We are seeking male-line descendants of Jacob Dietrich Seitz or Gerhard Seitz to participate in Deb Harper's Sides/Seitz/Sites/Sitz/Scites/Sights/Seits DNA Project. If found and tested, the descendants may provide the final evidence to prove that Johannes Seitz who died in York County, Penn., in 1793 is the same Johannes Seitz who left Adelshofen, Baden, Germany for Pennsylvania in 1764 with his new bride.
Jacob, Gerhard and their respective families arrived in New York City on the ship Challenge on 1 May 1854. I have not yet found where they went after their arrival or whether they had additional children born in this country.
Jacob Dietrich Seitz was born 11 Oct. 1813 in Adelshofen to Johann Dietrich Seitz and Anna Maria Graulin. Jacob married Wilhemina Gauderer on 17 Oct. 1852 in Adelshofen. They had a daughter, Catherine, born 10 July 1853, who came to America with them.
Gerhard Seitz was born 6 March 1815 in Adelshofen to Johann Jacob Seitz and Catharina Holzvartin. Gerhard married Katharina Margaretha Lang on 2 April 1839 in Adelshofen. They had a son, Gerhard Wilhelm, born 19 July 1846, who came to America with them.
If you are or know of descendants of either Jacob Dietrich Seitz or Gerhard Seitz, I would like to hear from you. If you would like more information about the DNA project, visit Deb's Webpages at their new location: http://www.sideslines.org/ Click on DNA.
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