The WikiTree Challenge 2021 Week 11

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Date: 17 Mar 2021 to 24 Mar 2021
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The WikiTree Challenge Week 11

Guest Star: Rob Warthen

Rob says:

"Peter J Funk (born 1844) is my biggest road block. Note that his death certificate is likely wrong based on earlier census records. The information is somewhat convoluted and I believe there is another Peter Funk in the general area that gets confused with this one, so anyone working on it should be careful. 😊
I’ve not had a lot of luck CONFIRMING my jump from George W. Warthen to John Warthen and back. I do know at some point we become WATHEN. Those tie ins would be interesting and descendants helpful.
Beyond that, my mom’s side is relatively recent German, so breaking any of them further back has been very difficult for me, in particular on my grandmother’s side who is relatively new.
On my father’s side, Thomas O’Toole’s dad is the problem. He died in Ireland. I did visit Cabinteely, Kingston, Ireland and saw the Catholic Church, but as expected, they didn’t have marriage records from 1818. There are some folks who mention a “Jak O’Toole”, but I can’t find any confirmation or more details and believe it to be incorrect, but again I might be wrong.
Ultimately I’m trying to work towards having the RIGHT CONFIRMED information with documentation, which is why some of it is short. Think a lot can go further back with some time so anything will be nice to see.
Thanks so much for your help. I’m excited to see what comes out of it."

Interesting Facts

  • Rob's 4th great-grandparents on the Bisker line, Sebastianus Dienst and Anastasia (Werneth) Dienst had 13 children together. Only three lived to a marriable age (with a fourth that may have lived but not married).
  • Several of Rob's ancestors attended the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. The video of the mural found is amazing. Space page Elaine Weatherall is working on a sketch of the church. (Silva-1055 12:32, 20 March 2021 (UTC))
  • 5th Great Grandfather Johannes Welty (1722-1817) and his children each lived 80-100 years and articles were written in the paper about it.
Welty Siblings Longevity
  • William Lansinger is a solid brick wall being worked on. His wife's cousin, Mary Elilne, lived with them for at least ten years. She was a "mantua maker," which are costumes made by a specialized company that are period pieces, with adaptations only for the modern body type.(Silva-1055 19:13, 20 March 2021 (UTC))
  • Many of Peter Funk's Children worked at this cigar factory that opened in 1909 and only closed in 2017. [1]
  • A number of members of Rob's family, particularly Tylers and Lansingers, were associated with the first US-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. At least two of the daughters of the family attended her school before her death, and a Hughes was integral to the purchase of the property. The school existed in some form for over 150 years, so it's likely that there are more links. The school now has a space page here.
  • Several of Rob's ancestors lived near the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland. That boundary was in dispute between the two colonies until it was established as the Mason-Dixon line. The dispute between the governments of the two colonies was settled in 1767, but confusion -- and sometimes conflicting property claims -- continued in the lands near the boundary. Rob's ancestor Johann Adam Staub was murdered in 1773 in an incident that may have been related to conflicting land claims (see Space: The Murder of Adam Staub).
  • Wilhelm Hufnagel (1834-1889) was part of a group of German Catholic immigrants from Kurhessen Province, who immigrated in about 1853, and settled in Codorus Township and became known as Catholic Valley or Catholic Kingdom. The St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church stood from 1871 to 1975, and William is buried in the cemetery which remains as does Catholic Valley Road.

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