Note: When Johann Bernhart Eitel emegrated to America at the age of 1 he changed his name to John Barnett Idol. He was born in Germany, wnt from there to Rotterdam, Holland and then to England. He embarked at Plymouth for America on the ship St. Andew, landing at Philadelphia September 23, 1752. James Abercromie was the captain and Johann's name is on the passenger list under the name Bernhart Eytel. Conrad Meier who lived in Philadelphia County paid his passage. About 1760 he married Elizabeth Meier, in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. She was Conrad Meier's eldest daughter. Conrad Meier was from Winkel, Parish of Bulach, Switzerland, was of German descent, and was related to Johann on his mother's side. John and Elizabeth moved to Rowan Co., North Carolina about 1770. Source: "Descendants of Barnett and Elizabeth Meier Idol" compiled by Pearl Idola dn Mattie Ruth Idol of High Point, N. C. in 1938 and published by Maud Idol Smith of Pleasant Garden, N. C. in 1980. Additional information from Julia Schultz, Ron and Lisa Barker, Mark Ladd, Karen Mullins, and Aleita@aol.com. In North Carolina, Johann first operated a tavern in the vicinity of Abbotts Creek in Rowan county. From information in the Grainger County History Book, an item by Colvin Idol shows that on December 10, 1788 Johann and Elizabeth obtained a 240 acre land grant from Britian's King George III and moved the family to the abbott's Creek section of North Carolina near the present town of Kernersville. Johann Anglicised his name to John Barnett Idol ans was called Barnett or Barney Idol. Per Julia Schults "recent records found in Bodelshausen, Germany indicate that Johann Eitel was born there and that Hans Ytel is the first ancestor in Bodelshausen. The McCubbins Film#4932 shows George, Jacob, Michael, Adam, Mathias, Barnet, Elizabeth and Mary Idol. Rowan Co. Will Book 14, Pg. 36, August 1, 1798 shows that according to the Will of deceased Barnet Idel who bequeathed land (which was partly in Rowan and Partly in Stokes Counties, N. C. ) to his children and heirs: George, Jacob, Michael, Adam, Mathia, Barnet, Elizabeth and Archibald and Mary (Idle) Johnson, who had unanimously chosen James Wilborn, Wm. Manlove, Cadwallader Jones, James Caldwell, Manlove Wheeler, Wm. Right, John Lindsay and Ezekiel Teaque to divide it and now express themselves as being pleased with the division. To Jacop Idle 190 acres crossing Stokes Co. line; to Archibald Johnson 176 acres next Paine and Jacob Idle..To Michael Idle 130 acres (being part of 2 lots one in Rowan Co. and another in Stokes next "Vacove Line", next Jacob Idle, Archibald Johnson and...Teaque; To George Idle 100 acres...next Teacue, Barnet, Mathia Idle and Samuel Davis; to Adam Idle 50 acres; to George Idle, ..Robertson; to Elizabeth Idle 122 acres next Henry and Samual Davis and George Idle. HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON THE IDOL FAMILY NAME FROM MORRIS RAMSEY Idol is an Americanization of the German surname Eitel, meaning "purely" or "simply". Variant spellings occurred in Germany:Eitell, Itel, Eydel, Eytel, Eutell. The Eitels settled in colonial America as well as in canada. Amoung the early settlers was Johannes Bernhart Eitel who left his home in Bodelshausen Germany and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752, having crossed the Atlantic on baord the "St. Andews" wit other German immigrants in Rotterdam. He became an indentured servant in Pennsylvania, married Elizabeth Meier, an immigrant from Winkel, Switzerland, and eventually becae a large landowner and tavern keeper near High Point, N. C. Barnett died in 1786 and was buried in the graveyard of the Bethany Reformed Church in Wallburg, N. C. A memorial stone to him and his wife and children was erected in the graveyard in 1932. Many of his descendants were buried in the graveyard of Abbott's Creek Primitive Baptist Church near High Point.