This video begins with vintage pictures of the American colonists’ domestic life — circa 1776. Next, mother country England imposes its tyrannical decrees: the *Stamp Act* and the *Tea Tax*. Next, the colonists’ violent rebellions in Boston, followed by the writing of the *Declaration of Independence* by John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. And finally a war against England led by George Washington. The pivotal point of the war was the crossing of the Delaware River at night for a successful sneak attack on the enemy in the early morning. With the help of the French the war is finally won, and so is the Founding Fathers’ vision of an independent Constitutional Republic.
HISTORY OF ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK: ORANGE COUNTY WAS THE ORIGINAL COUNTY OF NEW YORK. HENRY HUDSON [ENGLISH] EXPLORED THE AREA IN 1609. IT IS NAMED FOR THE PRINCE OF ORANGE [WILLIAM III OF HOLLAND]. THE FIRST SETTLERS IN THE WALLKILL VALLEY, NEW YORK IN 1614 WERE HOLLANDERS, HUGUENOTS, AND GERMANS. SIX YEARS BEFORE THE PILGRIMS LANDED AT PLYMOUTH ROCK [BOULDER AT PLYMOUTH , MASSACHUSETTS WHERE THE PILGRIMS WHO SAILED ON THE SHIP MAYFLOWER ARE SAID TO HAVE LANDED IN 1620]; MASSACHUSETTS A NEW ENGLAND STATE, WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL 13 STATES OF THE U.S. CRAWFORD, ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK WAS HILL COUNTRY. THE DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY BROUGHT THE FIRST WHITE SETTLERS IN 1684, AND BUILT NEWBURGH, ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK. NEW YORK WAS A PROVINCE THEN WITH SHIRES, AND COUNTIES. BRICK REFORMED CHURCH IN MONTGOMERY, ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1732. IT HAD CATECHISM CLASSES, INSTEAD OF SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES LIKE WE HAVE NOW IN THE 1990’S. THE LINDERMAN’S WERE SOME OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF NEW YORK IN THE 1740’S, THEY EMIGRATED TO PENNSYLVANIA IN 1684. THEY WERE LUTHERANS AND PROTESTANTS.
My fifth Great Grandfather was Johann Jacob Linderman, who emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1740 from Obermoschel, Pfalz, Germany. He was born there on 2 December 1720. Married Catherine McLean in 1743 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They settled in Germantown Township, Pennsylvania. JOHANN JACOB LINDERMAN SERVED IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BETWEEN 1775-1781. HE WAS IN THE COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA ARMY.
U.S. Naturalization Records: “JACOB LINTIMAN, AGE 18, EMIGRATED FROM ZWEIBRUCKEN, GERMANY TO ROTTERDAM, AMSTERDAM, [THE NETHERLANDS], ON 25 NOVEMBER 1740, ON THE SHIP: LOYAL JUDITH, CAPTAIN LOVELL PAINTER WAS THE COMMANDER, TO THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. IT WAS A TWELVE WEEK TRIP.”