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Our maternal grandmother was Irene Mary Wrightstone.  Her parents were Edwin Underwood Wrightstone and Hattie Amelia Arnold. Hattie was born to Anna Mary Solenberger and Luther H. Arnold. Anna’s parents were Jacob Mohler Sollenberger and Mary Ann Diller. Luther’s parents were John Arnold and Harriet Kinter.
Our Colonial Pennsylvania German heritage continues to grow with these four families, who also arrived in Colonial Philadelphia during the early and mid 18th century.
During the time preceding and following the revolutionary war, these families ventured to the western border of Lancaster County to the banks of the Susquehanna River. There the families crossed the river into York or Cumberland County, joining the growing farming communities in and around the townships bordering the Susquehanna and its tributaries. From here our families migrated further west into the ever expanding western Pennsylvania counties.
The Colonial Pennsylvania patriarch of the Sollenberger family is said to be Ulrich Sollenberger . We currently cannot connect Ulrich to John Sollenberger (1771-1855), who is part of our family that settled in the Franklin and Cumberland County Townships of Pennsylvania.
Our Diller Colonial Pennsylvania patriarch begins with Caspar Elias Diller I (1696-1795), who came for the Heidelberg area on the banks of the Rhine river of Germany to Philadelphia in 1733. The Diller family helped settle the western wilderness areas of Lancaster County; Caspar's lands were used to help create the town of New Holland. As new Pennsylvania counties were carved out of the western wilderness, Caspar's family members migrated into York, Adams, and Cumberland Counties.
Our family link is with Caspar's son, Caspar Elias Diller II (1744-1796), who moved into Cumberland County in the spring of 1773. He settled in Middleton Township, south of Carlisle. It was in this area his son, Casper Diller III (1766-1825) grew up before moving a short distance into Allen Township.
By as early as 1800, the Sollenberger and Diller families were neighbors in Allen Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
We have to pdf files on John Sollenberger. The first file is an original copy of a account of the family, written by David L. Sollenberger in 1921 on The Descendents of John Sollenberger (1771-1855). The other paper on John Sollenberger has a few more details on his family.
It was reported John's ancestors originated in Knappelen, Wynigen, Bern, Switzerland. Also, that his grandfather, and Colonial Pennsylvania patriarch, was Ulrich Sollenberger (1717-1767) who arrived in America in Philadelphia in 1737 on the ship "Andrew Galley" from Rotterdam via Cowes. Ulrich died in 1767 in Tulpehocken Township Berks County Pennsylvania.
John's father was reported to be Michael Sollenberger, who was born 1746 to Ulrich in Berks County Pennsylvania. In 1794 Michael moved to Botetourt County Virginia, where he was reported to have died in 1810.
Our lineage begins with John Sollenberger who was born to one of four brothers that emigrated into Lancaster County Pennsylvania from western Germany. The Sollenberger name has been upon the records of Cumberland County for more than two years. Like many of the early settlers in this section the family came from Lancaster County, but tradition does not say from what part of that great county.
Our Sollenberger families were German Baptists, but the families regularly attended the Lutheran Church, of which denomination most of them are members. 
John Sollenberger was born July 23rd 1771 to Joseph Sollenberger in Lancaster, Lancaster County Pennsylvania. John's father, Joseph, was one of four brothers that settled in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. 
About 1785, as the west was being expanded and settled, John moved with his parents into West Pennsboro and Tyrone Township area of Cumberland County Pennsylvania. 
John took up a trade in the farming community, and in 1791 he married Barbara Yockey. Barbara was born April 25th 1770 in Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
During the fall of 1794, while living in the Carlisle area of Cumberland County, John bought two adjoining farms in Allen Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.  In the spring of 1795 John then moved his family to the farm, where he continued his farming for the next sixty years. The corner stone of the farm is dated 1816. 
On May 21st 1795 Michael Ege conveyed to John Sollenberger 132 acres of land, which adjoined lands of George Brindle, Samuel Irvine, and the heirs of James Crockett. This land lies upon the eastern slopes of the Stony Ridge in Monroe Township, and has remained in the Sollenberger name continuously down to the present day.  The family and children were members of the Church of the Brethren.
Barbara was 61 years old when she died December 25th 1836, and was laid to rest on the family farm cemetery, which is located south of Scotland in Franklin County Pennsylvania. John then married Catherine Kline-Hartman, who was born July 3rd 1786. She was previously married to Mr. Hartman.
John was 84 years, 1 month, and 5 days old when he died September 28th 1855.  He was laid to rest on the family farm, about 150 years southeast of the house, in the area of Huntsdale with his wife Barbara.  Catherine died May 15th 1874, and she was laid to rest in the German Baptist Church cemetery in Huntsdale Dickenson Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. 
