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Ancestors Georger and Hamilton Families

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Feb 18, 2019


This book is a compilation of fact sheets regarding 187 families. These ancestral lines are followed back to the arrival of the first American Immigrant of each family line. All families that are listed in this book have had reasonably valid written proof of their accuracy. When accuracy could not be proven the line is ended. The numbering system for each family refers to the Ahnentafel system for genealogical numbering on a pedigree chart. These charts will be included with the book at a later time.
Feb 18, 2019

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Ancestors Georger and Hamilton Families - Judy Danz Swanson


Copyright © 2019 Judy Danz Swanson.

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You may wonder how I came to devoting so much of my retirement time to the development of our family tree. It all started when my Grandfather Danz gave me a Christmas present when I was about eight or nine years old. It was called The Landing of the Pilgrims which was part of the Landmark series of American history books for children. Our Auntie Stell continued the subscription for me to receive other books in this series but I never forgot the first one. Grandpa Danz had written me a note that told of the five families that were our ancestors who arrived on the first Mayflower trip to the New World and were discussed in this book. Of course, I read it right away and was hooked. Grandpa was a genealogist of the old kind before computers and had traveled all over New England tracking down our ancestors. It seems my mother and my father had Mayflower ancestors. I also had a chart with all the names of the people he had found but there were no citations available so my work was definitely ahead of me to find the citations and expand the list. It turned out that all Grandpa’s research was CORRECT!

I did not get to get down to business in this endeavor until I was nearing retirement and then there was!! An amazing website. I had so much of the foundation in names that I literally was able to substantiate thousands of ancestors. I never did get to the libraries because had so much right there. Now this was not really the case when ancestry and I started. Much of that information was combed from other people’s trees with questionable sources, if any, except for family lore. However, now there is a tremendous number of sources with the original page of the book reproduced on line. So, you are seeing the actual source.

In the last twelve years I have accrued an overwhelming amount of information. it was impossible to provide all these ancestors in a story manner. You will quickly see that this is a series of fact sheets. During the last two years I have sifted through 20-30 different citations, evaluated them and tried to arrange the events in some sort of timely order. Even the Mayflower families have lot of gaps that still need to be found. This tree is far from complete.

I had collected so much information, way beyond what I thought was reasonable number of ancestors and citations, that I had to set some boundaries if I was going to form any kind of published version of information for my descendants. First, I decided to divide my parents into two different trees, although the original Ahnentafel numbering of individuals retained the numbers starting from MY tree. This means I am number 1 and my parents are 2 and 3. Therefore, this book has only half the numbers from my tree. The other half are in a second book.

I also had to limit research to the first immigrant to come to America in each line. Many of these folks came in the 1600s. You can see where they came from but nothing further back in the scope of this book.

In order for this book to be comprehensible I have divided it into four lines that correspond to my Great Grandparent’s ancestors. My parents are in the first section alone.

I have enclosed a copy of a pedigree chart so that you can locate an individual by its Ahnentafel System number. This is an ascending system which proceeds from the recent descendant to the remote ancestors. It focuses on the couples who link generations and discusses all couples in one generation before moving on to those in the next generation. Each couple is assigned two numbers. All mothers have an odd number and all fathers have an even number. Each number is only used for one ancestor.¹

When you try to read horizontally across a given line of ancestry you will have to keep going back to check for the number for each generation. They are numerically in Ahnentafel order which is vertical on the chart. I f you find a name on the chart with no matching fact sheet, it was not included due to insufficient citations and the line was ended although the names for the next generation are on the chart.

All information cited as proof is from seeing the ancestor’s name in print in an approved original record.1 I have ended all lines I could not prove but included the person’s parents with a probably if the information is there, but not proven. Do not be overwhelmed, just take your time and it will all make sense. Make sure you read until the end, as the ancestors from the 1600s have some great stories.

It is my hope that one or more of my cousins will pick up these facts and develop a story about two or three generations. Just let your imagination fly back a couple of centuries and you will have a book!

I have enjoyed putting this together.

Judy Danz Swanson


1 Judith Danz Swanson

Judith Anne Danz was born 20 January 1944 toward the end of the second World War. All the young men were in some form of the military and the young women and wives went home to live with their parents. Therefore, I was l born in New Rochelle, N.Y. as my mother had moved back in with her parents and sisters in Larchmont N.Y. My father was stationed in Fort Dix in N.J. My parents were John (Jack) Danz and Ruth Georger.

