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History of the Populating of Philadelphia  [years 1682, 1698, 1700, 1776, 1800, 2000 and details in between ]
The evolving population and description of Philadelphia is presented allowing us to imagine the Philadelphia our forebears encountered and presents the known history of our foreears wiithin the cities details .  The timelines and histories on which it depends are given in Sources, and Links and provide much more information than this page provides. Scattered within the information are comments on years of arrival to the port of our immigrants. 

Our Surnames of Philadelphia [Presented at end of text] 
Philadelphia holds great importance as an urban and governmental center in colonial and revolutionary history. But beyond this, Phily was the port into which nearly all  of  our Pennsylvania immigrants, arrived. They were recorded in Ship's lists there, took the Oath of Allegiance there, were often naturalized there, and in some instances made the town their home. Others tarried briefly, arranging the necessary , buying the right to land, gather items, doing what they must  to allow their pioneering into Pennsylvania's  frontier or to allow them  meet other members of their larger social group known in Europe and to settle amongst them in their new country. Philadelphia has relevance to both the Howard allied  and the Swope and Allied lines
    We have amongst our forebears in the Howard allied Ascendancy persons of wealth and influence arriving in the early Quaker immigration commencing 1680 and who remained significant to Philadelphia and the history of Pennsylvania itself until  about 1800 at which time our direct of the Howard allied Philadelphians removed to Virginia. Our Howard allied surnames in Philadelphia are detailed here and gateway to their own pages given. 
In the Swope and Allied lines,  all our direct immigrant forebears whose date and port of entry is known arrived to the port of Philadelphia minus two  [James and Polly McCurdy   who planned to go there, but the ship went off course landing at the mouth of the James, from which they travelled north to Penna, and Otto Reincecke, the last of our German forebears, who arrived to  Baltimore in 1868 and married in America a Penna German named Ella Meals born in Adams County, Penna and with long Adams County Pertinence in both her maternal and paternal lines]. Unlike the Howard allied  in our lines, our Swope and Allied families   were part of the western migration occuring in the southernmost aspect of Pennsylvania, although a few families DID have precense in Philadelphia; The few families in the Swope allied ascendancy who remained in Philadelphia are here detailed with gateway to their own pages likewise provided.  Eventually those directs of Philadelphia are absorbed into the families who migrated west. 
Image from The Virtual Museum of Surveying. Anthony Ham pages

History of the Populating of Philadelphia
[ Broad and pertinent entries years 1682, 1698, 1700, 1776, 1806, 2000 and details in between ]

"The Algonquian  tribes, Delaware & Shawnee, first occupied this region, living in villages along the creeks & rivers before the first Europeans arrived.  Village populations  ranged from 100 to 300 people, & these villages were moved frequently to support  population growth.
By 1609 Dutch and Swedish colonists had explored, traded, and farmed along the Delaware River.
In 1615 a navigator from the Netherlands viewed the land site that became  Philadelphia.
A Dutch trading post and stockade were established within the present limits of Philadelphia in 1623.
In the mid-1600's, several treaties were signed with the Indian tribes for the purchase of their lands.
Between 1643 and 1681, Swedes and Dutch settled in the area,as well as Finns and English. Most of them lived in cabins on good farming land near the  river. Fur and tobacco were their main commodities for trading." 2

