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With the intermarried families of Arnold, Bess, Byrd, Cansler, Carlock, Carpenter, Costner (Kestner), Davis, Freeman, Friday, Gantt (Gaunt, Ghent), Green, Hahn, Henkel, Hoffman, Hovis, Huffstetler, Jones, Klein, Lineberger (Leinberger), Mendenhall, McIntosh, Nesbitt, Payne, Patton, Peel, Peeler, Porter, Ramsour, Reinhardt, Rhyne, Reynolds, Robinson, Rudisill,

Shuford, Summey, Smith, Thompson, Wells,

Warlick, Weidner and Wilfong.

Compiled by


1954 Crescent Avenue Charlotte, North Carolina

Published by


Shelby, North Carolina

and Others


Copyright by

Elizabeth Hoyle Rucker


Printed in U. S. A. by The Tuttle Publishing Company, Inc. Rutland, Vermont

Mrs. Elizabeth Hoyle Rucker, Compiler (No. 5437), Charlotte, N. C








7 dedicate this volume to the loving memory of my dear father

Reverend Maxwell Humphrey Hoyle

who had collected much data and for love of whom I have written this book and to his youngest sister

Frances Osborne Hoyle Thompson

who helped me more than any other one person


I gratefully acknowledge my indebtedness to the following genealogical works, from which I have procured help on certain families: Julius Hoyle Shuford’s Shuford Book; J. W. Peeler’s Peeler Book; Reverend S. M. Ran¬ kin’s Rankin & Wharton Families; Mr. Shull’s Shull Book; L. M. Hoff¬ man’s Our Kin; The Henkel Memoriams; Gilbert E. Swope’s History of the Swope Family & Their Connections (1678-1896); Zella Armstrong's Notable Southern Families, and M. P. Carlock’s History of the Carlock Family.

Help was secured from the State Library at Raleigh, N. C.; The Con¬ gressional Library of Washington, D. C.; from Libraries at Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Genealogical Departments; from Dr. Walter Moller of Darmstatt, Germany, and from Dr. Louis de Boyer of Holland; from the Curator of the British Museum in London, England, and from the two German Genealogical Handbooks of the Heil, Heyl families, compiled by Dr. Jur Bernhardt Koerner, and published by C. A. Stark, Gorlitz, Germany.

Throughout the book there are frequent mentions of some member of the Clan who has helped me; these are found under the data they contrib¬ uted and have a star by their names.

Harbor of Rotterdam from which most of the Emigrant Ships left from which the ship Robert and Alice sailed carrying Feiter and Catherine Dales Heyl to America where they landed in Philadelphia, Penn., Sept. 11, 1738.


By Rev. Nicholas Snethen Ogburn, Jr.

There are trees, and there are family-trees.

Some, who like trees, care not a whit for the family-tree; it bears knotty fruit; gaudily attracts too much attention. The only tree in the Garden that went wrong was the family-tree. Some folks won't have one on the premises !

Still, there are others who like the family-tree, and call it good. They say God made it. They try to keep it good in spite of outlaws and in-laws!

Only God can make a good family-tree.

Some think He is still making good ones; well-rooted, wide-girthed, sky-scraping, cracking their jokes to the ice and snow, and shaking with laughter as tho little winds tickle their sides ! They may be pardoned pride in their height looking down on a whole forest of great-great -great grand- shoots; look closely and you’ll find mistletoe and little birds among the branches ; look long and your hunger will be satisfied !

A Great Family-tree!

We stand at its foot and thank the Great Forester! We thank Him for the brave young branches with the air of the stratosphere in their nostrils ; we thank Him and dedicate ourselves to the ideals of those older branches who when blown down at last by merciless storms, fell nobly “leaving a vacant place against the sky.”

Nikolai Kirche (Church) in Spandau, a suburb of Berlin in which Jurgen Heyl (George Hoyl), m. Gertraut Buschler Sept. 21, 1597.

Jurgen Heyl was the great great grandfather of our “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl.


11 Love is a driving force, and by this force have I been driven .”

“Such a monument as this/’ says Daniel Webster, “is always the result of the widest cooperation; each individual bringing his sheaf to the general storehouse.”

