Looking for the Parents of Lewis Ettinger/Edinger (Louis/Ludwig), Born in Germany, Lived in HANTS COUNTY RAWDON/DOUGLAS N.S. Canada. :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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Looking for the Parents of Lewis Ettinger/Edinger (Louis/Ludwig), Born in Germany, Lived in HANTS COUNTY RAWDON/DOUGLAS N.S. Canada.

Query by Jleftridge

Hi Everyone,

My Great Grandfather was Alfred James Ettinger B-1889, and in 1919, he married Barbara Downie White (who immigrated to Canada from Scotland when she was 11 years old with her older sister Agnes, age 17).

Agnes and Barbara departed from Glasgow, Scotland on Sept. 28, 1912, and Arrived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Oct. 6, 1912. The Vessel was called "Saturnia", and the Ship Line was "Donaldson". Both sisters eventually met their father in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where he had already established his Blacksmith Shop. I have a copy of the Ship's Manifest from this trip in order to retain the integrity of the historical facts.

I can't find very much on my Great Grandmother's side, with exception of William White B-1857 (her father's name), and Agnes (her older sister's name). Her father was a Blacksmith in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He apparently remarried after Barbara's mother died in Scotland, and relocated to Canada. I'm not sure if he remarried prior to arriving in Canada or after. Agnes and Barbara sailed from Scotland after their father was settled there. He was a Blacksmith by profession, and worked in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. William's FIRST wife was believed to be Margaret McCrae-Kerr B-1958; Date of Death Unknown (most likely happened in Scotland). SECOND MARRIAGE UNKNOWN, Unknown Place, and Unknown Children.

My Great Grandfather, Alfred James Ettinger B-1889 D-1975, worked in the Blacksmith Shop that Barbara's father owned, and that is how she eventually met him, fell in love, and married him. She was 19 years old, and he was 30 years old when they married.

I've been tracing my lineage for a few decades, and have found some pretty interesting things on my Great Grandfather's side of the family, but can't seem to get past Lewis Ettinger B-1751 D-1838.
I know that he immigrated from an unknown city in Germany (and I don't know what year he sailed), I've read that his original Surname was Edinger, and that it was changed for immigration reasons. Additionally, I've read that he possibly was in Pennsylvania, USA during the revolutionary war to Post Revolutionary War, and supposedly was enlisted in the Army. The American Revolutionary War occurred approximately between 1775-1783. (SEE CUT AND PASTE ARTICLE BELOW THAT I FOUND ONLINE RE; LEWIS ETTINGER AKA; LUDWIG EDINGER).

I can find several things regarding Lewis' Wife's (Elisabeth Carrier, AKA: CARR)B-1777 D-1853, side of the family, but not very much regarding Lewis, his parents, their parents, etc.
FYI; I have no idea why Elisabeth's Surname was shortened to Carr. From what I've researched, several previous generations were from Nova Scotia. Her 3x's Great Grandparents were from France. So, I doubt that the name change had anything to do with "immigration issues."

If there is anyone that can help me out with that, or with my Great Grandmother's side of the family tree, I would be eternally grateful.

Please feel free to email me anytime, and please be assured that I will respond ASAP.


Jerri M. Leftridge (Hogan)
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Lewis ETTINGER, a German, immigrated to Pennsylvania, USA. There he joined the 10th Company of the 2nd Battalion of the 84th Regiment of Foot Soldiers. This occurred about December 1782. In October of 1783 the Regiment was disbanded at Fort Edward (now Windsor), Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Sargent Lewis ETTINGER received an Honourable Discharge. On June 17, 1781 the County of Hants was Officially formed. In 1784 the Government of Nova Scotia formed two Townships in the County of Hants, known as Rawdon and Douglas.

The Rawdon Township was for refugees from the Ninety-Six District, South Carolina and St. Augustine, East Florida. The Douglas Township was for Officers, Men and Families of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Highland Emigrant (84th Regiment of Foot.) Col. SMALL,

Commander of the 2nd Battalion was given the task of distributing these properties. From this Lewis drew 1300 acres on the Kennetcook River in Upper Kennetcook. Upon his arrival there he discovered the land was already occupied. From this point I must assume he moved inland from the River to a piece of undeveloped land and began to work it. In 1816 Lewis ETTINGER finally received a grant of 500 acres in Upper Kennetcook, Hants County, Nova Scotia.

And so began the ETTINGER Clan. ETTINGER, Lewis, 1753-Nov, 1839. Wed CARR, Elizabeth, 1777-Feb, 1853. Elizabeth comes from Moosebrook, Hants County, Nova Scotia. They were married on April 9, 1793 in Upper Kennetcook. D/o Janet CARR. Their Children (ETTINGER). Isabelle, March 2, 1794- . Daniel MacKenzie, December 22, 1795- . Jean, July 25, 1797- . John Christopher, April 2, 1799-May 6, 1874. 24000 Archibald Carr, April 9, 1801-Aug 19, 1878. Abigail, October 4, 1803-Oct 2, 1831. Mary Ann, April 14, 1805- . Anne Reid, April 2, 1808-November 4, 1896. Elizabeth, December 18, 1811-May 30, 1886. Susannah, May 3, 1813- Robert Carr, April 23, 1815-May 14, 1867. Margaret, December 23, 1816-September, 1826, age 9. Maria Louise, March 23, 1820- . Jane Kyle, June 12, 1824- . Mary Ann is a mystery. She may have wed Mr. COULTER. Anne Reid was blind, and single, and lived in the old house. Susannah probably married a CLARK of Five Mile River, NS Margaret died very young. Maria Louise wed Captain MacARTHUR of South Maitland, NS. She was his 2nd wife. By his 1st wife he had one son, Henry, also a Sea Captain, who wed Kate STUART. Henry & Kate were on the ill fated ?Milton? on Dec 24, 1881 when it burnt at sea. A crewman was George ETTINGER. Jane Kyle wed Mr. COULTER. I have on file quite a bit of data for each child if the name is proceeded with a 5 digit #. Interesting Footnotes His name was originally LUDWIG EDINGER and he was living in Leigh County, PA. Lewis had a cousin George SINGER. Both joined the army about the same time and both received land grants in the Douglas Township.


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by leafman on 2016-01-20 20:46:23

My line is also descended from Ludwig. The information that I have shows daughter Abigail (1803-1831) married Alexander (Sandy)McCulloch (1793-1875) in Kennetcook, Hants County (no date found). Their daughter Rebecca Mary Ann (c1823- )married Isaac Colbert. They lived in Kennetcook. I have no written records on file to confirm these.

Please contact me with your email, if you want to continue on this line.

by Jleftridge on 2016-11-04 12:43:58

Dear Leafman,

Thank you so very much for your response to my posting.

The dates, names, and relationships are extremely helpful to tweak my family trees.

Again, thank you... You Rock!!! 😎


Jerri Roberts

My Great Grandpa was Alfred Ettinger. He was so Awesome!!!!

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