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I had never thought much about geneology until sometime in the late 70's when I found that a man I had been working with for a couple of years was from where I was born - a small country place, close to a village type town... all the more reason it was such a coincidence. After talking a while, we discovered that we were distant cousins. To top it off, he had been doing a family tree history for his family, which in part included mine. Then he topped that with the fact that sometime in the 1800's two brothers married two sisters. One set of those was his great grandparents; one was my great-great grandparents (I think I have the "greats" right on that...). So my switching a couple of names, I had a part of my family history back to the 1600's. Sadly, I have somehow lost it and I have lost contact with my cousin.
What I remember from it is that a woman named Catherina Sartorious Rubincam, a widow in Germany in the 1600's, boarded a ship with several children (8, I think) and sailed to America, landing in Philadelphia. She left one married daugther in Germany. The family moved south over time into Virginia, as well as possibly other destinations. The named Rubincam changed to Revercomb and is recognized, if not common, in Virginia today. In fact, my mother's younger sister who was born probably in the 20's/30's had Revercomb as her middle name.
In finding this group, my interest in finding that part of the tree is renewed and I plan to do research on my father's side.
The most interesting thing about having that family tree made available to me was to look at the names and locations of people and wonder who they were and what they did. I recall one lonely entry - Tabitha - from sometime in the 1800's, I believe. It showed nothing after her, leaving one to wonder if research did not find more information or if that was the end of that branch. Interestingly, my sister's nickname for me as a child was Tabitha.
Another interesting fact was the entry of the name Scipio (as a given name) for two gentlemen. Since moving to Indiana, I have found a small town named Scipio and have been told that it was named for a great general (Roman???).
I hope to post more when I have more information
Sorry for the long silence; so much to do the past month that I have fallen behind in writing.
As to "Where are you from anyway?" It is very interesting. Many people who came to the USA from Europe, came at a time of unrest and changed their surnames....some totally changed the whole name. However, a lot of folks simply replaced their birth names with the town or region name that they came from....the reason so many Romanos; Napoleans, etc are found with those who came from Italy. Much the same for the folks from other countries....dropped an O' or Mc, Von, etc.
Still it is interesting to try and match up folks with their names; occupations; and other such things. People are very interesting.