Saturday, October 15, 2011

My copy of FTM 2012 arrived yesterday. I got is all set up, and downloaded my tree from Ancestry. It does take a while. I have over 3000 people in my tree, a lot of pictures. The software downloads this AND most all of the media associated with the Ancestry sources....that's a LOT of census images! Very cool that they are now all downloaded to my computer! So far I have been very impressed. I worked on resolving name places (and making them all consistent). This has gone quite well, and the changes have been uploaded to Ancestry. Changes I have made in Ancestry have seamlessly made their way to FTM. The only other feature I have had time to try is the migration mapping. Very Nice! You can uses your facts which have location information to track your ancestors movement over time. Have an event you don't want to use? Simply de-select it. So my preliminary verdict is: two thumbs up!

Lt. William Seeber - Revolutionary War

Below is a summary of the Revolutioanry War record of Lt. William Seeber

DOB Death relation Date Unit Battles
13 Jun 1747 2 Jun 1848 5th G Grandfather 18 Feb 1779 Ensign, 1st Reg, Tryon County, Clydes Regiment NARA Comp Service Record
May 1779 Ensign, 1st Reg, Tryon County, Clydes Regiment NARA Pension Nicolaus Yorden
13 Apr 1779 Ensign, 1st Reg, Tryon County, Clydes Regiment NARA Comp Service Record
15 June 1779 1st Reg, Tryon County, Clydes Regiment NARA Comp Service Record
5 Jul 1780 1st Reg, Tryon County, Clydes Regiment NARA Comp Service Record
6 Jul 1780 Lt. 1st Reg, Tryon County, Clydes Regiment NARA Comp Service Record
20 Jul 1782 Lt. 1st Reg, Tryon County, Clydes Regiment NARA Comp Service Record

Sunday, September 4, 2011

David Seeber's father - Canajoharie, NY - Early 1800's

Genealogic Proof Sheet
Name David Seeber
DOB 1803
Death 1876
Question(s): Place of birth, Father of David Seeber
Conclusion: Birth - Montgomery County, NY, likely Canajoharie area
Father  - most likely John W Seeber, possibly Audolph Seeber
Source Evidence Conclusions
History of Ford County Daughter Harriet born in Montgomery County At Harriets birth (1831), residence was likely Montgomery County
Proof, Lorenzo Seeber birthplace Born in NY, Montgomery CO, prob Canajoharie At Lorenzo's birth (1837), residence was probably Montgomery County NY, possibly Canajoharie
Will of David Seeber Witnessed by Garret Seeber Probably a relative, perhaps brother. (This will be used to in conjuction with the 1840 census and Marcia Alary Seeber's family tree.) 
History of Ford County Grandparent in Revolutionary War Grandparent must be Revolutionary War veteran
History of Ford County Harriet raised in Booneville Onieda David must have resided in Oneida before 1853 but after Harriets birth in 1831
1840 Census David and Garret Seber located in Oneida County - adjacent in census, no David Seeber in Canajoharie census David Seeber and Garrett Seeber lived in Oneida County (probably next to one another)- reenforcement that the two were related
1830 Census Residence Canajoharie; no David Seber in Oneida; Adjacent to John W Seber. Other Seeber's on different pages David Seeber lived in Canajoharie in 1830; Census numbers are a good match to family ages. David lived adjacent to John W. Seeber. 
1830 Census Many adult male Yordons are listed in Canajoharie census Large family with wife's maiden name lived in the Canajoharie. Strong indication that David and Lany were both from Canajoharie.
1830 Census Seebers in census of appropriate age to be David's father: John W; Sylvanus, Audolph 3 potential names for David's father, John W's name shows up again. All three live in proximity to one another
1820 Census John and Adolph are the only adults with male's of David's age Narrow's possibilities for David's father to Adolphus or John W
1810 Census Household ages  in the John Seeber household match very closely David and his possible siblings ages Good census match to John Seeber. No Adolphus listed in census. John also lived next to William, who was appropriate age to be his father and Davis's grandfather.
Multiple Sources: SAR; History of Montgomery County; Story of old Fort Plain.  Lt William Seeber, Revolutionary War Veteran This would validated that William could be Davids Grandfather. Also fits with either Audolph or John S, both William's sons.
Family Tree - Marcia Seeber Alary. Ms Alary is one of the foremost researchers of the Seeber family David Seeber b 1803, Garret Seeber Brother, Father John Seeber Lists Father as Johannes (John) Seeber, Mother as Margaretha Diel. Lists both Garrett and David as sons, with appropriate birth dates.
Conclusions:
Place of birth is very likely Mongomery County NY, and likely Canajoharie area David's father could be Audolph Seeber, but more likely John W. Seeber.  Both Audolph and John W. are sons of Lt William Seeber of the Rev war, fitting the need for the David's Grandfather to be a Rev war veteran. The age  is correct for John W, and the census number match well for family members. The proximity between John W and David when the 1830 census was taken is positive indication of a family relationship .Marcia Alary's family tree validates John W., and also places Garrett Seeber as David's brother. It also has the appropriate birthdates for both sons.

