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Posted by: Patricia Wise (ID *****5009) Date: April 08, 2004 at 17:56:11
In Reply to: Re: VALENTINE URICH by Charlotte Bence of 182



Two theories:

1. Margaretha was the wife of Valentine Brenneis (in "the old country" the "en" suffix on names is used for the female, so her married last name would have been Brenneisen) and had two children, Conrad and Valentine. When her first husband passed away, she married Johannes Valentine Urich, who anglicized his name to "John". Margaretha must have passed away shortly after their marriage and John Urich remarried Maria Marghretta Volsin. They had, at least, three children.

2. Margaretha's maiden name was Maria Marghretta Volsin (there's always lots of different spellings of these names). Her first husband was Valentine Brenneis, with whom she had two sons, her second husband was Johannes Valentine Urich, aka John, with whom she had two sons and a daughter.

Actually, I'd guess that the second version is more likely to be correct.

From Lebanon Historical Society - Uhrich Family Book:
About Johannes Valentin Uhrich - "From the time of his arrival in 1734, he lived with brother Johannes at Earltown and very possibly met and married Maria Agattha (Margrettha) Volsin (Voisin) in Lancaster. Unable to locate a record of this marriage, it is conjectured that they were married in the First Reformed Church at Lancaster which was founded in 1731, Margrettha was a French Huguenot (Protestant). Her father Jean Pierre came to Lancaster in 1738, and an entry in the "Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of Pennsylvania" states of him: "...daughter Maria Margrettha, married Valentine Uhrich. His son Valentine Uhrich, Jr., was born September 24, 1740." (Vol. XXIX, 1957, p. 122). The church's pastor, Charles Lewis Boehm sometimes preached in the French language which pre-supposes a considerable number of French-speaking parishioners. The Huguenots fled France under Louis XV who actively persecuted them and many found their way into the Palatinate region of Germany. The city of Frankenthal, six miles south of Kleinniedesheim, was a refuge for these fleeing Huguenots. It is possible that Valentin met her at Frankenthal and that they were married before coming to America."

I am interested in the descendants of Valentine's son, Johannes Christian Urich. Sallie Urich was my gggm.

Patty Wise

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