Space will not permit the mention of all by name, who have given of their time and interest however, there are some ten whom I must mention.

My first cousins, Zolliecoffer J. Thompson of Shelby, N. C., and his twin brother, Dr. Chivis Thompson, Hugo, Oklahoma, who are responsible for the publication of this book.

In securing data outside our immediate family, Mrs. Homer V. Jones of Norcross, Ga., and Mrs. Helena Jones Bell, of 3667 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Ga., stand first. In securing dates, Jesse W. Warlick of Hickory, N. C., and Howard Reedy Thompson of Gastonia, N. C., gave me access to the Lincoln and Gaston County Records of Marriage Bonds. Mrs. Martin Carpenter, of Maiden, N. C., has searched many old wills, and cemeteries in many places, and turned over to me her valuable findings.

My brother, J. L. Hoyle, C. P. A., has “audited” my number system, and suggested the use of the inside parenthetical number, which no genealo¬ gist has yet used, and my sister, Mrs. Maude Shuford Hoyle Ogburn, home on a furlough with her family, from Kobe, Japan, has revised and advised; her help is inestimable. She has most generously given of her time on her vacation her furlough to America. I must mention my ever patient and untiring typist, Miss Helene Ahrens, a little Catholic friend of mine.

Many others will find grateful recognition under the data they have so kindly given me, and one and all are here thanked in behalf of the whole Heyl Hoyl Hoyle family for their beautiful, sympathetic cooperation, and their valuable contributions.

Our Name

Our German name Heil, Heyl, Heill is of obvious meaning: to hail, to call, to greet; health, happiness, prosperity.

When we came South we were surrounded by English people, who called us “Hoyl.” My father said the “e” should never have been added. It is said that “Politician Peter” Hoyks family added the “e” about 1830 to 50; be that as it may, the first name I have found spelled with an “e” was “Poli¬ tician Peter” Hoyl’s son, Michael Hoyle III, in a will, in East Tennessee, in 1822 Many of the families have never added the “e.”

Dr. Andrew Felix Hoyl left East Tennessee in 1849, and went to Chile, S. A., in 1855, and his family has never added the “e.” Judge John Hoyl’s


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family in East Tennessee have only used the “e’ for the past few years. The business records of the “Rich Andrew" Hoyl are filed in Gastonia, N. C., and his name is always signed “Andrew H-o-y-l.” His Will is also signed H-o-y-l.

We know the family existed about 1100, for in the year, 1189, one Heil, Heyl man fought with Frederick Barbarossa of Germany to be more exact, of Swabia, and with Richard the Lion Hearted of England, in the 3rd Great Crusade into Palestine.

Later, Dec. 5, 1335, we find the family in Bavaria. One Ritter Beringer Heilo led many of the battles at that time, fighting under Louis V, Emperor of Bavaria.

“Ritter” is the German for knight , corresponds to “Marquis” of France. The record of our family is very incomplete for about two hundred years; only a record of battles, with only one interesting incident.

Ritter Beringer Heilo captured Margrave Ludwig and held him for a ransom. Margrave Ludwig, to gain his freedom, gave to Beringer Heil (Heilo) the city of Beisenthal and its revenue, with the consent of the Em¬ peror. The revenue of this city went to the Heyl family as long as Feudalism existed in Europe.

We next find, in 1560, in Spandau, near the present city of Berlin, two brothers, Jurgen Heil (Heyl) and his brother, Peiter Heil (Heyl). There was a plague in Spandau and everybody who could not get away, died. To stop the Plague, the city was burned church records and everything, no matter how valuable. These brothers were separated, Peiter Heyl going to Wies¬ baden, near the Palatinate, which had the famous University of Heidelburg as its capital, where he most probably had many relatives; Jurgen (George) Heil remained in Spandau, and was married there in Nikolai Kirche (church) to Gertraut Buschler, on Sept. 21, 1597.

