Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

Early Weidner families who arrived in Pennsylvania in the 1700s

« Back to Projects Dashboard

Project Tags

view all


  • Bishop Heinrich Funk, II (1702 - 1760)
    Bishop Heinrich Funck, II Heinrich Funck is listed in Christian Meyer’s last will and testament, in writing, January 18, 1748. It was probated on June 6, 1751. It reads: My Loving Son-in-law the sa...
  • Elizabeth Weidner (c.1724 - d.)
    ~• It is only a circumstantial theory that Ludwig and Elizabeth are brother and sister {MMvB, vol. curator} recent research of July 2022 (MMvB) section entitled : "Deaths in the Skippack Re...
  • Jacob Weidner (deceased)
    (see the on the Weidner famliy) If his wife arrived with Lutwig/Ludwig Schott/Shutt on the same ship, then we might expect that Jacob and Elizabeth married afterwards.. (not much is certain here) The f...
  • Susanna Heebner (1738 - 1814)
    ~• as her parents travelled to America, specifically to the Schwenkfelder PA colony in 1734, Susanna must have been born in PA for she was born in 1738.Row 27age 76 yrswife of Christopher Heebner* Refe...
  • Melchior Wiegner (1731 - d.)
    died single per Schwenkfelder Society documents (Schwenkfelder book page 415 ) E116 F 35 Weigner, Melchior born 1731 travelled with parents on the St. Andrew (1734) Sponsors: Caspar Kriebel, Ab...


see the
which lists original records w/o edits of spellings of "Germans" arriving at the port of Philadelphia in the early 18th century

for Weidner names and other various spellings for note the following:

  1. Johannes arrived with the next man in Sep. 1730 at Phila.
  2. Hans Michel (who we may hear of as simply Michael (these two arrived together
  3. Hans Willhellm Weidner arrived Aug 1747
  4. Christopher Weidner (1734) with others of the same surname ("Hans", who may also be known as Johann(es)). Also: Georg Weigner, Sr.; Melchior Weigner; Christopher Weigner These were Schwenkfelders. Note that women are not on all of the three lists.


This project was prompted by a search for the parents of Elizabeth Weber

No. 2 above (Hans Michel) is prob. the father of Christian. Both lived in the Northern Liberties (see document )
Searching for any Christian Weidener we find a will written in German: Pennsylvania, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993 for Christian Weidner
The probate date is 1835 (note that this is only circumstantial and should not serve as a match.
Probate Estate Files, Weidman, John-Wentzel, Daniel, 1800-1850

Elizabeth Weber (Weidner) (1746-1803) ~• notes:

~• see also: her discussion tab
Elizabeth Weber
~• We have no confirmation of her parents that stand any strict scrutiny. My supposition is that her mother is Ann Wiegner , wife of Hans. This couple arrived on the St. Andrew in 1734.

we see:

  1. [ List 12 B] [Palatines imported in the Ship Alexander & Anne, William Clymer, Master, from Rotterdam, but last from Deal. Qualified Sept. 5th, 1730.]
    1. Johannes Widner and Hans Michel (X) Wiedner (exact spellings) on the same ship
      1. when they swore their allegiance: "[List 12 C] "We do swear or solemnly declare, that we deny all obedience to the Pope of Rome; and further swear or solemnly declare that no Prince or Person whatsoever hath any Right or Title to the Crown of Great Britain but his Majesty George the Second and his lawful Issue." each spelled their last names as Widner but Hans Michel evidently signed with an (X)
  2. Hans Willhellm Weidner arrived Philadelphia on the Bilander Vernon, from Rotterdam & last from Leith in Scotland, Thomas Ricks, Master. The date was: August 1747 *see page 363 of same source

more on Hans Michael Widner/Weidner

A Michael Weidner shows up in the Northern Liberties assoc. w/a Christian Weidner (perhaps his son) see:

Weidners of early Virginia Province

Will of Daniel Price of Lower Salford page 6
Daniel (1723-1804) married Johanna Daecher Price (Weicker) and mentions daughter "Elizabeth relict of Jacob Weidner" This is significant for other Weidenrs of the Salford viciniuty such as Elizabeth Weber (Weidner)

Weidner cemeteries in Berks County

Mennonite arrivals
"Eine Restitution, oder eine Erklarung einiger Haupt-puncten des Gesetzes (A Restitution, or an Explanation of Some Principle Points of Law) was written by Bishop Heinrich Funck of Franconia

Funck came to Pennsylvania in1717 probably from the Palatine in Germany. He was descended from Swiss Mennonites who had been thrown out of Bern in the previous century. He eventually settled in Franconia Township and was a founding member of the Salford Mennonite Meeting. Funck also owned and operated a mill on Indian Creek. His son, Christian was also a Mennonite bishop, who broke away from the Franconia Mennonite Conference because he was in favor of paying taxes to support the American Revolution.

Funck was also involved in the production of another book in our collection, The Martyr’s Mirror. This was translated from the Dutch at Ephrata. Funck and his colleague Dielman Kolb oversaw the translation, reading each page as it became available.