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Wilhelm Best Jr (abt. 1713 - abt. 1762)

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Wilhelm Best Jr
Born about in Switzerlandmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Lehigh Valley Township, Pennsylvaniamap
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Categories: Winter Galley, arrived 5 September 1738 | Palatine Migrants.

Wilhelm Best Jr was a Palatine Migrant.
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Wilhelm was born in 1713 in Switzerland. Anna was born in 1717 in the Palitinate district in Germany. She was the daughter of Adam Schaffer and Anna Margaret Weiland who left Germany in 1733 and settled on a farm in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, between Allentown and the Blue Mountains, in what is now Northampton County.

Wilhelm Jr. left Switzerland sometime before 1732. He and Anna were married in the Palitinate district in Germany in 1732 and farmed there until they left Germany. There were apparently two Palitinate districts and I don't know exactly where they lived.

The Rhenish Palitinate district, consisting of 2111 square miles, was west of the Rhine Rive, north of France, east of Sarrland, and south of Hesse ( formally a German state. The Upper Palitinate district, consisted of 3724 square miles, was a region in Eastern Germany and Was part of Bohemia, and crossed by the Nab River.

Wilhelm Jr. and Anna left Germany in 1738, traveling down the Rhine River to Rotterdam, Holland, from there, to Deal, England. During this trip they had to pass through several customs stations. These stations sometimes took a week to get through , so the trip took from 6 to 8 weeks . From Deal, they sailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the ship 'Winter Galley', arriving September 5, 1738.

Wilhelm Jr. And Anna settled on a farm along the east bank of Lehigh Valley Township, a few miles below Walnut Port, near Anna's parents. This was the frontier country at that time, and Wilhelm Jr. Served in the Colonial Army in the French and Indian War.

Wilhelm Jr. Died November 24, 1762 and Anna died in 1769, both in Lehigh Valley Township. They are buried in St Paul's Cemetery near Cherryville, Pennsylvania.

Source: Max Bess with help from George Bess.

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