The Fights & Flights for Religious Freedoms, of Our Ancestors

Tapestry of Time

We have many ‘Ancestral Men of Faith’, with whom had suffered great persecution, on many sides, during the Protestant Reformation. Many of whom, the Protestants, fled to The New World for their Religious Freedoms. The following is a synopsis of some my notes, showing the Tapestry of Time during the Reformation with my Ancestors and their Religious Persecutions.

The Fights

1520     The Protestant Reformation begins in Northern Europe

Protestantism, began in the early 16th century as a reaction to medieval Roman Catholic doctrines and practices. Along with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism became one of three major forces in Christianity. After a series of European Religious Wars in the 16th and 17th centuries, and into the 19th century, it took a foothold throughout the world, it influenced the social, economic, political, and cultural life of the area.

1521     Saxony, Germany         Martin Luther protests the Church of Rome.

  • Lutheranism born
  • Martin Luther protested against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.
  • Our Family – The Beekmans from our 13th gg parents on were steadfast Protestants, since 1521, when Martin Luther posted his protests against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.

1534     The Protestant Reformation begins in England.

1491-1547     England          King Henry VIII          Anglican    

  • Anglicanism born (Episcopalian in America)
  • In 1534 King Henry VIII for personal reasons, broke with the Church of Rome and established the Church of England, with himself as its secular head. He appointed Thomas Crammer as Archbishop of Canterbury, its spiritual leader. England moved beyond permanent Catholic control, although much of the Catholic liturgy and governance by bishops was adopted into the tradition of the Anglican Church.
  • Our Family – The Sulyards were a prominent Suffolk Roman Catholic family, going back before Gentleman Sir John Sulyard, Knight 1420-1488, our 15th gg father. During The Reformation, they became Recusants, they were Roman Catholics in England whom incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend the services of the Church of England.

  • After King Henry VIII, his son King Edward VI took the throne.

1547-53     England          Edward VI          Anglican

  • Lutheran and Reformed theology invaded Anglicanism during the short reign of Henry’s son, Edward VI, through Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer.
  • Religious freedoms ebbed & flowed from the late 1540’s to the early 1550’s.
  • After King Edward VI death, his half-sister Queen Mary took the throne.

1553-58     England          Queen Mary Tudor          Catholic

  • Daughter of King Henry VIII. Upon becoming Queen of England, Queen ‘Bloody’ Mary, was possessed in her quest to return England to the Roman Church. She persecuted those who refused to abandon Protestantism.
  • In 1555she burned Anglican bishops at the stake, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, English Reformation Leader and author of Book of Common Prayer. The first to be martyred at the stake was  John ‘Thomas Matthew’ Rogers, an English Clergyman, who guided the translation and printing of the 1537 common English ‘Thomas Matthew’ Bible during the reign of Henry VIII. Mary went on to burn reformers at the stake by the hundreds for the ‘Crime’ of being a Protestant. Over 800 dissenters fled, some came under the tutelage of more radical reformers, like John Calvin.
  • This era was known as the Marian Exile, the refugees fled from England with little hope of ever seeing their home or friends again. During their exile, they produced the famous 1560 Geneva Bible, ‘The Bible of the Protestant Reformation’, from which many home-schooled their children.
  • Our Family – Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden (d 1574), the grandson of our 15th gg father, Sir John Sulyard, inherited the Sulyard family’s Suffolk estates and was granted the manor of Haughley, also in Suffolk, by Queen Mary I. a.k.a ‘Bloody Mary’. As a Knight, Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden, our 1st cos, 15xR, probably assisted in the persecution and burning at the stake of Protestants.

