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Re: origins of Moyer
Posted by: Michael Moyer (ID *****4951) Date: September 09, 2007 at 00:32:32
In Reply to: origins of Moyer by Eleanor Hulme of 2239

Hello Eleanor,
My name is Michael Patrick Moyer. I am descended from the Pennsylvania Moyer family that came over with William Penn. Contrary to your findings the Moyer family were staunch Protestants. In fact the name has been associated with Mennonite/Amish backrounds for a very long time. The Moyer family were never jewish. During the English Revolution The Moyer family served under William Cromwell and in fact a Moyer was one of the original 13 members of the first Council of State to rule England. A young Captain Moyer was sent to Ireland to serve Cromwell and the Moyers eventually emigrated to help William Penn set up the English Colony in the new world. The Moyers started as protestant soldiers serving the new protestant reformation. As time progressed in Pennsylvania our family became very established in that state and moved to other areas including some members in Canada. During the Civil War my Great Great Grandfather served with the Pennsylvania Calvary. He fought at Gettysburg. His name is on the Pennsylvania Monument there.
My family settled in the Pottsville area of Pennsylvania and had an Inn and Livery Stabled there. My Great Grandfather married an Irish Catholic Girl there which caused a tremendous rift. They moved west to the Washington Territory where He worked on the huge Great Northern Railway tunnel in the North Cascades. Eventually they settled in North West Washington. We have been Roman Catholic ever since!! And very proud of our Irish Heritage. The fact that we had a member of our family who fought for Cromwell is a bit tough to swallow at times but then its all in past now.
God bless you cousin and may your path always take you to green meadows.
By the way the Moyer motto is: Quick to anger, Even Quicker to Forgive.


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