Visiting GenForum after a long sabbatical, I discovered some of my early entries and others who were looking for Dolls and/or Dulls in the same family line. After several years of research, I have documented this Doll/Dull family who came to Pennsylvania on the Ship Samuel in 1737 and 1739. The family line is as follows:
Christophel Doll and wife, Sarah Catherine Schuch from Erzweiler, Germany. Christophel died before the ship landed in 1739.
Children: Christian Doll and wife, Maria Catherine Dromm.
Peter Doll, unmarried, a schoolmaster. Christian and Peter arrived in 1737, possibly making the first trip and writing back home to tell the family they made it safely to Penn's Manor. Christian and Catherine had two little children on the 1737 trip, Casper and Catherine.
In 1739, the rest of the Doll family came on the Ship Samuel. It included Christophel [father who died at sea], Sarah Schuch-Doll [mother], Casper Doll, age 18, Nicholas, age 14, Maria Engel Doll, age 22, Maria Margaretha Doll-Mumbauer, age 34, wife of Peter Mumbauer, also on the ship. Another child, baptized in 1729, may also have been with the family. The child's name is unknown and would have ten years old when the Dolls left Germany. Even though Christophel Doll and Sarah had ten children documented in the records, three children, Catherine, Peter #1, and Abraham, died in infancy. The youngest child whose name is unknown may have also died on the ship, as there are no American records discovered to verify a relationship to the family.
Christian Doll's children included Casper,[d. bef. 1747] Catherine [m. Frederick Hesser], Leonard [m. Margaret Stoltz], Christian, Jr. [m. Eliz. Detor], Abraham, Casper [m. Hannah Mathieu], John, Elizabeth.
Peter Doll [m. Margaretha] Their children included John [m. Eliz. Putman], Anna Maria, Christophel, George [Jurg], Elizabeth.
Maria Engel Doll married Jacob Sorber. She had seven children,Adam, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Christian, George, Elizabeth Margaret.
Casper Doll married Margaret. [her maiden name is unknown; some thought it was Deitz, but that has been disputed and unproven] Their children include George,[m. Hannah Metz] Anna,[m. Peter Kuchlein] Maria,[m.Johannes Young] Sarah,[m. Peter Schneider, Peter Kuchlein] Elizabeth,[m. Christian Engel] Catherine [m. Lewis Stecher].
Nicholas Doll m. Margaret abt. 1754 and this couple lived in Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co. until 1770 when they moved to North Carolina. Their children included Sarah [m. Frederick Miller], Louisa [m. Jacob Kapp], Susanna [m. Peter Binkley], Elizabeth [m. Frederick Binkley], Frederick [m.Aldgie Elrod], George [m. Catherine Phillips], and Mary [m. John Huffines].
This Doll family settled first in Bucks Co., PA., then bought land that became part of Northampton Co., PA. Christian Doll took his family to Worcester Twp. in Philadelphia Co. at the time of the French and Indian War. This area became Montgomery Co., PA. Nicholas left Northampton Co. and went to NC. Casper remained in Plainfield Twp. Peter Doll sold out and was last found in Montgomery Co. As with all families, the next generation moved on in various directions.
Other Dolls lived in Northampton Co., such as Valentine, Henry and Martin Doll. There is no connection to the Doll family of Erzweiler in my research, but I never say never until the last record is found.
However, on the second trip in 1739, there were cousins of this Doll family on the ship Samuel. Johannes Doll, the older brother of Christophel Doll, married a woman from Thallictenberg, Germany and children of this couple made the crossing with their cousins. These children included Christopher Doll, age 40, Philip, Elizabeth [m. to Joseph Bieri], Catherine and Barbara.
All of these relationships have been documented from the Ulmet church records of Germany. This family lived in the village of Erzweiler and their baptisms, marriages, confirmations and deaths of the ancestors are recorded in the Ulmet Church. Not every family member emigrated to Penn's manor. There are Doll cousins still living near the area of Germany where Erzweiler was located. The historical Ulmet Church is still used for worship today.
If any readers have had questions about how your Doll/Dull ancestor fits into this family, then you can be sure you are part of it, if you can trace back to any of these Doll children.