Concord (Ship)

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First Day Cover of joint postage stamp issue by Germany and the USA to commemorate the arrival of the first German immigrants to the USA in 1683.
Source: National Postal Museum

Concord was the name of the ship that carried the first German immigrant group from Europe to America, composed of 13 Mennonite-Quaker families of Krefeld. The ship left the Thames harbor at Gravesend on 24 July 1683 and after a difficult journey of two and one-half months arrived safely at Philadelphia on 6 October 1683. It carried a complement of 40 crewmen and 120 passengers.

No. Head of Household Further Details
1. Leonard Arets variant spellings of the surname: Aratts, Arents, Van Aaken.
2. Abraham Isacks Op den Graeff wife Trintgen (Jansen); later re-joined the Mennonites.
3. Derick Isacks Op den Graeff wife Nolcken (Vyten).
4. Hermann Isacks Op den Graeff wife Liesbet Isacks (Van Bebber), sister Margrit Isaaks Op den Graef, and mother Grietgen (Peters) (died 19 October 1683).
5. Wilhelm Strepers wife Belcken (Tuffers) and children: Peter, 19; Dirck, 17; Leonard, 15; Lysken, 13; and Jennecken, 9. His brother Johann Strepers (wife Anna Doors) bought land from William Penn and sent Wilhelm to represent his interests. Originally a Reformed family.
6. Tönes Coenen-Heggers wife Lentgen (Matteis-Doors), about 33 and children: Conrad, Matthias, Agnes, and Entgen. Variant spellings of the surname: Kunders, Conradts, and Hekkers.
7. Reiner Theissen-Doors Variant spelling of surname: Tyson; brother to Tönes Kunders' and Peter Kürlis' wife's who also came over in 1683. Also known as Leonard Rynier Teison. Reiner Theisen had been raised Mennonite but later had become Reformed before associating with the Quakers.
8. Johann "Jan" Simons wife Merken (Wilhelms-Lucken) and child Merken, about 30; his wife was sister to Johann Lucken.
9. Johann "Jan" Lenssen wife Mercken (Pieters-Schmitz). The only family that were not Quakers; they were Mennonites.
10. Peter Kürlis wife Elisabeth (Doors) and children: Metje, 7; Johannes, 5; Agenes, 2; and Metgen, 1/2 year. Originally a Reformed family.
11. Johannes Bleickers wife and child: Peter, born at Sea.
12. Johann "Jan" Lucken wife Merken (Gastes).
13. Abraham Tunes Klinken wife Beatrix (Lucken); Wife was sister to Johann Lucken.

Author(s) Christian Hege
Date Published 1953

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Hege, Christian. "Concord (Ship)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 19 Sep 2020.

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Hege, Christian. (1953). Concord (Ship). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 September 2020, from


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 665. All rights reserved.

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