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The Ancestors of Robert Monroe Bucher
Elizabeth Ann Matlack

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258. Christian8 Bomberger
Pennsylvania Patents, Vol 67, p.135: Under warrent of 8 Aug 1738 there was surveyed to Christian Bumberger a tract in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, adjoining George Cline, Jacob Hoover, and Martin Bougher, 87 acres.  By a second warrent 20 May 1740 there was surveyed another 50 acres adjoining. Bumberger in last will 30 Jan 1741 gave two tracts to his son-in-law Martin Bougher of Warwick Township. Bougher patented them 21 May 1762; recorded 22 May 1762 (AA-3:282)

Ancestors of Christian John Bomberger (no longer online): He came from Eschelbronn, village, Baden - District of Unterrheinkreiss, lower Rhine circle. ... A copy of his traveling document is preserved and reproduced in " Bomberger Lancaster County Roots 1722 - 1986".

A large bronze tablet has been placed in position along the Old Newport road a mile northwest of Lititz, PA, commemorating the first settler in this country of the name Christian Bomberger.  The tablet was set on a granite base, four by five feet and weighing four tons brought there from MT. Hope.

The tablet was made in New York, following is the inscription. " In Memory of Christian Bomberger A God-fearing and industrious man, who with his wife Maria, two sons, John and Christian, and six daughters left the tenantry of Baron von der Fels, in Eschelbron, Baden, May 12th, 1722, was granted a certificate of honorable dismissal by the Cheif Magistrate of Waibsetatt, and settled in this tract, among the Indians.  He died in 1742.  His body rests in the family of god's acre on yonder hill.  Erected by his descendents, 1923"

The original grant of land from William Penn comprised about 544 acres, the deed on sheepskin being in possession of the descendents.  The Henry Bomberger farm is now under the management of the sixth generation of sons.  The first living quarters were nearby, a log dugout.  It is said the Bomberger settlers were often compelled to throw burning splinters up the chimney to frighten away the wolves on the roof level with the hillside, who were attracted by the smell of humans and scratched dirt down the chimney onto the fireplace.

Early Settlement of Lititz: The earliest known settler in the region of Lititz was Christian Bomberger.  In 1722 he lived in a dugout about a mile northwest of the Lititz Springs.  The dugout, the cavity of which still shows, was against the northern bank of the trail, which later became the Newport road; 60 yards west of the stream, later called the San Domingo creek, which crosses that road.

The Indians still in Conestoga when Bomberger settled there were small groups of Shawanese, near Conejohcla (now Washington Borough); Ganowese or Conoys, at Conoy Indiantown (now Bainbridge); Conestogas, at Conestoga Indiantown in Manor Township; Nanticokes at Nanticoke Indiantown, two miles northeast of what is now Clay.  The last of these Indians definitely recorded at Lititz were several with whom Valentine Huhn (1723-1808), of nearby Owl Hill, as he told it to John Beck in 1806, traded horses at the big springhead.  These Indians were probably Nanticokes, the nearest tribe.  Huhn said he was a very young man when he made the trade.  The year was about 1742.

The lands adjoining the big springhead had been Indian camp sites for thousands of years.  Most of the stone spearheads found there had been made, according to recent archaeological research, between 1500 and 6000 B.C.  The region has been occupied by human life for at least 10, 000 years.

Lloyd Huber Bomberger, Bomberger Lancaster County Roots 1722-1986, pp.7, 15 & 22: The first settlement in Warwick Township was made by Christian Bomberger who, with his wife Maria, 2 sons, and 6 daughters, left the tenantry of 'Baron von der Fels', Eschelbronn, Baden, on May 12th, 1722, and was given a certificate of honorable dismissal by government officials.  He arrived 6 weeks later at Philadelphia.

He took up 546 acres of land, and later added thereto 23 acres and built a dug-out at Newport Road in 1734.  He died in 1742, and is buried in God's acre at the old homestead on the hill.

Christian Bomberger left the Fatherland because of hostilities and warfare, only to become a fighting man when he reached Lancaster County.  He discovered that he had to defend his family against roving bands of Indians and hungry wolves.  And he didn't own a gun.  Somehow the Bombergers escaped death in their wilderness home.

As the years went by the dug-out was superseded by a residence made of logs. By 1740 Christian Bomberger found himself living 'by the side of the road' but he didn't have much of a human parade to watch.  Instead of the highway which now transverses his land, the road was nothing but a trail.  Then as industry progressed and the Grubbs started their Hopewell furnace at Mt. Hope, the road grew in importance.

Ancestors of Soren Brent Smeltzer, Will of Christian Bomberger: I Christian Bumbarger of Warwick in the county of Lancaster and province of Pennsylvania Yoeman, being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this, my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discrecion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the General Ressurection, I shall recieve the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis. It is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid.

Item. I give and bequeath unto Mary my beloved wife, the sum of One Hundred and Seventy pounds of good and lawful money, to be raised and paid out of my estate.

Item. It is my will that the remainder of my estate be equally divided between my children, namely; Anna, Margaret, Barbara, John, Elizabeth and Christian, so that there be due regard kept of what each of them have recieved from me in my life. I give and bequeath to my son John, all that tract of land where he now lives upon, containing 200 acres, to him and his heirs and assigns forever, according to the value agreed with him in my lifetime.

