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From Olivier FONTAINE

The mother of my grand father was named Berthe ROYER. She born in 1877 and died in Thelod ( France) in 1953. Her father was Aimé ROYER and was married with Joséphine BAGARD. They lived in Germiny ( 5 km from Thelod);....As it something to deal with your family ?

Just a thought to think about sent from a dear friend

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the the end.
He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years. (l900-l970)
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard...
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile...
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?
Author Unknown


My John Rohrer (March 18, 1745/46-January 10, 1816) married Maria Neff (August 16, 1752-July 01, 1825).
She was the daughter of Jacob Neff and Maria Hershey. I have not been able to find jacob Neff's parentage.
Do you have anything on this line?

From Carol Espiritu

My Royer ancestor is Sarah Royer born about 1800 in Berks County, PA; died 1869 in Girard, Erie County, PA. She married Samuel Traut 27 Jul 1823 in Berks County, PA. The 1850 census listing for Samuel Traut shows his mother-in-law living with the family. Her first name is Margaret and her age is given as 88 years. I have not been able to link her to her husband or children other than Sarah. Does anyone else have information on Margaret or Sarah Royer?

From Greg Bender

I just found the Royer website and am a bit overwhelmed. I believe that I am descended from Anna Margaritha through the Hautz line (my grandfather was Herbert HOUTZ BENDER. Where do you recommend that I begin?

From Wilma Massengale

I am interested in relatives of John Royer and Rebecca J. McAllister relatives and before.
My father was William Randall Royer My grandfather was John Orville Royer

From Pat Shank Van Hoose

My line is in the Royer genealogy, but only to Maria Royer (b. 1776, dau. of Christian Royer) who married John Shank (b. 1775) in Franklin County, Pa. There is speculation in the genealogy as to which John Shank he was. I now have more information on that Shank line as well. My pedigree chart can be found at

From Lois Phillips

Just surfed in last evening for the first time. Although I've been word processing for years, just recently got on internet. So, I haven't figured out how to do all of this. I found, in guestbook, that Jennifer Robertson of Sandwich, MA has the same lines as mine, first common ancestors being Benjamin Royer & wf Mary Wagonseller. Is it possible to get her email address, or for you to send mine to her? Or forward this message to her? Thanks for your help. Lois

From Eric Blocher

Hi, I have often wondered why the Royer book hasn't been reprinted. I for one would like to buy a copy of it. When it was first published my grandparents were sent a subscription letter (in 1929) to buy it and they must have decided that it was too expensive. I have the letter and the book started at $5.00 + 25c postage. A lot of money at that time. Has any thought been given to reprinting the book? My grandparents are on page 609 listed as Edmond Blocher married to Eliza Ann Royer.

What ???
A Royer Pirate!!

scroll down abt. 1 1/4" below the top scroll arrow to the abt. 14th paragraph under the subject BLACKBEARD to the paragraph that starts "The same year (1718) .....

VOL. II ______________________________________________
Chapter 4. THE PIRATES
The same year (1718) I found that the grand jury in Philadelphia presented a case of piracy, to wit : John Williams, Joseph Cooper,* Michael Grace, William Asheton, George Gardner, Francis Royer and Henry Burton, with force of arms, viz., with swords, guns, cutlasses &c., forcibly took the sloop Antelope of twenty-two tons, riding in the Delaware, and bore her off, &c. It was, however, marked "Ignoramus", as not found, probably from the difficulty of procuring witnesses. [*It may be seen in the sequel that Joe Cooper became commander of a pirate vessel, and he and his crew came to their untimely end in the bay of Honduras, in 1725.] When we thus consider "their friends" thus "lodged among us every where", it presents additional reasons for the ideas of buried treasure of the pirates, once so very prevalent among the people, of which I have presented several facts of digging for it, under the head of Superstitions; they believing that Blackbeard and his accomplices buried money and plate in numerous obscure places near the rivers; and sometimes, if the value was great, they killed a prisoner near it, so that his ghost might keep his vigils there and terrify those who might approach. Those immediately connected with pirates might keep their own secrets, but as they might have children and connexions about, it might be expected to become the talk of their posterity in future years, that their fathers had certain concealed means of extravagant living; they may have heard them talk mysteriously among their accomplices of going to retired places for concealed things, &c. In short, if given men had participation in the piracies, it was but natural that their proper posterity should get some hints, under reserved and mysterious circumstances of hidden treasure, if it existed. Certainly it was once much the expectation and the talk of the times -- for instance, the very old two-story house at the north-east corner of Second street and Gray's alley, (i.e. Morris' alley) originally built for Stephen Anthony, in digging its cellar they found there a pot of money, supposed to have been buried by the pirates. This story I heard from several very aged persons. I have stated elsewhere the fact of finding another pot of money in Spruce street near Front street.

