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The Canadian Swerdfeger Family Tree is dedicated to the eight generations of descendants of Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger.


In the beginning there was
Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger

 

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Welcome to Swerdfeger.ca

A Swerdfeger family tree rooted in Reverend Samuel Schwerdtfeger,
who came to the New World in late 1753 and settled his family in the St Lawrence Valley
as a United Empire Loyalist in the environs of Williamsburg, ON about 1790.


This is the story of the descendants of Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger (1734-1798).

Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger was born in Burgernheim, Germany in 1734. Though the teenager enrolled in university at Erlangen, at 19 he left his native Bavaria to start a new life in the New World. The ambitious 20-something minister was soon married and took positions throughout PA, MD, DE and NY.
      Eventually, he and his family settled on the Canadian side of the St Lawrence River, near present-day Williamsburg, ON. Seven of his children had families of their own. This is the story of the resulting family tree.

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Rev Samuel Schwerdtfeger was dubbed the The Saint of the St Lawrence Seaway in a 1961 book "Memoirs of Reverend J. Samuel Schwerdtfeger" by Hazel Mae Schwerdtfeger, one of his many great-great grand-daughters.

Another kind of Swerdfeger Family Tree ...

This was singularly appropriate since his church and remains are buried under land since flooded by the extension of the Seaway in the late 1950s.
      The marker stone was resettled on dry land and currently resides at Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverside, ON.

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This website is dedicated to bringing to life this family and its magnificent branches as they have spread across North America, and beyond, during the past 270 years.z

What's New

Officially launched 16 May 2006, SWERDFEGER.CA has as its ambitious goal to lay out as much as possible the six main family branches which grew out of the marriage of German immigrant Rev Samuel Schwerdfeger and his American born wife, Dorothea Schwab.
      We're starting at the beginning: fleshing out the lines, generation after generation. Let us know what works, and what else you'd like to see.

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YOU can help. While the data behind this site is about 2000 Swerdfeger strong, there are many missing persons. Dust off those family bibles and the research that crazy uncle of yours gave you one Christmas and now sits at the bottom of box in the attic.
      We're also looking for pictures. Historic photos bring family trees to life: family members, special occasion portraits, group shots, and the homes and towns we lived in.
      Our primary goal: to make this a Living Family Tree.
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