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C 0 N T E N T S


Whence came Dewalt Angane (Ankeny, Ankeney)                3,4

Settlement in Penna., then in Maryland                     5,6

Services to the Revolution:                                  7

His Sons and Daughters, general data.                   8 - 11

His Will.                                            105 - 108

THE CHILDREN of Dewalt and his First Wife:

Christian Angane (Ankeny).                    12 - 30,sup. c, d

Peter Angane (Ankeny).                                  31 - 57

Catherine Angane Walter. (Gary)                    58, *3 - *82

Rebecca Ankeny Cook.                                    58 - 60

Anna Maria Ankeny Corpenning.                           61 - 75

THE CHILDREN of Dewalt and his Second Wife

John Ankeney.                                           76 - 79

Henry Ankeney.                                          80 - 90

David Ankeny.                                           91 - 92

Jacob Ankeny.                                                93

George Ankeney.                                              94

Margaret Angane Bruden.                                      95

Elizabeth Angane (Ankeny)                                    96

The Step-Daughters

Veronica Frederick Schoff (Shaff).                     97 - 101

Christine Frederick Gerlach (Gerlaugh).               102 - 104


The work which eventually resulted in this book was begun 
when the writer became historian of the Michael Walter Reunion 
Association of Somerset County, Pa. It was greatly extended when he found this Walter Family closely associated with the Ankeny Pioneers in the Somerset settlements,— Michael's wife Catherine being a sister to the Ankeny brothers. Thus both Walter and Ankeny data were collected and arranged so as to reconstruct a complete family tree for the present widely dis- persed members of this notable family. The material for this sketch of the Ankeny Family, descend- ants of the pioneer Dewald, has been gathered from various sources. Much of the traditional part was given by several persons locally interested in the family; some was obtained by correspondence. Most of the relationships, names and dates, have been obtained from the various records found in the county histories, court records, church and cemetery records; and a few from living members of the clan. So it would be impossible to give credit to all who have contributed in some way or other. But among those who have done so in the largest measure, one should mention the following: Mrs. John Zimmerman, Somerset, Pa., Mrs. Martha Ankeney, Hagerestown, Md., Mrs. Webb Souers, and Mrs. Mary Hunter, Des Moines, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Ankeny, of Confluence, Pa., Mr. Karl Brown, Youngstown, 0., Mrs. Pearl Buss, Silverton, Ore., Mrs. Wilbur Ankeny, Mr. George . Ankeny, and Mrs. George Maxwell, Portland, Ore., Mr. W. Chorpenning, Connellsville, Pa., Mrs. T. Blair Williston, Cleveland., 0., Mr. Geo. B, Chorpenning, Clarksburg, W. Va., Mr. Ira I. Chorpenning, Washington, D. C., and Mr. William Ankeny, Johnstown, Pa. To all these persons the writer wishes to express his sincere thanks. Many others answered one or two inquiries and thus contributed also in a smaller way, and to these the writer is also grateful. Unfortunately many who could have given much needed data to fill in blank spaces in the family outline failed to answer the in- quiries. Much is also due to the courtesy of Dr. E. C. Saylor, Berlin, Pa., who allowed the writer free access to his vast collec- tion of Somerset County records of early families which he has gathered from court, church and cemetery sources. Finally one should not overlook the aid given by officials of many Historical Societies and Court Houses in many places, this aid being gener- ally given without compensation. It is the writer’s hope that the result as given in this book may be worth all the effort expended. Mayville, N. Y. Charles Ross Shultz March 17, 1949 (see page *55)

