Monday, September 2, 2013

Johan Sebastian Truckenmiller 1715-1795

Dan's 6th great grandfather, Paternal Line
Johann Sebastian Truckenmiller
son of
Born August 1 1715
Died  1795
Married abt. 1740
Catherine Schambach
daughter of 
Speculation: "Sebastian was the husband of Catherine Schambach
daughter of Adolph Schambach & Anna Dorothea"
Born 1718
Died 1793

Children:
Valentine Truckenmiller 1743 – 1819 m. 1st Maria Elizabeth, 2nd Salome
George Truckenmiller 1744 – 1809 m. Susan Lohr
Margreda Truckenmiller 1747 – 1832 m. Peter Klock
Elisabeth Truckenmiller 1750 – 1819 m. Jacob Wetzel
Catherine Truckenmiller 1752 – 1795  m. Johannes Wetzel
Eva Truckenmiller 1754 – 1808 m. Peter Rothenberger
Sebastian Truckenmiller 1757 – 1815
Jacob Truckenmiller 1759 – 1823 m. Anna Kerchner


1715 - Sebastian Born
1 Aug
in Germany

1730 - Sebastian Sp. for baptism of Leonhard Julg
Age: 15
Kirchardt Lutheran, Kb, Norther Kraichgau, Germany
Sebastian Truckmuller, single, from Berwangen appears in the Kirchardt record as a sp. in 1730 & 1731 for children of Leonhard Julg.

Sp. Along with Gommer
1730
Age: 15
Kirchardt Lutheran, Germany.
Sebastian Truckenmuller, Single, and Bernhard Gommer, Shoemaker at Berwangen, are sp for a child of Matthies Betz. Gommer later marries widow of Hans Michael Truckenmiller


1732 - Sebastian Arrives in America
Age: 17
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Ship Pink, John & William, arrived Oct. 17, 1732. On it were Sebastian Truckenmiller, born Aug 1 1715, Died Feb 1 1795. He is buried in a field, formerly his own land, in Lehigh County. Some of his descendents settled in Northumberland County. New

Ship John, Pink, & William
Constable Tymperton
"After leaving Rotterdam in the late spring or early summer of 1732, they passed first through Dover, England, and arrived in Philadelphia on October 17, 1732, Many of their shipmates had died at sea of illness and starvation, including the Vosselmann baby, Eva Elizabeth. It is noted that this ship apparently was delayed at sea, for it was the last of the ten immigrant ships to arrive in Philadelphia that fall. "
From The Brobst Family History

"The journey took and unprecedented 17 weeks to philadelphia, arriving 19 Oct 1732. The hardships endured are but briefly mentioned in the newspaper account of the ship's arrival in Philadelphia. What is unusual about the journey was the taking over of the ship by the passengers dissatisfied with the conditions, deaths by starvation and the length of the voyage. As a result of these conditions, 44 passengers died."
From the Rotter Family HIstory

Listed as "Bastian Trookmuller" (top right)
This is a photocopy of the Oath of Allegiance signed by the adult male passengers of the Pink "John and William", Oct 17 1732.


Another pink, the John and William, brought Johan Sebastian Truckenmiller, age 17,   possibly his future wife Catharina Schambach, age 13, and two of Johan Sebastian’s brothers, all of whom had started their journey in Berwangen, Germany, from Rotterdam to Philadelphia also. They are part of our Hittle line.  Descendant Timothy R. Conrad of Allentown, Pennsylvania has found a report that during the journey the ship was taken over by passengers dissatisfied with the conditions, the deaths by starvation and the length of the voyage.  A total of 44 passengers died, including one-year-old Magdalena Truckenmiller.
     The Pennsylvania Gazette reported:

     No. 203 Custom House, Philadelphia
     Entered Inwards Sloop John & William
    Constable Tymperton, From Dover.  Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 1732

Sunday last arrived here Capt. Tymberton, in 17 weeks from Rotterdam, with 220  Palatines [people who lived along the Rhine River in Germany], 44 died in the Passage.   About three weeks ago, the Passengers, dissatisfied with the length of the voyage, were so imprudent as to make a Mutiny, and being the stronger Party have ever since had the Government of the Vessel, giving Orders from among themselves to the Captain and Sailors, who were threatened with Death in case of Disobedience.  Thus having Sight of Land, they carried the Vessel twice backwards and forwards between our Capes and Virginia, looking for a place to go ashore they knew not where.  At length they compelled the Sailors to cast Anchor near Cape May, and five of them took the boat by force and went ashore from whence they have been five Days coming up by Land to this place, where they found the Ship arrived.  Those concerned in taking the Boat are committed to Prison.
Although we do not know if Sebastian Truckenmiller was imprisoned because of the mutiny, by 1750 he owned 40 acres of land in Upper Milford township of Bucks county, now Lehigh county, the same area settled by the Hittles and the Kerchners. -Hittle & Wagner In Early America, (How others Arrived in America), by James L. Spiker 01/15/2006.