1558-1603     England          Queen Elizabeth I          Anglican

  • Daughter of King Henry VIII. She succeeded Mary, her half-sister, and reestablished a more inclusive and tolerant Anglican Church. She warily welcomed from Europe the dissenters, who had become steeped in Reformed theology. Upon their return, they joined others who felt that Elizabeth’s reformation had not gone far enough. They sought to ‘Purify’ the church. (Puritans)

1563     England     The Puritans

  • The Puritans, so named in 1563, criticized Anglican liturgy, ceremonies, and lack of discipline, especially of the clergy. Their push toward independent thought and church autonomy, had laid the foundations for Congregationalism. However, they remained members of the Church of England.
  • The Puritans held to Reformed belief in the sovereignty of God, the authority of scripture as the revelation of God’s will, and the necessity to bend to the will of God. They regarded human rituals and institutions as idolatrous impositions upon the word of God. They wanted to rid the church of old remnants of papism. Puritan zeal in spreading their belief about God’s confrontation with humanity conflicted sharply with the established Anglican church. Nevertheless, they thought of themselves as members of the church, not founders of new churches.
  • The ‘Congregational Way’ probably was born in 1567 when a group of Separatists, calling themselves ‘The Privye Church,’ worshiped in London’s Plumbers’ Hall. They were persecuted severely and their leader killed. Clandestine meetings of Congregationalists continued for simple worship in fields and unexpected rooms, dangerously subject to surveillance by spies for the government, who brought persecution upon the worshipers.

  • Robert Browne, an Anglican priest, was the first conspicuous advocate of Congregationalism in England. By gathering, in 1581, a congregation in Norwich, he expressed his conviction that the only true church was a local body of believers who experienced together the Christian life, united to Christ and to one another by a voluntary covenant. Christ, not the King or Queen, was the head of such a church; the people were its governors, and would elect a pastor, teacher, elders, and deacons, according to the authority of the New Testament. Furthermore, each autonomous church owed communal helpfulness to every other church. He was imprisoned 32 times and fled to the Netherlands, he retained his beliefs but did not remain a Congregationalist, he returned from exile to pastor a small Anglican parish in England.

.1603-1625     England          King James I          Anglican

  • Elizabeth had no heir, so James I, the great-great grandson of King HenryVII ruled England next. He commissioned a new translation of the Bible, The King James Version.
  • Our Family – The Beekmans, from our 13th gg parents on, were steadfast Protestants, since 1521, when Martin Luther’s protest against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.
  • Rev. Gerard Beekman 1558–1625, our 11th gg father, was one of the 47 scholars who helped translate The Original Bible Manuscripts into English, The King James Version. For his services, King James I granted the family a remodeled and special Family Crest.
  • James’s Church of England did not satisfy the Puritans. Yet, they could not agree among themselves about their differences with the church. They were called variously, Dissenters, Independents, Non-Conformists or Separatists. By this time, many Puritans were unwilling to wait for Parliament to institute ecclesiastical reform and separated themselves from the Church of England. Among them were groups that later were called Quakers, Baptists, and Congregationalists.
  • Among the early Separatists were John Smyth, founder of the Baptist Church, and John Robinson, pastor of the Separatist Church in England and Holland. Their lives became entangled with that of William Brewster, who became a leader of the Plymouth Colony in America. Brewster lent his home at Scrooby Manor as a Separatist meeting place. Richard Clyfton became pastor and John Robinson, teacher. Brewster was ruling elder.
  • In 1607 the Separatist Church was discovered, its members imprisoned, placed under surveillance, or forced to flee. They went first to Amsterdam and then to Leyden, Holland. Concerns in Leyden that their children were losing touch with English language and culture, and beset by economic problems and threats of war. 102 of these Holland exiles became the Separatists ‘Saints’ who, under John Carver and William Brewster, migrated to the New World. John Robinson, beloved pastor and teacher stayed with a majority in Holland,
  • In 1619 William Brewster and his associates in Leyden, published an illicit Separatist book called ‘Perth Assembly‘ by Calderwood. The book enraged King James I, who sent authorities to Holland to arrest William Brewster, the printer. Brewster fled to England and went into hiding. He was never apprehended, and later made the voyage to America in 1620.
  • Calderwood wrote ‘Perth Assembly‘ out of protest to King James‘ imposition of the Five Articles upon the Church of Scotland. He fled to Holland after the book, and did not return to Scotland until the death of James I, in 1625.
  • Brewster hid in plain sight from King James I. He created a myth, calling the passengers of the Mayflower ‘poor English farm folk‘. This scheme was a cover for the escape of himself and his printing associates: Edward Winslow, George Soule, Edward Raban and Johannes Sol’s widow.
  •  In 1620, they departed for The New World aboard the Mayflower. On 11 November 1620, needing to maintain order and establish a civil society, the adult male passengers signed The Mayflower Compact, it was a legal social contract that bound the Pilgrims together when they arrived in New England.

