George Rex's first wife was Barbara ? [? Greathouse], whom he married in Germantown, about 1719. Barbara ? [? Greathouse] may have been born between 1682 and 1704.
A descendant of George recently asked a question:
Was Barbara ?, maiden name Greathouse?
Considering the common appearance of George and Barbara Rex, Herman Groethausen and his son, John and the Ottingers in later records of Philadelphia County, PA, she would be a "Most Wanted Greathouse", if it could be proven that her maiden name was Greathouse.
On page 17, of Hannah Benner Roach's, "Back Part of Germantown: A Reconstruction", in the footnotes, she stated:
There was probably some relationship to the Rex family, but whether to the elder George Rex or his son George has not been established.
Hannah Benner Roach, "Back Part of Germantown: A Reconstruction", Jefferson M. Moak, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 2001. ISBN 188709914x, 97817887099141. Page 17.
George Rex's land was located just across Stenton Avenue from Herman Groethausen's land.
Note: Information colored in MAROON below was not part of the original article published in the NGS Quarterly. Where information has been added from additional sources, a source citation will follow.
Extract: Records In Common Between Greathouse, Ottinger and Rex of Philadelphia County, PA
From: George Rex (1682-1772) of Germantown, Pennsylvania
By Doris Rex Schutte
Hans Jurg Ruger (George Rex), a blacksmith, was the founder of this Rex family of Pennsylvania. Born probably in Europe in either May or June 1682 (if we accept his advanced age at death), "Georg Rieger" was buried from St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Germantown, Philadelphia County, on 18 October 1772, "alt 90 Jahr 4 Monat." He married in about 1719, presumably to Barbara ______?, known to have been his wife in 1733-1749, but presumed to be dead by 1762, when she was no longer a party to his deeds to their sons. Neither his nor his wife's gravestones have survived.
Hans Jurg apparently arrived at the port of Philadelphia before the systematic recording of ship manifests. He is first recorded 10 June 1720 when he purchased from Claus Braun 27 acres on the road leading from Philadelphia to North Wales [now Germantown Avenue at Chestnut Hill.
"Georg Ruger" appeared at Philadelphia Court 17 August 1728 and swore that he witnessed Pastor Anthony Jacob Henkel's nuncupative will on 12 August 1728.
He signed the will as a witness with Herman Groothausen and Hans Michael Schwenstock on 12 Aug 1728. On 17 Aug 1728, those three gentlemen appeared in court where on their oath they did declare that the testator Anthony Jacob Henkel, on the twelfth day of this instant, August, fell off his horse on the road from Philadelphia to his house in New Hanover Township, which disabled him, and he was carried to the house of the deponent Herman Groothausen in the manor of Springfield, where the testator lying very ill, bid the deponents take notice that the contents of the within and above writing was his will, and the deponents do say that the testator at the time of speaking the said nun-cupative will was of sound mind, memory, and understanding, to the best of their knowledge and belief..
Peter Evans, Reg.-General
Philadelphia County, PA, Letters of Administration: Estate of Anthon Jacobus Henkel. Reg. Office, Philadelphia, Book C, page 109.
1733, Dec 16 - Barbara Reuger and Christopher Ottinger stood as sponsors at the baptism of Margaretha Barbara, daughter of Leonhardt Kueffer.
1743 - George Rex purchased 50 acres in Springfield, Philadelphia [now Montgomery] County, from the estate of Herman Grotehause.
1746 - Georg and Barbara Rieger had a son baptized at St. Michael's Church.
1747 - Jurg and Barbara Rieger sponsored the baptism of Rahel, daughter of Herman and Maria Grothausen at St. Michael's Church.
1749, Dec 16 - Georg Ruger and Barbara (X) Rex conveyed 276 acres in Heidelberg Township to their son Georg, and 276 acres in the same township to their son Jacob. This was the last record on which Barbara Rex was named.
1762, Oct 29 - By indenture (apparently in lieu of a will) Georg Rux, of Germantown Tonwship, yeoman, conveyed his entire personal and real estate to his sons George, William, Jacob Christopher, John and Abraham Rex. He signed his name Georg Ruger on the receipt for 5 shillings.
Doris Rex Schutte, George Rex (1682-1772) of Germantown, Pennsylvania, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume 68, Issue 4, December 1980. Page 243.