Notes for Johannes Eckman: Meyers-Eckman Family History, The Descendants of Andrew and Anna Kauffman Meyers and Daniel G. and Leah Hoak Eckman, by Quinter Stitzel. Completed 1980. p. 95 ------------------------------------------------------------- According to the records at the Lancaster, Penn. Historical Society, the first Eckman to settle in Lancaster County were Johannes and Eva Dorthea (Seitz) Eckman. They settled in Strasburg Twp., and came from Germany to America about Sept. 18, 1727. They came in company with 109 Palatinates, who came accompanied by their reformed minister, George Michael Weiss. Johannes was born about 1700 and died in 1755. He and his wife had two sons born in Germany, but in America had six more children, listed as follows:
Born in Germany - 1. Hieronymus (1718-1796) married Barbara Slaymaker 2. John Peter (1719-1776) married Mary Magdaline ?
Born in America - 3. Henry (1730-1790) married Esther Kunkle - May 3, 1756 4. Christine (no dates) married John Kunkle 5. Elizabeth (no dates) married Jacob Foutz (also Phouts and Pfautz) 6. Anna Barbara Johanna (no dates) married Peter Shaefer - June, 1750 7. Anna Catherine (baptized June 29, 1739) married Andrew Frank - April 17, 1759 8. Jacob (1737-1778) (died at Valley Forge) married Anna Maria Shrader - April 19-1760
Immigration ----------- THE JOHANNES AND EVA DORATHEA (SEITZ) ECKMAN Johannes Eckman, the son of Ulrich, arrived at Philadelphia on 18 Sep 1727 on the Ship William and Sarah with his wife, two sons, and his brother Hans Jacob with his wife Anna Maria. They arrived from the Port of Rotterdam. Johannes Sr. was married to Eva Dorothea Seitz at Germany, and they were accompanied by their two sons, Johannes Jr, about 19, and Heironimus 9.
IMMIGRANTS INTO PENNSYLVANIA NAMES OF FOREIGNERS WHO TOOK THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE--1727 A list of Ye Palatine Passengers Imported in Ye Ship William and Sarah, Will'm Hill, Mast'r, from Rotterdam. Philid'a Ye 18 Sept'bre, 1727 ECKMAN, Johannes
DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA - PORT OF PHILDELPHIA A list of ye Palatine Passengers Imported in ye Ship William and Sarah, Will'm Hill, Mast'r, from Rotterdam. Phlid'a ye 18 Sept'bre, 1727. #32 Johannes Eckman
Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series Names of Foreigners who took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, With the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808. Edited by William Henry Egle, M. D.Harrisburg: Edwin K. Meyers, State Printer 1892
Johannes Sr. is shown as being born at Romanshorn, in the Canton of Thurgan, Switzerland. Hans Jacob Eckman his brother was listed as being born in 1687 at Runnelshorse, Reformed, Canton of H. Gall, Switzerland. The former is probably correct for both.
Johannes Sr. and Dorothea at Lancaster Cty when they acquired 51 acres of land in 1733, they acquired 73 acres in 1752. They and the Neffs lived south of Bunker Hill, The Eckmans were the first pioneers. There daughter Christina was daughter was baptized at Lancaster Co, Pa in June of 1739. Apparently members of Dorothea's family came to Lancaster Cty. also, as Johanesn was a sponsor for the daughter of Peter Seith at The First Reformed Church of Lancaster on the 10th. Aug, 1740 http://www.eckmannews.com/newsletters/Eckman1-10.pdf
Rev. George Michael Weiss Travelled to America with Paltine emigrees Old First Reformed Church and Zion Reformed Church ------------------------------------------ The first settled pastor at Fort Herkimer was the Rev. George Michael Weiss who resigned his charge at Catskill (Leeds) and Kocks Hackq (Coxsackie) on July 56, 1735, and doubtless came directly to this new field. The Ecclesiastical Records of New York have several references to Weiss' work.
