The histories of the various families have been developed over a period of
sixteen years. What is shown here is representative of what is known about
each family. Some surnames are missing or are somewhat sparse in the
material shown. This is simply because either the material is not available
or has not been researched, as of this time.
Donna Fredenburg Archer, now deceased, did almost all
the work on the Shunick family. A large amount of material in the form of
obituaries and newspaper articles can be found in the
"Genealogies" section of this site for the Shunick family.
The Crowther letters are interesting for the insight they give into life
in the early 1800's. The letters were written between 1789 and 1823. Most of
the letters were written by a father to a son of the same name. During this
period the father was a Methodist circuit riding preacher and eventually
served as President of the Methodist Wesleyan Conference for all of England
and later for Ireland. His son was apprenticed to a printer at the book
store of the Methodist Church in London. He later worked as a journalist for
the London Times in the Birmingham district. It is assumed he kept the
letters he received and we can read these almost two hundred years later.
These letters, and a few others, were turned over to the University Library
at Manchester in England and reside in the archives pertaining to the