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Johann Adam Walborn
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Birth: 1666, Germany
Death: unknown
Pennsylvania, USA

Johann (Hans) Adam Walborn was born circa 1666 near Wiesbaden, present-day Germany, was confirmed in 1680, and died after 1741, probably in southern Pennsylvania in the Tulpehocken Valley Settlement along Swatara Creek.

He married Anna Elizabetha Zietz/Gietz on Feb 15, 1691, according to the Mosbach-Biebrich Churchbook, near Wiesbaden, in current-day Germany.

Following their marriage, they were tenant farmers in a section of the Rhine Valley known as the Palatinate, on land owned by Egydius Sartorius.

Johann Adam Walborn was called a day-laborer at Wiesbaden in 1696, and a Hoffman in Schutzenhof in 1703, according to the Wiesbaden Churchbook.

In the summer of 1708, along with their five children, they began their immigration to America. They joined thousands of others who accepted Queen Anne of England's offer of transportation to America to establish a colony in New York.

They traveled down the Rhine River to Rotterdam, Holland, making many stops and taking considerable time. By the time they had reached Rotterdam, they were very short of provisions, and by the time they reached London, most of the families were destitute and entirely dependent upon the government.

Ten boats were filled with over three thousand fellow Germans, including the Walborn and Batdorf families.

They left England on Christmas day, 1709, and reached New York almost six months later in June of 1710. The voyage was longer because of crowding, foul air, insufficient food, and disease. Many died.

When they landed in New York, they set up and lived in tents they had brought with them from England. They remained until late autumn, when about 1400 of them moved a hundred miles up the Hudson River to Livingston Manor. (Today there is a town of Livingstonville in Schoharie County.)

At Livingston Manor, they were indentured to raise hemp and manufacture tar for England, to repay their expenses. When this enterprise proved unsuccessful, 150 families, including the Walborns and the Batdorfs, escaped the English oppression and lack of food in the autumn of 1712.

They moved about sixty miles northwest to Schoharie Valley to New Annsberg (sometimes called Schmidsdorf), having to pull their belongings on crude sleds through a forest and three feet of snow without horses or roadways. It took them three weeks to travel the sixty miles.

Johann served in the French and Indian Wars. He volunteered for the expedition against the French and served with General Nicholson at Montreal, Canada. On Jul 26, 1711, he was one of the Palatine Volunteers in the Annesbury and Queensbury Expedition against Canada.

In 1717, he had taken the Oath of Allegiance and was a volunteer from Annsburg, in what was called the East Camp, located on the east side of the Hudson River near the present site of Germantown, Dutchess County, New York.

He also fought in the defense of Albany, New York.

After living in Schoharie about ten years, 33 families of 150 people, including the Walborns and the Batdorfs, had their land and improvements taken away because of some land title defect. In the spring of 1723, they cut a road to the headwaters of the Susquehanna River and floated down the river on flatboats and canoes, driving their cattle along the banks.

In Pennsylvania, at what is now Middletown, in Dauphin County, they turned up the Swatara Creek and landed at their destination in the western part of what is now Berks County and the eastern part of what is now Lebanon County. Indians guided their journey and were their neighbors.

They settled along the Swatara Creek, about fifteen miles west of Reading in Tulpehocken in southeast Pennsylvania, and were listed as being there eighteen years later in 1741.

The children of Johann (Hans) Adam Walborn and Anna Elizabetha Zietz/Gietz were:

i Andreas David, b. ca. 1690, d. ca. 1717
*ii Christian Wilhelm, b Apr 1692, bap. Nov 27, 1692, confirmed in 1707, m. Catharina Elizabetha Batdorf on Dec 11, 1717, d. Dec 11, 1769
iii Maria Elisabetha, bap. Oct 25, 1696, confirmed Jul 19, 1710, m. Johannes Martin Batdorf (brother of Catharina Elizabetha Batdorf) on Jul 18, 1720, d. aft 1767
iv Anna Christina Elisabetha, b. Nov 24, 1700, bap. Jul 29, 1703, m. John George Loesch on Dec 15, 1721, d. Dec 17, 1782
v Johann Hermanus, b. Aug, 1707, bap. Jan 29, 1708, m. Maria Margaretha Feg on Jul 20, 1728, d. Jan 10, 1747
vi Maria Catarina, b. 1709, m. Peter Schell on Oct 6, 1730
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  Christian Wilhelm Walborn (1692 - 1769)*
  Christian Wilhelm Walborn (1692 - 1769)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Larry Cornwell
Record added: Feb 06, 2009
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