Catharina Weidner at the Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister

  My 7th great-grandmother, Catharina (Schneider) Weidner, moved to the community at the Ephrata Cloister, along with her young children, after the death of her husband. The Ephrata Cloister, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1732.  It was a religious community, founded by German immigrants.  They were semi-monastic, with a monastery and […]

On this date. . .the 9th of October

Births George Heinrich Weidner was born in 1717 in Germany (my 6th great-grandfather). John Christian Albrecht was born in 1726 in Germany. Babel Moore was born in 1795 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Deaths Anna (Whitener) Wilkie died in 1880 in Catawba County, North Carolina. Marriages Mary Burk and Joseph (possibly James) Morphew were married […]

On this date. . .the 19th of September

Births William Langston was born  in 1823 in Sevier County, Tennessee. Deaths Catherine Elmira (Lynch) Whitesides died in 1910 in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Marriages Eliza Burgin and Thomas Young Lytle were married. . . Benjamin Burgin Hemphill and Frances Saunders were married (my 3rd great-grandfather and his second wife). . . Margaret Rebeca Hemphill […]

On this date. . .the 26th of August

Births Rebecca Hemphill was born in 1792 in Old Fort, North Carolina. Andrew Hemphill Mackie was born in 1813. Martha A. Searcy was born in 1840 in Tennessee. J. E. Patterson was born in 1851. Burtha F. Aaron was born in 1898. Deaths Mary Catherine (Mull) Weidner died in 1804 in Lincolnton, North Carolina (my […]

On this date. . .the 14th of July

Births Barbara (Dellinger) Hawn was born in 1797 in Catawba County, North Carolina. James W. Davis was born in 1874. James Blaine Ellis, Sr. was born in 1888 in Gilmer County, Georgia. Deaths Barbara (Weidner) Mossman Rohrbach died in 1795 in Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Wesley Jones Whitener died in 1887 in Booneville, Arkansas. Caroline […]

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Journey Across the Pond


Most lines of my family tree came to America before 1750.  I have very little documentation of their journey across the pond at this point, as I’ve been concentrating on completing my American records first. Confirmed Passenger Lists The only passenger list that I have is for the Albrecht/Albright family who traveled from Palatine Germany […]

October Birthdays

Let’s recognize ancestors who were born in October: Hans Jakob Rudisuhle, 8x-great-grandfather, born 04 Oct 1666 in Michelfeld, Germany. Margaret Coghill, 9x-great-grandmother, born 05 Oct 1684 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England. George Heinrich Weidner, 6x-great-grandfather, born 09 Oct 1717 in Coburg, Sachsen, Germany. Thomas Mackie, 5x, 6x, and 7x-great-grandfather, born 18 Oct 1724 in Burnsquare, Ceres, […]