Johann Lawyer-the Immigrant
The History of Herkimer County, New York mentions the early immigrants as “German Palatines”, which were driven out of their home by religious persecution. They first went to London, then to America. The term “”German Palatinate” was used to describe the large second and third immigration to America (late 1600’-early 1700’s). A large part of the later immigration were from Southwestern Germany, Alsace and the Netherlands.
The thirty Year War under King Louis XIV, created cruel living conditions for these long suffering people. Yet, when they arrived to America the conditions were not different. Many were put into apprenticeships almost like slavery under the Colonial Governor. These dissolute, uneducated people decided to remove themselves to Schohaire Valley in New York. Finally life began to improve for them.
The Herkimer County, New York history goes on to mention that almost all the original settlers of Stone Arabia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palatine,_New_York) , came over in 1710 from Germany known as Duchy of Hesse-Nassau.
Johann Lawyer, along with John Christian Gerlach, William York, Johann and Hendrick Frey and Godfrey DeWulven petitioned for a tract of land that included a meadow and woods in Mohacks Country, between the Cayadutta and Canada Kill, 7th March 1722. A survey warrant was issued 1 November 1722, a license to purchase the next day and a deed from the Canajohaire Indians was obtained 19 October 1723.
Several of the original petitioners may have not journeyed to this new land, for they were not found in Stone Arabia records for the early years.
The information I obtained was from an Address by John B. Koetteritz of Little Falls, given to the Herkimer County Historical Society on 8 June 1897, honoring Andrew Finck, Major in the Revolutionary Wars. (https://archive.org/stream/papersreadbefore11herk#page/n326/mode/1up)
Johann Lawyer is the ancestor I am researching. His only mention in the papers was a part of the Petitioners. This gives me another clue where to look next for Johann Lawyer, aka John Lawyer of Schohaire County, New York.
POSSIBLE Descendants of Johann Lawyer (still under research verifying conflicting dates)
Johann Lawyer 1684-1762 and Elizabeth Otto1684-1760
Johannes Lawyer1725-1794 and Christina Sternberger 1732-1808
Johannes Lawyer 1751-1818 and Engel (Angelica) Schwart 1747-1834
Johannes Lawyer 1792-1836 and Ruth Allen 1799-
Following information form Family Bible
Addison Joseph Lawyer 1823-1851 and Mary Susanna Huntington 1827-1904
Mary Anna Lawyer 1856-1936 and Willard Durlin McKinstry 1850-1919
Edward Lawyer McKinstry 1897-1962 and Norma Haskell 1900-1942
Mary Alice McKinstry 1928-2011 and Private Information.