Daniel Sourpeck immigrated to the British Colonies in North America, in the early 1770’s, along with who may have been a brother, or at least a relative, George Wilhelm Sourpeck. They settled in Chester County, West Marlborough Township, New Jersey, where they are listed as follows: "Pennsylvania Archives," 3rd Series, Vol 12, page 113, Chester County Tax Rates 1774, West Marlborough Pennsylvania, rate, lists: Daniel & George "Sowerpike. " According to the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Volume 49, page 25, George relocated to Hunterdon County, Reading Township, New Jersey, per the New Jersey tax rates for May 1779 and September, 1779, George "Sowerpeak," householder 1/4 acre,owing 1 horse, 2 horned cattle and 3 hogs." George relocated to Easton, Northmapton County, Pennsylvania. Daniel "Sowerpack" relocated to Hamilton Township, Cumberland County, and is shown in 1780, Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3 Volume 20, page 215, owning 2 horses.
American Revolutionary Soldiers of Franklin County, Pennsylvania (as on file at the PA State Library, Harrisburg, PA), pg. 200, DANIEL SOURPIKE, "Is shown in service in 1780, under Capt. Samuel Patton Command of Col. Samuel Culbertson. As Daniel Sowerpack he was taxable in Hamilton Twp., 1778-79-80, and on Apr. 16, 1778, Daniel Sourbeek signed the Oath of Allegiance at Carlisle before Justice John Creigh." Penna Archives, 5th Series, Vol. 6, p. 278."
"I Daniel Sourpeck, do acknowledge the United States of America to be Free, Independent, and Sovereign States, and declare that the people thereof owe no allegiance or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain; and I renounce, refute and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him; and I do swear that I will to the utmost of my power, support, maintain, and defend the said United States, against the said King George the Third, his heirs and successors, and his and their abettors, assistants and adherents; and will serve the said United States in the office of the Continental Army."
August 28, 1780 - CLASS ROLL OF THE SECOND COMPANY FOURTH BATTALION OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY MILITIA, COMMANDED BY COLONEL SAMUEL CULBERTSON AUGUST 28, 1780. (b.) Pennsylvania Archives Fifth Series, Volume 6, Page 277-278, Associates and Militia, Second Class, Daniel Sourpike.
In 1780, Daniel was still living in Hamilton Township, Cumberland County - PA Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. 20, page 215, for Tax Rates PA in 1780, lists Daniel Sowerpack, owns 2 horses.
According to the first census of the United States, in 1790, Daniel had relocated to West Pennsboro Township. Somewhere between 1780 and 1790 Daniel got married to Margaret (last name unknown), and they had a daughter, Mary Ann Sourbeck, and a son John Sourbeck. The U.S. Census only identified the head of the household until 1850, where all names began to be listed. Up until then the census identified the number of females and males and an age range.
On September 9, 1790, Daniel purchased a lot from the Presbyterian Church at Big Spring. The congregation was selling lots in order build a town. The sale of the lots was continued at different dates for eight to ten years till all were sold. Many lots were sold on the same day; for example, all the out lots were sold on the 9th of April 1795. They were sold not at auction to the highest bidder but at uniform and fixed prices.
There was a large list of the original purchasers, which included Daniel Sourpike. The town was called Newville, and no records have been found to date that he built a residence.
The census of 1800 reflects that Daniel and his family relocated to Dickson Township. In addition, Daniel and Margaret had two additional children; Daniel and Jane, this brings the number of children to four and based on records completes their family.
Tax records from 1802 through 1823 show them residing still in Dickson Township. The 1820 census reflects that their children had grown and left.
I have searched hundreds of cemetery records, plus visited many cemeteries and have not located where Daniel and Margaret are buried. Based on census records, Daniel would have died around 1825.
Children of Daniel & Margaret Sourpeck:
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Mary Ann Sourpeck (1783-1865)
Daniel Sourpeck (1792-1870)
Jane Sourbeck (About 1795- About 1888)
I continue to conduct research on Daniel and will be going back to the Pennsylvania State Library in Harrisburg in a couple of weeks. I know there are more records on Daniel there-so check back