Project: William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers
Welcome to the William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers WikiProject!
This project exists to bring together WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of the people who emigrated to the Pennsylvania colonies during and following the year 1682.
The initial focus is those settlers who came via 23 voyages with William Penn's Society of Friends, or Quakers, and settled primarily in what is now called Pennsylvania.The main aims are to grow the trees of these early arrivals and learn more about their history and lives.
The William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers WikiProject was created to bring together WikiTreers interested in improving the profiles of the people who emigrated from Europe to William Penn's Pennsylvania during and following the year 1682.
From 1682 until 1776, this included "Delaware Colony in the North American Middle Colonies" which was "a region of the Province of Pennsylvania although never legally a separate colony. . . . it was part of the Penn proprietorship and was known as the lower counties. In 1701 [Delaware] gained a separate Assembly from the three upper counties but had the same Governor as the rest of Pennsylvania."
William Penn's Society of Friends, or Quakers, are the initial focus for this project - specifically, those settlers who came via 23 voyages. Penn was among the 100 passengers who set sail aboard the Welcome on August 30, 1682. "Smallpox breaks out on board. Penn, who had already had the disease at age 3, administers to the sick. Penn lands at New Castle on 27 October (Delaware is also owned by Penn, and was at that time part of Pennsylvania)." The project aims to grow the trees of these early arrivals and learn more about their history and lives.
However, the project could expand to cover other groups, as Penn's stance on religious freedom attracted a wide variety of settlers:
- Long before [Penn's] death, Pennsylvania ceased to be a spiritual place dominated by Quakers. Penn's policy of religious toleration and peace--no military conscription--attracted all kinds of war-weary European immigrants. There were English, Irish, and Germans, Catholics, Jews, and an assortment of Protestant sects including Dunkers, Huguenots, Lutherans, Mennonites, Moravians, Pietists, and Schwenkfelders. Liberty brought so many immigrants that by the American Revolution Pennsylvania had grown to some 300,000 people and became one of the largest colonies. Pennsylvania was America's first great melting pot.
- ↑ from a note on another WikiTree page
- ↑ from Penn's Timeline
- ↑ from William Penn, America's First Great Champion for Liberty and Peace, by Jim Powell
- In addition to the sites at footnotes 2 and 3 above, I found the following sites of interest:
On-Line Free Published Pennsylvania Resources:
The Bowne Family Biographies
The Colonial Homes of Philadelphia and Its Neighborhood By Harold Donaldson Eberlein, Horace Mather Lippncott
Hendrick Pannebecker, Surveyor of Lands for the Penns, 1674-1754 By Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker, 1894
Colonial And Revolutionary Families Of Pennsylvania, Vol I By John W. Jordan
The Settlement of Germantown, Pennsylvania: And the Beginning of German Emigration to N.A. By Samuel Whitaker Pennypacker, 1899
Daughters of the American Revolution Search Engine to find Revo War Patriots and their descendants.
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania by Edward W. Hocker
Pennsylvania: The German Influence in Its Settlement, Vol III by Henry Jacobs
The German and Swiss settlements of colonial Pennsylvania by Oscar Kuhns
Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Pennsylvania by Henry Frank Eshleman
Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania By Charles Henry Browning
History of Lycoming Co., PA Archive.org editing by J. F. Maginness
Before the Constitution and Bill of Rights West Jersey and William Penn leading the way!
Also, Kitty's Library on WikiTree
Profiles of Pennsylvania Settlers
Profiles that have been identified and marked as belonging to this project (by adding [[Category:William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project]] at the top of the profile's biography) are automatically included in the project's category page.
- William Penn (WikiTree profile ID Penn-40) was pointed out as the lowest-numbered ID for William Penn in WikiTree. Duplicates should be merged into that profile.
If you're interested in participating in this project, please do the following:
- Add penn to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
- Ask Kitty to award you the Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project Member badge.
- Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now.
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- Chad Kent - I have many Distant Relatives that began their new lives in the North East. I recently found that I have relatives that were contracted by William Penn to Survey the Mason Dixon Line. I'm interested in learning more about this history and the history of the Early Life of Pennsylvania. I work over in Philly and live just across the river in New Jersey so this local history (to me) is very interesting as I find out more.
