It has been assumed that since there were so many Handwerk sponsors for the children of Wilhelm and Elisabetha Rex, that Elisabetha was a Handwerk. Johannes Handwerk is presumed to be her father. There is evidence to the contrary.
In the final settlement of Johannes Handwerk’s will he mentions the following children, but no Elizabeth. Not even any children of a daughter Elizabeth.
o By do pd The widow Anna Maria Rein Sheuetin who was
one of the Daughters of said dec'd a legacy left her
by the testators Will as p release of the 10 of Feby
1790 - 40: 0:0
o By do pd John Handwerck who was one of the sons of
the testator as per release Dated the 15 Day of June 1790 - 80: 0:0
o By do pd Geo. Harger and Catharine his wife she being
a daughter of the said testator as p release Dated the
1 Apr 1797 - 72:10:0
o By do pd the widow Magdalena Neff she being a Daughter
of the said testator as p receipt dated the 10 Febr 1790 - 40:0:0
Johannes had a second wife, Anna Maria Myer, the widow of Andrew Myer. Andrew died prior to 23 Jun 1763, the date the Northampton County Orphans Court assigned guardians for his children: Christina, born before 1747; Peter, born circa 1747; Mary, born circa 1749; Catharine, born circa 1750; Elizabeth, born circa 1751; Jacob, born circa Jan 1755; Andrew, born circa 1759; and Paul, born circa Jan 1761.
Is it possible that the step-daughter of Johannes (the Elizabeth born about 1751) was the one who was the wife of Wilhelm Rex. The age fits and she and her husband Wilhelm Rex may have been very close to the Handwerk family thereby using them so frequently as sponsors.
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