|Woodcut, showing the Palatines encamped on Blackheath outside London|
There are a few things that prove Jeremias Hess was amongst the Palatines dispersed in Limerick, including a note that two of his children, both born in Mutterstadt, Hans Conrad, (b.May 3, 1705) and Elisabeth, (b. October 21, 1708) "mortuus in Irland". The family was transported back to Mutterstadt in 1711. They had 3 more children, including a son named Hans Conrad (August 17, 1714) after his dead sibling. Finally, in June of 1730 , the Hesses were one of 77 families on board the Thistle of Glasgow and made their way to Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
|Statue of Teedyuscung in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pa.|
Michael's mother passed away four years later when he was 19 years old. He married my 5th great grandmother, Gertraudt Van Courtlandt in 1762. They had ten children, who were all baptised in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton, Pennsylvania. The taxation roll for 1780 lists him as a shoemaker. He served, along with his cousin Christian, in the Northampton Militia of 1780 under the command of Captain Patrick Campbell. Some time after 1789, the Hess family emigrated to Barton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Michael is buried in the Hess Cemetery pictured below. There are several areas of Hamilton named for son Peter Hess. Googling around I discovered this book about the Hess family of Barton. I had no idea.
For years I was stuck trying to find the ancestors of my 2nd great grandfather William Uriss Little. Thanks to a little company called GEDmatch (they've been in the news this week!), I connected with a fourth cousin. William's mother, Mary Ann Patterson was the sister of their relative. Mary Ann's mother was Charity Gertraudt Hess, my 3rd great grandmother & daughter of Michael and Gertraudt Van Courtlandt Hess! They had lots of information. It has been fascinating finding out about this branch of my family tree. There is so much I learned from researching the Hess family. When I was traveling in Germany, often people would approach me assuming that I was German. They'd ask for the time, or directions, etc. Well, no wonder, "Ich bin Deutsche" after all.