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Elizabeth Smith Burden, a descendant of Paris Smith, writes in her booklet on Peter and Mary "Polly" Dingus, "PETER DINGUS, about twelve or thirteen years along with his parents and sister, left Rotterdam and sailed for America. The parents became ill and died, leaving the two young children orphans in a new land. No knowning any in Philadelphia (some say Baltimore), they were left to roam the streets. Brother and sister became parted and lost touch with one another when they were taken to live with different families. PETER went to live with a merchant in Virginia, and his sister went to live with another family north of her brother's home. There has been no further connection with the sister.This is the story that has been told through the years to the descendants of PETER DINGESS. The family also told of pieces of furniture brought from the "Fader Land", especially a finely furnished bureau which was for a long time an heirloom in the family, and a peculiar shaped goud which was grown in Germany, and used by PETER'S son, JOHN, as a powder gourd.

There have been many attempts to trace this family, and the following records record some of the things that have been located. I believe Peter was bound out (indentured) to someone to repay his passage to America; a good guess might be William Anderson. With more interest in family research, maybe one day, more of the story will be known.

"DINGUS-DINGES-DINGESS-DINGAS". The name has been found with various spellings and is of Teutonic origin. They came from the Palatinate, Rhine Region Germany. Three brothers crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1749, 1750, and 1751. The last of the three brothers was PHILIP DINGUS, who left a large number of descendants in southwest Virginia and in eastern Kentucky. The Gate City Herald, Scott Co., VA, Dec 23, 1937, "FILLIPP (PHILIP) DINGESS sailed from Rotterdam on the Edinburgh, and arrived in the port of Philadelphia, September 15, 1749." (Pennsylvania German Pioneers, by R. B. Strassburger.) Was PHILLIP an uncle to PETER?

MICHAEL DINGUS and his wife, GERTRUDE, PETER and a daughter boarded the ship "The Brothers" in Rotterdam, Holland with William Muir as captain. Their son, PETER, took the OATH OF ALLEGIANCE, on Monday, September 16, 1750 at the Courthouse in Philadelphia.

A marriage bond or record has not been found for PETER DINGESS, and his wife, MARY, or "POLLY" as she was called. They were married about 1768, from the ages of their children. They had a large family of about ten children, four boys and six girls. Many of their decendants have joined the Daughters of the American Revolution on PETER'S Revolutionary War service record stating his wife's name was MARY "POLLY" SMITH, and her parents as THOMAS SMITH, from England and PHOEBE DUNBAR from Scotland; others say THOMAS SMITH and BARBARA ANDERSON. Still others say her parents were BARBARA and WILLIAM ANDERSON, son of ELIZABETH and GEORGE ANDERSON.