Hi Karen, I've been going over old research done by Henry F. Aten of Hiawatha, Kansas. He follows the line from Adriaen H to Thomas(b 1674) to Adrian (b1695) to Hendrick (b 1723). He notes that Hendrick married Mary Bellas and had 8 children, but died before 1773, leaving several young children.
He then shows Hendrick and Mary's son John J. (b 1765) married to Jane Mordan (and this is where the story originates of a worker at their mill in about 1814 changing the name Aten to AUTEN). John J and Jane have 8 children, and he shows that two of thoses sons married Gortner (I think we can read Cortner here) sisters - Henry married Sarah Cortner and John married Mary Cortner.
So, here is another piece of data that concurs with Mamie's material. This leaves me bereft! and back to a problem. If this John (son of Hendrick) married Mary C, then he can't be the John W. Aten who married Mary Miller and fathered my line of Autens, or can he?
Somewhere in this generation (the children of John J and Jane Mordan) there must be another clue. I suppose it must lie in how long John and Mary Cortner were married and how many children they had. It is possible that she died young and John immediately married Mary Miller. The marriage date for John W and Mary Miller is 1809...which says John W was very young (rediculously young if Mamie's dates are correct).
I sure hope you can find a clue in all this or our line is orphaned again!
Good luck (I'll keep on digging) nancy
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