Hans Depelt & Daniel
I realize that what I am about to propose may be very controversial but suppose that Hans Depelt the immigrant actually was Daniel who settled in Frederick County, Maryland and that he came to America with brothers, sisters and or cousins, and that he was not an older man with a wife and children.We have no documents to prove otherwise and the only fact we have is that there were 6 people arriving on the ship with Hans Depelt.
There are reasons that support this idea; church records in Germany and land records in Frederick County, Maryland.I found a church record for the christening of Diebold Ledermann, son of Johann Diebold and Margareta Ledermann in April 1709 in the Trippstadt, Germany church book.The FHC Library film number is #193981.It is possible that Diebold’s parents took him to have him christened when a visiting pastor was in the area, or more likely his father was working on an estate near Trippstadt.
The christening was in the village of Saalstadt, but recorded in the Trippstadt church book.Trippstadt is less than 35 miles from where Godfrey was christened in the town of Barbelroth, Germany.[Trippstadt is about 10 miles south of Kaiserslautern.Barbelroth is west northwest of Karlsruhe about 25 miles.]The family may have returned to Barbelroth since there were other Ledermann families living in the village.
Godfrey was born to Johannes and Margareta and christened in February 1712.The church book for Barbelroth is FHC #193777.On the same film there are other Ledermanns.Johannes and Margareta had at least 8 children.I have included the names and christening dates for their children.
Anna Catrina11/6/1704probably died young because there is another one in 1726
Johannes1725Died 2/5/1731 in Barbelroth
Anna Catrina7/14/1726died 11/22/1803 in Frederick County, Maryland
Please note that there are no children christened in this family between 1706 and 1712.Hans Diebold fits nicely into this gap and opens the possibility for others.There is another lull between 1712 and 1717 so there may be other children whose christenings are recorded in church books in the surrounding area.[Just a side note, Johann was a linen weaver and died in August 30, 1748 at the age of 73 near Barbelroth FHC Film #193778.]Johann, Johannes and Hans appear to be used interchangeably, Hans being the nickname for Johann.
Also found in that church record is Godfrey’s marriage 1/17/1737 to Anna Elizabeth Boltz and her christening, 9/13/1715 as well as the christenings of 3 of his known 6 children, including Henrich [Henry] and Friedrich Jakob [Frederick] who appear on land warrants for Frederick County, Maryland: Henry in 1783 and Frederick in 1762.
There is a Michael Leatherman who appears in central Maryland selling land, as early as 1755 in Frederick County and Washington County in 1760.Could this be Godfrey’s brother Johann Michael?Washington County, Maryland was less than 20 miles from where Daniel and Godfrey both settled.
There are Frederick County land warrants for Christian, the earliest is 1759, John in 1753 and Nicholas, also in 1753.Daniel’s earliest land dealing was in 1753 and Godfrey’s was later, in 1786 so he came to Frederick County later or was living on land belonging to someone else.But who were John, Christian and Nicholas?Neither Godfrey nor Daniel would have children old enough to be involved in land dealings during the mid 1700’s.Page 14 of “All Leatherman Kin History” describes more land transfers in Frederick County for Nicholas, Christian, Michael, John and Daniel between 1754 and 1779.
I believe that Godfrey came to America on the “Lydia” which arrived in Philadelphia on September 29, 1741 along with Johann Jacob Boltz age 20 who was listed as a passenger.Johann Ledermann was 32 which is just about the right age for Godfrey if we consider that children back then were not christened as soon as they were born, but months or years later.Many sons during that time were given the name Johann and a second name.
Johann Boltz is important because Godfrey’s sister, Anna Catrina, christened in 1726 in Barbelroth was married to Johann Jacob Boltz on June 2, 1750.This marriage is recorded in the church book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, Maryland and Godfrey had married Anna Elizabeth Boltz in Barbelroth in 1736.This easily could be the same Johann Jacob Boltz who arrived in the Lydia in 1741.For some reason, Boltz appears to have become Holtz in Maryland yet there are quite a few church records in Barbelroth for the Boltz family.In fact, there are still people named Boltz living in Barbelroth today.
This theory, as wild as it may seem, does help to explain why finding the names of Hans Depelt’s family has been so illusive.It also explains who Christian, John and Nicholas were and why they all settled briefly in Maryland within a few miles of each other and how the Leatherman families in North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia may be related to the immigrants.It also explains how John, Christian and Nicholas came into the country and do not appear on any of the ship’s passengers lists.Depelt, Diebold or Daniel would have been the oldest and the one whose name appeared as the head of the family.
I have always been interested in why the Leathermans in West Virginia, descendants of Nicholas, continued practicing the religion of the German Baptist or Church of the Brethren.If Nicholas was a brother to Daniel, it could explain the family’s religion.
DNA testing of a male Leatherman from the West Virginia, North Carolina and the Maryland families of both Godfrey and Daniel could tell if there may be a common ancestor or not.