Item. I give and bequeath to my son-in-law martin Bougher, who is married to my daughter Elizabeth, to him and his heirs, or assigns forever, according to the agreement made with him in my lifetime, all the tract of land where he now lives upon, containing 160 acres.

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Christian, the plantation and tract where I now live upon, containing about 200 acres, to him, his heirs and assigns, so that be appraised and he get no more than an equal share.

I likewise constitute, make and ordain my son-in-law John Cauffman, and my trusty friends Michael Shenk and George Klein, my only and sole executors of this my last will and testament.

Signed this 30th day of June, 1741
Witness: Christian Stafer, Jacob Weill, Emanuel Carpenter

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260. Christian8 Eby
The fourth son of Theodorus Eby, named Christian Eby, was born in Switzerland, February 12, 1698.  He was married to Elizabeth Mayer, a member of one of the families that immigrated with Theodorus.  Christian and his wife settled on Hammer Creek, in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, about 3 miles north of Lititz.  Here he died about the 15th day of September 1756, and his wife died on the 12th day of December 1787.  They had a family of 10 children. (Taken from History of the Eby Family, by Ezra E. Eby, 1889, p.4.)

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268. Abraham8 Reiff
Kendig's Relatives 15/1:13: They moved from Salford Twp, Montgomery Co. PA to Chester Co. In 1740 they moved to Lancaster Co. and purchased Samuel Evans farm in present Upper Leacock Twp.

Reiff Brothers 22/2:19: Located in what is now Franconia Twp, Montgomery Co. PA by 1719; purchased 212 acres on 14 Sep 1729; sold this farm on16 Apr 1746; the spacious log house on this farm was occasionally used as a meeting house by the Franconia Mennonite congregation before the Franconia meetinghouse was built.

Ancestry Message Board: Submitter: Karinelyn Paul: He was a deacon for the Salford Mennonite Church 1720/1740 in Montgomery Co. PA.

Lineages, Inc., comp. Philadelphia County Wills, 1682-1819. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2000.: Taken from Philadelphia County Wills, 1682-1819 published by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1900:

Name: Abraham Reif. Coventry. Co. of Chester. Yeoman. d. 20 July 1763. Will proved 10 Dec 1763. Wife: Barbara. Children: Isaac Christian, Abraham, Francis, Anne, Barbara, Elizabeth. Brother in law: Jacob Moyer. Son in law: Michael Sentzemick. Grandchildren: Ulrich Huntschberger and children of daughter Elizabeth. Execs.: Christian and Abraham Reif, Michael Sentzemick.

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273. Elizabeth8 Moore
Ancestry Family Tree: Will abstract: BOLLINGER, ELIZABETH. Cocalico Twp. August 17, 1799 August 11, 1800; Children: Peter, Ann wife of John Mohler, Isaac and Jacob. Grandchildren: Samuel (son of Isaac) and Elizabeth (parents' names not given). Ex. Peter Bollinger.

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274. Daniel8 Bowman
Ephrata John 17/4:72: He owned large woodlands and operated mills on the Cocalico Creek and acheived some prosperity.  In 1763, he purchased eighty-two acres from his father's farm, a part of the original land grant.

Daniel was one of the signers of the petition to place the Ephrata Cloisters in the hands of Trustees.  In 1783 he built a large stone house, operated a hotel, and owned Conestoga wagons by means of which he shipped goods to Philadelphia and Wilmington mills.

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276. Henry8 Nissley
Reiff Brothers 22/2:18: Henry was a miller.  He owned 160 acres on the Chickies Creek near Sporting Hill in Rapho Twp, Lancaster Co. PA.

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296. Johannes Jacob8 Schneider
Ezra Eby, p. 282-3: In examining the "Colonial Records" of Philadelphia, ... volume No. 4, page 59, ... one hundred and fifty emigrants from the Palatinate (Pfaltz) and other places of Europe came in the vessel Harle of London.  Among this number we find ... Johannes Schneider.  These together with old "Hannes" (Johannes) were qualified, i.e. because citizens of Pennsylvania and subject to the Crown, His Majesty King George II, in September, 1736.

Johannes Schneider, or as tradition has it, Johannes Jacob Schneider, to distinguish him from his relative who happened to have the same name, Jacob being added to know that he was Jacob's (his father's name) "Hans" and not Michael's (his uncle's) "Hans", was born about the year 1697. ... Owing to his strict adherence to the Protestant faith he was subjected to the same tests and fiery persectuions as what his co-religionists were.

Early in the year 1736 (Some have 1739 but Records prove three years earlier) he left his native home and set sail, with others, for London, England, thence to America where they landed in August of the same year and were naturalized a few days later.

In September he with his wife and family moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they settled on a large tract of land.

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304. Henry8 Brenneman
Brenneman History p.287 Henry first farmed in Conestoga Twp, but after his marriage moved to a farm in Manor Twp, along the Blue Rock Road about four miles west of Millersville PA, where he also conducted a tavern.  This farm was an immense estate of 1200 acres. ...

