Pennsylvania Governor William Penn… My 2nd cousin 10x removed

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Gov. William Penn’s Great Grandparents         Driessen Pletjes (1550-1645) and                         Alet Goebels (1550-1615)

are My 11th GG Parents…

My 8th Great Grandfather, Abraham Op Den Graeff and Gov. William Penn were 1st Cousins

Governor William Penn, Born 1644 – Died 1718

 

Admiral Sir William Penn, baptized: 23 Apr 1621- died: 16 Sep 1670

British Admiral, and Father of the American Quaker William Penn.

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He was a parlamentarian in the English Civil War, commanding the naval forces of Oliver Cromwell. On Cromwell’s death he offered the fleet to King Charles II, and built a close relationship with the King. He captured the island of Jamaica from the Spanish and, as its first British governor, stripped it of its wealth, causing terrible hardship for its people. He loaned the majority of this wealth to fund the King’s building plans but, on his death, his son requested repayment of the loan. The King, having no money to repay this debt, offered William Penn land in America on the condition that it was named after the Admiral. The State of Pennsylvania (Penn’s Woods) still incorporates the coat of arms of the Admiral in its official State Flag.

 

With this Penn’s Woods land, Penn hoped to provide a refuge for Quakers and other persecuted people and to build an ideal Christian commonwealth. “There may be room there, though not here” he wrote to a friend in America, “for such a holy experiment.”

 

Penn’s cousins the Op den Graeffs, an old Krefeld Mennonite family, ‘turned’ Quaker were among the Thirteen Krefeld Emegrants of 1683. The first 13 families to settle Germantown, Pa., arriving at Philadelphia from Germany on 6 October 1683.

Abraham Op den Graff… 1651–1731 Ancestral Men of Faith

 

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Sir John Sulyard, a Knight… 1420-1488

Ancestral Men of Faith

Sir John SULYARD, a Knight,                                                                                     14th Great Grandfather                                                                                               Born 1420 in Wetherden, Suffolk, England.                                                           Died 18 Mar 1488 in Suffolk, England.

* Sulyard, Sir JohnGentleman Sir John Sulyard, Knight Elected Westminster Courts: Justice of the King’s (or Queens’s) Bench, a judicial position within the Court, under the Chief Justice. A common law court qualified to hear cases involving revenue owed to the King; and the Court of Common Pleas qualified to hear cases between subjects. Sir John Sulyard purchased the Suffolk manors of Wetherden, Stratford and Spanbys in Stratford. [His grandson Sir John Sulyard of Wetherden (d. 1574) inherited the Sulyard family’s Suffolk estates and was granted the manor of Haughley, also in Suffolk, by Queen Mary I. a.k.a ‘Bloody Mary’.]

St. Mary’s at Wetherden, Suffolk, England

Saint Marys @ Wetherden

Wetherden

Built in the mid 15th century by Sir John Sulyard, completed by his widow’s second husband Sir Thomas Bourchier.

 

The Sulyards were a prominent Suffolk Roman Catholic family.

During the Reformation a.k.a The Protestant Reformation, they became Recusants (dissenters; nonconformists). They were Roman Catholics in England whom incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England.

We have many ‘Ancestral Men of Faith’ families whom suffered persecution, on both Religious sides during the Reformation. Many of whom, (Protestants) fled to America for their Religious freedoms.

 

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William Henry Dennell… 1841 – 1921 73rd Regiment of Penna. Volunteers

Civil War Veteran

William H Dennell, 1st Lt.                                                                          

2nd Great Grandfather

  • Born and lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Lived in Hancock, Washington Co, Md.
  • Lived in New Castle Co., DE.
  • Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Occupations:

  • Sailor
  • Civil War Soldier signed up for 6 years.
  • United States Marine Corp. (Sailor)
  • Railroad Engineer (Trolley)
  • Machinist at Mill

Seventy-Third Regiment originally known as the Pennsylvania Legion, 45th of the line, was recruited in the city of Philadelphia, during the months of June and July, 1861

  • Mustered in: 8 Aug 1861 for 3 yrs.
  • Reenlisted as Veteran Volunteer: 1 Jan 1864 for 3 more yrs.
  • Promoted – 1st Sergeant to 1st Lieutenant 26 May 1865
  • Mustered out with Co., 14 July 1865 – Vet. at Alexandria,Virginia

Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corp. 5 July 1866 (Sailor)

73rd Regiment of Penna. Volunteers                                                                       73rd Regiment of Penna. Veterans Volunteers Battles

  • 28-30 August 1862 – Second Bull Run (Manassas). Prince William Co, VA.
  • 30 April – 6 May 1863 – Battle of Chancellorsville. Spotsylvania Co, VA.
  • 1-3 July 1863 – Battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.
  • 25 November 1863 – Battle of Missionary Ridge. Chattanooga, TN. 

