My German-Swiss Ancestors who settled Orangeburg, South Carolina

The following is an excerpt from The South Carolina Gazette, dated July 19, 1735, entitled: “Containing the freshest Advices foreign and Domestic. From saturday, July 12, to Saturday, July 19, 1735.”

Charles-Town, July 19. On Sunday last arrived here Capt. Hugh Percy in 9 weeks from Rotterdam and 6 from Cowes, with 250 Switzers on board, who are come to settle a Township on the King’s Land in this Province upon the Encouragement granted to other Foreigners. Amongst them are Ninety fit to bear Arms, and it is not doubted but there settling in this Proince will much contribute to its Strength, and by their Industry and Laboriousness lend to its great Advantage; there being in some parts of this Province very good Land for Wheat and Corn, they may probably upon proper Encouragement furnish us in time with a good Quantity of that necessary and so much wanting Commodity, which now we are obliged to purchase at what rate forever from our neighbours.

The Province of Pennsylvania, to which these several Years past many thousands (some will say above 70,000) of persecuted Palatines and Switzers have taken their refuge, is thereby brought in such a flourishing Condition, that between the 25th of March 1734 and the 25th of March 1735 from thence is exported Wheat, 195,028 Bushels, 1300 Tierces, Indian Corn, 10464 Bushels, Flour 37,231 Barrels, 1536 Half-barrels; Bread 3232 Tierces, 8474 Barrels, 693 Half-barrels and 681 Qu. Casks.

On Thursday His Honor the Lieutenant Governor being petitioned by those Switzers, that they might be qualified, in order to enjoy the same Privileges and Liberties as natural born Subjects osf the King of England, called a Council, and directed Tho: Dale, Tho: Lamboll and Henry Gibbes Esqrs; three of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace, to administer to so many of them as desired it the Oath of Allegiance and to let them subscribe the Test, according to a Law made for that purpose, when accordingly in the Afternoon the same were read to Seventy-six of them then present (those being sick and absent to the Number of Fourteen) in the German Tongue by an Interpreter sworn to that purpose, and having explain’d to them the meaning of it; and they all being willing to take this Oath, the same was again read in English by one of the aforesaid his Majesty’s Justices, and interpreted by short Sentences, which they all repeated, and at the Conculsion subscribed to the aforeseaid Oath and Test.

They are to settle a Township upon Edisto River, which is thought the best Ground for Wheat, Corn, Hemp and Flax, as also for planting of Vineyards.

The Ship St. Andrew, Capt. Peter Robinson, came out the same Time with Capt. Percy from Cowes, having on board about 200 Palatines, and is expected here every Day.

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