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Johan Wilhelm Best (1713 - 1762)

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Johan Wilhelm (Wilhelm) Best aka Bescht Beast
Born in Switzerlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Palatinate,Rhine,,Germanymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lehigh, Northampton Co., Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Oct 2011 | Last significant change: 18 Nov 2018
22:19: Mel Green edited the data for Wilhelm Best. (removed USA from place as USA did not exist yet) [Thank Mel for this]
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Categories: Winter Galley, arrived 5 September 1738 | Palatine Migrants.

Wilhelm Best was a Palatine Migrant.
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Wilhelm was born in 1713 in Switzerland. Anna was born in 1717 in the Palatinate 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.

Marriage to: Anna Susanna Schaffer ca. 1 JUL 1731

Wilhelm Jr. left Switzerland sometime before 1732. He and Anna were married in the Palatinate district in Germany in 1732 and farmed there until they left Germany. There were apparently two Palatinate 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.


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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Wilhelm by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Wilhelm:

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On 26 Jun 2018 at 18:39 GMT Dave Rutherford wrote:

Best-3303 and Best-504 appear to represent the same person because: same person; same dates; same wife

On 26 Oct 2015 at 03:21 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Best-1594 and Best-504 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate parents, wife and date of death; birth date appears to be an estimate

Wilhelm is 16 degrees from William Brewster, 16 degrees from Skye Driggs and 19 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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