  • Our Family –  George Soule Sr. 1590-1677, our 9th gg father, being one of these Mayflower Separatist ‘Saints’, signed the 1620 Mayflower Compact. It was the first legal social contract composed and signed in the New World. He was a printer apprentice under Edward Winslow, as such, he was involved with the printing ‘Perth Assembly‘ by Brewster and his associates.

1625-1649     England          King Charles I          Anglican

  •  The Son of King James. King Charles I was beheaded by Puritans
  • Anglican like his father, but married Catholic, and was thought to lean too Catholic. A civil war during the reign of Charles I was led by English and Scottish Puritans who beheaded the king and under Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector, seized English government, for 11 years.
  • At the end of the first war Charles, the First was being held by the Scottish Presbyterian Army, who handed him over to the parliamentary forces.
  • Our Family – In 1649 George Clemens, a Puritan and a member of British parliament, was 1 of 59 who signed the death warrant for King Charles I, who was then beheaded.
  • In January 1649 a trial was arranged, 135 commissioners were summoned, Some refused to participate, but most were named without their consent. 47 of those named did not appear either in the closed preliminary sessions or the subsequent public trial. At the end of the 4 trials, 57 of the commissioners present signed the death warrant, 2 added their names subsequently. The following day, 30 January, Charles I was beheaded outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall; Charles II went into exile.

1649-60     England     Puritan radicals ruled England with excessive zeal

  • The English Monarchy was replaced with, at first,
  • the Commonwealth of England 1649–53, and then
  • the Protectorate 1653–59, under Cromwell’s personal rule.

1660     England          The Monarchy was Restored in 1660.

  • George Denny Clemens 1615–1660 – My 9th gg father.                                   A Puritan, beheaded in 1660 for his faith.
  • George Clement, son of George and Audry (Denny) Clements, became Puritans, and he along with 10 or 12 others, were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles II, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and 57 others, the warrant for the execution of Charles I.

The Flights

1620     The Mayflower          Separatist

Our Family – In 1620, George Soule 1590 – 1677, our 9th gg father, being one of these Separatist ‘Saints‘, sailed to The New World aboard the Mayflower, and was a signer of The Mayflower Compact. He was a printer apprentice under Edward Winslow, as such, he was involved with the printing of Calderwood’s book ‘Perth Assembly’ by Brewster and his associates in Leyden. King James I was very irate after this publication, causing all involved to go into hiding or flee.

1683     Germantown, Pa.  –  Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants – Quaker/Mennonite

William Penn’s cousins, the Opden Graeffs, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, who ‘turned’ Quaker, abt. 1679. Abraham Op den Graff (1651-1731), our 9th gg father, and his brothers Herman, and Dirck, were among the first Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683. Some Op den Graeffs returned to the Mennonite faith, settling in Skippack, Montgomery County, Pa. and helped founded many ongoing congregations.

  • These notes are mostly on my English lines.
  • Other notes will be on my German and Dutch Netherlands lines.

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,            and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

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Textiles In The Blood – Scottish Weavers

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Francis IRVINE… 1846–1924

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I Love Textiles – Genetic DNA Memory?

I Love Brocade, Tapestry, Velvet, all heavy woven fabrics like: tweed, twill, and linen. Especially old Lace, whether it be heavy knit /woven or fine delicate old lace. I Love The touch, feel, weight and look of well made fabric. I guess that came through my ancestral genes.

