Herman Op den Graeff: 1585 – 1642

November 26, 1585 – December 27, 1642 The Op den Graeff family – a name that in historical records can be seen as being spelled Opdegraf, Updegrave, Updegrove – is an old Dutch Mennonite family from Cleve and Crefeld. Herman Op den Graeff was born on November 26, 1585 in Aldekerk, Kleve, Nordhein-Westfalen, Germany. In…
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My Modern Migration

We now live in a transient society. People can drive here and there, move on a dare, and what took months of travel by horse and buggy in the 1800s, can now be done by flying across the country on a whim for dinner. Times have changed since the founding of the country. As they…
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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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