HISTORY OF KREIDER FAMILY
FROM THE PEN OF REV. J.G. FRANCIS
(Continued from Thursday
but the one now in question is the Tobias of Fairland, born Nov. 25, 1788, and died Mar. 22, 1866, son of
Michael of Fairland, son of John the settler on Snitz Creek, for his wife Maria, lying beside him in the cemetery
north of Cleona, was born July 16, 1803, and died March 28, 1858. Catharine is likely buried there also, likely one
of the stones there whose inscription was illegible to us, marking her resting place. Whether Maria had any
children by Dohner we have not learned, likely not, as no mention is made of any in release to the home
property. The family of Tobias we shall take up under his branch of Kreiders.
BARBARA married Michael Reider, who by April 13, 1825, had moved to Center county, Pa., their
home being at Gatesburg, a short distance north of the Huntingdon county line. Reider signed Oct. 29, 1830, the
release to the home farm in behalf of his wife, Barbara, as did Tobias Kreider in behalf of his wife Catharine,
deceased, and his living wife, Maria.
JACOB, THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Jacob Kreider, son of John, succeeded his father as owner of the homestead. He was married to Elizabeth
Shaeffer, daughter of John Shaeffer, the Mennonite preacher north of Halfway. See our History of the Shaeffer
Family. Elizabeth was born May 26, 1805; and died March 7, 1874. Both she and her husband were Mennonites.
Jacob was elected county commissioner in 1849, likely succeeding his brother-in-law, Jacob Shaeffer, who had
been elected to the same office in 1846. Jacob Kreider is likely the only Mennonite to fill this office in our
county. Jacob stood very high in the community. He was noted for his hospitality. He raised many
watermelons on his farm, and on Sundays asked many along home to partake. If any one asked for a melon to
carry home, it was always given, but he did not like any to take without asking. His watermelon treats seem to
have made a lasting impression. He and his wife are buried in the old cemetery on the farm. They had the
- MARIA KREIDER, m. Hiram Light, farmer on the Forge road, 3 miles north of Ebenezer, after death of her
father bought April 1, 1885, the old Kreider homestead, which Lorenzo Laudermilch bought from the Light
heirs April 15, 1909; Lutheran; 9 children.
- Jacob Light, m. Lucinda Rank; farmer and scrivener, Jonestown; Lutheran; no children.
- Milton Light, dec., m. Annie Kreider, daughter of Joseph of Sporting Hill; farmer about one mile north
of his father's farm; Brethren in Christ; 4 children: Alice, single; Kate, m. Edwin Kreider, son of Henry
S. of near Fontana, farmer on the home place, Brethren in Christ, have children; and Joseph, m. Marie
Mark, farmer west of Rocherty, no children.
- Reuben Light, m. Ida Bamberger, dec, daughter of Christian S.; farmer, now resides in Cleona; Lutheran;
no children; well informed on Kreider history, from whom the writer has received valuable information.
- Elizabeth Light, dec., m. Wm. J. Bowman, farmer, 3 miles north of Lebanon; she Luth., he, Catholic;
children: Francis, machinist in Lebanon; Andrew, plumber in Reading; Robert, farmer on father's farm,
m. ----- Rosenberger.
- Daniel Light, m. Emma Layser, daughter of Reuben, dec.; farmer on Light homestead; Lutheran;
children: Ralph, m. Rosie Werner, farmer near Quentin, 3 children: Josephine, Early, and Christina;
Mary, single at home; Alice, Lloyd, Jacob, Early, Howard and Helen, all at home.
- John Light, m. Catharine Uhrich, farmer northwest of Myerstown; children: Sarah, Elizabeth and John,
- Anna Mary Light, d. aged 8 years.
- Allen Light, m. Mary Steckbeck; was a painter, whereabouts now unknown; she in Lebanon with her 3
- Louise Light, single.
