Name: Hans Peter Umstead
Birth: WFT Est 1639-1668
Death: WFT Est 1691-1731 in Crefield, Germany
Immigration: 12 OCT 1685 Arrived with three children
NATU: 1691 At PennColony
1685 HANS PETER'S PASSPORT REQUESTS
"We the undersigned, with this make it known to the office at Hochheim, under which jurisdiction we reside, as far as it can be allowed by the Amtsschaffner, and is not hindered by God, (our desire) to transport ourselves, along with our households, to Holland, and therefore it is our request of the official, that he grant us an attestation, that we might pass through customs unhindered; then, with a farewell from our neighbors and acquaintances, we would gladly leave. We also earnestly hope that we have good standing with them and them with us, that no one therefore would have any grievances, and we hope that this might be granted to us."
Hans Petter Umstatt
Widower 60 years of age
Kriegsheim 8 May 1685
SECOND REQUEST 11 JUNE 1685
We the undersigned do herewith let it be known that we personally, already a number of weeks ago, appeared before Amptschaffner Schmal and sought permission, that [scratched out: we] someone would authorize us to move from here with our households, but so far no permission has been granted; so we request of the Außfautt of Alzey, on the recommendation of the Amptschaffner, to inquire whether there isn't some message there [stuck out: that] from the Heidelberg Amptschaffner, that our situation has been brought to his attention. But in case there is nothing, then it would be our request of the Außfautt, that he would give us good advice as to what we should do about the matter. Since we have already made our arrangements and also because we have been put off, it is therefore our wish and request of the Außfautt that he can do something about this matter, in order that we should not be held up further. We hope he would not put aside that which we now request, and also, we don't always have this opportunity for our intended journey, and will terminate our obligatory petition.
Kriegsheim, 11 June 1685
It is requested that we move out and that the buyers would be able to move into our houses because they have no place to live.
Sources, Acknowledgements and Comments
Copies of the original passport requests were obtained for me by a dear friend in Germany, Katrin Siegels, from the Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe, Nördliche Hildepromenade 2, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany. I chased these documents for nearly five years, knowing that they existed, but unable to find a reference in any American published work that contained the exact information I needed. I am extremely grateful to Paul Michel for quoting the archive reference numbers for each item. They are item number 77/4337, Fol 51 and 57 respectively.
I have requested permission from the Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe to show both full original documents on this site. It would certainly be in the best interests of the documents that they be viewable on the Internet rather than being repeatedly handled and copied. If permission is received, they will be added separately.
Paul Michel, "Täufer, Mennoniten und Quäker in Kriegsheim bei Worms, Das Täufertum bis zum 30 jährigen Krieg" ("Baptizers, Mennonites and Quakers in Kriegsheim Near Worms, The Practice of Baptism Up Until the 30 Years War,") published in "Der Wormsgau," 1965. I've been told that this article was included in Michel's out-of-print and very difficult to find book CHRONIC VON MONSHEIM (Chronicles of Monsheim), which I have not seen.
"Der Wormsgau" 7, 1965/66, pages 41-52 (Michel article), obtained from Hessische Landes- und Höchschulerbibliothck, Schloss, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany. Schloss means castle and it is the street address.
William I Hull, WILLIAM PENN AND THE DUTCH QUAKER MIGRATION TO PENNSYLVANIA, Swarthmore College, 1935
"Daily Pottstown Ledger
Wednesday, March 3, 1875
"Another Old Book
"Mr. G. H. Pennypacker, of this place, has recently examined an old Bible which was published at Heidelberg, Germany, in 1568 and belonged to the grandfather of his great-great-great-grandmother. Its history is as follows : - Johannes Phillippus Krill, a minister, gave it to Mathias Wohlvelet, and he, in 1652, presented it to Nicolas Umpstadt, his brother-in-law, who lived near Crefelt, on the Rhine. It contains notes made by Nicolas, concerning the severe winter of 1658, when the Rhine was frozen up and the snow was deeper than was ever known; also of the great comet of 1680. There are many other marginal references. After the death of Nicolas, his son Hans Peter, (who was the ancestor of the Umstead family in this country,) brought it with him across the Atlantic, landing at Philadelphia, October 12, 1685. His daughter Eva was married to Heinrich Pannebaker, since which time this book, which is now 307 years old, has been in possession of the descendants of the latter family, and is at this time the property of Samuel W. Pennypacker, Esq., of Philadelphia."
Father: Nicholas Umstead b: WFT Est 1599-1642
Barbara b: WFT Est 1648-1671
- Jabez Olmstead b: 1690 in Ware River, Northampton County,Massachussetts