He was a Palatinate by birth (1700) and ordained May, 1, 1728. In company with 400 Palatine emigrees he landed at Philadelphia Sept. 18, 1727. After three short pastorates at Philadelphia, Skippack and Germantown, Pa. he became the first settled pastor at Schoharie in November 1731, where he remained but four months, going next to Catskill (Leeds) and was installed Feb. 25, 1732. Rev. Petrus Van Driesen of Albany officiating. On Nov. 25, 1733 he married Annatche, daughter of Captain John Bronck of Catskill. He remained here three years and then came to Burnetsfield (Herkimer), in its first settled minister, and was here until he accepted the call to the Low Dutch Church of Rhinebeck Flatts and the High Dutch Church of Rhinebeck in 1742. In 1746 he went back to Pennsylvania and was pastor at Goshenhoppen from that date until his death in 1761. His wife died June 2, 1765. Both were buried at New Goshenhoppen. While at Burnetsfield Dominie Weiss wrote a pamphlet treating of the lives and habits of the Indians which he sent to the Classis of Amsterdam (Holland). For nearly a decade following the Weiss Pastorate the services here were but intermittent, judging by what records there are. Rev. Peter Nicholas Sommer of Schoharie seems to have made semiannual visits to the congregation through the years 1743-1751, as are noted in his diary. The marriages he performed here as well as a list of his congregation are to be found in the Schoharie Lutheran Church records.
Old First Reformed Church One of the earliest German Reformed Churches in America, Philadelphia's Old First Reformed was established by Rev. George Michael Weiss and predates the Declaration of Independence by nearly 50 years. A sister church, the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was where the Liberty Bell was hidden during the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777. http://www.eckmannews.com/newsletters/Eckman1-12.pdf
BRIEF HISTORY OF ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Submitted by Joyce Stellick --------------------------------------------- Excerpted from Churches of Today and Yesterday in Southern Lancaster County, Edited by Raymond L. Dunlap, The fellowship of Solanco Churches, 1968
When speaking of the founding date of the congregation which is now United Church of Christ, but formerly Zion Reformed Church, New Providence, we are forced to say, "about 1730" although the church has records that show dates only as early as 1744. The history of this Zion is the history of the Reformed Church in Strasburg Township. When established it was the first Reformed Church that a traveler met as he proceeded westward from Philadelphia, and, until 1852, was the only Reformed Church in Southern Lancaster County.
The first member of the church of whom we have any account was Eckman who purchased a tract of land from John Taylor of Chester County containing 245 acres. During this period, the log church was known far and wide as the "Old Dutch Church." Until 1854, when the congregation received a charter, it was known as the "Pequea Reformed Church," the area of location being the Pequea Valley, a fact which seems to have caused much historical confusion, due to the latter location of the church buildings and the changing of the name of the Post Office in its present community from Black Horse to New Providence in 1837. From 1752 until 1795, when a second building was constructed, the congregation worshipped in the homes of its members. The first pastor, of whom there is record, was Philip Williarn Otterbein, who conducted services every fourth Sunday.
The first contribution toward a new church building was 8 pounds, 4 shillings, 6 pence, made by Peter Eckman in 1762, and was placed in trust with the First Reformed Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There is only one baptism on record during his pastorate, and in the next ten year, there were 60. In 1771, the first records of confirmation classes appear. A few of the surnames appearing frequently are- Gunkel, Eckman, Weitz, Wagner, Kunckel, Greiss and Pfautz.
