ANTES, Col. Philip Frederick

Male 1730 - 1801  (71 years)

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  • Name ANTES, Philip Frederick 
    Prefix Col. 
    Born 2 Jul 1730  Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    • From Daughters Of The American Revolutlon: Philip Frederick Antes, (1730-1801), was a member of the Committee of Safety of Philadelphia County and Colonel of Associators. He cast the first cannon this side of the Atlantic and Lord Howe placed a reward on his head. This induced him to remove to Northumberland County where in 1780 he was Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
    • Colonel Philip Frederic Antes was born July 2, 1730, in Frederictown, Montgomery County, now Philadelphia County, Pa. He was a delegate from Philadelphia to the Provincial Conference of June 18, 1775, held at Carpenters Hall, and also to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention of July 15, 1776. Brother Antes was a lieutenant-colonel in Colonel Pott's Battalion Philadelphia County Militia, 1776, and was a member of the Committee of Safety of Philadelphia County. He was commissioned Justice of the Peace by Pennsylvania Convention, 1776; he was Colonel of the Sixth Battalion Philadelphia Associators, May 6, 1777. The British government had prohibited all iron or brass foundries in the Provinces from working, but encouraged the manufacture of pig iron and copper ingots, for exportation. The manufacture of Bar iron, blooms and nails was forbidden, as were all sorts of castings for domestic or culinary purposes.

      When the war broke out the American army was sadly in want of cannon; Frederic Antes, on account of his various talents and mechanical ability, was induced to undertake the task of providing cannon, and it was but a short time before he succeeded in casting an efficient four-pounder at Valley Furnace. This was the beginning of the manufacture of Artillery in the United States, and also came near being the end of Brother Colonel Antes, as Lord Howe, who was then Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, set a reward of three hundred pounds on his head. General Washington persuaded Colonel Antes to leave that part of the country, and disposing of his property, which consisted of a farm and mill near Valley Forge, he removed to Northumberland; at one time he was so closely pursued that he escaped by the back door of his house at the moment the British soldiers entered the front door.

      He found the new country very interesting and he did much for the early settlers. Colonel Antes joined the Masonic Fraternity in one of the Military Lodges, and was one of the brethern who assisted in planting the seed in this rich and beautiful valley, as one of the Warrant members of Lodge No. 22, and when Brother Captain Stephen Chambers removed to Lancaster, Brother Antes was elected Worshipful Master unanimously, and reelected nine consecutive times, serving as such from June 24, 1780, to December 27, 1784. The meetings of the Lodges for several years were held in Brother Antes 's home which stood at the site of the new Pennsylvania station, Northumberland, and during his administration the Lodge seemed to thrive.

      In 1780 he was appointed commissioner to receive forage and supplies at Sunbury and Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and November 18, 1780, he was appointed Justice of Northumberland County, and made president of the Courts. He became Treasurer of the county and served as such longer than any other incumbent of that position, was first appointed in February, 1782, serving until December, 1784, he was reappointed 1788, serving until his death in 1801. He was elected to the General Assembly of Pennsylvania in 1784, 1785 and 1786.

      He married Barbara Tyson, May 8, 1755, and several years after her death married Catherine Schuler, on August 17, 1775, their only daughter Catherine married Simon Snyder, who was three times Governor of Pennsylvania. Col. Antes was one of the persons designated to sign the issue of $200,000 in paper money issued April 10, 1771. He also filled other offices, and aided the celebrated Dr. Priestley, greatly, in preparing instruments to perfect his great discovery of oxygen gas, and the great philosopher speaks warmly of his skill in his memoirs : " It was a singularly fortunate circumstance that I found at Northumberland several excellent workmen in metal, who could repair my instruments, make all the new articles I wanted in the course of my experimenting, as well as, if not in some respects better than, I could have had them done in Birmingham, and in the society of Mr. Frederick Antes, I derived great satisfaction. Mr. Antes was a man of mild and amiable manners, he possessed a very good knowledge of mechanics, the result of his own observation and reflection, and a fund of knowledge of many things which I frequently found useful to resort."

      In 1801 he was employed by the government to explore the Susquehanna River from Northumberland to the Maryland line and devise a plan, if possible, by which the river could be made navigable. It was while engaged on this work, at Columbia, that he took a severe cold, from the effect of which he died September 20, 1801, and was buried in the grounds of the German Reformed Church, at that place. The historian of this work is named for him and is his great-great-grandson. Accounts at the time say that his funeral "was attended by almost all the respectable inhabitants of Lancaster."
    _UID 058201B868F343A3AD4CE7CC1B756AEF166E 
    Died 20 Sep 1801  Columbia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Columbia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    German Reformed Church Cemetery 
    Person ID I5706  Milton Families
    Last Modified 25 Aug 2012 

    Family 1 TYSON, Barbara (1),   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 8 May 1755 
    +1. ANTES, John Henry,   d. 1805
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F1744  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 SCHULER, Catherine (2),   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 17 Aug 1775 
     1. ANTES, Catherine,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F2249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Frederictown - 2 Jul 1730 - Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Sep 1801 - Columbia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S144] Freemasonry in Northumberland & Snyder counties, Pennsylvania, Volume 2, 545.

    2. [S93] Daughters of the American Revolutlon, Volume XXXIV 33001-34000 1900.

    3. [S144] Freemasonry in Northumberland & Snyder counties, Pennsylvania, Volume 2, 547.