Johan Adam Papst (U.E.L.) 1 2 3
- Born: Abt 1732, Bonn, Westphalia, Germany 4
- Christened: 17 May 1771, Schenectady Reformed Church, Schenectady, New York, (United States)
- Marriage (1): Eva Marie Ham in 1753 in <Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (United States)>
- Died: Between 1803 and 1807, Osnabruck Twp, Stormont, Eastern District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada
- Buried: Papst Family Farm, Lunenburg Twp, Stormont, Eastern District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada
Other names for Johan were Adam Paaps, Adam Pabst, Johan Adam Pabst, John Adam Papst, Johan Adam Poapst and John Poapst.
Some disagreement whether last name was Pabst or Papst, but Papst is most likely. The German word Papst means "Pope." The individual who wrote his will for him spelled his name "Adam Papst," but Adam signed his name on that will as "Adam Babst."
Some online sources show Adam's parents as Johann Paul Pabst and Maria Dorothea Weiss. This may be incorrect.
From http://www.papst-family.canadianwebs.com/custom2.html :
"Johan 'Adam' Pabst ( aka Papst; embarked at the Bay of Philadelphia, Pennasylvania about 1750, died in Osnabruck Township, Storemont County around 1803-1807) married Eva Maria Hamm b. 1736 married in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania"
From George Cloakey email 21 Dec 2009:
"Adam served in the Revolutionary War as a member of the 84th Regiment, the King's Royal Regiment of New York. In this regiment he served with Butler's Rangers, and was awarded land in the eastern part of Upper Canada. Arrived in America on the ship Two Brothers captained by Thomas Arnot. Docked in Philadelphia on or about September 28, 1753. Spelled Papts on roll of Butler's Rangers. Signed his will as Adam Babst."
Cloakey quotes Vernon Buckley from 10 Sep 2000:
"The information I have from a old German Bible. Adam Papstt arrived in Philadelphia November the 8th, 1752. John Papstt arrived in Philadelphia September 28, 1753. The letter says that there were five other brothers. Where they went or if they stayed in Germany --here is nothing on them."
Cloakey quotes Sheri LeQuia:
"I just received from Annette K. Burgert, the author and researcher of emigrants from Germany to North America, a book titled Master Index to the Emigrants Documented in the Published Works of Annette K. Burgert F.A.S.G., F.G.S.P. Included in this index is an immigration of Johan Adam Probst which I think is one alternate spelling of Pabst- I have seen this spelling used on Pabst families I have researched. This immigration date is given as 1752. That is a match for your man isn't it?!!! The Source Volume listed is Northern Kraichgau. If I understand this correctly- it refers to the book Eighteenth Centruy Emigrants from German Speaking Lands to North America. (note that this could included Canada) Vol I: The Northern Kraichgau. Breinigsville, PA (1983) The Pennsylvania German Society (1982 Annual Volume #16) Out of Print."
Cloakey quotes Bill Hayes:
"Genevieve M. Templeton was the next to the last child of thirteen children born to Frederick W. Templeton and Elizabeth J. Papst, with my grandfather ( Rudolph Papst Templeton) being the thirteenth. Genevieve wrote a letter in May of 1966, I believe to my father. In this letter she gave some family history. I will copy a few paragraphs from the last page, as it pertains to the Papst family.
"'I haven't much on the Papst side of the family, only family tales. One was the original Papst was an officer in the German army, and he fell in love with a serving maid, and as is the custom in then German army an officer can not marry beneath their rank, so the tale goes. He had her sent over to England and resigned his office in the German army and married the gal, and brought her to U.S. Landing in Pennsylvania at Phila.'"
Cloakey quotes Bill Hayes:
"Written by Lt/Col Ervan Amidon was the following. In 1991 he obtained a copy of a letter written in 1971 by Anna Alicia Papst, (died 1983) daughter of Capt. Rudolph Papst (b. 1858). Col. Amidon said he had done a certain amount of editing of the letter. Col. Amidon wrote:
'Rudolph Papst was born in 1750 or 1752 in Germantown, part of Philadelphia. His father was Adam Pabstt who left Bonn (1749 or 1751) in the Archbishopric of Cologne. Adam Pabstt fled to Hamburg where he hid on a British ship. His girl friend and her family were emigrating from the Palatinate on the Rhine, to Philadelphia. I don't know her name. (***Col. Amidon is convinced this was Eva Maria Hamm).
