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Under Construction--Origins of My Ancestral Lines

The beginnings of many of my ancestral lines
- Robin Richmond

You can see from this list of countries that I don't have a lot of ethnic variation in my ancestry. especially since it appears that all of the ancestral lines that I can't trace back to Europe actually began in either the British Isles or Germany.

The count of ancestral lines are imprecise in several ways. 

Denmark

  1. Hans Jansen van Norstrand, (1600-1690), from Nordstrand, Denmark, & Rymerig Volkert (est.1600 - 1642). They immigrated through the Netherlands to New Amsterdam, and settled in Breuckelen (now Brooklyn). They are my 9x great grandparents, though my Richmond, Hutcheson, and Kuykendall line. (2)

France

  1. Henri Marchand (1649-1690), from Caen, France. He immigrated to New York with his 13-year-old son, Henri (Henry Mershon). The elder Henri soon sailed back to France to pick up the rest of his family, but was never heard from again. He is my 8x great grandfather. (3)

Netherlands

  1. Barent Jacobsen Cool (1610-1676), from Amsterdam, & Marretje Leendertse Degraw (1620-1670). They settled in Kington, New Netherlands (up the Hudson River). He died in Brooklyn; she died in Kingston.. There are my 9x great grandparents, though my Richmond, Hutcheson, Kuykendall, and Westfall line. (3)
  2. Aert Pietersen Tack (1626-aft.1669), from Etten & Annetje Ariens (1645, Marretje Leendertse Degraw (1620-1670), from Amsterdam. They settled in Wiltwyck, New Netherlands (just inland from Kingston). He abandoned his wife and two small children after an Indian raid, and returned to the Netherlands. But he came back to New Amsterdam in time to protest (without effect) her petition for divorce. She married Jacob Jansen van Etton in 11165, and had 10 more children. She died in in Rhinebeck, just across the Hudson river from Kingston.Brooklyn; she died in Kingston.. They are my9x great grandparents, though my Richmond, Hutcheson, and Kuykendall line. (2)

Germany

  1. Christian Moyer (1678-???) & Anna Barbara Bergery (1677 - ???), both from the Palatinate (or maybe nearby Wurttemberg). They entered America through Philadelphia and settled in adjacent Berks county. They are my 8x great grandparents, though my Richmond, Wattenbarger, Barger, and Reiff line.(2)
  2. Christopher Moyers(???) (1708-???) & Mary Catherine Vogt (1719-???), both from the Palatinate. (Christoper's father, George, was born in nearby Wurttemberg.) They settled in Germantown, Orange County, Virginia. They are my 6x great-grandparents, through my Richmond, Hutcheson, and and Wattenbarger/Wuerttemburger line.(4)
  3. Johann Adam Wuertemberger (1735-???) & ??? (???-???), from Wuerttemberg
  4. Jacob Friedrich Kummerlin (1715-) & ??? (???-???), from Wuerttemberg, Germany
  5. Jacob Johannes Zetty (1709-???), from Heidelberg, in the Palatinate, & Oberholtzer, Sophrenia (???-???)

Placenames

Denmark

  1. Nordstrand, Denmark
    At the beginning of the 17th century, Strand was an island in the Duchy of Schleswig, which was part of Denmark. In 1634, a freak tidal wave tore the island apart, and formed a land bridge to the mainland, resulting in the penisula which became known as Nordstrand, and several much smaller islands. Marrije Hansen whose surname meant "Child of Hans", was born in 1636, as the recovery from the storm was still underway. parted of which was part of Denmark) until 1634. Southern Schleswig, including Nordstrand, is now part of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

the Netherlands

  1. Etten is a village in the in Gelderland, about 80 miles from Amsterdam, essentially right on the border with Germany. Gelderland was occupied by many nation-states from the 15th to the 19th centuries, but was almost always considered a part of the Netherlands.
  2. Etten is a village in the in Gelderland, about 80 miles from Amsterdam, essentially right on the border with Germany. Gelderland was occupied by many nation-states from the 15th to the 19th centuries, but was almost always considered a part of the Netherlands.

France

  1. Caen is a good-sized city in Normandy, about 140 miles east of Paris, and near the English Channel in fact close to the eastern reaches of the WWII invasion of Normandy.

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