There were no children between John and Catherine Kline.
John and Barbara Sollenberger had six sons and four daughters. When John died in 1855, his obiturary indicated he had nine living children; one daughter died some years ago. 
Here is our brief paper on Joseph Sollenberger (1798-1882).
Joseph Sollenberger was born March 15th 1798 to John Sollenberger and Barbra Yockey on the family farm in Allen Township Cumberland County.
Joseph married Mary Mohler who was born on November 26th 1795 to Christian Mohler and Magdalena Springer in Dickinson Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Joseph and Mary began their married life in the vicinity of Whorleystown located in Allen Township. The family lived on a farm in this area for a number of years, and it was here a number of their children were born.
About the year 1841 the family moved to Upper Dickinson Township, in the area of Whitehouse, present day Mooredale, where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Mary died March 12th 1842, and Joseph died September 24th 1882. They were both laid to rest in the Huntsdale Church of the Brethren Cemetery located in Dickinson Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Joseph and Mary Sollenberger had three sons and three daughters.
This is a research paper on Casper Elias Diller I (1696-1787), which is quite extensive, and should be downloaded.
Much of what is written on Caspar Diller of New Holland Lancaster Pennsylvania comes from a number of Diller Families and their oral and documented history. As a researcher and historian it's unsettling when I read family members and genealogist family histories, only to observe how cavalier they are in preserving the accuracy of their findings. Our paper represents ongoing research into our Caspar Elias Diller II lineage in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. This is our effort to synthesize and integrate all the tangled messy information into something that can be tracked.
The discrepancies and similarities with these many Diller family findings start with an understanding of German immigration to a Colonial English country. This involves an understanding of traditional German culture, and their religious and baptism naming conventions; particularly English influences on recording of names. We then recommend scrutinizing the timeline when the name is used. The name Caspar is used through at least four generations, and to make matters worse family members never thought to separate all these Caspar men; providing or checking details on their lives, especially with any dates or locations that could be used to identify them individually.
Many sources list Caspar Diller being born about 1670, settling in either Earltown or New Holland area of Lancaster County Pennsylvania; where at the age of almost 100 years old he died about 1771, and was buried on the family farm. Other sources list Caspar Elias Diller born 1696, settling in Earltown or New Holland area of Lancaster County; then moving 40 miles north to present day Cleona where he died at 91 years and 5 months old, and was laid to rest in the Hill Church Cemetery.
Every source attributed these two Caspar men with the same wife, Barbara, and the same names of three sons; Hans or Philip Adam Diller; Hans Martin Diller, and Caspar Diller Jr.
These two Caspar Diller men are the same person; Caspar Elias Diller I (1796-1787). We added the "I" suffix to Caspar's name in order to separate him from the other Caspar Diller men. There is no evidence indicating these other Caspar Diller men were named Caspar Elias Diller.
Many of the Diller family sources cited in this research paper date to the mid and late 19th century. More recent 20th century family accounts are incomplete or concise, and they usually continued to cite the other 19th century sources. The age of the Internet and interest in genealogy has greatly improved our access to historical records; challenging these family accounts and their assumptions, leading to changes to our histories.
This is a research paper on Casper Elias Diller II (1744-1796). The paper is quite extensive, and is fully cited with source references.
Caspar Elias Diller II was born 1744 to Caspar Elias Diller and Anna Barbara Dornis in the New Holland area of Lancaster County Pennsylvania.
Caspar Elias Diller married about 1757 to Juliana Lang, who was born in 1750 to Urbanus Lang and Catherine Blum in Lancaster county Pennsylvania. Juliana died, and Casper married Margaret.
"...I have a deed in my possession, dated December 16th1769, of the sale of 336 acres of land from Caspar Diller to-his son Caspar..." In 1771 Caspar Diller lived in Lebanon Township Lancaster Pennsylvania where he owned 120 acres with 4 horses and 3 cattle, and paid $14.00 in taxes.
We believe that in the late spring of 1773 Caspar's family and his sister Margaret Diller-Keinadt's family left Millerstown Lancaster County for their 50 mile over land journey west to Cumberland County. The 18th century road would have been nothing more than rugged drover's path, and it may have taken the families 3 days to complete their 50 mile trip. Depending on the condition of the path or road, and the weather, they could have made the 50 mile trip in two full days.
We believe the two families traveled 15 miles west of Millerstown to Hummelstown, where they could have stayed the night. Once here, they could have decided to continue the next 9 miles to the Susquehanna River. It's almost certain the family stayed the night at either the Harris or Carlisle Ferry near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Paxtang Township of Lancaster County.
After crossing the Susquehanna into Cumberland County, the family would have continued their 26 mile westward journey on either Harris Ferry Road directly to Carlisle, or the Carlisle Ferry Road into southern East Pennsboro, Middleton, and onto West Pennsboro Townships. The family arrived late in the evening of the second day in West Pennsboro Township Cumberland County, where they settled on the banks of the Yellow Breeches. This West Pennsboro is most likely present day Dickenson Township, bordering Middleton Township, Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Caspar II and his wife, and their five children, settled on that portion of Middleton Township, which sits between Dickenson and Allen Townships on the south Cumberland County border with York County. The Dickenson and Middleton area is where the Yellow Breeches runs through Mount Holly Springs to Boiling Springs into the southern portion of Allen Township, near Churchtown. It is this region where Caspar and Margaret Diller first settled with their families. After a few years Margret and her husband Michael Keinadt migrated into Virginia.
Caspar II was reported to be in the 4th Battalion, Lancaster County Militia, during the Revolutionary War, and which he obtained the rank of Captain. This will require more research.
Diller acquired about 1,000 acres of land located about one mile west of Allen in Monroe Township. This land is located today between Route 74, Route 174, Lutztown Road and Stought Road. It was in this area the Diller family built several of the homes.
In 1779 Caspar lived on a 400 acre farm, and owned 11 horses and 3 cows in Middleton Cumberland County Pennsylvania. He was still living in Middleton in 1782, when his farm grew to 457 acres, and had 4 hogs, 3 cows, and 4 sheep. By 1786 Caspar and his family continued to be living in Middleton, and by 1787 the family appears in Allen Township Cumberland County.
Caspar lived in Middleton Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania when his will was signed and witnessed on September 11th 1796, and proven on November 24th 1796. Jacob Craven and Abraham Pollinger became guardians of the children who were minors: David, Benjamin, George, Solomon, and Christiana. The executors of the Caspar's will were John Craven and Philip Baker, witnessed by James Duncan, Peter Fass, and Daniel Harkins.
Caspar II died at 56 years old in November 1796. He was laid to rest near the home of Anna Nell, on land that he owned. The Diller family established their burial ground in the Lutztown Cemetery lot number 14, where Caspar Diller II, Juliana and Margret were laid to rest.
In 1800 Caspar's wife Margaret, lived in Carlisle with her son Solomon, and two females' ages 16 to 25 years old. Most likely one was her daughter Cristina. Juliana died in 1808.
Caspar and Margaret had seven sons and five daughters. We will need to read the original will. Caspar II and his wife, and their five children came to Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Martin 1st married Miss Immel (Samuel) of Chambersburg, and their only child was named Eliza. Martin then married Magdalena Jungen (Young) on April 11th 1792, in his father's home, and recorded at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Carlisle Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Martin died March 2nd 1845. When Martin's brother David died in February 1825, David identified Martin's children in the will.
Elizabeth died when she was 63 years, 2 months, and 7 days old on December 23rd 1826. Abe was 72 years and 6 months old when he died June 5th 1833. They were both laid to rest in Section B of the Trindle Springs Lutheran Cemetery outside of Mechanicsburg, which is located in Silver Spring Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
When her brother David died in February 1825, Catherine and her husband were not identified in David's February 1825 will. The spelling of the name, Evir Carle is identified under the family name of Casper and Christina Diller on the old graveyard monument located in Churchtown Pennsylvania. Although the name is on the monument, it was not on the 1901 listing for the cemetery. Other names on the monument included: Eva Carl, and twins of Joseph Carl.
This is a research paper on Casper Elias Diller III (1766-1825). The paper is quite extensive, and is fully cited with source references.
Caspar Diller III was born February 28th 1766 to Caspar Elias Diller II in Millerstown Lancaster County Pennsylvania. When Caspar was seven years old in 1773 his father brought the family to Middleton Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Caspar married Anna Christina Wolf about 1790 in Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Christina was born April 17th 1772 to Leonard and Margaret Wolf.
Caspar built the family home about 1791, which is located on present day Stought Road, off Route 74, near Churchtown located in Monroe Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Caspar died September 16th 1825. His will was written August 8th 1825, and proven on September 26th 1825. His son David, and son-in-law Fredrick Goodyear, were the executors of the will, which was witnessed by Rudolph Krysher and Peter Bricker.
Christiana died April 27th 1834. They were both laid to rest in the Old Graveyard at 325 Old Stone House Road in Churchtown located in Monroe Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
Caspar and Christina had nine children.
