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Rebecca Grace Fetty McKown
FROM THE ALPS OF EUROPE TO AMERICA:
As you read the background of our European heritage and DNA traits you can follow the trail of our ancestor's from the France-Austria-German Alps northward then to America. Our DNA of "R1b1b2" proves to be from the Brythonic Celts of Gaul. By giving the history of various tribes in the lands of Gaul a couple people have been confused. Our DNA proves us NOT TO BE of Anglo-Saxon or Germanic-Scandinavian descent.
Our first American ancestor (Pre-1753) may have departed from Rotterdam.
the 1700's through the 1820's, German Speaking emigrants from central
Europe-Switzerland, Wuerttemberg, Baden, Alsace, Lorraine, Luxembourg, the
Palatinate and Rhineland-generally took a boat down the Rhine River to
Rotterdam or Antwerp and sailed to North America from there." (John P.
The FETTY surname of Europe is found mainly
in the Alps of AUSTRIA with recorded history in Europe dating back to the
1292 Paris, France, Tax Records.
Generation No. 1
1. GEORGE FETTY, SR. was born 1753/55 (Source: Pension Application indicates June 7, 1755 as his birth date, near Princeton, NJ. The date of his Pension Application is the 19th Day of November AD 1833.)
His tombstone reads "George Fetty, Died May 22, 1848, Age 95 years." Indicates birth date 1753. He died in Monongalia Co., VA, Now WV. His burial place is in Fetty-Hogue Cemetery, Monongalia County, WV.
Their marriage probably took place in New Jersey, USA.
Phebe was born Abt. 1742, and her tombstone reads "Phebe Fetty, Died May 01, 1835, Age 92 years." She also died in Monongalia Co., VA, Now WV and is buried at Fetty-Hogue Cemetery in Monongalia County, WV.
We hope it is understood there are many researchers to thank and we try to list all with equal recognition in the following pages ( co-editor Roger Lee Fetty )
Using available public records and census for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the family has been traced thus: From Bureau of Archives, Trenton, New Jersey: Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, through Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to Monongalia County, VA, now WV.
As in any Genealogy Research, data is constantly
With all surnames it is customary to display the last known Coat-of Arms Bestowed to a Noble of The Family Name.
Our first direct ancestor in America that we have knowledge of is George Fetty, Sr., who was a REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOT of NJ, and his wife Phebe.
Major actions in the state of NJ include:
· The forced Abandonment of Fort Lee, Nov. 20 th, 1776 starting the retreat of the American army across NJ to the other side of the Delaware river.
· The first battle of Trenton, Dec 26 th, 1776
· The battle of Princeton, Jan 3 rd, 1777
· The Battle of Bound Brook, April 14th, 1777
· The Battle of Short Hills, June, 1777
· River Forts defense of the lower Delaware, fall of 1777
· The battle of Monmouth, June 28 th, 1778
· The Battle of Connecticut Farms, June 6 th ,1780
· The Battle of Springfield, June 23 rd, 1780, one of the larger battles of the war, for numbers of troops involved, yet least known.
· In addition, there were hundreds of smaller battles, engagements, skirmishes, raids, ambushes, etc. involving regular troops, militia units and loyalist units, and many actions off the coast of sea vessels. NJ men used whaleboats to raid British shipping and territories around NYC , Long Island, and off Sandy Hook, besides the small ships used as privateers.
The militia began to act. In small groups they attacked small British and Hessian parties, riders and couriers.They may have been afraid of facing the British regulars without their own army, but were willing on occasion to attack at opportune moments. British casualties began to mount.
( Visit "NJ during the Revolution" by Glenn Valis at:
Of the New Jersey Militia, the Hessian officer Johann Ewald wrote:
"What can you not achieve with such small bands who have learned to fight dispersed, who know how to use every molehill for their defense, and who retreat as quickly when attacked as they advance again, and who will always find space to hide. Never have I seen these maeuvres (sic) performed better than by the American Militia, and especially that of the Province of New Jersey. If you were forced to retreat against these people you could certainly count on constantly having them around you."
General Howe of Britsh Forces finally issued this order:
"Head Quarters Trentown 12th of December 1776. Small straggling parties, not dressed like Soldiers and without Officers, not being admissible in War, who presume to Molest or fire upon Soldiers, or peaceable Inhabitants of the Country, will be immediately hanged without Tryal as Assassins"
Many Americans fled to western territories to avoid the many battles and hardships of the American Revolution. George Fetty Sr. remained in New Jersey from the beginning of the Revolution till final victory.. (1774-1784). After 1784 George Fetty Sr. traveled west with his family to Pennsylvania in pursuit of abundant land.