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Frederick Alberty & Elizabeth Krieger, Surry County, NC & Their Family

Although the focus of today’s post is to identify grandchildren of Nicholas Krieger and Catharina Maria (Borger?), it should be noted by Alberty descendants that Frederick Alberty married three times, with his first wife being Elizabeth Krieger.

For those interested in the Alberty family, scroll down the lef tof of the blog home page to Topics. There are links to other Alberty posts.

Now, let’s look at the family of Frederick Alberty and Elizabeth Krieger.

For many years, the name of Frederick’s first wife was unknown, but there were clues to be found in Records of the Moravians in North Carolina:

Bethania Diary, 1781

Notice the three Krieger mentions, plus on 3 May 1781, Frederick Alberty requested a Moravian Church funeral for his wife.

Then, the entry on 4 May 1781, indicates that many met at “Krieger’s.”

Two other documents prove that Elizabeth Alberty was a Krieger by birth.

Her father, Nicholas, died in 1804, but wrote his will in 1785. In it, all five of his children are mentioned, including Elizabeth, deceased, and her share falling to her three surviving children:

In the name of the Lord, Amen November 28, 1785

I who have signed below am at present sick in body and have considered and observed that all men are mortal.  Because I already have a large part of my life behind me, it may now be my turn. I have thought about what action should be taken in consideration of my earthly goods, yet with good and sound mind, thus the following:

Firstly, I commend my soul into the hands of God my Redeemer and my body to the earth, that it may be given a simple Christian burial.
 Secondly, it is my wish that my dear wife Catharina Maria should live from my estate during her remaining years and that she should make her home with her children where she pleases. Then after her death, my remaining assets, whether fixed or movable, should be divided in equal parts among my five children, namely, Henrich, Jacob, Elisabeth, Johan George, and Rosina, with my deceased daughter Elisabeth’s share falling to her three surviving children.

Thirdly, it is my wish that three pounds, fourteen shillings from my son Johan George’s share be paid to the three surviving children of my daughter Elisabeth.

In affirmation of my last will and testament, I appoint my son Henrich as administrator and executor thereof.

Nicolaus (XX) Krüger (Seal)

Henrich Schore, sworn witness
Johannes Daub

Translation by Jeannette Louise Norfleet, October 2013 and share on FamilySearch Family Tree

Next, her brother Henry was married, but had no children of his own. He wrote his will in January 1828 (Stokes County, North Carolina Will Book 3:179-180) and specifically mentioned his deceased sister, Elizabeth:

The two wills leave no doubt that Frederick’s wife was Elizabeth Krieger AND that, as of 1785, she had three surviving children.

Next, when was Elizabeth born? Most have her estimated birth year as c1751. However, from other clues, it seems that she probably married as a very young bride aged only about 16 years.

This determination has been made based on two facts. Her three brothers all have original gravestones with their birth and death dates inscribed. Furthermore, her sister Rosina appears to have been the youngest child born in the family.

Based on that evidence, the birth order of her siblings was:

1. Henry, born 24 June 1753
2. Jacob, born 19 April 1755
3. George, born 13 July 1759
4. Rosina, born c1760

Secondly, she predeceased her father’s 1785 will, but the children Nicholas named in his will are, in order:

Henry, Jacob, Elizabeth, George and Rosina.

Placing a deceased child in the middle of living children named in a will is an odd thing to do – UNLESS all the children are named in birth order.

Therefore, it is estimated that Elizabeth Krieger was born c1756-1757 and died just about 12 o’clock (midnight) on 3 May 1781.

Frederick Alberty was not a member of the Moravian Church and no marriage record has been found for Frederick and Elizabeth. Given her young age, they likely married about 1773 and probably in the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church.

Lacking any birth or baptismal records, determining the mothers of Frederick Alberty’s children left a question mark for third child, Elizabeth, who married Peter Kline in 1803.

However, with the supporting statement in Nicholas Krieger’s will that Elizabeth left three children, the youngest child would be Frederick’s daughter, Elizabeth. It’s also very possible that Elizabeth died from the effects of childbirth.

