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Ship's log for the "Davy" Sailing ship, perhaps like the "Davy"

A Brief History Of The Shrum Family

    The oldest reference to the surname Shrum (Schramm, Schrum, Shram, etc.) that I have found, is a census from Norway in 1250 BC.

   The name can be traced back to Brandenberg, the historical birthplace of Brandenberg-Prussia; which was named after the Slavic chieftain Brendenburg. Brandenberg eventually incorporated Westphalia, Saxony, Pomerania, Silesia, and Hessen.
   The family name of Schramm was prevelent in Prussia and Silesia, and were prominate contributors to the development of the regions, as well as being recognized as prominate in social affairs.
   In the 16th & 17th centuries, the name Schramm was found in Nurenberg and Offenbach in Bavaria, as well as the Rhineland-Pfalz region. Among notable family branches of the surname are the Schramm Von Protzen in Prussia, and the Schramm Von Otterfield in Austria. Members of the Schramm family were elevated to nobility during the 19th century in 1808 and 1817. The Schramm family name also represented a Parisian branch of nobility, when they became counts of the French Empire in 1813 and 1841. A notable member of the Schramm family was Joseph Schrammel (1850-1893), a composer, who invented a form of quartet (two violins, a guitar, and an accordion) that bears his name.
   During the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), a family named Barth lived in the village of Altenkirchen(a province of Kusel, Chur-Pfalz region of Rhineland-Pfalz, later known as the Palatinate). In the later years of the war, groups of soldiers were roaming the countryside, pillaging, burning, and taking whatever they could. The Barth family, with thier young daughter Apolonia, fled from the area for saftey (census records from Altenkirchen for the later years of the war confirm that the population dropped from 120 to 28). It is not known where they fled to,(perhaps the village of Strasbourg,France; which had a huge population of Schramm's living there, just about a hundred miles north of Altenkirchen) but when they returned to Altenkirchen, Apolonia Barth had brought Peter Schramm back with her. (Barth family lore has it that the young couple had to wait a number of years to marry, untill the clergy returned to the area). From the 1640's until the present, this Schramm family branch has always resided in Altenkirchen.

   Peter Schramm and Apolonia Barth had six children:

  • 1. Anna Margaretha
  • 2. Hanss Caspar
  • 3. Hanss Theobaldt
  • 4. Andreas
  • 5. Anna Elizabetha
  • 6. Wendel

       My ancester; Hanss Theobaldt Schramm, was born 1644 in Altenkirchen. He married Anna Liess in 1699, and they had five children:

  • 1. Catherina Barbara Schramm b. 1676 in Dunsweiler-Pfalz. She married Hanss Caspar Hess March 6th, 1696. He was born in Jaegerburg, son of Christian Hess.
  • 2. Hanss Caspar Schramm b. 1680 in Dunsweiler-Pfalz. He married Margaretha.
  • 3. Anna Margaretha Schramm b. about 1682 in Dunsweiler-Pfalz. .
  • 4. Anna Magdalena Schramm b. 1707(Her mother died shortly after giving birth to her).
  • 5. Johann Jacob Schramm b. 1690 in Dunsweiler-Pfalz.     

       Johann Jacob Schramm married Anna Maria Kreafer in 1714. Together, they boarded a ship called the "Davy" in Rotterdam, Holland and sailed via Cowes, England for America. They arrived in the port of Philedelphia with their surving children on October 25th, 1738. (The year of 1738 had been so devastating to German emmigrants, that they named it "The Year Of The Destroying Angels", after Psalms 78, verse 49: "He let loose on them his fierce anger, wrath, indignation, and distress; a company of destroying angels".(See "Beyond Germanna" by Klaus Wust; http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~marier/Germanna.htm for the complete story of the hardships endured by the German emmigrants). The next day, The Philedelphia Gazette revealed the horrible story of the ill-fated voyage; "The Captain, both mates, and 160 passengers died at sea. The ship's carpenter, William Patton, brought the ravaged vessel up the Deleware." The ship had sailed less than a year before being lost. Patton listed 74 men and 47 women as survivors (He listed no children). Only 40 men were well enough to take the oath of alliegence to become American citizens, among them were Johann Jacob Schramm and his surving sons Nikel (Nicholas) Schramm and David Theobaldt Schramm. Anna Maria's will in 1754 mentions as heirs: George, David, Nicholas and Johannes (born in America). The other children must have perished at sea.
       Jacob and Anna Maria settled near York, Pennsylvania where Jacob died in 1748. Anna Maria died near there in 1754. They have markers at Prospect Hill Cemetary in York, PA.

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