Were we French or German?
by Shana Jent
Hello and thank you so much for helping me out.
I'm trying to find any further ancestry on my father's side and also determine if we are French or German. I have traced my ancestry to seven grandfather's and unable to find any more. My last name is Jent, however, I'm finding in records that the last name was possibly spelled Gent and maybe pronounced as "yent".
Antoine Gent: Date of birth unknown. Born in Barr, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France. Death about 23 May 1766. He was married to Marie Madeline Elsaesser and they had a son, Jean Jacques Gent. He was born 22 November 1750 and died 31 March 1795.
Are you able to tell me when we might have come to the USA? As time marched on, the ancestry moved to St. Meinrad, Spencer County, Indiana. Seemed to be devout Catholics. Some of my relatives are buried in the St. Meinrad Cemetery.
Thank you again for your help. I appreciate your time.