Children of Frederick and Elizabeth:

  1. Maria Catharina, born c1774 (and likely named for Elizabeth’s mother, Catharina Maria), Surry County, North Carolina; died before 30 July 1842, Stokes County, North Carolina, when papers were filed in her estate; married Adam Strub, 14 March 1790, Surry County, North Carolina. She lived many more years than Adam Strub, who died in 1815. They were parents of at least six children.
  2. John Henry, baptized 25 August 1777 at the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, Surry County, North Carolina (now the Shiloh Lutheran Church in Forsyth County, North Carolina; died after 1850, probably in Washington County, Arkansas; married Rebecca (MNU), c1805. Rebecca was born c1782 in North Carolina and died after 1860, probably in Washington County, Arkansas. Rebecca’s maiden name is UNPROVEN. They were the parents of seven known children.
  3. Elizabeth, born c1781, Surry County, North Carolina; died before 1810; married Peter Kline, 10 February 1803, Stokes County, North Carolina. They were the parents of two children, a boy and a girl, both under 10 and born, say, c1805 and 1807, enumerated with Peter Kline in 1810. However, there is no adult female at home with them. In 1820, Peter is 26-44, with a female 26-44, one male under 10 and three females under 10. By 1830, Peter is enumerated next door to widowed sister Caty Strub. He is 50-59 years old, with one female aged 40-50, and eight children, all too young to be Elizabeth’s children. The fate of her son and daughter is unknown.

Therefore, Elizabeth’s daughter Maria Catharine, and son John Henry, have many descendants today. However, it is unknown whether Elizabeth Kline’s two children grew to adulthood, married and also left descendants.


John Alberty (1818-1861) & Susannah Douthit: Grandchildren & Beyond: Margaret Elnora & Stephen Richard Abram/s

Believe it or not, We have come to the last of the children of John Alberty & Susannah Douthit who married and left descendants.

Margaret Elnora Alberty was born on 28 November 1860 and, being only nine months old when her father died, couldn’t have had memory of him at all. She married Stephen Richard Abram/s (surname appears both ways multiple times, but seems to have settled down to Abram by the end of their lives), about 1878, but I have yet to find a record of their marriage.

Stephen Richard Abram/s was born on 9 February 1858, Indiana and died on 19 April1938 in Jasper County, Missouri, the son of John and Sarah (Irwin) Abrams.

Stephen and Margaret spent most of their married life in Newton County (aside from a short stay in Carroll County, AR) through the time of the 1900 census, making a living at farming. Some time before 1910, the family moved to Sarcoxie, Jasper County, Missouri, where they died and were buried at the Sarcoxie Cemetery.

Margaret predeceased Stephen, passing away on 23 December 1926. Stephen married (2) Mary (Marshall) Jobe, a widow, on 18 October 1928. She was born 30 August 1861, Indiana and died on 30 March 1956. Mary was also in her senior years when they married; she and Stephen had no children together.

Stephen died of diabetes on 19 April 1938, Jasper County, Missouri.

Stephen and Margaret were the parents of twelve children, ten of whom lived to adulthood. Seven of those children have descendants today.

Children (All born Newton County, unless noted)

