HISTORY OF KREIDER FAMILY
FROM THE PEN OF REV. J.G. FRANCIS
(Continued from Monday)
NOTE - Type was misplaced at the end of the article on Monday, so that the record of Mary Kreider
Funk was inserted before the records of her brother David Kreider, Sr., were completed. The remaining
Funk records are herewith inserted, after which the records of David, Sr., are resumed.
Jacob, as stated, was a farmer on the Funk estate west of Lebanon, but later retired in Lebanon. He was
previously married to Sarah Bowman by whom he had a son Josiah, one of the most prominent of Lebanon
county's attorneys. Jacob by his second wife, Mary Kreider, had the following children:
- JOHN FUNK, dec., m. Kate Grittinger; merchant in Lebanon; Reformed; no children.
- ADAM FUNK, dec., m. Kate Bechtold; a traveling salesman and jeweler in Lebanon; Reformed; 1 child:
Jacob Funk, the present Ninth street jeweler; Reformed; 1 child: Catharine.
- JACOB FUNK, dec., m. Annie Shirk; for a time had a store in Campbelltown and later in Lebanon, and also a
traveling salesman; children:
- Lydia Funk, m. Jacob Stein, druggist in Reading; 3 children: Mary, m. Frank Hano[l]d; Minnie, single;
Catharine, m. Frederick Geber.
- Mary Funk, m. John Brightbill, liveryman in Lebanon; she, Reformed; 2 children: Annie, d. young; and
Edwin F., single, in Lebanon, teacher.
- Barbara Funk. m. Christian H. Shank, previously m. Leah Landis, by whom had 1 child living,
Alice; book-keeper for the Lebanon Stove Works; Reformed; 2 children: Florence, music teacher, at
home with mother 377 North Ninth street, Lebanon; and Harry J., all at home, single.
- Daniel Kreider, son of David, Sr.,
- Bernice Kreider, murdered.
- Murba Kreider, murdered.
- Mary Kreider, murdered.
- David Kreider, murdered.
- Aaron Kreider, m. Emma Wenger; works at Hershey, residence in Palmyra; Brethren; 4 children.
- Eva Kreider, m. Abraham Greiner, farmer near Mt. Joy, Lancaster county; United Brethren; 1 child
- Henry Kreider, reared by Tobias Bomberger, of Annville, now rural mail carrier in Montana.
- LYDIA KREIDER, afore, m. first to Henry Kettering, dec., farmer at Fulton, Mo.; m. secondly to Christian
Klick, of Virginia; Mennonite, having great respect to her father's instructions; she now resides in Annville;
3 children, all of first husband:
- Alvin Kettering, m. Barbara Yingst, of Derry; manager of the Annville Kreider Shoe Factory; residence,
East Maple street, Annville; United Brethren; 9 children: Josephine, Abigail, Esther, Elizabeth, Barbara
June, dec., Charles Louis, dec., Michael Henry, Ruth Claire.
- Harry Kettering, m. Gordie Martz; grocer in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he got his wife; now in
charge of Kreider Distributing House in St. Louis; 2 children: James Richard and John William.
- Violet May Kettering, single at home with her mother in Annville; artist, landscape painting.
- ANNIE KREIDER, afore, m. Tobias Bomberger, whose mother, Mary Kreider Bomberger, was a daughter
of Tobias Kreider, north of Cleona; farmer east of Fontana; partner first 7 years with A. S. Kreider in the
shoe venture; now president and manager of the Annville Electric Light Co.; Mennonite; the writer
especially indebted to her for information concerning her father's family; 4 children:
HON. A. S. KREIDER, m. Lizzie Horst, daughter of Henry of Horst's Mill. He is a self-made man. Beginning
as a grain merchant at Lawn, he gave business impetus to the place. He entered the shoe business, to
which some of the Kreiders were turning a gentle hand, he carried it to large commanding
proportions - five large factories at present, Annville, Elizabethtown, Middletown, Palmyra and Lebanon.