'Adam Pabst's father was a wealthy merchant who became Burgomaster of Bonn and had hoped to marry his son Adam, to an impoverished baroness. However, the son Adam gave his father the slip and was hidden in a barrel on the ship until the ship sailed from Hamburg. Then Adam Pabstt married the girl aboard ship. The ship sailed from Hamburg to Philadelphia.
'Adam Pabstt was a Roman Catholic and she was a Lutheran. They compromised and both went into the Church of England. Rudolph Papst, their oldest son, was a great church man.'"
From George Cloakey:
"Johan Adam who fought with Butler's Rangers was given his land, 300 acres in Winchester."
Cloakey quotes Bill Hayes from 15 Sep 2003:
Written below is a claim by Johan Adam Papst for the monetary loss of items due to his loyalty to the British government during the Revolutionary War. John Poaps sent this to Bill Hayes Sept 15, 2003.
"Claim of Adam Popps
A.O. To The Honble, Commissioners
13/80 of American Claims at Halifax, Nova Scotia
Estimation of the losses sustained by Adam Popps
in consequence of his loyalty to his Majesty and attachment
to the British Government.
£ s d
2 Horses very good 40 - 0 - 0
2 Milk cows 10 - 0 - 0
seven hundred boards 17 - 10 - 0
15 sheep 10 - 10 - 0
1 piece check 5 yards 1 - 0 - 0
3 pair shoes 1 - 4 - 0
4 sheets 1 - 4 - 0
1 blanket 0 - 10 - 0
2 sides upper leather 0 - 9 - 0
6 shirts 3 - 0 - 0
1 bag woolen & linen yarn 2 - 0 - 0
15 skipples rye @ 3/6 per skip 2 - 12 - 6
30 ditto wheat @ 4/- per do 6 - 0 - 0
3 pair shoe buckles @ 4/- 0 - 12 - 0
4 pair stocking 1 - 8 - 0
a saddle & bridles new 3 - 10 - 0
1 gun 3 - 0 - 0
1 Ranger carabine 6 - 10 - 0
1 dozen knives & forks 0 - 4 - 0
4 handkerchiefs 0 - 12 - 0
1 suit of cloaths 6 - 0 - 0
Traices ** 1 - 0 - 0
Iron Hopples *** 0 - 8 - 0
1 piece of tow cloth 10 yards 0 - 15 - 0
Improvement on his farm on which there
is 200 apple trees 400 - 0 - 0
Paid fine for refusing to serve in the
Rebel Militia 40 - 0 - 0
L 560 - 6 - 6" --from Bill Hayes
The book "Even more Palatine Families"
Adam Papst and wife Eva Marie had among their issue:
1. Margretha b. 8 Aug 1767 and Bpt at Sir Williams Hall-Sp. Peter Ziegler and Marie Margretha (Stone Arabia Reformed Chbk)
2. Daniel Frederich, bpt. 17 May 1771- Sp. Daniel Frederich Ongar and Maria Magdalena Ongar (Schenectady Reformed Chbk)
3. Catharina b. 30 July 1774- Sp. Frantz Otto and wife (Schoharie Luthern Chbk)
From http://www.papst-family.canadianwebs.com/custom2.html :
"Genevieve M. Templeton Was the Next to the last child of thirteen children born to Frederick W. Templeton and Elizabeth J. Papst, with my grandfather ( Rudolph Papst Templeton) being the thirteenth. Genevieve wrote a letter in may of 1966, I believe to my father. In this letter she gave some family history. I well copy a few paragraphs from the last page, as it pertains to the Papst family. I haven't much on the Papst side of the family, only family tales. One was the original Papst was an officer in the German army, and he fell in love with a serving maid, and as is the custom in then German army an officer can not marry beneath their rank, so the tale goes. He had her sent over to England and resigned his office in the German army and married the gal, and brought her to U.S. Landing in Pennsylvania at Phila. where in the Revolutionery War. The German (or Hessians) sympathized with the English and as the account says, when the colonial army was right on the heals of the Hessians the Germans just got across into the Canadian border with the American army at their backs. So they got into Toronto, and I understand that is where they the Papst Hessians got their 160 acres on Young Street in Toronto, and which grandfather John Papst sold when he went to California. The story goes that Old Granny Papst had when she fled the colonial army was baby on one arm and a black cooking pot on the other. I have often heard my mother say "old Granny Papst couldn't speak English, so she must have lived a long time. There was an old Dutch Bible with family record in it. I have heard her say her uncle Henry took it to California and when my mother went out there she brought it back, much worn out.
