Reva, John Walraven Sr. was born about 1743 in New Castle Co., Delaware, the son of Gisbert Walraven Jr. and his second wife, Anna Paulson (Gisbert Jr. married 3 times). Anna died the same year that John Sr. was born (maybe in childbirth ?). John was raised by his half sister, Christina (from Gisbert`s first marriage)who married her cousin, Elias Walraven. The parents of Gisbert Jr. were Gisbert Walraven (born abt 1657)and Christina Peterson. Gisbert was the son of Walraven Jansen DeVos (born about 1635 in Holland) who was a Dutch soldier who arrived in America in the 1650`s. He married Christina Thorsson (Swedish) who arrived in the Swedish Colony in Delaware around 1641, as a young girl. J.V.