The History of the Kreider Clan: 22 May 1919; columes 1 & 2

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The History of the Kreider Clan:  22 May 1919; columes 1 & 2 - I1STORY OF KREIDER FAMILY FROM PEN OF THE REV....
I1STORY OF KREIDER FAMILY FROM PEN OF THE REV. J. G. FRANCIS Scholarly Discourse On One of Oldest and Most Prominent Clans in County- Two Installments in Daily News Will Appear Weekly. I j I j I I ] I the way the German at the bottom signs in his own script. You see in those clays 'they were not endorsing endorsing checks. I wonder if our absolute absolute exactness even in modern business business may not sometimes defeat jus- The Kreider Family By REV. J. G. FRANCES. B.D. When we investigate the history Of our Kreider family, we enter deep into the heart of Lebanon coun- j ^ r a7 h VThaTln7ufe"it."'so you ty. They must have been a right- j Ree jn wriling Gerraan na nje* the eons people, the Kreiders, for the ( EngUah scrjbe naci lo do tne best he Lord has blessed them and multi- could and oftentimes he did not do plied them exceedingly. We know | verv we)] that they honor their fathers, keep green their memories; and their days have been long in the land which the Lord their God gave unto them. In large measure they today occupy the lands in our Valley on which their ancestors first settled. It is a I spelled altogether differently fro.n pleasure to hearken to the Kreiders tell their family traditions. But the Kreiders not only liked their ancestors, they liked each other. It seems they thought that nobody was quite, so nice as a Kreider: so they married each other and married each other and married each other. Often you find a Kreider Kreider who married a Kreider. His wife died and he married her sister; or if she didn't have a sister to marry he married her cousin. Why, you can find Kreiders with a Kreider for a wife, with a Kreider for a mother, with a Kreider for a grandmother, grandmother, and perhaps with a great- grandmother; and. of course, on the male side it was a Kreider back and back and back, till the first one The name Kreider is said to come from the German word Grcit. mean- I ing "chalk." So Greiter. Greider. is a chalker, one who marks with chalk, a writer. , The name is said to have had its origin in the days of the bow and arrow in Switzerland, when the hardy mountaineers met together to improve their marksmanship, that | their arrows might have telling ef-j feot upon the invading foe. It takes j us hack to William Tell. ... | They kept tally. They strove to I excel. A good shot was not permitted permitted to go unnoticed. Its inspiration inspiration was handed abroad and was perpetuated. perpetuated. .Each man wanted a record record of his hits. The one to whom the task fell of keeping the score was the Greiter. It must have been on the side of Switzerland toward i Germany, not toward France, for the word is German. To keep score in those days must ha^e" r7 q ui;ed more tTan ordinarv tnmriorf™ TT,« *„„« i,«« \ knowledge. The score keeper must got his name from making chalk have bcen a sort f umpjre a ick J marks on the Alpine rocks. flure eye> KooA judgment and •From this we do not wish you to | fearless decision . eThe - abnitv Infer that the Kreider's Carried make a rh alk 'line was an accom- closer kin than did other families. They did not. It, was a common thing in days gone by. They read their Bibles for light on all subjects. They discussed the question: Who •was Cain's wife? And they knew .that Abraham, the father of the faithful, went it only half point better better than Cain, for Abraham confessed confessed of Sarah his wife: "And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the plishment. So the Greiders are said j to have been ' an intelligent" tribe, \ with high, broad foreheads arid noble bearing: of comrha'nding appearance', whose decision was not open to question. They are said to have been tall; but many we meet, today are short, and of sturdy build. Why the change.? Pet I ^ j ! they came daughter of my father, but. not thei the sunlight:' but. when they daughter of my mother; and she to , he broad Lebanon Valley" where became my wife" (Gen. 20:12). But they had pll?n t r of plhnw . ' fhpv erhaps in the dee^ Alpine y shot up high to get toi Lan' the ,law of Moses came jn and for- badevery close marriages; and the Kreiders with the other Me-nnonites respected the law. but they did noi add anything to it. Again, the Mennonites remembered remembered that Abraham sent his servant they had plenty of elbow room, they took to spreading out. For valuable hints concerning the Kreiders in Switzerland, we are indebted indebted to Mr. . John Bomberger. a farmer a short distance north of the power house of the E. and L. trolley line. From Rev. [saac Kreider. of to get a wife for Isaac from i Ceiuer County , through John Krei- among his, own people. Isaac a'nd. Rebecca were midway between first and .second cousins; (what were they?) and Jacob, the sup- planter, who got the blessing, did he not marry his first cousins? And then.the Mennonites did not want to marry the daughters of the Canaan- ites round about them. Of course not. A Mennonite should marry a Mennonite. By marrying in the family, they kept the religion pure, and also perhaps kept the money from being scattered. And money has its value. Sure! They did not seem to realize that the money some other maiden had might buy as many acres, and that the religion in some other homes might also have come from heaven. The scarcity scarcity of inhabitants in colonial days might have justified somewhat these closer, marriages. They intensified, made exclusive, built up walls and shut out sympathy. Perhaps a peep over the garden wall would have been a good thing for a young Mennonite. Mennonite. But then the Mennonites •were -not the only people who married married first cousins. Let's be fair. But the frequent intermarriages among the Kreiders makes the writing writing of their history exceedingly difficult difficult Many -who have tried to trace the history iof the family have become become involved in a maze from which they were unable to extricate themselves. themselves. We intend to go into .the inmost depths of the labyrinth, but shall ever endeavor to keep hold of the thread. You will be somewhere. Follow us closely or you may miss yourself, which would be the great misfortune. Now. before we take up -the his- der, of South Xinth street, we are indebted for knowledge of The Kreiders Coming Over Rev. Isaac Kreider on a sheet which he has printed says: "Our ancestors lived along the river Rhine in Switzerland, where at the present present time, the merchants are Greid- ers. They use a G in writing their name. "France being protectorate to Switzerland attempted to make all unite with the Roman Catholic Church. (Be it here said in justice, 'not Roman Catholics only.') Our ancestors being Mennonites. refused, and therefore had to flee to Germany, Germany, their property being confiscated. confiscated. Holding much in common with the Quakers, Penn invited them to come to his land in America." At the head of his sheet Rev. i tory of the Kreiders let us consider | came afterward but where thev set The Name Kreider tied. T cannot tell, perhaps in the In consulting the early records west, along with 'those who went we find the name spelled in many j from (toi Huntingdon Co Michael •ways. We find Crider. Cryder. | from Lancaster built a mill 2 'nile<s Croyder, Creytei. Croyter, Cryter, j west of Huntingdon in 1771 Crytor, Kriter, Kryter, Kreiter, j "Wilhelm. b. 1723 came Sen- "0 Kreider, Grider, Griter. Gryder. 11743; Bartholomew came \nV T ».» . , - - • w Kreider gives the names of four Kreiders: Martin, born in 1681: Jo-I seph, born in 1-712; John Jacob.' born 1715. died 1779, "buried in cemetery on farm"; Frederick, born 1719. "These four, father and 3 sons, came to Phila.. Sept. 16. 1736, went, to Conestoga. Lancaster, the home of Jacob, who came to America America about 1712 and received from Wm. Penn SOO acres near Lancaster city. Michael who came over on Aug. 11. 1732, also lived there. The 3 sons and George received from Perni's sons 5SO acres in Lebanon township [along Snitz Creek]; 4 years later their father, being a blacksmith, joined them, receiving ISO acres of their land. Patent of original recorded in Phila." Rev. Kreider continues at the bottom bottom of his sheet: "The following -_ , , • t -.-...v,.. >»*<iiir; .'\ut Gryter, perhaps even more forms i 1751: John Martin came Sept 1~ might be found: but at least 11751; Geo. Martin h 170$ c-im'e one of the two original settlers in j Sept.. 17:>3; Same year came Ste the Lebanon Valley signed his name phen, b. 172S. !in d John M->rt ; 'n h "«-•»!•*<•"•'' There are some of the 17?,0: :uid Jacob, h 1 ' 7 ' >0 ' and'C 1 •;' descendants who still name in this waV. write their per. "Philip J ; ,r6b ram Sept 1754: Tobias camo Oct. 26. 14 . . think he lived near Petersburg had ritnio Oct. c)_ AUK. L'7. 1 Sf>4.' There is no profound reason for these different ways of spelling! 7 sons'; Philip rann> Oct '' proper names of Germans in colonial John Jacob Pennsylvania. The English scribe Adam came Bimply wrote the name the wyy it Those comings over arc sounded to him as pronounced by ; from oflicia! rei-ords :UK|' the Germans themselves. M;:ny of I ipu'titly fiirti^putabie these early Germans could not write ;.\lr. Kreidrr departs their names, could not spe.ak Knc- j ui'.ooubtedly lish, did not. know the Gerni;tp. ,irc rot "in ;i? soon as 'roiii ll'.cse he falls :ntn .>rror. Wo ronoTrirri in following f] lr phabet. much less the English, and j Krc-idc-r's who won; to •vfTern-r of course could not tell the Knglirn- j pan.* of th» country and never ram** man how to spell 'he name. So the j;o Lebanon county. ' English scribe, no doubt very oar!y. j terost-^d in knnw'inc gave up all attempts to be' r>xac"; When the German did sign lit;: came, he signed with German script, which was Greek to the Englishman. Often w« find deeds with the of Germans in the body of the deed H wo ar» in- who are th^ 'ho camp »o Leh- t r>r«; of t hose county. Kroirters- in lvancfli»t»r Crranty Rev. Kreider ?ays »hat Martin Kreider with hi? font, Joseph, .'ohn Jacob and Fr;;d?nck came to Phila-

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  1. Lebanon Semi-Weekly News,
  2. 22 May 1919, Thu,
  3. Page 6

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