John H Eby

Male 1852 - 1920  (68 years)


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  • Name John H Eby 
    Born 07 Mar 1852  Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Oct 1920  Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Paradise Mennonite Cemetery Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I521528093  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2008 

    Father Sem Eby,   b. 04 May 1808, Hammer Creek, Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 May 1881, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Anna Frantz,   b. 22 Nov 1810, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1890, Leaman Place, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1831  Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F509811916  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth M Mellinger,   b. 08 Nov 1852, Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1924, Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1874  Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Anna M Eby,   b. 24 Sep 1875, Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1960, Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +2. Sem Eby,   b. 16 Aug 1877, Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1947, Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Mary E Eby,   b. 05 Apr 1880, Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1969, Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     4. John M Eby,   b. 02 Dec 1882, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1893, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
    +5. Susan Lucinda Eby,   b. 16 Jan 1885, Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1947, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +6. Ira M Eby,   b. 09 Sep 1887, Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1972, Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     7. Jason M Eby,   b. 24 Mar 1890, Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1976, Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2007 
    Family ID F509883776  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 07 Mar 1852 - Leacock, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Nov 1874 - Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Oct 1920 - Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Paradise Mennonite Cemetery Paradise, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John H Eby and wife Elizabeth Mellinger wedding photo
    John H Eby and wife Elizabeth Mellinger wedding photo
    From Lancaster Historical Society

    Headstones
    John H Eby and Elizabeth Mellinger
    John H Eby and Elizabeth Mellinger
    Personal Collection

  • Notes 
    • From the Eby Bed and Breakfast in Gordonville, Pennsylvania:

      In 1880, John Eby, the youngest of Sem's 11 children, bought the farm from Jacob Frantz Sr for $11,000. Sem married Jacob's daughter Anna. The farm then contained 67 acres. During the 31 years he owned it, he bought two neighboring farms and added 13 acres, making it 80, which it still is today. In 1921, Ira Eby bought the farm for $18,000. He owned it until 1948, when Clair Eby bought it for $25,000. He owned it until 1976. I started farming in 1967 and built the new 52 stall dairy barn in 1972. Joyce and I opened our home to overnight guests in 1970, so families could experience life on the farm. After 32 years of farming, we moved across the field to a new home. We continue to enjoy guests here as well. Our son, Michael, took over the farm in 1999. Mike and Lynette Eby became the sixth generation to farm the land. The farm has been in the family for 184 years and in the Eby name 150 years. Mike and Lynette feel this is a privilege from the Lord to be able to continue the wonderful and fulfilling life on the farm. They are thrilled to have the opportunity to share their life on the farm with you. They've entertained people from across the United States and many foreign countries. They hope you will enjoy your stay with them and get a taste of the rewards farm life brings.

    • I found this article in the many papers found in the Lancaster Historical Society. I can't tell which grandchild wrote this but it was an interesting article:

      My acquaintance with my grandparents John and Lizzie Eby covers a period of six to nine years. Since they lived in one end of the farm house of the Eby homestead where I was born and raised, I have many recollections of them. One of my first recollections is Grandfather driving his 1913 Model T Ford. Occasionally he would take me with him which was quite a delight for a boy my age.

      John H Eby was born March 7, 1852, none years before the outbreak of the Civil War. The Eby homestead, along the Pequea Creek, between Leaman Place and Intercourse, was the scene of his birth and childhood. he was the youngest of a family of eleven children, ten sons and one daughter, born to Sem and Anna Frantz Eby. A a teenager, Grandfather grew up in a deacons' homes. His father was ordained a deacon for the Paradise Hershey District in 1869. The district at that time comprised only three congregations - Paradise, Hershey's and Old Road.

      Lizzie Mellinger Eby was born November 8, 1852, on a farm now owned by Elam Fisher, just north of the village of Souderberg. She lived here until she was twelve years of age. Then the family moved to a farm, now owned and operated by Herr Brothers, in Strazburg Township. The first year they lived here her father died, on Novemeber 19, 1865, at the age of 47 years. Bishop benjamin Herr and his brother minister Amos Herr conducted the service. Internment was made in the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

      Our grandparents were converted and united with the Monnonite Church in the year 1878, four years afther their marriage in the fall of 1574.

