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Moravitz inTX, Possibly MO, and Alsace-Lorraine
Posted by: Tim Fulcher (ID *****4283) Date: October 27, 2007 at 11:13:09
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I haven't found much online about the surname Moravitz, other than it is possibly derived from Moravec, due to Czech pronunciation, so I thought I would fill in what is known about my parents' relatives. One of my ancestors is my great-grandfather, Peter Moravitz. Peter was allegedly born on the boat from Europe and passed through Ellis Island, NY, and may have passed through MO as well. He was married to Elizabeth "Bettie" Davis of Callaway, Co., MO, father moved to TX in 1874, according to other genforum posts. My grandmother on my father's side was Floy Cecelia Moravitz. I have copy of blurry family photo with Peter and Bettie with some of her other kids from marriage to Gus Edward England. The Moravitz family was from Alsace-Lorraine, which in Texas, usually means they were Czech, but I grew up believing they were Polish. Floy's brothers were Tom and Ernest Moravitz. Peter Moravitz had a cousin Charles, who had two sons, Charles and Fred, who married Augusta "Gussie" Hammel and Eva Hammel, respectively, sisters who were daughters of Louis Hammel, an immigrant from Germany, born abt. 1845. I have some scattered info on Moravitz descendants, some of which is in Bexar County, TX records after 1925. Louis Hammel's sons had no children, but my maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Hammel, sister of "Gussie" and Eva. She married a Reynolds, possibly from Audrain Co., MO, and later a Woodward, ancestors from Wake Co., NC, Logan Co., KY, and Robertson Co., TN (and probably Jamestowne, VA). So in a way, my mother married a Moravitz descendant, like her Hammel aunts. Surnames: Hammel-Woodward-Moravitz.

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