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Isaac Updegraff
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Birth: 1678
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death: Aug., 1745
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA

Isaac Updegraff (also spelled OpdenGraef) was born circa 1678 in probably Krefeld, Germany. He is not listed as a passenger on the ship CONCORD as he was under the age of 12 in 1683, and as such was counted only as half a "freight." After their arrival in Germantown, Isaac and his brother Jacob attended the Pastorius school. In 1731, Isaac inherited one-fourth of his father's 530 acres (132.5 acres) in what is now Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (Ref: Phila. D.B. C, No. 2, Vol. 3, p. 95.) It would appear that this was about the time that Isaac was preparing to leave for Coventry Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, as his name appears in the Coventry Township's tax list in 1732, 1734, and 1735. His name is found spelled Uptigrave, Updegraft, and Updegraff on these tax lists. He was referred to by many as "Isaac of Coventry." (Ref: Name index to Chester County Tax Lists - 1699-1758 & 1775-1783, & Gilbert Cope's Collection) Isaac was employed by the Potts family at their ironworks at Pine Forge and Colebrookdale. Isaac and his son, Jacob, crossed the Schuykill River to Chester County where Samuel Nutt was making iron at Coventry in partnership with William Branson and Mordecai Lincoln, the great, great grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln. One of the very earliest iron works in this country was the "Coventry Forge" established in 1716. This forge ran a sort of general store, selling and buying many things to and for families for many miles around. The furnace store ledgers called the "Pott's Manuscripts" are in the possession of the Chester County Historical Society and at one time was in the possession of Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker (and Updegraff descendant), and historian and geneaologist of long ago. The ledgers are a very valuable source of information. Isaac Updegraff had and account with the Potts from 1732 to 1745. Isaac died in August 1745. He married his wife Mary on possibly April 29, 1712. 
Family links: 
  Abraham Isacks OpdenGraef (1646 - 1731)
  Isaac Updegraff (1678 - 1745)
  Margaret Opdengraef Howe (1691 - 1755)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Information published in 1988 indicates, Isaac's year of death, 1745, was on his gravestone in the Mennonite Cemetery in Skippackville. The stone had long since disappeared but letters from earlier genealogists had described it in detail.
Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Bill Daugherty
Record added: Jan 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83457255

Thanks, Grandpa X 7!! From one of your many offspring,Barbara Updegrove Whittenbarger
- Whitt2
 Added: Sep. 2, 2015
In Memory of my 6th Great Grandfather.
- Max E. Rockafellow
 Added: Nov. 4, 2014
In memory of my 8th great grandfather
- Chip Miller
 Added: Jun. 27, 2012
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