I was under the impression that as a Pyle I had come from English ancestors who settled in Pennsylvania but I recently went to the cemetery of my family in Richfield, PA and found out that the oldest relative was Heinrich Pfeil b. 1762 d. 1851 who was married to a Maria Piel b. 1776 d. 1848.
Though I cannot confirm it, by looking at the grave markers it appears that their sons and daughters were: Jacob Pile b. 1796 d. 1873 (my descendant see below) George Pile b. 1797 d. 1873 (married Catherine Pile b. 1820 d. 1877 son William b. 1843 d. 1877) John Pile b. 1798 d. 1891 Maria Piel b. 1800 d. 1879 Henry Pile b. 1803 d. 1817 Elizabeth Pile b. 1805 d. 1891 Samuel Pile b. 1812 d. 1857
Jacob Pile (Heinrich and Maria's first son, listed on the grave as Henry and Mary's son) married Elizabeth Pile but family legend has that he was married to a Mary Miller. I don't know if both are true.
Jacob had Henry Pile b. 1842 d. 1861 Polly Pyle Krebs b. June 19, 1844, d. May 13, 1910, and Isaac Pyle b. July 15, 1835, d. Feb. 3 1917
Isaac married Elizabeth Crawford Pyle who had a daughter by the other marriage named Mary Crawford Rumbaugh
Isaac and Elizabeth had Amy C. Pyle Shellenberger b. 1870 d. 1901 (wife of E. B. Shellenberger) Fannie Elizabeth Pyle Zeiders b. 1881 d. 1949 (wife of Calvin Hayes Zeiders) a Henry who died in 1865 then another Henry C. Pile b. 1866 d. 1916 a Jacob George that I didn't find in that cemetery (?) but is spoken of in family lore and a Samuel Pile b. 1862 d. 1944 who married Julia Amich b. 1869 d. 1935
It seems that tragedy struck the Amich-Pile union because their first son Charles R. b. 1892 d. 1894 their third son Levi S. b. 1901 d. 1902 and their daughter Pearl A. b. 1903 d. 1905 all died in infancy. The only survivor was my great grandfather Arthur Wilson Pyle ("Windy Bill") b. 1899 d. 1981 married Edna May Shellenberger Pyle. They had three children: Earl, Henrietta and Leon Pyle. Leon was my grandfather and he married Naomi Lauver and then remarried to Kathryn L. Soder. Leon and Naomi had four children: Larry, Bruce, Tom and Dan who married Patricia Kearns Pyle: they had two sons, Kevin Pyle and, me, Wayne Pyle married to Kimberly Hauze Pyle and now we have a son, Alexander Elias Pyle
Does anyone on the Pyle list have the Pennsylvania German ancestry of Pfeil that changes to Pile and then to Pyle?
I also found ship records for a Jean Henry Pfeil (could this be Heinrich?) with a Marie Gertrude and a Marie Elisabeth, Jean, Jean Josse, Elisabeth Gertrude, Catherine Elisabeth, Marie Margarethe, Pierre, Chretien, Anne Marie, Guillaumette, Anne Elisabeth, Daniel, Conrad, Madelon, Catherine, Georg, all Pheils and all on the same ship, the Holland, under Christoph Francklin, Jr. which came over on August 19, 1796 from Hamburg. Anyone have any connections or ideas?
Thanks - Wayne
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