Casper Dilling (1756 - 1838)

The lengends, the facts, the Dilling family roots.
From Hesse, Germany to Blair County, PA, USA


Johann Casper Dilling

Last Updated on November 30, 2015
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"German settler, Casper Dilling, first American ancestor of the large Dilling family which includes members in the Cove region (Blair County, PA), a large branch in the state of Indiana, and other prominent citizens scattered throughout America."

"Bygone Days in the Cove," by Ella M. Snowberger, published by The Morrison's Cove Herald,
Martinsburg, Pa., Vol. II, Jan., 1934.

Casper Dilling Cabin
Casper's 1st Winter Cabin, Tussey Mountain, PA (USA)

Casper Dilling (Dillinger) aka, Johann Casper DILLING, was born on April 25,1756 in the small hamlet of Oetmannshausen in central Germany. This is near the small, cozy city of Eschwege in the lovely region of Hesse. In 2014 my father and I travelled to Oetmannshausen and located the original Dilling homestead, built in 1711. It was wonderful to find the old house, on a hill near a stream. The setting was very interesting as well, as if God or his angels sent us a sign.

As we exited the auto in Oetmannshausen, after a three hour drive from The Netherlands, we were greeted with thousands of migrating cranes noisily flying overhead. Also, just by coincidence would have it, we stopped right in front of the old Dilling homestead. Thanks to those cranes, the few people who live in that old part of the village, were looking out of their windows and one man was out in his driveway. That gave me the opportunity to ask him where the old Dilling house was and, 'there', he pointed! (see video- Casper Dilling (1756 - 1838) Birthplace House in Oetmannshausen, #Hesse Germany) Not only was it very warm for late October, the migrating cranes flew over-head the entire afternoon and into the evening. Was really an amazing, thank you God, moment to experience with my dad. He had always said he wanted to get over to Germany and find Casper's old rock based house!

Casper Dilling Birthplace House in Germany
Dilling Homestead in Oetmannshausen - anno 1711

This old rock fortified house was likely built by Casper's grandfather, Johannes Dilling (1697-1742) and his wife, Martha Santrong. Oetmannshausen must have been extremely rural back in the day. There was likely no church then in the town, that came later. (They appear to have attended a church in Weißenborn near Eschwege or the Church of Reichensachsen also near or in Eschwege.) There is a beautiful stream that flows through the town and just down hill from the old Dilling home. Watch the video:

 

Johannes and Martha had two sons; Johann Cristoph Dilling (born in 1730) and Johann Caspar Dilling (born in 1733).

Johann Cristoph Dilling would go on to marry Anna Funk. They would have three children, the first of which is our Johann Casper Dilling (1756). Further two more boys, Johann Conrad Dilling (1759) and Johannes Dilling (1764) were further gifted in birth to Christoph and Anna. Obviously they dropped the common first name for Casper and Conrad and used their Catholic, Christian names. Casper was also sometimes spelled Kaspar.

Sadly, Casper's youngest brother died at only 19-years of age. No note on how, but we read in church records:

Translations of Reformed Church of Reichensachsen Records
"Johannes, son of Christoph Dilling; died: 7th at 10 o'clock towards midday; age: 19y 7m 12d. in the year 1784 in Oetmannshausen."

We know roughly when Casper and his brother came to America. Forced really, at the request of the British King George to the Hessen king. England needed help in the up-rising from the revolutionaries (The Patriots led by George Washington) in the colonies in the new land. The American Revolution. Casper was assigned as a private in the Erb Prinz Reg. Co.1. (Hesse-Cassel; Oetmannshausen; Private; Erb Prinz Reg. Co. 1)

I am not even sure if any brothers went to The New World. One is on record of dying in Germany (see above) and the other likely built this smaller house next to the main Dilling homestead.

 

Why? We can read this inscription on the front of it:

"Conrad Dilling and his wife, Anna (not legible)
and born children have built this homestead in 1797
"

Conrad Dilling Oetmannshausen

In any event, other claims say that all three German Dilling's were drafted into the fight against the Patriots of the 13 colonies.
We read:

From A Genealogy of the Shobe, Kirkpatrick and Dilling Families, by F. D. Shobe, Chicago Illinois, 1919:

219*-Dilling, Caspar, with two brothers, came to America from the province of Hesse, Germany, with a regiment of Hessian Soldiers in 1781 or 1782. (Note - this is slightly false. Only two Dilling's came, for as we read, one died in Germany. He would have been too young to fight yet anyway in 1781) They were sent by King George of England for service in the Revolutionary War. They never saw any active military service, however, and when mustered out at the close of the war in 1783 settled at what was then known as Morrison's Cove, Pennsylvania.

This is slightly different then the verbal history passed down to us.I heard about a POW story from another Dilling, BUT, our family story has it slightly different:

He was in the battle ofTrenton in New Jersey and at the time general Washington had an open standing offer to the opposing side (The British fighters and their hired soldiers, such as Kaspar Dilling) that to whom ever crossed the river and joined up and fought with Washington against the British would be rewarded with land and citizenship after victory. Thus, this is what our version of the story says Kaspar did- he crossed lines and joined Washington's army.

Now, to add to this legend, it is fact that my father has what is supposed to be the bayonet and gun-powder holder and die-cast bullet maker that Kaspar was said to have USED in the Revolutionary War. My granddad had the musket, which would have also been handed down, but that was unfortunately stolen in the 70's during a break-in.

I doubt a POW would be allowed to have these items, then again, surely he could have obtained these after the fact and handed-them down and the version of the story changed with time. (Although I like the escape version too!) *More sources at end of this article(very interesting story) [1]

 

This is an interesting excerpt. Why? It introduces the family legned that some publications mistaked Casper Dilling for Dillinger (in error) As we read, this is in context to Blair County, so extremely likely our Casper:

"Mr. Dillinger was another of the many early settlers of Pennsylvania
who crossed the ocean in the service of His Britannic Majesty, although
subjects of the reigning house of Hesse-Cassel. He settled on the Rebecca
Furnace property"

Source: "History of Huntingdon and Blair counties, Pennsylvania" (1883)

That is our man, Casper Dilling! Rebecca Furnace was where our video took us in Martinsburg, PA, in search of Casper Dilling's grave site! Casper Dilling and Casper Dillinger are one and the same!

