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Johannes Haner migrated to America starting in the year 1708 at the age of 24. Many families in southwestern Germany decided to emigrate to America for various reasons.  Historians give four motivating causes: freedom from burdensome taxes, security from devastating wars, religious freedom, and desire for land of their own.  A key figure in the immigration was Rev. Joshua Harrsch, a first-rate entrepreneur who did, however, take his pastoral duties seriously in later years in the New York  settlements of the Palatines. In 1706, for reasons still not entirely understood, he changed his name to Joshua Kocherthal and became an agent for landowners in British North America.  In 1708 he took a small group of colonists to America where they founded present-day Newburgh on the west side of the Hudson River in 1709.  Returning to England in summer 1709 he found that a large number of Palatines, Hessians and others had come to London to ship out to the New World. Many came by way of the Dutch port of Rotterdam, others were on their own.  It is estimated that as many as 13,500 emigrants were camped on Blackheath south of the Thames, on Greenwich Heath on the Thames, and at other sites near London.  The British found the mass of Palatines on their doorstep more than they had anticipated or could handle.  About 3000 were chosen to go to New York, to work in the "Tar Project" (to cut pine for tar and spars for the British ships at the New World) - among them our Johannes. They boarded ten ships (some say 11) about December 25, 1709, but the first ship did not sail until April 10, 1710; food and water on the ships was bad, and 470 of the emigrants, many of them children, died on board or soon after arrival in America.  Palatines arriving in New York City in 1710, including our ancestor, were treated by British authorities as faceless, nameless commodities. After a quarantine period in tents (brought from England) on Nutten Island (now Governor's Island), 1874 Palatines were sent in early October, 1710 into service on Livingston Manor (Robert Livingston 1654-1728), a huge tract of land on the east side of the Hudson River, across from and south of Albany.

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George and Marie (Schaeffer) Fischer ~ Immigrated to Ontario, Canada from Germany about 1840 to 1850.  His profession was Shoemaker and they resided in and raised all 8 children in Drayton, Wellington Co.,  Ontario, Canada.  I'm very interested in finding any of the ancestors of any of the children.  All links to the Canadian side of the family have been lost since the death of my mother Alma G. (Fischer) Haner, grand daughter of George and Marie.  Two surnames of interest still in Canada are Darling from Irma, Alberta, Canada and Dundas from Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, both cousins.

James Monroe Banks ~ Born 05 Oct. 1792 in Lancaster Co., PA, married twice and father of 20 children.  Family history of James is that he was a traveling salesman and had "itchy feet".  Spouses were 1st. Elizabeth Hutchison, and 2nd. Barbara Allice Kimmel.

Ralph H. Jones ~ Father of my great great grandfather Lyman F. C. Jones born Oct. 1837 somewhere in the Boston, MA area.  Ralph H. Jones's wife was possibly Roxana "Cutler? or Mace?".  Photo album of Lyman F. C. Jones contains references to both surnames as Aunts and Uncles.

Charles Cecil ~ Born about 1711, died January 1787,  Bethnal Green, Spitalfields, Middlesex, England, married Judeth Raby 14 January 1737/38 at St. Dunstan Church, Stepney, London, England.  There is no known link to William Cecil, Lord Burghley or James Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, or any other royalty in England!  Our Cecil's were silk weavers from the poorest part of the East End of London.


Germany to America with HAYNER
The KIMMEL family connection
The WYCKOFF family in America

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19th Century Photographic History for Genealogists, by A. J. Morris


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                                                THE AUTHOR. "

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Background: Fisherman Knit sweater by Alma G. (Fischer) Haner
Revision date; 6 February 2000