Russell S. Armentrout, 1980. Reprinted 2000.
Russell S. Armentrout dedicated over thirty years to painstaking research, confirming his findings through correspondence with surviving family members. In 1980, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society published his hefty volume. This book tracks the 1739 arrival in Philadelphia of the widow Elizabeth Ermentraudt, and her seven grown children—six boys and a girl.
The plan of the book is straightforward: Armentrout opens with a discussion of the family origins, what is known and what is not, and clarifies confusing topics, such as the known English phonetic derivations of the original name (Armentrout, Armantrout, Armontrout, Ermentrout, and possibly others).
Next, Armentrout positions the widow’s children as the starting points of seven chronological sections which comprise the seven branches of the Ermentraudt family tree in America. From these points, the reader is invited to track the life pulse of the family as it exponentially expanded and chased opportunity in America chapter-by-chapter, eldest to youngest: Johannes, Anna Elizabeth (junior), Johan Phillip, Johan Friederich, Christople (or Christopher), Heinrich, and Johan Georg. So far as is known, every Armentrout in America descends from this single family.
- Part I: Johannes Ermentraudt
- Part II: Anna Elizabeth Ermentraudt
- Part III: Johan Phillip Ermentroudt
- Part IV: Johan Friederich Ermentraudt
- Part V: Christopher Ermentraudt
- Part VI: Heinrich Ermentraudt
- Part VII: Johan Georg Ermentraudt
- Part VIII: Miscellaneous
- Part IX Correction to First Edition
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