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View Tree for Peter TrachselPeter Trachsel (b. 1691, d. April 16, 1766)

Peter Trachsel was born 1691 in lenk,Semmental,Switzerland, and died April 16, 1766 in Frederick County,Maryland. He married Juliana Catharina Trauthager.

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PETER (1) TROXELL, BORN AT LENK IN SEMMENTAL, SWITZERLAND IN BERN CANTON, WHERE HE WAS BAPTIZED ON NOVEMBER 6, 1691. PETER WAS TAKEN BY HIS PARENTS TO PFALZ PALATINE AREA OF GERMANY ( IN THE HOMBURG-SAAR ARES IN GERMANY NEAR THE FRENCH BORDER) IN EARLY 1719. HERE THEY SETTLED NEAR THE HAMLET OF WOLFERSHEIM. ACCORDING TO FISRT CHRUCH RECORD BOOK OF RIESCHWEILER, GERMANY, "PETER TRACHSEL, SON OF JOCOB TRACHSEL FROM LENCK IN THE UPPER SEWENTHAL ( IN THE BERNE DISTRICT OF SWITERLAND), RECIEVED CONFIRMATORY BELESSINGS ON APRIL 8, 1708".

COPIED FROM THE LEHIGH COUNTY, PA HISTORY BY ROBERTS COMPILED BY JACK D. SALMON OF ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN.

EMIGRATED TO AMERICA ON A SHIP " SAMUEL" OF LONDON UNDER THE COMMAND OF HUGH PERSY, MASTER FROM ROTTRERDAM, LATE OF DEAL. THEY WERE INCLUDED IN THE PASSENGER LIST OF "PALATINES. 89 MALESD ABOVE 16, 86 FEMALES, 54 MALES UNDER 16, 62 FEMALES UNDER 16 --- IN ALL 291". AMOUNG THOSE ON THE SHIP'S MANIFEST APPEARED THE NAMES " PETER DRACHSEL, ABOVE 17, 1733 ( 4 YEARS EARLIER THAN HIS BROTHER JOHN), PETER AND HIS FAMILES PROCEEDED TO EGYPT IN UNPER LEHIGH CO., IN THER TOUNSHIP OF WHITEHALL. LITTLE IS KNOWN OF PETER AND HIS FAMILY DURING THEIR STAY HERE. THE EGYPT REFORMED CHURCH, FOUNED IN 1734, CARRIED RECORDS REFERRING TO PETER AS A CENSOR IN 1736 AND AS A DEACON IN 1737. PETER AND JULIANA HAD A # OF CHILDREN OF 8 ARE RECORED. EXCEPT FOR PETER (2) AND DANIEL, WHO EMIGRATED WITH THIER PARENTS, ALL CHILREN WERE BORN AND BAPTIZED IN EGYPET. PETER'S (1) NAME APPEARS IN THE CHURCH RECORDS AT EGYPT UNTILL 1744.

PETER (1) WAS APPARENTLY AS MAN OF SOME MEANS, OWNING DURING HIS LIFETIME IN EGYPT AND LEHIGH CO. BETWEEN 800TO 1600 ACRES OF LAND THERE. DURING HIS SHORT STAY AT EGYPT HE SECURED, ON OCT. 15, 1737, HIS FIRST WARRENT OF 300 ACRES. HE TOOK THE SACREMENT OF NATURALIZATION 3/16/1743, AND ON 4/10/1742, WAS NATURALIZED IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PHILADELPHIA.

ON 4/16/1743, PETER (1) MADE APPLICATION FOR WARRENT AT LAND OFFICE AT PHILADELPHIA TO ACQUIRE A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN THE LOWER JORDON VALLEY, ON THE JORDON RIVER, A FERTILE LAND SIMILIAR TO THAT WHICH HE HAD KNOWN AS A BOY IN NATIVE SWITZERLAND WHERE AGRICULURE WAS THE PRIMARY VOCATION. THIS PARCEL. 305 ACRES, 35 PERCHES, WAS PURCHASED 11/10/1743 FROM CASPER WISTAR, BILL OF SALE BEING MADE IN 1742. A CONSIDERABLE LENGHT OF TIME TRANSPARENT FROM THE DATW OF THE WARRENT IN 1743 UNTIL THE PATENT ON 4/3/1782, BUT IN THOSE DAYES THIS WAS NOT UNCOMMON, THE DATE AND LAND OFFICES INDEX # ARE RECORDED ON FILE IN THE LAND OFFICE NOW LOCATED IN HARRISBURY, PA. THE FOLLOWING IS THE DESCRIPTION, COURSE AND MEASUREMENTS OF THIS TRACT AS RECORDED UNDER WARRENT # D-13-199, PATENT #P-1-179:

"BEGIN AT A POST THENCE N 10 E 181 PERCHES: N 80 W 286 PERCHES:
S 10 W 181 PERCHES: S 80 E 286 PERCHES: TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING.
CALLED TRXELBURG." LOWER JORDON VALLEY, PA GRMAN SETTLEMENT, PUBLISHED BY THE LEHIGH COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
VOLUME 18, 1950, PG. 32.

THIS NEW HOME SITE OF PETER AND HIS FAMILES WAS APPROXIMAETLY 5 MILES FROM THIER OLD HOME AT EGYPT. PETER AND HGIS FAMILES WEW AMONG THE SETTLERS OF THE JORDON VALLEY, THIER ANTECEDENTS BEING: JOHN EASTMAN, 1734: NICHOLAS KERN 1737: GODFRED KANAUSS, 1737: WILLIAM ALLEN, 1738: LAWRENCE GOIOD (GUTH), 1741: AND CASPER WISTAR, 1743, THE SAME YEARS AS PETER.

THIS NEW HOME SITE OF PETER AND HIS FAMILY WAS APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES FROM THIER OLD HOMES AT EGYPT.


ON LOCATION 1/4 MILE DOWNTOWN FROM THE STONE BRIDGE AT " TROXELL'S CROSSING," AND TO THE SOUTH OD AND WITHIN A FEW HUNDRED FEET OF JORDON RIVER, ON GENTY SLOPING GROUND AND AT NEAR THE EDGE OF THE JORDON FLOOD BASIN, STAND A REMARKABLE MEMORIAL TO PETER TROXELL, THE EMIGRANT.


THE STORY GOES THAT THE INDIANS WOULD BURN THE LAND SOUTH OF THE JORDON CREEK, CHASING THE WILD GAMES ACROOSAND THROUGH THE GAP IN THE MOUNTAIN, WHERE THE INDIANS WOULD WAIT IN AMBUSH TO MAKE THIER KILL FOR THIER MEAT SUPPLY. WHEN THE SETTLERS CAME TO THIS VALLEY THEY GAVE THE CREEK THE NAME OF JORDON AS IT FLOWED THROUGH A COUNTRY, THE SOUTH OF WHICH WAS LIKE THE DESERT OF PETREA AND THE NORTH WAS THE FRUITFUL COUNTRY OF PALESTINE.

HERE IN 1744, HE AND HIS SON BUILT A SUBSTANTAIL DWELLING, 35 X 25 FEET, 2 1/2 STORIES HIGH, WITH AN ADJOINTING KITEN 20 X 23 1/2 FEET SIZE. THE WALLES WERE CONSTRUCTED 20" THICK. THIS HOUSE, COUNTRAY TO THE NORMAL LOG CABIN CONSTRUCTION USUALLY BUILT AT THIS TIME BY THE SETTLERS, WAS BUILT PRIMARY FOR THE USE OF PETER'S FAMILY BUT PROVED IN THE TIME TO BE HAVEN OF MANY PURPOSE. DURING THE FRENCH AND INDAIN WAR THE SELLTER TOOK REFUSE THERIEN TO ESCAPE THE MAURAUDAING INDAINS. CHURCH MEETING WERE HELD HERE, AND AT ONE TIME IT SERVED AS A TAVERN (( BY PETER(2) IN 1761). IT IS INTERESING TO RECALL THE TIME OF THE BUILDING OF THE HOUSE. OLD-TIMERS RELATED THAT WHILE THE CONSTRATION WAS GOING ON, INDAINS SAT ON THE HILLSIDE OPPOSITE THE RIVER AND WATCHED THE PROCEEDINGS, PETER AND HIS SON NEVER KNOWNING IF THEY WOULD ATTACK.

