So this post is about Martin Summers, the blacksmith. A 1794 deed indicates that Martin purchased a lot on the east side of Waggoner's Alley in South Mulberry ward in PHL, and he is found in the city directories in that location thereafter, at least until his death in 1811. What's been frustrating is that the last census that shows this Martin shows that he had seven children in his household, four of them males under 10, so this Martin appears to have had descendants, but what happened to them?
Introducing Cecelia Kinderman (sp?). In 1831, she petitioned the Orphan's Court with the following information:
- that Cecelia had been affirmed as guardian of Sarah Somers, minor under 14
- that Sarah had nothing but was entitled to one-fourth of real estate on Waggoner's Alley (!)
- that Sarah was the minor child of John H. Somers, and he had been dead one year
- that Cecelia was Sarah's grandmother
- One of the sons of Martin-Blacksmith was John H. Somers
- John H. Somers married a woman who possibly had the maiden name Kinderman. I think it seems that she must have predeceased John.
- John H. & wife probably had 4 children who survived them because of the reference of “one fourth” that was due to Sarah.
And just in case we wonder where Waggoner's Alley was, we can again thank another Sommer-Researcher/PHL-Expert who informed me that location is presently under the PHL Police Dept. Headquarters. Maybe they can find these missing Sommer relations?