Dear Family Researchers:
I just received a copy of "A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania", which was done by the Gratz Historical Society back in 1997. This seems to be a wonderful reference volume and I'm sure I'll learn a lot about the family and the surroundings from the book.
One troubling item (I hate this!) ... I was checking on William Welker and Anna Radle and I found the following: "William may have m Anna Radle ... a dau of Michael and Anna Margaretha (Wirth) Radel ...". (p. 452)
"May have married " ... like in "Maybe Not"?
Does anyone have any documented proof of this marriage? If not, then I have to find some ... somewhere ...
I can trace back to Anna Radle ... but my Welker connection is, according to this book, in doubt, and, therefore, my connection to the Wirth line ... and, perhaps, so is yours!
A Wirth line expert (and he is!) tells me he doesn't have a marriage date, preacher, etc., for William Welker and Anna Radel Welker. He suspects that they were married at St. John's Lutheran Church, Berrysburg, PA, and states the Historical Society had no means or documentation at the time to prove or verify the connection, e.g. preacher or church record... that's why they said "may have married".
I hope someone can point the way. Does anyone know if the Berrysburg Church is in existence or, if not, where records might be kept?
This hobby is becoming a disease!
Thanking you in advance ...