Scott, I will be happy to help you with any information that I have. Joseph Detweiler, was born about 1724 in Skippack, Perkioman Twp., Montgomery County, PA. He married Maria Van Sintern Kolb about 1745. They lived in Montgomery County, PA. (I have Maria's genealogy quite far back. However, you had asked me about Joseph's background, so I will give you that for now.) Joseph was a miller at a mill located on Sandy Run Creek, near Camp Hill Station, PA. He died 2 Nov 1786 in Upper Dublin Twp, Montgomery County, PA. He is buried in the Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery in Upper Dublin Twp., Montgomery County, PA
Joseph's parents were Hans (Johannes) Gregorius Detweiler born 1690 in Switzerland. He died 26 June 1761 in Bebber's Twp., (Skippack) Montgomery County, PA. He, also, is buried in the Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery. His occupation is listed as a farmer & weaver. He immigrated to the USA abt 1717, most likely with 363 Palatines on 3 ships that landed at Philadelphia. These included Bishop Valentine Klemmer, Dielman Kolb, John Landis, Bishop Heinrich Funk. (If you research the tree, these families intermarried frequently along the lines.) He purchased 102 acres of farm land on April 14, 1724, in Skippack, Montgomery County, PA, (between present day Routes 29 & 113 near Rahn's Station) from Matthis Van Bebber. April 8, 1724, with 34 others, he signed a petition ordering the surveying & formation of the township of Skippack & Perkioman. He signed a petition of the Inhabitants of Colebrookdale with 76 other PA pioneers for protection against the Indians. He was naturalized on May 10, 1728 with 83 others from Philadelphia County.
Hans' wife was Anna Susanna born abt 1690 in Germany. At that time, the area was known as the Palatinate region. She died in 1761 & is buried next to Hans. One source of information lists her maiden name as being, Reiff. However, I cannot confirm this. There are Reiff's further down on the tree, so that is entirely possible.
Unfortunately, once we get back to Europe, there isn't any other information. From the research I have done, I found that many records were destroyed in the many wars in the area where Hans & Susanna are from. Hans & Susanna were married abt 1710, & it is unclear whether they were married here or in Germany. My guess is that they were already married when they came over, because not much is known about Susanna's family.
I will be anxious to know if you have any other information, or would like me to send you information on our gggggrandmother, Maria Kolb.
Hope this helps. Jennifer
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