The brothers, after several years, found they were spelling their names differently one of them was Peiter Heyl of Wiesbaden, and his brother was Jurgen Heil of Wilsnach they wished to spell the name alike both changed, one not cognizant of what the other had done. When it was found out, they let it go. Jurgen’s great grandson, Johannes Heyl, became the stam- vater of the Berlin family of Heyls, while Adam Heyl, a younger brother of Johannes, went from Berlin to Weisbaden about 1700, and in 1704, married Nancy Leister of Hessen Nassau on the Rhine.

this was a short time after Louis XIV had so cruelly and ruthlessly destroyed the Palatinate (1685), and the homeless Palatines were wandering hither and thither some in Belgium, some in Holland, some into northern Germany, and some even returning to the Palatinate.

“the Palatinate in Southwestern Germany was a province ruled over by a Prince having certain royal prerogatives and called a “Count Palatine.” 1 his prince, as lord of his domain, exercised royal power, held imperial pres¬ tige, and reigned in surroundings of regal splendor. Lying just west of the Rhine, between Mainz and Karlsruhe, it is one of the choicest, richest and

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most fertile realms in all Europe. It was then, and ever since has been the coveted pearl of great price in that undulating borderland between France

and Germany. Old Heidelburg was the abode of proud Princes and Princes7 sons.77

One result of the Thirty Lears’ War which concerns our sketch, was that Alsace and other considerable tracts of the Phine "V alley were ceded to France. Since before Christ was born, this territory was German. When Caesar crossed the Alps in 55 B. C., this was German territory. He found the formidable Suevi, Swabians, Swopes.

Many of these refugee Palatines, with their ministers, went into Eng¬ land. Queen Anne had lists of these refugees made and filed in the British Museum in London— I wrote to the Curator of the Museum, in 1935, and he assures me that these lists are still on file. I had Miss Phina Shroeder, of this Museum, make a search for Adam Hoyl, thanks to Forest Lutz of Shelby our cousin.

It is interesting to know that, today, there are some twenty families of Heils in Wiesbaden listed in the telephone directory (1936). They are prominent people; one Mr. Heil has written a history, used in their schools, and had been for many years curator of the public parks and museums of the city, and when he died, a monument was erected, by public subscription, in his memory. If you go to Wiesbaden, you will find this life-size marble statue in the largest park of this famous spa.

Hon. R. L. Carlock of Fort Worth, Texas, says: “When I was travelling in Europe, in the summer of 1927, I spent a week at Wiesbaden, a city of over one hundred thousand population. It was my pleasure to see this im¬ posing statue of my distinguished and unknown relative in this far-away German City, and while gazing at the strong, manly features portrayed in marble, I could not help but feel a thrill of pride that the ancestral Hoyl stock was still capable of producing worthy and distinguished representa¬ tives.77

Several years ago, very soon after my father’s death, March 24, 1908, my mother gave me our father’s papers and asked me to carry on his genea¬ logical work. I knew not where to begin, and while I was trying to get my bearings, a Woman’s Home Companion, of July, 1904, fell into my hands, open at the article on page 12, about the Quinquennial meeting of the Inter¬ national Council of Women, meeting in Berlin, Germany. I glanced at the interesting pictures of Mrs. Mary Wood Swift of San Francisco, President of the Council in the United States; the Countess of Aberdeen of Scotland, ex-President of the International Council; Mrs. May Wright Sewell of Indianapolis, President of the International Council in 1904, Susan B. Anthony and Frau Hedwig Heyl , Chairman of the Local Committees on Arrangements at this Berlin Quinquennial I knew this was our name in Germany. On reading the Article, I found she was the wife of the Imperial Councillor of Commerce, usually occupied with domestic science, but during the convention serving in the arduous position of Chairman of local com¬ mittees on arrangements. The presence of feminine members of the royal families, furthermore, added eclat to this intellectual convocation.

I wrote to Frau Hedwig Heyl she sent my letter to her husband’s nephew, Dr. Jur Bernhardt Koerner (whose mother was Auguste Heyl),


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who in 1907 had published two volumes (Numbers 10 & 13) of the Heyl family in Berlin and Wiesbaden, Germany. There were, in 1911, only twenty families of the Empire written up— we have two books of the twenty. Dr. Jur Bernhardt Koerner wrote to Frau Hedwig Heyl and said: Dear Aunt Hedwig: They are our very own Heyls. Why could I not have gotten in touch with them before publishing my books?” This was written m German, so I am translating it. Frau Hedwig wrote me and enclosed his

letter to her. He also wrote me.

