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Declaration of Intention, 1727

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At a meeting of the Board of the Provincial Council, held at the Court House b in Philadelphia, Sept. 21, 1727, one hundred and nine Palatines appeared, who, with their families, numbered about four hundred persons. These were imported into he Province in the ship William and Sarah, William Hill, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Dover, England, as by clearance from the officers of His Majesty's customs there. The said Master being asked if he had any license from the Court of Great Britain for transporting those people, and what their intentions were in coming hither, said that he had no license or allowance for their transportation other than the above clearance, and that he believed they designed to settle in this Province.Col. Rec. III. 283.

All male persons above the age of sixteen did repeat and subscribe their names, or made their mark, to the following Declaration:

" We subscribers, natives and late inhabitants of the Palatinate upon the Rhine and places adjacent, having transported ourselves and families into this Province of Pennsylvania, a colony subject to the crown of Great Britain, in hopes and expectation of finding a retreat and peaceable settlement therein, Do solemnly promise and engage, that we will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His present MAJESTY, KING GEORGE THE SECOND, and His successors, kings of Great Britain, and will be faithful to the proprietor of this Province; and that we will demean ourselves peaceably to all His said Majesty's subjects, and strictly observe and conform to the Laws of England and of this Province, to the utmost of our power and the best of our understanding. "

G. M. Weis, V. D. M.   a
Rudolph Beyl
Sebastian Graff
Tobias Frey
Johan Peter Fritz
Jacob Jost
Rudolph Wellecker
William Herry *
Jacob Bausel
Philip Rutschly
Elias Meyer
Johannes Leib
Hans Georg Ziegler
Henrich Meyer
Christoph Walter *
Johannes Huth
Philip Zigler *
Joseph Albrecht
Michael Bottle
Georg Petter
Johannes Barth
Hans Ernst Rudy
Hans Georg Hertzer
Jacob Meyer
Henrich Meyer *
Hans Philipp Schweickhardt
Philip Jacob Rheinlender
Johann Friderich Hilligass
Hans Michael Zimmerman
Johann Georg Schwab
Hans Bernhart
W A Johannes Eckman
Hans Martin Wellmer *
Hans Caspar Spangler
Hans Martin Will
Johann Jacob Cuntz
Hans Georg Welcker
Alexander Dubendoffer
Johan Friderick Rudi
Hans Michael Pfautz
Hans Michael Diel
Hans Jerg Anspacher
Georg Schumacher
Hans Georg Nogelle
Hans Georg Kremer
Andreas Holsbacher
Hans Adam Wilder *
Hans Georg Wolff
Hans Martin Liebenstein
Johan Henrich Hartman
Johannes Haberacker.

a G. M. Weis was for many years a minister of the Gospel in the German Reformed Church in Pennsylvania.

In vol. iii. 284. Colonial Records, it is stated, "sundry of these foreigners lying sick on board, never came to be qualified." I have compared Lists A, B and C and find in List A, besides those given above, the following names:

Benedict Strome *
Henericus Bell *
Daniel Levan *
Willm Jurgeins *
Adam Henrich *
Sebastian Vink *
Hans Georg *
Hans Georg Bowman *
Hans Martin Shoomaker *
Hieronimus Milderd *
Jon Bared Lerinstey *
Steven Frederick *
Hans Jacob Eckinan *
Hendrick Wittser *
Jacob Plause *
Johannis Strome *
Philip Swyger *
Jacob Swartz *
Christian Snyder *
Jacob Mast *
Johanes Balt *
Albert Swoap *
Abraham Beni *
Johan Willm Mey *
Johannes Hier *
Ulrich Sieere *
Jacob Swicker *
Philip Feruser *
Johan Wester §
Martin Prill *
Peter Seytz *
Bastian Smith *
Nicholas Adams *
Ulrich Hetzell *
Henrich Gouger §
Clement Eise *
Philip Rodesell *
Uldrich Staffon *
John Tobias Serveas
Johan Hend Gyer §
Johanes Barteleme *
Christopher Walter *
Hans Adam Stoll *
Hans Jerig Viegle *
Hans Jerig Roadebas *
Christopher Wittmer *
Hans Mich Pagman *
Hans Mich Triell *
Hans Mich Weider *
Hans Jerrick Wigler *
Hans Fillkeysinger *
Hans Georg Kley §
Andro Saltzgerber *
Christopher Labengyger *
Hans Georg Schaub *
Johannes Tiebindorf *
Conrad Milder *
Hans Adam Beinder *
Abraham Farne *
Hans Georg Milder *
Rudolph Wilhelm *
Johanes Michel Peepell *

The following are reported as having died:
Leonard Seltenrich
Jac. Milder
Christopher Milder
Hans Georg Ahrnold.

b Immigrants were usually qualified at the Court House, occasionally elsewhere. October 15, 1766, at the dwelling house of John Lawrence, Mayor of Philadelphia. January 13, 1767, and October 6, 1767, at the Office of Thomas Willing, Esq. December, 8, 1773, at the house of Peter Miller, Esq., in Philadelphia.-(Editor.)

  • From original German signature unless marked with *
  • * From name written by clerk
  • ? Original German signature difficult to decipher
  • § This person was sick

Source: A Collection of upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other Immigrants in Pennsylvania From 1727 to 1776; Prof. I. Daniel Rupp, Second Revised Edition, 1876, Philadelphia.

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