Jean Francois Chretien \ Krichten / Christian age 40 and wife, Ann NoŽl, and one child.
Peter Dulon \ Delon / Dilon \ Didier age 40 and wife, Agathe Munier and 4 children.
Nicholas Gerard age 30 and his wife, believed to be Jeane Florence. No children were listed.
Eneas Noel age 36 with wife and one child.
Joseph Noel age 56 with wife and 7 children including his son Pierre who was age 16.
Francois Ory age 56 and his second wife, Anna Maria Perchi and 3 children.
Francois stayed in Lancaster County, PA.
Nicholas Strasbach age 40 and his wife Catherine Gerard and seven children including their
daughter Ann who was age 16.
Nicholas Ory age 26 and single, the nephew of Francois, and a member of the Pigeon Hills group.
Nicholas latter married Ann Strasbach, the daughter of Nicholas Strasbach.
The best bet for for Joseph NoŽl, and
this is only
a guess, is being the son of Jean NoŽl and
GenaNet - For searching in France and Belgium
The Cassini Map of the Saulxure's area about 1760
Pictures of the Principality of Salm painted about 1750
Dillon Family of Buchanan Valley, PA.
Here is the link to the DILLON surname Y-DNA project: Contact: Carol Vass
Surname Variations: Dellone, Delo, Delon, Dillen, Dillin, Dilling, Dillion, Dillon, Dillow, Dulon
von Mechow Family of Sellersville, PA (Strasbach & Noel)
The Ory Family History
The Genealogy of the Inhabitants of the Area of Ban de la Roche
which includes LES VOYAGEURS DE LA " PRINCESS AUGUSTA " - Monique-Marie FRAN«OIS
Information on other passengers on the Princes Augusta obtained in France
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........ Written by Don Osborn, Muscatine, IA. See this image and others of Alsace
The following genealogical report discusses the origin and settlement in America of a group of families who came to America from Rotterdam, Holland, on the ship Princess Augusta, arriving at Philadelphia on September 16, 1736, and who made their first settlement of any permanence along the branches of Beaver Creek, north of the Pigeon Hills, in Lancaster County, now York and Adams Counties) Pennsylvania. These were the Strasbach, Noel, Delon, Christian, and Ory families. They were Catholics, were German speaking, with some branches using German in the homes for several generations, and have been said to have come from France. They were probably the first settlers of what some early writers called the "French Colony" at Pigeon Hills. Some historians have questioned whether such a colony really existed. The following study indicates that such a colony did exist, the first Catholic settlers of the colony were probably the above families, but "French" was probably a misnomer as these families were more likely Alsatians.
The Princess Augusta Families arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam, Holland, suggesting they came from one of the lands along the Rhine River, or one of its tributaries. They spoke German as their common language, and at least those who were literate could also speak French and signed their names with French spellings on the passenger lists at Philadelphia. In those times, this particular bilingual language characteristic existed along the Rhine River only in Alsace, and that portion of the Duchy of Lorraine now located within the French Department of Mosel and stretching along the border of German Saarland. From southern Mosei on south through Lorraine the language was a local dialect of French.
Historically, the people of Alsace, the Alsatian speaking people of the Mosel region of Lorraine, the German Swiss, and the people of Baden across the Rhine River from Alsace, were of the same origins. These peoples were descendants of the Alamanni, a Germanic tribe who conquered the lands of the upper Rhine Valley in the 5th Century, and drove out the earlier Celtic tribes and Roman settlers. Their language is the Alemannic dialect of High German, and in France is commonly called Alsatian, whether spoken in Alsace or Lorraine.
The lands on the west side of the Rhine came under the control of France in the mid 17th Century and French became the language of government, and thus became a second spoken language, although Alsatian German continued as the most common spoken language of Alsace and Northeastern Mosel even into the 20th Century. In the early 1700s, use of French as a second language by the Alsatian speaking people of Alsace and parts of Lorraine, linguistically separated these peoples from those of Baden and the German Swiss.
The people who emigrated from Rotterdam can be divided linguistically as follows. The Dutch and Germans of the lower Rhine spoke Low German. The people east of the upper Rhine and the German Swiss spoke High German. On the West Side of the upper Rhine above Koblenz the people spoke High German except many Alsatians spoke French as a second language. Of the people coming down the Mosel tributary to Koblenz, those coming from what are now Luxembourg and German Rheinland-Pfalz and Saar spoke High German. Those from the Northeastern Mosel region of the Duchy of Lorraine spoke Alsatian and French. Those of the remainder of the Duchy of Lorraine spoke French.
Other emigrants who came down the Rhine who spoke French were most usually French Huguenots. These were French Protestants who had fled overland to the Rhine Valley to escape persecution in Catholic France. Some had lived among the Germans long enough to speak German as a second language.
In summary, almost all bilingual German-French speaking people who came down the Rhine were either the Alsatian speaking people of Alsace and the Mosel region of Lorraine, or French Huguenots, some of whom could speak German. Both Catholic and Protestants emigrants came from the Alsatian-speaking group.
The Princess Augusta families who came to the Pigeon Hills area were Catholic and were evidently bilingual and thus most likely either came down the Rhine River from Alsace, or down the Mosel and Rhine Rivers from the Alsatian speaking part of northern Lorraine.
On the Princess Augusta, the ship's Captain Marchant, a name of French origin, in his ships records, singled out seven families and treated these differently than the rest. These were the families of Nicholas Strasbach, Joseph Noel, Eneas Noel, John Francis Christian, Peter Delon, Nicholas Gerard, Francis Ory and his adult son Nicholas Ory.
Of 330 passengers on the ship,
these were the only families for which the captain
made an addition to his ship's passenger list which
indicated whether the male passenger had brought a
wife and also included a tabulation of the number of
children in each family.
"When Goethe visited the Elsass in 1770, he remarked that the Alsatians learnt French and Latin in school and spoke German at home, mastering none of these languages." See this history page.
Those Interested In The Seven Families In Europe Who Arrived
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Dann M. Norton
Dominic E Noel
Robert J. Stevens
Earl A. Noel
Clifford C. Trimble
George P. Noel
Ory - Strasbaugh
Strasbaugh/Trosper - Delon
Richard Winters II