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Column No. 654/August 22, 2012

Sharman Meck Carroll PO Box 72413, Thorndale, PA

Barbara Deppen Wife Of Peter Zimmerman - Continued

Jacob and Frederick, two sons of Barbara and Peter, represented by Mrs. Wm. …

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Pennsylvania Family Roots

Column No. 654/August 22, 2012
Sharman Meck Carroll
PO Box 72413, Thorndale, PA 19372

Barbara Deppen Wife Of Peter Zimmerman - Continued

Jacob and Frederick, two sons of Barbara and Peter, represented by Mrs. Wm. and Mauney, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Summers and son, Frank Jr., Kings Mt., N.C., Mrs. Mauney is a 5th Gen. of our pioneer. Mrs. Summer is a descendant of Frederick through her father Wm. Andrew Mauney, and of Jacob through her mother. This family would have been lost to the rest of the Deppen family, but for the release of Peter and Barbara at Reading, Pa., for her share of her father Christian Deppen’s estate, and again in 1830 for a share of her brother Jacob Deppen’s estate, in which they released for over $900. However, the record does not say who released for this amount, the statement mentioning the amount released by the Barbara D. Zimmerman heirs.

Anna, second daughter, wife of George Yeakley, lived in Heidelberg, Tulpehocken, Pinegrove Township of Pine Grove Township of Berks, thence to Mahanoy Twp., of Northumberland Co., Pa., where her husband died in 1784. No graves have been found of either of them. They lived on the very edge of the frontier, when this section was still the wildest Indian country, and where he served as a Frontier Ranger, during the Revolutionary War. We can only surmise the cause of his death, maybe massacred by the Indians. At any rate people buried on their plantations in those days, most of those have become destroyed. George was the son of Benedict Yougli, a fellow passenger of both Christian Deppen and Christian Ruchty. He bought land in the Swamp, near Reinhold’s station, and fell under the influence of Conrad Beissel, who led a movement of German Baptists, and taught marriage was a sin. He had great influence over people and many joined his colony at Ephrata, Pa. Among these was Benedict Yougli, who sold his farm and led the life of a monk. Whether his wife joined is not mentioned, presumably she did as he sold the farm, although no record has been found at Lancaster, Pa. Many families renounced their marital vows, and the men led the life of a monk, and the women solitary lives as nuns.

Brother Benedict, as he was called, tired of this narrow life of extreme self-denial and on the promise of going to Switzerland for an inheritance, which he promised to give to the Brethren for a printing press, he left the “Cloister” and went to Philadelphia, where he died in November 1741, just before sailing. The logs of the Saal, one of the buildings at Ephrata, were furnished by him. After his death the children came to Heidelberg Twp., later part of Berks Co., Pa. Many of these who entered this colony left shortly afterward, among these were the Conrad Weiser family. This place is a historic shrine and visited by thousands every year, which cannot fail to get a glimpse into a very important era of two centuries ago. Thus, the son and daughter of these two 1736 pioneers met and married.

The widow Anna and eldest son George appeared at Sunbury, Pa., in 1784. The heirs were as follows: the widow Anna, sons George, John, Henry, Jacob, Nicholas, Conrad and daughters Susan, wife of Sebastian Stonebraker, and Christiana, a minor. The farm was along the Mahantongo Creek. These children all wandered away from Northumberland County, Pa. with the exception of Conrad, who was killed in an explosion. His descendants have all removed from their native state, except two of the children of his son Jacob, who himself, went to Seneca Co., N.Y. Two of his sons: James and Isaac Yeakley died in Penna., also the daughter Julian, wife of Daniel Botteiger. The sons Jacob, John, Daniel and Anna Catherine, wife of Solomon Savage went to New York State. The New York state branch spelling the name Yakeley. Anna’s son Michael moved to Butler Co., Ohio, spelling the name Yeakle. John went to Frederick Co., Va., where the family retains the original spelling Yeakley. Susan and Sebastian Stonebraker went to Cutler Co., Ohio, thence to Mont. Co., Ind., where they are buried. The youngest daughter Christiana married Isaac Depoy in Rockingham Co., Va. The Depoys were French Huguenots. The pioneer Conrad died in Reading, Berks Co., Pa. Owing to the many Depoys who settled in Va., and the poorly kept records, this family could not be sifted out of all the Depoys in Va., and W. Va. The Ohio Yeakles retain the tradition that five brothers and two sisters came to Ohio from Northumberland Co, Pa., but no record or trace of these was found after 1810.

Veronica, third daughter of Christian Deppen, married Christian Heckendorn, a son of Daniel, age 16 in 1736, who came with his father Hans (John) age 50. They were natives of the parish of Seftigen in the Canton of Berne, and well to do. The Heckendorn family settled near the present city of Lebanon, members of the Moravian Church, and buried at Hebron Moravian cemetery. Christian and Veronica lived first at Womelsdorf (the Middletown) as the tax lists prove, from which place they were traced northward into Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland County, presumably to live near her widowed sister, Anna Yeakley. In 1793 he was the tax assessor for that township. In 1794 he bought land in Cumberland, now a part of Perry County, Pa. Here he was the heaviest landowner at one time, one time owner of Oak Grove Furnace. He was active in the organization of St. Peter’s church, where their children were confirmed. Christian and Veronica Deppen Heckendorn are buried there the only second generation tombstones still in fine condition. In this family it has been our good fortune to become personally acquainted with a great-grandson, Geo. A. Wagner, age almost 94 years, whose memory recalled Veronica Heckendorn very distinctly, also a visit to Berks Co., Pa. He said she was a very pleasing and kindly personality, living in her widowhood with his grandmother, Mrs. Catherine. H. Waggoner. Christian Heckendorn heirs in 1830: Mary Magd., wife of 1st John Titzel, 2nd David Wonderlich, lived in Franklin Co., Pa; David Heckdendorn; Catherine, wife of George Waggoner; Elizabeth, wife of George Carl; Mary Eva, wife of Mr. Carl, 2 Simon Moses; Adam Heckdendorn; Joseph Heckendorn; and Veronica, wife of Christian Keil, all of Perry Co., PA. Through a “ Power of Attorney” recorded at Reading, Pa, where Veronica D. Heckendorn appointed her son David to obtain her share of her dec’d brother Jacob Depew’s estate, we were able to find this branch, living comparatively close to the Berks and Northumberland Deppens, but nevertheless, and would have been a loss, indeed Christian Heckendorn served in the Revolutionary War.

Elizabeth, youngest daughter married James Zimmerman. They also migrated to North Caroline. In the search for her in the settlement of her brother Jacob Deppen’s estate in 1830 up to October 5, 1852 residence of her heirs were finally declared unknown and the case closed. As this search was a question of money, and the report confirmed by the court at Reading, Pa., absolutely, we can be excused for not being able to find her descendants.
Zimmerman/Weaver Querry

Early marriage record of Peter Zimmerman Sr., of Cocalico Twp., Lancaster, Pa., married Anna Weaver, his first wife. Any Zimmerman family researcher connected to Zimmerman/Weaver who has their marriage date, would that have been in church records, (church and pastor name), or was through Bible records.

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