New World Immigrants Vol II
Germanic Immigrants in Pa Ship Lists

Page 9

1732 - Residence
Age: 17
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

Name: Sebastian Truckmuller
State: PA
County: Philadelphia County
Township: Philadelphia
Year: 1732

Database: PA Early Census Index

1740 -Marriage to Catherine Schambach
abt
Age: 25
Note the "former George Shambach" on the land warrant for Sebastian in 1750 - possible relation to Catarina (Catherine)?

1747- daughter Margaretha Born
Birth: Apr. 10, 1747Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USADeath: Apr. 4, 1832
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Margareda Truckenmiller was born in Upper Milford Twp., Northampton (now Lehigh) Co., PA, the daughter of Sebastian Truckenmiller and Catharina Schambach. She married Johan Peter Klock, Jr. in 1766 in Zionsville, Upper Milford Twp., Northampton (now Lehigh) Co., PA. Margareda died in Upper Mahantongo (area now part of Eldred) Twp., Schuylkill Co., PA. 

1750 - Land Warrant
4 Apr
Age: 34
Northampton
197 acres

Name: Sebastian Truckenmiller
Acreage: 197
Warrant Date: 4 Apr 1750

Warrant Location: Northampton



1757 - Inventory for Estate of Keyser Lewisner
16 May
Age: 41
Northampton County, PA
Ltr of Adm granted 13 May 1757 to David Barringer, Upper Milford & Yost Vollert, Easton. Inv 16 May 1757 by Sebastian Truckenmiller. Vendue held at Easton 2 Jul 1757. Settlement 1757 for child's board 18 lb 18d. (Licina, Licia or Lucia in signature)

1757 - Found in Church Records
Age: 42
Upper Milford Reformed Congregation (Zion's Reformed Church), Zionsville, Lehigh County
Member of the Zion's Reformed Church

Name: Sebastian Truckmiller
Description: Sponsor
Event: Baptism

Church: Records of Upper Milford Reformed Congregation (Zion's Reformed Church), Zionsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, 1757-1885

At the time of the French and Indian War, in 1758, he is recorded as selling a horse.  A year later he joined other inhabitants of Upper Milford township in a petition that complained that a road had been laid out in the township that would cut through their properties in a “bad manner” and would ruin their lands.  Another of the signers was George Schambach, who likely was the brother or father of Sebastian’s wife.  -Hittle & Wagner In Early America, (How others Arrived in America), by James L. Spiker 01/15/2006.

1763 -Naturalization
4 Apr
Age: 47
Upper Milford
Truckenmiller, Sebastian. He was naturalized in Pennsylvania 11 Apr. 1763, He was from Upper Milford Township, Northampton County.

Name: Sebastian Truckenmiller
Location: Upper Milford
Date: 4 Apr 1763

1769 - Son George married Susanna Lohr
Name George Truckenmiller
Spouse Susanna Lohr

Marriage 21 Nov 1769 - Alburtis, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, USA

1771- Added to General Committee For Observation & Inspection
Dec
Age: 56


1772 - Residence
Age: 57
Upper Milford Township, Northampton County, PA

1774 - Sons Jacob & Sebastian Are Confirmed
Name: Bastian Druckenmiller
Birth Date: abt 1757
Event Type: Confirmation
Event Date: 3 Apr 1774
Event Place: Alburtis, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 17
Father Name: Bastian Druckenmiller
Denomination: Lutheran

Organization Name: Zion Lehigh Evangelical Lutheran Church





1781 - Residence
Age: 66
Upper Milford, Northampton, Pennsylvania

1781 - Bastian Truckemiller in the Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801
Name: Bastian Truckemiller
Year: 1781
Town or Ward: Upper Milford
County: Northampton

Archive Rollname: 331


1781 - ?? Served in Revolutionary War ??
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Sebastian also had a son named Sebastian - I think it is more likely that the son served, than the father?  66 seems a bit old to be serving in the war.  Sebastian's son Jacob did serve as well.  The SAR does have Sebastian SR as a recognized ancestor in the revolution.

Age: 66
Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Sebastian Truckenmiller (Father of Jacob) served as private, 8th class in Captain?? 7th Compnay, 1st Battalion of Northampton County Militia, 1781-?? (His name is also recorded as Bastian Druckenmiller) DAR National # 70483 State # 2438

SAR Record - 
Name: Sebbastian Truchermiller
SAR Membership: 70483
Birth Date: 1 Jun 1715
Birth Place: Germany
Death Date: 1 Jan 1794
Death Place: Uppersfield, Pennsylvania
Spouse: Catharine Schuck
Children: Jacob Truchermiller


1786 - Residence
Age: 71
Macungie, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States

1786 - PA Tax Exoneration List
Name: Bastian Truckenmiller
Year: 1786
Town or Ward: Macungie
County: Northampton

Archive Rollname: 331



Sebastian was listed as a cordwainer when he and his wife sold their land to their son, Jacob, a millwright, in 1788.  Jacob later moved to McEwensville in Northumberland county, where descendants still live today - Hittle & Wagner In Early America, (How others Arrived in America), by James L. Spiker 01/15/2006.

1790 - Residence
Age: 75
Upper Milford, Northampton, Pennsylvania, United States

Name: Sebastian Trockenmiller
[Sebastian Truckenmiller] 
[Sebastian Frockenmetter] 
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Upper Milford, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females: 1

Number of Household Members: 2

1793 - Wrote Will
21 Oct
Age: 78
Will was written Oct 21 1793 SABSTION DRUCKEMILLER. 653 3.p.16. P.26 Feb.1795 Jacob Bortz, Friederick Friederick, x.




The Will Of Sebastian Truckenmiller
Last Will of Sebastian Truckenmiller 
In the name of God! Amen. I Sebastian Truckenmiller of Upper Milford Township, County of Northampton in the State of Pennsylvania at present I am blessed by the Lord with a high age but good and perfect thinking and a sane mind on this day which is the 21st day in October in the year of the Lord 1793. Herewith I write and publish my last Will and testament in the following manner: 
First, I commend my soul into the hands of our savior Jesus Christ, and my body may be buried in a Christian way and order according to the directions of my - herein - named executors. And I dispose of my worldly possessions with which the Lord has blessed me in this world as follows. Firstly, it is my w~sh and will that my eldest son George Truckenmiller shall have no advantage toward the other children, but all my other sons shall receive an equal part. And it is my will that my son- also George Truckenmiller, my son Valentine Truckenmiller, and my son Sebastian Truckenmiller, my son Jacob Truckenmiller - each of them shall receive 15 pounds in good gold or silver currency. And when this amount is subtracted from my remaining possessions, then it is my will that whatever is left is to .be divided into equal parts 
- to my son George or his legal heirs, 
- one part to my son Valentine or his legal heirs 
- one part to my daughter Elisabeth who is married to Jacob 
Wetzel, or her legal heirs 
- one part to my daughter Margaretha who is married to Peter Klock, or her legal heirs 
- one part to my daughter Catharia who is married to Johannes Wetzel, or her legal heirs 
- one part to my daughter Eva who is married to Peter Rotllenberger, or her legal heirs 
- an equal part to my son Sebastian or his legal heirs 
- one part to my son Jacob or his legal heirs 
And furthermore it is my will that after my death the above mentioned 15 pounds which my sons should receive are taken out against my daughters. But it is my will that none of my children can demand any interest for his part from the remainder of my possessions. This is valid From the eldest to the youngest. 
And starting again with the eldest child - it is my will that all my effects and books are not to be sold in a public sale (auction?) but should - as well as possible - be divided among my children. And furthermore it is my will that my son George Truckenmiller shall reside In the place which I bought for him, he shall reside there as long as he lives and then it shall be willed to his legal heirs. Furthermore, I appoint as my executors my dear son Jacob Truckenmiller and my friend David Strauss and give them Power of Attorney. 
After my death my estate is to be divided among my children in the above said manner and I herewith declare my will and Testament lawful As proof of that do I, the said Sebastian Truckenmiller - in presence of the witnesses called by me sign my last Will and Testament on the day and year as above mentioned 

(sign) Sebastian Truckenmiller 
Sealed and declared by the said Sebastian Truckenmiller as his last Will and Testament, In my presence. 
Jacob Bortz Frederick Frederick 


1795 - Sebastian Died
1 Feb
Age: 79
Upper Milford Twp, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Age 79

1795 - Probate
26 Feb

Burial
1795
Feb
Zionsville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Dan & I drove to see this tombstone - in the backyard of a ranch style home, just a few feet away from a swingset. It is very difficult to read.

In 2012 Dan and I went on a hunt to locate this stone - which is in the back yard of a ranch style home, a few feet from their swingset.  It is very difficult to read, and yet it is still an impressive stone.

In a secluded spot, in a field on the farm of the late Jacob Nuss, at Koch's schoolhouse, in Upper Milford township, Lehigh Co., Pa., lie the remains of this pioneer and Revolutionary war soldier and his wife. He is called "Captain" Truckenmiller. For the benefit of their many descendants a verbatim copy of the inscriptions on their tombstones is herewith given:

Hier ruhet
Sebastian Truckenmiller
Geboren den 1 Aug. 1715,
Gestorben den 1st Feb.
1795 Alt. 79 Jahr, 6 m.
Leichten Text Elmaz 26, 19-20.

Hier ruhet
Catharina Truckenmiller,
ein geborene Schmuck-
brucken geboren den 1st Jenner,
1719 gestorben d. 30 Sept.
1793. Alt 74 jabr 9 m.
7 da. Lied Las die
todten auferstehen den
letzen tage.
Text 2 Tim. 4-7 and 8.

-Floyd's History of North'd County


"is buried in a field on the Jacob Nuss farm near the Koch schoolhouse,"

Birth: Aug. 1, 1715, Germany
Death: Feb. 1, 1795
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA

born in Berwangen, Germany
see Immigrants from Northern Kraichgau, PA German Soc, Vol 16


wife is Catharine Schambach (recorded on same stone). This stone is on private property in Lehigh County. 

