Notes for Johannes Troxell:
Johannes Trachsel was born in Lenk, Berne Canton, Switzerland and was baptized there in the Reformed Church on 4 October 1689. (Roberts, History of Lehigh County, Penn. 1914, Volume III, page 1331, gives his birth date at 1690). He married Anna Maria (also called Mary). Their children were all born in the area of Wolfersheim, Germany.
Emmigrated on the ship "Samuel" on 30 of August 1737 with his wife and family. Daniel Rupp recorded in Thirty Thousand Names of Immigrants, Publisher in 1927. in the record for the ship "Samuel", which landed in Philadelphia, Penn., a listing for Johannes Drachsel.
"Pennsylvania German Pioneers", by Straussburger and Hinke, Vol. I, page. 168, lists Johannes Trachsel, age 47, this would place his date of birth between 31 August 1689 and 30 August 1690. This would coincide with Roberts, or the records at the church in Lenk, Switzerland.
After the death of his wife, Mary, he married Anna Magdalena Schreiber, nee Roth, in 1750, the widow of John Jacob Schreiber.
It is an interesting to note that the baptism of each of the children for Johannes and Anna Maria the Hunsecker family were named among the sponsors. This leads me to believe that possibly her maiden name was Hunsecker.
Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume XXIV, page 169 shows that 100 acres of land was warranteed in Bucks County, Penn., on 18 January 1737, in the name of John Troxel. Since he did not arrive until 30 August 1737, this acreage must have been warranteed by his brother Peter in his name, so that he would have a place of residence on his arrival. It is also shown on page. 170, of this book, that 250 acres of land was warranteed by John Troxel on 28 October 1737. Robert's, states in his History of page 1331, that Johannes died before he could satisfy the requirements to secure a patent on either of these pieces of land, and that the patent was secured by his sons.
Mrs. William G. Buckey, in a letter written in 1953 gives the date of Johannes death as 1750, the same year he married Anna Schreiber. Records indicate that his son Nicholas warranteed 125 acres of land originally warranteed to Johannes, on 29 November 1751, this would indicate that Johannes had died either in 1750 or in 1751. This land is north of Egypt, Bucks County, Penn. Mrs. Buchey was a descendant of Johannes through his son John Peter.
Anna Maria died in Pennsylvania.
Johannes and Anna Maria were active in the Reformed Church at Egypt, Penn., and some records of them can be found there. See Penn. Archives, Sixth Series, Volume VI, page. 6, 8, and 135.
(Troxel's Trail, by Richard M. Troxel)
Copied from the Lehigh County PA History by Charles Rhomds Roberts
The second branch of the Troxell family in Lehigh County, descended from John Troxell, who was born in Switzerland in 1689/90, and emigrated to America on the ship Samuel, arriving in Philadelphia on August 30, 1737. He settled at Egypt PA, where he warranted a tract of 250 acres on Oct. 28, 1737. He was a member of Egypt Reformed Church and with his wife, Mary, was active in church work. He died before fulfilling all the conditions necessary to secure the land he had warranted and it was then secured by his sons. His eldest son, John Peter Troxell, was born April 3, 1719, and was aged 18 upon his arrival in America. He was naturalized Sept. 26, 1748, and secured the land warranted by his father, with additional tracts, upon which he erected in 1756, a large stone house, near Coplay Creek, at Egypt, which still stands, and in 1758, a stone barn, 85 by 37 feet, which was torn down in 1874. In this house services were frequently held by the Reformed congregation. Later he removed to Gwynedd township, Philadelphia, (now Montgomery) county, and Peter Steckel occupied the farm. On May 20, 1768, Steckel purchased the property for L1, 4s, 20d. In 1776 Troxell owned 170 acres a grist mill, and saw mill in Gwynedd and sold it to Samuel Wheeler, and removed to Maryland. He died Jan. 25, 1799 and is buried at Tom's Creek, MD. His first wife was Anna Barbara, born 1723, daughter of John Nicholas Saeger. She died about 1750, leaving two children, John and Anna Barbara. His second wife, Catherine Maria Magdalena Schreiber, daughter of John Jacob and Anna Magdalena (Roth) Schreiber, was born Jan. 6, 1737, and died Jan. 9, 1806. She had seven children.
The eldest son of John Peter was John, born Sept. 17, 1747, and died April 21, 1830. He married Elizabeth Martin of Germantown and lived near Emmitsburg, MD. The daughter by the first wife, Anna Barbara was born Sept. 12, 1748, and died Sept. 15, 1823. She married Matthias Martin.
The children of the second wife were, Mary Magdalena, born May 17, 1761, and died Dec. 5, 1825, married Christian Kuhn; Jacob born 1765, died 1807, married Magdalena Crushion; Elizabeth, born Feb. 6, 1767, died Feb. 18, 1809; Maria born Feb. 15, 1771, died Aug. 4, 1794; George, born Feb. 27, 1773, died Jan. 20, 1832, married Elizabeth Crabbs; and Frederick, born Feb. 20, 1779, died Jan. 1, 1853, married Catharine Wilson.
The other sons of John Troxell Sr. were Nicholas and Michael.
R.M. Troxel states in his 1997 "Troxel(l) Trails Tales that "Pennsylvania German Pioneers", by Straussburger and Hinke, Vol. l, page 168, lists Johannes Trachsel, age 47. After the death of his wife Mary, he married Anna Maagdalena Schreiber, nee Roth, in 1750, the widow of John Jakob Schreiber. It is interesting to not that the baptism of each of the children for Johannes and Anna Maria the Hunsecker family were named among the sponsors. This leads me to believe that possibly her maiden name was Hunsecker.
Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. xxiv, page 169 shows that 100 acres of land was warented in Bucks County, PA., on 18 Jan. 1737, in the name of John Troxel and since he didnot arrive until 30 Aug. 1737, this acreage must have been warranted by his brother Peter in his name, so he would have a place of residence on his arrival. It is also shown on page 170 of this book that 250 acres of land was warranted by John Troxel on 28 Oct. 1737. Robert's, states in his history on page 1331, that Johannes died before he could satisfy the requirements to secure a patent on either of these pieces of land, and originally waranted to Johannes, on 29 Nov. 1751. This land lay north of Egypt, Bucks Co., PA. Mrs. Buckey was a descendant of Johannes through is son John Peter.
Johannes and Anna Maria were active in the Reformed Church at Egypt, PA. Their children were:
John Peter Troxel, born 3 April 1719
Michael Troxel, born 25 Dec. 1721, twin
Nicholas Troxel, born 25 Dec. 1721, twin
Catrina Troxel, born 20 Mar. 1728, died 1777
Veronica Troxel, m. John Vincent Stauffer on 15 June 1762