HANS/JOHAN OTTO REEDY
Hans Otto Riedi, immigrant ancestor of the Reedy Family of McDonough and Fulton
Counties, Illinois, was born about 1682 in Filisur, Graubunden, Switzerland. There are
no birthdates or baptisimal records for Hans Otto, as he was born before parish
recordkeeping began in 1690.
Hans Otto left
Filisur, Switzerland about 1714 and settled for a time in the hamlet
of Irtzweiler, the parish of Ulmet, district of Lictenberg in the duchy of Zweibrucken,
Elector of Palatine, Germany. There he married his wife and all of his children were
born, being baptized at the Ulmet Reformed Church. The family stayed in Irtzweiler
until the year 1739, when they departed for America.
Hans/Johan Otto Reidi, age 54, and his 19 year old son, Jacob, and 16 year old Peter,
registered at the United States Immigration Office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on
August 27, 1739. They arrived from Rotterdam on the ship Samuel. The Samuel was
commanded by Hugh Percy, and this voyage contained 340 pasengers including
111 male Palatinates age 16 or older (The Palatinate Pamphlets, Vol.3) &
(Publications of the German Fokelore Society, Vol. I page 110.) It is believed
that they each had to spend time as indentured servants to someone in this
country to pay for their passage to America. Upon their arrival they pledged
allegiance to King George III, in front of Lt. Governor Thomas at the courthouse
in Philadelphia, August 27, 1739. The Oath of Allegiance was required,by
legislation, passed in 1727, and required that a list be made of all immigrants and
that they pledge allegiance to the King of England. No list of female passengers
was kept so we do not know if Hans' wife and daughters arrived in Pennsylvania
with him or came over at a later date.
Hans Otto and his oldest son Johann Jacob settled in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania;
Hans living in Marlborogh Township and Jacob settling in the Goshenhoppen area.
Early Pennsylvania Settlers lists Reidy, Johan Otto, 1739, Marlboro Township,
Montgomery Co., PA, as listed in "Pennsylvania German Pioneers",
by Strassburger & Hinke Vol I.
Hands Otto married Anna Margaretha on 22 Oct 1716 in Irtzweiler, Palatinate,
Germany. The marriage was performed in Baumholder Reformed Church, on 22 Oct 1716.
Even though Hans Otto lived in Irtzweiler, he was a member of the Brumholder Reformed Church located just a few miles north. Hans Otto Riedi and Anna Margaretha had the
following children: Johann Jacob, Johann Peter, and Anna Margaretha Riedy.
Hans Otto Riedi died
on 16 Aug 1756 in Marlboro Township, Montgomery County, PA.
Information provided by Dave Reedy states that "The date of death for Hans Otto Riedi
was found in The German Journals of Schultz, by David Schultz a surveyor who kept quite detailed records of the german population in and around MontgomeryCounty,
Pennsylvania. The passage read: "den 16en August ist der alte Hans Otto Riedy in
Marlborogh auch gestorben 71 jahr 4 monat alt den isten begraben worden." (old Hans
Otto Riedy died August 16, 1756 in Marlborogh at age 71 years, and 4 months old. -
Translated from German)".
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