1801 - Settlement Of Will
12 Mar



 Original documents can be found at the County of Northampton Register of Wills Northampton County Government Center 669 Washington Street Easton Pennsylvania 18042-7485 number 1681. Actually there are two Wills in the Registers Office, one the original and one a copy. The copy was made, along with other Wills of that time, when the originals became faded. Will is written in German and contains Sebastian's signature. The Probate portion, including the Inventory, was written in English. Some portions could not be read due to the handwriting, so marked with A? for each word. Some portions could not be read because scotch tape was used to hold the Will together and with age obscured the writing, so marked with B? The Inventory was written in 'two columns on one page, the term "bring it over" marks the top of the second column. Amounts are recorded in pounds, shillings, pence. There are 12 pence to the shilling and 20 shillings to the pound. 


Will was written  Oct. 21, 1793 
Sebastian died  Feb. 01, 1795 
Inventory was performed  Feb. 3, 1795 
will was probated  Feb. 26, 1795 
Exhibited  Aug. 24, 1795 
Settlement took place  Mar. 12, 1801. 


As true inventory, of all goods, credits, and all effects, whatsoever, belonging to the Estate of Sebastian Truckenmiller, of Upper Milford Township County of Northampton, and State of Pennsylvania, Deceased: A? by the subscribers Michael Keinert and Rudolph Lorosch, this 3rd day of February Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and ninety five B? 
cash money 
1n pounds wittl interest in A? 
in pounds payable in termins A?, A? and bedsteads 
a Bible in folio 
a quantity of books 3 A? chest 
2 cows 
2 stove 
a SWlne 
3 chair 
a fire chair 
a craft and hand saw a broad ax and ctlisel press A?, and A? A? 
a broad ax, auger 
a spinning wheel 
a grubbing hoe 
a shock hay 
-2 hay fork 
a pitch fork and mattlock for wedge and iron 
a A? 
a pantry 
a wardrobe 
2 table and chairs 2 chisel and hammer a small cask 
for hogshead 
for barrel and small cask A? and pail 
a frying pan and other goods for iron pots 
a churn and other goods a iron pot 

3 pewter tankard for 5 pewter dish 16 pewter plates





Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Sebastian Truckenmiller deceased Exhibited 24th August 1795 
The account of Jacob Truckenmiller and David Strauss executors of the last Will and Testament of Sebastian Truckenmiller, late of Upper Milford township in the County of Northampton. Yeoman deceased as well of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits which were of the said deceased at the time of his death and which come into the hands and possession of the said accountants and their several payments and disbursements made out of the same A? 
The said accountants charge themselves with all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of which were of the said deed specified and contained in an inventory and appraisement thereof exhibited into and remaining in the Registers Office and amounting to 829 pounds, 17 shillings, 9 pence 
item - The said accountants crave allowance several payments and disbursements made out #By cash for John Arndt case Reg. 
for letters A? 
#By A? The Register for examing filing this acct. copy and seal #By A? for stating the same 
for their of the same 
A? 

: 18: 9 7: 6 2: 8: 9 
By allowance to the accts. commissions #By A? on Recording 829 pounds, 
17 shillings, 9 pence A? 
#By A? on paying 2 pounds, 7 shillings, 9 pence A? 

Balance in the hands of the accts. 
0: 2: 7 41:12:7 44: 1:4 785:16:5 829:17:9 
On the 24 th day of August anno domini 1795 before me the subscriber one of the Justice of the Peace in and for the county of Northampton, came the within named Michael Keinert Rudolph Larosh X upon A? A? A? A? A? A? A? affirmation to declare and say that they appraised all things as it was brought before them to the best of their understanding 
Sworn before me the B? 


Northampton County on the 26th day of February in the year of our Lord 1795 before me John Arndt Register for the Probate of wills in the foresaid county personally came Jacob Bortz and Frederick Frederick the witness to the within written last Will and Testament of Sebastian Truckenmi11er deceased who being duly sworn did respectively depose and say ttlat they were present and did see and hear the said testator sign seal publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament, and that at the doing thereof he the said testator was of sound mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief and also that they these deponents subscribed their respective name and mark to the same as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the said testator and in the presence of each other witness my hand John Arndt Register 

Research:

Sebastian Druckenmiller born August 1 1715 died February 1 1795 lived in Upper Miltofr and is burid in a field on the Jacob Nuss farm near the Koch schoolhouse, which his wife catherine Schambach born January 1 1719 died Sept 30 1793. Thier children were: George, Valentines, Sebastian, Elisabeth, Wife of Jacob Wetzel, Jacob, Margaret wife of Peter Klock, Catherine wife of Jochn Wetzel, and Eva wife of Peter Rothenberger Lehigh County Proceedings Pub 1906 Lehigh County Proceedings, published 1906 showing Trukenmiller and Klock relationship
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 Another pink, the John and William, brought Johan Sebastian Truckenmiller, age 17,   possibly his future wife Catharina Schambach, age 13, and two of Johan Sebastian’s brothers, all of whom had started their journey in Berwangen, Germany, from Rotterdam to Philadelphia also. They are part of our Hittle line.  Descendant Timothy R. Conrad of Allentown, Pennsylvania has found a report that during the journey the ship was taken over by passengers dissatisfied with the conditions, the deaths by starvation and the length of the voyage.  A total of 44 passengers died, including one-year-old Magdalena Truckenmiller.
     The Pennsylvania Gazette reported:

     No. 203 Custom House, Philadelphia
     Entered Inwards Sloop John & William
    Constable Tymperton, From Dover.  Philadelphia, Oct. 19, 1732

Sunday last arrived here Capt. Tymberton, in 17 weeks from Rotterdam, with 220  Palatines [people who lived along the Rhine River in Germany], 44 died in the Passage.   About three weeks ago, the Passengers, dissatisfied with the length of the voyage, were so imprudent as to make a Mutiny, and being the stronger Party have ever since had the Government of the Vessel, giving Orders from among themselves to the Captain and Sailors, who were threatened with Death in case of Disobedience.  Thus having Sight of Land, they carried the Vessel twice backwards and forwards between our Capes and Virginia, looking for a place to go ashore they knew not where.  At length they compelled the Sailors to cast Anchor near Cape May, and five of them took the boat by force and went ashore from whence they have been five Days coming up by Land to this place, where they found the Ship arrived.  Those concerned in taking the Boat are committed to Prison.
Although we do not know if Sebastian Truckenmiller was imprisoned because of the mutiny, by 1750 he owned 40 acres of land in Upper Milford township of Bucks county, now Lehigh county, the same area settled by the Hittles and the Kerchners.  At the time of the French and Indian War, in 1758, he is recorded as selling a horse.  A year later he joined other inhabitants of Upper Milford township in a petition that complained that a road had been laid out in the township that would cut through their properties in a “bad manner” and would ruin their lands.  Another of the signers was George Schambach, who likely was the brother or father of Sebastian’s wife.  Sebastian was listed as a cordwainer when he and his wife sold their land to their son, Jacob, a millwright, in 1788.  Jacob later moved to McEwensville in Northumberland county, where descendants still live today.
Copies of Sebastian Truckenmiller’s will and probate can be found at the county government center in Easton, according to Heather Truckenmiller, wife of a descendant.  The will is written in German and has Sebastian’s signature, but the probate portion was written in English.  Some portions are not legible because of the quality of the handwriting and others because old scotch tape has obscured the handwriting.  Sebastian died in 1795, but apparently the estate was not settled until 1801.  Of the legible items listed in his estate—which offer a glimpse of his lifestyle—are cash, bedsteads, a Bible, a “quantity of books,” three chests, two cows, two stoves, a swine, three chairs, a craft and hand saw, a broad ax and chisel, a broad ax and auger, a spinning wheel, a grubbing hoe, two hay forks, a pitchfork and mattlock for wedge and iron, a pantry, a wardrobe, two tables and two chairs, a small cask for hogshead, a frying pan, iron pots, a churn, an iron pot, three pewter tankards, five pewter dishes, 16 pewter plates, 20 pewter spoons, potters ware, tea kettle, pot ladle, bedding, sheets,13 yards of linen, bushels of buckwheat.  His will gave each of his sons, including our Jacob, 15 pounds of “good gold or silver currency.”  The remainder of the estate was to be divided equally among his sons and daughters.  He requested that “all my effects and books are not to be sold in a public [auction?], but should as well as possible be divided among my children.”   Jacob and a friend of Sebastian were named as executors.  It appears that the total appraised value of the estate was 829 pounds, 17 shillings, 9 pence.
Hittle & Wagner In Early America, (How others Arrived in America), by James L. Spiker 01/15/2006.
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Sebastian (Captain) Truckenmiller
VALENTINE S. TRUCKENMILLER, merchant miller of Delaware township, Northumberland county, is a native of the district in which he lives, born Aug. 23, 1843. His ancestors have lived there for several generations, and we give the family record from the time it was founded in this country. The family has become numerous in eastern and central Pennsylvania, and the name is often found corrupted into Druckenmiller, the Berks county branch spelling it so. The ancestor of the Northumberland family, Sebastian Truckenmiller, spelled it with a "T," however, and that seems to be the correct form.
Sebastian Truckenmiller came to America on the pink "John and William," of Sunderland, Constable Tymperton, master, from Rotterdam, which qualified at Philadelphia Oct. 17, 1732. On the original list of passengers (Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. XVII, Second Series, pages 72- 73) his name is given as Sebastian and Bastian, and his wife's name as Catarina. In a secluded spot, in a field on the farm of the late Jacob Nuss, at Koch's schoolhouse, in Upper Milford township, Lehigh Co., Pa., lie the remains of this pioneer and Revolutionary war soldier and his wife. He is called "Captain" Truckenmiller. For the benefit of their many descendants a verbatim copy of the inscriptions on their tombstones is herewith given:

Hier ruhet
Sebastian Truckenmiller
Geboren den 1 Aug. 1715,
Gestorben den 1st Feb.
1795 Alt. 79 Jahr, 6 m.
Leichten Text Elmaz 26, 19-20.

