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  • #30 Royal Descents, Notable Kin, and Printed Sources: A Bibliographic and Geographic Survey of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, Part 3

    Gary Boyd Roberts

    The Scots and Scots-Irish (Ulstermen) in western Pennsylvania also often migrated, like the Germans, via the Shenandoah Valley to western Virginia, N.C., S.C., and Tennessee; both Germans and Scots-Irish are major components of Appalachia. There is little coverage of the Ulstermen in print (Egle’s Notes and Queries is still the major source). Works of Donald Whyte and David Dobson cover eighteenth-century Scots to the American colonies generally; Whyte’s work lists relatively few immigrants but various American sources, whereas Dobson’s probably lists most Scots immigrants mentioned in Scottish sources themselves. Examples of Scots or Scots-Irish families include Carnegies and Mellons in Pittsburgh, and ancestors of Polk, Buchanan, Grant (Simpson), Benjamin Harrison (Irwin), McKinley, Wilson (nineteenth-century immigrants), Harding (Crawford), Nixon (father’s forebears, plus Milhous), and probably Ford (King). From the mid-eighteenth century New Englanders settled in the Wyoming and Susquehanna Valleys. Sources include agnate New England genealogies, N.Y. and Pa. mugbooks, and census indexes. Major examples are Scrantons, from Guilford, Conn., for whom the city is named, and from whom Pennsylvania Gov. William Warren Scranton derived, and Hardings, from Providence, R.I., from whom the president.


    Among Welsh Quaker RD immigrants to Pennsylvania, Dep. Gov. Thomas and Mary (Jones) Lloyd are ancestors of Vincent Astor and Orson Welles, and of wives of Charles Thomson, John Dickinson, Charles Willson Peale (3rd wife), John Jacob Astor IV, Bernard Berenson, Bertrand (3rd Earl) Russell, Richard Millington Synge and the 1st Marquis de Barbe-Marbois. Among English Quaker RD immigrants to Pennsylvania, James Claypoole, brother of a son-in-law of Oliver Cromwell, was an ancestor of the third husband of Betsey Ross; wives of James Peale, Cornelius Vanderbilt (II), Leopold Stokowski, and Sidney Lumet; and the artistic Bories, Anna and Sarah Miriam Peale, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Gloria Vanderbilt (Cooper).

    Major sources for Pennsylvania generally, in addition to the Quaker and German such listed above, include two major journals – the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, with compiled genealogies and much source data consolidated into Genealogies of Pennsylvania Families (4 vols. total) and Pennsylvania Vital Records (3 vols.). Pennsylvania Archives, in several series, extends to many volumes. Census indexes exist through 1860, and Philadelphia Passenger Arrivals ("Baggage Lists," 1800-1819) and Philadelphia Naturalization Records (1789-1880), especially when added to the Strassburger and Hinke lists, cover much immigration. F. L. Hoenstine’s Guide (1978, with three supplements) gives sources for many alphabetically-arranged families; Lawmaking and Legislators in Pennsylvania, 2 vols., is a biographical dictionary covering 1682-1756; and the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 7 vols., includes N.Y., N.J., Pa., Va., N.C., Ohio and Indiana. As noted above, there is also a large mugbook/county history literature.

    Comparatively little need be said about Delaware. For the small Finn and Swedish early settlement, see the works of Amandus Johnson and Peter S. Craig. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries the state consisted largely of spillover Pennsylvania and Maryland, and tended to a southern planter culture (see Delaware Archives, 3 vols., and works of Edwin Jaquett Sellers).In the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it has been a du Pont fiefdom (see du Pont genealogies and, for the ancestry of various spouses, Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America, vols. 22-24, and Notable Kin, Volume Two, pp. 8-14, 25, 31, 204-5).

    With this column I have completed my survey of classic New England genealogies (column #6), town histories (#7), periodicals (#8), printed primary sources (#10) and (Conn.) migrations north and west (#5); NEHGS manuscripts (#11-13, 15), printed nineteenth-century immigrant sources (#9) and general services (#24); the mid-Atlantic states (#28-30); the South (#16-18); and observations on reviewing the ancestor charts of patrons (#19-21). In my next column I shall return to Notable Kin, Volume Two, and treat the New England ancestry of tycoons associated with cities south or west of New York. Later columns will review the New England past of various Hollywood figures, including Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
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