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and influence (if any snch there be!) to
rouse and encourage them to make a settle-
ment, late as it is; bnt I would not have
them settle in a body as the N. E. people
have done, but npou separate plantations,
and at a distance from one another, by
which means they may yet get the whole
lands in their possession wituont bloodshed,
and weary and tire out the New England
men, already almost spent with fatigue and
expense I hope yon will receive this in
good part (as it is written) and not as
obtruded advice, but as flowing from a dis-
position attentive to the honour of the pro-
prietaries and the welfare of the people. I
am with esteem, sir, your most obedient
servant. Lewis Gordon.

To Edmund Phynok, Esq.


The organisation of a society which has
for its object the "perpetuating the memory
and fostering the principles of the German
ancestors of its members,'* as well as the
preservation of the genealogy and hiatory of
the early Pennsylvania German and Swiss
settlers, has created much interest all over
the 8tate, Representatives from sixteen
counties were present at the meeting at Lan-
caster on the 1 5th of April, and the constitu-
tion adopted was strictly in accordance with
the call which was sent forth, directed "To the
Descendants of the Early German and Swies
Settlers in Pennsylvania, wheresoever dis-
persed," notwithstanding statements to the
coutrary. It was a typical Pennsylvania-
German gathering, and the ability there dis-
played has never been excelled by any similar
society. The address of welcome, by E.
K Martin, Esq., of Lancaster, was one of
real excellence, while the response of Hon.
George F. Beer, of Beading, the temporary
chairman, was one of elegance and of great
historic value. The regular papers or ad-
dresses were as follows :

"De olta nn neia Tsoita," by E. H.
Bench, of Maoch Chunk.

* 'Puritan or Cavalier? Why not Penn-
sylvania-German?" by Thomas C. Zimmer-
man, of Beading.

"Answahlen der Alte Zeite/' • poem, by
Henry L. Fisher, of York.

"Pennsylvania Germans in Church and
State," by Rev. C. Z. Weiser, D. D., of
Montgomery county.

"What I kn>w of Pennsylvania Ger-
mans," by Bev. F. J. F. Schants, of Leba-
non comty.

These varied papers with the i roceedings
will be published in pamphlet form They
will form a nucleus of further contributions
to the history of onr people, which will be of
permanent valne If nothing trite had been
done, these productions alone would be a good
return for the exertions of Lee L Urn m bine,
of the Daily Report, of Lebanon, Frank R.
Diffenderffer,of the Lancaster New Bra, Rev.
J. Max Hark, and others equally loyal and
true in behalf of the organisation. The work
has been therefore anspiciously begun and all
who took [fart therein deserve to be congrat-
ulated. Let "the ball keep rolling on. " As
inquiries are made from all directions as to
membership, we give the following:

"No one shall be eligible as a regular

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member unlets he be of foil Age, of good
moral character and a direct descendant of
early German or 8 wise emigrants to Penn-

Applications for membership should be for-
warded to Rev. J. Max Hark, Chairman of
the Executive Committee. The officers
chosen for the new Society are :

President— William H. Egle, 11 D. Har-

Vice Presidents— Hon. Edwin Albright,
Allen town; H. A. Muhlenberg, Reeding.

Secretary— Frank A. Diffenderffer, Lan-

Treasurer— Julius F. Sachse, Chester.

Executive Committe— Rev. J. Max Hark,
Lancaster; Lee L. Grumbine, Lebanon;
E. H. Ranch, Mauch Chunk; Hon. J. A.
Hess, Hallertown, Northampton county; E
W. 8. Parthemore,Harrisburg;Hon. Samuel
W. Penny packer, Philadelphia; Rev. C. Z
Weiser.East Greenville, Montgomery county ;
C. P. Humrich, Carlisle; A. Hiestand Glatz,


