I am looking for information about my ancestors who settled primarily in PA in the 1700's. They settled there too early to be Volga Germans but I am interested in connections to Russia, the Ukraine and other countries. Or if there is Jewish blood in any of these ancestries. They are:
Johannes Wilhelm Ludwig Wohlfardht/Wohlfahrt(Wolfheart) born ca 1728in Baden, Germany. He married Anna Margaretha Hage. Johannes' parents were Martin Johannes Wohlfahrt born in 1695 in Germany and Maria Agatha Catherine Zimmerman. The Zimmerman's changed their name to Carpenter. Anyone know why? Were the Zimmerman's Jewish?
Johann Peter Elser born 1733 in Darnstad, Germany. He married Anna M. Stoever.
The surnames Kimbler, Benedict and Shrader. I have a John Benedict born 1743 in Lancaster, PA who, I think married Mary Magdeline Carrelett. His father may have been Detrich Benedict. The Shrader may have been Peter Shrader/Schrader/Shraeder etc. I have a Henry Kimbler born ca 1755 probably in PA. I can't find his 1st wife or parents. His 2nd wife was Polly Danner/Tanner.
Jacob Beyeler born 1687 in Bern Switzerland. He married Elizabeth Kallen.
Hans Theobald Hess born 1643 in Bayern, Germany. He married Margarita, last name unknown.
Harm Junge born 16-- in Bayern Germany. He married Wiebke Schwartkop or Schwartk opf born 1658 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
Johann Matheis Gisch born 1707 in Saarland, Germany. He married Katherine Bauer.
Johann Just Stark born 1676 in Rheinland Pfalz. He married Anna Margaretha Feill.
Pastor Hoppe born 1688 in PA. He married Anna Elizabeth Sprogell.
Paulus Kuster born 1644 Rheinland-Pfalz. He married Gertrude Doors, daughter of Theiss Doors/Dohrs born 1614 in Westfalen, Germany and Agnes Neessgen. Theiss was the son of Pieter/Peter Dohrs and Peter was the son of Tisken An Dohr.
Reuben Rickabaugh/Radabaugh born 1786 in PA. He married Mary Martin born 1795 in Ohio. Reuben's parents may have been John Rickabaugh and Elizabeth Griffith of Shenandoah,VA. John's parents may have been Henry Riggenbacker of Basil Town, Switzerland and Magdaline Lionberger/Luenberg.
Thanks for any help you can give me on any of the above.
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