The erection of a new church building was begun in 1794. There have been three cemeteries connected with the congregation. The first of these was located next to the log church near Iva. The second was near the Peter Eckman property, later known as Neff's Mill, and Trout's Mill. The present cemetery is located on and around the Site of the second church building which was completed in 1795. It was a stone structure, with an earthen floor, wine glass pulpit, and plank seats. Thus ended the 18th century for the Pequea Reformed Church. Here was a congregation which was older than the nation in which God had given it the mission to bear witness to the power of His love. It looked forward now to the 19th century. Those active in effecting the incorporation were as follows: Elders Elijah Keen Martin Brubaker Joseph Keen Deacons Daniel Helm Daniel Eckman Adam Mower Benjamin Winter Trustees Joseph Eckman Harry Keen
During the colonial period, the log church was also used as a school house. A school building was also erected and maintained near the stone church, now a part of the cemetery for many years. Among the highly prized possessions is an arithmetical manuscript (Rechel buchlein) written in 1727 by Johann Ludwig Erb, a teacher in the Reformed School at Weisloch in the Pfaltz, for his pupil Johann Eckman, who brought it with him to this community in 1730, and which is now in the hands of a descendant, Mrs. Gertrude Eckman Stehman. http://www.eckmannews.com/newsletters/Eckman1-11.pdf
For more information on the church and Eckman's role The land for this church building was deeded to the trustees of the church by John Eckman in the following words: "To and for the behoof of the Religious Society of Protestants called the German Reformed Congregation in and near the Township of Strasburg in the county of Lancaster."
The first member of the church of whom we have any account was Eckman who purchased a tract of land from John Taylor of Chester County containing 245 acres. During this period, the log church was known far and wide as the "Old Dutch Church." http://www.horseshoe.cc/pennadutch/religion/churches/churches.htm#zion
And more information at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/lancaster/church/zion-ref-np.txt
Immigrants into Pennsylvania: Volume 1 Name: Johannes Eckman Ship: William & Sarah Captain: William Hill Place: Rotterdam Date: 18 Sep 1727
In his will, dated May 9, 1755, he lists his wife Dorothea and four of his children (John Peter, John Henry, John Jacob, and Catharine). His will is probated on June 12, 1755.
NOTES FROM "HISTORY OF THE DUTCH CHURCH AT IVA" STRASBURG WEEKLY NEWS BY WILMER J. ESHLEMAN, DATED 14 JUNE 1985. Part 1 of 3 The "Old Dutch Church" was the foundation of St. Michael Ev. Lutheran Church in Strasburg and the Zion German Reformed United Church of Christ in New Providence. The ECKMANs and the NEFFs resided south of Bunker Hill. Johannes ECKMAN was the first pioneer, having obtained 51 acres in 1733 and an additional adjoining 73 in 1752. Neither the church nor the cemetery exist today. Various sources list seven graves, including Jacob STOUTZENBURG (d. 1805). His wife, Barbara ECKMAN(d. 1823), was the daughter of Hieronimus ECKMAN and is buried in the St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery in Strasburg. The earliest recorded activity of the Reformed Church is the baptism of Johannes ECKMAN's eldest son in 1744.
NOTES FROM "HISTORY OF THE DUTCH CHURCH AT IVA" STRASBURG WEEKLY NEWS BY WILMER J. ESHLEMAN, DATED 14 JUNE 1985. Part 2 of 3 The pioneer Lutheran congregation in Strasburg would become St. Michaels, which is still active and is located on Main Street. The cemetery adjoins the church. The rest of the article pertains to the German Reformed Church which would become the Zion Reformed Church in New Providence. The first documented activity is a 1744 baptism when Johannes Eckman had his eldest son baptized. Fifteen year prior to the Eckmans arriving in 1727, a Reformed family had settled on the Pequea as well. Madame Maria Warembauer Firree and her family arrived in 1712 with her son-in-law Issac Lefevre. The Firree party landed in New York and made their way to Pennsylvania. They had formerly lived at Strasbourg on the Rhine.
The Eckmans were the prime movers of the formation of the Reformed Church. Parishoners spoke German. The church was referred to as the reformed Church on the Pequea or also the Pequea Reformed Church.
In Pennsylvania German Pioneers, an account is given of the ship William and Sarah which came to port in Philadelphia on 18 September 1727 with approximately 400 passensgers. The Johannes Eckman family was from the village of Wieslock, presently Wuertemburg-Baden. Johannes Jr. was a student at the time and brought his math book with him. Johannes (Sr.)s wife was Dorthea Seitz. They also had a son Hieronymous. Johannes had too a brother Hans Jacob, who settled at Goschenhoppen (northern Montgomery County). In 1771, Hans Jacob moved to Frederick County, MD and by 1775 is listed on the membership rolls of the Reformed Church of Frederick.
