History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The Book of
Especially Relating to The Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the
Compiled and Arranged by Lou D. MacWethy
Published by The Enterprise and News
St. Johnsville, NY., 1933
A Review of
the Food List
By Boyd Ehle
While your appreciation of the Hunter food list of the Palatines properly weigh its key value for the family names of a large nubmer of Mohawk Valley descendants, its full value can only be realized by carefuly study to eliminate errors in spelling and in Anglacising the German names as well as to reconcile the list of names with the changes that have followed in the spelling with the pasage of more than two centuries. Full data of these changes and errors are not available and any attempt to now cover the subject would be futile. Hoever the necessity for discrimination, to encourage and to make a beginning the following instances of variations from the list are noted:
The list also enables some corrections to be made in local history that Hendrick Frey came with the Palatines in 1709 instead of in 1689 as stated by Simms in his Frontiersmen. This correction is also confimed by the London List. It is also noted that Herkimers appear in this 1709 emmigration which is a correction to Benton's History of Herkimer county. The Zollers also appear int he 1709 list which is a variation from the family tradition.
It will be noted that many family names have "in" added which is merely the german way of indication of female members of the family and does not indicate another family.
Yours truly, BOYD EHLE.
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