1. Lee Roy was born 25 July 1879; died 24 May 1942, Los Angeles, California. He married Martha Alice Yeoman, 30 January 1902, Jasper County, Missouri. Martha was born 13 March 1885 and died 10 January 1976. She married (2) William Carroll Medearis (her former brother-in-law. See Letha Jane, below) . Roy and Martha were the parents of five children: Ima Mae, Ada Drucilla, Cecil Lee, Richard Walter and George Leroy.
2. George Washington, born 13 February 1881; died 8 November 1883; buried Newton County, Missouri
3. Ocia Arilla was born 13 October 1882; died 26 May 1969 and married Richard Clay Boyd, c1918. He was born 8 August 1865 and died 21 November 1957 in Joplin, Jasper, Missouri. They were the parents of two sons, Richard Abram and William Clay.
4. Cora Anna was born 29 April 1884 and died on 30 May 1956, Barry County, Missouri. She married James “Kirk” Douthit, 18 October 1905, Newton County, Missouri. Kirk was born 21 February 1884 in Newton County and died on 15 May 1964 in Barry County, Missouri. They were the parents of ten children: Albert James, Veda O., Beulah Beatrice, Franklin Richard, Opal Mae, Ruby Anna, Georgia Ruth, Marjorie Elizabeth, Violet Louise, and Mona Jean.
5. Letha Jane was born on 22 February 1886 and died 10 September 1943, Vernon County, Missouri. She married William Carroll Medearis, 19 December 1925, Jasper County, Missouri. He was born 25 September 1887, Indiana and died 30 August 1966, Vernon County, Missouri. They had no children.
6. William Richard was born on 12 March 1887 and died on 4 December 1916, Jasper County, Missouri, in a hunting accident. He married Estella Edwards, c1909. They had one daughter, Lillian, Nadine, born 1910, but who died of a fever on 7 July 1916, Jasper County, Missouri. She married (2) Andrew Brasher, 22 August 1918, Jasper County, Missouri. William and Estelle had no other known children, so he has no descendants today.
7. John Elmer was born on 15 September 1890, while the family was living in Carroll County, Arkansas. He is the only child at home in 1900 with an Arkansas birthplace. He died on 8 June 1963, Jasper County, Missouri. John married Eva Ann Stroup, 4 April 1917, Jasper County, Missouri. She was born 28 July 1892 and died on 5 July 1990, a few weeks short of her 98th birthday. They were the parents of three children: Bernice Elnora, Joyce Nadine and James Elmer.
8. Eliza Arminta was born on 17 March 1892 and died on 30 November l969 in Delaware County, Oklahoma. She married (1) Charles Ernest Palmer, 28 February 1912, Jasper County, Missouri. He was bon 3 December 1891 and died 5 December 1964, Shoshone County, Idaho. (2) Harry A. English, 4 March 1959, Jasper County, Missouri. Eliza and Charley were the parents of one son, Laverne.
9. Claude Andrew was born on 15 June 1895 and died 29 October 1973, Jasper County, Missouri. He married Hazel A. Hout, 20 October 1917, Jasper County, Missouri. She was born 17 March 1898 and died in October 1982. They were the parents of six children: Lloyd Ronald, Doris Marie, Elizabeth Lucile, Lorene Jane, Max Lee and Wilbert Jasper.
10. Hattie May was born in 1899 and died in 1959. She married Raymond Estel Riddle, 5 April 1924, Jasper County, Missouri. He was born 5 October 1900, Barry County, MIssouri and died 2 November 1964, Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, by 1935, they were divorced and Ray married (2) Anna Lucretia McClanahan, 21 December 1935, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hattie had no children.
11. Freda Opal was born 26 March 1903 and died 16 January 1987, Jasper County, Missouri. She married Ivan Paul Wilson, 17 October 1921, Newton County, Missouri.He was born 16 April 1903 and died 3 December 1976, Jasper County, Missouri. They were the parents of six children: Robert Richard, James Paul, Joan Velma, Opal Leah, Donald Ray and Wanda Kay.
12. Julia, born c1905; died between the 1910 and 1920 censuses.

After many “begats,” we have now covered all of the grandchildren of John and Susannah (Douthit) Alberty and they have many descendants today.

I would love to share more family information, photos and other documents with descendants, so if you are one of them, please get in touch. 🙂

John Alberty (1818-1861) & Susannah Douthit: Grandchildren & Beyond: Family of William Washington Alberty & Nancy Abrams

Today’s Alberty sketch covers the family of William Washington Alberty and his wife, Nancy E. Abrams.

Wash Alberty, as he went by, was born in February 1856, in Newton County, Missouri, the son of John Alberty and Susannah Douthit. Wash was just old enough to have a bit of memory of his father, who died in 1861. Wash died between the 1920 U.S. census, when the family lived in Quapah, Ottawa, Oklahoma, and the 1925 Kansas state census, when widowed Nancy was living with son John W. Alberty in Crawford, Cherokee, Kansas. There is no gravestone found for Wash in either state.

