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Heinrich Gramm

Heinrich was born in April, 1758 in Phalz, Wertemmburg Co., Germany.

His parents were ? Gramm and ?.

Heinrich married Christiana Kendig in 1794 in Pennsylvania. They had two children: Maria (October 29, 1793 to September 5, 1877); and Henry (March 18, 1797 to May 11, 1876).

After Christiana died, Heinrich married Hester Sautter in 1803 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They had six children: Isreal (1804 to ?); Barbara (1805 to ?); David (March 1, 1807 to April 19, 1891); Rudolph Joshua (December 31, 1809 to April 22, 1878); Helena (October 14, 1810 to ?); and Heinrich (1815 to ?). Heinrich died in Gram Valley, Ohio on February 7, 1815 at the age of 56 years, 2 months.

Will of Henry Gram (page 9 Will Book 1-2-3-4, Tuscarawas County, Ohio):

In the name of God Amen. I Henry Gram of Tuscarawas Co. and state of Ohio being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory bless Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First, it is my will and desire, that my beloved wife Hester shall have the free use of all my property both real and personal of every description during her life in consideration of her keeping and raising my children till they are of lawful age, and after the decease of my wife my desire that the then remaining property every description of both real and personal be divided equally amongst the then surviving children. And lastly I do hereby appoint Jacob Urich the sole executor of this my last will and testament--hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness thereof I have set my hand and seal the first day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the above named Henry Gram to be his last Will and Testament in the presents of us who hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presents of testator Thomas Williams. Boaz Walton, Sr.

I Henry Gram of Tuscarawas Co. and state of Ohio do this 1st day of February, 1815 make and publish this codicil to my last will and Testament in the manner and form following, that is to say the above will to be good to all intents and purposes so long as she namely my wife remains a widow, but if she should marry again--then, and in that case, she shall receive only the one third of my said property. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day above written. State of Ohio Tuscarawas County Court of Common Pleas August term 1814 (?)

The last will and testament of Henry Gram was brought to Court by Jacob Uhrich executor therein names and proven to be the last will and Testament of the said Henry Gram by oath of Christian Genther and Boaz Walton, two of the subscribing witnesses thereunto. Then upon the court order said will to be recorded, proble thereof granted unto Jacob Uhrich Executor therein named who was therefore sworn in open Court according to Law. Attest copy, James Clark, Clerk.

Memories

Heinrich Gram, was born in Germany in April 1758. In 1808 he moved from Lancaster Co., PA to Tuscarawas Co., Oh with his second wife, Ester Sautter, and the five children. Two more were born in Ohio. the children were: Maria, 1795, Henry, 1797, Israel, 1804, Barbara, 1805, David, 1807 Rudolph 1809 and Helena, 1810. Maria and Henry were the children of the first wife, Christiana Kendig.

At the time of Heinrich's death in 1815 he owned 500 acres in Tuscarawas Co. and 200 acres in Knox Co. The death of the father left his family to struggle for survival in the wilderness. The brothers married at ten-year intervals; Henry in 1820, David in 1830 and Rudolph in 1840. Thus the sons helped this family to survive the loss of the father. The two daughters of Heinrich never married, but chose to live with their widowed mother in a log cabin on the original 500 acres, which had been divided among the surviving brothers.They had previously sold the acreage in Knox Co.

This family was of the Mennonite faith when they arrived in Ohio. A log Mennonite Church once stood on the site of the now abandoned Crossroads School house. The Methodists brought this log church and erected a new building which later was sold and moved away. Then the brick schooldhouse was built beside the cemetery which now has only a few tombstones. Hienrich Gram and three of his children are buried here.

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