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Grantz was Krauntz or Krantz

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Grantz was Krauntz or Krantz

Posted: 1116394739000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Grantz
Hey folks,

I made some progress last week. I hit both the Greensburg and Kittaning Pa court houses last Friday. I found John Adam Grantz' naturalization papers. He filed his declaration of intent to become a citizen in 1844 and was made a citizan in 1848. In the declaration he says that he emigrated from Hessen Darmstadt in 1842 which matches the passenger list I found earlier. At Kittanning I found his first deed to land in Grantz Hollow it was dated 1848 which also matches when they seem to have moved north from Delmont, Westmoreland Co. Pa to Armstrong Co. I found lots of other deeds for George, Henry, and John his sons but none that predated his. I also found his son "John Grantz Sr." Last Will and Testament filed July 29th 1912. It lists all of John's kids:

George I. Grantz
Abram R. Grantz
Anna M. Klingensmith
Hetty J. Glatsinger
William J. Grantz
Harriet E. Klingensmith
Luther S. Grantz
Amos E. Grantz
Josiah W. Grantz
Louis H. Grantz
Miles R. Grantz

An interesting side note is he made a stipulation that his brother Goerge (who had deeded over his land and was living with John) was to be taken care of and buried at his death with a toomstone for $50. We know George continued to live with Miles untill he died.

I got Adams Grantz signature (in German) from his naturalization papers translated and it looks like he wrote the name "Krauntz" (see message below) I will be scanning all these documents and hope to have them on a web site soon.

-Nelson Grantz

From: Nelson Grantz
To: Don Watson
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 11:01 PM
Subject: Re:

Thank you very much. Kruntz is what I came up with but I am no expert. I am going to be going to the archives in Darmstadt this summer for my vacation and this will be a lot of help. With any luck I will have some work for you when I get back. I will definately recomend you to anyone looking for translations.

Thanks again
----- Original Message -----
From: Don Watson
To: Nelson Grantz
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 10:26 PM
Subject: Re:

Krauntz. One of the characters, a or u, is umlauted (or is it just a flare added by the writer. His penmanship leaves a lot to be desired.) It is difficult to tell which one may be umlauted. It is a surname that apparently has become extinct. It is a form of Kranz and Krantz.
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jasongrantz 1252343331000 
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