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  1. Peter Swinson

    I have in my family tree a Simon Stutz born about 1857 in Salnau, Rohrbach, Upper Austria, Austria that lived in Fruitdale. He died there in 1923.

    1. Peter,
      Simon Stutz 1856-1923, and his wife Leopoldina 1857-1939 are my 2nd great-grandparents.
      My great-grandmother was, Catherine (Kate) Stutz 1888-1968 m. William E Cessna 1871-1956.
      Simon & Leopoldina Stutz, are both buried at the Mobile Catholic cemetery along with 2 or 3 of their daughters and spouses.
      William & Catherine (Stutz) Cessna are buried at the Whistler cemetery.

      I’m having a hard time identifying who Simon’s parents are, and even what Leopoldina’s maiden name. She listed 3 or 4 different maiden surnames through out the years of different documents

      Simon & Leopoldina moved to Fruitdale, AL from Oshkosh, Winnebago, WI. They lost 2 children in WI to the influenza epidemic. It is my understanding through family lore, that impart, the Stutz migration to Washington Co area was for the “healing springs” . The springs were advertized/ reported to fight/block illness and disease.

      Angela Cessna-Green

  2. Phil Graf

    Did you completely miss Cullman County??? What about Baldwin Co. ???

  3. It must have been successful, because in early 1900s, a German colony was established in Baldwin Co. at Elberta.

  4. My Grandmother Nellie Meinhardt, B 1898, her father Charles was born on high seas 1886, coming to America from Germany. They lived in Missouri, and moved to Citronelle, Washington County at the turn of the century (1900). Would be very interested in any leads or research materials.

  5. Jack Roach

    Well, I know of one German family that settled as farmers in Mobile county – Kroner. Still there to this day (my Mother’s side of the family). They even have a road named after them – Three Notch Kroner Rd.

  6. Dorothy Mooney

    I can’t pay $200 to read that!!

  7. T.l. Dennis

    There were already Palatine German farmers in Dallas,Monroe and Conecuh counties by the 1840s.

    1. Ceci Harlan

      T.I. Dennis, Please tell me more about the Palatine German farmers! My ancestors were the Remley’s who arrived in Dallas County in 1833. The census records stated that they were from Pennsylvania. Do you have any references I might use in my research?

    2. T.l. Dennis

      Ceci Harlan ,yes ,there is a Palatine Society that has links to all sorts of info on the Palatine Germans. My Palatine ancestors are the Metz/Metts family who settled near New Berne,NC in 1710.Logan Metts came to Dallas County in 1848,later moving to Monroe County.

  8. I believe this settlement (or part of it) was on land now owned by my wife’s family. It is in Fruitdale. The legend passed down is that the immigrants tried to start a fruit orchard and were unsuccessful. There was a graveyard with several of their peoplein it but it got bulldozed awhile back by a not-so-nice person. I was out running on a dirt road through that land a few years back and found a set of rosary beads.
    Funny thing is – the legend says that the immigrants were Polish. It’s called the “Beedeye Property” (don’t know the spelling) so maybe one of the names sounds like Beedeye…..

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