I think that the Bucks County Stamms, the Lancaster County Stams and the Montgomery County Stems have different origins.The Montgomery County Stamm/Stam/Stem Family appears to all descend from Joh. Conrad Stamm who arrived in Pennsylvania about 1730.He had sons Joh. Balth. and Joh. Fred. in Assenheim and son Conrad who was born in Pennsylvania.
I do not descend from the American born Conrad; his daughter Catherine married a Zimmerman and moved to Frederick County, Maryland.Some of the children of Balthar's son Conrad appear to have lived in that part of Maryland, also.I have not been able to trace Freiderick's descendants.My Catherine Stem may be the daughter of Balzer, the daughter of Frederick, or the daughter of someone else altogether.
Ismael Owen purchased a farm in West Nantmeal Twp., Chester Co., PA in 1786 on May 17.Ismael Owen and Catherine Stem had their first child, Morris Owen, born in 1788 on Feb 12, according to the Saunders Family Bible Records.
Ishmael Owen was enumerated in the U.S. Census of 1800 in Chester Co., PA.
Ancestry.com lists a Will abstract from Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825. Jacob Stem is a witness and Conrad Stem is the executor. The abstract says:
"Ramstine, Henry. East Nantmel.
Mar. 14, 1801: Nov 24, 1803.
To wife Elizabeth, her heirs and assigns the plantation I live on.
Executor: Conrad Stem. Test. Signed in German."
I wonder whether Elizabeth Ramstine was born Elizabeth Stem, sister to Jacob and Conrad.I also wonder whether the named Stems lived in Chester County in 1800; that might finally explain how Catherine Stem met Ismael Owen. Jacob’s acting as witness may indicate that he was at least 21 years old in 1801.
A Conrad Stem was enumerated in the U.S. Census of 1820 in East Nantmeal [Twp.], Chester [Co.], PA.
From CD, "Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834", section about Chester Co., PA comes:
CLINE, JOHN. East Nantmel.
May 19, 1821. August 12, 1825.
Provides for wife Catherine. To son-in-law Jacob Stem and my dau.
Elizabeth Stem my tract of land where I now dwell, in East Nantmel,
cont. about 65 acres, subject to wife's life int.
Executor: Son-in-law Jacob Stem. (Test signed Klein in German.)
Wits: Isaiah Kirk, William Kirk, Amos Davis.
This Nantmel Township in Chester County, PA is especially interesting because my Catherine’s family has ties to the area. I believe that this fits a description of the birthplace of my great-grandfather, William Saunders, as near Coatesville, PA. The home of Ismael and Catherine Stem Owen on the waters of Brandywine Creek also fits this description; that is where William’s mother, Sarah Owen, was probably born. I have been tying to figure out where Sarah was staying when William was born; I have found no Saunders family in the area around his 1835 birthdate.
I wonder whether the Jacob Stem who witnessed a Will in Chester County was the son of Balthasar Stamm/Stam/Stem.The Jacob Stem who was a son of Balzer Stamm was recorded in Balthar’s Will.
An abstract of a Will from "Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834" says,
"STERNS, BATTES. Providence, Co. of Phila.
August 30, 1781. September 26, 1781. S.16.
Wife: Susannah. Children: Conrad, Peter, John, Catharine, Anna, Jacob, Abraham, Betty.
Exec: Brother: Conrad Sterns. Brother-in-Law: Jacob Keester.
Wit: Christopher Sorver, Mathias Moyer."
My abstract from a photocopy of the actual will would say,
"STEM, BALTES. Providence Twp., Co. of Philadelphia
August 30, 1781. September 26, 1781. S.17.
Children: Conrad, Peter, John, Catharine, Anna, [Jacob], Abraham, Betty.
Exec: Brother: Conrad Stam. Brother-in-Law: Jacob Keester [Kuster].
Wit: Christopher Sower [Sauer], Mathias Moyer."
The spelling of the name of this Bal. Stem/Sterns/Stam/Stamm appears to be highly variable in the surviving records. One version in the IGI is "Balthasar Sterne" who married Else Custer 1755, Montg. Co., PA.
The spelling "Keester" shows up in the IGI. I wonder whether the correct spelling is Kuster or Custer. A handwritten Kuster could easily be taken as Kiister or Keester.
Joh. Balth. Stamm was born 21 Sep 1726 in Assenheim.
Jennifer Clark (e-mail: email@example.com) of Huntsville, A L 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.
In some parts of Germany everyone uses their second given name for identification so the brothers above would be commonly known as Balthas Stamm and Friedrich Stamm. I would guess that the Balthas and the Conrad who had daughters born in 1763 were brothers; the Will extract above indicates that Balthas did have a brother named Conrad. Balthas was born in Germany; Conrad may have been born in Pennsylvania since he was not listed in the German family.
Balthas had a son named Conrad born about 1760.
Since Balzer was born in 1726, the earliest that Jacob could have been born was about 1747. Since Balzer mentioned Jacob in his Will written in 1781, this Jacob could have been born no later than that date.
Jacob probably married and had his first child when he was 21 thru 30 years old. So his oldest child would have been born between about 1768 and about 1810.
From firstname.lastname@example.org comes:
"STAMM, JACOB (1820 U.S. Census)
PA, FRANKLIN, CHAMBERSBURG,"
I wonder whether any of Jacob’s family was still near Chambersburg when my great-grandfather, William Saunders, moved there with his young family. The Saunders were in Chambersburg when General Lee had his headquarters there during the Civil War.