HISTORY OF KREIDER FAMILY
FROM THE PEN OF REV. J.G. FRANCIS
(Continued from Thursday.)
- Christian Church in Campbelltown.
They have preaching every two weeks at Fairland, at Harrisburg and at Hummelstown, and at these three
places have Sunday school ever Sunday. They preach every sixth week at Deodate and every eighth week at
Eplers and Campbelltown. We failed to get the appointment at Palmyra.
Midweek and Sunday evening services are held in the different fields in the homes of the members. In like
manner Bible study meetings are held. At Fairland and Harrisburg there are Young People's meetings.
Now this is the church machinery throbbing with divine energy, over which Bishop Henry Kreider, of
Campbelltown, presides, from whom we received our information.
- DANIEL KREIDER, afore, son of Daniel of Fairland, placed by his father on the farm now occupied by Levi
Kreider, belonging to the Kettering estate, about one mile west of the Kreider homestead, but had the
western fever, went first to Missouri, where he became a railroad clerk, later went to Denver, Colo., where he
engaged in the same work; m. Mary Thomas of near Schaefferstown; 3 children:
- Clara Kreider, m. ----- ------, now in California; 1 child.
- Jennie Kreider, m. ---- -----, now in California; 1 child.
- Eugene Kreider. m. --- ------, resided not far from Denver; jeweler; a number of children.
- LYDIA KREIDER, afore, m. John Hershey of Hummelstown; Brethren in Christ; 2 children:
- EZRA KREIDER, afore, m. Lydia B. Heilman, b. June 5, 152 [sic]; farmer on the western part of the
homestead, which he received from his father Daniel, the present Kettering farm; she, Lutheran; he and
several of their children buried at the Hill Church; 11 children:
- Mary Kreider, m. Rudolph Herr; operator of a stone quarry; residence Main street, Palmyra; United
Brethren; 4 children: Margaret, Harold, Virginia and Mary.
- Walter Kreider, dec., m. Ida Steckbeck who later m. Joseph Kreider, Jr. of Sporting Hill, see The News
of June 9; farm laborer, largely for his father; no children.
- Titus Kreider. m. Ethel Niggerson, of Brooklyn, N. Y.; manager of a tobacco house in New York city; 1
child: John Raymond.
- Ellen Kreider, m. John Shirk, banker in Annville; United Brethren; 3 children: John, Lydia and Ralph.
- Lydia Kreider, m. William Kreider, son of David of Palmyra, of the Palmyra Kreider Shoe Company,
See The News of June 9th.
- Ezra Kreider, Jr., m. Grace Donmoney, from whom we received the records of Ezra, Sr., daughter of
Hiram of Cleona; shipping clerk in the C. M. Coover Box Factory; residence Cleona; United Brethren; 2
children: Harold and Jack.
- Virgie Kreider, m. Joseph Kettering, lumber, coal and feed merchant in Palmyra; United Christian; 2
children: Harold and Mark.
Besides the foregoing children, Ezra, Sr., and Lydia Heilman Kreider have buried at the Hill Church the
- Daniel Kreider, d. Mar. 13, 1886, aged 1 year and 9 days.
- Harvey Kreider, d. Feb. 12, ----, aged 2 months, 13 days.
- Annie Kreider, d. Oct. 21, 1891, aged 1 month 8 days.
- Herman Kreider, d. Oct. 27, 1893, aged 4 years and 12 days.
- SALLIE KREIDER, afore, youngest daughter of Daniel of Fairland, m. Aaron Dutweiler, farmer between
Annville and Campbelltown, now retired in Annville; United Christian; 6 children:
- REV. CHRISTIAN B. KREIDER, the youngest child and second preacher of the family, m. Annie Witmer;
farmer, after Kreider fashion the youngest son receiving the homestead, now retired in Fairland; owner of
the United Christian campmeeting grounds north of Fairland; preacher of the United Christians; 6 children:
- Frank W. Kreider, m. Effy Eby; teller in Farmer's Trust Company, Lebanon; residence 214 South Ninth
street; Reformed; no children.
- Daniel Kreider, single, at home; clerk for Gas and Fuel Company.
- Laura Kreider, m. Harry Honker, attorney in Lebanon, residence Myerstown; Lutheran; 2 children: John
- Fannie Kreider, m. George Segner, clerk in Myerstown; Evangelical; no children.
- Sarah Kreider. single, at home, school teacher.
- Martha Kreider, also single, at home and a school teacher.
Records from Rev. Christian Kreider.
We have now completed the records of Daniel Kreider of Fairland, son of Christian of the same place, son
of Michael, son of John who settled on Snitz Creek at the western end of "The Kreider Settlement," son,
according to Hon. A. S. Kreider, of Martin the immigrant, who was a squatter in the Lebanon county before the
Penns bought from the Indians. Daniel was the second son of Christian of Fairland, but we have given his
record first because we had it better in hand. Now we turn to Michael the oldest son.
MICHAEL, SON OF CHRISTIAN OF FAIRLAND
Michael Kreider, son of Christian of Fairland, was born August 8, 1805, his funeral text as kept by his son,
John S., was 1 John 3:2. He was married May 11, 1828, by Rev. Graft, to Sarah Longenecker, b. Dec. 12, 1808;
d. June 6, 1854. She at her own request is buried in the Kreider burial plot north of Cleona. He later married
Louisa Walter, nee Eisenhauer. He and his second wife, by whom he had no children, are buried at
Kimmerling's. His residence at Avon led to his buying a burial plot at Kimmerling's.
As stated, Michael received from his father 9 1/2 acres of land south of the pike at Fairland, which served as
a nucleus from which he built up a 150-acre farm, now the Henry farm. He lived on this farm till the death of his
first wife, then rented it for ten years to Stoever, after which he sold it to Fishburn, from whose estate Christian
Henry bought it. Michael then lived at Ninth and Walnut streets, Lebanon, later owned and occupied the
property opposite the Avon Inn. He then bought and occupied the Felix Light farm at Avon, now the Nutting
farm. He bought and sold farms. As we have seen, he was once the owner of the farm east of Schaefferstown,
now the home of Elder Henry Kreider, and was doubtless instrumental in placing