     One of the Pioneers in the later Colonial period of Pennsyl-
vania and the father of other Pioneers of the Revolutionary period 
is the subject of this sketch, Dewald Ankeny, an immigrant who 
arrived on these shores in the year l746. This fact is found in 
the list of immigrants from the Rhine Palatinate and Switzerland, 
by Strassburger-Hinke, and in this account we find that name in 
the list of passengers on the ship Neptune which arrived at the 
port of Philadelphia on October 25, 1746, the name being given 
there as Dewalt Ancony. (We shall find that both his names were 
given in those early days under various spellings.) On the same 
ship was one Caspar Dewalt, said to have been an uncle,—brother to 
his mother, In the list of those who took the oath of allegiance 
to the king on the same date, his age was given as 18 so from 
that we get the date of his birth as the year 1728, which may or 
may not be exactly right.
     From the same list of Immigrants is also found the name of 
Johann Nickel Angne, age 47, and wife Anna Catherine, age 38, as 
having come to America in 1736. The name appears later in the 
Bucks county records as Nicholas Onkeny, and will be referred to 
again. Also the list of Immigrants reveals the name Theobald 
Angane as having come to America in 1753. Both these names are 
found in a sketch of the life of Joseph Ankeny, a grandson of De-
walt, in a book, Prominent Iowans, by Brigham, as brothers of De-
walt, but this statement as well as several others in the same 
sketch is probably not correct, as will be shown hereafter.
     By tradition, the Ankeny family originated in France, prob-
ably in Flanders, and the name was said to have been Enghen at that 
time. The early members of the family were Protestants and follow-
ers of the Prince of Conde and Admiral Coligny,-that is, they were 
Huguenots. Persecution forced them into exile, and they latter 
appear in the Rhine Palatinate. In the proceedings of the Pennsyl-
vania Folklore Society, edited by the late Rev. Dr. John Baer 
Stoudt, is found data pertinent to this sketch from the Bavarian 
State Archives, found at Speyer, Germany, and other sources. In 
vol. 1, p. 105, Stoudt refers to several immigrants from various 
towns in Zweibrucken, in the Palatinate, or The Pfalz, as it is 
sometimes called. One of these was Peter Heyderick, of Oberalba, 
who left there in 1738 for Pennsylvania, and who afterwards lived a 
neighbor to Dewalt Ankeny in Lancaster Co., Pa. In 1736, he points 
out, one Johann Nickel Agne, of Einoth, left for America. In the 
same list was one Theobald Kieffer, to whom Dr. Stoudt refers, in 
a footnote, as Dewald Kieffer, the change from Theobald to Dewald 
being significant, as indicated later. Also from the same Oberamt 
(district), in 1746, came Theobald Agne and his sister, Magdalena 
Agne, of Lamsborn. The reference is without doubt to our Dewald 
Ankeny who came in that year. (As Nicholas and Dewald came from 
different towns, and ages were quite different, they probably were 
not brothers, as given in the account referred to above.)
     Also in vol. 3, p. 19, Pennsylvania Folklore Society Proceed-
ings, items from German newspapers which are of interest to us are 
quoted. On September 30, 1758, a notice by John Theobald, who had 
come to America in 1752, and had settled 3 miles from Ephrata, ad-
vertised for the whereabouts of his brother, Caspar Theobald, who 
had come to America 15 years ago. The article says John was
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accompanied by his sister, Catherine, who was married on ship- board (married name not given). Dr. Stoudt again, in a footnote, refers to the dates of entrance of John Dewald and Caspar Dewald, as given in the List of Immigrants referred to above. He also mentions that John Dewald was born at HahSpeyer, Germany. In the above two paragraphs, the writer has given the data on which he bases his conviction that the names Theobald and Dewald are the same, or were thus used at that time. Hence he believes that the Theobald Angena who came to America in 1753 was actually Dewald returning from a visit to his former home. He signed his name to the ship register as Theobald Angnee, and we find the name spelled thus in church records in Somerset county when Dewald’s children had settled there. Again we find, in a church record of Salem Church, near Hagerstown, i4d., where he settled later, this item: born to Theobald Angena and wife, a daughter Elisabeth, December 4, 1772, christened February 28, 1773; also in same record it is found that Theobald Angena and wife, Margaretha, were witnesses at christening of a son, David, born to John Shoff and Fronica, the latter being a daughter of Dewald’s wife, Margaret, by her first husband. It can also be stated here that later, in the church records of Somerset Co., it is found