Three Rivers
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration
A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores
by Walter Allen Knittle, Ph.D.
Department of History
College of the City of New York
Published Philadelphia, 1937


Reverend Kocherthal was the leader of a ban of fourty-one persons from the Palatinate, who came to London in 1708 and were sent to New York with Governor Lovelace as described in Chapter II. They first settled at Newburgh on the Hudson River. The data given in the list below was compiled from the following sources: P. R. O., C. O. 5, 67 ii; N. Y. Col. Docs., V, 52; Doc. Hist., III, 543; C. C. 1706-1708, 722. "w." indicates wife in the family notations.

Family No. of Persons


Fiscar (Fischer), John; w. Maria Barbara.--2

Gulch (Hilg or Gilles), Melchior; w. Anne Catherine and ch., Magdalena 12 and Heinrich 10--4

Kocherdal (Kocherthal), Joshus de; w. Sibylle Charlotte and ch. Benigna Silylle 10, Christian Joshua 7 and Susanna Sibylle 3--5

Plettel (Pletel), John Jacob; w. Anne Elisabeth and ch. Margaretha 10, Anna Sara 7 and Catharine 7--5

Rennau, Henry; w. Johanna and 2 sisters Sussanna Liboscha 15, and Maria Johanna Liboscha 10; ch. Lorenz 2 and Heinrich 2 mo--6

Schwiser (Schwisser), Lorentz; w. Anne Catherine and ch. Johanna 6 mos --3

Turk (Turck), Isaac (a bachelor)--1

Volck, Andrew; w. Anna Catherine, 3 ch. Maria Barbara 5, Heironemus 4 and Anne Gertrude 1--5

Weber, Jacob; w. Anna Elisabethe, and 2 daughters, Eva Maria 4 and Eva Elisabethe 1--4

Wigand (Weigand), Michael; w. Anne Catherine and ch. Anna Maria 13, Tobias 7 and Georg 5. Also a cousin 22--6

To the forty-one persons of Kocherthal's original party were added fourteen German who came to London a little later as described in Chapter II. The list of them given below is taken from P. R. O., C. O. 1049/57, 139 and C. C. 1706-1708,738.

Feber, Isaac; w. Catharine, ch. Abraham 2.

Fiere, Daniel; W. Anna Maria, ch. Andreas 7 and Johannes 6--4

Hubertsen, Peter (widower); son Jacob 15--2

Rose, Peter; w. Johanna--2

Schuneman, Herman (a bachelor)--1

Wemarin, Maria (Peter's widow), and daughter Catharina--2.

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