This is very interesting! I didn't know that we had African-American cousins out there! However, keep in mind, I'm a northern Indiana cousin. In my area, the Traughber families can be counted on one hand. All Trarbachs, the original spelling of Traughber, who use the "Traughber" spelling of Trarbach are related. My family is from around Kentucky and Tennessee. We can be traced back to arriving here from Germany to Pennsylvania in about 1751 on a ship called Patience. There has even been a trace back farther in our generations in Germany. There is royalty in our background. Not by birth. Trarbachs were stone masons in Germany. One had done such good work for a king that he was made a lord. The Traughbers that I decended from were from Robertson Co., Tennessee and Muhlenberg Co., Ky. Property owned by them could be partly in TN and partly in KY because of the shared boarders. You may already know the many spellings of Trarbach, i.e. Draughbaugh, Trobar, Trobaugh and so on. The two brothers who brought their families from Germany were William and Michael. What makes it difficult to follow is the religious name of Johann that was often bestowed upon a child. It took me a long time to learn that Johann Michel and Michael were one in the same. I decended from Michel (Michael) Trarbach who was born in Rhineland Germany in 1707. There are holes in my research so this info is ungoing at the moment.
Feel free to contact me and I will help if I can.
Good luck cousin!
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