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A page is provided for each of the eight most recent surnames:

Davis German Howard Kitchin
Fox Grim Jennings Thomas

I am just beginning to research the Grim family and will be posting additional information as it becomes available. Please contact me if you have information to share on any of these families.

Please note: The information below is based on the research of others, both researchers and family members of earlier generations. Additional sources are as noted.

Earlier Surnames: Hottenstein, Kemp, Knapp, Knipe, Reibel, Summers

The Grim family arrived in North America in 1728 from Rotterdam. Evidently the Grim (Grimm) family emigrated via Rotterdam but had lived in Wurtemburg, Germany, although additional research will be necessary to establish this. Information to date is:

Johann Eguthius Grimm (b. appr. 1700-1702, area of Wurtemburg Germany; d. September 26, 1761)
• Johann was also known as Egidius, Guthius, Gitti, Gite Krim and Gedy Krim. He arrived in Philadelphia on September 11, 1728 on the ship "James Goodwill," David Crocket, master. (PA Archives, Series 2, Vol. 17, page 15.) On November 19, 1730, he received a land warrant in Bucks County, PA, for 200 acres in Macungie Twp. in the name of Gitti Krim. He registered an additional 100 acres on August 13, 1734 in the name of Gite Krim, and another 100 acres on October 28, 1746 as Gedy Krim. Johann is said to have been a founder of the Ziegels Church, Lutheran. His will is in file 247 in the Register of Wills office in Easton, Northampton County, PA, dated January 28, 1760; will probated October 1, 1761. He was buried on the Heinrich (Henry) Grim farm.
Wife - Katharina (or Anna Catherina)
Parents of: Jacob, (and three daughters) and:

Heinrich (Henry) Grimm (b. August 1, 1733 in Maxatawny, PA; d. December 14, 1804)
• Heinrich is reported to have served as a private in the Revolutionary War.
Wife - Anna Maria Kemp (b. September 8, 1729 in Alsace, Germany; d April 29, 1811)
Parents of five sons and two daughters:
  • Jacob (born 1754; married Catharine Hottenstein. Jacob (below) was their first son.
  • Catharine (1757 -1828; married Peter Trexler)
  • Gideon (1760 - 1823; married Elizabeth Kirby; 5 sons, 2 daughters)
  • Maria (born 1762; married Jacob Sassamanhausen)
  • Henry
  • Peter (born 1771; married Anna M. Peter of Whitehall Twp.)
  • Jonathan (married Catharine Bertolett; occupation Tanner)

Jacob Grim (b. June 17, 1754; d. June 24, 1833; m. November 2, 1779)
• Jacob is said to have served as a 1st lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army and fought in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, Berks Militia of 1777.
Wife - Catherina Hottenstein (b. October 14, 1761; d. August 21, 1848)
Parents of eight sons and 3 daughters, including:

David Grim (b. April 12, 1787; d. October 12, 1838; buried in the Jacob Grim Cemetery in Weisenberg). Please note: Some online family trees show this David Grim as having moved to and died in Ohio. This is not correct. He is well documented in legal records as remaining in Pennsylvania, as did his children. Someone has crossed two Grim families and the mistake seems to have taken on a life of its own!
Wife - Catherine Knapp [or Knabb] (b. 1793 (?); d. September 2, 1838 at age 45)
Parents of Daniel, Seth, Peter, (probably additional children) and:

David Knapp Grim (b. March 15, 1826, in Berks County, PA; d. March 10, 1904, in Carversville, PA; m. August 4, 1856);
Wife - Emma Knipe (b. February 16, 1837, in Philadelphia, PA; d. January 20 (or 30?), 1912, in Carversville, PA) (see Knipe)
Residence: Carversville, Bucks County, PA; Interred Mechanicsville, Bucks County, PA.
Note to others researching this couple: Most documents which reference David Knapp Grim refer to him only as David K. Grim. There is, however, a family history, Early Knipe Families of Pennsylvania by James Lloyd Knipe, 1949, which lists David Grim's full name in recording his marriage to Emma Knipe. This will help to establish his relationship to David Grim and Catherine Knapp; all of their sons were given Knapp as a middle name. Known copies of the Knipe family history are in the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Lancaster County Historical Society and the New England Historical Society.
Parents of:
Henry (Harry) Kellogg Grim (b. May 24, 1858; d. October 26, 1944; unmarried),;
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Knipe Grim (b. October 27, 1860; d. September 2, 1935; m. Edward G. Case);
Daniel Knapp Grim (b.October 25, 1865; m. Florence Kratz; lived in Philadelphia, PA);
Emma Knipe Grim (b. July 8, 1868; m. William W. Barrett; lived in Mechanics Valley, PA);
David Conrad Grim (b. October 30, 1870; m. Sue Price);
George Howard Grim (b. September 16, 1873; m. Clara Grim);
Mary Ella (b. July 4, 1875; unmarried; lived in Doylestown, PA) and:

Katharine "Kate" Louisa Grim (b. November 17, 1862; d. May 5, 1945; m. September 23, 1882)
Husband - David Leedom German (see page on German family)
Parents of Howard Magill, David Leedom, Jr. and:

Harry Grim German (b. February 2 1884; d. February 9, 1949)
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The Hottensteins in Forks township are the descendants of Jacob Hottenstein, who settled at Overton in 1829, and of Henry Hottenstein, who settled in Forks township in 1847.

A history of the family in the Philadelphia area, compiled by William Hottenstein, says:
“The three brothers arrived in Philadelphia, but the exact date has not yet been ascertained. One of them died at Philadelphia, another removed to Lancaster where his descendants still live, whilst the third, Jacob Hottenstein, settled in Oley township, Philadelphia County, now Berks.

This Jacob Hottenstein was the ancestor of the Hottensteins in Sullivan County. How long he remained in Oley is not known but the records show that he moved to Maxatawney Township in 1729. There he bought a tract of 116 acres from Caspar Wistar for 40 pounds and 12 shillings sterling. He married Dorotha Reber and had four sons, Jacob, William, David and Henry, and two daughters, Dorothea and Maria. It appears that even during that time, when preachers of the gospel were so scarce, he did not neglect to give his children a good religious training. Rev. Father Muhlenberg, the venerable Lutheran minister, residing at Philadelphia, frequently came to his house on his missionary travels, to give his children catechetical instructions.

The oldest son, Jacob, Jr., settled in Richmond Township. He had four daughters.

William bought a farm in Cumru Township, near Reading. He had five sons, Samuel, William, Henry, Solomon and David, and four daughters. Samuel, the oldest son of William, settled near Reading. Solomon, the fourth son of William, moved to Lehigh and became the progenitor of the family in that County. He had five sons and seven daughters. The five sons were: William; Peter; Jacob, who located at Overton, PA; John; and Henry, who located in Forks township.

David Hottenstein, the third son of Jacob, lived in Maxatawney on the farm of his father [and] married Sarah Herbein. Their issue consisted of three sons and two daughters, Jacob, David, Daniel, Catharine and Dorothea. Catharine was married to Jacob Grim, of Macungie, Lehigh County, and bore him 11 children, eight sons and three daughters.

Henry, the fourth son, became a doctor in Lancaster. His only child died young. Samuel, the oldest son of William, settled near Reading.”
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Conrad Knipe (b. October 18, 1796; d. July 17, 1869; m. March 22, 1820 in Gwynedd Twp., PA)
Wife - Elizabeth Summers (b. September 12, 1801; d. March 23, 1870) (see Summers)
Conrad was born at the old Knipe homestead in Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, PA. He was one of the founders of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Philadelphia and was an officer of the church for forty-one years. He moved to Philadelphia about 1826-1831 and was engaged in the manufacture of salt there. They are interred in the South Laurel Hill cemetery. [This information was taken from Early Knipe Families of Pennsylvania by James Lloyd Knipe, 1949.]
Parents of:
  • Edmund Knipe (b. 11/22/1822 d. 5/10/1887); m. 3/21/1847 to Anna Culp (b. 4/9/1821 d. 9/27/1908)
        ° Children: Theodore Knipe, Edmund Knipe, Elena Knipe
  • Lewis Knipe (b. 2/8/1825 d. 4/20/1832)
  • Amanda Knipe (b. 1/9/1827 d. 8/24/1878); m. 9/27/1849 Henry C. Kellog
        Henry was engaged in the commission business in Philadelphia.
        They resided at 536 N. 6th St. many years ago.
        ° Children: Ella E. Kellog, Emma Amanda Kellog, Emily Louisa Kellog,
           Anna Mary Kellog, Fanny Alberta Kellog, Henry Clay Kellog, Helen Augusta Kellog
  • Theodore Knipe (b. 1/22/1829 d. ?); m. ? Anna Thurber
        ° Children: Henry Knipe, Franklin Knipe, Mary Knipe
  • Elena Knipe (b. 6/1/1831 d. 3/18/1886); m. 3/18/1856 Ezra Bertolet
        They resided in Philadelphia
        ° Children: Conrad Bertolet, Charles Ezra Bertolet, William Bertolet, Ira D. Bertolet
  • Francis Knipe (b. 10/16/1833 d. 3/20/1834)
  • Frank C. Knipe (b. 1/30/1835 d. 8/27/1913); m. 9/1856 Catherine Reed (b. 1834; d. 1905)
        ° Children: Emma Knipe, Walter Eugene Knipe, Emily Amanda Knipe, Samuel W. Knipe
  • Emma Knipe (b. 2/16/1837 d. 1/20/1912); m. 8/4/1856 David Knapp Grim (see Grim)
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Nicholas Reibel (b. 1713; d. ?)
Wife - Susana Maria (?)
Parents of:

Salome Reibel Summers (b. 1730; d. May 20, 1817; m. February 24, 1764 by Rev. Henry Melchoir Muhlenburg, pastor of St. Michael's and Zion's Church, Philadelphia, PA.)
Husband - Philip Summers (see Summers)

Information about Nicholas Reibel:
“Nicholas Reibel arrived from Germany on the ship Harle of London, Ralph Harle of Holland, Master, landing Septenber 1, 1736, age 23 years.” (from A History of George Summers of Douglass and Lower Dublin Townships, Pennsylvania, compiled by G. Byron Summers ; transcribed for internet by George Lowell.)

“Nicholas Reibel served in the French and Indian War of 1756 as a private in Captain Kidd's Independent Company of Foot Colonial Service (Muster Roll 1756). In the war of the Revolution, he was a private in Captain Kucher's Company, Philadelphia Militia.” (From N.S.S.A.R. application of Harry G. German, dated 1930.)
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Hans George Summers (Sommer) (b. Germany; d.?, Shenandoah County, VA)
Wife - Elizabeth

Research indicates that the family was German:
Ref: History of Montgomery County - Biographical, page 684: “The American founder was Hans George Summers (Sommer in the German), who with his wife, Elizabeth, and children Johannes, Hans Martin, George, Peter and Margaretha Elizabeth arrived in Philadelphia from Germany on September 22, 1752 on the ship, 'Brothers,' Captain William Muir. Phillip and Henry, also sons, arrived September 22, 1754, on the ship 'Edinburgh,' James Russel, master. Hans George Summers resided in Lower Dublin Township in 1759.” It was noted that Hans George Summers' will, filed in Shenandoah County, VA, was written in German.

Our direct ancestor was their son, Philip —
Philip Summers (b. October 2, 1728, Germany; d. May 2, 1814, Philadelphia area; m. February 24, 1764 by Rev. Henry Melchoir Muhlenburg, pastor of St. Michael's and Zion's Church, Philadelphia, PA)
Wife - Salome Reibel (b.1730; d. May 20, 1817) (see Reibel)

The following information on Philip and Salome Reibel Summers was taken from “ A History of George Summers of Douglass and Lower Dublin Townships Pennsylvania”
On February 24, 1764, Philip Summers and Salome Reibel, b. 1739, daughter of Nicholas and Susana Maria Reibel, were married by Rev. Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg, pastor of St. Michael's and Zion's Lutheran Church, Philadelphia.

Philip at first resided in Douglass township, Montgomery County, Pa., and later removed to the manor of Moreland near Bristol, Pa., where he resided in 1769, later removing to Cleltenham.

On November 24, 1774, Philip Summers, yeoman of Cheltenham township, Philadelphia County, purchased of Charles Steadman and Margaret his wife for and in consideration for the sum of 490 pounds of lawful money of Pennsylvania 165 acres of land in Horsham township, Philadelphia County, (now in Montgomery County). The deed for same was recorded on the 10th day of April 1780. Recorded in Deed Book I, page 389, in the office of the Recorder of Deeds, Philadelphia.

While residing in Horsham township, Philip and his family were members of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, North Wales, known as the "Old Yellow Church." From the records of the church we find the following entries: Philip Summers and his wife Salome, their sons Philip, Nicholas and George partook of Communion on April 24, 1791, the same day that their son Henry was confirmed at the age of 16 years; Martin Summers (son of Philip) was elected trustee January 17, 1796 and deacon on November 16, 1796: Philip (son of Philip) an officer on April 15, 1798 and John (son of Philip) elected an elder on December 22, 1826: Elizabeth Summers (only daughter of Philip), died October 12, 1803, aged 22 years, 1 month and 20 days. Several of the immediate family are buried in this church yard.

