Andreas Jung at Work
One of the joys of being involved with genealogy
is that it presents many opportunities to be a detective
and make sense of the information at hand.
This house is a case in point.
There is some evidence to suggest that it was built by Andreas JUNG.
It is known that the land upon which it stands plus several adjoining lots
were in Andreas’ possession until he sold it to John Lennox in 1802.
John established a tavern there,
perhaps to the consternation of the Lutheran’s church
directly across the street.
A decade or so ago, Robert Cram purchased the property
and renovated it to operate as a Bed & Breakfast
under the name "The Lennox Inn".
During the renovation, he found the following coin in the foundation (both sides shown).
It is clearly dated MDCCXCII - 1792.
Perhaps this was a freshly minted coin and
placed in the foundation as a time marker.
Andreas was a carpenter and would have been handy at putting up buildings.
Now that it is established that Andreas might have built it,
why would he build it and then sell it?
In 1792 Andreas aged 64 had two surviving sons:
Casper aged 34, married and living on the original land grant, and
George aged 22, single (living at home?).
All but one of his daughters were married then.
Andreas probably had no need for a town house
and Casper may have been in the same boat.
Perhaps he built it for George.
Unfortunately, George died in 1794,
and his remaining daughter married in 1796,
so perhaps there was no need to retain the property and he sold it.
This is all speculation, but it makes a good story, eh?
Andreas was the prime carpenter on the team
that built the original Lutheran Church.
I have another connection to this property.
The corner lot on which part of the church now stands
was originally granted to Wilhelm GORCKUM (CORKUM),
my great,great,great,great,greatgrandfather on my mother’s side.
Religion was very important to our early ancestors.
In addition to Bibles, they also brought Prayer Books.
This one, dated 1702 belonged to Andreas’ second cousin Johannes.
It is still in the hands of a direct descendant.
This is part of Andreas’ Last Will and Testament
written in his own handwriting about three years
before he passed on to the next world.
The importance of his faith is evident in this will.
It begins with a prayer:
“In the name of the Holy Trinity, Amen.”
He acknowledges to the “Most High” that he is still of sound mind,
but that he is mortal and some day must die.
Thus he makes his will.
“I commit my soul into the hands of the Great God
who gave it to me and my body to the earth.”
He hopes to participate in the great resurrection.
God has blessed him with temporal possessions in this transient life.
In the British tradition, most of the estate goes to the first born male.
Here we see the German tradition that all the descendants get equal treatment.
His married son and four married daughters
get equal share of the main land holding.
The executors of the Will include his wife Rebecca, son Casper,
friend Casper ERNST, and brother-in-law Nicholas CONRADT.
There is a curious reference to mental illness in that,
for son Casper to be executor, “he must be in his right mind again”.
Andeas' signature - still strong at age 77.
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