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Johann Peter Rockefeller (b. September 1682, d. Abt. 1787)Johann Peter Rockefeller (son of Johannes Rockenfeller and unknown) was born September 1682 in Wied, Germany, and died Abt. 1787 in Copper Hill, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.He married (1) Anna Maria Remagen.He married (2) Elizabeth Christina Runkel on October 19, 1720.
Notes for Johann Peter Rockefeller:
Johann Peter Rockefeller (Rockenfeller), son of Johannes, was born in the Rhineland, Germany, in September 1682, the youngest of eith children.(Rockefeller Genealogy, op.cit. pp4, 355.Both Wied and Segendorf in the Rhineland are mention as his birthplace.)He married twice; his first wife was Anna Maria Remagen of Segendorf, born 1684.Anna died in 1719 and Johann married on October 19, 1720 Elizabeth Christina Runkel.In 1723, Johann Rockefeller emigrated with his family to America.
"Western German areas, and the Rindland especially, were filled with misery and discontent.The ravages of the French armies under Louis XIV had been of the most cruel character.They were followed by a systematic religious persecution of the Lutherans and other sects, reinforced by the political tyranny of the small German princes.When the government of Queen Anne and her seccessors offered safety and religious freedom unter the English flag, by tens of thousands the Germans poured into England and her colonies...Some went to the Mohawk Valley in New York, some to New Brunswick in New Jersey, but most of them went to Pennsylvania."(Nevins & Commager, The Pocket History of the United States, pp. 27,28.)These people were sometimes called the Palatines.
It is believed that Johann and his wife Elizabeth came to America to find religious freedom.The ship they sailed in was meant to end its voyage in New York harbor, but strong north-east winds drove it south, and they landed instead at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.They traveled overland towards East Camp, New York, where many Palatines had settled, but on the way they passed through New Jersey, and finding suitable agricultural land, they decided to stay.Johann leased a farm near Somerville, and remained there for next six years.
The baptism of Johann's daughter Ann is found in the 1724 records of the First Reformed Dutch Church at Raritan, near Somerville, New Jersey.On July 6, 1730, Johann and his two sons were naturalized, the papers stating that they professed the Protestant religion.
Johann Peter Rockefeller purchased 175 acres inAmwell Twp. above the Falls of Delaware, in Hunterdon County, in the western part of New Jersey, and was the first land owned by a Rockefeller in America.The deed to the farm referred to him as Peter Rockefeller, yeoman.Here he lived for the remainder of his life.
Amwell twp. had been established by a Royal Patent signed by Queen Anne in 1708.In the early days of the settlement, many peaceable Indians lived there, trading with the white settlers and helping them build cabins.They also provided some protection from hostile Indian tribes.
Amwell was an agricultural region and much of the farm work was done by servants working to pay for their passages to America, by negroes and Indians, and by apprentices.The Germans were thrifty and hard-working, and it was not unusual for find the women, too, working in the fields.
"They cleared the land thoroughly; they built big barns before they spent much energy on houses.They kept their stock fat and sleek, their fences high and strong.Living frugally, they sold as much as possible of their produce..." (Nevins& Commager, op.cit.p.28)
Adding to the hardships of the settlers in this section were many wild animals....wolves were often seen prowling around the house at night, sometimes passing in packs of several together, and everything they could destroy had to be housed at night.....As late as 1737, Hunterdon County paid L88 in premiums for the distruction of 72 grown wolves, 16 panthers, and 19 young wolves."(Rockefeller Genealogy, op.cit., pp. 352,371)
Johann Peter Rockefeller made his will on December 6, 1763, leaving 275 acres of land to his son William, who was to pay 325 pounds sterling for it.The estate was divided equally among his children.He signed his will as Peter Rockenfeller, and in the body of the will the name wa also spelled Rockefelder and Rockefelt.He died in Rocktown, Huntaerdon County, New Jersey, where his will was probated on August 16, 1766.
His grandson, William Rockefeller, before he was 22 years of age found his way to East Camp, N.Y. and there in 1772 married Christina the granddaughter of Diell Rockenfeller.
In another genealogy it says that Johann Peter died about December 6, 1763...
After his arrival he leased a farm near Somervile, New Jersey, for six years.In 1730, soon after moving to Amwell, Johann Peter and his two sons took out naturalization papers.He ten purchased a farm in Rocktown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, where he lived the rest of his life...
More About Johann Peter Rockefeller and Elizabeth Christina Runkel:
Marriage: October 19, 1720
Children of Johann Peter Rockefeller and Anna Maria Remagen are:
- Johann Wilhelm Rockefeller, b. August 19, 1708, Segendorf, Germany, d. 1709, Segendorf, Germany.
- +Johann Peter Rockefeller, Jr., b. March 22, 1710/11, Segendorf, Germany, d. Abt. 1787, Copper Hill, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
- Catherina Rockefeller, b. January 29, 1712/13, Segendorf, Germany, d. February 1712/13, Segendorf, Germany.
- Anna Christina Rockefeller, b. May 04, 1714, Segendorf, Germany.
- +Johannes Rockefeller, b. 1716, Segendorf, Germany,d., Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
- Maria Eva Rockefeller, b. January 17, 1717/18, Segendorf, Germany.
Children of Johann Peter Rockefeller and Elizabeth Christina Runkel are:
- Catherina Rockefeller, b. March 03, 1721/22, Segendorf, Germany.
- +Ann Rockefeller, b. June 17, 1724, Somerset County, New Jersey, d. Abt. 1770, Somerset County, New Jersey.
- Elizabeth Rockefeller, b. 1725, Somerset County, New Jersey.
- +Elsie Rockefeller, b. 1727, Somerset County, New Jersey.
- +William Rockefeller, b. 1729, Rocktown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, d. 1783, Rocktown, New Jersey.