Peter Kuhn (married to Maria Catherine Epple) - Pennsylvania Research Project
broppmi (View posts) Posted: 29 Apr 2012 6:59PM
Very little is known about our common ancestor Peter Kuhn. The only information available, The Peter Kuhn Family History and Records as edited by Clara M. Venable, is vague and contentious inasmuch as many of the purported facts are either inaccurate or cannot be verified with historical documents and records. Apart from a 1770 Tax Record in Earl Township, Lancaster County, PA, nothing is known about Peter Kuhn’s activities in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties from 1764 until June 12, 1769, when he married Maria Catharina Epple in the First Reformed Church.
In August 1771, Peter Kuhn, Maria Catharina and sons David and Samuel moved to Antrim Township, Franklin County, PA, where he purchased land, farmed (Peter Kuhn was a Cooper by trade), had eight more children and served in the Cumberland County Militia during the American Revolution. Peter died intestate April 2, 1804. Following his death, Maria Catharina [nee Epple] Kuhn moved to Mercer County, PA, where she lived with her daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law John Crill until her death in 1810. Learning more about the period in Peter’s life from his arrival in 1764 to 1771 is crucial in determining whether information exists to provide us with a true picture of our courageous ancestor. Surely he left “tracks” in Lancaster County and elsewhere during this period.
The availability of records and compiled histories on the Internet can make genealogy research easier, but many local early records are not available on the Internet. Although expensive, often it is more fruitful to hire a professional researcher who has the ability and access to those original local records. Since engaging a professional researcher can be expensive, forming a research group and pooling our resources can oftentimes produce better results than working on an individual basis. Accordingly, several Kuhn cousins have decided to form a group for the purpose of hiring a professional researcher to investigate the early life of Peter Kuhn after his arrival in Pennsylvania. We respectfully ask that you join us in this quest.
James Beidler, a free-lance writer [German Life Magazine and other sources] and lecturer specializing in ethnic German genealogy and research, has been recommended as a reputable researcher. He is available to perform research based on the following terms: Minimum of 10 hours @$60 per hour [$600 deposit]. After 10 hours [or within just a few more if it makes sense to continue research at a repository on a particular day], he will prepare a report and the decision then can be made whether to continue the research. The terms set forth by Mr. Beidler are reasonable and engaging his service is recommended.
To ensure that we reach the minimum goal of $600, we are asking each participant to contribute a minimum of $40 and more if at all possible. No checks will be cashed until the minimum goal of $600 is reached. Should there be insufficient money collected to engage the researcher, all checks will be returned to each individual. You will be informed as to the progress of the research, provided with copies of any information and documents discovered, reports from the researcher, etc.
If you are anxious to learn more about our ancestor, please acknowledge your interest in participation by contacting Brenda Ropp or Bob Kuhn at the email addresses below. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact either of the individuals indicated below:
Brenda Ropp, firstname.lastname@example.org or Robert C. Kuhn, email@example.com
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