Since becoming interested in my Alewine Family Genealogy some years ago, many mysteries and unanswered questions have surfaced. One of the most compelling to me is "THE NAME CHANGE" of John George after his arrival to Charles Towne, S.C. but before receiving the land grant in The Dutch Fork settlement. I'm sure that we all would like to know any facts or theories as to the circumstances of, or the reason for the change??? How or why the new name became "ALEWINE" or even more so, what exactly was our Family name originaly. I"ve heard several possibilities mentioned and they all begin with "GENE". (GENEWYN - GENEWYER - GENESAYER - GENEROYER - GENEVESSER)
John George and his family sailed aboard The Rowand to Charles Towne, S.C. from Rotterdam, Holland in 1752.I do not have any proof what so ever, but it is possible that a connection exsist with the name change and the fact that a very prominent family name in and around Rotterdam was "ALEWIJN", pronounced ALE-WINE. I have read where it was common for members of the Alewijn family to hold high public office in this area.
I don't think John George would change the family name without good reason.What that reason might be, I can only speculate. I think JG would have made the change prior to registry on the ship's passenger list if he had any mysterious reason to cover his tracks or hide the family identity.I think you can safely rule that out.Records indicate that when JG applied for his land grant, the new name of Alewine was used.I think JG was probably a very clever fellow who thought things out in detail.The name change may have occurred for a simple reason like having a name beginning with "A" may have improved his position alphabetically over other applicants to expedite the receipt of a select 250 acres of land for his family to begin their new life in America.He may have remembered the name "ALE-WIJN / ALE-WINE" from Rotterdam.