Family Folklore, Oral History, and Genealogy
Yocom / Davidheiser / Keck / Zwald families,
immigrants to Delaware and Pennsylvania from Denmark/Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland.
My Yocom ancestor, Peter Jochimson (Jochimsen?), was born in the Schleswig-Holstein area of Denmark (now Germany) and sailed to the New World (Fort Christina, now in Delaware) from Goteborg, Sweden, as a soldier in the Swedish army, in 1642, arriving 1643. Thanks to my cousin Peter Craig for all his genealogical research!
I am building Yocom, Keck, and Zwald family trees on the Ancestry.com website. In the spring of 2016, I had DNA tests done at Ancestry.com for my mother, Betty Keck Yocom, and my father’s sister, Gladys Yocom Metka.
On this website’s Publications page, you’ll find folklore articles and poems on my family.