I keep seeing Lancaster county among the records of various genealogists for John and Ann (Pryor) Enke, including their 15 kids. I see the children being listed as born in Lancaster county, and John and Ann as coming from there. I have not been able to substantiate this. In fact, all the data seems to point toward the part of Northampton County that later became Carbon County, and then later Jesse and Lewis moved right next door into Luzerne county.
Could someone please explain where the Lancaster idea came from? It's very persistent.
Regarding why I think they're in Northampton county:
* There's a John Enkey, farmer in the 1820 census of East Penn Twp, Northampton co. of the right age, with 3 sons under 10 (Edward, Lewis, Francis) and Ann would be the right age (19)
* There's a family friend, last name Remely, who moved out to Trumbull county from that area around the same time (1832-1840)
* Jesse PRYOR Enke settled near there, and Alfred Alonzo's (his son) family history says that his grandfather (he says John, though I think it might be Lewis, his great-grandfather) settled in the Mauch Chunk area, which is just a skip north of East Penn Twp, Lancaster co (now Carbon co)
* It would make more sense with the idea that Ann Pryor came from New Jersey, since NJ is much closer to there than Lancaster co
* All the Lancaster 'Enke's I've seen from Lancaster county seem to be a different family, spelling their name Enck. Our records almost always have two syllables: Encke, Enke, Enkey, Incky, Enkel, Encky