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.

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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

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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.

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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

Recycling Clothes… 1

I Mean Really Recycling…

by donating, repurposing and actually composting them…

When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.

Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.

  • Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
  • Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
  • If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
  • I have occasionally composted them.

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However…

When the children outgrew their clothes, if they were still in good shape… I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season.

Because…

Here in our area school district there were many children that did not even have underwear. (Sometimes it comes down to a choice… food or underwear?)

So I would also collect clothing from friends and neighbors. Jackets, hats, gloves, pants, tee shirts, socks and especially underpants. I would then process them, I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season for the school nurse to give out as needed.

It was a labor of Love, I was Blessed with a Happy, Healthy Family, and wanted to share some of that warmth and love with the little ones of my community.  I believe in the ‘Ripple Effect’

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We all can help strengthen our Community, one baby step at a time.

What are some of your ideas?

Check out: Real Recycling… Back in the day.

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

Gerardus Wiltsee… 1735–1800 Revolutionary War Patriot

 

I LOVE Genealogy… 

Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Patriot

Gerardus Wiltsse   1735–1800
5th Great Grandfather, DAR Ancestor

Private – Albany Co., New York Militia

under Col. Cornelius Van Veghten, 13th regt.

He was born in Newtown, Queens, New York.

He died in Wilsey Hill, Herkimer, New York

The Wiltzee line arrived in the New World in 1623.                                             They were one of the families with first original Dutch Migration settling The Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam, as part of the Dutch West Indies Company. They were financiers and fur traders.
Gerardus’ 2nd Great Grandfather Philippe, was massacred by indians in 1632 at Fort Zwaanendael in Delaware. (Philippe was our 9th Great Grandfather)
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All his lines were from the Netherlands and were here by the mid 1600’s.
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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

 

Apples in Old Mennonite Cooking

Apples were a frequent ingredient in old Mennonite cooking.

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Apples, Apples, Apples Everywhere,                                                                      Eat them whole, or cook them pared.

We have Apple Strudel, Apple Pandowdy, Friar’s Apple Charlotte, some call it Betty, some call it Crisp, etc. They are all basically the same, and very easy to make. They all start off with apples sliced into casserole dish. Then are either topped with a crumble top (flour &/or oats), a breadcrumb top, or a biscuit dough top.

I Decided to Play

Well I decided to use a cake batter, not to have an apple cake, but apples with some cake crumbles. I filled the dishes 3/4 full with chunked apples. Poured plain prepared cake mix over the apples. Stirred it through. Sprinkled the top with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Cooked about 40 minutes, at 350* until the apples were done to my liking.

It made a great breakfast, and snack, mostly baked flavored apples. 😀

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Apples, Apples, Apples Everywhere,                                                                    And used in everything.

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Salads

  • Apple Walnut Salad
  • Beet & Apple Salad

Sweet & Sours

  • Apple Sauce
  • Apple Butter
  • Apple & Peach Conserve
  • Spiced Apples

Vegetable Dishes

  • Scalloped Sweet Potato & Apple

Breakfast

Desserts

  • Apple sauce Cake
  • Apple Dumplings            – whole apple with biscuit dough
  • Apple Strudel                  – sliced into casserole, crumble top
  • Apple Pandowdy            – sliced into casserole, biscuit dough top
  • Friar’s Apple Charlotte  – sliced into casserole, breadcrumb top
  • Schnitz Pie (dried apples)
  • Apple Butter Pie
  • Apple Crumble Pie           Apple Crumble Pie

Main Dishes

  • Schnitz Un Knepp – Ham with dried apples
  • Rote Kraut
  • Sauerkraut

Beverages

  • Apple Cider

and last but not least Scrapple – No, just kidding 😀

 

What are some of your families recipes?

Take Care, Thanks for stopping by. – 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