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Re: William A. Washer-Mi. Wa.
Posted by: Marilyn Current (ID *****1984) Date: June 01, 2004 at 07:26:52
In Reply to: William A. Washer-Mi. Wa. by Laura Bowerman of 96

Laura, I found your William A. Wawher family - a part of our Washer family out of Sussex Co., New Jersey. William's father was George Washer, b. Mar. 31, 1825, of Monroe, NJ. His father before that was William P. Washer, b. Jan. 19, 1801 in Sussex Co., NJ. Wm. P. Washer's father was Peter Washer, b. abt. 1757, of Sussex Co., NJ, and Peter's father was John Washer, b. abt. 1720, pos. from Germany or Holland. Here is information on each:

Generation 1 - John Wascher/Washer:
Marilyn's note: Some say the Washers came from Germany, but others have mentioned Holland. I have come across a significant number of Washers in England. Since many English fled to Holland in the 1600's for religious freedom, it is even possible the Washers were originally of English ancestry.

There is a Wascher - Washer genealogy file in the Sussex Co. Library that contains these notes:

"The possible progenitor of this family may have been, Johannes Wascher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. on the ship Anderson, from Rotterdam and later Portsmouth, England on Sept. 27, 1752. Later settled in Sussex Co., N.J. in Pinkenyville or Germany Flats as it was known at the time."

JOHN WASHER'S WILL, quoting from the Washer family file in the Sussex County, New Jersey library:

JOHN WASHER died at Newton, Sussex Co., N.J. Feb. 1773. In his will he leaves all to his wife Mary. The will was witnessed by Coonrad Gontryman, Peter Corcilius and Hezekiah Smith, Newton, 26 March 1773?
Probated before Governor Franklin at Burlington, N.J.
Sworn to on a Holy Evangelist Bible.
Mary Washer, Inventory L 82, 18, 9.
Index #188S Bk 15, pg 545 Bk 16 pg 217; Pub. Index of Wills 1772-1779
He had children but did not name them, the following people were found shortly after,
       Mary - wife        marr. Peter Kimble
       George              marr. Mar Bale, May 1782
       Peter              marr. Mary Mann, June 1782
       John              marr. Mary Chatcham, April 13, 1783
       Henry              marr. Ann Currant, May 2, 1791
       William P.
(Marilyn's note: I have located William P. Washer's death certificate, in Wayne Co., MI, where he moved to live with his son, George. On the death certificate it names his parents as being Peter and Elizabeth, so this would not be a son, but rather a grandson, of John's. I don't know about Samuel. There is a Joseph who is a grandson, but he may have been named after a brother of his father.)

From: Nancy Pascal []
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004
To: Marilyn Current
Subject: RE: [NJSUSSEX-L] Deniel WASHER

I have a John that died in 1773:

Sussex Co., MNJ Probate Records
188S - John WASHER of Newton
Will: 1 Mar 1773       Filed: 26 Mar 1773
Wife: Mary
Children: "All my children" (not named)
Exe: ?
Wit: Coonrad GONTRYMAN, Piter CORCILIUS, Hezekiah SMITH

I show him to be the father of John, Henry, Peter and George. I have no proof of this, but since he is the earliest Washer I find, I believe this to be the case. I do not find any Washer's in Sussex Co. in 1773-74 (tax list) but John may not have migrated to Sussex until after the Rev. War. The sons are listed in the area by 1794. I tend to believe that his sons were probably not 'of age' by the time he died, otherwise they would have been named as Exec. I think on this one, I failed to note the Exec. but, if he had named his sons, I would not have likely missed that. Wonder if Corcilius (Concilius) is Mary's maiden name. I say that since his first name is Peter. I know nothing of this Peter, only have a George in my database. He would have been b ca 1760. Perhaps Peter is a brother. Coonrad and Hezekiah are names carried in the Washer lines so I doubt any relation to John except for perhaps in-laws.

Generation 2 - Peter Washer:

1st wife, Mary Mains. 2nd wife, Elizabeth (maybe Struble?)
History of Andover Township
       One of the earlier settlements in Andover Township is Germany Flats, in our northeastern section. The name was given due to the nationality of the settlers farming here before and after the Revolution.
       Among the first in this vicinity were...Jacob Maines, PETER WASHER......The beginning of the history of the land along the Newton-Sparta Road, from the culvert to WASHER'S farm is limited...
1793 tax list for Sussex Co.:

Washer, George                            Wantage
Washer, Henry                            New Town (Newton)
Washer, Peter                            New Town (Newton, area Peter was in called Andover aft. 1864)
Wasser, David       (probably Daniel)              Grannage       (Greenwich, now in Warren Co.)
Wasser, Jacob                            Grannage       (Greenwich, now in Warren Co.)

10727 Washer, Peter Elizabeth & Abraham E. Washer administrators, probated 1-15-1828

Part of will settlement, found in the Washer family genealogy file in the Sussex Co. Library:

"One note against William P. Washer and Mary Vaughn       $1.01
Money in the hands of George Washer, which he acknowledges he had took (?) from said estate                                   $67.82
George Washer acknowledged that he had turned in produce from the estate of Peter Washer deceased                                   $27.84
One count                                   $2.50
Inventoryed and appraised by us
                     George        X N. Main
                     Lewis Peters
Inventory and appraisement of the personal estate of Peter Washer, deceased, late of the County of Sussex. #1986 S.
       Proved before this 21st day of March 1829
              Teasdale, Surrogate.
       Recorded in Bk. E. of Inventories, folio 338

Generation 3 - William P. Washer:
The middle initial probably stands for Peter.