HeaMraadani «f J«ha Sb««p, •€ Shoop'a
Chareb, tb« OMeM Native «f Dauphta

The Psalmist says : "The days of our
years are three-score and ten, and if by
reas m of strength they be four-score years,
yet is their strength labor and sorrow. " So
we conclude that when John Snoop, of Sus-
quehanna township, died March 29th, 1891,
at the extreme a^e of 95 years and 9 day*,
his "strength, labor and sorrow" must have
been great, having lived twenty Ave years
beyond the allotted years of man, and cheated
death and robbed the grave of these maoy

Mr. Shoop was at the time of his death
the oldest living native of Dauphin county,
and spent the major portion of his years in
the township where he died. It was the
writer's privilege to visit him for the first
and last time January Utb, 1889, at his
home on the farm where he. located in the
spring of 1824, just north of Whitley's school
house. We found him at that time quite
sprightly for a man within seven years of
his century of years and bis mind very good,
especially of events that transpired during
his youth and early years of manhood. He
was descended from one of the early German
families that followed in the wake of the
pugnacious 8cotch-Irish,and succeeded them

on the farms of our county and made them,
through their industry, bring forth of abun-
dance the past one hundred and twenty-five
years, after the Scotch-Irish thought they
were about ''farmed out" Mr. Shoop a as
of the fourth generation from the original
American ancestor.

August 28th, 1750, the ship "Two Broth-
ers," Thomas Arnt, captain, landed at Phil-
adelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania,
with 95 male passengers on board above the
age of sixteen years and four above the same
age marked sick. Among this number was
George Michael Shoop (Shupp) He first
came to Germsntown, now a part of the City
of Brotherly Love, which was a stopping
point for many of the Germans during the
Provincial era. He in due time came to the
vicinity of where Snoop's church is now lo-
cated and where Christopher Shoop, possibly
a brother, had already located.

When George Michael Shoop came to
America it was in the faith and doctrines of
the Lutheran church, and brought with him
his family, which consisted of his wife and
several children, one of which was Christo-
pher, aged eight yeais.

Stophel or Ohriitopher Shoop (George
Michael) was born November 10th, 1743, in
Germany; d. Jaonary 18tb, 1820, and buried
in the old grave yard at Snoop's church.
Who his wife was we know not. He had
issue smong others :
i.John; b. May 25th, 1771; d. March
15th, 1826, in Susquehanna township,
where he resided many ye <rs, having
removed there from Cooewago town-
ship. He m. Anna or Margaret
Beck, b. Feb. 8th, 1772; d. May 13th,
1808. They had issue:
1. Jacob; died in Wayne county,
Ohio, where he resided. He m.,
first, Rebecca Fitting, and had
issue three children ; m. secondly
Anna Arney.
I. 2. John; b. March 20th, 1796, in

Conewago township, Dauphin
county, Pa. ; d. March 29(h 1891.
ii. Daniel, b. February )5th, 1774; d.
November 17tb, 1807, in Dauphin
county ; huried at Snoop's church ; m.
Susan Blosser, b. Oct. 1, 1774; d.
April, 9th, 1836. They had issue
two boy 8 and one girl, and whose de-
scendants continue to reside in
Dauphin county.
Hi. Oathanne, b. September 17th, 1775;

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d. Augutt IStb, 1840; m. John Pel ty,
b Aogaet 90th, 1770; d. May 26th t
1826; s. of J. Michael Pehy (b. Sep-
tember 11th, 1754;d. Julj 88th. 1898.)
and grand ho o of Thomas Felty, (b.
January 19tb, 1727, d. January 2S<J,
1796) They Kft issue, whose de-
scendants reside amongst os.

it. Roeanna, m. John Hoover, removed
to Wayne or Richland county, Ohio,
where they died, leaving issue.

