Amelia Harrison Diehl, of Phila., unm.;
Nicholas Diehl, of Norristown, unm.;
Charles McClenachan Diehl, b., Montgomery co., Jan. 16, 1813; m., Sept., 1846,
Susan Weaver, and removed to Newark, O. ;
Mary Mifflin Diehl, unm.;
Susan Diehl, m. James Hoffman, of Norristown;
Ellen Agnes Diehl, of Norristown, unm.
Tkom.\s Diehl. son of Capt. Nicholas and .Anna Maria (Meyerlin) Diehl, born
April 20, 1776, moved when a young man from Tinicuin Island to Philadelphia,
where he lived many years at southeast corner of Tenth and Filbert streets. He was a
well known and successful merchant, owner of considerable real estate in the city,
and one of the prominent citizens of his day. He died November, 1863, and his
remains are interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Thomas Diehl married, about 1800, Helena, daughter of Leonard and Mar-
garctta (Epplee) Jacoby, of Philadelphia. She died September 7, 1852, and was
buried in her husband's vault at St. John's. Her father. Leonard Jacoby. was a
subscriber to the Philadelphia Dancing Assembly.
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Thomas and Hrlcna (Jacoby) Diehl had issue:
Jacoby Dielil. b. 1802; d. 1820; unni.; "buried June 13, 1820, aged 18 years" (records of
St. John's Church) ;
William Jacoby Diehl, b. May 14, 1805: m. Marianne Fouche;
Anna Margaretta Diehl, b. Nov. i, 1807: d. June 25, 1883; m., Nov. 25, 1833, George
Henderson; of whom later:
-Mary Ann Diehl, b. Jan. 7. 1811; d. April 12, 1895; m.. June i, 1841, Elijah Freeman
Prentiss, of Mass.;
Thomas Diehl, b. Oct. 12, 1812; m. Miss Hampton;
John Nicholas Diehl, b. Jan. 11, 1815: d. 1816; "Buried Feb. 25, 1816, aged i year"
(records of St. John's Church);
Julianne Helena Diehl, b. Aug. 18, 1816; "Buried June 18, 1820, aged 4 years" (records
of St. John's Church) ;
Elizabeth Hester Diehl, b. Sept. 3, 1819; m., Oct. 22, 1846, Joseph Lybrand Stichter, of
Reading, Pa. Mrs. Stichter inherited her grandfather. Nicholas Diehl's sword, and
his commission as Captain, heretofore quoted. Her son, Thomas Diehl Stichter, now
deceased, was a member of Pennsylvania Society, Sons of Revolution, through his
great-grandfather Capt. Nicholas Diehl;
-■\n infant son and dau., twins, bur. Sept. i, 1821, at St. John's Church, no age being
given on the record.
William Jacoby Diehl, son of Thomas and Helena (Jacoby) Diehl, born,
Philadelphia, May 14. 1805, died there, January 9, 1833. He married Marianne
Fouchee, of Philadelphia, formerly of New York City, who died March 4, 1841.
They had issue :
Thomas Jacoby Diehl, b. Jan. 27, 1830; of whom presently;
Edward Clark Diehl, of Phila., b. July 22, 1833; admitted to Philadelphia Bar, April 14,
i860; to Delaware County Bar, May 29, 1871, and to practice in Supreme Court of
Pa., and in United States Court, for Eastern District of Pa., March 4, 1871; was
appointed Commissioner of District Court of Phila., March 7, 1870, and reappointed
Commissioner of Courts of Common Pleas of Phila., under new state constitution —
of Common Pleas Court, No. I, Jan. 9, 1875; of Common Pleas Court. No. 2, Jan. 16,
1875; of Common Pleas Court, No. 3, Jan. 4, 1875, and of Common Pleas Court, No.
4, on same date. He is a member of Pennsylvania Society, Sons of Revolution. Ed-
ward C. Diehl m. .'Knnie E., dau. of Spencer and Sarah (Crosby) Mcllvaine, of Ches-
ter, Pa., a descendant of Capt. John Crosby, of Pennsylvania Militia, in the Revolu-
tion. See Martin's 'Hi.story of Chester," pp. 210-212.