Hier ruhet
Catharina Truckenmiller,
ein geborene Schmuck-
brucken geboren den 1st Jenner,
1719 gestorben d. 30 Sept.
1793. Alt 74 jabr 9 m.
7 da. Lied Las die
todten auferstehen den
letzen tage.
Text 2 Tim. 4-7 and 8.
Among the many children of the pioneer were John, Jacob, Christian, George, Charles and Frederick; there were also daughters.
The Federal census of 1790 mentions a number of Truckenmillers.   Christian Trickymillar had died by that time, but his family, consisting of his widow and six daughters and three sons who were under sixteen years old, were residents of Northumberland county.
George Truckenmiller, according to the Federal census of 1790, was a resident of Hereford township, Berks county, his family consisting of himself and wife, one son, and one daughter.
Charles Truckenmiller, according to the same authority, was a resident of Hereford township; family consisted of father and mother, three sons over sixteen years of age, four daughters, and one slave.
John Truckenmiller (Jno. Junior) was head of a family of Rockland township, Berks county, consisting of himself and wife, one son above sixteen, and two under sixteen, and three daughters.
(There are sons bearing these three names, George, Charles and John, in Sebastian Truckenmiller's family, but according to one account these three are said to be the sons of Johan Michael Truckenmiller, who emigrated in 1742, coming in the ship "Francis and Elizabeth.")
In 1790 Sebastian Truckenmiller, the emigrant, lived in Upper Milford, Northampton (now Lehigh) Co., Pa., had wife, but no children left at home.
Jacob Truckenmiller the same year lived in that place and had family consisting of himself and wife, two sons over sixteen, one son under sixteen, and two daughters.
There also lived in 1790 in Upper Milford a George Trockenmiller, family consisting of himself and wife, one son and two daughters.
John Truckenmiller died in the latter part of January, 1799, in Northumberland county, Pa., an account of his estate being filed Feb. 2, 1799. Michael Meiser was named the administrator.
In 1802, among the list of taxables in Mahantango township, Schuylkill Co., Pa., appeared the names of Valentine and Michael Truckenmiller.
Frederick Truckenmiller moved from Berks county to Penn township, Northumberland (now Snyder) county, at an early period. He died shortly before March 29, 1796, and his last will and testament, on record in Will Book 1, page 86, provides as follows for his "dearly beloved wife" Christina: Ten acres of land on north side of Middle Creek, one hundred pounds of lawful money, choice of one cow, six sheep. The executors were wife Christina, George Motz and Adam Bohlander. The children of Frederick and Christina Truckenmiller were: John Frederick, Peter, Mary, Elizabeth, Margaret, Christina, Catarina, Maghtalena and Barbarah.
Jacob Truckenmiller, evidently son of Sebastian, was born Aug. 29, 1759, in lower Berks county, and came to Northumberland county before the Revolution, settling in Delaware township, where his descendants still live. He was the pioneer of the family in this immediate locality, and being a millwright and miller by calling built the original Truckenmiller mill, selecting the site now owned by his great-grandson, Valentine S. Truckenmiller. He died Aug. 23, 1823, at McEwensville and is buried there, in the old upper cemetery. In religion he was a Lutheran. His account, entered Sept. 9, 1823, in Will Book 2, page 442, mentions sons Jacob, Solomon, George, Samuel, and also Mrs. Mary Truckenmiller, probably his wife. The executors were Solomon Truckenmiller and Henry Reader. The account was filed in the Register's office. As shown by tombstone records, Jacob's wife was named Annamaria, and she was born Jan. 16, 1763, and died July 27, 1843. Their children were: Solomon, mentioned below; Jacob, born March 22, 1790, who died April 15, 1880 (his wife, Sarah, died Oct. 3, 1873, aged seventy-six years, one month, fifteen days); George; and Samuel, born in 1803, who died in 1883 (his wife, Sarah, born in 1805, died in 1895).
Solomon Truckenmiller, son of Jacob, was born June 11, 1785, and lived in Delaware township, Northumberland county, near McEwensville, where he had a farm of 120 acres, this property remaining in the family name until 1903. He died on that place Nov. 7, 1857. Mr. Truckenmiller was a Lutheran in religious faith, a member of the church at McEwensville, which he served in official capacities for many years. He was a tall man, of medium build, and light complexion. His wife, Eve, died Sept. 21, 1864, aged eighty years, seven months, twenty-seven days. Their children were as follows: Edmund, Charles and Solomon are all mentioned below; Mary (Polly) married John Clapp and they lived in Lewis township, Northumberland county; Susan died Dec. 25, 1895, aged seventy-three years, six months, fifteen days, unmarried; Rebecca died July 7, 1886, aged sixty years, three months, eleven days, unmarried; Sarah married Jonathan Strause and lived in Montour county; Elizabeth married David Dieffenbacher and lived in Delaware township.
Edmund Truckenmiller, born in Delaware township, was a farmer there for many years, at the time of his death owning two farms, one of 145 acres and one of 120 acres. He was enterprising and intelligent in his agricultural work, and was not only admired for his ability but esteemed for the many sterling traits which made his influence strong in the community. He was a Lutheran, active in church work, and helped to build the Union church at McEwensville, donating liberally toward the expenses of its construction. He served as deacon and elder. Mr. Truckenmiller was a resident of McEwensville the last thirty years of his life, dying May 16, 1889, aged seventy-eight years, eleven months, twenty-five days. Few citizens of his locality were more generally missed, and he was held in the greatest respect by all who knew him. Politically he was a Republican. His wife, Mary (Schmeck), whose family came from Berks county, died Oct. 17, 1876, aged sixty-nine years, two months, eighteen days. Eleven children were born to this couple, of whom Eliza died unmarried; Edmund died young; Solomon; Malinda married Ephraim Leinbach; Daniel lives retired at Watsontown; Rachel died unmarried; Dr. William is at Allenwood, Union Co., Pa.; Calvin is a resident of Centerville, Mich.; Valentine S. lives in Delaware township.
Valentine S. Truckenmiller received his early education in the common schools of his native township, later attending McEwensville Academy and a commercial college at Elmira, N. Y., from which he was graduated in 1863. Until 1874 Mr. Truckenmiller followed the business of cattle broker, being thus engaged in Chicago and other western places, and in that year he purchased the old Truckenmiller mill and homestead site in Delaware township, near Watsontown, where he has since been established. There are thirty-six acres of land attached to the mill property. When he purchased the mill he remodeled it throughout, installing the most modern machinery and bringing the capacity up to one hundred barrels daily, and he commands the principal trade in his line in the upper part of Northumberland county, producing high-grade flour, which he ships all over eastern and central Pennsylvania, the demand being particularly large in the coal regions. The popular brands are Satin, Boss and Queen, and five men are kept constantly employed. The mill is now conducted by the firm of V. S. Truckenmiller & Son, Mr. Truckenmiller's son Frank E. being in partnership with him. They also deal in grain and mill feed of all kinds. Mr. Truckenmiller has become interested in other business matters in his section, and was one of the organizers of the Farmers National Bank of Watsontown, of which he has been a director ever since. He has been active in various projects affecting the general welfare and is a leading citizen of his section. He is a member of the Presbyterian church at Watsontown, and socially belongs to Warrior Run Lodge, No. 401, F. & A.M., of Watsontown, and to Warrior Run Chapter, R.A.M. Politically he is a Republican, and during the Civil war he was in the Union service, enlisting from Watsontown in 1861 in Company B, 131st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, with which he served nine months.
In 1870 Mr. Truckenmiller married Sarah E. Montgomery, daughter of William and Mary (Caldwell) Montgomery, of McEwensville, and to them were born two children, Frank E. and William S. Mrs. Truckenmiller died Nov. 7, 1890, aged forty-eight years, and is buried at Watsontown.
Frank E. Truckenmiller, son of Valentine S. Truckenmiller, is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and conducted a drug store at Williamsport, Pa., for five years. He sold out on account of his health, and since 1902 has been associated with his father, being the junior member of the firm of V. S. Truckenmiller & Son. He is a thirty-second degree Mason.
Charles Truckenmiller, son of Solomon, was born Sept. 20, 1813, and lived in Delaware township, where he followed farming. He had an eighty-acre property near McEwensville. His wife, Susanna (Dieffenbacher), born Sept. 20, 1820, died May 2, 1892. Mr. Truckenmiller died Feb. 13, 1893. They had children as follows: Augustus, of Catawissa, Pa., a musician; George, who lives in Dakota; Henry, of Dakota; Elizabeth, married and living in Scranton, Pa.; and Ella, married and living in Dakota. The three who settled in the west have all done well and all the members of the family are in prosperous circumstances.
Solomon Truckenmiller, son of Solomon, lived near McEwensville in Delaware township, where he had a small farm and followed agricultural pursuits. He married Eliza Strab, and they had two children: Peter, who died at Milton, Pa.; and Isaac, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mr. Truckenmiller died Oct 9, 1896, aged seventy-six years, six months, nineteen days; his wife died Jan. 15, 1892, aged sixty years, eight months, seven days.
Jacob E. Truckenmiller (son of Jacob) of Company B, 131st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, died in hospital at Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 15, 1882, aged thirty-five years, nine months, twenty-two days.
As previously mentioned, some branches of the family spell the name Druckenmiller. Of these, Michael Druckenmiller, millwright, of Hereford township, Berks county, was said to be a descendant of the Charles Truckenmiller who in 1790 lived in Hereford township. Michael's children were: Daniel, Enos, Clara, Hannah, Lucy and Elizabeth.
Enos Druckenmiller (as he wrote his name), son of Michael, was born Dec. 14, 1821, and died March 29, 1899, at Zieglersville in Upper Milford township, Lehigh Co., Pa., his death being caused by apoplexy. He is buried in the Lutheran cemetery at that place, and was long an active worker in the church, in all its departments; serving as elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the building committee when the new church was erected. For many years he was director of a singing school. Mr. Druckenmiller was a prosperous farmer and mechanic all his life, owning several farms. He was a Democrat in politics, and served nine years as school director of Hereford township, Berks county. He married Elizabeth N. Desch, daughter of George and Margerite (Marsteller) Desh, and they had a large family, namely: Benneville died of measles and brain fever when twenty-two years old; Rev. Joel settled about 188O in Michigan, where he serves a charge at Rogers City; Tilghman married Barbara Frey; Elizabeth married Milton Kleinsmith; Henry, now of Atlanta, Ga., married Ellen Wagonhorst; David married Katie Nuss and lives at Sellersville, Pa.; Benjamin D. is a resident of Kutztown, Pa.; Emma died of diphtheria in her ninth year; Mama married William Weiss and (second) Hiram Walker; Susanna married Benjamin Brey; Rosa married Allen W. Sheimer; Sallie married John Sweitzer; George D. is a Lutheran minister; Maggie married William Shubert; Laura married Richard Reese; Annie married Allen Snyder.
Rev. George D. Druckenmiller, son of Enos, graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1894, and then entered Mount Airy Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated three years later. He was ordained at Lancaster June 14, 1897, by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania and adjacent states, and in July of the same year took charge of the Freeburg parish, in Snyder county, to which he had been called. Three years later he received a call to the Freemansburg charge, in Northampton county, in May, 1900, and there he had a very successful pastorate, during which a house of worship was erected and the membership greatly increased. On Dec. 1, 1905, he accepted an urgent call to Nazareth, where a $40,000 church was erected during his incumbency and 325 new members added to the church roll. He resigned to accept a unanimous call to Hamburg, where he took charge of St. John's Lutheran Church Sept. 1, 1910. He has made many friends during his brief service at that church. Mr. Druckenmiller married Ellen J. Lerch, of Allentown, Pennsylvania. http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/northumberland/bios2
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  Genealogical & Biographical Annals of
  Northumberland County
  by J. L. Floyd, 1911.


