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Hans Jerg/George Hamrick

Birthplace: Germany
Death: Died in Germantown, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Germantown, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Hieronimus Hammerich
Husband of Anna Marie Hamric and Nancy Cook
Father of George Hamrick, Jr.; Moses Richard Hamrick and Benjamin Hamrick

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About Hans Jerg/George Hamrick

NOTE: In at least one genealogy, the descendants of Hans Georg Hamerich have been mixed with the descendants of Patrick Hamrick because of a similarity of names. Theis genealogy has been largely disproven.

1.HANS GEORG HAMERICH, a son of Heironimus Hammerich, was born in Germany about 1695. In the records of the Hassloch Reformed Church of Hassloch in Rhineland-Pialz district of German, it is recorded that Johann George Hammerich, linen weaver married Maria Elizabeta Bieber, a daughter of Jacob Bieber February 20, 1719.

   The passenger list for the ship "Snow Lowther" which landed in Philadelphia October 14, 1731, shows George and Maria Elizabeth and seven children.  This list carries George as "Hans Georg" rather than "Johann George" as losted in the church records.
   Sometime after the family arrived in PA, Elizabeth died and George married Nancy Cook.....


discussion thread of this controversey @http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/HAMRICK/1999-11/0941457173


1731 Lowther (Snow)

[List 17 A,B,C] Lowther (Snow) of Whitehaven

  • Captain: Joseph Fisher
  • From: Rotterdam
  • By Way of: Dover
  • Arrival: Philadelphia, 14 Oct 1731

33 Palatines, who with their families made a total of 78 persons.

  • Hans Georg Hamerich Yerke Hamrick(e); lineweaver; to Berks & Lancaster Counties, PA.
  • [Maria Elisabetha] (Biber)
  • [Johann Paul, 11]
  • [Anna Margretha], 8
  • [Johann Peter], 7
  • [Johann Heinrich], 6
  • [Anna Margaretha], 4
  • Amaryllis Eliza
  • Paul
  • Margaretta
  • Clara

"Hamrick Generations" was republished in 1983 by Virginia Greene DePriest, and contains the following preface: "Mr. Jones believed Hans Yerke Hamerick, who arrived in Philadelphia on the Louther in 1731, to be the common ancestor of all the local Hamricks. He had access to two books, one published in 1852 and the other in 1895, which recorded the passengers on the Louther. From later publications, it is evident that Hans Yerke Hamrick, Or Hans Jerg Hamriche, or Hans Gerg Hamrick was a middle-aged man who brought his family with him. These are his family members: wife Amaryllis Eliza Hamrick; son Paul Hamrick; daughters Margaretta and Clara Hamrick; and married daughter Maria Katharine Merchant with husband Jno Ludwick Merchant and son John Yerke Merchant, who was namedfor his grandfather Hamrick."

The above names are found in "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" by Strassburger and Hinkle. If anyone has access to the books by Annette Burgert, perhaps they would have additional information.

Please consider a visit to Ron Hamrick's excellent site: http://ron.hamrick.net [no longer a valid site]



George (Hans Jerg) HAMRICK Sr.



Hans Jerg Hamrick was born 1670 in Germany, and died 1730 in Germantown, PA. He married Nancy Cook.

Children of Hans Jerg Hamrick and Nancy Cook are:

*    +George Hamrick, b. 1690, Germantown, PA, d. Bef. 1782, Rutherford County, NC.



Hieronimus Hammerich was born 1630 in Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark310, died in Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark310.

Children of Hieronimus Hammerich are:

  • +Hans Jerg Hamrick, b. 1670, Germany310, 310, d. 1730, Germantown, Lancaster, PA, USA310, 310.


Hans Jerg Hamrick (son of Hieronimus Hammerich)323, 323 was born 1670 in Germany, and died 1730 in Germantown, Lancaster, PA, .

He married (2) Anna Marie Hamric. 

He married (3) Nancy Cook on 1695 in Germany, Germantown, PA,

Children of Hans Jerg Hamrick are:

*    +Patrick Hamrick, b. 1684, Ireland, d. 1764, Manassas, Prince William, VA,  



Hans Jerg Hamric/Anna Marie

Anna Marie Bieber wa [was] Hans Homerrich's wife. He was German descent and not related to Patrick who was an Irish descendant.