 

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VETERAN VOLUNTEER ENLISTMENT

State of Tennessee Town of Lookout Valley

I, William Dennell born in Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania aged 23 years, and by occupation a Sailor Do HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have voluntary re-enlisted, this First day of January 1864, to serve a VETERAN VOLUNTEER, in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to accept such bounty, pay rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers. And I, William Dennell do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War.

Sworn and subscribed to, at Lookout Valley Tenn } William Dennell  this First day of January 1864. BEFORE 1st Lieut. Henry Hess 73rd P. V.

I CERTIFY ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above-named Veteran Volunteer, agreeably to the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from all bodily defects and mental infirmity, which would, in any way disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier. J. S. Treyles (?) Examining Surgeon.

I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Veteran Volunteer, previous to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my judgement and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties of an able- bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service.

This soldier has Gray eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion, is 5 feet 11½ inch high

Seventy-third Regiment of Penna Volunteers, 1stLt. Henry Hess 73′ Reg P.V., Recruiting Officer. Mustered into Comp E Seventy Third Regt Penns Veteran Volt Regiment this first day of January 1864 Robt E Beicher

 

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Wilhelmus Beekman… 1623-1707

 

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Wilhelmus Hendrickse Beekman 1623–1707
9th GG Father

was a Dutch immigrant to America who came to New Amsterdam (now New York City) from the Netherlands in the same vessel (the ship Princess, on May 27, 1647) with Director-General, afterwards, Governor Peter Stuyvesant.

He had a long life in public service:

  • Treasurer of the Dutch West India Company
  • Mayor of New York City
  • Governor of area now, Delaware, 1653-1664
  • Governor of area now, Penna, 1658-1663

The Beekmans were steadfast Protestants from the time that Martin Luther       in 1521 protested against the corruptions of the Church of Rome.

His Grandfather was Rev. Gerard Beekman 1558–1625, our 11th GG Father. Gerard was one of our ‘Ancestral Men of Faith’, he translated The Original Bible Manuscripts into English, The King James Version. For his services, King James I. granted the family a remodeled and special Family Crest.
Rev. Gerard Beekman… 1558–1625 Ancestral Men of Faith 

Distinguished Families in America, Decending from Willhelmus Beekman and Jan Thomasse VanDyke” by William B. Aitken, A.M., Ph.D.  Illustrated by the author. New York and London, The Knickerbocker Press, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. published 1912, 316 pages.

The name Beekman is from ‘beck,’ the Dutch word for ‘mouth,’ the English ‘beak,’ or it maybe an abbreviation of ‘bekken,’ the Dutch word for basin.

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According to Putnam’s Historic New York, “Beekman or the man of the brook; this interpretation of the name was recognized by King James I. of England, when he granted to the Rev. Mr. (Gerard) Beekman, grandfather of William, as a coat of arms, a rivulet running between roses.” The crest is three feathers on a helmet of steel represented in profile. The motto is: Mens conscia Recti.

This coat of arms was used by the grandson Wihelmus Beekman in his correspondence with Governor Stuyvesant.

 

Wilhelmus Beekman’s wife:

Catalina Catharine De BOUGH 1623–1701

9th GG Mother

* BEEKMAN, Catalina Catherine (De BOUGH)

 

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Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhardt 1845–1892

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Civil War Veteran                                                         PA. 6th Calvary ‘Rush’s Lancers’

Friedrich Wilhelm Bernhardt                                    2nd Great Grandfather                                           Born 1845 • Württemberg, Hamburg, Germany         Died 1892  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania                     He was a Boot/ Shoemaker                   


The Sixth Pennsylvania Calvary “Rush’s Lancers”

Rush's Lancers

The men of the Sixth Pennsylvania were the cream of Philadelphia society. Most of the officers came from the leading families of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of them served in the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, a militia unit that was originally formed to serve as George Washington’s personal body guard during the Revolutionary War. These bright, talented young men left their mark on many battlefield of the Civil War, earning them the proud title of…           “the Seventh Regulars.”

