The story of my family is the story of America. I had English Quaker ancestors that were in Delaware in the 1690s, and Eastern European ancestors that came to America through Ellis Island at the turn of the Twentieth Century. In between those extremes, some came in the 1700s and most in the 1800s. I am of German and Frisian and Swiss, Slovak, and English and Scottish descent. My great grandmother claimed she was Irish as well, but I do not as of yet have any proof of that.
My paternal grandfather's family came to Jones County, Iowa from Jever County on the North Sea of Germany.
Surnames on this branch include Specht, Heiken, Harberts, Behrens, Benters, Kleyhauer, Eilkes, Alfs, Janssen, Alberts, Renken, Christopers, Gerdes, and Helmerichs.
My paternal grandfather's family came to Marquette County, Wisconsin from Germany (and Switzerland further back).
Surnames on this side include Thalacker, Johns, Kascht, and Wagner. The Thalackers are well researched, but I have very little about the Wagners of Marquette County, WI.
My maternal grandfather's father's family came to Detroit, MI, from Germany.
Surnames on this side include Schwartz, Lichtenfeld, and Brick.
My mathernal grandfather's mother's family came to Miami and Shelby Counties, Ohio, from Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and was of Quaker and Pennsylvania Dutch descent.
These lines are Cyrus Gillam, of Lancaster, who fought in the 8th Ohio Cavalry in the Civil War, (I am looking for ties to the Gillams of Bucks Co, PA), and the Hoffers and Millers of Lancaster County on her father's side. On her mother's side, her family was made of Forsyths who came from England, Coxes from North Carolina (an Quaker family from England that was in Delaware by 1692), Cobles from North Carolina (including Nicholas Coble, believed to have fought in the American Revolution) with a line traced back to 1385, and the Hubbells. I am looking for any information about Sallie (Sarah) Hubbell of Shelby County, Ohio.
Surnames on Stella Gillam's side include Gillam, Hoffer, Miller (England and Germany?-PA-OH), Forsythe (Scotland?-England-OH), Cox, Hussey, Garretson, Matson, Davis, Kinkey, Cantrell, Matthews (England-DE, PA, MD-NC-OH), Coble, Moretz, Emig, Geisler, Braun (Germany-PA-NC), and Hubbell (?-OH).
My maternal grandmother's parents came from eastern Slovakia, near Michalovce, to Erie and Uniontown, Pennsylvania, going through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th Century.
The only surnames that I have on this branch of my family are Durochik, Repey, Giratos, and Tomko.