Early settlers in Colonial America
As through the years I researched my family I became amazed at how early my American roots were, to 1624 in New Netherlands, Later New Amsterdam, In Mass. with an ancestor on the Winthrop fleet (1630 to the site of Boston), to Conn (Saybrook) in 1636, then later to the tip of Long Island next to Conn. to the other end of Long Island (Hemsted L.I. 1640). These branches came together 160 years later in Warren Co, Ohio. I also found out I was related to great figures in our History, George Rogers Clark and William Clark (of Lewis & Clark). I find that I am the result of early settlers in New England (1630), New York (1624 & 1640), Virginia (1660), Penn. (1734). The only new-commers were the Irish in 1830′s.
I also found I was “shirt-tail” relatives of John D. Rockerfeller, and supposidly Andrew Mellon. I am also descended from one of the few Americans entiled to be called “Lord” and that was Lion or Lyon Gardiner, founder of the “Hamptons”. How can I, an ordinary American have such important roots. I does effect how I behave and inter-relate with society.