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Re: Serious Froman Research in the 21st Century
Posted by: Gary E Young (ID *****1277) Date: February 24, 2009 at 15:49:34
In Reply to: Re: Serious Froman Research in the 21st Century by Earl McGuire of 215

The best source on the Hites, including Jost's dau Elizabeth who married Paul Froman, is GERMAN ORIGINS OF JOST HITE, VIRGINIA PIONEER, by Henry Z. Jones Jr., Ralph Connor, and Klaus Wust. (Shenandoah History Publishers, Edinburg, Virginia, 1979). It is a very small, but fact filled booklet, by three very prominent scholars in their field.

Another useful book is BEYOND SHENANDOAH, by Elizabeth Umstattd, Third Revision, 2006, published and sold by the author: E. C. Umstattd, 733 Stoke Road, Villanova, Pa 19085. I think the current price is $40 postpaid. The book covers the westward migration of the Hites and the son-in-laws, Bowman, Chrisman, and Froman. It is particularly strong on the Froman's period in Pennsylvania and early Kentucky. The genealogical errors on the Fromans are numerous, not due to the author's negligence but due to the faulty information she was furnished. Nevertheless, I recommend it to anyone seriously interested in the Fromans. The land records and the illustrations are excellent. Also, the material on the Froman's Bowman cousins is fascinating.

The migrations discussed in the Stephens Family are adequately explained in the above books.

It was Paul Froman JUNIOR who was the Captain in the Revolutionary War, though old DAR records mistakenly attributed the service to his father. It is now corrected in their records and members are accepted on Paul Jr or his brother, Jacob Froman. Paul Jr first served as a Captain in Pennsylvania in Dunmore's War (slightly pre-Revolutionary) and then in the Revolution itself. Details on this service are in my files for those who need them--I am a little vague off the top of my head.

Paul Froman's mills in Pennsylvania, to which you refer, are discussed in several places. Boyd Crumrine's HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY PA is one. The other I will have to check later. I have compiled a little paper on Paul Froman's two Stations in early Kentucky which I am glad to share. By the way, it is Paul JUNIOR who had the mills in Pennsylvania and the Stations in Kentucky.

The Fromans were land speculators, millers, builders of forts and stations, distillers of whisky and merchants of it, salt-makers in Kentucky, legislators, etc., etc. There are hundreds of original records of them in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Kentucky. Unfortunately, much that has been "written" about them did not utilize the original sources. A full book could easily be written on Paul Jr and Jacob, sons of the immigrant Paul Froman Sr.
Glad to be of help.
Gary E Young

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