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The Martin Galer Family of NY 1755 - 2004

Updated September 15, 2004

Richard Eugene Galer
1461 HILLCREST AVE
HANOVER PARK, IL 60133-3713
United States
630-289-7444
Fax: 630 289 7404
rgaler@comcast.net

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Martin Galler was naturalized in May 1755 in NY. This initiated the New York line of Galers. Since that date, his name has been spelled many different ways e.g. Gaylor, Gayler, Galor, Galer, Gailor, Gailer. Galer is one favored spelling of, perhaps, the majority of the descendants.

Martin Galler is not the only Galer progenitor residing in the NY,VT and CT area. I have not identified and defined the other families yet

Also, there is a significant PA line of Galers, as well. They may, or may not, have a common ancestry. Also, Galers immigrated at later dates to the U.S. as well as to and through Canada, any or all, of which may have a common ancestry. Some Canadian Galers and some of those comming from Canada are descendants of some of the NY Galers. Some of which, along with Sornbergers, Sixbys and others that were United Empire Loyalist sympathizers during the Revolutionary war period.

I am interested in compiling information on all Galers and trying to relate any one with one of the above names to a common ancestry so far as is possible or at least to a common Geographic area.

My Ancestral line is known to be German. I believe our progenitor, Martin Galler, was a descendant of The Palatine(Alsace-Lorraine area) Germans, driven from their homes by the French around 1700.

This work has been compiled by Richard E. Galer and would not have been possible were it not for the invaluable early work and contributions of the following individuals: My Aunt Mildred Inez GALER Hatfield; My Son Craig Wendel Kellogg Galer; My Fourth Cousin Burke Adelbert Galer; My Fifth Cousin once removed Robert Fulton Galer; My Friend Benjamin Kinsey and I apoligize to any others that may have made contributions that I have no record or recollection of.

PS: Am interested in corresponding, discussing and or talking to anyone of a similar or related surname. Also, am interested in identifying female branch lines. Would like to continue pursuing genealogical information and/or history of these family lines. Will attempt to privatize all living relatives and individuals when desired.

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