 

We read again in this publication what we have read in other sources; that Casper started a mill, out of necesity, for there was none back when he came blazing into town...

"During the years intervening between the close of
the first struggle with Great Britain in the year
1800, many other families had taken up their abode
in this portion of the Cove. Among those who were
residents in 1800 we find mentioned Christian, Leon-
ard, and John Acker, George, Jacob, John, John, Jr.,
and Conrad Brumbaugh, Emanuel Ludwig, David
Coughenour, Abraham Ditch (the latter two operating
a grist- and saw-mill on Clover Creek), Casper Dil-
linger- (who owned a saw-mill)
,.."
Source: "History of Huntingdon and Blair counties, Pennsylvania" (1883)

So we see Casper was not only a hard-working farmer, lumberjack, an outdoorsman or hunter, but also a businessman.

Here is another root of Casper's with a similar legend, backed by some facts:

My mother, Candy Kinser, happened to have this bio on Casper Dilling in her genealogy
folder, so I decided.to type it in just as the copy she had, typos and all. A great deal
of research has been done on Casper so I'll be writing about him in the future and adding
more information as I find it.
Mr. Wilbur Linder of Portland, Indiana, sent to me a letter from a professional
genealogist in Germany. That man was Herr Herbert Bussenschutt of Kressbronn, West Germany
—he is now deceased. Herr Bussenschutt said he "have lists of all Hessian soldiers who
came to America. Kasper Dilling, also known as Dillinger, originated from Oetmannshausen.
He deserted in May 1783 and settled in America." Casper Dilling came to America during the
American Revolutionary War in the service of the British, he was a subject of the reigning
House of Hesse-Kassel. Since he was said to have been from Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany,
that may have been where he "enlisted."
There are two different versions of how he became part of the American military force. One
story claims he deserted from the British. The second story is that General Washington
assigned half of the captured prisoners to service in the Colonial Army and freed the
other half on the condition that they would settle on the government lands on what was
then the western frontier. One Dilling researcher states Casper must have served for the
Americans, since he received a grant of 600 acres for such services. Casper Dilling is
listed, as one of the early settlers of Old Woodberry Township, in what is now Huston
Twp., of Blair County, Pennsylvania. He arrived there between the close of the
Revolutionary War and the 1800 census, and settled on property at the Rebecca Furnace. In
1800 he is listed as owner of a sawmill. In 1808 he was appointed constable of Woodberry
Twp., but he refused to serve and was fined $40.00. (Note: He had a son also named Casper
who would have been 20 years old in 1808. It is possible this last was the son instead of
the immigrant Casper) About 1786 Casper married Christina Puterbaugh. (see also family of
George Puterbaugh/Butterbaugh.) They moved on west over Tussey Mountain and settled in
Morrison's Cove, near the Rebecca Furnace. Casper is described as being a small man, "the
little Dutchman", and Christina as an unusually large woman.
Source:
https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1828004?p=761930

After the war, Kaspar settled in Old Woodberry Township, which now is located in Blair Co., PA, but at the time it was part of Huntingdon Co. According to the research of Candy Kinser, one of Kaspar's descendants, Kaspar was married to his wife Christina Puterbaugh around 1786. The family settled in Morrison's Cove in Old Woodberry, where there was a lot of wildlife like bears and wolves, so he was a pioneer hunter and farmer. He owned a sawmill in Old Woodberry, as well as his 600 acre farm previously mentioned. Below is the image of the log cabin believed to be Johann's original cabin.

Casper settled in Morrison's Cove, Pennsylvania. Yet, he had to get there first. This was the wild west back then! No one had really been settled there yet… It was publsihed that he forged paths and hunted huge elk, wild bears and evern wilder wolves. He blazed a trail over Tussey Mountain which would become a very important trade route. It would have taken the work of someone very dedicated, not to mention physical strong...

Casper Dilling Cabin

log cabin photo caption -
This log cabin on the Elmer Dilling Farm at the foot of Tussey Mountain, just north of Fredericksburg is believed to be the original home of the pioneer settler, Casper Dilling, first American ancestor of the large Dilling family which includes members in the Cover region (Montgomery Cove, PA), a large branch in the state of Indiana, and other prominent citizens scattered throughout America. Casper Dilling settled in the Cove in 1787, shortly after the American Revolutionary War.

Just found these family pictures back of stuff and in this case, a newspaper clipping I photographed (pictures at end of this page). It is an amazingly rich and detailed account of Casper... Here it is transcribed:

Newspaper Clipping from Martinsgburg, PA
by Milton V. Burgess
Local History

Casper Dilling, Famous Hunter,
Ancestor of Large Cove Family

Members of the Dilling family, ome of the largest families of Morrisons Cove, are descended from a Revolutionary solider, Casper Dilling, who settled in the area near Fredericksburg soon after the conclusion of the war for independence.

Coming into the Cove in pioneer days, he achieved a great reputation as a bear and deer hunter. He cleared the land he and his wife, Christina Puterbaugh, were the parents of 12 children, ten of who grew to adult life.

Details of the life of Casper Dilling were gathered by Miss Ella Snowberger and are produced at length in the second volume of her "By-Gone Days in Cove". The source of her information concerning the family was C. B. Dilling of Altoona.

HESSIAN CONSCRIPT
Casper Dilling was born in 1759 near Hessen, Germany. As a young man he was forced to join a military force which the Hessian ruler provided as mercenaries to the king of England to help put down the rebellion which had arisen among the king's subjects in the American colonies. Thus Casper was one of the Hessian soliders who helped drive the Continental Army across the plains of New Jersey and who appeared to be in complete control of the situation when the storms of winter began in 1776.

