Descendant of Rachel and Leah?
I grew up hearing about my German ancestry, and that "German stubborness" that we all seemed to have inherited ----My maternal roots tracing back as far as Baden Baden, Germany. I can't remember my grandmother, Ruth, without picturing her with a bible.
My great-great grandma Caroline, great-great grandpa Fritz, and my great grandpa, Freddy, as a little boy.
My maternal Great-great grandpa Fritz Groat.
Here is what I have discovered about my test results: Haplogroup H (16519c)
It is hypothesized that 16519C represents the mtDNA of the matriarchs of Israel, Leah and Rachel.
Because of my great grandmother, Stella Ruth, being a mystery woman, my attentions have been drawn to her marriage to my great grandfather Groat.
My g-great grandpa worked for the railroad.
The surname, Groat, just so happens to be Dutch, which was given in the middle ages to thick or large coins.
Ever heard the saying, "Blood without groats is nothing?" meaning "family without fortune is worthless." Or "Not worth a groat" is an old saying meaning "not worth a penny".
Technically, Groat is derived from Groth --- some of my early ancestors changed their name from Groth to Groat when they came to America. My Groth/Groat ancestors, Fritz (nickname for Fredderick?) and his wife Caroline, only spoke German. They both were born in Germany and were known to have owned a butcher shop.
My great grandmother, Stella Ruth, had married into the Groat family on April 12, 1900 - in Pulaski County, Indiana. Going through the history of immigration, it is noted that Indiana became one of the first states (Ohio was the other) west of the Alleghenies to host permanent Jewish communities. The seeking of better lives, better economic conditions, and more freedom, fueled a "migration fever" among Germans in general.
My great grandmother, Stella Ruth, remains a mystery.
Unfortunately, Haplogroup H, is very broad with the mutation that is shared by a few additional haplogroups, mainly K.
Perhaps I will direct my attentions to the Groat line and test my maternal/paternal line for more answers.
Great grandpa Fred, Great Grandma Stella Ruth, and baby grandma Ruth. Counting in my Aunt, this makes me a fourth generation RUTH!
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