Capt. Thomas Jacoby Dikhl, son of William Jacoby and Marianne (Fouchee)
Diehl. born in Philadelphia, January 21, 1830, was orphaned while a boy, lived
thereafter with a wealthy aunt and uncle, and was educated at Samuel Crawford's
School. Being fond of study he had his name entered at University of Pennsyl-
vania, then in Ninth street, as a law student, in a class under the instruction of
Prof, (afterwards Chief Justice) George Sharswood. He began the practice of
law in the office of Francis Hopkinson. At the breaking out of tlie Civil War he
enlisted in the Union Anny and was commissioned Captain. When Col. David
B. Birney, of Twenty-third Pennsylvania Regiment, was promoted to rank of
Brigadier General, February 3, 1862. he made Capt. Thomas J. Diehl, an aide-de-
camp on his stafif. While stationed near Washington during a time of military
inactivity, he was detailed as Advocate of Courts Martial in that city. He re-
signed his commission February 18, 1863. The letter of Gen. P>irney, acknowl-
edging receipt of Capt Diehl's resignation, now in possession of the family, is as
Hd. Qrs. ist. Division 3d. Army Corps,
Dear Diehl : Camp Belle Air, Feb. 18, 1863.
I have yours of to-day tendering your resignation as Aide de Camp on my Staff. It is
with great reluctance that I part with you, and I will always remember with pleasure the
gallant service that you rendered at Fredericksburg and throughout the campaign.
Your refusal of a regular appointment in one of the regiments of the command has
thrown upon you the entire expense of the campaign and you have in your willingness to
meet this shown your Self-sacrificing patriotism.
However, Diehl, I am sorry to part with, and thank you heartily for your services and
should you ever wish service on my stafT either by regular appointment or as a volunteer,
there will always be a vacancy and welcome. Your Friend,
Thos. J. Diehl, Esq. D. B. Bimey,
Brig. Gen. Comd.
Another letter from Gen. Bimey, written after Capt. Diehl had returned to his
home in Philadelphia, under date of March 6, 1863, contains the following: "I
accept your friendship with pleasure. Should you weary of the paths of peace
let me know and I will have you assigned to one of my regiments and detailed.
You can always resign. I would have influence sufficient to have it accepted. It
always has been the case of a line officer."
.•\ letter from Gen. Joseph Hooker has this to say of Capt. Thomas J. Diehl:
"Your letter concerning Captain Diehl of the 8th inst. reached me yesterday.
Whenever it is in my power to do anything for your friend I assure you it will
afford nie pleasure. All that you say in his behalf is richly merited as I know
from personal observation. No one of his rank can display a better record."
Capt. Diehl's first military service had been as a inember of the famous First
City Troop of Philadelphia, with which he served until commissioned Captain in
Gen. Birney's staff. His final retirement from the service was in consequence of
an attack of typhoid fever contracted in camp, and letters of honorable dismissal
from the army are among the prized possessions of his fatnily.
Prior to entering the army Capt. Diehl had practiced law at 530 Walnut street,
Philadelphia, and had built up fine practice, which he resumed on his return from
the service, and continued until his death, 1887. At a meeting of the members
of the Philadelphia Bar held on Saturday, October 22, 1887, to take action in
reference to the death of Mr. Diehl, Benjainin Harris Brewster, Esq.. expressed
the regret of the legal profession of their sudden loss in his death, in the follow-
ing words: "For many years, with others, I enjoyed his courteous and courtly
friendship. There were many men of high rank and distinction in the profession,
men like George Sharswood. who were happy in his acquaintance. Mr. Diehl
had a strong and ardent nature which gave earnestness to his manner and a
proinpt way of applying himself to the necessities of a case. He was kind to
those about him, always quick, sometimes sharp, in his manner, but never harsh,
always courteous. I esteemed and loved him while living and honor him when
dead." Judge Thayer also paid a high tribute to Capt. Diehl, saying in part, "1
knew Mr. Diehl well through his long professional career and always rejoiced
to call him my friend. There are one or two points in his character which strike
me forcibly. Dtiring my long observation of hiin (and he has tried inany many
cases before me) he always displayed those qualities which should characterize a
member of our profession. His assault on his adversary as we all know, was
invariably vigorous, yet it was a knightly one. Mr. Diehl's death was sudden. It
was as if one had so quietly withdrawn from the banquet that we did not observe
bis absence until our attention was rudclv aroused bv the announcement of his
death." ]\Iany others spoke of the worth of Mr. Diehl ; his law students openly
paid their tribute of love and admiration for him, but his numberless gratuitous
acts of kindness remain chronicled only in humble hearts that were gladdened by
association with him.