One of the last of my ancestral lines to emigrate to the U.S.A. was my maternal grandmother’s family. The Irvines and the Symes, were both born in Pollokshaws, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Pollokshaws was historically a village predominantly dedicated to weaving. In the 1700’s through the 1800’s they were known for their exceptional weaving skills.

The early mills of Philadelphia were mostly carpet mills and the carpets were hand-loomed. The tradition of hand-looms continued on into the 1880’s. As the textile trade in Philadelphia began to expand to include curtains, woolens, etc., the owners built and modernized their factories into steam powered mills.

My 2nd Great Grandfather Francis Irvine was a loom master /weaver. In the 1880’s when they were setting up the steam powered Textile Mills in Philadelphia, they went to Scotland to recruit him. They brought his whole family of 10 over, complete with their furniture. (The family always joked about my 2nd great aunt Mary being a ‘stowaway’, because my 2nd great grandmother Barbara Syme was pregnant with her at the time.)

* IRVINE, Francis

STAY Tuned… for the next story.

Genetic DNA Memory? Funny thing is 80 years later, his Great Granddaughter Helen (My Mother), also worked in a Philadelphia textile mills. A Bromley Mill that had once been a carpet mill, then converted into a Curtain Mill, and later Tablecloths and Scarves. Quaker Lace.

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

George Denny Clemens Ancestral Men of Faith

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George Denny Clemens / Clement   1615–1660

A Puritan, beheaded in 1660 for his faith.

My 9th Great Grandfather.

George Clement, son of George and Audry (Denny) Clements, became Puritans and he along with ten or twelve others, were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles II, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First.

At the end of the first war Charles, the First was being held by the Scottish Presbyterian Army, who handed him over to the parliamentary forces.  George Clemens, a member of British parliament 1647 London, England, Puritan and Mennonite, 1647 a member of British Parliament and was 1 of 59 who signed the death warrant for King Charles I, thus beheaded.

In January 1649 a trial was arranged, comprising 135 commissioners. Some were informed beforehand of their summons, and refused to participate, but most were named without their consent being sought. Forty-seven of those named did not appear either in the preliminary closed sessions or the subsequent public trial. At the end of the four-day trial, 57 of the commissioners present signed the death warrant; two further commissioners added their names subsequently. The following day, 30 January, Charles I was beheaded outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall; Charles II went into exile. The English Monarchy was replaced with, at first, the Commonwealth of England (1649–53) and then the Protectorate (1653–59) under Cromwell’s personal rule.

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Genealogical History of the Gottshall Family,                                                   descendants of Rev. Jacob Gottshall. With complete record of the descendants of William Ziegler Gottshall, Compiled by Rev. N. B. Grubb. Published by The Gottshall Family Association 1924. 128 pgs.

THE CLEMENS FAMILY

Mr. Lewis Waldemar Clemens, of the Royal Colonial Institute, of Toronto, Canada, has for a number of years untiringly searched the family records of the Clemens family back through the archives of Ottawa and has carefully traced the ancestry of the official records of England and Holland, with such success that his complete work has been passed upon by The College of Arms, England, and after strict scrutiny has received the official approval of that institution.

Mr. Clemens traced an unbroken record of the family ancestry back to the sixteenth century, to

I) Clement of Toft, Lincolnshire, England. He was the father of

II) William Clement, of Wissingsett, Norfolkshire, to whom in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, in the year 1563, the Family Arms were granted by the visitation of Norfolk,. made by William Harvey, Clarencieux King of Arms, South of Trent.. and confirmed by John Raven, Richmond Herald. in the year 1613.  The wife of William Clement was one Arm Nernon. They had three children, George, Thomas and Edmund.

III) George Clement, married Audry Denny daughter of John Denny, of Chishunt, and widow of John Haydon, of Longham.

IV) George Clement, son of George and Audry, became Puritans and together with ten or twelve, others were beheaded in the year 1660, upon the restoration of the crown to Charles, for having signed with Oliver Cromwell and fifty-seven others, the warrant for the execution of Charles the First, 1648.  They had a son Jacob.

