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Dear WETZOLD Cousins

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I am trying to get in contact with any and all people that share the surname WETZOLD! I am trying to trace the family genealogy and know there are at least two (different) lines of this family living in the USA – I would like to get in contact with those of you still living in Germany (or anywhere else) and see if the lines can be traced further back and/or connected.

I am not looking for weird vital information in order to scam anyone – just genealogy info. In this day and age of the internet and Facebook and such I figure it might be easier to connect.

The info. I am looking for is basically what, if any, ancestry information you have. Do you know your grandparents’ names and info? How about your great grandparents? Further back?

What city were you born? Where do you live now?

Have you heard any family stories?

If you are here in America – when did your family get here?

Thank you so much for reading and I hope to hear from you!

My email is starryskye81 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Written by Christine

July 28th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

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Plan of Boston Showing Existing Ways & Owners 1630-35-40-45

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These four maps of Boston, Massachusetts (MA), were published in 1905 by the Boston Municipal Printing Office, in a small booklet entitled “Series of Plans of Boston showing Existing Ways and Owners of Property 1630 – 1635 – 1640 – 1645.” Compiled by George Lamb, from Town Records, Book of Possessions, Massachusetts (MA) Bay Records, Savage’s Winthrop, Lechford’s Diary, Aspinwall’s Notarial Records and Suffolk County Deeds. Property owners’ names are shown as of 1630, 1635, 1640, 1645.

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Written by Christine

June 4th, 2014 at 8:49 am

Posted in Notes,Records

John PELTON – Crossing the Pond

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There are some mentioned of the Pelton surname originating in Essex, England – but there is no proof as to whether our first ancestor in America – John Pelton – actually came from Essex. So, in order to figure out his origin we need to look at the facts that we already know. If you are researching this person please feel free to leave a comment and share what you know! Remember – facts only! We want cited sources.

John Pelton

Birth: circa 1616 in England

Immigration/Emigration: Between 1620-1650 from Leicestershire, England (source 3)
*** work-in-progress: Pelton’s in Leicestershire, England circa 1600′s

Marriage: Susannah Way(e) in 1645 (source 2)

Death: 23 JAN 1681 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts (source 1)


  1. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 for John Pelton (document)
  2. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 for John Pelton (document)
  3. Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (document) (ebook)


“A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer’s Register (1860)” by James Savage (ebook)

PELTON, JOHN, Boston, very early, had est. describ. in the book of
possns. rem. to Dorchester, his eld. s. John was bapt. 2 Mar. 1645.
In his will of 3 Jan. 1681, pro. 10 Mar. foil, he names w. Susanna, s.

“Genealogy of the Pelton family in America : being a record of the descendants of John Pelton who settled in Boston, Mass., about 1630-1632, and died in Dorchester, Mass., January 23rd, 1681” by J.M. Pelton (ebook)

“Records relating to the early history of Boston .. (1876)” (ebook)

“Records of the First Church at Dorchester, in New England, 1636-1734” (ebook)

More Information:

  • WikiTree Page for John Pelton
  • First Parish Church of Dorchester, Massachusetts (website)


Written by Christine

June 4th, 2014 at 4:33 am

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Brandenburg & Berlin Research

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I think I’ve finally figured out that – in fact (after hearing it from my father all these years) – our family hails from the Brandenburg area of Germany. I speak ZERO German (except some swear words and “1, 2, 3, drink!”) so hopefully, Google Translate will be kind to me in my research!

Fredrick Charles Otto WETZOLD (he went by Otto)
Born: January 22, 1868 in Berlin, Germany

I had his parents listed as:
Louise WIRKE

Then, I found a potential sister of Otto … I say “potential” because I have no proof, just a search from I don’t have my usual access to to look further.

Selma Louise Hedwig WETZOLD
Born: August 4, 1873 (Christened Aug 31) in Berlin, Brandenberg, Preußen, Germany

Parents of Selma:
Gustav Eduard WETZOLD
Louise WICKE

Written by Christine

November 17th, 2013 at 4:37 am