Johann Leonhardt Feg 1717-1758

Ancestry Settles In Penn’s Woods

John Leonhardt Feg’s father Johann Peter Schneider Feg and his family arrived in America in 1710 with about 3,000 fellow German ancestors. They had minimal food provisions and tents for lodging on Nutten Island off the southern tip of present-day New York City. Today this area is known as Governors Island. The purpose of this small island stay was to quarantine individuals for potential diseases.  (Visit German Palatine Migration to America)

Next, the English authorities moved many of my ancestors north in the Spring of 1711 on the Hudson River into settlement areas to satisfy an obligation to pay off their passage from England. Peter Schneider Feg and family had settled in the West Camp now Saugerties NY area. After the failure of the pine tar project to pay off their passage and the English reneging on Queen Anne’s promise of 40 acres of land to each head of the household, the new German settlers were fed up with the local English authorities. (Visit First Settlement in America 1710)

Nutting Island 1710
Governors Island,
New York City

In the Fall of 1712, about 50 Palatine families made the three-week 60-mile journey to Schoharie River Valley. In today’s geography, this area is situated west of Schenectady, NY. My ancestry family as listed below made the trip later about 1716. (Visit Ancestry Family moves to Schoharie Area 1712-1722)

Fifth Great Grandfather’s Family

My 5th great-grandfather was born in 1717 in Schoharie County, Colony of New York. At the young age of 7 moved with his family (Johann Peter Schneider Feg) to the Tulpehocken Valley in the Colony of Pennsylvania.  We will discover if Johann Leonhardt follows his father as a hard-working German farmer in the Tulpehocken Valley, Berks County, Pennsylvania. (Visit New Home for Johann Peter Schneider Feg and Family )

  • Johann Peter Schneider Feg 1672-1744 (6th great-grandfather)
  • His wife Anna Maria Risch 1681-unknown
  • Anna Catharine, daughter 1698-1747
  •          Married: John Rieth 1736
  • Anna Eve, daughter 1700-1781
  •           Married: Conrad Weiser, Jr 1722
  • Eva Elisabeth, daughter 1702-1781
  • Elisabetha, daughter 1713-1777
  •            Married: Peter Schaffer 1729
  • Anna Margaretha, daughter 1715-1758
  •            Married: Nicolaus Geiger 1739
  • Johann Peter, son 1720-1790
  •            Married: Christina Karr 1743
  • Johann Leonhardt, son 1717-1758 my 5th great-grandfather
  •             Married: Johanna Von Huss (Hussen) 1742

Fourth New Home for My Ancestors

After 34 years in colonial America, Johann Peter Schneider Feg’s dream for his family of land to build a house, to farm and to become part of a community was finally accomplished in the Tulpehocken Valley, today Berks County Pennsylvania.   William Penn’s Charter of Liberties provided the legal and moral foundation for my ancestors to settlement in the Colony Of Pennsylvania.

My ancestors and many others staked out their land claims while the local Lenape Indians claimed they owned the same land. Johan Peter Schneider Feg made a claim for 190 acres located next to the Tulpehocken Creek and south of Charming Forge in the area identified as Plumpton Manor. After several legal battles and numerous Indian treaties, the path to land ownership via a deed became available. The Deed B-622b  was recorded in Heidelburg Township, Lancaster County 5, December 1739 for a payment of 76 pounds for the land.

Plumpton Manor, Heidelberg Township
New Home for Peter Feg and Family

Peter and family worked the land, built a house and barn and raised a family of six children.  Daughters Anna Catherine, Elizabetha, and Anna Margaretha married while living in Plumpton Manor. Before they arrived in Tulpehocken daughter Anna Eve married Conrad Weiser, Jr.

Likewise, sons Johann Peter and Johann Leonhardt married while living at the Plumpton Manor homestead.

Marriage and Family

At age 25 Johann Leonhardt Feg aka Fege, Faeg, Fake 1717-1758  married Johanna Von Hussen on November 2, 1742, at Reed’s Church. This church was the first Lutheran church in the Tulpehocken area that my ancestry family attended.

Before formal houses of worship families gathered in homes and in warmer months, they used barns.

Children from their marriage are Anna Marie, Johannes, and Peter.

  • Anna Marie Feg 1737-unknown
  • Johannes Faeg Fake 1745-1821
  •           Married: Veronica Feg Abt 1766
  • Peter Feg Faeg 1749-1790
  •           Married: Christina Karr date?

Land and Farming

On January 12, 1737, a land Warrant was issued to Leonard Fake by the Commonwealth for approximately 400 acres located in the Tulpehocken add Bethal Townships, Lancaster County. This area became Berks County in 1752.  The process involves a land survey, approval of the survey by officials and then the final step is a deed transfer to the “Patentee.” In this case, my fifth great grandfather ended up with about 150 acres of farmland to raise his family.

The settlement of Johann Leonhardt Feg’s estate was not a simple task. My fourth great grandfather was the oldest in the survival family where Anna Marie and Peter were underage and their mother Johanna had remarried,  Thus, hearings by the Orphans Court to assign guardians for Anna Marie and Peter were held. Next, a hearing to establish or appraise the value was accomplished. Peter and his guardian purchased the 150-acre homestead at the set value of 700 pounds. Proceeds were divided amongst the will parties as listed above.

It should be noted this is the first time that my surname “Fake” was used on a public document such as a land warrant (1737), deed, birth or death certificate in Berks County County, Pennsylvania.

Family Church

Johann Leonhardt Feg was a charter member in 1743 of the new Christ Lutheran Church located in Stouchsburg, Heidelburg Township. Johann Leonhardt Feg died at the early age of 41 in 1758 in Tulpehocken, Berks County. He is resting in eternity at the Christ Lutheran Church cemetery. The second church building was constructed in 1785, later remodeled in 1885 and 1888.

Next Post Farming

The next post will discuss early farming in the Berks and Lebanon areas of the rich limestone Lebanon Valley stretching from the Lehigh River on the east to the Susquehanna River on the west end of the valley. Why is this topic important?  Most of my grandfathers were farmers from 1716 to 1950.

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Ronald L. Fake

Pennsylvania native from York County. After graduating from Wrightsville High School enlisted in U.S. Navy. While in the Navy working in the field of Aviation Electronics decided to enroll in college. Selected San Diego State University with a focus on urban geography and environmental studies. After graduation in 1968 worked with county and state governments, and private industry on the environmental impacts of transportation projects. After retirement started my ancestry research and today I am writing that history as a blog at