My last post introduced Esther Brutzman Lee, daughter of Phoebe Postens and Ludwig/Lewis Brutzman. The 1850 census for Hamilton Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania also listed 10-year-old Alexander Bertyman [Brutzman] with Phoebe and Esther .  Did Phoebe and Ludwig have other children? According to a Brotzman/ Brutzman family history published in 1968, the answer is ‘Yes’. But, the Brotzman history does not list either Esther or Alexander.
Ludwig Brotzman/ Brutzman, born on May 9, 1815 to John Brotzman and Suzanna Meyers, “married Phoebe Poston of Pocono Township, Monroe County. Later moved to Luzerne County, near Shickshinney.”  Again, Phoebe’s maiden name is given with no mention of her parents. Five children are listed for Ludwig and Phoebe in the Brotzman history : (transcribed as written; each person was given a specific number. Asterisk (*) indicates that more information was given about that person).
Church records and an interview with a descendant are the sources given. Church records are usually considered reliable and valid. Interviews may or may not be reliable, depending on the age of the person and the distance in time from the events being related. Personal bias may also color one’s memories. Unfortunately, I have not seen the church records and do not currently have access to them.
The 1900 county history reads: ” In 1853, he [Philip S. Lee] married Miss Esther Brutzman, who was born in 1830, daughter of Lewis Brutzman, a well-known resident of Stroud Township, and his wife, Phebe (Posten), who now resides with our subject at the advanced age of eighty-two years.”
Do these two documents refer to the same Ludwig (aka Lewis) Brutzman and Phoebe (aka Phebe) Poston(aka Posten/ Postens)? Names are similar enough to warrant a positive response. Residences in Monroe county, Pennsylvania, are also consistent. Inconsistent are the reported names of Ludwig and Phoebe’s children. Only Esther and Alexander, who are not named in the Brotzman history, are recorded as living with Phoebe in 1850. Esther died in 1901, eight years before her husband, Philip, so cannot be confused with Emily, who was apparently still alive in 1930.
Combining information from all documents yields 7 children for Ludwig and Phoebe:
- Esther, born 1836.
- David, born 1837.
- Alexander, born 1838.
- John, born 1840
- Jacob, born 1848.
For the moment, assume that all seven children were born to our Ludwig and Phoebe. Questions shape my to-do list:
- Why are Esther and Alexander not listed in the Brotzman family history? Speculation: Esther and Alexander were baptized in a different church than the other children or not baptized. Was Ludwig the father of all the children? To do: Search other church records. Locate and search records of same church as referenced in Brotzman history.
- Where were the other children (David, John, James, Jacob and Emily) in 1850? Speculation: Ludwig died between 1848 and 1850. Phoebe cannot care for all of them, so they were sent to live with other relatives. To do: Search for other children in 1850, 1860 and later census records in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Locate Emily Stair in 1930 census, then follow her back in time. Confirm Ludwig’s death date. Search for more information about Ludwig and Phoebe in other documents, such as other county histories and newspapers. Seek help from others, such as Daughters of the American Revolution in Monroe County.
1]1850 U.S. census, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Hamilton Township, p. 17B (stamped), dwelling 220, family 220, Phebe [Phoebe] Bertyman [Brutzman]; image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 May 2017); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 789.
 (Compiler), Mary H. Forbes (compiler). Descendants of Johan Frederick Brotzman and Maria Barbara Brotzman, 1738-1968. Laceyville, Pennsylvania: C.A. Christian, 1968. Repository: Monroe County Historical Society, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
 Ibid, p. 78, person #352.
 Ibid, pp. 78-79. Persons 833-837.
 Commemorative Biographical Record of NortheasternPennsylvania including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families. (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1900), 150; digital images, WayBackMachine (http://www.archive.org : accessed 5 May 2017).
 Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : viewed & downloaded 4 November 2017), memorial page for Esther A. Brutzman Lee, Find A Grave Memorial # 84801350, citing Stroudsburg Cemetery (Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pennsylvania), memorial created by P. Fite.
 Find A Grave, database and images (http://www.findagrave.com : viewed & downloaded 4 November 2017), memorial page for Philip Shrawder “Big” Lee, Find A Grave Memorial #158026280, citing Stroudsburg Cemetery (Stroudsburg, Monroe county, Pennsylvania), memorial created by P. Fite.