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400 Years in America: A Family Chronicle

Updated May 2, 2004

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This site outlines 400 years of my ancestors in America. The roots of my family tree extend all the way back to Stephen Hopkins who first sailed for America in 1610 on the doomed ship "Sea Venture". When he finally arrived at Jamestown, the conditions there prompted him to return to England. In 1620, he gave America another chance, this time sailing on the ship "Mayflower" and settling on Cape Cod. In addition to my Hopkins branch, several other branches on my family tree have roots in early New England. They have been traced back to these early immigrants: Rev. John Lothrop, Rev. John Mayo, Rev. Francis Doughty, Job Tyler, John Tucker, and George Geer.

Another significant branch of my family tree traces back to a large group of early Dutch immigrants who were among the earliest residents of New Amsterdam, known today as New York and New Jersey. Surnames on this branch include: Blauvelt, Bogaert, Hogencamp, Kuyper, Meyer, Smidt, Van Nes, Van Vorst, and Waldron.

Finally, I also have roots in early Virginia. Surnames include: Ballard, Haynes, Maupin, Via, and Woodward.

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