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Old 08-09-2008, 08:34 PM
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I have never seen my father. His name is martell ward. I am 32 years old. All i know is that he use to live in chicago in 1975 and he has a sister names leatha oconnor. Do anyone know him please let me know.
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Old 08-10-2008, 01:24 AM
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You asked about Laen, In some ways I am confused as ever. I still
don't understand why Laen genealogy is an inside joke. One thing for
sure it;s made a fool and a believer out of me. I've read a raft of
papers on the Low countries, Liege-the city, Begium, the Bishopric of
Liege, the wars, the treatys, the Habsburg Holy Roman Empire of German
Nations, the Lower- Rhenish Westphalian Circle, the Catholic saints
and martyrs, banns and marriage in the DRC in NY, patrnonymic names,
at least a thousand birth, death, marriage, and baptism records in
Belgium looking for a connection between Laen te OP and Van Pelt in
Neer Pelt. I even read the Walter Scott novel "Quentin Durward"
because the story was partially set in Liege. Naturally, the citations
are French. And I've read Bergan's "Early NY Dutch Settlers". I still
don't understand the Imperial Diet or the Bull, both of which affected
liege one way or another.

The Patron Saint, Sint-Martinus of OP, who was he? There were seven
St. Martin's listed on the Catholic roster, but only two were of the
right time frame. One was in Brabant, the other in Germany and
Belgium. There is also another possibility I found quite by accident.
Sixty bishops, nuns, priests, went on a pilgrimage accompanied by
thirty-seven faithful; all were slaughtered. Martinus was among them.
Perhaps he is the patron saint of pilgrims? I am not catholic; I need
to learn more about this saint.

the name Pelt is derived from a Middle-Ages word meaning marsh or
wetland. It was reclaimed, but it wasn't until the heather began to
grow and the sheep began to graze that villages began to emerge. I
suspect that OP is above the Pelt and Neerpelt is below the Pelt -
which is how these village names came to be.

I an still trying to discover how and why the patronym became such a
mess. Bergan stated in 1889 that he did not know how Lane and Van Pelt
were related, but he was sure there was a connection there. He didn't,
for it was Bergan who is cited as the authority that Mayke's formal
name was "Mayke Gijsbertse Tuyz Laene Van Pelt. The marriage banns for
Stoffel Langestraet in 1695 list his future wife's baptismal name as
Mayke Laen. The shortened form of Mathies is "Thijs" (Sounds like the
this in thistle).
Lanen is modern Dutch and Van Pelt is the uncle. Bergan did the same
thing to her father and then questioned if her son-in-law Judge Little
was really Johannes Leek?
I wasted almost three years looking for paper ghosts. When Anthonius
Laenen married his fourth wife in New York, the banns listed his name
as Lanen.

In all the legal records I reviewed and struggled to read, not once
did I see a Laen record with the Van Pelt or Janson name(s) appended.
In fact, I never reviewed a legal record of Anthonius Laenen wherein
the phrase van Pelt was appended to his family name, either. I have
yet to see a legal record of his name change.

Mayke Laen was the product of a marriage between Gijsbert Laen and
Jannetje, the daughter of Adriaen lambertson. She was born circa 1640
in Tuil, GE. I do not believe her baptismal name was ever Jane Smith
or Jane Van Tuyl. I would have to see the original record from Tuil
before I would ever believe Dutch parents of the 17th century old
Europe would burdn their child with an English name.

I suspect the patronym ws originally found only in family bibles and
;letters and gradually creeped into use in the colonies by ignorance
or error. Stoffel Dirckson was a literate man who first used the
surname Langesgraet when he married. It was an English editor who hung
the name Theophilus Longstreet on him in 1724. He signed his Will as
Stoffel Langestraet. He was not ever a Longstreet for that name was
not adopted by this family unitl 40 years after he died. I've not
seen many indications that modern gedcom owners Know how to properly
write the change from patronym to surname using brackets.

Another thing i find pecular is the surname. It seem in many cases,
the child adopted the surname but the father did not. I'm still like
an old dog worrying the bone over this curiosity, too.

The language of the land in OP is odd, too. I read several aritcles
that state in that area of Belgium the language is not Dutch nor
French, but rather a patois of the original romance language. Latin
was the language of the church. I blieve the use of "ae' in Lane is
probably Latin, after all Julius Caesar used it too. So does the
current Mayor of OP. The Emperor, the Bishop, the Dukes of Brabant and
maybe even the local priests were of German stock. Is it possible, I
ask myself, if the Patois oc OP was a mix of Low German and Latin
fpour hundred years ago?. I do not think it is beyond the pale, so to
speak, but it needs more investigation.

The last thing i ever hoped to learn is that the Dutch word "van" has
four distinct and different meanings. Sigh.....

I hope my meanderings through 2000 years of Western European history
is not over boring. I still have a lot of work to do. If I can find it
I will send you the Dutch email. He has not replied to any other
query since.

Cousin Pj (alias Lord Wessel)

Try dogpile, switchboard and Yahoo white pages. Do not enter a state. I found seven ment by that name in TX and IL. bit tje ages are not incouraging. If I had to guess tthe ages I would say they are grandfather and grandson.

Good Luck!
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