Frederick Bernhardt, Pvt. – 70th Regiment Sixth Pa. Vol. Cavalry             Company F -recruited in Philadelphia.

A Pvt. Civil War Union Soldier for 1 year term                                               Mustered in 10 Mar 1865, with Company F of the 6th Penna. Volunteers Cavalry, known as “Rush’s Lancers”. Was transferred to Company D, 2nd Provisional Cavalry, June 17, 1865. He mustered out Lebanon, Kentucky, August 7, 1865.

The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry                                                                        participated in these engagements during his career

  • 28 March-9 April 1865 – Appomattox Campaign, VA
  • 30 March 1865 – Skirmishes on the line of Hatcher’s and Gravelly Runs, VA
  • 30-31 March 1865 – Engagement, Dinwiddie Court House, VA
  • 1 April 1865 – Battle, Five Forks, VA
  • 2 April 1865 – Action, Scott’s Cross Roads, VA
  • 4 April 1865 – Skirmish, Tabernacle Church (Beaver Dam Creek), VA
  • 6 April 1865 – Engagement, Sailor’s Creek, VA
  • 8 April 1865 – Engagement, Appomattox Station, VA
  • 9 April 1865 – Engagement, Clover Hill, Appomattox Court House, VA
  • 9 April 1865 – The Surrender, Appomattox Court House, VA

The Battle of Appomattox Court House, fought on the morning of April 9, 1865, was one of the last battles of the Civil War. The final engagement of General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. That afternoon under Robert E. Lee the Confederate Army surrendered to the Union Army under Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant.

 

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Jacob Clair Rapp… 1836 – 1932

Civil War Veteran

Jacob Clair RAPP 1836-1932,   2nd great grandfather

Note: In 1932, within a 10 week period, Three of my Rapp ‘Grandfathers’ died

  • Sunday 28 Aug 1932, Edward 27, my Grandfather, Jacob’s grandson, died.
  • Saturday 22 Oct 1932, Jacob 96, my 2nd Great Grandfather died.
  • Friday 4 Nov 1932, Harry 67, my Great Grandfather, Jacob’s son, died.

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The Daily Republican, Phoenixville, Pa.

Obituary on 22 October 1932

TAPS SOUNDED TODAY FOR 96-YEAR-OLD VET

Well-Known Phoenixville Indian and Civil War Soldier, Passed Away

Death marched early today with the Grand Army of the Republic and snatched another member of “the Boys in Blue”.

Jacob Rapp, 96-year-old veteran of the conflict between the North and the South and a survivor of several conflicts between the Indians and frontiersmen in pioneer days, was called at one o’clock this morning. He was conscious up to the very end, and showed the same bravery he often exhibited on the field of battle.

Although Mr. Rapp suffered a great physical handicap because of defective hearing for the past several years, he was apparently in good health until about three weeks ago. His death was the result of heart trouble and a kidney condition. His son, H. C. Rapp, the only survivor of the prominent Chester County family, said today that during the past week his father was well aware of his serious condition and expressed the desire that “he might die before winter set in.” “Father always dreaded cold weather and that is why I think he made those statements.” said his son.

At 12:30 o’clock this morning the son went to his father’s bedside. Several minutes later Dr. George W. Sharshon was called by telephone and told of Mr. Rapp’s failing condition. Shortly before the physician arrived the veteran passed away in his son’s arms. According to his son his father never lost consciousness.

The funeral will be held at the late home of the Civil War veteran, on Valley Forge Road near the East Borough Line, on Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock, with simple rites. Dr. R. S. Walker, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will be in charge. It is understood members of the G.A.R. Post and other military organizations will attend. Interment will be made in Morris Cemetery.

Mr. Rapp would have been 97 years of age on July 24, 1933, had he lived until that time. He was the son of Amos and Catherine Rapp, and was born July 24, 1836, at Rapp’s Corner. During his entire life he resided in Chester County in this vicinity.

