These pages focus on the descendants of Frederick Stein Schwalm (1831-1902), who was the son of Frederick Schwalm and Catharina Stein, and a grandson of Johannes Schwalm and Ottilia Bobb. Johannes Schwalm was born on 20 May 1749, Merzhausen, Germany. He was a career soldier who came to America in 1776 as part of the von Knyphausen Regiment of Hessian soldiers contracted by Landgrave Frederick of Hesse-Cassel to fight on behalf of the British against the rebelling American colonists.
After landing in August, 1776, his Regiment was sent to Long Island, before moving to Trenton, NJ, to participate in the fighting there. In December, 1776, he was taken prisioner and later transfered to Lancaster, PA, where a number of prisioners were housed. Eventually he was part of a prisioner exchange on June 21, 1778, but was recaptured in 1779 as his regiment was attempting to leave America and was jailed in Philadelphia perhaps until about 1783.
In 1788, Johannes bought a small farm in what is now Lebanon County, east of Myerstown. In 1795, he sold that property and moved "across the Blue Mountain" following the Tulpehocken Path to the area east of what is now Klingerstown in Schuylkill County, along the Mahantongo Creek. He married Ottilia Bobb after 1788 and died most likely on 25 December 1833, at age 84. More information about Johannes, as well as Frederick S. Schwalm, can be found in the book "Johannes Schwalm the Hessian," published in 1976 by the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association (https://www.jsha.org/).
This site focuses principally on the deceased descendants of Frederick S. Schwalm. Many of these descendants, especially in the first several generations, lived in Dauphin, Northumberland, or Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. It is intended that non-public, personal details about persons who are or may be living be excluded from these listings.
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