«. Jacob; b. February 10th, 1778; d. No-
vember Uth, 1844; m. a Miss 8holts
and they had issue, a son, Samuel,
who resided in Lower Paxtang town-
ship, and a daughter, who married a
Mr. Ranch.

m. ttlieabeth; b. November 19rh, 1783;
d. Sept. 17th, 1851; m. Jobn Ewing,
b. April 17th, 1788; d. Dec 29th,
J 866. He descended from an Irish-
man, whose name was also John
Swing, snd at an early day emigrated
west to Ohio, and it has been tradi-
tional that he was of the same family
who became prominent in the Demo-
cratic party from that State. Elisa-
beth Snoop and John Ewing bad
issne, surname Ewing:

1. John Ohrittopher; b May 29th,
1817; d. March 9tb, 1884.

2. WUliam; resides in Progress,
Dauphin county.

8. Jonathan; b. Sept. 23d, 1827;
d. Jan. 7th, 18(4.
en. Christopher; b January 8th, 1785;
d. Stpt. 8th, 1882; m. Elisabeth
Crall, dan. of John Crall, and had
tiii. Mngdalena; ra. Jacob Bear.
im John Frederick; m. Polly Gsrtnan.
They bad issne, some raiding in the
I. John Shoop (Ohrittopher, George -
Michael); b. March 20th, 1796, in Cone-
wago township, snd at an early day settled
on a tract of land north of Whitley's school
house, where he continued to reside till death
came, which was March 29th, 1891. He
married October, 1823, Mrs. Liogle, daughter

of Philip Hetrick and Brightbill.

She was born December Uth, 1791; d.
January 1st, 1872. They bad issue.
i. John, m. Catharine Grove; had issue:

1. Jacob; resides in this couuty.

2. John.

3. Augustus; resides at Steel ton.

4. William ; resides in this city.

5. Mary; ss. Otto Beinbower.

6. OharieL

ii. Daniel, m. first, Catharine Wetael,

daa. of John Wetael, and bad issne.

He m., secondly, Anne Walker.
Hi. Sarah,
it. Anna; m. Cyras Sheppler, of Linages*

town. Pa.
t>. Rebecca; m. Peter H ©trick
m [A dtughter]; m. John Wetael; no

feeue. u. w. a. r.

Illatarlettl, Blaaraphleml aad O— eaJas jt oal.


A Revolutionary Hbroihb.— At the
attack on Fort Washington one of the artil-
lerymen named Cor bin was killed when
serving his gun. In the minutes of the
Supreme Executive Couocil, dated June 29,
1779, I find this entry: In a list of orders
granted was ooe 'in favor of Margaret Cor-
bin, for thirty dollars, to relieve her present
necessities, she having been wounded and
utterly ditibled by three grape thot
while the filled with distinguished bravery
the potto/ her hutbmd, who was killed by her
tide terving apiece of artillery, at Fort Walk-
ington." This he«oine deserves a place in
history along side of Molly Pitcher. To
what command did hor husband belong, and
what locality in Pennsylvania did they come
from. (See Col. Rec , Vol. XII, p. 84 )

a. n.


The increasing number of County His-
torical Societies in Pennsylvania shows that
that there is a demand on the part of the
people for such institutions. They are of
value in many ways They keep the people
conservative in this fast rushing age and
make us more stable in laying plans for the
years to come. As regards the past and the
future of the community they are full of
profit There are, without doubt, more
purely local historical societies in New Eng-
land than elsewhere in America. This Is
owing to its deciJedly local and provincial
lif \ The government by townships tends
to this. Bnt in Pennsylvania and the other
States of similar county government the
same spirit on a larger plan can have play,

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Id New England aa the social and official
life centers aronnd the town government, to
in Pennsylvania the same centers aronnd the
county government This makes it all the
more desirable that the historical societies
which are organised, other than State, or
of purely special scope, shonld be county

