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Re: Website Framptons of West. PA, Phil. & NJ 1700-1900
Posted by: Lynn van Rooijen (ID *****8294) Date: December 01, 2003 at 14:31:59
In Reply to: Re: Website Framptons of West. PA, Phil. & NJ 1700-1900 by Richard Brunt of 485

Richard,

I have been doing some more research on the Critchfield & Opdyck families and trying to verify their connection to the Framptons. You seem quite certain about Annetje being the wife of William Critchfield after the death of her first husband, but I am confused. Her first husband died in 1724, didn't he? However, you say in this post that her first child with William was in 1718? What is your source on this? Also, it would seem that since she was having children with her first husband in the 1690's, she would have been nearly 50 when Elizabeth was born. Not impossible, but seems to be streching it a bit!
On the other hand, many people say that Elizabeth's mother was Agnes, not Annetje (somewhat supported by the name showing up in later generations), but I see no mention of an Agnes in the Opdyck book, although the father of these ladies lists more "living children" in his will than the book accounts for, leaving open the possibility of a daughter Agnes.
I am really interested in your sources for any link between the Framptons and Critchfields and Opdycks. The only "hard" evidence so far that I have found is that Critchfield is named in father Opdycks will, but this really doesn't say anything about their relationship. I have found nothing besides the Wrightnour book and other articles that he authored (and the general family tradition)that even link Elizabeth Critchfield to Frampton. However, I consider this to be plausible since Wrightnour's main source's father would have been Elizabeth's grandson and she died when he was about 6 years old, and so he probably could remember her or have been told stories by his father.
Last but not least, we have the problem of the "German girl/shipwreck" story and how that fits with the picture that both the Opdycks and Critchfields had been in America for several generations before Elizabeth was born and that the Critchfields were probably British while the Opdycks were Dutch, not German.

In short, lots of questions, not many answers, so I am really interested in knowing if you have any new sources for your info.

Lynn van Rooijen


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