He was enrolled as an 8th Class private in Capt. Conrad Kohr's Fourth Battalion of Lancaster Co. militia during the Revolution.  It is nevertheless doubtful if he was called into active service beyond the borders of the county.

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308. John8 Hostetter
Hostetter Descendants 6/2:16/21: He lived on the original homestead at Engleside.  In his will, he granted to use of his farm to his wife, Elizabeth, until his son Jacob reached the age of twenty-one years at which time he could purchase it.  The rest of his children ... shared in his estate.  In 1785 Jacob acquired the original farm for £1,400.

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312. Jacob8 Kendig
Kendig's Relatives 15/1:9: In 1747 he patented 150 acres in Conestoga Twp.

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318. Henry8 Bear
Witmer Descendants 14/2:20: In 1750 he received from his father's will, 200 acres on which he lived.  He died leaving 196 acres to his son Martin.

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384. Isaac8 Matlack
Thomas Chalkley Matlack p.5-6: Isaac Matlack kept tavern awhile, it is said in Haddonfield, hence the idea that little John Shivers who was a tavern sot, etc.

Isaac Matlack purchased --- acres of land from James Wilde and sold a part, i.e. 5 acres, to Thomas Cole Esq. in 1740 Asa Matlack Manuscripts.

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385. Rebecca8 Bate
Thomas Chalkley Matlack p.5-6: Rebecca Matlack always declared her oldest son John was a Shivers and was troubled because she thought he would take all of the estate and she qualified that he was little John Shivers son; the estate was divided between the two brothers equally and Rebecca always lived with her son Samuel till her death.

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520. Theodorus9 Eby
Eby Cemetery 9/2:42 - Memorial Stone: Our immigrant forefather / Theodorus Eby / Born in Switzerland and Buried / on his homestead in Leacock / Township Lancaster County Pa. / We thank Theodorus for coming to this / great country where his descendants / have been able to practice religious / freedom. / Erected by a grateful posterity [in 1982]

[The home of Theodorus Eby stood at the corner of Hollander and Peters roads south of New Holland in Earl Twp, Lancaster Co. PA, and he is evidently buried in the nearby field cemetery in Leacock Twp.]

Ancestry Family Tree: Theodorus Aebi, (known as Durst Eby in America) a Mennonite, driven from his home during the Reformation, left his native Switzerland about 1704 and first moved to Alsace, a region in France just north of Switzerland, then on to Holland.  Then, when William Penn opened Pennsylvania to persons of all religions, he was the first of the Eby family to move to America.  He left for Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1715 arriving in 24 August 1717.

Assessment rolls for Conestoga Township 1718 through 1727, the name Durst Eby appears to further establish his residence in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which later became New Holland.  Durst Eby built his first home in 1727 at the line of Earl and Leacock Townships.  It is located on Peters Road near the Zelternreich Church, and it is believed that he lived in this home for a short time before his death in late 1727.  He was probably buried on his farm property across Peters Road about 500 yards from his home, where at one time two trees marked the grave, but today only one small tree remains to mark the spot.  He had a farm of 307 acres on which much of Lancaster is now built.  With his sons he erected a mill on Mill Creek near the Zeltenreich Church northeast of Lancaster.

Durst Eby's estate was filed on April 1, 1728 in Chester County by John Eby, who appears to have been the eldest son.  John Eby was also granted Letters of Administration over his father's estate.

He married his first wife about 1684 in Switzerland.  The Barbara Eby who signed the deed which granted land in the city of Lancaster to Hans Moser was his widow and second wife whom he married after 1704 probably in Alsace.  Records indicate that Durst was married three times but there seems to be no record of the third wife whom he probably married in Switzerland before leaving for France/Holland and died there.  It appears that all of Durst's children were born before he immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1715.  The first four were born to his first wife in Switzerland and the second four to his second wife in France.

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548. John9 Bowman
Ephrata John 17/4:72: He was a paper maker and millwright at the Ephrata Cloister and was an important functionary within the economy of the community.

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550. John "Ephrata John"9 Landis
Ephrata John 17/1:28-30: Although seldom recognized in the historical literature, Ephrata John Landes and his wife, Margaret Naas, are one of the founding families of the Conestoga Congregation in Lancaster County.

In 1735, the loyal John Landes was an influential and trustworthy member of the Conestoga Brethren, for he was made a deacon that year.  The Conestoga Congregation did not officially separate itself from the Ephrata group led by Conrad Beissel until September 29, 1734, when an important meeting of the Brethren was held at the barn of Ephrata John Landes.

In 1748, a Moravian missionary was traveling in the Conestoga region of Lancaster County. He reported that:

... On July 18 ... I set out early for Bethlehem and ... went as far as Cocalico to John Landes, a member of the Brethren.  I stayed over night there.  They were quite willing to take me in.

The Cocalico is near Ephrata and is a tributary of Hammer Creek, which flows into the Conestoga.

The inscription on John's gravestone reads:

Heir ligt begraben Johannes Landes, er ist zur weld gebornen im jahr 1696 und is gestorben den 14 Mei im jahr 1756.  Sein alter is kommen zu 60 jahr.

