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      660. Thomas Willits395, born March 16, 1681/82 in Jericho, Long Island, New York396; died 1772 in Near Catawissa, , Pennsylvania396. He was the son of 1320. Thomas Willits and 1321. Dinah Townsend. He married 661. Rachel Powell 1720397.

      661. Rachel Powell398, born February 18, 1696/97 in Westbury, Long Island, New York399; died Abt. 1793 in PA399. She was the daughter of 1322. Thomas Powell and 1323. Elizabeth Townsend.

Notes for Thomas Willits:
Thomas Willets was born on March 16 (or 11) 1682, at Jericho, Queens (later Nassau) County, Long Island, New York. Prior to 1682, Queens County was part of the political entity of Yorkshire (Riding) operating under the laws promulgated in Hempstead. At an even later date, Nassau County was created out of part of Queens County, and the place where Thomas Willets had lived fell in the newly erupted county. Thomas was raised in the Quaker faith.

Thomas Willets was married 1st October 24, 1706 to Catherine Hallock (b. 1684 at Southold, Long Island; d. 1718) at the residence of her parents, John and Abigail (Swezy) Hallock in Brookhaven.
Thomas Willets married 2nd at the Westover Monthly Meeting in Queens County (now Nassau County), Long Island, in 1719, Rachel Powell, the daughter of Thomas Powell of Bethpage and 2nd wife, Elizabeth (Phillips) Powell. Thomas and Rachel resided at Secatague (later known as Islip), Suffolk County, New York, until 1736. Thomas Willets was 54 and the land holdings around Long Island were beginning to be broken up into smaller units, while the cost of the land was rising. There was free land out on the colonial frontier. The Appalachian Mountains was a barrier beyond which white settlement had not yet begun. The Great Warrior path ran the length of the Appalachian Mountains from New York, along the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, the Shenendoah Valley of Virginia, the Smokies of the Carolinas into Georgia. Indian Nations "owned" all the land west of the mountains, and controlled access to the mountains as their hunting preserves and "highway" between the Iriquois and Algonquin confederations to the north and south.

In 1736, Thomas Willets, wife, and seven children became immigrants and left the comfort of Islip and settled at Olney Township, Philadelphia (now Berks) County, Pennsylvania. A little later, as land was pruchased from the Indian tribes of the interior, they moved further westward to the vicinity of Lebanon, (then Lancaster and since 1813 Lebanon County), Pennsylvania. Here they settled for a while on the Piedmont Plateau at the foot of the Blue Mountains. The Quaker Monthly Meeting was at the North Wales in present day Montgomery County, just north of Philadelphia.

On August 25, 1736, Rachel received a certificate to the meeting in North Wales, Pennsylvania. Sometime in the 1740's, they removed to Maiden Creek Valley, where we find them established in the spring of 1747. But they were not to remain in that Quaker settlement for more than a few years, but desirous of pushing ever farther into the Pennsylvania wilderness to found a new home.
On August 22, 1749, Most of the land now included in Skuykill County, formerly with in the boundaries of Berks County, was conveyed by the various Indian owners to the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania with a deed. In March, 1750, the land of this new Purchase over the Blue Mountains on the Skuykill River was opened to settlement.

In the year 1750, they (they Thomas Willets family) removed to what was then called the New Purchase, locating in the Blue Mountains area, taking up land beyond the First Ridge of mountains off the Skuykill.
Thomas Willets began to spell his name Willits, and all of his descendants followed this practice. Thomas' three brothers, Richard, Amos, and Isaac, consistently spelled their name Willets.
It was testified later, during a court dispute, that the Thomas Willits family of Quakers, previously of Maiden Creek Valley, were the first settlers of the area. Thus they had continually moved ahead of the settled areas of the frontier. Now they were in the mountains between the Susquehanna River and the head waters of the Schuykhill River.

All of this living at the edge of frontier was having its effect on the religious life of the Willets family. New attitudes were beginning to replace those that they shared with the settled Quakers in the safe enviornment of the life in a Long Island community.

In 1747 (or 1748), the Willits fmaily conflicts with Quaker practices (began). Thomas' daughter, Rachel, was disowned for her marriage to John Webb, Jr., by a non-Quaker magistrate, which was contrary to discipline.

In 1752, Berks County was formed out of protions of Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties and Indian lands.

The first effect of the French and Indian (1754-1763) War was felt on the frontier. The war on the frontier began when the French seized a Virginia trading post at the present day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The French renamed the post Fort Duquesne. Lt. Col. George Washington and a small Virginia militia entered the disputed area and they were forced back to Fort Necessity by the French, who after a three day seige compelled the garrison to surrender.

On July 5, 1755, Maj. Gen. Braddock again contested the French strength with two under-strength British regiments. He was engaged by the French and was defeated. General Braddock was mortally wounded and Washington, serving as one of his aides, distinguished himself under fire.
It was after General Braddock's defeat by the French and Indians in western Pennsylvania, that the Indians became encouraged by their victory and began savagely raiding the unprotected Pennsylvania frontier cabins and settlements. The settlers appealed to Philadelphia for help and military support, but litle came. The frontier settlers protected themselves as best they could. They build fortified cabins and block-houses, and worked in groups.

However, the forts were easily bypassed by the Indian raiding parties, and settlers who were east of these strong points were attacked, killed, or taken captive to Kittaning in te western part of the Indian lands.

On October 16, 1755, Thomas Willits and his family were forced to flee for their very lives from their Maiden Creek homestead. Maraudering Indians burned their home. This was part of a series of scattered Delaware and Shawnee Indian raids, under their leaders Shingas and Captain Jacobs. Although the frontier colonists did not know it at the time, this series of raids ended with the onset of winter. The three sons of the family decided to defend their homes against further raids. In due course they were disowned by the Quaker Monthly Meeting. Slowly the realities of living on the frontier were seperating the Willits' from their Quaker beliefs and faith.

They remained until the First Indian War, which began on October 16, 1755, when they were compelled to leave their plantations as the Indian massacres and raids became too violent to remain... The Willits family and their neighbors were forced to flee to Maiden Valley.
After returning for a period, they were forced to flee and remain in the Maiden Creek Valley. The frontier attacks reached a climax on July 30, 1756, when a force of Indians headed by Captain Jacobs and supported by 15 Frenchmen, besieged Fort Granville, and having set fire to the place and killed the lieutenant in command, forced the garrison to surrender.

On September 8, 1756, Captain Armstrong with 300 men attacked the Indian stronghold at Kittanning. The subsequent battle was more of a draw than a victory; more soldiers probably died in the battle than Indinas or their allies, but the attack did have the effect of deterence. The Indians lost their confidence in radiing and withdrew further westward to the security fof the French held forts. Hereafter, Indian raids on the Pennsylvania frontier were not so bold and daring as earlier raids.

Thomas' sons, John and Isaac, joined the militia to fight the Indians, a violation of Quaker beliefs, and were disowned by Exeter Meetings, John in October, 1756, and Isaac in January 1757.

A few years later, his (Thomas Willits) daughter, Jemima, was disowned, possibly for the same reason, but was re-instated by request in 1757.

In 1755, Thomas, son of Isaiah, married also contrary to disciplione, Susanna Boone, a first cousin to the pioneer, Daniel Boone, and were disowned by Exeter Meetings in 1756 and 1757.
The Exeter Monthly Meeting made note on September 29, 1757, of "those who have left their plantations on account of the Indian enemies, Thomas Willits, and wife, both ancient". The incessant warfare left Thomas Willits in dire financial straits. The Monthly Meeting advanced Rachel funds of five pounds on May 31, 1759, and 30 shillings on November 29, 1759.

Whatever the effect their life and adversities on the frontier had on their material welfare, Thomas Willits remained a Quaker.

He was 80 now, and between the Indian threat, poverty, and advancing age, longed to visit his Long Island relations once more. Being the type of man who had plunged into an unknown frontier, the idea of a journey by an 80 year old man across the mountains to Philadelphia, then across the state of New Jersey, or by boat around New Jersey to New York, seemed only natural.

In October 1761, Thomas and Rachel were granted a certificate to visit Westbury Meeting on Long Island. After remaining there for the winter, they returned to Exeter Meeting in April, 1762.
According to the journal of Clement Willits, of Long Island, eldest child of Thomas by his first wife, "her father was still living in 1772, still able to attend the Meeting three miles from his home and work in his garden." He was then in his ninetieth year. Thomas Willits most likely died in 1772, in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Records show that many of Thomas' children and grandchildren continued to live in the Blue Mountain area streching from York and Adams Counties on the west to Berks and Schuykill Counties on the east. Mrs. Rachel Willits died (possibly) in the late summer of 1793 (or later); she had survived until at least her 96th year and 7th month.

