Note On The Founding of Germantown

Note About William Penn’s Invitation To The Thirteen Families In historical notes, it is sometimes mentioned that William Penn invited the first Thirteen Families of Germantown to settle in Pennsylvania. In other historical notes, it mentions that there is no record of this invitation, and that it is probably inconceivable that the invitation could have…
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The Romance of John Train and Margaret Dix

The demand for servants among the earliest immigrants to Massachusetts Bay Colony is demonstrated in an order of the Court of Assistants of 1 March 1630/1: … Further, it is ordered, that whatever person hath received any Indian (Native American) into their family as a servant shall discharge themselves of them by the 11th of…
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The Naturalization Of First Germantown Settlers

March 7, 1691 Thomas Lloyd, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, granted naturalization to 62 of the first settlers in Germantown. This made them a subject of the British crown and all freemen. COPIA NATURALISATIONIS. Francis Daniel Pastorius and of sixty-one persons more. German Town. WILLI,IAM PENN, ESQ. “William Penn, Proprietary of the Province of Pensilvania, &c….
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Anabaptists and The Mennonites

This is not the complete story of the Protestant Reformation, the Anabapists, or the Mennonites. It is a short history to explain their, and our, arrival in Germantown. The Anabaptists Anabaptists (Greek ανα (again, twice) +βαπτιζω (baptize), thus “re-baptizers”) are Christians of the Radical Reformation of 16th-century Europe, and their direct descendants, particularly the Amish,…
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