Germany/Prussia: Rhineland Pfalz
I'm not sure this is the right place to post, but I think Manubach may have been in Rhineland. I was given conflicting information, including some from a genealogist that my Ludwig Ripley came from 'the Palatinate'. This is what I know: Ludwig David Ripley (Ruppel/Ripple/Rubele) arrived in Philadelphia (probably in 1748) on the ship 'Two Brothers'. (I don't know the exact date, or where it sailed from) He married Sybilla Maria (probably Kraemer) who was from Germany. It is unknown if they were married before coming to America. He was from Manubach. He was a blacksmith, and used his blacksmith skills in the revolutionary war. There is a story he served General Washington at Valley Forge repairing his guns ect. as a blacksmith. Two of his sons died in the Rev. war. (Henry & Valentine). He had at least 5 sons, one of whose name was John whom I am a descendant. He had one son who spelled his name many ways (see variations above), but in the end they all changed it to Ripley. My family information is that he was a Methodist, and left Germany for religious reasons. My father always said they were English, but I doubted any Englishman would be named Ludwig. The family said they came from England to Germany much earlier, but I don't think their name was Ripley until they came to America, it was more likely Ruppel or something like it. The only thing I know is from family history, I have no documentation at all. As far as I know, all of their children were born in America. (PA). I have no possible birth year, but they had children at least from 1756 through 1768.
I have had some amazing help from these message boards, so I thought I'd put this out there. Can anyone give me any help on this? Thanks!
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