What would be the sphere of a County So-
ciety f It would be the local and social life
of the past snd present citisens of that coun-
ty. The official history would center around
the records found in the coot t house and the
offices ot the Register, Recorder and Pro-
tbonotary ; and to these would be added such
county affairs as have been transacted in
part at the State Capitol Io these are the
official history, and a careful study of them
is no unimportant part of a historical socie-
ty's work. These, or portions of them, are
ever needfnl to give light opon disputed
questions and partially known facts. Add
to them the records of the old-timed institu-
tions, such as church organisations, schools,
societies for the reformation of people and
for the cultivation of onr higher faculties.
Every community has had organizations, to-
day defunct, which we af large value in
determining the growrahod o % -being of
the people, and in directing the beneficent
interests of the community. There is fast
passing away, much of it into the waste-pile
and juok shop, a mass of manuscripts, old
papers, old letters, pamphlets, books, and a
thousand and one other things, which are
rare and can never be duplicated. The pa-
pers and notes of the first surveyors, the
journals of the first missionaries, the notes
of the pioneer clergy m n, the petty books of
the early merchants, the annotated almanacs
(often of large worth), copies ot grave-stone
inscriptions of the ancient and new ceme-
teries—these and many mare shonld have a
place of deposit. The social life, the daily
affaire of the people before the advent of the
local paper, is rapidly passing away, and
only the most shadowy tradition remains be-

The County Historical Society, fairly
supported, will do a vast deal In rescuing
from the past its priceless lessons, and in
these days of increased interest in the study
of local history in the pnblic schools, its
archives will be of large avail. Concerning
the organisation itself it is needfnl to have a
zealous company of officers. There should
be a wide-awake leader, who is not only a

believer and worker in local history, but has
tbefsco1t> of drawing out and interesting
those who may have only crude work to offer.
The same eao be said of all the executive
officers. Especially should there be a Vice-
President, or one who would act as the local
correspondent in each township or borough.
It would be iheir special work to secure the
information and material which wonld be of
value, and to gain the co operation of those
who are only partially interested There
are in every community men and women of
excellent minds and worthy characters, who
may not be skilled as writers, but who have
ing lived all their life, or *'nigh unto forty
years" in that township, are able to give
much in the line of intei views; and if these
interviews are made by persons
adept with the pen, they are preserved
and some time will be found of service.
The meetings «*f the society can ba
frequent, monthly where it is
possible, and by the monthly accumulation
of reminiscence and material, it is surpris-
ing how rapidly they grow, not only in quan-
tity but in real historic value. The papers,
notes, and documents, such as are of present
value, can be prepared for the columns of an
appreciative local paper; and the chances
are that these published articles will elicit
others of equal or greater worth. To be sure
there are those persons who will speak ill of
much which may be produced. The discus-
sions may be called • 'neighborhood gossip."
and those who engage in them "antiquated
cranks,*' nevertheless the meetings and pro-
ductions are fruitful in cultivating a new
spirit and a greater appreciation for the
work and labors of those whose places the
new generation takes. The dav when a his-
torian most needs be an old man has gone
by. A glance at the list of the leading pro-
moters of the historical societies will show
the large percentage to be young and pro-
gressive persons. A great change has come
over this pursuit at d study. The American
Historical Professorship is found in every
live college, and the students gathering under
it are eagerly grasping everything which re
veals the facts of local life.

Io Pennsylvania there are already severs 1
county historical societies that are more
than mere d a tins. They are doing much
for the Commonwealth. There are other
counties where with a little well-directed
spirit an organisation could be founded.
Helpers come from many sides when a

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movement of this sort is once began. Tbe
world has been running a mad race in ita
pursuit after wealth. But to day there are
prophecies that our men of means and cul-
ture are regarding those elements of religion,
morals, patriotism and ancestral reverence
which will conserve the exalt d principles
which the fathers gave to us. These his-
torical societies are among those beneficial
institutions which need fostering. The
rapid rate at which the people live bids all
jto pay heed to the lessons and verdicts of
history. If history ever repeats itself, it is
well that our schoolmen and youth should
know of it, that they may avoid the dangers
and attain the virtues which make govern-
ment and the people's life to rest upon the
secure basis. Anson Titus.

Towanda, Pa.

^ -^


[For the following references to Pennsyl-
vania families we are indebted to Mrs. O.
A. McLaughlin, Mt Auburn, Cincinnati, O.]


