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Subject: Re: [WOLLAM] Mathias Ulm/1700/Germany
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 18:44:57 -0000
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The land owner that Jacob supposedly worked for (who's daughter he married) MAY have been Johan Georg Boshaar b. 1694 Zweibrucken. (I think a Boshaar went back there and did some research). His daughter's name and the location seem to fit the "legends" a little better than Karlsruhe or Ulm. While his birth is listed on a couple occasions as Karlsruhe, he probably resided somewhere further North prior to his trip to Holland and emmigration.
Also: Civil War Records. Most of Jacob's descendants were Union. A few had moved south (KY, etc) and married into Slave Owning Families and changed their name. By generation three I've got over five spellings plus transcription errors!
There are also petitions and law suits about the Berkeley region joining West Virginia "Union" instead of Virginia "Confederate". You may find some of his descendant in those. This action makes sense though since the Protestants would have objected to slavery and the Supreme Court did uphold the decision despite its geographical location.
A recurring theme with this family seems to be arguing over the pronunciation, spelling and origin of the name. Some families not only changed their names but moved to other states and broke all ties starting with generation two and recently as two generations ago.
How silly is that? German, French, Gaul... who cares. That region was war torn for 1,500 years. Not a whole lot survived. Unless they were a royal, military general or a rich land owner; family, church, tax and land records may be all you get and those are erroneous at best.
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