Friday, 13 October 2017

Kerbow Family Connection

Over the past couple of years, I've spent some time looking at one single stretch of the family tree which ran to the Kerbow name.  It's an odd name....French in origin.

So, the story goes to this period around 1731 when some French Huguenots boarded a Dutch ship called the "Billender Townsend" out of Rotterdam, Netherlands. Jean Kerbo (spelled slightly different) boarded, and ended up in Philly.

The thing about this Huguenot group.....they'd lived in the Pfalz region of Germany for several decades....mostly because of religious persecution.  A lot of this religious fervor that occurred, comes out of the Thirty Years War period (1619-to-1650 era).  The war started originally between the reformers and the Catholics.  Halfway through this war, the religious side of this conflict mostly ended and it became a single community opposing another community....mostly over revenge-killing.

The family arrived in Philly on 8 October 1731.  What's generally said is that family united with other Huguenots in the Maryland region....going south into North and South Carolina over the next decade or two.  By the 1860 period, one division of the family had moved into Minor Hill, Tenn.  That's where my connection occurs.

The religious side of the family?  If you go through things, this whole religious thing kinda 'dryed-out' after one generation in the US.

The original area of France?  If you gaze at a France map....it's on the southeastern side...about forty miles south of Nancy, in a region called Haute-Saone....a county-like area that is about forty by forty miles, and mostly all farms. It's about a 20-minute drive to the Swiss border, and there's nothing urban there....this is pure farming territory today.

The population shift for Haute-Saone?  Well, that's an interesting story.  From mid-1800s to 2005...it was a dramatic shift....dropping from the 400,000 level in the 1800s to 210,000 by the end of WW II.  Most of the shift?  This was a pure farming area, and lots of people left for industrial jobs by the mid-1800s to early 1900s.

Today?  You only find the Kerbow name around the US, to a smaller degree in Estongia and France.  My guess is that the bulk of the family left in the 1600s/1700s, and some ended up in Estonia as well.

Added note:  There are at least six different spellings to the name (Kerbo; Kerbow; Kirbo; Curbo; Curbow and Kuehrbeaux). 

Trump and UNESCO

Back in the 1920s, under the League of Nations....there was this long discussion to make the world a better place.  So the intellectual crowd came to this idea that if people just understood accomplishments and culture of other people....the world would be a mighty fine place, with no wars.

So the seed to UNESCO started up.  After WW II, the idea really took off.  If you asked UNESCO what their goal is?  "To contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information".

To run, they require a fairly big chunk of money....shocker?  It wasn't that way in the 1950s, but you can imagine the past three decades with a fair amount of growth.

My description would be the intellectual's intellectual organization for the UN.  There are probably over forty different groups under the organization, with highly-paid members, who want to draw people into their focus.

At different points over the past two decades....they've come to irritate a number of governments.  Most of this would be considered 'pokes' by UNESCO against various countries.....and some going to the opposite way.  Even WikiLeaks in 2012 got into the middle....suggesting that UNESCO is a human-rights joke.

The UNESCO World Site gimmick?  It's a who's who of sites around the world that revolve around culture, and the need to be preserved.  Sadly, once you get your site onto the list....there's a UNESCO intellectual group who want to help micromanage your site.  An example here?  The San Antonio Missions (five of them in the center of the city).  If you came up and wanted to make big alterations to the area around these, you'd find some UNESCO folks wanting to have approval process.  This occurred in Dresden when the city said they were going to build a bridge across the river, and UNESCO said they wanted a historical-feeling-type bridge and the city said it'd be just a simple regular bridge.  UNESCO removed the World Heritage status to show their anger.

Can UNESCO survive without the US?  Yes.  Can the finances be a problem? Well, the US kinda quit paying into the pot back in 2011 over an issue.  So they've had to already downsize anyway.