Looks like some hundred years before my Eppard was immigrating to America. I have the information you talk about the two brothers:
Any one who has had experience in tracing his ancestors soom learns that the longer the trail the dimmer the pathway becomes. Eventually the steps become so blurred that fancy and imagination can easily give way to facts. We hope we have stopped short of this point in tracing our earlies Eppards.
Many factors plus an early Church Record lead us to believe that the two brothers were Hans (John) George Ebert and Hans (John) Michael Ebert. It is thought that one or both were married before coming into America because there is a record of the marriage of George's son Johanne Eberth (John Jr.) to Elizabeth Richm in 1750. In those days men deferred marriage to an average age of 24 or 25, so this son must have been born around 1726, if we can depend on average circumstances. There is also a church record of the Christening of two sons later on in 1733. There were other children in the two families because we find some fourteen people who are associated by proper name, dates and places that tie them to these early Eppard lines.
Later on we trace these same people by names and land Deeds from Pennsylvania on down into Maryland.
EMIGRATION TO AMERICA
It is most likely that our people joined the great migration from the Rhineland Provinces to America between 1683 and 1808. The logical route was down the Rhine river on barges or flat-boates our of Germany and into Holland, and thence to Rotter-dam where the Rhine river flows into the sea.
Here the people boarded ship with their worldy belongings and sailed by way of England (to take on fresh water and provisions) before undertaking the long and perilious voyage to America. Practically all of the Immigration sea routes to America terminated at various ports on Chesapeak Bay, the most noteable of which was Philadelphia at that time.
ARRIVAL IN AMERICA
When the Pioneers arrived, the government of Pennsylvania was in the hands of British subjects, William Penn's agents were Englishmen, and the English language was used as well as English Common Law. Early, it became a matter of concern to these Englishmen that so large a number of "Continentals" speaking another language and accustomed to another form of government should be admitted to the land.
In order to correct this situation the Provincial Council passed a law in 1727 requiring all Continentials who arrived in Philadelphia to take "Oaths of Allegiance" to the British Crown. Two years later "oaths of Abjuration and Fidelity to the Proprietor" (William Penn) and the laws of the Province were also required. When taking these Oaths, the emigrant was required to sign his name or place his (x) mark along side where his name had been entered by a Clerk, who more than not mis-spelled the name.
The original lists with the Pioneer's signatures are still in the possession of the State of Pennsylvania Archives, and have been published by Rupp and Strassburger. Many emigrants arrived before the oaths were required and others disembarked at other ports so the lists cover only some 30,000 names of those landing at Philadelphia.
OUR ORIGINAL EMIGRANTS
Legends sometimes have a way of proving to have real substance. From the "Minutes of the Provincial Council in Philadelphia" we find the following:
"At the Courthouse in Philadelphia, Sept. 21, 1731, a list was presented of the names of 106 Palatines who with their families making 269 persons, were imported here in the Ship Britannia of London, Michael Franklyn, Captain from Rotterdam, but last from Cowes, England". LIST 16-A. In this list, we find two names, one following the other, indicating the two people were together.
Hans George Ebert Age 30 Born 1701
Hans Michael Ebert Age 35 Born 1696
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