This is a portion of the documents that are known to exist, concerning the arrival of our ancestors in the New World. We must express thanks to all those who have labored in this research before us, yet so much is still a mystery.
While there is a decent amount of information surrounding my great, great, great, great grandfather (Peter Dingess Sr.), we have uncovered very little information on the immigration of my wife's family. The following is a portion of this information.

Peter Dingess Sr. & Other German immigrants to Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania


Ship-Francis and Elizabeth, from Rotterdam, 30 August 1743: Hans Ulrich Dinges.


Ship-Edinburgh, from Rotterdam, last from Portsmouth, England, 15 September 1749: Philip Dinges.


Ship-Leslie, from Rotterdam, 7 October 1749: Michael Dinges.


Ship-Dragon, from Rotterdam, last from Portsmouth, England, 17 October 1749: Michael Schmit.


Ship-Osgood, from Rotterdam, 29 September 1750: Johannes Dinges; Michael Shmit; Christoph Shmit.


Ship-Brothers, from Rotterdam, 16 September 1751: J. Peter Dingess and sister.


Indentures: John Matthias Dingas and Anna Catherina Dingasey in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 1772.
"At the courthouse at Philadelphia, Monday, 16 September 1751 present the Worshipful, the Mayor, Thomas York, Esquire, did this day take and subscribe the usual qualifications of J. Peter Dingess. The ship “Brothers,” Captain William Muir, from Rotterdam." Peter Dingess signed the document “J. Peter (X) Dingess.”


Source: Pennsylvania Pioneers - Passenger Lists, Vol. 9041, by Strosshurgeis, page 464.


“ Peter Dingess, about twelve or thirteen years old, along with his parents and sister, left Rotterdam and sailed for America. The parents became ill and died, leaving the two young children orphans in a new land. Not knowing anyone in Philadelphia (some say Baltimore), they were left to roam the streets. Brother and sister became parted and lost touch with one another when they were taken to live with different families. Peter went to live with a merchant in Virginia, and his sister went to live with another family north of her brother’s new home. There has been no further connection with the sister.” This is the story that has been told through the years to the descendants of Peter Dingess. The family also told of pieces of furniture brought from the “Fader Land”, especially a finely finished bureau which was for a long time an heirloom in the family, and a peculiar shaped gourd which was grown in Germany, and used by Peter's son, John, as a powder gourd."


So it has been written of Peter Dingess Sr., and so it has been believed for many years.

William Ballard

*William Ballard Sr. immigrated to Orange County, Virginia, from Larnock, Scotland in 1746-47. It is believed that William was around six years old when he came to America.
Several of William's sons settled in Monroe County, VA (now WV) and at least three of them - Thomas, Philip, and Elijah - moved to Boone County, VA (now WV) in the early 1800's.
This William Ballard is the sixth great grandfather of my wife, Darlene (Mitchem) Dingess.

Mathias Kessinger Sr.


*Mathias Kessinger was born 1735. The place of his birth is unknown, but it is certain that the name is German, some add that it is German-Jewish.

William Griffith


*William Griffith was born 1756 in Wales, or possibly Virginia according to some, so we are inclined to say that both locations are speculative. One thing that we do know, he lived on Brier Creek, in Kanawha County, Virginia, where he died in 1830. This Brier Creek is about forty-five miles from our home, in Lincoln County, West Virginia.


Individuals marked by an * are ancestors of my wife, Darlene (Mitchem) Dingess.