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Johannes M. Valentine EPLER (1694-1775) m. Anna Barbara WUSTAR (1702-1775)
s/o Hans Velten EPLER (1661-1739) and Anna Barbara PFEIFFER (1665-1730)
d/o Hans Casper WUSTER (1671-1727) and Anna C ZIMMERMAN (1672-1770)
p/o Maria Barbara EPLER (1732-1809)


22 Aug 1694 Johannes M Valentine EPLER born at Gaiberg, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany [Baden, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms lists his name as well as his parents at Bammental-Reilsheim

13 Sep 1699 Johannes M Valentine EPLER baptized at Balingen u. Endingen, Württemberg, Deutschland (lists Father: Tannß Eppler; Mother Anna Eppler (p.75 (doc)] [Baden, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms: lists parents names]

22 Jan 1702 Anna Barbara WUSTAR born at Hilsbach, Ortenaukreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany [her father was a woodsman]

25 Jan 1702 Anna Barbara WUSTAR baptized at Neckargemünd, Baden, Preußen; lists Father: Hanß Caspar Wüster; Mother: Anna Catharina Wüster

26 Nov 1720 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER and Anna Barbara WUSTAR married at Gaiberg, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany [Baden, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms lists their names at Bammental-Reilsheim [FHL Film Number 1189171 at Evangelisch, Bammental, Heidelberg, Baden]

21 Mar 1721 son Hans Georg EPLER at Geyersberg, Freyung-Grafenau, Bayern, Germany; died 29 Aug 1792 at Bern, Berks, PA; immigrated to Philadelphia, PA on ship
Samuel in 1737

26 May 1723 son Johannes Valentin EPLER at Geyersberg, Freyung-Grafenau, Bayern, Germany; married Margaretha ____; died 13 Nov 1806 Bern, Berks, PA; immigrated to Philadelphia, PA on ship
Samuel in 1737

5 Aug 1725 son John Jacob EPLER at Geyersberg, Freyung-Grafenau, Bayern, Germany; married Magdalena SHENKLE; died 20 Aug 1792 at Bern, Berks, PA; immigrated to Philadelphia, PA on ship
Samuel in 1737; served as private in Capt John Soder’s Co in 1776

2 May 1728 dau Anna Barbara EPLER at Geyersberg, Freyung-Grafenau, Bayern, Germany; died 22 Nov 1729 at Geyersberg, Freyung-Grafenau, Bayern, Germany

23 Apr 1730 son Johann Adam EPLER at Geyersberg, Freyung-Grafenau, Bayern, Germany; died 5 May 1806 at Reading, PA; immigrated to Philadelphia, PA on ship
Samuel in 1737; married Maria Margaret _____

16 Aug 1732 dau Maria Barbara EPLER at Geyersberg, Freyung-Grafenau, Bayern, Germany; married (1) John HEISTER; (2) Johann Christian RUTH in 1750 in Kraiberg, Muhldorf am Inn, Bayern, Germany; died 5 Oct 1809 in Cumre, Berks, PA; immigrated to Philadelphia, PA on ship
Samuel in 1737

1737 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER and Anna Barbara WUSTAR and 5 of their children immigrated to Philadelphia, PA on ship
Samuel. [Wife Anna Barbara Wuster; Son Hans Gorg; Son Johann Valentin; Son Johann Jacob; Son Johann Adam; Daughter Maria Barbara; Daughter Anna Barbara: BURGERT, ANNETTE KUNSELMAN. Eighteenth Century Emigrants from German-Speaking Lands to North America. Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society, 16/19. Birdsboro, PA: The Pennsylvania German Society. Vol. 1: The Northern Kraichgau. 1983. 461p. p.103] [JOHNSON, MRS. ARTA F., editor. "Immigrant Ancestors." In The Palatine Immigrant. Vol. 8:1 (Summer 1982), pp. 20-25; vol. 8:2 (Autumn 1982), pp. 80-87; vol. 8:3 (Winter 1983), pp. 139-144; vol. 8:4 (Spring 1983), pp. 186-191. P.141] [They purchaseda lot of land in Bern Twp. , Berks Co. probably from brother-in-law CASPER WISTAR & wife CATHERINE, of Philadelphia. Their original log home still stands and is incorporated into a much grander stone home in Centre Twp., Berks Co.] [Beside farming the land in Bern Twp (now Centre Twp.) they also owned one of the first lots laid out in the city of READING upon which they built a half-timber style building in which was run an Inn. This was sold in the 19th century to finance the building of a knitting mill by a grandson, Jared Epler]

1738 dau Susanna EPLER at Maxatawny, Berks, Pennsylvania; died 7 Jan 1803 at Bern, Berks, PA; married Rev Johann William BOAS (BOOSE)

13 Mar 1739 son Peter EPLER at Bern, Berks, Pennsylvania; died 30 Aug 1805 at Bern, Berks, PA; married Anna Maria ____ abt 1758 at Bern, Berks, PA

13 Mar 1739 dau Margaretha Barbara EPLER at Bern, Berks, Pennsylvania; died 7 Jan 1803 at Bern, Berks, Pennsylvania; married Weirich Weierle MOSER Rev War on Mar 1757 at Lancaster, PA

1745 “Tulpehocken Church received its Rose Deed conveying 100 ac of land for the consideration of forty pounds and stipulating that a Red Rose be paid annually to Caspar Wistar and his heirs in the month of June. This gave to the congregation the land upon which it had already been built, and bequeathed to it, the beautiful “Feast of Roses” occasion which is held annually the second Sunday in June. Caspar Wistar’s sister Barbara belonged to the congregation and may have contributed to the transaction.” [Moser Wierich Tulp Ch (2)]

28 Mar 1747 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER land warrant #115 for 50 ac at Berre, Lancaster, PA (doc)

22 Jul 1748 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER naturalized at Lancaster, PA

22 Apr 1752 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER land warrant for 8 ac at Berks, PA

26 Oct 1762 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER prepared his own will: EPLER, JOHN, Bern. October 26, 1762 - January 25, 1775. Vol 2- 194. To my 4 sons, Valentine, Jacob, Adam and Peter EPLER, 5 shillings each, they having already rec'd. portions of my estate. To my 4 daus, viz, Margaret, Susanna, Maria Barbara and Anna Barbara, 5 shillings each, they having rec'd. their portions. Remainder to wife Anna Barbara, with full power to dispose of same by will or otherwise. Exrs: wife and son Adam. Letters to Adam, the widow being decd. Wit: Evan REES, Peter ALSTATT, James WHITEHEAD, Jr.

27 Nov 1773 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER witness to will of Philip MACHAMER of Bern: Vol 2- 147. Wife Elizabeth, to carry on the farming business until son Nicholas is 21, when his is to have a deed for it for £500. After provision for wife, remainder of estate is equally divided among other children, viz, Mary wife of Bastian BARLET, Philip, George and Margaret. Philip and George to be put to trades at 16. Exrs: bro-in-law Nicholas SHEFFER and friend Michael FULMAR. Wit: Valentine EPLER, Wm. DAVIS.



25 Jan 1775 Anna Barbara WUSTAR died at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania

15 Feb 1775 Johannes M. Valentine EPLER died at Tulpehocken, Berks, Pennsylvania; Will probated (doc)