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The Perkiomen Region by Henry S. Dotterer Vol. 1, 2 & 3, Perkiomen Publishing Co., 1894 - 1901
Republished by Adams Apple Press, 1994

Page 50 - Pay Roll of the Revolution from the account book of Benjamin Markeley, of New Hanover township, is taken the list of payments made to soldiers in October, 1781. Benjamin Markeley was, in 1780 (and probably in 1781) captain of the fourth company of Lt. Col. Anthony Biting's Battalian (the 4th), Philadelphia County Militia. John Smith was Lt of company and his name as well as another Biting (probable relative of Lt Col) are listed as being paid. This lends credulity that this was indeed the unit our ancestor was in. These are October, 15, 1781:

George Royer and Jacob Sheif 7  6

Jacob Royer and Jacob Long 7  6

This was what approximately half of the 39 men listed received for services, only three others (quarter master and Lt being two) received more. Pounds, Shilling, and Pence (plural for Penny). 20 Shilling to a Pound, and 120 pence to a Shilling.

The Royer Family (pp 114 - 116)

  John Michael Reyer (Reier, Reiher, Royer), the founder of a numerous Pennsylvania family, was born in Schwabbach, in Wurtemberg, in the year 1686. His parents were Joh. Michel and Anna Catharina Reiher. He married three times: First, in the year 170--, Anna Maria Seeland, daughter of Dietrich and Amalia Maria Seeland, of Nuremberg. She died in 1742. Second, in the year 1743, Maria Catharina Schneider, daughter of Heinrich Schneider and Catharina, (maiden name Schuler) his wife, of Aschpissen in the electorate of the Palatinate. Maria Catharina Schneider was born in 1713 and died in 1750. Third on the 12th of September, 1751, Maria Christina Hpler, a widow, born November 18, 1718, in Borna, in the electorate of Saxony. She was the daughter of George and Susanna

4. Joh. Martin, born January 9, 1716.1750.

5. Anna Sara, born March 29, 1718.

6. Anna Catherine, born December 6, 1729.

  Of the remaining four there is no record.

     Second Marriage - six

11. Anna Barbara, born in 1745, confirmed at Old Goshenhoppen Lutheran Church April 22, 1759, aged 13-1/2 years; married (first) Christian Duddarer, and (second) Jost Freyer.

16. George Phillip, born in 1750.

  Of the remaining four there is no record.

     Third Marriage - eight

22. Sussanna, born March 14, 1756.

23. George Michael, born August 7, 1758; was lame and not able to do anything; died July 10, 1777, aged 19 years less four weeks.

24. Maria Christina, born January 25, 1761; March 13, 1775, she chose Henry Boyer, of Frederick township; as guardian of herself.

  Of the other five we have no record.


was probably the son of John Michael Reyer, of Upper Salford. The church record gives this brief information: George Phillip, son of John Michael Reyer, born in 1750. The gravestone of Phillip Royer, buried at Falkner Swamp Reformed Church, says he was born April 8, 1752, and died August 29, 1813, aged 61 years; 4 months, 21 days. We have not the information at hand to reconcile the difference.

Phillip Royer married (first) April 23, 1778, Christina Margaret Freyer, and (second) Margaret Major.

Christina Margaret Freyer, first wife of Phillip Royer, was born September 26, 1756, and died September 3, 1784. {Kelly's note: this is 3 days after the birth of Henry Royer (4 below) on 31 Aug 1784 so she probably died from complications of this birth}. She is buried at Falkner Swamp Reformed Church. Margaret Major, his second wife, died in Erie county Pa.

Children of Philip and Christina Margaret (Freyer) Royer were:

1. Susanna Royer, born April 15, 1779, baptized August 1, 1779, and named Elizabeth Susanna; married George Steinrook.

2. Catharine Royer, born January 29, 1781; married, October 11, 1801, John George Beiteman: died May 16, 1821, buried at New Hanover Lutheran Church.

3. John George Royer, born February 5, 1783. He lived in Philadelphia.

4. Henry Royer, born August 31, 1784; married, in 1813, Elizabeth Freyer; died December 14, 1855; buried at New Hanover Lutheran Church.

