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The information below was given to Randy Saylor in 1998 by Jack Saylor of South Bend, IN.
"The Seyler/Sailor Boys"
The book "Lists of Swiss Emigrants In The Eighteenth Century To The American Colonies" by Faust and Brumbaugh, briefly tells of Fridlin (Friederich) Seyler, the son of Theodore, deceased, and his wife Anna Catharina Spaar, a widow, and their three children:
1. Matthies, baptised
2. Hans Ulrich, baptised
3. Hans Jacob, baptised
Children in those days were baptised very soon after birth, usually only a matter of a day or two.
The Seyler family "clandestinely and fraudulently" emigrated to the American Colonies in 1752 from Bottmingen (Muchenstein),
The name is spelled Fridlin Seyler in the Kirchenbucher Parish Register showing the baptismal dates. However, the Manumission Register spells the Fridlin Sailer.
In 1769-1770 Jacob Schaffner, a storekeeper in Lebanon (PA), returned to
It should be noted at this point that the name "Hans" is often translated to John or Johann and the name "Matthies" is translated to Matthew.
The 1780 Tax List shows Jacob Sailor, a tax payer in
A deed is on file in the Cumberland County Courthouse in
Source: From The Desk Of: Jack R. Saylor Date:
Friederich Seiler and Anna Catharina Spaar
Friederich or Fridlin Seyler was born
Friederich and Anna left Switzerland with their three sons under "fradulent and clandestine" circumstances without permission from the Council.
1. Matthies Sailor, Born: 16-Dec-1738 in: Bottmingen, Switzerland, Died: 02-Sep-1826 in: Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., Pa
Buried: in: Trindle Spring Lutheran Cemetery
Matthies/Mathias Sailor enlisted in Captain Perry's Company, one of the first of the PA companies in the Provincial service, and served five years against the Indians & French, being with Wolfe at the capture of Quebec. He was Captain of the First Company, First Battalion, Cumberland Co. militia, commanded by General Shoufler & Colonel Ephraim Blaine. He was assessed for nine acres of land in Pennsboro Twp. Cumberland Co. His brother Jacob (1746-1816) also served with Cumberland Co. PA Militia in Rev. War - Rank of Ensign. Wife: Mary Margreth Meyer , Died: Ol-Sep-1826
1 Maria Margreth Sailor Born: 04-Jan-1764 in: Carlisle, Pa, Died: 15-Jan-1764 in: Carlisle, PA
2 Cathrina Sailor #Born: 16-Feb-1765 in: Carlisle, Pa, Died: 20-Sep-1768 in: Carlisle, PA
3 Jacob Sailor Died: - 1838 in: Perry County, Pa
4 John Sailor Born: 10-Oct-1769 in: Cumberland Co. Pa, Died: 05-Oct-l 828 in: Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co. PA. By will dated May 8, 1828, John Sailor left a tract of land to his three grandsons, John Sailor, George Sailor, and Mathias Sailor.
5. Henry Sailor, Born 1779 in
Ulrich Sailor, Born:
Their Children: - all born in Carlisle County, Pa
1 Frederich, Bom:
2 Catherine Sailor, Born: abt 1769
3 Mathias Sailor, Born: abt 1773
4 John Sailor II, Born: abt 1775
5 Jacob Sailor, Born: abt 1777
6 William Sailor, Born: abt 1779
7 Emmanuel Sailor, Born abt 1783
8 Samuel Sailor, Born abt 1783
9 Sarah Sailor, born abt 1791 and died abt 1836.
3. Jacob Sailor Born:
Occupation. Saddler, Farmer
Jacob was commissioned as an Ensign, 4th Company, 2nd Battalion, Cumberland County (PA) Militia per a Battalion Return dated
Wife: Frances Sharp #50
1 Margreth Sailor Born:
2 Frances (Fannah) Sailor Bora:
3 Keterin Sailor Born: ABT 1770 in: Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA
4 Mary (Polly) Sailor, Born
5 Samuel Sailor, Born
|4. From Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century
to the American Colonies, Zurich to Carolina and Pennsylvania by Albert
Faust and Gaius Brumbaugh, 1925.
Fridlin Seyler, Friederich, Bottmingen, son of Theodor, deceased. Anna Catharina Spaar, Sparr, his wife. Their children:
1. Matthies, bap
2. Hans Ulrich, bap
3. Hans Jacob, bap
Several entries in the book show that the Council occupied itself repeatedly with his clandestine and fraudulent emigration. Nevertheless his three sons obtained in 1770 the release of their property and their manumission. The entry is as follows: ' Matthias, Ulrich and Hans Jacob Seyler, legitimate sons of Fridlin Sailer and Catharina Sparr of Botmingen, who have settled in Pennsylvania, have been manumitted together with their still living mother, who is also staying with them, by Our Gracious Lords March 28, 1770.
At that time the sons were all married and located in Carlisle, Pa., the one being a tinner, the other a locksmith and the third a saddler. Their stepbrother Leonhard Low, whom we meet in 1763, seems to have emigrated with them in 1752 and gone back to live in the Canton of Basel once more until 1763.
|5. Email from Wesley A. Sayler
I'm the 4th Great Grandson of Hans Jacob Seiler (Crown 1749) and the third Great Grandson of George Michael Seiler (Sayler). We are a close Y DNA match (36/37). In doing research I have concluded that Hans Jacob and Freiderick were brothers and Margaret Spahr was a Sister. Theodore was their father. Another brother was Christoffel who also came on the Crown with Jacob and Margaret. Other relatives were on the same ship. A brother-in-law Adam Brodbeck was also there. He was the brother of Jacobs wife Chrishona Brodbeck. They were from Bottmingen , Basel, Switzerland.
Concerning group 3, there always has been indications that some of the Seilers went south, for example Nicholis Seiler, one of the early immigrants from Basel around 1740
Jacob came here with his family 1747 on the Crown. The same time as his sister Margaret Seiler Spahr sister also of Friederich Seiler. Friederich's wife was the sister of Hans Ulrich Spahr. They were from Bottmingen, Basel, Switzerland. George Michael Sayler, Jacob's youngest son, was born 1752 in Cocalico, Lancaster, Pa.
I haven't researched their full relationship with the Sayler Boys; but I think they were at least paternal cousins based on our dna results and the fact that they were all from Binningen, Basel, Switzerland. The above Jacob Seiler lived in Cocolico, Lancaster, Pennsylvania up to the 1770's. I have a release of title to land (from him) he tried to buy in 1750, showing that he was still in Lancaster County and he was also in the tax records (1750-1770).
If you notice in the Passenger Lists for Jacob and Christoffel Seiler that an older Lawyer named Matthias was a God Parent and uncle of the children. This is why the name is popular within the later Seiler Families.
Source: The above is a combination of content from emails from Wesley from 2009 and also late 2012.
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