Big changes have come to — all content is now read-only, and member subscriptions and the Shop have been discontinued.
Learn more

Roshon, Steinruck, Evans, Denning, Gresh, Mayberry, Krider

Updated August 12, 2009

John J. Amtsfield
747 E. Fifth St.
Boyertown, PA 19512-1310
United States

Edit Your Page
Researching the various evolutions of the families Roshon, Roshong, Rochon, Rouchon, Steinruck, Steinrock, Stonerock, Stonerook, Stayrook, Stainrook, Staneruck, Gresh, Maybury, Mayberry, Mabry, Krider, Crieder, Kreuter, Denning, Evans, Baldwin, Hanselman, Handwerk, Rhoads, Edwards, Howard, Gillen, Kelley, Thomas, Cohick, Burkholder, Amtsfield and Goebber Families and families intermarried or descended from any of these families compiled by John Amtsfield ( and Carole Faust (

The various projects that encompass this website are inspired by the indomitable spirit of my Grandmother, Barbara Denning Steinruck Kelley, who started to do family research even though she could not drive back in the 1930s. The old family joke forever was that, if you let Barbara into your car, you will literally end up in a cemetery. She passed on her intense interest and passion for family history to my parents, John and Carole Amtsfield, my sister Carole Faust and to myself. I am also grateful for the support of my loving wife, Linda. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother, Barbara Denning Steinruck Kelley (1896-1972), to my mother, Carole Amtsfield and to my father, my brother and sisters, my beloved wife and all of our children. Family is forever.

This is an ongoing work project, so some of the listed data is preliminary and constitutes simply my working notes. This data is being submitted on this website to facilitate security of the data and prevent catastrophic loss from having the data stored in only one place. It is also published mindful of my declining health, my own mortality and with a sincere desire to share with other researchers who have an interest in these families. I am in essence passing the torch for future researchers to continue the search, to make additions and corrections. Databases on World Family Trees, and/or is updated and most current database is listed as "Jamts" or "Amtsfield". Please contact for additions and/or corrections. Note that names with an asterisk before the name denote probable/possible connections made from secondary sources and await primary evidence to confirm or dispute.

Probably 90% of this research was done, pre-computer, between 1970-1984. In 1984 I took a position that monopolized my time and retired in 2002 with illness. In mid-2003, I started to organize all of my surviving notes and files into the data that is enclosed. It is impossible to accomplish this much research alone. Although the suppositions are mine and, therefore, any errors that result are mine and mine alone; any success this work is able to achieve is due in large measure to researchers with whom I have worked, collaborated and sourced, as follows: Howard G. Roshon (Baltimore, Ohio); S. Duane Kauffman (Perkasie, PA); Carole Faust (Fairview Village, PA); Barbara Denning Steinruck Kelley; Carole and John Amtsfield (Perkiomenville, PA); Mrs. Clifford (Edna) Steinruck (Parkerford, PA); George Gear (Trooper, PA); Robert Stonerock (Nashport, Ohio); Carl Roshong (Pataskala, Ohio); Marvin Roshong (Lansdale, PA); Frederick R. Ruppert (San Diego, California); Warren G. Roshon (Reading, PA); Dolores and Paula Radwanski (Tunkannock, PA); William Cuttshall (Brazil, Indiana); Arthur M. Moore (Columbus, Ohio); Robert and Beulah Roshon (Canton, Ohio); Earl R. Kane (Canton, Ohio); Mary Alice Farnsworth (Wheatland, Wyoming); Chris R. Miller (Durham, North Carolina); Samuel Roshon (Columbus, Ohio); Luana R. Darrah (West Allis, Wisconsin); Bertie Righter, Pennsylvania; Clyde Roshon (Pottstown, PA); Nancy Obenchain (Rogers, Arkansas)and countless others including dedicated and professional staff at Historical and Genealogical Libraries and Courthouses all over Pennsylvania and especially Montgomery County, PA.

To the extent of law, material and narratives herein are copyrighted by inclusion on this and other websites.


  • ROSHON-ROSHONG-ROCHON; Waldensians from Piedmont and Württemberg to Pennsylvania (view PDF)


