This is the page where we will have Family traditions that have been
passed down through the generations.
of the Central Illinois Branch of the Girtman family.
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.
has been handed down from generation to generation among the Central Illinois
of the family
that their earliest ancestors in America were two brothers named Paul and
brothers came to America from Wurtenberg,Germany as guards over a group
prisoners.Paul,Philip and the other guards settled down in Pennsylvania
and let the
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
where George was born.