Sketch of the Life of Michael Shuck 1866 to 1875 (Dr. Michael Shuck, Lebanon Ky. son of John Shuck and Mary B. Shuck) The Shucks were from Germany's Rhine Valley. They settled in Lancaster Co., and Bucks County. Emigrated to Ky. from Bucks County December 1799 by way of the Ohio River by flatboat. The flatboat became snagged three miles below Pittsburgh and landed on shore still in Pennsylvania and remained there for repairs until the river froze over on the 15th of Dec. They moved with the water until they reached the Falls of the Ohio at Louisville and then to Marion Ohio, "We could scarcely go half mile from out house through the woods without seeing flocks of 2 to 12 deer. Turkeys were abundant, also squirrels and rabbit. Wolves would howl most hideously." *** The Journey from Germany The Journey to Pennsylvania fell into three parts. The first part of the journey, and by no means the easiest, was the trip down the Rhine to Rotterdam. This lasted from the beginning of May to the end of October amid such hardships as could not be adequately described with their misery. The Rhine boats passed 26 custom houses from Heilbronn to Holland at all of which the ships were examined. The trip down the Rhine lasts from 4 to 6 weeks. When they arrive in Holland they waited from 5 to 6 weeks for a ship. In the meantime they had spent nearly all they had. The next stop was Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Here there was another delay of 2 weeks to either be passed through the custom house or to wait for favorable winds. When the ships had for the last time weighed their anchors at Cowes or Dover, the real misery began with the long ocean voyage which lasted seven weeks. Passengers were packed like herrings wothout proper food or water. Diseases such as dysentery, scurvy, typhoid and small pox were common. Children died in large numbers. One ship reported the death of 32 children. Gales raged for 2 or 3 nights and days and during this the people would cry and pray piteously. When the Delaware River was reached and the City of Brotherly Love came in sight another delay occurred. A health officer visited the ship for inspection. Then the new arrivals were led in a procession to the City Hall where they must render the Oath of Allegiance to the King of Great Britian. The majority of the ships arrived in the fall when the hardships of winter were staring newcomers in the face. The wonder is not that so many succumbed but that so many faced the hardships uncomplainingly and after a few years emerged from all difficulties as successful farmers. They came with 2 documents. One a certificate of health from their home district and the other a letter of recommendation issued by the pastor of their home church. ----------- The above copied from an unattributed typed manuscript. This might be from T. E. Register of the Kentucky Historical Society p. 101, Vol. 44, 1946.
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