How many of the early settlers in Tulpehocken did NOT arrive via the New York colony?

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I am working to determine if my ancestor Martin Schell and his probable brother Peter Shell arrived in Pennsylvania via Philadelphia--or via the New York (Schoharie) colony.  The famous work of Hank Jones (Palatine Families of New York) is a genealogical tour-de-force, but Jones left plenty of unsolved mysteries for future researchers to solve.  My ancestors married NY Palatines who had migrated to PA, lived on lands next to them in PA, and sponsored their children at baptisms--but I have unable to find evidence that they actually migrated from the NY colony.
WikiTree profile: Martin Schell
asked in The Tree House by Michael Schell G2G1 (1.1k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

Good question. Martin Schell is listed among the early settlers of Tulpehocken, but that doesn't mean he arrived in 1723 with the Palatines who migrated from New York. It is clear that quite a few others joined that first 1723 party as settlers in the Tulpehocken Valley.

If Martin and his brother are not recorded in either (1) the Hunter lists and other records of the Palatines in New York or (2) passenger lists of Germans/Swiss/etc. who arrived in Philadelphia in 1727 and thereafter or (3) records and histories of earlier German settlers in Pennsylvania, I suppose maybe they arrived at Philadelphia before 1727 -- but I have no idea how you would figure that out.

Yup, exactly.  It is possible they were orphans.  Peter Shell is mentioned in records of Reverend Stoever as marrying a NY Palantine from the Walborn family already in 1730.  His land was located in the far western edge of Tulpehocken, where the earliest NY Palatines settled (the ones who are said to to have traveled by river, not over land).  But I have found zilch from any NY records.  On one of those crappy Family Tree websites, I found suggestions that Peter and Martin Schell came via Philadelphia, but that info is not supported by any primary data that I am aware of.  The search continues...thanks for your input.
Some of the Palatines left New York just after 1712 when the rations were halted.  This small party which arrived at the Tuplehocken may have contained one of my Kuhn ancestors, but I can't find a list.

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Interesting question, and like the Ellen Smith, I don't know how you'd find out either.  I have family who were there though: Gebhart; Leiss; Keyser -- any of yours?
answered by Barbara L. G2G1 (1k points)
None of those names connect to any documents related to my Schell ancestors of interest.

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