V) Jacob Clement, born 1651, was nine years old when his father, George Clement, was beheaded.  He and his elder brother John also became Puritans and when Jacob was eighteen years of age, the two brothers came out to America in 1669. Jacob afterwards returned to England and in 1677 he was married there to a woman whose Christian name only has been recorded, Mary.

V) Jacob CLEMENS (1651-1684) married Maria Mary BARTHOLOMEW (1658–1684), Like most Puritans, Anabaptist, etc., they fled England, and lived in the Netherlands to avoid Religious Persecution.

VI) Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Bartholomew CLEMENS (1680–1745) was born in the Netherlands, married Anneli “Anna” Hiestand REIFF (1682–’1745′) born in Alzheim, Switzerland. They were married in The Netherlands in 1702.

They Emigrated in 1709 to Salford, Philadelphia  County, now Montgomery County Penna. They were a Prominent Family in the Salford Mennonite Community.

CLEMENS, Family Memorial Stone at Salford Mennonite Cemetery

  • Gerhardt ‘Garret’ CLEMENS 1680-1745 and
  • Anneli ‘Anna’ REIFF 1682-1745
  • Their Children:
    • Johannes ‘John’ Clemens 1707-unk and wife Elizabeth
    • Elizabeth Anna Clemens 1712-1793 and
    • husband Valentine Kratz 1747-1834
    • Jacob Clemens 1703-1782 and
    • and wife Barbara Clymer 1714-1777
    • Abraham Clemens 1710-1776 and
    • wife Catherine.
  1. Clement of Toft…                                                         My 12th GG Father
  2. William Clement & Ann Nernon                                 My 11th GG Parents
  3. George Clement & Audry Denny                                My 10th GG Parents
  4. George Clement                                                         My 9th GG Father
  5. Jacob Clemens & Maria Mary Bartholomew              My 8th GG Parents
  6. Gerhardt ‘Garret’ Clemens & Anneli “Anna” Reiff     My 7th GG Parents

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,               and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Our Mayflower Lines… Plymouth Colony to Pennsylvania

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Minnie Adelade Willse, 1883–1952

Our Grandmother Minnie was born in New Amsterdam, New York.                   On her father Constant D Willse’s line, she is Netherlands Dutch and Mayflower English.

She’s a descendant of two of the First Original Migrations to The Americas.

The Mayflower Separatist (Saints) whom landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620, and The Netherlands Dutch with the Dutch West India Trading Company whom migrated to settle New Amsterdam in 1623.

The Mayflower Saints landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620.

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This is the our Mayfower direct line.

George SOULE Sr.    (1590 – 1677)   9th GG fatherMayflower Line.
– signed The Mayflower Compact
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George Soule Jr.        (1624-1704)     8th GG father
Mary Soule                (1680-1726)     7th GG mother
Joseph Devol Jr.        (1703-1782)     6th GG father
Isabel Devol              (1724-1800)     5th GG mother
Peabody Cook           (1767-1850)     4th GG father
Lucy Ann Cook         (1797-1870)     3rd GG mother
Constant C Willse     (1824-1910)     2nd GG father
Constant D Willse    (1864-1953)     GG father
Minnie A Willse       (1883-1952)     Grandmother
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Our Mayflower linage, thus far.

