We seek information on George Michael Fetterman, the patriarch of the Venango County Fettermans. His son, John Fetterman (1776-1854) lived in Venango County from 1809, served in the War of 1812 as captain. Histories of Venango County say that John came to Venango from Juniata County. We believe that George Michael Fetterman married Hannah Sturgis in May 1776 in Philadelphia, then moved to Cumberland County. It is said that the Sturgis line connects to William Penn through Penn's cousin William Markham.
In the 1790 Census for Cumberland Co., PA, there is a George Fetterman listed in "Hopewell, Newton, Tyborn, and Wespensboro (sic) Townships. The family consisted of 5 males 16 and over, 3 males under 16, and 3 females. Our John Fetterman would have been 14 at this time. Cumberland County is now just south of Juniata County, which was not established until 1831. Juniata was formed from Mifflin County, which was formed in 1789, but might not have been set up enough to have a census.
We know that John Fetterman went to Venango County from "Juniata County" in about 1809. Perhaps the family listed above was in an area of Cumberland County, soon to become Mifflin County, later to become Juniata County.
In the 1800 Census we have more encouraging information. In Buffalo Township of Cumberland County we find John Fetterman (16-26) with two young daughters and a wife, living next door to Daniel Frank (01201), which matches exactly with the known children of Johann Daniel Frank, father of Barbara Frank, wife of John Fetterman. Two doors down is Henry Frank, brother of Barbara.
Several doors down from there is the Widow Fetterman (00200-01101). This goes very well with the above George Fetterman family, and places George's death date as between 1790-1800.
If this family sounds at all familiar to you, I would love to hear from you. The challenge is to connect the Venango County Fettermans to those of Numidia or other groups.
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