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Friederich Seyler 1702 - 1770
Binningen, Switzerland

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Thanks to Jack Saylor of South Bend, IN, who sent me a package of information on this family in 1998 and made me aware of this connection. The Saylor project Y DNA results show a strong connection of many Saylor branches to this line (Groups 3 and 4).

                                      "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 Dec. 16, 1738
2.    Hans Ulrich, baptised July 7, 1743
3.    Hans Jacob, baptised April 17, 1746
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), Switzerland.
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 Switzerland and succeeded in collecting the inheritance of the "Seyler Boys".  The date of their Manumission and release of their property is recorded as March 28, 1770.  At this time the record shows that they are living in Carlisle, PA.  All are married, their father deceased and their mother living with them. One is a tinner, one a locksmith, and the third is a saddler.
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 Carlisle, Cumberland County.
A deed is on file in the Cumberland County Courthouse in Carlisle showing the sale of a property on Pomfret Street to Jacob Sailor in 1775.  Another deed shows that Jacob Sailor and his wife Francis sold the Pomfret Street property to Adam Cope on January 18, 1790 and moved to Washington County, PA.  Witnesses to the deed are Henry Saylor and Matthew Saylor.
Source: From The Desk Of:  Jack R. Saylor Date: 24 March 1993.

                    Friederich Seiler and Anna Catharina Spaar

Friederich or Fridlin Seyler
was born March 12, 1702 in Bottingen, Switzerland. He married Anna Catharina Spaar, Sparr on January 25, 1734 in Binningen. He died before 1770 in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., Pa. His surname of Seiler/Seyler became Sailor/Saylor.

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
Occupation: Tinner
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                                        
Their Children:
            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 Cumberland Co., Pa

2. John Ulrich Sailor, Born: July 7, 1743 in: Bottmingen, Switzerland
Occupation: Locksmith
Elizabeth Wolf #599
Married: 18-Sep-1766
Their Children: - all born in Carlisle County, Pa
           1   Frederich, Bom: June 6,1768
           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: 17-Apr-1746 in: Bottmingen, Switzerland
19-Jun-1816 in: Buffalo Twp.Wash.Co.PA
Buried: in:
Buffalo Twp.Wash.Co.PA
Occupation. Saddler, Farmer
Jacob was commissioned as an Ensign, 4th Company, 2nd Battalion, Cumberland County (PA) Militia per a Battalion Return dated
July 11, 1777. Residence is ascribed to Carlisle Twp. He served a tour of active duty in Captain Matthew Gregg's Co. of the 1st Class under Order of Council dated July 20, 1777. In 1790 Jacob & Frances sold their house (Lot #59 on W. Pomfret St.) in Carlisle & moved to Wash. Co. Mar. 20, 1793 obtained warrent for 200 acres in Buffalo Twp. Tract called "Remainder" - Surveyed: 8-19-1808; Patented: 9-20-1808.
Wife: Frances Sharp #50
03-Jul-1767   in: Carlisle,Cumberland Co.,PA
Ref: Cumberland Co. PA marriages, 1761-1817, compiled by Susan Penrod, pub. by Southwest PA Genealogical Services, P.O. Box 253, Laughlintown, PA 15655, Copyright 1983, page 32.
Their Children:
          1   Margreth Sailor Born: 28-Jul-1768  in: Carlisle, PA
          2   Frances (Fannah) Sailor Bora: 24-Mar-1774 in: Carlisle, Cumberland Co.,PA, Died: in: Euclid, Ohio
          3   Keterin Sailor Born: ABT 1770 in: Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA
          4   Mary (Polly) Sailor, Born
Dec 14, 1778 and died Sept 19, 1851 in Newark, Licking County, Pa.
          5   Samuel Sailor, Born Dec 23, 1781 in Cumberland Co., Pa, died March 16, 1872 in Sharon Tp., Noble,Co, OH.
          6   Elizabeth Sailor, Born 1786 and Died 1864.

