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Four Generations of the Immigrant
Christian Rodabaugh (1707?-1779)
and His Family
Includes an Overview of
Cognate Eighteenth Century Rodenbach Lines
in North America
Published September, 1992. 168pp. 8" X 11". ACCO Binding, soft cover.
Place and name index. Price $25.00 (includes postage). Available from the
author: Kem Luther, 4542
Rocky Point Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 4E4, Canada, (250) 595-2474.
Christian Rodabaugh, a 1740 Pennsylvania German immigrant, married Elizabeth,
the widow of Stoffel Weisskopf. They and their four Rodabaugh and two Whitehead
children settled in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, (southeast of Pittsburgh)
at the end of the French and Indian War. Many of their grandchildren immigrated
to Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Christian and Elizabeth have about 30,000 living descendants.
This genealogy traces their descendants through their great-grandchildren.
More than three-quarters of their great-grandchildren are documented. A
large number of their descendants were Dunkers (Church of the Brethren).
The genealogy explores where the Dunker influence began in the family.
Christian and Elizabeth's children married into the Marchand, Willyard,
Broadsword, Studebaker, Klingensmith and Boyer families of Westmoreland
County. Their grandchildren joined with member of the following families:
Armstrong, Arner, Fiscus, Fry, Funk, Highberger, Hill, Hollingsworth, Kemmerer
(Kemrie), Linsenbegler, Matthias, McDowell, Meyers, Miller, Milliron (Millison),
Pitsenbarger, Potts, Runny, Schmidt (Smith), Stoner, Townsend, Waltz, Weber
The 50-page Appendix overviews the various Rodenbach cognate
lines (R*) from the eighteenth-century German immigrations. The immigrants
known from ship lists, emigration lists, and naturalization records are
enumerated. The overview outlines the early family members of the following
Westmoreland Group. The immigrant Christian R* (1740) ended up in
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Many of his great-grandchildren settled
in Montgomery and Darke Counties, Ohio, and in Marion County, Indiana,
after 1810. The usual surname spellings after 1800 are Rodabaugh,
Weisenheim-Lancaster Group. John Michael R* and John Nicholas R*
(1743 immigrants) were the source of this line. They settled in Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania. Descendants moved to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania,
and Crawford and Richland Counties, Ohio, early in the eighteenth century.
Common spellings of descendant surnames after the eighteenth century are
Neuwied-New Jersey Group. Heinrich and John Peter R*, brothers,
immigrated from the Urbach region of Germany to Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Dominant spelling through Heinrich's line is Redenbough. John Peter's
family may have moved to Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Otzweiler-Tulpehocken Group. In 1738 Henry and Appolonia Riegel
R* and eight of their children immigrated from Otzweiler, Germany, to Berks
County, Pennsylvania, and settled in the Tulpehocken region. They had twelve
children, and became the source for many of the R*s lines in the U.S. Large
numbers of their descendants moved to the southern states (West Virginia
at first) and many counties in Ohio. They seem to prefer Radabaugh
and Raudabaugh spellings.
Lancaster-Dauphin Group. A Peter and Michael R*, presumably brothers,
and born about 1755, show up in the region of Manheim Township, Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania, about 1775. In the 1780s they move to Dauphin County,
Pennsylvania. Their descendants come to reside in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Possible immigrating ancestor is a Henry R* who died in Lancaster County
in the 1740s.
Lancaster-Union Group. Daniel and Leah R* moved from Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, to Union County, Pennsylvania, in the early 1800s, and founded
a group using the surname spelling of Raidabaugh.
Reading-Hamilton Group. Henry and Margaret R* came from Reading,
Pennsylvania, about 1795, to Hamilton County, Ohio. Henry may have come
from Germany. Descendants moved to Shelby County, Ohio, Montgomery County,
Indiana and Kansas. The usual spellings of the surname in this family are
Chester-Newlin Group. A Peter and George of Newlin Township, Chester
County, Pennsylvania were perhaps immigrants. They were in Chester County
by the mid 1760s. Descendants later moved to Licking County, Ohio, Utah
and Oklahoma. Preferred spellings are Rhodeback and Rhodyback.
Chester-Tredyffrin Group. Another Chester County group, from Tredyffrin
Township. They may all descend from mid-eighteenth century Adam R*. No
modern descendants are known.
Pointers are provided to genealogies which tie into these lines, and
addresses of persons researching these lines are included.