Henry B? UMSTAD, son of Johannes "John" Umstatt and grandson of Hans Peter UMSTATT was born 1701 (definitely by 1707 since he witnessed land records in 1728), and died before December 6, 1788, OF Perkiomen/Skippack, Montgomery Co, PA. He married Gertrude (Kuster) Custer about 1739, possibly in Perkiomen Twp, PA, daughter of Hermanus CUSTER and Isabella/Sybilla CONRAD. She was born 1711 in Krefeld, Germany, and died 1760 in Worcester Township, Philadelphia Co, PA.

Burial Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery, Philadelphia Co, PA, according to Find-a-Grave which shows Henry's date of birth 1701 and date of death 1788. Also shown is Gertrude Umstead with date of birth 1711 and date of death 1760. Presumably the dates are those on their stones. Both records submitted to Find-a-Grave by Ralph Brown in 2011. If anyone can verify this information based on actual cemetery records or viewing of the stones, please let me know.

Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery (as on this site)

Henry Pennebecker, son of Henrdrick Pannebecker & Eve Umstat, married Gertrude's sister Rebecca Kuster.


Hannah/Ann Umstad born about 1740
Mary Umstate born about 1740
Harman (Rev War) UMSTATE born March 7, 1745/46
John B? (Umstätt) (Rev War) Umstad born Abt. 1747
Henry (Rev War) Umstad, Jr born Abt. 1750

All three of Henry's sons served in the Revolutionary War.


1728 - 25th day of February, Henry Pannebaker of Bebber’s Twp, yeoman, and Eve his wife sell to Joseph Groff , weaver, of Perkiomiy, a certain tract situate on a branch of Perkiomi . . . [Patent Book A Vol. 6, page 68]. Signed in the presence of Richard Taylor, Wm. Robinson, Peter Bon and Henry Umstat.
This shows that Henry was at least 21 years old in 1728.

1734 - Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Dec 1898, "Landholders of Pennsylvania County (Later Montgomery County as at 1734)"
Herman Umstead 100a
Henry Umstead 100a
John Umstead 150a

1735 - Dec 2, Henry Umstad witnessed the indenture of the sale of land in Upper Salford by his father Johannes to his brother Jacob . [Philadelphia County Deed Book G-1 10 p. 146] (I'm not positive of his UM spelling in this record).

1742 - June 19, "Catharin Kellio unto Henry Umstgat—9 years to have 2 sotes of apparal one to be new if she doth well she is to have a little wheel." [Justice of the Peace examples from "The Ledger of Owen Evans" transcribed by Judith A. H. Myers, p 222, Bulletin of the Historical Society, Montgomery Co, Vol. 30, Fall 1996, #3]


Barbara Wentz explains: Catharin Kellio was apprenticed (or bound) to Henry Umstat for 9 years and at the end was to have 2 suits of apparel, one to be new. If she was a "good apprentice," she was also to have a little wheel—likely a spinning wheel —very important to young girls. It is not known who Catherine Kellio was. She could have been orphaned, or she may have come on a ship and her parents died. The items above and below the entry also help us to see the context.



1756 - Census Perkiomen Twp
Jacob Umstead, 7 ch, 100 a, 50 cl; Henry Umstead, 5 c, 200 a, 60 cl. These two are adjacent to each other. Farther down the list is Herman Umstead, 5 ch, 150 a. 60 cl. Farmers are not given occupations in this list.


This census shows Jacob with 7 children. As of this date, only five children have been documented. If there were two more, we don't know who they were. See Jacob Corrections elsewhere on this site. It also shows Herman (Harman) with 5 children, of which we only know about four.

Barbara Wentz adds: The 1756 census was printed in "The History of Skippack Township" by James Heckler in 1895. This was a series of articles in the Skippack "Transcript," a newspaper. Heckler says Walter Johnson, tax collector, was ordered by the provincial government to take a census. Heckler does not say whether he saw the actual census but one gets the idea he may have because he says forty-one bound servants and five negroes are omitted from "this list" (presumably his list printed in the Transcript).

