"Puff's" Church Records - Upper Dublin Congregation
1753
Susquehanna Road at Butler Pike
Upper Dublin Twp., Montgomery County, PA
In 1753, the paster of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Germantown, Rev. John Frederick Handschuh, answered the request of many Germans living in Upper Dublin to establish a church there.

Valentine Puff was one of the original purchasers of the property and, as he was a farmer and carpenter, probably did much of the work on the original structure with his own hands.  It was only a humble log building, built at first without a roof due to lack of money. Originally it was named "Puff's Church." Over the doorway, in the church built after the destruction of the log church, was a cross-piece on which "Vallentin Puff 1753" was carved.
Valentine Puff is believed to be from Langen-Lonsheim, Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany).  There on Jan. 6, 1739, Joh. Valentine Puff married Anna Maria (________).  Valentine was a s/o Philip Puff.  Anna Maria was a d/o Tobias (________).  The last name of Anna Maria, though listed could not be determined, by this reader.  See film # 1197046.

Another interesting note is that in a neighboring village to Langen-Lonsheim, Windesheim, is where the Haupt family is from.  Five Haupt brothers emigrated from Windesheim between 1738 and 1754.  Samuel Haupt and his brother Johann Heinrich Sebastian Haupt have ties to Upper Dublin Twp.  Samuel Haupt (Houpt) raised a large family there.  It appears that the Puffs and Haupts knew each other back in the homeland.
These records were extracted from the records of St. Michael's Church in Germantown, PA.  The following may not be a complete listing of events at Puff's Church.
Births: (not in chronological order)
Maria Paulina, d/o Valentine Puff & wife Anna Maria. Jan. 2, 1742
Maria Anna, d/o Valentine Puff & wife Anna Maria. Dec. 17, 1745
Joh. Gottlieb Philip, s/o Valentine Puff & wife Anna Maria. June 25, 1752
Carolus, s/o Jacob Timanus & wife Rosina.  Jan. 11, 1747
Anna Elisabeth, d/o Jacob Timanus & wife Rosina. Oct. 8, 1750
Wilhelm, s/o Wilhelm Grothausen & wife Anna Maria. Aug. 2, 1748
Katherine Barbara, d/o Johan Adam Ulmer & wife Elisabeth. Apr. 29, 1754
Anna Maria, d/o Joh. Jacob Scheich & wife Anna Magdalena. May 9, 1755
Elisabeth, d/o Christian Leeser & wife Elisabeth Catherine. Apr. 1, 1751
Wilhelm, s/o John Pitt & wife Elisabeth (Leeser). Jan. 1, 1773
Elisabeth, d/o John Pitt & wife Elisabeth (Leeser). May 6, 1774
Christian, s/o John Pitt & wife Elisabeth (Leeser). Oct. 30, 1778
Jacob, s/o John Pitt & wife Elisabeth (Leeser). Sept. 15, 1782
Maria, d/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). Oct. 20, 1784
Jacob, s/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). Jan. 3, 1787
Rachel, d/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). May 22, 1791
Christoph, s/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). Nov. 5, 1793
Catherine, d/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). May 12, 1796
Carl, s/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). Aug. 4, 1800
