Pennsylvania " German " Genealogy
of the
Simon / Simmons Families

I have been asked many times if this is a Jewish family, I have researched this back almost 500 hundred years.  This family was Prostestant very early - Lutheran in Germany and also in America

Please read the Note at the Bottom of this Page
Johan Peter Simon born  (?)   Rheinland Herram-Sultzbach, Germany
married Maria (Agnes) Meyer

John Nickel Simon born   about 1677    died Lancaster Co. Warwick TWP Pa
married Maria Margartha Von Marxheim
Immigrated on the ship Samuel Aug. 27, 1739

daughter Anna Catherina Simon born Aug. 30, 1725  Herran-Sultzbach Germany
married John David Schaffer  in York Co. Cordus Township Pa
One member of this family moved to Washington Co Pa - they are also buried in a Lutheran Cemetery
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This is what I found on a  German/Jewish Web Site

I am only relating what I found - do not blame the messenger!

History of German & Jewish Surnames
Is my Surname Jewish?

Jewish Surname Changes in Germany and Austria

German and Austrian Jews were subject to many restrictions in Germany until the early 1800s. In January 1782 the Austrian Emperor Joseph II. enacted a new law, called the Edict of Tolerance. It’s main goal was integrate his Jewish subjects fully into the economic life of the nation, and he therefore granted them access to public education, including higher education, and to job training as apprentices and journeymen. At the same time he declared the “Jewish language and writing” as abolished: all trade books, official documents and official certificates were to be written in German from then on. On July 1787 a new ruling was published: each Jew in German lands was required to either adopt (or if they already had one, to maintain) a firm, German surname. Names derived from the Hebrew were no longer permitted, and had to be legally changed. Families with already established surnames were permitted to keep them, provided they were not Hebrew names. Given names were to be “Germanized” as well, and names that were “unknown in the German language” were no longer permitted.

This is not unusual, as my name In Germany was spelled - Flinspach.
And latter it was changed to Flinchbaugh
So we all have this in common:
We all came from somewhere - this is just to answer those questioning
this particular family

From this I take it even if your name sounds Jewish - it may not be because the Jews had to take German Names in 1782 (By Law)  So it gets a little confusing - unless you do your homework. Does your your Jewish sounding name still keep the Jewish Religion? How long have they not had the Jewish Reglion? Maybe they are not Jewish then.  Either way we all came from somewhere - German or Jewish, but my research says this family is German, not Jewish

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