This inspired a bit of ruminations on the pictured individuals and their families.
The Oberhausen/Niederhausen contingent supplied the Singley (Zängle), Schwar (Schwär), Riess (Rieß), as well as other families, not photographically captured (Metzger, Kresch, et al.) and other families on the South Side of Easton not directly related: Deck, Keck, Smull, Raisner, Breiner, Albus, u.s.w. Hence, the moniker "German Hill" for the locale. Since one family on the more eclectic paternal side was also German (Ochenfuß), TOF's mother took delight in pointing out to his father that TOF was more German than Irish. To which Pere responded that a single Irish bloodline was sufficient to cancel all the rest.
As you might expect from this narrow gene pool, one of TOF's 4th cousins is... TOF!
|Joseph Schwar |
takes the chair
Harry Singley, known as "Guv," appears in the tree in his AEF uniform, going off to fight... the Germans. He married Helen Schwar, daughter of the above. TOF has no photographs for earlier generations of Singleys; but hope springeth eternal. Harry's father Anthony (m. Sarah Metzger) was killed at Bethlehem Steel, his grandfather Anton (m. Margaret Weaver [Weber]) emigrated with his mother at about the same time as the Schwars and settled also in Nockamixon. His father bore the multitudinous designation of Franz Josef Anton Zängle (m. Maria Elisabeth Maier) and so on back to a Martin Zenglin (m. Jacobea Hebingen) contemporary with Martin Schwör. (Was everyone named Martin back then?)
Magdalena Riess came over on her own in 1852, probably during the same famine in Baden. TOF has her passport from the Grand Principality of Baden, which, because there were no passport photos in those days, describes her in words. Her reason for going to the US was listed as "to visit friends." Very good friends, apparently, as she never went back. She married here Conrad Hungrege (q.v.) The Riesses run back with various spellings to Franz Georg Rys (m. Maria Humbaher) in the late 1600s.
On TOF's paternal side there was also a German line:
OchenfussMatilda Ochenfuss has the honor of bearing the most diversely spelled of all the TOFian ancestor names. TOF's Reader may amuse himself thinking of all the various ways to spell something that sounds a bit like Ochenfuss. Be warned: "Ackofoose" is one of the actualized potencies. The name may have originally been Ox-foot (Ochsenfuss). All we know of this family is that her grandfather had been born in Baden (but not which town), that he worked on the Lehigh Valley Railroad in South Easton, and attended TOF's home parish. Matilda met Daniel Flynn in Newark NJ, where he (and maybe she) were working in a shoe factory. They were married there at the recently demolished St. Peters and moved afterward to Phillipsburg, NJ, where a plentitude of Flynn can be found to this day.
The photograph is of a water-damaged painting kept by one of John's granddaughters.
Lynch had come from Stradbally, Co. Waterford in 1845, the first year of the Famine. Supposedly, from a townland named Bannalynch, but this has never been verified.
The McGoverns had been lords of Tullyhaw in West Cavan and after the land was parceled out by the Elizabethans, the remote region known as "The Glan" (a/k/a The Kingdom of Glan, a/k/a Glangevlin) accessible by only a single footpath over the mountains was assigned to the McGoverns. This eventually became the last Gaelic-speaking region in that part of Ireland. The Glan was said by one author to be "inhabited principally by a primitive race of McGoverns and Dolans" who married one another and annually elected one of the McGoverns as "King of the Glan." Did TOF mention that Mary McGovern's parents were Matthew McGovern and Catherine Dolan?
The history of the Clan Dolan includes a colorful account of "Blind Terry" McGovern and Bryan Dolan and a feud of three generations standing. Hatfields and McCoys, fer shure. TOF believes the Glan was akin Eastern Kentucky/West Virgina and was chock full of moonshiners and hillbillies. This impression is reinforced by a photograph he has seen of Mary McGovern Cantrel aiming a shotgun at the camera. Mary was also a midwife and once, when the doctor could not make it to her house because of a snowstorm, delivered her own baby. Good thing women were demure, submissive pearl-clutchers back in those days.
Interestingly enough, all of TOF's ancestors were "in place" before Ellis Island opened for business. The federal government did not assume control of immigration until 1890. Previously, immigrants arriving in New York City had been processed by State officials at Castle Garden Immigration Depot in Lower Manhattan.
Hammontreeanother with Sherman in the Atlanta Campaign. After the Civil War her ancestors went first to Arkansas, then to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). They were pretty much all farmers all the way.
The Harris family of Margie's grandmother followed a parallel track from Harlan County, KY, where Greenberry Harris was a neighbor of the Lincolns, and went with the Lincolns to Spencer Co., IN, then when the Lincolns continued to Illinois, the Harrises went by way of Missouri to Indian Territory. Like the Hammontrees, they were all farmers.
Her father always told the Incomparable Marge that he had named her after his own mother, who had been part Choctaw. Nothing is known yet of the Jam (or perhaps James) family, though the 1910 Census has her and her two sons living in Ft. Towson, in Choctaw country. The earliest emigrant on this branch of the tree came over about 20,000 BC, across the Bering Land Bridge.