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Pomerania, Germany

Weimar Republic. Northern European and Slavic nations bordering the North and Baltic Seas have shifted allegiance and borders so often since the Middle Ages that it’s often very difficult to be specific about ethnicity and citizenship of ancestors.

Pomerania is a region on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea, split between Germany […]

Esopus Wars

Esopus Wars

Wikipedia:

The Esopus Wars were two localized conflicts between the indigenous Esopus tribe of Lenape Indians and colonialist New Netherlanders during the latter half of the 17th century in what is now Ulster County, New York. Like many other wars during the colonial period, at bottom they were the result of competition between […]

Alexander Ennis 1632 – ~1679 : I00160

Alexander Ennis is the first of the Ennis line, a Scot who came to the British Colonies as a prisoner of war and went on to found a family. He has thousands of direct descendants, among them Benjamin Westfall Ennis, my maternal grandfather.

There is a significant body of research about his experiences as a […]

World War II

To my knowledge, two relatives died while serving in the second world war.

Thomas Frederick Vincent, Jr.

Thomas Vincent, Jr., (16 Jun 1926-18 Jun 1945) was a sailor in the U.S. Navy. (EEG’s first cousin once removed).

SERVICE # 7116300 SPECIALTY: Seaman First Class

Serving on the USS Bonefish (SS-223) in Toyama Bay, Honshu, […]

Thomas Quick 1695-1756 : I00151

Thomas Quick is one of the best documented ancestors in the database, in part because legal documentation has been preserved in the State archives and he was active in government. The way he died, and the repercussions of his death are what have kept his life story a matter of interest for so long.

Two […]

Moses Coolbaugh 1752 -1814 : I00550

Moses Coolbaugh is a direct ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War and who appears on the 1790 census, the first taken by the government of the new United States.

Durham Boat used during a recreation of Washington crossing the Delaware. Source: Wikipedia

Moses was born in Monroe County in 1752 and in 1790 […]

Edward Hinman

Sergeant Edward Hinman arrived in Boston 19 June 1650 aboard the ship William & George as a crewman. He settled in Stratford, Connecticut after a few false starts elsewhere.

Tradition says that he belonged to the bodyguard of Charles I as sergeant-at- arms, and escaped from Cromwell’s wrath to America. To my knowledge, nobody […]

Revolutionary allies and enemies

The letter at the end of this page comes from a journal article by Theodore D. Schoonmaker under the title Indian Raids And Massacres about the Time of the Revolution and the subtitle “Battle of the Conashaugh.” I haven’t been able to find a full citation yet, and I’d like to see some more evidence […]

Patriots and Slave Holders: the Pennsylvania you Never Knew

One of the more useful published histories I’ve come across while researching this time and place is the three volume A history of Wilkes-Barré, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, from its first beginnings to the present time. Oscar Jewell Harvey, 1909.1The book is available to be read online at archive.org, here. jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_9681_1”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_9681_1”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: […]