Kelly My father, Elmer Etgen, had the same story of his Grandfather John Peter Etgen (b. June 9,1832, d. Jan 25, 1921).My Father said John Etgen jumped ship and worked on the Erie Canal. John Peter married Clara Papenbrock Brinkman Jan 27, 1879. This united was both of their second marriages.They had one child William Etgen my father's father. William died of cancer when my Dad was 3 years old so the Etgen lineage is not well known.
I am trying to find John Peter Etgen parents.I have found a John Etchen b. about 1799 d. 11/23/1872 buried in Seneca, Ohio and married Catherine in 1821.In the 1850 Census in Ohio,an 18 year old John was listed living with John Etchey and Catharine.I was hoping this is John Peter with his parents.
Are we looking for the same line? Would love for you to contact me. Martha