Goodbye November

A Rough Month

November was a very emotional month for me.

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There was of course the normal stuff, paying bills, going to many doctors, etc.

There was the very emotional three week visit from my daughter and her spouse. My Daughter has lived in Scotland for 11 years now.  We have not seen her in 3 years. They came ‘home’ for an proper American Thanksgiving with the family. They swooped in, and we all ran around like ‘Loons’. We did Historic Philadelphia; Longwood Gardens; We saw Annie in Philly; and ate at many Vegan restaurants. They went to Wellsboro to visit family at their cabin property and see the Pa. Grand Canyon; then they went out to see Fallingwater, the  Frank Lloyd Wright House; They returned to our house, then they were off to spend several days in New York City visiting with friends, seeing Miss Saigon, the New York Philharmonic, etc.

Then before I knew it, we were saying our goodbyes through sobs and tears. Not knowing when we will see each other again.

The final heartbreaks for me was…

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on the 10th Belle the 16 year old Border Collie died,
on the 28th Tyler the 14+ year old Cocker died.

Our 3 Black dogs 2004Belle on LawnTyler & Rock

I can no longer find my voice.

I have nothing left to say.
I can no longer post,
I can no longer blog.

 

Thanks for listening.

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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

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

William Henry Dennell… 1841 – 1921 73rd Regiment of Penna. Volunteers

Civil War Veteran

William H Dennell, 1st Lt.                                                                          

2nd Great Grandfather

  • Born and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Lived in Hancock, Washington Co, Md.
  • Lived in New Castle Co., DE.
  • Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Occupations:

  • Sailor
  • Civil War Soldier signed up for 6 years.
  • United States Marine Corp. (Sailor)
  • Railroad Engineer (Trolley)
  • Machinist at Mill

Seventy-Third Regiment originally known as the Pennsylvania Legion, 45th of the line, was recruited in the city of Philadelphia, during the months of June and July, 1861

  • Mustered in: 8 Aug 1861 for 3 yrs.
  • Reenlisted as Veteran Volunteer: 1 Jan 1864 for 3 more yrs.
  • Promoted – 1st Sergeant to 1st Lieutenant 26 May 1865
  • Mustered out with Co., 14 July 1865 – Vet. at Alexandria,Virginia

Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corp. 5 July 1866 (Sailor)

73rd Regiment of Penna. Volunteers                                                                       73rd Regiment of Penna. Veterans Volunteers Battles

  • 28-30 August 1862 – Second Bull Run (Manassas). Prince William Co, VA.
  • 30 April – 6 May 1863 – Battle of Chancellorsville. Spotsylvania Co, VA.
  • 1-3 July 1863 – Battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.
  • 25 November 1863 – Battle of Missionary Ridge. Chattanooga, TN. 

 

GAR grave marker

 

VETERAN VOLUNTEER ENLISTMENT

State of Tennessee Town of Lookout Valley

I, William Dennell born in Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania aged 23 years, and by occupation a Sailor Do HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have voluntary re-enlisted, this First day of January 1864, to serve a VETERAN VOLUNTEER, in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, William Dennell do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

Sworn and subscribed to, at Lookout Valley Tenn } William Dennell  this First day of January 1864. BEFORE 1st Lieut. Henry Hess 73rd P. V.

I CERTIFY ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Veteran Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would, in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. J. S. Treyles (?) Examining Surgeon.

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Veteran Volunteer, previous to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgement and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able- bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service.

This soldier has Gray eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion, is 5 feet 11½ inch high

Seventy-third Regiment of Penna Volunteers, 1stLt. Henry Hess 73′ Reg P.V., Recruiting Officer. Mustered into Comp E Seventy Third Regt Penns Veteran Volt Regiment this first day of January 1864 Robt E Beicher

 

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

 

Wilhelmus Beekman… 1623-1707

 

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Wilhelmus Hendrickse Beekman 1623–1707
9th GG Father

was a Dutch immigrant to America who came to New Amsterdam (now New York City) from the Netherlands in the same vessel (the ship Princess, on May 27, 1647) with Director-General, afterwards, Governor Peter Stuyvesant.

He had a long life in public service:

  • Treasurer of the Dutch West India Company
  • Mayor of New York City
  • Governor of area now, Delaware, 1653-1664
  • Governor of area now, Penna, 1658-1663

The Beekmans were steadfast Protestants from the time that Martin Luther       in 1521 protested against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.

His Grandfather was Rev. Gerard Beekman 1558–1625, our 11th GG Father. Gerard was one of our ‘Ancestral Men of Faith’, he translated 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.
Rev. Gerard Beekman… 1558–1625 Ancestral Men of Faith 

Distinguished Families in America, Decending from Willhelmus Beekman and Jan Thomasse VanDyke” by William B. Aitken, A.M., Ph.D.  Illustrated by the author. New York and London, The Knickerbocker Press, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. published 1912, 316 pages.

The name Beekman is from ‘beck,’ the Dutch word for ‘mouth,’ the English ‘beak,’ or it maybe an abbreviation of ‘bekken,’ the Dutch word for basin.

Beekman_coat_of_arms

According to Putnam’s Historic New York, “Beekman or the man of the brook; this interpretation of the name was recognized by King James I. of England, when he granted to the Rev. Mr. (Gerard) Beekman, grandfather of William, as a coat of arms, a rivulet running between roses.” The crest is three feathers on a helmet of steel represented in profile. The motto is: Mens conscia Recti.

This coat of arms was used by the grandson Wihelmus Beekman in his correspondence with Governor Stuyvesant.

 

Wilhelmus Beekman’s wife:

Catalina Catharine De BOUGH 1623–1701

9th GG Mother

* BEEKMAN, Catalina Catherine (De BOUGH)

 

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

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Summertime Treats…

Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Sweet Corn

Yummy Fresh Eats… Loving July into August.

We live in PA.

However…                                                                                                                 We make a run over to Jersey once a week to buy Old Mr. King’s Sweet Treats.  I don’t know whether it is the Jersey sandy soil, or that his farm is in the middle of the Wharton State Forest. Maybe it is the Love he puts into his craft. Perhaps all three combined that make his Eggplant (he says it’s male), Tomatoes, Corn and, last but not least, the Zucchini the Sweetest ever. He has been working this farm since he was a kid. He always says: “I’m happy to still be working this side of the grass.” 😀

For us the near 2 hour, 66 mile round trip a week worth it. 🙂

Eggplant

I cannot get enough of his fresh Sweet Jersey Eggplant.                                        I eat it hot, fresh off the griddle, topped with Sweet Red Jersey Tomatoes.         Then later that night, I eat it cold right from the Ice Box. (ahem… Fridge)

Finally for the ‘Desert’, Sweet, Sweet Jersey Corn.

Eggplant, Corn on Cob, Tomato

The best way to fix eggplant for Our Family is:

  • Peel then slice just under 1/2 inch thick.
  • Salt, and set aside for near an hour.
  • Rinse and blot off excess water.
  • Have skillet / griddle medium hot.
  • Press slices into  flour on both sides.
  • then dip into a beaten egg, thinned with a drizzle of water or milk.
  • Press into bread crumbs on both sides. (your choice of seasoning)
  • Then fry, until golden brown on each side.

My Happy Summer Song – DD

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy,                                                             Summertime and the Livin’ is Right,                                                                       Summertime and the Livin’ is Breezy,                                                                 Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ… Sum, Summertime.

Summertime is sweet, sweet Eatin’,                                                       Summertime and the Veggies are Ripe,                                                               Summertime nights are long and Bright,                                                                 Oh.. Oh.. Oh.. Summ… Sum, Summertime.

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.

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