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A few things continue to elude me:

  • There was a Jacob Spansailer, 48, on the Loyall Judith, probably Hans' brother, but  I have not been able to locate him in any other source.

  • A couple sources indicate Hans' son, George, had another wife, Margaret Young, by whom he had one child, but the timeline just doesn't make sense to me (I.e., in relation to what is known about Louisa).

  • Louisa and her family remain an impossible mystery.


  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman, Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to North America: Volume 1: The Northern Kraichgau  (The Pennsylvania German Society, Breinigsville, PA, 1983).

  • Robinson, John M., "Sponseller Family of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Indiana, The," April 1970.

  • Smith, Debra D. & Weiser, Frederick S.,  Trinity Lutheran Church Records, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, vol. 1, 1730-1767  (1988, Closson Press, Apollo, PA).