UPON VISTING THE LOCATION DESCRIDED ABOVE, ONE CAN STILL SEE THIS FINE OLD HOUSE, STILL STANDING IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE OLDEST HOUSE IN LEHIGH COUNTY. THE TROXELL'S LIVED IN THE HOUSE UBTIL 4/8/1854 AT WHICH TOIME IT WAS SECURED BY THE MINNICH FAMILY. THEY RESIDED THERE AS OWNERS UNTIL ABOUT 1950, AT WHICH TIME THE HOUSE AND PROPERTY IT IS SITUATED UPON, PLUS ADJOINTING TRACKS, WHERE PURCHAED BY THE TROJAN POWDER COMPANY OF ALLENTOWN. THE MINICHH'S MADE REPAIRS TO THE HOUSE AS THEY WERE NEEDED DURING THEIR REGION AS OWNERS AND THE TROJAN POWDER CO., ALONG WITH INTERESTING INDIVIDUALS, CONTINUED THE MAINTAINENCE UNTIL TODAY IT STANDS IN AS A GOOD CONDITION AS IT WAS THE DAY IT WAS BUILT. PRESENT PLANS ARE FOR THE HOUSE TO BE MAINTAIED AS A HISTIRICAL SITE AND MONUMENT TO OUR FOREBEARER. THE VALIDITY OF THE DATE OF CONSTRUCTION IS BORNE OUT BY THE FACT WHEN THE LARGEWR HEARTH WAS REMOVED IN THE KITCHEN FOR REPAIRS IN 1910, THE MANTEL PIECE WAS FOUND TO BE INSCRIBED WITH THE FIGURES " 1744".

THE LAST KNOWN DATE OF PETER (1) LIVING IN THE HOUSE WAS 1/12/1754, THE DAY THAT HE MORTGAGED THE HOUSE AND PROPERTY TO LYNFORD LARDNER FOR L294. RECORDS INDICATED THAT SOON AFTER THIS DATE PETER MOVED TO FREDRISKS COUNTY, MD WHERE HE DIED IN APRIL, 1766 AT THE AGES OF 75 YEARS. HIS OLDEST SON, PETER (2) ASSUMED THE MORTGAGE ON THE OLD HOME AND LIVED THERE FOR A # OF YEARS.

LITTLE IS KNOWN AT THIS TIME OF THE DISPOSTION OF THE REALESTATE THAT PETER HELD IN AND AROUND EPYPT, HOWEVER EVIDENCE IS PRESENT THAT SOME OF HIS HEIRS HELD TILE TO PORTIONS OF THESE LANDS, AND IN ONE CASE IT IS BELIEVED THAT HIS BROTHER, HANS JOHN, WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA IN 1737, SECURED SOME OF THIS PROPERTY.

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF PETER TROXELL ( B. 1691)

FREDERICKS COUNTY, MARYLAND- BOOKOF WILLS - LIBER A NO. 1, PAGES 213 & 214

DIED APRIL 16, 1766 FREDRICK CO. MARYLAND

PAGES 213

" IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN
THIS 16TH DAY OF APRIL ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND 66. I, PETER TROXELL, OF FREDERICK COUNTY IN PROVINCE OF MARYLAND OF PERFACT MIND AND MEMORY THANKS BE GIVEN TO GOD THEREFORE, CALLING TO MIND THAT IT IS APPOINTED FOR ALL MEN ONCE DIE, DO MAKE AND ORDAIN THE MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, THAT IS TO SAY PRINCIPALLY AND FIRST OF ALL, I GIVE AND RECOMMEND MY SOUL INTO THE HANDS OF GOD THAT GAVE IT TO ME; AND FOR MY BODY I RECOMMENED IT TO THE EARTH TO BE BURIED IN A CHRISTIAN AND DECENT-LIKE MANNER, AT THE DISCERTION OF MY EXECUTOR. NOTHING DOUBTIMG BUT AT THE GENERAL RESURRECTION I SHALL RECEIVE THE SAME AGAIN BY THE MIGHT POWER OG GOD, AND AD TOUCHINH SUCH WORLDY ESTATE WHEREWITH IT HAS PLEASED GOD TO BLESS ME IN THIS GIVE DEVISE AND DISPOSE OF IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER AND FORMS.

IMPRIMIS, IT IS MY WILL AND I DO ORDER THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE ALL MY JUST DEBTS AND FUNERAL CHARGES BE PAID AND SATISFIED.

ITEMS, I GIB=VE AND BEQUEATH TO JULIANAH CATHERINATH ONE GIN AND ONE BED BESIDE HER THIRD OF MY MOVABLE ESTATE.

