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Why Haack?
« on: May 01, 2004, 12:54:13 PM »
Why Haack?
Showing the below information I see support for "Catherina Elissen", for "Catherina , last name unknown", and on speculation for "Catherina Haag". does anyone have anything else?

Greathouse Point Notes for Elizabeth Greathouse, daughter of Catharina :

Source: Vivian Morlock Taylor. Letter 29 Dec 1999
"We found St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Strasburg, Shenandoah, Co., VA. That was the oldest Lutheran congregation in the area. We purchased an English translation of the church records from 1768-1829, edited by Klaus Wust. The Greathouse entries were:
Page 19, 2nd entry:
Parents John Greatrhouse & Catharina Elissen
Child: Elizabeth
Born 22 Sept 1778
Baptized 15 Nov 1778
Godparents: Tobias Haag & wife Catharina Dorothea
Page 20 7th entry:
Parents Johannes Groothaus & Catharina
Child: Isaac
born 22 Nov 1782
Baptized 25 Dec 1782


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Why Haack?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2005, 06:39:31 PM »
According to the name index in Strasburg Lutheran German Records, 1768-1829, Haack, Haag, and Hag are variant spellings of the same name.  I think that the family probably originated in The Hague, Netherlands.  I used the spelling Haack because of this entry in the baptismal records on page 18 [page 17 in the German original]:  "(Parents) Johannes Krodhauss & Elizabeth; (Child) Anna Maria; (Birth) 17 Nov 75; (Baptism) 15 Sep 76; (Godparents) Joh. Krodhaus & Catharina Haack (single)."
     In the list of those who took Communion on April 9, 1775, her name was spelled Catharina Hag.  
     In the baptismal entries for 15 Nov 78, John Greathouse & Catharina Elissen were listed as parents of the child Elizabeth, and the godparents were Tobias Haag & wife Catharina Dorothea.  [The next entry is the baptism of Johannes (John), son of John Greathouse & Elizabeth.]
     Since the pattern of listing names throughout this record is to list the surname of the woman only when she is single and to list her first or first and middle names when she is listed with her husband (whose full name is given), it is obvious that Elissen [Elizabeth or Eliza] was Catharina's middle name.
     I would be in favor of using the Anglicized form of her name--Catherine Elizabeth Hague--if the German form is a problem.
          Vivian Morlock Taylor