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Eby Homestead

History of Christian Eby Mill and Hannes Eby House

Christian Eby, "the eldest of the above family, was born near Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, February 22nd, 1734. He was married to Catharine Bricker. They retained the old "Eby Homestead" situated on Hammer Creek. He greatly improved the dwelling house erected by his father in 1754. The dressed sandstone in front wall bears date 1754 and names of Christian Eby and his wife Elizabeth. (From Simon P. Eby's notes) The house and barn on the old homestead were in their time considered stately buildings. The house had originally a large chimney in the centre with fire place in nearly every room on first and second story; it had an arched cellar underneath, walnut and oaken panneled partitions, with some of the window sashes hung on cords with lead weights. The barn was built 99 feet long (only that long so as not to offend a neighbor who shortly before had built a barn of the boasted length of 100 feet). The walls of both, particularly so of the house, are good and solid to this day. Christian was a large, well proportioned and athletic man, retaining unusual health and vigor of both body and mind up to the time of his death. He was an elder in the Mennonite Church and wore a long beard, which in his later years had turned white. Regular stated Mennonite meetings were held at his house, until a building for that purpose was erected in his neighborhood. He lived during the Revolutionary War and foraging parties took off some of his horses and cattle, carrying with them large quantities of flour and grain from his mill. On one occasion his wife's pewter dishes and spoons and an oven full of newly baked bread and pies shared the same fate. During the winter in which the American Army was encamped at Valley Forge a number of disabled soldiers were quartered in the old Lutheran Church near Brickerville, and were supplied weekly with milk and other necessaries of life from his and neighboring farms. As already stated, he died September 14th, 1807, and lies buried in the family graveyard on top of the hill opposite the buildings of the said place. His wife Catharine, who is said to have been an amiable and greatly esteemed person, survived him several years. They had a family of twelve children, as follows: Elizabeth, Christian, Peter, John, Andrew, Catharine, Barbara, Anna, George, Maria, Benjamin, Maria. Barbara and Benjamin were the only two of the family that settled in Canada. The descendants of the others are all to be found in Pennsylvania and the Western and Pacific States with the exception of Sem Wissler,(See family of Sem Wissler), one of the sons of Anna who was married to Jacob Wissler."

Owner/SourceMila Eby Bernethy
Linked toChristian Eby, Jr

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