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Re: Wonder family of Pa. and Ohio
Posted by: Yvonne Takis Date: December 19, 2001 at 11:21:53
In Reply to: Re: Wonder family of Pa. and Ohio by J David Wonder of 51

David. After reviewing my records on this family, I realized I gave you mis-information - one of the reasons genealogy is so difficult! It was Daniel Wonder, Andrew's son who was visiting his son, Ezra, in Nebraska when he died, not Andrew. I remember seeing an obituary for Daniel, but I couldn't locate it. I also had rec'd information from a genealogist that quoted "Sketches and Biographical Studies of Gage Co. Nebraska - 1888" The article stated "...Daniel Wonder, the father of our subject, was born in Mifflin County, PA., April 12, 1791 (acutally he was born in York Co.), and upon reaching manhood was there married to Miss Catherine Harpster...Mathias Wonder, the great-grandfather of our subject, belonged to the German nobility, and was born in the Kingdom of wurtemberg. He came of a very wealthy family, and emigrated to America when his son Andrew was a little lad seven years of age (age is in question)...they landed at Philadelphia and settled in York County, PA, where the great-grandfather died in middle life when only forty years old..."

This certainly isn't the documented information I have. Christian (Mathias/George) lived to a much older age and was present at the baptism of his grandsons. The sources for the "wealthy" family and German "nobility" isn't documented in any of the sources I found. I'll look a little harder to find the obituary for Daniel, which might help. Daniel himself wrote his "remembrances", which states his father's name was George and emigrated on the ship Hope - another undocumented statement. Hopefully, we can resolve this mystery. Sorry for the mistake.


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