. Note the obituary gives the name as Eikenberry but we know from John A.’s signature in administering Samuel’s estate that he also used "John A. Eikenbary." Many such discrepancies are noted with the various spellings of all the descendants names. There are a number of legal documents for Samuel Eikenbary in Indiana - the name is given variously as Eikenberry, Eikenbery, Eikenbury, Aichenbery, and Eikenbary. When time permits we may try to obtain some of the original documents to see how Samuel made his signature - but it would require several documents as people often spelled their name differently on different documents as there was little or no emphasis on spelling during most of the 19th century.
The history of son Zachariah Eikenbary and his family is continued under the Eikenberry/Eikenbary link at the top of the page.
RootsWeb's World Connect Project: Eikenbary
There is also an Eikenbary/Eikenberry, et al, genealogy book in the Union County, Indiana, library and online at http://www.union-county.lib.in.us/GenwebVA4mile/eikenberry.htm. It follows the family of Peter Eikenberry, Jr. who was brother of our ancestor Heinrich Eichenberg (married Mary Landis).
Updates and References:
12/2010 Added information furnished by Eric Eikenbary from Ancestry.com on arrival date of Martinus Eichenberg and of land ownership in Delaware County, Pa.
This page was created June 2007. It was updated 9/2007 with an explanation of the use of the various names for the Brethren.
References: The Brethren Encyclopedia, 3 Vols, Philadelphia and Oak Brook, Illinois, 1983
The Brethren in Colonial America, edited by Donald F. Durngaugh, Elgin, Ill, The Brethren Press, 1967
A History and Genealogy of Peter Eichenberg Family in the U.S.A. compiled by Charles S. Ikenberry and W. Lewis Eikenberry, published by Charles S. and Margaret Ikenberry, Chuch Center Press, Myerstown, Pa, 1955
History of Preble County, Ohio, H. Z. Williams and Brothers, 1881
Early 18th Century Palatine Emigration, Walter Knittle, 1965
European Origins of the Brethren, compiled and translated by Donald F. Durnbaugh, The Brethren Press, Elgin, Illinois, Fourth Printing, 1986