George Christopher "Stophel"
Jr., b Oct 22, 1723, Steungeim (Steinheim an der Murr), Wurttemberg, Germany
of German states
• 1743 - 20 years old, he immigrated with father &
brother, John George, aboard the Rosannah
arriving in Philadelphia, Sept 26, 1743. His mother and 3 sisters are not
listed. The passenger list from the ship link shows 3 men, not listed
Yarah Christal Herald
Johan Earah Herald
[maybe should be Johan Yarah?-- I wonder if
this means "George"]
Another passenger list
shows 2 men not listed together:
Georg Christoph Hoerold, from Steinheim an der Murr, Baden
Jorg Christoff Heroldt
• They first settled in Bethel, Twp, Lancaster
• 1744 - The year after he immigrated, he married
Maria Catherina Pontius in Berks Co, Pa.
• 1750 - Christopher moved with his father to Heidelberg
Township, Berks Co, Pa. where several of his children were born.
• 1755 - Christophel was with Gen. Braddock and
Washington on their disasterous march to Ft. Duquesne
(Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian War. One source indicates that that
may be how he got his "Tomahawk Grant" -- maybe in Westmoreland
Co, Pa. But a Tomahowk 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.
• His brother John George moved to Chapman Twp,
Snyder Co, PA and spelled his name HERROLD.
• 1770 - George Christopher went on an expedition
to Western Pennsyalvania (see map below) with Conrad Weiser and was given
land in Hempfield Twp, Westmoreland County, which became known as "HARROLDton."
This may be been when he marked out his Tomahawk Grant. Around 1770 settlers
started moving into southwestern Pennsylvania, some from Frederick Co,
Va, others from eastern Pa. During the Revolutionary War ownership of the
western lands transferred from English proprietary lands to the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. in 1781 the state created a State Land Office.
• He dedicated 158 acres called "Good Purpose"
on which later was built Harrold's Zion Lutheran Church (today St. John's
Church is on this land). There is also a Harrold's Cemetery where they are
• 1787 - Died apr 23, Greensburg, Hempfield twp,
• see short bio
1) John (George?), b 1745, Berks Co, Pa; d Feb
28, 1828 near Blairsville, in Blacklick twp, Indiana Co, Pa. m 2nd Barbara
Ann Altman; he was in Blacklick twp, Indiana Co, Pa in 1810 & 1820.
Ch: Joseph (1788-1859, m Elizabeth Armitage, moved to Athens Co, Oh
where Eliz. died. He died at New Durham Twp, LaPorte Co, IN)
2) John Peter Sr
1754-1835, m Elizabeth Baum
3) Christopher Columbus, 1758-1828; m Elizabeth
Painter; ch: Catherine (1782-1860; may have m Thomas Foster), Christopher
(m 1st cousin, Barbara Herrald, daug of John George and Barbara Altman)
4) Catherine, b aft 1760, Berks co, Pa; d aft 1810;
m Capt. John (Johann) Cribbs, 1777 in Westmoreland Co, Pa. (he died 1791,
son of Johann Krebs & Sarah Fedele). She m 2nd Jacob lock aft 1792 in
5) Daniel, b 1764 Berks Co, Pa; d Sept 12, 1814,
Hempfield twp, Westmoreland Co, Pa; m Mary Troxal, 1790.
1836 map of Pennsylvania: