Margaretha Vogel 1693 – 1720
Truckenmiller's in Floyd's History Of North'd County
Northumberland county, is a native of the district in which he lives,
born Aug. 23, 1843. His ancestors have lived there for several
generations, and we give the family record from the time it was founded
in this country. The family has become numerous in eastern and central
Pennsylvania, and the name is often found corrupted into Druckenmiller,
the Berks county branch spelling it so. The ancestor of the
Northumberland family, Sebastian Truckenmiller, spelled it with a "T,"
however, and that seems to be the correct form.
Sebastian Truckenmiller came to America on the pink "John and
William," of Sunderland, Constable Tymperton, master, from Rotterdam,
which qualified at Philadelphia Oct. 17, 1732. On the original list of
passengers (Pennsylvania Archives, Vol. XVII, Second Series, pages 72-
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his name is given as Sebastian and Bastian, and his wife's name as
Catarina. In a secluded spot, in a field on the farm of the late Jacob
Nuss, at Koch's schoolhouse, in Upper Milford township, Lehigh Co., Pa.,
lie the remains of this pioneer and Revolutionary war soldier and his
wife. He is called "Captain" Truckenmiller. For the benefit of their
many descendants a verbatim copy of the inscriptions on their tombstones
is herewith given:
Geboren den 1 Aug. 1715,
Gestorben den 1st Feb.
1795 Alt. 79 Jahr, 6 m.
Leichten Text Elmaz 26, 19-20.
ein geborene Schmuck-
brucken geboren den 1st Jenner,
1719 gestorben d. 30 Sept.
1793. Alt 74 jabr 9 m.
7 da. Lied Las die
todten auferstehen den
Text 2 Tim. 4-7 and 8.
Among the many children of the pioneer were John, Jacob, Christian,
George, Charles and Frederick; there were also daughters.
The Federal census of 1790 mentions a number of Truckenmillers.
Christian Trickymillar had died by that time, but his family, consisting
of his widow and six daughters and three sons who were under sixteen
years old, were residents of Northumberland county.
George Truckenmiller, according to the Federal census of 1790, was
a resident of Hereford township, Berks county, his family consisting of
himself and wife, one son, and one daughter.
Charles Truckenmiller, according to the same authority, was a
resident of Hereford township; family consisted of father and mother,
three sons over sixteen years of age, four daughters, and one slave.
John Truckenmiller (Jno. Junior) was head of a family of Rockland
township, Berks county, consisting of himself and wife, one son above
sixteen, and two under sixteen, and three daughters.
(There are sons bearing these three names, George, Charles and
John, in Sebastian Truckenmiller's family, but according to one account
these three are said to be the sons of Johan Michael Truckenmiller, who
emigrated in 1742, coming in the ship "Francis and Elizabeth.")
In 1790 Sebastian Truckenmiller, the emigrant, lived in Upper
Milford, Northampton (now Lehigh) Co., Pa., had wife, but no children
left at home.
Jacob Truckenmiller the same year lived in that place and had
family consisting of himself and wife, two sons over sixteen, one son
under sixteen, and two daughters.
There also lived in 1790 in Upper Milford a George Trockenmiller,
family consisting of himself and wife, one son and two daughters.
John Truckenmiller died in the latter part of January, 1799, in
Northumberland county, Pa., an account of his estate being filed Feb. 2,
1799. Michael Meiser was named the administrator.
In 1802, among the list of taxables in Mahantango township,
Schuylkill Co., Pa., appeared the names of Valentine and Michael
Frederick Truckenmiller moved from Berks county to Penn township,
Northumberland (now Snyder) county, at an early period. He died shortly
before March 29, 1796, and his last will and testament, on record in
Will Book 1, page 86, provides as follows for his "dearly beloved wife"
Christina: Ten acres of land on north side of Middle Creek, one hundred
pounds of lawful money, choice of one cow, six sheep. The executors were
wife Christina, George Motz and Adam Bohlander. The children of
Frederick and Christina Truckenmiller were: John Frederick, Peter, Mary,
Elizabeth, Margaret, Christina, Catarina, Maghtalena and Barbarah.
