You may be interested in an entry on the Stem Family Genealogy Forum that Stew Borger posted 25 February 2002.His title is Stems of MD and Northampton, PA.
I think that this entry confuses two different Conrad Stems in its first generation.I believe that the Conrad Stem who was born in Pennsylvania in 1737 died there in 1809.I think that the Conrad Stem who died in Maryland was born a generation later in Pennsylvania.
I have been trying to distinguish among three Conrad Stems who lived in
Montgomery County, PA.The three Conrads appear to belong to three different
The first Konrad Stamm appears to have been born in Europe.His marriage to
Maria Katherine was recorded in Assenheim, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany.
Jennifer Clark (e-mail: email@example.com) of Huntsville, AL sent the following:
“I have a copy of ‘Familien in Hochdorf und Assenheim’.It lists Joh. Konrad
Stamm m. Maria Kath. (No surname given).Children b. in Assenheim:Joh.
Balth. 21 Sep 1726 and Joh. Friedr., 27 Mar 1729.
This Conrad Stamm and his family appear to have sailed to America in the
“Alexander and Anne” arriving 5 September 1730.Conrad is the only member of
the family to sign an Oath of Allegiance to England and an Oath of Abjuration.
A journal article, Early History of East Norriton Township, contains the following,
“During the Revolutionary war, Christopher Saur, Jr., the great printer of
Germantown, was exiled to ‘Methacton’ where he took up residence with Conrad
Stem (or Stamm) the Weaver, of Lower Providence”...”Newspaper publisher
David Sower, Saur’s son, was one of several trustees who purchased a small
piece of land from Conrad Stem (or Stamm) for a ‘German Baptist Congregation’
and a burial ground.”This article was published in The Bulletin of The Historical
Society of Montgomery County.
This first generation Conrad Stam wrote his will in 1774.The Will was dated 9
12 1744 and proved 2 1 1779.The abstract of Conrad’s Will says:
“Stam, Conrad.New Providence, Co. of Philadelphia.Yeoman.Dec 9, 1744.
Jan 2 1779. R.152.Wife: Maria Catharina.Children: Frederick, Conrad,
Balthar, Catharina, Magdalena, Salame.Exec:William Shepherd, Maria
Catharina, Stam.”This entry from Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Wills,
1682-1819 is posted on Ancestry.com.
The deaths of one Conrad and his wife are recorded in The Bulletin of The
Historical Society of Montgomery County [Pennsylvania] Volume VIII, Number 1
,October, 1951, in an article, Deaths in the Skippack Region.On page 104 is the
information that Elizabeth, wife of Conrath Stamm, died 21 May 1809.She died
at the age of 70 years, 9 months, 4 days and is buried at Norriton Dunkard
Cemetary.On page 105 is “’Conrath Stamm died December 31, 1809.’Born
September 16, 1737, son of Conrad and Maria Catherina Stamm of ‘New
Providence’ he and his wife Elizabeth (No.60) lived on the tract devised to him
under his father’s will.Both buried in Norriton Dunkard Cemetery.Issue
surviving: Catherine, wife of Jacob Zimmerman; John; Salome, wife of Jacob
Engle; Elizabeth, wife of David Engle; Lydia, and Jacob and Elizabeth, the last
two children of a deceased son Mathias Stamm. (Montgy Dd Bk 28/136)”.
Information from the cited deed book may make the family relationships more
This second generation Conrad appears to be the son of the first generation
Conrad.He was probably born in Pennsylvania since his family arrived there in
1730 while young Conrad was born September 16, 1737.
I know little about Frederick or Johanne Friedrick Stamm except that he was
born in Assenheim 27 Mar 1729 and that he was alive when his father wrote the
Balthar or Balthasar Stem is my ancestor.It appears that he was born in
Assenheim 21 Sep 1726.While it appears that the second generation Conrad
produced no third generation Conrad, Balzer Stem did.
An entry from “Genealogical Records: Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834” appears
to refer to Balthar Stem’s family.The abstract comes from “Abstracts of
Philadelphia Co. Wills, 1777-1790, Will Abstracts” as published on the Family
Archives CD #209.The abstract of the Will says,
“STERNS, BATTES.Providence, Co. of Phila.
August 30, 1781. September 26, 1781. S.16.
Wife: Susannah.Children: Conrad, Peter, John, Catharine, Anna, Jacob,
Exec: Brother: Conrad Sterns.Brother-in-Law: Jacob Keester.
Wit: Christopher Sorver[Sower], Mathias Moyer.”
I wonder whether the correct spelling for Keester is Kuster or Custer.A
handwritten Kuster could easily be taken as Kiister or Keester.
The Conrad Stem who was the son of Balthar Stem was born about 1760.
Various family files on the Internet indicate that Conrad died in Maryland in
1817.The Internet information appears to confuse this third generation Conrad
with the other two generations of Conrads.Baltas’ will above indicates that his
son Conrad was living in 1780.
Note that Balthas had sons named Conrad and Jacob.Balthas and Conrad had
a brother named Frederick.I think that the name Nathan is a misreading of the
German name Mathias; Balthas’ brother Conrad had a son Mathias who died
before Conrad did.Bill Ensor left a note on the Internet saying that there were
Stems near Uniontown, Maryland (now Taneytown) and New Windsor,
Maryland, with the names David, Conrad, Jacob, Frederick and Nathan.
Stew Borger left an Internet posting, “Stems of MD and Northhampton, PA”.The
Conrad Stem in his first generation was born 15 September 1737 in PA and died
31 December 1809 in Union Bridge, Carroll Co., Maryland.He is buried at
Wolfe Cemetery, Union Bridge, Carrol Co., MD.Stew reports on several Stems
who died in Frederick County and Carroll County, Maryland.They all appear to
be descendants of the Generation One Konrad Stamm.
I hope that this helps someone to go back a generation or two farther.
25 May 2006