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Dils/Dilts/Diltz - NJ to VA
Posted by: Sally Date: December 28, 1999 at 08:21:50
In Reply to: Dils/Dilts Family - NJ 1700's by Barbara Blake Goddard of 214

In 1784 Philip & Mary HOFFMAN DILS migrated to Fayette Co. PA. In 1797 he bought 1400 acres from Thos. Clair in neighboring Wood Co. WV, along the Little Kanawha, on both sides of Worthington Creek. He is buried in the Dils graveyard near Parkersburg, Wood Co. WV.
Philip DILS' will, dated Aug. 3, 1800, was probated in May 1801 in Wood Co. WV. He left property to his wife, Mary, under the supervision of sons William, Henry & John; he also left property to each of his 6 children, 5 of whom came with him from Fayette Co. PA. The 6 children were: William, Henry, John, Ann, Elizabeth, and Mary.
Son William DILS (1762 NJ - Aug. 11, 1811, buried in the Dils cem., Northwestern Pike along Worthington Creek) m. Arianthe TUNISON (1760/70 - July 9, 1845 Wood Co. WV) and had, I believe, 12 children.
Sons Henry and John DILS (or Dilts, Diltz, etc.) were reportedly Rev. War veterans.
Son Henry DILS m. twice, I believe:
(1) Christina //, who had Philip DILS (b. bef. 1794 Wood Co. VA - 1857 Fayette Co. PA). Philip DILS m. Mary HAGAR about 1807 in Spring Twp., Fayette Co. PA, and they had 6 ch., I believe. Some descendants remained in Fayette Co. PA, Nicholson Twp. vicinity;
(2) ////, mother of Henry DILS (b. c1796) who m. Catherine PILCHER c1815 in Wood Co. WV, had 8 ch. per 1850 census & Dils graveyard.
Son John DILS m. Mary McMAHON & had 6 ch. (at least) in Wood Co. WV. One of these was Lavinia, who m. Robert CAL[L]AHAN; another was John DILS (1818 Wood Co. WV - 1895 Pike Co. KY). John DILS & brother-in-law Rob't Calahan moved to Pike Co. KY where they were merchants. John Dils, a former Confederate POW, headed up Federal soldiers as the 39th Kentucky Mounted Infantry.
Daughter Elizabeth DILS m. Edward STEPHENSON; their son, James M. Stephenson (1796 Fayette Co. PA - 1877, bur. Dils graveyard in Wood Co. WV) m. Agnes BOREMAN.
Daughter Mary DILS m. John DEEM, according to one source -- Mary McK. Johnson's 1930 book THE DILS FAMILY IN WOOD COUNTY.
Daughter Anna DILS m. William LYONS, son of James Lyons, March 24, 1783 in Hunterdon Co. NJ. The only child I have for them is James LYONS.
Do you have more on this family? Are they related to the Joseph LYONS (1824 Fayette Co. PA - Oct. 11, 1874, buried Dils Cem. Wood Co. WV) who m. Margaret DILS
(1827 - 1909) in 1840 Wood Co. WV? That Joseph's father was James LYONS, who moved from Fayette Co. PA to Wood Co. WV.

Mary HOFFMAN was the daughter of William HOFFMAN, who d. 1767 Amwell Twp., Hunterdon Co., NJ. According to an abstract printed of his will, dated Dec. 20, 1766, he bequeathed property to wife Anna Maria and 3 children, including Mary, wife of Philip DILTZ. He named son John Hoffman and son-in-law Philip DILTZ as co-managers of the plantation. Also: his children should pay "to my stepchildren, namely, Peter Diltz, Philip Diltz, Christian Diltz, Catharina Bayer and Anna Elizabeth Snyder," 5 pounds each.
I hesitate to believe that stepson Philip Diltz is also son-in-law Philip Diltz. So many Dils/etc. folks resided in colonial NJ. Some researchers have assumed stepson & son-in-law are the same.

The spelling sometimes changed from Dils to Dilts or Diltz or Dills even within the same generation in a family. Originally, DILS ended with a German sharp S for which we have no equivalent, which makes the sound "ts."


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