Celebrating Christmas Colonial Pennsylvania

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

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Our Mother Mildred Witmer Fake

This Mother’s Day post is dedicated to our mother Mildred Elizabeth Witmer Fake, 1916 -1977. This Memorial message is from all three of our mother’s sons- Jay Dennis Fake 1950-1988, Ray Edward Fake 1942-, and Ronald L Fake 1940-, author of this message. Mother spent her entire single life living at the same house near […]

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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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Johann Leonhardt Feg 1717-1758

Ancestry Settles In Penn’s Woods John Leonhardt Feg’s father Johann Peter Schneider Feg and his family arrived in America in 1710 with about 3,000 fellow German ancestors. They had minimal food provisions and tents for lodging on Nutten Island off the southern tip of present-day New York City. Today this area is known as Governors […]

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Ancestry Veterans 2019

Veterans Day Salute November 11, 2019 We are saluting and recognizing the services of all United States military forces, past and present, for their sacrifices in keeping peace around the world. In addition, we are saluting all  Pennsylvania Colonial settlers that participated in the organized militia activities that helped the United States become a Democracy […]

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Conrad Weiser The Peacemaker

You will discover how Conrad Weiser the Peacemaker worked with principles for freedom and justice established by William Penn and later by  Benjamin Franklin in the new colony of Pennsylvania. Conrad Weiser, the Peacemaker earned a host of additional titles assigned by historians. They include pioneer, farmer, linguist, Indian interpreter, Justice of Peace, trader, and […]

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