|Birth: ||1729, Germany|
SPELLING VARIATIONS: Echard, Echart, Ecert, ECKERT, ECKHARDT, Eckhardt, Ackard(t),
George Adam ECKHART was actually buried along with wife on the ECKHART Farm near the present day Eckhart Mines Cemetery.
BIRTH: c1729 ?Palitinate-Pfalz(Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany
MARRD: 16DEC1755 Indianfield Lutheran, Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA Anna Maria WITTMEYER
OTHER RESIDENCES: Montgomery County was separated from Philadelphia Co. PA in 1787. Frederick Co. MD
RELIGION: Christ Church, Cumberland, Allegany Co, MD now St. Paul's Lutheran
-2 Elizabeth m STEYER
-3 ?Peter 21DEC1762MD-
-4 ?Maria Elizabeth 28FEB1765MD-
-5 Sarah c1766MD- m 17JAN1787MD Jacob Lohr
-6**JOHN c1768MD- OCT1835MD m** c1800MD**MARY ANN ?
-7 Katherine c1770MD- m 22JAN1793MD Archibald White
George Adam ECKHART arrived at Philadelphia Saturday 11AUG1750 aboard the ship "Patience" under Capt. Hugh STEEL from Rotterdam via Cowes(Isle of Wight) England. Since there were two George Eckharts aboard, it is quite possible that the other George ECKHART was his father. They had probably departed from their home in Southern Germany as early as May 1750 & had spent weeks floating down the Rhine passing many custom posts & spending several more weeks at custom posts at Rotterdam in the Netherlands & at Cowes, Isle of Wight, England.
To pay for his Atlantic Ocean Fare, he may have entered into indentured servitude for four years to some Pennsylvanian who paid his fare. If so this would explain why he did not marry till 1755 after he would have completed his indentureship. This practice, known as redemptionism, was not a hardship. Protected by law, they were well treated by the buyer who was required to shelter, feed, and give aid while serving out their contract. They would even eat with the buyer at the same table. At the end of their service, George Adam ECKHARTwould have been awarded means to be on his own.
George Adam is probably the George Adam Eckhart who in 1768 at Annapolis, MD swore allegiance to the Province of Maryland & the British Empire. The George Adam ECKHART who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774 may have been son, George, returning from a visit to Germany.
George Adam used 'Adam' in his daily life. From the marriage record and baptisms of his first two children, he lived in the Telford area of Franconia Twp.(straddling present day Montgomery/Bucks Co. PA Line), Philadelphia County, PA(Montgomery Co. after 1787). Because Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA abutted Bucks Co. PA, it must be considered that George Adam ECKHART actually lived in Bucks Co. PA – perhaps Rockhill, Hilltown, or other Townships.
After the birth of Elizabeth, Adam purchased 100 acres in Frederick Co. MD(now in Western Carroll Co. MD) near Rues(?) Branch running into Monocacy Creek, MD called Crouces(Crounces) Chance on 08AUG1761 from George CROWNISEN(G/119 LDS#13937) for £80, both of Frederick Co. with witnesses: Henry DARNALL Jr. & John DARNALL.
Adam & Mary 'Eckart' sold the same 100 acres at Crounces Chance for £52 on 01JUN1763 to Felix SOULER(H/471 LDS#13938). Adam 'Eckhard' marked with an 'X' & Thomas & Charles BEATTY were witnesses. On 29OCT1781, Adam 'Ecker' sold land for £110 to Henry STEVENSON on Pipe Creek. Stevenson is mentioned in Adam's will and the land was probably in the Eastern part of present day Carroll County, MD(separated from Frederick Co. in 1837) on Pipe's Creek. Henry STEVENSON may have been the same Capt. and later Colonel in the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 who in 1779 may have been the Sheriff of Baltimore County.
In the early 1780's, after the sale of the land on Pipe Creek, George Adam moved to Allegany County, MD near Cumberland and began planting crops. Around 1788, Adam & sons, John & George, received patent rights to 50 acre lots as established land holders at a time when Allegany County was broken up and lands granted Revolutionary War Veterans for service. No record of service by the Eckharts has been found indicating that they may have received their patents as occupants(squatters) and not as veterans. Adam received lot # 3681 and in DEAKIN'S 1788 Survey of Lots West of Fort Cumberland, Adam ECKHART was entitled to purchase Lots #3644-45-46 with payment to be made in three equal amounts in 1789-90-91.
In 1815, during construction of the National Road, coal was discovered on this same land. The area today is known as Eckhart & Eckhart Mines. Eckhart Mines was a great mining district and had large beds of very rich coal underneath. This village was laid out 12JUL1789 one & a half miles from Frostburg in Cumberland County. In 1940 the population was 2300. George & Mary's deaths are recorded in books of Christ's Church(St. Paul's Lutheran Church) Cumberland, MD. The German Lutheran Church which son, John, had contributed to was in decay by 1940 & Eckhart Mines was served only by the Methodists & Baptists( John may have joined).
Anna Maria Wittmeyer Eckhart (1732 - 1812)
George Eckard (1756 - 1822)*
Elizabeth Eckhart Steyer (1761 - 1856)*
Sarah Eckhart Loar (1766 - 1827)*
John Eckhart (1768 - 1835)*
Catherine Eckhart White (1770 - ____)*
Eckhart Family Cemetery
Created by: H BRAUN
Record added: Mar 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25513097