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Re: Michael Singer, Lancaster & Dauphin Co., PA
Posted by: Tom Singer (ID *****7072) Date: September 11, 2008 at 12:06:30
In Reply to: Michael Singer, Lancaster & Dauphin Co., PA by Robert Shaffer of 866

Robert, I am posting a copy of an email from Loretta Hatfield from 2005, which you have traded posts with in this forum previously. I too am trying to connect with that line of Singers, and trying to verify that John Michael Singer's son is my gggrandfather, James M. Singer, b 1811. I have not been able to find out, although an aunt of mine had that as fact in her geneology, and she died in 1968. I have not seen my gggrandfather's name in a list of children I have seen on Ancestry, however.

Here is Loretta's info, and if you have a copy of the book she references, you might find more. I would appreciate an email if you can help on the Singer side.

"I have copies of pages from a book published in 1980 and again in 1982 "A History
of the SHAFFER - MILLER Schrawder Families by Louis Green Schoffstall. I only
have up to page 14, so you may want to see if your local library can locate a copy
and either borrow it or have more pages copied, which might concern your
immediate family.

ON pAGE 3. I t tells Hannah's mother was a widow for several years and died
about 1800. No tombstones are to be found for the Shaffers But it is believed that
they are both buried in the Zions Stone Valley Cemetery, as the Northunmbeland
County History has stated. Her father's will was administered to his wife on Aug
11 , 1792, and says he died in April 1792. In Nov The Estate inquest was recorded
in Northumberland County Court, (pages 2&3) I t lists their children as Daniel (the
petitioner) Jacob, William, John, George, Peter, Hannah (intermarried with Michael
Singer) , Barbara, Elizabeth and Catherine. At the bottom of page #3 it lists the
children as Daniel b @1760 Md Magdalene Croll, Jacob Conrad b Aug 7 1762 D.
Sep 11, 1822 md Maria Margaretha Lenker, Wilhelm J. b May 28, 1765 d Mar J29,
1835 md Maria SARAH Witmer, Francis (MY ANCESTOR) B 1773 D 1850 md
Elizabeth , Hannah b 1774 d 1816 md John MICHAEL Singer, Barbara b 1776
md John Wantzell, Johann George b Nov 28, 1777 md Elizabeth, Johannes b
1779 d Jul 1809 md Tobias Ulrich, Maria Catherine b June 6, 1780 d Nov 22,
1869 md Tobias Ulrich, Elizabeth b 1781 md George Beates, Peter b Oct 4,

The following are names to whom payments and disbursements were made during
the settlement of the SHAFFER estate: the last item mentioned is Michael Singer -
residue on Mortgage (I assume it excused the mortgage)

on Page #13
Child#5 Hannah Shaffer a daughter of Frantz and Elizabeth (Kiel) Shaffer.
Hannah died in 1816 buried proably in Dauphin County. Married to John MICHAEL
Singer bornSeptember 1756 in Lebanan Township, Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, a son of Michael Singer. He died in 1834 and is buried in Butler
County, Ohio (Michael's mother ws a native of France.) MY NOTES ADDED: MD

After their marriage, Michael and Hannah lived in Northumberland County, also
Dauphin County, and an area which is now Lebanon County. In 1800 they were
living in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County and by 1803 were in
"Millerstown", according to a record in Northumberland County Court. For a
number of years they lived in a large stone house in or near Harrisburg, and
owned a distillery in the same area (this was probably Hanover Township, Lebanon
Michael was a man of many talents. He was an outstanding mathematician, well
versed in astronomy and was also a surveyor. He drew up plans and helped in
construction of large mills, and while living in Pennsylvania frequently prepared the
calculations for the almanacs. Much of this information was learned from the diaries he kept. These diaries were written in German, in a most elegant style of
penmanship. He sserved as County Surveyor in eith lancaster or Dauphin Co.
Michael served as a captain in the 7th Company, 4th Battalion from Dauphin
County during the Rev War from 1786 to 1790. Later he served in the County
Militia. I t is said that during the War of Independence the father of Michael and
the remainder of his family were killed by the Indians.
Both Michael and Hannah were members of the German Luthern or Reformed
Church. Their first child was baptised in Stone Valley Church in Lower Mahanoy
Township. The others were bapatised in Hill Lutheran Church, North Annville
Township, Lebanon County and a church in Harrisburg. BOTTOM OF PAGE 13

There is a little more previous history of the immigrant family if you are interested
and do not pursue finding more info from this book(let) I will be happy to copy
and send to you or e-mail."

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