- CATHERINE KREIDER, m. Joel Brubaker, farmer in South Lebanon near Iona; Reformed; 2 children:
- Jacob Brubaker, m. Amelia Eberly, farmer close to father's farm; 3 children: Rev. A. Nevin, recently died
of the "flu," m. Sarah Bowman; Reformed, he stationed at New Oxford, Pa.; child; Sarah Louise; Ray,
student in McCormick Seminary, Chicago, and Early, at home.
- Mary Brubaker, m. Grant Louser, dec. merchant in Lebanon; her residence 205 S. Ninth street; 2
children: Maria, single, a teacher; and Myrle, student in Goucher College, Baltimore, Md.
- JOHN KREIDER, dec., m. Rebecca Kettering, dec., farmer in Heilmandale; United Christian; children:
- Fannie Kreider, dec., m. Moses Heagy, dec., who after her death m. Aggie Brubaker, farmer at
Bellgrove, a sawyer, then maker of spokes and handles in Elizabethtown, Lancaster county; Brethren; 4
children, presumably all by first wife: Lizzie, m. Prof. Harry Nye, of Elizabethtown College; Mabel,
m. Noah Gibble, works in shoe factory in Elizabethtown; Jacob, works in [...] chocolate factory in E.;
and Lucy, single keeping house for her uncle Jacob Heagy of Fairland.
- Harvey Kreider, m. Emma Shealer; farmer near Shirk's meetinghouse toward Grantville; 2 children:
Catharine, m. C. Albert, farmer close to her father; and Grace, single.
- Samuel Kreider, m. Mamie Light; farmer northwest of Lebanon; United Brethren; 3 children: Bessie,
m. Harvey Deener, millman of Cleona, 1 child; John, single at home; and Florence, also at home.
- Cyrus Kreider, m. first to Elizabeth Reist and secondly to Sadie Kreider; farmer south of Annville;
United Zion Children; 3 children, all by first wife: John Jacob, Mary and Cora, single.
- Moses Kreider, m. Mary Kreider, daughter of John S. of Snitz Creek; farmer south of Lebanon;
Brethren, being treasurer of the congregation of South Ninth street; 7 children: Elizabeth, Vera, Esther,
Rhoda, Warren, Martha and Ruth.
- Jacob Kreider, single, machinist in Cleona, where with him the mother recently died.
- Mary Kreider, m. Harry Hughes, clerk in P. & R. freight office, Lebanon; residence, Cleona; United
Brethren; 2 children: Carl and Paul.
- REUBEN KREIDER, dec. m. first to Eliza Uhrich and secondly to her sister Leah; farmer and later a carpenter
in Kansas; children:
- MOSES KREIDER, dec., m. Mary Bomberger; school teacher, farmer and 20 years a gentleman at Hebron,
where his widow still resides; United Brethren; no children.
- JACOB KREIDER, dec. m. Hannah Rhodes, daughter of Benjamin of Mt. Nebo; farmer at Snitz Creek, along
trolley line, where his widow still resides; Lutheran; 12 children:
- Clement Kreider, died young.
- Irving Kreider, m. Carrie Heilman, carpenter in Cleona; 4 children: Clarence, dec., Ralph, Ray and Paul.
- Howard Kreider, drowned in the Snitz Creek, aged 6 years.
- Walter Kreider, m. Edna Brandt; farmer near Bunker Hill; Reformed; 3 children: Guy, Irene and Eugene.
- Eugene Kreider, killed in action in France.
- Ida Kreider, m. John Long, in lumber business with his father at Cleona; 3 children: Henry, Herbert and
- Miles Kreider, m. Lydia Funk; farmer on the homestead.
- Mary Kreider, died young.
- Elmer Kreider, died in infancy.
- Clarence Kreider, died from falling into boiling lard, at age of 4 years.
- Moses Kreider, single at home.
JOHN IN CENTER COUNTY.
We have seen that Joseph Kreider (1773-1820) moved from the old homestead on Snitz Creek to Warrior's
Mark, in Huntingdon county. Warrior's Mark is in the
(To be continued Thursday