that a son was born there to Peter, son of Dewald Ankeny, and was christened as Theo- bald. Thus this writer is convinced that Theobald Ankeny was no other than "our" Dewald, wherever the name may be found in those early records. Many instances can be found where the ministers of that period usually used the name, Theobald, rather than Dewald, though the latter form was generally used colloquially. Regarding Johann Nickel Angne, who came to America in 1736, and was probably an uncle of Dewald, it appears that he settled in Bucks Co., Pa., and that the name soon became Onkeny. His des- cendants lived in Bedminster township, according to records of the county histories, as well as the Historical Society of Bucks Co. Christian and Jacob Angeny are mentioned in the latter, and in the county history it is found that Nicholas Onkeny settled in the "Deep Run" section in 1741, and is mentioned as one of the Tohick- ton settlers. In the 1790 census, one finds the names of Jacob Angeny, Sr., and Jacob Angeny, Jr. The Pennsylvania archives, Series 3, V. 13, p. 304, refers to a David and a Christopher Angeny, as living in the Leatherman Tract, and also refers to Jacob Angeny, Sr., Jacob Angeny, Jr., and Henry Angeny, all of whom were taxed during 1781 - 1787. There was an Angony mill on Deep Creek in 1785,-the earliest mill in that section. Thus it appears that the family also has "a posterity", though it is not clear whether the name is now Angony or may, perhaps, have become Ankeny. A recent item has been found in the Congressional Library, Washington, D. C., in which it appears that one Jacob Ankeny, who had married Mary Slifer, was a grandson of Jacob Angeny, born in 1740, who had married Elisabeth Wismer in 1762. He was the son of a Jacob Ankeny who had married Barbara Gehman and the other children were named: Elisabeth, Abraham, Samuel, William and David. Also his children were named: Joseph, of New Britain, Pa., Jacob, of Dublin, Pa., Catherine who married Abraham Hunsberger, of Dublin, Pa., and Nancy. So it is possible that some of the Ankeny names now found in various localities may be traced back to Nicholas Angne, rather - 4 -
than to our Dewald, See Supplement page A1. Now, turning to the subject of this sketch, it is found that Dewald settled in Lancaster county, Pa., somewhat west of Eph- rata, referred to above, and in what is now Lebanon County, Pa. A letter to the writer from the Director of the Pennsylvania Land Office states that a warrant for 50 acres of land was granted to Dewalt Angena on February 14, 1750, and that a sur- vey of the tract was made, and returned 121 acres, 120 perches. - Pennsylvania Archives, Ser.3, vol.24, p. 352. He also stated that the land was then in Hanover township, Lancaster Co., but now is in Union township, Lebanon Co., a short distance west of Swatara Creek, midway between Jonestown and Lickdale. From the History of Lebanon Co., by Egle, p. 179, it is found that he was taxed in East Hanover township in 1756 under the name of Dayvolt Angony, and that he was not one of those settlers who fled on account of the Indian attacks. A church record in the Jonestown Reformed Church shows the following item: Christian, son of De- walt Annias (as translated) and Catherine, was baptized Dec. 23, 1750, and witnessed by Christian Lang and Anna Maria, daughter of Peter Hedrick. This is an interesting item for several reasons, Peter Hederick, as already mentioned, came from the same district in the Palatinate as did the Ankenys. Also on the same ship with Nicholas Angne there was one Nickel (Nicholas) Lang, and this man was a member of the Jonestown church as early as 1742, at which date he had a daughter baptized there. These two men may or may not have been related to Dewalt, possibly one of them a brother-in-law, but at least they all seem to have settled to- gether. As the name Dewalt was not common, and as the name Annias is not known to have existed, it seems almost certain that the item refers to the subject of this sketch, and further evi- dence of that likelihood is this fact that Dewalt did have a son, Christian, who was born December 25, 1749, and his christening at this time would be quite likely. Reference to the name Catherine in the above item will be made in a later paragraph. But another item comes from the record of the Host Church, on the Big Swa- tara, near Jonestown. Here we find: that Rebecca was born to Theobald Angne, July 5, 1755, christened August 17, 1755, wit- nesses being Peter Heitherick and Rebecca Lang, both single. As the sponsors are from the same families, and from the similarity of names (allowing for variation in translation) it seems clear that both refer to our Dewalt. From the tax records, we know that he lived in this section, and no ether references to any name like his is found. So we accept bath these references as be- longing in this account. Tradition has it that Dewalt had married Mary Jane Domer and that she was the mother of the older children. This name is found in the account referred to in the account of Joseph Ankeny, given in Prominent Iowans, already referred to. Here it is stated that she was a daughter of Thomas Domer, and that the first two sons were named for two brothers,- Peter and Christian Domer. We know that the Domers lived in Maryland, where Dewalt later lived, but it is not known that they ever lived in Pennsylvania. Also we know that some of the names that were used in the account just referred to, were not entirely correct. So as far as this writer - 5 -
