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THE ARMENTROUT FAMILY HISTORY

"At the Ct. House of Philadelphia, Aug. 27, 1739 - Present
The Honorable George Thomas, Esqr., Lt. Governor, and Samuel Hessel and Thomas Griffitt, Esqrs.

The Palatines whose names are under written, imported in the ship SAMUEL and the snow BETTSIE, Hugh Percy and
Richard Burden, Commanders, from Rotterdam, but last from Deal, England did this day take and subscribe the Oaths to
the Government, viz.

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Johannes Ermentraudt
Johan Phillip Ermentraudt
Johan Friedrich Ermentraudt
Peter Hain

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(These were the Oaths of Allegiance and Abjuration)

The Ermentraudts were Palatinates and Protestants of the Ref. Faith and what the motivation was for this family to immi-
grate to the New World is not know. It is possible that the continual warfare and religious troubles in the Rhine Valley
played a very compelling role in their decision to leave their homeland. They may also have been influenced by Penn's Agents
in Central Europe soliciting immigrants for settlement in Penna. These agents together with the other pressures on the Rhine
Valley population started a migration from the German States that lasted for nearly a hundred years and saw over 30,000
Germans move to America and settle primarily in Penna. The descendants of these immigrants are the people we know today
as Penna. Dutch. The Ermentraudts came in the early days of this movement.

The Ermentraudt Family which arrived on the SAMUEL nearly two and a half centuries ago consisted of a widowed
mother about 40 years of age and her 7 children. Her children were: Johannes, aged 22; Anna Elizabeth, aged 21; Johan
Phillip, aged 19; Johan Friederich, aged 16; Christopher or Christople, aged 15; Johan Heinrich, aged 13; and Johan Georg,
aged 10. To date nothing has been found about the husband of the widow, Anna Elizabeth, and the father of her children.
He may have died at sea on the voyage to America, or he may have died in Europe prior to the family's departure. Much
circumstantial evidence exists, but no positive proof, that Anna Elizabeth's maiden name was Hain and that the Peter Hain
who came over with her on the SAMUEL was her bro. who had returned to Europe to escort her and her family on the voy-
age to America. This would lead to the conclusion that the husband had died in Europe and that Peter, a younger bro. of
George Hain, had been sent back to Europe to bring the family to America. After completing the necessary formalities in
Philadelphia, the family went immediately to live with George and Veronica Hain on their farm located about 7 miles north-
west of the present day city of Reading, Penna., and about 70 miles from Philadelphia. George Hain was an older bro. of Peter
and had come to America with the English project for settling German Protestants, from the refugee camps around London, in
the New York Colony at a site along the Hudson River called Scoharie, where they were to work for the English Navy in the
production of Naval Stores. Many of this group of immigrants became dissatisfied with broken promises and the English treat-
ment of the colonists, left the project, and traveled overland through the Delaware Water Gap to the Tolpehocken Creek area
of the present day Berks Co., Penna. in the winter of 1723. This trip in itself is an interesting story but not a part of the
Ermentraudt's Family History.

3. FAMILY SETTLED IN PENNSYLVANIA

The Ermentraudts were apparently of some means, since they were able to acquire land in Lancaster (now Berks) Co.,
Penna. near the home of George and Veronica Hain and near St Johns (Hains) Ref. Ch. Part of the land owned by the widow
and her sons had been procurred by Peter Hain and transferred to them. Collectively, the Ermentraudts owned over 500
acres of some of the best farming land in Penna. Here the family took root and were active in the Hains Ch. The Ermentraudt
farms were located a little over 2 miles north of the intersection of the Berks and Dauphin Turnpike (US 422) in the present-
day town of Wernersville, Penna. and the Hains Ch. Road and a little more than a mile north of Hains Ch. They were also lo-
cated close to the home of George and Veronica Hain. The family lived here for a number of years. Three of the boys and
the only girl were mar. while living here and established homes of their own.2 The oldest boy, Johannes, mar. Elsibeth Hed-
derick in a ceremony in the Stover Ch. Their dau. Marharet was bapt. at Christ Ch. Tulpehocken and their 2 sons were
christened at St Johns (Hains) Ref. Ch. Johan Friederich mar. Maria Catrina Hederick about 1745/46 and bought 50 acres of
land nearby from the Proprietors. Three of their children were bapt. at St Johns Ch. Christople or Christopher, a younger
bro., was also mar. in Lancaster (now Berks) Co., Penna., to Elizabeth Schmehl. They had 2 children and the wife died some-
time in 1754, prob. as a result of childbirth. Christople owned 22 acres of land adjacent to his mother's which he bought in
late 1753. The sis., Anna Elizabeth, mar. her 1st cousin, Johan Fredrick Hain. They had 2 known sons, both were bapt. at
St. Johns also.

4. THE MOVE TO THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY IN 1752

In the early 1730's numerous grants of large acreage were made to a number of individuals by the Virginia Colonial Gov't.,
conditioned upon the grantee's ability to settle an agreed number of permanent settlers on their land in a stated length of
time. Benjamin Borden and William Beverly and many others acquired large tracts of good land on these terms in the Shenan-
doah Valley in Va. Through agents and advertising in Lancaster and Chester Cos. in Penna., residents of these areas were
induced to move to Augusta Co., Va. Land here was good and prices were much lower than similar land in Penna. This
started a migration of German farmers from Penna. to the rich land of the Shenandoah Valley from about 1738 to 1754 when

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