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Johann Peter Klopp, Sr
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Birth: 1686
Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death: Sep. 11, 1753
Ephrata
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA

Johann Peter Klopp, Sr., was the progenitor of the Pennsylvania German Klopps. The Klopp family is one of the oldest and most prominent families of Berks and Lebanon Counties, PA. A castle, known as Burg Klopp, still stands in Bingen am Rhein, Germany. It is thought that the castle gave the family their name. In 1702, a number of Palatines (Rheinland-Pfalz) left Germany and through the invitation of Queen Ann came to London. Some of these families came to New York in 1710 and, owing to the oppression of British Governor Hunter, came to Pennsylvania in 1723, locating in the Tulpehocken creek area. Among their numbers was John Peter Klopp, Sr. From the records of the Rev. Kocherthal we have the following: Married Sept. 12, 1711, John Peter Klopp, a tailor of Horn county of Simmern, in the Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) and Anna Magdalena, widow of the late John Christopher Lutz of Klingen, a minister in the Palatinate.

He and the widow Anna Magdalena Lutz were the parents of, among other children, Johann Peter Klopp, Jr.

Johann Peter Klopp, Sr., was a member of the Reformed German Church in the Tulpehocken Settlement in Pennsylvania in 1735. Later, he, with Rev. Peter Miller, Gottfried Fidler, Conrad Weiser, and others, joined a church at Ephrata in Lancaster County, Pa. At the home of Mr. Fidler, who had first taken up land in Tulpehocken township, burned the Psalms, catechism, and other good books. This occurred before the church of the Tulpehocken Brethren (German Seventh Day Baptists) was finished. Conrad Weiser, Hans Michael Miller, Johann Peter Klopp, Godfried Fidler, and several single men and women went to the settlement in Ephrata now known as the Ephrata Cloister. Of these, Weiser, Miller, and Klopp later withdrew from the Ephrata settlement, but not Johann Peter Klopp, Sr.'s daughter remained. Her monastic name was "Thekla" and is so listed on the roster of the Sisterhood. She died Oct. 6, 1748, probably at Ephrata. Peter Klopp died in 1753 and it is thought by some that he is buried at Ephrata Cloister as he left 30 pounds to the Sisters and Brothers there in his will. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Anna Magdalena Klopp (1690 - 1766)*
 
 Children:
  Johann Peter Klopp (1719 - 1794)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ephrata Cloister Cemetery
Ephrata
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Geoffrey D. Decker
Record added: Dec 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23279882
Johann Peter Klopp, Sr
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Thank you, my pioneer ancestor.
- Stephanie Myers Landis
 Added: Oct. 14, 2013
In memory of my 6th great grandfather!
- C Chester
 Added: Jun. 18, 2012
Your American descendants honor your memory, Great Grandfather Klopp!
- Geoffrey D. Decker
 Added: Dec. 7, 2007
 
 
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