Last time I wrote about my 5th great-grandfather, Johann Adam Hedrick, of Rowan Co., NC. His father, Lt. Colonel Johann “Peter” Hedrick, had been born to Adam and Anna Elizabeth (Faust) Heyderich in Ulmet, Pfalz, Germany in 1710. Peter immigrated to the United States from Germany with some of his brothers, as well as with his children and wife, Anna Milla Otilia (Blum) Hedrick. They arrived in Philadelphia, PA from Rotterdam on September 11, 1738, on the ship “Robert and Alice.” Here is a section of the passenger list:
Peter and his family located in East Hanover Township (near the Swatara Gap in the Blue Mountains), Lancaster Co., PA, where he became a community leader and Patriot. He built a block house for his family, which became a local fort for the community against threats and attacks from the Indians and was known as “Fort Swatara.” It was constructed with musketry slots where guns could be fired without exposure. Peter organized, trained and outfitted a company of men attached to Colonel Green’s Battalion (Flying Camp) of Lancaster Co., PA. He received 60 stands of arms (180) as shown on a service record dated September 9, 1776. Family lore connects this battalion to Captain Lewis Farmer on “Fort Island,” also known as “Liberty Island.”
Peter had married Anna Millia (“Milla”) Blum on March 18, 1730/31 in Lichtenberg, Prussia. After the death of Milla in 1758 he married twice more — Phillipina Stievens in 1760 and then Catherine Hummel in 1783, although they later divorced. Johann Peter died March 23, 1789 and is buried in the family burial plot there near Swatara Gap. Milla’s ancestry can be traced in Ruthweiler, Germany to the early 1600’s. Peter’s parents were Johann Adam Heyderich and his wife Anna Elizabeth Faust of Oberalben, Germany. Johann Adam’s parents were Godtman and Margarethen Heyderichs of Heupertsweiler, Germany.