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1764, Aug 27 - Journal of Johannes Herbergs: "Hermen [Grothus] came from Bielefeld"
In 1764 Johannes Herbergs and Peter Heinrich Strepers traveled from the Rhineland area of Germany to the Province of Pennsylvania to recover the property which their grandfather Jan Strepers had bought in 1682 from a representative of Proprietor William Penn. Johannes’ detailed diary of this effort, involving four crossings of the Atlantic Ocean, was purchased at an auction in 1997 and was made available to the Rheinisches Freilichtmuseum Kommern, which published the journal in 2001. The passage below (the entry for August 27, 1764) mentions a visit to Jan Grothaus and the comment that Jan’s father, Hermen, had come to America from Bielefeld. [Spelling in the eighteenth century was not standardized or consistent.]
After this book was added to the collections of the Greathouse Archives, the contents were reviewed to search for any additional information which may have been relevant for Greathouse family research. The glossary of the book was found to contain some additional information which merited further study on the individuals and events mentioned.
1. Brave New World: Rhinelanders Conquer America. The Journal of Johannes Herbergs. Edited by Dieter Pesch. Guides and Papers of the Rheinisches Freilichtmuseum and the Landesmuseum für Volkskunde at Kommern, No. 61. Germany: Martina Galunder-Verlag, 2001. Page 95.
2. This book includes a lot of information about other families in Germantown, some of whom were related to the Greathouses or associated with them. You may order your own copy of Brave New World: Rhinelanders Conquer America. The Journal of Johannes Herbergs at Amazon.com.
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