Coming to America: The First Elrod

Johan Dider Ellroot: First Elrod to America

BIOGRAPHY: First known record in USA is 1714, christening of son and daughter at Old Swede (Holy Trinity) Church, Wilmington, Delaware. (Which was the area of Lancaster Co Penn. in early days.)

EMIGRATION: Johan Dider Elroot sailed from Rotterdam, 15 Jul 1709, on the 5th sailing, bound for the New World, with wife and 1 child. “Early Eighteenth Century Immigrants”, Knittle LAND: 18 Nov 1719 John Dieter Elroade sold land to John William Lerchenzeiler. New Castle Co. Deeds Book Y-1, page 521. “John Dietter Elroade of New Castle Co., Yeoman, conveyed to John William Lerken Siler of the same Co., Yeoman, some Marsh at the mouth of Drawyer’s Creek and a parcel of land on the most northerly branch of Second Drawyer’s Creek on which the above said John William Lerken Seiler hath built a house and made some improvements” A note says that this transaction suggests that Elrod’s Wife, Maria Magdalene, was John William Lerchenzeiler’s daughter. “Teter Elrod” received a warrant to survey 300 acres, Lancaster Co. PS on 19 Jan, 1733 (Penn. Archives, Series ??, Volume 24, page 398.)

RELIGION: Holy Trinity (Old Swede’s) Church, Wilmington DE shows him and wife Maria Magdalena Lerchenzeiler seated with her parents from 1714-1721. 29 Mar 1719 Lerchenzeiler & Wife & daughter Maria Magdalena took Communion. 19 Sep 1719 Lerchenzeiler, from third Hook (Brandywine Hundred) Johan Dedrich Elrod and wife Maria Magdalene took Communion.

Note: Records show that John Dider Elrod sailed from Holland to London, England on July 15, 1709. He was accompanied by his wife, Maria Magdalena [Lerchenzeiler], and one child. Maria was the daughter of Johan Wilhelm Lerchenzeiler who appears on the same embarkation list. Both these families are included in the so-called “fifth party” of Palatine emigrants which embarked from Holland July 3 to July 10 and sailed to London on July 15, 1709. The Palatine emigrants came to England at the encouragement of the British Government whose intent it was to resettle them in the colony of New York for the purpose of producing naval stores.
The first ship to arrive in New York was the Lyon, which landed June 13, 1710. The last ship arrived August 2, 1710. Although no evidence firmly establishes it, it is assumed that the Elrod and Lerchenzeiler families were among the Palatines who came over in 1710. Some of the emigrants were resettled on a tract of land known as Livingston Manor about 90 miles north of New York City. A large number, some 350, remained in NYC. The available evidence is that the Elrod and Lerchenzeiler families probably remained in New York City, later migrating to the area of New Castle County, Pennsylvania (later Delaware).

The first record of the Elrod’s in America appears in the communion records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Lutheran Church in New Castle County on May 16, 1714, where they are recorded as having communion with the Lerchenzeiler’s. The Old Swede church records show the presence of the Elrod’s in New Castle up through early 1721. Sometime in late 1720 or early 1721, Johan and his family moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as his son, Christopher Elrod, is recorded in the church books there as having been born on January 29, 1721

Note: Dietrich’s name is variously referenced as John Teter Elrod, Dietrich Elrod, Johan Dider Elroot, John Dietrick Ellradt, Johan Deter, Johan Teter, Johan Detrich, or John Dietter Elroade. It is believed that Dietrich and Maria had at least thirteen children.
On 18 Nov 1719 John Dieter Elroade sold land to John William Lerchenzeiler. (Ref: New Castle Co. Deeds Book Y-1, p. 521) – “John Dietter Elroade of New Castle Co., Yeoman, conveyed to John William Lerken Siler of the same Co., Yeoman, some Marsh at the mouth of Drawyer’s Creek and a parcel of land on the most northerly branch of Second Drawyer’s Creek on which the above said John William Lerchenzeiler hath built a house and made some improvements” A note says that this transaction suggests that Elrod’s Wife, Maria Magdalene, was John William Lerchenzeiler’s daughter. “Teter Elrod” received a warrant to survey 300 acres, Lancaster Co. PS on 19 Jan, 1733 (Penn. Archives, Series?, Vol. 24, p. 398.) – Ref: Compiled by Charlotte Curlee Ramsey from data submitted by: Jack and Doris Brown Rose, Parker D. Elrod, Lowell Elrod, Pauline Walters.Passenger List

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