But as the British soliders and their allies celebrated at Trenton, Washington crossed the Delaware (river) on Christmas Eve and captured the large Hessian force. It is believed that Casper Dilling, a 17-year-old boy, was in this group.

JOINED AMERICANS
It is also indicated that as soon as the young German was free of British authority, he joined the American Army and served with Washington for the remainder of the war. The length of his service in the American Army is not provided in record, according to Miss Snowberger, but the fast that he received a grant of 600 acres of land shows that he was in the service of the Continental Army.

His military land grant included a number of farms in the present Fredericksburg area and the location of what was to later become the Rebecca Iron Furnace.

In those early days Casper Dilling contrived to feed his family partially through his farming efforts but largely through the game he killed with his rifle. At that time, around 1788, there were no mills in the Clover Creek region, and Mr. Dilling had to haul his grain to a mill in the Conococheague settlement around Fort Loudon in Franklin County.

His road eastward to the settlement was over Tussey Mountain by an old elk trail that followed at least in part the present route of the state highway from Fredericksburg to Saxton.

ELK ROAMED COVE
Many years ago the elk was one of the great game animals of Pennsylvania and was found in large herds throughout the mountains. It was much heavier then the deer, and provided meat for many a family on the frontier. The prevalence of this animal is shown by the fact that one of Pennsylvania's counties bears its name.

Old maps of the Cover region show a low point in the Tussey Mountain east of Fredericksburg, the notch where the road later crossed the ridge, and designate it as Elk Cap.

Picture I found of the "low point" by Tussey Mountain (click to enlarge):
Tussey Mountain

Casper Dilling must have been a singularly powerful man to have survived the hardships of the frontier, It was said of him that he was rather short but of a solid build, and that has a hunter there were few who could match him.

BEAR HUNTER
He was credited with killing many bears who made their dens among the rocks on Tussey Mountain, and also with exterminating the last black wolf which roamed the Cove.

The exact date of his death is not know, but it is believed that he was at least 75 years of age when death came. He was buried on what became know as the Rebecca Furnace farm. Graves in those early days were often marked with limestone slabs from which carving was quickly erased by action of the weather.

This may well account for the fact his grave was eventually unmarked.
The children raised in his family are listed by Miss Snowberger as George, Casper, John, Conrad, Catharine (Mrs. Henry Daley), Jacob, Henry, Elizabeth (Mrs. Matthew Shields), Christina (Mrs. Henry Fisher), and Susanna (Mrs. Solomon Casner).

From this family came many prominent citizens of central Pennsylvania and some of its connection are found in many parts of the United States, the true memorial to a sturdy pioneer and the devotion he held for his adopted country.

 

What a life, a real pioneer.

As we have read, Casper married Christina PUTERBAUGH/BUTTERBAUGH (1767-1844) in 1786. They had at least 10 children (2 died, so 12 in total). We read:

About 1786 Casper married Christina Puterbaugh. (see also family of
George Puterbaugh/Butterbaugh.) They moved on west over Tussey Mountain and settled in
Morrison's Cove, near the Rebecca Furnace. Casper is described as being a small man, "the
little Dutchman", and Christina as an unusually large woman.
Their children were noted to be of "large stature and great physical strength." The
Puderbaugh family record written by Marie Galbreath Good says that Casper was a Catholic
and therefore was not buried with his wife in the Brumbaugh Cemetery (Church of the
Brethren). However, Mr. Gerald Helsel advised that he has been all over that part of
Pennsylvania, and that the Rebecca Furnace Cemetery is not a Catholic Cemetery—that there
are no Catholic cemeteries in the whole of the Morrison's Cove area. Mr. Helsel is of the
opinion that Casper Dilling belonged to the "Dunkard" Church—all the Dillings he found in
records belonged to the Dunkard Church. Variations of spelling for this name include:
Gaspar Dillinger, Delling, Dilinger, Deling, Gaspar(d) Dillinger. Besides the ten children
listed on the family group sheet for Casper and Christina, there were considered to be two
infants—they were not necessarily the youngest children.

Sources of Information:
The Pud(d)erbaugh-Butterbaugh Families, by Marie Galbreath Good.*
"Bygone Days in the Cove," by Ella M. Snowberger, published by The Morrison's Cove Herald,
Martinsburg, Pa., Vol. II, Jan., 1934.
Manuscripts of George H. Liebegott
Will of Casper Dilling, Huntingdon Co., Pa., Will Book 4, pp.90-91.
History of Huntingdon and Blair Counties, Pa., Philadelphia, by J. Simpson Africa,
published by L. H. Everts, 1883.

These 10 off-spring went on to help populate the young America. Many today have roots leading back to Casper or Christina. Even former president Hoover!.

Casper Dilling is seen as one of the pioneer's of this area of Pennsylvania, if not the United States. As we read -

