The Family

Family History

A short description of our DNA that covers the last 500 years

Where we are from in the last 500 years or so.

  • 75% of our ancestry comes from Great Britain, with outliers from Scotland, France and the Netherlands
  • 7% is from Norway.
  • 6% comes from Scotland
  • 5% comes from Germanic Europe. Primarily located in: Germany, Switzerland
  • 4% Comes from Sweden
  • 3% Comes from Wales
  • 2% comes from the Caucasus areas. That would be Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan.

You may well ask how can there be bleed over from one area to the other. It is a good question. Remember, those of our English ancestors also had Scottish, French and Dutch ancestors themselves. We pick that up in our DNA. Our Caucasus DNA is slightly deeper and more on Mom's side than Dad's. Remember the path out of Africa passed through the middle east on their way to Europe, Mediterranean, Russia and beyond.

Dad's family is much more on the side of Denmark, Germany, French, Netherlands and Sweden.

Our deep ancestry is shown on the VanHorn and Bostick pages.


Our First American Ancestors

Our first ancestors to set foot on US soil of the four families.

Our first Ancestors of the 4 families in America

William Read
  Birth 1605 • Canterbury, Kent, England
  Death 13 JUN 1669 • Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
  8th great grandfather

  Matthys Corneliussen(VanHorn)
  Birth 1640 • Jutland Denmark
  Death 1703 • Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
  7th great grandfather

  Christian Clay
    Birth 1725 • Berlin, Germany
    Death 1820 • New Jersey
    4th great grandfather

  John Bostwick
  Birth 18/10/1638 • Tarporley, Cheshire, England
  Death 11 DEC 1688 • Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
  8th great grandfather
  2nd settler of New Milford Connecticut