Christopher "Stoffel" Haymaker 1
- Born: Abt 1700, Germany Or England
- Marriage (1): Unknown
- Died: 1788, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA about age 88
Notes for CHRISTOPHER "STOFFEL" HAYMAKER:
Family legend holds that Stoffel married a Lady Gordon (perhaps Elizabeth Gorden) in England, and that she sold her jewels to pay for their trip to America. Legend is that he was a German peasant who escaped to Scotland where he was employed by Lord or Earl Gordon. Christophel Haymaker (or Heumacher) was said to have stood about 7 feet tall. Stoffel bought land in about 1738 or 1739 in Bucks County, PA, but later lost it, possibly because he did not file the correct papers. Bucks Co. was one of the three original counties in PA. He is known to have been in Pennsylvania in the 1750's, and is listed along with William Haycock in land records for Bucks County, PA in 1756 at Rockhill. It appears he bought 10 acres adjacent to the plantation of Daniel Huertner (source: Land Records for Bucks County, PA: www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/landrecordspage2.html). "Rockhill was one destination of a wave of German immigration that came up the Perkiomen and set across into Bucks county, 1720-1730. Germans were among its very earliest settlers and it has maintained its German status ... Our knowledge of the pioneers is limited, being of that class that rarely preserves recorded family history or tradition. The earliest purchase made in Rockhill was by John Furnace, a barber of Philadelphia, the deed bearing the date December 11, 1701, for 300 acres" (Davis, 1876). Stoffel was in western Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War, which began about 1754, but it is not known if he played a role in the early skirmishes around Fort Duquesne (built at present-day Pittsburgh) or Fort Necessity. During that time the settlers had to be on constant guard against Indian attacks, as the Indians worked with the French in attempting to dislodge the English settlers. Christopher may have been killed by Indians, and was probably an Indian trader. Family legend is that he killed an Indian, and the others vowed to get him. His remains were reportedly lifted and interred in Old Plum Creek Cemetery, now called Laird Church Cemetery, but that has not been confirmed. It is not known why he was in Pittsburgh when he died. Did he live in Plum township? This family spelled the name Heumacher.
"One of the pioneer men was an Indian fighter. He was a huge man, over 7 feet tall. Legend has it that he killed several Indians single-handed. They vowed they would "get" him, and they did. When they buried him, they cut off his feet at the ankles. Dr. Edward M. Haymaker, retired Missionary from Guatemala, was present when this grave was exhumed for some reason. The grave revealed the skeleton of an extremely tall man, minus feet" (source: Ralph & Dorothy Hodgdon, Zoar Ohio, 1978 letter to Mary H. West).
A man named Rudolph Hamaker was naturalized in Bucks County, Pa on 10 April 1756. Could this be a relative of Christopher Haymaker?
More About CHRISTOPHER "STOFFEL" HAYMAKER:
Burial: Cemetery where the village of Verona now stands
Church: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran
Immigration: Abt. 1730, Came to America
Purchased land: January 26, 1738/39, 201 acres in Bucks Co, PA
Residence: Lehigh Co, PA