HISTORY OF KREIDER FAMILY
FROM THE PEN OF REV. J.G. FRANCIS
(Continued from Monday)
LEVI OF EAST HANOVER
Levi Kreider, afore, of East Hanover township, was born near Bunker Hill, and was married to Elizabeth
Shirk, of North Annville township. He was a farmer near Magillstown. He was a man of great physical strength.
One of his stunts was carrying twelve bushels of wheat on his shoulders - 720 pounds. This was done by
placing a three-bushel bag on each shoulder, and crossing two more three-bushel bags above the first two. His
son tells that once when he was with his father fishing, his father with a short run leaped a four-rail fence
without touching it. He had but one child:
- AMOS KREIDER, m. Agnes Good; farmer, now retired in Ono (Mt. Nebo); United Evangelical; from him
were received the records of his family and valuable help in solving the problem of his ancestry; 3 children:
- Carrie Kreider, m. Elias Wengert, carpenter, 515 North Tenth street, Lebanon; United Evangelical; 1
- Sadie Kreider, m. Harry Wengert, deceased, cousin to Elias; farmer, had moved to Cleona, where he
died January 29, 1919 [??]. United Evangelical; 4 children: Irene, Dora, Ruth and Anna.
- Ira Kreider, m. Annie Hoke, daughter of Joseph, clerk in Court House; teacher in East Hanover, Bismark,
West Lebanon and Palmyra, now operates an automobile garage in Ono, along with a rural mail
route; United Evangelical; 4 children: Clyde, dec.; Ralph, Herbert and Dorothy.
EDWARD THE STEWARD
Edward Kreider, afore, married Maria Scherck (Shirk), b. July 18, 1825, in Annville township; d. Sept. 13,
1907; both are buried in Mt. Lebanon cemetery. Maria was a sister to Levi's wife, and both were first cousins of
the father of the late Howard C. Shirk, Esq., of Lebanon. He was a farmer in East Hanover. The records show
that Edward bought a 13-acre tract in 1848, on the road from Jonestown to Harrisburg, in Union township, which
he sold to Cyrus Schools, Esq., April 2, 1853, at which time Edward is said to have been in Swatara township.
He was steward at the Lebanon county almshouse for 7 years, which was in the early sixties. For a time
afterward he was proprietor of a hotel above Jonestown, after which he moved to Lebanon, where he died. He
had 7 children:
- Rosanna, b. Oct. 4, 1847, in Annville township.
- Samuel, b. Mar. 29, 1850, in Swatara township.
- Emma Elizabeth, b. June 16, 1853, in Union township; d. June 8, 1882.
- Catharine, b. April 22, 1857, in Union township.
- Edward Lincoln, b. April 26, 1861, in South Lebanon township.
- Dawson, b. Mar. 26, 1865, in South Lebanon township.
- Mary, b. May 15, 1867, in Union township.
The places of birth show the place of residence. Edward L. and Dawson were doubtless born at the
- ANNA (ROSANNA) KREIDER, afore, m. Abraham H. Miller, founder of the Miller Organ Company of
Lebanon, being in charge of it for 35 years, besides maintaining an up-to-date-music store on Cumberland
St., director of the Peoples National Bank; superintendent of Tabor Reformed Sunday school about 15 years
and of St. Mark's for 25 years; died from injuries received while operating the elevator in his factory; widow
still resides in the home on North Eighth street. Four children:
- SAMUEL KREIDER, afore, m. Carrie Gernert; proprietor of a hotel at Mt. Nebo (Ono), then farmer in North
Annville township, then three years proprietor of Red Horse Hotel west of Jonestown, now proprietor of
hotel in Jonestown; 8 children:
- Clinton Kreider, deceased, m. Annie Fegan; barber for 22 years at 632 Cumberland street, Lebanon, the
writer being one of his patrons; residence, 111 E. Cumberland, where his widow now resides; Lutheran;
3 children: Edna, teacher, Olive and Norris.
- Cora Kreider, m. Amos F. Rutter, cattle dealer in Jonestown; 1 child: Edna.
- Mary Kreider, single at home.
- Harry Kreider, single, at home.
- John Kreider, m. Mabel Bohr, proprietor of hotel at Bordnerville, also farmer; 3 children: Harrison,
Mabel and John.
- Morris Kreider, d. aged 17 years.
- Sarah Kreider, m. Samuel Shenk, iron worker, 75 Moravian street, Hebron; 4 children: Samuel, Paul,
Isabel and Lucille.
- Mabel Kreider, m. Clarence Herr, garageman in Lebanon; residence, South Eleventh street; no children.
- EMMA KREIDER, afore, dec., m. Hesbon Hersh; no children.
- CATHARINE (KATE) KREIDER, afore, is single; residence 1028 Guilford street; owner of the Family Bible,
from whom we received the records.
- EDWARD LINCOLN KREIDER, afore, m. Frances Stevens, of Parsons, Kansas; salesman for the Miller
Organ company; residence 228 Lehman street; Lebanon; Lutheran; 3 children: Arthur, in the U.S. Navy;
Miriam and Walter.