Capt. Thomas J. Diehl was married, June 28, 1854, at St. Stephen's Protestant
Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, by Rev. Dr. Ducachet, Margaretta Mayer, daugh-
ter of Charles and Margaretta Sibylla (Mayer) Wetherill, of Philadelphia, and
great-granddaughter of Samuel Wetherill, the Quaker patriot, who when cast
out of Meeting for espousing the cause of the Revolution, founded the sect of the
Free Quakers whose place of worship still stands at the southwest corner of Fifth
and Arch streets: and a descendant of Christopher Wetherill, who emigrated
from Yorkshire, England, to West Jersey, 1682, being one of the Council of Pro-
prietors of that Province (see Wetherill Family).
Capt. Thomas J. and Margaretta M. (Wetherill) Diehl had issue:
Margaretta M, Diehl, m., Feb. S, 1882, Henry E. Wallace;
Mary Eleanor Diehl, of whom presently;
Charles W. Diehl, m. Ida E. Pfeiflfer. and has a dau., Margaretta Diehl;
Thomas J. Diehl ;
Susan D. Diehl.
Mary Eleanor Diehl. second daughter of Capt. Thomas J. and Margaretta
M. (Wetherill) Diehl, is a member of the Colonial Dames of America, and of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, and was for four years its regent ; organ-
ized Philadelphia Chapters Doughters of the American Revolution in 1892. She is
also a member of the Acorn Club. She married at her father's house, 2007 Walnut
street, Philadelphia. December i, 1880, Edward liingerich Smith, of Philadelphia,
born in that city October 3, 1855, son of Charles and Catharine ( liingerich) Smith,
of Philadelphia. They had issue :
Sydney Wetherill Smith, b. Aug. 26, itS3; d. inf.;
Edward lungerich Smith. Jr., b. Dec. 12, 1887.
Anna Margaretta Diehl, born November i, 1807, died June 25, 1883, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Helena (Jacoby) Diehl, married, Noveinber 23, 1833, George
Henderson, of Philadelphia. His parents, Robert and Rebecca Jane (Bailey)
Henderson, of New York City, were the first of this family in America, coming
from England. They were members of the Church of England, and while in
London, attended the Church of St. George, the Martyr, on Lamb's Conduit
street. Both died comparatively joung (though each of their children lived to
about eighty) and are buried in St. Paul's Churchyard, New York. Robert Hen-
derson's family Bible is in possession of his great-grandson, William Henry Hen-
George and Margaretta (Diehl) Henderson lived a few years after their mar-
riage with her father, Thomas Diehl, at his home on the southeast corner of Tenth
and Filbert streets, Philadelphia. In 1844 Mr. Henderson purchased the resi-
dence 1221 Arch street, where he continued to reside to the time of his death,
December 17, 1887.
Issue of George and Anna Margaretta (Diehl) Henderson:
Edwin Henderson, b. Sept. 14, 1834; d. April 19, 1895; m- Eliza Yarrow Bodine. She
survives her husband and is now living (1907) at The Newport, southeast corner of
Sixteenth and Spruce sts. They had but one child : John Warner Henderson, b.,
Phila., i860. Entered Univ. of Pa., college department, class of '80, as a freshman,
1876. Awarded freshman mathematical prize of second rank, equally with Joseph
Stokes; also awarded junior English prize. Received degree of B. S., 1880. Member
of Franklin Institute of state of Pa. Married Martha Ethel, dau. of Rev. J. A. M.