  1. Anderson, Isabel Elizabeth – born 1621 • Massachusetts
  2. Adley / Audley, John (William) – born 1602 • England
  3. Beckett, William – born 1530 • England
  4. Borden, Henry – born 1370 • England
  5. Briggs, Henrie – born 1574 • England
  6. Briggs, John – born 1624 • Rhode Island
  7. Butterbutler, Agnes – born ‘1525’ • England
  8. Classez, Eechje – born 1680 • New York
  9. Cook / Cooke, Thomas – born 1569 • England
  10. Cornell, Thomas – born 1595 • England
  11. Devol, Richard – born 1530 • England
  12. Eldred, Alyce – born 1570 • England
  13. Felkes, Margaret – born 1576 • England
  14. Fisher, Edward – born 1616 • England
  15. Fowle, Richard – born ‘1514’ • England
  16. Hill, Henry – born 1540 • England
  17. Hills, Susan – born 1548 • England
  18. Hinckes, Mary – born ‘1575’ • England
  19. Iden,Margaret – born 1540 • England
  20. Lang, Margaret – born 1580 • England
  21. Lawton, George – born 1581 • England
  22. Leigh, Ann – born 1530 • England
  23. Muller, Michael – born ‘1600’ • Germany
  24. Odding, George – born 1585 • England
  25. Peabody, Hannah – born 1700 • Rhode Island
  26. Pickard / Pickert, Bartholomew – born ‘1650’ • England
  27. Potter, George – born 1584 • England
  28. Reeder, Joan – born 1572 • England
  29. Salisbury, Thomas – born ‘1589’ • England
  30. Sherman, Henry – born ‘1520’ England
  31. Smith, Isabell – born 1585 • England
  32. Smith, Richi – born ‘1580’ • England
  33. Soule, William – born ‘1565’ • England
  34. Stokes, Elizabeth – born 1638 • Massachusetts
  35. Taylor, Martha – born ‘1590’ • England
  36. Thomas, George – born 1620 • Massachusetts
  37. Tomor / Tornor, Thomas – born 1397 • England
  38. Uebele / Ubelin, Hans Wilhelm – born ‘1625’ • German
  39. Walreth, Johann – born ‘1700’ • Germany
  40. Ward, Philippa – born 1577 • England
  41. Weare, Joan – born ‘1675’ • England
  42. Weiser, Jacob – born ‘1590’ • Germany
  43. Westcott, Rebecca – born 1605 • England
  44. Wilber / Wilbore, Dorothy – born 1617 • England

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Read about George Soule Sr. and The Mayflower Compact. The first legal social contract composed in the New World. >  George Soule… 1590-1677

Read about our Thanksgiving tradition of reflecting on our ancestors and their First ‘Harvest Thanksgiving’. >  Holiday Foods – Thanksgiving

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,    and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

Our New Netherlands Dutch Line… 1623 Fort Orange, New Amsterdam to Penna.

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Minnie Adelade Willse, 1883–1952

Our Grandmother Minnie was born in New Amsterdam, New York.                   On her father Constant D Willse’s line, she is Netherlands Dutch and Mayflower English.

She’s a descendant of two of the First Original Migrations to The Americas.

The Mayflower Separatist (Saints) whom landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts in 1620, and The Netherlands Dutch with the Dutch West India Trading Company whom migrated to settle New Amsterdam in 1623.

The Netherlands Dutch Migration to Settle New Amsterdam in 1623.

Philippe Maten Wiltsee and his family were of the detail of eighteen families sent by The Dutch West India Trading Company to Fort Orange in 1623. He assisted in building Fort Orange and Fort William. The family remained at Fort Orange until they removed to Manhattan in 1626.

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Fort Orange
                    Fort Orange, New Amsterdam

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Our New Amsterdam, New Netherlands direct line.

 

Philippe Maton Wiltsee    (1570-1632)        9th GG father
Hendrick M. Wiltsee         (1623-1712)        8th GG father
Theunis H. Wiltsee            (1674-1741)        7th GG father
Hendrick T. Wiltsee          (1702-1794)        6th GG father
Gerardus Wiltsee              (1735-1800)        5th GG father
James Wiltsie                     (1759-1844)        4th GG father
Hiram Wilsey                    (1795-1880)        3rd GG father
Constant C Willse             (1824-1910)        2nd GG father
Constant D Willse            (1864-1953)         Great Grandfather
Minnie A Willse               (1883-1952)         Grandmother
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Our New Netherlands linage traced back, thus far.

