Johann Jorg (Georg) Kast ans Anna Margaretha Feck or Feg were my 7th great grandparents.
Their children were George, Anne Mary, Dorothy, Elizabeth, John Jorge, Ludwig (Lodewyck), Margaret, Mary, and my Sarah. Some were born in Germany and some in German Flatts, NY.
They were Palatine Germans who arrived in the Hudson Valley south of Abany about July, 1710.
They were refugees to England and Queen Anne sent them on to New York with about 3,000 others.
They were to cut down trees and make tar and pitch to seal the wooden ships of the English Navy.
Queen Anne also had an ongoing war with the French and her money and attention was divided. Johann fought with the English army against the French in the Hudson Valley, in 1711.
The Palatines were were neglected and bored and some of the families decided to cross over to the west bank of the Hudson and farm the fertile land there.
After some years they were cheated out of their prosperous farms and moved on to the Hermiker County area.
Johann Kast wanted to move as far away from the possibility of further robbers so he went and lived near the Indians. In 1725 He was granted some land in the Burnetfield Patent and started a trading post, trading with the fur trappers and Mohawk Indians.
He and the children learnt the Indian languages and the way of life and helped as intepreters and guides for the Moravian missionaries. Johann is mentioned in the missionaries' journals as being big and rough, but trustworthy.
Johann did not want his children to marry anyone but other Palatines who were Lutherans in case they went back to Germany so when an Irish Catholic fur trapper named Timothy McGinnis (Teady Magin) wanted to court Sarah (1713-1791) he was not pleased.
However Sarah refused to marry any of the local German boys that she said were rude and uncouth. Timothy was good looking and charmed Anna who convinced Johann to give his consent.
Sarah Kast married Timothy McGinnis in German Flatts about 1734.
Their children were Catherine, Elizabeth, George, William and Mary.
Timothy was killed at Lake George in 1755 and Sarah became a Loyalist during the American Revolution and fled to Canada. She came back down to the Mohawk Vallet area to speak to the Indians in their own language to convince them to fight on the side of the English army. She is considered a heroine in Canada, and recognized as a Loyalist.
Their daughter, Mary, was born in Albany, NY in 1740 and was my 5th great grandmother.
Any information about the earlier families of Johann Jorg Kast and Anna Margaretha Feck, or Feg would be appreciated.