einrich/Henry PANNEBECKER was born March 21, 1674 in rural Germany and immigrated to Germantown, PA by 1699 (possibly as early as 1695) and died April 4, 1754 in Skippack, Montgomery County, PA. He was one of those who sought an asylum from religious persecution and a new field for advancement in Pennsylvania. William Penn made several trips to Germany to recruit families to stock his Pennsylvania Colony. Some family researcher speculate that Hendrick may have accompanied Penn to America during one of these trips. Henry's arrival was well after William Penn died in 1670. From the Germantown locale Henry moved to Skippack, PA. in 1702. Heinrich was a surveyor for the Penn's and laid out most of the early roads in upper Montgomery County, PA. Heinrich served as the attorney for Matthias Van Bebber for the sale of the lands of the latter in Bebber township and he later bought the township and became, along with Van Bebber and Lodowick Christian Sprogell, one of the three Dutch patroons1 of Pennsylvania. Heinrich married Eve UMSTAT (b. ca. 1674-d. ca. 1736-1745), who came from Kriegsheim, Germany to Philadelphia, PA arriving aboard the "Francis and Dorothy" on October 12, 1685 (with her parents and siblings; Johannes and Anna Margaretta, d. Feb 10, 1696). Eve was the daughter of Barbara and Hans Peter UMSTAT, son of Nicholas UMSTAT (d. Oct 4, 1682). Heinrich married Eve in 1699 at Germantown, PA. Heinrich, in addition to being a surveyor and attorney, had a library of many books, understood three languages - Dutch, German and English, owned seven thousand acres of land, was a skilled mathematician, was a soundly educated person, was a member of the tile-bakers guild, and was the progenitor of the prominent PENNYPACKER family of Pennsylvania. Governor Samuel Whitaker PENNYPACKER of Pennsylvania (1900-1903), 3rd great-grandson of Heinrich, states: "It has always been difficult to reconcile the tradition current among all of the descendants of Heinrich that they were of Dutch lineage, with the fact that he, himself, made the entries in the German Bible, belonging to his son John, in the German language, but if he were born at Flomborn, only twenty-five years after his parents had gone there from Holland, both circumstances would be naturally explained."2 The true relationship of Friedrich PFANNEBECKER and Hendrick PANNEBECKER is not clear, with the probability that the link is before they came to America. A grandson of Heindrich removed to the valley of Virginia and a grandson of Friedrich (grandson reference is to Weiant II, Frederick, Wilhelm, or Peter) to Kentucky -- and the family in Kentucky preserves the tradition that these two were cousins.

Above from Samuel W. Pennypacker, "The Pennypacker Reunion, October 4, 1877" - footnote 2, pages 25-26.

1. patroon: the proprietor of a manorial estate, primarily used in New York under Dutch rule.

Samuel W. PENNYPACKER, The Pennypacker Reunion, October 4, 1877.
Samuel W. PENNYPACKER, Hendrick Pannebecker, Surveyor Of Lands For The Penns, 1674-1754, printed 1894.
Samuel W. PENNYPACKER, The Settlement of Germantown, 1899, reissued 1970.
Samuel W. PENNYPACKER, The Autobiography Of A Pennsylvanian, 1918.

Internet Sites:
Ron Mitchell Hendrick Pannebecker and Pennypacker
Don Chesnut: Genealogy Page - Pannebeckers +
Reed L. Engle: Hendrick Pannebecker Descendants
Wm. Wilson McNeary II: Hendrick Pannebecker Descendants
Griffen Family Genealogy: Pannebecker
Ronald F. Pennybacker: Hendrick Pannebecker Descendants
Pannebecker-L Mailing List - RootsWeb
Umstead Family Genealogy Central - maintained by Cris Hueneke
Charles Henry Sassman, Sr.: Pannebecker
Natalie Seiwell: Hendrick Pannebecker Descendants

Arrow Up Prepared by Paul E. Pennebaker, 29-Jul-2002.