ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
1833 00860 7399
THE DILLER FAMILY.
THE DILLER FAMILY.
Most of the accompanying information, relating to tlie Diller family, or
families, now living in various portions of Pennsylvania and other States, whose
ancestors resided in and near New Holland, Lancaster Countj", has been fur-
nished to me during the last few years by different members of those families.
While fully conscious of the incompleteness of the record, I have, at the
request of several of the parties interested, combined the facts obtained up to
this time, and herewith transmit them in printed form to you, partly because I
suppose 3^ou will be glad to receive even this imperfect memorandum, and
partly in the hope that you "vvill correct any errors you may see in the state-
ments made, and supply such additional information as will help to eventually
form the basis of a more complete record.
J. L. RINGWALT,
November, 1877. No. 1218 North Tenth Street, Philadelphia.
CASPAR DILLER'S MIGRATIOIS^S.
On July 24, 18*77, my uncle, George W. Ringwalt, who resides near Allen
P. 0., Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, visited David Diller, M.D., resid-
ing at York Sulphur Springs, Adams County, Pennsylvania, and obtained
from him the following interesting statement relating to the name Diller, the
circumstances that led to Caspar Diller's emigration from Europe, and his
Where did Caspar Diller come from? And what caused him to come to
America ? Let us examine history. Religious wars disturbed Europe after
the Reformation, 15n. The Massacre of St. Bartholomew took place in
France, in 1572. In 1598 was pnblished the Edict of Nantes, granting equal
rights to Protestants. In 1685 this Edict was revoked, and Protestants were
again persecuted in France. Children, at the age of seven, by apostatizing,
were declared independent of their parents ; military executions were emploj-ed
to enforce uniformity of worship; Protestant marriages were declared illegal,
and their offspring illegitimate. Hereupon 15,000 persons fled to Hamburg and
Amsterdam, in Holland; and, in the five years following, no less than one
million fled to Holland, England, and America — for Wm. Penn, in 1682, had
already colonized Pennsylvania. Alsace was nearly depopulated, because it
was on the German line. The Prince of Orange raised three regiments of
French Protestants, which he collected in Holland, etc. Now, the probability
is that Caspar's father went from Alsace, in France, about the year 1685 or
1690 to Holland. From there Caspar went to England. Caspar was about
10 or 15 years old at that time. He lived to be about 100 years old. He was
still living on the 16th December, 1169. He died about the year 17Y0 or 1775.
Tradition has it that this Caspar married a woman in England, who was of
large stature, masculine development, and had a bountiful supply of hair. It
may be remarked here that in Alsace the people speak both French and German.
That Caspar was of French extraction is evident from the names of his two
oldest sons, Han Adam and Han Martin. This name Han is a corruption of the
French name Jean, which, as pronounced in the provinces where French and
German intermingle, sounds pretty much like Han. Jean is our English John.
As proof of Caspar's nativity, I may add that, at the present day, there are
Dillers in Alsace, France (it is now German territory), who, I am told, resemble
us in features, and in character — being impulsive and energetic. Now the
whole, matter may be stated as follows; The father of Caspar, with his family,
fled from Alsace, France, in 1685, when the Edict of Nantes was revoked, and
came into Holland. His name in France was Be-lle?', pronounced De-lare.
Now in Holland to pronounce De-lare, thej^ had to spell it DuUbr or Dulor.
Mark this spelling! It was in Holland that he learned to make, or did make,
wooden shoes. (Juliana Diller, now Dietricli, of New Holland, had a pair of
wooden shoes of his manufacture.)
That Caspar went to England is proved b}^ his marriage with an English
woman. Whether his father also went to England is not known. Now for the
name again. The English have no ii, so they put a double e for it; and on
this first S3dlable placed the accent, thus Deelor. They also dropped the
German or Dutch o, and made it simply o. Some one in America knowing the
origin of the name, restored the letters as nearly as possible, without greatly
varying the original pronunciation. Thus De-ller = Diller.
Caspar's affection for his French kindred, country, and language must have
been very strong ; because he called his two oldest bo3^s by the name of Jean,
or as corrupted Han — the first Han Adam and the second Han Martin — a
common way of naming in France — and the youngest Caspar.
]S"ow I will give my genealogy as follows —
1st Generation in America, Caspar, Sen.
2d Han (Jean) Adam. ^Han (Jean) Martin. ^Caspar, Jun.
3d Adam ^Adam. ^Martin.
4th Peter, married *Anna Margaretta.
5th Daniel married *Anna.
Here is another method to reckon my genealogy.
1. Caspar, Sen, begat '-^Hans Adam, and ^Hans Adam begat ^Adam, and
^Adam begat *Peter (who married his second cousin, *Anna Margaretta Diller,
who was the daughter of ^Adam, who was the son of ^Hans Martin, who was
the son of 'Caspar, Senior), *Feter begat ^Daniel (who married ■'Anna, who was
the daughter of ^Martin, who was the son of 'Caspar, Junior, who was the son
of' Caspar, Senior), ^Daniel begat ''David.
I was born near Hanover, at Plum Creek, York County, Pa., January 18th,
A. D. 1836. David Diller, M.D.
Reside at present, York Sulphur Springs, Adams County, Peuua.
I have sought in vain in Rupp's book of 30,000 names of original German
immigrants in Pennsylvania for an exact record of the time when Caspar Diller
went to Lancaster County. The date of the various settlements in that
count}-^ indicate that it was some years later than the beginning of the last
century. Rupp's history of Lancaster County says the original Diller immi-
grants arrived there about 1731, and this theory is, in substance, although not
explicitly, adopted in the interesting history of the Three Earls, read by Mr.
Frank R. Diffenclerfer at the Centennial Celebration in New Holland, on July
4, 18t6. Some members of the family now residing in the vicinity of New
Holland think the date of immigration was about 1729. It is certain that the
original Caspar Diller was in Lancaster County in 1738, because the land
records of Lancaster County show that, in May 28, 1738, Amos Lewis con-
veyed to Caspar Diller a part of a 500-acre tract patented to him (Lewis) June
15, 1733, viz., 250 acres. There is also a record showing that Caspar Diller,
and Barbara, his wife, on NoA^ember 17, 1744, conveyed to their son Adam
(presumably Philip Adam) 100 acres of the 250. There is a tradition com-
municated to me by my uncle, George W. Ringwalt, that when the original
Caspar Diller immigrated he brought with him two sons and thi-ee daughters
(his other children being born in this country), and if we suppose that he
was the father of Philip Adam Diller (the progenitor of the New Holland and
Hanover, York County, branch of the family) whose Bible record says he was
born in Pfalz, or the Palatinate, about 11^ miles from Heidelberg, in 1723, and
that this son of Caspar came to this country' with his father some time previous
to 1738, all discrepancies will be reasonably well accounted for.
There is nothing forced or unnatural in the supposition that the first Caspar
Diller, after being driven with his father from Alsace to Holland, and going
thence to England, subsequentl}^ went to Germany before he emigrated to
America. This course was pursued b}'- many of the sorely persecuted French
Protestants and German Palatines. The introduction to " Rupp's Collection
of upwards of Thirt}^ Thousand Names of German, SavIss, Dutch, French, and
other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776," saj^s that of the large
number of refugees "that came to England in 1708 and 1709, seve^i thousand,
after having suffered great privations, returned, half-naked and in despondenc}"^,
to their native country. Ten thousand died from want of sustenance, medical
attendance, and from other causes. Some perished on ships. The survivors
were transported to English colonies in America."
Thinking that possibly Caspar Diller might have been among the number of
those who were sent to New York by Queen Anne, about 1710, I examined the
lists of many of those persons, published in the Archives of New York, but
without finding his name ; and although this fact is not in itself of material
importance, it forms a link in the chain of circumstances which has led me to
believe that Caspar Diller was one of the seven thousand refugees, mentioned
by Rupp, who went to Germany from England, and if he selected as his new
home Baden, in the lower portion of the Palatinate, such action would corre-
spond with the fact that he was the father of Philip Adam Diller, progeni-
tor of the New Holland and Hanover Dillers.
The Dillers of the Old World are evidentl}- children of the great historic
river Rhine ; and a friend of mine who recently visited Holland, says the name
is very common on the signs of that country, near the Rhine. One of the
professors in the Heidelberg University, who is reputed to be a very eminent
scholar, is named Diller. As the vicinity of Heidelberg (formerly in the
Palatinate, but now in Baden) was the birthplace of Philip Adam Diller,
son of the immigrating Caspar Diller (and probably the home of Caspar Diller
himself for some time before Philip Adam Diller was born), the following brief
references to the history of Heidelberg, extracted from an encyclopaedia,
throws an interesting light upon the position of affairs in that part of Germany
for some years previous to Caspar Diller's emigration to the American colo-
nies : "Heidelberg was plundered and partly ruined by Tilly in 1622, by
Turenne in 1674, by Melac in 1688, and by Marshal de Lorges in 1693.
These misfortunes led to its decline in political importance, which was finally
completed by the residence of the electors being removed to Mannheim in 1719.
It was united to Baden in 1802."
An eloquent resume of the characteristics and history of the region in which
the Dillers of the olden time dwelt, is contained in the address delivered by E.
K. Martin, Esq., at the centennial celebration in New Holland, in 1876, from
which I extract the following; On two sides of the Rhine, nestling among the
provinces of Bohemia and Baden, Alsace and Lorraine, its ancient territorial
boundaries obliterated to-day from the maps of the world, lies the garden of
Europe, furrowed by valleys the fairest on the continent, on whose sunny slopes
still dwell the happiest and most peaceful peasantry on the face of the earth,
stretching backward to the dykes of Holland, and forward to the Yosges of
France, and the foothills of the Alps ; on its right the womb from which issued
the Saxon on his mission of civil liberty; upon its left the nation of sturdy
traffickers, at whose knee England caught the mystic art that distinguished her
in the markets of the world. To-day it is the brightest jewel in the crown of
the German Empire. Bigoted its people may have been, but it was the stern
bigotry which stepped into the breach with Luther when England was treating
for terms at the Pontifical Court. It was the bigotry that bolstered the falling
fortunes of Gustavus Adolphus, and bared its breast to the sanguinary cruelty
of Till3^ Superstitious tliey may have been, but it was not a superstition
that interfered with the consciences or the happiness of others. There was in
it neither persecution nor proselytism ; it was a reverential awe for the work-
ings of nature, which they could not understand, for the attributes of Deity,
which they might not comprehend — the simple childish veneration of a religious
disposition, expending itself in ways sometimes, perhaps, fantastical and absurd,
but never cruel nor malicious. Upon such a people, lulled to security by the
conciliatory temper of Richelieu and the kindly offices of Mazarin, surrounded
by the comforts of more than a quarter of a century of peace, burst the revoca-
tion of the Edict of Nantes, to be followed by the brutal soldiery of Turenne
and Montclas. Spires and Worms, Heidelberg and Mannheim went down in
flames. The electorate of Treves and the margravate of Baden were covered
with desolation. Such was the Palatinate and its fate. It is the story of our
ancestors, yours and mine.
Dr. David Diller, after seeing proofs of most of the matter published here-
with, kindly writes to me in reference to the subjects discussed above as follows,
under date of November 19, 1877: —
I think you are about correct in jom hypothesis that the original Caspar
Diller was one of the seven thousand that returned from England to the Conti-
nent, and from thence migrated to America. But that he resided for some time
in Holland prior to going to England, seems incontestible from the differences
in the orthography of the name, and various other circumstances. However
this may be, tradition has it, and I have often heard my aunts say so, that he
married in England; and that when he went to the neighborhood of New Hol-
land, and bought property, his wife had a linen apron full of silver. Taking
all the evidence together, it appears that after his marriage in England he
turned his face again toward his native land, whither he went with tie seven
thousand returning German emigrants; but that his wife, being of English
origin, and unable to adapt herself to the language and customs of the Conti-
nent, or, perhaps, owing to the unsettled condition of the country, they con-
cluded to seek a peaceful abode in the new world. It also appears evident from
your statement that the Han (Jean) Adam is synonymous with Philip Adam.
In regard to the relationship between the New Holland, Hanover, and Ring-
wait branches of the Diller famil^^, and various traditions of general interest, I
have received the following statements. Mr. Charles Diller, who, like m3'self,
is a descendant of two branches of the Diller family, in a letter he sent to me
from Sterling, Illinois, dated December 8, 1875, says: —
" Of the oral family history, our grandmother Ringwalt (born Catharine
Diller) was better posted than any person of my acquaintance. Some thirty
years ago, while on a visit to Carlisle, she gave me a full, and I believe a
complete, history of the family, from the first emigrant down to that time. I
have always been impressed with the thoroughness of her narrative. For a
long time I remembered the most of it, but don't now feel confident of my
"Aunt Betsy Diller (sister of Catharine Ringwalt) was well acquainted with
the history, but her knowledge was not so full or perfect as grandmother's.
They were the only persons who traced the relationship between the different
"I have no written account of grandmother's history. As I now remember
it, the first Diller lived over towards the Welsh Mountain. He had three sons.
She gave their names ; also the names of their children. One of the sons was
the father of Peter Diller, my grandfather (that is, Philip Adam Diller). One
was the head of her family, that is, her grandfather (or Han Martin Diller, son
of Caspar). One was the head of the family living in Cumberland County and
elsewhere (that is, Caspar Diller, Jr.). She called that first Diller, Caspar."
Other testimonj^ concerning the relationship between the Hanover and New
Holland branches is contained in the following extract from letters I received
from Levi A. Diller, son of Solomon Diller, of New Holland, dated New
Holland, November 11, 1875: "The Hanover Dillers we know all about here.
They have visited here, and uncle Roland them. Their grandfather and mj?^
father were first cousins. They are in our direct line of Dillers.''^
The following extract from a letter I received from Mi'. Levi A. Diller, of
New Holland, son of Mr. Solomon Diller, dated October 18, 1877, in repl}^ to
inquiries, cleared away doubts I had previously had as to whether Philip Adam
Diller from whom they are descended, was the son, or the grandson, of the
immigating Caspar Diller. He says : —
"We fail to understand exactly the link wanting to connect our family with
the Hanover branch. We have it plain enough here, and if the Hanover
Dillers are descended from Caspar Diller, so is my father. I enclose you the
names of Philip Adam Diller's sons, who came of age and were heads of
This inclosure is as follows: —
Philip Adam Diller had four sons, Adam, Leonard, Peter, Isaac : —
Adam had sons — Peter,^ John, George, Adam.
Leonard had sons — George, Jeremiah, Adam.
Peter had sons — Isaac, Samuel, Roland, Solomon, Levi.
Isaac had sons — Jonathan, William, Isaac,
and by second wife had sons — Graybill, Adam, Amos.
My grandmother Ringwalt, Solomon Diller, and Dr. David Diller are doubtless
correct in their presumption that the Hanover and New Holland families are
closely related. There is an exact agreement, too, between my grandmother
Ringwalt's statement that one of the three sons of the original Caspar Diller
was the father of the Philip Adam Diller from whom Solomon and Roland
Diller are descended, and the statement of Solomon Diller that he is the first
cousin of the grandfather of the Hanover Dillers.
Another interesting statement is given below, from Peter Diller, of Cumberland
County, one of the descendants of the Caspar Diller who was the son of the
original Caspar Diller. I received from him a letter in November, 1877, which
embodied a revision and several important additions to. a statement he had
made in writing to George "W. Ringwalt in October, 1876. As thus amended,
his account is as follows: —
I will try to state as much as I know about our progenitors. In the first
place, I begin with my great-grandfather and your mother's great-grandfather,
who was Caspar Diller, from Germany, who settled near New Holland, Lan-
caster County, Pennsylvania, and bought a place called Hole Place (Loch
Platz), and was a shoemaker by trade, and got to be very wealth3\ He lived
to be near a hundred years old, and had ten children living when he died. The
name of the oldest son was Philip Adam, and the second son's name was Han
Martin ; and then he had seven daughters — their names I do not know, but
the names of their husbands were Breckbill, Keiner, Sweiger, Imboda, Croft,
' Peter married a sister of Mrs. Jacob Ringwalt, and moved to Hanover. Therefore,
Peter (of Hanover), Adam's sou, and Solomon (of New Holland), son of the Peter who
was the son of Philip Adam, were first cousins, and in this manner we trace our connec-
tion with the Hanover Dillers. Everybody here is under the impression that Philip Adam
was a son of Caspar.
Ensminger, and Sensabach. And, last of all, lie had another son, and gave
him his name, Caspar; and this Caspar was my grandfather, who came across
the river, after he had five children, and lived in this (Cumberland) County,
and died at the age of fifty-six years. His surviving family consisted of seven
sons and five daughters. Of the other two male tribes I do not know very
much ; but what I do know is this : that Philip Adam had a son called Adam,
and this Adam had a son called Peter, and lived near Hanover, and was married
to Anna Margaretta Ciller, daughter of Adam Diller, his second cousin, which
last-named Adam Diller was a son of the above-named. Han Martin, who was
a son of the above-named Caspar Diller from German}-, had, no doubt, a large
family left, as w^ell as the other two tribes ; but I only know of four — your
mother (Mrs. Ringwalt), Anna Margaretta Diller, Mrs. Susanna Sheaffer and
Betsy Diller, who lived to be eighty-four years old when she died, and was
unmarried at the time of her death. Mrs. Ringwalt was the mother of eighteen
children, fourteen sons and four daughters, who were all alive when Louis, the
youngest, was twenty-two years old, and then Mrs. Striue died in her forty-
Caspar Diller, the youngest child of Caspar Diller from Germany, emigrated
from the vicinity of New Holland to Cumberland County, in the year 1772 or
'73, when my father was five years old, and he was the third child of this second
Caspar Diller. What little I know of the original Diller family I have from
I have a deed in my possession, dated December 16th, 1769, of the sale of
336 acres of laud from Caspar Diller to-his sou Caspar.
His signature : CASPAR ced DEELOR.
[It will be perceived that in the above signature the letters ced are substi-
tuted for the X commonly used where a name is not written. A learned friend
suggests that they are intended to represent the words Christus est Deus, or
Christ is God ; and this form may have been adopted hy Protestants embit-
tered by persecution, for expressing an idea analogous to that which led to the
use of the x in signatures in Catholic countries.]
PESCEXDA^TS OF HAX MAETIX DLLLEE.
If zz:'- _ _ - ricnlarljto the desoen-
Adam. and Caspar, Jr.
—iorating Caspar, named
I'i^er Trbo was. in turn, the
_ -^h? -was my grandmother . I
1r : _ - --rr three sisters, was as
c-ws : A TJ-n-s Vsr g--'. ■ :. bom XoTemt>er :?. 1T73: Catharine Piller,
- 7i^-sr^ :-. :-- :^c?: S-sarrr. mirr. bom October 3. 177T;
7 - . .'— . liat the dates of the birth
7 r re on their tombstones
L ■ _ ■ - ^ I'Se inscriptions. I
^ _ ; . - ::;>m Levi A- Diller,
7 i.nr 12,1ST6.
1- . i_- -_-:._; -_ :._-;:-_^; -: :_-cSted.
PHZLIP ADAM DILLEB,
1 -— JanTOTT Slst, 1751 ;
7 1 „ 7 27ih. 1792 ; nged 41, 10, 27.
I5r MESf OUT.
~-^ 'i 7- . . ^ tomb: no date of
_ e stone was put up
^ : the day, and
1-: - -. -- _.-.._ — .-:iH42,
became I left yew 77 I tiiink =7.. :'.re that
tis^ J. LE.-
The name Philip, also, is not recognized on her tomb, merely Adam. My
father pointed the graves out to me, and he even had forgotten, or did not
know, his name was Philip Adam, the same name as his grandfiather.
[I think it probable his name was Adam, as it is so reported by Dr. David
Diller. and so recorded on my great-grandmother Dillers tombstone, and so
remembered by George W. Ringwalt. J. L. R.]
Daring a considerable portion of the life of this Adam Diller he owned and
resided on a farm located between the Bine Ball and Chnrchtown. Lancaster
Connty, Pennsylvania- I learned this fact from my nncle, George TT. Ringwalt,
who added that my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Diller, drew her widow's
dower from the purchaser of that farm for an nnusaally long period, about fifty
years, according to the tombstone inscription. The presumption is also raised
by the locality of this farm that the Dillers who now reside near Blue Ball and
towards the vicinity of Chnrchtown, Lancaster County, were, like my great-
grandfather Adam, descendants of the son of Caspar DUler. named Jean (Han)
Martin. I mention this fact partly because one of the letters I received from
Levi A. Diller, dated November 11. 1ST5. says : •■ Unde RoLind and my father
can account for all the Dillers around this section, except a family living about
Chnrchtown, this county. They never could learn where they descended from.
They never claimed any relationship. Both my father and uncle Roliind have
tried to find from what stock they were descendei. but to this day have not
succeeded in doing so. There is a link dropped in our own county. The EunHy
is an old one, too."
In addition to the Ringwalt and Sheaner descendants of Han or Jean Martia
DUler, the Hanover branch is also descended from Han Martin, through ih&T
maternal ancestor Anna Margaretta, who married Peter, a descendant of Philip
Adam. The Maryland Dillers, too, are descended from H.^m or Jean Martin,
through their ancestor John, who was the brother of Adam, son of Han Martin.
It is also exceedingly probable, if not absolutely certain, that the Lebanon
Dillers are descendants of Han Martin, as will t>e seen by letters publisiied
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS— >T:W IMAnGRAXTS.
I extract from Mr. Levi A. Diller's letters the following statements of
general family interest, viz., speaking of the Xew HoUand recollections of the
Hanover branch, he says : " They are a family of very large stature. All their
descendants, particularly the men, were of enormous strength. Some wonderful
stories were told of their herculean deeds, such as loading a hogshead of sugar
on a wagon, unassisted, in the days when it was fashiona])le to haul by wagon
all the goods between Philadelphia and Pittsburg ; holding a barrel of whiskey
at arms' length and drinking out of the bunghole. My father says he remem-
bers some of them well, and of striking stories told of their strength."
A considerable number of the Dillers and descendants of the Dillers of the
present and preceding generations are, and were, unusually strong, large, and
bulky. The height of from six feet to six feet two inches, and a weight of from
two hundred to three hundred pounds, with proportionate strength, has been
b}^ no means uncommon among any of the branches of the family.
Mr. Levi A. Diller also says: " There are other Dillers in Germany, and they
are still coming to this country slowly. I met one fresh from there three or
four years ago, in Sterling, Illinois. Having heard my name, and it being the
same as his, he called on me. He had only been in this country three or four
months, and could speak no English. He was a young man and intelligent.
He was very much disappointed on meeting me. He had expected to find one
from Faderland, who could sympathize with him, and talk about Germany, and
he had a very severe attack of home-sickness. He was a baker, and was travel-
ling looking for work. He had an uncle in Chicago. He did not know there
was any family besides his own by the name of Diller in the wide world, and
when I told * him that in the county I came from the woods were full of them
and their name was legion, he was struck with astonishment. . . I found the
name in the Chicago, Illinois, Directory, while there once, of Julius Diller. I
called on him, found him to be a German, a printer on a German paper. He
took no interest in the name. The interview was short. This man was the
uncle of my friend the baker, and had been in this country some twelve or
I have been informed that the leader of Dodworth\s band in Xew York, about
1861, was a Diller, who had recently immigrated from Germany. A few years
ago there was a Diller living in Scranton, Pennsylvania, who was also a recent
immigrant. There are several Dillers now living in Philadelphia, who immi-
grated to this country from Germany about thirt}^ years ago.
DEVOTION TO AGRICITLTURE— FIRST AMERICAN HOMES
OF CASPAR DILLER.
During the last century, nearly all members of the Diller family were engaged
in agriculture at various places within the townships of Earl, Leacock, and
Salisbury, Lancaster County, where some of their descendants still reside.
Many of them were skilful and industrious farmers, and deeply imbued with the
earth thirst, as it has been called, which forms a leading feature of the character
of the Pennsylvania Germans.
In Governor Pownal's topographical description of various portions of North
America, published in London in 1776, he made the following interesting refer-
ence to the district immediately south of that in which the immigrating Dillers
lived more than a century ago, and it is doubtless, to a great extent, also
descriptive of their homes. Governor Pownal says : " There are amongst the
hills into which this mountain (the Kittatinny) spreads itself, between the Susque-
hanna and Schuylkill Rivers, to a breadth of from fifteen to thirty miles, several
valleys. A succession of such, divided from each other by little hilly branch-
ings of the main hills, run from Wright's Ferry, on the Susquehanna, to the
Swedes Ford, near Norristown, on the Schuylkill, some two miles broad, some
more. The lands are of a limestone, good farming soil. Every farmer has a
limekiln, burnt for the dressing of his land, and they raise a great deal of
wheat. The sides of the hills are covered with woods, the timber is generally
oak, chestnut, and hickory. The first valley which the road from" Philadelphia
to Lancaster passes through, runs from the Swedes Ford to the middle branch
of Brandywine Creek, and is about two miles wide. Hence the road runs slant-
ing over three ascents and three rivulets, about thirteen miles, and comes to a
second valley, which runs along the south side of the range, called Welsh
Mountains, to Lancaster. Hence, it continues in a bosom of gently swelling
hills, to Wright's Ferry, on the Susquehanna. These successions of valleys
appeared to me, as I rode along them, the most charming of landscapes. The
bottoms of the vales were full of cultivated farms, with houses, such as yeo-
manry, not tenants, live in. These were husked up with gardens, and with
peach and apple orchards all around them, and with every convenience and
enjoyment that property and plenty could give to peace and liberty. My heart
felt an overflowing of benevolence at the sight of so much, and such real
The local habitation of the Dillers who remained in Lancaster County a few
years ago, in the adjoining townships of Earl, East Earl, Leacock, Upper
Leacock, and Salisbury, confirms the supposition that they gradually removed
over short distances, from a central point located a short distance south of New
In the Directory of Lancaster County, issued in 1869, the names of the
following Dillers remaining in Earl Township are published : —
Diller, Adam, farmer, New Holland. Diller, Nathaniel, farmer, New Holland.
Diller, Amos, A. Diller & Co., New Diller, Roland, Esq., surveyor. New
Diller, Edwin, merchant. New Holland. Diller, Solomon, farmer. New Holland.
Diller, James, farmer, " " Diller, Wm. G., merchant, New Hol-
Diller, J. Roland, farmer, " " land.
Diller, Mrs. Ann, widow of Luther,
The record of citizens of East Earl Township at that time, embraces the
following names : —
Diller, Elias, farmer. Blue Ball. Diller, Lewis, farmer. New Holland.
Diller, George, farmer, Blue Ball. Diller, Nathaniel, gentleman, Good-
Diller, Graybill, » " » ville.
Diller, John, " " "
The record of citizens of Leacock Township embraces the name of Daniel
Diller, drover, of Intercourse.
The record of citizens of Salisbury Township embraces the following names : —
Diller, Elizabeth, widow, Salisbury. Diller, Isaac, farmer. South Hermitage.
Diller, George, proprietor Gap Hotel, Diller, H. M., physician, Pequea.
In the record of Upper Leacock, the name of John Diller, gentleman, of
Leacock, was reported.
The following interesting statements in a letter from Mr. Levi A. Diller, of
New Holland, dated November 21, 1877, appear to be conclusive in regard to
the first residence of the immigrating Dillers. The homestead referred to is,
I suppose, the Kinzer homestead, located between New Holland and the Welsh
Mountain : —
" Mr. B. Frank Kinzer informs me there is on the old homestead a pear tree
that his great grandmother on his father's side (who was Barbara, wife of
Caspar Diller), brought with her from Germany about 1729. This tree was a
graft from the original pear tree in Germany, known as the Diller Pear. It
bore an abundance of fruit until a few years ago, when it commenced to fail. It
is now beginning to decay. She brought the tree or graft over in a trunk, one
of those enormous trunks or chests, in which you could stow very comfortably
two or more of the modern Saratoga trunks, and still leave room for others."
The locality of Loch Platz or Hole Place, however, is alleged by Mr. George
W. Ringwalt to be the farm on Mill Creek, about one mile south of New Hol-
land, on which Adam Diller lived and died about 1835. There is a small
family grave3'ard on this farm in which the immigrating Caspar Diller and his
son Han Martin are buried. Further particulars in regard to it will be found
in the Appendix. It seems probable that Caspar Diller settled first on the
Kinzer homestead, and subsequently removed to and died on the adjacent
Adam Diller farm (Loch Platz).
Dr. Diller Luther informs me that, about fifty years ago, he and Roland
Diller, of New Holland, counted up about two hundred and fifty Dillers, and de-
scendants of Dillers, then living at various places between the Conestoga, at or
near Hinkletown on the north, and Mill Creek on the south, and it was then
believed that a very large portion of the land between these streams, at the
points indicated, had belonged to various branches of the Diller family, and the
families with which they were intermarried.
Love of agriculture was very deeply implanted in my father, Samuel Ring-
wait, and nothing could exceed the delight he felt in good crops, and in the
careful attention to all the details of farming operations which lead to success.
He received a premium, of a silver cup, from the Chester County Agricultural
Society, in 1859, for the best cultivated and productive farm submitted for com-
petition, and this incident is typical of the earnest devotion to agricultural
pursuits which has characterized many members of the family. Other illus-
trations of this spirit are furnished by the tradition communicated to me by my
father, that the grafts from which the Diller Pear (famous in the pomological
annals of the country) has sprung, was brought to this country from German}^
by the wife of the original immigrant, and by the additional fact that my
micle, George W. Ringwalt, now living in the vicinity of Churchtown, Cumber-
land Count}'^, near Allen P. 0., has produced a new grape, highly appreciated
by the proprietors of Cumberland County nurseries, which he has called the
Lucky George ; and by many incidents which are doubtless familiar to many
of the Dillers, or their descendants of the present generation.
POLITICAL, MILITARY, PROFESSIONAL, AND BUSINESS
While devotion to agriculture was a leading characteristic of the family, and
nearly all its members during many years after the first immigration, and
while many of them still cultivate the soil successfully', either in Lancaster,
York, Adams, Franklin, or Cumberland counties, Pennsylvania, or in portions
of Maryland and Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and other States, some of
its branches were not slow to embark in other pursuits with the advancing
diversification of American Industries.
I know too little of the history of the family to attempt to do justice to these
movements, and shall only recapitulate the few leading facts that have fallen
under my notice.
One of the first members of the famil}' to exercise a considerable influence in
politics, was Peter Diller, the father of the New Holland branch. He removed
to Lancaster City about the beginning of the present century, and after re-
maining there a few years, returned to New Holland. His influence with his
large circle of relatives, friends, and acquaintances was eagerly courted by the
rising young Lancaster politicians, and mj' father told me that one of the
aspirants materially aided by his friendship was James Buchanan, during his
first struggles to be made a member from Lancaster County of the State Legis-
lature of Pennsylvania. During Buchanan's term as State legislator, one of
his colleagues was my grandfather, Jacob Ringwalt, the husband of Catharine
Diller, and it will be seen in the record herewith appended, that one of the
descendants of the Dillers, at a later period, married a niece of James Buchanan.
It is worthy of note, too, that the wife of Philip Adam Diller, born Ellmaker,
was a member of the Ellmaker famil}^, which has won distinguished political
renown, partly explained elsewhere.
During the second war with Great Britain, General Adam Diller, son of
Leonard, took an active part as captain of a troop of cavalry-, in connection
with the movement of Lancaster County militia to Maryland, for the protection
of that State from invasion, and these services facilitated his election as sheriff
of Lancaster Comit^^, in 182*1, and gave the bent to his tastes and proclivities
that led to his appointment as Adjutant General of the State of Pennsylvania
by Governor David R Porter, in 1839, which office he held for six years.
General Adam Diller's successor as Sheriff of Lancaster Count}^ was his first
cousin, Adam Bare, son of Anna Maria Diller, who married John Bare. Adam
Bare was subsequently elected Commissioner of Lancaster County soon after
his term of service as Sheriff had expired. His official career embi'aced service
from 182t to 1830 as Auditor, 1830 to 1833 as Sherifi", and 1834 to 183t as
About, or shortly before, 1828, when the Anti-Masonic excitement, which
subsequently exerted a very important influence upon the politics of Lancaster
County and the State of Pennsylvania, was gaining strength, New Holland was
a central point of agitation, and Roland Diller, Esq., of that town, was one of
the most active participants in that movement. The following references to
this subject are made in a brief sketch in the Biographical History of Lancaster
County, published in 1872 : " Upon the organization of the Anti-Masonic party,
Mr. Diller was amongst the most prominent and active in that movement. He
contributed actively towards the establishment of the first Anti-Masonic paper
in the county, and in all the political movements of his party he has ever
maintained a leading position. . . . He has frequently been mentioned for
Congress, but he rather chose a life of retirement than one that brought with
it great sacrifices and responsibilities."
Solomon Diller, his brother, was an attentive and respected member of the
State Legislature during the years 1836, 1837, 1838, and 1839.
My father, Samuel Ringwalt, was elected to serve one term as Brigade
Inspector of Lancaster County, ending about 1837. This office was considered
important while the old militia system was rigidly enforced. Subsequently he
was appointed Brigade Quarter-Master of the regiments of Pennsylvania Re-
serves under command of General George G. Meade, and in that capacitj'-
rendered service in the earl}'^ stages of the late war, which won the highest
encomiums from the victor of Gett^^sburg. Samuel Ringwalt also successively
exercised considerable influence upon partisan movements in Lancaster and
Chester counties, at various periods between 1828 and 1870.
Of other descendants of the family who have participated in politics, one of
the most prominent was Joseph B. Baker, who was Superintendent of the
Columbia Railroad, before its sale to the Pennsj-lvania Railroad Compan}',
and Collector of the Port of Philadelphia during Buchanan's administration.
Dr. Esaias Kinzer, grandson of Margaretta Diller, represented Lancaster
Count}'^ in the State Senate of Pennsylvania, from 1852 to 1854 inclusive, and
from 1857 to 1860.
Isaac R. Diller, now residing in Chicago, Illinois, took an active part in the
politics of that State, and in Pennsylvania prior to his emigration to the West.
He was Chairman of the Illinois Democratic State Central Committee in 1856,
and Consul to Bremen during the Buchanan administration.
Dr. Diller Luther, of Reading, was a Collector of Internal Revenue during
the Lincoln administration, and is now agent of the Pennsylvania State Board
Joseph C. Ringwalt, after a successful career as an active and prominent
merchant in Cincinnati, Ohio, is now (1877) Maj^or of Clifton, Ohio.
Peter Diller, during his sojourn in Texas, was elected Ma^'or of Brenham,
one of the flourishing towns of that State.
It will be seen by the accompanying records that some of the members of the
gentler branch of Dillers have, by matrimonial alliances, connected themselves
with several of the most distinguished families of this country, notabl^^ the
Washingtons and Madisons. One also married a descendant of General Pack-
ett, of the Revolutionary Army ; and another one of the Revolutionary soldiers
who was present at the surrender of Cornwallis.
I believe, too, that the wife of Peter Diller, of New Holland, was a grand-
daughter of Colonel John Huber, a colonel of one of the battalions formed in
Lancaster County in 1777, for service in the Revolution.
In George Lippard's Blanche of Brand3^wine, published about 1850, a stirring
battle scene has, as a leading character. Major Diller, and the author, in a foot
note, sa.js : " The Major, Enos Diller (a relative of General Diller, formerly
Adjutant-General of the State), was a brave soldier of the Revolution, and dis-
tinguished himself at the battle of Brandywine." When this statement was
published, the author frequently saw General Adam Diller, and it was doubtless
made on his authority. He called the attention of members of his family to it,
and said, " There is something you should remember."
In the Mexican War, and in various important military operations of the
regular army, Captain Roland A. Luther, a graduate of West Point, partici-
pated activel}^ and honorably ; and his associates in the regular, arm}^ had a
very high opinion of his acquirements as a scientific soldier. Isaac R. Diller
also served as a quartermaster, with the rank of captain, in the Mexican War.
In the late war the Hanover branch of the Dillers were strongly represented
by Cyrus Diller, Colonel of the 76th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers ; Wil-
liam S. Diller, who served as Major; Luther Yundt Diller, who served as Cap-
tain and was wounded in the battle of Cold Harbor; and Simon J, Diller who
served as Lieutenant.
Two of the sons of Mrs. Peter Filbert (born Diller), Henry M. and Roland
D., entered the TJnion army and gave up their lives in the service of their
country. Henry M. was captain of a company of which Roland D. was a mem-
ber, and they were killed in one of the battles on the Peninsula.
Wm. R., son of General Adam Diller, served creditably for three 3'ears in
two cavalry regiments from Philadelphia, first as a volunteer, afterwards as a
Levi A. Diller, of New Holland, served faithfully with one of the Lancaster
William Walker Campbell, of Topeka, Kansas, husband of the daughter of
Catharine Maxwell, born Ringwalt, served with distinguished gallantry through-
out the war as an officer of one of the Western artillerj^ regiments. I think it
was from Illinois, and that he entered the service as a captain and rose to be a
I have understood that one or more of the sons of Lydia Amos, born Ring-
wait, served in Ohio regiments during the late war, but have never been able to
Samuel Ringwalt was at the outset of the contest quartermaster of the brigade
commanded by General George G. Meade, and two of his brothers, Louis and
Levi B., were Union soldiers. One of them, Louis Ringwalt, gave up his life
in a gallant discharge of his duty near Winchester, Virginia. There were
doubtless many other participants in the late struggle, of whose services I have
received no information.
Some served voluntarily or involuntarily on the Southern side. Peter Diller
was pressed into home-guard service in Texas ; and Adam Bare, another de-
scendant of the Dillers, who was a skilful mechanic and engineer, was obliged
to superintend a large manufactory in Alabama, in which shovels and tools
were made for the use of the Confederate Army.
One of the descendants of the Diller famih', Samuel Houston Baker, is a
Commander in the United States Navy. He was commissioned as Lieutenant
March 12, 1868, and commissioned Lieutenant Commander December 18, 1868.
The list of clergymen who are descended from the Dillers, embraces the
names of Rev. John Baker Clemson, an Episcopal clergyman of Claymont,
Delaware ; Rev. Jacob W. Diller, rector of St. Luke's Church, Brooklyn ; Rev.
Alonzo P. Diller, rector of St. John's Church, Marietta, Pennsylvania ; Rev.
Walter North; and Rev. Simon Diller, of tlie United Brethren denomination, of
Churchtown, Cumberland County.
Samuel Diller, who recently died near Dillsburg, built a church on his farm,
in which he frequently conducted religious services, and he made the building
free to clergymen of all denominations.
Samuel Diller, of Hanover, took a prominent part in the construction of the
Hanover Branch Railroad, commenced in 1851.
The list of editors, authors, and writers embraces Miss Kate Barton (now
Mrs. Neilson), Isaac R. Diller, G. B. Porter Ringwalt, William W. Davis (of
Sterling, Hlinois), Adam Henry Diller (now deceased), Mrs. Lydia A. D.
Zell, daughter of the late William Diller, of Lancaster, and John Lather
In the medical profession, Di'. John Luther, husband of Elizabeth Diller, and
her son, Dr. John W. Luther, labored long and successfully. The list of other
phj^sicians of the family embraces Dr. Martin Luther, of Reading, Pennsjdvania ;
Dr. David Diller, now practising at York Sulphur Springs ; Dr. Joseph Morritz
Diller, of Ohio; Dr. Samuel Ringwalt (my brother, now dead), who formerly"
practised at New Holland ; Dr. H. M. Diller, of Pequea ; Dr. John Diller, of
Westminster, Maryland (deceased); Dr. Charles H. Diller, of Double Pipe
Creek, Carroll County, Maryland ; Dr. Washington H. Baker, of Philadelphia ;
Dr. John R. Diller, of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania; Dr. Winfield Scott
Yundt, of New Holland ; Dr. Esaias Kinzer (deceased), who practised medicine
in Lancaster County for a number of j^ears previous to his election as State
Senator; Dr. Willougliby Walling, of Louisville, Kentucky, who was, at one
time, a member of the Faculty of the Medical University of that cit}^
One of the most eloquent and able lawyers and distinguished judges' of the
State, Hon. George W. Barton, was the husband of Miss Elizabeth Clemson,
now Mrs. Barton, a descendant of Philip Adam Diller. Her daughter, Kate,
married Thomas Neilson, a lawyer already eminent at the Philadelphia bar,
whose talents promise to advance him to the front rank among the orators of
the day. George Washington Baker Avas at one time judge of one of the courts
of San Francisco. Stewart Leidich, Esq., of Carlisle, a member of the Cumber-
land County Bar, is a descendant of the Diller family, through the second
Caspar. A descendant of Philip Adam Diller, viz., Horace Roland, is a mem-
ber of the Berks Count}^ Bar. So, also, is Horace Yundt, and his brother
Harry is a member of the Lancaster County Bai-.
Thomas Gr. Clemson, a descendant of Margaretta, daughter of Philip Adam
Diller, devoted his early life to scientific pursuits. He was the first American
who graduated at the school of mines in Paris. For many j'ears he represented
the United States at Belgium.
In general business, the iron industries of the State have engrossed the
labors, for many j^ears, of descendants of the Baker branch of the Diller famil}^,
and at one time Roland Diller, Esq., of jSTew Holland, was interested in the
same pursuit. Dr. Diller Luther and his brother, Peter D. Luther, were exten-
sively engaged for some years in coal mining in Schuylkill County, Penn-
So many descendants of the family have been extensively and successfully
engaged in mercantile and mechanical pursuits of nearly all kinds, that if the
list could be rendei'ed complete it would expand over a large proportion of the
honest and gainful occupations of the age.
In the migrations of the family at least two of those who went to California
were successful in business there. One was J. Yogan Diller (now deceased),
son of William Diller, of the vicinity of New Holland ; and the other was a
member of the Hanover branch, whose death is recorded in the following
obituary notice, published in the Hanover Spectator of June 13th, 1811 : " On
Friday morning last the sad intelligence was received here of the death of
our esteemed former townsman, Isaiah P. Diller, Esq., at his residence at
Dividing Creek, near Rehobeth, Northumberland County, Yirginia, on Wed-
nesday morning, from an attack of paralysis, superinduced by a heavy sprain
received a few days previous while assisting a neighbor in lifting some weighty
articles of merchandise. Mr. Diller was the second son of the late Samuel
Diller, Esq., of our town, and was a most genial and estimable gentleman, en-
joying the high esteem and confidence of all who knew him. About twenty-
two 3'ears ago Mr. Diller left here for California and British America, where he
amassed quite a handsome fortune in gold mining. In 1864 he returned here.
and maiT^'ing, remained a number of years, until a few 3'ears since having
purchased a magnificent estate in Northumberland County, Virginia, facing
that noble sheet of water, Chesapeake Bay, removed thither with his family,
where he dispensed his hospitality with that lavish liberality and gentlemanly
courtesy for which all of his family are proverbial. He was in the very prime
and vigor of life, being aged about fifty years, and his sudden cutting off has
caused a general feeling of sadness among his many friends. Green be his
While none of the Diller famil}^, of whom I have any knowledge, have acquired
very great fortunes, a number of them have accumulated considerable wealth ;
few have suffered the direst evils of poverty, and I never heard of any who
were arraigned for disgraceful crimes. In their day and generation, and their
varied positions, they have borne an honorable and useful part in the great
battle of life, and the main body of the present generation, of wdiom I have any
personal knowledge, are creditable representatives of the American advancement
of this era.
The women of the famih^, especially those of the older branches, of wdiom I
know most, and some of their descendants, deserve infinitely more credit than
it is in my power to give, for the faithful, industrious, praiseworthy, and irre-
proachable manner in which they have discharged all true womanly duties. As
wives they were models of rectitude and propriety, and true helpmates. As
widows, charged with the responsibility of leading young families through the
perils of childhood, they displayed a heroism that could not be too highly
praised. As daughters and sisters they were self-saci'ificing, and serviceable to
all who had claims upon their aid, or within the circle of their influence, to an
extent that commands my heartfelt admiration. These remarks are particularly
true of my two grandmothers, born Dillers ; of the widowed sisters of my
grandmother Luther ; of my mother ; of some of my cousins, notably of Mrs.
Catharine Maxwell, of Topeka, Kansas; and of my sister, Louisa C. Ringwalt :
and if similar traits have been displayed by all the female members of tlie family
it has better reason to be proud of its women than its men, however highl}^ they
may justly be esteemed. [One of the lady members of the family insists that
1 shall make this addition here: "It can be truthfully said of them (the men)
that they are proverbially' kind and attentive in their homes, excellent providers
for their families, and zealous advocates of the education of their children."]
CASPAK DILLEK'S DESCE:NrDA]SrTS.
Dr. David Diller also furnished me a genealogical chart, and from it and
other sources, I compile the following ; —
Caspar Diller, Senior, horn in Alsace, about 1670 or 1615. Died at Loch
Platz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about 1770 or 1775, aged 100 j-ears,
1. Philip Adam Diller.
2. Jean (Han) Martin Diller.
3. Caspar Diller, Jr. ;
and seven daughters, whose husband's names were Keiner, Croft, Sweiger,
Breckbill, Inboda, Ensminger, and Sensabach.
1. Philip Adam Diller had a son named Adam, besides other sons and
daughters. [A full list of these descendants is given hereafter nnder the head
of Philip Adam Diller.]
2. Jean (Han) Martin Diller had a son Adam, a son John, and perhaps other
sons and daughters.
3. Caspar Diller, Jr., had seven sons and five daughters, named Caspar,
Martin, John, David, Benjamin, George, Solomon, Elizabeth, Catharine, Mag-
dalene, Juliana, Christiana; one of the daughters was Mrs. Frederick Myers,
and another Mrs. Georoe Diehl.
1. Adam Diller, son of Philip Adam, had three sons, Peter, Adam, John, and
a daughter, Catharine, who became Mrs. Grove.
2. Adam Diller, son of Jean (Han) Martin, was twice married, first to a
Fessler, and second to Elizabeth Brown.
It is from this branch of the Caspar Diller famil}^ that I (J. L. Ringwalt)
am descended on my father's side, and I personally know of three of the
daughters of this Adam Diller, as well as his second wife, born Elizabeth
Brown, who died while I was a child residing in New Holland. These daughters
were: 1. Catharine, who married Jacob Ringwalt, and became the mother of
fourteen sons and four daughters (one of the sons being my father, Samuel
Ringwalt) ; 2. Susanna, who became the wife of Adam Sheaffer, and had one
daughter, who became Mrs. Mary Jacobs ; 3. Elizabeth, who never married.
There was, besides, another daughter by the first marriage, Anna Margaret,
or Margaretta (Peggy), who married the Peter Diller, her second cousin, from
whom the Hanover Dillers are descended.
John Diller, brother of the above-mentioned Adam, lived in the vicinity of
Chvirchtown, Lancaster County, and George W. Ringwalt saj'S that he and his
wife and some of his daughters are buried in the Lutheran graveyard at Xew
Holland, near or bj^ the side of the grave of his brother Adam Diller. George
W. Ringwalt also recollects that one of his daughters, named Magdalene, mar-
ried Simon Mentzer, and that he had two other daughters, one of whom was
named Elizabeth, who married Joseph Weaver, and another named Mary, who
died unmarried. It also appears, from letters received b}' Dr. David Diller, in
August, 18TY, from members of the Mar3'land family- of Dillers, that they are
all descended from the above-mentioned John Diller, and that the list of his
descendants included several sons as well as daughters. John Diller, of Mount
Pleasant, Maryland, in a letter, dated August 23, 1811, says: I am related to
Mrs, Simon Mentzer, of Maryland, she being my father's sister. My father's
name was Martin. John Diller, son of Han Martin, had three sons, as well
as I can recollect, though he may have had one or more that died young.
The three I have reference to were Adam, Martin, and John, and he had four
daughters, viz., Magdalene Mentzer, Hetty Sneder, Polly (or Mary) Diller, and
Betsy (or Elizabeth) Diller. Martin Diller (the youngest) was my fathei*.
Therefore my genealogy is as follows: John Diller, son of Martin Diller, who
was a son of John Diller, who was a son of Han Martin Diller, who was a son of
Caspar Diller, the first Diller in America. My father, Martin Diller, had four
sons, viz., Levi, Jacob, John, and William H. Diller (who is now dead), and
two daughters, who are now living, viz., Mary Spurrier and Louisa Wright.
Levi Diller's address is Green Centre, Noble County, Indiana. Jacob Ciller's
address is Mount Pleasant, Frederick County, Maryland. Mary Spurrier's
address is Johnsville, Frederick County, Maryland, and Louisa Wright resides
near Eureka, Kansas. Martin Diller removed from Musselman's farm, adjoin-
ing William Bachmau's farm, near New Holland, Lancaster Count}', to Johns-
ville, Frederick County, Maryland, in 1828. Adam Diller, Martin's brother,
and a son of John Diller, died a few months before I was born. He had a son
John, who was educated to be a physician by his grandparents on his mother's
side, and who died at about the age of 67 or 68. A few years ago his widow
lived in Westminster, Maryland. I have six sons and one daughter living.
Dr. Charles H. Diller is my oldest son. He is married, and lives at Double
Pipe Creek, Carroll County, Maryland. My other children are unmarried.
Dr. Charles H. Diller also states that he was born in October, 1851, that he
graduated at Maryland University, Baltimore, in March, 1872, and has been
practising medicine for nearly six years.
The following letter, written on November 15, 1877, by Mr. John Diller, of
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, suggests the query whether the John Diller of the
vicinity of Churchtown, from whom he is descended, is not the John Diller who
was the progenitor of the Maryland branch described above, and the brother of
Adam, progenitor of the Ringwalt family. It will be noticed that the coin-
cidence of names of the children of the John Diller or John Dillers, from whom
the Maryland and Lebanon families are respectively descended, is so striking
that it strongly indicates a common origin. John Diller, of Maryland, says his
grandfather John had three sons (and may have had more) named Adam, Mar-
tin, and John, and four daughters, named Magdalene, Hetty, Mary, and Eliza-
beth, while John Diller, of Lebanon, says his grandfather had eight children,
named Michael, John, Adam, Martin, Elizabeth, Mary, and two others. The
letter of John Diller, of Lebanon, is as follows: —
John Diller, from whom we are descended, lived a number of 3'ears ago on
the Conestoga, one mile from Churchtown, Lancaster County, adjoining the
Pool Forge. He had eight children: Michael, John, Adam, Martin, Elizabeth,
Mary, and two others. Michael married and removed to Dauphin County.
John married Stuch's daughter, and lived in Duchmanstown. Adam married
Margaret Mark, of Lebanon, and had four children : Justina, John (myself),
David, and Mary. Justina married J. Roedel, of Lebanon, and had eight
children. I married Elizabeth Seltzer, of Jonestown, and had eight children.
David married Ann Mattliias, of Westminster, and had four. After the death
of Justina, Mary married J. Roedel, and had one child. I was but five years
old when my father (Adam) died, which accounts for my knowing so little of
his family record.
3. Martin Diller, son of Caspar Diller, Jr., married first Miss Immel, of
Chambersburg, and their only child was named Eliza. After the death of this
first wife he married Miss Young, who became the mother of three sons and
six daughters, the sons being named Martin, Peter (who is presumably the Peter
Diller whose statement is published elsewhere), and Joseph, and the daughters
Mary, Anna, Catharine, Rebecca, Leah, and Juliana.
4. Samuel Diller, who died some time ago near Dillsburg, was also of the
fourth generation, through one of the descendants of Caspar Diller, Jr.; and Dr.
Joseph Morritz Diller, of Ashland, Ohio, was a son of Benjamin, another son
of Caspar Diller, Jr.
Of this Samuel Diller the creditable fact is related that he built a church on
his farm near Dillsburg, free to ministers of all denominations, in which he
1. Peter Diller (son of Adam Diller) who married Anna Margaretta Diller,
his second cousin, and became the progenitor of the Hanover branch of the
Diller family, had four sons and five daughters, viz., Adam (no issue), Peter
(no issue), Daniel, Samuel, Anna (married to Alleweit), A. Margaretta (mar-
ried to Grebe), Salome (single), Catharine (married to Johns), and Elizabeth,
married to Marshall.
The Hanover Spectator of i\x\y 4, 1851, has the following notice of the death
of the Mr. Daniel Diller, named above: —
Died, on Wednesday morning last, Jul}- 2, 1851, in the vicinity of Hanover,
after several months' severe affliction, Mr. Daniel Diller, aged 56 years, 1 month,
and 9 days. Thus has passed away from our midst one of our most estimable
citizens. Few men have been able to maintain a more consistent and upright
course for strict integrity in every department of life. His last moments were
eminently peaceful, and in the full possession of his faculties, and in the enjo}^-
ment of the cleai'est assurance of his readiness for a change. He leaves a wife
and several children, with many relatives and friends, to mourn their irreparable
loss, but they sorrow not as those who have no hope.
Mr. Daniel Diller's widow, Anna, died June 1, 1854, aged 52 years, 3 months,
and 10 days.
Of the Samuel Diller, son of Peter, of Hanover, named above, the following
incident in connection with the commencement of work on the Hanover Rail-
road, on March 20, 1851, is published in the Local Histor%j of Hanover, by
Joseph S. Gitt: " First appeared the president of the board, Mr. J. Forney, on
whose shoulder a shovel was gracefully resting. Then came Mr. Samuel Diller,
a director, bearing the brother implement, the pick. His portly figure gave
ample assurance of the vigor he subsequently displayed To Mr.
Diller belonged the glory of wielding the first pick — to him is due the renown
of beginning the actual construction of the Hanover Branch Railroad. . . .
The company returned to town, and were addressed by Mr. Gonder, the con-
tractor, and by Mr. Diller."
2. Adam Diller (son of Adam Diller) had three sons, Adam (no issue), Peter
(has issue), and Enos (bachelor) ; and four daughters, Naomi (married to
Herr), Julia (married to Dietrich), who died a few years ago, Abigail (single),
and Diana, who married Hoover, both now deceased, leaving two sons.
3. John Diller (son of Adam Diller) had two sons, John (who has issue), and
Nathaniel (who has issue) ; and daughters (whose names are not given).
4. Catharine (daughter of Adam Diller), who became Mrs. GroA^e, had a
daughter named Mary, who married Mr. George Basehoar.
5. Joseph Diller, of Cumberland Count}-, son of Martin, who was the son"of
Caspar Diller, Jr., had three sons: Edwin (married), Oliver (single), Augustus
(dead), and fourteen daughters, whose names have not been furnished to me.
One of Joseph's sisters (Anna) was the wife of Daniel Diller, of Hanover, and
mother of Dr. David Diller, of York Sulphur Springs. It is probable that otlier
brothers and sisters of Joseph Diller have descendants, whose names have not
been furnished to me.
6. Of the descendants of the children of Adam Diller (in the fifth generation
from Caspar) there are first, the children of Anna Margaretta, who became the
wife of Peter Diller, and who are enumerated above ; second, Mrs. Sheaffer, who,
according to my recollection, had but one child, a daughter, who became Mrs.
Mary Jacobs ; and third, Catharine, who became Mrs. Ringwalt, and who had
fourteen sons and four daughters, viz., Elizabeth (dead), Isaac (dead), Catha-
rine (dead), Samuel (born in New Holland, July 14, n99, died at Downingtown,
May 13, 1875), Cyrus, died December, 1862, Lydia, dead, Jacob, Diller, died
December 23, ISU, aged 65, William, died May 16, 1871, in bis 64th year, and
Charles (twins), Joseph Clarkson, George W., Margaret A., Levi B., Amos,
Henry L. (died December 17, 1876, aged 62 years), David, and Louis (who
was a raember of Sheridan's celebrated cavalry force, and after engaging in
forty-two skirmishes and engagements, was killed near Winchester, consistently
ending a brilliant and courageous career in bravely defending an ambulance
of wounded men),
[All the surviving members of the Ringwalt family named above reside in
Cumbei'land County, except Amos, who lives in Lancaster City, and Joseph C,
who resides in and is mayor of Clifton, near Cincinnati, Ohio. George and
Charles live near Churchtown, their post-ofHce address being Allen P. 0., and
Margaret, Levi, Jacob, and David live in Carlisle. Their father, Jacob Ring-
wait, husband of Catharine Diller, was the son of Jacob Ringwalt who emi-
grated to Lancaster County, from Wurtemberg, where the family is still nume-
rous, landing at Philadelphia, September 28, 1753. The immigrating Jacob
Ringwalt married Barbara Wagner, and had three sons named Jacob, Mai'tin,
and George. George died when nineteen years of age, about 1777, and was
buried in the gravej^ard attached to Seldomridge's church. Martin lived on a
farm near Churchtown, Lancaster County. He married Miss Diffenderfer, and
had children named Ann (who married Mr. Bender, and now lives at an ad-
vanced age in New Holland), Jacob (who married and had issue, but is now
dead), George (died without issue), William (who married and had issue, but is
now dead), John (died without issue), Margaret (dead), Reuben (no issue),
Martin (no issue), Levi (married), David (married), Elizabeth, who married
William Smith of New Holland and is now dead, Catharine, who married Mr.
Rutter and is now dead, Mary (died without issue). All the deceased members
of the family are liuried in the graA^eyard attached to the German Reformed
Church in New Holland. After living in the vicinity of New Holland until
1825, on a large farm in the eastern end of that town, and being elected colonel
of a militia regiment, and member of the State Legislature, Jacob Ringwalt
the second went to Cumberland County in 1825, to take charge of sixteen farms
of several hundred acres each, belonging to the immense estate of Judge Dun-
can; and one of these farms, on which his family lived, was the farm subse-
quently owned by Judge Watts, Commissioner of Agriculture, long noted for
having the largest barn in the TJnited States. He died December 24, 1828, in
his sixty-third year. His wife survived him nearly thirty years, dying March
21, 1858, after discharging with great industry and skill all the duties that had
been imposed upon her during a useful and eventful life. At the time of her
death she was in her 83d year, and sixteen of her children were then living.
Her grandchildren then numbered eighty-four, so that she had one hundred and
two descendants during her own life, without counting her great-grandchildren.
Of Samuel Ringwalt, who is buried in Northwood Cemetery, near Downing-
town, a number of obituary notices were published in the journals of Philadel-
phia, Chester, and Lancaster counties. I extract the following from the notice
in Forney's Press : " Deceased in early life took a prominent part in the affairs
of Lancaster, his native county, where he filled many positions of trust and
responsibility; and also served as deputy sheriff and brigade inspector. His
duties in this connection brought him prominently before the public, who
highly esteemed him for the genial courtesy of his manner, and the staunch
integrity of his character. In 1840 Colonel Ringwalt removed to Chester
County, where he has since continuously resided, save when his duties as
brigade quartermaster under tlie gallant Meade called him to the field in de-
fence of his country. With Hon. John Hickman, lately deceased, and other
distinguished men of Chester County, Colonel Ringwalt took a prominent part
in protesting against the outrage attempted to be perpetrated by the passage
of the Lecompton bill. He was a patriot in the fullest sense of the term, a
valued and respected citizen, and a successful, pi-actical farmei". In all the
relations of life — as friend, parent, and counsellor — Colonel Ringwalt gave
evidence of the truest manliood, and justly deserved the high reputation he
had so well earned." Col. John W. Forney, then in Europe, writing home
to The Press, after receiving intelligence of the death of my father, referred
to "his deep interest in scientific agriculture, his devotion to his State and
country, and especially his experience in the war, when in his sixtieth year
he entered the Union army, and served honorably in a most responsible posi-
tion. He was the type of the best condition of a Pennsylvania farmer. Down
to the day of his death his fondness for books and society, his earnest devotion
to the development of his town and country, and his advanced views in every-
thing relating to the improvement and cultivation of the soil, were actively
The Chester County Jeffersonian, in a very kind and extended notice, said:
" Of strong and massive phj-siqne and noble hearing, his mental qualities seemed
to partake of the powerful organization of his bodil}^ powers. Decided in the
maintenance of, and mode of manifesting, his opposition to wdiatever encountered
his disapprobation, both in respect to public and private affairs. Col. Ringwalt
preserved a heart susceptil^le of the kindest impulses, and the warmest attach-
ments. Few men exhibited greater detestation of pretence and deceit. As a
citizen, he was a useful man, possessing a well-balanced mind, and the capacity
to express his views in a terse and forcible manner, both in conversation and
with his pen. As a politician he was an earnest and active supporter of the
Democratic party until during the political contest of 1858, at which time a
division occurred in both the political parties, Colonel Ringwalt vigorously
supported the late Hon. John Hickman. As a friend, he was always faithful
and true — as an opponent he was equally positive in showing hostility to indi-
viduals, and to those acts which failed to meet with his approval."]
The descendants of the John Diller, of Churchtown, who was the brother of
Adam Diller, and the grandson of the first Caspar, in this and later generations,
are mentioned in the letters already printed from members of the Maryland and
Lebanon families of Dillers, but they will be recapitulated, as far as known, on
the theory that they are all descendants of the John Diller who was one of the
sons of Han Martin. Of the Maryland branch there is, in the fifth generation,
Louisa Wright, of Eureka, Kansas ; Mary Spurrier, of Johusville, Maryland ;
William H. Diller (dead); John Diller and Jacob Diller, of Mt. Pleasant,
Maryland ; and Levi Diller, of Green Centre, Noble County, Indiana. Of the
Lebanon branch there is, in the fifth generation, the children of Adam, to wit,
Justina, John (now living in Lebanon), David, and Mary.
7. Of the descendants in the fourth generation through Caspar Diller, Jr.,
named above, the following information is given : Martin had one daughter ;
Peter is a bachelor ; Joseph had a number of children, one of whom is named
Edwin ; Eliza married Mr. Bollinger, from Missouri, and has several sons ;
Mary married Mr. Leidich, and has two sons, named Adam M. and Diller J.;
Anna married Daniel Diller, from Hanover; Rebecca married Mr. Black, and
has a daughter named Salome ; Juliana married Mr. Elbert.
8. Samuel Diller, one of the descendants in the fourth generation through
Caspar Diller, Jr., left three sons named — Simon, w'ho is a United Brethren
minister at Cliurchtown, Samuel who resides at the old home near Dillsburg,
and C3'rus, who removed to Michigan.
1. Of the descendants of Peter and Anna Margaretta Diller, in the sixth gene-
ration from the original Caspar Diller, the following information is given :
Daniel (of the fifth generation) who married Anna (a descendant of Caspar
Diller, Jr.), had sons named — Adam (no issue), Isaac (no issue), Peter Mar-
tin (no issue), Emanuel, David, Lewis, and three daughters — Clarissa (un-
married), Matilda (unmarried), and Eliza (unmarried) ; Samuel had six sons,
named — C^-rus, Isaiah, Adam, Simon, William, Luther, and two daughters,
Belinda and Elizabeth.
The occupation and residence of the living male members of the Hanover
branch of the Diller family is as follows : Cj-rus Diller was a colonel in the
YGtli Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and is a railroad contractor. Eman-
uel Diller is engaged with Cyrus in the same business ; their address is Han-
over, York Counter, Pennsylvania. William S. Diller served as a major in the
late war, and is now in the Custom House, New York. Luther Yundt Diller
served as captain, was wounded in the Battle of Cold Harbor, and is now in
the coal and lumber business at East Berlin, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
Lewis Diller is engaged in the milling business near the same place ; Simon J.
Diller served as lieutenant, and is the proprietor of the Diller House, Hanover;
Adam S. Diller is a farmer near Hanover ; and Dr. David Diller is a phj^sician
at York Sulphur Springs, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
2. Mrs. Jacobs, daughter of Mrs. Shaeffer, had one son named Adam, and
one daughter Susannah, who married Jacob Ranck, and resides on a farm near
Beartown, Lancaster County. Mr. Ranck is a descendant of the Philip Adam
branch of the Diller famil}^, through Philip Adam's son Adam.
3. The descendants of the original Caspar Diller, in the sixth generation,
through the children of Mrs. Catharine Ringwalt, are as follows : L Elizabeth,
first married Samuel Diller (of the Philip Adam branch of the Diller family),
and had b}^ him three children, Catharine Amelia (who died in infancy), Peter,
who died without issue, and Charles Augustus Diller, who now resides at or
near Sterling, Illinois ; by a second marriage with Aaron Yogdes (a widower,
whose first wife was the niece of General Anthony Wayne), she had one son,
named Jacob, and three daughters, named Anna Elizabeth, Sarah Worthington,
and Catharine Ringwalt. 2. Isaac Ringwalt married Mary Wilson, and had seven
children, viz., Elmina, Catharine, Elizabeth, and four sons who died in infancy.
3. Catharine Ringwalt was twice married ; first, to Dr. Ferdinand Strine, by
whom she had two children, Mary Catharine and Ferdinand ; and second, to
John Yaughn, by whom she had one daughter, named Isabella. 4. Samuel
Ringwalt was married three times ; first, on March 9, 1824, to Sarah McCaus-
land, daughter of Major William McCauslaud, of Leacock Township, Lancaster
County; she had one child that died in infancy; second, to Louisa Luther,
by whom he had four children named John Luther (born October 18, 1828),
George Bryan Porter, Louisa Catharine, and Samuel ; third, to Anna Parke,
by whom he had children named Thomas Parke (died in infancj^), Anna
Mary, Ella Virginia (died in infancy), Jacob Parke, Jane Edge, and Abiah
Parke. 5. Cyrus Ringwalt, who married Ann Sheaffer, had ten children,
named Caiharine, Elizabeth, George W., Mary Jacobs (who now resides at
Pittsburgh), Margaret Ann (married William Noaker, and died without
issue), John Jacob, Lydia Sarah, Emma Jane (married Henry H. Gej^er, of
Mechanicsburg), Cyrus, Jr., Louis, and Clara (married Herbert Brigton, and
died without issue . 6. Lydia Ringwalt, who married Abel B. Amos, emi-
grated to Ohio, and had eight children, Ann Caroline, Frederick, Catharine
M., Lydia, Cornelia Elizabeth, Sarah Amelia, Jacob Diller, and Eliza Jane.
1. Diller Ringwalt married Mrs. Delanc}^, and had three children, named
Catharine, Lydia Ann, and Jane. 8. William Ringwalt married Mrs. Hofi"-
man (emigrated to Indiana), and had seven children, named Eli, Catharine,
Elizabeth, Charles, Mar^^, Margaret, and William. 9. Joseph Clarkson Ring-
wait was twice married ; first, to Cornelia M. Mizner, by whom he had four
children, named Lansing M., Henry L., Mary C, Anthony Rutgers ; and se-
cond, to Elizabeth A. Price, b^^ whom he had four children, Elizabeth Price,
Joseph C. (died in infancy), Charles Glenn, and Joseph Clarkson, Jr. 10.
George W. Ringwalt married Eliza Lehman, and had two daughters, named
Emma and Phoebe. 11. Levi B. Ringwalt married Sarah Dewey, and had four
children named David, Jacob, Joseph, and Mary. 12. Henry L. Ringwalt
married Mary G. Rumney (a great-granddaughter of Hugh Gaine, famous in
the annals of New York as a prominent printer in that city during the Revolu-
tionary era. His wife was Cornelia, daughter of Rip van Dam, second gover-
nor of New York), and had nine children, named Robert Rumney, Jacob
Joseph (died in infancy), Kate Kemp (died in infancy), Henry Louis, Ger-
trude R., Theodore Lyman, John Rumney, Bessie Gaine, and Mary Rumney
(deceased). The other children of Jacob and Catharine Ringwalt, horn Diller,
are, I believe, either unmarried or without issue. Amos married Maria Ham-
bright, who died recently, and who was a member of the Hambright family
distinguished in the military and political annals of Lancaster County. A large
portion of his life was spent at Wilmington, Delaware, where he acquired a
competence by displaying great industry and skill in the management of a sad-
dle and harness manufactory. Charles Ringwalt has also been married for
4. The Maryland Dillers descended from Han Martin, in the sixth generation,
embrace Dr. Charles H. Diller, of Double Pipe Creek, Carroll County, Mary-
land, and his five brothers and one sister. The Lebanon Dillers in this gene-
ration embrace the descendants of Justina, who married J. Roedel, of Lebanon,
and had eight children; the descendants of John, who married Elizabeth
Seltzer of Jonestown, and had eight children ; the descendants of David, who
married Ann Matthias, of Westminster, and had four children ; and the descend-
ant of Mary, who married J. Roedel after the death of Justina, and had one
5. Stewart Leidich, Esq., a member of the Cumberland County bar, is a son of
Adam M., who was one of the sons of Mary Diller, descendant of Caspar, Jr.,
who married Mr. Leidich.
1. Of the seventh generation. Dr. David Diller has children named Orpheus
Ulysses Grant, Ira Darius Alonzo, Reuel Marcus Daniel, Lucius Quintus
Curtius, and Hypatia Blanche Anna Eliza. 2. His brother Lewis had children
named Mary Martha, Anna Naomi, and Cora Catharine (dead). 3. Of the sons
of Samuel Diller, of the Hanover branch, Cyrus has one daughter living, named
Mabel ; Isaiah has a son named William ; Adam had children named Isaiah,
Alta, and Henry (dead); Simon had three daughters; William has one daughter.
2. The descendants of Mrs. Susanna Sheaffer, born Diller, in the seventh
generation, are the children of Susanna S. and Jacob Ranck, viz., Diller J.,
Sheaffer N., Roland J., and Edward M. Ranck. The farm on which they reside
has been in the possession of the family for several generations.
3. Of the descendants of Mrs. Catharine Ringwalt, born Diller, in the seventh
generation, I have been informed of the following : 1. Charles Diller, of Sterling,
Illinois, son of Elizabeth, married Ann Eliza Thompson, and has five children,
named Laura, Thomas, Samuel, Roland, and William. Aima Elizabeth Yogdes
married George J. Duff, now deceased. She resides in Pittsburgh, and has
three surviving children, Willamenia E., Kate, and Sophia. Sarah Worthing-
ton Vogdes married Thomas Dunleavy, and now lives in Carlisle, Pa. Her
children are named Louis, Margaret, William, Kate, David, and Anna Vogdes.
Catharine Ringwalt Vogdes married Ten E3'ck Biles, of Princeton, Bergen
County, 111., and has children named Edward de Luce and Bessie Vogdes. 2. Of
Isaac Ringwalt's children, Elmina married Thomas Thompson, of Carlisle, Pa.,
and her children are named Mary, Calvin, William, David, and Amelia.
Catharine married John Maxwell; she now resides at Topeka, Kansas, and
her children are named Annie E., Marj^, Susan Wyeth, Charlotte, William
Davis, and John Warren. 3. Of Samuel Ringwalt's children, John Luther
Ringwalt, living at 1218 North Tenth Street, Philadelphia, married, June 15,
1863, Jessie Elder, daughter of Dr. William Elder, a distinguished writer,
lecturer, speaker and political economist, and has five children living, named
Roland, William Elder, Katharine, Louise Luther, and Freda. Samuel Ring-
wait, Jr. (now dead), married Miss Rebecca Evans Wills, of Downingtown,
and had a son named John Luther, now living at Downingtown, Pa. 4.
Of the children of Catharine Ringwalt, Mary Catharine Strine married
William Gould, and removed to Ohio, and her children are named Harrj'^,
James, and William. 5. Of the descendants of Cyrus Ringwalt, George W.
married Miss Lee, and has two children, named Laura and Kate, and proba-
bly others. Catharine Elizabeth married Mr. Leidig, of Philadelphia, and her
children are named Anna S., Cyrus David, and Horace Ringwalt. 6. Of the
descendants of Lydia Ringwalt, wife of Abel B. Amos, who resides in Ohio,
Ann Caroline married Thomas H. Griffith, and their children are named
Amos Bradford, Frederick Thomas, and William Ash. George R. Amos mar-
ried Mary Dillon, and his children are named Frederick Ringwalt, Lydia,
and James Handley. Catharine Amos married Henry Welsh, and has a son
named William Bradford Welsh. Sarah Emily married Frederick Hartstine,
and her children are named Willie Amos and Harry Marston. 7. Of the child-
ren of Joseph C. Ringwalt, Lansing M. married Mary Jeffries Brown, of Phi-
ladelphia, and has a daughter named Mary Cornelia. Anthony Rutgers
married Rosa B. Riely, of Winchester, Virginia, and has children named Robert
Joseph and Grace Mizner. 8. Of the children of George W. Ringwalt, Emma
married Joseph Luther Herman, and had children named Charlie Clayton and
John Luther (dead). Phoebe married Harry Musser Rupley, and had children
named Arthur Ringwalt and Lucy Elleu. 9. Of the children of Henry L.
Rincrwalt, Robert Rumney, who now lives at Detroit, Michigan, married
Catharine Dermont, and has a daughter named Gertrude Rutgers. Gertrude
R. Ringwalt married Noel O'Brien, of Detroit. KCk>^ r- r\
1 Of the dauohters of Catharine Maxwell (daughter of Isaac Ringwalt),
Annie E. married William Walker Campbell, of Topeka, Kansas, and has a
dauo-hter named Mary Catharine. Susan Wyeth married George H. McColhster
of Topeka, Kansas, and has a daughter named Maud. 2. Anna, daughter of
Catharine Elizabeth, the daughter of Cyrus Ringwalt, married Charles F.
Weber, of Philadelphia, and has a daughter named Florence Gertrude. 3. Wil-
lamenia E. Duff married Henry Balkan, one of the proprietors of the Kensing-
ton Iron Works, of Pittsburg, and has a son named Edward Duff Balkan.
DESCEKDAKTS OF PHILIP ADAM DILLEK.
Durincr the progress of the labors connected with the preparation of this
sketch, I have become convinced that the Philip Adam Diller who was the
o-randfather of Roland and Solomon Diller, of New Holland, was that son of
Caspar Diller whose name is given in Dr. Diller's list as Jean (Han) Adam.
I base this opinion, first, on the statement of my grandmother Ringwalt, born
Diller, already reported. Second, on the belief entertained in New Holland,
by members of the family now residing there, as reported in the extract I have
quoted from Mr. Levi A. Diller's letter. Third, upon the impossibility of
reconciling the acknowledged close relationship between the New Holland and
Hanover branches of the family on any other theory; and upon other reasons
elsewhere stated. ^ , ^ -i
Information that has a bearing upon the history of all branches of the family,
and the original immigration, is therefore derived from the fact, that a record
in this Philip Adam Diller's Bible, now in the possession of Roland Diller,
Esq., of New Holland, contains a statement that he was a native of Pfaltz, or
the Palatinate, and bom at a place about eleven and a half miles from Heidel-
berg, He was born March 8, 1723. The probability, stated elsewhere, that his
father after going from Alsace to Holland, and thence to England, returned to
the Palatinate, in Baden, near Heidelberg, is greatly strengthened by the fact
that Philip Adam was his son. His Bible was printed in Nuremberg, in 1*747.
It is a volume of 1274 pages, embracing the Augsburg Confession, Chrono-
logical table, and origin and meaning of names.
Of Philip Adam Diller, the only information I have gleaned, beyond the list
of his descendants, is herewith submitted. I have kept it distinct from the
previous portions of this sketch, partly to avoid confusion, partl}^ on account of
the doubts as to the exact nature of the relationship between Philip Adam
Diller and Caspar Diller, which confused me when I commenced the labors
submitted herewith, and partly because the sources of information are wholly
distinct from those on which the preceding pages are founded. As Philip
Adam Diller must also have been an immigrant, I have, in this list, put him in
the first generation, notwithstanding the fact that he was probably one of the
two sons who, according to tradition, came over here with the original Caspar
Mr. Levi A. Diller informs me that while nothing is now remembered of the
personal characteristics of Philip Adam Diller, b}" the New Holland descendants,
they know where he lived. It was on what is now known, and has been known
for many years, as the Isaac Smoker farm, located on Mill Creek, about one
and a half miles south of New Holland, and not far from the Welsh Mountain.
There all his children were born, including Adam (progenitor of the Hanover
branch), and Peter (progenitor of the branch to which m}' mother belonged).
On this farm, Philip Adam Diller's youngest son, Isaac, lived after the death
of his father. His oldest son, Adam, lived on a farm adjoining, which descended
to his son Adam, who was a drover and dealer in cattle, as well as a farmer, and
was commonly called Adam Diller the drover; and the largest portion of this
estate has always since been in the possession of his heirs and descendants, until
a few years ago, when it was purchased by Henry Musselman. The property
mentioned above, as far as known, was the only land he (Philip Adam) owned.
His son, Peter Diller, owned what is now five good-sized farms, between New
Holland and the Welsh Mountains. He also owned a large tract north of the
turnpike, from New Holland to Hinkletown. This land, however, he got through
his wife, and it was sold early.
Philip Adfim Diller, a native of Pfaltz, or the Palatinate, was born at a place
about eleven and a half miles from Heidelberg on March 8, 1723. Died Sep-
tember 8, niY. Elizabeth Ellmaker, his wife, born 9th August, 1127; died 4th
December, 1807. [She was the daughter of Leonard Ellmaker, who emigrated
from Germany, and settled in Earl Township in 1726. His son, Nathaniel
Ellmaker, was a member of the State Senate in 1796; and his grandsons were,
first, Levi Ellmaker, who became a prominent citizen of Philadelphia, and had
six daughters, viz., Mar}^, who married Mr. Willis ; Matilda, who successively
married Mr. Stewart and Rev. John Chambers ; Laura, who married Robert
Pettit of the navy ; Caroline, who married William Patterson : Louisa, who
married Dr. Maris, and Julia, who married Rev. Mr. Waller; and second Amos
Ellmaker, born in New Holland in 1787, who was in turn a Pi-esident Judge,
tendered a Cabinet position by President Monroe, candidate of the Anti-Masonic
party for Yice-President in 1832, and a candidate for United States Senator
in 1834, as the opponent of James Buchanan.]
Their children were: —
1. Adam Diller, born 1746, of Mill Creek, father of Peter, John, George,
Adam, Catharine, and Sallie. [The descendants of this Adam Diller are more
particularly enumerated in the preceding pages, from the information furnished
by Dr. David Diller.]
2. Anna Maria (commonly called Mary) Diller, born 1748, who married John
3. Christina Dillei', born 1750, married Peter Baker and emigrated to Virginia.
4. Magdalina Diller, born 1752, mari-ied Michael Kinzer.
5. Margaretta Diller, born 1755, married Frederick Baker.
6. Leonard Diller, born 1759, died 1798, ancestor of General Adam Diller,
Sheriff of Lancaster County in 1828, and other children named hereafter.
7. Peter Diller, born April 20, 1761, died December 13, 1816, father of Squire
Roland Diller, Solomon Diller, Mrs. Wilson, and Mrs. Luther, of New Holland,
and other children named elsewhere.
8. Isaac Diller, born 1163, died 1835; father of William Diller, a farmer near
New Holland, and Jonathan Diller, who married Ann Weaver, who subse-
quently became Mrs. Morgan L. Reese, of Downingtown, Chester County.
1. Adam married Salome Yundt. Their children were Peter,^ George, John,
Adam, Sallie, and Catharine. 2. Anna Maria married John Bare, who kept a
tavern at the place which has now become Bareville, on the New Holland and
Lancaster turnpike, four miles west of New Holland. Her son, Adam Bare,
born March 21, 1789, is still living (1877) at the advanced age of nearly 89
years. He remains as active as most men of 60, and in full possession of all his
faculties. He was successively elected auditor, sheriff, and commissioner of
Lancaster County. He had sisters, who respectively married Michael Johns,
Henry Good, and Henry Bare, who have each left a number of descendants.
Mr. Levi A. Diller saw Adam Bare in the latter portion of November, 1877, and
states that "he says he recollects well when Peter Diller moved to Hanover,
and he visited him there once." He also substantiates, from personal knowl-
edge, the statement that Peter Diller, of Hanover, was the son of the Adam
Diller who married Salome Yundt, and who was one of the sons of Philip
Adam Diller. 3. Christina married Peter Baker, and removed to Virginia.
They had several children. One of their daughters married Jacob Diffenderfer,
of New Holland, who was in the Revolutionary army. I believe he entered it
as a drummer boy, and, according to histories of Lancaster Countj'^, he vas
present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Another daughter married
Harding. 4. Magdalena married Michael Kinzer, and had children
named William, Mar}^, Elizabeth, Catharine, George, Amos, and Margaret. 5.
Margaretta married Frederick Baker. Their children were Elizabeth, Mary,
Frederick Diller, Catharine, Margaret, and Elias. 6. Leonard married Mary
Magdalene Hinkle, of Hinkletown (one of the family who founded that town),
Lancaster County; and their children were Jeremiah, George, Elijah (died in
infancy), Adam, Elizabeth, and Mary. 7. Peter married Elizabeth Roland on
May 18, 1784. Their children were Isaac, born February 7, 1785, died July 21,
■ This son Peter, according to the understanding of the New Holland branch of the
family, is the progenitor of the Hanover branch.
1813 (no issue) ; George (died in infancy) ; Catharine (who died in infancy) ;
Elizabeth, born October 28, 1789, died September 30, 1869, at 5 o'cloclc A.M. ;
Samuel, born Nov. 21, n91, died Nov. 20, 1820; Mary, born July 2, 1^93,
died June 10, 1866; Catharine, born June 7, 1795; Lydia, born March 21,
1797 ; Roland (no issue), born December 5, 1799 ; Solomon, born Feb. 10, 1802 ;
Amos (died in infancy) ; Levi (no issue), born Feb. 1, 1805, died Sept. 17, 1829 ;
and Maria, who died in infancy. 8. Isaac Diller married Susanna Roland, and
had children named Jonathan, Catharine, William, Julia, Isaac, and Rachel.
His second wife was Maria Graybill, by whom he had Graybill and Emma
Crise (twins), Adam (who subsequently lived in Illinois), and Amos.
The Peter Diller named above, who was my great-grandfather, was born
April 20, 1761, and died December 13, 1816. He married, on May 18, 1784,
Elizabeth Roland, who was born June 23, 1767, and died October 11, 1830.
During nearly all his life he resided in New Holland, in the old stone mansion
east of the brick residence of Roland Diller, Esq., whicli house was subsequently
occupied and owned by my father, Samuel Ringwalt, from about 1831 to about
1837. Peter Diller, however, removed to Lancaster City in the spring of 1800,
and subsequently returned to New Holland in the spring of 1802. He combined
the business of farmer, merchant, and innkeeper, and in these labors was greatly
assisted during his life by his energetic wife, who conducted many of them with
great success after his death : superintending the operations of the farm, store,
and tavern, and also directing with great skill and carefulness the numerous
household duties connected with domestic manufactures of clothing, linen, and
food. She was, I believe, the granddaughter of Col. John Huber, whose name
is mentioned in a history of Lancaster County, published since Rupp's, as the
colonel of one of five battalions formed in 1777, for the support of the cause of
Independence. Peter Diller, as elsewhere stated, exercised an important influ-
ence in politics b}'^ promoting the selection of his favorite candidates.
The Peter and Frederick Baker, named above, were brothers, who married
sisters — Christina and Margaretta Diller. Peter lived in Manheim Township,
Lancaster County, from whence he emigrated to A^irginia, where some of his
descendants attained distinction. Those named Harding formerly resided in
Powhatan County, not far from Richmond. Frederick Baker came from
Germany, and lived with his brother Peter, until he purchased about 300
acres of limestone land in Pequea, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County,
seven miles south of New Holland, and two miles north of the present Gap
station on the Peunsj-lvania Railroad. He had some capital, was intelligent
and energetic, and quite a scientiGc farmer. At considerable expense he
dammed the Pequea Creek, and built works to raise water to irrigate his farm,
the land of which was considei-ably higher than the creek. The records of Saint
John's Church, at the Compass, one of the earliest Episcopal churches in the
State, show that he was an active member of the vestry. He was successful as
a farmer and business man. He died in Philadelphia in 18 , after undergoing
a painful and dangerous surgical operation by Dr. Physic, and was buried in
Christ Church graveyard, Philadelphia. His widow died at Millwood, on
Pequea Creek, 183 , and was buried in Saint John's churchj^ard in Chester
1. Of the descendants of Adam Diller, the son of Philip Adam, further
information is given in the preceding pages, based on Dr. David Diller's
statements, as he was presumably the father of Peter Diller, founder of the
Hanover branch of the family. I have also been informed that George had sons
named Lewis, George, and Jacob, and that John was the father of the John
Diller living near New Holland in 1815, Mrs. Jacob Ranck, who died about or
shortly before that time, and other children ; but Susanna S. Ranck, wife of the
Jacob Ranck now living near Beartown, writes me as follows in regard to his
Diller ancestors : " My husband's mother was Lucy Diller, a daughter of John
Diller, who was a brother of Adam, Daniel, and George Diller ; and her brothers
are Nathaniel and John Diller ; her sisters were Polly Geigley, Joanna SheafFer,
Savilla and Rachel Diller." Adam had several sons, and also several daughters,
who still reside in the vicinity of New Holland.
2. Adam Bare (son of Anna Maria Diller, wife of John Bare) was married to
Sarah Graybill in 1814. They had twelve children, five of whom died in infancy
and childhood. The others are as follows: Elias ; he kept the Bull's Head
Hotel, on Market Street, Philadelphia, for many years, and died in the fall of
1877. Diller married (his second wife) a daughter of Isaac, grandson of Philip
Adam. Wayne, not married. Adam (no issue) emigrated to Alabama in 1859,
died in 1875. He was a skilful mechanic and engineer. During the war he
was impressed into the Confederate service, and was compelled to oversee a
large shovel manufactory, making shovels and tools for the arm}'. He was
also for some time engaged in tlie superintenclency of the building of bridges.
He was in comfortable circumstances before the war, but, like many thousands
of others, the war ruined him. Wilson's cavalry raid capped the climax of his
pecuniary losses. John G. emigrated to California in 1856, where he still
resides, engaged in prospecting and mining for gold. Caroline married twice.
Her first husband was Samuel W. Groff, and second Isaac R. Brubaker. Catha-
rine married Levi W. Groff, a great-great-grandson of Hans Groff, one of the
first settlers of Earl Township. Caroline (her sister's) first husband, Samuel
W. GroflT, was a brother of Levi W. Groff. The latter has a large family.
3. Of the descendants of the daughter of Christina Diller, who married Jacob
Diffenderfer, there were four sons, Peter, William, Jacob, and Samuel, and one
daughter, Kate, married to Hawkins. They all had issue except Peter. Samuel
settled in Circleville, Ohio.
4. Of the descendants of Magdalena Diller, who married Michael Kinzer:
1. William Kinzer's children were B. Franklin, William Weidler, Louisa, who
married Lemon, Maria (deceased), who married Abraham Smoker, Caroline,
Elizabeth, Lucetta, who married Hurst (deceased), Lj^lia (deceased), and Mar-
garet, who married John Wallace. 2. Mary Kinzer married George Bender,
and had children named Kinzer, who is married, and has issue; and William,
who was killed in a steamboat explosion on one of the Western rivers or lakes ;
a daughter who married Benjamin Owens; and a daughter who married Benja-
min Hull, of Philadelphia, 3. Elizabeth, who married John Bender, and has
children named David, Michael, John, George, and Maria. All the sons married
and have issue. Two of the sons met with violent deaths, one being drowned
and one thrown from a horse and killed. 4. Catharine married Jacob Rhoads,
and had children named Isaac, Eliza (deceased), who married Isaac Kurtz and
had issue, Margaret, William, Julia, who married Jacob Worst, and had a
daughter named Margaret. Catharine subsequently married John Sweigart
(deceased), and had issue named Eveline and Jacob, who married and has one
child. 5. George Kinzer had children named Maria Magdalena, Amos, Esias,
Nathaniel Ellmaker, Elias, Anna, Margaret, George W., Harriet, Levi E., Wil-
liam P., Caroline T., and Elizabeth. 6. Amos Kinzer had children named
Catharine, who married Samuel High; Theodore A., who married Mary G.
Roland and has issue; Wm. Henry Harrison, who married and has issue;
Anna Margaret, who married Mr. Mcllvaine and has issue; George Hines, who
was lost on the ship Golden Gate, in 1861, when on his way home from Califor-
nia; Dr. Esaias Kinzer, who represented Lancaster County in the State Senate,
and married Catharine Roland, daughter of Henry Roland, deceased, of New
Holland, and had a son named Roland (deceased), and a daughter named
Annie; Nathaniel Ellmaker Kinzer (deceased), who married Lj-dia Wallace,
but left no issue ; Elias, who married and had two children, named Margaret
and Annie; Anna Margaret, who married George Diller, and has children,
named Emma, Lucinda, Anna, and George; George W., who married and has
one daughter, Annie, now residing in California; Harriet, who married Mr.
Yanbuskirk and has children, now residing in Pottstown, Pennsylvania; Levi
E., who married and has issue; Elizabeth, who married Aaron Custer, and has
issue, now residing in Pottstown ; Wm. P. (deceased), who married Jane Slay-
maker, and had three children; and Caroline T. (deceased). 7. Margaret mar-
ried George Weidler.
5. Of the descendants of Margaretta Diller, who married Frederick Baker :
1. Elizabeth married Thomas Clemson, a prosperous merchant of Philadelphia,
and had children named John Baker, Louisa, Thomas Green, Elizabeth, Wil-
liam Frederick, and Catharine M. 2, Mary married David Ferree, of the
vicinity of Parkesburg, Chester County (a representative of the old Huguenot
or French Protestant Ferree family), and had children named Diller, Margaret,
Maria, Elizabeth, Sarah, Catharine, Sophia, Lydia, Louisa, David, Adam, and
a child who died in infancy. 3. Frederick Diller Baker married Alice Abigail
Boyd, whose father was a descendant of the Bo^'d family of Scotland, of which
the Earl of Kilmarnock, who was beheaded for being an adherent of the Stuarts,
was a distinguished representative. Their children — all living at this time — are
Margaret Elizabeth, Jane Catharine, William Frederick, born 1817, Joseph
Boyd, born Sept. 21, 1820. [He now resides on a finely situated farm, near
Downingtown, Chester Co. He entered the service of the Reading Railroad
Co. in 1835 as rodman in the engineer corps stationed at Pottstown. In 1838,
he was an assistant engineer in the State service in Governor Porter's adminis-
tration, and assisted in the resurveyingof the celebrated Tape Worm Railroad,
which had been laid out and l)uilt by a previous administration. Chief-Engi-
neer Wm. K. Huffnagie made from this survey his report of that extraordinary
work to the Canal Commissioners in 1838 or '39. While in the service of the
State he had charge as engineer of the Columbia and Philadelphia Railroad,
and the Canal from Columbia to Duncan's Island. In 1852, he was' ap-
pointed Superintendent of the Columbia and Philadelphia Railroad, which at
that period was considered one of the most important political offices in the
State. He resigned in the spring of 1857 to accept the appointment of Col-
lector for the Port of Philadelphia, tendered to him by his distingnished friend
President Buchanan.] George Washington, born 1822, graduated at Harvard,
studied law in Lancaster, went to San Francisco. [He was elected judge of
one of the courts, discharged the duties of that position in an impartial and
satisfactory manner, and has lately been engaged in literary and scientific pur-
suits.] La Fayette, born 1824, continued to live at Millwood until his mother's
death, sold the property and removed to Philadelphia, where he is successfully
engaged in the grain and commission business. 4. Catharine, married Col. Fred-
erick Eichelbeger, at one time a member of the State Legislature from York
County, and a handsome and agreeable gentleman. Their only child, a daughter
named Margaret, died in childhood. 5. Margaret, mai'ried James McClelland,
and had one daughter, named Louise (who was the first wife of Abraham Hus-
sel, and who left at her death a number of children), and two sons, one of whom
is Elias McClelland, now living in Western Pennsylvania, and another, Henry,
who lives at Allegheny Furnace, near Altoona. 6. Elias married Hetty
Woods, a daughter of David Woods, of Lancaster County. He was a thorough
business man, of indomitable energy. In 1834 he sold his property in Lancaster
Count^^, having previousl}^ purchased the large and grand estate known as
Allegheny Furnace, near Huntingdon, to which he removed. Part of Altoona
is built on this property. He died in 185-. Their children are named David
Woods, Sylvester H., and Annie.
6. Of the descendants of Leonard Diller, 1. Jeremiah went to seek his for-
tune in Kentucky about 1801, going the whole distance on foot, which is an
evidence of tlie enterprise and perseverance which characterized him ; after
accumulating considerable means by cabinet-making, he invested in steamboats;
he owned and commanded several which ran between Louisville and jS'ew
Orleans. He married Elizabeth Abell, and had four daughters, viz., Caroline
L., who married Christopher Greenup Castleman ; their descendants are living,
some in Texas, and some in the Indian Territorj'^, while Mrs. Elizabeth Duffield
lives with the widowed mother in Nebraska City, Neb,, and has for a number
of years been a prominent teacher there. Angeline married John Lee, and
resides at Eureka, Missouri; Sai'ah E. mai-ried James P. Thompson, both are
deceased. Ellen M. married Dr. Geo. M. Walling ; they I'eside in Louisville ;
their son, Willoughby Walling, M.D., is a rising young physician, was at one
time a member of the Faculty of the Louisville Medical TJniversit}^ In 1864
Jeremiah Diller was married a second time, to Lucy Shirley, of Lancaster, Pa.,
and he died in 1869, aged about 80 years. 2. George married Lydia Souder, a
woman of remarkably good mind and sound sense. Their children are William
(deceased), who married Catharine Schweitzer; Rev. Jacob W., who married
Angeline Yan IS^ostrand ; Catharine (deceased), who married John Reilly ;
George J., who married Mary Kreeder ; Samuel, who married Mary Kautz ;
Isaac, who married Anna Frey ; Sarah A., who married William Wallace
Fisher; and Mary A., who was a successful teacher in Lancaster, and now
lives in Chambersburg, Pa. George died December 21, 1858; his wife, L3'dia,
February 22, 1845. 3. Adam married Barbara Hoffman, Feb. 20, 1813. Their
children are Jeremiah, who was lost on a steamboat on the Ohio River near
Louisville, Oct. 4, 1835; Amos, now living in Philadelphia; Adam Henry, who
was admitted to the bar in 1847, removed to Springfield, 111., where he died,
Dec. 20, 1848 ; and Eliza (died in childhood). In 1831 he married a second
wife, Mrs. Mary A. Risdel Owen, and had a daughter, Eliza J. Diller, now
living in Philadelphia. In 1840 he again married, taking for his third wife
Susan Riehle; their son, William R.,also resides in Philadelphia. Adam took
an active part in forming and leading a Lancaster County cavahy troop to
Baltimore, or that vicinity, during the second war with Great Britain. In 1827
he was elected Sheriff of Lancaster Count}', was subsequently appointed Adju-
tant-General of Pennsylvania under David R. Porter's administration, which
office he held for six years. He removed to Philadelphia in 1840. Under
General Taylor's administration he received the appointment of Naval Store-
keeper. He was known through life as General Adam Diller, and died April
2, 1859, in his seventieth year. 4. Elizabeth, who remained unmarried, was
known as Miss Betsy Diller, during a long and useful life ; she was, in all re-
spects, an example to her younger relatives, by whom she was regarded as
such, and greatly beloved ; her sweet temper, and lovely Christian character,
won the hearts of all who knew her. She died August 1, 1869, aged 15 j-ears.
5. Mary married Jacob Weaver ; they soon afterwards removed to Franklin
County, Pa. Their children are Elizabeth, married to Jacob Hege ; John,
married to Fanny Lehman ; Maria, married to Daniel Lehman; Rebecca, mar-
ried to Michael Hege ; Anne, married to Moses Shank ; L3'dia, married to Isaac
Burkholder; George D. (deceased); Fannj-, married to John Reifsn3-der; and
Hannah. This branch of the family belong to the religious body known as
Mennonites, are most exemplary people, and are all engaged in farming around
7. Of the descendants of Peter Diller, 1. Elizabeth, born October 29, 1789,
died September 30, 18G9, married Dr. John Luther, of New Holland, and had
issue: 1. Louisa, died February 28, 1835 (who married Samuel Ringwalt) ; 2.
Dr. Diller Luther, now agent of State Board of Charities of Pennsylvania, Col-
lector of Internal Revenue of Berks County under Lincoln's administration,
and at an earlier period a practising physician, and extensively engaged in
mining coal in Schuylkill County; 8. Dr. John Weaver Luther, died April 25,
1870, who practised as a ph3'sician for a number of years in New Holland, with
great success and acceptability to the entire population of that vicinity ; 4. Mar-
tin (who died in infancy) ; 5. Roland Augustus (who entered West Point in
1832, and graduated in 1836, when he was commissioned a 2d lieutenant in the
2d regiment of artillery, made 1st lieutenant in 1838, promoted to a captaincy
in 1847, went with his regiment to Florida, and there participated in several of
the engagements with the Seminole Indians; took part in troubles with Creeks
and Cherokees ; marched to the northern frontier in Michigan when troubles
with Great Britain were impending; joined forces of General Taylor in the
Mexican War, distinguished himself by gallantry at Palo Alto, where he was so
severely wounded that he was compelled to come north ; then received his com-
mission as captain, recruited a company in New York, and sailed to join the
forces of General Scott, then in the city of Mexico; after this was stationed in
Charleston harbor on garrison duty, but continued to suffer from the wound and
diseases contracted in Mexico, and his health failing rapidly, returned to New
Holland, where he died in 1853 ; he was a skilful soldier, well versed in the litera-
ture and practical duties of his profession) ; 6. Peter Diller (who, during most of
his active life, was engaged in managing coal mining operations in the vicinity
of Potts ville, Schuylkill Count}^, where he now resides) ; 7 and 8. Catharine and
Elizabeth (who now reside in New Holland) ; 9. Cornelius Hiester (who died
in infancy) ; 10. Martin (who is a leading phj'sician of Reading, Pennsylvania).
2. Samuel Diller, born Nov. 21, 1791, died Nov. 20, 1820, married Elizabeth,
daughter of Jacob Ringwalt, and had issue a daughter, who died in infancy,
and two sons, Peter and Charles Augustus. Peter was married to Sarah
Simpson, of Philadelphia, but he died without issue in December, 1872, in
Texas, to which State he emigrated a few years before the Rebellion, and where
he became a prominent citizen, having been elected Mayor of Brenham, in
Washington Countj^; Charles, born April 28, 1818, married Ann Eliza Thomp-
son, of Newville, in June, 1840, and removed to vicinity of Sterling, Illinois,
3. Mary, born July 20, 1793, died June 10, 1866, married Henry Shirk
and formerly lived in Xew- Holland. Her children were Elizabeth Diller, who
married Cornelius F. Roland, of JSTew Holland, Maria Louisa, Mary Anna,
who married Luther Diller, Henry, Diller, Luther, Lydia, who married Jacob
R. Johns, Roland, two children who died in infancy, and Catharine Amelia,
who died in 1832, when in her sixteenth j^ear.
4. Catharine married Morris Wilson, and had issue, one daughter, Anna E.,
who married Dr. John G. Moore, surgeon-dentist of New Holland.
5. Lydia, born March 21, 1797, married Rev. Peter Filbert, a Lutheran
clergyman, who was in charge of the congregation of the Bergstrass Church,
near the northern boundary line of old Earl Township, from 1813 to 1823, and
who for a considerable period also had charge of the congregation at New Hol-
land and other Lutheran churches in that vicinity, but who subsequently aban-
doned the ministry, and removed to Reading, Pennsjdvania, of which cit}^ he
was at one time mayor. Her children were Peter Diller, deceased, Samuel,
who has long been extensively engaged in the lumber business at Williamsport,
Pennsj'lvania, Anna E., married to John T, Craig, Henry M. (deceased),
L3'dia A., Mary Louisa, William F., deceased, Catharine A., married to Harvey
Birch, Roland D., deceased, John R., deceased, and two children, Catharine
A. and Susannah, who died in infancy. Of these sons Henry M. and Roland
D. were both killed in the late war, while engaged in the Union service, Henry
M. being captain of a company of which Roland D. was a member.
6. Solomon Diller, born in Lancaster Cit}-, February 10, 1802, to which place
his parents removed in the spring of 1800, returning to Xew Holland in
the spring of 1802, has always since resided in the neighborhood of JS'ew
Holland, and been a successful farmer. Li 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, he was one
of the representatives of Lancaster County in the State legislature. He married
Margaret Ann James, of Chester County, September 16, 1834. Their issue
are Elizabeth Grace, who married Levi Jones, James, Levi Augustus (who
married Julia Barton Davis, daughter of Gabriel and Susanna R. Davis, of
Sterling, Illinois), John Roland, who married Susan Styer, only daughter of
John and Susanna Styer, Emma Catharine (deceased), Anna Mary (deceased),
Sarah Emeline (who married George W. St^^er, son of John and Susanna Stj^er),
Horace (deceased), Alfred Newton, and Annie Elvina.
8. Of the descendants of Isaac Diller, 1. Jonathan, who married Ann
Weaver, had issue named, 1. Weaver; 2. Susanna (who married Gabriel Davis,
and now lives at Sterling, Illinois) ; 3. Maria, who married Reuben Ruth ; 4.
Isaac R., who now lives in Chicago, Illinois. (In early life he learned the
printing business, and subsequently took an active part in literary, military,
and political affairs in Pennsylvania and Illinois. He was a quartermaster
with the rank of captain in the Mexican War. Edited and published in Phila-
delphia about 1843, in conjunction with Adam Henry, son of General Adam
Diller, a newspaper called the Citizen Soldier, in which the early stories and
sketches of George Lippard were first published ; also printed at Harrisburg a
Democratic newspaper called the Pennsylvania Reporter. After he removed
to Illinois, in 1848, he was clerk of one of the branches of the legislatui'e of that
State, and Chairman of the Democratic State Committee in the exciting cam-
paign of 1856. He was an active friend of Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, and was
appointed by James Buchanan Consul at Bremen, a position he held until some
time after the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. With that President Isaac
R. Diller was also well acquainted, and at his request he instituted a number
of experiments about the year 1862 or 1863, in the vicinity of Philadelphia,
which had reference to the manufacture of a superior explosive substance to be
used in the war of the Rebellion) ; 5. Roland W. married Miss Ridgwa}^, of
Philadelphia, and lives in Springfield, Illinois ; 6. Annie, who married Augustus
A3'ers, a banker in Jacksonville, Illinois.
2. William Diller, married Mar}^ Vogan, and had issue named Roland, Yogan
(who went to California, and was pecuniarily successful in that State), Luther
(who married Maiy Ann Shirk, of New Holland), Margaret (who married Isaac
Hull, of New Holland), and Susan, who married George W. Smith, of New
3. Julia, who married Mr. Graybill, had issue named Eliza Binkly, Abraham,
Susan Bowman, Kitt}^, Maria, Julia Getz.
4. Isaac, who married, successively, two Miss Graybills, had issue b}- the first
wife (Susan G.) named Susie and Nancy, and by the second wife, named Sallie
G., his issue were named Rachel and Roland.
5. Rachel, who married Philip Sprecher, had issue named Susanna (who
became Mrs. Styer), Jonathan, Rachel (who married Mr. Miller), William,
George, and Kate, who married John Reigart.
6. Of Isaac Ciller's issue by his second wife, Maria Graybill, there was, 1.
Graybill, who married Lucy Miller, and had issue named Maria, now the wife
of Col. Joseph C. Hess, of Philadelphia; Isaac, who at last accounts was living
at Holly Springs, Mississippi; Levi, and George, who married Theresa, daugh-
ter of Christian Rine, of Lancaster, Penns^dvania ; 2. Emma, who married
Henry Crise, and had issue, Maria, Graybill, Lucinda, and Henry. Mary mar-
ried Cyrus Mentzer; 3. Adam, who removed to Illinois; 4. Amos, of New Hol-
land, who married Marj' Carpenter, and has issue named Edwin, Emma, and
To this generation belong, 1st, descendants of Adam Diller ; 2. Grandchil-
dren of Jacob Diffenderfer and his first wife, the daughter of Christina and
Peter Baker. 3. The great-grandchildren of Magdalena Diller, who married
Michael Kinzer. They are numerous. Independent of those alreadj^ mentioned
under the head of fourth generation, there are the children of Maria Magdalena,
daughter of George Kinzer, who married Henry Yundt, who for a number of
years kept the Blue Ball Tavern, on the Downingtown and Harrisburg Turn-
i:»ike, fifteen miles east of Lancaster, and had issue named Anna Margaret, who
married Michael Witmer, and has issue; Henrietta Caroline, who married B.
Frank Kinzer, and had children named Kate (deceased) and Maria; Louisa,
who married Reuben Seidel, and had ten children; Elizabeth, who married Dr.
Samuel Welchens, surgeon dentist, of Lancaster, and has several children;
Emma, who married Bodo Otto, of Williamsport, and has issue; Edwin Henry,
a lawyer in Lancaster, Horace A., alaw3'er in Reading; Harriet C, Clarissa A.,
and Dr. W. Scott, who married Emma Giue, and has issue.
4. The descendants of Margaretta Diller, who married Frederick Baker, in
this generation, include the following: —
L The children of Rev. John Baker Clemson, of Claymont, Delaware. His
first wife was Margaret Bull, and their children were Lizzie, who married Fisher
Hazzard, of Mauch Chunk; Annie, who married George L. Washington;
Thomas G., who married Miss Ogden, of New York ; and Martha. Mr. Clem-
son's second wife was Phoebe Wain Lewis, of Philadelphia, and their children
embraced a daughter, now dead, who married Mr. Joseph Hartel, and a daugh-
ter named Mar3^ 2. Louisa Clemson married Dr. Walter Washington, of
Charlestown, Jefferson Count}^, Virginia, who was a great-nephew of General
George Washington, and a nephew of James Madison, the fourth President
of the United States. Their children were Luc}^, who married John Packett, a
descendant of Gen. Packett of the Revolutionary Army; Christine, who married
Mr. Washington, a son of John A. Washington, who formerly owned Mount
Teruon; George L., who married Annie Clemson (as mentioned above), and
Annie Steptoe, who married Thomas A. Brown, of Jefferson County, Virginia.
3. Thomas Green Clemson married Anna, daughter of Hon. John C. Calhoun,
formerly United States Senator from South Carolina, and had four children, two
of whom died in infanc}'-, a daughter, Floride, now dead, wife of Mr. Gideon Lee,
of New York, and a son named Calhoun, who is now dead. 4. Elizabeth Clem-
son married Hon. George Washington Barton, a distinguished lawyer, and
judge of one of the courts of Philadelphia, and had one daughter named Kate.
5. William married Susan Dore, of Nova Scotia. 6. Catharine married George
Washington North, of Philadelphia, and had eight children ; one died in in-
fancy; Clemson, who married Harriet Belford, of Mauch Chunk, and now
lives in Wilkesbarre; George H., who married Hattie Robins; William Frede-
rick, who married Fannie Delleker ; Rev. Walter North, who married Mrs.
Eleanor Clinton, of Buffalo ; and Bessie, Clarence, and Herbert.
2, Of the children of Mrs. Marj^ Ferree, Diller married Miss Dewees, and had
several children ; Margaret married Peter Worrest, and had several children ;
Maria married Park McClelland; Sarah married Mr. McPherson, and had four
children ; Catharine married Mr. Pettit and had two daughters, one of whom
married Samuel Haslett of Parkesburg, Chester County ; Sophia married
Washington Alexander, of Kennett Square, Chester County ; L3^dia married
Dr. Kirkwood, and removed to Arkansas ; she has three children, one daughter
and two sons ; Louisa married Jesse Miller, of Kennett Square, and has several
children ; David, who resides on the old homestead, one mile above Parkesburg,
married Miss Elizabeth Ann White and has several children ; Adam is also
married and has issue.
3. Of the children of Frederick Diller Baker (son of Frederick Baker) and
Alice Abigail his wife: L Margaret E. Baker married Abraliam A. Russel,
merchant, of Lancaster. They have no children. 2. Jane Catharine Baker
married Dr. Wm. M. Gemmill, of Kent Count}', Maryland. Their children are
^Frederick, Baker, and Alice Boyd. 3. William F. Baker married Martha C.
Houston, daughter of Samuel Houston, Esq. His mother was a daughter of
John Hopkins, the grandfather of Generals Augustus ancj^Alfred Pleasanton,
and other prominent men. Their children are Frederick D., who died in Cali-
fornia, Samuel Houston, who is now a commander in the U. S. Xavy, Horatio,
and William. 4. Joseph Boyd Baker and Lafayette Baker married sisters ; the
former Annie and the latter Mary Franklin Hopkins, daughters of Washington
Hoj^kins, a brilliant and fascinating young lawyer of Lancaster, "who died in the
very beginning of a career already made bright by his genius, and granddaughters
of James Hopkins, a distinguished lawyer of the same place, with whom Ex-
President Buchanan studied law. He always maintained the highest veneration
for his preceptor, as being a courtly gentleman, and a brave, able, and dignified
lawyer. James Hopkins' wife, Anne Ross, was a granddaughter of Col. George
Ross, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Their mother, Mary Frank-
lin, was a daughter of Walter Franklin, of Philadelphia, who was appointed by
Gov. Snyder President Judge of Lancaster, York, and Lebanon Counties, which
at that time formed one judicial district. His wife, Annie Emlen, was a direct
descendant of George Emlen, who accompanied Wm. Penn to Philadelphia.
Joseph B. and Annie H. Baker's children are named Emily Newbold, born 1847,
married in 1870 to Henrj^ B. Griffith, issue James Buchanan Griffith, born in
1871; Alice Boj^d, born 1852, married 1877 to Edmund Graff Hamerslj-, lawyer
of Philadelphia; and Joseph B., Jr., born in 1853, resides in 1877 with his parents
at Ingleside, Chester Count3^ Mary H., Walter F., and George Ross died in
childhood. George Washington Baker married Miss Mary Lane, niece of Ex-
President Buchanan. She died without issue in San Francisco, California.
Lafaj^ette, as already stated, married Mary F, Hopkins. Their children are
Dr. Washington H., Mary F., Frederick Diller, William BojtI, and Emily N.
4. The children of Elias Baker and Hetty Woods his wife are: David
Woods, who married Sarah Tuthill, of Princeton, N. J., daughter of Mrs. Louisa
Tuthill, the author of several interesting and instructive books for children.
He graduated at Washington College, had good address and fine abilities, was
attached to the U. S. Coast Survey, and was employed in the Northern States;
was killed when returning to his station, after visiting his wife and young
daughter at Princeton, by inhaling hot steam, caused by the explosion of the
steamboat Reindeer on the Hudson River. His daughter, Louisa Woods, re-
cently married a Swedish professor, Ernest Beckman, son of Rev. Professor
Beckman, of Sweden, and she now resides in Sweden. Sylvester H, is unmar-
ried and lives with his mother at Allegheny Furnace, conducting the extensive
business left b}' his father. Anne also lives with her mother.
5. The descendants of Leonard Diller, in the fifth generation, embrace the
children of Wm. E. Diller (son of General Adam Diller), who now resides in
Philadelphia. He married Harriet Ashmead, daugliter of James Ashmead, of
Hartford, Connecticut, and has issue named Charles Ashmead and Henry
Leonard. The descendants of Jeremiah Diller, George Diller, and Mary Weaver
are numerous — some living in Pennsylvania, and some in Kentucky, Nebraska,
Texas, Indian Territory, and Missouri.
6. Of the descendants of Peter Diller, in the fifth generation, there are : L The
grandchildren of his daughter Elizabeth, who married Dr. John Luther, viz.:
The children of Samuel Ringwalt and Louisa Luther,^ as follows: John Luther
1 The following obituary notice of Mrs. Louisa Ringwalt (whose remains were buried
in the Lutheran graveyard, New Holland), written by Dr. Henderson, appeared in a
newspaper published in Waynesburg, Chester County, shortly after her death : —
Died, at New Holland, on the 25th of February, 1835, Mrs. Louisa Eingwalt, in the
29th year of her age, wife of Col. Samuel Ringwalt.
The announcement of the death of the aged or the very young seldom excites in us an
unusual sensation. Because each season, as, with its vicissitude of weather, it succes-
sively comes, threatens to sever the attenuated and brittle cord of the one, while the latter
are frequent subjects of disease, which their tender frames enable them long to endure ;
and whose sufferings, generally short, we are well assured, are but the preludes to a bliss-
ful change. But when we hear of those taken away in the noon of life, while dispensing
usefulness and felicity around them, our tenderest sensibilities are awakened ; and a feel-
ing thrills coldly through every nerve.
This fact we behold strikingly exemplified in the decease of Mrs. Ring-wait in the prime
of womanhood — a wifew'ith a young and interesting family — one a tender babe — growing
up around her — whose infantile j^ears allow them not to estimate the loss which in a
mother's death they have sustained. Her character was domestic ; she was kind and con-
ciliatorj^ to all who knew her ; to an attentive and affectionate husband, always attractive
and engaging. As a daughter and a sister, her value is best learned amid the tears and
regrets of her own kindred.
Her disease, one of the worst of a pneumonic character, though short, was exceedingly
severe ; yet it did not deter her from fixing her attention on that "house not made with
hands, eternal in the heavens." And as the last scene of her earthly existence approached,
as well as throughout her whole sickness, she exhibited a marked instance of Christian
patience and resignation, awakening in all who surrounded her dying bed the wish that
their latter end might be like hers.
George Bryan Porter, Louisa Catharine, and Samuel. The children of Dr.
Diller Luther, who married Amelia H. Spayd, of Reading, Pennsylvania, and
had children named Emma and John Martin. The children of Peter Diller
Luther, who married Elizabeth Mills, daughter of Thomas Mills, of Pottsville,
and had children named Roland Cornelius, Thomas Mills, Walter Scott, and
Henry Morris. 2. The children of Charles A. Diller, of Sterling, Illinois (who
was the son of Samuel Dillerj, viz., Laura, now Mrs. Hugh L. John, Thomas,
Samuel, Roland, and William. These children were all born in Xew Holland,
except William, their father having removed from New Holland, in 1850, to
Illinois, where William was born. 3. The grandchildren of Mrs. Mary Shirk,
in the fifth generation, are as follows : Elizabeth Diller Shirk was married to
Cornelius P. Roland, of New Holland, on October 22, 1846, and their issue are
Charles Augustus (died in infancy), Horace, Henry Shirk, and Cornelia Eliza-
beth. Mary Ann Shirk was married to Luther Diller in 1842, and had six
children. Her husband died about 1855. Three of her children, Henry, Abigail,
and Enos, died in infancy. Three survive, Margaret, who married George
Ream in 1869 ; William, now engaged in the commission and produce business
in Philadelphia ; and John Vogan, who manufactures saddles and harness in
New Holland. Henry Shirk married Ann Dick, who died without issue. Dil-
ler married Rachel Wilson, but has no children. Roland married Clara
Showers, and has children named Henrietta, Elizabeth Showers, and Frederick
Showers. Lydia married Jacob R. Johns, and died January 19, 1861, leaving
seven children, named Anson, Mary, Annie, Isaac, Alice, Christian, and Louisa.
Five of them reside in Dauphin County, where their father removed ; Alice
resides in Philadelphia, and Louisa in New Holland. 4. Anna E. Wilson, who
married Dr. Moore, has a son named Roland Moore. 5. The grandchildren of
Mrs. Peter Filbert, of Reading, are in this generation. 6. The grandchildren
of Solomon Diller, of New Holland, are in this generation. Those now living
(1811) are as follows: Elizabeth Grace, who married Levi B. Jones, has chil-
dren named Annie, Harry Diller, Edward and Emeline Torbert. Levi A., who
married Julia Barton Davis, has children named Horace Erskine, Susan Davis,
and Annie Elizabeth. John Roland Diller, who married Susan Styer, has a
son named Charles Styer, Sarah Emeline, who married George W. Styer, has
children named Horace Diller and Elizabeth Grace.
1. The great-grandchildren of Isaac Diller, son of Philip Adam, are descend-
ants of the latter in the fifth generation. This list includes: 1. The children of
Gabriel and Susanna Davis, viz : William White, Julia Barton, Hervey Gabriel,
Newton (deceased), Edward Diller, Henry Laurens, and Charles Augustus ; of
Roland W. Diller, of Illinois, who had a son named Isaac R., Emma, who mar-
ried John A3^ers, and other children; and the children of his sisters, Maria,
■who married Mr. Ruth, and had two sons named Diller and Frank, and Annie,
who married Mr. Aja-es, of Jacksonville, Illinois. Their children are Florence,
who married Eugene Trainor ; Ann Reese, lately married to Mr. Alexander, a
son of the Illinois cattle king, John W. Alexander ; Augustus, Grace, and
Elizabeth, deceased. 2. The children of Luther Diller (given above) ; Mrs.
Hull, wife of Isaac Hull and daughter of William Diller, has children named
Hannah Roland, Laura, Charles, Harr}-, Margaret, and Yogan ; and Mi'S.
George W. Smith, of New Holland, has children named Edward, Ida, married
to G. W. Townsley, Annie, and Mary. 3. And doubtless a number of other
descendants, whose names have not been furnished to me.
This list embraces: 1. John Luther Ringwalt, of Downingtown, who is the
son of Dr. Samuel Ringwalt, deceased, formerly of New Holland, who married
Rebecca Evans Wills, of Downingtown. 2. The children of John Luther Ring-
wait, of Philadelphia, who married Jessie Elder, daughter of Dr. William Elder,
and has living issue named Roland, William Elder, Katharine, Louise Luther,
and Freda. 3. Granddaughters of Dr. Diller Luther, of Reading, Kate, married
to Reuben Hale, of Reading ; and Louisa. 4. The children of the sons of Peter
D. Luther, Roland C, who mai-ried Theresa Yengiing, of Pottsville, where he
now resides ; and of Thomas Mills Luther, who married Rose Behm, of Reading,
where he now resides. 5. Horace Roland, grandson of Mrs. Shirk, married
Ellen S. Daly, of Easton, and has a son named Charles. There are, also, a
number of descendants in this generation, of whose names I have not been
informed, as the list would include all the great-great-great-grandchildren of
Philip Adam Diller, and the descendants of the persons and families already
THE FAMILY GRAVEYARDS ON LOCH PLATZ.
Reference is made on one of the preceding pages to the family graveyard
on Loch Platz, established there in accordance with a custom common among
the early settlers in the vicinity of New Holland, in which Caspar Diller is
pi-esumably buried. As that farm, after remaining in the possession of various
members of the Diller family for more than a century, was transferred- during
the last few years to new purchasers, the following statements, forwarded to
me by Mr. Levi A. Diller, suggest the desirability of a removal of the remains
of some of the early Dillers to one of the public graveyards in New Holland,
if such a step is feasible. Under date of December 11, 18Y7, he writes as fol-
lows : —
I have just returned from a visit to the graveyard mentioned in your letter,
which I received last evening. I found there the tomb of Adam Diller, born
December 23, 1783; died February 16, 1835. Beside him is buried Julianna
Dietrich, who died in 1876 ; one tomb of Diller Hoover, a young man, a son
of John and Diana Hoover, the latter was a sister of Mrs. Dietrich ; also a
tombstone of another young child, which I could not decipher, being in Ger-
man, and very indistinct; besides all these there are three or four more graves,
with nothing but common stones at head and foot to indicate that they are
graves. This and nothing more could I make out in this particular grave-
yard. But Mr. Abraham Smoker (a son of Isaac Smoker, who for many
years lived on the Philip Adam Diller farm), who has lived all his life on a
farm adjoining the Adam Diller farm — in fact, it is part of the original
tract of the Philip Adam Diller farm — pointed out to me the spot where Han
Martin Diller was buried. This information he got when he was a boy or
young man, and he had often seen the grave-stone there. It is a few hundred
yards south of the Adam Diller graveyard. The story, as he heard it, was that
Han Martin would not be buried in the old graveyard for some reason, and
before his death selected this spot, under a chestnut tree, not far from the
Welsh mountain. It is all cultivated now, and has been for some years. The
chestnut tree is gone, and nothing whatever remains to mark the spot. He
(Mr. Smoker) recollects seeing the grave or graves there, but can only recall
the name of Han Martin Diller as one of the occupants of those graves. I asked
him whether he ever heard of Caspar Diller in connection with the graves. His
reply was, he often heard the name of Caspar mentioned by the old Diller folks,
but whether it had anj'" connection with that burial-place he cannot recollect,
but the name, Han Martin, he recollects distinctly, being told often by the
Diller boys (viz., Peter, Adam, and Enos) who Avas buried there, and how he
came to be buried there, and not in the old graveyard. At any rate nothing
remains there now to indicate the spot or place of burial. My father is under
the impression he, Caspar, must be buried in the old Adam Diller graveyard.
The grave3"ard is very old ; it was there during his recollection, and it may be
one of those unmarked graves is his. Mr. Smoker thinks others were buried
under the old chestnut tree, at least there was more than one grave.
After writing the above, I met Mr. Wm. Dietrich (Julianna Diller's husband).
I inquired of him about the chestnut-tree graveyard. He says it has not been
more than five or six j^ears since the tombstones were removed, but where to he
is not able to say. Mr. Deitrich says there were five or six large sized stones,
some very old, but the names he knows nothing of. No doubt Mrs. Deitrich
and her sisters had them removed; but where, nobody here knows.
f Martin, one daughter.
Peter, statement reported elsewhere.
t and other children.
f married Mr. Bollinger, of Missouri, and
\ has several sons.
r married Mr. Leidich, and has two sons,
t Adam and Diller J.
J married Daniel Diller,
( from Hanover.
f married Mr. Black, and has one daughter,
married Mr. Gilbert (no issue).
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Anna Margaretta, married Peter Diller, of Hanover.
Susanna, married Mr. Shafer, I
Elizabeth (no issue).
a daughter, who mar-
ried Adam Jacobs.
f r Peter (of Hanover),
Anna Maria, married Mr. Bare.
married Peter Baker, and removed to Virginia,
f married Michael Kinzer, and had children named
\ Wliliam, Mary, Elizabeth, George, Amos, and Mar-
married Frederick Baker ; their children were Eliza-
beth, jMary, Frederick Diller, Catharine, Margaret,
f married Mary Magdelena Hinkle ; their children were
Jeremiah, George, Elijah (died in infancy), Adam,
Elizabeth, and Mary.
married Elizabeth Roland ; their children were Isaac
(no issue), George (died in infancj'), Catherine
(]\Irs. Wilson), Elizabeth (Mrs, Luther), Samuel,
Mary (Mrs. Shirk), Lydia (Mrs. Filbert), Roland
(no issue), Solomon, Amos (died in intixncy), Levi
(no issue), Maria (died in infancy).
married, first, Susanna Roland, and had issue named
Jonathan, Catharine, William, Julia, Isaac and Ra-
chael. Second wife, Maria Graybill, and had issue
named Graybill, Emma Crise, Adam, and Amos.