Historic Background and Annals of the Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and of Their Remote Ancestors, from the Middle of the Dark Ages, Down to the Time of the Revolutionary War: An Authentic History from Original Sources ... with Particular Reference to the German-Swiss Mennonites Or Anabaptists, the Amish and Other Nonresistant Sects

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Despite the inconsistencies in the spelling of surnames (my forebears' surname was spelled differently in three places in the book but at least grouped together under one reference in the index) this book is a valuable genealogical reference for anyone searching for information on Mennonite or other Swiss German colonial ancestors. 

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Page 228 - Do solemnly promise and engage that we will be faithful and bear true allegiance to his present MAJESTY KING GEORGE THE SECOND, and his successors, Kings of Great Britain and will be faithful to the proprietor of this province; and that we will demean ourselves peaceably to all his said Majesty's subjects, and strictly observe and conform to the laws of England and of this Province, to the utmost of our power and the best of our understanding.
Page 328 - Ever since I lodged by thy field I have wanted an opportunity to speak with thee. I had intended to come to thy house for entertainment, but seeing thy slaves at their work, and observing the manner of their dress, I had no liking to come to partake with thee.
Page 265 - This Province has been for some years the Asylum of the distressed Protestants of the Palatinate, and other parts of Germany, and I believe it may with truth be said that the present flourishing condition of it is in a great measure owing to the industry of these People...
Page 230 - I have now positive Orders from Britain to provide by a proper Law, against those Crowds of Forreigners who are yearly pour'd in upon us, of which the late Assembly took notice in a Message to me of the 18th of April last. Nor does this arise, as I conceive, from any Dislike to the People themselves, many of whom we know are peaceable, industrious & well affected, but it seems principally intended to prevent an English Plan tation from being turned into a Colony of Aliens.
Page 245 - About three weeks ago, the passengers dissatisfied with the length of the voyage, were so imprudent as to make a mutiny, and, being the stronger party, have ever since had the government of the vessel, giving orders from among themselves to the captain and sailors, who were threatened with death in case of disobedience.
Page 279 - Diseases Contracted in a long Voyage, they were obliged to continue on board the Ships which brought them, where they could not get either Attendance or Conveniences suitable to their Condition from whence many have lost their Lives; And praying that I would recommend to the Assembly the Erecting of a proper Building at the...
Page 337 - Government to suffer to pass and repass on their lawful business without the least molestation or interruption, and they are hereby also desired to treat the said Indians with civility and to afford them all necessary assistance. Given under my Hand and Seal at Philadelphia, the 17th Aug. 1764.
Page 260 - ... be pleased to grant them such relief as you, in your wisdom shall think fit. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray. DURST THOME.
Page 228 - Britain, in hopes and expectation of finding a retreat and peaceable settlement therein, Do solemnly promise and engage, that we will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His present MAJESTY KING GEORGE THE SECOND, and his successors, kings of Great Britain, and will be faithful...
Page 322 - People, particularly the Germans, that the Government have Designs to abridge them of their Privileges, and to reduce them to a State of Slavery. This may, and will, alienate their Affections from his Majesty's Government, destroy that Confidence in the Crown and its Delegates, which, at...

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