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Re: WHAT IS THE NATIONALITY OF ENOCHS ?
Posted by: Wilson Hoag Date: December 15, 1998 at 19:30:18
In Reply to: WHAT IS THE NATIONALITY OF ENOCHS ? by BASIL ENOCHS of 350

It has not been possible thus far to establish beyond question the nationality of the first of this family in America or the exact date of their arrival. This is made more difficult by the fact that the early arrivals probably had no family name. The first two to be documented, Harmon Enoch and Garret Enochson, both appear at roughly the same time on the west bank of the Delaware River where they are shown to be renting land in Kingsessing , south of the current Philadelphia in 1673. In this case, the name Enochson is a patronymic rather than a family name. These two have not been proved to be related. Both had first names that were common among the Dutch settlers on the river at the time but were unknown among the Swedes. Based on this data only, they may have been of Dutch extraction.

Both men were soon associated with the local Swedish community. Harmon is not known to have been married but Garret’s wife Gertrude appears to have been Swedish. Family names generally followed the Swedish system of patronymics during the second generation. Garret’s children attended services of the Swedish Lutheran Church both at Wicaco in Philadelphia and at Raccoon Creek in New Jersey well into the 1730s. It is assumed that they were Swedish speaking, at least in the early years.

Over the years, the name has evolved generally as follows: Enochson, Enochs, Enoch and, in some cases, to Enox, Enix, etc.


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