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March 25, 2021

Who Was Your First Canadian or American Born Ancestor?

I was curious as to who my first Canadian and American born ancestors were. It was fun looking in my database to find out. 

My first Canadian ancestor was Leonard-Tremi (Jonas) Le Roy baptised 1674 in what is now Quebec. 

My first Ontario born ancestor was Levi Peer who was born 1807 in what was then Upper Canada.

My first born American ancestor was Styntje Jans Snediker born 1641 in New Amsterdam (now New York City)

Caveat: I've omitted my Mohawk ancestor Ots-Toch (wife of Cornelis Van Slyke) because I have no idea of her ancestry going back in time but it certainly was hundreds of years before Styntje. 

My husband has no American ancestry. His first born Canadian ancestor was Ellen Montgomery born in 1822 in Quebec. Johannes Alexander Allen Butler, son of his black ancestor, was a close second being born in 1824 in York County Ontario. 

Who was your first North American ancestor?



JoAnn said...

Both my parents were first generation Canadian.

Steven C Perkins said...

I have no Canadian ancestors, although I have Canadian relatives from Loyalists who left from New England before, during, and after the American Revolution.

My earliest born American ancestor appears to be Archer Farley, son of Thomas Farley, Gentleman, and wife Jane (possibly Moleneaux or Sefton?), born in 1626 or 27, in Archer's Hope, Jamestown, Virginia. A daughter, Ann, was born to Thomas and Jane while on the voyage to Virginia, so she might be the earliest, depending on how we define the term. Thomas served a few terms in the Virginia House of Burgesses.

Thomas was from Worcester, Worcestershire, and was a son of Roger Farley, Gentleman, Merchant, and his wife, either Isobel Phumpfries or Jane Evans. Roger's will is not clear on this point.

It is also possible that a Richard Braseur, in Virginia by 1616, may be an ancestor and one of his children is the earliest European ancestor born in North America. My ancestor Benois Brasseur, lived in the same area of Lower Norfolk, Virginia, before moving to Maryland, where he received a Letter of Denization from Lord Baltimore.

I also have native ancestry through the Chowanoak tribe of North Carolina.

michaelkearney said...

MY first Canadian born relation was Ann Nevers b.6 jan Mauderville, NB

michaelkearney said...

My first Canadian relation was Ann Nevers b.6 jan 1770

David said...

Hélène Desportes, born Quebec about 1620.

Grandma Janie said...

I have been busy identifying my Immigrant ancestors and should easily be able to identify the first generation American or Canadian. I am intrigued by your spreadsheet on this blog. The ideal of having the names on an easy accessible single sheet would be helpful but, I don't see any of your surnames listed on subsequent generations. i.e. if your father was a Smith, then your GG would be a Smith. Can you explain how you arranged your spreadsheet?
I enjoy checking in and getting your wonderful tips.
Jane Nicola Mathis

Olive Tree Genealogy said...

Hi Jane - thanks for your kind comments! The way I did my spreadsheet was actually pretty simple - I didn't want to repeat surnames, so basically I omitted the paternal surname on the next generation back.

For example, my great-grandfather was a Vollick. So Vollick goes in the GGparents section. The next generation for GGGparents would be his father (Vollick) and mother (Burkholder) So I don't put Vollick in a cell but I do put Burkholder.

The only time I put the father's name would be when I went further back (not show on this cropped image) when I entered Golding as a surname for an illegitimate ancestor - but her father was a Norris so his name was put in a cell for the next generation