Kristina, I know you're not the author of this story, but I've seen this story so many places on the internet that I feel I have to respond. First, Rupp is the author of 'Thirty Thousand Immigrants to PA', or something like that. It's a poor reference; Strassburger and Hinke is much better.
The castle is spelled Riegersburg, and the 'ie' is pronounced like see, sea, me, thee. The 'ei' combination is pronounced like site, cite, height, sight. Big difference! Try searching the internet for the castle using the misspelling!
How in the world did two branches of the family arise simultaneously - one in Spain and one in Bohemia (Czech Republic) - communicate with one another, and get together in Strassburg?
If one looks at Hinke, they'll see an umlaut over the 'u'. English doesn't use umlauts, so it usually gets transcribed Rueger. Also, English speakers can't pronounce an umlauted 'u', so it also was frequently written as Rieger and pronounced the German way as a close enough approximation.
How in the world did they receive land grants in 1733 when they didn't arrive until 1737? Why was it ignored that one of the Antony's fathered a child in 1739, baptized in Bern Township? Then there's daughter Barbara; she was married in 1740 in Heidelberg Township, so they must have stayed in Berks County a bit longer than six months. Could the year of the move be 1743 instead of 1733? It could be a case of a simple typo, but it's getting repeated over and over again in GEDCOMs.
OK, I've had my say; and - hey - I know you're not the author. You're innocent. And I'm not expecting answers. Actually, the article looks authoritative until one casts a critical eye upon it, then the questions arise. I guess I'm just getting frustrated by all the hoaxes and misinformation that are appearing on the internet.
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