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Christman Duchmann's redemption papers?
Posted by: Mike Toothman (ID *****6510) Date: October 29, 2003 at 18:28:23
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Many of the German-speaking Protestants who fled to North America had to redeem their passages by working for sponsors. Is there any evidence of this for Christman Duchmann ? He entered the colony of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and swore an oath of allegiance to the British King and next shows up in Bedford County, after a period of time. Has anyone looked at his stay in Philadelphia for information ?

In my history class in high school, this process was referred to as indentured servitude, and I remember thinking that my family was working class, how did they get here?

I personally like the term redemption better since the effort to do this was an international one at the time by fellow co-religionists seeking freedom.


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