The Oberholtzer Family page

Out of the Oberholtzer Book by Barbara Ford:
SAMUEL OBERHOLTZER of Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
     Samuel Oberholtzer, born abt 1700, in Europe, (will proved) 5/2/1748, arrived on the Ship MOLLY at Philadelphia, 9/30/1727.  The Foreign Needs Commission of the Mennonite Church in Holland paid passages for all 45 Mennonites (10 families) who lacked funds to pay their own way on the MOLLY which included Samuel.  He went to Lancaster county and probably squatted on about 195 acres until Conestoga Manor officially opened for settlement after the Penn estate was settled and on 5/26/1746 purchased 207 acres in Manor Township from Michael Baughman.  Samuel's name was on
a Swisser Name list made, 4/2/1728, of Mennonite property holders of the Conestoga Settlement when they solicited for naturalization, which seemed necessary for clear title to land ownership.

    I am finding out neat things about my family by doing this research.  Samuell Owerhoulster(Oberholtzer) came over on the Ship Molly, 9/30/1727, with David Marten (Martin) and Jacob Marten (Martin).  The Martin's and the Oberholtzer's paths crossed again when Amos Martin married Sarah Oberholtzer.   They had my grandfather, Clayton Oberholtzer Martin, on
April 17, 1888.  

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