The Mansker Chronicles
A Historical and Genealogical Resource for the
Most who have ancestors bearing the name Mansker -- and many Minskers -- can trace their lineage to Ludwig Mäintzger, a young German immigrant who stepped off of the ship Christian VII at the port of Philadelphia on 13 September 1749.
This website contains research, evidence, pictures, stories, historical accounts, resources, etc., that are available to document the descendants of Ludwig Mäintzger.
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Old Mansker Chronicles
Dennis Mansker's old Mansker Chronicles site is still available exactly as it was when it was transfered to me. You can visit it here. I will not be changing anything on the old site for those who enjoy its familiarity.
Complete "The Man from Mainz" Newsletters now on The Mansker Chronicles
Cousin Dennis Mansker sent us the entire collection of "The Man from Mainz" newsletters written by Betty G. Massman from 1986 to 1996. Betty's newsletters provided the foundation for the material of The Mansker Chronicles web site. The Mansker Chronicles is a condensed version of cousin Betty's newsletters, and our readers may well enjoy the greater depth of her Mansker stories. All the newsletters have been scanned and posted online at The Man from Mainz page.
Descendants of Ludwig Mäintzger
Family of Edward Mansker
The Edward Mansker family was drawn to Thebes, Illinois during the development of the town and the building of the railroad bridge across the Mississippi River.
The Old Mansker Cemetery near Rockwood, Illinois
Click the photograph links in the Directory. Photographs appear at first in a table. Click an image to see it more clearly. Use the right and left arrows to navigate through all the photos on that page.
A Native American Connection?
Many of us in the Mansker branch of the family have heard growing up that we had some Native American heritage, usually that we were part Cherokee.
So far the truth of these legends has escaped me.
Conrad Richter And the Minsker Stories
The noted American prize-winning author Conrad Richter was, for a time, a neighbor of the Minskers in Clark's Valley, Pennsylvania. At the beginning of Richter's novel The Trees, he acknowledges his debt to, among others, John Minsker, Sr., for "help, counsel or first source material".