Posted By:Gary Geisel
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Subject:Special to Beth
Post Date:March 08, 2004 at 21:43:52
Message URL:http://genforum.genealogy.com/waitzman/messages/6.html
Forum:Waitzman Family Genealogy Forum
Forum URL:http://genforum.genealogy.com/waitzman/

Wow Beth - you may really be on to something. I think that the root question is "what spelling did our family use back in Germany?" and can we find any such documentation, or perhaps a ship's manifest?

It is significant that you have a documented copy of the double-n Waitzmann spelling. That, plus the Williams Directory, makes two such refs.

I do have some other evidence of the "ei" spelling, but continue to believe that it is non-valid.

1) I have in my possession a Catholic ceremonial sword "Knights of St. John" sword that belonged to John Waitzman (Frank's brother, who died in his 20's, I believe); on the blade is enscribed the name "Jos. Weitzman" in the germanic Fractur lettering.

2) this link will take you to a history of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, which refers to your Great Uncle Bernard "Weitzman",

http://www.olr.cnd.pvt.k12.oh.us/Web_Pages/HistoryOfRosary/History1888to1939.html

I asked my mother (she's now 87-years old) about the spelling again since reading your message. She's said that she nbever heard of anything but the single-n "Waitzman" as the proper spelling. But she didn't enjoy the sort of conversations with her father Frank, that your dad did. Your father was the first grandson, and I've heard that Frank had a special affection for him.

I look forward to continuing this exploration with you. My personal email - geisel@ameritech.net

regards
Gary