Origin Of The Name Kradel

Kradel is not a common surname. Before the internet opened up, I could have safely said that I was related to anyone and everyone with the last name of Kradel. Now, I’m not so sure. Probably, but not sure. I once had a phone conversation with an Editor or an Assistant at a small publishing…
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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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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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The Family Ministers

As I worked on the family tree it has become clear that no one religion defines us as a family. Of course in the current family our main religion has been Evangelical Lutheran, but in both the recent and distant past our people have also been Presbyterian, Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, Mennonite, Quaker, and at least…
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Daughters of the American Revolution

I vaguely remember Grandma Kradel and Aunt Sarah telling me when I was a teenager that if I wanted, they could help me do the paperwork to become a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, as I saw the group as being too conservative and…
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