For more information write hamrickjr@tx.rr.com



Hans George (Jerg) Hamerick (Hamrick), was the found of the Hamerick (Hamrick) family in America. He was a native of Lower Palatinate which with the Upper Palatinate comprise an area of about 2,000 square miles along the Rhine River.

The French Armies had invaded this region and had laid waste with fire and sword. The inhabitants, especially the Protestants, suffered frightfully, which caused them to flee to Holland for protection.

White in the Netherlands, some of them gladly accepted a general invitation to settle in the English Colonies in America. Transportation was arranged and in the year 1731, they landed at the port of Philadelphia. Hans George Hamerick was one of these immigrants. He seems to have been the only Hamerick who came from the old country. There is no other boat record showing where any other Hamerick came to this country in the early days of settlement in America.

In researching this book, we found that our Hamrick ancestors came to America aboard the Snow Lowther in 1731. The hardships which they faced were terrible. We have noticed the spelling of George Hamrick to be different on the ships lists. This was possibly through registration at each port and interpretation of ship personnel. You will see Hans Jerg Hamerick and John Yerke Hamrick as the names for George Hamrick. Hans George is underlined on each list.

A.F. Eastman, professor at Gardner Webb College, provided the following information in regard to the name George and the ship, Snow Lowther. “The Dutch name Hans Gerg is translated John George. The name of the ship Snow Lowther presents a problem. The registry could not be determined. If it is of Dutch registry the name would be translated as Snow White. If the ship were of English registry the word Snow referred to the type of ship and Lowther referred to the actual name of the ship. This has some validity in that Lowther is the name of an aristocratic family in England. The family held the title of Earldom of Lonsdale and traced its descent from Hugh Lowther of Westmoreland who was the Attorney General of King Edward I.”

The Hamrick ancestors were known as Palantines who lived in the rural country along the Rhine River in Germany. Attached is the Snow Lowther listing of 78 persons aboard (45 women and children) 33 men and 2 infants not baptized. Contrary to previous research, other Hamrick names appeared on the ship lists, yet we don’t have information on any of the women after they settled in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. I, PP. xxiii-xxxvii give the following accounts of actual trips to America. Our ancestor, George Hamrick, had to endure such a journey as the ones described.

The journey to Pennsylvania fell naturally into three parts. The first part, and by no means the easiest, was the journey down the Rhine to Rotterdam or some other port. Gottlich Mittelberger in his Journey to Pennsylvania in 1750 writes:

“This journey lasts from the beginning of May to the end of October, fully half a year, amid such hardships as no one is able to describe adequately with their misery. The cause is because the Rhine boats from Heilbronn to Holland have to pass by 26 customs houses, at all which the ships are examined, which is done when it suits the convenience of the custom house officials. In the mean time the ships with the people are detained long, so that the passengers have to spend much money. The trip down the Rhine lasts therefore four, five and even six weeks. When the ships come to Holland, they are detained there likewise five to six weeks. Because things are very dear there, the poor people have to spend nearly all they have during that time.’

The second stage of the journey was from Rotterdam to one of the English ports. Most of the ships called at Cowes, on the Isle of Wright. This was the favorite stopping places, as 142 ships are recorded as having sailed from Rotterdam to Cowes. Other ships touched at one of seven other channel ports. Taking them from east to west they were: Deal, where twenty-two ships stopped, Dover with eleven ships, Porte in Dorsetshire, one ship (No. 109), Plymouth, two ships, Falmouth, in Cornwall, four ships. One ship (No. 297) went from Rotterdam to London, one ship (No. 263) from Rotterdam to Berwick upon Tweed, on the east coast of England, near the Scotch border, five ships from Rotterdam to Leith in Scotland, two ships from Rotterdam to the ?(I could not read the name) Islands (No. 110, 163) and one ship from Rotterdam to St. Christopher, one of the West India Islands.

Another harbor in Holland, which was frequently used as a starting point for the ocean journey was Amsterdam. From there two ships went to Dover, two to Portsmouth, two to Gosport, three to Cowes, one to Tingmouth (now Tiegnmouth) in Devonshire, one to Shields, on the east coast of England, then to Aberdeen.