Casper Dilling heritage


Family of Casper Dilling Spread Throughout Nation
Among all the large families of Morrisons Cove, the descendants of Casper Dilling, pioneer
farmer and hunter, are among the largest and most widely scattered. They are prominent in
many walks of life in numerous sections of the United States and outside of the Cove. One
of the largest branches of the family is located in the state of Indiana. During the past
summer, the historian of the Indiana branch of the family Mrs. Gertrude Ragan of
Monticello RD 2, Ind., visited with relatives in the Cove and gathered more information
concerning the early Dillings of Central Pennsylvania.
While here, Mrs. Ragan was able to visit the log cabin in the Clover Creek area, a
building said to have been erected by the first Casper Dilling in times soon after the
Revolutionary War. The building is located on what is known as the Elmer Dilling farm now
occupied by the Samuel Dilling family. According to the Dilling Family History, compiled
for the Indiana branch of the family in 1941 by Mrs. Ragan and her mother, Mrs. Lottie
Poncebaker, Casper Dilling was born near Hessen, Germany, Feb. 25, 1759. At the age of 19,
he was drafted into the army that the ruler of Hesse-Cassel sent to America as mercenary
soldiers to help the British King in his effort to put down the rebellion of the
colonists.
There are two versions of what happened to young Casper after he arrived in America. One
is that he was captured with the Hessian troops that Washington took at Trenton after
crossing the Delaware, and the other and most widely accepted is that as soon as his ship
landed at Baltimore he deserted to serve in the American army. That he performed some
important service for the American cause is seen from the fact that he received a
government grant of 600 acres of land. These lands he located himself in the section of
the Cove in the vicinity [missing and illegible] the site of the village of
Fredericksburg. He came this way after the war and lingered for a time in the
Conococheague valley in Franklin County, where he found a wife, Christina Putterbaugh,
whom he married in 1786.
The tradition in the family is that soon after they were married they packed their
possessions on horseback and followed the rough trails westward until one evening from the
top of the Tussey Mountain he saw the sunset over the beautiful valley which was to be
known as Morrisons Cove. It was then a vast and cruel wilderness, but it is said that
Casper Dilling vowed when he saw it that it was good enough for him. And so he built his
cabin. Of necessity he had to be a hunter as well as a farmer, for there were bear dens on
the Tussey Mountain then, and it was a continous fight to protect his sheep and hogs from
bruin's depredations. There were wolves, too, and many other wild animals, but the streams
were clear and the land was fertile. Many of the things that the early Dillings needed
were raised on their own farm. But according to their family history, Casper had to go
back to the Conococheague settlement to take his grain to the mill. In doing so, he is
said to have followed an old elk trail which crossed Tussey Mountain at a notch used by
the present Rt. 164 between Martinsburg and Saxton. Old maps of Blair County name this
point at the crest of the mountain as Elk Gap, so that in Casper Dilling's time the noble
elk may have roamed in the mountains of southern Pennsylvania.
Casper and Christina Dilling had 12 children of which ten survived to maturity six sons
and four daughters. One of Casper's sons was Conrad Dilling, and a son of Conrad, George
B. Dilling, emigrated to Indiana about 1865. George B. Dilling was married three times and
all three wives were from the Cove. His first wife was Elizabeth Longenecker, and there
were ten children to that marriage. After her death, he married Margaret Stayer, and there
was one child born to that union. After her passing he married Sarah Burket and there were
eight children born to the third marriage. From this family there came the Indiana branch
of the Dillings, numerous in White and Carroll counties, who have held large annual
reunions for many years. From his lands in the Clover Creek area, the original Casper
Dilling was able to leave each of his children a farm, and many of his descendants today
are prominent residents of the Cove. Miss Ella M. Snowberger in the second volume of her
"Bygone Days in the Cove", quotes a number of the members of the Cove branch of the
Dilling family concerning the story of the original Casper Dilling, the Cove pioneer. His
abilities as a hunter have become a legend in this region.
According to the family history, the first Casper Dilling died in 1838 and his widow in
1844. Their children who survived to adult ages, in addition to the before-mentioned
Conrad, were George, Casper Jr., John, Jacob, Henry, Mrs. Catherine Daily, Mrs. Elizabeth
Shields, Mrs. Christina Fisher, and Mrs. Susanna Casner, according to the record supplied
from the family Bible for the Daily sister who lived near Beavertown.

Source:
https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1828027?p=761930

 

Casper Dilling died just before spring on March 12, 1838. Here is is Last Will and Testament:


Huntingdon County, Pa., Will Book 4, Pages 90-91: Last Will of Casper Dilling I, Casper Dilling of Woodberry township, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, being sickly, aged and of bodily infirmities but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, and being aware that I have not many years to live, therefore in order to be better prepared to leave this world as to my earthly concerns, do make publish and declare the following to be my last Will & Testament in the manner and form following, Viz. 1st, as soon as possible after my decease I request that all my just debts be paid. 2nd, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Christiana all my personal property that I am now possessed of excepting promissory notes of hand with every privilege arising from an Articles of agreement between my son Henry (deceased) and me for the Sale of a tract of Land whereon I formerly resided and the Sum of thirty dollars cash yearly on the 1st day of May Annually; and as much wheat Rye Corn Buckwheat Oats Potatoes, Meat hay Straw, Coffee Sugar and Tea as she may want for her use and for the person or persons it may be necessary to keep to attend to her during her life. 3rd, My will is that my children namely Casper, John, Catharine married to Henry Daily, Jacob, Henry (deceased), Elizabeth married to Mathew Shields, Christiana married to Henry Fisher, Susanah married to Solomon Kasner, or their children are to have equal shares of my whole estate after paying all my debts, and giving my wife Christiana her portion as above mentioned, excepting however the children of my son Henry who are not to have anything more of my Estate than the plantation I sold to my son Henry because I consider the said plantation to be a full and fair portion of my estate for my son Henry's four minor children, (MY NOTE: Henry is from whom I stem or branch from) and it is also my will that whatever may be yet coming to my daughter Elizabeth married to Mathew Shields the one half thereof shall be paid unto the said Elizabeth or her children that she has with said Shields and the other half to her two children she had with her first husband Abraham Rhodes (deceased). It is also my will that Solomon Kershner married to my daughter Susanah is to have the privelege of residing upon and occupying the place or farm he now live upon during his life and the remainder of the balance which will be coming to my daughter Susanah for her share to be paid to her children except twenty five dollars yearly to be paid to said susanah during her life on the first day of May Annually. And whereas I am bound jointly with Henry Fisher married to my daughter Christiana for the payment of a Plantation he bought of James Entrekin, Esquire, it is my will that if said Fisher pays the said Plantation to the said Entrekin that my Executor make said Fisher and his heirs a deed for the whole of said Plantation. Should said Fisher however not be able to pay for more than the one half of said Plantation is to have a deed made to him for the one half or for so much thereof in the proportion to what he pays or has paid on said Plantation according to an Article of Agreement between him and me dated first day of this instant, Sept. 1st 1835. And in case said Fisher is not able to pay said land and my estate has to pay the same in that case my will is that said Plantation shall be for the use and support of his wife Christiana during her life and then her heirs to receive the balance coming to her share of my whole estate. And my will also is that in case said Fisher pays the one half of said land or said land is divided by giving his proportion according to what he pays my Executor may either sell my share of the same or may lease it out as they may deem most beneficial for my estate. And it is also my will that the widow and children of my son John (deceased) are to have the plantation which I sold the said John and whereon they now reside for the support of said widow and children of said John. And the balance of what is coming to my son's share is to be paid to his children. It is not to be understood by this will that the estate of Henry Dilling my son is to released from paying the plantation he bought of me and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Casper Dilling and Henry Beaver Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal Sept. 25th 1835.

