Probably the most successful of all the Old French names of Germanic origin that were introduced to England by the Normans. It is derived from Germanic wil ‘will, desire’ + helm ‘helmet, protection’. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror William Dilli himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the ‘conquered’ population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, and not only among the Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by John, but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented.

The Dillis & Rapp families intermarried with the Wetzstein family line through Anna Catharina Dillis, wife of Jorg Wetzstein, who was the father of Peter Wetzstein. The Quaker genealogy pages have a sigificant contribution to the Dills, Dillis, Dillus name. Our branch of the family lived in Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany.

A notable figure among the Rapps, was Johann Rapp, who is considered a reformer type.

1. Christina Rapp died 05 DEC 1632 in Kehl, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She was the daughter of 2. Hans Rapp and 3. Barbara Schantz. She married Stephan Dillis 05 APR 1619 in Kehl, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, son of Jorg Dillis 2d and Eva Bork. He was born ABT 1588 in Sontheim, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Children of Christina Rapp and Stephan Dillis are: i. Ursula Dillis.

ii. Katharina (Anna Catharina) Dillis.
iii. Barbara Dillis.
iv. Christina Dillis.
v. Anna Dillis died 30 NOV 1666 in Kehl,

Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She married
Marcus Kirmann 3d 11 JAN 1652 in Kehl, Offenburg,
Baden-Württemberg, Germany, son of Hans Kirmann
and Margaretha Horn. He died ABT 1675.


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2. Hans Rapp was born ABT 1566 in Germany. Johann Georg[e] Rapp was born on November 1, 1757 in the village of Iptingen [now one of four communities administered from Wiernsheim, 25 km from Stuttgart] in the then province of Württemberg. His father, Hans Adam Rapp, was a peasant wine grower. Georg had one brother, Adam, who died on his way to America, and three sisters, Marie Dorothea, Elise Dorothea, and Maria Barbara, who all went to America.

After finishing school, George Rapp became a journeyman weaver. In 1783 he married Christina Benzinger; they had two children, Johannes (1783) and Rosina (1786). Rapp, inspired by the writings of 17th-century German mystic Jakob Boehme and by Pietist and Anabaptist thought, became convinced that the individual can communicate directly with God, and the Layman can interpret the Word of God himself. Others who felt similarly soon joined Rapp. His followers began to form a distinct sectarian movement around 1785, at which time Rapp officially broke with the Church. From this point the Separatists grew rapidly in numbers and influence. Because civil and religious affairs were still closely intertwined at that time, Rapp's nonconformity was viewed as dangerous to the government and civil order. In 1787 the first of many official investigations of the Separatists took place and their meetings were banned.

For holding services in his Iptingen home and attracting followers with his unacceptable Anabaptist concepts, Rapp was briefly imprisoned and fined in 1791. Several of his followers were fined. Some were even threatened with the insane asylum. All feared being driven from their homes at any moment.

On October 7, 1803, Rapp and his companions arrived in Philadelphia. They were interested in government land in Ohio, and petitioned President Jefferson for special consideration in a land purchase, not realizing that such a petition would have to pass t hrough Congress. On May 1, 1804 the first 300 of Rapp's followers left Germany on the "Aurora". They arrived in Baltimore on July 4, with Dr. David Gloss as their leader. Around September 14, 1804, a party of 257 arrived in Philadelphia aboard the "Atlant ic"; they were led by Frederick Reichert. Another group arrived on September 19. The last contingent reached America on September 19, 1804 on the "Margaret".*

3. Barbara Schantz was born ABT 1572 in Germany. She was the daughter of 6. Andreas Schantz and 7. Jacoba.

Children of Barbara Schantz and Hans Rapp are:1. i. Christina Rapp died 05 DEC 1632 in Kehl, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She married Stephan Dillis 05 APR 1619 in Kehl, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, son of Jorg Dillis 2d and Eva Bork. He was born ABT 1588 in Sontheim, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

ii. Barbara Rapp.
iii. Rapp.
iv. Georg Rapp.
v. Michael Rapp.
vi. Jacob Rapp.
vii. Andreas Rapp.


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6. Johann Andreas "Andre/Andreas" Schantz was born 1699 in Franconia, Germany. Andreas married Catherine Wolff (born 1701) in Destrehan, St Charles, Louisiana. He died 11 December 1746 at Destrehan,St Charles, Louisiana.

7. Jacoba was born ABT 1541 in Germany.

Children of Jacoba and Andreas Schantz are:
i. Katharina Schantz.
ii. Katharina Schantz was born 1568 in
Germany. iii. Katharina Schantz.
3. iv. Barbara Schantz was born ABT 1572 in Germany.
She married Hans Rapp 30 JUN 1591 in Kehl,
Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He was born
ABT 1566 in Germany.
v. Andreas Schantz 2d.

1. Anna Catharina DILLI. She was the daughter of 2. Peter DILLI. She married Jorg WETZSTEIN.

Child of Anna Catharina DILLI and Jorg WETZSTEIN is: i. Elizabeth KURTZ. She married Peter WETZSTEIN 1723, son of Jorg WETZSTEIN and Anna Catharina DILLI. He was born 1700 in Sigmaringen,Wurtt,Germany.

Johann Andreas "Andreas" Schantz was the son of Johann Schantz (born: 1663-Franconia, Germany) and Susanna Catharina Schantzin (Died:20 April 1726 in Franconia, Germany) Andreas Schantz married: Catherine Wolf/Wolffzin born: 22 April 1713 in Boncour, Germany. They married 1721-1723 in German Coast,Louisiana.

The "Wolf" surname is a famous Anglo-Irish surname of Norman-French origins! Almost all nameholders have some connection with the conquest of England in 066 by William of Normandy, the name being taken to Ireland in 1170 following Strongbows invasion. What is less certain is why the name was given in the first place. It seems to have been a nickname in that almost all early records include the preposition 'Le', suggesting that the original holders were men (and women) of considerable ferocity and cunning, and this seems to have come down through the ages, the Irish nameholders in particular having provided more than their fair share of soldiers of the British (and sometimes) French Empires. Canon C W Barsley, the eminent Victorian etymologist, suggests that the name refers to a hunter of wolves, and that maybe the case with the first name holder as shown below. Captain George Wolfe of Limerick, who took part in the famous siege of that city in 1690, was the great grandfather of General James Wolfe, the victor of Quebec in 1759. -------------------------------------------------------

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2. Peter DILLI.

Child of Peter DILLI is:1. i. Anna Catharina DILLI. She married Jorg WETZSTEIN. Jorg Wetzstein was the son of Heinrich Wetzstein and Barbara Shaver. Jorg Wetzstein and wife, Anna Catharina married about 1705 and were the parents of the following children:

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