I'm a 4th great grandson of Michael LAURY. I don't have any vital information on him except that he married Barbara REINTHALER. Their son George married Ester HARTMAN. Ester was baptized in 1786 at the Egypt Reformed Church, Lehigh, Pennsylvania. While looking through the church records I noticed there were some LAURY baptisms. I did a little digging and found that this is the area that Michael and Barbara GOTTSCHALK LAURY settled. I had heard of this couple before, but they only had three children, Barbara, Gotfried and John. I recently found a new entry in WorldConnect that lists them as having ten children. one of them named Michael. I'm wondering if this Michael and my ggggfather are one in the same. WorldConnect also shows they had a daughter named Catherine who married a Hartman (No first name listed). I feel there may be a connection between the Laurys and Hartmans given this and the fact that Ester Hartman married George Laury.
If anyone has any information I'd be eternally grateful, as I and others have been at a brick wall with Michael LAURY. Also, I have a lot of information Michael's descendants to share.
I dunno if I can be of any help or not. I had a greatgrandfather named George Laury and he lived in Vineland N.J. I know that most of the "Laury" family is from the New England/Northern area. My Grandma Laury was swedish and my grandpa was part german. I can honestly say my family hasn't tried to find their ancestors. I, however, am entirely interested in knowing just exactly where the Laury name came into being. It's enough to be cursed with a name that 99% of the general public cannot pronounce correctly, much less not know from whence we come!
Just as a note of coincidence, I have a brother named Michael Laury. He's only 14 yrs old. If I could be of any more help, I have an Uncle who lives in Florida in his upper 60's and my dad who is in his lower 60's, they might have more info that could help piece this puzzle together.
Hope you find what you are looking for! I would be most appreciative if you would disclose any information you might have that would help me find my roots! Thanks!
I have the following on Michael Laury's family. It doesn't show a Michael Jr. or a George, but I can't guarantee it's complete.
Born: 18 February 1720 Merklingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Married: 21 April 1750 Simmozheim, Calw, Germany
Died: 1777 Monmouth, New Jersey
Father: Johann Michael Lauri
Mother: Anna Maria Olppin
Wife: Barbara Gottchalk
07 January 1727 Doffingen, Germany
Father: Heinrich Gottschollen
1 Barbara Laury
1751 Wurttemberg, Germany
30 July 1806 Died: Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Married: Valentine Fatzinger
2 Godfrey Laury 22 November 1756 Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA
Died: 27 June 1824 Unionville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Married: Pennsylvania Susanna Rockel
3 John Laury Abt. 1757 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4 William Laury 1758 Northampton County, Pennsylvania
5 Jacob Laury 1762 Northampton County, Pennsylvania
6 Catharine Laury Aft. 1762
7 Eliza Laury Aft. 1762
8 Margaret Laury Aft. 1762 Married: Philip Frederick Knappenberger
9 Sybilla Laury Aft. 1762
Thanks John. Calvin Veith recently sent me this same info as he found it at the Stuttgart Archives. Have you been in contact with him? If not, email me and I'll get you in touch with him so you can compare notes. My Michael is still very elusive, but I feel that there is a breakthrough forthcoming. Thanks again for the info.
Yes, I got all this from Calvin recently. I'm glad it's getting distributed quickly. After more thought, your Michael makes good sense as a son of Michael the immigrant. The first daughter was named after the mother, Barbara, so why not the first son after the father? You wouldn't think there'd be too many Laury families around Egypt, PA in the 18th century.
I am a direct descendent of Michael Laury and your lineage matches ours EXCEPT our information is that Michael was born on the River Neth about ten miles south of the city of Dumfries and later moved to Germany for political reasons. At Wurtemberg he met and married Barbara Gottshalk and then emigrated to Pennsylvania. ???
We're talking about the same Michael Laury, but some new information was dug up just this year by a cousin of ours (CalvinVeith@aol.com
). He found convincing evidence in German church records that Michael was born in Germany. For copies of the church records, go to http://www.laury-brown.net/gendocs_l-b.htm
and check the Laury entries from 1720 and 1750. The 1750 entry shows that Michael (Johann Michael Lauer) and Barbara were married in Wurttemberg, as previously known--and gives Michael's father as a shoemaker in a nearby village. The 1720 entry shows a birth in the same nearby village of a Hans Michael Lauri. So perhaps Michael's grandfather went from Scotland to Germany during the Killing Times in Scotland in the 1680s--some Lauries are known to have been Covenanters, a Scottish group connected with the German Reformed Church through Calvinist ties. It's easy to see how a fact like "Michael Laury was Scottish and immigrated from Germany, and his family came from Dumfries" could have turned into "Michael was born in Dumfries in Scotland".
HISTORY OF THE BURG OF DUMFRIES by William McDowell, Edinburg, Scotland, 1873, 2nd ed shows that Michael was born in Dumfires in 1717.
This information would appear to have come from page 430 of the book, "History of Northampton County (Pennsylvania) and the Grand Valley of the Lehigh". Here is an excerpt from that page.
"LAURY FAMILY---Mrs. Caroline (Laury) Laubach, wife of Adam Laubach, of Siegried, Northampton county, Pennsylvania, traced descent to Michael Laury, who descended in direct line from the house of Maxwellton, an
illustrious family of Dumfrieshire, Scotland. His birthplace was on the picturesque River Neth, which joins Solway Firth, about ten miles south of the city of Dumfries, and from there he went to Germany for political reasons, his safety being endangered. At Wurtemberg he married a Miss Gottschalk, and with his bride came to Pennsylvania, arriving in Philadelphia in 1756, their first child Godfrey Laury, being born in Philadelphia, November 22, 1756, and there too their second son, John Laury was born.
Sometime after the birth of the second son, Michael Laury, with his wife and two sons, settled on Falls Creek, Northampton county, Pennsylvania. When the call came for soldiers to battle for the cause of Independence, Michael Laury and his two sons, Godfrey and John, joined the Continental army, Michael, who was then sixty years of age, giving as a reason that he was "homesick" for his two sons. All three fought in the battle of Monmouth in 1777, and there Michael Laury was killed. He was buried in the cemetery at now Warrenville, Somerset county, New Jersey..........."
Unfortunately, the author gives no source for this information. There is also a glaring mistake. The battle of Monmouth was fought on June 28, 1778, not 1777 as stated in the above passage. The records Calvin Veith found in Germany hwoever don't support these facts. He found record that. "Pastor Johannes Zelleri, 1750, the 21st of April is Johann Michael Lauer, Miller, single natural son of Johann Michael Lauer (shoemaker from Merkling) married (after the previously announce engagement) to Barbara, single natural daughter of the late Heinrich Gottschollen (farmer in Doffingen).
This is the date generally given for the Michael Laury, Barbara Gottschalk marriage. Note the spelling of the names. In the church records Laury is spelled Lauri, Lauer, Laury, etc. It seems there was no standardized spelling. Also Gottschalk is the Americanized version of Gottschollen. It seems that somewhere along the line some information got lost, or criss-crossed. It sure would be nice to get to the bottom of it. In any case, there is still nothing to prove relationship to "my" Michael Laury (Lowry), who married Barbara Reinthaler (Rhinedollar)
For the record (in case anyone out there is looking): On page 716 of Walker, Homer A: Historical Court Records of Washington, District of Columbia, appears: Michael Laury married Bridget Kennon 5/11/1858.