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A Spayd history that my Great Grandfather had
Posted by: Patricia Messenger (ID *****7976) Date: April 03, 2006 at 15:50:58
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Hello fellow Spayd descendats. I keep checking here and see that it has been two and a half years since someone posted on this forum. That is a pity, because the Spayds had a great and patriotic history. They were here for the founding of this country, and they answered their new countries call whenever needed.

The following is a transcription of a document that my great grandfather had in his possession since the 20's or 30's. The man who wrote it was obviously a distant cousin, as he is descended from Christian Spayd, and we are descended from Philip, both of whom are discussed in this text. I want to thank my mom, Bette Filley for this document, as she has saved it and shared it with us since she became it's keeper in the 1970's. I am happy to share it so that others can be assisted in their own research, and I ask that others share their genealogical gems with us to assist us in our efforts. The text of the document follows:

Spayd Family Genealogy

This version has been held as the “official” one since coming into possession of it in the 1920’s or 1930’s. The common descendents which ties this and the Charles Spayd version together is Phillip, and it also explains how so many Spayds of the same lineage came to this country at so many different times.

Spelling and grammar are left in as the original.

The Genealogy of the Spayd Family

May be generally noted as follows, to-wit:

John Spayd and his two sons came to the port of New York from Palatinate in Germany in the year 1679 with the purpose of settling on a tract of land on the west side of the Hudson River. Thirty-two years later, after they were notified that the land that they had improved belonged to the State of New York, and they with other settlers, must relinquish their land to the lawful claimants. There were upwards of two hundred others of all ages that had to submit to adverse fate, and sorrowfully left their homes for Pennsylvania.

They finally made a log Hut Settlement on the Soncony Creek in Berks County. (PA).

The two sons of John Spayd married into Dutch Families in New York, both of these sons left the Settlement on the Soncony Creek after 1755 and settled in Womelsdorf. One of these Sons had two sons and they left many descendents. Most of them stayed in Berks County and Dauphin Counties. One of their descendents left and settled in Maryland and in that state left some descendents.

Their names were George and Edward. There are several facts interwoven in the record connected with these of my surname who came to America in early days, that shows that all descendents came from one progenitor, and he was John Spayd, who left behind his youngest son, whose name was Johannes, as it was not convenient to bring him, who remained in Germany until he had a family of eight children. Johannes in 1709 came with his family to England along with a number of other families on the invitation of Queen Ann of England, in order to be transported to America, but so many Palatinates availing themselves of the invitation, that they could not all go to America as soon as they arrived in England on account of want of ships to take them to the new world, therefore a good many had to wait two or three months for transportation.

Johannes after he had failed in the arrangement of his transportation, on his arrival in London, he established himself in London, then after ten years after one of Johanneses sons who was named Christian left London and came to Philadelphia in the year 1719.

Christian forthwith went to Berks County where his grandfather and two uncles were located, this Christian Spayd was my Great-Great Grandfather. A nephew of Christian Spayd came to America Sept 28, 1753. In the ship Two Brothers from Portsmouth, England his name was Johannes Spayd and another nephew arrived the year after in the ship Two Brothers from Cowes, England September 30, 1754. His name was Phillip Jacob Spayd.

These two nephews of Christian Spayd settled in Berks County and established themselves as farmers and many Spayds have descended from them. Some of them went West in 1830 to 40 to Illinois.
It should be noted that Christian married Wilhelmina Hummel and their first born was Henry, my Great Grandfather, who was born in the year 1725 at Fredrickstown.

My Great Grandfather Henry also had a Brother named Christian and the oldest son of Henry was named Christian, who was born in Philadelphia in 1747.

Henry’s second Son’s name was William who was my Grandfather and was born in 1749 on the Big Swatora Creek. From the third Christian Spayd descended George Spayd who kept the mansion House for many years in Reading.

Jonas Spayd, the Farmer descended from the Second Christian Spayd. There was a John Spayd who was a Lawyer, who also descended from the second Christian Spayd. The said John Spayd ran for Governor in 1835.

From this brief statement of our For Fathers you may be enabled to tell from what branch you belong to that emmenated from the first Emigrants to America by the name of Spayd who lived in the morning twilight of Colonial days and spent many years of fellowship with toil and danger while making a settlement in the wilderness of America.

Before you typewrite this you can connect your branch of the Spayd family as suits you, with the record I have sent you and as much of the information as you see fit.

If you want any further information you can call us on the phone 163 U or write as I and my wife are either one at home all the time.

                                   Respectfully yours,

                                          Wm. H. Spayd

                                          Palmyra

P. O. Box 238
Phone Riverton 163 W


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