Peter Stiffler (c.1727 - 1810)

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Birthplace: Germany
Death: Died in PA
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About Peter Stiffler

ID: I02438

Name: Peter STIFFLER

Sex: M

Birth: ABT 1727 in Wurtemberg, Germany 1

Death: 1 MAR 1810 in Bedford Co. PA 1

_FA1: 1788 Owned land on Dunnings Creek

_FA2: 1802 owned 400 acres: Greenfld. Twp. Bedford Co.

Military Service: Revolutionary War (see Notes)

Event: will written 1 MAR 1808 Will book 1, p. 311, Bedford Co. PA

Event: will proved 26 NOV 1810 Bedford Co. PA

Note:

1790 PA Census: Bedford County [not returned by townships]

Peter STIFLER

Free white males of 16 years and upwards, including heads of families: 4

Free white males of 16 and under: 4

Free white females, including heads of families: 3

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1800 PA Census: Bedford County, "Bedford & St. Clair" townships, p. 456

Peter STIFFLER Senr.

Males: 2 (10-16); 1 (16-26); 1 (45+)

Females: 1 (<10); 2 (10-16); 1 (45+)

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Reference: "The Clappers in America" by Marie Leighty Engel, 1980

1788: Owned land on Dunnings Creek, Bedford Co. PA

1802: Greenfield Twp.

Was in Revolutionary War: 3rd Battalion, 7th Class, Co. of Capt. Wm. McCall. Source: Pennsylvania Archives: 5th Ser. Vol 5, p. 120.

29 Mar 1825 lists children in the sale of real estate to Adam Black (Bedford Co. PA).

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Bedford County, PA Willbook 1, p. 311

In the name of God Amen I Peter Stiffler of Bedford County the state of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, being of sound mind memory and understanding but considering the uncertainty of this life, think fit to make this my last Will and Testament in the following manner, Viz, I recommend my soul into the hand of God and my body to the earth, to be buried in a Christian manner, And as touching such Worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath to Catharine my dearly beloved wife, two beds and furniture with House Clock, and all Household furniture, and one Cow, and one mare, and also twelve bushels of wheat per year and one hog wt 100 lb to fatting, two pr of shoes pr year, four dollars pr year in money, my sd wife is to stay on the premises as long as she remains unmarried, so long as my sd wife Catharine remains unmarried she shall enjoy and possess as before mentioned, when she alters her situation it shall fall to the children to be equally shared amongst them further a half acres of flax sowed gratis every year. Also I give to my well beloved sons Michael Stiffler and Powell Stiffler two hundred and fifty acreas and fifty six perches lying and being on the waters of Denmings Creek as the patent will tesstifie dated the 3 day of October 1788, to equally shared to the sd Michael and Powell Stiffler, Also the sd Michael and Powell Stiffler is to furnish their Mother as before mentioned, the aforesd Michael and Powell Stiffler to pay four hundred pounds out to rest of the Children, being Michael Stiffler and Powell Stiffler each two hundred pounds, amt to four hundred pounds, to equally shar'd to as following Henry, George, Jacob, David, Frederick Stifflers, and daughters Chatherena, Mary, Elizabeth Stifflers, and what the aforsd Children has received must rediuted out there portion. Peter Stiffler to be pd five pounds, the daughter of Peter named Rebeckah Stiffler five pounds to be pd John Stiffler son to be pd five pounds. whome I likewise constitute make and ordain Michael Stiffler the sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, legacies, bequest and Executors by me in any way before named, willed and bequeathes ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament. I reserve three sheep for my wife. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight.

Peter (his P mark) Stiffler {Seal}

Signed, sealed and declared by the sd. Peter Siffler

as his last Will and Testament in the presence of

John Miller, John Dibert.

Bedford County ss, personally appeared before me the subsscriber Register for the probate of Wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County John Miller who being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that he was personally present and heard and saw Peter Stiffler the testator sign the written will, by makeing his mark to his name publish pronounce and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament, that at the time of doing thereof the testator (Peter Stiffler) was of sound and disposing mind and memory according to the best of this deponents' knowledge and belief. And this deponent further saith that he saw John Dibert the other subscribeing witness, subscribe his name as a witness to the same, at the instance and request of the Testator and that name John Dibert, is the hand writing of the aforesaid John Dibert. and the deponent further saith that from the information of the neighbours and from his own knowledge he believes the said John Dibert is now living in the State of Ohio. Sworn and Subscribed the twenty sixth day of November AD 1810

[signed] John Miller

Before D. Mann Register

the following agreement confirms the foregoing will, (so as to make it necessary to record it) altho it is not regularly proved * [the following was not copied]

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Inventory of the Goods and Chattels which were of Peter Stiffler deceased, taken and appraised the 27th day of November 1810, by John Miller and John Heltzel

1 hall hores, 40.00

1 black Mare, 16.00

1 rone Mare Colt, 16.00

1 black spoted Cow, 10.00

1 flecked Cow, 12.00

1 red Cow, 13.00

1 white back Cow, 9.00

1 red hefer, 5.00

1 red spoted heffer, 4.00

1 white Calf, 2.67

10 Sheep, 11.00

1 wagon, 30.50

1 wind mill, 13.00

1 cutting box, 1.00

6 Cow Chains, 9.00

1 Ditto, .50

Sunday Smith tools, 20.00

1 *** [barr?], .67

1 set of [horse teeth?], 2.00

1 log Chain, 1.00

1 Set of [horse teeth?], 1.33

1 hand [Sorus?], 5.00

1 Strech Chain, .25

1 Iron Crank of grinstone, .25

2 Iron stone pick, 1.25

1 [Bridel?], 1.00

1 foot adze, .67

B**ze [winshare?], .13

2 [Aggers?] Chesel & [sundays?], 1.33

1 barrel sugar, .25

[groving?] [pl***] & [gintor?], 2.50

1 cros cut saw, 4.00

1 [sith?] [gun?], 6.00

1 sadle & sadle bags, 4.00

2 pair of Drawing Chains, 2.25

2 [Quilors?] & 1 pair of [harness?], .53

1 [***] [speare?], .25

1 drawing [h*I**?], .40

3 Oats Cradle & sith, .37

1 old falling ax, .25

1 [lite?] barrel, 50

4 acres of wheat in the ground more or less, 8.00

7 acres of rey in the Ditto, 10.50

1 acres Ditto, 1.50

1 Six plate stove, 6.00

1 [lite?] barrel, .50

a ballence of Note on Fredrick Stifler, 6.59

1 Note on Jonathan Frantz, 6.20

a ballence of a Note on Michael Stifler, 29.67

account against Paul Wertz, 2.52

1 Note on Jacob Stifler, 8.00

account against Michael Stifler, 10.70

1 Note on Frederick Stifler, 15.00

1 Bond on Paul Wertz, 24.00

1 Note on Do., 16.00

1 [**rubbing?] hoe and [sing two?], .67

1 Smal [Cow?], .13

[total] 147.96

Bedford County Ss. Personally appeared before me the subscriber Register for the Proate of Wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County, John Heltz[el], one of the appraisers of the goods and Chattels of Peter Stiffler decd, who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that the property by him appraised are of their true value set opposite the articles respectively -- Sworn & subscribed the 3d day of December A.D. 1810

{signed} Johannes Heltzel

Before

D. Mann Registrar

Bedford County Ss. Personally appeared before me the subscriber Register for the probate of Wills and granting letters of Administration in and for said County, John Miller one of the appraisers of the Goods and Chattels of Peter Stiffler decd. who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that the property by them appraised are of their true value set opposite the articles respectively. Sworn & subscribed the 4th day of Decr. 1810.

{Signed} John Miller

Before D. Mann, Register

_____________________________________________

Orphans Court Volume 2, p. 270

April Court 1812

10th April 1812 Came into Court Michael Stiffler Executor of the last Will and testament of Peter Stiffler decd and produced for final decree of confirmation the account of his Administration, as settled by the Register of this County, by which it appears there is a balance of four hundred and seventeen dollars and eighty eight and a half cents, in the hands of the Executor, and the same is confirmed, and distribution awarded according to will, or the agreement made by the Court.

