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Calvin I. Kephart to Horace Kephart, November 10, 1921, page 1

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  • 3 4 Iowa Circle, N.¥., Washington, B.C., November 10, 1921. Dear Mr. Kephart: Thanks for your last letter, and the accompanying data on other Kephart lines. The latter I shall keep apart from the other, and return *l^ in due course. Because of the fact that I am carrying some law school work, with the aim of qualifying for an LL.M. next June, and because of the volume of thfcs* later data, I shall not endeavor to copy^SJPoff for awhile, unless it should happen'that you may want same back be fete this shall have been done. Certain of the information shown nicely co-ordinates with what I have, and I believe I can now form a reliable skeleton relationship of these various immigrants and their descendants, prima facie at least. Likewise, I believe I can readily establish the place in the scheme of the Caleb to whom you refer. You will notice that most all the Berks County immigrants retained the form Gebhart (with variations) into succeeding generations,— this from the tax lists, with one single exception of George Kephart, of Union Twp., cordwainer, and Caleb, of same Twp. The latter was not an immigrant, **ti» According to your preface in biography of Rev. I.L., as .No. 8,*4u^was born 1778 and died 1833. Unquestionably he was a s65£oithe above George. As a matter of fact, we have not paid enough attention to this George, It might be said that, because Berks was predominantly German, the form Gebhart was more likely to remain unchanged than in other communities more -English. Yet, why would this argument fail with respect to George and his sons? They lived in same community as the Gebharts. George was born about 1725, was omitted from Rupp's list, but arrived with his brother (undoubtedly), John Adam Kebhart, in the Bannister, Oct. 21, 1754. He died 1798; wife's name Elizabeth, -and sateeuto^ffaJ&*M@$fr, Adam and Daniel, but no other children mentioned. While he sign&Xjfoy****' mark only, it is safe to say that the form was Kebhart, like his brothers, which explains the ready change to Kephart. Putting together various comments as to "second cousins", "old home in Berks County", "near Reading, Pa.", etc., I firmly conclude that the above George and Elizabeth Kephart, of Union Twp., Berks Co., were the parents of the following 2nd generation, viz., Leonard, in Northampton Co., born about 1748, died 1777. Adam, born about 1750, died 1826, buried in Goss Cemetery. (Whom you suppose to have been a brother of your Nicholas) Daniel, born about 1$55, died in Northumberland Co. about 1822 (No. 6 in your preface list) Henry, born about 1753, who died early in Md. and whose children were raised by his brother Caleb. Caleb, born about 1755, taxed in Union Twp., 1785. Possibly others, perhaps only girls. The above absolutely fits in with the whole scheme, and these persons are not shown as children of nay other immigrants (as to dates, etc.) ■ I furthermore believe that of the immigrants your Nicholas, the above George, perhaps a Conrad in Phila., Henry of Badts Co. & Va.,

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