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The Keystone State the 2nd state of the United States December 12, 1787

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Index of Warrant Registers 1733-1957; Records of the OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL

My fifth great-grandparents Jacob CRAMER born 1806-1807 to after 1880 and Mary M. about 1809-before 1880 both unknown counties in Pennsylvania to Summit County, Ohio to Whitley County, Indiana.

9 P.S. Sec.211 To destroy any part of an historic graveyard is illegal in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The legislation is know as the Historical Burial Places Preservation Act. The presence of an historic graveyard must be disclosed by the owner and the seller. This is state law.

Berks County

1876 map of townships current free map; Berks County Recorder of Deeds;

My families listed in the members of Little Swatara Congregation of 1770 German Baptist Brethren include Peter HECKMAN, minister and wife, his son John HECKMAN and wife who was Barbara MEYER HECKMAN, Jacob MOYER and wife - Barbara MEYER's parents, Philip ZEIGLER and wife the original ZIEGLER immigrant family and whose farm was passed down through the ZIEGLER family until 1972. Dwayne Wrightsman gave an interesting discussion of the Early Brethren Farms on Little Swatara Creek on the Brethren Mailing List. I have some more on the Ziegler Meeting House.

Major city is Reading, go to Wikipedia 125 of 310 known Berks County cemeteries are known as not having survace evidence. In other words, their tombstone if they existed are missing.

My fifth great-grandparents Johann Gottfried BREININGER 1705-1768 Werttenberg, Germany to Berks County, Pennsylvania and Maria Elisabetha Unknown 1707-1794 Werttenberg, Germany to Berks County, Pennsylvania.

My fourth and fifth great-grandparents Christian KUNZI 1740-1825 Switzerland to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Botetourt County, Virginia and Mary Unknown 1748-1828 Berks County, Pennsylvania to Botetourt County, Virginia.

Christian's parents Christian KUNTZI 1700-1774 and Sarah Unknown 1705-1789 both from Switzerland to Berks County, Pennsylvania.

My fourth great-grandparents Johann Peter BRACH 1757-after 1830 Berks to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to Fairfield County, Ohio and Elisabeth BREININGER probably Pennsylvania to 1823 Fairfield County, Ohio.

Peter's parents Johann Casparus BRACH 1704-1782(85) Loetzbeuren, Germany to Berks County, Pennsylvania and Sophia LAUTER 1719-about 1780 Oberdiebach, Germany to Berks County, Pennsylvania.

From PROUGH MyFamily.com "Casper was born about 1704 in Lötzbeuren, Rhineland-Palatinate­, Prussia and died about 1781 in Brunswick Township, Berks County, PA. Sophia was born 1719 in Oberdiebach, Rhineland-Palatinate­, Germany and died about 1780 in Brunswick Township, Berks County, PA".

My fifth great-grandparents George ROYER 1710-after 1772 Bohl, Germany to Berks County now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Elizabeth who died before 1769.

George's parents Sebastian ROYER 1688 to 1758-1759 Bohl, Germany to Berks County now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Agnes FLOCKIRTH 1685-1758 Bohl, Germany to Berks County now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania daughter of Johann Wendel FLOCKIRTH.

My fifth great-grandparents Jacob ZIEGLER 1760-1799 Berks County to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and wife Catherine KINSEY about 1762-?, Lancaster/Berks County, Pennsylvania to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Jacob's grandson Joseph ZIEGLER was born near Carlisle, Berks County, Pennsylvania about 20 miles north of Gettysburg famous from the Civil War and another 10 miles south to Taneytown in Carroll County, Maryland where my ZUMBRUN faimiles lived.

Jacob's parents Philip ZIEGLER 1734-1803, wife Regina REQUEL 1730-1824 Bern, Switzerland to Berks County, Pennsylvania.

My sixth great-grandfather Heinrich ZUMBRUN born about 1718 in Switzerland died in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Chester County

County seat is West Chester, go to Wikipedia. Historical attractions include Valley Forge, Battle of Brandywine in the Revolutionary War, and Longwood Gardens.

My seventh great-grandparents Johan Heinrich Landis 1782-1826 Hirzel, Switzerland to Chester County, Pennsylvania and Elizabeth HIRT perhaps 1688-1783 Alsace to Germantown, (Pike or Columbia County) Pennsylvania. Elizabeth was a daughter of Jacob HIRT 1662-1727 Germany to Germantown, (Pike or Columbia County) Pennsylvania.

Cumberland County

The Borough of Carlisle is the county seat.