By means of Volume 13, I found Pioneer Peiter Heyl s ancestors. My father knew that “Pioneer Peiter’s” father was Adam, and had the date of his birth. I found Adam with exactly same date and “lost sight of. The given names are identically like ours of the first, second and third genera¬ tions.

Frau Hedwig Heyl was very prominent during the World War— and was in several Magazine Articles termed “The Best Known Woman in Ger¬ many Today.” In connection with her Domestic Science Programs, she and the Empress had tea together every Friday afternoon, and made plans for the following week.


About the first of June, 1934, Cousin Helena Jones Bell, of Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Ga., sent me the following clipping:

“Died— Hedwig Crusemann Heyl, 8J+, ‘Hindenburg of the Kitchen,’ pioneer Gevman f eminist and kindevgavten sponsor in Berlin. When her husband died in 1889, she amazed her friends by assuming manage¬ ment of his Charlottenburg dye works, ran it efficiently until her sons came of age; wrote Germany’s most popular cook book, The A.B.C. of the Kitchen.’

From Frau Hedwig I learned of these two Genealogical Handbooks of the Heyl family, which I procured. From the Handbook, No. 13, 1 found that after this fearful plague in Spandau, two brothers, Peiter Heil (Heyl) and Jurgen Heil (Heyl) were found. I have not made any effort to trace Peiter Heil (Heyl) b. about 1558 (he went to Weisbaden), but I have traced Jurgen Heil (Heyl) I, b. about 1560, down to the present our line.

Our Adam Heyl (“Pioneer Peiter” HeyPs father) was a great grandson of Jurgen Heil (Heyl) I, who married, in Nikolai Kirche, Spandau, Germany, Gertraut Buschler, Sept. 21, 1597. (See Picture of church on P. 13, where Jurgen Heyl I was married.)

During Martin Luther’s Reformation, our family, as well as most of the inhabitants of the Palatinate, became Protestant. Henry I\ of Navarre, a Protestant, became King of France and married Margaret, the daughter of the wicked Catherine de Medici. You remember, she was responsible for the horrible massacre of the Protestants that took place on St. Bartholo¬ mew’s Day. Henry, as a Protestant, established two cities as places of refuge for the Protestants when persecuted La Rochelle and Nantes.

After Henry IV’s death, when his son, Louis XIII, came to the throne, he and Richelieu took the city of La Rochelle and drove ‘many French Protestants (Huguenots) out of France. The Huguenots fleeing, went into the German Palatinate, and were protected.

Frau (Mrs.) Hedwig Heyl of Berlin By whose help I got in touch with our German ancestors.

Peiter Heyl and His Descendants


Because of this protection given the Protestants, Louis XIII fought the Prince of the Palatinate for thirty years, from 1618-1648, did much damage, but did not devastate the country. When Louis XIV came to the French throne, with his impetuous youth and belief in the Divine Power of Kings, he revoked the Edict of Nantes, 1685, and persecuted more rigorously than ever the French Protestants, who again fled into the German Palatin¬ ate. To punish the Palatines for protecting the French Huguenots, Louis XIV decided to devastate the beautiful Palatinate, the garden spot of Europe its very beauty and fertility were its fatal gifts. No other region in the world has been subjected to so many destructive military campaigns. The Rhine Valley has been the pathway of civilization in Europe, and hence the roadway of its greatest struggles.

