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Manhattan's Walloon Settlers:Jesse DeForest's Legacy

Eugene DeFriest Betit, PhD (Author)

ISBN: 9781495813061 ©2017
Price: $21.95
Book Size: 6" x 9" , 204 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

New genealogical approach goes beyond patriarchalism to examine female lines, also examining military service (eleven profiles and seven rosters of DeForests who fought in four wars.) Probes meaning of "success."

Thanks to Jesse DeForest, thirty-two courageous Walloons arrived in Manhattan in June, 1624. Thirteen years later, three of his children arrived. Their descendants dispersed to Albany, Stamford, Connecticut and Hempstead. Long Island, while others remained in New Amsterdam. Three hundred years later, DeForests thrive in every state.
America's growth is reflected by vignettes of twenty-three DeForests, plus seven from the female line, and eleven military leaders. David Curtis De Forest helped Argentina gain independence from Spain, became a wealthy privateer, and established a Yale family scholarship. DeForests were farmers, pioneers, explorers, industrialists, financiers, philanthropists, clergy, missionaries and educated ex-slaves.

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