Person Sheet

Name Abraham Isaacs Op Den Graeff
Birth 1649, Krefeld, Lower Rhineland, Germany
Death 25 Mar 1731, Perkiomen area, now Montgomery Co., PA
Burial Methacton Mennonite Meeting House Cem.
Flags Speece Ancestry
Father Isaac Hermans Op Den Graeff (1616-1679)
Mother Margaretha 'Grietgen' Peters (Doors?) (~1621-1683)
1 Catharina 'Trintgen' Jansen
Birth abt 1654, Gladback, Lower Rhineland, Germany
Death aft 1703
Father Henericjck Jansen
Mother Jenneken
Marriage 23 Jul 1679, Krefeld, Lower Rhineland, Germany (banns)
Children Gertien (~1681-~1725)

Isaac (1683-1745)

Jacob (~1686-~1750)

Annecken (~1689-)

Margaretha (1691-1755)
Notes for Abraham Isaacs Op Den Graeff
Principal source for family: SPEECE-ROBINSON ANCESTRY, by David B. Boles and Harold W. Boles (1997, Troy, NY).
Birth also found as 1651, and death as Mar. 25, 1731.
Linen weaver. Immigrated with mother and siblings on the 'Concord' Jul. 24, 1683, William Jeffries, Master, arriving in Philadelphia on Oct. 6, 1683. Naturalized at Philadelphia in 1691. He was the subject of the poem "The Pennsylvania Pilgrim," by John Greenleaf Whittier, with stanzas 67 and 68 from the 1872 edition reading:
Or, talking of old home scenes, Op Den Graaf
Teased the low back-log with his shodden staff,
Till the red embers broke into a laugh

And dance of flame, as if they fain would cheer
The rugged face, half tender, half austere,
Touched with the pathos of a homesick tear!
Chester County Ships Listing for The Concord
Date of Arrival: 10/1683 Master: William Jefferies
Passengers listed:
Lenert Aratts (Arents)
Elizabeth Bennett, servant to James Claypoole
Johannes Bleikers
James Claypoole and wife Helena and seven children
Edward Cole, Jr, servant to Claypool
William Hard
Peter Keurlis
Thones Kunder
Hugh Lamb
Jan Lensen
Jan Luykens
Hugh Masland and wife, servant to Claypoole
Abraham Op Den Graeff
Derick Op Den Graeff
Hermann Op Den Graeff
Jan Siemes
Willem Streypers
Leonard Teison (Tyson)
Reyner Teissen
Abraham Tunes
Cicely Wooley, servant to Claypoole
He and brothers obtained 2000 acres from Jacob Telner before leaving Germany, 828 acres of which was in the present Germantown, PA. They established the weaving industry at Germantown. Served as town burgess in 1692, and was member of colonial assemply in 1689, 1690 and 1692. Abraham and brother Herman followed George Keith in the 1692 schism, but brother Derick opposed him. Deeded 50 acres on Jan. 4, 1690 to Jacob Shumacher, who in turn deeded it to the Germantown Friends for their first meeting house in 1693. Had a number of conflicts with civil authorities between 1695 and 1704. Sold house and 828 acres about May 1704 and moved to Perkiomen in the current Montgomery Co., PA. Deeds of Mar. 20 and 27, 1731 show the distribution of his land among his four of his children: Isaac Updegraff, Jacob Up de Graeff, Thomas Howe and Margaret, and Herman In de Hofen and Anne. The reason for the omission of Richard Addams and Gertien is unknown, but many valid explanations can be conjectured. Some also add a daughter Elizabeth, but evidence has not been seen concerning her.
One of 4 signers of the Slavery Protest of 1688. One of eleven receiving a charter for Germantown from William Penn in 1689, and one of 6 named as the original committeemen.
Abraham OpDenGraeff stood by George Keith in the schism of the Pennsylvania Society of Friends over a doctrinal controversy concerning the "Light within" and the "Light without." In doing so, Abraham parted from his brother and returned to the Mennonite fellowship, and George Keith was disowned by the Quakers he had served for thirty years and united with the Episcopal church.

George Keith (1638-1716), by Ethyn Williams Kirby, Ph.D. (1942, New York), page 80
Chapter VI - The Christian Quakers (1692-1693)
Upon their return to Philadelphia from the Yearly Meeting, Keith and his party considered the situation. Their tactics so far had resulted in a stalemate. Keith had no desire to found to a new sect: he merely wished to purify that which he had served so devotedly for the past thirty years, but now he found himself--with a goodly number of followers, it is true--out of unity with the majority of American Quakers. Conciliation and compromise--was it too late for these? The Monthy Meeting of the dominant faction thought it was, as it grimly rejected his advances:
"There being a paper sent to this meeing from a pretended Monthly Meeting held at the house of Philip James, sign'd by George Keith, Thomas Budd, Thomas Godfrey, Abraham Opdegrave, Nicholas Pearce, and Thomas Ritter--which they call a proposal, and Friends having considered thereof do return them answer that our Meeting is fixed at the usual hour as formerly, and that we cannot own them as a Monthly Meeting of the people call Quakers, nor compound with them in any such matter." (1)
(1) "Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Minutes," Pub. of Gen. Soc. of Penn., IV, 165.
Notes for Abraham Isaacs & Catharina 'Trintgen' (Family)
Marriage also found as Aug. 1679.
Last Modified 19 Sep 2010 Created 25 Jan 2003 by Reunion for Macintosh

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