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Who are the parents of Jacob Short?

Conflicting information of the immigration and parentage of Jacob Short is found on the internet in various online family trees and genealogies without supporting evidence. Two hypotheses on Jacob's birth, arrival in America and parents are discussed below:

1. Jacob Short (born Schwartz) was born abt. 1739 in Germany to unknown parents and immigrated to America arriving in Baltimore, Maryland abt. 1755.

2. Jacob Short (born Schwartz) was born abt. 1744 in Pennsylvania to Andreas Schwartz and an unknown mother. His father Andreas immigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in 1727[1].


1. Jacob Schwartz and his wife Eve Godshalk were named in a court document signed by Eve's mother in regards to the settlement of the estate of Godshalk Godshalk, Eve Godshalk Schwartz's father in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1767.

Philadlephia Register of Wills: 1748 #47; and Montgomery County Deed Book 2: p. 495:[2]

"Release signed 22 May 1767...by Eva Godshalk, widow of Godshalk Godshalk, deceased and their children: (1) Jacob and Helena Godshalk, yeoman; (2) William and Gertrude Godshalk, yeoman; (3) Catharine Godshalk, spinster, (4) Jane Godshalk, spinster, Henry and (5) Margaret (Godshalk) Cassel, weaver; and John and (6) Magdalen (Godshalk) Hendricks, yeoman; Mathias and (7) Gertrude (Godshalk) Hendricks of Bucks County, yeoman; (8) John and Hannah Godshalk, husbandman; Melchior and (9) Ann (Godshalk) Yoder, carpenter; Jacob and (10) Eve (Godshalk) Swartz of Bucks County -- all release their interest in land to their brother Garret Godshalk"

2. The Genealogical Card File of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania offers a few clues about Jacob's possible father Andreas (Andrew) Swartz.[3] It lists Andrew as married to Catherine Kline with nine children including a son named Jacob born in 1744. The sources listed for the information on the card include:

1. Davis Bucks Co. Biogs. This is would be the History of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, from the discovery of the Delaware to the present time by W. W. H. Davis published in 1905. On page 595 in the biography of Edward B. Lapp there is a mention of Abraham Swartz who was the son of Andrew Swartz, Jr. and a renowned clockmaker in Bucks County. It states that Andrew Swartz, Jr. immigrated from Germany and arrived in America in 1727. He located in Franconia Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He married Catherine Kline and they were the parents of ten children.[4]
2. Strassburger-Hinke p. 16, 17. This is Pennsylvania German pioneers; a publication of the original lists of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger ... edited by William John Hinke published in 1934. On pages 16 - 17 we read that Andreas Schwartz arrived on the ship Friendship of Bristol, John Davies Master, from Rotterdam the 16th of October of 1727.[5]
3. The card stated that Andrew he was a settler of Franconia Townhip in Montgomery County. On page 4 of History of Franconia Township there is a mention of Andrew Swartz.[6]

3. Bulletin of historical society of Montgomery county p. 278 says that "Henry Oberholtzer's will, dated July 29, 1791 and proved March 14, 1794 was witnessed by Jacob Swartz who lived on the adjoining property to the north-east"[7]


  1. Rupp, I. D. (n.d.). A collection of upwards of thirty thousand names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and other immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727-1776 ... = Chronologisch ... Retrieved September 02, 2020, from https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=yale.39002001155903
  2. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Philadlephia Register of Wills: 1748 #47; and Montgomery County Deed Book 2: p. 495. (Eva Godshalk, 1767) , Release to Heirs and Legatees, 22 May 1767; Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
  3. Ancestry.com. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data:Genealogical Card File. Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Citing card for Andrew Swartz (1727 Immigrant). https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/21375083?h=b2fdac
  4. Davis, William W. H. "History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, from the Discovery of the Delaware to the Present Time : Davis, W. W. H. (William Watts Hart), 1820-1910 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming." Internet Archive. January 01, 1970. Accessed September 02, 2020. https://archive.org/details/historyofbucksco03davi. page 595
  5. Strassburger, Ralph Beaver. "Pennsylvania German Pioneers; a Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger ... V.42." HathiTrust. Accessed September 02, 2020. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=inu.30000007109121. pg. 17
  6. Souder, John D. "History of Franconia Township : Souder, John D : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming." Internet Archive. January 01, 1886. Accessed September 02, 2020. https://archive.org/details/historyoffrancon00soud/page/4/mode/2up?q=Swartz.
  7. Historical Society of Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Bulletin April, 1953. Vol. 8, No. 4. PDF file. October 31, 2020. https://hsmcpa.org/images/thebulletin/1953vol8no4.pdf

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