On 18 February 1733 Johannes Eckman was granted a tract of 50 acres and 80 perches of land on a branch of the (Little) Beaver Creek. In 1752, John Eckman was granted 73 acres there, next to the Amos Strettle land. This Eckman land was three miles down stream from the Dutch Church site on a branch of the Little Beaver Creek where presently Sawmill Road and Weaver Road join. The roads were opened in 1812 and so did not exist at that time.
NOTES FROM "HISTORY OF THE DUTCH CHURCH AT IVA" STRASBURG WEEKLY NEWS BY WILMER J. ESHLEMAN, DATED 14 JUNE 1985. Part 3 of 3 Martin Eckman passed on 4 October 1809 at the age of 60 years and 15 days. Elizabeth Sides Eckman, his wife, passed on February 7, 1841 at 82 years. Hieronymous Eckman died in 1784. His wife, Barbara Slaymaker, died in 1796. Both were buried in the Eckman graveyard on the old Eckman homestead. The origin of the name Bunker Hill is unconfirmed however Mr. Eshleman points out the significance of the fact that three of the Eckmansons served in the Revolutionary Army. John came to live in the valley around 1733. In his will, dated May 9, 1755, he lists his wife Dorothea and four of his children (John Peter, John Henry, John Jacob, and Catharine). His will is probated on June 12, 1755. John Peter, to whom he willed his lands and tenements, passes in 1759.
This small Reformed congregation signed a Declaration of Order between 1765 and 1769 thus beginning a formal Reformed
ECKMAN BURIALS AT THE ECKMAN CEMETERY, Strasburg, PA This cemetery is located on private property now off of Sawmill Road in Strasburg Township. There are several ECKMAN burials: EAEKMAN, Daniel (5 years 4 days) d. 9 August 1768 EAEKMAN, Henry (28 years 8 months 9 days) d. 15 Jan. 1781 EAEKMAN, Hieronymous (66 years 1 month 9 days) d. 21 April 1784 EAEKMAN, Mary (7 years 14 days) d. 21 Jul 1779 EAKMAN, Jacob (47 years) d. 19 Jan. 1779 ECKMAN, Barbara (70 years) d. 19 Aug. 1796 ECKMAN, Catharine (73 years 13 days) d. 11 May 1830 ECKMAN, Daniel b. 29 Jan. 1777 d. 19 May 1832 ECKMAN, Elizabeth, w/o Martin ECKMAN d. 7 Feb 1841 ECKMAN, Hieronymous (15 years 3 months 14 days) d. 26 July 1805 ECKMAN, John Esq. (58 years 2 months 15 days) b. 10 June 1746 d. 16 Sept. 1804 ECKMAN, John Slaymaker b. 17 Dec. 1807 d. 18 May 1832 ECKMAN, Martin (60 years) d. 4 Oct. 1809 ECKMAN, Nancy b. 11 Aug. 1789 d. 12 Feb 1864
This is what I have on Johannes Eckman and his immediate family, I sure would like additions or corrections to the attached data. -- Larry Phalin
THE SECOND GENERATION (I) THE JOHANNES AND EVA DORATHEA (SEITZ) ECKMAN Johannes Eckman, the son of Ulrich (Librich?), arrived at Philadelphia on 18 Sep 1727 on the Ship William and Sarah with his wife, two sons, and his brother Hans Jacob with his wife Anna Maria. They arrived from the Port of Rotterdam. Johannes Sr. was married to Eva Dorothea Seitz at Germany, and they were accompanied by their two sons, Johannes Jr, about 19, and Heironimus 9. Johannes Sr. is shown as being born at Romanshorn, in the region of Thurgan, Switzerland. Hans Jacob Eckman his brother was listed as being born in 1687 at Runnelshorse, Reformed, Canton of H. Gall, Switzerland. The former is probably correct for both.
