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Subject: SIPES/Seip/Siep/Seib
Author: PrussianNurse
Date: Friday, June 25, 2004
Classification: Query
Surnames: SIPES/Seip/Siep/Seib/Sipe

I have located an extensive family tree for the Sipes family. It stems from old "Prussia". It is dated back to the 1600's to Wilheim Seip. His grandson, Johann Paulus Seip and his wife, Maria Margaretha Schmid of Bavaria, sailed over on the ship "The Neptune". "The Neptune" sailed from Rotterdam, Holland to London and then landed in Lancaster, County PA.

The Seip/ Sipe/Seib/Sipes clan is from Contwig, Palatine, Prussia which is now extreme Southwest Germany on the border of the country of Saarland and France. It is located very near the town of Nancy, France. Many of the family members still live in the Lancaaster, PA and New York area and spell their name the Old Germanic way; Seip and Seib.

The Sipes' here seem to be the only ones that changed the spelling. There is a book entitled "Johann Paulus Seip: Palatine Immigrant The Neptune 1752" which I will be obtaining from a relative who lives in Colorado.

My grandfather, Raymond Junius "Jack" Sipes, is the GGGGGG grandson of Wilheim Seip. The book contains baptism records from the Lutheran churches in Prussia. The "Palatine" immigrants were a very strong breed of Old Germanics that came to America. When possible, I will make this available in the Cleveland County library as it is very interesting reading.