Johannes Peter Troxell (Trachsel), I (1691 - 1766)

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Nicknames: "Peter Drachsel //", "Peter /Drachsel/"
Place of Burial: Katzenthal, Alsace, France
Birthplace: Lenk, Simmental, Bern Canton, Switzerland
Death: Died in Frederick, Maryland, USA
Occupation: arrived in Philidelphia in 1733
Managed by: Regina Marie Troxell
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About Johannes Peter Troxell (Trachsel), I

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ID: I09672

Name: Peter Traschel 1

Sex: M

Birth: 1691 in Lenk, Switzerland

Death: 1766 in Frederick Co., Maryland

Baptism: 6 NOV 1691 Lenk, Switzerland

NATU: 10 APR 1742 Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania

Father: Jakob Traschel b: 1652 in Lenk, Switzerland

Mother: Margaretha Brengel

Marriage 1 Juliana Catherina Frauhuger b: 1703

Married: ABT 1723 in Katzenthal, Alsace, France

Children

Peter Troxell b: 28 DEC 1723 in Katzenthal, Alsace, France
Daniel Troxell b: 1726 in Katzenthal, Alsace, France
David Troxell b: 27 JUL 1734 in Egypt, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
John Troxell b: 1736 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
Christian Troxell b: 17 MAR 1738/39 in Eygpt, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
Juliana Margaretha Troxell b: 17 MAR 1738/39 in Egypt, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
George Frederick Troxell b: 1741 in Egypt, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania
Margaretha Troxell b: 25 OCT 1744 in Egypt, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania

Sources:

Title: Troxel(l) Trails and Tales

Author: Richard M. Troxel

Publication: Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1997

Note: This book is the revised and expanded edition of Troxel(l) Trails published in 1977.

Repository:

Note: Personal library

Media: Book

Page: p. 2-3, 4-7

Text: Peter Traschel and his wife Juliana Catherina, age 30, along with two sons, Peter and Daniel, ages 9 and 7, immigrated to America in the ship Samuel of London under the command of Hugh Percy, Master, from Rotterdam, late of Deal. They landed in Philadelphia on 17 August 1733. -------------------- The Troxell family arrived in America from what is now western Germany in 1733. John Peter Troxell, also known as Johan Peter Trachsel, acquired 410-acres of property along Coplay Creek, Egypt, Pennsylvania in 1748 and built his home in 1756.

In 1768, he sold the house and 410-acre property to Peter Steckel and moved to Gwynned Township, Philadelphia County, and eventually settled in Frederick County, Maryland.

The Steckel family owned the property for the next 140 years until 1906, when Albert Steckel sold the home to someone outside the family. It was used as a rental property until December 6, 1941, when the Lehigh County Historical Society was given the house and 24 acres of ground by a Steckel family descendent.

The Troxell-Steckel House is one of the oldest structures in Lehigh County and an excellent example of German medieval style architecture brought to eastern Pennsylvania by German settlers. The home has been renovated and is open to the public for tours and events. -------------------- Copied from the Lehigh County, PA History by Roberts Compiled by Jack D. Salmon of Royal Oak, Michigan.

Emigrated to America on ship "Samuel" of London under the command of Hugh Persey, Master from Rotterdam, late of Deal. They were included in the passenger list of "Palatines, 89 males above 16, 86 females, 54 males under 16, 62 females under 16--in all, 291". Among those on the ship's manifest appeared the names "Peter Drachsel, above 16, Peter and Daniel Drachsel, under 16". Upon landing at Philadelphia, PA, on August 17, 1733 (four years earlier than his brother John), Peter and his family proceeded to Egypt in upper Lehigh Co., in the township of Whitehall. Little is known of Peter and his family during their stay here. The Egypt Reformed Church, founded in 1734, carried records referring to Peter as a Censor in 1736 and as a Deacon in 1737. Peter and Juliana had a number of children of which eight are recorded. Except for Peter (2) and Daniel, who emigrated with their parents, all the children were born and baptized in Egypt. Peter's (1) name appears in the church records at Egypt until 1744.

Peter(1) was apparently a man of some means, owning during his lifetime in Egypt and Lehigh Co. between 800 to 1600 acres of land there. During his short stay at Egypt he secured, on Oct. 15, 1737, his first Warrant of 300 acres. He took the sacrament of naturalization 9 Mar 1741, and 19 Apr 1742, was naturalized in the Supreme Court of Philadelphia.

