I’ve found a new branch!

I’ve found a new branch of the Norris family that I had not yet been aware of.

While sailing in from the Chesapeake Bay into the Rappahannock River, I passed under the Robert O. Norris, Jr. bridge.  Robert Opie Norris Jr was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates some time ago.  On a hunch, I followed his lineage back, and he goes all the way back to Thomas “The Immigrant,” descending from Thomas’ son Edward, who I had no information on prior to this find.  I will be entering this information sometime very soon.

I also contacted a member of the Beitzell family to see about getting more information on that branch of the tree, since it is so much closer to my generation.

Robert O. Norris Jr Bridge

More on Raymond Lewis German…

I’m finding more and more references to people who put the wrong year on their WWI draft cards. I have yet to find a reason why. I can understand the minor discrepancies between various census years, we’re talking about barely literate people. Here are the details:

1917 Draft Card: Raymond Lewis German, 4748 Wisconsin Ave, Streetcar Conductor, born 1890-04-21 in Fauquier County, VA.

1900 Census, Marhsall, Fauquier Co., VA – Head of Household James German, son “Ramey”, 6, born April 1894.

1920 Census: Raymond L German, 4702 Wisconsin Ave in DC, Streetcar Conductor, 27 years old on 1920-01-14.

1930 Census: Raymond L. German, 4849 Wisconsin Ave in DC, different job but same family members, 36 years old on 1930-04-05.

Clearly the draft card is the same person as the 1920 and 1930 censuses. Since the 1920 and 1930 census support an 1894 birthdate, and the draft card indicates a Fauquier County birth in April, that most likely links “Ramey” to this fellow. So I can suppose from that point that James in Fauquier County is my great-great grandfather.

Welcome to the German Family Tree

Welcome to the German Family Tree. You are welcome here whether you are immediately related or not. I have traced my own German lineage only as far as my great grandfather, who was a streetcar conductor in Washington, DC., and possibly to the generation beyond him in Marshall, Fauquier County, VA in the 1900 census. There are a number of families with the German name listed on the 1900 census in Marshall, so I’m sure they are all related somehow. I welcome anyone with knowledge of their relationships to provide more information here. Thanks.

The family tree itself is located here.