My mother-in-law has been researching the Naylor side of the family. They immigrated to New York and then to Michigan and from there to Colorado and California. As far as I know there are none from our family in Pennsylvania.
I am researching the Gilger family from Shamokin and surounding area in Northumberland County. I am very interested in learning more about Pennsylvania, the Germans, Pennsylvania Dutch, and life in those times as I have it in my mind to write an historical novel based on the lives of the ancestors I have researched. I just noticed the Pennsylvania Dutch group yesterday and read your post. I'm not sure how to do a chat and I'm on dial-up, so I'm not sure it's possible for me to join in, but I will try.
Also I noticed you have Byrne, Burns as surnames. Have you come across any Burns in Wisconsin/Minnesota? This line from Ireland is fascinating, but I'm not sure yet how I'm connected to it. It's one of my brick walls. : )
I just read your comments; Guess I should join the PA group. My paternal line goes back to Amish and Mennonite that when they got to Somerset County, joined the Dunkers, then Fraternity of German Baptist, then German Baptist Brethren, now Church of the Brethren. None of mine were part of the Ephrata Cloister, but at least 50 elders in my files,
I had to run because I had to surrender my computer to my wife and daughters. I was intrigued by your conversation but I didn't get to finish it.
I'll check out the GenWeb page you discussed.
Thanks and have a great one,
Enjoyed Indian presentation. Tried to reply in chat room but I guess I don't know how to post. I don't know how my 1st post got on board. I don't see a submit button. Tried your name in side bar membership. Was going to suggest an explanation of PA. "Dutch" (Deutsch) church that had various names. I believe Mennonite was one of them which we are familiar with in PA. Other names were the Dunkards, Dunkerds, The Brethren, The Dissenting Church of Christ (I think) & others depending on the desires of the individual congregation. I'm sorry I didn't take notes & I may have it a little confused here.
Just minutes before your presentation got call I have a new grand nephew b. Aug 22. Look forward to more PA talks. Haven't been able to find transcripts on SSG site. - Joan E Burke
You have become an interesting person for me to correspond. Years ago my best friend was an Avery. My father's family of West is why you contacted me, but I have learned that you are interested in one of my mother's lines - the Ferguson family.
My West family goes back to Thomas West, Sr. born before 1718 in VA or NC. We can only go back with documentation to one of his sons being born in Granville Co., NC in 1750 according to his pension application, but we pick up land dealings and other records in 1754 onward. The WEST Surname project on FTDNA has about 200 West individuals who have tested, my Group #5 is the largest.
The Ferguson line is at a roadblock where I am confident of the lineage but due to the county records being burned out documentation is missing. I can document back to my first Ferguson: Sarah Francis Ferguson born 1809 in KY married Prosser Cruse living in the Hart Co., KY area. Her father appears to be David Ferguson (b. 1785) and mother Elizabeth Bomar both born in Halifax Co., VA.
I have a Second Great Grand Aunt Lydia Bates born in 1848 in Paulsboro, NJ (on the Delaware River) who is the daughter of my 3rd GGFather Edward Bates. I don't know her spouse. Would the timeframe match your Lydia?
Thanks Jim. I am looking forward to your Indian Path discussion tomorrow, but will not be able to keep up w/the scroll bar. The slide bar sticks or stops working for me as time shortens on discussion I guess. Hope I can see your transcript. Researching Hardman/Hartman variants PA OH VA WA . Family orig in Harrison & Marion Co's WV came from ??? Close to SW PA border. Can't connect w/estab. lines in Harrison Co. Thanks again. J E Burke
Is the Ferguson that you mentioned from western PA, specifically from around Cambria county? My g grandfather is Robert Ferguson and I think that my gg grandfather is John Ferguson but that I still need to document! Thanks