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Maurers from Alsace and Switzerland
Posted by: Michael Mowrer (ID *****3060) Date: February 09, 2008 at 01:30:02
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My probable immigrant ancestor was Christian Maurer, who came to America in 1765 on the ship Polly. I believe he lived in Berks Co., Pa., and my ancestors also lived in Northumberland Co., what is now Snyder Co. and Wayne Co. Ohio and Wabash Co. Ind. and Unionville, Putnam Co. Missouri.
But back to the immigrant acestor, Christian Maurer, and his origins. I used to think he came from the Palatinate of what is now Germany, say near Oberlustadt, because some passengers on the Polly came from there.
More recently I am suspecting he came from Alsace, perhaps northern or western Alsace (or Lorraine?). At least one or two passengers on the Polly, Gemberling and Urffer, I believe, came from Alsace.
Originally I think my Maurers came from Switzerland, perhaps Canton Zurich or Canton Bern.
Family names associated with my Maurers include: Erni/Erny, Baer/Bear, Petry/Petri, Kaemmerer, Kern, Reger/Rager, Breiner/Briner, Schnebele, and maybe Klingenschmidt/Klingelschmidt.
I welcome correspondence from others tracing similar family lines, or with ancestors who came to America on the Polly, or whose ancestors followed the same possible emigration route of Switzerland to Alsace/Palatinate to America.
Michael Mowrer
Issaquah, Washington
Researching Maurers since 1980

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