Diller Genealogy - Page 34
The following data is extracted from The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt.
Information that has a bearing upon the history of all branches of the family, and the original immigration, is therefore derived from the fact, that a record in this Philip Adam Diller's Bible, now in the possession of Roland Diller, Esq., of New Holland, contains a statement that he was a native of Phaltz, or the Palatinate, and born at a place about eleven and a half miles from Heidelberg. He was born March 8, 1723. The probability, stated elsewhere, that his father after going from Alsace to Holland, and thence to England, returned to the Palatinate, in Baden, near Heidelberg, is greatly strengthened by the fact that Philip Adam was his son. His Bible was printed in Nuremberg, in 1747. It is a volume of 1274 pages, embracing the Augsburg Confession, Chronological table, and origin and meaning of names.
Of Philip Adam Diller, the only information I have gleaned, beyond the list of his descendants, is herewith submitted. I have kept it distinct from the previous portions of this sketch, partly to avoid confusion, partly on account of the doubts as to the exact nature of the relationship between Philip Adam Diller and Caspar Diller, which confused me when I commenced the labors submitted herewith, and partly because the sources of information are wholly distinct from those on which the preceding pages are founded. As Philip Adam Diller must also have been a immigrant, I have, in this list, put him in the first generation, notwithstanding the fact that he was probably one of the two sons who, according to tradition, came over here with the original Caspar Diller.
Mr. Levi A. Diller informs me that while nothing is now remembered of the personal characteristics of Philip Adam Diller, by the New Holland descendants, they know where he lived. It was on what is now known, and has been known for many years, as the Isaac Smoker farm, located on Mill Creek, about one and a half miles south of New Holland, and not far from the Welsh Mountains.
There all his children were born, including Adam (progenitor of the Hanover branch), and Peter (progenitor of the branch to which my mother belonged). On this farm, Philip Adam Diller's youngest son, Isaac, lived after the death of his father. His oldest son, Adam, lived on a farm adjoining, which descended to his son Adam, who was a drover and dealer in cattle, was well as a farmer, and was commonly called Adam Diller the drover; and the largest portion of this estate has always since been in the possession of his heirs and descendants, until a few years ago, when it was purchased by Henry Musselman. The property mentioned above, as far as know, was the only land he (Philip Adam) owned. His son, Peter Diller, owned what is now five good sized farms, between New Holland and the Welsh Mountains. He also owned a large tract north of the turnpike, from New Holland to Hinkletown. This land, however, he got through his wife, and it was sold early.
Source: The Diller Family, By JL Ringwalt