LDS Church to go online with family history
NewsNet Staff Writer
The Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is working to make genealogical files accessible from a family his tory Web site. Elaine Hasleton, a public affairs representative from the Fam ily History Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, said the Web site i s in its developmental stages.
The project is underway, however Hasleton said no set completion date has been given.
The ancestral files of the LDS Church will most likely be accessible from the site, said Craig Foster,
a spokesman for the family history center's publ ic affairs projects.
Foster said the details of what other files and information will be acces sible from the site is not final.
"We are all excited about the future for family history," said Jana Darrington, 21, a senior from Mesa, Ariz., majoring in family history."Making a Web site for family history seems like a logical thing for the LDS Church to do ... It would be a dream to be able to work out of my home. I can work for as long as I want, whenever I want." -- Lynda Cameron, Provo, regular HBLL Family History Center patron
As the department assistant for the Harold B. Lee Library's family histor y department, Darrington said many people have asked about the possibility of family history files going online.This will make things much more available for the patrons and make genea logy work widely known," she said.Darrington expects the number of people going to family history centers t o naturally decline once the files become available from home."But I'm sure the elderly who don't feel comfortable using the Internet w ill still make use of the facilities," Darrington said.
Jerry Royer

Thanks for the posting on the Royer Forum. One civil war listing caught my eye: Aurdien Royer. Can you verify this name? Should it read as Aurelien Royer? Where can I get more information on this individual?

Kathryn Axon

My name is Kathryn Royer Axon and I would appreciate any information that you may have on Christopher C. Royer, born January 7, 1827 in Lancaster Co., PA, died on July 30, 1908 in Liberty, KS.His spouse was Elizabeth Ellen Hammett, born April 12, 1831 in Bedford London, England, died July 10, 1917 in Labett Co., KS, Married April 29, 1849 in Milwaukee, WI

From Patricia Royer

I'm at a dead end with my Royer line. Here is what I have from William on; if anyone can be of any help I'd appreciate it.
Descendants of William Alexander ROYER - 13 Feb 1999 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

1. William Alexander ROYER was born in 1842. He died in 1915. He was buried in Clarington, Forest County, Pennsylvania.
He was married to Rhoda Ann COVENTRY on 5 Sep 1869 in Clarington, Forest County, Pennsylvania. He was sealed to spouse on 1 Mar 1977. Rhoda Ann COVENTRY was born in 1850. She died in 1918. She was buried in Clarington, Forest County, Pennsylvania. William Alexander ROYER and Rhoda Ann COVENTRY had the following children:

+2 i. Ida J ROYER. 3 ii. William Frank ROYER was born on 6 Mar 1873 in Clarington, Forest County, Pennsylvania. +4 iii. Annie G. ROYER. +5 iv. James Wallace ROYER. +6 v. Clyde C ROYER. 7 vi. Clara ROYER was born on 6 Jan 1884 in Clarington, Forest County, Pennsylvania. +8 vii. Raymond S. ROYER. 9 viii. Blanche ROYER was born on 30 Apr 1888 in Clarington, Forest County, Pennsylvania. She died in 1890. She was buried in Clarington, Forest County, Pennsylvania.

From AmyHutton

A branch of my Royers went to Erie and some dropped off at other towns on the way. My grandfather Thompson, who married AmyRoyer, lived in Clarington, actually Cook's Forest, when he died.
From Marilyn (Schwab) Geiger

But my grandmother, Anna Sophia Dannehower, is the daughter of Harry Royer Dannehower and Ida Sevilla Faust (sp?). Harry is the son of Levantine Royer. Anna was born in Sumneytown, PA, and graduated from Pottstown High School. I'm reasonably sure Harry lived in the Pottstown area, as well. It looks highly likely that there would be a connection with your Edward H. Royer.Anna was born in 1898. I would imagine her father, Harry, might have been born around 1878. Levantine might then have been born around 1858. Your Edward, 1869, could possibly be a cousin, at least to Harry. Do you have any further information, beyond what is on your web page?

From Kathryn Axon

Was very exciting to hear from you and to be of a little help in our endeavor. I am very new at this so any help that you could offer would be appreciated..we have our information on the "family tree maker" and I will send you a copy of the decendents of Christopher. That is as far back as we have been able to trace..

From Amy Hutton

The problem in my Royer line is that Jonas Royer apparently was severely injured in the civil war. The children were farmed out to other families. His son Edward H. was sent to live with a relative, but the others, as I recall, were not.You can find them in the 1860-70 censuses, as they are living with people who are NOT named Royer.
If you have access to the census records you might want to look. I don't have easy access anymore.
My grandmother, Amy Royer, was born and raised in Pottstown, but lived later in Philadelphia. So I think we are definitely on the right track.

From Debbie Broughton

I dont know if you can help me. I have very little information on my husbands side of the family. His mother's name is Madolyn Royer born in Lockhaven PA Her mother was Lillian Mays Royer born in 1899 and died in 1968. The only thing I know about the father is that his name was Jacob and he died sometime in the 1930's. Madolyn's sisters names are Anna Verna Alice and her brothers were Harry, Russell there were proably more but that is all I know. I was wondering if they were connected to the Royer family whose web page is online.

From Nancy Lynne Mouer Adkins

I am searching for information on Cyrus Shank from Waynesboro, PA he is the 4th great grandson of Sabastian Mathias Royer and any help any one can give would be very appreciated. I would also be happy to share what I have found. Cyrus was my Great Grandfather. He married Margie Grace Gilbert and their daughter Ruth Gilbert Shank who married Ralph Kenneth Gilbert is my Grandmother. I am new at all of this but am having a wonderful time learning so much .

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