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Genealogical Information Published in the Philadelphische Correspondenz by Melchior Steiner in 1785 of German settlers in Philadelphia/Germantown and the surrounding area

Transcribed by January 2004
Source: Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory page 172-173
By: Hocker 1980


February 22, 1785

Peter Krub, Williams Township, Northampton County, is going to Germany. He was born in Gettenbach.

Jacob Fischer, Reformed schoolmaster at the stone church, Bern Township, Berks County, eight miles above Reading, inquires for Sebastian Schuechen and Jacob Duenschman, born in Niedermerschbach, near Hochenburg. They left Amsterdam on May 29 last for Philadelphia.

March 8, 1785

Redemptioners who fled from the ship Capellentot den Pol, Chaptain Hermann Ryding, Baltimore, October 3, 1784:

Joh. Jacob Gnawau, German, 34 years old, tailor.

Joh. Martin Schmidt, Jager, 36-38 years old.

Joh. Henrich Diehle, German, 28-30 years old, laborer.

Friedrich Elb, German, 26-28 years old, sugarbaker and seaman.

G.R. Ulrich von Castel, German, 36-38 years old, left on October 2.

Philip Ernst Brendel, German, and his wife, Catharine Barbara, escaped from the ship North American, Captain T. deHaas, Baltimore.

May 3, 1785

Residents of Charleston, South Carolina: Georg Hahnbaum, Christian Stroit, Anna Maria Werlein, widow.

Conrad Roth, Philadelphia, from Bornheim.

June 14, 1785

Peter Martinus von Steuben has settled in Philadelphia to practice medicine among his German countrymen. He is with Valentin Schmidt, south side of Arch street, second house from Front street.

Justus Fuchs (Fox), Germantown, advertises that his apprentice, Friedrich Becker, ran away.

Adam Eckhart is laying out a new town, New Philadelphia, on the northeast side of the Susquehanna River, in Dauphin County, adjoining Harrisburg.

His brothers and sisters inquire for Remigius Serazino, born in or near Strasburg, who was last heard from in 1761, when he wrote a letter from New York. He was then living with Mrs. Daniel Wittib, leather worker.

Tench Coxe, Philadelphia, advertises that his German servant, Johann Lorenz Bicking, or Buecking, ran away. He is 30 years old, a baker, and arrived in America last autumn.


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