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To: Tennessee Nana

That’s an amazing history. It’s great that your family kept such good records!

I can’t claim quite that extensive a military history. A few fought in the civil war for the Union, a few in the revolutionary war. One branch came with the Mayflower, another landed in Virginia in the 1600’s. Somehow they came together in the Midwest and ended up in California in the 1800’s. Mostly farmers with an occasional blacksmith thrown in to keep it interesting. :-)

105 posted on 04/30/2012 6:13:16 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Never borrow batteries out of your smoke alarm!)
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To: SandyInSeattle

I dont have a Mayflower ancestor...

But I have a couple of Walloons on the Neiuw Nederlandt to NYC in 1623..

Then a family from Suffolk with Winthrops Fleet in 1630 to MASS..

Then in 1636 I have the children of the guy who arranged the Neiuw Nederlandt trip...they came to NYC from Holland

In 1645 a boatswain (supercargo) from the Prince Maurice a ship belonging to the West Indies company decided he would stay in the New World...

and so on through the 1600s

In 1680 my Huguenot family arrived from France by way of London..

In 1696 more Huguenots came...this time from Bristol..

In 1710 my Palatine Germans arrived and went to the Albany, NY area..

In 1720 my family of indentured servant Catholic Irish arrived at Livingston Manor from Ulster..(Albany, NY)

The American born daughter of my Lutheran Germans married my Catholic Irish hero of Lake George..

All merged into my 2 Loyalist families who fled to Canada....(one from Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, the other from the Mohawk River near Albany, NY Herkimer Co)

The Loyalist families merged in a wedding in Montreal in 1784..

Their grandson left Ontario and went to California and Australia to dig for gold..

and wound up in New Zealand..

For 80 years after my last ancestor died in New York in 1888 we had nobody here...

Then I returned to my roots in 1971...

We always knew that America was the old country...

We had Great Great Granddads Bible with his history...

and a love for the country that gave us the soldiers, sailors and marines who saved us from the Japanese..

One of the first things I did after IMMIGRATING to the US was join the military to serve MY country...

108 posted on 04/30/2012 7:08:11 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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