Wayne Strasbaugh wrote:
Dear Mr. Weebers, I was delighted to find your page on the history of Salm on the web. It is a topic of which I have not found much coverage elsewhere. I have recently traced my ancestry to a Strasbach family living in Saulxures at the beginning of the 18th century. They and members of the Delon, Noel, Girard, Ory and Chretien families from Saulxures and adjacent villages of Salm emigrated to North America in June 1736 and appear to have settled in the same community in Pennsylvania. It would perhaps be an overstatement to describe their settlement as a colony, but the pattern of their emigration suggests a degree of planning and cohesion typical of a colonial settlement.
Their emigration seems to be
unusual in that these families were
French-speaking Catholics settling in a Protestant,
part of North America. American history books of course do not
If you have encountered any record of this emigration in your research in the history of Salm, I would greatly appreciate your sharing it with me.
Thank you very much.
Wayne R. Strasbaugh
Dear Mr. Strasbaugh,
I am invited by the present Price zu Salm-Salm to visit him and he told me he will take care that I get some help from the keeper of the records in Anholt (their seat) to learn more about the history of the Principality. I will ask him if there is information on this topic in his archive.