I'm from the western part of the state. Our research has indicated that a Christopher Deal, son of Phil(l)ip Deal arrived in PA around 1860-70. Some of the family settled in and around Orangeville, Ohio, but most stayed in western PA. We're looking for a connection to Philip Deal. He is my ggggrandfather. We believe he was from Germany. We are not sure how he got to western PA, either. Perhaps he came from the east, but Philip is as far as we've been able to trace. The next link we're looking for is Philip's father. Does any of this help?