Hains Family to Tulpehocken

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 Schoharie 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.

William Penn, the Proprietor

When George and Veronica arrived in Pennsylvania in 1723, John Penn was Pennsylvania’s proprietor. His father, William Penn, had died in 1718 at the age of seventy-three while the Hain’s were living in Schoharie. For most of his life, William Penn lived in England, visiting Pennsylvania only twice, the last time in 1699. But, Pennsylvania and his Quaker faith were uppermost in his thoughts during his entire adult life, where Pennsylvania became a sanctuary for protecting freedom. As a result, William Penn left an important legacy to America’s freedom of religion, liberty and justice.

Lancaster County Established

Lancaster County was formed May 10, 1729 from land apportioned from Chester County. The original countries chartered by William Penn were Philadelphia, Bucks and Chester, located within the more populated area of the Commonwealth. The ever increasing immigrant population was pressing westward into the wilderness. They were demanding improved access to government, constables to keep the peace, magistrates to handle their legal affairs. This new county would resolve these issues.

Jeri Haynes, June 28, 2008

Palatines Immigrate to Pennsylvania

During May 1723 a group of families packed up their belonging and moved south from the Schoharie Valley of New York to settle in the Tulpehocken region of Pennsylvania, a distance of four hundred miles. This was wilderness, where no white settlers anyway near. Philadelphia was some seventy-five miles north east of this unsettled land. The William Penn proprietors intended that these Palatines act as a buffer between Indian settlements nearby and colonial settlements further east toward Philadelphia.


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