When I began this genealogy project, it was just a small list of curiosity to identify who was who and from where they came. With this list I saw something start to take shape. I began to hear things which were similar to what I had heard in school and seen on TV.
With just a little more searching, I was able to locate some stories and a few pictures. Events were beginning to come alive and have meanings. I now realized I was a part of an ongoing epic which was unfolding before me in multi-layered chapters. I not only saw the results of a man and woman's legacy, but that which unfolded around them as well. It became seeing history not just on just the present level of research, but with a knowledge of future events and outcomes involving many families and how lives were so different among various people at a similar era in time.
I was there; I saw generations of families being born, getting married, and actively becoming part of the history of this land. I was there; I was part of the Civil war, the Revolutionary war, and when Indian raiding parties attacked. I was even there as we packed up and headed across the mountains and prairies from the original colony to Texas and the West Coast. I was there; we were farmers, merchants, marshals, doctors, clergy, gunfighters, and judges.
William Farris (supposedly haplogroup R1b) and his wife Mary left the port of Larne in Ulster, Ireland in 1767. They arrived in Charleston, South Carolina on 12 January 1768 aboard a ship named the "James & Mary" captained by John Moore.
Johann Peter Schoellmann and Gertrude Holzmann were born and married in Prussia. They came to this country to escape a militaristic government and raise a family thereby becoming Americans with a German heritage.
This is our heritage, descendants of these colonists and pioneers, a heritage which through these stories, still lives in me today.