In 1736, Christian Deppen (Teppe) Immigrated to this country from the Palatinate. Very early he took up his homestead on the banks of the Tulpehocken Creek, A mile and a half southwest of Charming Forge. Together with his neighbors, the Lauxs, Fidlers, Troutmans, Eckerts and others, he and his family shared the dangers of the Indian attacks. The Deppen Family has two traditions which relate to Indian experiences, one supported by legend and the other fairly well substantiated by the record.
The Story of the heroic act by which the life of Rebecca Kobel Deppen was spared is to be found in colonial letters and church records. During and Indian massacre, Rebecca’s mother was tomahawked while carrying her infant daughter in her arms. The injured mother fell to the ground using her dying body to shield her infant from view. Later a rescuing part found the dead body of the mother covering little Rebecca who was unharmed.