Timeline:


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Seeber's to Illinois

I am starting a research project using a combination of cluster and surname analysis.


The Seeber migration to Illinois from New York.

Several of the Seeber’s migrated from New York to Illinois, settling mostly in McHenry, Lake and DeKalb Counties. Of main interest to me is David Seeber, my 3rd great Grandfather, who migrated to Illinois with his son, Lorenzo, and Lorenzo's family. My interest stems from his will, which is witnessed by Garrett Seeber. There is a Garrett seeber of the same generation, from the same state (New York) living in McHenry County (not too far away). Are they related? Brothers? Cousins?


According to the General Land Office (GLO) the following Seeber’s held land in Illinois

Sylvanus Seeber  (b May 1823) wife: Celestia (b 1827)
9 Jan 1846 
10 April 1847
Section
Twp
Range
Meridian
Counties
31
43-N
9-E
3rd PM
McHenry

Abraham J (A J, Abram I) Seeber (b 1815) wife: Delia, Dellia (b 1821)
10 March 1843
Section
Twp
Range
Meridian
Counties
2
44-N
9-E
3rd PM
Lake

Jacob (Jacob H) Seeber (B 1820??)
1 March 1850
Section
Twp
Range
Meridian
Counties
13
44-N
8-E
3rd PM
McHenry

Other records show these Seeber’s migrating:

Garrett  Seeber (b 1809) wife: Sophia Weed??
migrated between 1843 and 1849 (based on children birth dates/places) to McHenry County


David Seeber (b 1803) wife: Lana Yordon (b 1805)
Migrated in 1855 to DeKalb County with his son, Lorenzo Seeber

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Civil War Draft - Jacob Geil

Poking around in Ancestry.com today, i found this gem: Civil war draft record. Jacob G. Geil, Iowa, 1863.


My wive thought I had gone crazy when I shouted Sssscccoooooooooooooooorrreee!!!!






Friday, April 22, 2011

Mocavo

The other day I tried a new search engine: Mocavo








Mocavo is a genealogic search engine. It does an excellent job of producing genealogical results, with none of the usual "crud" you typically get with a Google or Yahoo search.

I have used it multiple times now, with great success. Most notably, Mocavo uncovered a link to a land map showing the holdings of my ancestor, Lorenzo Seeber (among others).








Give Mocavo a try!