D. Mann, Clk.

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Father: Mr. STIFFLER b: UNKNOWN in Germany

Marriage 1 Catharine (STIFFLER)

Children

Henry STIFFLER b: 14 APR 1765
Catharine STIFFLER b: 14 SEP 1766
Peter STIFFLER
George STIFFLER b: 12 JAN 1771 in Dunnings Creek, Bedford Co. PA
David STIFFLER b: 16 FEB 1776 in Bedford Co. PA
Jacob STIFFLER b: 1777 in Bedford Co. PA
Mary Magdalene STIFFLER b: 9 JUN 1780 in Bedford Co. PA
Elizabeth STIFFLER
Frederick STIFFLER b: 3 MAY 1784 in Bedford Co. PA
Michael STIFFLER b: 4 MAY 1784 in Bedford Co. PA
Paul STIFFLER b: ABT 1785

Sources:

THE CLAPPERS IN AMERICA;

Marie Leighty Engel & Gerald H. Helsel, 1980

 

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-------------------- Revolutionary War PA Third Battalion Private First Class Pennsylvania 3rd Battery --------------------

   * Will: Bedford Co, Pa
   Bedford County, PA Willbook 1, p. 311
   In the name of God Amen I Peter Stiffler of Bedford Count y the state of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, being of sound mind me mory and understanding but considering the uncertainty of this life, think fit to make this my last Will and Testamen t in the following manner, Viz, I recommend my soul into the hand of God and my body to the earth, to be buried in a Christian manner, And as touching such Worldly estate wherew ith it hath pleased God to blefs me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath to Catharine my dearly beloved wife, two beds and furniture with House Clock, and all Household furniture, and one Cow, and one mare, and also twelve bushels of wheat per year and one hog wt 100 lb to fatting, two pr of shoes pr year, four dollars pr year in money , my sd wife is to stay on the premises as long as she remains unmarried, so long as my sd wife Catharine remains unmarried she shall enjoy and pofsefs as before mentioned, when she alters her situation it shall fall to the children t o be equally shared amongst them further a half acres of flax sowed gratis every year. Also I give to my well beloved sons Michael Stiffler and Powell Stiffler two hundred and fifty acreas and fifty six perches lying and being on the waters of Denmings Creek as the patent will tefstifie dated the 3 day of October 1788, to equally shared to the sd Michael and Powell Stiffler, Also the sd Michael and Powell Stiffler is to furnish their Mother as before mentioned , the aforesd Michael and Powell Stiffler to pay four hundr ed pounds out to rest of the Children, being Michael Stiffler and Powell Stiffler each two hundred pounds, amt to four hundred pounds, to equally shar'd to as following Henry , George, Jacob, David, Frederick Stifflers, and daughters Chatherena, Mary, Elizabeth Stifflers, and what the aforsd Children has received must rediuted out there portion. Peter Stiffler to be pd five pounds, the daughter of Peter named Rebeckah Stiffler five pounds to be pd John Stiffler son to be pd five pounds. whome I likewise constitute make and ordain Michael Stiffler the sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills , legacies, bequest and Executors by me in any way before named, willed and bequeathes ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament. I reserve three sheep for my wife. In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto se t my hand and seal this first day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight.
   Peter (his P mark) Stiffler {Seal}
   Signed, sealed and declared by the sd. Peter Siffler
   as his last Will and Testament in the presence of
   John Miller, John Dibert.
   Bedford County fs, personally appeared before me the subfsc riber Register for the probate of Wills and granting letter s of Administration in and for said County John Miller wh o being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that he was personal ly present and heard and saw Peter Stiffler the testator si gn the written will, by makeing his mark to his name publis h pronounce and declare the same as and for his last Will a nd Testament, that at the time of doing thereof the testato r (Peter Stiffler) was of sound and disposing mind and memo ry according to the best of this deponents' knowledge and b elief. And this deponent further saith that he saw John Dib ert the other subfcribeing witnefs, subfcribe his name a s a witnefs to the same, at the instance and request of th e Testator and that name John Dibert, is the hand writing o f the aforesaid John Dibert. and the deponent further sait h that from the information of the neighbours and from hi s own knowledge he believes the said John Dibert is now liv ing in the State of Ohio. Sworn and Subfcribed the twent y sixth day of November AD 1810
   [signed] John Miller
   Before D. Mann Register
   the following agreement confirms the foregoing will, (so a s to make it necefsary to record it) altho it is not regula rly proved * [the following was not copied]
   * Event: Orphan's Court Bedford Co, Pa
   Orphans Court Volume 2, p. 270
   April Court 1812