My fourth great-grandparents Peter SWANK 1763-1837 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio and Hannah 1771-after 1850 Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio. There are lots of SCHWENK's and SWANK's in Pennsylvania but have been unable to find a connection with Peter. Peter's land east of Wolf Creek Road in Montgomery County, Ohio is now part of Sycamore State Park.

My third great-grandparents Joseph ZEIGLER 1813-1894 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio to Whitley County, Indiana and Saba KINSEY 1815-1888 Montgomery County, Ohio to Whitley County, Indiana. Joseph was a Church of the Brethren Deacon and minister who along with my KINSEY, ZUMBRUN, and other families from Montgomery County, Ohio formed the Blue River German Baptist now Church of the Brethren Church in Whitley County, Indiana.

Dauphin County

Formed in 1785 from Lancaster County, the county seat is Harrisburg also the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Railroad passed through the city in 1846 and was the reason my KELKER families came to Fort Wayne. Three Mile Island is on the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg. 14 miles east of Harrisburg is Hershey home of the chocolate candy company.

My sixth great-grandparents Peter KINGERY abt 1733-1786 of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. There are several versions of who his wife was and who his parents were. I am still trying to straighten things out.

Germantown

Found in six different counties: Adams, Cambria, Columbia, Franklin, Pike, or Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Germantown is probably the best known.

My seventh great-grandparents Elizabeth HIRT perhaps 1688-1783 Alsace to Germantown, (Pike or Columbia County) Pennsylvania. Elizabeth was a daughter of Jacob HIRT 1662-1727 Germany to Germantown, (Pike or Columbia County) Pennsylvania and Johan Heinrich Landis 1782-1826 Hirzel, Switzerland to Chester County, Pennsylvania.


On page 128 of Holsinger's history, Henry Landis and his wife, of New Jersey, were among the first baptized December 25, 1713 by the Tunker Church in America in Wissahicon Creek near Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On page 154 another Henry Landis and wife were 40 miles north in Coventry or Schulykill held a love feast September 7, 1724.

Huntingdon now Blair, County

Susannah Unknown ALBAUGH Sook died before February 21, 1806 and buried in the Brethren Cemetery near Cross Key, Blair County, Pennsylvania now known as Carson Valley Cemetery. 1816 Huntingdon County Whiteside map.

Lancaster County

Garden Spot of Amercia, the county seat of Lancaster County is Lancaster. Popular attractions are the Amish or "Pennsylvania Dutch".

My fourth great-grandparents Henry EIKENBERRY 1771-1828 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Franklin County, Virginia to Preble County, Ohio and Mary LANDIS 1772-1858 Franklin County, Virginia to Preble County, Ohio.

Henry's parents Peter EIKENBERRY 1731-1812 New York to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Preble County, Ohio and Fronica GROFF about 1735-1805 of Franklin County, Virginia.

Peter's parents Martiniss EICHENBERG 1701-after 1756 Neuwied, Germany to New York to Berks or Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Anna DORNIN 1702-after 1745 of Neuwied, Germany to New York to Berks or Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

My second great-grandparents Mary HINSEY 1823-1895 Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio to Wabash County, Indiana and Samuel ROYER 1819-1877 Montgomery County, Ohio to Servia, Wabash County, Indiana.

Mary's parents John Adam HINSEY 1783-1866 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio to Wabash County, Indiana and Mariah BURKHOLDER 1792-1869 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio to Wabash County, Indiana.

My fourth great-grandparents Martin KINGERY 1774-1865 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Franklin County, Virginia to Greene County, Ohio to Union County, Indiana and Mary "Polly" WEBB 1780-1818 Franklin County, Virginia to Greene County, Ohio. Martin remarried to Mary HILDEBRAND.

Martin's parents Jacob KINGERY about 1751-1811 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Franklin and Union County, Indiana and Franky unknown about 1755.

My third and fourth great-grandparents Christian KINSIE 1788-1859 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Botetourt County, Virginia to Montgomery County, Ohio to Whitley County, Indiana and Hannah HECKMAN 1777-1852 Botetourt County, Virginia to Montgomery County, Ohio to Whitley County, Indiana. Christian was a Church of the Brethren Deacon and along with my ZEIGLER, ZUMBRUN, and other families from Montgomery County, Ohio formed the Blue River German Baptist now Church of the Brethren Church in Whitley County, Indiana.

Christian's parents Christian KUNZI 1740-1825 Switzerland to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Botetourt County, Virginia and Mary Unknown 1748-1828 Berks County, Pennsylvania to Botetourt County, Virginia.

