Children of the Rhine

For the millions of Americans linked to ancestors in the Chronnies, although there is connection to at least eleven European countries and five African, the heritage is greatly from along the shores of the Rhine River in Central Europe [See the Introduction that...

Helen Andersdotter Andersson

For the Lutheran Andersson family, embarking on the insufferable four-month voyage from Sweden to the Delaware River area was no light undertaking. Ships of the 1650’s were cramped, filthy breeding grounds for disease and death; families often lost members and arrived...

Masons & Browns

ALFRED & HANNAH MASON Alfred Mason was born in 1825 in Georgia, the son of Moses Mason. He married Hannah in 1846 in his hometown. They had twelve children in 23 years. He died in 1880 in Washington, Georgia, at the age of 55. GEORGE & MAY BROWN When George...

Helen Ericksdotter Grelsson

Trailblazing Helen, one of the first European women to embark on a journey to the New World, was enterprising from birth to death. To escape the depression and persecution of 17th Century Värmland, she, her husband Jan Grelsson, and their three children would board a...

James M. Anderson & Lucetta Gaugler

James Anderson and Lucetta Gaugler were born eight months apart in the village of Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania, which lies on the west bank of the Susquehanna. In the year of their births, 1854, Chapman lay in Union County, but the part of this county in which they...

Hannah Jansen Woertman

American Pioneer Chronicles: Colonial Women: the heart, sweat, soul—the foundation of our Nation Why would a twice-widowed 17th century Dutch mother immigrate to the New World? Hannah, widow of Brit turned Netherlander Jan William Woertman, would answer that question;...