Way to confuse the tree !

Today, 187 years ago, my 3 times great grandparents, Peter Koontz and Elizabeth Derr were married in Stark County, Ohio.  They had two children, Caroline and Ezra Peter (1832).  I have not found a record of their divorce, but GGG Grandmother appears to be married to Peter Rudolph in time to have a third child, Gertrude (1852).  Now GGG Grandfather’s death record shows he was still with us until 1882, so …

The complication / confusion then centers around the descendants of the three children of Elizabeth Derr.  Ezra Peter’s son, Casmear had a daughter , Essie.  Gertrude married Louis Spuhler and they had a son, Harold Rudolph.  You guessed it.  Aunt Essie and Uncle Harold married.  The two were first cousins, once removed.  Based on my research, the families were quite close and Essie and her sisters were frequent guests in the Spuhler home.    Newspapers were quite willing to report the smallest of things, including the trips taken by various persons to visit relatives in near and distant towns.  This has provided a great background for Essie and Harold’s courtship.     It was further complicated by it being Aunt Essie’s second marriage and the bulk of the visits were after her divorce and it really appears she was accompanied to the Spuhler’s by her sister to make sure everything was “proper”.  To keep the gene pool clear, there were no children of this union.

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About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related"
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