   10th April 1812 Came into Court Michael Stiffler Executor o f the last Will and testament of Peter Stiffler decd and produced for final decree of confirmation the account of hi s Administration, as settled by the Register of this County , by which it appears there is a balance of four hundred an d seventeen dollars and eighty eight and a half cents, in t he hands of the Executor, and the same is confirmed, and di stribution awarded according to will, or the agreement mad e by the Court.
   D. Mann, Clk.
   * Change Date: 17 Jun 2002 at 06:58
   from Keith Pervatt:
   Peter was born in 1727 in the Bavarian region of Germany, or perhaps Wurtemburg. He and two of his brothers immigrated to America in 1742, most probabably booking transport aboard a ship in Germany which would have sailed down the Rho ne River to Amsterdam, and from there to England. Almost all of the ships carrying immigrants to the American Colonie s left from English ports, whether their passengers were German, Swiss, French, or Scandinavian. Peter and his brothers most likely arrived at the port of Philadelphia. Europe in 1740 was in turmoil. Austria, Bavaria, Spain, France a nd Prussia were all engaged in political and military conflict, and as the tides of that conflict ebbed and flowed, it was the common farmer whose fortunes suffered the most. Decades of war had left the countryside in Germany littered with disspossessed peasants, land ownership was highly concentrated in few hands, and many among the common masses were increasingly hardpressed simply to feed their families . Catholicism was still the State religion, and those who were called to various Protestant faiths were severely
   persecuted. America represented an escape from the daily struggle to merely subsist, and an opportunity to practice one 's faith in an unfettered fashion, free from persecution . The voyage was costly, and the risks along the way were great, but the situation in Europe for many was grim, and for many the potential rewards at the end of that journe y were worth taking on those far more certain risks.
   In 1742, when Peter sets foot on American soil, all three major European imperial powers have a presence in America . The British have settled and formed colonies along the Eastern Seaboard. Spain has control of Florida and much of the southeast. France has staked its claim to the interior along the Mississippi River Valley on up into Canada. Caught in the middle of these competing imperial powers are the various Native Indian peoples, and in many ways so, too, are the pioneer settlers. They came to this country seeking only a better life for themselves, the opportunity to own land which had been denied them in the country from which they came, and an escape from the political machinations of the Royal classes of Europe for which, inevitably, the peasant classes paid the most dearly and, from which, gained the least.
   Peter was a veteran of Revolutionary War, serving as a Priv ate 1st class in the PA third Bat. Arrived in America in a bout 1742, coming from Wurtemburg, Germany, with two brothers: John and Jacob. John settled in Virginia, Peter settled in Bedford, Pennsylvania, and Jacob, the youngest, settled in New Jersy. Jacob was only about 7 years old when he came to America, and moved on from New Jersey, settling later in York, Pennsylvania. Peter first appears in Bedford Co unty, PA tax records in 1773. Those tax records show that he owned 100 acres of land on Dunnings Creek (along wit h 2 horses, 2 cows and 2 sheep)
   The fact that he cannot be located as of yet in any other county records prior to 1773 could possibly be explained by the likelihood that, upon arrival to America, he spent a period of time as an indentured servant. Many immigrants, if they could not finance the trip to America before leaving Europe, had to sign a contract with the ship's Captain , which gave him the right to "sell" the immigrant into ind entured service to someone already here in America. Thus , the Captain was reimbursed for the passage, and the immigrant was relieved of his debt to the Captain. He was, however, obligated under Colonial law to work for the man who "purchased" him, for a specific number of years, and would usually live in that persons household. Nearly half of all early immigrants from Germany paid for their passage in this manner. The employers who paid the immigrants "bail" typically paid about $70 in return for three to fours years of labor, and usually would realize a profit of between $500 - $900. This practice continued in America until about 1820 or so.
   The 1800 census shows him with children in his household th at must be grandchildren.
   _____________________________________________
   Reference: "The Clappers in America" by Marie Leighty Engel , 1980
   1788: Owned land on Dunnings Creek, Bedford Co. PA
   1802: Greenfield Twp.
   Was in Revolutionary War: 3rd Battalion, 7th Class, Co. o f Capt. Wm. McCall. Source: Pennsylvania Archives: 5th Ser . Vol 5, p. 120.
   29 Mar 1825 lists children in the sale of real estate to Adam Black (Bedford Co. PA).

