What I found was Matthias' indenture when he came to this country.It provides us with the name of the town in Germany (Durlach) in which Matthias lived when he left Germany.When I was in Salt Lake City in May, I checked the church records for Durlach and nearby communities. . .and while I found two baptismal records with the same surname spelling. . .I did not find any evidence of Matthias.
In any event, here is a transcription of the indenture (I'm trying to get a copy of the original written document):
German Immigrant Indenture
This Indenture made the first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & thirty two.Witnesseth that Matthias JRION late of Durlach in Germany, for & in consideration of the sum of sixteen pounds & nineteen shillings lawfull money of Pennsylvania paid for his passage from Holland to Philadelphia in the province of Pennsylvania of his own free & voluntary consent doth bind himself a servant unto David Kaufman of Oley in ye County of Philada& province aforesaid to serve him his heirs execrsAdminrs or assigns from the day of the date hereof the full term of three years & nine months ~ ~ Thence next ensuing to be fully compleat & ended during all which sd. term the said servant his sd. masterhis heirs execrs adminrs or assigns during the sd. term of three years & nine months ~ ~ shall find & provide for the servant sufficient meat drink apparel washing & lodging fitting for a servant during the sd. term and after the expiration of the sd. term give the sd. servant two suits of apparrel one whereof to be new ~ and for the true performance of all & every the sd. covenants & agreements either of the sd. parties binds himself unto the other firmly by these presents.In witness whereof they have interchangeably herunto set their hands & seals dated the day & year first above written. David Kaufman - - end quote
For those of you with Jim Weaver's book, if you turn to pg. 5, you'll see where William Keppel indicated his great grandfather (that is, George Yerian) was a "redemptioner" and had been brought to this country by David Kaufman.That was pretty much correct. . .just off a generation, which is what Jim suspected.