Louis XIV burned and utterly destroyed nineteen cities. The Palatines were given three days to get out of their country. Let Lord Macauley tell the sad story in his brilliant style :

“The French commander announced to near a half million human beings that he granted them three days to get out of the Palatinate. Even the roads and fields, which then lay deep in snow, were blackened by innumer¬ able multitudes of men, women and children flying from their homes. Many died of cold and hunger, but enough survived to fill the streets of all the cities of Europe with refugees who had been thriving farmers and shop¬ keepers. The work of destruction began. The flames went up from every market place, every hamlet, every parish church, every country-seat within the devoted provinces. The corn fields were plowed up ; the orchards were hewn down. Not a vine, not an almond tree was to be seen on the sunny hills round what had once been Heidelburg. No respect was shown to palaces, to temples, to monasteries, to infirmaries, to beautiful works of art, to monuments of the illustrious dead! The far-famed castle of the Elector Palatine was turned into a heap of ruins. The hospital was sacked. The provisions, the medicines, the pallets on which the sick lay, were destroyed. The very stones on which Mannheim was built, were flung into the Rhine! The magnificent Cathedral of Spires perished, and with it the marble sepul¬ chre of eight Caesars. The coffins were broken open; the ashes scattered to the winds. Treves, with its fair bridges, its Roman baths and amphi¬ theaters, its venerable churches, convents and colleges were doomed to the same fate, but Louis XIV was stopped by the execrations of all the neigh¬ boring nations. Louis XIV relented, and Treves was spared ! This occurred in 1689

In the midst of these events, the first emigration “en masse” from the European continent took place. Adam Heyl had gone to Wiesbaden about 1700 and married, Sept. 4, 1704, Nancy Leister, of Hessen-Nassau on the Rhine, near Wiesbaden, which town, Dr. Walter Moller, a genealogist of Darmstadt, Germany, assures me was not injured by Louis XIII or XIV. He also assures me that Adam Heyl was not buried in Wiesbaden. In May and June, 1708-9, about 5000 Germans from the Rhine were camping in tents at St. Catherine, in the suburbs of London, England. These tents were provided by Queen Anne, a cousin of the Count Palatine, who was most kind to these refugees. Queen Anne did all she could for these unfortunate Palatines. There may have been some selfishness in her good-


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ness for she said: “I want in my American Colonies these industr ious, thrifty, intelligent, sober, land-loving, God-fearing people. By October eir number had increased to 13,000. They had been driven from the Palatinate .

Adam Heyl’s son, Jurgen Heyl IV, came to America in 1732, and .his descendants spell the name “Heil.” They are in the North. '‘Pioneer Peiter Heyl (Jurgen’s brother) came Sept. 11, 1738, landing in Philadelphia, Penn¬ sylvania, and took the following oath, which was required after 1727:

“We subscribers, natives and late inhabitants of the Palati¬ nate upon the Rhine and places adjacent, having transported ourselves and families into the provinces of Pensilvania, a colony subject to the crown of Great Britain, in hopes and expectation of finding a retreat and peaceable settlement therein do solemnly promise and engage that we will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His present Majesty,

King George II 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 Majesty’s subjects , and strictly observe and conform to the Laws of England and of this Province, to the utmost of our vower and best of our understanding.

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Two years hence, in 1938, it will have been two hundred years since “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl landed in America, and his family is now numbered by the thousands, and we hope to erect a monument to him placed with¬ in the square at Dallas, Catawba County, N. C., or at the old Heyl home, three miles east of Dallas, or at Grace German Reformed Church near New¬ ton, Catawba County, where we think “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl is buried, and we wish every family of the Clan to be represented at our Reunion in 1938.

Our family is in every state of the Union, in Japan, Mexico, Alaska and South America. In 1938, we wish as many of the Clan as possible to be at this Peiter Heyl Reunion, and we wish every living member of the Clan to contribute to this monument, so that you will feel a peisonal in¬ terest in it, and in this interesting old Home.

Senator Carl Thompson of Shelby, N. C. has been appointed to plan for the monument, and all contributions will be sent to him. He will appoint his committees, and plan as he sees fit. He is a son of b ranees Osborne Hoyle Thompson of Shelby, N. C., dau. of Noah Hoyle, son of Rev. Jacob Hoy], son of Lieutenant John Hoyl, who was the youngest son of “Pioneer Peiter1’ Heyl.