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by Casper Dilling to _ his last Will and Testament in presence of us who in his presence Set our names as Witnesses

John Brumbaugh (in German)

George Brumbaugh (in German)

Casper Dilling (in German) [SEAL]

Huntingdon County, Pa., Will Book 4, Page 91:

Huntingdon County –

Before me the Register for the probate of wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County personally came the above named John Brumbough and George Brumbough and been affirmed according to law do depose and Say that they were personally present and did see and hear the above named Casper Dilling, sign, Seal, execute, publish, pronounce and declare the within instrument of writing as and for his last Will and Testament and that they these deponents did Sign their names thereto as witnesses in presence of each other and in presence of the said Testator and at his instance and request, and that the said Testator was at the time of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Affirmed and Subscribed the 12th day of March A.D. 1838, before John Reed, Register)

John Brumbough (in German)

George Brumbough (in German)

Renunciation of Henry Beaver

This is to certify that I do hereby renounce my right as one of the Executors of the last Will and Testament of Casper Dilling (deceased) unto my coleage Casper Dilling. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand this 12th day of March 1838. Henry Beaver

Huntingdon County, Pa., Will Book 4, Page 92:

Casper Dilling, (Executor) or Casper Dilling (deceased)

Memorandum Letters Testamentary were this day issued to Casper Dilling Executor of the last Will and Testament of Casper Dilling (deceased). Inventory to be exhibited within one month and a just and true account calculation and reckoning of his said administration within one year or when thereunto lawfully required. Given under seal of Office the 12th day of march A.D. 1838. John Reed, Register

 

Casper has a Straight line genealogy to America's roots. Casper Dilling, from a small town in Hessen, Germany to a pioneer in the new world, America!

That is why we wanted to find Casper Dilling's final resting place. We basically found it… well, watch the video on the grave search, of which we come along many other Dilling's in rural, PA…

casper dilling (1756 - 1838) grave at rebecca furnace cemetery
Casper Dilling (1756 - 1838) Grave at Rebecca Furnace Cemetery
View area in video: Casper Dilling (1756 - 1838) or Dillinger Grave - Martinsburg PA 2009

Note - Casper is buried on what is now private property, as you can see in the video linked above. This land however is where Casper settled down. Wether if this was the 600 acres he received from the newly formed United States is not clear. What is clear is Rebecca Furnace is also where a huge furnance and metal works was back in the day:

Rebecca Furnace

More Background Sources or Info

Various images in our family... See originals here...

Dilling Family Gathering (In memory of Grandma (Holler) Dilling)
This is Samuel Dilling's old house and farmland in Martinsburg, PA. The lower left door was where the cops brought the criminals for setting bail at night to great grandpa; one of his many jobs, besides of course a farmer! (Justice of the Peace, fire warden, school teacher, bank director, accountant, farmer and father.)

http://ancestryphotobook.com/dilling-family-roots.aspx

• http://genealogy.jetthanna.com/individual.php?pid=I745&ged=Hanna%20Denkler.ged (link no longer good?)

https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1828027?p=761930

https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1828004?p=761930

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From: WMCURCI (AT) aol (DOT com
Subject: [HESSIANS] "Dilling" Surname
Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 17:41:58 EDT

 

I have another question, please...if you don't mind?

In the brief history written about Arnold Haupt (Arnold is my 7th
gr-grandfather who served with the Von Donop regt.until he deserted in
Morristown) by Foster circa 1880... it is mentioned that he had a friend
Dillinger....who served in the same regt. Both men escaped together and
traveled together.

Does anyone have a record for a "Dilling or Dillinger"?

Arnold Haupt 's history is posted on my cousin's website... There is also
information about "Dilling"....but doesn't have any other information than
that that is listed below.

I have a "hunch" that this person could very well be Arnold's friend and a
former Hessian soldier.
ID: I8035
* Name: Casper DILLING
* Given Name: Casper
* Surname: Dilling
* Sex: M
* Birth: 25 APR 1756 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany 1
* Death: 12 MAR 1838

Marriage 1 Christina PUTERBAUGH b: 19 JAN 1767

* Married:
Children

1. George DILLING b: 8 MAR 1787
2. Casper DILLING b: 4 DEC 1788 in Clover Creek, Huntingdon Co., PA
3. John DILLING b: 11 MAR 1791 in Huntingdon Co., PA
4. Conrad Butterbaugh DILLING b: 12 MAY 1793 OR 12 APR 1793 in Clover
Creek, Huntingdon Co., PA
5. Jacob DILLING
6. Henry Puderbaugh DILLING b: 24 OCT 1799 in Clover Creek, Huston Twp.,
Blair Co., PA

Sources:

1. Abbrev: Dilling-Puterbaugh Family Chronicle
Title: The Dilling-Puterbaugh Family Chronicle
Author: Phyllis Brechbiel Hanson
Publication: The Anundsen Publishing Co., 108 Washington St., Decorah, IA
52101
1991
Page: Page 174.