is Concerned, there is a question as to the verity of that tradition. From the above item, it appears that the wife of Dewalt and the mother of Christian was named Catherine, Her family name is not evident, but might possibly be either Lang or Hederick. It might also be noted that none of the children of Dewalt named any of their girls Mary Jane, but nearly all of them did have a daughter named Catherine. And Dewalt also had a daughter - his first - who was named Catherine. Also as we are quite sure the items mentioned above refer to Dewalt, it must follow that the first wife was named Catherine, and pro- bably not a Domer. But tradition has it that she died at an early date from injuries received in the burning of their barn. It seems that she tried to save some of the cattle. The exact date is not known. Before leaving this matter of names, it might be noted that one of the members of the Jonestown Church was Kilian (or William) Lang, whose wife was Magdalena; that was also the name of the sister of Dewalt who came with him to America in 1746, These two Magdalenas may well be the same person. Living near them at that time was a man named Noah Frederick who, on October 12, 1756, was killed by the Indians in one of the frequent attacks that they made on the frontier settlements. Also several of the older children were carried off by them. The widow of Frederick was left with two small children, both girls, and several months later a son was born to the widow. About 1758, Dewalt married this widow - Margaret Becker Frederick - and perhaps adopted the posthumously-born son as his own. This son was named Johann George, born March 27, 1757, and christened May 8, 1757, as recorded in the Bethel Church of that district. A Lancaster county court record shows that on January 16, 1759, Dewalt Ancony and his wife Margaret, late Mrs. Frederick, were appointed to administer the estate of Noah Frederick. The two daughters of Margaret and Noah Frederick were Veronica, born 1752, and Christina, born 1754. The Court, in 1762, appointed a guard- ian for them, and in 1766 a different man was appointed to serve until they became of age. (It appears that Margaret was the second wife of Mr. Frederick, and so the older children who were carried off by the Indians were not hers,- only her step—children.) It was about this time that Dewalt and Margaret moved to Mary- land, settling at a place called Clear Spring, in the Conoquo- cheague Valley. Here he bought a small tract of land in 1764, and, on January 19, 1773, it is found in the Maryland records, that Duval Anconi had a warrant for 500 acres,- the tract he named "Well-Pleased". He lived here during the remainder of his life and became one of the wealthy men of the region. He later took Out warrants for, or purchased, at least four tracts of land in what was then Bedford, now Somerset County, Pa., where several of his sons had settled. Very likely all of the children, -the five who were born to the first wife, and several of those born to the second wife came before he left Pennsylvania and were probably baptized there. At any rate, only the christening of his last child - seventh in the second family - is shown by the old church records. This is found, as already mentioned, in the Salem Church where the record shows that Elisabeth was born to Theobald and — 6 —
Margaretha Angena December 4, 1772, and was christened on February 28, 1773, the witness being Elisabeth Ruf(in). It is interesting to note, in referring to these early records, how many different spellings are found for both the first and the last name of our subject. Dewalt is written as Dewald, Dayvolt, Duval, Devault. The last name comes in even more spellings,— Anconi, Ancony-, Angne, Agnes, Angena, Acconi, etc. It is now generally spelled either Ankeny or Ankeney, the latter form being that generally used by the families that re- mained in Maryland and their descendants in the west. And re- garding the form Theobald, it might be mentioned that one of the sons of John, oldest of the second family of Dewalt, was named Dewalt for his grandfather, but in Greene County, Ohio, where he spent most of his life, he was known as Theobald Ankeney. The subject