Philip Beyer
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Johann Philip Beyer (1701 - 1753)

Johann Philip (Philip) Beyer aka Boyer, Baer
Born in Eppstein, Kurfürstentum Pfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reichmap
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Husband of — married 11 Nov 1721 in Eppstein, Kurfürstentum Pfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reichmap
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Died at age 52 in Amityville, Berks, Pennsylvaniamap
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Philip Beyer (Boyer) emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in 1731. [1] By 1739, he was living in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. [2] He also lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania. [3]

  • Birth: 23 March 1701, Flomersheim, Frankenthal, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. [4]
  • Death : 7 May 1753, Amity, Berks, Pennsylvania. He was buried at Oley on May 7, 1753 according to the New Hanover Lutheran Church records.
  • Marriage: Johann Philip Beyer married Maria Elizabeth Beck on 11 November 1721, Eppstein, Frankenthal, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. [5]


  1. John Henry Boyer
  2. Barbara Barbary Boyer
  3. Johann Philip Beyer.

GEDmatch DNA Comparison

Parameter minimums 7 cM, 200-400 SNP segments. The following was the strongest match between Michael Beyer and John (Beyer) Boyer descendants (most matched at less stringent parameters). Bret Bessac GEDmatch WW7580824 and Ellen (Carmichael) Overstreet GEDmatch M696193. Their most-recent common ancestors are Johann Beyer and Maria (Beck) Beyer the parents of Michael Beyer and John (Beyer) Boyer. Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 6.9 based on sharing 8.4 cM across 1 half-match segments. Largest segment = 8.4 cM

DNA ThruLines

He is the most recent common ancestor for:[6]Michael Beyer descendant line matched to 2 different sibling John (Beyer) Boyer and Elizabeth (Beyer) Sausamann lines; 5 individuals, between 6-9 cM as of May 26, 2020.

Research Notes

Johann Philip was born in or near Eppstein, Frankenthal, probably in March, 1701. He was baptized in Frankenthal on March 29, 1701, the son of Samuel Bayer and Maria. His baptismal sponsor was probably Johann Philipps Bund, customs official from Hessheim.[7]

On November 11, 1721, he married Maria Elisabeth Beck [last named needs confirmation] in Eppstein. [8]

The evidence tying this couple to the family in Pennsylvania is:

  • Philip is identified as “of Ipstein” in church records in Berks County.[9]
  • His two daughters Anna Maria and Maria Elisabeth, baptized in Eppstein in 1722 and 1724 respectively, can be identified in Pennsylvania.

He has been thought to have been the Philip Beyer on the ship Pennsylvania Merchant, John Stedman, Master, which sailed from Rotterdam, cleared at Dover, England, and arrived in Philadelphia on 10 Sept. 1731. The passengers on that ship included Christophel, Philip and Andreas Beyer (Andreas is listed with last name Beyer in Lists B and C, and “Meyer” in List A) among the men; Margarite & Maria Beyer among the women; and Hendrik, Jerick, and two Catrina Beyers among the children under 16. However, that is not a good match with this Philip, as presumably he would have traveled with his wife Maria Elisabeth and children Anna Maria, Maria Elisabeth, Michael, John and Benedict, all of whom were probably alive at the time and all but Anna Maria survived him (based on his will).

In light of the fact that his siblings Anna Klara Beyer (abt.1705-1751) (see also duplicate profile at Anaclore Boyer (1700-1763) – needs merging), Johan Heinrich Beyer (1708-1757) and Andreas Beyer (1711-1768) all appear to have arrived in Pennsylvania before passengers lists began to be required in 1727, he may have as well.

Philip moved his family to Oley Township and finally to Amity Township, where he was listed in 1735 on a __________[type of list needs to be added], north of the Oley to Philadelphia Road.[10]

He was a member of the Falckner Swamp Lutheran Church, which was founded in 1720 on a site now in New Hanover Township in Montgomery County, and now known as the New Hanover Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. He and five of his children were confirmed there by Henry M. Muhlenberg on the Sunday after Easter in 1746. [11] Philip’s final illness, death and burial were described in Muhlenberg’s Hallischen Nachrichten [2:147]; Muhlenberg conducted his funeral service and wrote the following:

In the month of May the aged father [Beyer] of a large family, which lives ten miles from the New Hanover church, died. He rejoiced when I and my colleagues came to this province [in 1742], for it gave him an opportunity to hear God’s word. He attended services regularly, usually had his children instructed and confirmed, and was a diligent reader, at home, in the Bible, Arndt’s True Christianity [a standard pietist devotional written in 1605], and other edifying books. His conduct was honorable, and he was able to speak edifyingly of divine truths in social gatherings. In his last years, he was unable, on account of age and weakness, to make the difficult journey to the New Hanover church. He accordingly attended some of the meetings which were held in his immediate neighborhood.

He lived in a region inhabited by people who hold all kinds of curious opinions, despise preachers, churches, and sacraments without discrimination, and pride themselves in their own righteousness. Since evil communications corrupt good manners, and since this man probably had too much commerce in his last years with such people, he began to scruple at all sorts of indifferent trivialities in our religion and to consider the Evangelical [Lutheran] preachers, who receive charitable offerings from their parishoners for their bodily necessities, as servants of their own bellies....

