Peter Binggeli

Peter Binggeli (bef. 1704 - 1793)

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Peter Binggeli aka Binkley, Binckele
Born before in Guggisberg, Bern, Switzerlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Steinthal, Alsace, Francemap
Husband of — married in York PAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bethania, Forsyth, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Jan 2013
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Johann Peter Binkley (Binckele, Binggeli) was born March 2, 1704 in Guggisberg, Bern, Switzerland, [1] son of Christen Binggeli and Elsbeth Burri. He was Christened on March 2, 1704 in Guggisberg, Bern, Switzerland. [1]

In his Moravian memoir, Peter said that his father died when he was about 9, and when he was 13 his mother moved to Alsace. [2] [3] He was living with his brother in the Steinthal district of France, sometimes listed as Germany (see notes) when he met and married Anna Maria Werle (born 28 Oct 1704 in Belmont (Alsace) France). [3](1704-1748); They married on 2 Feb 1725 in Alsace, France. [4] [5]They came to America in 1736 on the Princess Augusta. [6] They lived at Warwick (Lititz) and then near York, PA, where Anna Maria died in 1748. [3]

Peter married Anna Margaretha Geiger (1722-1803), widow of Johannes Schemel, in 1749, moved with her to Monocacy, Maryland in 1763, and finally settled near Bethania, Stokes County (now Forsyth), North Carolina, in 1772. He died there on August 3, 1793, survived by 11 of his total of 23 children from the two marriages.[3] [2] He was buried in the cemetery at Bethania Moravian God's Acre in Bethania, (Forsyth County), North Carolina. Grave# 85. [7] His will went into probate in Stokes, North Carolina. [8]

In total, Peter had 23 children, 14 with Anna Maria Werle; [3]:

  1. Marie Salomé Binckele (b. 29 December 1725 in Bellefosse, bapt. 2 January 1726) Waldersbach
  2. Catharina Binckele (b. 1727 d. after 1791) m. George Hönig (d. before 1791), moved to Stoverstown, Virginia.
  3. Peter Binckele (b. 1728) probably died in childhood.
  4. Christman Binckele (b. 1729) probably died in childhood.
  5. Anna Binckele (b. 1731)
  6. Sarah Binckele (1733-1820) m. 1) Leonard Moser (ca. 1714-1782), 2) Edward Nathaniel Bartley;
  7. Margaretha Binckele (1735-after 1791) m. Hans Ulrich Vollenweider (also appears as Wolleweller, Fulwider and Wollewether; lived Augusta Co. VA);
  8. Christina Binckele (b. 1738) m. Caspar Fischer, lived Cumberland TN;
  9. Elizabeth Binckele (b. 1740) probably died in childhood.
  10. Anna Barbara Binckele (b. 1741) probably died in childhood;
  11. Johannes Binckele (b. 1743 d. ca. 1801) m. Johanna Jacobina Lyd/Leedy (1744-?) lived Robertson Co. TN;
  12. Johann Adam Binkley (1744-1837) m. Maria Magdalena Weller (1744-1826), lived Cheatham Co. TN;
  13. unnamed twin infant #1 (b. & d. 1745);
  14. unnamed twin infant #2 (b. & d. 1745).

Children of Peter and Maria Margaretha

  1. Anna Maria Binckele (b. 1745);
  2. Elisabeth Binckele (b. 1749);
  3. Christian Binckele (b. 1751);
  4. John Peter Binckele (b. 1753);
  5. Ann Maria Binckele (b. 1755).
  6. Fredrich Binckele (b. 1757);
  7. Joseph Binckele (b. 1761);
  8. Anna Maria Binckele (b. 1764);
  9. Jacob Binckele (b. 1767). [3]


1704 Born March 2 in Guggisberg, Canton Bern, Switzerland. [2] [9]
1713 Peter's father dies when he is 9 years old.
1717 His mother moves to Alsace, France.
1718 Peter's goes to live with his brother.
1721 Peter leaves his brother's household takes up the trade of shoemaker, but almost immediately quits to become a driver for an innkeeper.
1724 He marries Anna Maria Werley and settles in the Steinthal District. He and Anna Maria stayed there for 12 years.
1725 Daughter Maria born. (Child #1)
1727 Daughter Catharina born. (2)
1728 Son Peter born. (3)
1729 Son Christman born. (4)
1731 Daughter Anna born. (5)
1733 Peter is struck by lightning. Daughter Sarah born. (6)
1735 Daughter Margaretha born. (7)
1736 He and Anna Maria emigrate to America. [6] Where they settle in Warwick, Pennsylvania. [3] [2]
1738 Peter and Anna Maria move on to Codorus, near Yorktown. Daughter Christina born. (8)
1740 Daughter Elizabeth born. (9)
1741 Daughter Anna Barbara born. (10)
1743 Son Johannes born. (11)
1744 Son Johann Adam born. (12)
1745 Twins born, neither survived. (13 & 14)
1748 Wife Anna Maria Werle dies.
1749 Peter marries the widow Maria Margaretha Schemel, née Geiger. Daughter Elisabeth born. (1st child with Maria Margaretha; 15th overall)
1750 Peter joins the Moravians; he receives a land grant for 150 acres of land in Codorus, York, Pennsylvania. [10]
1751 Son Christian born. (2; 16)
1753 Son John Peter born. (3; 17)
1755 Daughter Anna Maria born. (4; 18)
1757 Son Fredrich born. (5; 19)
1761 Son Joseph born. (6; 20) [11]
1763 Moves to Monocacy, MD. Unnamed infant born (7; 21)
1764 Daughter Anna Maria born. (8; 22)
1767 Son Jacob born. (9; 23) [3]
1772 Sells property in Monocacy and moves to Wachovia, three miles from Bethania, NC. [2] [3]
1793 Peter died August 20. [2] [3]

