Johannes Gnagi (my ancestor) was born about 1720. Though his family lived for a time in the Palatinate of Germany, they originated in Aarau, Switzerland. The reason they left is the same as the reason they did not serve in the Revolutionary War: as Amish, their religion prohibited military service. Johannes and two sons (one born on board their ship, the Francis & Elizabeth) entered Philadelphia on 21 September, 1742. His first wife died on board. I am decended from Jost, one of five sons by his second wife. Many decendants of Christian still use "Gn" at the start of their name. Most who spell the name "Kenagy" are decendants of Jost or Jacob.
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