Jacob Truckenmiller, evidently son of Sebastian, was born Aug. 29,
1759, in lower Berks county, and came to Northumberland county before
the Revolution, settling in Delaware township, where his descendants
still live. He was the pioneer of the family in this immediate locality,
and being a millwright and miller by calling built the original
Truckenmiller mill, selecting the site now owned by his great-grandson,
Valentine S. Truckenmiller. He died Aug. 23, 1823, at McEwensville and
is buried there, in the old upper cemetery. In religion he was a
Lutheran. His account, entered Sept. 9, 1823, in Will Book 2, page 442,
mentions sons Jacob, Solomon, George, Samuel, and also Mrs. Mary
Truckenmiller, probably his wife. The executors were Solomon
Truckenmiller and Henry Reader. The account was filed in the Register's
office. As shown by tombstone records, Jacob's wife was named
Annamaria, and she was born Jan. 16, 1763, and died July 27, 1843. Their
children were: Solomon, mentioned below; Jacob, born March 22, 1790,
who died April 15, 1880 (his wife, Sarah, died Oct. 3, 1873, aged
seventy-six years, one month, fifteen days); George; and Samuel, born in
1803, who died in 1883 (his wife, Sarah, born in 1805, died in 1895).
Solomon Truckenmiller, son of Jacob, was born June 11, 1785, and
lived in Delaware township, Northumberland county, near McEwensville,
where he had a farm of 120 acres, this property remaining in the family
name until 1903. He died on that place Nov. 7, 1857. Mr. Truckenmiller
was a Lutheran in religious faith, a member of the church at
McEwensville, which he served in official capacities for many years. He
was a tall man, of medium build, and light complexion. His wife, Eve,
died Sept. 21, 1864, aged eighty years, seven
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months, twenty-seven days. Their children were as follows: Edmund,
Charles and Solomon are all mentioned below; Mary (Polly) married John
Clapp and they lived in Lewis township, Northumberland county; Susan
died Dec. 25, 1895, aged seventy-three years, six months, fifteen days,
unmarried; Rebecca died July 7, 1886, aged sixty years, three months,
eleven days, unmarried; Sarah married Jonathan Strause and lived in
Montour county; Elizabeth married David Dieffenbacher and lived in
Edmund Truckenmiller, born in Delaware township, was a farmer there
for many years, at the time of his death owning two farms, one of 145
acres and one of 120 acres. He was enterprising and intelligent in his
agricultural work, and was not only admired for his ability but esteemed
for the many sterling traits which made his influence strong in the
community. He was a Lutheran, active in church work, and helped to
build the Union church at McEwensville, donating liberally toward the
expenses of its construction. He served as deacon and elder. Mr.
Truckenmiller was a resident of McEwensville the last thirty years of
his life, dying May 16, 1889, aged seventy-eight years, eleven months,
twenty-five days. Few citizens of his locality were more generally
missed, and he was held in the greatest respect by all who knew him.
Politically he was a Republican. His wife, Mary (Schmeck), whose family
came from Berks county, died Oct. 17, 1876, aged sixty-nine years, two
months, eighteen days. Eleven children were born to this couple, of whom
Eliza died unmarried; Edmund died young; Solomon; Malinda married
Ephraim Leinbach; Daniel lives retired at Watsontown; Rachel died
unmarried; Dr. William is at Allenwood, Union Co., Pa.; Calvin is a
resident of Centerville, Mich.; Valentine S. lives in Delaware township.
Valentine S. Truckenmiller received his early education in the
common schools of his native township, later attending McEwensville
Academy and a commercial college at Elmira, N. Y., from which he was
graduated in 1863. Until 1874 Mr. Truckenmiller followed the business of
cattle broker, being thus engaged in Chicago and other western places,
and in that year he purchased the old Truckenmiller mill and homestead
site in Delaware township, near Watsontown, where he has since been
established. There are thirty-six acres of land attached to the mill
property. When he purchased the mill he remodeled it throughout,
installing the most modern machinery and bringing the capacity up to one
hundred barrels daily, and he commands the principal trade in his line
in the upper part of Northumberland county, producing high-grade flour,
which he ships all over eastern and central Pennsylvania, the demand
being particularly large in the coal regions. The popular brands are
Satin, Boss and Queen, and five men are kept constantly employed. The
mill is now conducted by the firm of V. S. Truckenmiller & Son, Mr.
Truckenmiller's son Frank E. being in partnership with him. They also
deal in grain and mill feed of all kinds. Mr. Truckenmiller has become
interested in other business matters in his section, and was one of the
organizers of the Farmers National Bank of Watsontown, of which he has
been a director ever since. He has been active in various projects
affecting the general welfare and is a leading citizen of his section.
He is a member of the Presbyterian church at Watsontown, and socially
belongs to Warrior Run Lodge, No. 401, F. & A.M., of Watsontown, and to
Warrior Run Chapter, R.A.M. Politically he is a Republican, and during
the Civil war he was in the Union service, enlisting from Watsontown in
1861 in Company B, 131st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, with
which he served nine months.