Source: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/AMREV-HESSIANS/2001-05/0988839718

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Descendants of Johannes DILLING

3 SEP 2006

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First Generation

1. Johannes DILLING 1 was born about 1639. He died on 8 JUL 1705.1

Johannes DILLING and Dorthea HOILLEBRANDT were married on 7 JAN 1661/62.1 HOILLEBRANDT had the following children:

Johannes DILLING and Dorthea

2i. +3 ii. 4 iii.

Matthias DILLING1 was born on 2 NOV 1662. Adam DILLING (born on 13 NOV 1664). George DILLING1 was born on 29 MAR 1667.

Johannes DILLING and Dorthea FISCHBACH were married. Johannes DILLING and Dorthea FISCHBACH had the following children:

5i. 6 ii. 7 iii. 8 iv.

Peter DILLING1 was born on 13 APR 1669. Claus DILLING1 was born on 18 DEC 1670. Anna DILLING1 was born on 29 JUL 1675. Elizabeth DILLING1 was born on 9 NOV 1681.

Second Generation

3. Adam DILLING1 (Johannes-1) was born on 13 NOV 1664 in Weissenborn, Germany. He died on 2 DEC 1734 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany.1

Adam DILLING and Dorthea Maria ANDREAS were married on 11 JUN 1696.1 Dorthea Maria ANDREAS1 was born about 1666 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany. Adam DILLING and Dorthea Maria ANDREAS had the following children:

+9 i. Johannes DILLING (born before 6 JUN 1697).

Third Generation

9. Johannes DILLING1 (Adam-2, Johannes-1) was born before 6 JUN 1697 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany. He died on 6 FEB 1741/42 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany.1

Johannes DILLING and Martha Elisabeth SANTROG were married on 7 DEC 1729.1 Martha Elisabeth SANTROG1 was born about 1699 in Rechtebach, Germany. Johannes DILLING and Martha Elisabeth SANTROG had the following children:

+10 i. Johann Cristoph DILLING (born on 17 NOV 1730). 11 ii. Johann Caspar DILLING1 was born on 25 APR 1733.

Fourth Generation

10. Johann Cristoph DILLING1 (Johannes-3, Adam-2, Johannes-1) was born on 17 NOV 1730 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany. He died on 22 SEP 1786 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany.

Johann Cristoph DILLING and Anna Elisabeth FUNK were married on 24 MAR 1754.1 Anna Elisabeth FUNK1 was born on 28 MAY 1728 in Rechtebach, Germany. Johann Cristoph DILLING and Anna Elisabeth FUNK had the following children:

+12 i. 13 ii. 14 iii.

Johann Casper DILLING (born on 25 APR 1756). Johann Conrad DILLING1 was born on 19 MAR 1759. Johannes DILLING1 was born on 19 JAN 1764.

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Fifth Generation

12. Johann Casper DILLING2,3,4,5 (Johann Cristoph-4, Johannes-3, Adam-2, Johannes-1) was born on 25 APR 1756 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany.6 He died on 12 MAR 1838. He was also known as Kaspar.2 He was buried in Rebecca Furnace Cem., Rebecca Furnace, Blair Co., PA.5

Kaspar DILLING who was a private in the Erb Prinz Reg. Co.1 is said to have deserted from POW status at Frederick, MD in May 1783.

Johann Casper DILLING and Christina PUTERBAUGH/BUTTERBAUGH were married in 1786.7,8 Christina PUTERBAUGH/BUTTERBAUGH3,4,5,9 (daughter of George PUTERBAUGH and Christine ADAMS) was born on 19 JAN 1767 in Franklin Co., PA.3 She died on 3 SEP 1844 in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA.10 She was also known as Christiana. She was buried in Brumbaugh Cem., Fredericksburg, Blair Co., PA.5 Johann Casper DILLING and Christina PUTERBAUGH/BUTTERBAUGH had the following children:

15 +16 +17 +18 +19 +20 +21 +22 +23 +24

i. George DILLING3,11 was born on 8 MAR 1787. ii. Casper DILLING (born on 4 DEC 1788).

iii. John DILLING (born on 11 MAR 1791).
iv. Conrad Butterbaugh DILLING (born on 12 APR 1793 or 12 MAY 1793).

v. Catherine/Catharine DILLING (born on 27 JAN 1795). vi. Jacob DILLING (born on 14 APR 1797).

vii. Henry Puderbaugh DILLING (born on 24 OCT 1799). viii. Elizabeth DILLING (born on 15 DEC 1801).

ix. Christina DILLING (born on 9 DEC 1803). x. Susanna DILLING (born on 3 FEB 1806).

Sixth Generation

16. Casper DILLING3,11 (Johann Casper-5, Johann Cristoph-4, Johannes-3, Adam-2, Johannes-1) was born on 4 DEC 1788 in Clover Creek, Huntingdon Co., PA.12 He died on 8 SEP 1870. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren.

Source: Johannes Dilling descendants.PDF (621 pages of Casper Dilling Descendants!)

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Johannes DILLING279,2604 was born about 1639. He died on 8 July 1705 at the age of 66.2604

Spouse: Dorthea HOILLEBRANDT-41330. Dorthea HOILLEBRANDT and Johannes DILLING were married on 7 January 1661/2.2604 Children were: Matthias DILLING-41332, Adam DILLING-41326, George DILLING-41333.

Spouse: Dorthea FISCHBACH-41331. Dorthea FISCHBACH and Johannes DILLING were married. Children were: Peter DILLING-41334, Claus DILLING-41335, Anna DILLING-41336, Elizabeth DILLING-41337.

 

 

Adam DILLING279,2604 was born on 13 November 1664 in Weissenborn, Germany. He died on 2 December 1734 at the age of 70 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany.2604 Parents: Johannes DILLING-41329 and Dorthea HOILLEBRANDT-41330.

Spouse: Dorthea Maria ANDREAS-41327. Dorthea Maria ANDREAS and Adam DILLING were married on 11 June 1696.2604 Children were: Johannes DILLING-41322.

