Nicholas Carper

Nicholas Carper (1702 - 1754)

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Nicholas "Nicolaus, Nicolas, Nicklos" Carper aka Kerber, Korper, Corber, Coerber, Caerper,
Born in Unterostern, Hesse-Darmstadt, Palatine, Germanymap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
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Died in Lancaster, Pennsylvaniamap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Jul 2011 | Last significant change: 8 Nov 2018
20:10: Pat (Fuller) Credit edited the Biography for Nicholas Carper. (added source links) [Thank Pat for this]
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Nicholas Carper was a Palatine Migrant.
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Nicolas was born in the Palatine region. He came down the Rhine River and sailed on the ship "Samuel" under Captain Hugh Percy from Rotterdam Holland via port Cows on the English Isle of Wight and sailed up the Delaware River to the port of Philadelphia, 11 Aug 1732. He was the first Carper in America in this family. He settled in Berk County, Pennsylvania at age 22. He purchased 110 acres in Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on 9 Jan 1753. County records of him stop in 1758 (the only year he was taxed there). He was one of the first elders of the First Reformed Church of Coventry, East Coventry, Chester County, PA on 19 May 1743 when Rev. Jacob Lischy became pastor and started keeping records. He worked as a blacksmith. In 1740 they were 'of Plymouth in Philadelphia County.'

"Skippach" by "Rev." John Caspar Stoever. Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Trappe, Pennsylvania. Emigrated on same ship as Nicholas and was listed as Gretha Marstelen, age 19 (really 23). Her baptism is on film 1,195,494 at FHC. She called herself Margaret or sometimes Anna Margaret in U.S.A.

Strassburger's Pennsylvania German Pioneers: On board the ship Samuel, Hugh Percy commander, from Rotterdam via Cowes, England, qualified 11 Aug 1732, Nicholas Cörber, age 22. The first version of the list, written by the captain or one of the ship's officers, includes women and children, none of whom have a surname similar to Nicholas'. There were 106 men (age 16 and older), 89 women and 84 children on board, for a total of 279 passengers, all of whom are noted to be Palatines. In the second and third versions of the list for this ship, which is made up of the adult male passengers' signatures, your ancestor signed his own name as Niklas Körper and Niklas Kerper, respectively. (Cowes was an English port on the Isle of Wight). He was Niklas Körper on the signature list on the ship, Niklas Kerper on Clerk of Court's list when passengers took oath of allegiance to King of England and American Colonies (called 'Declaration of Fidelity and Abjuration'), and he was Nicholas Cörber on the ship captain's list.

From Egle's Notes & Queries: Baptismal Record of Rev. John Casper Stoever 1730-1799. Cunradt Walther, (Coventry.) Walther -- Margaretha Barbara, b. Jan. Feb. 18, 1739. Sponsors, Nicolaus Coerper and wife Margaretha.


  • Nicolaus Carper in Re: Frederick Kerper in Revolutionary War on forum of
  • "Vincent Summers" <> Nov 2000
  • Pennsylvania German Church Records, Page 243
  • Eighteenth Century Emigrants from Pfungstadt, Hessen-Darmstadt to Pennsylvania by Annette K. Burgert.
  • Chronicles of Carper Family Descendants of Nicholas Kerper, 1703 Immigrant to Pennsylvania, published August 1998.
  • M. Joseph "Joe" De Lancey of Titusville, FS, (321)267-8074 at <> indicates Nicolaus Kerber (Carper) born 14, February 1703 at Unterostern, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, and father Johann Joerg Kerber (Koerber), born 12 Jun 1669 died 6 Dec. 1772 at Unterostern, Hesse-Darmstadt, Parish of Reichelsheim, Germany. Hans' father was Alexander Kerber (Koerber).

Links of Interest

  • Rupp, I. Daniel (Israel Daniel), 1803-1878); A collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776 : with a statement of the names of ships, whence they sailed, and the date of their arrival at Philadelphia, chronologically arranged, together with the necessary historical and other notes, also, an appendix containing lists of more than one thousand German and French names in New York prior to 1712 Niklas Korper listed third: 19) Aug 11, 1732 Palatines imported in the ship Samuel ...
  • Ship Samuel 1732 on Pennsylvania German Pioneers published by Pennsylvania Germon Society 1934: List A as Nicholas Corber Age 22; List B as Niklas Korper and List C as Niklas Kerper
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands and Cowes, England to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 11 August 1732 ship Samuel from website of ISTG aka Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild.


Thank you to Jerry Cox for creating WikiTree profile Carper-260 through the import of jcoxff.ged on Oct 15, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Jerry and others.

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