I may be able to help you with the information you are seeking. My 4th Great-Grandfather was Frederick Handwerk. Originally the name was spelled Handwerck when the family was in Germany. They came to America and settled in the Lehigh Valley area of Eastern PA. Just north of Allentown. You can get a 3 vol. set of books called The History of the Lehigh Valley on microfilm as an interlibrary loan. It is huge...but very interesting and FULL of Handwerk/Ohl/Fulweiler/Lynn/Mosser/Harter/Gucker/Oswald family history. Several years ago, my cousin, daughter and Mother and I attended the Handwerk family reunion in Egypt, PA. If you have a chance i would try to attend. These folks come prepared and anxious to share stories, history and photos. You will be amazed how many still reside in the area. The reunion includes dinner on Handwerk Road at the old Bake Oven restaurant, a walk through of an old Handwerk home and a wonderful picnic. We had a wonderful time.
Frederick and his son Johannes Handwerk and Johannes wife Christina Ohl moved to the Canfield/YOungstown, OH area. You will see there is an area called Handwork Corners there. They lived nearby and are buried in Canfield. Frederick was responsible, so I have been told, for changing the spelling of the name. Johannes changed his to Handwork...but I understand it went one to many variations. Did you know there is a very old Handwerck doll? Check EBay to see them.
If you would like more info...my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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