 

 

Johannes DILLING279,2604 was born before 6 June 1697 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany. He died on 6 February 1741/2 at the age of 44 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany.2604 Parents: Adam DILLING-41326 and Dorthea Maria ANDREAS-41327.

Spouse: Martha Elisabeth SANTROG-41323. Martha Elisabeth SANTROG and Johannes DILLING were married on 7 December 1729.2604 Children were: Johann Cristoph DILLING-41320, Johann Caspar DILLING-41328.

 

 

Johann Cristoph DILLING279,2604 was born on 17 November 1730 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany. He died on 22 September 1786 at the age of 55 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany. Parents: Johannes DILLING-41322 and Martha Elisabeth SANTROG-41323.

Spouse: Anna Elisabeth FUNK-41321. Anna Elisabeth FUNK and Johann Cristoph DILLING were married on 24 March 1754.2604 Children were: Johann Casper DILLING-8008,Johann Conrad DILLING-41324, Johannes DILLING-41325.

 

 

Johann Casper DILLING279,2267,2269,7338,7385,7386,7387,7388 was born on 25 April 1756 in Oetmannshausen, Eschwege, Hesse, Germany.2269 He was also known as Kaspar/Kasper.2269 He died on 12 March 1838 at the age of 81 in Clover Creek, Blair Co., PA. Johann was buried at Rebecca Furnace Cem. in Rebecca Furnace, Blair Co., PA.2269
Kaspar DILLING who was a private in the Erb Prinz Reg. Co.1 is said to have deserted from POW status at Frederick, MD in May 1783.

This POW story from another Dilling, BUT, what our family story is, is slightly different:
He was in the battle of Trenton in New Jersey and at the time general Washington had an open standing offer to the opposing side (The British fighters and their hired soldiers, such as Kaspar Dilling) that to whom ever crossed the river and joined up and fought with Washington against the British would be rewarded with land and citizenship after victory. Thus, this is what our version of the story says Kaspar did- he crossed lines and joined Washington's army.
Now, to add to this legend, it is fact that my father has what is supposed to be the bayonet and gun-powder holder and die-cast bullet maker that Kaspar was said to have USED in the Revolutionary War. My granddad had the musket, which would have also been handed down, but that was unfortunately stolen in the 70's during a break-in.
I doubt a POW would be allowed to have these items, then again, surely he could have obtained these after the fact and handed-them down and the version of the story changed with time.
David Dilling.
Parents: Johann Cristoph DILLING-41320 and Anna Elisabeth FUNK-41321.

Spouse: Christina Adams PUTERBAUGH/BUTTERBAUGH -8009. Christina Adams PUTERBAUGH/BUTTERBAUGH and Johann Casper DILLING were married in 1786 in Morrison's Cove, Blair Co., PA.7389,7390 Children were: George DILLING -8237, Casper DILLING -7333, John DILLING -8240, Conrad Butterbaugh DILLING-7936, Catherine/Catharine DILLING-40376, Jacob DILLING-22688, Henry Puderbaugh DILLING-10434, Elizabeth DILLING-40371, Christina DILLING-40377, Susanna DILLING-40378.

 

this root, the Puderbaugh, seems to be important, in any event, entire books written on this.

Henry Puderbaugh DILLING 633,2267,5584,7338,7341,7343 was born on 24 October 1799 in Clover Creek, Huston Twp., Blair Co., PA. Some sources show Martinsburg as his birth place. He died on 31 July 1833 at the age of 33. He was buried at Brumbaugh Cem. in Fredericksburg, Blair Co., PA.5584 Parents: Johann Casper DILLING-8008 and Christina Adams PUTERBAUGH/BUTTERBAUGH-8009.

Spouse: Elizabeth Brumbaugh HOOVER -4303. Elizabeth Brumbaugh HOOVER and Henry Puderbaugh DILLING were married between 1823 and 1826. Children were: John Hoover DILLING-3701, Isaac Hoover DILLING-7935, Henry Hoover DILLING-8023, Catharine Hoover DILLING-4301.

 

Picture of John Hoover DILLING's gravestone - I think we took this picture!!!

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jdavis/johnhooverdilling.jpg

John Hoover DILLING 483,1038,1493,2267,5608,5799,7341,7343,7344,7393,7394,7395 was born on 31 August 1824 or 2 September 1827 in Huntingdon Co., PA. He died on 11 July 1894 at the age of 69. He was buried at Brumbaugh Cem. in Fredericksburg, Blair Co., PA. John was member of the German Baptist Brethren Church. Parents: Henry Puderbaugh DILLING-10434 and Elizabeth Brumbaugh HOOVER-4303.

Spouse: Mary Ann BRUMBAUGH-3702. Mary Ann BRUMBAUGH and John Hoover DILLING were married on 12 January 1847 in Huntingdon Co., PA. Children were: Elizabeth Brumbaugh DILLING-3700, Susan/Susannah Brumbaugh DILLING-7878, Mary Brumbaugh DILLING-7879, Andrew Brumbaugh DILLING-7880.

Spouse: Susannah/Susan Long HOOVER-4778. Susannah/Susan Long HOOVER and John Hoover DILLING were married on 1 February 1857. Children were: Catharine Hoover DILLING-7883, Sarah Hoover DILLING-7884, Samuel Hoover DILLING-7885, Lucinda Hoover DILLING-4777, John Martin Hoover DILLING-6884, Harriet Hoover "Hattie" DILLING-7886.

 

 

next in the line to us is from the second spouse, Samuel Hoover DILLING.

Notice how they kept that name "Hoover" in there. We are related to Hoover (as in president Hoover) as well, directly.

Samuel H. Dilling
Secretary of the Board of Road Supervisors of Woodbury, and was a prosperous farmer of this area
(Grandson of Casper Dilling who settled in Rebecca Furnance.)

