Category Archives: -8th Generation

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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Solomon Clayton

Solomon Clayton (c. 1685-1739) was born 1685 in Maryland, probably in Queen Anne County. He became a successful landowner who held several political posts in the state.  His granddaughter married the Governor of Maryland 41 years after his death. His … Continue reading

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William Clayton (1682-1728)

William Clayton (1682-1728/9) was born about 1682, probably in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.  He was the eldest son of Willam Clayton (c. 1655-1721). The identity of his mother is unknown but his stepmother was Joan (?-1730) who was the widow … Continue reading

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Hendrick Mesick

Johann Hendrick Mesick (1714-1809) was born December 29, 1714 in Germantown, Columbia County, New York.  A first generation American — before the Revolution — in which he later fought.  He was active in his church, raised a family, lived to … Continue reading

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Johannes Best

Johannes Best (c. 1718) was born in Central Camp, Columbia County, NY about 1718.  He was a first born American and son of Jacob Best (c. 1690-c. 1780) and Anna Christina Dederick who were Palatine immigrants. Johannes Best married Eva … Continue reading

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Carl Neher

Carl Neher (Nehr) (c. 1676-1733) was born about 1676 in Birkenfield, Westerich, Germany.  He was the eldest of six children of Hans Jacob Nohr and Gertraud Sohn. The European home of his family was at Birkenfeld, in the commune Trarbach … Continue reading

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Jacob Fratt

Jacob Fratts (c. 1725-1777) was most likely born in Germany — possibly in Wurtemberg.  He probably was a Palatine. It appears that Jacob Fratts arrived by sea before 1758 because a record in the Colonial Laws of New York of … Continue reading

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Stephen Bordley, Jr.

Stephen Bordley, Jr. (1709-1776) was born in 1709 near the Wye River in Maryland.  He was the youngest of five children. Stephen’s father Reverend Stephen Bordley   (1674-1709) came by sea to Maryland in 1696 to become the second Reverend of … Continue reading

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