Anna, d/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). Oct. 3, 1802
Hannah, d/o Christoph Loser & wife Elisabeth (Burck). Dec. 23, 1805
Anton, s/o Samuel & Margaret Haupt. Sept. 29, 1777
Maria Magdalena, d/o John Chestnut & wife Clara (Lindemann). Oct. 21, 1774
Wilhelm, s/o John Chestnut & wife Clara (Lindemann). May 25, 1776
Elisabeth, d/o John Chestnut & wife Clara (Lindemann). July 7, 1781
Joh. Jacob, s/o Jacob Gilbert & wife Susanna (Wagner). Jan. 21, 1755
Johannes, s/o Conrad Gilbert & wife Maria. Mar. 15, 1764
Antoni, s/o Conrad Gilbert & wife Maria. Feb. 2, 1765
Sara, d/o Joseph Bachman & wife Catherina. Mar. 6, 1793
Joseph, s/o Joseph Bachman & wife Catherina. Aug. 17, 1794
Catherine, d/o Joseph Bachman & wife Catherina. Oct. 12, 1797
Christina, d/o Joseph Bachman & wife Catherina. Sept. 7, 1799
Rebecca, d/o Joseph Bachman & wife Catherina. Sept. 21, 1801
Jacob, s/o Jacob Gilbert & wife Maria. Mar. 27, 1781
Maria, d/o Jacob Gilbert & wife Maria. Jan. 30, 1794
Jacob, s/o Jacob Koch & wife Elisabeth (Deger). Jan. 23, 1781
Samuel, s/o Jacob Koch & wife Elisabeth (Deger). July 12, 1796
Sara, d/o Jacob Koch & wife Elisabeth (Deger). Feb. 7, 1799
Catherina, d/o Johannes Engert & wife Maria. Feb. 24, 1783
Anna Catherina, d/o Adam Engert & wife Catherina. Dec. 30, 1783
Catherina, d/o Wilhelm Engert & wife Elisabeth. Jan. 24, 1785
Elisabeth, d/o Nicholas Engert & wife Catherine. Aug. 24, 1800
Anna, d/o Peter Engert & wife Mary (Redheffer). Dec. 18, 1804
Elisabeth, d/o Peter Engert & wife Mary (Redheffer). Apr. 7, 1807
Wilhelm, s/o Peter Engert & wife Mary (Redheffer). Mar. 8, 1809
Mary, d/o Peter Engert & wife Mary (Redheffer). Dec. 25, 1812
Catherine, d/o Peter Engert & wife Mary (Redheffer). Sept. 11, 1814
Maria, d/o David Kohler & wife Eva (Schubert). Aug. 1778
Margaretha, d/o David Kohler & wife Eva (Schubert). Jan. 6, 1781
David, s/o Jacob Horner & wife Sibilla (Reinhart). Aug. 20, 1793
Margaretha, d/o Jacob Horner & wife Sibilla (Reinhart). Nov. 7, 1795
Anna, d/o Jacob Horner & wife Sibilla (Reinhart). Mar. 7, 1798
Sara, d/o David Drechsler & wife Catherine (Fisher). Jan. 10, 1802
Joseph, s/o David Drechsler & wife Catherine (Fisher). June 12, 1804
George, s/o Georg Fleischhauer & wife Barbara (Haupt). May 13, 1803
Sara, d/o David George & wife Elisabeth (Fisher). Sept. 2, 1808
Elisabeth, d/o David George & wife Elisabeth (Fisher). Feb. 3, 1811
Carl, s/o Jacob Neu & wife Catherine (Engert). Mar. 18, 1808
Marriages:
Joseph Broom, a smith in Upper Dublin & Maria Schneck. July 7, 1751
Jacob Gilbert & Susanna Wagoner. Jan. 15, 1753
James Norton, of Upper Dublin & Sarah Quin, of Horsham. Feb. 20, 1753
Friedrich Rander & Elisabeth Houl, both Upper Dublin. June 6, 1761
Johan Wilhelm Godtfried, of Upper Dublin & Anna Margaretha Dachman. Aug. 11, 1761
John Moore, Upper Dublin & Hannah, widow, of Whitemarsh. Mar. 23, 1762
George Rasch, widower, & Catherina Tippel, widow, Upper Dublin. Aug. 1766
Valentin Puff & Catherina Buttel, Upper Dublin. Mar. 22, 1770
John Pitt, of Plymouth & Elisabeth Loeser, Upper Dublin. Apr. 21, 1772
