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Note on the Deppen Family in Europe

Christian Deppen and Veronica Ruchty

Barbara Deppen and Peter Zimmerman

Joseph Carpenter and Elizabeth Johnson

John H. Carpenter and Mary McGaughey

Susanna Carpenter and George Romulus Freeman

Aretus Erastus Freeman and Minnie Elsie Morey

Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

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Note on the Deppen Family in Europe

Counting Kindred of Christian Deppen and History of Christian Ruchty..., by E. E. and M. L. Deppen (Sinking Spring, PA 1940) names the parents of Christian DAPPEN of PA as Christian DAPPEN and Anna BOHLEN of Thurnen Parish, Bern, Switzerland, and lists the names and baptism dates of twelve of his parents' children. The baptism date for the immigrant is given as Dec. 20, 1705, with the eldest sibling listed being baptized Aug. 6, 1693. This would suggest that the parents of Christian DEPPEN, born 1705, was married about 1692 and that his mother was likely born in the 1670s. Based on the information as given, this compiler located two persons named Anna BOHLEN in the Boehlen Family Temple Book, Riggisberg, Bern Switzerland, manuscript by Julius Billeter (microfiche by Microgen, 1982), with baptism dates of May 23, 1669 and Sep. 14, 1673. Based only on this information and with no marriage record, it was concluded that Christian DEPPEN and Anna BOHLEN, b. 1673, were the parents of the immigrant Christian DEPPEN, b. 1705. The BOHLEN ancestry was extracted from the Billeter manuscript.

It is now believed that the above conclusions were unwarranted, and the DEPPEN and BOHLEN ancestry in Europe has been removed. Records of the LDS, "from Billeter notes compiled from Parish Records of Thurnen," includes the family of Christian DEPPEN, bap. Apr. 1, 1659, who was married Mar. 15, 1688 to Anna BOHLEN, b. abt. 1667. The names and baptism dates for their twelve youngest children are identical to those listed in the Deppen book. In addition, three older children (Christian, b. 1688; Melchior, b. 1689; and Hans, b. 1691) are listed. The 12th child, son Christian DEPPEN, baptized Dec. 20, 1705, was married to Stini (for Christina) SULZER and died Jun. 4, 1764 in Thurnen, Bern, Switzerland. Based on this data, the immigrant was not the son of Christian DEPPEN and Anna BOHLEN. While it is still likely that the parents of the immigrant were from Canton Bern, Switzerland, records that identify them have not yet been seen.

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The Deppen family in America

The primary source of information on the DEPPEN family in America is from Counting Kindred of Christian Deppen and History of Christian Ruchty..., by E. E. and M. L. Deppen (Sinking Spring, PA 1940), with corrections based on the research of Ronald D. Myers and Herbert W. Yeakley, and supplemented with material from other email contacts and internet sources.

Christian and Veronica (Ruchty) Dappen

Christian DAPPEN - b. about 1705/6, probably Switzerland; d. Aug. 6, 1781, Womelsdorf, Berks Co., PA; will dated Sep. 27, 1775 and proved Aug. 24, 1782, Berks Co., PA. He embarked from Rotterdam on Apr. 28, 1736, and arrived in Philadelphia on Sep. 15, 1736 aboard the 'Princess Augusta,' Samuel MERCHANT, Master. His age is recorded as 30 years on the 1736 passenger list transcription. It should be noted that his surname is consistently given as DEPPE in his recorded will. Probably married about 1739, and, if so, in PA.

Veronica RUCHTY - b. about 1718, Steffisberg, Thurnen Parish, Canton Bern, Switzerland; d. 1775, Womelsdorf, Berks Co., PA; bur. Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA. To Philadelphia Sep. 15, 1736 on the 'Princess Augusta' with father and future husband. Daughter of Christian RUCHTY and Anna KAUFMAN.