ITEMS, I GIVE MY WILL AND I DO ORDER MY SONS FREDRICK AND JOHN TO BE MY EXECUTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS OF MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT.

ITEMS, IT IS MY WILL THAT IF I SHOULD DIE BY ONE OR THE OTHER OF MY CHILDREN, THAT THE SAME SHALL RECEIVE BEFORE ANY DIVISION; AND I DO HEREBY UTTERLY DISALLOW, REVOKE AND DISANNUAL ALL AND EVERY OTHER FORMOE TESTAMENT,

PAGES 214

WILLS, LEGACIES, AND EXECUTORS BY ME IN ANY WAYS BEFORE THIS NAMES. WILLED AND BEQUEATHED, RATIFYING AND CONFIRMING THIS NO OTHER TO BE MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. IN WITHNESS WHEROF I HAVE HEREUNTO SET MY HAND AND SEAL THE DAY AND YEAR ABOE WRITEN. PETER TROXELL (SEAL)

WITHNESS:
PHILIP KINGENSMITH
ADAM RYDENOWER
PEWTER SCHAEFER


ON THW 8TH DAY OF MY MAY 1776, CAME THOMES SCHELY BEFORE ME THE SUBSCRIBER AND MADE OATH ON THE HOLY EVANGELISTS OF ALMIGHT GOD, THAT HE TRANSLATED PETER TROXELLS WILL FROM ATHE DUTCH LANGUAGE INTO THE ENGLIGH LANDAGUES ACCORDING TO BEST OF HIS WILL AND KNOWING AND THAT IT IS NEAR IN SUBSTANCE & FORM AS POSSIBLY CAN BE TRANSLATED.

SWORN BEFDORE H J BOWLES DY COMMY

ON THE 6TH DAY OF MAY _______, CAME PHILP KLINGENSMITH ADAM RYDENOUR & PETER SCHEAFER THE TREE SUBSCRIBING WITHENESSES TO THE FOREGOING WILL & MADE OATH ON THE HOLY EVANGELISTS OF ALMIGHT GOD THA THEY DID SEE THE TESTOR PETER TROXELL SIGH AND SEAQL THE TESTAMENT, AND THAT AT THE TIME OF HIS SO DOING HE WAS THE BEST OF THEIR APPREHENSION OF A SOUND AND DISPOSING MIND AND MEMORY AND THAT THEY SEVERALLY SUBSRICBED THEIR NASMES AS WITHNESS TO THE SAID WILL IN THE PRESENCE OF THAT SAID TESTOR AND IN THE PRESENCE OF EACH OTHER.
SWORN BEFORE T. BOWLES OF FREDRICK COUNTY

BEFORE COMMING TO AMERCIA, PETER HAD MIGRATED TO FRANCE WHERE HE MET AND MARRIED.
JULIANNA CATHERINA TRAUTHAGER, DAUGHTER OF JHANNES HANS AND BARBARA(JAGGI) TRAUTHAGER.


PETER AND HIS WIFE, ALONG WITH THEIR TWO SONS, PETER(2) AND DANIEL, AGES 9 AND 7 RESPECTIVELY, IMMIGRATED TO AMERICA ON THE SHIP THE SAMUEL OF LONDON UNDER THE COMMAND OF HUGH PERSY, MASTER FROM THE ROTTERDAM, LATE OF DEAL


UPON LANDING AT PHILADELPHIA, PA. ON AUGUST 17 1733, PETER AND HIS FAMILY PROCEEDED TO EGYPT IN BUCKS COUNTY (THAT PART TO BECOME WHITE TWP. NORTHHAMPTON COUNTY IN 1752, AND LEHIGH COUNTY IN 1812).



More About Peter Trachsel:
Baptism: November 06, 1691, Semental Switzerland .
Will: April 16, 1766, Frederick County,Maryland.

Children of Peter Trachsel and Juliana Catharina Trauthager are:
  1. Peter Troxel, b. December 28, 1723.
  2. Daniel Troxel, b. 1726.
  3. David Troxel, b. July 27, 1734.
  4. John Troxel, b. 1736.
  5. +Christian Troxel, b. 1739, Egypt,Whitehall Twp.,Northampton County,Pa..
  6. Juliana Margertha Troxel, b. 1739.
  7. Georg Friederich Troxel, b. 1741.
  8. Margaretha Troxel, b. October 25, 1744.
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