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A signed list was then presented to the Board, on which were the names of one hundred and nine Palatines, who, with their families, numbered about four hundred persons, who had just arrived at the port of Philadelphia, on the ship William and Sarah, William Hill, Master, from Rotterdam, but last from Dover, England. Captain Hill was asked whether he had a license from any Court in Great Britain to bring these people into the Province and what their intentions were in coming here. He replied that he had no other authority than the ordinary ship clearance, and that he believed the immigrants designed to settle in the Province. After this the persons who had come over on the William and Sarah were then called before the Board, and "did repeat & subscribe the foregoing Declaration."

As a matter of interest the names of this earliest importation of Germans under the new regulations are here given. The list is the forerunner of hundreds more which were placed on record during the following fifty years. It has been doubted whether the lists preserved in the State archives at Harrisburg are complete. At all events some years are missing. The war with France put a stop to nearly all this traffic, so that between 1756 and 1763 only one or two arrivals of immigrant ships are recorded; in 1745 none at all.

The result of that action was that thereafter lists were regularly made by the masters of ships bringing passengers to this country, which lists are still preserved in the archives of the State, at Harrisburg. Sometimes triplicate lists were prepared. These were submitted to the Provincial authorities for their satisfaction and guidance, and also became of service when contracts between these people and those who hired or bought them were made. 16

There are good reasons for believing that the ships lists as we find them in Rupp, in Volume XVII. of the Second Series of Pennsylvania Archives, and of course in the Colonial Records from which they were mainly compiled, are in some cases defective, in that they do not in every instance give the full list of those who came. To what extent these omissions have been carried, it is impossible to say from our present knowledge of the subject, but it is possible that later investigations in Germany and Switzerland may bring fuller lists to light. 17

I. D. Rupp makes the following remarks concerning these triple lists:

"The master's or captain's lists contain the names of all male passengers above the age of sixteen, and some of them, the names of all the passengers. If any had died, or were sick on the arrival of the ship, they are marked accordingly.

"Another list contains all the names of males above the age of sixteen, who were made to repeat and subscribe the Declaration of allegiance, with their own hands, if they could write, if they could not the name was written by a clerk, and the qualified person made his mark.

"The third list is an autograph duplicate of the second one, signed in the same way, and is preserved in book form." 18

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A List of Ye Palatine Passengers Imported in Ye Ship William and Sarah, Will'm Hill, Mast'r, from Rotterdam, Phlid'a Ye 18 Sept'bre 1727.

Hans Jerrick Swaess, Hans Michle Siell,

Benedice Strome, Jacob Josi,

Hans Jerrick Shoomaker, Daniel Levan,

Hans Martain Shoomaker, Andrw Simmerman,

Hans Michle Pagman, Hans Jerrick Wigler,

Johan Ilabaraker, Johan Wester,

Hieromnius Milder, Hans Adam Milder,

Henericus Bell, Henrick Mayer,

Hans Seri Seigler, Jacob Gons,

Viewing records 111-120 of 1072

Sebastian Vink, Hans Martn Levisbergn,

Jacob Swicker, Jan. Hendn Scaub,

Hans Bernard Wolf, Abraham Beni,

Ann Floren, Frederick Hiligas,

Hans Jacob Ekinan, Sebastian Creek,

Hendrick Wiltier, Alex. Diebenderf,

Jacob Pause, Johan Willm May,

Hans Jerrick Wolf, Casper Springler,

Hans Jerrick Bowman, Michael Peitley,

Hans Jerig Anspag, Jno. Barne Levinstey,

Viewing records 121-130 of 1072


Christr Milder, Johannes Jlon,

Patrick Sprigler, Hans Michle Weider,

Joh Tobs Serveas, Leonard Seldonrick,

Johannes Eckman, Willm Turgens,

Christo Layhengyger, Willm Tleer,

Andrew Haltspan, Anspel Anspag,

Hans Jerrick Schaub, Adam Henrick,

Christian Snyder, Ulrich Sieere,

Johannes Bartelme, Junicus Meyer,

Johannes Dbend”ffer, Hans Jorg Glergelf,

Viewing records 131-140 of 1072


Joseph Aelbraght, Steven Frederick,

Jacob Meyer, Philip Feruser,

Johannes Balt, Hans Filkcysinger,

Christopher Walter, Hans Jerrick Hoy,

Hans Adam Stall, Andw Saltsgerrer,

Hans Martin Wilder, Jacob Wilder,

Hans Jerig Arldnold, Johannis Stromf,

Hans Jerig Reder, Philip Swyger,

Hendrick Gonger, Elias Meyer

Hans Jerig Roldebas, Martin Brill,

Viewing records 141-150 of 1072 

Christopher Wittmer, Peter Leyts,

Clement Eirn, Johanes Hendk Gyger,

Johannes Michle Peepell, Johannes Berret,

Philip Siegler, Jacob Swartz,

Rudolph Wilkes, Hans Michl Phauts,

Abraham Farn, Bastiaen Smith,

Tobias Frye, Albert Swope,

Jacob Mast, Diederick Rolde,

Nicholas Adams, Hans Adam Biender,

Johanes Leyb, Hendrick Hartman,

Viewing records 151-160 of 1072 

Conrad Miller, Philip Jacob Reylender,

Ulrich Hertsell, Ernest Roede,

Hans Jerick Guyger, Philip Roedeall,

Hans Jerig Viegle, Hans Jerig Milder,

Hans Jerig Cramen, Uldrick Staffon.

While this German immigration was considerable in some years prior to 1727, it was irregular and seemingly spasmodic. Apparently it was gathering strength and courage for the half century of irrepressible exodus which was to follow. In the fall of 1727, five ships laden with German immigrants reached the wharves of Philadelphia. It was no doubt these numerous arrivals that alarmed the
Caption: A Pioneer German Hamlet. Provincial government anew and led to the imposition of the 40-shillings head tax on all aliens. From that time on the record of arrivals is almost continuous, and although there are several short breaks in it, we are enabled, nevertheless, to get a fairly accurate idea of its extent and also of the manner in which it was carried out.

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Table Showing the Arrival of German Immigrants during the Space of 44 Years, and covering the Period of that Immigration's Greatest Activity.

The following is the number of immigrant ships that reached the port of Philadelphia in the period between 1727 and 1775, both years inclusive, of which records have been preserved.

Viewing records 161-170 of 1072 

Year. Number.

1727 5

1728 3

1729 2

1730 3

1731 4

1732 11

1733 7

1734 2

1735 3

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1736 3

1737 7

1738 16

1739 8

1740 6

1741 9

1742 5

Year. Number.

1743 9

1744 5

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1745 none

1746 2

1747 5

1748 8

1749 21

1750 14

1751 15

1752 19

1753 19

1754 17

Viewing records 191-200 of 1072