We hope to have a separate write-up of the Kreider shoe business. He was nominated for the State Legislature,
but a place opened for his calibre and he went to Congress. The fact that he has been returned again
and again without opposition is sufficient comment on the nature of his service. His associates in
Congress have placed him on important committees without him so much as lifting a finger to get the
appointment. He was recently sent by Congress to visit the battlefields of Europe, from which trip he has
He was brought up in a religious home, and he is a religious man. At first he joined the church of his
wife, the Brethren. He was instrumental in locating the Brethren church in Annville and one of the liberal
contributors to its erection. For several years he was superintendent of the Brethren Sunday school there,
and a trustee of Elizabethtown College. When he united with the United Brethren, he with them duplicated
the church erection service. He was the life of the half million endowment recently raised for Lebanon
He takes a great interest in the history of his ancestry. Every great man wants to become acquainted
with the forbears who made him, and do them becoming homage. He has generously, without reservation,
placed at our disposal all his extensive Kreider records. And what reflects as much credit on him as does
anything is the fact that in his palatial home in Annville he and his good wife have not departed from the
wholesouled hospitality of the Brethren and Mennonites of old. He is a wholesouled family man, and has
not been shackled by this contemptible, if not criminal, modern fashion fad of no children or one child or
two. He has a family of ten living children:
- Ammon H. Kreider, m. Nettie Locheman, of York, Pa.; co-manager of the Lebanon Shoe factory,
residence Fourth and Cumberland streets; 2 children: Nettie Margaret and Ammon H., Jr.
- David Robert Kreider, m. Dorothy Toby, of Detroit, Mich.; general manager of the Kreider Shoe Co.,
residence, Annville; no children.
- Aaron S. Kreider, Jr., m. Charlotte E. Raymond, of Pittsburgh; [sic] with the Kreider company's
wholesale distributing house in Philadelphia, where he resides; 2 children: Elizabeth (Bettie) and Aaron
S., the Third.
- Henry H. Kreider, m. Mildred Christian, of New York City; manager of the Palmyra factory; residence Ninth and Walnut streets, Lebanon; no children.
- Clement H. Kreider, single, in United States service in France.
- Howard B. Kreider, m. Violet Mark, whose grandmother Mary Kreider was a daughter of Joseph
Kreider, west of Rocherty; stock raiser on the Kreider homestead southwest of Annville; no children.
- Nancy M. Kreider, student at Wellesey College.
- Elizabeth May Kreider, student.
- Mary M. Kreider, student at home.
- George Lester Kreider, student at home.
JOSEPH WEST OF ROCHERTY.
Joseph Kreider, second son and third child of Jacob, son of Jacob, son of John the settler on Snitz Creek, as
we have seen, was born in 1805 and died in 1891, aged 86 years. Joseph was married in 1825 to Elizabeth (Sept. 6,
1806 - Nov. 11, 1879) daughter of Henry Ellenberger (1777-1838) and Elizabeth Kreider (1776-1839), daughter of
Michael Kreider who settled on his father John's land above Cleona. Both Joseph and his wife are buried at
Gingrich's Mennonite meeting house, southwest of Lebanon; and were members of the Mennonite meeting
house, southwest of Lebanon; and were members of the Mennonite church. Joseph was a farmer, having
received a farm in Lebanon township from his father, doubtless the farm on which he lived west of Rocherty.
They had 2 children:
- ELIZABETH KREIDER, b. Oct. 28, 1833; m. Jeremiah Light, farmer east of the Colebrook road at the Snitz
Creek, a part of the original "Kreider Settlement"; Brethren, "Jerry" being very prominent in erecting the
Brethren church at Midway, it being called for a time "Jerry's house," (he always looked after the tin cups at
the pump); Jerry is buried at Midway, his widow living with her son Joseph, in Cleona; children:
- Joseph Light, m. Leah Graybill, daughter of Jacob of near Palmyra; farmer on the Light homestead,
owning also the farm east of it, the two farms now owned by Henry Bomberger; school director of
North Cornwall township, under whom the writer of these lines rendered very imperfect service; now
retired in Cleona; United Zion Children; 13 children:
- Harry Light, m. Edna Hoke, farmer near Zinn's Mill.
- Annie Light, m. William Flickinger, formerly grocer in Lebanon, now weighmaster in Bethlehem
Steel plant; 1 child: Esther May; residence 464 North Fourth street.
- Abel Light, dec., m. Lizzie Kreider, daughter of Moses. See The News of June 5th.
- Lizzie Light, m. Paul B. Knoll, principal of the Quentin High School; United Zion Children; 1 child:
Lester L., dec.