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Accounts of Truckenmiller Families in 18th Century Berks County, Pennsylvania
Source: Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, Pennsylvania: Embracing a Concise History of the County and a Genealogical Record of Representative Families  Volume II: Biographical  page:1527
Compiled by Morton L. Montgomery  Published in 1909 by J.H. Beers and Company, Chicago, Illinois
   The original form of the name was Truckenmiller, but in some way the first letter became changed to "D". The following immigrants of the name Truckenmiller are recorded in the Pennsylvania Archives as having come to Pennsylvania:
   Sebastian Truckenmiller and wife Catherine came on the ship "Pink" in 1738.
   John Michael Truckenmiller came on the ship "Francis and Elizabeth" in 1742.
   Jon Ludwig Truckenmiller came on the ship "Robert and Alice" in 1742.
   Peter Truckenmiller came on the ship "Beulah" in 1766.
   The ferderal census report of 1790 records George Truckenmiller a resident of Hereford Township, Berks County, Pa. In that year, he had a son who was under sixteen years of age and one daughter. The same report records Charles Truckenmiller as also of Hereford Township and the head of a family consisting of nine members, four males and five females. The same report records John Truckenmiller as a resident of Rockland Township, which adjoined Hereford, as the head of a family made up of a father and mother, one son, two sons under sixteen years of age and three females. George, Charles and John Truckenmiller are said to be the sons of John Michael Truckenmiller who landed in Philadelphia on the ship "Francis and Elizabeth" on September 21, 1742.

