My tenth Great-Grandfather is Johannes Nevius. He was born in Solin or Soligen, Westphalia about 1626. He emigrated to New Amsterdam and married Ariaentje Blyck on November 18, 1853. He was a ferryman by trade but was also a literate man who held some prominent posts in early Colonial America. He was a schepen (modern day alderman or magistrate) from Oct 1654-1655. In 1658 he was the secretary to the Burgomaster of New Amsterdam also known as the City Secretary.
On 7 September of 1664 he witnessed the surrender of New Amsterdam by Colonel Peter Stuyvesant to Colonel Sir Richard Nichols of England.
I found the above information in the records here in the New Jersey and New York sections of the Genealogy Center.
From Pennsylvania section records I found the will of his grandson Joris Neefies, and the baptism of his great-grandson, Cornelius Neafus.
Cornelius Neafus married and moved to Kentucky. In the Kentucky records I found he owned land and passed it on to some of his children. His daughter Susannah Neafus (2 Great-granddaughter of Johannes) married Jeremiah Fryrear and moved to Scotland County, Missouri.
The descendants of Jeremiah Fryrear and Susannah Neafus Fryrear have moved to Iowa, Louisiana, Arizona, Texas, and on to California.
Johannes never traveled further than the New York / New Jersey area. His descendants have moved from New Jersey across the continental United States to California.
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