born April, 20 1891  if lived would be 43 years (She died in the 1918 flu epidemic)

Royal John Herold born April 22, 1893 Royal aged 41 years old.

Henry Wingerd Herold born Nov. 29 1897 if lived would be 37 years old (he died because he was kicked by a horse)

Everything in this list is as my grandmother had written it but things in ( ) are my additions.  In some cases, in the letter and the list, I have added puncturation and sometimes not.

What I hope to do which will take some time to send pictures with explanations.  I have three (electronic) pictures of Evangeline.  This will take time.

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From: Schroeder, Donna
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 3:21 PM
To: jay@usfunks.net
Subject: Family History

Evangeline Wingerd Herold was my great grandmother.  She died five years before I was born so I had no chance to get to know her.  However, because I was able to scan some family pictures into my computer from the family album and also through a cousin who inherited some family papers I have a small amount of information.  Your site was particularly interesting because I grew up hearing that we had some Native American ancestry.  Reading that Eva Clark was Cherokee was the answer to a question that has bothered me for years.  None of the older relatives seemed to know much except that the Native American connection came through Evangeline.  I have a scan of the obituary of Own Butler Wingerd from my grandmother's things and it is through that obituary that I connected with your site.  Evangeline, her husband John and probably four of their children are buried in the Lakota, ND cemetery.  The graves are unmarked except for a military marker on Henry Herold's grave.  I did also hear a different story of the reason that the name was changed.  According to my dad (who had visited "uncle Owen" in Nebraska or who had heard stories from his mother) claimed that the family was distressed that Wingard was a name associated with growing grapes for making wine and they were strictly against the use of alcohol and that was the reason for the name change.  This might have been among the stories you heard but did not share.  My dad described Owen as a lay Methodist Preacher and the obituary said he belonged to the Holiness tradition. 

You may not be interested in your collateral ancestors but if you are, I can provide a little bit more information about that family although much less than I have about other branches of my family.  I know even less about John Herold than I do about Evangeline Wingerd Herold.  I have some formal family history about all of my grandparents except for Victoria Herold Schroeder, Evangeline's daughter.  

Perhaps none of this information is new.

Sincerely,
Donna (Janet) Schroeder, OSB, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

To Be Continued......


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