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Posted by: P BARR (ID *****2345) Date: August 16, 2002 at 18:15:42
In Reply to: MICHAEL GARMAN 1747-1800 PA by Jonathan Wert of 569


While cruising the 1790, etc census images of Dauphin County, I found a Michael Garman. In 1790, he was in Heidelberg Twp, which, until 1785, was in Lancaster County. He is listed as 1-1-1 (1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, and 1 female). Near him and in the same township are George Garman (1-1-1) and Henry Garman (2-2-2). Michael and George are spelled GarmOn in the census. In the 1810 census, same township, are Michael, Conrad and Henry Garman and in 1820 in the same township(but it is now in Lebanon County which stole it in 1813 when the county was formed) is Michael German (age 16-26 with a presumed wife of the same age - am guessing this is a son of the earlier Michael). A number of Sheetz also live in Heidelberg Twp -Catharine and Elizabeth, as well as a Jacob Sheetz in Lower Paxton and another Catharine Sheetz in Middle Paxton.

As there was an Adam Garman who died in Heidelberg Twp in 1782, I suspect that this is his family and NOT the son of Johan Leonard and Catarina Elizabeth Kinzer Garman (who I think went to Virginia, then Kentucky). I think that the Adam Garman of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster who married a Hanna(h) and had 3 children baptized there prior to 1779 is the true son of Johan Leonard & Catharine Elizabeth Kin(t)zer. The executors of the will of the Adam German who died in Heidelberg twp were Peter Berry, who in the 1790 census lived just 11 doors away from Henry Garman in Heidelberg Twp and Jacob Bellman (think this should be Bul(l)man as there were 2 Bul(l)man families living close to the Garmans of Heidelberg Twp and no Bellmans. Anyway, in Heidelberg Twp, after the death of this Adam German, were Michael, Conrad, and Henry. (Henry and Conrad are listed as his sons. Given the number of Sheetz widows in the same township, your Michael Garman just might be an offspring of Adam Garman of Heidelberg or one of his (brothers?). As this Adam Garman's will was written in 1776 and he died 6 years later, I would suspect that there were more children in the 6 year interim.

Hope this helps,


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