"source: Harry Templeton,"
From http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ladypi&id=I11575&ti=5519 :
from Harold Miller who did the research on Berne, NY area, stated the following in March 2008:
"Continuing my research to answer your questions, I find that Johan Adam Papst, father of Maria Papst, served in Butler's Rangers and was awarded land in the eastern part of Upper Canada according to George Cloakey.. John Papst, b. 1777, youngest brother of Maria Papst, died in 1869 in Osnabruck, Ontario. Maria's sister Elisabeth, married Gotlieb Otto, a distant cousin of mine, and they too moved to Osnabrouck (spelling?). Another brother, Rudoph Papst moved to Upper Canada. "
Among the papers of Albert Wilson Otto (1856-1937) of Cut Knife, Sask., held by his descendants, is an account he recorded 1930 of an incident involving John Poapst. I know of no reason it would be passed down in the Otto family if it weren't related to the family of Johan Adam Papst.
"John Poapst was shot in the War of Independence with a charge of buckshot and was badly wounded. He managed to get away and his in a mow of hay in a barn. The enemy saw him and came into the barn looking for him. One of them came into the hay to look for him, and it was said by some of the old people that once it passed down through the hair of his head, but he laid quiet as he could and was not discovered by them. His wound was very painful and he was nearly starved with nothing to eat, but was afraid to venture out of his hiding place.
"When night came an old darkey and his wife came into the barn to do up some evening chores and he heard her saying, "I wonder where that poor man is? If I knew I would get him something to eat. John thought that this was only a ruse to lure him out to capture him, so he did not let them know that he heard them.
"The next evening he again hear her saying the same thing, but was still afraid that it only was a ruse to make him come out, so he lay still. His wound was now so painful and he was so hungry that he saw that he would die anyway. He made up his mind that if he heard her saying that again that he would venture out, which he did and nearly scared them into to fits for they were very superstitious and they thought he was a ghost.
"The old lady went to their cabin and brought him something to eat and then they hid him again until after night and the old darkey paddled him across the river to the British lines. After many narrow escapes, John at last reached the British lines in safety."
Transcription of Last Will & Testament of Adam Papst of Osnabruck, from a scanned image of the original, found on the internet. This transcription may contain errors; guesses are in angle brackets.
The Last Will & Testament of Adam Papst of Osnabruck
Probate Granted 7th Juany 1819
Entered in Book B-Pages 182 & 183
Reg S. C. E. D.
I Adam Papst of the Township of Osnabruck in the County of Stormont and Eastern district of the Province of Upper Canada Yeoman do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say I give devise and bequeath unto my Son John Papst all and every my real and personal Estate and Effects - whatsoever and wheresoever which I shall or may be possessed of or in anyways entitled unto at the time of my decease To hold to him his Heirs and Assigns, absolutely for ever Subject as follows. In the first place to the payment of all my just debts which I may happen to owe at the time of my decease and my funeral Expenses and the Expense of proving this my Will and all other Charges relating to the Execution thereof Also subject to the payment of fifty Dollars to Eve Mary Papst my Wife as soon after my Decease as the same can be Collected out of the hand of John Fetterley Junior and Adam Fetterley provided I shall not give unto her hands the said Sum in my lifetime to be at her own disposal and for her <own> sSole use. Also subject to the Support and maintenance of the said Eve Mary Papst my wife in a Comfortable manner during her life provided she shall reside with my <said> Son John'e Papst. But in Case the said Eve Mary Papst shall not find it Comfortable to live with my said Son then it is my Will that my said Son shall give unto her <twelve> Bushels of good < > and a Hog weighing one hundred and fifty <pounds> and <ten> dozen of Eggs yearly and every year during her natural life. Also my said Son shall give to the said Eve Mary Papst two good Cows at the time she chooses to depart from him for her better support. And my said Son shall give to the said Eve Mary Papst six pounds of good wool yearly and every year from the time of my decease for her own Sole use and benefit whether she shall reside with him or not and permit her to enjoy and dispose of such goods and furniture as are now her own Sole and Seperate property. And in Case the said Eve Mary Papst shall <at> any time be sick my siad Son <shall> procure her Medical assistance and proper nourishment and a fit woman to attend her during her indisposition whether she shall live with my siad Son or not. And in Case of death my said Son shall cause her to be decently buried And it is my will that in Case my said Son John Papst shall dispose of the farm on which I now live in the life time of my said Wife Eve Mary Papst, then my said Son shall pay or Secure to be paid to the said Eve Mary Papst her Heirs or Assigns one third part of the Value or Price the said farm shall be Sold for which Sum my said Wife shall have at her Sole disposal And I do hereby Constitute and appoint John <Loucks> and Peter Darlington both of Osnabruck to be Executors of this my Will. And I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this thirty first day of July in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three
Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testator Adam Papst < > for his last Will and Testament in the presence of <us> who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto Subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto
Georg <T> Coons
May have been born about 1734.
Noted events in his life were:
• Emigration: Left Germany on "Two Brothers," 1752, Germany.
• Immigration: Arrived in Philadelphia, 28 Sep 1753, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Source:
Transcription of passenger list of Two Brothers at http://frepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~poaps/Origin.htm.
This source has name as Johan Adam Pabst.
• Served: in Butler's Rangers for the loyalists, 1777, <New York, United States>.
• Held: in civil custody, 1778, New York, United States. 5
• Witness: to baptism of Maria Fedele, 1778, Gilead Lutheran Church, Brunswick, New York, United States.
• Held: in civil custody, 1781, New York, United States. 5
• Census, 1783, Butlersburg (Niagara), Lunenburg District, Quebec (Ontario), Canada.
• Served: in Butler's Rangers during the Revolutionary War, until Spring 1784. 6
• Demobilized: from Butler's Rangers, 1784, Lunenburg District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Quebec (Ontario), Canada. 7
• Granted: land in the Eastern District for his service in Butler's Rangers, Abt 1784, Lunenburg District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Quebec (Ontario), Canada. 6
• Settled, 1784, Osnabruck Twp, Lunenburg District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Quebec (Ontario), Canada.
• Took Communion: in a new church between Albany and Schoharie, 1788, New York, United States.
• Census, 1790, Watervliet Twp, Albany, New York, United States. Living with Adam were sons Rudolph and John, and daughter Catherine.
• Owned: W 1/2 of Lot 1 and E 1/2 of Lot 2, Concession 3, Bef Jul 1796, Osnabruck Twp, Stormont, Eastern District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada.
• Granted: 300 acres, 14 Jun 1798, Winchester, Dundas, Eastern District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada. for his service as a soldier in the Royal Regiment of New York
• Will, 31 Jul 1803, Osnabruck Twp, Stormont, Eastern District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada.
• Probate, 7 Jan 1819.
Johan married Eva Marie Ham in 1753 in <Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (United States)>. (Eva Marie Ham was born about 1736 in <Baden-Baden, Germany>, christened on 17 May 1771 in Schenectady Reformed Church, Schenectady, New York, (United States), died in Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada 8 and was buried in Papst Family Farm, Lunenburg Twp, Stormont, Eastern District (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry), Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada.)
The source at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~poaps/FamilyTree.htm and an E-mail from George Cloakey 21 Dec 2009 have their marriage in 1756 in Philadelphia.
However, they may actually have been married on the ship from Hamburg to Philadelphia, which docked on or about 28 September 1753. This would place the year of their marriage in 1753.
According to Ronald Poapst (10/29/11), they were married by the ship's captain on the boat that carried them down the Rhine River when Johan Adam ran away from home. That would have been around 1752.