THE KELLERS OF HAMILTON TOWNSHIP
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
William Dills 1711-1794
Chapter XII The Dills of New Jersey contains extensive history on the Dills, including:
“At some undetermined date, probably in the neighborhood of 1736, the Dills emigrated from Germany and settled in Huntindon County, New Jersey. It is rather difficult to determine just who were in the party but among the younger people was a boy William, and a girl, Rachel, probably brother and sister. The girl married a man by the name of Snyder and died at Easton, Pennsylvania. The boy became William, Sr., and moved to Knowlton, New Jersey, where he founded the Dills family of that locality. Many of the Dills remained in Huntindon County and this makes plausible the supposition that with the parents of William, Sr., came several of his uncles. We find wills of Henry Dils of Amswell, N. J., 1788; John Dills of Amswell, N. J., 1786; Peter Dills of Amswell, N. J., 1760; Christopher Dills of Kingswood, N. J., 1812; Jacob Dilts of Amswell, N. J., 1827. These are all no doubt related to the Knowlton branch of the family.
William Dils, Sr., was born in Germany in 1711 and emigrated with his parents about 1736. He married Rachel, who was born in 1721. He bought a large amount of land at Knowlton and also across the Delaware River at what is now called Portland but which was then called Dill's Ferry. He made his will on the 17th of June, 1793, and died the following year. His will, on record at the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton, N. J.,, shows that he left his wife Rachel (who evidently died shortly after the will was made in 1793) 200 pounds, and the estate finally to e divided among the children equally except that Henry was to have 20 pounds more than the other children. The sons, John, Adam and William were to be the executors.
William, Sr., and his wife, Rachel, had five sons and one daughter. The daughter , who was, of course, called Rachel, married George Ribble. The sons were John, born 1742; Adam, born 1743; Henry, born 1745; William (date of birth unknown) and Samuel, born 1765.”
David Henry Keller, M.D. 1922