www.Mocavo.com.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

John M. Rearick

John M. Rearick (1829-1919)
John Moses (Marvin?) Rearick1 was born on 2 Oct 1829 in Alden, Erie, New York28 and grew up around his dad’s grist mill.  According to his daughter, Anna Jeanette, John was industrious and helped in the construction and keeping up the grist mill, but did not have much time to attend school17. The Mill prospered, the land was very fertile, being in the Lake Plain area of New York17. According to Civil War pension records, he grew up a dark complexioned man, with black hair and gray eyes, standing about 5’ 8” tall. In 1854, John married Sara Ladd. Sara had been a school teacher in Vermont.  She went “Out West” on the Erie Canal. then called Governor Clinton’s Big Ditch, to Buffalo, N.Y.17  John’s new family prospered, and by August 1860 John owned 35 Acres of improved and 11 acres of unimproved land outside of Mill Creek. He also owned 1 horse, 2 milch cows and 3 other cows.9
The Civil War
On 14 Jul 1864 John joined the Union Army. According to Anna Jeanette, “he had been a volunteer at Lincoln’s call for help to take care of “Johnny Rebs” under Lee”17. He enlisted in Alden, Erie, New York, USA11 where he was commissioned first Lieutenant in Company G. 98th New York National Guard.  The 98th New York was mustered in the United States for 100 days, on 10 Aug 1864 in Erie County, New York2. John’s commanding officer was Captain Norman Baker, and the
Regiment was commanded by Col. George Abbott.  The Regiment served at the depot in Elmira New York, and was mustered out of the United States service December 22, 1864, at Buffalo, N.Y. It lost in this service by death, of disease, etc., three enlisted men18.
Elmira Depot was a depot servicing the Union cause. Early in the war it had served as a staging area for Union troops and supplies. By late 1864, however, it had been made into a prison camp. When the 98th New York arrived they were assigned guard duties at the camp.
Elmira was a horrific place. Considered the “Andersonville” of the North, the conditions were appalling. Disease ran rampant, as Foster’s Pond, located at the rear of camp, became a festering swamp of human waste (see below). As winter approached, clothing for the prisoners was inadequate, and death from exposure became common. At it’s maximum the camp held 10,000 prisoners, although it was designed to hold only 3000.
Who knows what role John played at the camp? Many Union officers tried to improve conditions, and it would be nice to think he was one of them. In the end, however, we will probably neither know what he thought of the prisoners under his care, nor how he treated them. 
After the War

John mustered out of the Union Army in December of 1864, and February 9th 1865, Fannie Rearick was born. Fannie was to eventually marry Frank Seeber, linking the two families together.
John’s father, Henry, died in 1866.  In November of that year, he and his brother William split the Estate of Henry Rearick – which was valued $2000. 10 He continued to live as a farmer in the Alden/Mill Grove area in 18706 where he owned 80 acres of farmed land and 26 acres of wooded land. On his land he had 2 horses, 4 milch cows, four other cows and one pig (swine). He produced 30 bushels of winter wheat, 300 bushels of Indian corn, and 75 bushels of barley.12

Off to Kansas

John’s mother died in 1875, and in 1877 he decided to relocate his family to Beaver Township, Barton County, KS.13 As Anna Janette wrote “When Anna J. was fifteen years of age Father took us all to Kansas”.17 “I was to become a school teacher at the age of 15 (think of it!).  But it was an easy school. I walked 1 ½ miles to school and back enjoying the flat open country covered with silky buffalo grass.” 17
In Barton County, John’s holdings grew. By June of 1880 he was farming 320 acres (worth $2000). On his homestead he had 2 horses, 4 oxen, 1 milch cow, 1 calve, 13 Swine, and 32 chickens (which produced about 100 dozen eggs/yr). 1520 bushels of Indian corn, 500 bushels of wheat, and 40 bushels of potatoes.9
As mentioned before, families often migrated in groups. Moving to Kansas at the same time was two of his army acquaintances, A.J. Buckland of Great Bend and Jacob Boyer of Rooks County. Both were later to sign civil war pension application testimonials as to John’s health and integrity .
From 1885 through 1892 John and Sara married-off their children. By 1895, at age 66, with most of his children now living their own lives, John retired and he and Sara moved to nearby Hoisington, Barton, Kansas.3 Sara died in 1899. After her death, John went back to work, and by 1900 he was doing carpentry work in Hoisington City.
John died in November of 1919 in Hoisington. According to the Hoisington City website,  Hoisington was hit by a tornado on October 10, 1919.  The tornado came out of the southwest shortly after 4:00 on that afternoon.  The tornado killed Ellen Cravens, her baby and H.B.  McCurdy.” further  “The tornado damaged the Y.M.C.A., destroyed many of the buildings on lower Main Street, then moved on to the northeast part of town damaging many homes.  It also damaged some homes in the country northeast of town.” Less than a month later, John M. Rearick died from injuries received from the tornado.14 He was 90 years old.