Chapman, D. D., pastor of Arch Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Broad and Arch
sts, Phila. No issue. He d. in March, igo6;
Thomas Diehl Henderson, b. May 19. 1836: d. 1862; m. Emily, sister of Gilbert Riter,
who lived at 1223 Arch st. She survives him and now lives (1907) at Continental
Hotel, Phila. They had but one child, George Riter Henderson, at one time general
superintendent of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, now an expert consulting
engineer, residing at 20 \V. Thirty-fourth St., New York City;
George Henderson. Jr., b. Dec. 19, 1837; d. 1904; lived in Brooklyn, N. Y. A few years
before his death he became a lay reader in Protestant Episcopal Church. He m. Jo-
sephine Sill, of St. Louis, Mo. She survives him and now lives in Brooklyn. N. Y.
They had two children :
Southmayd Henderson, m. Kate Shaffner, of 1212 Arch St.; had one child; they
now live 406 Putnam ave., Brooklyn, N. Y.;
Margaretta Diehl Henderson, m. Clifford S. Thomas, and now lives at 148 W.
Thomas St.. Bellefont, Pa.
William Henry Henderson; of whom presently.
William Henry Henuerson. born September 13. 1839, died April 13, 1905, at
his residence. 1331 North Broad street, Philadelphia. He married, May 15, 1861,
Adelaide Catherine, daughter of Daniel Philler and Mary (Harris) Bussier, of
Philadelphia. She was a niece of Mrs. Anna Harris Wilstach, who died some
years ago, leaving the fine picture gallery of her late husband, William P. Wil-
stach, to Fairmount Park, with $1,000,000 to care for and add to it. This is now
housed in Memorial Hall in the West Park, and the part of the hall it occupies
is known as the Wilstach Gallery.
Adelaide Catharine (Bussier) Henderson was a great-granddaughter of Dr.
Bartholomew Bussier, of Rev. Rees Harris, and of Rev. Samuel Jones. Dr.
Bartholomew Bussier had been physician to the French Court, but being a Hugue-
not, left France and came to America. He married Ann Judith Raybold (died
November 20, 1817) of a family since quite prominent in the state of Delaware.
Her father, Jacob Raybold. was also a native of France, and had married there at
Longdedier. Daniel, son of Dr. Bartholomew and Ann Judith (Raybold) Bus-
sier, born March 2, 1771, died June 29, 1823. married Catherine, born January
^30, 1773, died June 26, 1861, daughter of Andrew Philler (born May 18, 1743,
died November 21. 1829). by his wife (married April 3. 1770) Margaret Way
(born July 2y, 1743, died February i, 1800). Daniel and Catherine had a son,
Daniel Philler Bussier (born April 29, 1804, died September 24, 1880), who mar-
ried (first), September 10. 1832, Mary Harris, born July 23, 1804, died August
30, 1859: the latter were parents of Adelaide Catherine Bussier, wife of William
Rev. Rees Harris, born 1738, died 1788, who lived and died in Wales, and whose
father died in Wales 1750. married Mary (born 1743, died February i, 1822),
daughter of Rev. Daniel Williams (died 1746), by his wife, Mary, daughter of
Daniel and Ann Phillips. Daniel Phillips is believed to have been a younger son
of the family of Phillips of Picton Castle, county Pembroke, Wales, perhaps a
nephew of Sir John Phillips, first baronet of that line. Rev. Rees and Mary
(Williams) Harris had a son, Rev. Theophilus Harris (born August 19, 1769,
in Wales; died November 18, 1841, in Philadelphia; buried at Lower Dublin Bap-
tist Church), who came from Wales to Philadelphia, where he married Sarah
(Jones), born July 23, 1774, died January 6, 1856, widow of Robert Henderson
(no relation to the principal subjects of this sketch), and daughter of Rev. Samuel
Jones, D. D. (see below). Rev. Theophilus and Sarah were parents of Mary
Harris, wife of Daniel Philler Bussier and mother of Adelaide Catherine Bussier.
