Name: John P. MCCANN
Given Name: John P.
Birth: 30 Nov 1921 1
Reference Number: 12608 1
Change Date: 20 Jun 2002|
Rita Jane VAUGHT b: 25 Dec 1922
- Change Date:
16 Sep 2002
- Living MCCANN
- Living MCCANN
- Living MCCANN
- Media: Book
Title: Genealogy of the Descendants of Samuel Diehl and Margareth a Ritchey his wife
Author: Diehl Genealogy Publishing Committee
Publication: Diehl Genealogy Publishing Committee, 201 Broad St., Holida ysburg, PA 16648, Copyright 1976 by N. Paul Bernhardt
Date: 31 Oct 1975
Text: FORWARD (by N. Paul Bernhardt)
This Genealogy of the descendants of samule Diehl was firs t conceived by Nevin Wilson of Berlin, Pennsylvania. Earl y in 1955, it was by his enthusiastic efforts that a volunt ary committee was formed for collecting information for a n ew edition of the DIEHL Genealogy.
The committee included:
Mr. Levi Nevin Wilson, Chairman
Mrs. Bessie Discavage, Puritan, PA.
Mrs. Luther Beegle, R.D.#4, Bedford, PA
Mr. Clayton C. Diehl, Oberlin, Kansas (deceased)
Mrs. Roy Diehl, R.D.#4, Bedford, PA
Mrs. Ada Reichard, Penn Street, Bedford, PA (deceased)
Mrs. Esta Woy, Everett, PA
Mr. B. Frank Whetstone, Everett, PA
Mrs. Ruth K. Bernhardt, R.D.#1, Duncansville, PA (deceased)
Miss Blanche Koontz (deceased)
Miss Blanche Koontz was enlisted by Mrs. Bernhardt, as a co -worker. The committee diligently pursued the task of colle cting information for this edition of the Diehl Genealogy u ntil it was completed about 1959. The time and cost incurre d by the individual committee members were quite considerab le, for which no reimbursement was made. The members gladl y contributed their time, cost, and efforts, wholeheartedl y and generously, and each one of them deserves only the hi ghest praise and commendation for their diligent and faithf ul efforts.
After the task of collecting information was completed, th e problem of publication confronted the committee. The vas t amount of information collected was so much more than ant icipated it seemed that the cost of publishing it would b e prohibitive. At the same time Mr. Wilson, because of adva nced age, found it necessary to resign from the committee . Mrs. Bessie Discavage assumed chairmanship of the committ ee, but no positive action was taken toward publishing th e Genealogy until 1969. At this time, a descendant, James D iehl of Plains, Montana, volunteered to have the task done . Before the material was arranged for printing, Mr. Dieh l suffered a fatal heart attack.
Some difficulty was encountered in connection with the retu rn of the material from Montana; and after the elapse of se veral years my wife, Mrs. Ruth K. Bernhardt, a member of th e committee, became concerned that the information collecte d would be lost, so about 1971, she and I began to make pla ns for salvaging the project. Mrs. Bernhardt did not live t o see any plan put in operation. After her death in January , 1973, I decided that because of her great interest and de dication to this Genealogy I would attempt to promote the p ublication. Since death had twice delayed the work, it wa s thought wise to provide for continuation of the work in c ase of another call by death. Accordingly, along with Ray S . Koontz of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, and S. Grace Dieh l of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, a committee of three wa s formed to publish and distribute the Genealogy.
The members of this committee having little or no knowledg e of Genealogy or the arrangement of the information in th e proper manner, sought help and found that Mr. Floyd G. Ho enstine of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, was an experience d genealogist. he agreed to have the information properly a rranged and typed, ready for publication. This work was sta rted July 19, 1973, by Mrs. Sylvia Emerson, a typist, exper ienced in genealogical data. At the time it was estimated t he work would require approximately six months, but it ha s continued twenty-seven months.
Two Diehl Genealogies have been published prior to this one . one published in 1891 contained approximately 2,500 names ; the other, in 1915 contained approximately 4,050 names, w hile this one lists approximately 14,600 names. Because o f the large number of names in this volume, the many intere sting sketches, reminiscence and photographs that were plan ned, had to be omitted for lack of space.
It was stated in the previous Genealogies that Samuel Dieh l was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, about 1740 and tha t according to family tradition, he served as a soldier i n the Revolutionary War. The Publishing Committee felt tha t while the typing and arranging of the information was i n progress, an effort should be made to verify the date o f birth, name of father, war service, and the name of his w ife, known heretofore only as Miss Ritchey.
Information was uncovered from the records in the Loudoun C ounty, Virginia, Courthouse that verified the date of birt h as 1740. (A Tax List for 1761 shows Samuel Teal (Diehl) f irst taxable in that year, indicating he was then 21 year s of age.) The Deed Record in the same Courthouse, "1762, v ol. C. Index" indicated that Joseph Teal (Diehl) conveyed p roperty to Piter and Samuel Tiel (Diehl) assessed for taxe s on property "to be charged to their father, Joseph Teal " (Diehl). This indicates that Samuel's father was Joseph D iehl. It is possible that Joseph emigrated from Germany tho ugh his name was not found among those arriving at Philadel phia. The record further shows that Samuel had a brother, P eter, and probably other brothers and sisters. A Copy of th e Records of the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, near Lovett sville, Loudoun County, Virginia, for 1785 shows that Danie l Diehl, a son of Samuel and Margreth (Margaretha, now Marg aret) born February 17, 1785, was baptized April 13, 1785 . Thus indicating that his wife's name was Margaretha Ritch ey and that though he may have purchased a homestead in Fri ends Cove, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1784, the estab lishment of his residence there must have been in 1785. I n further support of Miss Ritchey's given name, it is note d that in 1788 Samuel Diehl and Margaret Diehl applied fo r and received patents for land in Coleraine Township, Bedf ord County, Pennsylvania.
With respect to Samuel Diehl's service in the Revolutionar y War, no record of any kind was found to establish his ser vice or nonservice in the Revolutionary War. A thorough sea rch was made of all known records, without result, but it m ay be that someone may yet find some reference to his war s ervice in official or private correspondence of the Revolut ionary War days.
The records of the Revolutionary War personnel are very inc omplete, and complicated by the fact that the colonists wer e emigrants from a number of different nations, with differ ent languages and most of them with little or no formal edu cation. The name DIEHL may have been lost in the way it wa s spelled at the time. In our research the following spelli ngs have been found: Teal, Teel, Teele, Theal, Thiel, Deal , Deel, Diel, Dale and others.
Not only would this Genealogy have been impossible withou t the earnest, dedicated work of the information committee , but we also owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Hoenstine an d Mrs. Emerson for their help and faithfulness, which is he reby gratefully acknowledged. Information from the 1891 an d 1915 Diehl Genealogies is also gratefully acknowledged.
The Publishing Committee regrets that the copies of this Ge nealogy appear to be costly, and wish to assure the reade r that no compensation for their time or effort is provide d for or expected. The cost of the Genealogy represents onl y the actual monetary outlay for its publication.
Our compensation is the satisfaction of seeing the work fin ally completed, and in your hands.
No doubt there are errors, and we trust you will understan d that none were intentional; and we hope you will correc t any errors you may find in your copy of the book and advi se S. Grace Diehl, Secretary of the Publishing Committee, s o that corrections may be made for future record.
N. Paul Bernhardt
October 31, 1975