“Philip Summers was buried in St. John's Churchyard, grave no. 36, second row, west of center at 5th and Race Streets in Philadelphia, PA. [The old tombstone being much worn from the elements, a new one was erected in 1901 by William Summers, a great grandson, of Conshohocken, Pa. The old stone was allowed to remain. More than a century after Philip and Salome Summers died, their graves were removed to Laurel Hill Cemetery as the church and graveyard were in the way of the western approach to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which today connects Philadelphia to New Jersey. St. John's Church was also a landmark for the Lutheran Church, it being the first English Lutheran Church in America. Philip's grave was one block from that of Benjamin Franklin's.]

Philip said during his lifetime that he had taken part in the Battle of Germantown. The Pennsylvania Archives, second series, volume 13, page 721, states that he was listed as a private in Captain David Marpole's Company 1777-1780.”
From N.S.S.A.R. Application of Harry G. German, dated 1930.

His name also is found in the Depreciation Pay Roll, Revolutionary Soldiers, same volume, page 222. Family tradition says, however, he was a Lieutenant. The records at Harrisburg and Washington do not disclose this fact; many of the records were destroyed. The fact of having in his possession a sword and a pair of small horse pistols with his initials (P.S.) on them, might authenticate the fact. One of the pistols was in the possession (during the 1920s) of the daughters of William Summers of Conshohocken, Pa. It had been handed down from generation to generation as one used by Philip Summers during the War of the Revolution. At a celebration of the United States Independence held at Centre Square, Pa., on July 5, 1813, a Lieutenant Summers gave the following toast: "May the Wings of Liberty Never Want a Feather." This is supposed to have been given by Philip Summers.

Philip resided in Horsham until March 29, 1796, when he sold his farm to Job Spencer for the sum of 1412 pounds 14 shillings and 3 pence. The deed for same is recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds at Norristown, Pa. The farm is located on Blind Lane near Stover's Mill, south of Eureka and about one quarter of a mile to the East of Limekiln Pike. The old log house was used as a summer kitchen on up until about five years ago. [Note: this would have been within the first 20 years of the 20th century.]

After selling he removed to Philadelphia where on April 1, 1796, he purchased a property from John Keen. "Now Know Ye, I, Thomas Mifflin, in consideration of $649.53, do grant and confirm unto Philip Summers, etc., lot No. 14, situated in the township of Northern Liberties, on the West side of Second Street being 230 feet from the North side of Tamany Street, containing 20 feet frontage on Second Street and Lilly Alley." Deed dated April 8, 1796. Recorded April 19, 1796 in Deed Book No. 56, page 260 at Philadelphia.

Here he resided until he passed away on May 2, 1814, at the age of 85 years and 7 months. It is said that he died while on a visit to the residence of his son Martin of Norristown, Montgomery County. His wife Salome died May 20, 1817, age 78 years.

Information above is from “ A History of George Summers of Douglass and Lower Dublin Townships Pennsylvania” by G. Byron Summers, who was president of the Summers Family Association in Philadelphia, PA during the 1940s and early 1950s.

Philip and Salome were parents of:
Martin Summers b. 12/5/1764
George Summers b. 4/8/1766
Nicholas b. 10/21/1767
Philip Summers b. 9/30/1769
John Summers b. 1770
Anthony Summers b. 1773
Henry Summers b. 1775
Peter Summers b. 1778
Elizabeth Summers b. 9/22/1781

Our direct ancestor was their son, John —
John Summers (b.1770; d.1835)
Wife - Catherine Kneedler (b.1777; d.1835)

Parents of:

Elizabeth Summers Knipe(b.1801; d.1870)
Husband - Conrad Knipe (see Knipe)

George Lowell has a very informative Summers family web site online including many photographs and the published research of his great-uncle, G. Byron Summers.

I have a 1952 invitation to the Summers family reunion, commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Summers' arrival in Philadelphia, and would be glad to share copies with other family members. The invitation does include a drawing of the ship, "Brothers," on which the first family members arrived.

If anyone out there in cyberspace has additional information to share or a connection with this Summers family, please contact me.
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