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Re: German Dewees, Dewess, Dewas, PA, 1800
Posted by: K Davis (ID *****1084) Date: October 05, 2010 at 06:53:39
In Reply to: German Dewees, Dewess, Dewas, PA, 1800 by Marjorie Wilser of 192

You may have luck with Johann Heinrich Dewess (1705-1788), York County, PA. His surname is often written as Dewis after the 1740's.

Check out help I was given in a recent post in the Davis Family Forum.

Johann Heinrich Dewess came to Pennsylvania 27 August 1733 from the Palatine area. One of his children was Margaretta, born about 1755, later married to William Baer.

Johann Heinrich Dewess had his surname written phonetically as Tabas ('t' for 'd', 'b' for 'w' and 'a' for 'e' pronounced as in 'baker' by the English writer listening to Johann's harsh German pronunciation) when disembarking at Philadelphia, further complicating things.

He had several sons, one who may have been the father of your Margaretta.

It seems that some of Johann Heinrich's children had their surname anglicized to Davis (the Scot-Irish pronunciation of Dewess) as they migrated from York County into the western frontier areas between 1765 and 1775. This created even more genealogy confusion since it bulked them together with the Scot-Irish and Welsh Davises of the same areas.

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