First Settlement in America 1710

Family Ancestry Journey Ronald L Fake My ancestor’s ship James & Elizabeth sailed from London about December 5th, 1709 with a sailing fleet of 10 ships holding about 3,000 German Palatines. They arrived on 16 June 1710 in the Province of New York with new Governor Hunter. They were initially sent to Nutten Island for first settlement […]

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German Palatine Migration to America 1709

Ancestors from Rhine Palatinate My father Nathaniel Edward Fake (1916-1999) family ancestor’s last names were mostly (Schneider, Veeck, Feg, Faeg, Feeg, Faike, Fake) traced back to 1575 in Richstein, Germany. Putnam Fearan Johan Schneider (1575-1636), 10th great-grandfather was born in Richstein, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany in 1575. He died in 1636, in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany at […]

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German Christmas Traditions Pennsylvania

History of German Christmas Traditions In the early settlement period (1700-1800) in Pennsylvania, the celebration of German Christmas Traditions is dependent upon your religious affiliation. Historians suggest that Christmas was most likely not celebrated by the  Baptists, Presbyterians, Quakers, and the Congregationalists. Mostly European immigrants affiliated with the Dutch Reformed, and Lutheran denominations are responsible […]

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