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 Dec 16, 1738
2. Hans Ulrich, bap July 7, 1743
3. Hans Jacob, bap Apr 17, 1746
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.

6. Email from Alan Albright

I am a descendent of Jacob Saylor b-17-Apr-1746 in: Bottmingen, Switzerland and Frances Hannah Sharp (Shep)
  1. Margreth Sailor Born: 28-Jul-1768  in: Carlisle, PA died 20 Dec 1768
  2. Frances (Fannah) Sailor B: 24-Mar-1774 in: Carlisle, Cumberland Co.,PA, Died: in: Euclid, Ohio Asa Dille b-11 Sep 1767,  married in 1792 she died 18 Dec 1842.
  3. Keterin Sailor Born: ABT 1770 in: Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA married Abraham Earlewine b-1742 d-18 Jan 1820 Marshall Co. Vir. one cousin has her birthdate as 10 Dec 1771 and death 9 Feb 1833. I have not seen evidence of either date being correct. (This is my line) Their son Jacob Saylor Earlewine b-8 Jun 1800 in Vir. d-27 Jun 1887 in Monroe Co. Ohio  married Ruth Connor 30 Jan 1823 in Ohio Co. Vir. (also my line)
  4. Mary (Polly) Sailor, Born Dec 14, 1778 and died Sept 19, 1851 in Newark, Licking County, Pa. she married David Dille b-31 Oct 1752 d-19 Oct 1935
  5. Samuel Sailor, Born Dec 23, 1781 in Cumberland Co., Pa, died March 16, 1872 in Sharon Tp., Noble,Co, OH. married Mary Sims b-11 Dec 1783 d-7 Dec 1864
  6. Elizabeth Sailor, Born 6 Jan 1786 and Died 21 Apr 1864. married John Sterling they were married 23 Dec 1806.
Alan has worked out the potential lineage below and welcomes comments from researchers.

Theodor Seiler Birth 10 Jun 1668 in Muttenz, Arlesheim, Basel, Switzerland Death bef 1752
Spouse Maria Schweighauser Birth 3 Dec 1675 in Basel, Switzerland
1. Friedrich "Fridlin" Seiler, Birth 12 Mar 1702 in Binningen, Arlesheim, Basel, Switzerland Death bef 1770 in Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania
2. Hans Jakob Seiler Birth abt 1704 in Bottmingen, Arlesheim, Basel, Switzerland
3. Margreth SeilerBirth abt 1709 in Bottmingen, Arlesheim, Basel, Switzerland Death abt 1774 in Berkeley County, West Virginia

Theodor's parents
Johann Seiler Birth 15 May 1632 in Muttenz, Arlesheim, Basel, Switzerland Death 11 Jun 1675
spouse Margreth Brüderlin Birth Apr 1630 in Muttenz, Arlesheim, Basel, Switzerland Death 25 Sep 1708
9 children with our Theodor being the youngest

Maria's parents
Simon Schweighauser Birth 28 Apr 1644 in Basel, Switzerland Death 24 Dec 1706 in Basel, Switzerland
Margreth Schwartz Birth 20 Apr 1657 in Basel, Switzerland Death 1 Nov 1727 in Basel, Switzerland her parents Leonhard Schwartz Birth abt 1625 wife Ursula Meyer Birth abt 1630

Johann Seiler Birth 15 May 1632 his parents Hans Seiler Birth abt 1601 Death Apr 1635 in Muttenz, Arlesheim, Basel, Switzerland
Spouse of Hans
Maria Egarin Birth abt 1605 her parents Hans Brüderlin Birth abt 1599 wife Maria Mönch

parents of Simon Schweighauser
Jakob Schweighauser Birth 21 May 1598 in Basel, Switzerland Death abt 1667 in Basel, Switzerland
Anna Burin Birth 30 Apr 1598 in Basel, Switzerland Death 18 Jul 1677 in Basel, Switzerland
Source: email from Alan Albright, March 2014