This family was German--pure and simple.Within my own branch of the family there was never any doubt that wewere anything but.Theywere practising Lutherans--a german affiliation. Their oldest Sluss grave stones are carved in the german style with examples of the german tree of life symbol.The name means "lock", or "locksmith"(look it up in any german dictionary).Englishclerks often anglisized german surnames in deeds and other documents.There was a great deal of pressure on german immigrants to speak english and anglisize themselves.I have seenthe name spelled 10 different ways in various records--Slush, Slus, Slufs, Slofs,Sluis, &Sloas,&anglisized as Lock, Locke, and Loch--all these spellingsrefering to the same Sluss man--FREDERICK. And tho'I'm troubled that you are having such a time acceptingthe fact that FREDERICK was JARED--get over it! (Or show us all any evidence that thereWAS a Jared!)There are good records of the time period, tax records, land grants, land survey records, deeds, & church records---in none of them will you find a Jared Sluss! What you will find,are records that prove a relationship between Frederick Sluss Senior, FrederickJr. ,John Sluss, Henry Sluss, Elizabeth Sluss Groseclose, and David Sluss. My God,you even have a letter written by the grandson of Frederick (James--son of Henry) in which he names his uncles and aunts.Even tho'he referstohis grandfather as Jared, he mentions all of the children of Frederick--and where they removed to.Are you williing to believe that this man did not know who his own uncles and aunts were? And, by the way, he never calls Mary Sluss Creger his aunt.Nor does Frank Repass Brown,in hiswriting of the Sluss family--only refering to her as "the baby".There was already a "Mary" in the family--"Mary" (Polly) Sluss Sharitz.They would not have namedtwo daughters both Mary.It is more likely that the baby Mary of the story was a child of one of the older girls--perhaps illegitimate.We may even have evidence of this in the form of awill writtten by the paternal grandfatherthat refers toMary Sluss--and the documentcannotpossibly be a reference to the only other Mary-- Mary"Polly" Sluss Sharitz. For all you"doubting thomases" out there--do some research!I can PROVE that Frederick Sluss was Jared.Youwill come to the same conclusion--if you do the research.And if you don't believe it, and youcan'tshow any evidence that backs up your claim--then do all the serious researchers of this family a favor--and find another avenue besides this forum to promote your fantacies.