1734 - 1807 (73 years)
||Christian Eby, Jr |
||22 Feb 1734
||Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
||14 Sept 1807
||Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
||Eby Cemetery Lexington (Elizabethtown), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
||Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
||28 Mar 2012 |
||Christian Eby, DD Sr, b. 12 Feb 1698, Kraichgau, (Upper Palatinate) Germany , d. 15 Sep 1756, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 58 years) |
||Elizabeth Mayer, DD, b. 1708, Germany , d. 12 Dec 1787, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 79 years) |
||26 April 1730
||Earl, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
||Catherine Rebecca Bricker, b. 1743, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 16 Mar 1810, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 67 years) |
||13 Mar 1760
| ||1. Elizabeth Eby, b. 13 Mar 1762, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 19 Aug 1832, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 70 years)|
| ||2. Christian Bricker Eby, III, b. 16 Oct 1763, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 27 Aug 1824, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 60 years)|
| ||3. Peter Eby, Sr, b. 14 Oct 1765, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 06 Apr 1843, Salisbury, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 77 years)|
| ||4. John or Johannes or Hannes Eby, b. 23 Oct 1767, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 25 May 1845, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 77 years)|
| ||5. Andrew Eby, b. 27 Oct 1769, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 12 May 1809, Anville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (Age 39 years)|
| ||6. Catharine Eby, b. 30 Oct 1771, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 04 March 1856, (Age 84 years)|
| ||7. Barbara Eby, b. 29 Apr 1774, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 13 Mar 1843, Probably Kitchener (Berlin), Waterloo, Ontario (Age 68 years)|
|+||8. Anna Eby, b. 09 Sep 1777, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 25 Apr 1829, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 51 years)|
| ||9. George Eby, b. 30 Sep 1779, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 13 Mar 1793, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 13 years)|
| ||10. Maria Eby, b. 04 Nov 1781, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 09 Apr 1783, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 1 years)|
| ||11. Benjamin Eby, b. 02 May 1785, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 28 Jun 1853, Kitchener (Berlin) (Ebytown), Waterloo, Ontario (Age 68 years)|
| ||12. Maria Eby, b. 12 Oct 1787, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania , d. 16 Apr 1864, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Age 76 years)|
History of Christian Eby Mill and Hannes Eby House
- Dieter Eby Newman (259)
Ancestry in the "Biographical Annals of Lancaster County" staets he was born in Elizabeth Township.
- He was the first deacon in the newly organized congregation, which has now grown to include the entire Hammer Creek bishop district. The date of his ordination is not known, but references to his duties and services in the Church point us to some time prior to the Revolution. He died Sept. 14, 1807, at the age of 73 years. There is little known as to his personal work, except that the congregation was so well organized and cared for by him and his ministerial brother, Christian Bomberger, the first preacher in the colony, that their work for the Church is a lasting monument to their memory. There were no separate meetinghouses in the colony during his lifetime, but he and his wife, who was Catherine Bricker, opened their dwelling, which was one of the largest in the community, as a place for regular services for many years. This house is still standing, originally built by the venerable deacon's father, Christian Eby, in 1754, and the historic barn, ninety nine feet long, built by the deacon himself, also remains in good condition as first designed. They are now owned by Harry H. Brubaker, a descendant of the family. The erection of this barn is mentioned because of the reason for building it one foot short of one hundred feet. The devout leader of his people did not desire to exceed the length of another barn in the vicinity.
This large and influential family being in constant contact with the people of God, in their home and religious community, imbibed the spirit of their noted father, and several of their sons are often mentioned in the history and in the development of the Mennonite Church. One of them was Bishop Peter Eby, of the Pequea district, and another was Bishop Benjamin Eby, pioneer minister and bishop in Waterloo county, Ontario. Another deserves special mention as being the mainstay and possibly the originator of the German Land Company, by which the early Mennonite settlers in Waterloo county, Ontario, were saved from financial ruin and started on the royal road to success. This was John Eby, of Hammer Creek, who was married into the Witmer family of Weaverland, from which two sections the company drew its financial strength and the Church its religious support in the project of freeing 60,000 acres of mortgaged land in that new country which included many homes of their kinsmen and brethren in Canada. The fam-ily ties, as well as the brotherly fellow feeling, among thebrotherhood of Lancaster county were strengthened and their relations with the Canadian church were pleasant and upbuilding to both bodies of believers. Besides the final outcome was profitable in every way to both parties in the dealings which they had with one another.
This venerable leader of the Church has been erroneously called a bishop instead of a deacon, which no doubt was started by some one not familiar with the terms of officers or servants in the Mennonite Church and unthinkingly copied and often repeated by historians and others without investigation. In nearly all the deeds of conveyances by which the Mennonite Church in Lancaster county holds property, in which the names of deacons appear and are used, (and there are many such) , their titles or distinctions are invariably, "Elder," or "Elders."
Parents: Christian EBY and Elizabeth MAYER.
- Eby, Christian (1734-1807)Christian Eby (b. 22 February 1734-14 September 1807), grandson of pioneer Theodorus Eby, son of Christian (1698-1756), settled on his father's Hammer Creek homestead in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and in 1760 married Catharine Bricker, daughter of Peter Bricker and aunt of Samuel Bricker of Ontario. They reared a family of ten children, including Peter, the venerable bishop of Pequea; Benjamin, bishop, schoolteacher, and molder of the Ontario colony; and Hans, the philanthropist who saved Ontario for the Mennonites. He was a large man of athletic type, wore a long beard, and possessed unusual health and vigor until his death. He was a very successful miller and extensive farmer. His home was known for its hospitality. Destitute Revolutionary War soldiers at his home and at the Brickerville church found in him a Good Samaritan. His home was one of the eight used for church services in the district before the building of the first Hammer Creek meetinghouse in 1819. He is the first known deacon in the district. He was buried on the hill overlooking his home.
Bibliography"Christian Eby." SAGA (Swiss Anabaptist Genealogical Association) Genealogical Website. Accessed 10 August 2007