It has been a long time since I have worked with my Rummels. I have my Rummel family on line at Elkhart County Indiana. I am descended from Peter Rummel (1800 moved to Ohio line), son of George Rummel, of Gettysburg PA –his youngest son, Jacob and grandson Isaiah Rummel –who moved to Nappanee IN in 1866.
Next week my son is taking me to Gettysburg PA - I used to live near there (New Windsor MD), and led some on tours of the battlefield. I have been to the Cavalry Field, and (as a Rummel) was shown some of the remains of the incident there
Has anyone determined exactly where George Rummel settled in 1778 when he moved to Straban twp, Adams Co PA? The Cavalry Field is in Straban twp. I suspect the Cavalry Field IS the original George Rummel farm. Back when I was working on the Rummel families, and had made some contacts, there was no information on the eldest son Jacob, who was the only Rummel of the family who remained in Adams County
John Rummel, who lived there during the battle, is said to have obtained the farm in 1840. If this is the land of George Rummel, who died about 1810, then John could be a grandson or great grandson of George. The Census shows that Jacob Rummel remained in Adams County (as did 3 of George's daughters: Susannah -who married Henry Ashbaugh, Catherine -who married Conrad Louer, and Barbara -who married Christian Culp. I found them at Arndtsville). I found that a William Rummel, son of Jacob, moved to Bedford County, and that two sons of his, John and James, were original settlers at now Rummel PA, at Johnstown. But I have not found any other information on Jacob or his family.
In the Manchester College Archives used to be a book named: Between the Lines. It was written in 1868, but I do not have record of the author. He was a soldier in Gregg’s Cavalry and was at the battle at the Cavalry Field. The one story he told: When Stuart’s Cavalry came out of the woods at the back of the barnyard, and ran into Gregg’s Cavalry, the Rummel family ran to the basement of the house. The 4 year old daughter grabbed her cat, but it got loose and ran across the banyard, with the girl chasing it. Both armies stopped their fighting, rescued the girl and her cat to the house basement, then returned to their lines and resumed the battle.
I consider this one of the pivotal battles at Gettysburg. Lee was not stupid, he did not just send Pickett’s Charge into the Union Lines. He sent Stuart’s Cavalry to circle the battle and hit the back of the Union Lines, as Pickett hit the front. Stuart never made it, he got stopped on Rummel’s Farm.
I did find that there were other Rummels at Gettysburg back after the Revolution. A Leonard? Rummel (tavern keeper in Gettysburg) received a letter from Taneytown MD, that a daughter (Elizabeth? Rummel) was coming to Gettysburg, to be married there. These Rummels (at least the one in Taneytown) were remnants of English (Hessian) Troops. (One of the Major Generals of the Hessian Troops in the Revolution was a Rummel – a Prussian. I don’t know now where I kept all those notes. - I'm trying to go by memory.)
Can anyone give me more help?
Merle C Rummel
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