The Alamance Genealogist Reprint
Fogleman-Shoffner Connections and Roots in Germany Discovered
Contents: Family Traces the Homeplace of Its Ancestors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 European Origins of Catherine Fogleman Discovered . . . . . . . 108 Exact European Origins of our Ancestor Hans George Vogelmann (George Fogleman) Discovered . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Most Recent Fogleman-Shoffner Discoveries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Originally Published in September 2012, Volume 29, No. 3, pages 107118
Alamance County Genealogical Society PO Box 3052 Burlington NC 27215
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Fogleman-Shoffner Connections and Roots in Germany Rediscovered By Judie Fogleman Lewis
Dr. Aaron Spencer Fogleman, the author of Hopeful Journeys, German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 17171775, discovered the path had come full circle from Germany to Colonial America, and back to the old country again. It is believed that Dr. Fogleman is the first Fogleman researcher, and there are several, to make the connection of Hans Georg Fogleman (appears as Vogelmann in his written signature on the registry of the Ship Shirley) to Sanzenbach, Germany.
The will of George Fogleman [Will Book A, pages 323325, Orange County Registrar of Deeds, Hillsborough], dated 18 May 1785, further established the family roots in Orange County (NC). Burlington Times-News Editor, Jay Ashley, best describes the event in October 2009, when family descendants met to mark the home tract of George and Catherine Low Fogleman. Later that same day, Dr. Fogleman presented his findings about the church records and a slide show of the birthplace of Catherine Low in Alsace, France. Ashleys article is printed here with his permission.
Family Traces the Homeplace of Its Ancestors By Jay Ashley, Times-News
Editors Note: Reprinted with the permission of Jay Ashley.
Descendants of immigrant George Fogleman and his wife, Catherine Low, have erected a historical marker on the home tract of the first Fogleman settlers in this area.
The placement of the marker on Clapp Mill Road caps an eight-year search for the exact location of the property, as well as an even longer search for the exact European origins of George and Catherine Fogleman. The marker is on one of the four tracts split in the original 208-acre site purchased by George Fogleman on May 24, 1760. Wade Euliss is the current owner.
Judie Fogleman Lewis began with the original deed and the aid of William L. Miller Jr., a former branch manager for a surveying and mapping company in central Florida, who had platted a general location. Ellen Fogleman Whitworth had an early drawing showing a section belonging to old George Fogleman. Several people retrieved deeds and other documents through 1883 when a division of the property temporarily halted the search.
May Memorial Librarian Lisa Kobrin provided the name of a local map maker, William Moran, who helped locate the original home place. Moran was able to more precisely find the vicinity of the farm, and Euliss helped the group come even closer to their goal
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by presenting Lewis and Trudie McPherson with a packet of more recent deeds related to his property. But a lack of the material between 18831887 still existed and Lewis asked Moran to take another look at it. Using the deeds and other legal material, he and Darrell Clapp were able to plat maps showing the chain-of-title to the property as it split to the current landowners.
Dr. Aaron S. Fogleman of Batavia, Ill., who recently discovered the European origins of Catherine Low Fogleman and wrote the inscription for the marker, was asked to do the unveiling. The origins of George Fogleman remain a mystery, but two weeks earlier, Dr. Fogleman visited the area in Lembach in the region of Alsace from where Catherine Low was born, christened, and lived before coming to this country. He later shared details about that visit during a presentation at the Clapp Family Library on Harris Road. The Foglemans were part of a large immigration of Germans into this area who had come lastly from Pennsylvania in the years before independence and were among the earliest European settlers in these parts. George was a weaver and farmer.
The marker further indicates that the Foglemans purchased 208 acres on the site in 1760 and built their home mile west of what is now Clapp Mill Road (formerly Spoon Road). George arrived from Europe in Philadelphia on the ship Shirley in 1751. They lived in West Manheim Township, York County, Pennsylvania before moving to this area with other German families and were co-founders of Lows Lutheran Church. Their descendants still live in this area.
