1691 Hans Peter Umstat's Naturalization


There are many sources of this item.

1979 TEPPER, MICHAEL, editor. New World Immigrants: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists and Associated Data from Periodical Literature. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979. 568p. and 602p. Repr. 1980. Vol. 1, (also available on CD170 "Immigrants to the New World"), page 434:

1925 *Hans Peter Umstad appears on list of Naturalizations of Germantown, PA 3/7/1691/92. Names marked * in this list appeared in "Early land-owners, Citizens, etc. of Philadelphia, Pa, 1683, 1692, 1698. Census of 1720-1730" published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Vol XIV, Dec 1925.

1940 "NATURALIZATIONS, GERMANTOWN, PA. 3/7/1691/92; Copia Naturalisationis of Francis Daniel Pastorius and of 61 Persons More of German Town from William Penn, Esq." In National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 28:1, March 1940, page 7.

1941 Cushman Mrs Palmer H, "Justice & Umstead Families of Frederick County Maryland 1685-1947," reprinted by Mr Harry M Ball, 1979, Montgomery County Historical Society, Inc, from SLC film Q929.273J984c. Cushman quotes the entire document and states that the original was written by Francis Daniel Pastorius - Patent Book A folis 275.

1984 Tepper information shown in Krefeld Immigrants and Their Descendants Vol 1 #1 (1984), p 9-10.

1980 Also listed in 1980 Boyer.

1922 Strassburger, Ralph Beaver, THE STRASSBURGER FAMILY and ALLIED NAMES OF PENNSYLVANIA, privately printed Gynnedd Valley, PA, page 387, shows the Copia Naturalisationis, the list of those naturalized in Germanttown 7th May 1691. This list, published in various books and magazines, includes Hans Peter Umstadt.

1965 Laura Fry/Della Ulmer material states: "Hans Peter became a British subject on 7th May, 1691. Thomas Lloyd, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania, granted naturalization to 62 of the first settlers in Germantown, who were thereby made "freemen," a status which the law of England denied to foreigners. In return, they "solemnly promised faith and allegiance to William and Mary, and fidelity and lawful obedience to William Penn's Proprietary." Among the 62 naturalized were Francis Daniel Pastorius, Peter Schumacker, Hans Peter Umstadt, William Rittenhouse ... etc.

1983 MILLER, MARCUS L. "Germantown Residents Naturalized in 1691." In Mennonite Family History, vol. 2:3 (July 1983), pp. 102-104.

The following is shows the parchment in the handwriting of Pastorius. It was sent to me by Adam Boyd (thanks, Adam). The original is housed at the Beeghly Library, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, in the Abraham Cassel Collection, in the William Emmert Swigart Treasure Room. Andrew Dudash, Reference Librarian, responded to my request for permission to use, saying that he didn't believe anyone owned the copyright and that it should be fine to post it here. "Hans Peter Umstad" is on the sixth line down, right in the middle.



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