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what is your heritage, where did you come from?

Lately there has been some interesting surveys on the BBS. We are really primarly a nation of immigrants.
How about "where (what part of the world) did your family come from, when did they get here and any interesting thing you know about your families history. It helps sometimes to know where you came from to get to where you want to go. I'll start!

My Great....Grandparents came from The Isle Of Skye in Scotland during the early 1800's and settled in Scotland County, North Carolina. According to family tales there were two brothers who left Scotland. The other brother reportedly went West and was never heard of again. Our family last name then was McCrae somebody shortened to to just Ray. I don't know why they left Scotland but it was probably for a better opportunity and challenge of a new world as this was the reason most of us got to America in the first place except for Crows people who met us on the boat. At least two of my Grandparents fought with the South. One in Haygoods 16th Artillary of North Carolina. Another as a courier for Robert E Lee who was wounded and left for dead on the battlefield. he was found and recovered except for losing a leg and died in 1929 in the Confederate Old Soldiers Home in Columbia, SC.

My Dad had five brothers and all but one died from the Flu Epidemic of 1916. This epidemic killed millions worldwide and is not very well known today by our generations.

I'm married (43 years to the same ole gal) have three grown children and seven Grandkids. Oldest Grandson is attending Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. Next to oldest Grandson is a senior in High School and is ranked in the top ten of Olympic Divers in the US. he is being actively recruited by several universities and colleges.

I'm 62 not famous for much but just proud that my kids and grandkids all appear to be smarter than their old Grandad. What can a man ask for more than that!

Let's here from some of you guys our there. Who are you and where did you come from and any interesting stories of your forebearers?


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My parents migrated to America in 1969 from Portugal.My dad wanted a better life for me. My mom was pregnate when they came over.So you can say "MADE IN PORTUGAL" but "BORN IN U.S.A"
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I have a couple interesting tidbtis in my family history.

On my mother's side, we came over on the Mayflower. "Elder William Brewster" was my ancestor. That would definitely put us as English on that side. In fact, my Mom (who will be 77 on Xmas eve) has done LOTS of geneological research and has traced me back in no uncertain terms to King Edward "Longshanks" of England. My profuse apologies to all the Scots on the board. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

My Father's side is mainly Penn Dutch (Deutsch), also known as German. My great grandfather on my father's side was the town drunk and one evening he shot his wife and then killed himself. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] This freed up my grandfather to be adopted. His most noteworthy accomplishment (other than racing the stanley steamer) was that he was the first driver for Peter Pan bus lines and also its first million mile driver. I now drive for a living..imagine that. I never met this man,he died from an operation to remove a huge brain tumor long before I was born.

as side note, "Rexford" which is my last name, was the surname of my grandfather before he was adopted. I was born with the surname that he got when he was adopted (Smith) and changed it back to Rexford when I got married. I figure the name went with the bloodline and had more meaning than one just stuck on in a court proceeding. Plus, I had been using the name professionally for years. M y Daughter was born in 1997 and is the only member of the Rexford bloodline to have been born in the 20th century with that last name.


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Whell I am from my mother but originaly came over from one of my dad's testicles
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well as far as i know my grandmother on my moms side is sicillian (spelling?). her mother's madian name is Romanelli (if that isnt italian what isnt? lol) as far as i know they came overhere sometime in the early 20th century and seles in Hazelton, Pa my grandfather is PA dutch and Irish. Both my grandfather and my great grandfather worked in the coal industry. my grandfather ran a dumptruck hauling coal. and i think my great gradfather was a miner but im not sure. On my dads side pure PA dutch. As far as i know they been in the Richland,Pa (lebanon county) area for a Looooong time. i at least since my great great grand parents.

My mom and dad met at rehobeth beach delaware and here i am. My mom was and is still an LPN for the past 20 years and my dad was a nissan mechanich for 19 years until a bout with hodgkins lymphoma kept him from going back. now in full remission he works in tobyhanna and lives in scranton.

I was forced to move out of my house due to my parents divorce during my first year of college so i just move here to williamsport,PA. I live with my girlfriend and i am now in my last semester of college as of january and I am working as a CAD operater/Designer.

now the friends i have up here and the people ive met on the BBS are my extended family. I have met way to many great people to count on or to name names on here. you know who you are and all i have to say is thanks for being there.

so on that note. to everyone out there in suzuki land....i know its early but thats ok...

<font color="orange"> HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! </font color>

p.s. on a side note i found out my girlfriend ashley is a direct decendent of Thomas Nast. a political cartoonist back during the revolutionary war. he created the modern image of santa clause and the icons of the mule and the elephant of the republican and democratric parties.....
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I don't know much about my family's history, but my dad's side is Dutch, and my mother's side is Irish. My great grandparent's on my mother's side come over during the potato famine. That's about all I know. So, I drink like a fish and have one hell of a flower garden....lol [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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well, dont know my herritage, my momma found me in a boneyard under a lj20 axle back in 75 or so!!! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] hahaha

seriously, unfortunately on moms side, i only have mom and tahts it. she has no family. on dads side, my great great grandparents came over from boden germany, settled in the northern indiana chicago/michigan area. been there ever since. theres even a town in indiana that is questionably named after my ancestors somewheres. Schererville indiana. my immediate family moved to tennessee back in 83 and have stayed here, the rest is still up in the chicago/michigan city area.
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Scott ,Welsh with some Irish throne in for good masure . I'm Second generation on my father's side but have been here since before the civil war on my mother's side. Fortunatly I take after my mothers side in temperment and way of living but in LOOKS I take after my father's side~ [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] See attachment for pic of my Grand parents on my mother's side. Blue Ridge mountain born and raised!! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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My grandmother was deep into genealogy before her passing, I donít know the specifics but I do know that on my fathers side, Iím related to General Custer (I Know I know). Kind of an ironic thing is I have some Native American in me as well. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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I am defintely English with either French or Scotch on my father's side.

My mom's parents emigrated from the Midlands of England in the 1880's. My mom's father started as a meter reader for the gas company in Kansas City and rose all the way to company president.

My Dad's side of the family is harder to trace as that side is not very closely-knit even though it was a Catholic family. This was also caused by the Flu Epidemic (mentioned in another post) which took all but three of my dad's brothers and sisters. The best (or at least the coolest) ancestry theory is that I am a decendant of a Col. Cambronne of Napoleon's personal Guard. It is believed he emigrated to Texas, then to Western Kentucky where my dad's family is from.

Both my parents worked in the airplane factories during World War II. My mom (an artist) assembled Norden bombsights for B-25s. My dad (a tool engineer) designed the retractable wingtip system on the PBY-2 Catalina, the factory-installed 75mm gunmount for the B-25H (the original installations were field fabrications -- sounds Zuk-like, no?), a chiseling tool for cranial surgery (yikes!), a catcher in a circus trapese act and was (the short explanation) a stunt-double for Tarzan in a Tarzan movie from the 30's.

Yes, I am circus people....
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