of our sketch died at Clear Spring in 1781. He left a will in which he directed that he was to be buried in the "orchard by the graves already there", just whose it is not clear,-possibly several infant children whose names are not rec- orded. This burial plat has been lost and plowed over; so today there is only a memorial stone set up at St. Paul’s Church, on Highway #40, a mile or two east of Clear Spring, this cemetery being on his original estate and given for burial purposes by his son John. The inscription on this stone is: To the memory of DeWalt Ankeny, the first of his name, and the founder of that family in America, one thousand seven hundred forty six. Born 1728, died at Clear Spring, Md. 1781." In his will, which is very interesting in many ways, especially as to his specific directions for the dividing of his properties and the caring of his widow, Dewalt refers several times to his "twelve children", or the "seven Sons and five daughters". As he names individually the seven in the second family, it is clear that there were five in the first family,- two sons and three daughters. Another odd fea- ture of the will is that he provides for giving his property in Maryland, divided into two farms, to two of his sons "by the cast- ing of lots", though the two who got these farms were to pay out to the others according to the value, and the others were each to have one of his tracts in Somerset, then Bedford, County, Pa. This will is published in the Journal of American History, vol. 2, pp. 661-2, under the heading’ The Will of a Wealthy Colonial Ameri- can, of 1781. Most of the larger libraries are likely to have a copy of this publication. His services to the Revolution are these: He took the Oath of Allegiance to the Colonial Cause before John Barnes, a Justice of the Peace in Washington County, Md., February 28, 1778, as found in the Unpublished Records, vol. 3, p. 39, of the Daughters of the Revolution; and from the Maryland Historical Magazine, vol. 12, p. 345, it is found that he was one of 54 persons named to relieve distress among the inhabitants. His name here is given as Devault Anchony. A record of and grants in his name is found in Scharf’s History of Western Maryland, vol. 2, p. 985, and in the Pennsyl- vania Archives, Ser. 3, vol. 24, p. 352. Reference to him is also found in Memorials of the Huguenots, by Rev. A. Stapleton, as follows: North of South Mountain, in the limits of Washington - 7 -
County, Md., the first settlements were made by Pennsylvania Germans prior to 1735, in the vicinity of Clear Spring. Among the settlers with Huguenot antecedents was Dewalt Ancony, who arrived at Philadelphia from Europe in 1746, and died at Clear Spring in 1781, at a very advanced age. (Today we should hardly call 53 an "advanced age".) If the first wife of Dewalt was really a Domer, this para- graph may be of some interest. Tradition says that a sister of Mary Jane married Joseph Fiery, and a daughter of that union was married to Dewalt’s son George. The following is found in a Md. Record: Joseph Fyers, (Fiery ?) md. Anna M. Dommer, Aug. 3, 1762. Others of this name who are shown by the 1790 Census to have been in Washington County, Md., then are; Ludwig, John and Christian. In Hagerstown, or near by, in 1776, were Michael Domer and wife Anna, and sons Michael, Jr., and Frederick. The name is also common in Somerset County, Pa., and in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. In the latter county, one of the first settlers was a Frederick Domer, from Somerset County, Pa., known as "Judge" Domer, and was a Dunkard preacher. Brothers of his were George and Jacob. Also a Michael Domer settled in Holmes County, Ohio, adjoining Tuscarawas County. Jacob and George, at a later date, went to Elkhart, Indiana. Michael died in 1845 and left sons John, Jacob and George, besides six daughters. The sons and sons—in—law of Dewalt Ankeny were among the first settlers in that part of Bedford county which later became Somerset, when the county was divided in 1795. Christian, the oldest of the family, was listed among the taxables there in 1775, and both Christian and Peter in 1776. In the Penna Archives it is found that Dewalt, Christian and George, a son of Christian, had taken out warrants for lands in that part of Bedford county on September 6, 1774,- the amounts of land being 250 acres, 150 acres and 150 acres, respectively. Altogether, the family- father, sons and grandsons had taken out warrants by 1795 for a total of over 3000 acres, and probably most of these tracts were later sur- veyed and patented to them. They also purchased other lands, either by warrants or deeds; as, for instance, the lands of Ulrich Bruner, who had laid out a town plan called "Milford", and of his sons, Henry and George, which were purchased by Peter Ankeny, and more lots were laid out on portions