Passenger lists

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I was disappointed to see in the National Archives site that passenger lists have not been digitized. The site states that microfilm of passenger lists are not available for Philadelphia pre-1800. However, I have seen some of these lists, both actual and transcribed, scattered around the Net. Family Search no help. Are there better online now resources I’m missing?

What I’m looking for is a possible record for the entry of William Lawing (alternate spellings: Lewing, Lewin). I guessing Philadelphia between 1735 and 1755, and this is purely a guess based on his variously given birthdates.

Any suggestions/pointers would be greatly appreciated!
WikiTree profile: William Lewin
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

1 Answer

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There are lists of immigrants (only adult males, for the most part) who weren't British citizens arriving at Philadelphia from 1727 to 1776. No such lists for British citizens. (The non-citizens had to take some sort of oath of allegiance, and the lists are of people who took that oath.)

See for information on these lists.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
edited by Ellen Smith

Oh well, DARN! When I check Family Search for William under Lewing I got some interesting hits. I believe it kind of confirmed that William was English and there was a family in and about Rutland (UK) with that spelling. It also seemed to comfirm that William was not from what is now Germany (this supposition was out on a website by one person, no source, because of a rumor that he came wih the family he married into, and it took off from there.) 

So, Ellen, let me see if I understand what you’re saying and correct me if I’m wrong: if not English, then the name of the adult male showed up on a list, and if English, then one just walked off the boat?

Thanks, Ellen. You are, as always, most helpful. 

That's my understanding of the situation with Philadelphia records.
And people from Ireland, Wales, and Scotland also were British, and would not appear on lists.
Ok. Thanks, Ellen. That rabbit hole is closed. <sigh>

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