The WARKENTIN and the DRAPER families left the same general area of western Europe centuries ago and took very different routes to eventually come together in the New World.
The DRAPER family was originally from the Netherlands. John le Drapour and his brothers, William and Henry were cloth weavers by trade. They moved to England six hundred years ago and established their weaving business in Yorkshire.
Three Hundred years later, in the late17th century, Samuel Draper ran away from the home of his father, Thomas Draper, an English Clergyman. He became a Pirate, who sailed the "Seven Seas". Boston Draper, his son, eventually settled his family near Boston, in Littleton (Boxborough) Massachusetts.
They were founders, settlers, soldiers, philosophers, preachers and at
least one pirate. Their lives were devoted to their religious beliefs and
most led a "Hard Scrabble" existence. Their descendants fought in the French
and Indian War, American Revolution, the Civil War, "tamed the Old West",
and eventually settled all over North America
The WARKENTIN family were Mennonites. They moved from the Netherlands in the 16th century to Western Prussia where Johann was born in the village of Blumenort in 1760. In 1782 Catherine the Great of Russia invited the Mennonite people to settle on land that was being opened up in the southern Ukraine. In 1804 while Napoleon's Armies were rampaging across Europe, Johann and his family started the long trek to their new home in the Ukraine.
Just seventy one years later in 1875, Jacob Warkentin, Johann's great grandson along his foster parents and thousands of other Mennonites migrated to North America and settled in Manitoba, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska. Jacob settled in Manitoba. The migration saved thousands of families from the horrors of the Russian revolution and its aftermath forty two years later.
The WARKENTINS - This section includes the Warkentin and all related families including, Braun, Doerksen, Friesen, Hiebert, Thiessen.
The DRAPERS - This section includes the Draper and all related families including, Bender, Brown, Camp, Carpenter, Choque, Crouch, Jackson, Pennock, Worster
For more information about these families click on the links below
The Preachers and the Pirate - WDFH I
Warkentin and Draper Family History - WDFH II
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