Andreas Sails Aboard the Charming Nancy

Port of Philadelphia in the early 1700s by Peter Cooper.

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22 Responses

  1. Laura Angehr says:

    I love reading about your relative Andreas Hagenbuch. He is also my relative ( 6th GGFather) on my mother’s side through her grandfather, Hiram Cleveland Varner.

    • Evelyn says:

      Hello distant cousin. My 6th great grandfather is also Andreas Hagenbuch! On my mother’s side through her grandmother who was Rosanna Hagenbuch. See my reply to Andrew below.
      This is so exciting to find new cousins.

  2. Sara says:

    I’m interested to find out more information. I’ve been doing extensive research of my own family. This article is very similar to the story I found on my own ancestor Jorg Heinrich Ernstberger. Same ship, same arrival date, same wife, as well as Barbara being mentioned. I found my information through a historical organization. Let me know if you’d like to read what I have. I would like to get correct story before adding to my own family tree. Thank you Sara

  3. Charles Hostetler says:

    Excellent Story Where did you get the formal description of the Charming Nancy ? My family arrived in American in 1738 on this same ship and I require a copy of the British Registry for her. thank you

    • Andrew Hagenbuch says:

      Hi Charles. Glad you enjoyed reading it! So there are a few secondary sources out there that mention the ship as being 115 tons. Here is an example:

      However, we don’t have a primary source for the information at this time. If you come across one, please let us know!

      • Evelyn says:

        Hello, distant cousin. My 6th gggrandfather was Andreas Hagenbuch who arrived in Philadelphia in 1737 on the Charming Nancy. A great granddaughter Rosanna Hagenbuch was my great grandmother on my mother’s side (through Beer/s, Redline, and Tobias). I was born in Reading, PA. I’d love to know your lineage. I’m so glad I found this Hagenbuch link for my genealogy research!

  4. Amy says:

    Hello Andrew,
    So are you sure the photo you have of Philadelphia is actually that city. The reason I ask is I am comparing it with other early photos and there are no bun top roofs in that city.

  5. Sylvia Toy says:

    Christain Burgi (Burkie) (Berkey), (Burgli), whose child died on the Charming Nancy on August 19, 1737, was my 5th great grandfather. I would love to see his signature. How do I access that archive? The current spelling in our area is Berkey but I have seen many alternate spellings.

  6. I found this so very interesting my family that came over were the Casper Nolf Family I was born a Fields in Elk county Pa and relatives also consist of Fields,bennett,Hutchins ,Leck

  7. Thanks for posting this amazing story. Johann Jacob Wetzel (I)-3515, last of Hereford Township, Berks County, PA. was my 5th great grandfather. He also was on the Charming Nancy and arrived (qualified), Oct. 8, 1737. I am Calvin James Wetzel Jr.-20609, Grandson of David George Wetzel-20612, Baptized, May 30, 1895 in Weatherly, Carbon County, PA. by pastor, A.M. Masonheimer. Reference numbers from, Charles Kerchner, Cmdr., USN, Retired, of Emmaus, PA. author of “Descendants chart for some Wetzel’s of S.E. PA.”

  8. Karin J Culter says:

    Thanks for the interesting story about Andreas Hagenbuch and his journey to the Colonies! He is my 6th great grandfather from his daughter, Anna Elizabeth b. 27 April 1754 in Albany, Berks, PA, who married John Adam Reichelsderfer. It’s just been hard to figure out who Anna’s mother was. It seems that she might be the 3rd wife of Andreas, Maria Margaret (Anna?) Friedler. Not sure!!

  9. Scottie Berlin says:

    This was a very insightful read. Great article.

    3 of my paternal ancestors were on the Charming Nancy to Pennsylvania, Hans Jacob Barlin, Geo. Fredk. Barlin, and Abraham Barlin. I really wish I was able to find an accurate portrait of the Charming Nancy for my family tree, unfortunately I have yet to find one.

    What I mean by accurate is that the ship in the portrait is the right one, as when I’ve done searching online, several paintings for ships come up all claiming to be the Charming Nancy, even some that are obviously named something else.

    How am I to know which is the right one as they all look completely different from one another…very frustrating.

  10. Leah says:

    Hi thanks for this interesting article! I live in Plymouth, England, and have been researching my maternal great grandmother’s lineage – she was from Pennsylvania and married British Great-Grandfather. Andreas seems to be my 8th great grandfather through his son Heinrich. Interesting to see that Andreas would have spent some time in my home town on the way to Pennsylvania.

    • Andrew Hagenbuch says:

      Hi Leah. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reaching out! What a unique story and connection. We’d love to know more about your great grandmother and your Hagenbuch line. If you contact us via this page, we could discuss through email: We look forward to hearing from you!

  11. William Eshbach says:

    My paternal ancestors were on board the 1737 Charming Nancy, Peter Eschbacher (Espacher) on the manifest, along with his wife Eliza and newborn son Christian. He born in July, so either right before boarding or right after boarding. What an ordeal during the crossing with a newborn. They were Mennonites. Lived in the Bally area of Berks Co. Pa.

    • Andrew Hagenbuch says:

      Hi William. Thanks for your comment and glad that you found our site! I also appreciate that you confirmed some children were, indeed, listed on the ship’s manifest. I took a look and saw all three of your ancestors were there!

      • Melssa Beard says:

        I believe my great grandfather came over from Sweden in the mid 1890s. How do I find out previous information from Sweden and Switzerland family who came across in the 1770s as I have no family left who can give me this information and I do not know any previous names except Great Grandpa’s last name was Erickson?

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