One of the seventh generation of Smiths that have farmed the land of Nescopeck Twp,Pa since the early 1800s. Amatuer genealogist,amateur photographer,just wanted to be sure our family was included in the history of this area.
First-hand information. Entered by Butch Smith at registration.
Jacob Schober the History of Luzerne Co states that Jacob was in Nescopeck Twp about 1790,I don't know if he met his wife here or she came with him. Three of his children had children baptized in Nescopeck Twp before 1810.
John Andress and Elizabeth Rex John's Uncle Jacob was in Nescopeck Twp from about 1800,I've found no evidence of his father Martin being here. He and Elizabeth married in1813,I presume they came here shortly after,Elizabeth is the earliest Rex.
Henry Karchner and Christina Leinbach appear to have bought land from the German Reform Church around 1820,three of their children were married in Nescopeck Twp so they may have been here a few years earlier,they came from Berks Co.
Daniel Breyfogle and his wife Elizabeth probably didn't get to Nescopeck Twp until almost 1820,they had children baptized at Beaver Meadows about 1816. Both are buried at Mt Zion.
Johan George Keen I don't believe George's first wife every came to Nescopeck Twp,his second wife is buried at Mt Zion. George donated the land for the Mt Zion church and cemetery,he and his family came from New Jersey just after 1800.
Andrew Ochsreider and Rachel Miller appear to have come to either Sugarloaf or Black Creek Twp around 1800 when those townships were still part of Nescopeck. Andrew came from Berks with a brother Peter,another brother Jacob may have came before them from Northumberland Co.
I'm currently working on a project for Nescopeck,Pa as it was in or just before 1800. At that time it was an area that eventually split into about 6 different townships. I'm also working on a cemetery project for the current cemeteries in Nescopeck Twp.
Evan Owen,a Quaker whose family came to Pennsylvania with William Penn played a big part in the settling of the lower Luzerne county area of Northeast Pennsylvania. A lot of the early settlers to this region were Quakers.
There appears to be a fairly large contingent of Quakers that were early settlers in Columbia County. The earliest meeting houses in Columbia County were built in Catawissa and Millville in the late 1700s,there was also a meeting house in Berwick for a short while.
Thanks for reaching out about the pre-1700s quiz. Although I'm actively researching my Italian heritage, I haven't gotten back that far on that line. My pre-1700s ancestors are all early American settlers, some going back to the Mayflower. I will check out the groups and join the appropriate ones.
Butch. Thanks for the pre-1700 info. My interest lies in cleaning up incorrect Kauffman relationships where the current profile managers have not done the requested de-linking to get relationships sorted based upon y-DNA results. 5+ years is more than enough time for multiple individuals to correct the associations.
Butch, for James McNeal born in 1744 what evidence do you have that he is actually the son of Robert McNeal and Helen McDougal. I have been in contact with the US genealogist for Clan McNeal and we both have no proof this is the case. Thoughts?
Thank you so much for the welcome and the suggestions! I believe I've already joined the Mayflower Project (definitely an interest of mine) and it seems the Pre-1700 Project will be of interest as well, as my father's ancestors who were not on the Mayflower were part of the Great Migration.