Category: FAMILY HISTORY
The more I dig into the family history the more sense I get of how loyalties in those days still were partially influenced by country of origin in an immigrant city like ours.
A croft is a small agricultural unit, and the person who lives on this land is called a crofter. Crofts are usually rented, akin to sharecropping, and are located in one of the crofting areas designated by the government in Scotland. Crofters live on and work the land. They are tenants of the person who owns the land (the croft), but some of the tenants have now bought their crofts and become owner-occupiers. Traditionally, croft land is used to raise animals and grow vegetables.
They were refugees escaping brutal Catholic persecution of Protestants in Germany and relying on the decades’ old promise from William Penn of safety and prosperity in “The New World”. This had been a predominantly Protestant area since the Reformation took hold there in 1556. Read the whole story