Kreider Family History: 21 Jul 1919; colume 3

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Kreider Family History:  21 Jul 1919; colume 3 - German and Huguenot settlers, a nawber ot whow...
German and Huguenot settlers, a nawber ot whow w«re followers of Simon Menno. Amongst these was one Jacob Kreider. the head of the numerous family of that name in America, a Swiss Mennonite refugee. As he waa a communicant of that denomination commonly called Mennonite, and their creed being adverse to the keeping of records and history, very little is known of him or his descendants, except that which we have by tradition, and that is very meager. Mr. Kreide* settled In what was (1729) Lancaster township, in what is now Lancaster, Pa. Had he been a follower of Luther or Zwlngli, we surely could have found the accustomed "Tauf Schien," if nothing else, to tell the story of his family, by this accustomed relic ^and record which is missing amongst this people. He had issue among other children, one son named Martin, who had a son John. This John Kreider resided, prior to the French and Indian War, in what was at that time Donegal Township, Lancaster county, Province of Pennsylvania. He (Jacob) had a brother who had already settled and taken up a large acreage of land in that fertile part of the present territory of Lebanon county, now known as South Lebanon township, which territory was then settled sparsely by the Hebron Moravians. His brother Jphn. who resided across the Cornwall Hills, was a blacksmith by trade, in connection with farming, and it was necessary for the brother residing in Lebanon township to visit him twice a year to secure his smith work, and ag there were no public roads across this mountain, it was necessary for him, on his journey, to mark and blaze the trees, so as to find his way back, which required no small amount of labor. He eventually proposed to his brother John to take up his residence In his neighborhood, and If he did so, he would at a nominal price, give him a fine farm out of his large plantation. This was accepted and John Kreider became a citizen of Lancaster county, north of the mountain often called the South Mountain, which is now in the present Lebanon county. Here he had born to him a number of children, viz.: Michael, whose daughter Rebecca was the daughter In-law of Rev. John Troxel, the founder and pioneer of our Church in Northwestern Pennsylvania, in what was then Westmoreland county, and now within the bounds of Allegheny Conference of our church. Another son was Henry, from whom descends your worthy citizen, David Witmer Crider, of York, Pa., wrongly spelled with a C for Kreider. A third son, Jacob, from whom descend the Kreiders of Annville, who are so closely identified with our church, and some of whom are known by many of* you. ' And the last, though oldest, son was Martin Kreider, the grandfather of Christian Kreider. Martin Kreider, the last, was born Feb. 14, 1740, and was reared in the faith of his forefathers and became a minister of the Mennonite Church. In the great religious awakening from morality to experimental religion, in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, he became a follower of Behm and Otterbein and was a co-laborer with them and as is recorded in our Church History, was "the oldest minister in the Church next to Behm and Otterbein." He married Catharine Schutz, who resided south of "Stitse Stettle," in what is now South Lebanon, Pa., and was a neighbor of Abraham Le Roy, whose daughter Susanna was the wife of Rev. Philip William Otterbein, the founder of our Church. Rev. Martin Kreider died Nov. 14, 1826, and is buried in the Kreider farm. In endeavoring to find his grave a few years ago, in company with his grandson, D. S. Early, we were unable to find his grave until directed by another grandson, Abraham Miller (an uncle of your former pastor, I. P. Miller), by whom we were Informed that he was buried in Kreider Kirche Hofe, naver die Schnitz Krick"; and there we found his grave. Over his grave Is erected a very common lime stone, such as is native to the farm and in rude Amentner letters and figures, we found his name and birth and death carved on. He left issue sixteen children. The first child was Rev. John Kreider, the father of Rev. Christian Smith Kreider, who was born In Lebanon county and died in Franklin county, Pa., where he (Rev. John) had, in connection with Rev. Samuel Iluber, of precious memory, so much to <Jo in establishing the Church in that territory. Rev. Martin Kreider's other children were: II. Barbara, who became the wife of "long Christian" Kreider. III. Christian, m. a Mrs. Bowman, whose son Martin was a prominent minister In the lona Conference until of late years... IV. Henry V. Abraham. VI. Elizabeth, who became the wife of George Kreider. VIII. Catharine, vho became the wife of a Mr. Flora. VIII. Anna, who became the wife of John Miller, and they trere the grandparents of Rev. J. p. Miller. "4 Christina, who became the wife of Wm. Early, and they wore thie grandparents of Mrs. Partlie'- more. XI. Martin. XII. Tobias. Christian Smith Kreider was born Feb. 1, 1811, on the Kreider homestead in Hamilton township, near Kreider church, Franklin county, Pa. His advantages were very email, attending the public schools, such as they were, and working on the farm. He had the special advantage, however, of following precept and example of his grandfather and father, who were bcth consistent nun and ministers of the Gospel, His father's house in winter and barn ic i u:nmer were th»> preaching points for the brethren people, aad

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  1. Lebanon Semi-Weekly News,
  2. 21 Jul 1919, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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