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From: David Myers <>
Subject: [BRE] George Conrad Mack, chr. 1674, in "Counting the Cost"
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 21:13:47 -0500
The following are the comments about George Conrad Mack in "Counting the
Cost." Willoughby doesn't indicate where this material came from but it
may be at least partly from oral tradition. The reference to George
Conrad being rebellious in "secular ways" may be a conclusion based on
George Conrad's first child being born about a month after George Conrad
and Anna Margaret were married, although I'm not sure that George
Conrad's parents objected to this situation as much as Alexander may
have. George Conrad's father seems to have been fairly generous to him
in the will and George Conrad has children named Johan Philip and Anna
Christina but no children named Alexander.
"Counting the Cost" -- William G. Willoughby (1979):
"But the third son, George Conrad, a rebellious and difficult child, was
often referred to as that 'cursed child,' and plans for him were
"As a maturing young man, Mack had to think about his own future. He was
made keenly aware of this when George Mack, the rebellious third son,
announced his intentions of marrying Anna Margaret Schwartz from
Ladenburg and leaving Schriesheim. After the wedding the Mack family
bade George and Anna Margaret goodbye as they left to set up housekeeping
in Ladenburg, where George could pursue his trade as a baker. The Mack
family was not sorry to see George leave, for they looked upon him as a
thorn in the flesh."
"Both George and Alexander were rebellious against tradition, George in
secular ways, Alexander in religious ways. It is quite evident that the
stresses of operating the mill, the almost constant occupation by
invading armies, and the pervasive insecurity of the times exacted a
heavy toll from the Mack family."
Willoughby discusses the will of John Philip Mack, father of Alexander,
Sr. and George Conrad: "To Jacob , the oldest, Mack gave one-half of the
mill and to Alexander the other. To George he gave a house."
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