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PETER AND CATHERINE WINGERTER
Peter and Catherine Wingerter (my 4th great grandparents) were married about 1816 and had at least 2 children, Mary and John.
John (my 3rd great grandfather) was born May 24, 1818, in Bavaria, Germany. Catherine (a widow), Mary, and John travelled to the United States. They left Bavaria,Germany, and, according to my great grandmother Ada May Wingerter, this was so that John would not have to perform compulsory military service. She also recounts that the voyage by sailboat took 40 weeks to complete. John's citizenship record from 1844 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania shows that he entered the U.S. in 1837 at the age of 18 (which would mean that he had come in the first part of the year). He was required to live in Pennsylvania for at least 1 year before petitioning for citizenship.
John settled in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. There John married Barbara Dellit (born November 12, 1819), of Lancaster. Barbara had a brother, John, who married, and a sister who married a man named Ben Amstutz. John and Barbara had their first child, David (my 2nd great grandfather), on April 23, 1849. The 1850 census also records that Catherine, age 60, resided with the family.
John farmed in Pennsylvania, but moved his family to Wayne County, Ohio, where he again farmed and was a blacksmith. Fanny was born here in 1850 and Catherine D. in 1852. By 1854, John and Barbara had moved to Stark County, Ohio, where 3 more children were born. Mary A. was born in 1854, Abraham Abram on December 12, 1857, and Sarah Ellen was born in 1863.
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Finally, by 1871, John, Barbara, and family had moved to Frederick County, Virginia, where John purchased a farm. Barbara died in Cedar Grove, Frederick County, Virginia on November 28, 1876, and was buried in the graveyard of the Old Stone Church.
John remarried after Barbara's death. His second wife was Julia A. Shimp and they were married October 10, 1878. According to the 1880 census, John Wingearter and his wife Julia lived with their two daughters, Sarah, age 16, and Annie B., age 12. While the census lists all females as born in Virginia, I think it is safe to assume that Sarah is John's daughter Sarah Ellen and that she had not yet turned 17. Annie B. would most likely be Julia's child from a previous marriage. Shimp would be her married name. I wonder if Annie or some similar name (Ann, Anna) is Julia A. Shimp's middle name? John died at Sarah Ellen's home in Cedar Grove on July 20, 1897 and was buried on the 21st at the Old Stone Church.
While I do not know what happened to Catherine or Mary once they came to the States, I do have a good deal of information on John and Barbara's children and descendants. I will continue to add information to this page as I discover it. Of course, if you have any information on Peter or Catherine, their ancestors or descendants, please send me an email.
Photocopy of a photograph of John and wife
Photocopy of a photograph of Ben Amstutz and wife
Oral history of Ada May Wingerter, daughter of David Wingerter, transcribed by Tamara Lockhart (my aunt), 1961.
1850 Pennsylvania Census
Family group sheets completed by Dellitt Lockhart, daughter of Ada May Wingerter.
Notes by Dellitt Lockhart: 2nd MARRIAGE REG #2 PAGE 237 FREDERICK COUNTY VA.
DIED AT HOME OF DAU.,SARAH CLARK,LIVING IN FREDERICK COUNTY,VA. REF 8912320 01 S/N 00003-9 017 09
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