Looking for any and all information on ancestors and descendants of John George and Catherine (mnu) KEGLEY.
Variations of the KEGLEY surname including but not limited to Goeckel, Kockhle, Geckley, Keckly, Cagley, Keeghley and Cakeley have made getting beyond this marriage seemingly impossible!
Family legend has it that John George (aka Jerg) GÖECKLE arrived in Pennsylvania at a Philadelphia port on the Ship Peggy in September 1754. The young man was apparently traveling alone. We believe he was born circa 1740-43.
The marriage of John George and Catherine (mnu) abt 1761-62 and the birth of the couple's first four children supposedly happened in Lebanon or Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Records of the baptisms of these first four children are supposed to be in the records of Hill Lutheran Church of Annville in what is now Lebanon County. Some researchers have the baptisms being performed by John Casper Stoever and others have the baptisms being performed by John Casper Flower. No record of a marriage has surfaced to my knowledge.
By the time time their fifth child was born (2 Mar 1770) the couple had migrated from Pennsylvania to what is now Wythe County Virginia with their young family where they remained for the rest of their lives.
It is possible that John George KEGLEY was the son of Johann Mattheus GOECKEL Born: 1717 Einhausen, Saxe Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany Married: Anna Barbara GAENSLER on 11 Feb 1742 Woelfershausen, Saxe Meiningen, Thueringia, Germany Anna Barbara was the daughter of Caspar GAENSLER and Margarethe HERDER. If this is true he had a brother named Sebastian who may also have immigrated to America.
Other Wythe County families who apparently migrated from the same area as the KEGLEYS are COPENHAVER, UMBERGER, CATRON (with KETRENING, KETTERING, KIMBERLIN and other variations of same), FOGLESONG, STEFFY, LEEDY, WYRICK, RIBBLE, HUDSELL (HUTZEL, etc.), KEESLING, MYERS/MOYERS, BAUMGARDNER, GROSECLOSE and countless others.
I have been able to track much of the KEGLEY line from Wythe County to the present but just haven't been able to get back to Germany with any certainty. I have gathered information on more than 20,000 descendants for John George and Catherine (mnu) KEGLEY but there is still so much to learn. These 20,000 descendants are from seven of the twelve documented children of the couple. Two of the twelve were stillborn and two sons remain enigmas and one daughter's line seems a dead end at this point. The other seven lines have been fairly well researched but there are still stones to turn in each of those lines as well.
There is another KEGLEY line that I feel must also be connected to my Wythe County line but I have not been able to make the absolute connection there. That is the line of John Henry (b. 4 Nov 1789) and Rachel (ANDERSON) KEGLEY. This particular line ended up in Boone and Story counties in Iowa. Might John Henry have been the son of the unexplored Sebastian KEGLEY who might have been a brother to my John George?
There is also a Mary Barbara KEGLEY who married Christian FOGLESONG who I feel must be very closely connected to my KEGLEY line as she and her family migrated to Indiana at the same time some of my Wythe County KEGLEYS made the move and Barbara's descendants intermarried with the Wythe County group. I think she might in fact be a daughter of John George and Catherine (mnu) KEGLEY but I have not been able to verify this.
I could really use some help here if there is anyone out there who has any ideas to share. Please reply to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as replying to the message board.
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