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  1. Abeel, Jan – born 1593 • Netherland
  2. Baudertius, William (Rev.) – born 1573 • Netherlands
  3. Beekman, Cornelius – born 1528 Germany
  4. Croon / Kroons, Jan – born 1597 • Netherlands
  5. DeBough, Frederick – born ‘1600’ • Netherlands
  6. Huygens, Christiana – born 1528 • Germany
  7. Martens, Barbara – born 1570 • Netherlands
  8. Meyrinck / Meyers, Jan – born 1600 Netherlands
  9. Pinkeney, Thomas – born ‘1675’ • New Amsterdam?
  10. Slagboom, Antonia – born 1593 Netherlands
  11. Straitsman, Teuntje – born ‘1600′ Netherlands
  12. Stunning, Agnes – born 1557 Germany
  13. Ter Bosch, Sophia – born 1598 • Netherlands
  14. Van De Boog, Isaac – born 1677 • Netherlands
  15. Van Vleck / Van Kleek, Hester – born 1681 • Netherlands
  16. Van Voorhies, Sarah – born 1763 • New York
  17. Ward, Sarah – born 1715 • New York
  18. Wilsey / Wiltsee, Philippe – born 1570 • Netherlands

 

Some of our ancestors from this line.

 

I will post about Our Mayflower Line next

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

 

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

My Quaker/ Mennonite Lines… . Germantown and Montgomery Co. Pa.

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Marietta Hoxworth STAUFFER 1842–1930. My 2nd Great Grandmother

is of Swiss/German and Netherlands Dutch Quaker/ Mennonite ancestry.

Her ancestors helped settled Germantown, then, the part of Philadelphia county, that is now Montgomery county. Pennsylvania.

Researching 60 of her lines from Abbuehl to Yoder families from 1500’s on,

  1. Abbuehl, Jacob – born 1550 • Switzerland
  2. Adams, Heinrick – born ‘1776’ • Philadelphia now Montgomery, Co. Pa.
  3. Adams, Richard – born 1590 • Pennsylvania
  4. Anthoni, Michael – born 1572 • Switzerland
  5. Appli / Aeppli, Hans – born 1575 • Switzerland
  6. Bartholomew, Maria – born 1658 • Netherlands
  7. Batten, Dirken – born ‘1550’ • Flanders
  8. Blonier, Adelheid – born 1566 • Switzerland
  9. Bosville, Ann – born 1544 • England
  10. Burk, Mary – born 1700 • England
  11. Classen, Cornelis – born 1634 • Netherlands
  12. Clemens/ Clement, Clement Toft – born ‘1540’ • England
  13. Conrads, Gertrut – born 1670 Philadelphia, Pa.
  14. Custer/ Custard/ Kuster, Ololus – born ‘1520’ • Germany
  15. Denny, John – born 1515  England
  16. DeVossen, Jan – born 1570 • Flanders
  17. Doors/ Dohrs, Peter – born ‘1590’ • Germany
  18. Eschman, Regul – born 1633 • Switzerland
  19. Goebels, Alet – born ‘1565’ • ‘Germany’
  20. Gottshall/ Godshall/ Godshalk/ Gaettschalk
  21. Gouldy, Maria – born ‘1760’ •
  22. Grietes, Lysgen – born ‘1594’ • Germany
  23. Hendricks, Sarah – born 1626 • Germany
  24. Hiestand /Heistandt, Matthias – born 1633  England, of Switzerland
  25. Hitz, Jorg – born 1600 • Switzerland
  26. Hoxworth / Hawksworth – born 1697 • England
  27. Janson, Trinije – born 1648 Germany
  28. Jenkins, Jenkins – born 1630 • Wales
  29. Kauffman, Verena- born 1660 • Switzerland
  30. Klau, Anna born 1570 Switzerland
  31. Kolb, Dielman – born 1648 • Germany
  32. Leeman, Ulrich – born ‘1530’ • Switzerland
  33. Lehmann, Barbara – born 1561 • Switzerland
  34. Luthold, Anna – born 1575 • Switzerland
  35. Mears, Elizabeth – born 1648 • Philadelphia, Pa.
  36. Moyer, Anna – born 1689 • ?
  37. Nernon, Ann – born ‘1570’
  38. Oberholtzer, Elsbeth – born 1600 • Switzerland
  39. Op Den Graeff, Agness – born ‘1621’ • Germany
  40. Op den Graff, Isaac – born 1585 • Germany
  41. Opplinger, Peter born 1562  Switzerland
  42. Peiters, Driessen – born 1550 • ‘Germany’
  43. PfenningerAnna born 1548  Switzerland
  44. Questers, Walbergis – born 1575 • Germany
  45. Quins, Elizabeth – born ‘1600’ Germany
  46. Reiff / Rife, Jacob – born 1590 • Switzerland
  47. Roesen, Agnes – born’1600′ • Germany
  48. Rüsser, Barbara – born 1691 • Switzerland
  49. SchulthessHans – born 1544  Switzerland
  50. Schumacher, Arnold – 1590 • Germany
  51. Slough, Nicholas – born 1757 • Pa.?
  52. Smith, John – born 1686  Ireland
  53. Stauffer, Benedict – born 1556 • Switzerland
  54. Stauffer, Niclaus – born 1555 • Switzerland
  55. Strickler, Barbara – born 1648 • Switzerland
  56. Tanner, Annali – born 1592 • Switzerland
  57. Van Sintern, Hendrick – born ‘1600’ • Netherlands
  58. Vandermers, Michael – born ‘1580’ • Netherlands
  59. VonHaren, Christopher – born 1580 • Germany
  60. Yoder, Jacob – born 1652 • Switzerland

