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The Anspach's were among the hundreds of Germans who were "escorted" en masse to New York colony in 1709/1710 from England. They were all indentured servants, who were supposed to make pine tar & pitch for the English Navy. However, the Governor was tricked, the man in charge actually knew nothing about the processing and the colonists felled hundreds of trees incorrectly before it was discovered to be wrong. The correct process would take two years and much of the Governor's own wealth was lost trying to make the colony profitable. It did not help that there was a language problem as well as problems in surveys of the promised land grants. Balthasar & other colonists were drafted to serve in Queen Anne's War, and returned to find their families had not been provided for in their absence. They were never paid for their service and many eventually left New York Colony for Pennsylvania, including Balthasar and his family. The Pennsylvania Dutch colonists encouraged their German cousins to come to settle. However, they were not prepared for the unannounced masses that descended on the supposedly "empty" land. The Indians who used the land, and had treaties with the Dutch, came back to find all these German homesteaders on it. The Dutch were upset, the Indians were upset, and attacked, the Germans were outraged. Balthasar's family was saved from harm, but many were not so lucky. Eventually the colonists drove the Indians westward and then followed to populate the land into Ohio, Indiana and Illinois territories which later became states.

John Baltzer Anspach came to New York with the Palatines in June 1710. By May of 1723 he had settled in the Tulpehocken Valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania, having migrated through the Schoharie of New York. John Baltzer Anspach was one of the German volunteers in the English expedition against the French in Queen Ann's war in 1711. "Baltzer" as he was called was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church, located about one half mile west of Stouchsburg, Pennsylvania, and is buried in the old cemetery there. He owned land about one mile north west of town of Stouchsburg, and it is supposed that this farm was his home place. His wife's name was Anna Maria. 

  • From the Anspaugh-Anspach manuscript found in the Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library - 57 W. Broadway, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176

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