David Leedom German and Catharine Louisa Grim

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David Leedom German

Photos courtesy: descendant, Carolyn German Bausinger with additional research by Connie Pickering Stover, March 2013. Portrait of David German is from an oil painting, about 1895.

                1.3.5 David Leedom German
                          b: Dec. 15, 1856, Newtown, PA
                          m: 25 Sept 1882
                          o: 1888-1896 North Wales, Norristown, PA - Dentist
                          d: Jun. 18, 1928, Philadelphia, PA
                          b: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery Co., PA

                              m: Katharine Louisa Grim, Bucks Co., PA
                                   b: 17 Nov 1862
                                            Father: David K. Grim, b: 20 Mar 1826, d: 1904
                                            Mother: Emma Knipe Grim, b: 26 Feb 1837, d: 1912, m: 4 Aug 1856

Harry Grim German Harry Grim German
             m: Maude Luella Thomas German (1880 - 1967)
         Harold Leedom German (1912 - 1986)
                                m: Sara Marguerite Howard
                             Daughter (living)
                              Son (living)
         Ronald Thomas German (1916 - 2004)
         Harry Grim German, Jr. (1918 - 1936) Howard Magill German
             b: 29 apr 1885, Doylestown, Bucks Co., PA
             m: Edith P, b: abt
                                                       o: 1918 Metallurgist / Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia (WWI)
                                                       lived: 1942 Essex, NJ (WWII)
                                                       school: 1905 - Pennsylvania State College
                                                  Marian German Murray

David Leedom Jr.
David Leedom German Jr.
(age 20)
University of Pennsylvania
Record Law School
1917 [click to enlarge]
ancestry.com David Leedom German, Jr. [More Info]
              b: 11 Sep 1893, North Wales, Montgomery Co, PA
              m: Anna Ruth Zang
              m: 1929, Philadelphia, PA
           David Leedom German III [More Info]
                             b: 22 Feb 1930, Philadelphia, PA
                              c: 11 May 1930, St Stephen´s Episcopal Church

David Leedom German, Jr. at age 35, applied for membership to the Sons of the Revolution. [Click here] to see acutal application.

U.S. College Student Lists, University of Pennsylvania, 1922
David Leedom German, Jr., b. Sept 11 1893; LL.B., 1917; Attorney; attached O.T.C. and sergt., Org. Dept., U.S.A.1218 chestnut St. and 2520 W. Columbia Ave., Phila., PA

U.S., WW I Draft Registration Card, 1917-1918
U.S., WWII Draft Registration Card, 1942

Family Notes:

David Leedom German
became a dentist and Catharine Grim was the daughter of a prosperous Bucks County farmer, David Grim, and his wife, Emma Knipe. Emma's parents were Conrad Knipe and his wife, Elizabeth Summers, of Philadelphia. Conrad was a salt merchant in the city. David and Catharine German lived, first, in Doylestown, Bucks County, where their first two sons were born. Next, they lived in North Wales and eventually moved into Philadelphia, where they lived the rest of their lives. My dad remembered that every visit to his grandparents there involved a dental checkup.

Harry Grim German, was my grandfather. Harry was a chemist, and met my grandmother, Maude Luella Thomas, while on his first job after college. Their homes followed his work, but by 1919 they were permanently settled in Smethport, McKean County, PA, where my granddad managed a large wood chemical plant.

Harold Leedom German, was my father. My mother was born Sara Marguerite Howard. They met in Washington, DC, in early 1942. My dad was a Naval Lieutenant and assigned there, while my mother had left her family in Tampa, FL, to work for a government agency.

David Leedom German, III. at age 22, applied for membership to the Sons of the Revolution.
[Click here] to see acutal application.

Washington's Headquarters Newtown, PA     Photos courtesy: newtownhistoric.org

David L. German, DDS, grew up in Newtown, Bucks Co., PA, the son of David Alexander German, Jr. and Amelia (Mary) Smith. Their home, purchased by Alexander and his father, David, Sr., in the 1850s, was known as Washington's Headquarters, named because it was, in fact, Washington's headquarters following the Battle of Trenton in 1776. (The house was razed years ago.)

According to records I [C. Bausinger] located, [David] Alexander [German Jr.] was a farmer while they lived in NJ but, when he bought the land in Newtown, appeared to be more interested in dividing the land into small parcels, building homes on them, and selling these. After Amelia died, he married Annie Hoppock, of Hunterdon County, NJ. she outlived him and returned to NJ after his death. I have a copy of Alexander's will, and a few probate documents. Evidently, his second wife could not write her name, as she signed with an X.