Do you have Palatine Roots? If so, give thanks to the Indians this Thanksgiving.
The area of the
There were two different main areas that the new influx of poor Germans were allowed to populate, one was in America where a colony was set up on both sides of the Hudson just a little North of New York City and became known as Germantown, East Camp and West Camp. These two communities ostensible were going to work off their passage by “Collecting Pitch and Tar and Making Masts for Her Majesties Navy”, however the support that had been promised the settlers in the new land was not forthcoming and many of these early immigrants perished the first winter. As this is the Thanksgiving season it would be well to remember that the Native Americans did take pity on these poor people and helped to shelter many of them and taught them ways to plant corn and other crops to be able to survive on their own in the new world. These early German families started out in the lower Hudson River communities and then spread out all up and down the Hudson, over into the Schoharie region and then throughout the Mohawk Valley communities.
The second area that these people were sent to from
Philip EMBURY died relatively young while having a hay mowing contest with the other men of the valley, and most of his relatives and religious followers were displaced from the
Henry Z. “Hank” Jones, Jr., FASG, is an expert on the Palatine immigrants, which were some of the earliest settlers in the
While you are at it, a membership in The Palatines to America Society will benefit your research greatly also. They may be reached at http://www.palam.org/ .
A couple of very good books that covers the subject of the Palatine families of Philip EMBURY’s group are: Eula Lapp’s “To Their Heirs Forever” and also Hank Jones’s “The Palatine Families of