Peter Fitting was born in Einselthum, Bayern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany on 21 August 1724. He migrated to the Americas around 1750, and is rumored to have made several trips back and forth across the Atlantic to settle business and move his family over. He was married to Katherine (Catherine) Kup, also of Germany. Peter took the Oath of Allegiance on 16 July 1777 in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. His son Heinrich (Henry) did also the same day. Heinrich served in the Lancaster County Militia during the American Revolution, and continued to serve the Dauphin County Militia with his brother John after the Revolution.
Peter passed away around 1803 or 1804 in West Hanover, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Wenrichs Church Cemetery in Linglestown.
The Oath of Allegiance:
“We, the subscribers, do swear (or affirm) that we renounce and refuse all allegiance to George the Third, king of Great Britain, his heirs and successors, and that we will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as a free and independent State, and that we will not, at any time, do, or cause to be done, any matter or thing that will be prejudicial or injurious to the freedom and independence thereof, as declared by Congress, and also that we will discover and make known to some justice of the peace of the said State all treasons and traitorous conspiracies which we now know, or hereafter shall know, to be formed against this or any of the United States of America.”