John apparently owned two tracts of land, one of them warranted on February 27, 1734, and patented by the Penns in 1738.  It contained 135 acres and is described as lying on Cocalico Creek ... His will gives the location of his residence as Cocalico Township and indicates that he was a farmer.

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552. Jacob9 Nissley
The pioneer of the Nissley family in America was Jacob Nissley, who emigrated from Switzerland in 1719, and settled in Mt. Joy township, Lancaster county, where he took up a large section of land, purchased from William Penn.  The land remained in the Nissley family for about 150 years, when it was bought by David Wolgemuth.  Jacob Nissley was naturalized in 1729.  (Taken from Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, 1903, vol.II, p.638.)

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608. Adam9 Brenneman
Brenneman History p.277-79: He is first assessed in 1722, and is entered on the books in 1720 as a "freeman under age", so that 1700 must be approximately correct as the year of his birth.  In 1729 he was naturalized ... and became a colonial British subject.

On 30 Mar 1730, Adam received 100 acres of land from his father and mother, part of Melchior's original grant west of the Mill Creek.  On 19 Nov 1742, he took out a warrant for an additional 150 acres.  On this land he seems to have lived during his latter years; it was located about a half mile west of Willow Street Station. ... On 25 Oct 1750, Adam bought ... 53 acres of land in Conestoga.

Adam's name is found on various papers during the 1750's.  He was director of the poor among the Mennonites of Conestoga.

Will: In the name of God Amen, I Adam Brenneman of Conestoga Township, County of Lancaster and Province of Pennsylvania, being in health of body and of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, Do make and declare this my last will and testament.  First and principally recommending my immortal spirit into the hands of my Great Creator, trusting in the merits of my Blessed Saviour for pardon and remission of all my sins and an happy admission into the Region of Bliss and Immortality.

And as to all such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and bequeath of the same in the manner following.

Imprimis: I order that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid off and discharged as soon as conveniently may be after my decease. Then I give and bequeath to my loving wife Mary the one-third part of my personal estate for her maintenance; and my will further is that she shall live in the house on the plantation where I now live during her widowhood and no longer, rent free.

Then I give to my loving son Isaac my large old Bible.  Then I give and devise to my said son Isaac the plantation he now lives on in Conestoga township, county of Lancaster and Province aforesaid, containing about one hundred and fifty acres, to hold to my said son Isaac and his heirs and assigns forever, upon condition that he my said son, do pay to my daughter Magdalena the full sum of one hundred and seventy three pounds six shillings; and to my daughter Eva the full sum of one hundred and thirty three pounds six shillings.

And my will is that if either of my said three, Isaac, Magdalena or Eva should die before marriage, that then the part of share of such child so dying shall go to the senior or the seniors of them, share and share alike.  And my will is that the said portion to my daughters be paid to them at their respective ages of eighteen years or Day of marriage, which first may happen.

Item, I give and devise to my son Adam the plantation whereon I now live, situated in Conestoga township and county aforesaid, containing one hundred and fifty acres, upon condition to wit, that he my son Adam do pay to and among my children, Henry, Anna, John, Pebely, Maria and Eva, the full sum of seven hundred and fifty six pounds and thirteen shillings and eight pence in the manner as following (that is to say) the sum of one hundred and forty-three pounds six shillings to my son Henry, the sum of one hundred and forty-three pounds six shillings to my daughter Ann, the sum of one hundred pounds six shillings to my son John, the sum of 143 pounds 6 shillings to my daughter Pebely, the sum of 143 pounds 6 shillings to my daughter Maria, and the sum of forty pounds to my daughter Eva, to make her share equal with her sister Magdalena.

And my will is that the said several legacies be paid to my said sons and daughters by my said son Adam as they shall respectively come of age, to wit the boys to the age of twenty-one and the girls to the age of eighteen years or on the day of their marriage, as shall first happen.  And my will and meaning is that my said son Adam shall pay of seven hundred and fifty-six pounds thirteen shillings eight pence in the manner aforesaid.  I then give and devise to him the said last mentioned plantation, to hold to him and his heirs forever.

And my will further is that if my son Adam should die before he attains to the age of twenty-one years without issue of his body lawfully to be begotten that then my son Henry shall hold the said last mentioned plantation to him, his heirs and assigns forever, he my said son Henry paying the said several legacies that my said son Adam should have paid had he lived.

And my will further is that if any of my said children: Adam, Henry, Anna, John, Pebely and Maria should die before they attain to the age of eighteen or day of marriage that then the part or portion of such child or children shall be equally divided between all my children, to wit, the children last mentioned and my children Isaac, Magdalena and Eva, share and share alike.  And if my daughter Eva should die under age and before marriage my will then is that the said forty pounds to be paid her as aforesaid shall go to her brother Isaac and her sister Magdalena or to the survivor of them, share and share alike.

And lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my loving friends Benedict Elsenman (Eshleman?), Christian Furrey and John Bare of Conestoga township trustees of this my last will and testament.  And I do hereby revoke and make void all former or other wills or will by me at any time heretofore made.

Declaring this and no other to be and contain my last will and testament, in witness thereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this sixth day of August in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hnudred and fifty-three.

Adam Brenneman
Recorded 17 Jun 1759

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616. Jacob9 Hostetter
Hostetter Descendants 6/2:15-16: "First it is my will that all of them which I left behind in this world that they shall walk in the fear and Love of God and men."  One of the early Mennonite bishops in America, he wrote these words in his will.

In 1717 he applied for a warrant for 350 acres at Engleside on the north bank of the Conestoga River in Lancaster Twp.  In 1734 he received a patent for 150 acres.  His 1741 patent was located westward in central Manor Twp.

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628. Martin9 Kendig
Kendig's Relatives 15/1:6: He has been called "First settler of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania."  With five other Swiss Mennonites he signed the 27 Jun 27 1710 letter from London to the Amsterdam Mennonite Church, and arrived with them in Philadelphia on 23 Sep 1710 on the ship Maria Hope.  Over half of the first ten-thousand-acre tract was placed in his name for later distribution to new members of the colony.

He returned to Europe in 1715 and in 1717 brought back with him over three hundred new colonists, including friends and relatives.  Again, his mark appears on the ship lists of the Molly when it arrived in Philadelphia on 30 Sep 1727 with more immigrants destined for Lancaster County.

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630. Hans9 Meyer
Kendig's Relatives 15/1:14: In 1678-82 he lived in Bussenhusen; 1707 recorded as "wounded since 1690 in war"; 30 Jul 1717 in langenzell, Germany; 27 Sep 1717: warranted 350 acres on Conestoga Creek, Lancaster Co. PA; 10 Feb 1719 purchased 300 acres on Conestoga Creek from John Farrer.

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634. Christian9 Herr
Martin H. Brackbill, Family Data in Some Pennsylvania Land Patents, 1760-1761, National Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 64 p.278: Under a warrant of "our father, William Penn, Esq.," letters of patent were issued 30 Jun 1711 by the Commissioners of Property to Christian Heer," then an inhabitant of this province, since deceased," for 530 acres in Lampeter Township, Lancaster County.  The warrant was dated 10 October 1710.

Christian Heer by deed 4 February 1745 sold to his son John Hare 125 acres, and by a second deed of same date sold to Christian Hare, another son, another 125 acres, both tracts being part of 530 acres.  Christian Heer by his will 23 January 1749 confirmed the 125 acres to John and the 125 acres to Christian, and also gave to a third son Abraham the 250 acres where he lived.

John Hare and Christian Hare, the sons, have represented "to us that their said father, Christian Heer, was at the time of issuing to him the said patent an alien born, both outside the dominion and allegiance of the crown of Great Britian, and that he died without being naturalized and therefore was incapable of taking, granting or divising the dract of 530 acres."  They have for themselves as well as their nieces, daughters of their late brother Abraham Hare, "all of whom were born in said province," besought of "us to accept surrender of said patent and grant them the 530 acres of land, both of whom also were born in our province."  They asked that one moiety be divided into two equal parts as conveyed to them by their father and the other moiety in trust for the four children of their late brother Abraham Hare.

The Proprietors [of Pennsylvania] for their willingness to encourage the cultivation and improvement of the province and to favor the settlers thereof "agreed to wave [sic] and relinquish the advantage which hath or might accrue to us by the said Christian Heer, the father, being an alien," grant a new patent for five shillings to John and Christian Hare. Patented 5 May 1761. Recorded 5 May 1761.

Footnote p.282/3: In Genealogical Record of Rev. Hans Herr and His Lineal Descendants, published and compiled by Theodore W. Herr, Lancaster, Pa., 1908, the origin of the name is traced to a Lord of Bilried in Swabia, Germany.  However, the author apparently misconstrued the name.  In all the early documents to be found in Pennsylvania records the surname is spelled "Heer" not "Herr" and in church records in the Kanton of Zürich, the same spelling, "Heer," is to be found in many places.  Theodore Herr further states that the person he identified in the title of his book as Rev. Hans Herr was born 1639 at an unidentified place near Zurich.  Ignoring the spelling of the name, this could be true.

This writer, with the competent aid of Werner Debrunner, Assistant, Staatsarchiv, Kanton des Zurich, found numerous mention of members of the Heer family extending back to the 15th Century at such places as Egg, Meilen, Uster and Toww, now a part of Winterthur.  Herr Debrunner is of the opinion that the Heer family originated in Winterthur.  There were in fact two Hans Heers residing at Töss or vicinity in 1634.  The first Hans Heer zu Töss was married to Susanna Schalber, had a son Jacob less than a year old in that year, while another Hans Heer, married to Elsbeth Meyer and residing near Töss, had a daughter Barbera, age 9, and a son Hans, one year old, in 1634.

There is no record of any "Heer" migrating from Switzerland either shortly before 1710, when the two Heers, Christian and Hans, brothers, were identified in the Pennsylvania patents as "lately inhabitants of Switzerland," or much earlier in 1660, when the last of the Anabaptists or Mennonites were driven from Zürich, by the government as an undesirable element.

