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Re: Teter Family in Pendleton County WV
Posted by: John Maestri (ID *****0880) Date: October 29, 2008 at 14:53:27
In Reply to: Teter Family WV by Christina Harris of 986

Hi Christina.

I thought for the record I'd mention a few dates and facts for others who might come along after us.

Hans Jorg Dieter was born on the 7th of June in 1699 in Schwaigern, Württemberg, Germany and was the son of Hans Michael Dieter, the Mayor of Schwaigern. His wife, Margaretha Anna Lüttmann was born 1 June 1701 in Schwaigern, and she was the daughter of Johann Georg Lüttmann and Anna Dorothea Norta, also of Schwaigern.

Schwaigern is located in the Black Forest region of Germany, along the Neckar River, a tributary of the Rhine River. We have records of the Dieter family tracing back to the 1500s in this location.

Hans Jorg Dieter and family arrived in Philadelphia on 30 Sep 1727 on the ship Mollye. They left Schwaigern Germany in May of 1727, traveling first up the Rhine River to Rotterdam, then to Deal England, where they boarded the sailing ship Mollye. The passenger ship record indicates “30th Sep'r 1727 Jn'o Hodgson Master, from Rotterdam, but last from port in Deal England: Hans Jorg Dieter, 28, Maria Margaretha (Luttmann), Johann Michael, 5, Maria Christina, 1, all of Schwaigern Württemberg.”

After arriving in the US, they show up again in the 1730s in Lancaster County PA, where their sons and daughter are born [George, Paul, Philip and daughter Barbara] and are christened in the Trinity Luthern Church. Hans Jorg Dieter, now George Teter, moves the family to the Robinson River area of then, Orange County Virginia in 1736. The area is 'famous' for its Germanna community and extensive archeological work is being done there now. There are many web sites devoted to this work going on now [type Germanna into Google].

The 10 Jan 1736 deed for George Teter's 200 acres in Orange County Virginia still exists and I have a copy for anyone who wants one. George Teter [Hans Jorg Dieter] died on 23 Mar 1744 in this location. While we don't quite know how the family arrived in Dutchman's Creek, near Salisbury, by the Forks of the Yadkin River in Rowan County North Carolina in 1751, we do know that they came with the Reverend Johann Justus 'Jost Henckel [1706-1778], who sold his land in Pennsylvania in 1750. We can safely conclude that the Henckel's were leaving Pennsylvania in search of new lands and so, probably stopped in Germanna and likely the Teter's joined his group heading south.

So, the Teter boys and girls, along with their mother, Margaret [Lüttmann] Teter headed to Rowan County North Carolina after the 1744 death of Hans Jorg Dieter [George Teter]. Once in Rowan County, the Teter's were clearly associated with the Henckel's, as they began to marry into each others family. Their mother, however, must have returned to Germany, as we have a record of her death on the 27th of April in 1759 in Schwaigern Württemberg. Four members of the Teter family would marry into the Henckel family [Mary Barbara would marry John Justus Henckel’s son, Reverend Jacob Henckel; Paul would marry Rebecca Henckel; George would marry Mary Ann Henckel; and Philip would marry Susannah Henckel].

By 1760, the Teter sons and daughters moved with the Henckel's to Pendleton County [then still in Virginia]. By the 1800s, the Henckel's and Teter's owned 1000s of acres of land in the Germany Valley [then, in Rockingham County VA] and had intermarried with each other.

Soon, their Teter offspring began to leave the Germany Valley and migrate 'out west' ... some to Indiana, some just over the hill to other nearby counties. By the 1800s, the Teter's can be found in Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. Later into the 1900s, we find them all over the Midwest and in the Pacific Northwest.

There is little doubt that the Teter's of Pendleton County were of German descent. Their association with the Henckel family, who was also German, adds to the theory, as does their settlement in the German community of Germanna in Orange County Virginia. We also have the name of their Pendleton County home as the Germany Valley, as well as, Reverend Henckel being of German descent. We also have an extensively documented Dieter family line extending back into the 1500s in Germany that links Hans Jorg Dieter with his ancestor's in Schwaigern Württemberg.

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