Melchior Erisman

Male Abt 1699 - 1740  (~ 41 years)

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  • Name Melchior Erisman 
    Born Abt 1699  Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1740  Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I617852342  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2014 

    Family Edith Odey,   b. Unknown, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1760, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1709 
     1. Magdalena Erismann,   b. 1737, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1773, Warwick, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    +2. Anna Erisman,   b. Unknown
     3. Barbara Erisman,   b. Unknown
     4. Elizabeth Erisman,   b. Unknown
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F547039029  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Dieter Eby Newman
    • EMIGRATION-PROPERTY: C. Henry Smith, THE MENNONITE IMMIGRATION TO PENNSYLVANIA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY; 1684; Pennsylvania, Norristown Press, 1929 (printed in the Pennsylvania German Society, 1935); pp 157-158, 161; LDS FHL SCL [974.8, B4pg, V.35]
      "... [I]t was not until the immigration of 1717 that the Mennonites came in any appreciable numbers to the Pequea, as well as to the other Mennonite settlements of Pennsylvania. This year, however, saw large additions made to the list of landholders who located in the immediate neighborhood of the original settlement [Conestoga, also known as Pequea, in Lancaster Co, PA].
      From the Minute Book of the Board of Property under date of 8 Feb 1717, the following extract is taken [f.15=Pa. Arch. sec. ser. XIX, 622]
      'Agreed with Martin Kendig and Hans Herr for 5000 acres of land to be taken in several parcels about Conestoga and Pequea creeks at 10 pounds ct., to be paid at the returns of the surveys and the usual quitrents, it being for settlements for several of their countrymen that are lately arrived here.'
      The warrant for this land is signed on 22 Sep [1717] to the following,
      Molker Penerman [Melchior Brenneman] ............................500 acres Hans Tuber, Isaac Coffman and Melkerman [***MELCHIOR ERISMAN]....675 acres
      This extract illustrates how land was contracted for by the leading spirits of the colony even before the actual settlers arrived; and also how prone the English clerks were to misspell the names of these Germans when they tried to spell them according to their sounds. ... The last Melkerman is evidently meant for ***MELCHIOR ERISMAN; Molker Penerman is Melchior Brenneman..."
      "Conestoga township at this time [1717-18] ran north and south almost the entire length of the county through the center, and thus included practically all of the pequea settlers. The Mennonites lived principally in the lower end of the township.... The list of Mennonites follows, --***MELCHIOR ERISMAN [f.33 = "Erisman is a name found among the Amish who came from Alsace and Loraine to Illinois and Ohio in the early part of the nineteenth century."]

    • 01/29/2014
      From Denise LAHR:

      This is a tale of three neighboring families in Old Warwick Township: the Erismans, Habeckers and Ebys.

      Melchior Erisman?s wife, Edith, followed through on a survey her deceased husband had obtained in 1728 for 204 acres and bought the rights to an adjacent warranted and surveyed parcel of 334 acres. On Feb. 20, 1740 she obtained patents for both parcels, making her a landed woman with 538 acres that included Pine Hill and lands on both sides of the Hammer Creek.

      Meanwhile, George Eby, son of Theodorus, obtained his warrant for 150 acres southeast of the Erisman parcels along the same creek in 1733. In 1760 it was patented to Christian Eby, his eldest son.

      Edith Erisman died. Daughter Magdalena had married Christian Eby, son of George. Her sisters, Anna, Barbara, and Elizabeth had married Jacob and Joseph, and John Habecker, respectively.

      Anna (Erisman) and Jacob Habecker got 207 acres, consisting of most of the Pine Hill section of the warrant

      Barbara (Erisman) and Joseph Habecker resided in Manor Township.

      Flash forward to 1789 when Jacob Habecker died. He left a very controlling will (F-1-105) dated 1784: His only son, Jacob Habecker Jr. was given 170 acres. Daughter Elizabeth was to get the other 100 acres together with ?a locked chest with all its contents and no one else is allowed to search the same. She also got the remaining 100 acres and a good ?bed.? By the time of probate, Elizabeth was married to Jacob ?Old Jock? Eby. The children had the land resurveyed and found an additional 80 acres!

      Meanwhile, in 1890, Christian Eby, sold the Eby 150 acres to Jacob Shaeffer, and that land passed out of the family. Son? Old Jock? didn?t need it because he had land from his wife.

      Old Jock and Elizabeth had three sons: Abraham, Daniel and Jacob (Grobschmeid). The boys appointed a group of trusted neighbors to divide up the land ?according to the places where they now live.?

      Here?s where Hannes Eby saved the day. Abraham?s only son, Jacob (what else), died young in 1841. He left a widow, Susanna (Grube), and a daughter, Fianna, 11 months old when he died.

      After that, Abraham gave his share to brother Jacob (Grobschmeid) and moved west to Sugar Creek, Ohio. His wife was called Catherine in the deed, which threw me a bit, because her gravestone says Maria C. It turns out that she was literate and signed her name in Old German ?Catarina Maria.? Thank goodness I learned to read that stuff.

      Daniel, I believe, went to Allen County, Indiana. Fortunately, I am going to Indiana in March and can research there.

      Anyway, by 1845, all but Jacob had skedaddled west. Jacob remained behind and died in 1858. The property went to his son, John. [I believe there was another son, David, who went west to Sugar Creek and Uncle Abraham.] John left a son, Jacob who died in 1935.

      That?s the broad strokes. It needs a lot more work.....

      .....I will be putting it into a much more formal format with sources. Maybe even a paper for the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Meanwhile you have the gist of it.

      When working on Hannes Eby, I was dreadfully afraid of making mistakes. And I'm sure I did make some, but I always tried to say only what I was pretty darn sure of......

      ....In my work on this, I have also been forced to look at Jacob Eby's family, and I will be trying to sort out more of what happened to George Eby's other descendants.

      I can't wait to get to Indiana and Ohio now.


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