finding your roots

A connection to a founding father

Tammara Green May 30, 2012

While researching my grandmother Fern Belle (Mowrer) Green’s background, I found out that our first relative on that side, Herman Mauer came from Germany on a Palatine ship in 1749. By 1760 he had started a family and attended the United Church of Christ (Strayers) church in Dover, Pennsylvania which was started with a $100 donation from Benjamin Franklin. I am still trying to figure out exactly who the “strayers” were and what they believed. Also, since this is as far back as I can go on my grandmother’s side, I am inspired now to research my grandfather’s side (Green’s) who lived in Kentucky and were apparently from Ireland at some point.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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