Hi Cousin Ramona - In the 1840 census for Northumberland County are five Michael families. Our Peter Michael (age 30-40) is shown living in Jackson Township with his wife, 5 daughters and 4 sons. They were in Illinois by June 1846.
The other Michael families are a few miles south in Lower Mahanoy Twp; Christian Michael (age 60-70), John (age 40-50), William (age 40-50) and Jacob (age 20-30). Looking solely at these ages it would appear John and William are the sons of Christian. Jacob and Peter are brothers or cousins to one another. Peter may have moved to Jackson Twp to be close to the Engle / Engel family?? Maybe.
It would be nice to find some proof. Several early MICHAEL wills are available in Northumberland County. If they could be transcribed perhaps we'd get a better idea of who was related to whom. The wills: Anna Michael 1810 - Christian Michael 1787 - Jacob Michael 1777 - Philip J Michael 1786 ***** Steve Schack - email@example.com
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