Re: Christian Schlechty/Magdalena Dommain
>Hi Lisa. We must be cousins of some degree. YOu are speaking about the Christian Schlechty (Schlechten, Schlasten, Lechty) born 1722 in Germany and died 1777 in Berks Co., Pa.?>
Hi Donna.I *think* we're speaking about the same one, although my aunt has his birthplace as Switzerland. She didn't give me a date of birth, but *son* Christian was born four years after the 1764 wedding date, so maybe Magdalena is a second wife if he was really about 42 at marriage (as a 1722 birth date would indicate). His date of death she has as 19 Apr 1784 (in PA).As I said, though, I only have a copy of her pedigree chart to go by.
>Dale Bricker on the Schlechty Genforum had some information on them.>
Thanks.I'll look for his name.
>Just a general feeling, however, that in those days, German immigrants probably did not marry outside their kind. Magdalena was probably born in Germany as well as Christian and immigrated with him. I have a death date of 1814, but I don't know its source.>
Their marriage is listed as being in Pennsylvania on 4 July 1764 (this agrees with the IGI entry, but again I don't know my aunt's source). I *think* she told me the words "Indian Mother" came from the tombstone (or a bible?), but the source isn't written on the chart and I can't remember for sure (she passed away).The year of death as 1814 agrees with my aunt's date--28 Mar 1814, to be exact.As far as Germans marrying Indians, though, the quote below is about the Revolutionary War, not that many years after Magdalena Dommain and Christian Schlechty married, relatively speaking.Could be, who knows....
Thanks for your reply, Donna.
From *Joseph Brant (Thayendanagea)* written and researched by Maggie "Red Bear"
"1779 ... Many of the Germans have married Native American Indians and they are angry with the way they have been treated by the British. It is noted that the Germans displayed less prejudice than the French and English. My own branch of the Crysler family remained loyal to the American side while some of their cousins were Loyalists."