During May of 1723, the Hains family left Schoharie to journey through the wilderness to the Tulpehocken region of
Pennsylvania to start a new life for the third time. They had immigrated to American from
Germany in 1710, settling in the
Valley near the Mohawk River in upper
New York. Most German settlers never welcome in
New York. Most important, they were never able to gain clear title to their farm land, which was so essential for their growing families.
During the previous year in 1722, Hans Lawyer, a Palatine from Schoharie, received permission from William Keith, Deputy Governor of
Pennsylvania to explore the Tulpehocken region. George Hain was one of those who was sent to
Albany to request permission from William Keith investigate the
Pennsylvania wilderness for a possible new settlement. Whereupon, Hans Lawyer and four other men to set out to scout the Tulpehocken.
Now they are on the move again. After thirteen years they were headed to
Pennsylvania, where they have been promised their own land once again. This first caravan from Schoharie included about a dozen families. They would have started just after the snow melted and streams were clear of ice to make this three hundred mile journey. They traveled in a group of about fifteen families, along with their children, livestock and belonging. The caravan numbered about one hundred persons. The group went south to
Pennsylvania region where they were to build a settlement in wilderness still occupied by nearby Indian villages.
George and Veronica made this on foot and by canoe along with their nine children. The mother of the three oldest children was Eva Catherine, George’s first wife: Anna Sibilla was about age twenty-three, Johann Willhelm age 18 and Elsa Catharina age 15. Veronica’s six children were much younger: Elizabeth Gertrude age about 12, John Christian age 10, John Christian age 9, Peter age 9, John George age 7, John Frederick age5, and John Adam who was the youngest a age about 3. After arriving a few weeks later, they would have spent the remainder to the year until winter, clearing the land, building a shelter and planting crops. This was essential if they were to survive the winter in their new homeland.
Jeri Haynes 5/27/2008
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