On 16 Apr 1743, Peter (1) made application for a Warrant at the land office at Philadelphia to acquire a tract of land located in the Lower Jordon Valley, on the Jordon River, a fertile land similar to that which he had known as a boy in his native Switzerland where agriculture was the primary vocation. This parcel, 305 acres, 35 perches, was purchased 10 Nov 1743 from Casper Wistar, the bill of sale being made in 1742. A considerable length of time transpired from the date of the Warrant in 1743 until the Patent was granted on 3 Apr 1782, but in those days this was not uncommon. The date and land office index number are recorded on file in the land office now located in Harrisburg, PA. The following is the description, courses and measurements of this tract a as recorded under Warrant #D-13-199, Patent #P-1-179:

"Begin at a post thence N 10 E 181 perches; N 80 W 286 perches; S 10 W 181 perches; S 80 E 286 perches; to the place of beginning. Called Troxelburg." Lower Jordon Valley, Pennsylvania German Settlement, published by the Lehigh County Historical Society, Volume 18, 1950, pg. 32.

This new home site of Peter and his family was approximately 5 mile from their old home at Egypt. Peter and his family were among the first settlers of the Jordon Valley, their antecedents being: John Eastman, 1734; Nicholas Kern, 1737; Godfred Knauss, 1737; William Allen, 1738; Lawrence Good (Guth), 1741; and Casper Wistar, 1743, the same year as Peter.

On a location 1/4 mile downstream from the stone bridge at "Troxell's Crossing," and to the south of and within a few hundred feet of the Jordon River, on gently sloping ground and at near the edge of the Jordon flood basin, stands a remarkable memorial to Peter Troxell, the emigrant.

The story goes that the Indians would burn the lands south of the Jordon Creek, chasing the wild game across and through the gap in the mountains, where the Indians would wait in ambush to make their kill for their meat supply. When the settlers came to this valley they gave the creek the name of Jordon as it flowed through a country, the south of which was like the desert of Petrea and north was the fruitful country of Palestine.

Here in 1744, he and his sons built a substantial dwelling, 35 x 25 feet, 2 1/2 stories high, with an adjoining Kitchen 20 x 23 1/2 feet in size. The walls were constructed 20" thick. this house, contrary to the normal log cabin construction usually built at this time by the settlers, was built primarily for the use of Peter's family but proved in time to be a haven of many purposes. During the French and Indian War the settlers took refuse therein to escape the marauding Indians. Church meetings were held here, and at one time it served as a tavern (by Peter (2) in 1761). It is interesting to recall the time of the building of the house. Old-timers related that while the construction was going on, Indians sat on the hillside opposite the river and watched the proceedings, Peter and his sons never knowing if they would attack.

Upon visiting the location described above, one can still see this fine old house, still standing in its original form. It is believed to be the oldest house in Lehigh County. The Troxell's lived in the home until 8 Apr 1854 at which time it was secured by the Minnich family. They resided there as owners until about 1950, at which time the house and property it is situated upon, plus adjoining tract, were purchased by Trojan Powder Company of Allentown. The Minnich's made repairs to the house as they were needed during their reign as owners and the Trojan Powder Co., along with interested individuals, continued the maintenance until today it stands in as good condition as it was the day it was built. Present plans are for the house to be maintained as a historical site and monument of our forbearers. The validity of the date of construction is borne out by the fact that when the large hearth was removed in the kitchen for repairs in 1910, the mantel piece was found to be inscribed with the figures " 1744".

The last known date of Peter (1) living in the house was 12 Jan 1754, the day that he mortgaged the house and property to Lynford Lardner for L294. Records indicated that soon after this date Peter moved to Fredricks Co., MD where he died in April, 1766, at the age of 75 years. His oldest son, Peter (2) assumed the mortgage on the old home and lived there for a number of years.

Little is known at this time of the disposition of the real estate that Peter held in and around Egypt, however evidence is present that some of his heirs held title to portions of these lands, and in one case it is believed that his brother, Hans John, who emigrated to America in 1737, secured some of the property.

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Johannes Peter Troxell, I's Timeline

1691
November 6, 1691
Lenk, Simmental, Bern Canton, Switzerland
1721
1721
Age 29
Wolfersheim, Blies, Germany
1722
February 16, 1722
Age 30
Katzenthal, Alsace, France
February 16, 1722
Age 30
Katzenthal, Alsace, France
1723
February 16, 1723
Age 31
December 28, 1723
Age 32
Wölfersheim, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
December 28, 1723
Age 32
Katzenthal, Alsace, France (or Switzerland)
1726
December 8, 1726
Age 35
Katzenthal, Alsace, France
1727
October 4, 1727
Age 35
Katzenthal, Alsace, France
1728
September 17, 1728
Age 36
Katzenthal, Alsace, France