I was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in a nearby suburb in New Jersey. My family on both sides has New York roots. According to my DNA pie chart, which I take with a large grain of salt, I am Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, English and (Germanic Western Europe). My major fields of study in college were literature, history and writing, and I still enjoy them all. My father’s parents were both Swedish and emigrated to New York. His mother’s family seems to have been near the Norway border. The Swedish surname system is a learning experience.
My mother’s father, Leo Butler, was born in Dundee Scotland, of Irish parents. His father was a sailor born in Newfoundland, Canada. His parents apparently had lived in Southern England. The family arrived in New York in 1888. Leo grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan and joined the navy at fifteen, having inherited a love of the sea. He served in both World Wars. My maternal grandmother was Fanny aka Frances Hunt. Her mother was Manx. Her father was Archibald Hunt from the Westchester, NY Hunt branch which began with Thomas Hunt, born in England about 1615.
GGF Archibald Hunt’s family on both sides arrived in the early 1600s from England and the low counties. Other names include Ogden, Lewis, Baldwin, Smith, Harrison, Ackerman and Singletary (Dunham), a link to President Obama. More than a few were PGM. They mostly arrived in Massachusetts and slowly made their way down to New York and New Jersey. I found several Revolutionary War participants, at least one casualty. I also have several New Jersey Quakers in my tree.
ARRIVED BEFORE 1700: Ackerman, Alling, Arnold, Baldwin, Crane, Dodd, Dunham (Singletary), Freeman, Harrison, Hunt of Westchester NY, Lewis, Ogden, Jessup, Nash, Riggs, Shotwell, Smith
ARRIVED 1800s: Butler, Brady, Burnet, Carlsson, Gustafson, Quayle, Hudgens
James Lewis. Born 1795 in New York, NY or possibly Westchester. Looking for his parents.
Margrita Fulliner Born 1720 probably in New York. Looking for her parents.
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