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My grandfather,Roland Naas,the sailmaker,above

Johann Christoph Nahs#30 GALE 1752

John Mathias Naas #28

John Matthew Naas #26

John Henry Naas #24

Roland Lemuel Naas #22

Raymond Naas #20

William E Naas#6

William E Naas ( the Webmaster) is the 4th great grand son of Johann Christoph Nahs


Hans Westhofer #1080

Hans Westhofer #852

Nikolaus Westhofer #850

Hans Jakob Westhofer #486

Elizabeth Veronica Westhofer #31 MURDOCK 1751

John Mathias Naas #28

John Matthew Naas #26

John Henry Naas #24

Roland Lemuel Naas #22

Raymond Naas #20

William Naas #6

Hans Westhofer is the 8th great grand father of William Naas


John Wendal Ramichen #384 ANN 1750

Conrad Ramichen #365

Leonhard Romkey #121

John Jacob Romkey #115

Mary Ann Romkey #110

Nellie Ella Naugle #23

Raymond Naas #20

William Naas #6

John Wendal Ramichen is the 5th great grand father of William Naas


Johann Conrad Knickle #2737 GALE 1752

John George Knickle #2733

Johann Frederick Ernst Knickle #2729

Elizabeth Knickle #1399

Emma Catherine Pettit #25

Roland Lemuel Naas #22

Raymond Naas #20

William Naas #6

Johann Conrad Knickle is the 5th great grand father of William Naas


Johann Wilhelm Gorkum #5349 PEARL 1752

John Gottlieb Edward Corkum #5340

Fred Corkum #5337

Sarah Corkum #27

John Henry Naas #24

Roland Lemuel Naas #22

Raymond Naas #20

William Naas #6

Johann Wilhelm Corkum is the 5th great grand father of William Naas


This patriarch of the family of Naas in both Canada and New England was born 9/8/1728 (last will and testimony) in Bad Durkheim,Plalz,Bayern,Germany.

He came to Halifax,Nova Scotia when he was twenty four years old,unmarried and a farmer by trade(ships manifest).

His trip like thousands of others began in Heidelberg,Germany.He left Lumen(four miles south of Heidelberg) on May9th,1752.After fourteen days on the Rhine he boarded the British Ship Gale(Gohl) in Rotterdam.With two hundred sixty one other souls(ships manifest) they sailed to Halifax,Nova Scotia. The trip took thirteen weeks and cost fifty three lives.(twelve children were born but eleven died).

After arriving in Halifax the passengers had to remain on board for another three weeks before going to Merligash Bay(later to be named after a city in Germany,Lunenburg)

Johann married Elizabeth Veronica Westhoffer in St. John's Anglican Church on 10/30/1753.She had arrived in Lunenburg with her brother ,Jacob Michael and his wife,in November of 1751 on the the British Ship Murdock. Johann and Elizabeth Veronica had nine children,four sons and five daughters in the years from 1753 to 1773.The nine children had a total of fifty nine children in whicn thirty four were sons and twenty three were Naas'. A point to contemplate!All twenty seven sons had a first name of Johann so went by their middle name.This was a German custom so as to fool the devil when he came for a son.The devil had to keep track of their middle names also.

August 18,1761 Christopher Nasz (as his mark descibed)received 735 acres in Lunenburg to be cultivated and become his.His brother in law Jacob Michael Westhoffer received 380 acres.

Christopher Nasz was indentured to England for his fare to the new world for 75 pounds sterling. It took him eleven years to pay.Michael Westhoffer had brought his sister and wife and he was indentured for 110 pounds sterling.

The direct decendants of Johann(documented in Brothers Keeper and documented by the writer)conservatively numbers 650 Naas' who have lived and died at this writting.

In June of 1880 the Lutherans of the county of Lunenburg celebrated the founding of Lunenburg. Christoph Naasz (now Naas)was remembered as an elder of the Zion Lutheran Church and considered a founder of the town of Lunenburg!

The Bluenose,fastest Salt Bank Schooner,in the World, below




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