George Hains Lower Heidelberg Land Purchases

On November 25, 1735, George Hains purchased his first land in Pennsylvania. It was 300 acres purchased from William Allen. Within the next few days, George purchased two more tracts of 222 and 400 acres each. The seller of the next two tracts was the Proprietors. He now had title to 922 acres in the Tulpehocken region, some of the best farmland in the colony. The land was located in what is now Lower Heidelberg Township, near the current small town of Wernersville.

Condolence Letter from the Governor

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 22, 1732. His Honour our Governor has been pleased to write a Letter to the Governor of Boston, in Behalf of the distressed Palatines on Marthas Vineyard, of which the following is a Copy.

Anna Elizabeth Armentrout’s Arrival

The Armentrout’s arrived August 27, 1739 in Philadelphia on the English ship Samuel from Dover England. On board was widow, with her seven children.


She had help from her older children on their voyage. Now the journey was almost over. At the time of the voyage, Anna Elizabeth was about age forty.

Tulpehocken Region

The Tulpehocken Region is named for Tulpehocken Creek, a tributary of Schuylkill River. The creek drains the limestone hills of this Tulpehocken Region. It flows about twenty-four miles generally east, winding through the present day town of Myerstown, where it heads eastward toward Womelsdorf. Here it turns sharply north; then loops back southeast, a few miles north of the current town of Wernersville. The creek continues southeast flowing into the Schuylkill River at Reading. The name, Tulpehocken, was given by the Lenape Indians, who were long-time settlers in this region. The word means “land of turtles”.

Jeri Haynes, June 23, 2008

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.

Hanover War Possible

New York, October 23, 1729.  By the last Vessels from London, which bring Advices of Aug. 30. 23 have no particular Account of the Peace, or positive Confirmation of its being concluded. The united Fleet of English and Dutch Men of War still continue at Spithead; and the Dutch are not ordered home as was reported; tho' Pilots are sent to bring them home if Peace should be agreed on, and great Quantities of Provisions are sent them continually, that they may be provided in Case of War.

Battle on the High Seas

New York, Feb. 24, 1729

On the 17th Instant arrived a Schooner, William Smith, Master, in thirty Days from Jamaica, who says Provisions are still low there, Flour from 23 to 30s. per Barrel.

Six Hundred Acres of Upland and Marsh

To be sold by Jacob Stowbar, a large Plantation of Six Hundred Acres of Upland and Marsh, of which there is already Four score Acres drained, lying in Penn's Neck, and commonly call'd Stooby's Point. The said Plantation joins upon the River Delaware, and has the Privilege of fishing a Mile and half along the River; so that there can be Yearly made Thirty of Forty Pounds of Fish. There are also three Orchards upon it, and if the whole were divided into two Plantations, each of them will easily afford to keep one Hundred Head of Cattle, and a Hundred Sheep. It is also convenient for a Merchant's Store or Shop. Any Person that has a Mind to know further, may be informed by John Brick, Esq; or Malachy Davis, where they will also hear of the Owner. Note. That any Person may take in 400 Acres of Land of the above Plantation, with 40 Pannels of Fence.

GODFREY's Almanack

Speedily will be Published: GODFREY's Almanack, for the Year 1730. Containing the Lunations, Eclipses, Judgment of the Weather, the Spring Tides, Moon's Rising and Setting, Sun's Rising and Setting, Length of Days, Seven Stars Rising, Southing and Setting, Time of High Water, Fairs, Courts, and observable Days. Fitted to the Lattitude of 40 Degrees, and a Meredian of Five Hours West from London. Beautifully Printed in Red and Black, on One Side of a large Demi Sheet of Paper, after the London Mariner. To be Sold by the Printer's hereof, at the New Printing Office near the Market, for 3 s per Dozen.

SUNDRY Sorts of Linnen Goods

SUNDRY Sorts of Linnen Goods to be sold by Thomas Hatton, at his Store, at Thomas Oldman's, in Market-street, Philadelphia, viz. Ell-wide Sheetings, Silk-Laces, &c., Yard and half quarter ditto, Bed Tickings, Irish Hollands, Shoe-Tickings, Huckabacks, Silk-Tickings for Jackets and Breeches, Fine Diapers, sundry sorts, both broad and narrow, Shirting-Cloth, of several sorts, Checquer'd Linnens, and stripp'd ditto, Buckrams, Girth-Webbs, Topsail-Canvas, Silk-Handkerchiefs, Thread-Stockens, Inkles, Tapes, White & colour'd Thread, and several other Goods, Thread-Laces. All which Goods lately imported from Dublin, to promote Dispatch, will be sold at very reasonable Rate.

The Pennsylvania Gazette, February 11, 1729

To be Sold by CHARLES READ.

To be Sold by CHARLES READ. THree Hundred Acres of excellent good Land, well Timber'd and Water'd, lying in Bucks-County, about two Miles from the Court-House, and in the Neighbourhood of several Mills. Seventy Six Acres of Land, within Six Miles of Philadelphia, bounding on Cobb's Creek, with the Privilege of joyning a Dam, and overflowing the Lands on the other Side of the Creek, which is constant, and one of the best Streams in Pennsylvania for a Mill. Cedar-Shingles and Boards. And a Parcel of good Sadlers-Ware very cheap

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