IN THE BEGINNING OR THERE ABOUTS
In the beginning I had high bound ideas of discovering the source of a family name, Bolsinger. I started this blog to let others see what I found and to elicit comments and input. I then met Richard on the internet and we found out we were directly related but back in the middle of the 1800’s. He was looking to confirm his line from Christopher to Christopher, his grandson. This was a quest he started at the behest of his father Cecil who has passed away this past year. He was over 100 when he left us.
Richard has been tremendously successful in following leads and lines. I have a four inch binder with his work sitting in front of me as I write this and am over whelmed by his efforts. However, the first Christopher has still eluded him, us.
Recently another cousin has joined the search, her name is Dona McPhillips and she is my dad’s sister’s only child. She has not only become tenacious and is all consumed with the task, she has joined genealogy classes, societies and groups to become a very productive searcher. She and Richard have become quite a team.
As Christmas is slowly fading, Dona has gone home, and I have found a new energy to blog more about what we are doing. The thread I was looking for has become a huge weaving loom. We have found several different spellings of the name and many different locations from where our ancestors have come. My face book page lists close too three hundred Bolsingers from all over the world and we add new friends every day.
So we invite you to join our search, add your name to our list, included herein is a four page document you can down load, Download Family Questionnaire, fill it out and email it back to us and we will see where you take us. If you have a story or an understanding about family history deep into the past or within your own immediate family let us know what it is and we will weave it into the fabric
To further our understanding as it might be I submit an article written by Pat Bristley that was sent along with the other vignettes, some of which were posted in this blog in the past and will be post in the near future.
The George Balsinger Senior Family
by Pat Bristley
From my long search into the history of the people that came to
Most Germans of the time had two given names, the first was a baptismal name from the Bible, and the second given name was the one they went by in ordinary life. So if a boy’s name was Philip George, he usually went by George in everyday life.
Another German tradition was to name the first two sons and first two daughters after the parents’ parents. If George and Elizabeth (Keener) followed that pattern, then their parents’ given names were John (husband’s father), Mary (wife’s mother), George (wife’s father) and Elizabeth (husband’s mother).
Also, besides being farmers, all German peasants of the period were trained in a trade, such as cooper (maker of barrels) or cordwainer (shoemaker), that they practiced in the winter, or at other times when they were not busy with farm work.
Those with needed crafts in the colonies, had a shorter bond service time because of their trade, and most Germans then were Redemptioner’s (which meant their services were sold for the price of their passage to America, while they were still in Germany) or they were bond servants, which meant they and their families were sold by the captains of the ships they came to America on, once they came into an American port, such as Philadelphia. In fact, most of the Germans in the western duchies such as Hesse, came into the port of
Most of the German peasants from present-day western
For most adults, their bond service lasted for seven years, and at the end of that time, men were given by their owner (by law), an ax, a new suit of clothes and 50 pounds of money (the currency in
It is uncertain if George Bolsinger actually did spend time in
Also it is probable that the family, or at least George Sr., followed the National Road that started at Frederick County, Maryland, and ended up (at the time) in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. That was because the road was originally built in order for General Braddock and George Washington, to get their supply wagons from
Also it is true that during that period,
I was unable to find George Bolsinger (under any spelling) in the 1790 census. So far I have been unable to find any records for Catharine (Bolsinger) Messmore. I believe from the census records of
Jacob Balsinger was not always an idiot. When his mother made her Will in 1841, she named his Executor, a job unlikely to be given to someone who could not think. He was probably just an odd, old bachelor. Perhaps he was in an accident in which he hurt his head between 1841 and 1850, when the census called him an idiot.
I do not believe that Conrad (or the German "Cunrod") married, since he died in 1835, and in 1832, when his father died, he said in his will: ‘And to My Son Cunrod Bolsinger, I give and bequeath one Feather bed and bedding, the same that he now uses’ so he was still living with his parents in 1832.