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Red Ball MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA

Up. Montgomery

Modern day map of Montgomery County, PA showing the Goshenhoppen Churches, Skippack and Pennypacker (Pannepacker) Mills environs where the early Pennebakers/Pannebeckers eventually settled. Upper Hanover Township is in the most northerly corner of Montgomery County, PA. They immigrated initially to the Germantown settlement near present day Philadelphia, PA. This site is just off the map in the southeast corner. Montgomery County was created by an Act of the Pennsylvania Assembly on September 10, 1784, out of part of Philadelphia County. Norristown became the County seat.

In 1727, the New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ in East Greenville was the site of the first Reformed Church in the United States. The majority of the members were of German origin. The Goshenhoppen name was adopted from the American Indians living in the area, according to church records. The original word is said to have meant 'wonderful tubers,' a root type food found in the area. New Goshenhoppen has gone from a German Reformed Church to the Reformed Church in the United States to the Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1934 and in 1957, the congregation became part of the United Church of Christ.

Goshenhoppen Cemetery 1
Reformed Churches in America, 1775-1776

Goshenhoppen Cemetery 1

Gravestones of Daniel PANNEBECKER (right, b. 10 Jan 1784 - d. 12 Mar 1859) and wife Elizabeth MAURER (left, b. 15 Feb 1789 - d. 4 Jan 1833) in the New Goshenhoppen Church Cemetery 1, East Greenville, PA. Daniel was son of Heinrich PANNEBECKER and a grandson of Weigand (PENNEBAKER) PFANNEBECKER and Neeltje SELLEN. The inscription is in German.

(Photo: 2 Jul 1999.)


References:
Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania
Montgomery Co., PA.
Montgomery Co., PA base map from Tiger Mapping Service - U. S. Census.
Montgomery Co., PAGenWeb.
New Goshenhoppen Church History
Pennypacker Mills image and map.
Pennypacker Mills information.
Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) History


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