of this land by him. This was the beginning of the present town of Somerset. In Blackburn’s History of Somerset and Bedford Counties, Vol. 2, p. 128, reference is made to a letter, written by request ap- parently, by Joseph Ankeny, son of Peter, to David Husband, in 1870. Quoting from this letter, after he refers to Uncle Chris- tian who came first to Somerset in 1772 or 1773, and settled on the Fritz farm near Pine Hill. Then, the letter says, he later returned with Peter to Somerset where "Christly" settled on the John Schrock farm west of town, and Peter on the Hugus place where he built a log cabin and planted an orchard. Peter went back for winter to Washington Co., Md., and returned in the spring with his wife and oldest child, and household goods, including a stove. Then he says, to quote directly: My impression is that Uncles Chorpenning and Walter did not come until 1780. Uncle Chorpenning's first improvement was on the same ground still occupied by the - 8 -
buildings on the Old Chorpenning farm. Walter's I am not able to describe. (Thus he must have been referring to John Chor- penning as his uncle, as there were no other Chorpennings in the county except John and his sons.) he adds that he thinks that Harmon Husband came next summer (1781), when he rode a sorrel horse and had one son — Isaac — whom he called "Trippy" along. He went by the name of Harmon Scape-death, came often to Ankeny's as he and his son kept " Bachelor’s Hall", and he enjoyed the cooked meals. (Again one might mention that in 1781 he was just returning from the general flight of 1778 due to the Indian scare. He had been to Somerset county much earlier and had made surveys prior to that time.) Thus it seems probable that during these early years the men raised their crops on the frontiers in the summers and returned to Maryland for the winters. But in 1784 both Christian and Peter were included among the list of residents of Somerset county each with a family of seven. There are also records of baptism of their children in Somerset even earlier than that date. Cath- erine Ankeny, the oldest sister of Christian and Peter, had married Michael Walter and had lived for several years in or near Hagerstown, Md., and had also moved to Somerset by that date or earlier; and possibly several of the other sons,- half—brothers - had settled there too, as well as the other son-in-law of Dewalt referred to above as Joseph’s Uncle Chorpenning. In the records of the Berlin Church,- both Lutheran and Reformed at that time,- entries are found giving baptismal dates of children of all the following: Peter and Christian Ankeny, Michael Walter, Jacob and David Ankeny, and John Shoff, husband of Dewalt’s step—daughter Veronica. In 1789, according to the Penna. Archives, Christian, Peter, David and Jacob were all registered for military service, as well as Gillian Gary who after the death of Michael Walter in 1785 married Catherine, Michael’s widow. The Census of 1790 gives all the above names as residents of that part of Bedford later known as Somerset County. You will note that an earlier parenthetic statement referred an uncertainty in regard to the Ankeny relationship to a member of the Corpenning family. The name was originally spelled thus, and by tradition again, it was said that one of three brothers had married one of the Ankeny daughters. By some it was said that Elisabeth Ankeny had married George Corpenning, and had gone to North Carolina to live with the family of the oldest of the bro- thers, Albert Corpenning. This man, the oldest of the sons, only two, as we now know,- had married Barbara Probst, June 23, l774, and had gone to that state, though a storm detained them during the first winter in Virginia. Correspondence of the writer with mem- bers of that family now living in North Carolina has brought out the fact that they know of no George in the original family of Hendrick Kourpening, who came to America in 1751 with two sons, Albert and John, though Albert later had a son called George. De- walt’s grandson Joseph, in the statements quoted above, clearly es- tablished the fact that he had an uncle of that name, and the description of the location of the farm definitely refers to the other brother John, though he does not use the name. The trouble in identifying this Corpenning uncle may have come from a statement in a sketch of the family of John Corpenning written some years ago - 9 -
by J, Harry Fritz, an attorney of the Somerset Bar, who should have known how to base his writing on facts, but apparently did not. In this account he says that John Chorpenning-the name had changed to that spelling by that time-had married Anna Maria Ingrason. So far as known, he did not give the source of his information; but one may assume that he found the name in an old Bible, or an early church record. If so, the name was probably written in German, and the form of the name, as written at that period, would add the letters "in" to the name of a woman to make it feminine. Thus the name Ankeny for a woman would appear Angnesin. This would look much like the name Ingrason in the Ger- man script, and one not skilled in translation of the German names as written 150 years ago might readily make that error. At any rate, all evidence we can get clearly shows that it was John Chor- penning who married Anna Maria Ankeny, the youngest daughter of the first family of Dewalt. Further reasons for taking this view comes from the fact that in the census, taken at Hagerstown, then called Elizabeth Hundred, Maryland, in August of 1776,-as given in a Photostat in the History of Western Maryland, by Brumbaugh,-the names and ages of Michael Walter and his wife Catherine are given and immediately following each - men and woman were given separate- ly - come the names of John Corponning and his wife Mary and their ages. Apparently they were living together or next to each other as would be natural for two sisters. The date given for the marriage of the Corpennings was March of that year, so they might well have lived together with members of the family until then. Another striking bit of evidence is the practice of having the christenings of their children witnessed when possible by parents, brothers or sisters. We find that in the case of the Ankeny, Walter, and Corpenning families, members of those families frequent- ly, or generally, did just that for each other. Thus John and Mary Corpenning were witnesses twice for Ankeny children, and the Ankenys or Walter and his wife witnessed four times for the Corpenning children. And this is for only a part of the children, as the re- cords are not all given. Also when John Corponning died at an early age and left most of his children still minors, several of the Ankeny brothers were on the administrator’s bond and two of them were guardians for some of the children. This mass of evi- dence makes it apparent that Fritz erred when he gave the name of Mrs. Corpenning as he did. in addition, the name Ingrason cannot be found in any list of names of that period; and so there can be no reasonable doubt that John Corpenning was a son-in-law of Dewalt Ankeny. In this sketch of the family, we shall take up the children in the order of their ages, so far as we know that order. Then we shall also give the same data for the two step-daughters, Veronica and Christina. The children of the first wife were Christian, Peter, Catherine, Rebecca, and Anna Maria (Mary). The seven of the second wife were John, apparently adopted by Dewalt as his own, then Henry, David, Jacob, Margaret, George and Elisabeth. Margaret may have been older than one or both of the two brothers named ahead of her. But otherwise the order is believed to be correct. We shall give pertinent facts about each as to where he or she lived, died and is buried, if known. Also something about their - 10 -
activities, the names of their children, and the children’s children,- in some cases, down to the present generation. The children of Dewalt will be numbered 1, and their children will be given the number 2; and so on, with an increase of one for each succeeding generation. Signatures on the bond for the administration of the estate of Noah Frederick, in Lancaster County, Pa., January 16, 1759, of Dewalt and Margaret Ancony were both made by their marks, thus: Dewalt (x) Angeny Margaret (x) Angony --------------------- "_______________________________ " the signature to the ship’s roll and oath of allegiance, Sept. 14, 1753. _____________________________, Catherine Ankeny _____________________________, Elizabeth Ankeny Copied signatures to the certificate of marriage of Frederick Moyers (Moyer) and Catherine Ankeny. --------------------- An addition to the discussion of the names Dewalt and Theo- bald, given earlier in this account, comes from a Circular, #6, recently sent out by the Historical Society, of York County, Pa., on the confusion of names among the Pennsylvania Germans. In this list of confused names given by the Circular is:- Dewald, 18th century German form, same as Theobald, the correct English translation. Then follows that the name is confused with the name David. --------------------- Miss Anna M. Angeny, 600 Market St., Perkasie, Pa., a grand- daughter of Samuel Angeny, who was a grandson of Nicholas Angeny, an older brother, or uncle, of Dewalt Angeny (Anconi - Ankeny). Letter from her to Mrs. Foster was seen and returned to Mrs. Foster. It is not certain that Samuel was related just as stated above, but he was a son of Jacob, who was possibly a son of Christopher, a son of Nicholas. At any rate she is of the line of Nicholas, reference to whom was made in the early pages of the Dewalt Ankeny account. (See also page 3). - 11 -