May as well make William the first on this posting. William born probably around 1785 to 1793 in PA. Mentioned briefly in Somerset,PA; married Margaret Durst and raised his family in Allegany,MD. Named his two sons: Joel and Jeremiah. Can find no hopeful pattern here at all. Family always said the name was originally Wieland or Weiland, but have seen it spelled other ways. Have only found three William's across Pennsylvania and had to discount them all. He was Methodist. He named his first daughter Phebe. None of these children names were taken from his wife's side. I have a copy of his will and he is well documented on forward.Bedford and Lancaster Counties seemed best backtracking, but can find no link.