is provided for each of the eight most recent surnames:
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.
note: The information below is based on the research of others, both
researchers and family members of earlier generations. Additional
sources are as noted.
Surnames: Hottenstein, Kemp, Knapp, Knipe,
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:
(Henry) Grimm (b. August 1, 1733 in Maxatawny, PA; d. December 14,
Heinrich is reported to have served as a private in the Revolutionary
Wife - Anna Maria Kemp (b. September 8, 1729 in Alsace, Germany; d
April 29, 1811)
Parents of five sons and two daughters:
(born 1754; married Catharine Hottenstein. Jacob (below) was their
(1757 -1828; married Peter Trexler)
Gideon (1760 - 1823; married Elizabeth Kirby; 5 sons, 2 daughters)
Maria (born 1762; married Jacob Sassamanhausen)
Peter (born 1771; married Anna M. Peter of Whitehall Twp.)
Jonathan (married Catharine Bertolett; occupation Tanner)
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:
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:
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)
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.
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:
Louisa Grim (b. November 17, 1862; d. May 5, 1945; m. September 23,
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)
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.
history of the family in the Philadelphia area, compiled by William
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,
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
oldest son, Jacob, Jr., settled in Richmond Township. He had four
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.
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.
the fourth son, became a doctor in Lancaster. His only child died
young. Samuel, the oldest son of William, settled near Reading.
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
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.]
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
Knipe (b. 2/8/1825 d. 4/20/1832)
Knipe (b. 1/9/1827 d. 8/24/1878); m. 9/27/1849 Henry C. Kellog
was engaged in the commission business in Philadelphia.
resided at 536 N. 6th St. many years ago.
Ella E. Kellog, Emma Amanda Kellog, Emily Louisa Kellog,
Mary Kellog, Fanny Alberta Kellog, Henry Clay Kellog, Helen Augusta
Theodore Knipe (b. 1/22/1829 d. ?); m. ? Anna Thurber
Henry Knipe, Franklin Knipe, Mary Knipe
Knipe (b. 6/1/1831 d. 3/18/1886); m. 3/18/1856 Ezra Bertolet
resided in Philadelphia
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)
Knipe, Walter Eugene Knipe, Emily Amanda Knipe, Samuel W. Knipe
Knipe (b. 2/16/1837 d. 1/20/1912); m. 8/4/1856 David Knapp Grim (see
Reibel (b. 1713; d. ?)
Wife - Susana Maria (?)
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:
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.)
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.)
Summers (Sommer) (b. Germany; d.?, Shenandoah County, VA)
Wife - Elizabeth
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.]
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.
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
Summers (b.1770; d.1835)
Wife - Catherine Kneedler (b.1777; d.1835)
Summers Knipe(b.1801; d.1870)
Husband - Conrad Knipe (see Knipe)
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.
anyone out there in cyberspace has additional information to share
or a connection with this Summers family, please contact me.
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