- Elmer Light, twin to Lizzie [m.] Mary Brandt, daughter of John Adam of Fredericksburg (See history
of Brandt Family in The Report); laborer in the Bethlehem Iron and Steel plant; United Zion
Children; died of the "flu" in Dec., 1918; 1 child: Esther, b. after its father's death.
- Eight children of Joseph Light died young, making with the five foregoing, a family of 13 children.
- Daniel Light, dec., m. Emma Kettering, daughter of Jacob, brother of Henry, m. Lydia Kreider, afore;
veterinary in Palmyra; died in the West; 1 child:
Ray Light, recently married, resides in Palmyra.
- Mary Light, dec., m. Michael Graybill, a brother of Joseph's wife and uncle to Rev. Jacob Graybill,
Brethren missionary; farmer, now in Palmyra; United Christian; children:
- Jeremiah Graybill, d. in infancy.
- Michael Graybill, m. Sallie Lesher; farmer near Palmyra; 1 child, Wesley.
- Jacob Graybill, m. Carrie Edris, of near Fredericksburg; teacher in an agricultural school; 1 child,
- Elizabeth Graybill, m. Phares Brubaker; formerly a miller at Lawn; recently moved to Palmyra;
United Christian; 2 children: Glenn and a baby boy.
- Joseph Graybill, m. Sarah Shaeffer of Hockersville; farmer on the Graybill homestead south of
Palmyra; 6 children:
- Nancy Graybill, d. young.
- Daniel Graybill, m. ---- Eshelman; 1 child.
- Prof. Jeremiah Light, Jr., m. Eliza Bomberger; principal of the High Schools of Jersey City, N. J.; 2
- MARY KREIDER, daughter of Joseph west of Rocherty, m. Henry Mark, a farmer west of Rocherty on the
Kreider homestead, retired in Annville; Lutheran; 2 children:
- Joseph Mark, m. Emma Wolf; manager of several farms and owner of a liquor store in Lebanon;
residence Annville; 2 children:
- Lizzie Mark, m. Dr. I. K. Urich, dec., esteemed as a physician in Annville, owner of a farm in the
"Kreider Settlement" west of the Colebrook road; served several terms in the State Legislature; 2
MICHAEL OF SNITZ CREEK
Michael was the third and youngest son of Jacob Kreider, Jr. To him the father gave the homestead. It
seemed a habit with these old Kreiders to give the homestead to the youngest son. John the settler, gave the
homestead to his youngest son Henry, the martyr. Jacob, the son of John the settler, gave his homestead to his
youngest son Henry. And now Jacob of the third generation gives his homestead to his youngest son Michael.
David's youngest son also has the homestead, but he bought it.
Michael Kreider was married to Anna Ellenberger, sister to the wife of Michael's brother Joseph. Anna was
born Sept. 6, 1808, and died Mar. 30, 1881. She and her husband were Mennonites and are buried in the
cemetery of Gingrich Mennonite meeting house. This is the Michael whose farm ran by the large black oak tree.
See The News of June 5. The black oak was not the only victim of the storm in this neighborhood. The Reigert
farm to the west, which had become Kreider, lost its barn by a storm, and about twenty years ago the barn on
Michael's farm was destroyed by lightning. The old part of the farm house was doubtless the original house
here built by or for Michael's father, Jacob, Jr. Michael built an addition to this old house; and in 1864, when
Josiah his youngest child was of age, he built the other house for himself. Michael Kreider had three children:
- Jacob B., b. Jan. 28, 1838; d. Jan. 25, 1906*
- Lydia, b. July 14, 1840; d. June 6, 1869*
- Josiah, b. Jan. 16, July [missing]
- JACOB B. KREIDER, afore, whom we might designate Jacob the Third, for his father and grandfather were
Jacob's before him, as was also his great-grandfather's brother or fellow settler. Beside there was "Big
Jacob" the commissioner, Rev. Jacob of Sporting Hill, and Bishop Jacob of Fairland. We understand that
the present Jacob added the B. so as to distinguish himself from the other Jacob's. He farmed on the
Harvey Moyer farm at Fairland, which his father bought for him. Harvey Moyer married his daughter, and
thus in a measure got the farm. Jacob B. Kreider was married Feb. 23, 1860, to Annie Smith, b. August 27,
1840; d. Aug. 31, 1915, daughter of Isaac and Catharine Gingrich Smith. Jacob lived on his farm till he gave
up farming, spent a few years at Fulton, Missouri, and then retired in Fairland, Lebanon county, Pa., where
he died. She died with her daughter, Mattie. They are buried at the Hill Church. They had three children.
