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Re: MOHNs in E.Pa. and Loudoun Co., Va.
Posted by: john knisely Date: September 02, 1999 at 16:38:52
In Reply to: Re: MOHNs in E.Pa. and Loudoun Co., Va. by Gregg Moon of 297

Gregg -- thanks for the passionate appeal to us all. Like Rob, of course I'm "in" on trying to figure this out. Here's my three cents:

There are two keys to our mystery:

(1) Time

(2) Jorg Bernhart Mohn.

If Jorg Bernhart is a dead end, then we can be pretty sure that the Loudoun Co. Mohns (Sarah, Georg, Johannes, and Abraham) are old Johannes' descendants. That brings us to the other key point. Sarah and Georg at least are far too old to be Johannes' great-grandchildren. Consequently, if Johannes' only two sons were Ludwig and Werner -- and that's a bigger "if" than we've probably recognized -- they fall into Werner's family almost by default. When one adds in that Ludwig's family is fairly well arranged and that Werner lived in Loudoun Co., the connection would look certain.

I believe that Werner likely had a lot of children. He is taxed as a married man in 1752 in Cumru Twp., Berks Co. If Catharina Crowl was born ca 1740, as the Crowl researchers suggest, that means he had an earlier wife. Consequently, a lot of 1750s kids (e.g. Georg and Sarah) could be from an earlier marriage. I also think it possible if not probable that the Peter Mohn/Moon who moved to Lycoming Co. is Werner's son. The name Peter was obviously a favorite of the family's, and Ludwig's son Peter stayed in Berks Co.

Thoreau said, "some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk." We shouldn't blind ourselves to the circumstantial evidence.

There. I've said my piece.

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