Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our earliest known ancestor on my great-grandpa Loyd's side of the family was William De Shumar, a French Hugenot (protestant). Because of religious persecution during the reign of King Louis XIII, in 1625 he and his two brothers were forced to flee France and migrated first to Italy and then to England. After they reached England, they changed their name to Shumard. William joined the parliamentary army under Cromwell fighting against England King Charles I. He met a daughter of a nobleman from Holland named Oara when she was attending school in England. They married without her family's permission, with William then chartering a ship so that they could emigrate to America sometime around 1630. They settled in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.