When did they arrive? How many people? Where did they come from? Did they struggle financially. How did they live when they first came here?
If they were slaves, do you know what plantations or houses they worked in? How did they escape?
Most Helpful Guy
My old man got into geneology, so I actually know this.
Father's side: Distant ancestor who first arrived in America was "WASP" or "Scots-Irish". He was actually *hijacked* and thrown onto a ship in 1630 or so. Indentured for a few years to pay for the privilege to boot! But once here, he decided to stay in New England rather than try to fight his way back to Ulster and claim land that another heir had already taken anyway. Wasn't an original "pilgrim", but married into them. Over time, descendents migrated (mid) westward and settled as small town shopkeepers in Nebraska, where Dad met Mom.
Mother's Side: Great Grandfather who arrived in America was from Germany and the Homestead Act, combined with conscription into the Kaiser's army, motivated him to leave Germany and settle with the German immigrants in Nebraska. Ironically, Great Grandfather's children and then grandchildren wound up fighting Germans in two World Wars. Granddaughter (my mom) was a farm girl who met Dad, and I was spawned.1
Most Helpful Girl
My white ancestors came over on the mayflower and one winter while they were starving and dying of disease the native americans fed them which we remember this now as Thanksgiving so to never forget how weak the indians were and how we repaid them by exterminating them and stealing their land. My black ancestors didn't land on Plymouth rock, Plymouth rock landed on them.1
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