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Girtman Traditions
Family Tradition/Oral History

This is the page where we will have Family traditions that have been passed down through the generations.

Tradition of the Central Illinois Branch of the Girtman family.
 April Robbins  has a letter written by a descendant of George Girtman (born 1799 in SC) who lived in Logan Co.,Illinois.This is a synopsis of that letter.
The story has been handed down from generation to generation among the Central Illinois Branch
of the family that their earliest ancestors in America were two brothers named Paul and Philip
Girtman.These brothers came to America from Wurtenberg,Germany as guards over a group
of Hessian prisoners.Paul,Philip and the other guards settled down in Pennsylvania and let the
prisoners go free.These people became known as the 'Pennsylvania Dutch'.It is said one of the brothers married a girl from Holland by the name of Jane Hipp.Later,they moved to
Charleston,SC where George was born.

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