Hello Julie. I do have info from Germany on the Fernaus who lived in Eschwege and Hoheneiche. I had not heard of the three men who were in the American Revolution. My Fernau ancestor came to America in 1854 when he was about 20. He was a wheelwright and was from Eschwege. His name was Christoph (b. 28 Jan. 1834, d. 17 Nov. 1916) and he was the son of Jacob, who was the son of Christoph (I), who was the son of Phillip, who was son of Nicolaus, son of Abel (and that's as far back as I have; I do have wives' names as well).
The Phillip is close to the same age as the one that would have been in the Revolution. I have an estimated birth year of 1716, but a marriage date of April 16, 1762--which would make him older than usual for marriage, unless it was a second marriage. My informations says he died in Hoheneiche. Unfortunately, I didn't record where I got this info, but I'm sure I could find it in my files. At one time, about 20 years ago, I was in correspondence with a researcher in Germany, and probably got it from him. In addition, a cousin of mine exchanged letters with cousins in Germany just after WWII. (By the way, I was in Hoheneiche in April 2002, as well as Eschwege and other towns that my German families came from. Most interesting.)
I can e-mail a "Family Journal" that my computer produces, if you would like. I also live in Texas--San Marcos--and grew up around my Fernau relatives. They were not a prolific lot, so there are few who bear the name today. The only one that I know of who came to America besides my Christoph was his brother Magnus.
Please tell me about your Fernows, etc.
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