I see that a response to your posting identified Catherine's father, as John Orwig (b. 1781) - John as son of George Orwig (b. 1758).Geo. had a sister, Catherine.
George Orwig was a brother of my ancestor, Peter Orwig, who with his father Gottfried and brother Henry, are identified as the founders of the town of Orwigsburg, PA, on a monument in the center of town.
Please note that Orwig records, as far as I can determine, have always identified Gottfried as "Orwig", not "Orwigsborn".
Gottfried came to America (from Brunswick, Germany) in 1741, at the age of 22. He sailed from Rotterdam on the St. Andrew and landed at Philadelphia. After arriving in Penn-
sylvania, he was required to take an oath of allegiance to King George II. He returned to Germany in a year or two to bring back Anna Clara Lampert (b. 1716) as his wife.
He and Clara settled first in 1743 in Maiden Creek in Berks Co., near Reading, PA. Our family records say they bought their land from the Iroquois Indians. They later moved to "Sculp Hill", one mile south of the present town of Orwigsburg in Schuylkill County. They were among the very earliest settlers north of the Blue Mountains; they are listed on the 1769 tax rolls in Brunswick Township.
Gottfried and Clara are buried in the cemetery at the foot of Sculp Hill across the road from the historic Old Red Church. On the cemetery grounds is a Revolutionary War monument which includes Gottfried's name as one of "The Old Men's Company". This was apparently a home guard militia of 80 elderly Germans. The captain was said to be nearly 100, the drummer 94, and the youngest man 70.
George Orwig served during the Revolutionary War at the Battles of Long Island and White Plains, as well as in various Pennsylvania engagements. He and other family members serving in that War were known as "The Schuylkill Patriots".
You doubtless are aware that a branch of the Orwig family settled in western Ohio, and I was told by the head of the Orwigsburg Historical Society that someone from that family deposited a family genealogy with local historians. I haven't seen it but hope to do so this summer.The Wagenseller History of Pennsylvania Families evidently has a very complete Orwig genealogy.If you should wish to talk to Jennifer Frantz at the Orwigsburg Historical Society, their website is: www.members.xoom.com/orburg_hist. I haven't been to that site recently so don't know if its address has changed. Hope all this helps.
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