Of course, he can't stand up. He's been dead for hundreds of years.
Folks, today I went back to Charlotte Hix's book of will abstracts and
letters of administration hoping for some answers, but I think I am more
muddled than ever and I don't know if I ever will solve this conundrum.
Perhaps the film waiting for me at the FHC (WPA cards) will hold the key. If
not, I am fast running out of sources and perhaps out of luck.
Here's what I've got. If you can help me, I will be delighted:
1730, Charles Decker's son Matthys born to Lena SWAIM
1730, Johannes Decker's son Matthys born to Maria SWAIM
ca 1742, Matthias Decker born (later m. Lydia) (WHO'S HIS DAD?)
1754, Charles Decker's will is made/ his son Matthias is still alive
1765, Matthias Decker Jr born (my gggGfather)
1771, Matthias Decker dies intestate, wife Mary made admins.
1775, Matthias Decker m. Lydia MILBURN
1777, Matthias Decker, farmer, will
wife: Margaret MERRELL
eldest son: Matthias to get acreage adjoining to Matthias Decker's
1779, Johanes' will:
children of son John, deceased: James Simon, Rebecca, Jemima, Moses
(and his dau Mary) and Silvanus
dau Elizabeth w/o Edmund CHRISTOPHER
dau Eve w/o Benjamin COLE
sons Matthew, Matthias and Moses to get most of his land,
Matthias to have the northern part
by 1787, Matthias Jr marries Mary Ann ------
1787, Matthias Jr & Mary Ann's first born, John M is born
by 1813, their 10th child, Matthias III is born to Mary Ann -------
1853, Matthias Jr. dies, leaving a will which names 17 children, 10 by Mary
Ann -----, and 7 by the widowed Matthias Jr's 2nd wife Ann HILLYER.
Charles and Johannes are Travisville folk and the prime candidates to be my
Matthias Jr's Grandfather. Both married SWAIMS and both had sons named
Matthias in 1730!!
The Dutch Ref. Church records that covered 1765 were missing the "M's" where
Matthias' birth would have been recorded. ARGGHHH!!
Clearly, the Matthias who married Lydia MILBURN (children: Israel and Ellen
H) cannot be a son of Charles or Johannes, nor of their sons named Matthias.
What about the son of Matthias married to Margaret MERRELL?
I'm running out of records and ideas. Any thoughts?