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From: "William Thomas" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Question About John Casper Stoever's Marriage Records
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:29:56 -0500
After comparing baptism dates with marriage dates, you see this pattern.
On April 5, 1741 he preformed a marriage listed as Codorus, and also
baptized a number of people listed for both Codorus and Conewago.
On April 12, 1741 he preformed a marriage listed as Tulpehocken, and also
baptized people listed for both Northkill and Swatara.
On July 6, 1741 he preformed a marriage listed for Cocalico, and baptized
someone listed from Tulephocken.
On August 20, 1741 he preformed a marriage listed in Codorus, and baptized
four people listed as Codorus.
In each case, they are from the same region, but you wouldn't think he would
be at two places on the same day, so you have to assume this is where the
people came from.
On Behalf Of Dwayne Wrightsman
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:25 AM
Subject: [BRE] Question About John Casper Stoever's Marriage Records
John Casper Stoever married about 1,500 couples in Lancaster County in the
mid 1700s. He kept good records, naming bride and groom, date, and
location. It's location that is the puzzle for me. In the May 1, 1774,
double marriages of John Brubaker and Henry Brubaker to two brides, both of
whom had lived their entire lives in Bethel Township, the location for both
marriages was recorded as Cocalico Township. Why Cocalico? It isn't that
the Brubaker grooms were living there at the time. Both were paying Bethel
taxes from 1772, and there is no record of their existence before that,
including ever having lived in Cocalico. Could Stoever's record have
indicated where the actual marriages took place? The Brubaker grooms did
have "cousins" who lived in Cocalico, the most famous being Abraham
Brubaker/Brubacher who had a large family and who was a Mennonite leader at
the time. I guess it is possible that the Brubaker "cousins" of Cocalico
might have arranged for John Casper Stoever to come to Cocalico and marry
the couples in Bethel.
I have examined the Cocalico microfilm of tax records (1751-1808) of the
Brubaker families who lived and paid taxes in Cocalico and those that I
found could not have been of the same immediate family as the unknown family
of John and Henry. It seems to me that if John and Henry lived in Cocalico
prior to moving to Bethel, they must have been orphaned children who were
living in a non-Brubaker household.
Does anyone have any ideas about my dilemma that I might not have thought
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