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Tenth Generation


824. Michael KREIDER was born on 27 Nov 1745. He died on 18 Aug 1817. Michael Kreider, The Settler at Fairland
We have considered the descendants of the two sons of John Kreider, the Settler on Snitz Creek--who occupied the land bought there by their father from the Penns--338 acres. John the Settler afterward bought for his son, Martin, the farm of Martin, of the four sons of Jacob the Settler, being part of the 585 acres patented to four of the sons of Jacob the Settler in 1760. This land of the Kreiders on Snitz Creek, 338 acres and 585 acres, totaling 923 acres, we find referred to very appropriately by one writer as the "Kreider Settlement." We shall so designate it in the future. But John the Settler also purchased from the Penns a tract of 310 1/2 acres at Cleona and Fairland, and received it through the same patent deed that secured to him his first 263 acres on Snitz Creek. It might also be regarded as a part of the "Kreider Settlement." But so to include it might lead to confusion. We shall designate it the "Fairland Kreider Settlement." Michael, son of John the Settler on Snitz Creek, received from his father the tract at Fairland, 310 1/2 acres, on Jan. 8, 1772. As the father received his patent deed for it in 1747, this land was in his possession for 25 years before he sold it to his son. Michael was born in 1745, and so was in his 27th year when he received this farm from his father. He was married as early as 1770 at least, for his son John was born early in 1771. Doubtless late in the seventeen sixties he built his log dwelling due north of Cleona, where the house of the John Long farm is now located. Michael, born Nov. 27, 1745[?], died August 18, 1871[?], was married to Anna Stoever, born Jan. 25, 1805. Anna Stoever, not unlikely was a daughter of the pioneer Lutheran preacher here. It may be that Michael while working the outlying tract at Cleona, for it doubtless joined the Stoever holdings on the northwest, or in passing the Stoever mill on the way home to his father's domicile on Snitz Creek, fell so deeply in love with fair Anna that he broke Mennonite rules to possess her. Be it as it may, we are informed that Michael Kreider married Anna Stoever. Rev. P. C. Croll says on page 333 of his "Landmarks in the Lebanon Valley": "Other older families are the Imbodens, Kreiders, etc., all whose first ancestors are buried at the Hill church." Michael and Anna, the first Kreiders in this section, of the third generation already in the Lebanon Valley, if the contention of Hon. A. S. Kreider is correct, are buried in the private cemetery a little east of their dwelling. We venture the assertion that no Kreider earlier than the fifth generation is buried at the Hill Church. THE OLD HOMESTEAD As has been stated, the original house stood where the house of the present John Long farm stands. It was toward the eastern end of the Michael Kreider plantation. The barn west of the house, not east of it, as is the present arrangement. The house was of logs, later a stone kitchen was added on the west end toward the barn. Joining the kitchen was the main living room; of course before the kitchen it was open toward the west. This large room doubtless had its fire place, with all sorts of things hung around on the walls after [colonial] fashion. Hardly an ancestral sword that had drawn human blood. Perhaps a Mennonite might have had a fowling price [sic] or two hanging up. We wish we were able to draw a pen picture of a colonial Mennonite living room. We will venture there was a spinning wheel, etc. Mennonite maidens were brought up to work. Who will dare to say that they were not just as sweet as any modern doll whose fingers have never touched dish water? On the first floor of this Kreider log house were also two bed rooms adjoining the living room. Up stairs were three bedrooms. There are some Kreiders yet living who slept in some of these rooms. Over the kitchen was also a sleeping room. This was reserved for tramps. The hospitality of the Mennonite extended to the lowest of human kind. There was only one bed in this room and never more than two tramps were allowed to occupy it one night. If more than two applied the extra ones had to move on to the next farm. Here the tramps were kept in the house. The knights of the road must have felt like gentlemen next morning, when well fed they sallied forth from the Kreider home. But the good housewife did not always feel that it was more blessed to give than to receive. We are told of one who, after the visitor had departed, found the bed full of lice. The poor woman, horrified, distracted, she burned bed clothing, she cried, she scrubbed, she felt disgraced beyond redemption. If her neighbor's wife should know it! It cannot be said that the plain housewife was for absolute peace, for she bristled with war, war to the utmost, when it came to lice and bed bugs. The old Kreider barn, as we have said to the west, was also of logs. It was over 100 feet long, for remember that Michael had 310 1/2 acres of land, coloniel [sic] measure, and the land about Cleona and Fairland is productive. Some of his land lay south of the pike, joined on the southwest by land of the Longs and on the southeast by Stoever land. The settler Kreider had not bought far up on the hill. Later Kreider [sic] bought land of the Kellers and of the Hill Church. THE FAMILY SPRING On Dec. 21, 1811, Michael Kreider, of Lebanon township, yeoman, granted to his son Christian, now living on the western part of his plantation a certain water right, expressed as follows;

"That he (the son of Christian) shall have the liberty and privilege to Dam or raise the said Spring three inches higher and to take or cause so much water from said Spring that can run through a hole of the Bigness or largeness of three quarters of an Inch, and to dig and break up the Ground for to make a Trench from the said Spring through the said Michael Kreider's land, the distance about fifty yards to lead that said Quantity of Water through said Trench, and all along to his house for his use Benefit and behoof of him the said Christian Kreider, his heirs and assigns daily and every day hereafter for Ever." See Lebanon county records Book G, Vol. 1, p. 430. On April 3, 1839, this water right was conveyed by Christian Kreider for one dollar to his son Daniel. This spring, still walled up, still supplies the buildings directly south of it with water, and we understand also the farm to the west. - Francis 1 2

825. Anna STOEVER was born on 25 Jan 1750. She died on 12 Sep 1805. Children were:

i.

John KREIDER was born on 10 Mar 1771 in Lancaster County, PA.

ii.

Rebecca KREIDER was born on 21 Dec 1774 in Lancaster County, PA.

iii.

Elizabeth KREIDER was born in 1776 in Lancaster County, PA.

iv.

Maria KREIDER was born in 1778 in Lancaster County, PA.

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v.

Christian KREIDER.

vi.

Annie KREIDER was born on 13 Jul 1786 in Lancaster County, PA.

vii.

Tobias KREIDER was born on 25 Nov 1788 in Lancaster County, PA.