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Diebold "Theobold" Mechling
Birth: Mar. 11, 1694
Departement du Bas-Rhin
Alsace, France
Death: Apr., 1765
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA

Here is some bio on him:

Theobald Mechling was born in Hoerdt, Alsace, France son of Martin MECHLING, who in 1700, sold house, meadow & forest, moving his family from Hoerdt. They may have relocated in Germany, as the MECHLINGs spoke German and were of Lutheran/Reform faith in Pennsylvania
Hoerdt records show the MECHLING family residing there back to earliest known records in 1492 ! Just think, Columbus was making his way to "America." Among Martin MECHLINGs children were sons *Diebold b 1694 Hoerdt and Jacob b 1699 -- *Diebold, a variation of Dewalt.

Theobald was born about 1695. He and his brother, Jacob arrived in Philadelphia on 11 September 1728 on the ship, James Goodwill with David Crocket the ship master. The ship had sailed from Rotterdam, Holland via the Port of Deal, England leaving on 15 June 1728. On board were 90 some immgrants from Palatine, Germany.

Sometime within the next few years Theobald married Anna Elizabeth Lauer, daughter of John Peter and Anna Margaret Lauer. In 1731 their first child, Dewalt was born. On 29
June 1734 Theobald took out a warrant for approximately 125 acres in Bucks County, PA. When the land was surveyed it amounted to 144 acres and 120 perches. This land was a
grant from Thomas and Richard Penn, sons of William Penn, and proprietors of the province of Pennsylvania.

Theobald built a log cabin and moved his family to this land in Bucks County, an area which later became part of Lehigh County. The log cabin is still standing and occupied today and is incorporated into a larger home.

On 19 September 1763, Theobald wrote his will leaving his beloved wife, Elizabeth Mechling one complete Bed stead with all the furniture, one cow, one side saddle worth
three pounds and ten shillings, one chest, one spinning wheel, two iron pots, all the flax which is not spun into yarn at my decease and two butter dishes, three plates,six spoons,one tea pot, two bureaus of which one is pine. He had already given some of the children l00 pounds each and the others were to receive 100 pounds each when they became of age. He left the plantation of 170 acres to the youngest son, Thomas with the agreement that Elizabeth could remain at the home and share in the profit of the plantation as long as she remain a widow. The plantation was valued at 400 pounds. Thomas was to take possession when he became twenty one years of age. He was to pay the other four brothers and one sister twenty five pounds each year until he had paid each one 1/6 of the 400 pounds.

Theobald died in April 1765 and he and his wife are buried at the cemetery at Dillingersville by the Upper Milford Lutheran Church-school that he helped organize. The burial ground MAY have been in a field, burials marked only w/field stone, because at 1765 era, there was so much turmoil w/war, and, they didn't want the waring parties to know how strong/weak their population was... the stone pictured on Theobald's memorial is "MHA" memorial stone, put with the DILLINGER stones vs alone somewhere in a suspected field.
On the reverse of that stone, are listed all the children of Theobald & Anna Elizabeth's listed.

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Their suggestion:
Greetings, bio can be updated to - please excerpt or add as you consider appropriate - French cousin has located primary proof documents.

(updated info)
Theobald's birth name was Diebold, born 03 Nov 1694 Hoerdt, Alsace, Bas-Rhin, France. After his parents sold house, meadow and forest at Hoerdt in 1700, they settled about 26 miles up the road at Hohwiller, where parents, Diebold & Eva died.

Diebold, as seen on 1728 ship's list with brother Jacob as:
(List A) "Teobald MEKELING" & "Jacob MEKELING" or (List B) "Theobald (D) MECHLING" & "Jacob MEC[KLING]" Ship: James Goodwill, arrived Philadelphia PA, 11 Sep 1728, only males 16+ were listed. Their family group contained Diebold, brother Jacob, his wife Anna Margaret & infant son Johann Jacob (b Apr 1728).

Diebold settled on land today known as Lower Milford twp, Lehigh Co PA. See website for more historical details:
and genealogy at:

Family links: 
  Diebold Mechling (1657 - 1712)
  Eva Riedinger Mechling (1668 - 1755)
  Anna Elizabeth Lauer Mechling (1700 - 1753)*
  John Theobald Dewalt Mechling (1731 - 1816)*
  John "Peter" Mechling (1737 - 1765)*
  John Jacob Mechling (1747 - 1824)*
  Philip Mechling (1749 - 1817)*
  Thomas Mechling (1751 - 1786)*
  Eva Mechling (1693 - ____)*
  Diebold Mechling (1694 - 1765)
  Martin Mechling (1696 - 1710)*
  Jacob Mechling (1699 - 1746)*
  Maria Mechling (1700 - 1701)*
  Johann Georg Mechling (1703 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Dillingersville School Union School and Church Cem
Lehigh County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Rock Wall by marker on back of property
Created by: Connie (Mooney Zlomke) M...
Record added: Aug 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57707822
Diebold Theobold Mechling
Added by: Connie (Mooney Zlomke) McCandless
Diebold Theobold Mechling
Added by: Connie (Mooney Zlomke) McCandless
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Thank you.
- Nancy Carlson
 Added: Mar. 4, 2016
My 7th GGrandfather,Thank you for being brave enough to come to our country, and make possible our growth and greatness. May you rest in God's Eternal Peace.H
 Added: May. 2, 2015

- christi & grandma
 Added: Feb. 3, 2014
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