Several of us who trace the Gangloffs of Schuylkill County, PA, are familiar with a family
history published in 1939 by Judge George Edward Gangloff. In it, he traces the descendants
of George Gangloff of Wurtemburg, Germany. For as long as I've had this history, I've
accepted its contents as fact. However, now that I've become a more "serious" genealogist
<grin>, I've done some research of my own, and uncovered some discrepancies that I'd like to
1. Judge Gangloff stated that George had three sons who came to America from Germany in
January or February of 1832: George II, and two unnamed brothers. I've recently gotten
ahold of George II's immigration record, which shows that he actually came to America on the
Barque Oxford, which sailed from Le Havre, France on about 27 April 1830, and arrived in
Phildelphia on 9 June 1830. The only other Gangloffs on this ship were his wife Dorothea,
and his two children, George III and Dorothea II.
2. Judge Gangloff stated that the three brothers settled first in Ohio, and that George II
eventually left his brothers in Ohio, and settled in Schuylkill County, PA, year
undetermined. If George II did actually go to Ohio, I've been unable to uncover any record
of him there. He would have to have moved to Schuylkill County by April 1832, when his
second son Henry was born there.
As others on this board have noted, there are records of two Gangloffs (Nicholas and Jacob,
likely brothers) in Perry County, OH, in 1846. According to a 1909 History of Miami County,
OH, Nicholas settled first in Perry County, OH, and moved to Miami County sometime after
3. Last week I visited the Schuylkill County Courthouse at Pottsville, and was able to
obtain a copy of George II's petition for citizenship. The original petition was entered at
the Court of Common Pleas, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, PA on 28 July 1834, and was
granted on 26 July 1843, at the same court. In both documents, George renounces his FRENCH
citizenship. His lists himself as a native of "Alsase in France", and renounces his
allegiance to "Louis Philip, King of France".
To make it even more confusing, I offer the following:
In the Census of 1870, George II is enumerated, and states his birthplace as Baden.
The Census of 1880 records three of George II and Dorothea's sons: George III, Henry, and
Jacob. George III states that his father was born in "Elsas" (Alsace), and that his mother
was born in Holland. Henry states that both his parents were born in Germany. Jacob states
that both his parents were born in France.
The Census of 1900 records all 4 of George II and Dorothea's sons: George III, Henry, Jacob
and John. George III & Henry state that both parents were born in Germany. Jacob & John
state that their parents were born in Pennsylvania.
So far, I've only been able to find 1 of George II and Dorothea's sons in both the 1910 and
1920 Censuses: Jacob. In both Censuses Jacob states that both his parents were born in
Germany, and that they both spoke German.
If it helps, Dorothea's tombstone is inscribed in German (but George II's is inscribed in
Sorry this is so rambling. Please write me if you have questions, or want to share info.