-------------------- Peter Stiffler was born Abt. 1727 in Wurtemburg, Germany, and died 01 Mar 1810 in Bedford County, PA. He married Catherine Kaufman.

Includes NotesNotes for Peter Stiffler:

· from Keith Pervatt: Peter was born in 1727 in the Bavarian region of Germany, o r perhaps Wurtemburg. He and two of his brothers immigrated to America in 1742, most probably booking transport aboard a ship in Germany which would have sailed down the Rhone River to Amsterdam, and from there to England. Almost all of the ships carrying immigrants to the American Colonies left from English ports, whether their passengers were German, Swiss, French, or Scandinavian. Peter and his brothers most likely arrived at the port of Philadelphia. Europe in 1740 was in turmoil. Austria, Bavaria, Spain, France and Prussia were all engaged in political and military conflict, and as the tides of that conflict ebbed and flowed, it was the common farmer whose fortunes suffered the most. Decades of war had left the countryside in Germany littered with dispossessed peasants, land ownership was highly concentrated in few hands, and many among the common masses were increasingly hard pressed simply to feed their families . Catholicism was still the State religion, and those who were called to various Protestant faiths were severely persecuted. America represented an escape from the daily struggle to merely subsist, and an opportunity to practice one's faith in an unfettered fashion, free from persecution. The voyage was costly, and the risks along the way were great, but the situation in Europe for many was grim, and for many the potential rewards at the end of that journey were worth taking on those far more certain risks.

In 1742, when Peter sets foot on American soil, all three major European imperial powers have a presence in America . The British have settled and formed colonies along the E astern Seaboard. Spain has control of Florida and much of the southeast. France has staked its claim to the interior along the Mississippi River Valley on up into Canada. Caught in the middle of these competing imperial powers are the various Native Indian peoples, and in many ways so, too, are the pioneer settlers. They came to this country seeking only a better life for themselves, the opportunity to own land which had been denied them in the country from which they came, and an escape from the political machinations of the Royal classes of Europe for which, inevitably, the peasant classes paid the most dearly and, from which, gained the least.

Peter was a veteran of Revolutionary War, serving as a Private 1st class in the PA third Bat. Arrived in America in about 1742, coming from Wurtemburg, Germany, with two brothers: John and Jacob. John settled in Virginia, Peter settled in Bedford, Pennsylvania, and Jacob, the youngest, settled in New Jersey. Jacob was only about 7 years old when he came to America, and moved on from New Jersey, settling late r in York, Pennsylvania. Peter first appears in Bedford County, PA tax records in 1773. Those tax records show that he owned 100 acres of land on Dunnings Creek (along with 2 horses, 2 cows and 2 sheep) Revolutionary War Veteran, Bedford PA

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Peter Stiffler's Timeline

1727
1727
Germany
1759
1759
Age 32
Bedford Co, PA
1765
April 14, 1765
Age 38
1766
September 14, 1766
Age 39
September 14, 1766
Age 39
1768
1768
Age 41
1771
January 12, 1771
Age 44
1772
1772
Age 45
1772
Age 45
1776
February 16, 1776
Age 49