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636. Henry9 Bear
Witmer Descendants 14/2:15: He received two patents, in 1718 and 1741, for 300 and 154 acres of land about 1 mile west of what is now Rohrerstown, in Lancaster Co.  In 1747 he exchanged 73 acres of this land for 73 acres of adjoining land with neighbor Christian Peelman; willed the 250 acres on which he then lived to son Benjamin, the adjoining 200 acres to son Henry, a tract in Warwick Twp to son Martin, and land in Cocalico Twp to son John.  His wife Barbara was to live with son Benjamin and the two daughters were to receive equal shares of his estate in money.

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768. John9 Matlack
Thomas Chalkley Matlack p.2-3: John Matlack and his wife Mary Lee moved from the old house to a new one he had built eastward from the place of his removal.  He buried his wife Mary from thence about the year 1764, himself dying about 6 weeks after his wife, being unwell at the time of her interment at Haddonfield; [he] died of old age.

I was in the old house this year 1819, observed the East End fast approaching to decay nor was it then fit to be inhabited, the thumb latch of the door of the other end is where the family of John Stofford then dwelt was marked which I think was done by his brother 1721 - - or 1728 William Smith. The wainscoating bearing evident marks of its being done by his father William or George or both; was hip-roofed as was the practice in those days.  He use to sow 2 acres of buckwheat for greens.  John Matlacks first wife died when her son John was a child.

John Matlack settled 3 miles east of Haddonfield on the north side of the most northerly branch of the main South Branch of Cooper's Creek.  Hannah Horner was daughter of Isaac and Lydia Horner, and a sister of Deliverance wife of Thomas Stokes. message board: Submitter: Curt Miller: John made his will on Feb. 26, 1765, in Waterford Township, Gloucester Co. NJ.  Waterford is now in Camden County.  The will was proved on March 14, 1765.  John would have died between these two dates.

Abstract of John Matlack's will: 1765, Feb 26. MATLACK, John, of Waterford, Gloucester Co., yeoman;
To son Isaac; son, John; daughter Hannah Maxel, wife of John Maxel; Keziah Heritage, widow of Benjamin Heritage; Esther French, wife of Jonathan French; and daughter, Sarah Browning, wife of Joseph Browning, 5 shillings each.  To the Hiers of my son Jacob Matlack, deceased, 5 shillings.  To Samuel Lippincott, son of my daughter, Bathsheba, late wife of Ezekial Lippincott, 5 shillings.

My son Benjamin, the plantation where he lives, which was divided from the place where I now live some years ago.  Son, Ephraim, plantation where I live.  Daughter Lydia Matlack, 7 pounds and things she calls hers.  Daughters, Lydia Matlack and Mary Hillman, wife of Joab Hillman, the residue.

Executors - friends Nathaniel Lippincott and his son, Caleb Lippincott.  Witnesses - Joshua Stokes, William Bates, Abraham Allen.  Proved March 14 1765.  1765 March 9. Inventory, 125.9.1 pounds made by Joshua Stokes and William Bates.  Lib. 12 P. 46

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1216. Melchior10 Brenneman
Brenneman History p.4-6: He was a young man of great energy and intense religious conviction, and became a preacher in the Mennonite church, serving various communitites of refugees in Rhein-Hessen and the Pfalz. ... The cause of his decision to come to the New World was the renewed persecution of his people by the Elector Palatine, after Louis XIV had overrun and conquered the land of his adoption in South Germany.

He emigrated some time before 30 Nov 1717, when he received a warrant of 500 acres in Strasburg Twp, Chester Co. PA (now Conestoga Twp in Lancaster Co.) from the Penns.  This tract was granted him "under the quit rent of one English shilling, to be paid annually at Chester on the first day of March yearly from the first survey."  On this land he built his new home and resided for at least twenty years, pursuing the triple occupation of farmer, weaver and preacher.

Moving into the almost unsettled wilderness between the Pequea and Conestoga, he continued to acquire land.  To his 1717 tract he added 200 more, and later took out warrants for two tracts of 90 and 125 acres.  On 3 Dec 1728 he bought 700 acres located along the Susquehanna, which he bought from the Indian trader Pierre Bizaillon.

Melchior's plantation in the Conestoga region was situated just northwest of the land granted to the origina Pequea colong in 1709-10.  The village of New Danville is built on part of Melchior's holdings, which extended from the Conestoga and Mill Creeks (4 miles south of the city of Lancaster) to the Stone Church on the other side of New Danveille and some distance in the direction of Conestoga Center along the highroad.

From an eyewitness who had lived in the Conestoga region in the early days of the colony there: "I have often seen the little Brennemans, children of a Mennonist emigrant, playing in the most sportive and innocent manner with the little red faces, and I never knew or heard of one little white face receiving any injury from their red brethren; that is, no intentional injury."

He mentions only three sons in his will: Christian, Adam and Melchior ... two more, Christopher and John, ... having received all their patrimony before their father indited his will.  There is only one known daughter, who married John Steiner.  She is said to have had red hair, and to have been looked upon by the Indians with somewhat of awe for this reason.

will: Melchior Brenneman, decd. the 20th of Jany., 1737.  The last will and testament of Mich. Breniman being of sound mind and understanding.  Imp. it is my will that my plantation be valued at 160 acres.

Item it is my will that my wife have the third part of all my personal estate and the use and profit of my plantation until my youngest son Michael Breneman shall marry and after the marriage of my said son Michael my said wife shall have out of the profits of my plantation four pounds a year during the rest of her natural life.

