HUMMEL, FREDERICK, was a native of Pfalz, in Germany, born April 14, 1722. With some friends he came to America about 1738, and subsequently took up a large body of land where Hummelstown is located. In 1762, foreseeing the advantages, he laid out on a portion of his tract a town, which he named Frederickstown, but was changed upon his death to that now bestowed upon it. He donated land for the erection of the Lutheran and German Reformed churches, and erected a school house, directing that English branches should be taught therein. He was an active participant in the French and Indian war, and when the frontiers were setting an example to people of the three original counties to prepare for resistance to British injustice he was chairman of the patriotic meeting of Derry, held at Hummelstown in June 1774. He died at his residence on the 25th of June, 1775, aged fifty-three years. He was the ancestor of a large family, who can look with pride to the high-born zeal, energy and patriotism of their progenitor. His remains, with those of his wife and children, are interred in the Lutheran church graveyard at Hummelstown.
Very little is known of the ancestor, Frederick Hummel, but some insight into his character may be gained from the following advice to his children contained in his will: "After this I leave my blessing to them all, and have God before you always, then the Lord and great Jehovah will bless you now and for evermore, Amen."
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Donna WhippleDwhip79307@aol.com for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – http://maley.net/transcription.
Date of Transcription: 7 Feb 2001
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