Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [roberts.GED] [Br�derbund WFT Vol. 9, Ed. 1, Tree #2985, Date of Import: 11 Jun 1997] !Barbara was a Huguenot, having been born in a city which was at first, in the seventeenth century, in the United Netherlands, later in Spanish Netherlands, and finally in France. !In 1669 when she was naturalized, she declared herself a native of "Valenchene in the Low Countryes Belonging to the King of Spayne."(MD Archives Vol 2 p 205) [adgedge.ged] ! (1) Naturalization papers of Garrett Van Swearingen, province of Maryland, Records of th e Maryland General Assembly held at St. Mary's, Apr 1669. Recorded 17 Dec 1792 from W. II fol io 127 of the Law Record Books of MD, General Court Office for the Western Shore of MD. (2) "Family Register of Gerret van Sweringen and Descendants," by H.H. Swearingen (2nd. ed. , Washington, 1894) p.1-4. (3) Note from Mary Esther Sparks Cousley, Nov. 1956, to Thomas Swearingen, Uniondale, IN. T ranscript by Elizabeth F. Randolph, St. Louis Co., MO, 1992. (4) "Colonial Families of the United States of America," Vol. VII, by Nelson Osgood Rhoades , p.220. Transcript by Elizabeth F. Randolph. (5) "Genealogical and History Column," Washington D.C., Issue 109. Extracts by Elizabeth F . Randolph. (6) Tim B. Hatfield, 1214 Crestline Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (1994). Does not cite sour ces. (7) "The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland," by J.D. Warfield (Koh n & Pollock, Baltimore, 1905) p.320. ! Birth: (1) Valenchene, in the Low Countries belonging to Spain. (2,4) Vallenciennes, Franc e. (1,7) Barbara De Barrette. (5) "The only record... in which the name was spelled with t' s was in the naturalization of the Vansweringen family and Isaack deBarette... Other rec's gi ve it as Barrell and Debarale... I, also, think that Isaac was the fa. of Barbarah & that Pet er was her brother." (6) 1638/9, d/o Isaac De Barrette. (7) Of Norman-French lineage. Death: (2,4) ca.1670. (2) St. Mary's Co., MD. (1) 1669, Apr: Petition of Garrett Vansweringen, Barbarah De Barrette, wife of Garrett, Eli zabeth Vansweringen, and Zachariah Vansweringen, children of Garrett and Barbarah, Isaach D e Barrette, Robert Roelands, Jean Jourdaine, John Vanbeoch, Charles De le Roche, and Peter Jo hnson, all residents of MD, to the Right Hon. the Lord Proprietary of the Provinces of Maryla nd, and Avalon Lord Baron of Baltimore. Petitioners have for divers years therein inhabited , being invited to come and dwell within MD, upon the Lordship's declaration of 2 Jul 1649, w herein he empowered his government to grant lands to persons of French, Dutch, Spanish, Swedi sh, or other foreign descent. But because the petitioners are not of British or Irish descent , they cannot take benefit of the laws and customs of the province as others. They therefor p etition the lower house of the assembly for naturalization. (3) In Nov 1956, Mary Ester Sparks Cousley wrote, "By great good fortune Gerret and Barbar a had their portraits done... The old portraits have endured these several hundred years. Whe n I was a girl they hung, for awhile, in my old home on Prospect Street. Soon after I marrie d they were sent to my eldest aunt, Jeanie Harvey Noble Whaley, in Philadelphia, Penna. To es tablish them again in a family of direct descendants, Frances Whaley in sending them to my el dest brother's child, Janet Sparks McLaughlin. Janet having five children and her sister, Sus an Sparks Mulroy, seven, I feel sure there will always be a home for the oldest ancestors."
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