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Catalog Number HRHS-122
Collection Russell Armentrout Papers
Object Name Records
Elizabeth Ermentraudt (Armentrout)and her seven grown children came to America in 1739 and they were naturalized in Philadelphia, PA. These seven children are thought to be the starting points of seven chronological sections which comprise the seven branches of the Ermentraudt family tree in America. By 1752, the Ermentraudt family had developed about 500 acres of land in Lancaster near the towns of Reading and Wernersville.

The father-in-law of eldest son Johannes had already made an exploratory trip to Augusta County where the land and limestone outcroppings reminded him of his native Germany. He selected some land parcels and signed provisional purchase contracts on the spot. He then returned and reported his finds to the family. The family determined to sell out and made the move to the Shenandoah Valley.

The initial family migration included the widow Ermentraudt, her three eldest sons with wives and children, and her two younger and unmarried boys. By 1765, the entire original generation of Ermentraudts from Germany was in the portion of Augusta County which is now Rockingham County. The Armentrouts purchased land around the western and southern end of the Massanutten Mountain known as "Peaked Mountain" to the Valley Germans, a few miles north of present day Keezletown and extending to what is now the town of McGaheysville.

Russell Armentrout's grandfather, George Smith Armentrout settled in a county carved from Augusta County called Greater Bath County and later Alleghany County. He kept a tavern or stage stop on Lexington-Covington Turnpike in an old sandstone house that was built around 1775 by Andrew Elder.

Correspondence tracing the genealogy of the Armentrout family

Box 1: (Banker box)
Folder 1: Kathleen Saville correspondence
Folder 2: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 3: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 4: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 5: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 6: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 7: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 8: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 9: Arie K. Armentrout correspondence
Folder 10: Miscellaneous Armentrout correspondence
Folder 11: Miscellaneous Armentrout correspondence
Folder 12 Miscellaneous Armentrout correspondence
Folder 13 Miscellaneous Armentrout correspondence
Folder 14: Lee Armentrout correspondence
Folder 15: Jessie Bryan correspondence
Folder 16: Thomas Erbaugh correspondence
Folder 17: Census tracts
Folder 18: Census tracts
Folder 19: Census tracts
Folder 20: Finnegan & Frymoyer correspondence
Folder 21: Marriage records
Folder 22a: Marriage records
Folder 22b: Marriage records
Folder 23: Rockingham County data
Folder 24: Foreign correspondence
Folders 25 - 34: Miscellaneous correspondence

Box 2: (Banker box)
Folders 35 - 67: Miscellaneous correspondence

Box 3:
Folders 68 - 81: Miscellaneous correspondence

Title Russell Armentrout Papers