There can be no question that John Armel’s wife was named Elisabetha.Westmoreland County church records list her with Johannes Ermel more than ten times between 1778 and 1791.
In a Pershing family history published in 1929, it is said that—
“Elizabeth Pershing (second child of Frederick) born about 1757 died (unobtained), reported to have married (date unknown), John Ermel (name subsequently changed to Armel, according to the baptismal records Herolds Church, Westmoreland County, had three children, viz. (a) John Ermel, Jr. born 2-13-1777 (no further obtained) (b) Charlotte Ermel (Scharlotta) born 2-18-1780 baptized 3-5-1780 at Zion Church (no further information) (c)Eli Ermel (no further information)."
Hardly a ringing endorsement for the "report."
The baptismal records at Apple’s Union Church in Thurmont, Frederick County, MD, list an Elizabeth Pershing as being born 27 October 1773.She would, therefore, have been under age 3 when John Armel’s first son was born.
If this Elizabeth Pershing were John’s wife, she could not have been a first wife.There is no question she is the daughter of Frederick Pershing--the only question is whether she might have been the daughter of Frederick Pershing's son Peter Frederick.
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