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 from Europe 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:
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 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.
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