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Jürgen Kyn (Kühn)

Also Known As: "Jöran", "Schneeweiss or White as Snow", "Keen", "Keene", "Joran Keen", "Joran Kihjn", "Joran Kijn"
Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Sweden
Death: between January 6, 1687 and May 1693 (67-73)
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hanss Schneweiss and Margretha
Husband of Willemka Kyn
Father of Hans Jurgensen Keen; Annika Baynton Sanderlain/Sandilands; Jonas Keen; Gertrude Stille and Eric Kyn/Keen
Brother of Johannes Schneeweiss and Hanss Georg Schneeweiss

Occupation: Came to the South River with Gov. Printz, in the "Fama, " sailing from Stockholm August 16, 1642, and arriving at Fort Christina, near New Castle, February 15, 1643., Farmer
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About Jürgen Kyn

The Descendants of Jöran Kyn, the Founder of Upland

The history of Jürgen Schneeweiss prior to 1642 is unknown other than the fact that he came from Saxony. Undoubtedly, he was among the many Germans recruited into the Swedish army during the Thirty Years War. His name translates into English as "George Snow-white," the second name being indicative of his personal appearance, possibly the color of his hair or the lightness of his complexion, or both. After becoming a freeman, he substituted the word Kühn, meaning "bold" in German, which became the family surname. Variously spelled as Kijn, Kyn, Kien, Kühn or Keen, the surname eventually became standardized as Keen. He sailed to America on the Swan, arriving in the New Sweden colony with Governor Printz on 15 Feb. 1643. He served as a soldier under Printz until 1653 when Printz returned to Sweden.

Founder of Upland, New Sweden (later Chester, Pennsylvania).

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Jürgen Kyn's Timeline

Age 23
New Sweden, Delaware, United States
Age 24
New Sweden, Delaware, United States
Age 25
New Sweden , Delaware, United States
Age 30
Upland, New Sweden
Age 49
Upland, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
January 6, 1687
Age 67
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States