Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Eva Serophin

This is Part 1 of a series I'll be posting, about each of the Eva's in my family lineage.  The story begins in Germany, but I cannot find out what happened before my ancestors came from there to America.  All I know is that they were born in Germany and immigrated to Pennsylvania.  So, that's where my story starts:

I can only guess that they looked at their little daughter, a beautiful baby girl, their own little angel, and said to themselves, "This is our daughter, born in this land of blessing and freedom.  We will call her Eva Serophin."   They had been through so much, come so far, and yet, they had prospered.
Eva Serophin Bliehm was born 1743 in Pottsgrove PA.  My 6th great Grandmother.  The first generation to be born in America.

Her parents had come from Germany to America in 1735.  Her father, Christian Bliehm (Bliem, Pleem), was born in New Manheim Germany in 1711.  It is said he was a Hugeunot and came to America to escape persecution.  He and his wife, and their first child, lived the first winter in a dugout, then later they built a log cabin with a "stump dressed for their table".  Christian bought 150 acres of land in Hanover Township near Pottstown Pennsylvania.  They had 4 daughters and a son.  They named their youngest daughter Eva Serophin.
"Christian Bliem, the founder of the Bliem family in America, was born at New Manheim, Germany, December 25, 1711. He emigrated to America in the autumn of 1735, being one of the Huguenots who fled from Germany on account of religious persecution, He was married in his native country, and brought with him his wife and one child. For the first winter he made a dug-out, and afterwards built a house of logs, using an oak stump, probably dressed, for a table. He bought 150 Acres of land in Hanover Township, then a part of Philadelphia, (now Montgomery) county, near Pottstown, where he lived about 75 years. ..Christian Bliem and his wife had five children, four daughters and one son. One daughter married Jacob Hoch, of Chester County. Another daughter married Daniel Fretz, of Bucks County. A third married Jacob Oberholtzer, of Berks County, and the youngest daughter married a Strohm, who after Living on the old homestead for a number of years, removed to Canada..."                            -http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com
Eva Serophin Bliehm grew up and married Jacob A. Strohm.

Eva and Jacob were married in 1777 in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  Jacob had immigrated from Germany, born in Wurttemburg Germany around 1740, and came to America with his father when he was 9 years old.  Then after living on the Bliehm homestead and farming for many years, they left Pennsylvania along with many of the other Pennsylvania Dutch, sometime around 1800 (possibly to escape hardships after the American Revolution).  Many families were moving to Canada where land was cheap and they could start over.

Jacob and Eva had 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter.  They named their daughter Eva, but it appears she either died young, or just was never married *.  Their oldest son, born in 1778, they named Christian.
Christian, grew up and married Mary (Polly) Rutt, and had seven children.  Their third daughter they named Eva.  They farmed and lived in Ontario Canada for many generations.  As far as I know, there are Strome descendants still there.  

Christian Strome, the son of Jacob and Eva.  That's my 5th great Grandfather!  He's buried in the Wanner Mennonite Cemetery, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada.

-side note: I do not know if Serophin is simply the German spelling of Seraphim, or if it may be the surname of her grandmother.   (Christan's wife, Veronica Bechtel, does not appear to have any Evas in her family.)  I cannot find a record of Christian's mother, who may have been an Eva....so there is the mystery.  I do not know where the Serophin comes from and I cannot trace the family back any further then their coming from Germany.

* Edit 4/21/2012:  I received this e-mail and thought I'd quote some of it here.  It regards Jacob's daughter, Eva Strome that I hadn't been able to find out anything about.  "I ran into your site when I did a "google" search on a whim for Eva Serophin Bleihm, who was my gggg-grandmother.  Her daughter, Eva B. Strome, did indeed marry and have children ( she married William Koplin, and they had a daughter named Susanna (married to Samuel Eby) and a daughter Elizabeth, my ggg-grandmother, who married Burton Curtis.  Burton & Elizabeth had a child Julia, who married Adam Heltzel, who bore Nettie Heltzel..."   Thank you Carla for this important information!

Next : Part 2 - the story of Eva Strome.


simplicityinthemaking said...

Ontario Canada is a huge area Eva. It takens 16 hours driving to get across and 20 hours to go north!. Your ancestor being German would more then likely be in the Kitchener/Waterloo area, where most Mennonite settled, However there is also the Renfew area, which settled more in the Loyalist era. Serophin might be the English version of a German name. Many Englazised their names for to all the English to say their names correctly.

Margo said...

this is so neat! The first Eva's name is so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Hello. First time here, and loving everything =) (Sewing stuff and family tree history). Just a short note. The german spelling of the name is Seraphina, like in english, and rare in both. Ending with "a" is feminine, without the "a" is masculine. My bet? Considering the year it was and the way german is pronounced (I speak the language), might have been a spelling error if the one registering the name wasn't a native german, that happened to my family a lot! (got german ancestors too) and several ended up with some very "original" versions of common names, even our surname changed due to clerical mistakes in the 19 hundreds and early 20th cent.
English isn't my mother-tongue so hope I didn't make too many mistakes and you understood what i said. =)

Eva Girl said...

Oh, thank you so much! So, would you say the name was a first/middle name, or would it be a surname? I was looking for either a mother or grandmother with Eva of Serophin....maybe I could try Seraphina. The problem now is the records are probably in German, if there are any ; )

Eva Girl said...

This is what I found when I searched it:

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English (Rare), German (Rare), Late Roman
Meaning & History
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, derived from the biblical word seraphim which was Hebrew in origin and meant "fiery ones". The seraphim were an order of angels, described by Isaiah in the Bible as having six wings each. This was the name of a 13th-century Italian saint who made clothes for the poor. As an English name, it has never been common.
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DIMINUTIVE: Sera (English)
MASCULINE FORM: Seraphinus (Late Roman)

That's so exciting! Now maybe I can find out more about Eva Seraphina Bliehm/Pleem!

Pattie Hultquist said...

Hi, Eva Girl!!

Eva Bleihm is my 6th greatgrandmother as well... ;o) I live in Ottawa, Ontario and hope to one day travel down to Waterloo to visit the cemetery of the Mennonite clan! (It's a 7 hour drive...EEP!)

If you would like to know how I'm related to this family, you are more than welcome to email me: pattiehultquist at gmail dot com

Pleasure to "meet" you!!


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