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The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, that Philip Gentzler and his family traveled down, was the principal highway of the colonial back country. It had been an Indian Worrior's Path until 1744 when the English acquired the use of it by treaty. Learning of cheaper lands southward in Maryland and Virginia, the Germans and Scotch-Irish began venturing down the path. Parke Rouse, in his 1973 book "The Great Road", wrote, "let by a few exploreers and land speculators, the Germans and Scotch-Irish migrations were to continue for nearly a century." By the fall of 1766, the Great Road stretched from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Augusta, Georgia. It went through Lancaster, York, and Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, through Hagerstown, Maryland and into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
At Big Lick, later to become Roanoke, Virginia, pioneers could take the Wilderness Road west through the Blue Ridge Mountains and into Tennessee, or they could continue south on the Great Wagon Road into North Carolina. The dirt road went through Salisbury and Charlotte and continued south to Chester adn Newberry, South Carolina, before it reached Augusta. The road was most developed in southern Pennsylvania where great taverns and inns, serving German delicacies such as saurbraten, schmorbraten, apfelklose, and spanferkel, dotted the road.

By the time Philip Gentzler migration, most of the road had been cleared to accommodate horse-drawn vehicles. County courts employed local farmers to keep up segments of the road, but the path generally stayed in a poor condition. Eigthteen miles of progress was a good days work. Expert German wagon makers, located near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were famous for their "Conestoga Wagons," and Philip, no doubt, use one on this 450 mile journey. The vehicles were built to such a size that five or six horses, harnessed in pairs, were required to pull them. To lighten the load, people were expected to walk alongside or behind the wagon. "A family cow, an ox, a pig or two were sometimes tethered to such a wagon. Chickens and other fowl were transported in pens suspended from the tailgate." Philip and his family passed farm after farm, occasionally coming across forts, taverns, and villages. One of their preoccuping thoughts, on this long journey, had to have been the knowledge that they would, in all likelihood, never see the family and friends that they had left behind in York, Pennsylvania.
 

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Interesting form: My great grandmother on my mom's side was a Lenderman. The information I have is from the "Lenderman Links, 1763-1982, Vol. 1. By Ranelle Hemrick Brown and Margene Hemrick Black.

Information is that they arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740. The jouney South started. According to records one Lenderman was killed by "savages." The Lenderman's movement South continued over many years. N.Carolina>S. Carolina>Georgia>Alabama and Texas. It appears the majority settled in Alabama and were well represented in the Southern armies. This is interesting because on my father's side his mother's family(Sayles) were early settler's in Rhode Island. Their route was Rhode Island>Ontario, Canada>Michigan. My Dad's father was born in Michigan in the 1830's. I beleive that family provided five son's to the Union. Four of which became country doctors after the Civil War.

Names in the Linderman Links that are common in earlier post are:

Allen
Garrett (bunch)
Jones (bunch)
Robinson
Johnson
Hollingsworth
Moore (Bunch)
Smith (Bunch)
Baker

My grandmother was Cora Linderman who married William Frank Lambert.

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Siskiyou,
I don't know if any of this helps but here is the names of the lines you posted about. As you can see I have very little on some.
Faye aka Mrs Graybeard


On my Allen line:
Vincent Allen and Elizabeth ?
Nancy Ann Allen and Nicholas Faulkner

On my Garrett line:
Mattie Virginia Garrett and Franklin Isaiah Tidwell(my great-grandparents)
In Mattie's Bible it had her parents as John Garrett and Jane(Janie)White. I haven't been able to find anything on John or Jane.

On my Jones line:
Edward Jones and Mary Field
Tabitha Jones and John Robinson

On my Robinson line:
Thomas Robinson, Sr. and Unknown
Thomas Robinson, Jr. and Elizabeth ?
John Robinson and Tabitha Jones
Susannah Robinson and William Bradshaw

Bill's Johnson line:
Deliah Johnson and Joel Sullivan

Bill's Hollingsworth line:
John T. Hollingsworth and Susannah ?
James R. Hollingsworth and Elizabeth Sullivan
Stephen Mack Hollingsworth and Zilla Ann Nabors
Eva Hollingsworth and James Franklin Ponder(They divorced when Bill's mom was 2 years old. Eva then married Johnnie Banes)

Bill's Moore line:
Ann Moore and Allen Nabors

Bill's Smith line:
Nancy A. Smith and Malachi Ponder

Bill's Barker line:
Nancy A. Barker and James M(N) Graham
 

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The hit I was able to get with a quick check was Nancy(nmi) Smith. I suspect she is a different person then Nancy A. Our Nancy Smith was born in South Carolina in 1835. She died in Georgia. She was buried in the Harmony Grove Church cemetery.*

*Lenderman Links vol 1.

Quit raining and the sun is out. Time to go outside.

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Siskiyou,

The Nancy A. Smith in my husband's line was born November 13, 1824 in Henry County, Tennessee and died May 20, 1913 in Calhoun County, Alabama. Her father was Philip J. Smith born about 1793 in NC. We don't know who her mother was.
Nancy siblings were: Elizabeth, Catherine, Lucinda, Enock, Margarett, John S. and Alex. All were born in Tennessee.

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(Giggling hysterically here...)
Oh Faye! You and Butler are related too! In looking over your Jones and Robinson lines, I see that your common ancestors are Tabitha Jones and John Robinson. Butler's line runs from Susannah, who married William Bradshaw. Their son, William, married Anne Lowe. Their son, William, married Charlotte Williams. Their daughter, Mary, married Oliver Perry Bryant. Their daughter, Charlotte, married Thomas Pascal Dunbar - Butler's mother's line.
The relationship calculator on my FTM says Butler is Tabitha's sixth great-grandson.
Gonna have to look at the other posts a little more...
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Faye,
Running back and forth here, please bear with me! HaHa!
I have Mary Field marrying twice, first to Edward Jones and second to Charles Scruggs (abt 1697, Henrico Co., VA). Sitting here in south-central KY, I've relied a lot on the Internet. Since this is a line you have researched, I'm hoping you can help. Did Mary marry twice? Is my information wrong? Our library has a lot of material, but nothing that far back. Also, I've got John Robinson's parents as possibly John and Mavel East Robinson...help? Butler said you could probably help me sort this out.
Thanks,
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Deb,
I go from Susannah Robinson and William Bradshaw to their daughter Ursula, who married Miles Abernathy.

You will find this interesting.

Tabitha Jones Robinson(daughter of Mary Fields and Edward Jones) had a half-sister named Judith Scruggs(daughter of Mary Fields Jones and Charles Scruggs)
Judith Scruggs married William Bradshaw.
Judith and William are the parents of William Bradshaw, who married Susannah Robinson.

John Robinson parents are Thomas Robinson and Elizabeth ?. Thomas was born around 1650 in Henrico, VA and died around 1739 in Henrico, VA. I don't have anything on Elizabeth.

I hope this helps.
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Faye,
Thank you so very much for the web site. It really helps. It's been a while since I was hunting for Bill's lines...I made a couple break-throughs on some of my lines and had been busy with them.
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Deb,

You are welcome. I am so glad that the Cowboy Action Shooters came to GBO. So far I have found two cousin. Capt Hamp Cox on my Faulkner line and now BulterFord45 on my Robinson/Bradshaw line.

Faye
 
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