Immigrant Ancestors

Hans Michael Thomas

Schifferstadt Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

On this day, 25 September 1784, Hans Michael Thomas passed away. He was my 6th great-grandfather.

Born 3 October 1719, in Schifferstadt, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Hans Michael Thomas was the son of Johannes (Hans) Michel Thomas and Anna Veronica Lang.

When he was ten and a half years old, Hans Michael Thomas, his parents, and siblings boarded the ship, Thistle of Glasgow, under the direction of Captain Colin Dunlop, and sailed from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Dover, England. There were 77 families or single persons on board for a total of 260 passengers. The ship departed Dover on 19 June 1730, bound for Philadelphia. On 29 August 1730, the Thistle of Glasgow arrived in the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Christopher Erb

On this day 11 June 1810, Christopher Erb, my 7th great-grandfather, died in Carroll County, Maryland.

Born in 1748, Christopher Erb was the son of Swiss immigrants Peter Erb and Maria Lowis.

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Chapline Family Forebearers

On this day, 5 June 1718, William Chapline II passed away. He was my 9th great-grandfather.

Born in 1659 in Calvert County, Maryland, William Chapline II was the son of Mary Hooper and William Chapline I.

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Gateway Ancestor: Peter Worden

When tracing ancestors across the centuries, kin are often clustered together in a similar locations, an economic situation, or an ethnic identity.  A gateway ancestor is anyone with known or traceable ancestry from one specific group who marries into another group. Each immigrant from one country to another is a potential gateway, if his/her descendants can then trace his/her ancestry to the original country. Gateways can also occur when someone moves from one distinct social group into another or across distinct religious, economic, or racial barriers.

In the United States, however, the term “gateway ancestor” most commonly is used to refer to colonial immigrants whose ancestry can be traced in the Old World—specifically to gentry, nobility, or royalty.

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Gateway Ancestor: Edward Foulke

When tracing ancestors across the centuries, kin are often clustered together in a similar locations, an economic situation, or an ethnic identity.  A gateway ancestor is anyone with known or traceable ancestry from one specific group who marries into another group. Each immigrant from one country to another is a potential gateway, if his/her descendants can then trace his/her ancestry to the original country. Gateways can also occur when someone moves from one distinct social group into another or across distinct religious, economic, or racial barriers.

In the United States, however, the term “gateway ancestor” most commonly is used to refer to colonial immigrants whose ancestry can be traced in the Old World—specifically to gentry, nobility, or royalty.

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