European Origins of Catherine Fogleman Discovered By Dr. Aaron Spencer Fogleman
Editors Note: Reprinted with permission from the Fogleman Reunion Newsletter, MayDecember 2008, Vol. VIII, Issue I & II.
About thirty years ago I became interested in Fogleman family history, and it did not take long to learn that the Foglemans from my home town and the surrounding area (present day Alamance and Guilford Counties, North Carolina) came from the German territories of central Europe by way of Pennsylvania in the years before American independence.
Following in the footsteps of other Fogleman family history researchers, I soon discovered the names of the family that first came to North Carolina in this periodGeorge and Catherine Fogleman, or Georg and Catharine Vogelmann as their names are spelled in German. They lie buried in the graveyard at Lows Lutheran Church in Guilford County, a church that they and many other German immigrant families helped to build. In time more discoveries of what other Fogleman family researchers already knew followed: Hans Georg Vogelmann (Fogleman) appears to have arrived in Philadelphia on the Ship Shirley on 5 September 1751. He and Catherine were connected to Shermans (St Davids) Lutheran Church in West Manheim Township of York County, Pennsylvania, before they moved with others to North Carolina in about 1760.
Lows Lutheran Church is located in the eastern edge of Guilford County on Highway 61 near its intersection with Highway 62, about 2 miles west of the Alamance Battleground State Historic Site.
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Much is known about the family after their arrival in North Carolina and need not be repeated here. But what I really wanted to know was, where exactly did they come from in Germany? This is what many of us want to know about our ancestors. Why this is so important I cannot say. Maybe it allows us to make a connection, to realize some sense of identity as Americans. That is, Americans are people who came from somewhere else, and knowing that place is important to us. Whatever the reason, we just want to know.
My own ancestors (and probably many of yours) include numerous other families from central Europe who also came to this part of North Carolina and married in with the descendants of George and Catherine Fogleman, and finding the exact origins of any of these families was important to me. John and Margaret Moretz with their son Christian, Joseph Sthli (Staley) and his son Conrad, Georg Huber (Hoover) and his daughter Barbara, Jacob Fuchs (Fox) and his son David, the Moser brothers and perhaps their parents, and John Loeffel (Spoon) with his son Christian were all adults when immigrating from central Europe at this time. Where did they come from?
It will be difficult if not impossible to ever find the European origins of all these families, but a few weeks ago I finally made the discovery for one of themCatherine Fogleman. Catherine married George Fogleman in Pennsylvania, before moving to North Carolina, and this means that her name was different and her place of origin could have been different as well. For years many have speculated that Catherines name might have been Curtiss or Goetz, but I had always been skeptical of either proposition. Curtiss comes from the David Isaiah Offman and Paul G Kinney records, which are personal notes on early German families kept from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries by these two Lutheran ministers. In some ways these notes are very helpful, but they do contain errors and a lot of unverified information. They are what historians call secondary sources, i.e., the work of someone else, and not the originals. Historians prefer to work with what are called primary sources, i.e., original records like wills, census data, land records, tombstone inscriptions, church books, and the like.
On the other hand, the emphasis placed by some on Catherine Goetz as the potential wife of Hans Georg Vogelmann is based on a primary sourcethe baptismal record of Shermans Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania that shows this woman and Hans Georg Vogelmann cosponsored a child there, but there were two Catherines who co-sponsored baptisms with our Vogelmann at Shermans: Catherine Goetz and Catherine Lau (Low).
There is no way of knowing from these records alone which if any of these Catherines Hans Georg married, but it is clear that up to this time (1755) neither Catherine was married to him, as George was still single. One cannot know the European origins of Catherine Fogleman without being certain of her family name before marrying George in Pennsylvania.
A George and Catherine Fogleman memorial monument and marker in the graveyard at Lows Lutheran Church in southeast Guilford County, NC. The weathered marker reads: In Memory of George & Catherine Foglema