Descendants of Jeremias Hess of Lower Palatinate, Germany

Palatinate of the Rhine (14th - 18th C.)

Generation #2

Johan Conrad (1Jeremias) Hess of Northampton Co PA

Johan Conrad was born 8/19/1714 in Mutterstadt, Palatinate of the Rhine, after the family's disastrous migration to and from Ireland.

In 8/1730, Johan Conrad immigrated in the company of his family to Philadelphia. Proof is found in the Immigrant Ship records where Jeremias Hes and family arrived in Philadelphia aboard the Thistle of Glasgow out of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

By 4/1739 the family settled in Salford in Philadelphia Co PA where Jeremias wrote his will. Of note, the family's home in Salford is just west of the Bucks County line. So, in 1741 in Bucks Co PA, Johan Conrad married Anna Maria Best born 1723 in Bucks Co PA.

Best or Bescht, as the name originally was in German. The first persons of that name to come to America, of whom there is any record were three brothers, Jeremiah, Nicholas, and George. These three settled in what is now Williams township, Northampton county, PA., in 1730. Jeremiah Best bought 213 acres of land from William Allen and received a deed Dec. 7, 1745. The other two brothers probably also purchased adjoining lands. Jeremiah had at least two sons, Jacob and John. He died at quite an old age, about 1787. Oct. 11, 1788 his farm was deeded to his son, Jacob, by John Best, executor of the estate. (History Of Lehigh County, Vol 1, 2, & 3)

    "Jeremiah Best," Personal GenWeb Page <> 22 November 2014.

Johan Conrad ran the local inn named Lofty Oaks which was located on 157 acres in Williams TWP just south of Easton. The warrant for the property was dated 3/8/1743. And, this land warrant marks Johan Conrad's migration to Easton on the northern border of Bucks (now Northampton) Co PA at the Delaware River. Later, Lofty Oaks would be the location for administrative meetings for the new county of Northampton which was established in 1752.

With the inception of the new county, Johan Conrad was appointed to many administrative posts. In the 1761 Tax List for Williams TWP, Northampton Co PA, our Johan Conrad is cited as Conrad Hess, Esq. And, the new moniker as Esquire designated his status as a prominent member of the community.

Conrad died before 2/6/1797 when his will was probated. Maria died 3/9/1789, and Johan Conrad is listed as living alone in the 1790 Census of Williams Township.

THISTLE OF GLASGOW 1730 Aug. 29, 1730.
Colin Dunlap, Master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes:
Jeremias Hes
Thomas Hes
Henrich Hes
Bucks Co Records:
3/8/1743. 157 acres (Lofty Oaks) in Williams TWP (south of Easton)
Philadelphia County Will Book G, No. 73:
July 5, 1773. I, Johann Conrad Hess, of New Britain Twp. Buck Co. and Province of Pennsylvania. . .
My plantation lying in Williams Twp., Northampton Co., Pa., with all my money and household goods, I give to my beloved wife, Maria. . ..
I hereby name my children according to their ages: Anna, my daughter; John William my son; Maria, my daughter; Christian, my son; Johannes, my son; Jeremiah, my son; Elizabeth, my daughter; and Frederick my youngest son. . .
I name my wife Maria and son William as Executors to execute my last will and testament. . .year of our Lord and Master 1773.
Johann Conrad Hess [Seal]; Witnesses: Jacob Ratzel, George Schell


    1. Anna Hess

    2. Johann Wilhelm Hess b. 1744 Bucks Co PA

Research Note: The information on the descendants of Johan Wilhelm is correct. However, the Evans family, who settled Evansville PA, is not my ancestral line.

    3. Maria Hess

    4. Christian Hess

Anna HESS b. 22 MAY 1769 in Forks Township, Northampton Co PA
Christened 13 AUG 1769 at the First German Reformed Church, Easton PA
Sponsors were Christian Hess and Mrs. Anna Best.

    5. Johannes Hess

    6. Jeremiah Hess b. 11/19/1751 Bucks Co PA

    7. Elizabeth Hess

    8. Frederick Hess

Generation #3


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