End Notes
        1. Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network.  Original data:  Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
        2. Historical Data Systems, comp., U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009.Original data - Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA from the following list of works.Copyright 1997-2009Historical Data Systems, Inc. PO Box 35Duxbury, MA 02331.O).
        3. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - 1855 Kansas Territory Census. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society.1856, 1857, and 1858 Kansas Territory Censuses. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Hist).
        4. 1860 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1), Year: 1860; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 12, Erie, New York; Roll: M653_749; Page: 202; Image: 203.
        5. 1850 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432,), Year: 1850; Census Place: Alden, Erie, New York; Roll: M432_498; Page: 158; Image: 315.
        6. 1870 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data - 1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Minnesota. Minnes), Year: 1870; Census Place: , , ; Roll: M593.
        7. 1900 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.), Year: 1900; Census Place: Homestead, Barton, Kansas; Roll:  ; Page: ; Enumeration District: .
        8. 1880 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.  All use is subject to the limited use licen), Year: 1880; Census Place: Beaver, Barton, Kansas; Roll: T9_373; Family History Film: 1254373; Page: 91.2000; Enumeration District: 339; Image: 0185.
        9. Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Nonpopulation Census Schedules for California, 1850-1880. Microfilm. The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.Nonpopulation Census Schedules for Illino).
        10. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - National Archives (NARA) microfilm series: M603, M754-M771, M773-M777, M779-M780, M782, M784, M787-M789, M791-M793, M795, M1631, M1775-M1776, T227, T1208-T1209. For co).
        11. Historical Data Systems, comp., American Civil War Soldiers (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999.Original data - Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA form the following list of works.    Copyright 1997-2000  Historical Data Systems, Inc.  PO Box 35  Duxbury.Or).
        12. U.S. Census Non-Population Schedules, New York, 1850-1880 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Nonpopulation Census Schedules for New York, 1850-1880. Microfilm. New York State Library, Documents and Digital Collections, Albany.Original data: Nonpopulation Censu).
        13. Biographical History of Barton County, Kansas (Great Bend Tribune), pg 51.
        14. Early Hoisington Life (City of Hoisington), History of Life in Early Hoisington Kansas.
        15. Untitled, Anna Jeanette Rearick, Handwritten notes from Circa 1954, Transcribed by Michael D. Seeber, 2009
        16. The Elmira Prison Camp, Clay W. Holmes, Putnam and Sons, The Knickerbocker Pres, New York, 1912
         17. Untitled, Anna Jeanette Rearick, Handwritten notes from Circa 1954, Transcribed by Michael D. Seeber, 2009
            18. Source: The Union Army, vol. 2

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Seth Arnold in the revolutionary war- a twisty path

Today, while cruising member connect on Ancestry.com, I found reference to my 5th great grandfather, Seth Arnold. The reference referred to his being a founding father of Haddam, Connecticut. This led to a web search about Haddam, and then on to yet another site, this one with several references to the Arnold Family and the part they played in Hartford and Haddam. There was also a reference to Seth Arnold's service in the Revolutionary War.

Hmmm, this was new to me.....

A search of Ancestry found several references to his war service (hey Ancestry, why no shaky leaf hints?). This led me to search Footnote.com

Jackpot!

The Revolutionary War Rolls and Pension Records of Seth Arnold. Lots a good information, including his sworn affidavit in 1832 (he lived to be over 100)

He served multiple times during then war and was in several battles. He was also captured while serving on a French privateer (Revenge of Fourteen Guns) and was held for several months on the prison ship Good Hope (which burned out from under him). Below is the first page of his oath followed by a full transcription.