I have been asked often how I have been able to find some 20,000 names and addresses scattered over the entire United States, Japan, Mexico, Alaska and South America. Everyone who wrote, and most of them did, told me of some one else. This quest for lost persons, and forgotten an¬ cestors has been more exciting and interesting than any detective story Sherlock Holmes ever wrote! Every day has brought letters. It has, indeed, been an arduous task, but a thrillingly pleasant one.

A genealogical work is never complete, and the compiler wishes you, each, to keep accurate records in the hope that later every family pedigree

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may be completed, and every lost member found, so the book can be re¬ printed fifty years hence, and carried up to date.

If the History of Peiter Heyl and his Descendants gives as much pleasure to its readers as the compilation of it has brought to the compiler, its com¬ plete success may be considered assured.

There will be errors in the names and in the dates, but in the compila¬ tion of a book this size, such cannot be helped. I submit it as it is.

With every good wish for you and every other Hoyl even unto the end of the world.

Elizabeth Hoyle Rucker



1. Please read the Introduction carefully.

2. Every one of Peiter Heyl’s descendants is given a number. If there is any data, other than birth and death , that number is brought to the mar¬ gin in consecutive order, and the name and data recorded.

Under Peiter Heyl, his oldest son is Jacob Hoyl I, number 1.

I Jacob Hoyl, and then his children with their numbers.

Peiter Heyl’s eighth child, Sarah Heyl, died young, hence her number “8” is never brought to the margin.

In tracing any name back to Peiter Heyl, you must be guided by the inside number, given always in parenthesis, with every name as it comes to the margin. For instance, if the marginal number is 6407, the inside number is 1950; referring back to marginal number 1950, the inside number is 419; referring back to marginal number 419, the inside number is 76; referring back to marginal number 76, the inside number is 10; referring back to marginal number 10, the inside number is 1 Jacob Hoyl, oldest son of Peiter Heyl.

The children of each family, naturally, have the same inside number. Therefore, you will find listed under the first name of each new inside number, partial data belonging to that particular family, but for full information you must follow inside numbers straight back to Peiter Heyl.

3. When first cousins marry, which is often the case, the children are listed under the number and name of the parent who comes first; when the other parent’s name comes to the margin, the children are not listed, but you are referred to the first number, for instance : Susannah Hovis (38), married her cousin, Peter Hoyl (55), the children are listed under (38), and when you come to Peter Hoyl (55), you are referred to (38).

Notice the abbreviations below, for these are used all through the book.

b. born d. died

m. married

c. childless


d. s. died single d. y. died young dau. daughter bur. buried

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1. JURGEN HEYL ^ Brothers

These two brothers were found in Spandau, a suburb of Berlin, Germany, about 15b0. Peiter went to the vicinity of Wiesbaden, and we have not traced his line since we descend from Jurgen Heyl (Georg Hoyl), who m. Gertraut Buschler, Sept. 21, 1597, in the Lutheran Church (Nikolai Kirche) of Spandau.

(See picture at front of book.)

Peiter HeiPs descendants are still in Wiesbaden and America, while Jurgen Heyl’s are in Berlin and America.

I. Jurgen Heyl had four children, born at Spandau, Germany:

*1 Michael Heyl I . b 1600.

2 Katrina Heyl . b June 13, 1606.

3 Dorothea Heyl . b Feb. 19, 1609.

4 Jurgen Heyl II . b and d in 1611.

II. * Michael Heyl I m. at Seehausen, Germany, June 25, 1623, Catherine

Winkler , dau. of Martin Winkler. By her he had six children. In 1635 he m. Gertraut Krusemark of Seehausen. On February 7, 1638, he m. Claus Runge of Wilsnach. He d. in 1638.

His children b. at Seehausen:

1 Gertraut Heyl . b Mav

2 Maria Heyl . b Feb.

3 Michael Heyl II . b Apr.

4 Hans Heyl 1 . . b Jan.

5 Petrus Heyl I . b Aug.

*6 Jurgen Heyl III . b Dec.

2, 1624.

3, 1626. 14, 1628. 13, 1630.

6, 1632. 26, 1634.

