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When Casper was a young child, his father and family fled from Alsace, France to Holland, c1690.They, with thousands of others, sought safety from the Roman Catholic persecution of the Huguenots after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.In the five years thereafter, 1 million Protestants are said to have fled to Holland, England, and America, making Alsace almost depopulated.This statement is found on page 255 of "My Heritage, The Ancestors and Descendants of Mary Alberta Coiner and Edward Thomas Rodes" compiled and written by Ruth Lynn Rodes Culpepper, 1982, and found in the Augusta County Library, Fishersville, VA 1997.
"Casper arrived in America August 17, 1733 on the ship 'Samuel'. The family name was listed in error on the ship log as "Tayler".Casper was christened in England and buried in Hill Church Cemetery, Annville, PA (The tombstone is in excellent state of preservation).It appears that Dillers remain in the church congregation to this day.)"The following came from Kris Hammes Date: July 16, 1999 in a GenForum post.He said Casper died November 1787 in Annville, Lebanon Co., PA.Kris also showed a daughter named Anna Maria Diller, b. Nov. 23, 1736 in Lancaster Co; married Philip Graffort April 27, 1755.
Casper was a shoemaker.This family information came from charts published in 1877 in Lancaster Co., PA.They were members of the Trinity Lutheran Church at New Holland, PA.Although born in France, he moved his family to Heidelberg in the Palatinate where the children were born.He lived 11 and 1/2 miles from Heidelberg in 1723 where his two sons Han Adam and Han Martin were born.
In a History of Lancaster Co., PA.: "this German family was well treated by their neighbors and made a good home here."Several Diller names are recorded in Lancaster Co. will books.
WFT Vol. 11, #423 continued with this line.In this tree the birth location for Caspar is given as possibly Alsace, Kraichou District near Shallback.The place of death is given as Hill Church Cemetery, Cleona, PA, in the front section of the cemetery.Further information states that Caspar married (1) Anna Barbara Dornis 23 Oct 1719 in Gaunangrlloch, Germany, daughter of Christian Dornis, (2) Magdalena Meyer 14 Apr 1766 in Lebanon, PA by Rev. Stoever, Lutheran MG.The source of the following is "The Casper Elias Thaler (Diller) Family, a Few Notes" (author not provided)."There are several versions of the European location of this family before Caspar and his family who came to Philadelphia on the ship 'Samuel' from Rotterdam by way of London on Aug. 17, 1733.The spelling of the name on arrival in PA was 'Thaeler', and later PA records show 'Dieler, Dillar, Diller'.On Strassburger ship lists (source: Ralph B. Strassburger, "Pennsylvania German Pioneers", three volumes, Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, 1934) , Casper's name was signed with the letter "E".Norma Lewis, who hosted the BALSLEY surname mailing list, (her E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: "The fact that Casper only made an E may not indicate he was illiterate, he may have been told to do that. I used to think a signed X indicated illiteracy but many times they were told to make an X. I can't imagine Casper could make an E and not write the rest of his name. He was a very wealthy and successful farmer, and in Germany he was supposedly a successful merchant, a cobbler who made wooden shoes. The fact that his name was interpreted as Taylor indicates his name was not pronounced Diller and this is rather an anglicization of the name. As for Lebanon and Lancaster Counties, Lancaster is the parent county which Lebanon came from, so it is likely Casper never moved, when Lebanon County was formed his property was within that section of old Lancaster, Earl Township and within that was Annville."This information was sent to her, and posted to the mailing group, from Richard Miller .
They first show up in Earltown Twp, near New Holland, Lancaster Co., PA.In Germany, church recordsstate that this old German family was situated across the Rhine River from Heidelberg, in an area called the Rhine Platz.The village was called Gauangelloch."In America, the Diller family helped build a a church called 'Berge Kirche' or Hill Church, early called the Quitophilia church, situated on the stream west of Lebanon, PA.This is where Caspar is buried.His original tombstone has been reconditioned by descendants and was in good condition when visited by Mr. Brakebill, the author of this data, in 1989.During early church services here, there was so much trouble with Indians, guardsmen had to be placed outside during worship time.Mr. Brakebill says 'later in life, old Caspar got tangled up with a widow lady in Lebanon and married her in 1766, after his first wife had died.The court records show that he had to put up a lot of property, etc, in her name at the time of marriage'.He goes on to say that some of his children moved west into Cumberland County.
Casper's land records show up several years after his 1733 arrival in America.Adam Diller, his son,lived in several places - Adam and York Counties and spent time in Franklin County with Michael and his sister Margaret. There is still a Diller town in Adams County. Philip Diller also lived close to Michael and Margaret at times. The youngest son, Casper, is the only one who stayed in the same area as his father.
Casper Diller first lived in Earl Town, east of the county seat in Lancaster.He sold his farm to a developer who divided it into lots and thereby founded what later was called New Holland.Casper's sons stayed there, but Casper himself moved to theLebanon area at some time, settling in what was then called Millerstown (later Annville) a few miles west of Lebanon, about 30 miles northeast of Lancaster.He attended Hill Lutheran, where he later married a widow from Lebanon and was buried.
It is at Hill Lutheran in Millerstown/Annville where Michael Kainadt married Casper's daughter Margaret, and the records there also have the baptisms of Michael and Margaret's first children by Rev. Stoever.
On the Lebanon County USGW site, there are marriage and baptismal records there for Philip and several sisters, not all.
Casper Diller's second marriage is recorded there, performed by a well loved minister who served that area for many years.
Other WFT entries include Vol. 17 tree #217 & #976; Vol. 20 tree #1970; Vol. 36 #529.