To learn about Michael App’s origins we can apply what is known about cultural habits in the early 1700’s in Germany, patterns of immigration, and everyday life in a new land. We might also learn more by researching the stories of the people with whom he traveled.
Michael App and his wife Elisabeth raised their four children in a snug log house on the land that Michael claimed upon his arrival. It was built in 1752, and contained just two rooms (the first floor and the second floor) with the entire west end being the fireplace.
Michael App made his last will and testament on March 25, 1808, and died the following year in 1809. His resting place is listed as a non-cemetery burial. His will was written in old German script, and in 2017 was transcribed from the old German and translated into English.
2021 Map of App surname distribution in Germany.
The settlement of Michael App’s will in 1809 by a lower court was appealed and heard by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on March 22, 1823.
How did Michael App acquire his land upon his arrival in 1752? The area was still under British rule, and this is how land ownership evolved.