III.* Jurgen Heyl III b. at Seehausen, Dec. 26, 1634, m. at Wilsnach in 1657, Elsabe Grote, b. Aug. 10, 1637, dau. of Heine Grote of See¬ hausen.

Jurgen Heyl III had four children b. at Wilsnach:

1 Sohn Heyl . b and d in 1662.

2 Johannes Heyl . b Mar. 1, 1670;

d June 17, 1701.

Johannes m. on Oct. 23, 1694, Barbara Maria Leihfeld, dau. of Nicholas Leihfeld (Lehfeld, Leihfeld, Leif eld). He is the staam- vater of the Berlin line, whose children were:

Dorothea Elizabeth . b Aug. 12,

Hans Jurgen . b Jan.


1695. 1699.

Michael III . b Sept. 29, 1701.

3 Magdalen Heyl . b Feb. 25, 1672.

*4 Adam Heyl . b Apr. 14, 1678.

IV. * Adam Heyl b. Apr. 14, 1678, at Wilsnach, left Spandau for Wies¬ baden when he was about twenty or twenty-two years old, and went to join his relatives those of his great uncle Peter, the brother of Jurgen I. He m. Nancy Leister of Nassau on Sept. 4, 1704. Shortly after this, in 1708, the first throng from the Palatinate left Europe for England, and it is most probable that Adam and his wife, Nancy Leister Heyl, went to England at this time. Nancy Leister was b. Aug. 7, 1681 and d. Nov. 4, 1754. Adam d. April 8, 1762.


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His children . ,

1 SolmHeyL . "ib May 14,. 1708.

2 Nancy Heyl . b May 14 1710;

came to America, bept. 11, k 171^

4 Katherine Heyl . ^ 1717 -

5 Jiirgen Heyl IV. . . - ' in the ship “Dragon” of

London. Master Charles Hargrave fr0™ Name^of

mouth, one Hans George Heill (see Rupp. 30,000 iNames oi

^J^genTv'm^possfblyfa Conrad (f) and had a son Philip, b 1733, Sa son Jacob, b. 1735, a son Peter, Frederick, Jurgen and

°Tam tracing only Peiter Heyl and his descendants.

V * Peiter Heyl— Adam’s second son, b. May 14, 1710, m. Catherine Dales on April 7, 1730. We know that he came to America in the ship “Robert and Alice” of Dublin, Walter Goodman, Commander, landing in America on Sept. 11, 1738, and at once took the oath of allegiance to

George n,^Kmg^of^England.^ ^ ^ ^ 0f mmigrantS with whom Peiter Heyl p to America If you will write to Miss Jessica Ferguson, State Library,

Harrisburg, Pa., for fifty cents she will send you JgJg

Goodman’s List, sworn to on Sept. 11, 1738— ship Kobert ana Alice

Peiter Heyl is the thirtieth on this list.)

The English Quakers of Pennsylvania resented so many Germans coming into Pennsylvania, and demanded in 1727, that the Government require from all newcomers an oath of allegiance to the English King, George II. For this we are most grateful, else we could not have such definite recor s

Catherine Dales was b. April 10, 1714 and d. April 7, . 1787. Peiter Hey

d Nov 1 1761. Both “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl and his wife, Catherine Dales

were supposed to have been bur. on the old Peiter Heyl estate till recently. Now we think it very probable that they were bur. at old Grace German Reformed and Lutheran Church where their son, Lieut. John Hoyl and wile, and John’s children and grandchildren many of them are bur.

After Peiter Heyl d., his son, Lieut. John, lived at the old Heyl home lor several years, and John’s son Andrew, called for distinction “Rich Andrew built as said elsewhere, a very beautiful home for that day. It is still stand¬ ing and the workmanship it exhibits is very extraordinary. This Andrew Hoyl, a grandson of the “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl, built a very high— about five feet wall around a private burying ground for his family. The wall is fully two feet thick and has a tall wrought-iron gate at the enti ance.

