Hanning Family Genealogy Forum
This topic has been posted here and there from time to time, but I have yet to see a definitive answer. We have all seen the record that Matthew William (Matthias Willhelm) was married in New Jersey in 1752 to "Bertram" and had children George, Matthew Jr., Nancy, Elizabeth, and Margaret. Then it appears that "Bertram" died about 1774 because there are not more children born to Matthew Sr until 1784 when he married Peggy McKinney in 1783. I am wondering if anyone has found a source that is properly cited that shows that Matthew married "Bertram" in 1752. I have a theory of my own that after arriving in Philadelphia in 1752 Matthew was unable to pay passage and like many immigrants of the time was left not choice but to enter into indentured servitude for a several years after arriving in the Colonies. This accounts for the lack of information about Matthew and his family in the Colonies from 1752 to about 1775. Another possibility exists that the information was lost or destroyed during the Revolutionary Way. I do have a copy of James Leslie Haning's book and he just indicated that some have said there was a woman named "Bertram" that Matthew married in 1752. As I indicated above, I would like to know if anyone has found any sort of properly documented source that backs up the "Bertram" issue.
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