Our Family Came From A Distant Land
Our family came from a distant land,
mountains arrayed on high,
forests and lush pastures,
pleasant to the eye.
Then one day the thought
Within their soul and heart,
Divine providence was at work,
Leading them to depart.
The Fertigs sailed from Germany’s coast,
Arriving the fourteenth of September,
Now in New York’s peaceful harbor,
Year 1837 to always remember.
Where to settle was on their minds,
They decided to travel west,
Most all their worldly possessions gone,
Save what fit in bag and chest.
Stopping in Northumberland County,
Which resembled familiar terrain,
The coal regions of Pennsylvania,
Ideal property to obtain.
The work was hard and conditions rough,
It was as treacherous as could be,
Lives were tested and faith was tried,
price to pay to live free.
John Anthony died shortly thereafter,
His life we must not forget,
Pioneer settler in this great land,
firm foundation which he did set.
Francis and John Joseph,
three sons which did remain,
did continue their father's work,
Numerous descendents were their gain.
moved to Schuylkill County,
sons were his reward,
eldest named John Andrew J.,
wield the union sword.
Francis begat eight
farmer by occupation,
Snyder County did he reside,
the Susquehanna River Basin.
John Joseph was a man of
Forgiven at age
Relocated out west in Kansas,
Onto Paradise when all done.
Let us honor our
Great sacrifices they
Ensuring provision and
May our heritage never