Item if my son Melchior shall happen to dye without lawful issue then it is my will that my sons Adam and Christian shall be heirs to my plantation and land.

Item it is my will that before any devision be made of my personal estate my son Melchor shall first take out of the same the weaver's loom and tackell, my Bible and my new chest.

Witnesses: Michael Shank, Hans Coyle (Caigo)), Peter Gutt, Ernst Nine, Adam and Christian Brenneman.

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1250. Hans Jacob10 Oberholtzer
Oberholtzer Family 9/4:26: The ancient village of Oberholtz/Oberhols, meaning "upper wooded slope," lies in a valley from which a ski lift rises from 2,850 feet to 4,350 feet above sea level near Wald, Canton of Zurich SWZ.  The inhabitants are Oberholtzers/Oberholsers.  The present family has used the land since about 900 A.D., and they have been called Oberholtzer for those who lived at the top of the forest.  The name of the town was shortened to Oberholtz about 1540.  During the Reformation struggle there appears to have been a division of Oberholtzers.  Count Toggenberg, a Catholic, supported the Catholcs living on the mountaintop while Oberholtzers on the lower land at Wald and Canton Zurich were Anabaptists.

The elector allowed the Mennonites –also known as Wiedertäufer (Anabaptists– who were good farmers, to settle on devastated lands after the Thirty Years' War and the Treaty of Westphalia.  Some migrated to the east bank about 1655 apparently with tacit approval from the elector.  Hans Jacob settled on the east bank of the Rhine about fifteen miles south of Heidelberg in Baden.  On 2 Mar 1661, the Lutheran church warden "visited" a night church service at Steinsfurt and arrested fifty-three Anabatists.

The Oberholtzers were Mennonites as early as 1661 and probably had migrated five or six years earlier and had been holding meetings for two years in barns and houses.  Jacob, his wife, and four children obtained exit permits from Zurich to migrate to the Palatinate in 1661.

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1256. Hans Jagli10 Kundig
Kendig's Relatives 15/1:6: In 1657 he lived in the Palatinate.  In 1687 he probably was a farmer in Ittlingen GER with 156 morgens of land.

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1257. Elsbeth10 Meili
Kendig's Relatives 15/1:6: In 1637 census of Stallikon, age 2, in der unyngesägneten Ehe gezüget (generated in unconsecrated matrimony). In 1641 she lived with Hans Hochstrasser of Landikon; in 1643 and 1644 with Jacob Hochstrasser of Landikon; from 1645 to 1647 with Heini Funk and Cathrina Meyli in Mettmenstetten.

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1274. Benjamin10 Witmer
Witmer Descendants 14/2:14: Benjamin's name first appears in a letter written by James Estaugh to Isaac Taylor on "14th day, 12th month, 1717/1718" which authorized Taylor to survey 300 acres in the London Company tract in Chester (now Lancaster) County for the use of "Benedict Whitmer."

This land became the home of Benjamin and his family for three generations.  Today (1991) it lies in East Lampeter Twp and is bounded on the west by Greenfield Road and traversed by both Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 342) and Lincoln Highway East (Routes 462 and 30).  The limited-access bypass of Lancaster (Route 30) cuts a broad swath through the original farm separating the older farm buildings on the east from the cemetery on the west.

In 1734 Benjamin and his neighbor on the east, Benjamin Landis, exchanged two small pieces of land along their common boundary.  This exchange gave Witmer a large spring that had been on the Landis tract.  This triangular piece was bounded on the north by the Old Philadelphia Pike and Benjamin built a house next to this highway. ... The mansion, modified by later generations, was restored in the 1980s and is presently (1991) operated as a bed-and-breakfast inn.

The Mellinger Mennonite Church property and most of the cemetery owned by the congregation are part of the original Benjamin Witmer tract.

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1536. William10 Matlack
Curtis Miller, "Transcript - Cropwell Bishop And Other Records": The Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury, N. J. has photocopies of some parish records from Cropwell Bishop and other towns in Nottinghamshire, England.  These records relate to the Matlock family and were provided by Edward B. Reed.  Mr. Reed also wrote a letter explaining his interpretation of these records.  This letter includes some information that is unreadable in the parish records.

Mr Reeds letter included a copy of a letter written by Dennis Smith of Cropwell Village.  Mr Smith says William and Mary Matlocke were married in in 1682 (in Cropwell Village Church).  Both William and his wife, Mary Hancock, are known to have been in New Jersey before 1682.  William Montgomery Clemens in his book, American Marriage Records before 1699, lists the marriage of William and Mary in 1682.  Apparently this information was sent to Cropwell Bishop and entered in the parish records.

Deeds transcribed by Curtis Miller: The following two documents are records of the first land purchased by William Matlack in New Jersey.  This land was located on the north branch of the Pennsauken Creek in what is now Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey.  The land was located about one quarter mile north of the Kings Highway bridge over the north branch.  Portions of this land remained in the Matlack family until the death of Thomas Chalkley Matlack in 1945.