Children of Philip and Margaret (Major) Royer:

5. Maria Royer, born April 30, 1787; married, February 23, 1806, Jacob Thomas.

6. Elizabeth Royer, born September 25, 1788; married, June 29, 1806, Abraham Niess.

7. Philip Royer, born May 2, 1791. He lived in Philadelphia; afterwards moved to Erie county, Pa.

8. John Royer, born December 29, 1792; married, January 19, 1823, Sarah Christman; died August 1, 1843. He was a member of Captain Freyer's company, of New Hanover, in the war of 1812. He moved to Philadelphia in 1832.

9. Christiana Royer, born October 25, 1795; died November 10, 1798; buried at Falkner Swamp Reformed Church.

10. William Royer; married Sarah Groff. He lived in Douglass township, Montgomery county, and was a Justice of the Peace for many years. When advanced in years he moved to Pottstown, and died there. 

11. Sarah Royer; married, in 1823, Samual Traud, of Berks county. They moved to Erie county, Pa.

12. Jonas Royer, born February 18, 1802; died March 26, 1833; buried at New Hanover Lutheran Church.

13. Margaret Royer, born June 5, 1804.

 Philip Royer, we are told by one of his grandsons, was in the Revolutionary war. He was taken prisoner and confined in the prison-ship at New York. When released, he returned home, bare-headed and in rags. He was called out twice afterwards to serve in the army.


Page 118 - In Saur's Germantown newspaper an appeal for contributions was published in July 1757, as follows:

The frontier inhabitants of Tulpehocken solicit contributions with which to employ more guards, because the forts are located so far apart and the troops in them perform so little service. Persons willing to do so, may hand their contributions to Mr. Otterbein or to Mr. Gerock, Lutheran Minister, in Lancaster; to pastors Muhlenberg and Leidig, in Providence and New Hanover; to Dr. Abraham Wagner, in Methacton; to Mr. Michael Reyer, in Goshenhoppen; to Christopher Saur Sr., in Germantown; and to Mr. Handschuh, in Philadelphia. These persons may forward the money to Col. Conrad Weiser, or Peter Spycker, or Mr. Kurtz, as is agreeable to them. Those who have been able to cut and store their harvest in peace and safety have reason to be thankful to God.

Page 139 - The large and populous township of New Hanover, with its hardy and patriotic inhabitants and its productive farms , was looked to for men, clothing, provisions, forage, horses and wagons. The names of its taxables, their occupations and the nature of their possessions are conveyed in the 1779 tax assessment list:

Phillip Reyer, laborer, 1 cow.

Phillip is far from the richest man in the township and no specific tax is mentioned.

Page 218 - Old Goshenhoppen Church - A house of worship, built by the Lutherans and the Reformed jointly, was begun May 9, 1744, and completed in 1748. On a large stone over the entrance was inscribed in German: "The united liberality of the Lutheran and Reformed erected this Temple. J. Conrad Andrea, Lutheran Pastor." At the right of the entrance, on the east side, were the names of the building committee of the Lutherans - Michael Reyer, Balthasar Gerbach, Phillip Gabel, Conrad Schneider; on the left, the committee of the Reformed - Christian Schneider, Christian Lehman, Bernard Arndt, John Zeiber (Adam Meyer took Zeiber's place).

Page 310 - Extract from the Journal kept in the Land Office at the Proprietaries - February 13, 1740/1 Received of Micheal Reyer in part for --acres in Salford 8 0 0. [again, Pounds, Shilling, Pence, as noted above]

It looks as if, by comparison to the other listings, Michael purchased between 25 and 60 acres at this time. The lack of repayment terms listed and pricing suggests closer to 50 or 60 acres.

Page 377 - Capt. Benj. Markley's Company: This return is endorsed: "Captain Marckleys Class Return, 1781." It is written on paper ruled for roll call at the five musters - 1st October, 8th October, 6th November, 12th November, and 22nd November. Many of the names are not marked present. ~ in 6th class (of 8 plus officers, serjeants, and drum and fifer) is listed Phillip Royer. Interestingly, very few names of men on this list match the names of men in the above pay list, indicating that perhaps Phillip's service was longer and more constant. For being in Class 6th, he seems to have been well paid, however, 4th class and 6th class pay both set at 7  6 in the lists.