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 Jacob Hendricks Godshalk

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Jacob Hendricks Godshalk

  • Birth 1670 Netherlands
  • Death May 1763 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Kulpsville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 51553110

Came to America in abt 1702. Full name was Jacob Henrichs Godtschalk V an Der Heggen. He and his son, Godshalk, were naturalized 29 Sep 170 9. He settled first in Germantown, but in Feb 1713, he and his son, Godsh alk, each acquired 123 acres in Towamencin Twp, in what is now Montgome ry Co, PA.

Will abstract:
GODSHALK, JACOB, SENR. Co. of Philadelphia. Turner. December 26, 176 0. June 3, 1763. M.532.
To my son Herman the plantation of 122 1/2 acres; he to pay 125 pounds, th at is twenty-five pounds to every one of my children, within one year a nd one day after my decease. Unto all the children of my deceased son God shalk, twenty-five pounds. Unto all the children of my deceased son Joh n, twenty-five pounds. Unto all the children of my deceased daughter Magd alene, twenty-five pounds. Unto my daughter Anna married to Peter Custar d, twenty-five pounds. And the residue of my personal estate shall likewi se be equally divided into five shares and every one of my above-named chi ldren is to have his share. I appoint my son-in-law Peter Custard sole ex ecutor to this my last will and testament.

Their suggestion:
Based solely on Family Tree documentation, we have the following information for
this memorial.

B:1 Jan 1666** in Goch, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany D:3 June 1763 in
Towamencin, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States

** we acknowledge that the birth year on the churchyard monument differs greatly
- we also know that people "fibbed" about their ages more so back then to gain
entry into the military, for instance.

We ARE confident of his being born in Germany versus the Netherlands though.

Use this information however you see fit:)

Family Members


In memory of Bishop Jacob Gottshall 1670-1763 Born in Germany, ordained a Bishop in the Germantown Mennonite Church in 1702 and also served the Skippack and Towamencin Congregation. He performed the first baptism and conducted the first communion service in the American church in 1708. The Skippack alms audits were signed by him from 1745 to 1757. He owned a farm of 120 acres which included this church site. Undoubtedly, he is buried here but no marker remains, therefore this marker is erected in memory of this energetic leader.

  • Created by: Wilton Golson
  • Added: 24 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51553110
  • Ralph Brown
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Hendricks Godshalk (1670–May 1763), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51553110, citing Towamencin Mennonite Churchyard, Kulpsville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Wilton Golson (contributor 46944807) .