|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1727, Germany|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 1806|
From the files of Peter Shrope pssr.charm.net
Johann Christopher Schropp, Sr., was born on 18 February, 1727, in the village of Oberowisheim, Germany, in the state of Baden where his father, Hans Jerg Schropp, Sr. (1685) and his father before him, Andreas had lived.
All three generations of this family had attended the Lutheran Church where on 18 June, 1749, Johann Christopher Schropp married Catharina Henrica Scheiblein. The records of his birth and marriage can be found in the Parish Register of the old Lutheran Church in Oberowisheim. (now on micro-film) Christopher was 22 years old when he married.
In late summer of 1751 Christopher and his bride boarded the ship "Neptune". John Mason from Rotterdam was the Commander. They were on their way to a new life in America! Their final European stop was at Cowes, England on the Isel of Wight.
The ship arrived at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, 24 September, 1751. All passengers were taken to the court house to take their oath of allegiance and the usual qualifications and subscribe them. Their certificates were signed by William Peters, Esq. He signed his name "Christoph Shropp" to the immigration documents. The record of his arrival is noted in two books, "Pennsylvania German Pioneers" by Ralph Beaver Strassburger and W. J. Hinke, in Volume I, page 469 and in "A Collection of Upwards of 30,000 Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776" by Israel Daniel Rupp, on page 262. There were 284 passengers on the ship "Neptune". Women and children were not included on the passenger list.
Johann Martin Schrob was born on 02 July, 1753, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was baptized at St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Fifth Street and Appletree Alley on 08 July, 1753 by Pastor Henry Melchoir Muhlenburg. Sponsors were John Martin Obersteg and Anna Cathrina.
The congregation of St. Michael's Evangelical Church was the largest of the numerous churches in the city. It was also the poorest because a large portion of the members were indentured servants. Very few of it's members settled as permanent residents of the city; as soon as they had completed their terms of indenture they usually would move on to seek secure property for themselves.
Between 1754 and 1758 Christopher and his his little family moved to Greenwich township in Phillipsburg, then Sussex County, New Jersey. Here Peter Daniel Schumacher baptized the four day old son, Andreas on 19 November, 1758. There can be no doubt that this is the same family for Schumacher wrote the names of the parents as Johann Christopher Schrob and Henrica. This record can be found in the publication of the Pennsylvania German Society (1968) Volume I, page 249. Christopher, Jr. was born in Phillipsburg on 02 November, 1961.
The next record found for Christopher, Sr. is on the list of communicants for St. James Lutheran "Straw" Church in Greenwich township Phillipsburg on 18 May, 1776. The thatched roof on the log edifice earned it the nickname of "Straw" church. Early in it's history it had been affiliated with St. Michael's of Philadelphia and it's first pastor, from 1769 to 1773, was Peter Muhlenburg, son of Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg.
In the book "Revolutionary War Soldier of New Jersey" by Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Christopher, Sr., Ferdinand, Christopher, Jr. and Martin are all listed as "rateable" from Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Andrew Shrope is listed in the same company as his brother Christopher, Jr. in the book "New Jersey in 1793" by James S. Norton.
From the New Jersey Rateable, Hunterdon County, Bethlehem township for June, 1778 and September, 1780 on page 121 we find Christopher Shrope, house-holder and Chris. Jr., a single man, 12 acres, 4 horses, 4 horned cattle and 1 hog.
In the papers of attorney John Emley on file at the Hunterdon County Historical Society at Flemington, New Jersey we find a copy of a seven year land lease between John Emley and Christopher Shrope with his son Ferdinand, dated 24, March, 1782 for 146 acres of land. However, in 1785 Christopher Schropp, Sr. paid a land tax of two shillings nine pense in Pinegrove township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
In the Schrope family history by James Monroe Schrope in the 1932 book of Hegins Valley Homecoming he writes: he often heard his Aunt Anna Holdeman tell that three brothers came over from Europe, sailing from England, during the Revolutionary War; one settled in New Jersey, one in Berks County near Reading, and the other, Christoph in Pinegrove Township Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Christopher Srope (1761 - 1848)*
Jacobs Lutheran Church Cemetery
Created by: Beverly Osman Morris
Record added: Jul 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94136710
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