Charles Hildinger was a character and so was their mutual great-grandmother according to Charles Sweet. According to family legend the great-grandmother, a duchess in Württemberg, ran away with the court tailor, a Hildinger. They came from Germany on a sailing ship before 1830. The ship had extra long paddles to fend off man-eating sharks during the voyage. The couple bought a large farm in Armstrong County, Pa. and the ex-duchess took over its supervision.
A strong-willed woman, she had a custom with which she allowed nothing to interfere. She would return from the fields shortly before 4 in the afternoon, dress in the finery from the trunks she had brought from Europe and have tea served to her in the court tradition. The trunks and the clothes remained in the family for years.If the story is true (which I really have my doubts), wouldn't I love to get my hands on that treasure chest!
Source: Trenton Sunday Times Advertiser 22 Aug 1954