Elizabeth Forcht Oesterling

April 18, 1842 – May 6, 1895

For awhile I thought that Elizabeth Forcht might be a brick wall in our tree as the Oesterlings seemed to focus on connecting to their namesakes and not so much on the people that married into the family. I couldn’t find much information on her other than that she had married my 3rd Great-Grandfather Adam Oesterling in Summit County, Pennsylvania and lived there on the family farm her whole life. What I knew of her line is that her father’s name was John Forcht and her mother’s name was Margaret Eitenmuller/Eidenmüller. And so it was for a long time.

It wasn’t until I found the Dingeldein ancestors of Elizabeth Ripper, Adam Oesterling’s mother, her mother-in-law, that I found a link to both the Forcht and the Eidenmüller families. Both Elizabeth Ripper and Elizabeth Forcht had Dingeldein ancestors, and there are probably a lot of other common names across their trees. I have yet to put it all together …

Recently, Melissa posted a photograph, the one above, to our tree on ancestry.com and as I looked into the eyes of my 3rd Great-Grandmother, I thought I was looking into a cockeyed mirror and knew that I really wanted to know more about her. The sad thing was that she was 54, my current age, when she died – after having thirteen children – I think it was her last two that were twins.

One thing that I am almost sure of, is that her mother’s maiden name was spelled Eidenmüller. I have found one tree with multiple mentions of the name, entwined with the Dingeldeins, and that will be the starting point of my search for them.

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