My long ongoing brick wall that I have been trying to break down for 15+ years is who the parents of Joseph ?NMN? Souser b.4/25/1815 (Pennsylvania?) d. 1/7/1883 (Dauphin, PA). Married Emilian Ickes 1835 in Bedford, PA.
A long running rumor:
Said to be an orphan, and was raised by someone other than a Souser. He ran away from them at the age of 12, and became a shoemaker's apprentice (where?). Which he then continued to do the rest of his life. The use of the name Souser is not know if it is his actual original name, or an adopted name. He had just always used it. He also believed he had a brother, but never was able to find him, so was not sure. When he ran away he swam across the Susquehanna river it is said..
To date I have done Y-111 and Autosomal DNA tests on several the Sausser's & Sauser's in the area completed or pending and multiple lines of his descendants and so far not been able to triangulate a either side of his parents clearly.
There are still some Souser & Sauser lines that have not yet been DNA tested which I am working on.. in particular the Catskill, NY Souser line which split up after the American Revolutionary War; the main surviving line in Michigan today.
My closest DNA match is to two Cooper's which I have a 0 & 1 generational GAP on Y-37 (but they have not tested higher) and have not responded to me upgrading their kits and they both originated in New York state and passed to the midwest through this time period. I have no Y-67 or Y-111 matches beyond his direct descendants.
My closest historical leads in the time frame has been the Sausser's in Berks, PA who were tailors and shoemakers and a two of the early child tombstones in the family plot in Bedford, PA are spelled Sausser (but his marriage record in 1835 in Bedford is Souser). The adoption of Joseph Souser Michael Sausser's children but that has not panned out..
For the the Michael Sausser (b.1731) and the two Swiss Sauser / Souser lines have all test I-M253 Haplogroup so far; but Joseph Souser's descendants are all M-269 (R-Z278/CTS12074->R-Y19146 SNP Branch per YFull).
I have so far found no other adoption / probate records have been found for a Joseph with the birth date in the area.