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;...

Joseph P. Layman & Rebecca J. Overlander

Just before the outbreak of the American Civil War, on January 8, 1859, Joseph Pierce Layman was born to Michael Layman and Elmira Elizabeth Raymond in Airville, York County, Pennsylvania. He was the seventh of nine siblings: Jacob, Sarah, Uriah, Mary, Elmira,...

Catherine Van Kleffe Searing

Marriage is for better or worse but, for Catherine Van Kleffe, marrying Anglican Simon Searing in Hertfordshire, England would redefine challenge and adventure. Catherine was a remarkably tough lady, leaving the comforts of an established community with substantial...