1760 - Philadelphia Co, PA Wills, 1682-1819
Hermonus Kustar. Perkiomie, Co. of Philadelphia. Yeoman. Jan. 9, 1760. Feb. 23, 1760. L.394. Wife: Isabella. Children: Gertrude, Margaret, Modlin, Rebecca, John, Paul and Peter. Grandchildren: Isabella and Barbara Tyson. Sons-in-Law: Henry Umsted, Gesbert Bohrs, Henry Tyson, Henry Pennebaker.
Included in the text of the will: "to my eldest daughter Gertrude, now wife of Henry Umstat."
Exec: Isabella and Peter Kuster, Henry Pennebaker. Codicil: Feb. 1, 1760. Modlin Tyson. [Philadelphia County Deed Book G-1 10 p 146]

1768 - Henry Umstat purchased a farm in Oaks, PA , from the Henry Pawling estate. His son John built the main portion of the building (remaining in 1926) in 1785, shortly after the Revolution. He deeded land from his farm for a public school in 1802. It was built and remained for years under the control of neighbors whom he appointed as trustees. The school stood opposite the present church at Green Tree. John's son Jonas inherited the mansion and the farm, which was then passed on to his son John Horning, a preacher. John Horning founded the Dunkard Church at Green Tree, Oaks, PA. His daughter Fannie (Mrs. Milton I. Davis) passed the property to her daughter Sallie who married Francis V. Eavenson. [Research of Rob Hopson and Betsy Umstattd]

See also Umstad Manor

1788 - January 2, Henry Sr sold 166.6 acres of land in Providence Twp to his son John Umstead. This would be the farm in Oaks he purchased from the Pawling estate in 1768. [Montco DB 4:196]

1788 - October 13, Henry sold 7 acres and 123 perches of land to his son Henry in Skippack & Perkiomen Twp. [Montco DB 5:323]

1788 - October 13, Henry sold 205 acres of land to son Harman partly in Skippack & Perkiomen twp and partly in Worcester twp. [Montco DB 9:219]

1788 - Wills: Administrations 1784-1821: Montgomery Co, PA
UMSTEAD, HENRY, Perkiomen. December 6, 1788. John Umstead, Herman Umstead, adms. An Administration Bond shows the signatures of John Umstad, Harmon Umstat, and Jacob Casselbury, all of Skippack and Perkiomen Township, yeomen, being bound to F.A. Muhlenberg as administrators of the Estate of Henry Umstat. Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Henry Muhlenberg Jr. 6 Dec 1788. [Montgomery County PA Estate File RW 17127]

1794 - June 2, Henry Umstat of Pikeland Twp., Chester Co. and wife MAGDALENA to John Funck of Perkiomen and Skippack two tracts in Skippack, 71 acres and 100p . . . same land Mathias Pennypacker and wife Barbara, Feb. 25, 1792 sold to Henry. Recorded Oct 26, 1795 [Montgomery County Deed Book 9, p 182–184]




Henry B, son of Johannes has the iffy middle initial B, for which no one seems to be able to show a source. Henry's son John (who also has an unsourced middle initial B, as far as I know) married Sybilla Boorse and they had sons John and Henry, both of whom could legitimately have had a middle initial B for Boorse. Perhaps some early researcher threw in both middle initials B - just on the wrong Henry and John.



Please remember that the following may or may not have correct information.

"Krefeld Immigrants" Vol. 14 #1, Spring 1997.

WFT 9/3013 spelling Umstatt. Shows marriage date as about 1744 and child Henry's birth as about 1740. Bad info!

"Names of Early Settlers of Berks and Montgomery County, Penna." Naturalized Jan 1729-30."

Dr David Faris, researcher, Philadelphia.

"The Umstead Family," Sullivan.

"The History of Skippack Township" by James Heckler, 1895. This was a series of articles in the Skippack "Transcript," a newspaper.


This is the work of the Umstead Research Team.
Compiled by Eleanor Mayfarth and Cris Hueneke.
Major contributors Barbara Wentz and Don Shaner.




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Last updated 29 May 2017