Rev. Samuel Jones, D. D., born at Cefyn-y-gelli, Bettws Parish, Glamorgan-
shire, South Wales, January 14, 1735, died in Philadelphia, February 7, 1814, was
son of Rev. Thomas Jones (born 1701, at Newton-nottage, Glamorganshire, died
March 22, 1788), by his wife, Martha Morris (born 1706, died June 9, 1799),
both of whom are buried at the Great Valley Baptist Church, Chester county,
Pennsylvania. The father. Rev. Thomas Jones, came to Pennsylvania, 1737, was
veordained in 1740 (having been already ordained in Wales), and was first pas-
tor of and founder of Baptist Church at Tulpehocken, Pennsylvania, which was
constituted chiefly by emigrants from Wales, August 19, 1738. In the minutes
of the Philadelphia Baptist Association, held at Philadelphia, October, 1788,
appears the following record : "By a letter from the Oiurch at the Great Valley,
we were informed that the Divine Providence has removed, in the year past, that
ancient and beloved servant of Christ. Thomas Jones, as we trust, to the Church
Samuel Jones, son of Rev. Thomas, was brought to Pennsylvania by his parents
when he was two years old. His father was a man of wealth, and able to give
liim the best advantages for education which the country could furnish. Accord-
ingly, Samuel entered the College of Philadelphia (now University of Pennsyl-
vania), where he received degree of A. B., May 18, 1762. He took his A. M. de-
gree three years later, and in 1788 the University conferred on him degree of
D. D. Immediately after graduation he devoted himself to the work of the min-
istry, and January 2, 1763. was ordained at College Hall, at the instance of the
iirst Baptist Church of Philadelphia, of which he was a member, and became
pastor of the churches of Southampton and Pennepack. In 1770 he resigned the
care of the Southampton Church, and devoted himself entirely to that of Penne-
'jack, also called Lower Dublin Baptist Church, from the township in which it
was situated. Of this latter church he was pastor upwards of fifty-one years.
During a great part of this period he conducted a private theological seminary.
As a teacher, as well as a pastor, he was much distinguished, and was remarkably
considerate and judicious in his treatment of young men preparing for the minis-
try of the Gospel: and not a few who have been useful, and some who have been
eminent, in the ministry were educated under his care.
In the autumn of 1763, Mr. Jones repaired, by request, to Newport, Rhode
Island, and new-modelled a rough draft of a charter of incorporation for a pro-
posed college there, which, soon after, was granted by the legislature, and the
college founded as the College of Rhode Island, with Rev. Samuel Jones as one
of the incorporators. Its first location was at Warren, RhofJe Island, 1764, but
in 1780 it was moved to Providence; in 1804 the name was changed to Brown
University. Rev. Samuel Jones declined the presidency of this institution when
offered to him on the death of its first ]iresident, James Manning, 1791. In 1769
the College of Rhode Island conferred on him the degree of .\. M. gratiac causa,
;md in 1786, the degree of S. T. D.
During the Revohition, Rev. Samuel Jones was Chaplain of Second Regiment
of Foot, Lieut. Col. Isaac Hughes commanding, Philadelphia County Battalion
of the "Flying Camp," 1776.
During the whole period of his connection with the Philadelphia Baptist Asso-
ciation, Dr. Jones was one of its most useful members. He was ten times its
moderator between 1797 and 1814, and eleven times selected to deliver the annual
sermon at the .Association's opening session. One of these was the centennial
anniversary sermon in 1807, which was published under the title of "A Century
Sermon," the same year. He was at one time appointed to frame a system of
discipline, which was published as ".\ Treatise on Church Discipline," 1797; at
another, to compile a book of hymns ; and again to draw up a map representing
the various associations. He sometimes wrote the circular letter to the churches,
and in the deliberations of the association he would often bring light out of the
thickest darkness, and order out of the wildest confusion. His services were
almost always put in requisition at the constitution of churches and the ordination
of ministers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Besides the two publications men-
tioned above. Dr. Jones published a sermon entitled, "The Doctrine of the Cove-
nant," preached at Pennepack, 1783, and also some minor discourses.
Rev. Samuel Jones married. November 10, 1764, Sylvia Spicer (died July 23,
1802. aged si.xty-six years), of Cape May county. New Jersey. They had five
children, four of whom died young, three dying in ,\ugust. 1778, two of these,
Thomas, aged thirteen, and Samuel, aged ten, being buried together : the only one
reaching maturity was Sarah, who married (first) Robert Henderson, (.second)
Rev. Theophilus Harris, above. A sermon on the life and character of Rev. Dr.