- Aaron S. Kreider, b. Nov. 12, 1860, m. Emma Moyer, dec.; railroad shopman in Reading; 5 children:
- Bertha Kreider, m. Rev. Alfred Lenhart, of the Reformed church, located near Delmont, Pa., not far
from Pittsburgh; 4 children: Paul, Lester, Rodney and Mark.
- Stella Kreider, m. A. W. Sykes, formerly proprietor of a hotel, now in gas well business, at
Sykesville, about 20 miles from Delmont; no children.
- Mabel Kreider, m. Earl Rapp, res-632 N. 13th street, Reading, with whom her father resides; 1 child,
- Daisy Kreider, d. aged 16 years.
- Alice Kreider, b. Oct. 25, 1864; m. in 1881 to Harvey Moyer, who now farms the Kreider homestead;
she is in Philadelphia with her four youngest children; 5 children in all:
- Erma Moyer, b. May 17, 1883; m. Nov. 29, 1909, to Elmer Kreider, son of Tobias, out the Quentin
road; moulder, in Lebanon; no children.
- Mamie Moyer, b. Sept. 22, 1884; single; clerk in Philadelphia.
- Herman Moyer, b. July, 1887; clerk in Phila.; single.
- Virginia Moyer, b. July 25, 1894; m. Charles Graham, of Phila.
- Samuel Moyer, b. June 20, 1899; single in Philadelphia.
- Mattie S. Kreider, b. Feb. 18, 1882; m. June 28, 1906, to Simon Heilman, pretzel manufacturer in East
Annville; Lutheran; 3 children: Paul, Lester and Lloyd.
- LYDIA KREIDER, afore, m. Jacob Kettering, farmer on the Witmeyer farm south of Annville. Mr. Kettering
later married Kate Gingrich and took up residence in Palmyra, following the vocation of a drover. By the
second wife he had children: Lizzie, m. Samuel W. Heilman, Heilmandale, and Harry, of Palmyra. Lydia had 1
child: Emma K. Kettering, b. Sept. 10, 1864; m. in 1884 to Daniel Kreider Light, son of "Jerry" of Snitz Creek
(see Joseph Kreider, west of Rocherty); veterinary, later druggist in Palmyra; he died in the "Israelite
colony" at Benton Harbor, Mich., Sept. 16, 1915, having become a member of the colony; 1 child: Ray
K., b. Feb. 7, 1894, m. Esther Blouch, machinist in garage in Palmyra.
- JOSIAH KREIDER, m. Catharine Bomberger, (Jan. 15, 1845 - April 11, 1881), daughter of Christian and
Mary Kreider Bomberger; the Kreider custom of giving the homestead to the youngest son was continued
to him, for he occupied the homestead on Snitz Creek, his father moving into the new house recently built
on the premises; Josiah was not a church man, but successful farmer, owning beside the homestead the
Reigert farm west of him, now owned by his son, Ezra, the farm near Fontana now owned by his son Joseph,
and the present Witmeyer farm, south of Annville, across the Quittapahilla. He had seven children, three
deceased. The deceased children and the parents are all buried at Gingrich's Mennonite meeting house.
His children were:
- Ezra Kreider, m. Amanda Krall, daughter of Christian and Christiana Kreider Krall; farmer 2 miles
southwest of Annville, also owner of the Reigert farm, formerly owned by his father; 4 children: Oscar,
m. Eva Laudermilch of Lionsville, northwest of Palmyra, farmer on the father's farm at Reigert's school
house, 2 children: David and Paul; and Annie, Josiah and Herman, all single.
- Mary Kreider, m. Adam Witmeyer, farmer on the farm south of Annville; no children.
- Anna Kreider, b. Mar. 11, 1872; d. Oct. 24, 1909, buried at Gingrich's; single; owned the Reigert farm.
- Jacob Kreider, b. Feb. 8, 1875; d. Aug. 15, 1906; buried at Gingrich's; joint owner of the homestead, but
he died without issue, being single.