   Berks County Records show that in 1801 letters of administration were granted for Frederick Truckenmiller to Louisa Truckenmiller, probably his wife.
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Notes from Patsy Hittle Gore - 
Sebastion Truckenmiller married to Catherine 
Pennsylvania German Society; Volumes 38-39.; 1930. p. 431.
On it were Sebastian Truckenmiller, born Aug. 1, 1715, died Feb. 1, 1795.
 He is buried in a field, formerly his own land, in Lehigh county. 
Some of his descendants settled in Northumberland county.

Sebastian Truckenmiller applying for a Patent of 197 Acres of Land said to be Surveyed on one Warrant to himself dated 4th April, 1750, and another to William Deeter dated in 1739 which last mentioned Warrant cannot now be found nor any .. Pennsyvlania Archives p. 590.
Pennyslvnia German Society; Volume 7. pp.449-450. Philip Wetzel FLORES (1832).
His father, Peter Heiser Flores March 20, 1792-Oct 1, 1865 m: Elizabeth Wetzel July 22, 1804-July 11, 1889) Oldest Dau of Philip Truckeniller Wetzel, by whom he had two sons and Fou daughters -- Maria m: Jacob Carl, Anna m: Willougby Staudt, Lydia m: George Kerwer, Elizabeth m: John G. Rosenberry, He was 8th child by occupation a weaver and farmer, inheriting part of the old Farm.
his grandfather Philip Truckenmiller Wetzed Dec 25, 1773-Jan 27, 1863 m: Elizabeth SCHAUB April 9, 1783-Feb 23, 1871, dau of Hans Schaub and had issue six sons and six Daughters.
On his Maternal side his g.grandfather, Johann George WETZEL, emigrated 1764, m: Catharina dau. Sebastian Truckenmiller, ...  he was a wheelright and reformed Church. http://books.google.com/books?id=cxkUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA450&dq=Truckenmiller+Upper+Milford& hl=en&ei=XHWQTtuEI_SJsALR3cCMAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&sqi=2& ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Truckenmiller%20Upper%20Milford&f=false .

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