  • By 1698 much had changed. Gabriel Thomas of England, published his  "Narratives of Early Penna., & West Jersey"  1698. Of the city he remarks: 
"Many fine houses  in Phila. were built of brick, of three stories high, and as many several families in each; there was also a fine Town House, Market House & Prison." He also states that "about 20 fat bullocks are killed every week, besides calves, sheep & hogs, to supply the city." .....1
     On Penn's second crossing [1699] James LOGAN accompanied him .  Logan lived with Penn at the Slate House on Second Street. After Penn returned to England, James Logan continued to live there for some time.  The house is shown to the Right. 
  • 1698: Quaker meeting House built, S. W. Corner Second and High (Market) Streets,  which was pulled down in 1755, and another erected, which was demolished in  1808. 3 
    The first and second meeting houses are those  which James Logan  attended; The second , at 3rd and Arch Streets, was where he was buried, along with his son William, also are direct. The grave is lost, and is felt to be under a parking lot.
Image info: William L. Breton, "Slate House 
of Penn in Second Street, previous to its being 
altered. so called, from the Roof and Pavement
in front being of slate." Watercolor, Athenæum 
of Philadelphia, FromBryn Mawr Colleges 
Online Collection of Breton Watercolors
Emlen[Howard Allied]  , Child[Howard Allied]  Reed[Howard Allied]  Garrett[Howard Allied],
Kirk[Howard Allied] , Logan[Howard Allied]  , Dotterer[Duddra] [Swope Allied] ,
Fisher [Fischer] [Swope Allied] , Bender [Penter] [Swope Allied] , Humichhause[Humrickhouse] [Swope Allied]
EMLEN, George   [HowardAllied Surname] to Philadelphia in 1682. His Granddaughter Hannah Emlen married William Logan of Philadelphia in 1740. Hannah's brother was George Emlen, whose silver salver is pictured to the right. 
"the George Emlen Salver, a large silver salver byRichard Humphreys of Philadelphia with engraving attributed to JamesSmither. Circa 1775, the engraved portion features the monogram of George Emlen IV, the eldest child of George and Ann Emlen of Philadelphia, who owned several residences and whose family first arrived in Philadelphia in 1682. The present example is the largest known marked Philadelphia salver of the rococo period and is of a design comparable to two pairs engraved with the Washington crest at Mount  Vernon. Several other items were purchased from Humphreys by Emlen,all en suite with the present lot, and are included in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Emlen Salver is estimated to sell for
  $200/300,000."  [Sotheby's announcement of pending auction]


CHILD, Amy    [Howard Allied Surname]
Alone Bought 500 acres from Penn, came to  America between 1681-1686 it appears. Ascendancy under research. See Bucks County and our Ancestors involved there.

REED, Charles  [Howard Allied Surname]
Said by some to be born about 1660 in Burlington NJ. Father said to be Thomas of that place. The history of Quaker occupation of Burlington and its environs seems to disallow his birth in that place, but he may have been associated with it before his marriage 1690, in Bucks County.

GARRETT , William  [Howard Allied Surname]
apparantly emmigrated to Darby , Penna. sometime before  1694.  Daughter Hannah married 1694 in Philadelphia

KIRK, Ann  [HowardAllied Surname]
apparantly emmigrated to Darby , Penna. sometime before  1694 with husband William Garrett.  Daughter Hannah married 1694 in Philadelphia. Ann's ascendancy is under research.

LOGAN, James  [Howard Allied Surname]
Arrived Phily 1699.
James Logan, a poor Quaker, emmigrated as William Penn's secretary and in company of same on Penn's second and final voyage to his Colony.  As William Penn's Secretary, this entral and most prominent of Early Pennsylvania Citizens: agent, book-keeper, steward, Surveyor and Receiver General, Councillor, and later Judge and Governor, early, and largely due to his role as Surveyor, became 'the wealthiest man in the colonies" and his book collection, the then largest in all the colonies, was often accessed by a young Ben Franklin, and was by James Logan presented to the city of Philadelphia. It is because of him, a remarkably able diplomat  on behalf of his employer with the native American population, that the Mingo Chief James Logan took that name. It is also because of him that the Delaware [Lenni Lenape] felt cheated in "the Walking Treaty" , were forced to the west, encountered the French in the Ohio Valley, and came back in the 1750s to terrorize the frontier and sparsely inhabited interior of colonial Pennsylania. He also is credited with being the inventor of the Conestoga wagon, bringing worth beyond  now understood alliance  with our other pioneering American lines. Beyond being an avid reader, he was a writer in Scientific Journals, a translator of texts from Latin, and , as a result of his guidance to Linneaus in botanical knowledge, his close friend and correspondant, "had named for  him an order of herbs and shrubs 'Loganiaceae', containing thirty genera in over three hundred and fifty species. He was a close student of scientific phenomena and contributed a number of papers, now in the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, on the result of his scientific observations " [John W Jordan, L.LD, Colonial & Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania; Geneological and Personal Memoires, Vol. I]  His line does not appear, as some will claim, to align directly with the Logans of Restalrig  in which line existed the 7th Laird of Restailrig,  dug from his grave, hauled into court,  and posthumously attainted  being found guilty of conspiracy  to  kidnap James VI of Scotland, later James I , of England in the earliest years of the 17th century. That Logan line rises directly to the the protective and intimate side of the Scots Kings of the  early14th century  and  misty,  unsubstantiated claims are made that Admiral Logan of the late 14th married a [Claimed , Unlikely ,  Unproven and probably mythological Wife  and Daughter]  Stewart Princess, dtr of Robert II Scotland.
James Logan does, however,  rise through his maternal heritage into the Peerage of Scotland and some of its most notable names, including DUNDAS, DOUGLAS, HAMILTON , FRASER, De HAYA, HOME etc. See Pennsylvania and our Pennsylvanians,  and Our Peers and Royals Within the Vines.
James Logan's son William Logan, also our direct, continued service to the Penn family, acting as provincial councellor and their attorney. He married Hannah Emlen, daughter of our first Pennsylvania Immigrant, mentioned above.