Children of Christian and Veronica Ruchty

  1. Barbara - b. about 1740, Berks Co., PA; d. before Nov. 1816, NC. Married Peter ZIMMERMAN/CARPENTER.
  2. Anna - b. 1740, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. about 1825, Mahanoy, Northumberland Co., PA. Married George. The research of Ronald D. Myers and Herbert W. Yeagley, including copies of the Berks Co., PA wills of Christian DEPPEN (Will Book B, pages 39-41) and George LOUCK (Will Book B, pages 103-104), reveals that the authors of Counting Kindred were possibly in error when they identified the husband of Anna DEPPEN as George YEAKLEY. The will of Christian DEPPEN appears to name his daughter Anna DEPPEN's husband as George FEAKLEY, and the will of George LOUCK names his daughter Anna LOUCK's husband as George JAGLEY.
  3. John (Hannes) - b. 1745, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Oct. 14, 1827. John Deppen took the Oath of Allegiance to the Colonies on March 30, 1778 as number 654 before Peter Spycker, Justice of the Peace. He was mustered into the Revolutionary service December 13, 1777 in the vicinity of Valley Forge to Germantown, serving in Capt. Philip Filbert's Company under Col. Jacob Weaver, and in Spycker's Batallion. In 1780 John was a Private, 2nd class under Capt. Filbert. Married 1773 Anna Barbara BOYER (b. Jul. 2, 1753, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Mar. 14, 1816, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA). Children of John and Anna DEPPEN: John married Mary GAMBLER; Catherine did not marry; Christian married Rebecca WORE and/or Susan KAUBEL\KOBEL; Elizabeth married John (or Jonathan) MILLER; William married Magdaline SEILER; Peter married Catherine SPANG; Barbara did not marry; David married Elizabeth SCHOLL; George married Maria Magdaline GRIESE; Henry married Susan BILLMAN; and Sarah married John BILLMAN.
  4. Peter - b. Jun. 28, 1747, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Oct. 31, 1823, Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co., PA. He was a Revolution soldier, and married Barbara KOBEL on Sep. 22, 1772. They resided in Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill Co., PA, where he was a tax collector. Children: Elizabeth married Peter STRICKLER; Eva Magdaline married Jonathan ZERBE; Benjamin did not marry; Salome married Frederick SCHAFFER, Jr.; Barbara married first James JAMISON, and second Banjamin BATDORF; Veronica; and Peter did not marry.
  5. David - b. about 1749, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Dec. 7, 1803, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; bur. there Dec. 9, 1803. Married Margaret McALLISTER. Children of David and Margaret DEPPEN: Sarah married Peter SPANG; Mary Magdaline married George FORRER; Michael married Sallie WEISER; and Dr. Daniel married Catherine SMITH.
  6. Joseph - b. about 1752, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Oct. 13, 1826, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA. A Soldier of the Revolution. Married Elizabeth WEIGLEY (b. 1773). Children of Joseph and Elizabeth DEPPEN: Samuel married Maria ROYER; Elizabeth; Joseph married Elizabeth HOLSTEIN; Julian married Henry NOLL; Jacob married Elizabeth FERNSLER; Isaac married first Susannah WENRICH, and second Joanna NEFF; Mathilda married Lewis LIVINGOOD; Hannah married first Oliver CLARK, and second Jonathan LOOK; Michael; Veronica married Jonathan LOOK; Mary married John PRICE; and Adam married Sophia PUTT.
  7. Jacob - b. by 1753, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Aug. 1828. A cripple, he never married.
  8. Veronica (Freanica) - b. Jan. 2, 1758, Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Feb. 8, 1847, Spring Twp., Perry Co., PA; bur. there Feb. 10, 1847. She and her husband were buried at St. Peter's Reformed Church, Perry Co., PA. Married about 1777 in PA to Christian Gottfried HECKENDORN (b. Oct. 20, 1753, Lebanon, Lancaster Co., PA; d. Feb. 11, 1820, Spring Tep., Perry Co., PA), son of Daniel KECKENDORN and Susannah (KANZEL) ETTER. Children of Veronica and Christian HECKENDORN: Mary Magdeline married first John TITZEL, and second John David WUNDERLICH; David married Catharine WAGGONER; Catherine married John George WAGGONER; Elizabeth married George CARL; Mary Eve married first Mr. CARL, and second Simon MOSES; Adam married Susannah FINICAL; Joseph married Anna Mary MILLER; and Veronica married Christian KELL.
  9. Elizabeth - b. Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA. Married between 1775 and 1783 John Nicholas ZIMMERMAN and removed with the Tories to Prince Edward Island, Canada. Elizabeth's husband's name is also found as James ZIMMERMAN. No known children.
  10. Abraham - b. Heidelberg, Berks Co., PA; d. Oct. 31, 1840. The "youngest child" in the will of his father, he served in the Revolution, and did not marry.

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