Family Photos

  • Johan George Steinrock Homestead (117 KB)
    The original homestead (still standing) has had at least two major additions. Photo was taken by S. Duane Kauffman in 1978 located in Upper Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, PA.
  • Magdalena (Johnson) Roshong Gravestone (117 KB)
    Magdalena Roshong (1771-1857) daughter of John Jans (Johnson) and wife of John Roshong (1766-1811). Photo important to establish parentage and dispute Schwenkfelder history.
  • Old Goshenhoppen Church, Woxall, PA (34 KB)
    Old Goshenhoppen Union Church, , Woxall, Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA where Pierre Rouchon and some of his descendants are buried.
  • Waldenser Memorial, Pinache, Germany (25 KB)
    Memorial in Town Square of Pinache, Germany dedicated to the original families who settled the town after being forced from their homes in Pinasca in the Cottian Alps region of the Italian border with France circa 1699.
  • Christian and Sarah (Roth) Cohick (30 KB)
    Christian Cohick (1821-1901) and wife Sarah Roth Cohick (1825-1897)
  • Bangor Episcopal Church, Caernarvon Township (125 KB)
    Bangor Episcopal Church, in Churchtown, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, PA associated with Evans, Morgans, Davies, Jones etc.
  • Emmanuel Lutheran (Old Brick) Church, Pottstown (44 KB)
    Emmanuel Lutheran or "Old Brick" Church in Pottstown, Montgomery County, PA. Attended by Steinrucks, Hanselmans and Greshes.
  • John Krider Gravestone, Stephens City, VA. (1674 KB)
    Gravestone of John Krider (1737-1829) Founder of Salford Forge, father of Anna Barbara Krider Roshon (wife of John Jacob Roshon) and grandfather of Philip Roshon. Grave located at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stephens City, Frederick County, Virginia.
  • Lieutenant Joseph Denning, Civil War photograph (41 KB)
    Lieutenant Joseph Denning (1839-1910) photograph from Regimental History of the Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry (80th Regiment PA Volunteers) Civil War photograph.
  • First Lieutenant Commision Joseph Denning (569 KB)
    Commision Document for First Lieutenant, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry, Civil War, Joseph Denning.
  • New Hanover Lutheran Church, Montgomery Co., PA (173 KB)
    New Hanover Lutheran Church, New Hanover Township, Montgomery County. One of the earliest Lutheran Churches in America and where the Steinrucks, Hanselmans and Greshes attended.
  • Christian and Sarah Ann Cohick Gravestones (429 KB)
    Gravestones of Christian (1821-1901) and Sarah Ann Cohick (1825-1897), Center Lutheran Church Cemetery, Upper Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, PA
  • 1905 Reunion Seventh PA Cavalry, Gettysburg, PA (113 KB)
    Annual reunion of the veterans of the Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry held in 1905 at Gettysburg, PA. Joseph Denning is in the front row, fourth from the right.
  • 1907 Roshon Multiplane (120 KB)
    John William Roshon's first airplane 1907 which was patented and the forerunner of other planes he built.
  • Rochon Coat of Arms (18 KB)
    Armorial Coat of Arms (French) for the Rochon family
  • Roshon, Phillippe Roshon Property (508 KB)
    Limerick Township, Montgomery County, PA Property grid for Phillippe Roshon (Immigrant), John Derr and Christopher Scheffey near New Hanover Township Line and straddling Swamp Pike (drawn by Barbara Wentz, Zionsville, PA).
  • Holy Apostles M.E. Church, St. Clair, PA (2 KB)
    Holy Apostles M.E. Church in St. Clair, Schuylkill County, PA. Attended by Evans and Denning families.
  • Falkner Swamp Reformed Church, Montgomery Co., PA (15 KB)
    Falkner Swamp Reformed Church, New Hanover, Pa. Dedicated June 6, 1790. Congregation organized by Rev. John Philip Boehm in 1720. First Church Erected 1739-1743. Photo taken before additions made and graveyard apportioned (Circa 1947).
  • Johan George Gresh Gravestone (595 KB)
    Johan George Gresh Tombstone and Revolutionary War Plaque at Fritz Burial Ground, Douglass Township, Berks County, PA
  • Henry Roshon Steinruck (1863-1908) Portrait. (29 KB)
    Portait of Henry Roshon Steinruck (1863-1908), son of Isaac and Barbara (Roshon) Steinruck and husband of Caroline Esther Denning Steinruck (1875-1965).
  • Philip Roshon Gravestone (40 KB)
    Philip Roshon (1787-1843) at Falkner Swamp Reformed Church, New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA.
  • Falkner Swamp Reformed Church in 2003 (287 KB)
    Photograph of the Falkner Swamp Reformed Church (UCC) taken in 2003 includes the addition to the church building which required reinterment of a number of graves including Philip and Sarah Roshon.
  • Sarah (Mayberry) Roshon Gravestone (94 KB)
    Sarah (Mayberry) Roshon (1790-1870) from Falkner Swamp Reformed Church, New Hanover Township, Montgomery County, PA.
  • Christopher Steinruck (1750-1822) Gravestone (173 KB)
    Christopher Steinruck (1750-1822) Gravestone from Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, PA adjoining the gravesite of his second wife Susanna (1768-1821). Note Revolutionary War Flag and marker.
  • Pierre Rochon (1732-1813) Gravestone. Immigrant (258 KB)
    Pierre Rochon (Peter Roshon/Roshong) Immigrated in 1753. Gravestone from Old Goshenhoppen Church Cemetery, Upper Salford Township, Montgomery County, PA.
  • Pinache, Germany (25 KB)
    Waldenskirche (Waldensian Church), Pinache, Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Steinruck Coat of Arms (247 KB)
    Heraldic Coat of Arms (German) for the Steinruck Family.
  • Nathan Evans (1682-1763) Gravestone. Immigrant. (396 KB)
    Nathan Evans Gravestone, Immigrant Evans Ancestor, from Bangor Episcopal Church Cemetery, Churchtown, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, PA. The progenitor of a very large Evans family throughout the US.
  • Waldensian Church in Pinache, Wuerttemberg (42 KB)
    Brunnenplatz vor der Waldenserskirche, Pinache, Germany. Waldensian Church and plaza in Pinache, Germany.

