The Delaware River, large and imposing, looks much as it did over 200 years ago but the surroundings are far from the same. Wooden piers have been replaced by concrete and steel and passage to New Jersey is by bridge (the Ben Franklin) not boat. Ellis Pugh, my six times great grandfather, landed here with his family in 1687 with his family to settle in the Welch Tract promised to the Welch Quakers. More about that in a later post. I began this trip to Pennsylvania unsure of when (or if) Jacob Croy began his life in America here. Now it is clear. With the help of some friendly and expert help from the people at the History Society of Pennsylvania, I wound my way through microfilm to discover the exact day he floated up the Delaware and landed in Philadelphia, taking the oath required by all who entered the colony at that time. Until I receive permission from the Society, I can’t show the actual text but it says, “At the Courthouse of Philadelphia, October 12th 1741 Present George Thomas, Esq. Lieutenant Governor, Samuel Hasell & Abraham Taylor Esq. The Palatine’s whos Names are underwritten imported in the Ship Friendship Alex(ander) Thomson Master from Roterdam but last from Cowes did on this day take oaths to that Government” Below listed in halting writing were “Jacob Croy” and another Croy that at this time I think is “Simon Jacob Croy” but it is difficult to cypher. I will research this more later but for now it seems that Grace Croy Steck, who did her own research in the early 1930’s, was right. When he arrived, he could easily have walked down an alley like this one which still exists in Philadelphia.