Your Henry Poorman may be the son John Poorman and Elizabeth Harper. A book I have indicates Henry's spouse as MJ Poorman. Henry was born 9 Sep 1816. Henry's father John was born 11 Sep 1790. Henry's mother was born 25 Nov 1794. She was the daughter of Henry Harper. John Poorman died 16 Sep 1879 , and his wife, Elizabeth died 23 March 1881. Both are buried in the Advent Cemetery near Milesburg, Centre County, Pa.
John Poorman was the son of Michael Poorman and Anna Maria (Mary)Schop(p)/Shoop/Shope. Michael Poorman was born 17 May 1764. Anna Maria Schop was born 20 May 1766 in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County. Their first child Elizabeth was born Dec 6, 1786. They were therefore married sometime before 1786.
Michael Poorman was the son of Jacob Poorman (born 7 Jan 1741/42) and Maria Werner. Jacob was the son of Peter (b about 1720) and Katherine Poorman. Peter was the son Of Hans Georg and Agnes Poorman. Hans Georg Poorman was an original immigrant from Germany.
Anna Maria was the daughter of Bernhard/Schop(p)/Shope Sr. and Barbara Meder. Berhard was born about 1731/32 in Switzerland. In 1753 he received an emigration permit in Eichtersheim, Germany under the name Bernhart Shope. He arrived in Philadelphia in September 1753 aboard the Neptune. According to one account, he fought in the French and Indian War. From 1763 to 1773 he appears in tax records in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pa. He may have married Barbara Meder in 1763 as the earliest birth date I have for any of their children is 1764. In 1773 Bernhard Shop received a land warrant from John Penn for 150 acres in Paxtang Township, Lancaster County Pa. This is presently Lower Paxton Twp., Dauphin County. He lived there until his death in 1813.
Bernhard Sr. was with the Colonial army in the fall of 1776 at the battles of Long Island and White Plains. He name appears in equipment lost during that campaign by members of Captain James Murray's company, In 1779 Bernhard went as a volunteer under Captain John Patterson's command to Bedford County to protect the inhabitants while they planted their spring crop. The last militia record I could find for Bernhard was a 1784 record of Captain Patterson's in which Captian Patterson received 8 pounds in fines from Bernhard Sr. Fines were usually levied for missing militia drills. The maximum age for service in the militia was 53. I am basing Berhnard's birth date on this maximum and the last militia record of 1784.
Berhard Schop's will is listed under the name Bernard Shope in the Dauphin County wills which can be found in the Pa. Archives Microfilms at Harrisburg, Pa. In his will Bernhard notes his daughter Mary as being intermarried with Michael Poorman. An 1818 Dauphin County Orphan's Court Record also identifies them as a couple. Bernard Shope and Anna Maria Poorman were executors of Jacob Poorman's 1785 will (Lancaster County-Dauphin formed in 1785 from Lancaster).
I believe Michael, Anna Maria, her brother Bernhard Jr. (my gggg grandfather) all went to Centre County sometime after 1809, but before 1813. Bernhard Jr. is listed in 1809 Lower Paxton tax records with his father. I believe this is about the time my gggg grandmother Elizabeth Crall died. A Bernard Shope is listed in 1811, but I believe this is the father. In 1813 Bernhard Jr. signed a release to his brother Jacob for money that he received from Jacob for his share of his father's estate. In this release Bernhard identifies himself as a resident of Centre County, Pa. In 1814 Michael and Anna Maria signed a release for Anna Maria's share of her father's estate. They identified themselves in their release as residents of Spring Township Centre County.
Unfortunately most of the early tax records for Spring and Boggs Yownship's were removed a number of years ago from the Centre County geneaological library by a local lawyer and never returned. Consequently, I have not been able to track some of the early movements of my ancestors after they moved from Spring Township. A record of Mrs. Spangler a noted local geneaologist in Centre County shows Michael and his brother-in-law Bernhard Jr. (Barnabus) in Spring Township in 1815. In 1817 Bernhard Jr. appears in Patton Township Centre County so its possible that Anna Maria and Michael also left Spring township for another location, possibly Boggs township near Milesburg.
This concludes the bulk of the information I have at this time. I should note that Henry was a popular name among the Poorman clan and that I only have the initials of Henry's wife. The date of birth I have is a little early than 1818 so it's possible that there is another Henry Poorman who may fit the bill. I hope this information is of some help in you quest.
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