Related Files

  • Isaac Steinruck Family Bible (6 KB)
    Isaac Steinruck (1811-1867) and wife Barbara (Roshon) Steinruck (1822-1896) of Limerick Township, Montgomery County, PA
  • Johan George (Hans Jurg) Hanselman Descendants (544 KB)
    Jerg Hanselman's son Hans Jerg (Johan George)Hanselman (1724-1792) who emigrated from Steinenbronn, Wuerttemberg in 1749 and settled in Douglass Township, Berks County, PA.
  • Samuel Steinruck, Jr. Family Bible (21 KB)
    Samuel Steinruck, Jr. (1819-1857) and Catherine (Slonaker) Steinruck Family Bible
  • Christian Cohick Ancestors and Descendants (580 KB)
    Christian Cohick (1821-1901) descendants and ancestors including Cowhicks.
  • Henry Rex Staneruck Family Bible (11 KB)
    Henry Rex Staneruck (1843-1891) and Mary Jane (Mitchell) Staneruck (1844-1899) of Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA
  • George W. Roshong Family Bible (12 KB)
    George W. Roshong (1850-1925) and Emma (Bice) Roshong (1855-1894)
  • Nathan Evans Descendants, Lancaster County, PA (1005 KB)
    Nathan Evans (1682-1763) of Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, PA and of Lott Evans of Caernarvon Township, Berks County, PA; progenitors of a large and diverse branch of the Evans Family that reaches nearly every state in the Union.
  • Henry Miller Roshon Family Bible (8 KB)
    Henry Miller Roshon (1860-1912) and Mary (Brown) Roshon (1857-1931) of Fleetwood, Berks County, PA
  • Joseph Denning Ancestors and Descendants (374 KB)
    Philip Denning of Kilmersdon, Somersetshire, England was the progenitor of the Schuylkill County, PA Denning-Dennings families.
  • Joseph Denning Civil War Letters 1861-1865 (307 KB)
    Letters written by Joseph Denning, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry to Fiancee and wife Margaret Ann Evans while on duty with the Army of the Cumberland 1861-1865 transcribed from original letters by John J. Amtsfield
  • Johan George Gresh Descendants, Berks Co., PA (989 KB)
    Johan George Gresh settled in Douglass Township, Berks County after arriving in Pennsylvania about 1749. Although a large number of descendants spread out through the United States, a significant number remain in or near Greshville in Berks County, PA.
  • Steinruck (Steinrock) Descendants of Johan George (1927 KB)
    Johan George Steinrock and wife Anna Maria emigrated to America in 1749 and settled in Upper Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, PA. They are the progenitors of a very large family that includes Steinrucks, Stonerocks, Stonerooks, Stanerucks, Stainrooks, Stineruchs and Stayrooks throughout the United States.
  • Christian Heinrich Amtsfeld Descendants (56 KB)
    Descendants of Christian Heinrich Amtsfeld of Walsrode, Niedersachsen, Germany and Amtsfields in the United States
  • Ancestry and Descendants of Johan Michael Krider (228 KB)
    Johan Michael and Catharine Krider of Montgomery County, PA descendants and ancestry (1712-1761)including John Krider who built Salford Forge.
  • Lott Evans Family Bible (8 KB)
    Lott Evans and Sarah (Evans) Evans Family Bible, Caernarvon Township, Lancaster County, PA
  • Joseph Mayberry (1744-1790) Descendancy (420 KB)
    Descendants of Joseph Mayberry (1744-1790) and Anna Krater/Krider of Montgomery County, PA.
  • Samuel Steinruck, Sr. Family Bible (11 KB)
    Samuel Steinruck (1789-1836) and wife Salome [Gresh] Family Bible, Douglass Township, Berks County, PA
  • Roshon-Roshong Family of Jean Rochon, Waldensian. (2139 KB)
    The Roshon, Roshong, Rochon, Rouchon and Rusho descendants of Jean Rochon, Waldensian refugee, who fled France to escape religious persecution, to Pinasca in the Cottian Alps region of Italy (along the French border), then to Switzerland and to founding the village of Pinache in Wuerttemberg. Of the Pinache family, five immigrant families (three brothers and two sisters) traveled to Montgomery County and Berks County, PA and started a large and diverse family.

Related Links

Created with Family Tree Maker

The content shown on this page has been submitted by a customer, and is not subject to verification by Neither nor its affiliates are responsible for the accuracy of any information contained on this page. The opinions expressed on this page are the author's alone and not the opinions of

Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2009