Research Notes

  • He is consistently called Peter in the many church records that refer to him, never Johann Peter. We believe that Johann was introduced into a 20th century family history or compilation of records, and have therefore removed it as part of his birth name.
  • "Born in Guckensberg, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, March 2, 1704, son of Christian Binckele, who died there in 1713. In 1724 Peter married Anna Maria Werley, (Died in 1748)." [11]
  • The Steintal District of Alsace has at times been a part of Germany, but was at that time, and is now, part of France. Hennings-109 11:02, 6 June 2016 (EDT)
  • Guggisberg is sometimes spelled Guckensberg in the records.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Guggisberg KirchenBuch (Church Book) #5, Page 110.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Fries, Adelaide L., Dr., trans., Memoir of Brother Peter Binkele, Bethania Church Book, Salem Moravian Archives.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Moran, Faye Jarvis; Harris, Elizabeth. The Jarvis Family and Other Relatives: The Binkley Family : accessed on 4 May 2016 by Julie Ricketts.'
  4. Waldersbach KirchenBuch (Church Book) #1, page 30
  5. Waldersbach KirchenBuch (Church Book) #1, page 99
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rupp, I. Daniel. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727-1776. Philadelphia: IG. Kohler, 1876. Print. Page 103.
  7. Find A Grave Memorial# 8848731
  8. Wills and estate papers, Peter Binkley; (Stokes County, North Carolina), 1775-1971; Author: North Carolina. Division of Archives and History; Probate Place: Stokes, North Carolina
  9. Records of the First Moravian Church, City of York, York County, Pennsylvania, 1758-1800. Birth: Kuckischberg, Berne, Switzerland, 2 March 1704,
  10. Warrant Applications, 1733-1952. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania State Archives. Land Warrants. Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, PA.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Binkley, James Garfield, Dr. Binkley Family. Oklahoma City: Self Published, 1956. Print.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed August 7, 2016), "Record of Peter Binkley", Ancestor # A010272.

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On 21 Sep 2016 at 20:27 GMT Bruce Fosnocht wrote:

I have edited the profiles of the 7 children born to Peter in Bellefosse, France. This was his residence from 1725 to 1735. I have used used the original primary source, which is the church books from the parish of Waldersbach. These records are unassailable, and any other names or birth dates from sources in America must be listed as secondary or alternate data.

I am not familiar enough with Peter's family records in America to do more editing than I have done today. The others who have contributed to the profiles of Peter and his European children should review their own contributions and edit them.

On 20 Sep 2016 at 20:15 GMT Bruce Fosnocht wrote:

It means Guggisberg KB (KirchenBuch) (Church Book) #5, Page 110.

On 19 Sep 2016 at 22:25 GMT Eric Weddington wrote:

In the Sources, what does "Guggisberg KB5/110" mean? Can this be made more descriptive so someone else can verify the data?

The change for this happened here:

On 11 Jul 2016 at 15:50 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

Yay!! I feel like a proud descendant!

On 10 Jul 2016 at 22:53 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:


On 10 Jul 2016 at 01:16 GMT Summer (Binkley) Orman wrote:

Hey managers! Looks like this one is ready for project protection!! Julie, can you do the honors???? All merges have been completed!

On 5 Jul 2016 at 02:29 GMT Bruce Fosnocht wrote:


The only one true and primary source for the first 8 children of Peter is the church book of Waldersbach. It's available on LDS film 0785133, and it's available (for free, but on a French language web site). I gave that information to Elizabeth Harris some time ago, and I think she plans to access that site when time allows. Elizabeth also should have access to the records of the First Moravian Church of York, PA for the next bunch of children, and then the records of the Moravian Community & congregation of Graceham MD. These 2 sources are the closest thing to primary records for the rest of Peter's children.These sources must be used to obtain the correct names, birth dates, and baptism dates of Peter's children. Elizabeth knows these sources, and is working on these children.

On 6 Jun 2016 at 03:55 GMT Julie (Fiscus) Ricketts wrote:

Binckele-13 and Binggeli-7 appear to represent the same person because: I wasn't sure why these hadn't been proposed as a merge yet under the Binkley Name Study ... they are duplicates, and Binggeli is the correct last name.

On 29 May 2016 at 16:26 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

Binggeli-18 and Binggeli-7 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife (although her profile needs to be merged into Werle-13). Please keep all the data and links from Binggeli-18 in the merged profile.

On 29 May 2016 at 14:05 GMT Elizabeth (Holder) Harris wrote:

Binggeli-18 and Binggeli-13 appear to represent the same person because: Clearly the same person. Binggeli-18 is a much more complete profile, and the data from that one should be kept.

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