As the war ended, my father went back to work with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Trenton, N.J. when I was 18 months to two years. He was then transferred to Newark and then East Orange N.J. where we lived until I was almost seven. We then moved to Paramus, N.J. where I lived until I graduated from Syracuse University in 1965. I married Norman Swanson on 4 December 1966 and we lived in Montclair, N.J. until 1967 when we moved to Liverpool N.Y. outside of Syracuse N.Y.

We moved to Skaneateles, N.Y. in 1967 as I was working as a Speech Language Pathologist in the Skaneateles and Marcellus Schools. Norm began work at Swanson Cleaners. In 1969 we bought a house in Skaneateles and daughter Charity was born. Evan was born in 1974. I had started my private practice in Speech Pathology in 1976. I was divorced from Norm in 1980.

I continued to live in Skaneateles until 2006 when I moved to East Syracuse, N.Y. I retired in 2010 after selling my business. Through those years I had had a successful business, enjoyed skiing, biking, boating and raised two successful children.


2-3 John Nisbet Danz And Ruth Hamilton Georger

John Danz was known as Jack and was born 10 November 1919 in Larchmont, Town of Mamaroneck. New York. ² ³ ⁴ ⁵. He was the son of Arnold Danz and Elizabeth Nisbet⁶. From birth until marriage in 1942 he lived in Larchmont Gardens, Town of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, New York⁷. From 1936- 1941 Jack attended Syracuse University and graduated in 1941 with a business degree.

On 31 January 1942 John Danz married Ruth Georger in Larchmont, New York.

Ruth Georger was born on 7 April 1920. She was the daughter of Alfred Georger and Ruth Hamilton⁹ ¹⁰ ¹¹ ¹² ¹³ ¹⁴. Ruth was born in the Bronx but within a few months the family moved to 35 Echo Lane, Larchmont, New York ¹⁵ ¹⁶. She lived there until marriage. In the fall of 1938, Ruth attended Virginia Intermont College in Virginia for one year. She went to business school for a year and worked as a dental assistant in New York City for a couple of years before 1943.

Jack and Ruth first lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Jack enlisted in the Army on 16 November 1942¹⁷ at 23 years. He was a private in an office job in New Jersey due to poor eyesight. Meanwhile, Ruth and her two sisters lived with their parents in Larchmont during the war. Daughter Judy was born in New Rochelle on 20 January 1944. Jack was discharged from the Army 10 February 1946 after four years. He went back to work at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as a salesman ¹⁸. Their next two residences were determined by transfers within the Insurance Company. They moved to Trenton. New Jersey in 1946 where they lived for two years. In 1948 Jack was transferred to the East Orange, N.J office and they lived in an apartment in East Paterson N.J. for two years. Daughter Barbara (Bunny) was born 11 May 1948.¹⁹

In December 1950 the family moved to 221 Addison Pl. Paramus N.J. where they lived for about 40 years²⁰. Jack continued to work for the same company until retirement. Ruth worked part time as a Welcome Wagon hostess which she enjoyed for many years as well as several years helping new mothers with their newborn babies.

On May 23, 1962 Robert John Danz was born.

In approximately 1989 Ruth and Jack moved to Whiting, New Jersey to a retirement community. There Jack sold real estate. Jack died very unexpectedly at age 70 yrs. of a cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease on 23 February 1990²¹ ²² ²³. On 4 January 2011 Ruth Georger died at age 90 years of pneumonia combined with severe asthma²⁴ ²⁵ ²⁶ ²⁷ ²⁸


6-7 Alfred Georger and Ruth Marguerite Hamilton

Alfred Georger was born on 13 October 1888 in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Walter F. Georger and Estelle Vought Georger. His parents were living at 165 Whitney Pl²⁹. His father is listed as a merchant³⁰.

In the 1892 census, Alfred resided in Buffalo N.Y. with his grandparents and parents in Ward 21.

