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There is a new Mennonite list you can join. The following was posted which
I thought some of you might enjoy. A joke follows at the bottom.
I am still not caught up on my e-mails.....am trying to go back to January
1st and either answer or delete most of them.......don't get behind....you
never catch up!
I counted about 10 direct hits in the names below......see how many you can
Hope all my "cousins" are well!
----- Original Message -----
From: "JOHN M GEISINGER" <john.geisinger(a)juno.com>
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 7:22 AM
Subject: Swiss Mennonite list
> SWISS MENNONITE LIST
> Source: "Smith's Story of the Nennonites", revised edition, by C. Henry
> Smith, 4th Ed., 1957, pages 157-159.
> Ancestral Home of Swiss Americans:
> As already suggested, Switzerland was the native land, either
> directly or indirectly, of nearly all the Mennonites in Amweica east of
> the Mississippi River,-Palatinates in Pennsylvania, the Amish of Illinois
> and Ohio, as well as the Swiss who came directly to Ohio and Indiana, in
> the early nineteenth century. The following family names wherever found
> today in America in Amish and Mennonite communities are all of Swiss
> origin, mainly from Bern and Zurich though other cantons are also
> represented. In the following list no attempt is made at a consistent or
> correct Swiss spelling. The earlier Pennsylvania names of course appear
> considerably Anglicized as do also many of the Amish in Illinois. The
> later immigrants to Ohio and Indiana from Switzerland direct are more
> likely to retain their original form. Where different spellings occur,
> such as Guth, Gut, or Good for inatance, only one form is given although
> all may occur sometimes even in the same family.
> The list, which by no means pretends to be complete, follows--
> Allebach, Althaus, Amstutz, Augsburger, Ackerman, Bachman, Brubaker,
> Bertsche, Bowman, Bomberger, Baer, Brenneman. Bixel, Bechler, Bechtel,
> Baumgartner, Basinger, Burckey, Brand, Becker, Biery, Beidler,
> Bookwalter, Blosser, Boshart, Burghalter, Bucher, Brackbill, Badertscher,
> Dirstein, Detweiler, Diller, Eby, Ebersole, Eiman, Ellenberger, Egly,
> Engel, Eschbach, Eicher, Eschleman, Funk, Fahrney, Frick, Flickinger,
> Frey, Fellman, Gehman, Gerber, Gunther, Gnaegi, Guth, Graber, Geiger,
> Guengrich, Gunday, Geisinger, Gochnauer, Goering, Hess, Horning,
> Haldeman, Hiestand, Habegger, Huber, Hostetler, Hartman, Hodel, Hauri,
> Herr, Hauter, Hirschler, Hilty, Hirschy, Hunsinger, Imhoff, Ioder,
> Ingold, Kendig, Krehbiel, Kennel, Kaufman, Kreider, Kratz, Krup, Landis,
> Longeneker, Luginbill, Locher, Leatherman, Lehman, Littwiller, Lichty,
> Meili, Metzler, Maurer, Moser, Mosiman, Musselman, Newcomer,
> Neuenschwander, Nisley, Nussbaum, Neuhauser, Neff, Oberholtzer, Oberli,
> Oesch, Plank, Risser, Rich, Reist, Reber, Rohrer, Roetlisberger,
> Richenbach, Rupp, Ruth, Roth, Roeschli, Ramseir, Schlegel, Shenk,
> Strickler, Schope, Schrag, Schneck, Steiner, Stutzman, Sprunger,
> Shallenberger, Steinman, Stucki, Sommer, Stalter, Schertz, Schantz,
> Schlatter, Stoll, Sweitzer, Suter, Stauffer, Schmutz, Snavely, Streit,
> Slabach, Showalter, Smucker, Shoenauer, Troyer, Thierstein, Thut, Ummel,
> Verkler, Welty, Wenger, Wisler, Witmer, Wuetrich, Yordy, Zuercher, Zeist,
> Zook, etc.
> Courtesy: John M Geisinger,CDP
> THIS IS A JOKE .... DO NOT PANIC ... REPEAT ... THIS IS A JOKE!!!!
> MENNONITE VIRUS
> There is a new computer virus circulating the country. It is called
> the Mennonite virus. If you receive email entitled "Are you a
> Mennonite?" do not open it. This virus is passively aggressive. It will
> not affect your files directly but will go out and destroy files in
> computers that are in your address book. It will be kind to you but will
> enter the backs of your neighbors computers and destroy files.
> The virus was started by a plain Mennonite Bishop. He was upset that
> the plain sect was getting into the internet. Amish people are hooking
> up computers in their barns via their cell phones. He hired someone to
> start the virus since he is also passive aggressive and he did not
> want to do the damage directly.
> You can protect your computers in several ways: Purchase a black
> computer that has no chrome or color on it (your screen must also be
> black and white -- NO COLOR!), go back to really old operating
> software so that it is really slow and outdated so that you are not too
> worldly, use dutchy names for your email addresses, write your email
> letters in Pennsylvania Dutch or German, and don't wear any jewelry when
> typing on your keyboard.
