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  • ID: I9998
  • _UID: 7CD086AD413A4B5FB8DDCA7FB34176604CB9
  • Name: George Christoph ?Stophel? HARROLD
  • Suffix: Jr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 22 OCT 1723 in Steinheim an der Murr, Kreis Neckar, Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Death: 23 APR 1787 in Hempfield twp, Westmoreland, Pa
  • Burial: Harrold Cemetery, Westmoreland Co., PA
  • Note:

    This is my ggggg-grandfather.
    He is listed in the DAR Patriot Index as:
    "Harrold/Herrold, Christopher Sr, b 10-22-1723, Germany, d ca 4-1-1787 PA, m Catherina Mary X(unknown), CS (civil service) PA"

    They were from Steinheim an der Murr (a tributary of the Neckar River) Wurttemberg, Germany.

    He emigrated with father in 1743. They crossed the Atlantic from Rotterdam via Cowes, England to Philadelphia, aboard the "Rosannah", arriving September 26, 1743
    The 2 names below were listed on ship ?Rosannah? in 1743:
    Georg Christoph Hoerold [notes: Heralde, Heroldt, To Berks & Lancaster Co.]
    Jorg Christoff Heroldt [notes: Herald]

    They initially settled in Bethel Twp, Lancaster County, PA. He married Catherine Pontius. They married in 1744 and moved to moved to Heidelberg Township, in Berks County, PA where some of his children were born. Then Christopher moved to Bethel Township, Berks Co, Pa in 1750.

    1755 - Christophel was with Gen. Braddock and Washington on their disasterous march to Ft. Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian War.

    He had a "Tomahawk Grant" maybe in Westmoreland Co, Pa. A Tomahawk Grant was not a reward for military service, it was merely slashes that a man put on trees surrounding his claim of land before there was a land office. Later when a land office was organized, they usually legalized these slashes, called Tomahawk Grants. Stophel apparently went on an expedition to western Pennsylvania with Conrad Weiser and was alloted land in Hempfield Township called "Harroldton? where he moved his family in 1770. Their settlement in Hempfield was known as the Herold Settlement and was made up of mostly German immigrants.

    The site below shows "Herold Settlement" and "Christopher Herolt" in Hempfield twp., Westmoreland County, Pa. It is a petition seeking protection from the Indians. This petition also shows that 73 out of 80 settlers in the Herold Settlement were German.

    Also, this page mentions an Indian attack on one family in the "Herold settlement":

    Short bio at:
    "...Stophel apparently went on the expedition to W. PA with Conrad Weiser and was alloted land in Hempfield Township called "Harroldton." It is believed that John Harrold was over 20 when the Stophel and wife moved to Westmoreland County. They dedicated 158 acres of land known as "Good Purpose" which later was the land on which Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church was built, and on which the St. Johns Church is also resident today. George and wife are buried in one of the cemeteries there...." There is a plaque at his grave, placed there by the DAR which says, ?Defender of the Frontier? during the Revolutionary War.

    Christopher Harhold (also Harold). Letters granted 07 April 1787 to John Harrold and John Cribs. Bond: $700. Sureties: Anthony Altman and Peter Altman. Witnesses: David Sample, John (Buck?), and Stophel Harold. (Source: Will Abstracts, Will Book 3, Westmoreland Co., Pa., 1786-1788.)

    See descendants at:

    See tombstone at:
    Find A Grave Memorial# 27467787
  • Change Date: 8 NOV 2016

    Father: George Christoph HERROLD b: 25 DEC 1688 in Steinheim an der Murr, Kreis Neckar, Wurtemberg, Germany
    Mother: Maria Catharina SCHEELKOPF b: 1692 in Marbach, Germany

    Marriage 1 Maria Catherina PONTIUS b: 1725 in Steinheim ADM, Neckar Kreis, Wurtemberg, Germany
    • Married: 1744 in Berks Co, Pa
    1. Has Children John George HARROLD b: ABT 1745 in Heidelberg twp, Lancaster, PA
    2. Has Children John Peter HARROLD b: 1754 in Bethel Twp, Berks Co, Pa
    3. Has Children Christopher Columbus HARROLD b: 1758 in Bethel twp, Berks Co, Pa
    4. Has No Children Catherine HERROLD b: AFT 1760 in Bethel twp, Berks Co, Pa
    5. Has No Children Daniel HERROLD b: 10 MAR 1764 in Bethel twp, Berks Co, Pa
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