Re: Happy New Year Travelstead Cousins
A tidbit,you may have already
Christian Treffenstatt appears to be our first ancestor to arrive in the new country. We believe he came from Germany aboard the ship "Two Brothers".The ship's registerreveals that the voyage bringing Christian to America,originated in Rotterdam (Holland) and included a stop over in Wales.On the ship's list his name is spelled "Christian Tressenstutt".A caption on the list reads, "Sep. 28, 1753, Ship Two Brothers, Thomas Arnot, Captain, from Rotterdam, last from Portsmouth" (See copy of the original listing).I am showing a copy of this list which makes me believe that this is Christian's own signature.Others sailing on the same ship signed with an "X".His estate papers indicate that he owned two Dutch books, one Dutch book of sermon notes and one Dutch Bible.This leads me to believe that he could read and write.
The ship landed in Philadelphia and the passengers qualified the day they arrived.A copy of his naturalization papers was filed with the Supreme Court in Philadelphia.The date was October 9, 1765, and he was living in MacCurgy Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania at the time.Manis Fritts tells me that he believes Christian stayed in the Pennsylvania area for 12 or 13 years working as an indentured servant.Apparently, he worked to pay for the ship passage owedfor himself, Barbara and their baby daughter.He settled in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.On two different occasions Manis Fritts saw the headstone marker for Christians oldest daughter (Catherine "Kate" Treffenstatt, born December 27, 1752).The date reveals that she was born in Germany.