My third great-grandparents George ROYER 1786-1876 almost 90 or 100 years old Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio to Huntington County to Whitley County, Indiana and Sarah SWANK 1797 to 1855-1856 Pennsylvania to Montgomery County, Ohio to Huntington County, Indiana. George may have been born in 1776 and was just weeks short of 100 years old. His tombstone is a 20th century replacement and his obituaries give different ages and birth dates. Their land in Montgomery County, Ohio is now part of Sycamore State Park.

George's father is thought to be Christopher Daniel ROYER born after May 4, 1749 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lehn Cemetery near the Lehn Meeting House is said to contain 5 generations of Royer remains.


On page 151, Daniel Royer was a deacon at Tulpehocken Congregation near where immigrant Sebastian Royer lived and died.

My fourth great-grandparents David ZIEGLER 1791-1866 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Clark County,
Ohio and Marie EHNINGER about 1791-1830 Pennsylvnania 8 children. Second wife Lydia FRANTZ 1805-1886 had 12 children. I can find no information on the EHNINGER-EHINGER family.

David's parents Jacob ZIEGLER 1760-1799 Berks County to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania and wife Catherine KINSEY about 1762-?, Lancaster/Berks County, Pennsylvania to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Catherine's parents Ann Margaret 1732-1801 of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Jacob KUENTZI 1724-1790 Switzerland to Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Lebanon County

The county seat is Lebanon, established in February 1813 from Dauphin County.. Rudolph and Anthony Kelker are mentioned on the Lebanon County Historical Society Historical Annuals page.

My third great-grandparents David KELKER 1801-1872 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania to Goshen, Mahoning County to Delphos, Allen County, Ohio to Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana and Mary HOUSER 1802-1883 Pennsylvania to Mahoning County to Delphos, Allen County, Ohio to Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.

4th great-grandparents were Peter HOUSER and Barbara BRECHT around 1760 to after 1802 from the Kelker book.

David's parents John KELKER after 1768 to after 1808 to Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and Barbara ZIMMERMAN about 1773-1855 was 92 years old when she died in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

John's parents Rudolph KELKER 1747-1826 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and Maria WEIDMAN about 1750 Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

Rudolph's parents Henry KELKER (Heinrich KÖLLIKER) 1705-1762 Zurich, Switzerland to Lancaster now Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and Regula BRÄETSCHER Andelfingen, Switzerland to Lancaster now Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Northampton County

County seat is Easton. Located in the Lehigh Valley on the northern border of the The Poconos Mountain. Eastern edge borders Warren County, New Jersey. Industrial region produces anthracite coal, cement, was once home to Bethlehem Steel before its closing in 2003.

My fourth and fifth great-grandparents were Johann Peter HECKMAN about 1710-1712 to 1767-1774 Hainbrunn, Germany to Northampton County, Pennsylvania and Anna Elizabeth Margareth Lang Rothenberg, Germany.

Philadelphia

County created by William Penn in 1682, county seat is Philadelphia, "Philly" the "City of Brotherly Love".

My fifth great-grandparents Sarah SPRINGER about 1746-1809 daughter of Isaac SPRINGER of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Shenandoah County, Virginia and Jacob FALLIS born after 1742-1797 New Jersey to Frederick and Shenandoah Counties, Virginia.

Schuylkill County

County seat is Pottsville part of the coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania in the Appalachian Mountains. Schuykill Canal opened in 1825.Short railroads began in the early 1830's.

My fourth great-grandparents Catherine KINSEY 1762-? of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania? and Jacob ZEIGLER Berks County to Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

My third great-grandparents George PROUGH 1781-1808 Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to Fairfield County, Ohio and Sarah WINDER 1789-1860 Washington County, Maryland to Fairfield County, Ohio. Sarah remarried Nicholas SIDENER. Son Peter immigrated to Indiana with a couple of his SIDENER half-brothers.

York County

County seat is York, located in the Susquehanna Valley.

My fifth great-grandparents Julianna SCHNEER 1761-1844 York County, Pennsylvania to Stark County, Ohio and Simon ESSIG 1754-1852 Washington County, Maryland to Pennsylvania to Stark County, Ohio and was a Revolutionary War Soldier. Some of their children are said to have been born in Adams County which was not formed until January 22, 1800. Adams county seat is Gettysburg site of President Lincon's famous Gettysburg Address during the Civil War.

All genealogy research contain errors, so let me know if your research contradicts mine. My research of Indiana and Ohio families comes from conversations with relatives, copied scrapbooks, library research, online records, courthouse visits, and multiple visits to final resting places on family farms and cemeteries. Families in other states rely mostly on the research of others. If you have additional information on any families, corrections, photos, or anything to add to the history of our families, please leave a Comment in my Guest book, join my Follis Families on Facebook page, or send an Email. Read Dick Eastman's discussion of Unverified Data.

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