Samuel married Catherine Richwine of Cumberland County on September 4th 1828, most likely in the Diller hone, and recoded at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle, Cumberland County Pennsylvania. Catherine was born March 16th 1811. Samuel died March 1st 1873, and Catherine on January 17th 1887. They both laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery located near Churchtown in Monroe Township Cumberland County Pennsylvania.
1. The Handy Book for Genealogists, United States of America, 8th Edition, published by The Everton Publishers, Inc., Logan, Utah.] [County Courthouse Book compiled by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, MD, 1990.
2. Casper Diller Biography, Chapter XXI; City of Lancaster, History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men; Lancaster Historical Society, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603.
3. Descendents of John Sollenberger, Born 1771 – Died 1855, Six Generations, Compiled by D. L. Sollenberger, Shamokin Pa., 1921, as written by the families of John Sollenberger; Digital Copy, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372.
4. The Diller Family, John Luther Ringwalt, November 1877, No. 1218 North 10th Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania; Genealogy Collection, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802; Digital Copy, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372.
5. A History of Highland County, Virginia, by Oren F. Morton, originally published at Monterey, Virginia, 1911, reprinted with a new index by Regional Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1969, 1972, 1979, 1985; 532 pages, indexed.
6. Descendents of John Sollenberger, Born 1771 – Died 1855, Six Generations, Compiled by D. L. Sollenberger, Shamokin Pa., 1921, as written by the families of John Sollenberger; Digital Copy, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania, 17372.
7. Abram W. Sollenberger Family, by Samuel Grove Sollenberger, 1901.8.2 1986.11.30, G1413B48 Published in 1968. Gives the descendants of Abraham W. Sollenberger, 1822.4.30 1912.4.7, G1413B, Deacon.
8. Ancestors and Descendants of Jacob Brechbill Sollenberger and his wife Frances Meyers Sollenberger", Evelyn Funk Dice, 1993 Jacob is Jacob Brechbill Sollenberger, 1860.11.15 1945.3.16, G1231213 and Evelyn is Evelyn Louise Funk, 1916.6.17, G14522852 Also JBS.
9. The Early Sollenbergers of America", Keith A. Nonemaker, Mennonite Family History, April 1989.
10. Early Descendants of John Sollenberger of Cumberland Co. Pa., Keith A. Nonemaker, Mennonite Family History, Oct. 1983.
11. 1790 Joseph Solinbarger- Solembarger (Sollenberger) Census: Hopewell, Newton, Tyborn, and West Penesboro, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 8; Page: 37; Image: 554; Family History Library Film: 0568148; First Census of the United States, 1790 (NARA microfilm publication M637, 12 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
12. 1790 Jno Soleberger (John Sollenberger) Census: Allen, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 38; Page: 66; Image: 72; Family History Library Film: 363341; Second Census of the United States, 1800. (NARA microfilm publication M32, 52 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
13. 1793 Joseph Solingberger (Sollenberger) Septennial Census: Residence Tyrone Township, Cumberland County; Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.
14. 1800 Benjamin Shellenberger (Sollenberger) Census: Frankford, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 48; Page: 43; Image: 0193674; Family History Library Film: 00050; Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls); Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
15. 1800 Frederick Shulleberger (Sollenberger) Census: Frankford, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 48; Page: 43; Image: 0193674; Family History Library Film: 00050; Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls); Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
16. 1800 George and Peter Solenberger (Sollenberger) Census: Juniata, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 48; Page: 58; Image: 0193674; Family History Library Film: 00065; Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls); Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
17. 1820 John Sr. and John Jr. Sullenberger (Sollenberger) Allen, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Page: 52; NARA Roll: M33_102; Image: 21; Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
18. 1830 John Sr. and John Jr. Jno Solenberger (Sollenberger) Monroe, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Page: 50; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 150; Family History Film: 0020624; Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
19. 1830 Saml Solenberger (Samuel Sollenberger) Monroe, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Page: 114; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 150; Family History Film: 0020624; Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
20. 1840 John Sollenberger Jr. Census: East Pennsboro, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 455; Page: 179; Image: 368; Family History Library Film: 0020543; Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
21. Jacob Sollenberger Census: Monroe, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 455; Page: 139; Image: 285; Family History Library Film: 0020543; Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
22. Joseph Sollinberger (Sollenberger) Census: Monroe, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 455; Page: 137; Image: 281; Family History Library Film: 0020543; Sixth Census of the United States, 1840; (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
23. Mary Sulenberger Census: Monroe, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_773; Page: 245B; Image: 63; Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.