b.ABT 1707 Germany
Facts and Events
It has been said that Philipp was a Palatine immigrant. That he came as a child with his father, Heinrich. I have been unable to confirm this or that Heinrich was his father in any of the records from that time that are available on the Internet. Philipp sometimes appears with a Johan in front of his name, like his father. This was a christening name and was usually dropped. Philipp would be his calling name. Heinrich was listed as a widower when he married his 2d wife, Gertraud Segendorff in 1716. Reported year of birth for Philipp has varied from 1707 to 1712. 1707 seems more likely as it would have to be before Heinrich left Germany. It was not common for a widower to take small children with him when emigrating. Normally they would have been left behind with family.