I. Henry Haldeman, b. 1760; d. 1820, in
Montgomery county, Pa ; m. Cle-
ments, of Bucks county. Their chiljren

i Abraham; d. young.

ii. Margaret; d. young.

Hi John.

iv. Jacob.

v Suean

vi. Elisabeth.

sit. Hannah.

viii. Catharine.

Henry Haldeman had four brothers, Jacob
and John, of Bocks county, Christian, of
Montgomery county, and Nicholas, who re-
moved to the Carolina*.

II. Peter Haldeman, b. 1790, in Somer-
set county ;d. 1869, in Fayette county, Pa.;
m. Salome Stmer, d. 1865; daughter of
Peter Shiver, of Somerset county, and had :

i. Daniil

ii. Rtv. Thomat, of Morgan to wo, W. Va.

III. Samuel Haldeman, b. 1803 in Centre
co., Pa ; d. 1883 at North Hope, Butler co ,
Pa; m. Margaret Kohlmeyer, b. 1805; d.
1883, in Butler Co. Thev had issue:

i. Mary A ; m. Meals.

ii. Col. Jaekeon, of Emlentoo, Pa,

Hi. Catharine E; m. Mifflin.

iv. Rev George* of Lancaster, O.
9. Daniel E., of Emlentoo, Pa.

ei 8amuel Alexander, of Douglass Co.,

vii. Sarah; m. Hoover.

viii. Euphemia; m. Riddle.

ix. John R , of Venango Co., Pa.
x. Jamee Fivley.


John Leech, b. April, 1739, in County
Armagh, Ireland; d. in Rockbridge county,
Virginia; served in the war of the Revolu-
tion in Capt John Kling's company, CoL
Benjamin Byre's battalion, and was an elder
In Oxford chnrch. He m. April 18, 1761,
Martha McCorob; b. 1744; d. June 19, 1804,
at Collierstown, Rockbridge county, Va.
Their children were—

t. Nathan, b 1763.

ii. David, b. 1764; m. in 1790 Margaret
Miller, daughter of Henry Miller.

Hi. John. b. 1765.

iv Thomas, b. 1767.

v. James b. 1769.

vi. Agnrn. b. 1771.

vii Eleanor, b. 1774.

viii Martha, b. 1780.


I. Baltser Seager, b. in Alsace, Germany,
is said to have settled in "New Rochelle,"
Bncks county, Pa. He left a wife Elisabeth
and foar sons — the names oi only two com-
ing down to us:

i. Gabriel

ii. John.

If. Rev. Gabribl 8b a gbr, son of

Baltzer Seager, b. 24th day of 1734,

in Bocks county, Pa. ; d. Jan. 81, 1816, at
Bristol, Trumbull county, Ohio. Removed
from Pennsylvania to Londouo county, Va ;
then to Shenandoah county, and finally to
Troin bull county, Ohio. He m , Aprils.
MargaretU Dohlklo, b. 8ept 26, 1787, in
Klein Biberans, Germany; d. August 2 \
1822, in Bristol, O. : daughter of John ano
MargaretU Dohlkin, They had children :

i. Elizabeth, b. October 12, 1766, at 10
P. M.

ii. Barbara, b. November 27, 1768, at 6
A M ; m. William Barbe, of New Jersey.

Hi. Peter, b. November 19, 1770, at 10 p.
m ; m. Annie Barbe.

iv. William, b. January 9, 1772, at 2

P. M.

v. Conrad, b. November 8, 1774, at 2 P.
M. ; m. — — Haldeman, of Pennsylvania.

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«**, Margaretta, b. January 5, 1776, at 2
P. M. ; m. Baughraan, of Pennsyl-

eft. Samuel, b. February 6, 1778, at 11 P.
M. ; m. Sbowalter.

eft*. Marie, b. February 24, 1780, at 1 P.