NOTE: Where you see a ? in this, it is because I am unable to read the names. This is being taken from papers that Georgia Helen Hamrick Clackley had. If you can fill in the ? please let me know.

Beginning with the year 1752, nine ships started in various years from hamburg, Germany, and went to either Cowes or to Plymouth. No less than thirty-one ships came directly from ? to Philadelphia. From 1766 to 1775, ten ships started from Lisbon, Portugal, while two ships are listed as coming from Boston and one from South Carolina to Philadelphia.

The third stage of the journey, or the ocean voyage proper, was marked by much suffering and hardship. The passengers being packed densely, like herring, as Mittleberger describes it, without proper food and water, were soon subject to all sorts of diseases, such as dysentery, scurvy, typhoid and smallpox. Children were the first to be attacked and died in large numbers. Mittleberger reports the deaths of thrity-two children on his ship. Of the heartless cruelty practiced, he gives the following example: “one day, just as we had a heavy gale, a woman in our ship, who was to give birth and could not under the circumstances of the storm, was pushed through the porthole and dropped into the sea, because she was far in the rear of the ship and could not be brought forward.”

The terrors of disease, brought about in a large extent by poor food and lack of good drinking water, were much aggravated by frequent storms through which ships and passengers had to pass. “The misery reaches the climax when a gale rages for two or three nights and days, so that every one believes that the ship will go to the bottom with all human beings on board. In such a visitation the people cry and pray most piteously. When in such a gale the sea rages and surges, so that the waves rise often like mountains one above the other, and often tumble over the ship, so that one fears to go down with the ship; when the ship is constantly tossed from side to side by the storm and waves, so that no one can either walk, or sit, or lie, and closely packed people in the berths are thereby tumbled over each other, both the sick and well – it will be readily understood that many of these people, none of whom had been prepared for hardships, suffer so terribly from them that they do not survive.”

When at last the Delaware River was reached and the City of Brotherly Love hove in sight, where all their miseries were to end, another delay occurred. A health officer visited the ship and, if any persons with infectious diseases were discovered on the ship, it was ordered to remove one mile from the city. As early as 1718, Dr. Thomas Graeme was appointed to visit and report on all incoming vessels. But no reports from him are on record until the year 1738. On September 14, 1738, Governor Thomas laid before the Board the reports of Dr. Graeme, “setting forth the condition of four ships lately arrived here from Rotterdam and Amsterdam; and it being observed from one of the said reports that were the passengers on board the ships Nancy and Friendship allowed to be immediately landed, it might prove dangerous to the health of the Inhabitants of this Province and City. It is ordered that the Masters of the said ships be taken in custody for their contempt of the Governor’s Order signified to them by Thos. Glenworthy, pursuant to a Law of this Province, to remove to the distance of one mile from this City, and that they shall remain in custody till they shall give security in the sum of Five Hundred Pounds each, to obey the said Order, and not to land any of the passengers, Baggage, or Goods, till the passengers shall have been viewed and examined, and until they shall receive a license from Governor for so doing.”

The Governor urged at this time that a hospital be erected for sick passengers, but the Assembly refused to act until an epidemic broke out in the city of Philadelphia. Then the Assembly voted to buy Fisher Island, at the junction of Schuylkill and the Delaware. The island was bought in 1743. On February 3, 1743, Governor Thomas approved a bill, passed by the Assembly, for the purchase of this island of three hundred and forty-two acres, with the buildings on it, to be used for a hospital. The name of the island was changed to Province Island, and as such it appears on the map of Philadelphia. The erection of an adequate hospital was, however, delayed until the year 1750.

How serious conditions were and how many of the sick passengers died, after being brought to Province Island, appears from a statement of Jacob Shoemaker, an undertaker, which he handed to the Council on November 14, 1754: “An Account of the Palantines buried this year.” For Alexander Stedman………………………..62 For Henry Cepley……………………………...39 For Benjamin Shoemaker……………………...57 For Daniel Benesett……………………………87 For Michael Hilligass………………………… 8 253

Jacob Shoemaker, upon his affirmation, saith the above accounts of the Burials since 14 Sept. last is exact and read from his Book & the Account of coffins except those from Michael Hilligass, which he thinks may be 6 or 8 more.

