My family roots go back to Germany (Beck, Fahnestock, Swartz, Wünch), England (Antrim, Garwood, Hanson, Hance, Roller), Ireland (McConnell, Patton, Stewart), and France (Corneau, Beaupied). We are also supposed to have Indian ancestors (my great-great grandfather and a distant grandmother).
Some Family History Notes
Thomas & Margaret Garwood came from England probably to Evesham Twp. NJ about 1690.
The Hance & Hanson families moved from Dover NH to Monmouth Co. NJ in the late 1660's.
From: The Fahnestock Genealogy: Ancestry and Descendents of Johann Diedrich Fahnestock, by H. Minot Pitman (privately printed, 1945, Pages 10-11)
Tradition states that Johann Diedrich Fahnestock came to America to avoid conscription, fearing that on account of his size and strength he might be forced to join the guards of Frederick Wilhelm of Prussia, all of whom were of gigantic stature. While this may have been true, he was also undoubtedly influenced in his decision by the fact that his older brother Johann Heinrich would (and did) inherit the Halten Farm. About the last of June 1726 he set sail from Holland forAmerica, via England, arriving at New York on St. Michael's Day, September 29th...
He probably earned his living at
first a a weaver since he brought with him a weaver's shuttle and writes
that it was a "necessary occupation". Two years after his arival in New
York he was settled on the Raritan River, near Amwell, N.J., "close to
the Evangelical Church", where he lived for many years in association with
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