Some accounts list the birthdates of Anna Eick and Morris Alpaugh (Aplock) as 1700 respectively, and those of their three children as 1736,1738 and 1740 respectively.
However,as evidenced in the 22 February 1776 will of the grandfather Philip Eick,the children at the writing of the will were all under age, because he named guardians for all three, implying that Anna as well as Morris was dead (we know Morris was because we have his will as proved 22 March 1769). In this circumstance,even if one assumed the oldest child was 20, almost adult,in 1776, the children would have been 40,38 and 36, respectively,when Philip Eicki's will was written.
I suggest instead that Gardner in the Genealogical Dictionary of NJ is correct and that the birthday of Morris Alpaugh was instead abt.1735-40 and those of the children about 1761, 1765 and 1768 respectively.
It follows that Gardner is also probably correct in suggesting that William Alpaugh, born about 1736-37 is very likely to be not a son but a brother of Morris Alpaugh, taking particular note of the birthdates of the children of William which fall through the 1760-70s.
There remains the problem of identifying the Morris Ahlbach who arrived in PA, presumably Philadelphia, in 1732, two years before the rest of the family which was aboard Hope in February 1734 with the exception of a Johan Wilhelm who did not appear in Philadelphia until 1752. I have not found a NJ will for this early Morris Ahlbach and suspect that he may have been scouting the territory for the rest of them, did not stay in NJ if he actually went there, but moved on at least to MD and perhaps OH as did several of the family.
I am particularly interested in finding more information about Morris Alpaugh's daughter Elizabeth who,if she was born at the end of February 1768 may well have been my gr-gr-gr-grandmother Petty.
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