M. ; m. Baughman, of Pennsylvania.

■ •■

This surname is no strange ooe and can be
fonnd in every German settlement made
prior to this century. It is not the intention,
however, of the writer to all ode to this
family name in general, bat simply to give
in brief the history of John Ulrich Schnebli,
who settled in what is now Lebanon county,
Penna. When John Ulrich landed npon the
shores of the Province of Pennsylvania, he
was a lad of five years of age, having, as
the story goes, lo»t his parents at sea on
board the vessel which brought him to
this country* Upon landing, a mere child
and orphaned, he was kindly cared for by
some fellow passengers. During these
years he received some training in the
carpentering trade, and coming to his
majority he fonnd his way to Bethel
township, Lebanon county, and for a
time became a citlsen of "Stumptown" or
more moderately speaking Fredericksburg.
Ha probably made his way there from the
Tulpehocken country, where many of the
early Germans settled prior to finding per-
manent ho aes. Here Mr 8navely succeeded
through the industry and frugality so char-
acteristic of his race, in saving a few hun-
dred dollars which he invested in a large
tract of land a few miles west of "8teits'
town," now Lebanon, where he resided until
the close of his days. His remains, with those
of his wife and numerous descendants, lie
buried in the farm grave yard on the corner
of the Snavely farm, as now located on the
north side of the Philadelphia & Beading
railroad, opposite the old Union canal tunnel.
No doubt many a passenger traveling over
this railroad has had his curiosity aroused to
learn why amidst all these tombstones so
much fencing exists. Years ago a difficulty
arose between some members of the family
and in dividing the farm a corner of a new
tract was located in this graveyard; and
the one who secured the new
farm, to hold possession ot his
boundary line, had this fenced off within the
graveyard proper, and in doing so the fence
is so placed that husband and wife are sepa-

rated thereby. No stone marks the place to
tell the passer-by where John Ulrich Suave-
ley lies or to the historian when he was born
and died. Although he left a l»rge
eftate to his children and secured to
them the fine lands, which some of
the descendants possess to this day,
the honor was not given him to have a tomb
stone; but if ic is any consolation it is not
unlike the fate which befell many others
who stood by the early fathers of the coun-
try, made this land what it is and have their
graves unmarked. At what time Mr.
8oaveley purchased this large tract ot land
Lebanon township we know not It was,
however, after the year 1755, as he does not
appear on the tax list for that year, but he
probe bly eame a year later. In the list for
the year 1780 he is assessed for 800 acres.
Whom he married we know not His chil-
dren were:

t Elisabeth, b. November 26, 1768; d.
Ap;il 30. 1858

ft. John, b. February 24. 1766; d. Febru-
ary 22, 1826; m. Veronica Light b. Novem-
ber 11, 1767; d. November 4, 1821; dan. of
8amuel Light Thev had issue:

1. William, b. March 8, 1797; d. Janu-
ary 22, 1854; m. Anna Long, b. July
2, 1797; d. Januaiy 31, 1654; daugh-
ter of Abraham Long. It is recorded
on Mr. 8. *s tombstone that he lived
thirty- three years in holy wedlock and
had eight children.

2 David L., b. January 26, 1802; d.
July 29, 1858; m. Magdalene Behm,
b. March 8, 1799; d. April 11, 1866.

3 Joeeph.
4. 8amud.

Hi. henry, b. January 12, 1768; d. Au-
gust 8, 1846; married and had among others
a son Joseph.

in, Jacob, m. Christina Windnagle, b.
November 13. 1777; bap. by Rev. Traugott
Frederick Illiog; d. April, 1843; daughter of
John Mathias Windnagle and Agnes Early.
They had issue:

1. Jefenon, m. Antonnettee Fidler and
left a number of children.

2. William, died in California, aged
sixty- two years.

e. Christian, resided and died in Leba-
non, Pa., where for many years he was en-
gaged in merchandising; he married, and
left a number of children, among them:
Andrew, (Jyrue, George, John and EUjah.
b. w. 8. P.

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[Abbreviations : d, daughter; $ , sod; b ,
born; Jap., baptiied.]

Bohm, Peter, a. of Peter and Maria Bob m,
b. December 28, 1796; bap. January 1,

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