I think, and others of the family agree with me, that Andrew who evidently wished to preserve the graves of his family— all are marked with tall marble tombstones— would have marked the graves of his grandparents, if they had been bur. on this estate. This graveyard was used first in 1790 something, and Lieut. John did not die till 1822, so the logical thing to be done was to carry his body the distance of a city block, across the highway, and bury him with his son Andrew’s family. Instead, Lieut. John s body was carried about fifty miles to this old German Church Cemetery in now

Catawba County, near Newton, N. C. Why?

P S Tiist as our book is finished, we find that Lieut. John Hoyl died in what was then Rutherford County, now' Cleveland, near Nobb (Knob) Creek Post Office, about four miles north of Belwood, sixteen miles north of Shelby, N. C., twenty-five or more miles to Grace


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Letter From Philadelphia, Penn., August 5, 1911

PIONEER PEITER HEYL His Children and Grandchildren

Pioneer Peiter Heyl b. May 14, 1710 d. 1761 m. 1730

Catherine Dales b. April 10, 1714 d. April 7, 1787


1. Jacob Hoyl m. Jan. 29, 1754

Elizabeth Brooks Had 3 children:




2. Andrew Hoyl went back to Maryland

3. Katrina Hoyl m. about 1750 Bostian Bess ’Had 13 children:

4. Michael Hoyl II, b. Jan. 12, 1732

m. Margaret Dellinger Had 10 children:

5. Elizabeth Hoyl m. George Hovis II Had 9 children:


6. Mary Hoyl m. John Henry Wittenbough Had 11 children:



John (Lieut.) Hoyl I, b. June 1, 1740 m. Nov. 17, 1763, Margaret Rebecca Costner Had 13 children:










Maria Elizabeth




Peter Hoyl II











George Hovis III



















1. Peter Hoyl III

2. Mary

3. Margaret

4. Andrew II

5. Elizabeth

6. John II

7. Susannah

8. Jacob

9. Adam

10. David I

11. Frances

12. Solomon

13. Sarah

8. Sarah* Hoyl d. young and s.


Peiter Heyl and His Descendants


I feel sure the reason for this long journey, with no roads, and the diffi¬ culties of travel, was made that he might be bur. by his father, “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl; for this same reason, Lieut. John’s son, the Rev. Jacob Hoyl, my great grandfather, was carried from Belwood, Cleveland County, a distance of probably 25 miles, to be bur. also at Grace Church Cemetery. Furthermore, there are four or five graves at Grace Church, next to Lieut. John’s grave, that are very old and were marked by soap-stone rocks for “Pioneer Peiter” d. in 1761.

My brother, J. Lee Hoyle, Walter Hoyle of Newton, and I drove out to this quaint old Church, and searched very diligently to see if we could find “Pioneer Peiter’s” grave; finally, Walter Hoyle pulled up a stone which had been at the head of some grave, and on the under side, which had been bur. in the ground, there was a large capital “P” just where it would have been placed if only the two initials “P. H.” had been used, as was often done at that time. I feel sure that that stone had once marked our Pioneer Ances¬ tor’s grave a life short in years, only about fifty, but long, very long in un¬ usual things accomplished.

As to these dates: Michael Hoyl II was the second son of “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl, and his tombstone says he was b. 1732. Jacob Hoyl I was the oldest son, for when “Pioneer Peiter” Heyl d. intestate, his property accord¬ ing to the old English law which then existed went “en masse” to Jacob, so he must have been b. in 1730.

In proof of this we give the following statement from my father’s genealogical papers just as he copied it from his great-uncle Andrew Hoyl’s German Bible: “This Andrew Hoyl’s uncle Andrew Heyl said: T crossed the ocean in 1738.’

Peiter Heyl and wife lived two years in Pennsylvania, in either Berks or Lancaster County, then in Frederick, Md. for several years. The better land having been taken up, they came South with their possessions packed in covered wagons. Treking south through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, they did not stop. To have come alone into the wilds of this New World would have been very brave, but to come to stay, bringing his possessions, with a wife and eight small children, trusting himself to force the land to yield him and his a living undaunted and unafraid ! His courage awes me.

When he landed in America, North Carolina had just added a fourth County, Bladen, which extended from New Hanover to where the Pacific Ocean might be. One year after Peiter Heyl settled