> If you receive this virus don't confront it directly! Go across the
> street and use your neighbor's computer to shun it. If we all shun
> it, it may stop doing damage.
> Please be careful. If this virus destroys our computers, we may all
> need to go back to farming for a living.
> FORWARD THIS WARNING TO ANY MENNONITES OR AMISH THAT ARE ON LINE!!
> Source: unknown
> Courtesy: John M Geisinger, CDP
> YOU'RE PAYING TOO MUCH FOR INTERNET ACCESS!
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I have been doing some census research and came across the household of
Samuel Landes and Elizabeth Welch. In the 1880 Augusta County census she
was 76 years old, and her current health was listed as "dropsical". Noticed
her parents were born in PA (father) and MD (mother). I don't have the
names of her parents; does anyone else?
I have nothing for her parents.
Do you have a new e-mail address? I have you at "metrolink"!?~! Let me
P.S. I got so far behind on my e-mails I still haven't read all of them
sent to the list back in January......not a very good way to start the
year, is it!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karen McPherson" <gatorfan87(a)cfl.rr.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2002 7:20 PM
Subject: [Christian Landes] Elizabeth Welch
> I have been doing some census research and came across the household of
> Samuel Landes and Elizabeth Welch. In the 1880 Augusta County census she
> was 76 years old, and her current health was listed as "dropsical".
> her parents were born in PA (father) and MD (mother). I don't have the
> names of her parents; does anyone else?
> Karen McPherson
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Barbara Strickler Landes daughter Magdalena married Heinrich Strickler
(1746-1835), who was the son of Ulrich Strickler (b abt 1715, Ibersheim,
d1750, Stoney Brook, York Co). and grandson of Rev. Hans Strickler of
Ibersheim (1667-1737). Rev. Hans S's daughter was Barbara Strickler, wife
of Christian Landes. So Magdalena married her first cousin. Don't know
that this helps determine Christian's parents at all, though.
now that I finally woke up... it doesn't help establish Christian's parents
but it does tell us that...if we can find out about Barbara Strickler's
whereabouts, through the Strickler's, Christian has to be close enough to
meet her and marry her!!!!!
Yahoo! Maybe the Strickler's have good records. Now really feeling
#1 Below is what Polly wrote last year about the Christian of Harle and
the Christian of Lebanon. If she is in the group possibly she has the
information now to back this up. Is anyone in contact with her?
#2 Yes the 1836 was a typo... but that wasn't the point. Why would
Christian in his will single out Barbara's intermarriage...and then did not
mention that Magdalena was "intermarried" to Henry Strickler?
#3 Isn't it safe to say that whoever Christian's father was...his brother
was Steven's father Jacob Landes?
Don't be intimadated by this group... were all pretty blunt sometimes,
but we want you to join in, ask questions, give us your thoughts and
participate fully. Sometimes when something is brought up and I have to go
back and check my notes, it gives me a chance to refresh my memory and double
check the conclusions.
This goes for all in the group...you may have a tidbit of information,
another member has a piece too...it isn't until you put them together that it
clicks! Bits and pieces, will put the puzzel together.
Christian Landis of 1710(came over on the Harle in 1736 was married to a
>Catherine Glick and had the following children which some were born
>Europe and some were born in Pa and some in Greenbriar West Va. Here are
>the children. James born 1732 Abraham born 1735 Mary 1737, Henry 1740,
>Mannasah 1742 Eva 1745, John 1748 Felix 1750 Elizabeth Elizabeth 1744 and
>Jacob 1756. They lived in pa until 1749 and went to Va which later
>became West Va. They in tranlating the name from German to English
>became Landers. So you have the Landers Line sent to you by me and you
>also have showing where they went although I do not totally agree on the
>1749, Ii may be within a year of that either way that Christian(Harle)
>went to Va,. He is not the Christian who was single but arrived in Pa
>most likely shortly before the rest of his family.
>Our Christian was born in Lancaster,moved to Lebanon County and in
>1748 he and his three brothers came to windsor which is only about 30
>miles away. This family was back and forth between Lancaster, Windsor
>and Lebanon. Christian(1701-????) father of Christian of 1782 died I
>think in Lebanon county.
>Christian of 1701 took out a warrant for land in Lebanon county and left
>his home in Windsor in 1738 bought 300 acres on the Swarta Creek and
>lived beside The Buckwalters, of whom he married the daughter Maria.
>That is probally why he moved to Lebanon(less than 30 miles) and raised
>his family from that time on in Lebanon county. HIs boys were born in
>the years from 1724 to 1730 so they were teenagers when they left
>Lancaster and they returned to Lancaster to marry and settle down and
>raise their families. Christians brothers were Samuel, Henry and Jacob.
>They lived very close to each other and were found in many deeds and
>business dealings and in the history of the area as being closely
>associated with each other. I have done so much research and have found
>all this to be true.
>Th Christian of 1728-1782 was the father of John who went to Va with his
>wife and took along two half brothers and raised his family there.