Do You Know Your Immigrant Ancestor?

It has been a while since I have written and I have missed it dearly.  I hope that it will not be so long between blogs going forward.  I am shocked at how many people have been reading my blog in my absence.  I originally started it for my family to see their ancestors in story form, little did I know I would be helping people all over the world with their own ancestors.  This puts a smile in my heart. I have been watching “Finding Your Roots” and in the one called “Mystery Men” Season 5, Episode 2, one of the guests is #Felicity Huffman.  As they are tracing her line, the names started looking more and more familiar.  I pulled up my #Ancestry app and sure enough, her 9th great-grandfather is my 10th great-grandfather. Sometime after that, a person commented on my blog about this ancestor, William Hickox.  We share this 9th great-grandfather; our immigrant ancestor!  She plugged me in her tree and that makes she and I 10th cousins 1x removed!!  10th!  Now that is pretty awesome! So, that got me thinking, who are all my immigrant ancestors?  Have I traced them all?  Let’s see. Well, as always, let me start with the Logan clan. John Loggan, Sr. (1699-1777)- Arrival 1717 to Boston from Scotland (maybe through Ireland) John Rowan (1760-1843) – Immigrated 1791 to Pennsylvania from Ireland (immigrated with his wife, Laetitia Porterfield (1765-1831) Robert Stitt (abt. 1774) and Margaret Appleby (abt. 1759) to Pennsylvania from Ireland (more research needed on this line) James Galbraith (1666-1744) to Pennsylvania from Ireland John Lane (Johannes Lehn)  (1655-1754) to Pennsylvania from Germany John Kunkle (Johannes Gunkel) (1722-1795) to Pennsylvania from Germany, immigrated with his wife, Anna Margarethe Lorentz (1729-1785) Johann Adam Schäffer (Schaeffer) (1709-1767) to Pennsylvania from Germany, immigrated with his wife, Elizabeth Bauer (1711-1777) Christoph Heydrich (1704-1781) to Pennsylvania from Germany, immigrated with his wife, Magdalena Sontag (1715-1763) Johann Michael Köppel (Kepple) (1697-1764) to Pennsylvania from France, immigrated with his wife,  Anna Elizabeth Benzin (1707-1750) (above’s son) Johann Nickel Köppel (John Nicholas Kepple) (1724-1804) to Pennsylvania from Germany, immigrated with his wife, Anna Maria Willems (Williams) (abt. 1736-1821) Conrad Haag (Hawk) (1741-1833) to Pennsylvania from Germany Michael Schlonecker, Sr. (abt. 1696-1769) to Pennsylvania from Germany Johann Henrich Heilig (1700-1775) to Pennsylvania from Germany (the above wife’s father) Nicholas Rittenhuijsen (Rittenhouse) (1666-1734) to Pennsylvania from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Hans De Neus (abt. 1716-1736) to Pennsylvania from Germany (above’s wife) Jenneken Blomen (abt. 1717-1762) to Pennsylvania from Holland (married Hans in Holland) Michael Kocher (1730-1808) to Pennsylvania from Germany William Wescoat (Wescott) (abt. 1641-1683) to from England to Virginia Nicholas Granger (1604-1652) to Virginia from England Richard Davenport, Sr. (1642-1714) to North Carolina from England John Coker (1641-1720) to Virgina from England Anne Barham (1625-1682) to Virginia from England Charles William Davis (1781-1855) to Virginia from England Matijas Stefanc (Mathias Stephanz) (1867-1936) to Kansas from Stari Trg ob Kolpi, Črnomelj, Austria, immigrated with his wife, Marija  Švegelj (Mary Swegel) (1867-1942) Johann Leopold Schwitkowski (Hennig) (1865-1933) to Wisconsin from Germany (father of above’s wife), Johann P. Reikowski (1844-1932) to Wisconsin from Poland Well, this certainly proves that, not only am I a mutt from hardy stock, but I am not finished researching my immigrant ancestors; the hunt continues.   This also shows you can find your immigrant ancestor as being as far back as 350 years ago or as close as 150 years ago.  It’s amazing how all these people somehow found each other to produce me! I sure have come a long way since 1993 when I started to trace my Dad’s roots.  It actually started in 1985 or so, but with the help of the internet in the 1990’s, I started really started to dig.  So, when you hit a brick wall and get discouraged, look back at how far you’ve come. Read more about our Logan immigrant at As always, if you see any errors or have any questions, please email me. If you need research assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. Your Family Tree Research Specialist

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2 thoughts on “Do You Know Your Immigrant Ancestor?”

  1. Marlee, I am very impressed with all the research you must have done to get back to all of those immigrant ancestors! That took a lot of work!