KREIDER. One of the earliest settlers of North Lebanon township, Lebanon county, was John Kreider, the great-grandfather of Jacob K. Kreider, of Cornwall township. The old home has sheltered five generations of Kreiders, but has now passed into the possession of Henry L. Long and his son, John, of Fairland and Cleona. This old farm, beautifully located just north of the village, was long considered one of the most valuable in this part of the county.

Michael Kreider, son of John, was born on this old homestead, and spent his whole life here, engaging in agricultural pursuits and becoming a man of means and influence. By marriage he became connected with the Staver family, and five children were born to him, three sons and two daughters, namely: John, who was a farmer of North Annville township; Tobias, the father of Jacob K. ; Christian, a farmer of Cornwall township; one daughter, who became the wife of John Bachman, of South Annville township; and the other, the wife of Benjamin Moyer. of North Annville township.

Tobias Kreider was also born on the old homestead, and lived there through life, becoming a wealthy and leading farmer of the township. He accumulated much property, owning three fine farms and a mill, and in addition did distilling. For many years both he and wife were consistent and active members of the United Brethren church, in which he was a class leader. Tobias Kreider was twice married, first to Catherine Kreider, who became the mother of four children, two of whom died in infancy: John died unmarried; and Mary married Christian Bomberger. The second marriage of Mr. Kreider was to Maria Kreider, a sister of his first wife, and seven children were born to this union: Michael, deceased, who was a farmer on the old homestead in North Lebanon township : Josiah, deceased, who was a farmer in South Annville township ; Jacob K. ; Tobias, who is a farmer of North Cornwall township; Eliza, deceased wife of John H. Yingst, Sr.. of Lebanon; Sarah, the wife of Peter Shenk, of South Annville township; and Leah, who is the wife of Abraham Meyer, of North Annville township.

Biographical Annals of Lebanon County - p. 94 - 1904