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Fultz's from late 1690s in Alsace on the Rhein
Posted by: Cameron Fultz Date: December 15, 2001 at 21:05:13
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I have geneological information in series of geneologies related to the Graven family. One of the main branches in their family tree involves my branch of the Fultz's. The geneology is extensive and and goes back to John (Johannes) and Eve (Eva) Marie Blumin from the Alsace just before 1700. They were from a town called Gundershoffen located just north of Strassbourg now in France (west of the Rhein river). In 1998, I had to chance to visit Gundershoffen and investigate various municipal record and a graveyard. I discovered that the area was once very German and mostly Lutheran. Around this time, King Louie of France took over this area and forced everyone to be Catholic. Rather than convert, some people decided to leave for the new world with other Amish people from the Palatine area near the Rhine to the East. I believe they arrive to America the same year their 5th child, Peter was born who is my direct ancestor. That year was 1726. The settled in Bethlehem, PA and the family of 8 (5 brothers) grew and married others from there. There may have been other Fultz/Foltz/Voltz/Volz families from the same area of ALsace. I found the names of other Voltz families living in a town adjacent to Gundershoffen, but had no time to investigate further.
From Peter Volz, I know that he married and eventually joined the Moravian movement (1752), a branch of Amish/Mennonite group that believed in the education of women. They all walked to Salem, North Carolina not much later and the group founded the first girl's college which is the 13th oldest in the USA. Salem Girl's college is still around. I don't know to what extent Peter or his wife, Eva Elizabeth Jacke, had in its founding. From there sons moved to Indiana and then Illinois and then the West Coast and here I am.


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