W.W. Alberty married Nancy E. Abrams  about 1880, when they were enumerated in Newton County, Missouri. Wash was 24 and Nancy was 16 years old.

Nancy was born 7 October 1862 in Indiana (probably Franklin County), the daughter of William G. Abrams and Eveline George. She died 24 December 1937 and is buried in Columbus, Cherokee, Kansas.

Wash farmed for many years of his adult life, but in 1920, the last census in which he is found, he was working in the lead and zinc mine in Quapaw, Ottawa, Oklahoma.

I think this family struggled somewhat to survive, as siblings lived together off and on, even in adulthood.


1. Ada (Addie) Elizabeth was born in March 1882, Newton County, Missouri and died in 1954 in Lane County, Oregon. She married and had three children, a daughter Rebecca B., born c1906, a son, Cecil, born c1915 (died after 1940), both in Missouri and a second son, George Wesley, born 21 August 1923 (died 23 March 1988, San Francisco, CA) in Oklahoma. No marriage record has been found for her and it appears the children probably had different fathers.

There is a likely candidate to be Rebecca’s Greenlee father, as Addie kept the Greenlee surname for the rest of her life. In 1910, Elizabeth was living in Webb City, Jasper, Missouri in Ward 3. Also in Ward 3 was one John David Greenlee, living with his sister’s family just a couple of blocks away from Elizabeth. She reported that she was married, but was the sole adult head of household. David reported that he was widowed, a common happening when someone didn’t want to admit that a marriage had broken down. J. David Greenlee was born on 21 June 1880 and died in Webb City on 11 February 1913. His death certificate indicated that he was married when he died, not divorced or widowed, and from 1920 onward, Elizabeth reported she was a widow.

2. John Wesley, born 12 November 1885, Newton County, Missouri and died 17 February 1936, Cherokee County, Kansas. He married Mary Alberta Hadlow on 12 August 1907 in Lawrence County, Missouri. She was born on 27 March 1886 in Barry County, Missouri and died 10 April 1984. She is buried with John at Greenlawn Cemetery, Cherokee County, Kansas. They were the parents of three children – Grace Oneta, Wilma Lorraine and John Raymond.

3. Stella May was born 28 September 1888, Newton County, Missouri and died on 9 April 1936 in Picher, Ottawa, Oklahoma. she married (1) Charles E. Rimmer, 24 December 1906, Newton County, Missouri (2) Wesley Robinson, 13 February 1911, Carthage, Jasper, Missouri (3) Mr. Grayson (1920 census shows her as widow Stella Grayson)and (4) Charles Letcher Lafferty (19 February 1874-21 May 1944 and his gravestone calls him “The Rover.” Stella had one daughter, Georgia Gladys Rimmer.

4. George Arthur was born 21 May 1893 in either Newton or Jasper County, MIssouri and died on 8 July 1937 in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. He never married and lived with siblings in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

5. Nancy A. was born on 29 June 1896 in Newton County, Missouri and died in February 1986, Ottawa County, Oklahoma. She married Wolford Robitaille, 16 October 1930 in Ottawa County, Oklahoma as his second wife. He was a member of the Eastern Shawnee Ottawa tribe. He was born on 10 August 1894 and died in September 1975. They had one daughter, Oma Lee.

6. Lottie B. was born 23 October 1899, Newton County, Missouri and died on 7 July 1963, Benton County, Washington. She married Arthur Charles Eakman on 1 September 1928 in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. He was born in 1893 and died 13 May 1956 in Prosser, Benton, Washington. They had no children of their own, but adopted one son, Frank, born c1924 in Missouri.

There is one more Alberty family left to identify – that of Margaret Elnora, youngest child of John and Susannah (Douthit) Alberty of Newton County, Missouri.

We will take a look at her family tomorrow.