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From: Liz Walker <>
Subject: [BRE] Re: Peter Becker
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2004 09:28:25 -0600
In-Reply-To: <200401011002.i01A2LaM005733@lists5.rootsweb.com>


This probably falls into the category of "tradition" but maybe it will help
you in your search. My Ancestor, Anthony Deirdorff was supposed to have
arrived with Peter Becker. "The Brethren Encyclopedia", Philadelphia, PA,
Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc., 1983-1984, says,

Dierdorff, Anthony ca. 1683-ca. 1747 colonial settler.
According to tradition, Dierdorff arrived in Pennsylvania in 1719 with the
first Brethren migration. p. 383

Dierdorff (Deardorf) Family.
Anthony Dierdorff emigrated from Germany to America in 1719, possibly coming
with the group of Brethren under the leadership of Peter Becker. He settled
at, or near, Germantown, PA. Later he crossed into New Jersey and purchased
lands near Amwell, Hunterdon Co. He helped found and build the first
Brethren church at that place in 1733. He remained in that area until his
death ca. 1747. p. 383

I haven't been able to prove the immigration information but Anthony
"Dirdorf" and four of his sons were naturalized in New Jersey, July 8, 1730.
This comes from "Persons Naturalized in New Jersey between 1702 and 1776."
by Dr. John R. Stevenson. It is in the book, "Immigrants to the Middle
Colonies," Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 1979. p. 125

According to another Dierdorff source, (Genealogical Facts and Stories of
the Dierdorff Family) Anthony Dierdorff was supposed to emigrate with
Alexander Mack on the ship Allen but there are no Dierdorffs included on
that passenger list.

Liz Walker


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