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Solomon Glotfelty
a.k.a Solomon Glattfelder, Glatfelder, Glotfelder, etc

Solomon Glattfelder was born in Glattfelden, Zurich Switzerland on 1 Feb 1738 and christened on 23 Feb 1738 according to the Eglisau Parish records.  His parents were Casper Glattfelder and Elizabeth Lauffer.

Solomon left with his parents for America in 1743 and arrived at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the ship Francis and Elizabeth on 30 Aug 1743.  It is not clear whether his mother died on the ship or shortly thereafter, but suffice it to say,  that his father was remarried to an Anna Maria by the time they settled at today's Glatfelter's Station in York County, Pennsylvania.

Solomon was apprenticed to a blacksmith by his father before he was twenty-one.  At some point Solomon withheld some wages from his father which caused a great falling out between father and son.  In his father's will, the father, Casper, bequeathed to his son, Solomon, "Fifteen pounds, and Ten Pounds He Did Receive of His Master Which Should belong to His Father because he Had not His Age, I therefore Bequeath unto Him One English Shilling for all his Hereditary right and Inheritance which He Has to Seek of us".

About 1766, Solomon married Maria Eva Friensch, daughter of Johan Philip Friensch (a.k.a French) and Marie Magdaline.  Their first two children, Maria Magdelena and Eva Margaret were born in York County, Pennsylvania.  In 1770 they moved to Frederick County, Maryland where John Adam,  Anna Maria and Elisabeth were born.  Casper (Jasper), John Henry, Jacob, and Catherine Elizabeth were born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.  They went to Somerset County in 1777.

Solomon at some point took on the name Glotfelty.  A majority of his descendants carry this name today and are found in Garrett County, Maryland; Somerset County, Pennsylvania; and elsewhere.    Known descendants can be viewed in the following databases:  


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