The Immigrant Jacob Stucki
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Jacob arrived on the "Virtuous Grace" 24 Sep 1737 in Philadelphia with his brother Simon. Their brother John (Johan) came over in 1735 and he spelled his name Stuckey.
Simon and Jacob, brothers, came to the states in 1737 on the "Virtuous Grace" to Philadelphia. Their brother John (Johan) came over in 1735 and he spelled his name Stuckey. Another relative, Simon Stokie, came to New York in 1685. They were all refugees from religious persecution that was going on in Switzerland. They were protestants, (Mennonite--Amish--Anabaptist--Swiss Bretheren). The name is spelled Stucki in Switzerland. They moved into the Palatinate region of Germany where they were safe from persecution and spoke the same language. From there, they emigrated to the Colonies. Our line settled first in Lancaster Co., Pa. (which is Pennsylvania Dutch to this day.)
Then they moved on into what is today West Virginia (Grant and Hardy Counties.) They settled on a plantation owned by Lord Fairfax of England. He owned nearly 1,000,000 acres and :rented" parcels along the South Branch of the Potomac River. All of those early related families, Shaver, Reger, Shobe, Hire, Armentrout, Bush, Powers, Peterson, Hagler, Wise, intermarried with each other. Abraham Stookey fought in the Revolutionary War, 1776---there are other family members as well. A branch, Simon's family, moved to settle New Design, Ill, which is now close to Belleville, Ill.
Our line moved into Ross Co. Ohio and from there spread out to Illinois and Indiana. In a pamphlet called "The Amish in Switzerland and Other European Countries" by Betty Miller, our history is told in an understandable manner. Most of our family in this country are the offspring of a few people who moved from Switzerland to Germany en route to the colonies. This was necessary since the Swiss government would not permit its citizens to emigrate to America. From Germany they went to Holland and then across the Atlantic.
Another book called "Grant and Hardy Co. Histories" by E. L. Judy has a lot of info on the Stookeys, Shobes and other families we are related to in Virginia, including a copy of Jacob, Sr.'s will and Jacob, Jr. who lived with the Indians for 40 plus years.
Jacob Stuckey also lived for a while in Washington Co., Md. On May 6 1766, Jacob Stuckey of Frederick County (Washington County had not yet been formed from Frederick County) sold his twenty acres of land called Long Meadows to Simon Stuckey (Land Record K-517) before moving to what is now the Petersburg W. Va. area sometime before 1773. On the date of Aug. 3, 1773, Jacob Stuckey took up Lot number 67, containing 240 acres, in the South Branch Manor (Marshall Survey) adjacent to the lands of Martin Shobe and along the river across from Petersburg. Mentioned in the land record are two of his sons, legatees, Abraham ( who was married by Rev. Valentine Powers to Clora Lanciscus) and Michael (who married Magdalene Hyre).
Unmentioned is his son Jacob, Jr. (1740-1802) who had been captured by the Indians along the Conococheague in 1756 along with his 10 year old brother who later escaped. Sixteen years old when captured, Jacob lived with the Indians for 46 years until his return in 1802. He apparently lived with Wyandot Indians because there were "Stuckee" Indians families among them for many years (Streiff. n.d.105). Other children of Jacob, Sr. were: his daughter Margaret, who married Jacob Shobe; daughter Elizabeth, who married George Shaver and who lived in Rockingham County; and Sarah who married George Whetshone.
That the Stuckey family continued its lengthy affiliation with the church is evident in obituaries published after members of the family migrated to Ross County, Ohio.
Jacob was a shoemaker. A Jacob Stucky is shown as naturalized in N. J. on April 25, 1762. Don't know if this is the same Jacob.
Superior Court Record of Hardy Co., 1798-1800, pp. 461 to 477, included deposition no. 476 made by Jacob Stingley, son of pioneer John Stingley whose wife was Elizabeth Buzzard, widow of Oberholtzer Jacob Stuckey, who died at sea. Jacob Stingley testified that the late Jacob Stuckey, SR., four years before his death (ca. 1779) had informed him that Abraham and Michael Stookey were to receive the land that he, Jacob Stuckey, lived on. This testimony is important in showing an apparently close and confiding relationship between the Dunker, Jacob Stuckey, and the Stingleys.
Some of the Stuckey family data were kindly provided by Don Bowman of Ohio and Lea Kersting and Dorcas Maye of Maryland.
Jacob Sr. arrived on the Rotterdam, ship "Virtuous Grace" September 24, 1737 in Philadelphia, Source: "Allegeny Passage", by Bittinger, pg. 102, also pg. 84-88.
Conflicting place of birth for Jacob. One record shows he was born in Breitfurt, Germany and died in Hampshire Co., WVA, on the South Branch Potomac River. (Penn. German Pioneers by Ralph Beaver Stassburger, LL. D. Pages 175-180)