For this week, I actually found the surname Poorman in my tree! Below is the only information I have found on Mr. Poorman (first name possibly Henry). He married Mary Greenawalt, the sister of my 4th great-grandmother (Sarah Greenawalt Shatzer/Shartzer).
My 6th great-grandfather Philipß Lorentz Grünenwald (Americanized to Philip Lorenz Greenawalt) was born in Haßloch, Bad Durkheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (or Hassloch) on June 10, 1725. He left Germany for Philadelphia in 1749. In 1754, he married Maria Margaret Fuesser in Lancaster, Penn. They had at least 10 children, including my 5th great-grandfather John (1760-1823, not to be confused with John Philip).
In 1777, Greenawalt was appointed colonel of the 1st battalion, Lancaster County militia in the Jersey campaign. William Henry Egle has this to say about Philip Greenawalt:
He was with Washington, during the Jersey campaign of 1776, at Trenton and Princeton. His battalion was at Brandy wine and Germantown, and the conduct of Colonel Greenawalt during the former engagement received the commendation of the commander-in-chief for efficiency and gallantry, especially in the protection of the Continental supplies. He was appointed, May 6, 1778, one of the agents for forfeited estates. … The Assembly of the State appointed him one of the commissioners to take subscriptions for the Continental loan, December 16, 1777, and, during the darkest hour of the struggle, he did effective service in collecting blankets, food, and forage for the half-starved and half-clad army at Valley Forge, and for most of which he was never recompensed.
In 1788, he was on the tax rolls in Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. He died in 1802 and is buried in the First Reformed Church cemetery (aka Tabor Reformed Church Cemetery)in Lebanon.
For the theme of “Independent,” I thought I would highlight an ancestor that fought in the American Revolution. Philip Lorenz Grünenwald/Greenawalt was born in Haßloch, Bayern, Germany on 10 June 1825. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1749. He married a widow in 1753, but she died the same year. He married Maria Margaret Foeser in April 1754. They lived in Lebanon Township, Pennsylvania. Their son John (1760-1823) was my 5x great-grandfather. Philip died in 1802 at the age of 77 and is buried in Lebanon. Below is a quote about Philip during his time in the revolution from William Henry Egle’s Pennsylvania Genealogies, page 303.
“Upon the organization of the associated battalions, he was commissioned colonel of the first battalion of Lancaster County. He was with Washington, during the Jersey campaign of 1776, at Trenton and Princeton. His battalion was at Brandywine and Germantown, and the conduct of Colonel Greenawalt during the former engagement received the commendation of the commander-in-chief for efficiency and gallantry, especially in the protection of the Continental supplies.”