The first document is the deed recorded in the records of the West Jersey Proprietors.  A microfilm copy of the original is on page 131 of West Jersey Deeds, S & T, located at the New Jersey Archives, Trenton, New Jersey.  Portions are hard to read but have done my best to provide an accurate transcript.

The second document is a deed or agreement between Tallaca, a Lenni Lenape Indian Chief and John Roberts, Timothy Hancock, and William Matlack, recognizing their rights to the land.  Harriet Russell Stratton's transcript of the original document was printed on page 238 of her book, A Book of Strattons, Vol. 1, published in 1908 by Grafton Press, New York, New York.

Document 1 – 1684 Deed – Records of West Jersey Proprietors
Thousand Six hundred and Eighty four Between Thomas Olive of Rancocus Creek Haberdasher of the one part and William Matlack of Pensauaquin Carpenter one the other part

Witness that the said Thomas Olive for and in Consideration of the four years service and three pounds current County pay to him performed and Secured by the said William Matlack Whereof he the said Thomas Olive Doth acknowledge himself Satisfied and paid and by these presents Doth Clearly Dequitt and Discharge the said William Matlack his heirs and Assigns forever

Hath Granted bargained Sold Released and Confirmed and by these presents Doth grant Bargain sell release and Confirm unto the said William Matlack his heirs and Assigns forever One hundred acres of Land of this Laying out in the Second Tenth Together with the Mines and Minerals Ways Woods fishing Hawking Hunting and fording and all and every the Appurtenances privileges profits and advantages belonging to the said premises

To Have and To Hold the said Hundred Acres of Land with the Appurtenances thereof to the said William Matlack his heirs and Assigns To the only use and behoof of him the said William Matlack his heirs and Assigns forever And he the said Thomas Olive Doth for himself his heirs Executors and Assigns Covenant Promise and Grant to and with the said William Matlack his heirs and Assigns

That he the said Thomas Olive his heirs and Assigns Shall and will at any time within Seven Years next after the Date hereof at the required Costs and Charges of the said William Matlack his heirs and Assigns Doe and Execute all and every Such Lawful Conveyance or Conveyances as Shall be needful and Necessary for the bettor Securing and Selling all the Interest and Title of him the said Thomas Olive of in and the above Granted premises in and to the said William Matlack his heirs and Assigns forever

In Witness whereof the parties first above named to these present Indentures have intentionally Set their hands and seals the Day and Year first above written 1684.  Tho Olive Sealed and Delivered in the presence of John Watson, John Masson Tho Eves.  Endorsed the 10th of the 10th month 1723 the Thomas Eves One of the witnesses to the within Deed Came before to reaffirm being one of the Kings Council for the province of New Jersey and upon his Solemn Affirmation Did Declare that he is one present and Said the within Named Thomas Olive Sign Seal and Execute The within Deed unto the within named William Matlack and that he Also Said the above John Watson and John Masson Sign as Witness to the Same witness my hand and the day and year above said, John Wills
Recorded Decm 16th 1762
(Unreadable signature)

Document 2 – Tallaca Deed
Know all people that I tallaca have had and Received of & from John Roberts with the consent of the neighborhood at Pimsawquim one match coate one Little Runlit of Rum and two Bottles of Rum In Consideration whearof I the said taleca doe hearby grant Bargin & sell unto the said John Roberts timothy Hancock and William Matlock all those plantations at pimsaw-quin promising for Ever to defend the said John Roberts &c from all other Indians Laying any Claime theareto in wittness whearof I the said talleca have hear unto set my hand and seale the twelfth day of April 1684.
"the mark of Z talleca."

Thomas Chalkley Matlack p.2-3: William Matlack came in the ship "Kent", Gregory Marlow master.  The number of passengers in this ship was 230, mostly of the people called (Quakers) and some of them had good estates in England.  They landed the 16th day of 6 mo. 1677 at Chester and also about Rackoonlerak on Delaware River where the Swedes had some scattered habitations but insufficient to receive or accommodate them.  This was the second ship, which arrived at West Jersey with passengers.

After their arrival the commissioners ... proceeded up the river to the place where Burlington afterwards was built, then called Chygoe's Island, from the Indian Sachem who lived there.  Here they treated with the Indians and ... on the regulation of their settlements.

William Matlack being the first man in the company that put his foot on the said Island, and afterward helped Thomas Olive build two of the first houses there, being a carpenter about 20 years of age, and served Thomas Olive four years.

William's house

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2368. Peter11 Schneider
Schneider Descendants p.44: In 1653, the Peter and Susanna Schneider family moved to Spiers, about twelve miles from Heidelberg GER, where they lived for eighteen years.  In January 1672, the family moved to Zweibrucken GER, about 48 miles from Strasbourg.

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2432. Melchior11 Brenneman (Brönimann)
Brenneman Heirlooms 4/3:20-21: He appears to have lived in Ober-Diessbach, a small village not far from Bern.  Later he lived southeast of Bern and suffered imprisonment in Thun castle for his Anabaptist faith.  He was then exiled with his wife and children to the Palatinate in southwestern Germany because of their refusal to give up their faith.

In the Palatinate Melchior and his family lived with numerous other Anabaptist families in the little village of Griesheim, northwest of Worms.  He was a weaver and passed his skill to his sons.

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