Hi Carl:

So very, very good to hear from you. Every time I come across the Yerian name, I think of you and your wonderful database. Yes, we are still at the same address.

I've not heard from Jim Weaver. I've been in contact with a couple people looking for copies of his book and no one seems to be able to locate him. I don't recall his age but believe he became interested in genealogy upon retirement.

Now about the "new" information on Matthias Jurion. It was kind of serendipity that I learned about this. Let me backtrack a little. My maiden name is Sprinkle and I devote more than half of my research time to that line. I'm an active contributor to the Sprinkle List at Rootsweb and one of the subscribers is Ken McCrea. Ken often leads groups to Salt Lake City and was going again last May. The Sprinkle List Owner, Kristy, and I decided to join him. In preparation, Ken asked us to send him a summary of some of the things we planned to search in SLC. Somehow in explaining what I intended to research with regard to my Thomas line, I mentioned the name Yerian.

Ken is a frequent lecturer at genealogy meetings and gatherings. One of his talks is on immigration. As part of this talk, he discusses indentures. He has only ever seen one indenture "document" in his life and uses it as an example in his lecture. And guess who it's for? Matthias Jurion!

German Immigrant Indenture
From The Balch Institute in Philadelphia

This Indenture made the first day of November in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred & thirty two. Witnesseth that Matthias Irion late
of Durlach in Germany, for & in consideration of the sum of sixteen pounds
& nineteen shillings lawfull money of Pennsylvania paid for his passage
from Holland to Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania of his own
free & voluntary consent doth bind himself a servant unto David Kaufman of
Oley in ye County of Philada & province aforesaid to serve him his heirs
execrs Adminrs or assigns from the day of the date hereof the full term of
three years & nine months ~ ~ Thence next ensuing to be fully compleat &
ended during all which sd. term the said servant his sd. master his heirs
execrs adminrs or assigns during the sd. term of three years & nine months
~ ~ shall find & provide for the servant sufficient meat drink apparel
washing & lodging fitting for a servant during the sd. term and after the
expiration of the sd. term give the sd. servant two suits of apparrel one
whereof to be new ~ and for the true performance of all & every the sd.
covenants & agreements either of the sd. parties binds himself unto the
other firmly by these presents. In witness whereof they have
interchangeably herunto set their hands & seals dated the day & year first
David Kaufman

Sealed & Delivered in the presence of us John Ashmead, junr, Henry Pastorius
- - end quote

Of course we already knew that Matthias arrived in Philadelphia on or about 11 Oct 1732, on the Ship Pleasant. Apparently passengers would arrive without paying for their passage. They would then remain onboard until someone could be found to pay the passage. . .and to whom the passenger would become indentured. The younger and stronger you were, the sooner someone would select you, pay for your passage, and get you off the boat, so to speak. So it looks like all the paperwork was done on Matthias in about two weeks. Not too bad!

Notice, too, that David Kaufman, the man to whom Matthias was indentured, lived in Oley. We know our Matthias lived near there, as that is where son John George was baptized one year later.

What's neat about this document is that it gives us the town in which Matthias was living in Germany: Durlach. While we were in SLC, Ken and I checked the Durlach baptismal, etc. records and while we did find two entries for individuals with the name of Irion, we did not find Matthias. We checked surrounding parishes as well. But perhaps we just didn't check the proper parish. Durlach is just southeast of Karlsruhe.

I'm still not sure if Matthias was married when he arrived in this country. . .or met, courted, and married Maria Magdalena. . .and they had a child all in the space of one year. It also seems unusual to me (although I'm not savvy about these things) that someone who was indentured would marry. But, the indenture document mentions nothing about a wife. Perhaps Maria Magdalena also worked for David Kaufman.

In any event, I think this find is really neat. . .and it does give us the name of the town from which Matthias emigrated. On my next trip to SLC, I'll check some additional parishes in the area.

I still don't have all of your data entered into my database. Just not enough time in any day. A little over a year ago, I stopped working and I thought I'd be able to get all of my genealogy organized. . .but no such luck. I've been too busy! Have done a lot of travelling (at least a trip a month, it seems. . .although that came to an abrupt halt since September 11th) and work out at a health club with a personal trainer 4 days a week.

Let me know what's new with you and your Yerian research.