Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fearless Females – Immigration

Originated from The Accidental Genealogist in honor of National Women’s History Month.  March 27 prompt: Do you know the immigration story of one of your female ancestors?

In 1738 Johan Adam Dick [1709 – 1785] & his wife, Anna Ottilla Knack [1711 – 1782], left Germany for the United States. They had three daughters, Elisabeth Margretha [b 1732], Maria Christina [b 1734] and Maria Juliana [b 1736]. They were passengers on the ship Rob & Alice from Rotterdam to Philadelphia. During the voyage a fourth daughter was born. Appollonia Dick [1738 – 1791] was born at sea. Anna must have been a very strong woman to leave her home and family behind in Germany; give birth on board the ship; and set up a new home in the wilderness of Pennsylvania with her four little girls. She had three more children born in Pennsylvania.

Appollonia grew up in Pennsylvania. She married Johan Jonas Wolf in 1761 & they had ten children.

Selected Sources:
·         Wolfe, J. Arthur. Jonas Wolf of Berwick Township, York County, Pennsylvania: A History and Genealogy of a Colonial Ancestor and Some of His Descendants. Privately Published: 1987. Copy of book owned by York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York, Pennsylvania.

·         Young, Henry James. Genealogical Reports for The Historical Society of York County: Evidences of the Wolf Families of York County before the Year 1850, 1938. From York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York,


Wendy said...

Really makes you wonder about the timing of that trip. What was the hurry that they would leave so close to a delivery date? I have some ancestors who left Germany about the same time due to religious persecution. Could that have been your ancestors' case too?

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

Wendy, That's just one more in a long list of questions I'd like to ask my ancestors.