Category Archives: ARRIVED BY SEA

William Harris

William Harris (before 1650-1712) arrived by sea at least by 1674 or as early 1668.   He quickly took land patents and became a legislator.  He is known for going back to England to bring back weighing scales to the county … Continue reading

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Charles Hynson

Charles Hynson (1663-1711) was born in Kent County, Maryland in 1663. He was one of  three sons of Thomas Hinson (1620-1667) and Grace who immigrated to Virginia in the 1640s.   Charles’ father was a prominent early settler on the Eastern … Continue reading

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Thomas Hynson

Thomas Hynson (1620-1667) was born in 1620, probably a member of the Hinson family of Fordham at the Damside, Cambridgeshire and Fulham, County Middlesex.  He became a founder of the well known Eastern Shore of Maryland Hynson family. According to … Continue reading

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Colonel John Hynson

John Hynson (about 1646-1705) — later known as Colonel John Hynson –was born into an English family that first immigrated to Virginia and later settled in Maryland in 1651.  He was the second born son among two brothers and two … Continue reading

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Melchior Keener

Melchior Keener (c. 1720-1798) was born in Saarbruken, Alsace Lorraine, France in 1720. Conditions were difficult due to wars and religious intolerance. At age 19, he emigrated by sea to York County, Pennsylvania in 1739. He was industrious and later … Continue reading

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Edward Smith

Edward Smith (-1700) was born probably in Penryn, Cornwall, England and he along with and brothers Robert Smith (1706/7) and Renatus Smith (-1719) probably arrived by sea about 1677.  Since it is known that Robert arrived as a free adult … Continue reading

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William Clayton Pre-1665

This William Clayton (pre-1665) is enigmatic.  He is probably the father of William Clayton documented to be born about 1655 and the grandfather of William Clayton and Solomon Clayton who served in the Lower House of Maryland.  Each of these … Continue reading

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Viet Musig

Viet Musig (Muzigh, Mesick) was born near Heidelberg, Germany about 1690 during a time of religious intolerance for Protestants by Catholics.  He married and immigrated with his family to New York by sea in 1710.  He created a foundation for … Continue reading

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Hermann Betzer

Hermann Betzer (Bitzer, Pitzer) was born in 1669 in Hachenburg, Germany.  Under horrific ill conditions, he emigrated by sea with other Palatines in search of a new life. Hermann settled in the East Camp, known as Germantown, NY where he … Continue reading

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Jacob Best

Jacob Best (c. 1690-) (aka Bast, Beest) was probably born about 1690 in the neighborhood of Schonbach and Herborn about 40 km. north and a little to the west of Frankfurt, Germany.  He arrived by sea to America to become … Continue reading

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