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Palatines of 1710

A large group of Germanic people left the Palatinate in 1708-1710 and migrated throughout the British Empire. The largest group arrived in New York in 1710. This group focuses on their descendants.

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Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2019

Some Background Information

Between 1708 and 1710, thousands of families left their farms and homes in the Palatinate to find relief from wars, famine, heavy taxation and, to a lesser extent, religious persecution. They were lured to the New World by a “golden book” that held promises of a better life. Queen Anne and the British Empire wanted to populate America and seized upon a plan to send Germans to produce badly needed naval supplies. They would provide pitch and tar from the pine trees in America and hemp from the fields. In return, they were to be given food and housing until they repaid their debt and, in seven years, land of their own. The plan was fatally flawed from the start and, when the new British government was installed, the Palatines were left with no support whatsoever.

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Comment by K Baker on September 6, 2013 at 9:43am

Hi, my family also came on a 1710 ship. Last name was Becker. That name was changed once they got here. They settled in the Hudson Valley in New York. Any info out there on them? There are several of the original old stone houses still here. My father moved out of one when he was 16 years old. 

Comment by Diana Beckner Belles on August 10, 2013 at 7:56am

Researching Shanabarger (Schoenberger), Beckner, Hoffman, Stalnaker, Stemple, Pifer (Pfeiffer).  All settled in VA now WV.

Comment by Roxanne Richardson on May 14, 2012 at 2:31pm

I am descended from at least 27 families of the 1710 Palatine migration, including Bauch, Berg, Dopff, Eckhard, Emichen/Empie, Faeg, Finck, Fuchs, Herner/Hoerner, Homburger, Haber/Hawver, Kast, Keyser, Kuhlmer, Kuhn, Krembs/Grembs, Landgraff, Loscher/Lasher, Mowers (could be Moor, Mohr, or Maurers, not sure yet), Rautenbausch/Rau, Richter, Schneider, Stahl, Schnell/Snell, Schultheiss, Wies, Winninger/Winegar.  One went to Tulpehocken, a few stayed near Livingtone Manor, some moved on to Schoharie, and the rest settled Stone Arabia.  The descendants of those that stayed in New York eventually migrated to Wisconsin in the early 1840s, settling in the southeastern corner of the state: Kenosha and Racine Counties, and also Rock and Walworth Counties.

Comment by Andrew Kolstee on April 13, 2012 at 7:12pm

E-Mail me at if you descend from Weiser, Garlock/Gerlach, Strohl, Bellinger, Windecker, and/or related families such as Klock.

Comment by Kate Wagner on November 10, 2011 at 1:27pm

I am researching Christopher (Christoffell) Turnpaugh (Dornbach) (abt 1735 - abt 21 Aug 1805) who resided in the area surrounding York, PA before acquiring land in Baltimore County, MD (1762).  He is my 4xgreat grandfather.

Comment by Sharon Attaway Brogdon on April 12, 2011 at 8:38pm
My ancestor may have arrived earlier. His name was Johannes Volentin Preslar b 1669 died after 1742. This family name has many variations and some believe he was an ancestor of Elvis Pressley. They eventually migrated to NC and then to TN. 
Comment by Andrew Kolstee on November 11, 2010 at 11:31pm
I am a descendant of Johann Conrad Weiser, Johann Christian Gerlach, Nicholas Bellinger, and Johann Hartman Windecker.
Comment by Timothy Wilder on November 8, 2009 at 9:49am
Descended from five Palatine families. The one with the closest connection is Haus/House. Last I looked they were not included in the Palatine DNA project.
Comment by Cheryle Hoover Davis on July 15, 2009 at 6:07am
I have quite a few Palatine main surname in that group is Huber/Hoover.
Comment by Doris Wheeler on July 13, 2009 at 8:02pm
Hi Debra,
Come take a look at our DNA project for Palatine descendants -- both paternal and maternal lines. Perhaps you can find some cousins to test to help reunite the families that were separated as a result of that mass migration in 1708-1710.


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