The Naming of Cabot

The following article was found in the February 28, 1908 Butler Times: As of Sunday the name of Saxon Station will be changed to Cabot, in honor of Godfrey Cabot the Boston millionaire who has several industries in that section of the county. The change in the name of the station is arousing considerable hard…
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Crefeld

In the early-to-mid-1600s Crefeld was home to a number of our families – the Op den Graeffs, the Tyson/Tiesen/Thiessens, and the Sellens. Crefeld sits near the Lower Rhine River almost on the Dutch border. Many of the names associated with Crefeld were of Dutch origin although the language spoken and written by our family members…
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Isaac Hermans op den Graeff: 1616 – 1679

Isaac Hermans op den Graeff, was born on February 22 in 1616 in Krefeld, Germany. He married Margaretha ‘Grietgen’ Peters/Doors around 1643 and they converted to Quakerism in 1679/80 with his entire family. Isaac emigrated to Philadelphia on The Concord with his wife and three sons, Herman Isaacs, Derick Isaacs and Abraham Isaacs (our 9th…
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Letter from Grandma K. 1986

Tues. morn Dear Kim, I’ve been listening to the weather conditions in California & am wondering if you are in the flooded sections. It certainly looks terrible out there. I got yarn the other day and got started on your afghan. I hope to have it done by the time I have to start cleaning…
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Harry Theodore Kradel, Sr.: 1911 – 1982

February 14, 1911 – March, 1982 My grandfather was a man of few words. With a memory as good as mine, there are only a few conversations that I remember having directly with him. Most of our conversations happened when he and Grandma K. were together and it was usually Grandma K. that did all…
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Hesse-Darmstadt

Hesse-Darmstadt shows up frequently in the late 1700s – early 1800s across our tree. Where is it exactly and what was it like? Hesse-Darmstadt, which is also known in German as Hessen-Darmstadt, has gone through four periods of political change since its formation as a state of the Holy Roman Empire in 1567. Philip I,…
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Crossing Lines

It’s not unusual to cross lines when going back through the paths of history. Some work I’ve been doing today though has me wondering about whether or not the Kradels and the Oesterlings were more familiar with each other than we could have known. I grew up thinking of the parts and bits of my…
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