Well it seems my family is a whole lot bigger than I ever imagined!
I am Ronald C. Whitmer son of Arthur C. Whitmer son of Cecil P. Whitmer son of Angus VanMeter Whitmer son of Benjamin Franklin Whitmer Sr. Son of David Whitmer son of Francis Suffara Whitmer (in viewing this web it should more correctly be Franz Xavier Witmer) Son of John Whitmer or is it (Johan Witmer)
I have enjoyed reading through the different posts and have found out more about my family history than I ever knew. Some have mentioned that the (mormon) Chuch of Jesus Christ... records are lacking or they are reluctant to give out info....As I was raised in the Church I would have to say this is true. I was never told of much of our history, it seems some from my direct line would like to have altered or changed it.. I can only say that when accessing the Mormon Chruch records make every attempt to verify the information yourself. The records are only as accurate as the information entered for them in the first place was.
Read the Whitmer family posts, for the Whitmer family in Virginia and West Virginia for more information on the early Whitmer framily in the USA.
I'm a Police Officer in San Bernardino, California. And have to look at it from that perspective. Good, bad, or indifferent it is our history and it seems some would like to ether change it or forget it. The truth is the truth, we have a rich history and it should be preserved in an accurate form.
Ok, now I'll get off my soap box!
According to the records I've been able to obtain. Francis(Franz) was born in St. Gallan, St. Gallan Switzerland in 1803. the same year St Gallan changed from French control back over to Swiss control, Again. It seems that Swizerland changed hands several times during the 1700's and into the early 1800's making it hard to trace back our linage from John Whitmer (Johan Witmer as some posts indicate) who is listed as being born in 1762 possibly in Switzerland. but I've been unable to comfirm this info or make any further conection back.
The records indicate that the last names Whitmer(as listed in the USA)-Witmer-Wittmer-Wittemer, also Widmer is a possible variation. these names were intermitantly changed sometimes within the same generation of children making it difficult to follow some of the family histories and geneology.
Any information would be greatly appreciated. feel free to email me privately, but please also post the connection on GenForum so others can make the same connections to our information.