I have been researching Esther Behmyer\Beckelhymer France who married John Gray -- and I'm wondering whether Esther's father - John France (1749-1821) may be the son of Michael Frantz (1725-1807) of Botetorte, VA.
Here are what appear to be the connections.
It seems likely that Esther's grandparents MAY be Michael Frantz and Magdalena Zug.
1. John France will stating that since Esther's husband did not receive a gift of land (as did three daughter's husbands by John and Magdalena) she was to receive a $50 gift before the inheritance is split.
2. If John (born in VA) and Magdalena are the parents, there would be four France sisters who married four Behmyer brothers (born in Botetourt, VA) -- since Esther France was the widow of Levi Behymer before she married John Gray.
3. Behymer and France family members moved from VA to OH.
4. John France lived close to the Behmyers in Clermont County, OH
I am related to Michael Frantz through my mother's line. Michael Frantz was a Brethren minister and it would be a bit unusal that Esther's second marriage was not to a man of the Brethren faith.
There is a France family living in VA at this time, but there is no John France that fits in with the scenario (not able to find a John that fits any of the following: daughter Esther, moves to Ohio, dies in same timeframe). ***
Any thoughts or assistance will be greatly appreciated!
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