In the 1900 census Alfred was listed as a grandson in the house of Frank Georger along with Eliza Georger, Frank’s wife, and Walter, Alfred’s father. Alfred’s mother had recently died. This house was in Ward 21. Buffalo, N.Y. ³¹³²

In 1905 the extended family was still living in Ward 21 but by 1910 Alfred and the extended family were living In Ward 24 on Prospect St. Alfred’s occupation was listed as "hardware bookkeeper. One of their neighbors was the Fred and Emma Hoffers with their son Fred. They are cousins.³³

In 1910 the Georger family was still living in a large house on Prospect St, Buffalo. The family at that time included Alfred’s Grandmother Eliza and Grandfather Frank now 81 yrs. old, Eliza 77 yrs., his father and mother, Walter and Sarah Estelle and brother Lawrence 23 yrs. old

Alfred met Ruth Hamilton at a party when Ruth was visiting a friend in Buffalo. Ruth was not interested in meeting Alfred but soon changed her mind. As Ruth was now living in N.Y.C. with her family, Alfred began travelling to N.Y. to visit on weekends. After a while he went home to Buffalo and told his family he was going to marry the girl he had been visiting. As the Georgers did not know who this was, they were horrified. They asked Who is she? When told that it was Ruth Hamilton who used to live around the corner they wanted to know why he didn’t say that first!

Alfred married Ruth Marguerite Hamilton on 1 August 1913.They were married in N.Y.C. and Alfred attended Pace College and got a degree in Accounting.³⁴

In 1916 Alfred registered for the Draft. The application is in his well remembered handwriting. He was living at 1707 Nelson Ave. in N.Y. During this time he graduated from Pace College in N.Y.C. I have seen the certificate. New York. He was a public accountant for Touche Nivcor Co. at 30 Broad St N.Y.C. He was also listed with blue eyes, dark brown hair, slightly bald, wearing glasses and medium build His telephone number was Larchmont 2 0786³⁵, a number I still remember. They must have been moving to Larchmont at this time as the phone number does not match the address.

Ruth Marguerite was born on 20 August 1889³⁶ in Buffalo N.Y. Her parents were Howard Averill Hamilton. Charles Hamilton, Ruth Marguerite’s Grandfather had owned a lumber business. It was passed on to Howard upon Charles’ death in 1884. Her father, Howard was working in the lumber mill at the time. I can remember my Grandmother telling stories about the family traveling by sleigh in Buffalo during snow storms. They seemed to have had happy times as children with her sister Harriet³⁷.

The lumber mill was destroyed in a fire probably between 1900-1910. In 1910 the family was living as boarders in Medina Village, Ridgeway, Orleans, N.Y.³⁸ This is a small town about 25 miles northwest of Buffalo along the Erie Canal. It is not known how long they had lived here, whether it was before or after the fire. By 1810 the family had moved to Manhattan N.Y.C.

In 1910 Ruth Marguerite was living in Manhattan, N.Y. in Ward 12 on W. 178th St. She was living with her parents and sister Harriet. Her father’s occupation was listed as a salesman of perforating machines³⁹ It would seem that after the family had lost all financial sources when the mill was lost, father Howard decided to try N.Y.C. as a place of more opportunity for work.

Their first child, Estelle was born in 2016. Their second child Ruth was born 7 April 1920 in the Bronx, New York⁴⁰. They were living in the Bronx in a small apartment where they paid $16.00 rent. (week or month not known) They were living near the Dykeman bridge.

In 1920 they moved to New Rochelle on the top floor of a three story building on Mayflower Pl. They roasted in the summer and froze in the winter. Alfred rode on the trolley car to the train station where he rode the New Haven and Hartford to work in N.Y.C.⁴¹

In 1925 Alfred and Ruth Marguerite were living in Larchmont, NY at 35 Echo Lane. Alfred was then a public accountant⁴² Their third child Dorothy was born 27 December 1925.

In 1930 the census listed their home as having a value of $11,000 and that they possessed a radio. Many of their neighbors did not. From the occupations of the neighbors it is concluded that this is a middle class neighborhood. Two of their neighbors that I knew in the 1940-50s were the Leimitzs and the Londons⁴³ Alfred and Ruth Marguerite had an active social life including membership at St. John’s Episopal church, where he was treasurer and vestryman, and Orienta Beach Club. Summers included 2-3 weeks in Maine on Little Sebago Lake for over 50 years. In the later years there were many road trips to California, Mexico, British Colombia, Florida with many slide shows for the family upon their return. Alfred worked as a Controller for United Artists Theatre Circuit Inc. for many years in Manhattan. The company was incorporated in 1926. The company was founded in 1919 by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplain, and D. W. Griffith, as the Regal Entertainment Group. They were all prominent movie stars of the time, to exhibit their pictures. The Management Officers were listed including A.M. Georger as Secretary and Treasurer. United Artists was intended to be owned by United Artists Corporation but that did not happen. Instead the company was eventually owned by the Regal Entertainment Group who was the largest motion picture exhibit in the world⁴⁴’⁴⁵ He may have left this job in 1948 probably as the company was growing larger and/or moving to California.

He later became Treasurer of the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York for a number of years.⁴⁶ I have many memories of dinner table discussions regarding the various stars of the opera company. The adults of the family often went to see the various operas performed.

Upon retirement Alfred and Ruth Marguerite moved to a Senior living center in Bridgeport, Conn. at 2020 Park Ave.⁴⁷ in 1968.⁴⁸ They lived there until they died.

Alfred died on 20 August 1974 at 86 Bridgeport Conn⁴⁹’⁵⁰, of complications of a kidney problem.

Ruth Marguerite lived until she was 97 yrs. in good health until she died on 31 January 1987⁵¹ of abdominal problems. They were both buried in Kensico Cemetery, Valhala, N.Y.⁵²

Children of Alfred Georger and Ruth Marguerite Hamilton

                                            Estelle Tillinghast Georger b. 1916

                                            RUTH HAMILTON b. 1920 - d. 2011

                                            Dorothy Marshall Georger b. 1927


Four Generations 1944- Walter Georger, Alfred Georger, Ruth Georger Danz, Judy Danz

12-13 Walter Frederick Georger and Sarah Estelle Vogt (Vought) Georger

Walter was born on December 1 1861 at 34 Pearl St. in Buffalo, N.Y.He⁵³ died on 14 March, 1957 in Larchmont, N.Y. and was buried at Forest Lawn next to his first wife.⁵⁴,⁵⁵

In the 1970 and 1980 censuses Walter was living with his birth family at 18 Pearl St. Buffalo, N.Y.⁵⁶,⁵⁷ As a student. In 1881-85 he was still living at 38 Pearl St. with his parents working as a clerk at American Union Telephone Company⁵⁸

In 1885 Walter married Sarah Estelle Vought on 28 May 1885⁵⁹’8.Sarah Estelle referred to as Estelle, was born on 28 September 1859 in Buffalo, N,Y. She was the daughter of Casper Vought from Prussia and Sarah Tillinghast of Buffalo N.Y.9

They had moved to 113 College Place, Buffalo. Walter was then a bookkeeper at Mutual Telephone Company.10 In 1892, with the addition of two sons, Walter and Estelle moved to 381 Hudson St. Buffalo, N.Y., Walter was now working at Georges, Harries, and & Co. owned by G.O.L.H. and W. F. Georger. This company made glass plate, French mirrors, stained glass, and beveled plates11’12. Frank L. Georger. In 1896 he had the same residence and occupation.

Walter and Estelle led a very active social life. Estelle and sometimes Walter were mentioned as having attended or chaired a social event no less than five times in the Buffalo newspapers. Prominent local residents attended, including President Grover Cleveland. Now I know why my Aunt Estelle called Grandpa Walter a gay blade. I had thought she was only counting wives. Estelle was also cited as having assisted in a study of new born babies’ nutrition done by the Buffalo, N.Y. Dept. of Health published in 1914. Walter is mentioned as having attended meetings of the Young Men’s German Association.

In 1898 Estelle died of breast cancer according to family knowledge. By 1900 Walter was living at the home of his father and two sons as a widower¹⁴ In 1904 he is still living with his parents at 159 Prospect St. Buffalo, N.Y.¹⁵

By 1910, Walter had married Mary Morgan, born October 15,1870, the daughter of William and Annie Morgan from Wales. Walter and Mary lived at the Frank Georger home with Walter’s two sons Alfred and Lawrence¹⁶’¹⁷

In 1903 Walter had started working for the family men’s wear business as a salesman at Georger Hats and Furriers owned by his father Frank Georger In 1914 he had moved to 446 Norward Ave., Buffalo N.Y. It is probable that Mary died about 1914 as the census indicates that Canada which was referred to as Canada English. She had emigrated to Buffalo in 1891. She had been working as a stone gatherer at a "Real Estate and

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