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Johann Dietrich Rudi (abt. 1701 - abt. 1772)

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Johann Dietrich Rudi aka Rudy, Roede
Born about in Reihen, Heidelberg, Baden, Germanymap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married about in Pennsylvaniamap
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Died about in Franconia Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvaniamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 14 Oct 2015 | Last significant change: 16 Dec 2018
20:41: Jim McGuire Jr. edited the Biography for Johann Dietrich Rudi (abt.1701-abt.1772). (Edited biography) [Thank Jim for this]
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Categories: Palatine Migrants.

Johann Rudi was a Palatine Migrant.
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Emigrated to Pennsylvania aboard the ship "William and Sarah" arriving 21 September 1727 at the port of Philadelphia. Moved first to Germantown, then to Upper Salford Township. Johann is believed to have part of the Goshenhoppen church led by the Reformed minister George Michael Weiss. Ship's List show his name written as 'Diederick Roede-1', apparently indicating he had no wife or children with him.

According to Burgert's book, p.302, a Reihen (Germany) Reformed Church record indicates Johannes Dieterich was baptized 1 January 1702, the son of Sebastian Rudi and wife Anna Margaretha.

Appears to be traveling with his uncle's Hans Ernst Rudi family group.

Volume 3 of Strassburger and Hinke shows 1727 signature of [95] Johan Diderich Rudi aboard the ship "William and Sarah" pledging allegiance. The text of that allegiance was:

"We Subscribers, Natives, and late Inhabitants of the Palatinate upon the Rhine & Places adjacent, having transported ourselves and Families into Province of Pensilvania, a Colony subject to the Crown of Great Britain, in hopes and Expectation of finding a Retreat & peaceable Settlement herein, Do Solemnly promise & Engage, that We will be faithful & bear true Allegiance to his present MAJESTY, KING GEORGE THE SECOND and his Successors, Kings of Great Britain, and will be faithful to the Proprietor of this Province; And that we will demean ourselves peaceably to all His said Majesties Subjects, and strictly observe and conform to the Laws of England and of this Province, to the utmost of our Power and best of our understanding".

Johann Dietrich married Anna Margretha Wagner sometime around 1735. Margaret emigrated with her parents, arriving on the ship "Plaisance" in Philadelphia on 21 September 1732. Ship records list Hans Georg (Jurrig) Wagner, age 50; wife Ursula (Orsell) Bar, age 51; son Hans Ulerich Wagner (Villrigg Wagner), age 20; and daughter Margretha, age 15.

According to Burgert's book, p. 415, Dietrich Rudy was a witness to the will of Henry Zirkell in Philadelphia county 10 March 1747. Other witnesses were Joh. Wilhelm Straub, Michael Burge and George Henry Hetzel.

According to Burgert's book, p.302, Dedrick Rudey, of Bucks County, was naturalized in Philadelphia in September 1740.

Margaret Rudi, daughter of Dietrich Rudi, married 20 November 1753, Peter Rebbert, son of Petter Rebeert of Saarbrucken, at the Indianfield Lutheran KB in Montgomery Co., PA.

Dietrich Rudi and wife Margaret were sponsors in 1755 for a child of Philip Zimmer.

Dietrich Rudi and wife (unnamed) were sponsors for the baptism of Magdalena Reppert, daughter of Peter, at the Indian Creek Reformed KB in Montgomery County, PA on 17 September 1758.

Johan Dietrich died around 1768-1772. He and Margaret are both probably buried in Fuhrman’s Cemetery in Franconia Township, in today’s Montgomery Co., Pa. Fuhrman’s Cemetery is located southwest of the Indian Creek Reformed Church. There were 200 burials here between 1730-1790. Fieldstones were used as headstones, some with inscriptions. By 1880, most stones were unreadable.


  • Split out of Ship's list:
  • “Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-speaking Lands to North America, The Northern Kraichgau and The Western Palatinate, by Annette Burgert, The Pennsylvania German Society, 1983.

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On 18 Jan 2018 at 14:57 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

If he immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1727, how did he marry in Baden in 1732?

Johann is 22 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 21 degrees from Katy Jurado and 21 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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