We are a nation of immigrants. Most of us descend from others who came to this land whether by their own volition or against their will. With this in mind, I will be documenting all the known immigrant ancestors for both my family and my spouse’s family. This is first installment of this series.
Imagine my surprise when I started to search for the immigrant ancestors of my paternal grandfather, Carl Victor Taylor, Jr. (the Taylor–Thomas family). With the surname Taylor, it is guaranteed that he has at least a few (okay, more than a few) British ancestors. However, after much effort through the many English surnames from that side, I was unable to determine his English immigrants. As most British lines in America extend back to the founding of this country, it is understandable.
What did surprise me, however, was the sheer number of ancestors from his lineage (both his father’s and mother’s) who descend from Germany. Of course, there are a couple French, Swiss, and Dutch thrown in the mix—just to keep it interesting. Each of these ancestors migrated to Pennsylvania or Maryland, as part of the mass migration of Palatines to the New World.
Of my 32 paternal father’s 5th great-grandparents, the following are known immigrants: Conrad Trone, born about 1791 in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany, and his wife Catherine (surname unknown), born about 1793 in Germany; Elizabeth Painter, born 21 Sep 1783 in Germany; and Mary Painter, born 1773 in Germany.
Of my 64 paternal father’s 6th great-grandparents, three are known immigrants: George Painter, born in Germany (father of sisters Elizabeth and Mary Painter above; he is my 6th great-grandfather twice over); Susan Ragerose, born 28 Sep 1749 in Germany; and Hans Michael Thomas, Jr., born 3 Oct 1719 in Schifferstadt, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (He is also my 7th great-grandfather on my paternal father’s line.)
Of my 128 paternal father’s 7th great-grandparents, eight are known immigrants (including Hans Michael Thomas, Jr. above): Hans Michael Thomas, Sr., born 3 Oct 1688 in Schifferstadt, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and his mother Anna Veronica Lang, born about 1690 in Schifferstadt, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (They are also my 8th great-grandparents on one of my paternal father’s line.); Johannes Michael Rohrer, born 1 Nov 1701 in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Alsace, France, and his wife Elizabeth Snavely, born in 1701 in the Netherlands; Hans Jacob Russell, 7th great-grandfather, born 16 Mar 1728 in Mettmenstetten, Zürich, Switzerland; and Peter Schlosser, born 20 Jan 1710 in Nassau-Saarbrücken, Germany, and his wife Maria Margaretha Waschenbach, born Dec 1713 in Eichen, Altenkirchen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Of my 256 paternal father’s 8th great-grandparents, twelve are known immigrants (including Hans Micahel and Anna Thomas, listed above.): Franz Brossman, born 1693 in Waldangelloch, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and his wife Anna Clara Rudolph, born 11 Mar 1700 in Waldangelloch, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; and Hans Hess, born 1 Jul 1683 in Rüti, Zürich, Switzerland, and his wife Magdelena (surname unknown), born 1688 in Rüti, Zürich, Switzerland; John Lein, born 2 Jul 1665 in Ruppertenrod, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany, and his wife Elizabetha Rudi, born 18 Oct 1674 in Reihen, Sinsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Johann Georg Poffenberger, born about 1691 in Ulmet, Kusel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and his wife Anna Martha Stupp, born 1695 in Ulmet, Kusel, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany; and Peter Erb, born 1712 in Bern, Bern, Switzerland, and his wife Maria Lowis, born 1712 in Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
Finally, of my possible 512 paternal father’s 9th great-grandparents, three are known immigrants: Hans Erb, born 7 Apr 1678 in Bern, Bern, Switzerland, and his wife Barbara Moser, born 1 Apr 1682 in Bern, Bern, Switzerland, (parents of Peter Erb, listed above); and Henrich “Henry” Sellen, born 17 Oct 1666 in Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.