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    Colonist Pioneer Descendants Here?

    I am something of a genealogy buff, have traced my direct paternal ancestry and many other lines besides to English colonists at Jamestown, Virginia,the Carolinas, and Maryland in the 1600's, the Founding stock of this country.
    My 12th great grandfather from whom I inherited my surname was a Londoner that settled at Jamestowne in 1622, right after the "King Philip Massacre" of the colonists by the local Powhatan Indians.
    Another ancestor of this period apparently served in the early House of Burgesses in Virginia.
    Have many other American folk on this board been able to trace their ancestry and roots primarily back to the early colonist settlements?

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    My main lineage goes back to 1640s Connecticut. Side roots lead to the Mayflower and to eighteenth century Pennsylvania.
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    We've been able to trace our family back to North Carolina, where our family still has Heritage sites standing there today, which has been the place where alot of our family reunions have been held to this day. After North Carolina, we went further north, where we settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists when the Revolution broke out in exchange for grants of farm land by the King of England, where more Heritage sites were established and are still frequented by family members today, in Upper Canada Village. The exact site of our family farm is featured on the website here..

    That was, of course, during a time when the German blood in my line was much more potent and pure than it is today, which is to be expected when living in a former colony with a mixture of different European races. Although I do still 'feel' the German-ness in my soul, and am still proud of the ancestry my family has gifted me with, I identify myself much more with the Franco side, which has been where almost all of my breeding has come from in more recent generations, accounting for about 60% of my background.

    But yes, my family has been in the U.S during it's foundation (even if we didn't contribute to it after the Revolution) and in pre-confederation period in Canada. So yes, I like to think of myself as a Pioneer descendant with enough sweat and blood in the soil to earn myself a bit land to call my own in this country..

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    Most of my ancestors were in the US pre-Revolution. I have ancestoral lines going back to 17th century Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New England, New York/New Nethelands, New Sweden/Delaware. My paternal ancestors were among the earliest settlers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania & later Ohio. Some of my ancestors were the first Europeans to settle in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Netherlands & New Sweden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veritas Aequitas View Post
    We've been able to trace our family back to North Carolina, where our family still has Heritage sites standing there today, which has been the place where alot of our family reunions have been held to this day. After North Carolina, we went further north, where we settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists when the Revolution broke out in exchange for grants of farm land by the King of England, where more Heritage sites were established and are still frequented by family members today, in Upper Canada Village. The exact site of our family farm is featured on the website here..

    That was, of course, during a time when the German blood in my line was much more potent and pure than it is today, which is to be expected when living in a former colony with a mixture of different European races. Although I do still 'feel' the German-ness in my soul, and am still proud of the ancestry my family has gifted me with, I identify myself much more with the Franco side, which has been where almost all of my breeding has come from in more recent generations, accounting for about 60% of my background.

    But yes, my family has been in the U.S during it's foundation (even if we didn't contribute to it after the Revolution) and in pre-confederation period in Canada. So yes, I like to think of myself as a Pioneer descendant with enough sweat and blood in the soil to earn myself a bit land to call my own in this country..
    My ancestors seem to have been on the Patriot "rebel" side during the War of Independence.
    One of them was killed at the battle of Ft. Washington,NY in 1776 serving in a Pennsylvania unit, his son another ancestor also serving in the same regiment.
    Another ancestor contributed "Service" to the Patriot cause in North Carolina according to the Daughters of the Revolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beowulf wodenson View Post
    Another ancestor contributed "Service" to the Patriot cause in North Carolina according to the Daughters of the Revolution.
    Aye.. It's quite possible that it was your family that my family was escaping from when this sort of thing broke out, lol.

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    Well, my ancestor's weren't the English colonists, but the French, most of whom arrived in the 1500s. Excepting a handful of lines that 'dead end' in the early 1800s, nearly every one of my ancestral lines traces back to those colonists. One of the few non-French lines , goes back definitively to West Virginia. I'm pretty sure that this fellow, William Moore, was a soldier in the Revolution, but since he's got one of the most stereotypical and common Scottish names, it's proving to be impossible to distinguish him from the other dozen William Moores that lived in the same county at the same time.
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    Most of my family was here pretty early.

    I found one Mayflower ancestor, a lot of New England, including early Maine, Boston, Braintree, Hartford, Salem, Ipswich. There were some town founders in New Jersey, also Jamestown. I have colonial Dutch and German ancestry too.

    It sounds like some of us have a lot of the same ancestors.

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    I've found most of my ancestors came to Pennsylvania around 1720's. Settled in PA and just never left. The farthest I've traced back is to 1650's Switzerland/Southern Germany.

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    My paternal line entered America in the 1640s in the Barnstable, Mass. area. I've several Revolutionary War vets and a vet of the War of 1812 from that bunch. My maternal line is a bit harder to trace, but through one of her grandparents it goes back to the Carters of Virginia. I did take a CC class on tracing one's ancestors this past autumn, and it helped immensely.
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