Fought Indians in Iowa

At the age of twenty-one years. Mr. Rapp enlisted in the United States Regular Army and was sent to Northern Iowa where there was an uprising among the Indians. Although he escaped wounds, Mr. Rapp took part in several spirited engagements and in later years took great interest in telling of the time when he escaped being captured by the Indians “after a long chase.”

When the Civil War broke out he re-enlisted in the army. He joined the Union forces on 15 August 1862 at Harrisburg, as a member of Company I, 125th Regiment. Capt. Benjamin F. Bean was in charge of the company and Frederick Shunk was the vice-captain. Mr. Rapp was a sergeant in the company. In May of 1863 he was mustered out of service at Harrisburg.

Was In Major Battles

During his enlistment in the army he took part in the following encounters: skirmish at Kearneyville, 16 October 1862; battle of Fredericksburg, 13 December 1862; and the five-day battle of Chancellorsville, commencing on 1 May 1863.

After the war he married Marietta Stauffer, who passed away at the age of 88 years, just two years ago. Two children were born to the union, Harry C. Rapp, who resides at the Rapp home in Schuylkill township, and Carrie Anderson, who passed away at the age of 12 years.

A Carpenter by Trade

After the Civil War Mr. Rapp became a carpenter and worked with Jesse Jarrett, one of the leading contractors in Montgomery County. Until his retirement at the age of 82, Mr. Rapp worked day in and day out at his trade. Many of the older homes in Phoenixville are a product of Mr. Rapp’s workmanship.

No brothers or sisters survive the deceased man. There were eight sons and daughters in the family and with the passing of Jacob Rapp the family of Amos and Catherine Rapp has become extinct.

Mr. Rapp was an active member of the Josiah White Post, G.A.R, and served as its commander at one time. He was always interested in political affairs in Phoenixville and Schuylkill township, although he never aspired to office.

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Obituary – Thursday October 27, 1932 Phoenixville

FULL MILITARY RITES MARKED RAPP’S BURIAL

96-Year-Old Phoenixville Veteran Accorded Honors Yesterday;

Interment in Morris Cemetery

Impressive military services marked the burial of Jacob Rapp, 96-year-old veteran of Indian battles and the Civil War, yesterday afternoon, with Dr. R. S. Walker, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

The services were conducted at his late residence on Valley Forge Road near Corner Stores. Four of his Comrades, Samuel Green, Edward McDonough, Albert Butts and Isiah March, attended the services. Three other surviving members of the G.A.R. Did not attend because of illness.

Simple rites were conducted by Dr. Walker at the late residence. Two members of the Samuel A. Whitaker Post, American Legion, acted as honor guards. Relatives of the veteran were pallbearers as follows: Jacob Rapp, Harry C. Rapp, jr., George Smith, Wm. Thomas, Samuel Cox and Christ Schmidt.

The color bearers were Jesse Neuman and Forrest Trick, with John W. Shaffer as the bugler. The firing squad of the American Legion, comprised of Leroy Reber, commander; Fred Troxell, Russell Patterson, Elmer E. Schaeffer, Ralph Snyder, William Hopple, Grant L. Rapp and Arthur Wood, fired several volleys over the grave.

At Morris Cemetery where interment was made, members of the Legion conducted the G.A.R. Ritual services. Three volleys were fired and taps were sounded.

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George Soule… 1590-1677

Ancestral Men of Faith

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Signed the 1620 Mayflower Compact

The first legal social contract composed signed in the New World,                   397 years ago by the Mayflower Separatist. One of whom was…                             George Soule Sr. 1590-1677, 9th GG father

Mayflower Line.The Mayflower Compact

was a legal social contract that bound the Pilgrims together when they arrived in New England. The majority of the First Mayflower passengers were Separatists, extreme members of a Puritan sect that had split from the Church of England.

All Separatists were Puritans, but not all Puritan were Separatists. Non-separatist Puritans stayed with the Church of England (protestant) advocating for change away from the influence of the Catholic Church.

On November 11, 1620, needing to maintain order and establish a civil society, the adult male passengers signed The Mayflower Compact.

Pilgrims Signing the Mayflower Compact - Plimoth Plantation
George Soule Sr.   1590-1677, 9th GG father

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In 1802, John Quincy Adams described the agreement as

“the only instance in human history of that positive, original, social compact” and it is popularly believed to have influenced the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution”

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The Text of The Mayflower Compact

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together in a Civil Body Politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.

 

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