      Grandfather was interrested in the Sunday School movement of the middle eighties and served as treasurer of the Paradise Mennonite Sunday School for many years. He also served as trustee of the church until his death.

      During World War 1, when the was spirit was very active and many people were buying Liberty Bonds to help finance the war program, Grandfather was approached several times and urged to buy the bonds; however, he would decline. On a Saturday evening, on his way home from delivering my father's milk at the local receiving station, he was again approached and warned that if he didn;t buy bonds, his wagon would be tied to their car and dragged down the highway. This didn;t frighten Grandfather; he was a well-composed man. He had deep convictions for the Bible teaching on peace, love and non-resistance. He continued to refuse to buy war bonds. He did buy Red Cross bonds for relief purposes. Brother Noah M Mack sometime later wrote him a letter of appreciation and commendation for his courage and the stand he took. Grandfather was active in the church's relief program following the war.

      One of the granddaughters remembers Grandfather driving his horse and bggy to the Hershey's Church every two weeks and always sitting on the short bench behind the side door, underneatht the clock.

      Grandfather was admired by many of his grandchildren because of his stature (about six feet), wisdom, and Christian principles. he was a much respected man in the church community. Many people called him Uncle John even if they weren't related.

      Grandfather was interested in the social life of his grandchildren and in one case advised against going to the local high school, feeling the influence may not be the best. I can remember him teasing some of his granddaughters who had boyfriends at the time.

      One of grandfather's interests, aside form looking afther the farms, was caring for bees. I can remember him working among his several beehives in the bee house. He always had honey on hand and had sale for it. One of his little granddaughters found her way into his honey room one day and out her finger through several of the combs. You can be sure Grandfather wasn't altogether happy about such mischief.

      Grandfather was rather handy with tolls and did repairing around the farm buildings. he never appreciated his little grandsons playing with his tools.
      One of grandfather's chores was raking hay with a dump rake during the haying season. He generally used his horse Scott to pull the rake. On hot days during the haymaking he would take grapes leaves, wet them, and put them inside his straw hat to keep his bald head cool. During the winter season he would help with the butchering at the homes of many of his children.

      Since grandfather was one of the first to have a car, he woudl often take his grandchildren on trips, once to the Philadelphia Zoo, once or oftener to the Crystal Cave and occasionally to the Eby family cemetery near Hammer Creek Church north of Lititz, Pa. One one of these trips he went down a steep hill and in making the turn at the bottom, slid all the grandchildren to one side. Some of the, were frightened. But on another trip, to Lancaster City, Grandfather was quite happy to report that in his Model T Ford he made every hill in high gear and had no flat tire.

      Grandmother was never strong physically as namy of her day. She had a hearing problem which ade it difficult to communicate with her without using an earphone. During her later years, she would use a trumpet earphone intot which the speaker was expected to talk. Some of the smaller grandchildren hesitated to do this. grandmother's sister, Aunt Anna Kreider, had a similar problem with her hearing; it seemed to be in the family. because of her health problem Grandmother oftnen didn't attend Sunday School and the worship services.

      Although Grandmother was limited in her physical activity she did spend a great deal of her time sewing for the Sewing Circles and her children. She was an excellent seamstress. They, in turn, wqould do her washing and housecleaning. Some of the granddaughters remember her coming to their home and helping to make dresses for them. When ther was a question as the the length to the dress, Grandmother was in perfect harmony with their mother's decisions. She believed in modesty.

      Grandmother was a lover of floweres and seemed to have good siccess in caring for them.

      When her children and grandchildren came to visit her, Grandmother would be standing at the door greeting them with a big smile. One of the nioce things the grandchildren remember about Grandmother is that just before her passing she gave each of them a gift of ten dollars. This is one example of the appreciation and kindness that Grandparents showed towards their grandchildren.

      Tow granddaughters were given the same name as Grnadmother and three grandsons were given Grandtather's name.

      Author Unknown


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