Murff/Murph entries in Rumph-Frederick Book
I was recently provided with three pages of the Rumph-Frederick book which contained some historical remarks concerning the Murff/Murph's.That particular book had not been available in my library - even though I have seen many references to that book.Those three pages 101/102/103 gives some very misleading information when compared to that listed in the book by Albert Faust entitled "Swiss Emigration to the American Colonies in the Eighteenth Century."
In that book on page 42,Barbara Weber, Daniel Morff's wife, age 54 is listed as having departed from Oberwill in the Parish Dagerlen in 1743.She was alone.Nowon page 36 , departinig from the Parish Basserstorff on Sunday, May 5, 1743 is the following: Quote "Susanna Bachmann, the deceased Jacob Ringger's widow, from Neurenstorff.Born August 20, 1707, left with her own son, Heinrich,Baptized March 13, 1735, and three sons by her first marriage.Born by Barbara Morff from Effretikon.Hans Jacob, baptized September 24, 1724.Hans Casper, baptized Dec 25, 1727;Jacob, December 4, 1929 unquote.
After studying this for a long time, I decided that these kids were not connected with Barbara Weber, wife of Daniel Morff, but more likely are connected with the Barbara Morff from Effretikon.Also since Susanna Bachmann, widow of Jacob Ringger left with "her own son, Heinrich, and three sons by her first marriage", I contend that the sons were Ringger's and not Morffs.To support my argument, I found another different source (Swiss microfiche - alphabetized ) which showsBarbara Morff born 19 Feb 1693 and died 26 Dec 1732.She was the daughter of Jakob Morff and Regula Binder.Barbara married Jakob Ringger on 9 Jan 1720 and children were:Anna Ringger - born 26 April 1721 in Neurensdorf, Zurich
Hans Jakob (John) Ringger born 24 Sep 1724 and died 26 Aug 1797 in Cabin Hill, Shenadoah, Virginia.
Casper Ringger born 23 July 1727 and died 17 Feb 1804 in Back Creek, Frederick Co. VA
This Casper married Mary Marie Shultz on 11 April 1757.He changed his last name to Rinker.
Jakob Ringger born 4 Dec 1729 in Neurensdorf, Zurich (county) Swiss and married a Catherine ??? (presumably in the USA).
So, from all of this I see that Barbara Morff and Jakob Ringger married first and had these children. She then died in 1732.Jakob Ringger then married Susanna Bachmann (born Aug 20, 1707) and they had a son, Heinrich.Jakob Ringger then died, leaving Susanna with the three sons born to Barbara.(the daughter, Anna, was of sufficient age to have married prior to the time they left for America.
Concerning the Rumph report about Emily Morff.It seems that several of the younger children were not mentioned in their father's will (Hans Jacob Morff) .However there was a daughter named Verena on the Julius Billeter report whose birth date matches that of Emily.I suspect that her double name was Verena Emily or vice versa and when she became an adult, she elected to use her other name.
Concerning the Jacob Morff that married Christianna Hessy (Hesse) in Orangeburg in June 1750..This Jacob was awarded 150 acres when he arrived in SC based on the fact that he had a wife and one child.The child which was born tothis Jacob Morff and his first wife was also named Jacob, and later confirmed from the GA census records in 1830 as being between 80 and 90 years old - thus putting his birth prior to the marriage of Jacob & Christianna.The son, John Morff which Rumph says moved to Texas - did NOT go to Texas but moved to Lincoln County, GA along with his parents and several others of the family.This Jacob Morff and family always spelled their name as MURPH.They moved across the Savannah River into Lincoln County, GA as early as 1815.
Rumph several times mixed up Hans Jacob Murff and this Jacob Murph.Sometimes even the census people apparently asked their names and then proceeded to spell it as it sounded to them - and made mistakes.
You may note that on page 103 of the Rumph paper, the writer spelled Conrad MORFF and then a few lines later corrected the spelling to Conrad MURPH.They finally got it right. Malcolm Murff