"State of Vermont
County of Windham

On this twenty fifth day of July D 1832 personally appeared in the open Court before the probate Court in and for the District of Westminster in the County of Windham and state of Vermont now sitting Seth Arnold a resident of the town of Westminster in the District County and State aforesaid aged eighty four years who geing ??? duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832___ That he entered the service of the United States under the following name officers and served as herein stated that is to say that he was born in Haddam in the County of Middlesex and the State of Connecticut on the 3rd day of September 1747 as appears by the record in his bible copied about fifty years ago from the minute in his father's family bible - that being in April 1775 an alarm was given that the regulars were killing our people near and he being twenty seven years of age volunteered and repaired to Roxbury for one month under, to the best of his recollection, Captain Abraham Tyler. After his return to Haddam and in June following he enlisted for six months in the Company of Capt. ____Gale of Killingsworth in Colonel Parsons regiment and Genl. Spencer's brigade and repaired to New London where the company was stationed until midsummer when he was marched to Roxbury aforesaid and remained there until the expiration in December of his term of enlistment which was six month. He then returned to his native place and labored at his calling until April 1776 when he was drafted to go under Captain Brainard of Haddam to go to New York which he did and served one month when he returned with the company almost immediately after his return (the precise time he cannot recollect) he enlisted as a sergeant for eight months into what was called the new levies and into the company of Capt. Cornelius Higgins, James Arnold Lieut? and Samuel Scovel Ensign_ the regiment was commanded by Col (afterwards General) Douglas, Lieut. Col Arnold of Deershaw and Major_Porter and was marched to New York and was stationed in Stone Street until he was marched on to Long Island from where in two or three days they were forced to retreat back in the night and he came to his old quarters in the city where he remained until ???? out to Turtle Bay From that place after a skirmish, in which he recollects seeing Major Porter go over to the enemy and surrender himself, the regiment was driven and retreated by order of Gen Spencer as he understood to White Plains. The regiment aforesaid and believes a part of another regiment under one B??? but of this last fact his not certain was there marched out to check the advance of the enemy and ranged behind a stone wall under protection of which he and the rest of the troops fired upon the enemy advancing up the hill until they were obliged by superior numbers to give way and retreat back and encamp on White Plains and soon after were marched to Harlaem? Heighths and thence to North Ca?tte where he remained until (as he thinks and believes) early in January when he was discharged most of the troops having left there before-- at the time of his discharge he assisted in pulling out the tents, which were deeply buried in the snow. Soon after his return to Haddam he returned to the vicinity of New York under a three months enlistment under Capt _ Himes, Jarnel? Smith being one of the under officers and joined the regiment in a very very severe snow storm. This short term of service being completed he again returned to Haddam but soon after went to New London and entered on board the Revenge of Fourteen guns of which Captain's name was Pavkee and the first officer Mott and in

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which they sailed out of New London in July or August 1777. In three days after leaving the port they found themselves at daylight in the morning between the British men of war Romulus and Roebuck by whom they were captures and carried directly to New York, Here the declarant was put on board the prison ship Old Good Hope lying at the Wallabout and near the Jersey hospital ship which was burnt during his imprisonment as was also the Good Hope (in March of 1778) when he was removed on board a small guard vessel lying nearby and on board of which he was kept until about the finish? of May 1788 when he was exchanged and landed at New London on the day of the Connecticut State election as he well remembers. During his imprisonment he suffered a great deal and not only a great many of our people died there but the greater part of a body of seventy to one hundred Frenchmen who were also on board the prison ship and this decarant does not now remember the name of but one person who was exchanged and returned with him to new London and this was James Green of East Haddam but whether he is now living this declarant does not know. From New London he returned to Haddam where in consequence as he believes of the treatment he had received on board the prison ship he was taken dangerously sick and remained ill along time. As soon as he was strong enough to travel and on the 16th day of May, 1799 he left his native place and removed to Westminster, Vermont, where he has resided ever since. He received the pay for his services in continental money and all the fruits of his former labor and care became vested in the same currency (and this latter amounted to a considerable sun) but such was its depreciation that after paying for the expenses of his sickness and traveling to Vermont he was worth when he arrived there only one quarter of a dollar in the world. By the blessing of the Providence and a proper share of economy and industry he has been able to rear a large family and keep himself not only from straightened but in easy circumstances so that he has had no occasion to apply under the former law but feel himself entitled under the present to some remuneration for what he has done and served in the cause of his now enriched country ??? from the great lapse of time and his long absence from the scene in which they took place his is not able to prove them by his associates of whom he does not know that any are now living. He never has any written discharge to his recollection nor did those who were with him but he came to Vermont he brought with him his sergeants warrant which he loaned to Capt. afterwards Col Edward R Campbell of the Vermont militia who wanted it as a form to draw others by and who never returned it and who is now dead. He will also add that from his advanced age me may not have stated the names of persons and places with precise accuracy but has put the whole down as it remains on this own recollection and he hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on pension role of the agency of any State.