David Kohler, Upper Dublin & Eva Schubert, of Whitemarsh. May 4, 1773
John Chestnut & Clara Lindemann. Sept. 23, 1773
Gabriel Salomon, of Whitpain & Anna Maria Puff, Upper Dublin. June 28, 1774
Nicholas Reinhart & Anne Stenner, both Upper Dublin. Apr. 16, 1776
Elias Christman, Upper Merion & Elisabeth Kohler, Upper Dublin. Mar. 18, 1777
Jacob Koch & Elisabeth Deger. Oct. 13, 1778
Christoph Loser & Elisabeth Burck, Upper Dublin. Nov. 15, 1779
Heinrich Stiehl & Anna Barbara Salomon, Whitpain, Marr. Upper Dublin. Feb. 28, 1779
Jacob Horner, Upper Dublin & Sibilla Reinhart, Whitemarsh. Oct. 7, 1783
Jacob Reinhart, Whitpain & Barbara Horner, Upper Dublin. Feb. 17, 1784
Georg Leonard & Christine Kohler, Upper Dublin. Apr. 27, 1784
John Stannert & Macey Scout, Upper Dublin. June 17, 1784
Justus Dennert, Upper Dublin & Pahel Staat, of Springfield. Dec. 28, 1784
Heinrich Haub (Haupt/Houpt) & Maria Martenba, both Upper Dublin. May 17, 1789
John Giffin, of Moreland & Katy Haupt. Feb. 28, 1795
Anton Haupt & Veronica Starky, both Upper Dublin. Dec. 11, 1795
Peter Engert & Anna Maria Redheffer, Upper Dublin. Nov. 11, 1798
David Drechsler, of Whitpain & Catherine Fisher, Upper Dublin. Sept. 10, 1799
Christian Guber, of Gwynedd & Sarah Fisher, Upper Dublin. Oct. 20, 1801
Jacob Edinger, of Springfield & Susan Eberhard, Upper Dublin. Feb. 18, 1802
William McDowell, of Whitpain & Nancy Rubicam, Upper Dublin. Sept. 30, 1802
Christian Engle & Anna Engert, Upper Dublin. Nov. 25, 1802
George Haage & Sarah Acuff, Upper Dublin. May 12, 1803
Christopher Rex, Upper Dublin & Elisabeth Martin, Gwynedd. Dec. 15, 1803
George Deger & Elisabeth Loeser. Jan. 24, 1804
David George & Elisabeth Fisher, Upper Dublin. Oct. 15, 1807
Jacob Neu & Catherine Engert, both Upper Dublin. Jan. 26, 1808
Samuel Dewees, of Plymouth & Catherine Koh, Upper Dublin. Mar. 27, 1810
Joseph Whitcomb & Catherine Lauer, Upper Dublin. May 31, 1810
Wilhelm Egbert & Barbara Fisher, Upper Dublin. Nov. 8, 1810
Abraham Shaffer & Elisabeth Haupt. July 11, 1816
George Shaffer & Margaret Haupt. July 11, 1816
Peter Haupt & Mary Gilbert. Sept. 19, 1816
George Aimen, Jr. & Catherine Rumer. Sept. 3, 1818
John Shaffer & Ann Lisley. Oct. 8, 1818
Joseph Aimen & Mary Haupt. Oct. 5, 1819
Peter Sterigere & Mary Singley. Aug. 8, 1822
Martin Summers & Ann Elisabeth Sterigere. Dec 11, 1823
Augustus Brock & Ann Elisabeth Sterigere. Mar. 4, 1824
Peter Stailey & Sarah Haupt. Mar. 20, 1828
Elijah Haupt & Hannah Snyder. Feb. 20, 1830
Joseph Sands & Ann Haupt. Mar. 25, 1834
Joseph Heist & Mary Ann Aimen. June 15, 1834
Jacob Lightcap & Levina Sands. Oct. 2, 1834
Malachi Stout & Jane Haupt. Oct. 15, 1835
Jacob Armstrong & Catherine Brownhulz. Apr. 28, 1836
Some of the earliest ministers at Puff's Church:
Wilhelm Kurtz (1757-1758)
Johann Schaum (1758-1762)
Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1762-1763)
Johann Friederich Schmidt (1769-1785)
See Cemetery Records for "Old Puff's" Church
See Haupt Family Origins Web Site
Visit Upper Dublin Lutheran Church Web Site
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