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Welcome to the Johnson-Witt Family genealogy website.

This site explores the connections to our ancestors and their families who arrived in North  America in the early 1600s and our ancestors who arrived later, some as recently as the 1800s  and early 1900s. The experiences of our early immigrant ancestors paralleled the events that  culminated in the founding of America and contributed to what has resulted in our unique  American traditions. As a nation of immigrants, our customs and way of life have been  influenced in a significant way by our immigrant ancestors.

Like many Americans, our ancestry includes a variety of nationalities. Some of our ancestors  arrived in America centuries ago (Huguenots from France, Puritans and Quakers from Great  Britain, and Dutch and Danish immigrants who settled in New Amsterdam in the 1600s). Our  English and Scots-Irish Quaker ancestors arrived from Yorkshire, England (Scholey) and Great  Britain (Anderson) in the late 1600s and 1700s. Others arrived relatively recently (immigrants  from Germany, France and England in the 1800s and Finland in the early 20th century). This endeavor represents a partial listing of our Johnson and Witt ancestors and relatives. It  contains original research and material compiled from published sources. Source information is  provided.

Among those who arrived in the 1600s in New England, many of whom came with the Winthrop Fleet  in 1630:

Connecticut: BELDEN, BOSTOCK/BOSTWICK, BRINSMEAD, BROWN, BUSH, CABLE, CARTER, CURTIS/CURTISS,  FERRIS, FROST, GRAY, GROVES, HARDY/HARDEY, HAYES, HOBBY, HOLMES, HUSTED/HUESTED, HUTCHINS,  JAMES, JORDAN, KITCHELL, KNAPP, KNOWLES, LLOYD, LOCKWOOD, MEAD, MITCHELL, MOREHOUSE, NORMAN,  PARDEE, PEAT/PEET, PECK, PORTER, SCOFIELD, SHEAFE, SHERMAN, SHERWOOD, SMITH, TAYLOR, TURNER,  WATERBURY, WEBSTER, WHITE, WHITMAN, WILSON, WOOD, YALE.

Massachusetts: BROWN, CARTER, MEAD, NORMAN, TAYLOR.

West Jersey/New Jersey: ANDERSON, KITCHELL, SCHOLEY/SCHOOLEY.

Rhode Island/New Jersey: BURTON, FOWLER.

New Amsterdam/New York: BLANCK, BOSCH/BUSH, CLAES/KLAES/KLAESZEN, OSBORN, SMITH, VAN BOSWIJCK,  WILLEMS.

Virginia: Among those who arrived in Virginia in the 1600s: WITT, DAUX.

Maryland: Our English ancestors who arrived in Maryland in the 1600s: BELT, SUMMERS. French Huguenot ancestors who arrived in Carolina (which became the South Carolina Colony in  1721) in the 1680s: DUBOSC/DUBOSE, COUILLANDEAU, FOUGERAUT.

Ancestors and descendants of immigrants who arrived in the 1800s from England, France (GODSMARK  and MORRIS-DEVERE), and Germany (BOLZMANN, GALL, GRASSMANN); and in 1905 from Finland  (JOHANSSON-BÄCKMAN, surname changed to JOHNSON after immigration).

The family line that I have researched most thoroughly is the MEAD line through my immigrant  ancestors William Mead (1592-ca. 1660) and his son John Mead (ca. 1628-1699). My earliest  documented Mead ancestor was Richard Mede/Mead, (born around 1515) in Watford, Hertfordshire,  England. He was buried at Watford on March 2, 1559/60. His estate inventory was executed there  on October 26, 1560.

I am descended through two sons of the John Mead-Hannah (Brown?) Potter family of Fairfield  County, Connecticut: John (circa 1658-1693; married Ruth Hardy/Hardey) and Ebenezer  (1663-1728; married Sarah Knapp).

Participation in surname research groups - such as the Mead/e, DuBosc/DuBose, Johnson-Bäckman,  Scholey/Schooley, and Witt/Whitt forums - has helped focus our research through communication  with persons who share a particular surname and who eagerly share their family and genealogical  research.

DNA research is a useful adjunct to traditional genealogical research. Through the combination  of Y-DNA testing and Witt/Whitt family genealogical research provided by the W(h)itt Surname  Project, we were able to determine that my husband’s immigrant “Witt” ancestor was John  Witt/Whitt, who was born in 1645 in Herefordshire, England. After immigrating to Virginia, he  married Ann Daux circa 1673 in Charles City County, Virginia. Our specific Y-DNA results  indicate that the Y-DNA haplogroup is I1A (a haplogroup that occurs at greatest frequency in  Scandinavia, with rapidly decreasing frequencies toward the edges of the historic Germanic- influenced world) and that the mitochondrial (mtDNA) haplogroup is U5a (an early and Europe- specific haplogroup). Information about DNA research can be obtained from many sources,  including the books written by Dr. Bryan Sykes, a geneticist at Oxford University in England.  His Oxford Ancestors website is at: http://www.oxfordancestors.com.

Please note that this genealogical information is for personal use and may not be used for  commercial purposes. No genealogical data or photographs may be posted on any other websites or  redistributed or disseminated without prior approval of the webmaster in any format whatsoever.

This family history is a work in progress. Any corrections or additional information about the  families listed here would be greatly appreciated.

We hope that this website will be of value to those of you who are interested in our Johnson,  Witt and related ancestries.

Sandra Johnson Witt, PhD
 Gainesville, Florida

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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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