As always, very eloquently stated, Jim.
Who should I volunteer to help?
I am more than willing to offer whatever meager resources I can add to
I am proud to count amongst my ancestors the Palatine emigrant familes
of Haber, Stickel, Pulver, Kiefer, Simon, Muller, Riesdorf,
Bohnenstiehl, Minkler, Reifenberger, Steiber, Drom, Mulhenn (Milham) and
Kuhn. My family and I would consider this a long overdue honor to the
memory of our many forebearers.
I live in Massachusetts and visit Columbia and Dutchess counties several
times a year. A more beautiful area, I have rarely seen. I would be
willing to aid this effort to recognize the significant contributions of
the Palatines to the history of the Hudson Valley and this country at
Who will carry the standard? How shall we proceed?
Jim Groat wrote:
I posted the following yesterday on the Palatine list and the response
generated was significant. I thought it wise to post it also to the lists
along the Hudson where the Palatiness Settled and invite your comments,
suggestions, and volunteers.
The Tercentennial of the exodus of the of the Palatines from the Lower
German Palatinate and the surrounding area and their arrival in England via
Rotterdam in 1709 and their 1710 departure from England and arrival in New
York is rapidly approaching. I think that now would be an appropriate time
to commence planning for any activities or celebrations of these events.
These brave souls left their homeland facing an unknown future. A hearty
people, they overcame several years of severe hardship and went on to settle
the greater part of the Hudson River Valley and later Western New York,
Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and still later the far reaches of the
continent. They fought in every war, first in the colonies and later to gain
independence and protect the freedoms we now enjoy. An estimated 15,000 left
their homes in and around the Palatinate. Many died on the harsh journey to
Rotterdam and many more were turned back due to illness and because they
were "Catholics." It is estimated that 11,000 eventually sailed from Holland
to England in 1709. Of these, only slightly over 2,800 actually boarded 10
ships for the colony. The actual date of boarding varies from December 1709
to January 1710, but there is general agreement that the ships did not
depart until early April 1710. The ships arrived on Nutten Island, with the
first landing June 14, 1710. Governor Hunter reported that 410 had died
during the voyage. Approximately another 250 died that summer on the island.
The hearty woman gave birth to 30 children during the voyage.
I believe that something should be done to commemorate this historic
occasion. Comments? Suggestions? Volunteers?
For those of you wishing to know more of the history of the Palatines, I
heartily recommend Jennifer Nordykes work which she used as a thesis for her
There is also an old hand drawn map of the Original Palatine Settlements at:
Regards to All,