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From: Robin Poeschek <>
Subject: RE: [BRE] John Zug, White Oak Congregation
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2006 13:35:43 -0800
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The Zug/Zuck/Zouck/Zook Genealogy book can be found on abebooks: and then search for the author.

I had trouble trying to find the book by Mr. Davis but found that he has a
web site where you pay to join and then you have access to all the
information found in the book plus any new research that he has done. You
can find the web site at:


-----Original Message-----
From: Philip Morphew [mailto:]
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [BRE] John Zug, White Oak Congregation

I would love to obtain copies of both the books referenced by Dwayne, "the
Zook book" compiled by Harry D. Zook and the 1997 publication by Richard
Warren Davis. Any guidance on how to go about it will be welcome.


Dwayne Wrightsman <> wrote:

Your John Zug was probably the son of Ulrich Zug.

Ulrich Zug and three family members arrived in Philadelphia on the Ship
James Goodwill on September 27, 1727. Assuming that one of the family
members was Ulrich's wife Barbara, the other two were probably their
children. After their arrival in Pennsylvania, they had six more children.
The names of the eight children are known, but not their dates of birth.
One can only speculate as to which two were born in Europe and which six
were born in the New World.

The eight children of Ulrich Zug and wife Barbara Bachman are listed in the
Zook book, compiled by Harry D. Zook, in an order "suggested by events in
their lifetimes" as follows:

(1) Peter Zug

(2) Henry Zug

(3) Magdalena Zug

(4) Michael Zug

(5) Johannes Zug

(6) Jacob Zug

(7) Christian Zug

(8) Christina Zug

This order is the same as that in Richard Warren Davis, Emigrants, Refugees,

and Prisoners, Vol. II, 1997, pp. 429-432, where the Swiss Mennonite roots
of the Ulrich Zug family are traced back four generations to an Ulrich
Zaugg, b. c1580, of the parish of Signau. The Ulrich Zug family that
immigrated to Pennsylvania was believed to have been Mennonite. In the Zook
book, Ulrich's ancestral family is described as Swiss Brethren, a term in
the literature that seems to be nearly synonymous with Mennonite.

In 1741, the family started to join the Conestoga Congregation of German
Baptist Brethren. This congregation was divided into two communities, one
being the Cocalico community in old Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, and

the other being the White Oak community in old Warwick Township, Lancaster
County. The Zugs lived in that part of Old Warwick Township that is now
Penn Township, so they affiliated with the White Oak Brethren community.

Barbara Bachman Zug was baptized in 1741, and her husband Ulrich in 1742.
Interestingly, Ulrich Zug's name appears in the list of Conestoga
Congregation baptisms published in Martin Grove Brumbaugh's, A History of
the Brethren, in 1899, as George Hog (with an umlaut). In an old
unpublished and undated memorandum of Christian Bomberger, which also lists
the baptisms, the name appears as George Zug. Both Brumbaugh's and
Bomberger's lists were transcribed from German script into English. One
wonders about the name George. Did Ulrich's name become George in the
transcriptions, or did Ulrich also go by the name of George?

The order of Ulrich Zug's children listed above from the Zook book
corresponds fairly well with the baptism dates for the six Zug children who
joined the Conestoga Brethren. As listed in Brumbaugh, pp. 307-317, the six
were baptized as adults on the following dates:

(1) Peter Zug, 1747

(2) Magdalen Zug, June 12, 1748

(3) Hannes Zug, August 6, 1749

(4) Michael Zug, June 28, 1752

(5) Jacob Zug, 1763

(6) Christian Zug, 1769

As for the other two children, there is no record of Henry having been
baptized into the Conestoga Congregation. Nonetheless, from all accounts,
he was probably Brethren. Christina, probably the youngest sibling, married
John Musselman, a Mennonite, when she was only 14 years old. She seems to
have remained Mennonite.

The Zugs, typical of the Swiss-German Anabaptists, were farmers. The family
settled, on or before July 20, 1743, on 345 acres in Warwick Township,
Lancaster County. The family was active in the White Oak community of the
Conestoga congregation. Sons John, Christian, and Jacob were still active
at White Oak in 1770, when the preacher-historian Morgan Edwards listed the
members of the White Oak community. By that time, both parents had died,
Ulrich in early 1748, and wife Barbara about 1759. Ulrich was buried on his
farm in a cemetery located about one mile north of Penryn, Pennsylvania.

Dwayne Wrightsman

Lee, NH

----- Original Message -----
From: "Philip Morphew"


Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 12:50 PM
Subject: [BRE] John Zug, White Oak Congregation

> "John Zug and wife" are listed in the 1770 list of members of the White
> Oak Congregation, German Baptist Brethren. Any information about ancestry
> or descendents appreciated.
> Phil Morphew

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