     
Children of Thomas Willits and Rachel Powell are:
  i.   Rachel Willits400, born Abt. 1720.
  ii.   Elizabeth Willits401, born 1725402; married Samuel Hughes.
  330 iii.   Isaac Willits, born 1730 in Islip, Suffolk, Ny; died October 1784 in Mahoning, Columbia County, Pa; married Elizabeth Wilson Abt. 1761 in Pennsylvania.
  iv.   Jemima Willits402, born 1731.
  v.   Isaiah Willits403, born December 12, 1733404


      704. Hans* Jacob Hollinger405, born February 20, 1700/01 in Boniswyl, Aargau, Switzerland405; died 1779 in Lancaster, Penn.405. He was the son of 1408. Jacob* Hollinger and 1409. Elizabeth Burger. He married 705. Anna Elizabeth (Esterli) Easterly 1720 in Zweybruecken, Germany405.

      705. Anna Elizabeth (Esterli) Easterly405, born 1705 in Switzerland405; died 1754 in Penn.405.
     
Children of Hans* Hollinger and Anna Easterly are:
  i.   Jacob Hollinger406, born November 29, 1726.
  ii.   Johan Nicklous Hollinger406, born Abt. 1728.
  352 iii.   Christian* Hollinger-Hullinger, born November 29, 1734 in Zweybruecken, Germany; died December 1802 in Sockeyville, Va. (Now part of West Virginia); married Eva Dorothea Foltz 1755 in Warwick Twp. Lancaster, Penn..
  iv.   Johan Nicklous Hollinger406, born 1736.
  v.   Johannes Hollinger406, born 1747.
  vi.   Christophel Hollinger406, born October 20, 1753.


      706. Johannes Foltz406, born Abt. 1707 in Germany406. He was the son of 1412. Johannes Voltz/Foltz. He married 707. Anna Catherine Zollhofer 1751 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania407.

      707. Anna Catherine Zollhofer407, born Abt. 1711 in Germany.
     
Child of Johannes Foltz and Anna Zollhofer is:
  353 i.   Eva Dorothea Foltz, born 1733 in Germany; died 1798 in Penn; married Christian* Hollinger-Hullinger 1755 in Warwick Twp. Lancaster, Penn..


      708. Johan Christophel Schacke408, born 1714 in Palatinate,Germany408; died December 10, 1796 in Unity Township, Westmoreland County, Penn408. He married 709. Barbara Schacke Abt. 1738408.

      709. Barbara Schacke408, born Abt. 1714408; died Abt. 1771 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania408.

Notes for Johan Christophel Schacke:
      Born in the Palatinate (Pfalz) area of Germany (the upper Rhine Valley) He arrived with 94 other Palatines in america on September 10, 1737 on the snow ( atype of vessel) called "Molly" which sailed from the port of amsterdam by way of dover England. The master of the ship was John Howell. On arrival, English officials apparently spelled his name phonetically. Pronuncation of the German "Schacke" and the English "Shockey" is the same. It is beleived that one of his sons (Valentine) came with him but since children did not sign the ship's manifest, we are not sure. He was called Christopher because, at the time, many Germans families gave all their sons a first name of Johann (John). It was not generally used in addressing the person. In fact, of the 31 passagers who signed the manifest, 13 were john's. The Shockey's were part of a group that had lived in Germany since fleeing France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes for religious persecution. Some came here because of a century of war in their homeland including the Thirty Years War. Some came because they had hear wonderous tails about the new land and still others came because they had seen the literature William Penn had distributed in Europe.
      The Immigrant travel north from Philadelphia to Bucks County in the township Milford. Christopher recieved a warrant for 100 acres in what is now Pike County but was then the Northern part of Bucks County. (Pike County was formed from Wayne County in 1814, which was formed from Northampton County in 1796, which was formed from Bucks County in 1752). Bucks county was one of the original three counties in Pennsylvania. all other counties were formed from these three. About 1754, Christopher and his wife moved to Mannheim township in York County,pa. Their last two children were born here and their first son, Valentine was married here. It is believed that about 1763, the family left York County to Antrim Townships in Cumberland County, Pa. on land which became known as Walnut Bottom. On 21 Jun 1766, Christipher's then 1820 acres became part of Frederick County, MD(as a result of the Mason-Dixon survey(1763-1767) and was called Sarah's Delight.