- DAWSON KREIDER, afore, dec., m. Emma Fisher, worked in the Miller Organ Factory, no children; widow
later m. John Oberholtzer, ex-county sheriff, and well known as proprietor of the Hotel Wallace, Ninth and
- MARY KREIDER, afore, dec., m. Charles Ray, millman of Reading, Pa.; no children.
JOSEPH, EAST AND WEST
Joseph Kreider, Jr., married Lucinda Frantz, who died a few years ago with Mrs. Miller on North Eighth
street, Lebanon. Joseph was a Civil War veteran, a huckster at Ono, a butcher at Grantville, a coal merchant in
Lebanon, being a partner with Rev. Knerr, general merchant in Avon, then was a merchant in Parsons, Kansas,
where he died. He had 2 children:
ELIZABETH KREIDER ALBERT
Elizabeth Kreider, daughter of Joseph, of Black Oak Hill, married Joseph B. Albert, b. June 3, 1812; d. July 22,
1896; both buried at Steelstown. They lived on a small farm north of Palmyra, bought by her father, her parents
living with her for a number of years, where both died. The farm became the property of Mr. Albert; it is now a
Poorman home. They were United Evangelical. They had 4 children:
- LIZZIE M. ALBERT, b. July 7, 1859; d. Mar. 26, 1906; m. Alvin S. Bowman, teacher in Palmyra; has since
remarried, is justice of the peace and resides on North Railroad street Palmyra; Lizzie had 1 child:
- Joseph M. M. Bowman, d. Jan. 21, 1888; aged 5 months and 17 days, buried in the Steelstown cemetery,
as is also his mother.
- GABRIEL KREIDER ALBERT, d. from the sting of a bumble bee, Sept. 4, 1860; aged 3 years, 9 months and
- MARY A. ALBERT b. Mar. 15, 1861, m. Philip Allwein, b. Sept. 1, about 2 years before his wife; d. aged 57
years; buried in East Harrisburg cemetery; track foreman at Rutherford; United Evangelical; she at
- Joseph Allwein, b. May 24, 1882; m. Mary Witmer; engineer in Rutherford yards; United Brethren; 5
children: Marion, Anna, Witmer, Mary Catharine, Delbert.
- Irvin Allwein, b. June 24, 1884; m. Frances Heisey, daughter of Jacob of Conewago, from whom we
received the Allwein records; Brethren; residence North Railroad street, Palmyra; 4 children: Elizabeth,
Samuel, Ellen and Frank.
- Edgar Allwein, b. Nov. 6, 1885; d. Feb. 24, 1811; m. Jessie Wenrich; laborer on railroad at Enola, Pa.; 2
children: Wilson and Melvin.
- Elizabeth Allwein, b. Jan. 9, 1888; m. Charles Bell, sign painter in Harrisburg; no children.
- Mabel Allwein, b. Dec. 16, 1889; single, in Philadelphia.
- Marjory Allwein, b. Oct. 15, 1898; m. Edwin Stahler, railroader at Enola; United Evangelical; 1 child:
- Mary Allwein, b. Feb. 22, 1904.
- JOHN ALBERT, b. Nov. 21, 1862; m. Mary A. Brehm; quarryman, in which occupation he lost his left foot;
residence 106 Locust street, Palmyra; Brethren in Christ; 6 children:
JOHN OF KANSAS
John Kreider, perhaps the youngest child of Joseph of Black Oak Hill, m. Rebecca Alleman. John moved to
Kansas. He was a farmer, near Carlton of that state, where he likely died. He had 2 children.
This brings us to the close of Joseph Kreider of Black Oak Hill, son of Christian who was kicked by a horse,
son of Christian who lived at the extreme eastern part of the "Kreider Settlement." on Snitz Creek, son of Jacob
one of the two Kreider settlers there, son of Martin of Lancaster Co., son of Jacob the immigrant, who located on
what is now the southern part of Lancaster city about 1715. But Joseph above had a brother. A few words are
in place about him before we close the chapter of Christian who was kicked by a horse.
JOHN SNAVELY KREIDER
When Barbara Kreider, nee Snavely, widow of Christian killed by a horse, made her will in 1819, beside a
son Joseph, she mentions a son, John. John was to receive only the income from his inheritance, unless he
mended his ways, in which case he was to receive the principal. Mr. John Albert, of Palmyra, says he knew that
his grandfather had a brother, John, that he was never married, and he understood he was rather wayward.
Mr. Albert, who was born in 1862, never saw his great uncle. It is likely that John died somewhat young.
On March 31, 1838, Henry Light and John Light, executors of Henry Light, dec., and Joseph Kreider, as
agent for Jacob Kreider, dec. (Jacob the Gelder), transferred 111 acres of land in East Hanover township to John
S. Kreider. This was likely cheap woodland. Joseph Kreider the agent was a first cousin to John Snavely
Kreider. We regard the John S. Kreider herewith the John whose inheritance had been withheld. He must have
had money to buy land, so we take it that he mended his ways and received his inheritance.
About all the old Kreiders were farmers. We are now to meet one who was an educator.