1830 federal census, Newton Twp., Sussex Co., NJ:
1 male 30-39 (1791-1800)              William P. (1-19-1801)
3 males under 5 (1826-1830)              George (3-31-1825) + son2 & son3
1 female 20-29 (1801-1810)              Lucinda (ca1810)
1 female under 5 (1826-1830)              Sarah Elizabeth? (abt.1827)

1840 NJ, Sussex Co., Newton
Page 70 - WASHER, William
1 male 40-50 - William P., b. Jan. 19, 1801
2 Males 10-15 - son2 & son3
1 female 40-50 - Lucinda
2 females 15-20 - (2 females who weren't in the home in 1830 - maybe nieces?)
1 female 10-15 - daughter1 (Sarah Elizabeth?)
1 females: 5-10 - Dianna

1850 NJ, Sussex Co., Lafayette, p. 98
August 3, 1850
William, 50, laborer, NJ
Lucinda, 42, NJ
Hartley W., 8, NJ
Dianna, 5, NJ
Daniel, 3, NJ
William A., 1, NJ

1860 MI, Macomb Co., Bruce, p. 690
WASHER August 21, 1860
William, 57, shoe maker, $75, NJ
Lucinda 51, NJ
Dianna, 15, domestic, NJ
Daniel, 12, NJ
William, 10, NJ
Edward, 8, NJ

1870 federal census, Michigan
MACOMB Co., Bruce Twp., Roll 688, p. 319R
household 213/218(?)
WASHER              Wm.P.       69M              shoe maker       New Jersey
              Lucy       60F              keeping house       New Jersey
              William       21M              Harness maker       New Jersey
              Edword       11M              at home              New Jersey
WORDEN              Edword       25M              cabinet maker       New Jersey
              Dianna       23F              dress maker       New Jersey

From "Deaths of Early Macomb County, MI, Settlers" recorded in "Leeson's History of Macomb County" (1882),        pp. 484-495: (
WILLIAM P. WASHER, father of GEORGE WASHER, died suddenly April 25, 1873. The deceased was born in Sussex County, N.J., in 1801.

Michigan Dept. of Community Health, Genealogical Death Indexing System,

WASHER , WILLIAM 24 - Apr - 1873 Washer Macomb

Date of death: 24-Apr-1873
Ledger Page: 162
Record Number: 1375
Place of death: Romeo
County of Death: Macomb
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 72 years 3 months 5 days
Cause of Death: OVERDOSE OPIUM
Birthplace: NEW JERSEY
Occupation: SHOEMAKER
Father's Name: WASHER, PETER
Father's Residence: NEW JERSEY
Date of record: 1-Jun-1874

Generation 4 - George Washer
wife- Isabella Haggerty
1850 MI, Macomb Co., Washington Twp., page 247
WASHER August 5, 1850
George, 25, shoemaker, $300, NJ
Isabell, 28, NJ
Isabell, 11mos, MI

1860 MI, Macomb Co., Washington Twp., page 725
WASHER August 11, 1860
George, 34, harness merchant, $2400/$3535, NJ
Isabelle, 39, NJ
Isabelle, 10, MI
Irena, 8, MI
Mary, 6, MI
Frances, 4, MI
George, 2, MI
WASHER, Doctor M., 21, harness maker, NJ (prob. same as Miles)
HARTLEY(?), (male), 18, harness maker, NJ

"History of MaComb County", (MI), Washington Twp., p. 807, Clerk, George Washer, 1853-54

1870 federal census, Michigan
MACOMB Co., Washington Twp., Roll 688, p. 145
household 63/63
WASHER              George       45M       boots shoes harness       New Jersey
              Isabella       47F              keeping house       New Jersey
              Isabella       21F              at home              Michigan
              Irene       19F              (can't read)       Michigan
              Mary E. 17F              at school              Michigan
              Frances       15F              at school              Michigan
              George       13M              at school              Michigan
              William       11M              at school              Michigan                                   Daniel       22M              harness maker       New Jersey

From "Deaths of Early Macomb County, MI, Settlers" recorded in "Leeson's History of Macomb County" (1882),        pp. 484-495: (
GEORGE WASHER died suddenly April 8, 1878, for many years a celebrated auctioneer.

Michigan Dept. of Community Health, Genealogical Death Indexing System,

Decedent's Name Date of Death Father's Last Name County of Death
WASHER , GEORGE 8 - Apr - 1878 Washer Macomb
Date of death: 8-Apr-1878
Ledger Page: 155
Record Number: 231
Place of death: Romeo
County of Death: Macomb
Sex: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 53 years 8 days
Cause of Death: APOPLEXY
Birthplace: NEW JERSEY
Occupation: AUCTIONEER
Father's Name: Washer, WILLIAM
Father's Residence: MICHIGAN
Mother's Name: WASHER, LUCINDA
Mother's Residence:
Date of record: 20-Aug-1879

Generation 5 - William A. Washer
wife, Anna Vowles

1910 federal census, ED 166, South Bend Precinct no. 1, South Bend City, Pacific Co., WA, Sheet 13A
household 536/638
WASHER, William       head       50       m1, 21y                     MI, NJ, NJ       owner logging barge?
       Anna       wife       48       m1, 21y       1birth, 1living       Eng., Eng., Eng.
       William, Jr. son       19                            WA, MI, Eng.       laborer logging barge?

Generation 6 - William George Washer

Laura, if you can give me more information about William George Washer, I would appreciate it. I can give you more information on the Washer family, if you wish.


Marilyn Current

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