Jacob Shoemaker Affirmed before me Chas. Willing. Nov. 14, 1754

A vivid account of the arrival of these passenger ships in the harbor of Philadelphia, is given by Henry M. Muelenberg, in a report, which he sent to Halle in the year 1769. He writes:

“After much delay one ship after another arrives in the harbor of Philadelphia, when the rough and severe winter is before the door. One or more merchants received the lists of the freights and the agreement which the emigrants have signed with their own hand in Holland, together with the bills for their travel from the Rhine and the advances of the ‘new landers’ for provisions, which they received on the ships on accounts. Formerly the freight for a single person was six to ten louis d’ors, but now it amounts to fourteen to seventeen louis d’ors. Before the ship is allowed to cast anchor at the harbor front, the passengers are all examined according to the law in force, by a physician, as to whether any contagious disease exists among them. Then the new arrivals are led in procession to the City Hall and there they must render the oath of allegiance to the King of Great Britian. After that they are brought back to the ship. Then announcements are printed in the newspapers, stating how many of the new arrivals are to be sold. Those who have money are released. Whoever has well-to-do friends seeks a loan from them to pay the passage, but there are only a few who succeed. The ship becomes a market-place. The buyers make their choice among the arrivals and bargain with them for a certain number of years and days. They then take them to the merchant, pay their passage and their other debts and receive from the government authorities a written document, which makes the newcomers their property for a definite period.”

When we examine the dates of arrival fo the ships, we note that the large majority of them arrived in the fall. In August twenty-nine, in September one hundred and thirty-eight, in October eighty-six, in November thirty-three, and in December fourteen. In none of the other months did the totals exceed five ships for each month.

1. HANS GEORGE HAMRICK – THE FIRST was born Bef. 1731 in Lower Palatinate, Germany, and died in Pennsylvania. He married NANCY COOK. She died in Pennsylvania

Notes for HANS GEORGE HAMRICK – THE FIRST: Hans George Hamrick – The First was the father of 24 children. Twenty of their names are given. We only know who three of his children married. Three of Hans George Hamrick – The First’s children settled in Virginia – Moses Richard, George and Benjamin. They are buried in Virginia but most of their children settled in North Carolina around 1765.

Hans George Hamrick came from Germany, landing in Philadelphia, Oct. 1731. He settled in Germantown, which is now embraced by Greater Philadelphia. A monument marks his resting place, but due to the slum condition of Germantown, no one may visit his grave. Hans George Hamrick married Nancy Cook, but a marriage date cannot be found. These records were generally found in the ministers book and carried in a saddle bag since he rode on a circuit and many were lost.

Collis Jones, in his book, “The Hamrick Generations: Being a Genealogy of the Hamrick Family,” reveals that George Hamrick was the father of 24 children. If there was any other marriage except to Nancy Cook there is no record. The similarity of first names in a given family may cause many problems. German families tended to name their first sons for the grandfathers, the second for the father. This led to many cousins having the same names.

The religious conflict brought George Hamrick to America. He was said not to be able to worship as he pleased. George was a Primitive Hardshell Baptist. Collis states that Berry Hamrick having said “few of them ever joined the church but all of them were ready and able to give a good reason for their hope of a better world beyond this vale of tears.”

When the Hamricks came South from Pennsylvania, they nearly all came in a slide. When they came to a river, canoes were made from large trees and all their possessions put in these and were taken across.

Children of Hans George Hamrick – The First and Nancy Cook are: i. Moses Richard Hamrick He married MARY BRIDGES (this line is carried on) ii. George Hamrick II, m. Susanna Blanton iii. Benjamin Hamrick, m. Fannie Burchett iv. David Hamrick v. William Hamrick vi. Thomas Hamrick vii. John Hamrick viii. Elijah Hamrick ix. Greenberry Hamrick x. Reuben Hamrick xi. Jane Hamrick xii. Susanna Hamrick xiii. Hannah Hamrick xiv. Rebecca Hamrick xv. Mollie Hamrick xvi. Mary Hamrick xvii. Sarah Hamrick xviii. Charles Hamrick xix. Thomas Hamrick xx. James Hamrick


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