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View Diary: Who Am I?: Not So Irish After All (A Big Genealogy Surprise, Part 2) (180 comments)

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  •  Gotta love it (5+ / 0-)

    I know it took some of those English families a long time to intermarry with the Dutch in New York. The Hudson Valley maintained its Dutch and Huguenot aristocracy into the 20th century.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:51:03 PM PST

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    •  Mine moved to New Jersey and then out west. (2+ / 0-)
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      edwardssl, Judgment at Nuremberg

      Any old money or aristocracy disappeared from my family long ago, I am afraid.

      There is an old family story that one merchant ancestor was imprisoned for smuggling. It is likely that he was a smuggler; whether or not he was imprisoned is another question.

      Another is buried in Trinity Church yard at the end of Wall Street, about a block from ground zero. That was the high point of our fortunes, a little over 300 years ago.

      •  My wife's Dutch ancestor (1+ / 0-)
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        Andrew F Cockburn

        sold stuff to the Indians and didn't get permission from the New Amsterdam authorities!   (They wanted a cut of the action and some items were too dangerous for Indians to have)
        Her Dutch line too moved to northern NJ with cousins remaining in the Hudson valley near Albany etc.  

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