In 1870 Mr. Truckenmiller married Sarah E. Montgomery, daughter of
William and Mary (Caldwell) Montgomery, of McEwensville, and to them
were born two children, Frank E. and William S. Mrs. Truckenmiller died
Nov. 7, 1890, aged forty-eight years, and is buried at Watsontown.
Frank E. Truckenmiller, son of Valentine S. Truckenmiller, is a
graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and conducted a drug
store at Williamsport, Pa., for five years. He sold out on account of
his health, and since 1902 has been associated with his father, being
the junior member of the firm of V. S. Truckenmiller & Son. He is a
thirty-second degree Mason.
Charles Truckenmiller, son of Solomon, was born Sept. 20, 1813, and
lived in Delaware township, where he followed farming. He had an
eighty-acre property near McEwensville. His wife, Susanna
(Dieffenbacher), born Sept. 20, 1820, died May 2, 1892. Mr.
Truckenmiller died Feb. 13, 1893. They had children as follows:
Augustus, of Catawissa, Pa., a musician; George, who lives in Dakota;
Henry, of Dakota; Elizabeth, married and living in Scranton, Pa.; and
Ella, married and living in Dakota. The three who settled in the west
have all done well and all the members of the family are in prosperous
Solomon Truckenmiller, son of Solomon, lived near McEwensville in
Delaware township, where he had a small farm and followed agricultural
pursuits. He married Eliza Strab, and they had two children: Peter, who
died at Milton, Pa.; and Isaac, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mr.
Truckenmiller died Oct 9, 1896, aged seventy-six years, six months,
nineteen days; his wife died Jan. 15, 1892, aged sixty years, eight
months, seven days.
Jacob E. Truckenmiller (son of Jacob) of Com-
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pany B, 131st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, died in hospital at
Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 15, 1882, aged thirty-five years, nine months,
As previously mentioned, some branches of the family spell the name
Druckenmiller. Of these, Michael Druckenmiller, millwright, of Hereford
township, Berks county, was said to be a descendant of the Charles
Truckenmiller who in 1790 lived in Hereford township. Michael's children
were: Daniel, Enos, Clara, Hannah, Lucy and Elizabeth.
Enos Druckenmiller (as he wrote his name), son of Michael, was born
Dec. 14, 1821, and died March 29, 1899, at Zieglersville in Upper
Milford township, Lehigh Co., Pa., his death being caused by apoplexy.
He is buried in the Lutheran cemetery at that place, and was long an
active worker in the church, in all its departments; serving as elder
and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the building committee
when the new church was erected. For many years he was director of a
singing school. Mr. Druckenmiller was a prosperous farmer and mechanic
all his life, owning several farms. He was a Democrat in politics, and
served nine years as school director of Hereford township, Berks county.
He married Elizabeth N. Desch, daughter of George and Margerite
(Marsteller) Desh, and they had a large family, namely: Benneville died
of measles and brain fever when twenty-two years old; Rev. Joel settled
about 188O in Michigan, where he serves a charge at Rogers City;
Tilghman married Barbara Frey; Elizabeth married Milton Kleinsmith;
Henry, now of Atlanta, Ga., married Ellen Wagonhorst; David married
Katie Nuss and lives at Sellersville, Pa.; Benjamin D. is a resident of
Kutztown, Pa.; Emma died of diphtheria in her ninth year; Mama married
William Weiss and (second) Hiram Walker; Susanna married Benjamin Brey;
Rosa married Allen W. Sheimer; Sallie married John Sweitzer; George D.
is a Lutheran minister; Maggie married William Shubert; Laura married
Richard Reese; Annie married Allen Snyder.
Rev. George D. Druckenmiller, son of Enos, graduated from
Muhlenberg College in 1894, and then entered Mount Airy Theological
Seminary, from which he was graduated three years later. He was ordained
at Lancaster June 14, 1897, by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania and
adjacent states, and in July of the same year took charge of the
Freeburg parish, in Snyder county, to which he had been called. Three
years later he received a call to the Freemansburg charge, in
Northampton county, in May, 1900, and there he had a very successful
pastorate, during which a house of worship was erected and the
membership greatly increased. On Dec. 1, 1905, he accepted an urgent
call to Nazareth, where a $40,000 church was erected during his
incumbency and 325 new members added to the church roll. He resigned to
accept a unanimous call to Hamburg, where he took charge of St. John's
Lutheran Church Sept. 1, 1910. He has made many friends during his brief
service at that church. Mr. Druckenmiller married Ellen J. Lerch, of