Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum

Historical Documents

Documents pertaining to the immigrants John Hottel and George Keller. Includes the following:

Copy of John Huddle's deed for 341 acres of land in Frederick County dated 1750. (Shenandoah Co. was formed from Frederick later.) The deed lists such boundaries as white oaks, a double mulberry sapling and Spanish oak on Toms Brook, a black walnut and white oak at the mouth of Huddle's Spring Branch, a locust and small hill, and more. A fee of one shilling sterling for every 50 acres of land was charged. HKMI has the original deed in its archives.

Copy of John Hottel's will which begins "In the name of God amen I John Hoddle of the county of Frederick and Colony of Virgina being in health of body and of perfect mind and memory, thanks to be given to God calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that..." Provisions were made in the will for his wife Margaret, his eldest son Charles Hoddle, his youngest son George Hoddle and his son-in-law, George Keller. The will is dated August 11, 1760. It is signed with his mark.

Ship's passenger list, the Pennsylvania Merchant, September 1732. Men are listed in 2 left columns ; women and children are listed in 2 right columns. #46 Johannes Hottel; #57 Margaret #58 Anna Hottel #59 Carla Hottel #60 Henrich Hottel #61 Hendrich Hottel #62 Johannes Hottel. At the bottom is a tally of 73 men, 108 women and children, 3 died.

Copies of lists dated October 11, 1732 on which men have sworn allegiance to King George II and have agreed "to conform to the laws of the colony of Pennsylvania." The lists identify the people as Palatines imported from Rotterdam.

Copy of George Keller's deed for 126 acres of land in Frederick County. It lists boundaries such as beginning at two white oaks corner to George Huddle's patent, two walnuts, a chestnut oak, etc. It is dated the fourth day of September 1764.

Copy of George Keller's will dated July 13, 1799. A three page document in which he lists bequests to each of his children. In reference to his wife: "further it is my last will and testament that my beloved wife Barbara shall have all gold and silver money all her clothes and all woolen and linen cloth the chest and all that is therein, as also her bed and spinning wheel besides all the rest of the thirds of the moveable Estate." George Huddle and Augustine Wendell are listed as witnesses.



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