John S. Dotterrer


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John S. Dotterrer 1

  • Born: 7 Dec 1822, Pike Twp., Berks, PA 1
  • Marriage (1): Hettie Weller
  • Died: 12 Dec 1881, Pike Twp., Berks, PA at age 59 1
  • Buried: Boyertown: Hill Church Union Cemetery, Berks, PA 1

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County, 1909. 1
In 1728 among the names of passengers on the ship "Mortonhouse," was the name of Johan Georg Doderer, also spelled, on the Captain's list, Hans Dirk Doddere. In 1756, according to the historian, Rupp, he had settled in the District township, Berks county; and in 1759 his name appears on the tax list in that township. Tradition says that he was an elder brother of Mathias Dotterrer, who came over in 1749.

(I) Mathias Dotterrer, whose name on the passenger list is given as Mattheus Dotter, came to America on the ship "Jacob," Captain Adolph De Grove, from Amsterdam, last from Shields, England, qualifying at Philadelphia, Oct. 2, 1749. On the same ship were Nichlaus and Martin Dotter, who may have been sons over sixteen years of age. His son Mathias (1744-1827), was about five years old at the time, and because of his age would not appear on the passenger list.

(II) Mathias Dotterrer, son of Mathias, born Jan. 22, 1744, became a pioneer of lower Berks county. His name is variously spelled--Dotterrer, Dottero and Toderrow. On the red sandstone that marks his grave just south of the Hill Church, is the following inscription: "Mathias Dotterrer, son of Mathias and Catharine, Born Jan. 22, 1744, Died June 30, 1827, aged 83 years, 5 months, 8 days." His wife is buried at his side her grave being marked by the following inscription: "Anna Maria, daughter Adam and Catharine Imholtz, and wife Mathias Dotterrer. She was born May 17, 1743, married 1765, and lived in holy wedlock over 60 years. She had two sons, twenty-six grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren at her death, which occurred Feb. 24, 1825, aged eighty-one years, nine months, seventeen days." They had two sons: Daniel was executor of his father's will (on record in German in Will Book 6, p. 99); and Mathias.

(III) Daniel Dotterrer, son of Mathias, was born July 4, 1766, and he died Sept. 13, 1844, in the seventy-ninth year of his age. He lived in Earl township, where he owned a farm, and he also owned a tract in Rockland township, bequeathing the latter to his son Henry in his will made Oct. 29, 1834. This will is on record in Will Book 9, page 18; executors, his sons Mathias and Daniel. In the Will Index his name is spelled Daniel Dottero. He married Barbara Muthart (born June 28, 1763, died Dec. 3, 1843, aged eighty years, 5 months, five days), and their children were: Mathias, John, Daniel (1792-1840), Jacob, George, Henry, Susanna and Catharine.

(IV) Jacob Dotterrer, son of Daniel, was born April 4, 1794, and he died in Earl township, Aug. 23, 1885, aged ninety-one years, four months, nineteen days. He and his family are buried in the cemetery at the Hill Church, of which they were Reformed members. In his earlier life he owned and cultivated a small farm in Pike township. By trade he was a carpenter. His wife, Sarah, daughter of Christian Sassaman, was born Dec. 21, 1797, and she died June 8, 1880, aged eighty-two years, five months, seventeen days. Four children were born to them: Maria, m. to Isaac Fry; John S.; Abraham, who lived and died in Pike township; Sarah, m. to Aaron Weller.

(V) John S. Dotterrer, son of Jacob, was born during his father's residence in Pike township, Dec. 7, 1822. His death occurred Dec. 12, 1881, when he was aged fifty-nine years, five days, and his remains were buried at Hill Church. In his earlier life he was a school teacher, teaching a pay school at Shanesville, but later he became a farmer, owning the farm of 167 acres in Pike township that is now the property of his son Jacob and the heirs of his son John. In politics he was a Democrat, and was always active in work for his party. For a number of years he served as school director in Pike township. He married Hettie (Esther) Weller, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Mest) Weller, born July 29, 1828, died July 23, 1882, aged fifty-three years, eleven months, twenty-nine days, her death occurring but eight months after that of her husband. Their children were: Catharine, who died unmarried: Jacob, of Pikeville; John W.; Daniel W.; Sarah, m. to Irwin Buchert, of Gilbertsville; Elizabeth, m. to William Hilbert, of Pikeville; Hettie, m. to Daniel Peter, of Viola, Del.; Amanda, m. to John Ritter, of Boyertown; and Augustus, of Pottstown.

John married Hettie Weller. (Hettie Weller was born on 29 Jul 1828 in Pike Twp., Berks, PA 2 and died on 23 Jul 1882 in Pike Twp., Berks, PA 2.)


1 Montgomery, Morton L., Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909. Online at:, Page 609.

2 Montgomery, Morton L., Historical and Biographical Annals of Berks County Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1909. Online at:

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