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Earliest Settlers in the Tulpehocken/Swatara Creek Region of Pennsylvania (1720-1740)

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Date: About 1717 to about 1740
Location: Pennsylvaniamap
Surnames/tags: Palatine_Migration Tulpehocken Schoharie
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This is a collection point of Wikitree profiles for people who appear on any of the 4 lists of early Tulpehocken settlers. The various lists themselves were compiled 2003 by Rosanne Troy Chesakis, building on the work of earlier Palatine researchers.[1] I have alphabetized the names, which were not alphabetized on the originals. Because of the variety of spellings on the various documents, I have used the spelling used in the Wikitree profile, if it exists (and noted the actual spellings used in the documents). There is considerable overlap among the lists. If the spouse is known, I have listed them after the name.


1724 Petition

List #1: 1724 Petition This was presented to Pennsylvania Provincial Council in Feb 1724/5[2]. The text of the petition reads as follows:

To His Excellency, Lieut. Governor, and his Executive Council, of the Province of Pennsylvania: The petition of us, the subscribers, being thirty-three families in number, at present inhabiting Tulpahaca creek humbly showeth That, your petitioners, being natives of Germany, about 15 years ago, were by the great goodness of Queen Anne, relieved from the hardships, which they then suffered in Europe, and were transported into the colony of New York, where they settled. But their families increasing, and being in that government, confined to the scanty allowance of ten acres of land to each family, whereon they could not well subsist, your petitioners, being informed of the kind reception which their countrymen usually met with, in the Province of Pennsylvania, and hoping they might, with what substance they had, acquire larger settlements in that Province, did last year, in the Spring of 1723, leave their settlements, in New York government, and came with their families into this Province; where, upon their arrival, they applied themselves to His Excellency, the Governor, who of his great goodness, permitted them to inhabit, upon Tulpahaca creek, being the farthest inhabited part of the Province northwest from Philadelphia on condition that they should make full satisfaction to the proprietor, or his agents, for such lands as should be allotted to them when they were ready to receive the same. And now your petitioners, understanding that some gentlemen, agents of the proprietors, have ample powers to dispose of lands in this Province, and we, your petitioners, being willing and ready to purchase, do humbly beseech your Excellency and Council, to recommend us to the favorable usage of the proprietor's agent, that upon paying the usual prices for lands at such a distance from Philadelphia, we may have sufficient rights and titles made to us for such lands as we shall have occasion to buy, that our children may have some settlement to depend on hereafter; and that by your authority we may be freed from the demands of the Indians, of that part of the country, who pretend a right thereto. And we humbly beg leave to inform your Excellency and Council, that there are fifty families more, who, if they may be admitted upon the same conditions, are desirous to come and settle with us. We hope for your favorable answer to this, our humble re- quest; and as in duty bound, shall ever pray, etc.[3]

Tulpehocken Tax List January 1725/26

List #2: Tulpehocken Tax List[4]

Tulpehocken Tax List January 1726/27

List #3: The Tax list made one year later has X additions. Additionally, WHO disappears?

1727 Tulpehocken/Oley Road Petition

Settlers of Fell's Manor

List #4: Taken from map of settlers of Fells manor ~1735, based on the original map drawn by Reverend P.B. Gibble


  1. Die Shilgrut, Vol XXXV, No. 1, November 2003, pp. 23-29
  2. The Hub of the Tulpehocken, by Earl W Ibach. Lebanon, Pennsylvania: (1975) p. 11
  3. The Blue book of Schuylkill County, by Mrs Ella Zerbey Ellliot. Pottsville, Pennsylvania (1916). pp. 39-41
  4. Burgert, Annette K., A research guide to the Tulpehocken Region, Myerstown, PA (1994), p. 6

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