- Sallie Kreider, b. Dec. 17, 1877; d. Mar. 29, 1906; also buried at Gingrich's; single; resided with her sister,
- Joseph Kreider, b. in 1879; m. Dec., 1918, to Amy Lentz, daughter of Jacob near Avon; owns the farm
near Fontana, but resides in Annville in the spacious house, next to our Congressman Kreider, along
with his sister Lizzie.
CATHARINE KREIDER MUMMA
Catharine Kreider, daughter of Jacob, Jr., of Snitz Creek, married Isaac Mumma, b. in 1809. He was a farmer
near Campbelltown and later retired in Campbelltown. They were Mennonites. Isaac was a large, well
proportioned man. He stood six feet in height and weighed 240 pounds. His wife had the same weight. He was
reputed in his day to be the strongest man in Lebanon county. He would take one barrel of flour and [stand] it
on another. Then he would lift the third barrel and stand it on the second one. It was a puzzle to an ordinary
man how to get the uppermost barrel back on the floor.
In the autumn of 1732 Lenhart Mumma arrived in the Pequea settlement of the Mennonites. Whether he
was the ancestor of the Lebanon county Mummas we know not. Mummas went from Lancaster county down
into the Valley of Virginia. Elder Benj. Franklin Moomaw (as it is there spelled) of near Roanoke, Virginia, was a
leader among the Brethren of the South, and through his efforts largely the Southern Congress exempted the
Brethren, with the payment of a $500 tax, from military service. But on the battlefield he was an angel of mercy to
the wounded soldier whether clad in blue or gray. His biographer says the name is French. Not a few French
were found among the Mennonites. The Forney family is also of French origin and Mennonite.
John Mumma on August 23, 1746, received a warrant for 100 acres of land in Lebanon township. This land
joined the present farm of John Henry Gingrich, at Mt. Pleasant. Michael Bachman had bought over 400 acres
here in 1740, and in 1747 sold about one-half of it to Yost Gingrich. The survey states that Gingrich's land ran
by land of Jacob Mumma. But what became of Mumma homestead was some distance farther west. The
Burkholders and the Mummas united in laying out a cemetery on the line between the farms of each, the
Mummas being to the west, farm now owned by Peter Shenk, of Campbelltown. This cemetery, so densely
overgrown as to be almost impenetrable, however, yielded up some secrets to our efforts. The following
inscriptions we could read:
- Jacob Mumma, b. June 12, 1767; d. Jan. 27, 1848.
- Jacob Mumma, b. May 15, 1775; d. Nov. 22, 1862.
- Joseph Mumma, b. Mar. 9, 1811; d. Feb. 21, 1851.
- Jacob Mumma, b. Jan. 11, 1812; d. Sept. 20, 1872.
- Leah Mumma, b. Mar. 2, 1805; d. April 19, 1855.
The first Jacob was likely the son if not the grandson, of the settler.
Isaac Mumma, m. Catharine Kreider, was born April 10, 1809, and died Oct. 20, 1894. They are buried in the
United Christian cemetery in Campbelltown. They had the following children:
- MARY A. MUMMA, b. Aug. 17, 1832, d. Feb. 23 1901; m. Levi C. Brandt, b. Nov. 6, 1835; d. Sept. 19, 1893;
farmer northwest of Campbelltown; United Christian, in whose cemetery in Campbelltown they are buried;
- Isaac Brandt, m. Martha Shanaman; farmer south of Campbelltown, 2 children: Florence May and Isaac
- Jacob Brandt, m. Carissa Flowers; farmer northeast of Campbelltown; 6 children: Irene, Sallie, Clara,
Jacob, Abraham and Albert.
- Joseph Brandt, m. ----- Bomberger: farmer on the old Mumma farm north of Campbelltown; United
- Fannie Brandt, m. ---- Herr, of Annville.
- A daughter, m. ---- Snyder, store keeper at Paxtang.
- Lizzie M. Brandt, b. May 5, 1863, d. May 20, 1867; buried at Campbelltown.
- Ann Mary M. Brandt, d. Jan. 29, 1865; d. Dec. 1, 1881; buried at Campbelltown.
