A native of Switzerland, and a refugee from the Palatinate, Germany, with his wife and a portion of his family, emigrated to America in 1736, landing at Philadelphia on the 16th of September that year from the "ship, 'Princess Augusta,' Samuel Merchant, master, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes." He settled in what is now Heidelberg township, Lebanon county, PA, then in Lancaster county, in the neighborhood of Scheafferstown. (Pennsylvania Genealogies, William Henry Egle, 1896.)Children:
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In "Claiborne County and Its People", by Claiborne Historical Society, 1984
The Tomas family was TOOMS in Switzerland. They left Switzerland and went to Heidleburg, Germany, as they were Lutherans and their name became Thomas. Martin Thomas and brother came to America on the ship "Crown" from Rotterdam Aug. 30, 1749 to Pa. where they established Heidleburg, Pa., near Lancaster, Pa.
Martin Thomas was born 1704 in Germany. His wife was Barbara, born 1704. Both are buried in Papersville, TN. Jacob was a Private in the 8th Class of Capt. Nash Abramies Company. This was submited by Bashie W. Kincaid
He emigrated with his family to America in the year 1749, landing at Philadelphia on the 30th of August that year, his father having preceded him several years. The ship, "Crown," Michael James, master, in which they embarked, was heavily laden, having no less than five hundred souls on board on its arrival, out of over six hundred at leaving Rotterdam. The mortality on that crowded vessel was fearful, and it is hardly probable that the family of Martin Thomas entirely escaped. He became quite prominent in the early history of Heidelberg township, where he settled; was lieutenant of a ranging company on the frontiers during the French and Indian wars, and overseer of roads in 1761. (Pennsylvania Genealogies, William Henry Egle, 1896 p. 601.)