Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fearless Females - 3/27/10

Thanks to the Accidental Genealogist for the Blogging Prompts for Fearless Females for March!

March 27 — Do you know the immigration story of one or more female ancestors? Do you have any passenger lists, passports, or other documentation? Interesting family stories?

I have several female ancestors that I know a little about their immigration. But perhaps the one that is most interesting is that of Elizabeth Renberg Wiseman.

Elizabeth Renberg was born in 1675 in England. She married Thomas Wiseman, about 1699, while still in England.

In 1700 the couple sailed for America. And it was while sailing to the New World that Elizabeth gave birth to her first child, Isaac Wiseman, Sr.

Or so we always thought! A recent find was to locate Thomas and Liza Wiseman arriving in Germantown, Pennsylvania not in 1700, but in 1706!

And if that is the case, then Isaac would actually have been a young boy of about 6 years of age when his family arrived in Pennsylvania.

I am still attempting to locate further documentation to provide proof one way or the other regarding this change from our told heritage [for well over 200 years it has been told this way!]. It has even been documented as such in historical genealogies!  And wouldn't that have been a fantastic story for Elizabeth Renberg?

But perhaps the story is in reality, just that. A story. I am hoping to put the story straight.

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