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Re: Johannes Dockstader and wife Sara
Posted by: Betsy Carlson Date: September 07, 2000 at 21:46:14
In Reply to: Re: Johannes Dockstader and wife Sara by Karen of 186

Karen,
The father of my Johan G (Georg)Dockstader was Cornelius, second son of Georg who was the original immigrant. Cornelius married a Mohawk woman. There were a lot, I mean really a lot of Johans. They often named several sons in the family the same first name and they went by their middle names. For instance, Johan G had a brother named Johan J (Joseph). I read somewhere in Palatine history that this was a mideval custom, an attempt to confuse the grim reaper who would get confused when looking for that person because there were so many of them in the household. I know that there was a dockstader who married a sister or daughter of Joseph Brandt. Don't know the name for sure, but could probably find it somewhere in my research stuff.

Betsy


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