The people here are the relatives of my mom's dad, Clarence Stewart Jr. Clarence was a melting-pot American, from a mix of European immigrants from the 17th to 19th centuries. The various families mingled in southeastern Minnesota, at a time when Minnesota was a frontier. Clarence himself married a first-generation Norwegian-American in 1925.
His mother's line, Waldron, goes back to the founding of Harlem and Nieuw Amsterdam (New York), and beyond that to English and French religious dissenters who emigrated to Holland before coming to the US, mixing in Dutch blood along the way.
The Renslows are from Vermont, maybe as early as the Revolutionary War.
The Martins are from old Prussia, now in western Poland—a part of Europe that changed hands many times.
The Stewart line has been traced to Pennsylvania. They were probably Ulster Scots, and probably described themselves as Irish when they arrived.
More immigrants from Germany, England and Ireland, some via Canada, are mixed in.
In 2015, I am working on the Stewart Pennsylvania connection and exploring possible migration routes from Pennsylvania to Minnesota. This line also participates in the Family Tree DNA Royal Stewart project.
The four major lines are Clarence's grandparents' names: Stewart, Renslow/Ranslow, Waldron and Martins. They are identified by colored trees:
-- Stewart family
-- Renslow family
-- Waldron family
-- Martins family
Thanks to all the cousins who are working on various aspects of these families: Shirley Martins Housh for the Martins, the Renslow/Ranslow researchers and mailing list including Charlotte Falkowski and Paul van Buren, Ron Waldron and all the Waldron researchers, Don Dale and various Stewart and Kling researchers, plus all my collaborative near- (and far-!) cousins.