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The Stauffer Family Lines

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  • Ancestral Men of Faith Her 5th Great Grandfather (My 9th GG father)

Abraham Op Den Graff, signed the 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery. The first organized protest against slavery in the Americas was composed 329 years ago in 1688 by four Germantown Quakers.

Abraham Op den Graff… 1651–1731 Ancestral Men of Faith

  • Our Revolutionary Wars Ancestors Her GG fathers (My 5th GG fathers)

Jacob Cassel Kolb… 1745-1820 Revolutionary War Patriot

Edward Hoxworth… 1760-1847 Revolutionary War Patriot

Nicholas Slough… 1757–1834 Revolutionary War Patriot

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Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parent, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

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I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle

 

Pennsylvania Governor William Penn… My 2nd cousin 10x removed

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Gov. William Penn’s Great Grandparents         Driessen Pletjes (1550-1645) and                         Alet Goebels (1550-1615)

are My 11th GG Parents…

My 8th Great Grandfather, Abraham Op Den Graeff and Gov. William Penn were 1st Cousins

Governor William Penn, Born 1644 – Died 1718

 

Admiral Sir William Penn, baptized: 23 Apr 1621- died: 16 Sep 1670

British Admiral, and Father of the American Quaker William Penn.

admiral-sir-william-penn

He was a parlamentarian in the English Civil War, commanding the naval forces of Oliver Cromwell. On Cromwell’s death he offered the fleet to King Charles II, and built a close relationship with the King. He captured the island of Jamaica from the Spanish and, as its first British governor, stripped it of its wealth, causing terrible hardship for its people. He loaned the majority of this wealth to fund the King’s building plans but, on his death, his son requested repayment of the loan. The King, having no money to repay this debt, offered William Penn land in America on the condition that it was named after the Admiral. The State of Pennsylvania (Penn’s Woods) still incorporates the coat of arms of the Admiral in its official State Flag.

 

With this Penn’s Woods land, Penn hoped to provide a refuge for Quakers and other persecuted people and to build an ideal Christian commonwealth. “There may be room there, though not here” he wrote to a friend in America, “for such a holy experiment.”

 

Penn’s cousins the Op den Graeffs, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, ‘turned’ Quaker were among the Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683.

Abraham Op den Graff… 1651–1731 Ancestral Men of Faith

 

Reach out and touch your Elders,

talk to them and take many notes, even if what they say doesn’t make sense to you. Where did they, their parents, grandparents live, work, etc. Ask about customs, foods, trades, don’t forget to include the hearsay (it might come in handy). Write everything they say down, it may come into play later.

Have Fun -OmaEagle

 

I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past,       and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle