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WILLIAM DIEHL 1738 immigrant????
Posted by: Ed Deal (ID *****2349) Date: March 30, 2012 at 14:28:03
  of 1771

Two large DEAL/DIEHL families both claim as their immigrant ancestor the WILLIAM DIEHL, age 19, who arrived in Philadelphia on 9 SEPT 1738 on the ship "Glasgow." One (or both) of these claims must be wrong.
1. North Carolina Deals. The 1939 book by ROM DEAL and KELSIE DEAL "Deal-Stafford Genealogical History" claims that this William Diehl left Bucks County, PA and moved to Newton, Lincoln Co. NC. No supporting evidence is presented. However there is ample evidence of a large migration from Bucks and Northampton Counties, PA to NC in the 1760s. At least two branches of the NC Deals are proven to be from PA(Diehl-Bolich family and Jacob Deal of Rowan Co. in the 1850 US Census), but neither is proven to be a child OF THIS 1738 William Diehl.

2. Haycock Twp., Bucks Co. PA Diehls. The 1951 book by REBA MANN MOYER "Genealogy of the MANN-DIEHL & RUTH-FLUCK Families," likewise claims as the immmigrant ancestor the same 1738 William Diehl, again without evidence. A biographical sketch of a descendant in "Book of Biographies, Bucks Co., PA," 1899, p.172 states "William Diehl was the founder of this branch of the Diehl family...with his six brothers he left his native land, Wurtemberg, Germany, and immigrated to America prior to the Revolutionary War..." This Haycock Twp. William Diehl died 20 JULY 1813 in Haycock Twp. Genealogist Warren Ely (Ely collection in Historical Society of PA) read his tombstone in the 1920s at Springfield Church and stated in a letter to one of the NC Deals that it said this William Diehl was aged 79 yrs and 10 months, which give a birth of SEPT 1733. Therefore he cannot be the 1738 William Diehl as some claim. He certainly could be the son of one of the two Diehls on the 1738 ship list, but proof is lacking. A review of the passenger list for the 1738 "Glasgow" does contain many familiar names of families that settled in Bucks Co.(Mumbower, Fenstermacher, Zerfass, Gebhart, etc)

To further confuse the issue some people have linked the 1738 William Diehl to a William Diehl, b. circa 1719, of Horspach, Germany. There WAS a William Diehl in Horspach/Horshbach, born in 1717, who applied for and received permission to emigrate to America with his brother Jacob Diehl, but that was in 1742, NOT 1738. They do not appear in any of the surviving ship lists for Philadelphia for 1742 (but their destination was not necessarily Philadelphia).

I am keenly interested in FACTS that can help sort out these early Diehl immigrants.

Ed Deal
Researching southeast PA Diehl-Deal families
dealgen AT

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