When John Philip Dinges was born on 21 July 1816, in Millheim, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Samuel Dinges, was 22 and his mother, Magdalena Corman, was 21. He married Rebeca Krape about 1839, in Haines Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Penn Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850 and Franklin Township, Cass, Iowa, United States in 1880. He died on 20 August 1886, in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States.
German: from a vernacular form of the Latin personal name Dionysius (see Dennis ). Compare Dings .