I visited several times when I had opportunity to preach in his neighborhood and I admonished him to have an earnest concern for his soul, etc. The Lord finally cast him upon a sick bed and reminded him, through His Spirit, of the truths which he had often read and heard in former times. In this way he was given an opportunity to reconsider. Inasmuch as he had on various occasions said harsh and uncharitable things against me, he was reluctant to call me when he was sick.... He requested that I be told after his death that, as a poor worm, he had sought and found grace in the blood and death of Jesus.” [12]

According to American Boyers, by Rev. Charles C. Boyer, he was “influenced, though not absorbed, by the sect known as "New Borns," [13] adherents of which included his neighbors Mathias Bauman (1680-1727), Philip Kühlwein (1683-1736), Jean LeDee of Eppstein and Oley (no Wikitree profile), Isaac DeTurk (bef.1685-bef.1727), Hans Yoder (abt.1700-1779) and Martin (Shenkle) Schenkel (abt.1680-bef.1751).

Based on his will and baptism records in Eppstein, Germany and Pennsylvania, he had at least the following children:

  • Anna Maria, b. Eppstein 23 April 1722, bapt. with Johann Heinrich Beck of Eppstein and his wife Anna Maria as sponsors, d. 2 March 1745, aged 22 [rec. Falckner Swamp Lutheran Church].
  • Maria Elisabeth (also known as Anna Maria Elisabetha, Anna Elizabeth and Elizabeth), b. Eppstein 26 Jan. 1724, baptized January 30, 1724 in Eppstein; m. 18 Jan. 1742 Matthaus [Matthias] Roth [rec. Oley Hill Church, Pike Twp., Berks Co., Pa.].
  • Michael, b. 8 Jan. 1726 (called the “eldest son” in his father’s will); d. 16 Feb. 1777, bur. Old Burial Ground on Ridge Road one mile east of Knauertown, South Coventry Twp., Chester Co., Pa., 18 Feb. 1777, rec. Falckner Swamp; m. 10 April 1749 Margaret Elizabeth Wartman [records Luth. Church, New Hanover, Pa.]; inherited land in East Nantmeal Twp., Chester Co., from his father.
  • John [not John Henry], b. 13 August 1727; d. 24 Jan. 1777; married at Falckner Swamp 17 April 1750 Elizabeth Specht (“Speicht” in records at New Hanover).
  • Benedict, referred to in his will as his youngest son, confirmed at Falckner Swamp the Sunday after Easter 1746; d. after 1753.
  • Catherine, confirmed 1746; m. Falckner Swamp Lutheran Church [Pennsylvania Archives, 2nd ser., 8:623] 24 May 1748 Johannes Greiner (or John Gryner).
  • Julianna, confirmed 1746; d. young; married Valentine Smith.
  • Barbara, married Conrad Specht.
  • An unknown daughter who predeceased him, who had been the wife of Hermanus Sassemanhausen. (Was this woman the same as Anna Maria, born 1722, died 1745? Maybe the Falckner Swamp church records can shed light?) [14]

Philip Beyer’s will, dated 21 April 1753 and proved May 28, 1753, is on file at Philadelphia Will Book K, 79. The will names his wife Elisabeth; children John [not John Henry], Michael, Benedict, Elizabeth, Catherine and Barbary; Grandchildren Magdaline, John and Valentine Smith; Son-in-Law: Manonous Sansmans [i.e. Hermanus Sassemanhausen]; Executors, his son John and John Gryner, Jr. Others mentioned (but the abstract does not include the relationship) were: Elias Dagly, John Titerryne and John Sands.[15]

Other men named Philip Beyer in Pennsylvania before 1740:

There were probably three other men named Philip Beyer or similar in Pennsylvania at the time.

One of them, Johann Philip Beyer (1717-abt.1781), wrote his will in Lebanon, Lancaster County on April 5, 1781 (proved May 1, 1781). He was probably the 20-year-old on the list of passengers of the Winter Galley, Edward Paynter, Master, which sailed from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, where the passengers qualified 5 Sept. 1738 [Strassburger and Hinke].

The second man [see profile at John Philip Beyer (1710-1768), needs updating] warranted land on July 23, 1747 and January 4, 1749 in what was then Bern, Berks County and is now Centre Township. He may have been the 29-year-old Philip Beyer on the 1738 Winter Galley, but more research is needed.

The third Philip Beyer (no profile found) arrived on the Pennyslvania Merchant in 1731 with Christophel, Andreas, Marguerite and Maria Beyer (adults), and Hendrik, Jerick and two girls named Catrina Beyer (children under 16). That man was more likely to be related to the others on the ship, the men thought to be Johann Christoph Beyer (abt.1677-aft.1751) and his son Andreas (Beyer) Bayer (1709-1778), who settled in Upper Salford, Montgomery County. But no information has been found in Pennsylvania yet that seems definitely related to him.