DOTTERER, George Philip [Sometimes found as George Philip DUDRA]  [SwopeAllied Surname]
died 1741 Frederick Township, Philadelphia County, penna. His wife, Veronica   died 1752 Frederick Twp., Philadelphia  [no anscendancy known for her]  Surname precense to 1726: This husband and wife team came from Germany to Penna. Their son Michael died in FrederickTownship, Montgomery County, Penna. in 1786. [Montgomery County is located approximately twenty miles west of Center City Philadelphia, and the county was formed in 1784 from Philadelphia]  Michael's daughter,  our direct, Anna Sophia, was born In philadelphia in 1726. She died in Littlestown Penna in 1790.

FISHER, Anna Maria . [SwopeAllied Surname]
Present   by 1726 when she bore Anna Sophia DOTTERER in Philadelphia to her husband Michael DOTTERER, son of George Philip above.Anna Maria and her husband are said to have married in Pennsylvania.  [no anscendancy known for her]  She died 1781 in FrederickTownship, Montgomery County, Penna.

BENDER, Jacob [the Senior] [Penter]    [SwopeAllied Surname]
appears to have arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. He was a cordwaine in Philadelphia. His son, also named Jacob, married Catharine /Anna SCHNEIDER, and they produced our direct, sister to the Bender brothers who   founded Bendersville, Adams County Pennsylvania. Our direct likewise lived in that area. See Philadelphia and our Philadelphians.

Arrived 1748 on SHip Judith to Penna. Initially residing in and around York county, Penna., John Humrickhouse  moved his family to Germantown, Pa., in 1771. Two sons and one son in law fought in the Revolution. Germantown was , at the time of his residence, apart from Philadelphia, and is now a portion of urban Philly.

Sources For This Page:
1. "An Historical Genealogical Account of Andrew Robeson"by Susan Stroud Robeson assisted by Carolin Franciscus Stroud. Compiled, Edited and Published by Kate Hamilton Osborne.  Philadelphia: J B Lippincott Company, 1916. Cites Egle's "Hist. of Pa." p. 1021.
2. USGS [U.S. Department of the Interior || U.S. Geological Survey]  Historical Information for Philadelphia
3. Philadelphia Timeline, 1646-1899 Compiled by Rudolph J. Walther [EXTENSIVE, DETAILED]

4. "An Historical Genealogical Account of Andrew Robeson"by Susan Stroud Robeson assisted by Carolin Franciscus Stroud. Compiled, Edited and Published by Kate Hamilton Osborne.  Philadelphia: J B Lippincott Company, 1916.

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6. From  Pennsylvania on the Eve of Colonization

Links Outside These Pages:

Images of Philadelphia Links:

Historical Documentation of Place in Greater Philadelphia[ images, documents, tools, and links] from Bryn Mawr College which includes
William L. Breton Views from the early part 19th century  [Watercolors, drawings, and prints at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and other locations]
See also Photographs[and Photographs page 2] taken by Robert Newell, from the Library Company of Philadelphia collection,

Journal of Early Philadelphian Closely associated with our Howard Allied Lines there:
Sally WIster's Journal [a Quaker writes  of Phila and the revolution she experienced]
Describes Philadelphia and includes mention of some of our relatives in the Logan line

Philadelphia History Links:
 A Brief History of the Town from its formation and regarding its layout and development, also
Penn's Green Country Towne (1903)By Rev. S. F. Hotchkin
Watson's Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania  Written circa 1830-1850
Pennsylvania Dutch Arts and some history on Phila
A Short History of Phladelphia  [ presented in Timeline[ A Good and brief historical timeline]
Philadelphia County, Penna from Genweb [ loads of  links relevant to Geneological Research and History required for its study]

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