Jones was preached in Philadelphia by Rev. Dr. Staughton, May, 1814, three
months after his death.
Sylvia Spicer came of one of the oldest and most distinguished families of
Cape May county. Thomas Spicer, a New England Puritan, had a son, Samuel
Spicer (born before 1640, died 1692), of Gravesend, Long Island, who married
Esther Tilton (died 1703), and had a son, Jacob Spicer (born on Long Island,
January 20, 1668), who removed to Cape May county. New Jersey, about 1691,
among the earliest settlers there. He was one of the most prominent men in the
county and a large landowner in it. He appears to have been connected with the
militia, as he was called Col. Jacob Spicer. He was a member of the New Jersey
.Assembly, 1709-23, inclusive. He died in Cape May county, April 17. 1741, and
was buried on what was afterwards the Vincent Miller homestead, in Cold
Springs ; tlie following inscription was on his tombstone :
"In memory of
Colonel Jacob Spicer
Died April 17, 1741,
aged 73 years.
Death, thou hast conquered nic,
I, by thy darts am slain;
But Christ shall conquer thee.
And I shall rise again."
He married, March 6, 1715, Sarah , (supposed widow of Ezekiel Eki-
redge. Sheriff of Cape May county, 1697, and member of Assembly, 1708-09).
born 1677, aiid died July 25, 1742; lier tombstone is the oldest in the Cold Spring
Church Cemetery. They had a son :
Jacob Spicer (2). born May, 1716, died September 17, 1765. He was the
wealthiest man in Cape May county, and an extensive landowner there. A mem-
ber of Assembly from 1744 until his death, except one year, and was on many
important committees of the same during his incumbency. On Saturday, Febru-
ary 2, 1750, Robert Laurence, of Monmouth county, William Cooks, of Burling-
ton county, William Hancock, of Salem county, Jacob Spicer, of Cape May coun-
ty, Hendrick Fisher, of Somerset county, John Wetherill, of Middlesex county,
and Aaron Leaming. of Cape May county, gentlemen, were appointed a committee
of the Legislature to inspect the laws, records and other fundamental constitutions
relating to the first settlement of New Jersey. The eventual result of this action
was the publication by Jacob Spicer (2), and his colleague from Cape May county,
Aaron Leaming (2), of their now well-known grants, concessions and original
constitutions of the Province of New Jersey, which was printed in Philadelphia
by William Bradford, 1758. It has been reprinted in Philadelphia, 1881.
About 1755, Jacob Spicer was made sole commissioner for West Jersey to sup-
ply the forces under Col. Peter Schuyler. In 1758 he was appointed one of the
commissioners to settle Indian claims and attended the conference at Easton, Pa.,
beginning October 8, of that year.
Jacob Spicer (2), married (first) Judith, (born 1714, died September 7, 1747),
daughter of Humphrey Hughes, SherifT of Cape May county, 171 1, and member
of Assembly, 1723-33: of a family quite prominent in the social life of the county
and whose members held many local offices. He married (second), 1751, De-
borah Hand, widow of Christopher Leaming. Jacob Leaming (2), left four chil-
dren: Sarah, Sylvia, Judith and Jacob (3) ; Sylvia Spicer, born January 23, 1736,
by his first wife (as probably all Jacob Spicer's (2) children were), was wife of
Rev. Samuel Jones.
William Henry and .idclaidc Catherine ( Bussier) Henderson had issue:
Mary Henderson, b. 1862; d. inf.:
William Henry Henderson, Jr., b. Oct. 3, i86(); nnjnibor of Pennsylvania Society, Sons
of Revolution, to which he was admitted May 11. 1891, as descendant of Capt. Nicholas
Diehl and of Chaplain .Samuel Jones. He is president of Mutual Law and Claim Co.,
•ind lives with his mother at 1331 N. Broad St., Phila. ;
George He-Mperson, b. June 20. 1868; of whom presently;
Louise Henderson, b. Feb. I, 1870; m. Rev. Walter B. Shumway, now pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Swampscott, Mass., where they live. Ho was son of Lowell Shum-