9399Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Newbie with questions
- Jul 5, 2006G. Grandpa was VERY Catholic, my Aunt tells me. He married a
Protestant woman (my G. Grandma) but wouldn't associate with her
family and while he agreed to let her raise the children Protestant -
he had her baptised as a Catholic when she was in a diabetic coma
and as soon as she died, he pulled the kids out of public school and
enrolled them into Catholic school. Needless to say - his inlaws
--- In email@example.com, Ron Lahav
> Hello Sandi,
> What you have written about your GGF tends to confirm
> my earlier posting and also Jon's that he was not
> Belgian by birth. If he had been Belgian it would have
> cost him virtually nothing to get to Antwerp from
> anywhere in Belgium, and even in the 1890s the train
> trip would have taken less than ha;f a day. The fact
> that he changed his name also leads me to believe that
> he was of Eastern European origin, and in fact he may
> well have been Jewish; many Jews when they arrived in
> the New World changed their names to more American
> sounding or at least less Jewish sounding ones. Some
> Jews wished to bury their past in the New World and
> chose completely non-Jewish names as well.
> Hope this helps.
> Ron in Geordieland
> > We are assuming that G. Grandpa sailed out of
> > Antwerp - the family
> > used their entire savings getting him to the port.
> > My G.Grandfather
> > literally came to America with the clothes on his
> > back.
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