      Christopher's wife Barbara died when he was 58 years old. He remarred and fathered another child by his 2nd wife when he was 60 years. At the time of his death, Christipher was 82 years old and had lived in the wilderness of America for nearly sixty years. he was here during the French and Indian War as well as part of the American Revolution. Westmoreland County, the place of his death, was formed from Bedford County in 1773.

     
Children of Johan Schacke and Barbara Schacke are:
  354 i.   Valentine Shockey, born 1739 in Milfort twp. Bucks co Pa; died Abt. 1810 in Berkeley County, Virginia; married Barbara Bixler Abt. 1756 in Mannheim twp York co Pa.
  ii.   Elizabeth Shockey408, born 1741.
  iii.   John Aaron Christopher Shockey408, born Abt. 1743.
  Notes for John Aaron Christopher Shockey:
      Born in pennsylvania but owned land in Maryland and Virginia in an area that was later carved up in virginia, West virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He died in what is now Morgan County West virginia ( which was formed from Berkeley and Hampshire counties in 1820 and was originally Frederick, va.) . the tax records carry a note that he was exempt from taxes. though we don't know why. No gravestone has been found but he still has lots of decendants in Morgan County, West Virginia. John and Sausannah had eight children. Some argue that John's middle name was Aaron. Compiler cannot find any support for that argument apparently based upon a letter written by a lady who said Christian Schockey had a brother named Aaron. that statement could simply be the careless writing of the name "Abram", who was a brother of christian and John. In 1800, John was licensed to preach the word of God according to the Methodist Society. His cabin still stands beside the Middle Fork of Sleepy Creek. I may well be that because Susannah died young, John could have remarried but he could not have married a girl named Rosanna that some say was the mother of the John, Henry, daniel and Mary that compiler has shown as the issue of an unknown child of John. Since Susannah witnedded a deed of her husband on the 14 April 1790 (which is after John, Henry, Daniel and Mary were born), she could hardly have been dead.

  iv.   Barbara Shockey408, born 1745.
  v.   Magdalene Shockey408, born 1747.
  vi.   Jacob Shockey408, born Abt. 1750.
  Notes for Jacob Shockey:
      Jacob executed his will on 9 Aug. 1803 nothing in it that he eas "week in body". No gravestone has been found. Jacob was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The Pennsylvania Archives show him as having served in Captain Daniel Clapsaddle's Company in 1780-1781. He owned a lot of land in Franklin County, Pa and Washington County, MD.Cumberland County became Franklin County in 1784. On Sept. 6, 1769, he received a land grant in Fredrick County, MD (now Washington county, MD) of 25 acreas, which became known as "Jacob's Delight". On 2 Oct. 1769, he purchased 200 acres of land from his father out of the original grant to his father. Some of that land was called "Sarah"s Delight". Jacob's will is on file at Chambergurg, Franklin County, Pa, in will book six,pps 82-84

  vii.   Isaac Shockey408, born 1752.
  Notes for Isaac Shockey:
      Issac was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, serving for most of it, mostly in North Carolina. Issac left Pennsylvania after the war (about 1783). It is reported that he and his brother John decided to go to Ohio because they had heard that land was free if you worked and settled it. They were late in getting started and before they could get through the mountains it snowed and stopped them. Someone coming through the mountains reportedly told them that the free land was all taken but he was told there was some in Kentucky. They headed that way, but snow stopped them again in woodstock, VA where they stopped for the Winter. In Spring, some went back to Virginia (now West Virginia). but Issac went on to Kentucky.

      We know he got as far as Harrisonburg.Va. because he was taxed as owning 4 horses on 10 Apr 1788. In the early 1790's he apparently went on to Mason County, Kentucky, taking only his two older boys(Abraham and Issac, Jr.) with him. Kentucky became the 15th state in 1792, so it was very much in the wilderness. It is assumed his other kids had been "bound out" to learn a trade at the time. Issac's will named his wife and appointed his son Issac,Jr. as his executor.


  viii.   Abraham Shockey408, born 1755.
  ix.   Christian Shockey408, born September 10, 1756.
  x.   Susannah Shockey409


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