Diller Genealogy - Page 15
The following data is extracted from The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt.
that my uncle, George W. Ringwalt, now living in the vicinity of Churchtown, Cumberland County, near Allen P. O. , has produced a new grape, highly appreciated by the proprietors of Cumberland County nurseries, which he has called the Lucky George; and by many incidents which are doubtless familiar to many of the Dillers, or their descendants of the present generation.
POLITICAL, MILITARY, PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS RECORD
While devotion to agriculture was a leading characteristic of the family, and nearly all its members during many years after the first immigration, and while many of them still cultivate the soil successfully, either in Lancas ter, York, Adams, Franklin, or Cumberland counties, Pennsylvania, or in portions of Maryland and Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and other States, some of its branches were not slow to embark in other pursuits with the advancing diversification of American Industries.
I know too little of the history of the family to attempt to do justice to these movements, and shall only recapitulate the few leading facts that have fallen under my notice.
One of the first members of the family to exercise a considerable influence in politics, was Peter Diller, the father of the New Holland branch. He removed to Lancaster City about the beginning of the present century, and af ter remaining there a few years, returned to New Holland. His influence with his large circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances was eagerly courted by the rich young Lancaster politicians, and my father told me that one of the aspirants materially aided by his friendship was James Buchanan, during his first struggles to be made a member from Lancaster County of the State Legislature of Pennsylvania. During Buchanan's term as State legislator, one of his colleagues was my grandfather, Jacob Ringwalt, the husband of Catharine Diller, and it will be seen in the record herewith appended, that one of the descendants of the Dillers, at a later period, married a niece of James Buchanan. It is worthy of note, too, that the wife of Philip Adam Diller, born Ellmaker, was a member of the Ellmaker family, which has won distinguished political renown, partly explained elsewhere.
During the second war with Great Britain, General Adam Diller, son of Leonard, took an active part as captain of a troop of cavalry, in connection with the movement of Lancaster County militia to Maryland, for the protec tion of that State from invasion, and these services facilitated his election as sheriff of Lancaster County, in 1827, and gave the bent to his tastes and pro
Source: The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt