Biographies

Carley Family

The branch of the Carley family that this website focuses on, immigrated from England to Massachusetts, then New York, Settled in Wisconsin for several generations and then to Indiana.  Our current line can now be found mainly in the Dallas, Texas area.

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Wierenga Family

The Wierenga family immigrated from the Netherlands to Muskegon, Michigan where they settled for several generations.

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Langeland Family

The Langeland family immigrated from the Netherlands to Muskegon, Michigan where they settled for several generations and became prominent citizens of that area.

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Leyson Family

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Darrach Family

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Van Buskirk Family

“Frances Van Buskirk, daughter of Charles Van Buskirk of Bear River, Digby Country, Nova Scotia, years ago visited Holland and got the history and coat-of-arms. The original name was Lawrence Anderson and he was knighted and given the name of John Van Buskirk for his valor in fighting for the church, (John, the King’s own given name, Van, the title, being the same as ‘de” in French). He was a farmer or bushman, as they are called and so ‘bus’ was the first part of the name and ‘kirk’ for the church was the last part of the name. She bought some hand painted ones as the coat-of-arms were so nice, having so much on them, The motto is AMOR PATRIE EXCITAT, the Latin meaning, “The love of Country excites me”

Frances’ great grandfather, John Van Buskirk’s brother, Henry Van Buskirk of Frogmore, Aylesford, Kings County, Nova Scotia has a similar coat-of-arms in colour, which is now at the Fort Anne Museum at Annapolis Royal, Nova Soctia. The area superintendent of historic sites of southwestern Nova Soctia states “Henry’s helmet is slightly slanted to the left and the front is not the same as Mutch’s helmet. The museum one has red and gold tassels, with a red background behind the castle, trees and bird. The trees (green); helmet and castle (grey); bird (gold), while Mutch’s bird is white; wings (variant); chevron (gold) and mounds (green).”

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