|About Van Giesen Family Tree
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My ancestral quest began in 1999 when I became curious about my roots. What started as a curiosity has now become an obsession but I believe a worthwhile journey. You may contact me for any information but much of what I have learned has been posted by amateur genealogists such as myself and ought not be used unless confirmed. This Ancestral Chart has only just begun and will probably never be through. If you see a correction that needs made do not hesitate to contact me. Areas of interest: Donegal, Ulster Ireland Dunclug, Ballymena, Antrim, Ireland Irish Creek, Lawrence County Virginia Rehobeth, Bristol, Massachusetts Wyndham, Connecticut Belfast, Ireland Pennsylvania > Venango County, Armstrong County, McKean County, Allegheny County Ohio > Columbiana County, Muskingham County New Jersey > Essex, Salem, Bergen, Montclair, Passaic, Ackquackanock, Totowa, Horseneck Kentucky > Lawrence County Virginia > Johnson County New York > Duchess County, Chautauqua County Germany > Thierstein, Ober Franken, Bavaria Netherlands > North Brabant, Giessen My father's line of Van Giesen's, namely Reynier Bastiensen van Giesen is first mentioned around the year 1640 in Flatbush, NY. He was one of the first recorded school masters and was named in later history as Voorleezer. Reynier Bastiaensen van Giesen arrived from Holland and the name van Giesen is Teutonic. An exact date is not known to me about his point of arrival in New Amsterdam. My Burchett line point of entry is latter part of 1600s, Virginia. Captain Burchett brought indentured and slaves to Virginia. He then decided to bring his family from England and settle. Am still searching for a record of the Chaffin line to Virginia. Had much help on these lines by a dear Cousin who has not given me one bit of information that hasn't come directly from the source and been proven. Glenda P. Chaffin Doutt has worked these Virginia lines for 40 years and has traveled extensively to prove these lines without a shadow of a doubt.