Seth Arnold

Sworn to and subs??? the day of the year aforesaid

Before Peter M Taft Judge"


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Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Rearicks - Hans Conrad



The Rearicks

The name Rearick is of German origin, and has been spelled many different ways in historical records. In the early years of America’s history names were often spelled phonetically, creating many variations in the spelling, especially with non-English language names. The most common spellings were Rarick (earlier generations) and Rearick (later generations), but other spellings include Roerich, Rorig, Rarich, and Rohric (among others).

In spite of the variations in spelling, the Rearick line can be best described with one word:  PIONEER. Four generations of the Rearick clan struck out on their own, building new lives in previously unsettled lands. From New Jersey, to New York, to Kansas, they made their way to the current “frontier” of their generation, and built a new life from scratch.


Hans Conrad (Conrad) Rarick
1723-1790
The patriarch of the family is Hans Conrad Rearick, also known as Conrad Rarick, Sr. (This monograph will use Hans Conrad to differentiate from his son, Conrad). He was born on 16 July 1723 in Erbach, W├╝rttemberg, Germany2 (about half way between modern day Munich and Stuttgart). He came to the Colonies in 1749 aboard the ship Albany (although some accounts say 1744 on the ship Aurora) with his two brothers6-8. During this period of time, many Germans fled to America, as the Protestant Reformation had made Europe a hostile environment for many of the wrong belief2.

Hans Conrad arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,18, where he met his future wife, Anna Marie Weber. They married in Philadelphia in 17531. They then relocated to the “rolling hills, serene fields, and winding roads”17 of German Valley (now called Long Valley) in Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey2. There they farmed land, bred livestock and raised a family, buying 143 acres, Lot number 9 of the Boynton tract in German Valley on 28 May 1767.9 The homestead profited, and Hans Conrad purchased another 150 acres in Upper German Valley in 1773.9  Early life was not easy. Homes of that day were log houses, typically one story and less than 20 feet on a side. This allowed a fireplace to heat the entire enclosure16.  But the early Germans of that era were known to be hard working and persistent, and the area prospered.

Hans Conrad was also very active in the Church, being one of the first elders of the German Reformed Church in Morris County in 176910. During these times, ministers traveled from church to church. This meant that for long periods a church would go without a minister. As a result, the Elders and Deacons commonly delivered the sermons on Sunday, as well as presiding over other church related activities. Starting in 1747 early members of the German Reformed church shared a log cabin with the Lutheran worshippers. This church consisted of a single room. In the center of the building was a fire pit, where charcoal was burned to keep the meeting house warm. With no chimney, smoke from the burning was a problem.

Over time, the population of Morris County grew, and in the early 1770’s the two congregations decided to build a new stone church. Hans Conrad continued as one of the elders of the Dutch Reformed congregation. He was one of several elders who signed the agreement to build and share Old Stone Church with Lutheran Congregations in 177412. Both congregations worked to build the church, sometimes holding contest to see who could build the most in a day. Since then, other buildings have replaced this church, but the walls of the “Stone Church” still stand today.

Over the years, Hans Conrad and Anna had nine children. Of them, the oldest, Henry Rarick, left the area and eventually made his way to New York2. Hans Conrad died on 16 April 1790 at the age of 66. Anna passed away in 1799 at the age of 73. They were buried in the German Valley Rural Cemetery, Valley, Morris, New Jersey, USA.2,1314

In Hans Conrad’s will, he granted his son Henry 70 pounds to be paid out of his estate in “money or horned cattle” 19