- FANNIE MUMMA, m. Henry Heagy, farmer, at Steelton, a large part of the town now on his farm; United
Brethren; 5 children:
- CATHARINE MUMMA, died aged 69 years; m. Samuel Miller, a farmer of Ephrata, Lancaster county; no
- JACOB MUMMA, d. aged 67 years; m. Sarah Eshelman of Lititz; farmer near Lititz (Warwick), Lancaster
county; Mennonite; 5 children:
- Jacob Mumma, trucker, 6 miles north of Lancaster.
- Daniel Mumma, trucker and fruit grower 2 miles south of Brickerville.
- Isaac Mumma, farmer east of Ephrata, near Hinkletown.
- Lizzie Mumma, m. ---- Eitnier, Peterburg, Lancaster county.
- Katie Mumma, m. Harry Miller, laborer, of Manheim, Lancaster county.
- JOSEPH MUMMA, m. Anna Ulrich; farmer near Middletown, Lancaster county; some 8 or 9 children, of
whom 4 are sons; two being Michael and Joseph, Jr.
- ISAAC MUMMA, b. Nov. 17, 1844; m. Anna Lehn Graybill, b. June 26, 1844; farmer and dairyman for 33
years on the farm on which are now located the Weimer Chain Works toward Avon; residence now 420 East
Lehman street; Lutheran; from him was received the greater part of the information concerning his mother's
family; 2 children:
- Graybill Mumma, deceased, m. Annie Benson; stenographer in Phila. No children.
- Harry H. Mumma m. the widow of his brother; conducted a duck farm northeast of Avon for 5 years,
now for 8 years a butterine merchant in Lebanon; residence, 418 E. Lehman street; Lutheran; 1 child;
- CAROLINE MUMMA, b. May 24, 1848; d. Sept. 20, 1895; m. Samuel Royer, a butcher of Neffsville,
Lancaster county, who re-married after her death and is now located in Lancaster; 1 child:
- Elam Royer, b. Oct. 7, 1874; m. Nov. 14, 1894, to Cora Royer; also a butcher, 832 Duke street, Lancaster;
7 children in 1915: Leo Clay, Caroline Catharine, Jonathan Samuel, Elam M., James Marlin, Cora Etta,
and Donald R.
SUSANNA KREIDER LANDIS
Susanna Kreider, the seventh child and fourth daughter of Jacob Kreider, Jr., of Snitz Creek; married John
Landis, son of Henry Landis, a Mennonite preacher. The Landises have ever been one of the most numerous
and a leading Lancaster county family. John was a cattle dealer and farmer north of Palmyra. He owned and
operated the large stone quarries now operated by Bradley of Philadelphia. John and Susanna were member of
the United Brethren. They had 5 children:
- MARY LANDIS, dec. m. Hiriam Landis, dec., gentleman in Hummelstown; 1 child:
- JOHN K. LANDIS, b. May 21, 1838, d. Dec. 6, 1897; m. Nov. 7, 1861, to Lizzie Keim, b. Feb. 6, 1843; a butcher
in Palmyra, where his widow still resides and from whom we received information; Brethren; children:
- Kate Landis, b. Oct. 15, 1862; d. Dec. 24, 1890; m. Harry Eby, a progressive farmer southwest of
Campbelltown, who afterward m. Mary Bomberger by whom he has a number of children; Kate had 1
- Jacob Landis, b. June 24, 1864; m. Lydia Bachman; farmer north of Palmyra; 5 children:
- Mary Ann Landis, b. Oct. 30, 1865; m. William H. Walmer, floor-walker in Hershey Department Store; 1
child: Harry Keim.
- John Michael Landis, born July 11, 1869; m. Lizzie Hartz, butcher, concreter, now carpenter in Palmyra;
children: Helen, Mary Catharine, John Kreider, Susie Elizabeth, Samuel H., dec., and an infant son,
- Susan Landis, b. Nov. 10, 1871; m. William Kreider, Jr., a leading citizen and business man of Palmyra.
See the News of June 19.
- JACOB LANDIS, b. Aug. 19, 1840; d. Dec. 26, 1917; m. Lucetta Ulrich, dec.; cattle dealer, later entered the
shoe manufacturing business, bought out the Palmyra Shoe Company, enlarged it and became the founder
of the thriving Landis Shoe Company; United Christian; 3 children:
- Rev. Morris Landis, b. Feb. 20, 1866 m. Nellie Weltmer; holds an interest in the Shoe Factory, and owns
a farm near Palmyra, in which town he resides; he is not only a preacher of the Gospel but the presiding
elder of the United Christians, a worthy body of Christians founded by Rev. Hoffman when the United
Brethren church took over the school at Annville, his conviction being that schools were incompatible
with a spirit-filled Christian life; Elder Landis presides over the entire body of United Christians who
occupy pretty much the same territory as does the Kreider Shoe Manufacturing interests. Rev. Morris
has 1 child: Carrie, single.
