Palatine Immigrant Ships to Philadelphia

German, Swiss, Dutch & French Palatine ships to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nov. 10, 1743. Foreigners imported in the snow Endeavor

Thomas Anderson, Captain, from London.

Matheis Braunefelder
Adam Schaub *
Jacob Frounwalder *
Matheis Braunefelder jr.
Hans Ulrich Schaub.

  • From original German signature unless marked with *
  • * From name written by clerk
  • ? Original German signature difficult to decipher

NOTE. - Sometime in the summer of 1743, the ancestor of the Kelkers (Swiss) left his native country for America. His great-grandson, Rudolph F Kelker, son of Frederick, has in his possession interesting family papers, from which the Editor has made some extracts. Among others is a certificate of church-membership, viz: L. B. S.

It is shown by these presents, that Heinrich Kollicker, born in 1705 at Herrliberg, on Lake Zurich, is the son of estimable parents, and has, by holy Baptism, been united with the Reformed Christian Church. Likewise, it is also the intention of Barbara Bratscheri, his wedded wife, together with their three sons and two daughters, all of good repute, as far as is known, to leave their fatherland of their own accord and emigrate to Pennsylvania or Carolina, in order there permanently to settle and herewith take with them their churchright for themselves and for their descendants.

To this journey we wish them success, the divine blessing, health and the attainment of their object. For the sake of greater security I have written the above with my own hand and certified it with my seal.

HERRLIBERG, 1 Minister at Herrliberg
the 8th day of June, 1743.

Family tradition says, they were 28 weeks in crossing the ocean. The date of their actual departure from Switzerland, and of their arrival in this country, and place of landing, are all (up to the present) unknown. As the name does not appear on the lists of immigrants to Pennsylvania, it has been surmised that they landed in Carolina. Henry Kollicker settled about four miles from Lebanon, now Lebanon, then Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and we learn from the Records of the Church that he was an Elder in the "Berg Kirch," near Lebanon, in 1745. His son Anthony, and daughter Susanna are his only children supposed to have reached America with him. The others, it is believed, died before his arrival.

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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