Immigrating to the U.S. since the 1770s

By Abby Stryker My ancestors have been immigrating to the United States since the early 1770s. One of the first, Johannas Holderbaum, who grew up in Holland, came to America as a young man and took up arms to defend the fledgling country’s sovereignty in the Revolutionary War. Johannas Holderbaum was the first of many in my family to fight for this country, a tradition that my grandfather, uncles and brother have carried on. In times of peace, my ancestors did their part to bolster the U.S. economy. My maternal ancestors were blacksmiths turned engineers and worked in the...

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