- Liz Shifflett - as I search back in my Watkins and Dixon lines, I keep bumping into references to "William Penn's Quakers." I'd like to learn more.
- Sandi Wiggins - Descended from Cuthbert Hayhurst and Mary Rudd, I am interested in early Pennsylvania settlers and also the religious motivations and lives of the colonists.
- Meghan Dewhurst-Conroy - Descended from Ellen Stackhouse Cowgill Researching the Cowgill family history along with other lines in my family tree. Own a copy of Cowgill Family History (1986) and willing to do look-ups.
- Jean Jenks - I am descended from Thomas Jenks and have many Quaker ancestors. I also have some books related to PA and might be able to help others with their research.
- Kitty Smith - Descendant of Hendrick Pannebecker and Eva Umstat . Many variations of the name Pennypacker. Several American Revolutionary War veterans.
- Bob Fields - Descendant of John Balderston Scarbrough III who arrived with William Penn in 1682 with his father John Scarbrough. He lived with the Indians for 5 years, acting as an interpreter, likely preventing an Indian war which plagued most of the other colonies at the time.
- Linda Ellinger - Descendant of Robert Vernon who arrived in PA in 1682 on the Friendship with his two brothers, Thomas and Randle (Randal) Vernon.
- David Wilson - My 7th g-grandfather Robert Willson came to America with his family aboard the "Welcome" in the spring prior to William Penn arriving in the fall. I've found the battles for religious freedom by Winthrop, Bowne and Penn very interesting.
- Jacqueline Clark Currently working on the Mendenhalls and getting them merged, attached to parents and updated information. Descendant of both Benjamin Mendenhall and John Mendenhall
- Matthew Pryber Currently working on the Kerstetters, Barners, Bierly's Glantz's etc These were all Early immigrants to PA]
- David Lundy Currently working on all things Lundy. Descendant of Richard Lundy I, looking at his move to Boston in 1674 from England, to Pennsylvania as a Quaker, a few months before Penn. Can find no indication he was a Quaker prior to move to Pennsylvania, and wonder if he was just an opportunist, or a committed Quaker.
Related Category Pages
- William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project category page.
- Add to profile bio at top [[Category:William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project]]
- WikiTree page showing Canterbury passengers
- The 1699 voyage transported William Penn. Passengers with a WikiTree profile should have the category added to their biography: at the top add [[Category:Canterbury (1699)]] and in the text of the bio replace "ship Canterbury" with "ship [[:Category:Canterbury (1699)|Canterbury]]"
- WikiTree page "Quakers"
- Add to profile bio at top [[Category:Quakers]] and perhaps in bio section [[:Category:Quakers|Quaker]]
- WikiTree page "Quakers in Delaware in the Time of William Penn"
- Add to profile bio at top [[Category:Quakers in Delaware in the Time of William Penn]] and perhaps in bio section [[Category:Quakers in Delaware in the Time of William Penn|Quakers in Delaware in the Time of William Penn]]
- WikiTree page "Quaker Emigration to America"
- Add to profile bio at top [[Category:Quaker Emigration to America]] and perhaps in bio section [[:Category:Quaker Emigration to America|Quaker Emigration to America]]
- Dates: Two things to be aware of - Quakers didn't use the names of months, just the numbers (7 8m 1742 for example), and until 1752, "8m" would have been October, not August, since the year started in March (1m).
- List of Abbreviations found in Quaker Records, by Patience Northern (includes information about Quaker dating)
- The Problem of Dates, by Sue Roe
- Project:William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers/Talk archive - The archived version of this project's talk page (replaced by G2G, use the tag: Penn)
- Quakers in Delaware in the Time of William Penn, by Herbert Standing 26-page pdf
- The Quaker Corner, Joanne Todd Rabun's Quaker Genealogy website, now hosted by Rootsweb (still free at the moment though)
- On the Trail of Our Ancestors, Donna E. Ristenbatt's website
- The Thomas and Anne, posted by Donna E. Ristenbatt and referencing Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684, Penn's Colony: Volume I by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., 1970.
- Ships (also has links for The Thomas and Anne)
- PA Roots, report on William Penn's 1681 deed
- Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has a wealth of information about early Swiss and German Mennonites who immigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s because Penn offered them a safe haven from religious persecution.
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