  1. P. William Filby, editor. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Research, 2010. (Gale Research. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [online publication], Provo, Utah: Operations, Inc., 2010).
  2. Ronald V. Jackson, Accelerated Indexing Systems, compiler. Pennsylvania Census, 1772-1890 [online publication], Provo, Utah: Operations Inc., 1999. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  3. Fox, Cyrus T. Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania, a history. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1925. (Note: Biographical sketches comprise last part of v. 2 and all of v. 3.) ( Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania, a History [online publication], Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).
  4. Edmund West, compiler. Family Data Collection - Births [online publication], Provo, Utah: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.
  5. Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [online publication], Provo, Utah: Operations Inc., 2004.
  6. Wikitree requires chromosomal information for triangulating DNA of relatives more than 3rd cousins for DNA confirmation which ancestryDNA does not provide. This data provides DNA matching performed with ThruLines of potential relatives and a known descendant's "probe" line
  7. Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971, Electorate of Bavaria, Oppau, Taufen, Konfirm (Uneheliche), Heiraten U Tote 1686-1758, Frame 18 of 296, available on
  8. Lutherisches Tauf, Sterbe und Eheverbündnisbuch Frankenthal 1686-1758, available on film HB 379 at the Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City.
  9. Wright’s Berks County Church Records, Volume 2, ,Page 73].
  10. Pendleton, Philip E. Oley Valley Heritage -- The Colonial Years: 1700-1775. Publications of The Pennsylvania German Society, Vol. XXVIII. 1994.
  11. Pendleton.
  12. Quotation is from an article posted with permission on entitled Boyer, by Carl Boyer.
  13. Boyer, Charles C. American Boyers. Press of the Kutztown Pubishing Company, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. 1915, at [Note: This source contains errors and appears to conflate and confuse various people, but contains a lot of useful information.]
  14. Much of the information in this profile, and in particular on his children, is from an article posted with permission on entitled Boyer, by Carl Boyer.
  15. Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, U.S., Will Index, 1682-1819, available on
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, Source: S364363786 Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current Publication: Operations, Inc. Record Collection 60541. Burial: "U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current", Ancestry Record 60525 #117958175 (accessed 23 March 2022)
    Johann Philip Beyer burial (died on 7 May 1753) in Amityville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States of America.
  • Source: S364363826 Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971, Format: jpg. Palatinate Arms (Before 1742)_40. Format: jpg. 'Falckner Swamp' Lutheran Church Cemetery, New Hanover, Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Format: jpg. Amityville Lutheran Church Cemetery, Berks, Pennsylvania_2.


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Beyer-174 and Beyer-1 do not represent the same person because: Different birth dates and death information. I will try to add information to Beyer-174 soon.
posted by Ann Risso
Ancestry has this will abstract for a man who appears to be him:

Name: Philip Byer;

Role: Decedent;

Residence Place: Amity, Bucks [!] Co.;

Will Date: 21 Apr 1753;

Will Proved Date: 28 May 1753;

Title: Yeoman;

Comments: Byer, Philip. Amity, Co. of Bucks [!]. Yeoman. April 21, 1753. May 28, 1753;

Wife: Elizabeth.

Children: John, Michael, Benedict, Elizabeth, Catherine and Barbary;

Grandchildren: Magdaline, John and Valentine Smith;

Son-in-Law: Manonous Sansmans [i.e. Hermanus Sassemanhausen];

Exec: Son John and John Gryner, Jr.;

Codicil: April 25, 1753;

Page: K:79

Household members:

Barbary Byer, Benedict Byer, Catherine Byer, Elias Dagly, Elizabeth Byer, Elizabeth Byer, John Byer, John Byer, John Gryner, John Sands, John Smith, John Titerryner, Magdaline Smith, Manonous Sansmans, Michael Byer, Philip Byer, Valentine Smith.

"My Ancestry" by Thomas L. Rhoads says this: "John Philip Beyer and his wife Maria Elizabeth came to America from Epstein, Germany in 1724 [!] and settled in Frederick Township, but soon moved to Oley Township, and then to Amity Township (Will Book K, page 79, Philadelphia Court House). Philip Byer was buried at Oley 7 May 1753 (New Hanover Lutheran Church Records).

I added the [!] for information that is surprising...

Can anyone provide a copy of this will recorded in Book K, Page 79? I don't see it in the Berks County will records.

posted by Ann Risso
edited by Ann Risso
Beyer-1 and Baer-1156 appear to represent the same person because: I believe this to be the same person although the spelling of the last name is different, enough other info matches.
posted on Baer-1156 (merged) by Kevin Lausch
Johann Philip Beyer died in one of the pre-French & Indian

War skirmishes. In 1750, British and French representatives met in Paris to try to solve these territorial disputes, but no progress was made. In 1752, the Marquis Duquesne was made governor-general of New France with specific instructions to take possession of the Ohio Valley, removing all British presence from the area.. The following year, 1753, he sent troops to western Pennsylvania where they built forts at Presque Island (Erie) and on the Rivière aux Boeufs (Waterford).

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