In the late 1600's the Family was living at Metropolitan Heidelberg, where Hans Jacob Eckman was baptized on 8 Aug 1703, when he was 16 years old.
Johannes Jr. was born at Waldorf in the Pfalz. He was about Junior high school level and living at Waldorf a small village near Wiesloch, south of Heidelberg on 1 Apr 1727. At that time his school teacher, Johann Ludwif Erb, gave him a 83 page book of arithmetic problems he had written, as a gift before Johannes Jr. left for Pennsylvania. That book was referred to by Prof. Bradley of Hunter College as it was retained by a Eckman relative and was at New Providence, Lancaster County, Pa.
The brother, Hans Jacob Eckman who was born in 1687, went to Old Goshenhoppen in the Perkiomen Valley north of Schivenksvill at Montgomery County, Pennsylvania where he died in 1752, leaving one son, Jacob, and his wife. This Jacob Jr. married, went to Creagerstown, Frederick County, Md. where he raised his family and died. A separate paper has been written on that family.
We find Johannes Sr. and Dorothea at Lancaster County when their daughter was baptized there in June of 1739. They may have been there before that time. Apparently members of Dorothea's family came to Lancaster County. Also, as John was a sponsor for the daughter of Peter Seith at The First Reformed Church of Lancaster on the 10th. Aug, 1740.
We don't know how old Johannes Sr. was, but he was probably born about 1687, like his brother, and we suspect he died in 1755, and not his son, Johannes Jr. The burial place was undoubtedly Lancaster County, PA. The Johannes who died in 1755 left a will at Lancaster County, B1 page 96. He is buried at Eckman Cemetery, Strasburg Twp.
The children of Johannes and Eva Dorothea (Seitz) Eckman were:
1. Johannes Peter c 1708, c 1776 Bushong, Mary Magdalena 2. J.Hieronimus 12 Mar 1718, 21 Apr 1784, Slaymaker, Anna Barbara 3. Henry c1730 25 Aug 1790 LeFever, Esther 4. Christina Magdalena 1732 Cunkle/Kunkel, John 5. Elizabeth 1734 Foutz/Pfautz, Hans Jacob 6. Anna Barbara Johanna 1736 Schaefer, Peter 7. Jacob c1737, 20 May 1778 Taylor, Anna Maria 8. Ann Catherine 29 Jun 1739 Franck, Andrew
Father: Ulrich * ECKMAN
Marriage 1 Eva Dorothea * SEITZ b: 1693 in Germany Married: 18 Aug 1711 in Germany
Children Johannes Peter Paul ECKMAN b: 1708 in Waldorf, Baden, Germany Jerome Hieronamus ECKMAN b: 12 Mar 1717/18 in Waldorf, Pfalz, Germany Henrich ECKMAN b: Abt 1730 Christiana Magdalena ECKMAN b: 1732 in Bart Twp, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Eva Elizabeth * ECKMAN b: 1723-1734 Anna Barbara Johanna ECKMAN b: 1736 Jacob ECKMAN b: 1737 Ann Catherine ECKMAN b: 29 Jun 1739
Sources: 1. Research: Grindstaff-Meeker-Tritt-Stapp, by Betty M. (Grandstaff) Moses Publication: Tulsa, OK: B.M. Moses, ~2002 Files 2. laplante.ged, Title: * The Cameron and Paige Report *, Author: Patricia A. (Wren-Simon) LaPlante , Publication: Everett, WA: Compiled 2001-2006; 3. Court Record
INDEX TO 1750 TAX RECORDS, LANCASTER COUNTY Eckman, John Jr. ...Strasburg Township http://www.eckmannews.com/newsletters/Eckman1-1.pdf
More About Johannes Eckman: Burial: Unknown, Eckman Cemetery - Strasburg Twp, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.43 Unknown-Begin: Waldorf, Baden, Germany.43 Will: 44, 45
More About Johannes Eckman and Eva Dorothea Seitz: Marriage: 18 Aug 1711, Germany.45
Children of Johannes Eckman and Eva Dorothea Seitz are: