From the History of the Ditto Families; McDowell Publications, Utica, Ky, 1996:
There wre two groups of Ditto families in Pennsylvania at the close of the eighteenth century (1700's). The first group comprised the descendants Joseph "DeToe" (Ditto), who supposedly immigrated from Strassbourg, Alsace (now France). .... They settled first in Manhime (Manheim) Township, York County, Pennsylvania, which is just north over the State Line from Baltimore County, Maryland. There may have been a connection between the Dittos of York County and the Maryland Dittos in France before their immigrant ancestors came to America. Or, their immigrants may have been brothers--to return to that oft heard tradition about old Colonial families. Quite possibly, both Ditto families may have been native to Alsace before they had to flee the religious persecution against them and their "Reformed Religion" which was supported by King Louis XIV and his two Roman Catholic Cardinals, Richelieu and Mazarin, who also served as Ministers of State in the French government. They may have taken different routes before coming to the American Colonies. The Maryland Dittos are believed tohave gone first to Scotland and then to have arrived first in Delaware or Pennsylvania. The York County Dittos may have fled into the Rhineland of Germany and then immigrated with the Germans to Pennsylvania.
Tradition passed by the descendants of this Ditto line says that their immigrant was Joseph "DeToe" (Ditto) who was a native of Strassbourg in Alsace before coming to America in the early or mid-1700's. The referenced Orphan's Court Document identify his wife and the mother of the children as Barbara "DeToe".
They had eight children who are listed...
From the History of Perry County, Ohio;
Dittoe, Frank A, born May 9th, 1849, merchant, Somerset, Ohio. On his birth day, 1882, was married to Miss Mary E, daughter of Hon W E Finck, of Somerset. His father was Jacob Dittoe, a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who came to Somerset with Franks's grandfather, Joseph Dittoe, in 1813. The great grandfather, whose name was also Joseph, came from Alsace, France, where the name spelled DeToe. Jacob Dittoe had an uncle John, who went to the State of New York, Francis, who died in PIckaway county, Ohio, Anthony, who died in Perry county, Ohio; Peter, who lived an died in Virgnia, all of whom were brothers of Joseph Dittoe, the grandfather of Frank. The mother of Jacob, and grandmother of Frank was, in her maiden days, a Miss Helen Grimm. The uncles of Frank A Dittoe were: John, a farmer of Perry, who died up in ninety years of age, in Perry County, Ohio; Michael, a carpenter, who died single in New Orleans, about the year 1829; Joseph, who was drowned in the Mississippi River a few years prior to the death of Michael, and Anthony Dittoe, the youngest brother of Jacob, who died in Edgar county, Illinois. Frank's father, Jacob Dittoe, was married in 1826 to Miss Sara, Cain, by Rev. N D Young.
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