- David Landis, m. Mary Brunner; manager of the Landis Shoe Company, which his father started about
25 years ago, which before the late war turned out about 3, 000 pairs of shoes daily, now some less,
employs between 250 and 500 hands; Lutheran; 1 child: Harold.
- Lizzie Landis, b. Nov. 24, 1863; m. C. F. Zimmerman, formerly postmaster in Palmyra, now in charge of
sales department of Landis Shoe Co.; Reformed; 5 children:
- Dr. Landis Zimmerman, m. Louise Marsh, of Baltimore; graduate of Johns Hopkins; physician in
Hershey and of the Hershey Chocolate Co., rendered service in the Army; no children.
- Paul Zimmerman, m. May Shaeffer, of Lebanon (See our History of the Schaeffer Family in the
Report); shoe cutter in Palmyra.
- Louise Zimmerman, died aged 14 years.
- Martin Zimmerman, student in Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa.
- Violet Zimmerman, student at Linden Hall, Lititz.
- JOSEPH LANDIS, m. Lucinda Mook; residence Bellevue, Ohio; 3 children: Minnie, m. --- Moyer; Adam,
m. ---- Baker, dec., and Leota, m. ---- Steinberger.
- SUSAN LANDIS, m. Abraham Shenk, formerly a farmer near Hershey, now works in the shoe factory;
residence, Cherry street, Palmyra; 4 children:
- John Shenk, practicing physician at Lingelstown, Dauphin county; no children.
- Clarence Shenk, electrician in Hershey; married but has no children.
- Eugene Shenk, m. Eva Foltz; residence Steelton; 2 children: Eugene, Jr., Frank Landis.
The Landis records were received largely from the immediate families.
ANNA KREIDER IMBODEN
After the Revolution and after we had made a final adjustment with Great Britain in the War of 1812, the
country began to develop, to take on new life. In the church the Sunday school, direct study of God's Word for
all, breaking the shackles of undue human authority in catechetical instruction, demanding direct touch with
God's thoughts on an equal footing for all Brethrenism was gaining the victory of self-assertion. A necessary
accompaniment of this free access to God's Word, without any man's views read in, was the church paper, an
open forum of free discussion, a toleration for the other man's view. It was never intended by the Creator that
man should live unto himself, and no man can stand faultless in the truth till he has duly considered the
viewpoint of his fellows. Brethrenism had been born in Germany, but had been forced out in its entirety. The
Mennonite with his detestation for infant baptism and the Quaker with his inner light were essential
accompaniments of this Brethrenism, the purest religion that ever entered Pennsylvania, God's holy of holies on
the American continent. In other words, it was the Lamb standing on Mt. Zion. But strange to say, these
people got their eyes off the Lamb and began to put their religion in their customs, their dress, etc. And
stranger still, the Brethren evolved from the most enlightened Protestantism of Germany, borrowed Quaker and
Mennonite customs and lodged their religion therein.
But why all this in an introduction to a sketch of Anna Kreider Imboden? Because even among the
Mennonites there was a life that would not be denied participation in the development of this, their beloved
country, their divine inheritance. And rather than be denied that right they affiliated with or helped organize
churches where they could have it. But place not all the blame on the Mennonite; nay, nor the chief blame on
the Mennonite himself, for in Switzerland, the church, and not the Roman Church either, stirred up the civil
authority to persecute the Mennonite, even unto death. Little wonder that you cannot persuade him that the
Christian has part in civil rule, yea that civil rule belongs to him alone, and that no one but a Christian has a right
to sit on the seat of any civil authority, that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. In short, the
Mennonite Kreiders married the Lutheran Imbodens, and we are told they got along peaceably together.
Anna (Nancy) Kreider afore, married Samuel Imboden (June 24, 1807 - Aug. 15, 1875), farmer a mile east of
Campbelltown; she Mennonite, he Lutheran; 4 children: