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The history of the early pioneers is rich with information interwoven with the struggles, fortitude, endur- ance and sterling worth and work of the colonists, that re- mains uncovered and unhonored, through the apathy and carelessness of their descendants, and the custodians of docu- ments that relate to their history. i, 1781, (1)rother of Wendel Swartz, married to Eva, daughter of George Zerbe.) Stout, John— Capt. * * * * In the Spring of 1714 my father moved from Schenectady to Schohary, with about 150 families in great poverty.
The early pioneers passed through many stirring and even thrilling vicissitudes, but they were formed of the fibre that makes heroes and not only endured untold hardships but lived and even thrived under them. One borrowed a horse here and another borrowed a cow there, a harness for a plow, with it they hitched together and broke up so much land so that the next year they had almost corn enough to eat.
Writers of American history, thus far, have not accorded the Germans their due, in regard to the discovery of this Con- tinent. They built the first church for religious Avorship, in interior Pennsylvania, 1716, and owing to the amicable relations between themselves and the Indians, called their settlement Amity (Chester County). The first and nearest to Schenectady was called i, Knes Kernville ; 2, Gerlachsville ; 3, Foxville ; 4, Hans George Schmitzville ; 5, Weisers or Bremenville ; 6, Hartmansville ; 7, Upper \^eiserville. Peter^ Zerbe, (Phillip^ Phillip^), bought 100 acres of land from Michael Rhine for 105 pounds, March 19, 1818.
The injustice of biased statements or else the total ig- noring by historians of what was done by (jcrmans in the exploration, development and early settlement of America, has led the Pennsylvania German Society, a body of men composed of Pennsylvanians, born of German descent, to decree the com- pilation of a new and critical history of this Commonwealth. This name has been retained as the name of that township, in Berks County, to the present day. Conrad Sherman (brother of Catharine Stup, wife of John Zerbe), Vol. * * * * After the deputies who had been sent to Lewensteine's Manor returned toward the end of July, I came again from the Indians to my father.
New England history, as written, was largely biased by prejudice or else the truth was wilfully perverted. (Those above, credited as coming from Lancaster Coun- ty, lived in Heidelberg Township, near the line dividing Berks and Lancaster Counties. l\Iy father left them his house, fields and meadows, vineyards and gardens. The rest, amounting to 600 guilders, my father was to get later, but was never done and is now presented to them. Phillip-', "the Yankee." was engaged in rafting on the Susquehanna River about 1762 and it is confidently believed that he was a son of John^ Phillip Zerbe, one of the three immigrant brothers who landed in New York, 1710, and who served in Queen Anne's War, 171 1, subsequently removing to Broad Bay, Maine, 1732, with a colony, where they re- mained until the last of them scattered, 1769.
In her metropolis was located the seat of the colonial government when liberty was declared and on her borders and within her domain the decisive strug- gle for independence culminated. The In- dian Deputies were sent to direct the Germans to Jochary. * * * * In November, 1713, after the above mentioned deputies returned from the Magnaisch Land to the Manor Lewenstein, the people moved the same Fall to Albany and Schenectady, so as to move to Jochary the next Spring. The people worked hard to earn their daily bread, but the inhabitants were very liberal and did these newly-arrived Germans much good although the evilminded were not wanting also.