Samuel Hoover DILLING6186,7344 was born on 19 April 1861 in Fredericksburg, Blair Co., PA.1422,7372 He died on 6 June 1916 at the age of 55 in Fredericksburg, Blair Co., PA.633,1422 He was buried at Brumbaugh Cem. in Fredericksburg, Blair Co., PA.6186 Parents: John Hoover DILLING-3701 and Susannah/Susan Long HOOVER-4778.

Spouse: Harriet BRUMBAUGH-3583. Harriet BRUMBAUGH and Samuel Hoover DILLING were married on 10 January 1884.633,1422 Children were: Abner Brumbaugh DILLING-96767, Prudence DILLING-96775.

Spouse: Elizabeth J. ZOOK-7890. Elizabeth J. ZOOK and Samuel Hoover DILLING were married on 23 March 1890.633,1422 Children were: John Frederick DILLING-84512, Bessie Mae DILLING-96782, Harriet Viola "Hattie" DILLING-96825, Edgar Owen DILLING-97032.

 

then my great grandfather...

John Frederick DILLING7392 was born on 18 February 1891 in Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA. He died on 28 September 1963 at the age of 72 in Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, Blair Co., PA. He was buried in Fairview Cem., Martinsburg, Blair Co., PA.808 John was member of the Smithfield Church of the Brethren. Parents: Samuel Hoover DILLING-7885 and Elizabeth J. ZOOK-7890.

Spouse: Lena Luella HUNTSMAN-96776. Lena Luella HUNTSMAN and John Frederick DILLING were married. Children were: John Frederick DILLING Jr.-96777.

Spouse: Carrie Edith PAUL-84511. Carrie Edith PAUL and John Frederick DILLING were married in November 1915.

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"Recollections of Bygone Days in the Cove"
by: Ella Snowberger

Here is the book that Dad has:

"The 20th Century History of Altoona and Blair County Pennsylvania"
Author: Jesse C. Sell
Publisher: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company
Chicago, 1911

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Listed as;

"By the Court.*"
THE TAXABLES OF 1844
Source: "History of Huntingdon and Blair counties, Pennsylvania" (1883)

"Caspar Dilling, John Dilling's heirs, Henry Dilling's heirs, Widow Dilling,..."

This Caspar is the son Casper and Christina. Widow Dilling is Christina.

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THE KESIDENT TAXABLES OF 1810

Caspar Dillinger

and

THE TAXABLES OF 1820

C. Dillinger

and it appears they reference him as owning a saw-mill, which was stated Casper "Dilling" started! So likely Dillinger is Dilling...

"Owned a distilvned a saw-mill"

General background -

Lazarus B. McLain was the assessor, and in con-
cluding his report said that there were 20,675 acres of

 

resident lands, 224 horses, 307 cows, 34 houses and
lots in the village of Williamsburg, 2 tanneries, 4 dis-
tilleries, 3 grist-mills, 7 saw-mills, 1 oil-mill, and
9285 acres of unsettled lands ; total valuation of
property assessed in the township, $81,188.

Source: "History of Huntingdon and Blair counties, Pennsylvania" (1883)

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THE TAXABLES OF 1830
Now we see the SWITCH back to the proper "Dilling" family name!

"Casper Dilling,
Sr., Conrad Dilling, Henry Dillint;, Ab, aham Dick, John Davis, Sr.!
John Dougherty, Jidin Dilling," Geoi -re Davis (c.dliei l,JiiBi.er Dill-"

This is transcroibed text from likely a blury source. But that should of course be "Henry Dilling" born of Casper and Christina. Conrad Dilling was also a son of theirs (born on 12 APR 1793 or 12 MAY 1793) and the Casper listed is either their son or Casper himself.

 

"George Dilling" is listed later as well; the first born of Casper.

"Abner W. Lane was the assessor in 1880, and the
total valuation of property owned in the township
was three hundred and thirty-nine thousand one hun-
dred and eighty-nine dollars. "

Well, we made this list too:

"1808. — Casper DiUinger (Dillinger/Dilling)was appointed constable, but refusing to serve
was fined by the court forty dollars
."

($40 was A LOT back then!)
Then we see him listed as a supervisor, for the area-

PRINCIPAL TOWNSHIP OFFICERS
"1820. — John Cromer, constable ; Casper Dillinger and Davis Gibboney,
supervisors. "

Source: "History of Huntingdon and Blair counties, Pennsylvania" (1883)

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Dillinger - A few sons of Casper Dilling headed further west and settled in Indiana. They appeared to have kept (at least some of them), the Dillinger name instead of the Dilling family name. I guess the infamous 1st of all of the FBI Most Wanted persons, John Dillinger could have a bloodline to Casper Dilling afterall!? Note on John Dillinger... till this day, the FBI targets in training have the image of John Dillinger!

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Family legend tells of onf of Casper's off-spring, a Dilling male, that was hung. It is said he fell in love with a young squaw (Indian girl) and when it was found that someone had been trading with the Indian's, which was then against the law, they pinned this poor Dilling as the culprit!

With that in mind, we read about some of the "6 Nations" as the group of Indians in that area were know as and how bad it was around the Revolutionary War"

"...and George, removed to Morrison's Cove, in Blair
County, and located where Rebecca Furnace now
stands, and occupied a large tract of land. During
the predatory incursions of the Indians of 1777 to
1781, and about the year 1778 or 1779, they were all
driven from their homes
, and these families returned
to their former home at Conococheague. "
Source: link

Note - Rebecca Furnace is where Casper Dilling(er) settled down with Christina.

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An extensive directory of Pennsylvania genealogy records:
Dilling - Blair County, PA

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"The Dilling-Puterbaugh family chronicle," Phyllis Brechbiel Hanson.

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Various Dilling family sources.

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Henry Dilling

Geroge Dilling newspaper mention social Raftsman Journal

George B Dilling accident

Raftsman


Johan Casper Dilling

"Casper Dilling"

 
 
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