Martin Greider

Martin Greider

Male 1681 - Yes, date unknown    Has one ancestor and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Martin Greider  [1
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 1681  Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I435042  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2009 

    Father Jacob Greider,   d. Possibly Ittlingen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F172088  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    +1. Michael Greider,   b. 1710, Glarus, Berne Canton, Switzerland or Ittlingen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1788, Probably Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Joseph Greider,   b. 1712,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. John Jacob Greider,   b. 1715, Schweiz Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1779 and 1785, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     4. Frederick Greider,   b. 1719,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F172007  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Born in Switzerland in 1681, came to America at Philadelphia, PA in September 1736. He with three sons who came over with him went to Lancaster, PA on the Conestoga Creek to Michael Greider, another son, who had preceded them in August 1732. These three brothers were, Joseph, John Jacob, and Frederick. We have no record of Martin Greider's wife nor when or where he was married. All four children were born in Switzerland.

      Possibly a brother of John Jacob Greider who was the first settler bearing the family name of when "we have anything like an accurate record. John Jacob Greider is presumed to have arrived in Lancaster County, PA between the years 1712 and 1717, and located on the Conestoga Creek south, and near what is now the city of Lancaster. John Jacob and possibly others of his family took up a tract of 800 acres of land. This tract was patented to Jacob Greider in 1734. With JOHN JACOB GREIDER; came his son also named John Jacob. The younger John Jacob was born in Switzerland about the year 1700 and died in 1744. John Jacob (the younger) had only one son so far as known who was named Michael Greider born July 25, 1742, in Lancaster County.

      Martin arrived in Philadelphia on September 16, 1736 on the Princess Augustus which had sailed from Rotterdam. He was accompanied by 3 sons, Joseph, John Jacob, and Frederick and went to the home of (presumably his brother) John Jacob near Lancaster, where an older son, Michael was also living. Michael had landed at Philadelphia on August 11, 1732.

      Martin was born in Switzerland around 1681. It is not known what his wife's name was or whether he had more children than the 4 sons who moved to PA.

      Possibly Martin and his sons were among the Mennonites who left their homeland for PA where they would be free to practice their religion.

      the 3 brothers, Joseph, John Jacob, and Frederick, received from Penn's (William) sons 580 acres of land in Lebanon Twp. which was then a part of Lancaster County, PA. The land was along the Snitz Creek near what is now the city of Lebanon, PA. A few years later, Martin, their father, received 160 acres of land nearby.

      The name Kreider is derived from the German noun, Kreid, meaning chalk. Hence, one who worked with kreid became known as a kreider, a chalker.

      The Kreiders were natives of Switzerland, and having embraced the Mennonite faith, they with other Mennonites of Switzerland were obliged on account of religious persecution to flee from their homes and many of them sought refuge in the Palatinate, a province of southern Germany. Late in the 17th Century, following the 30 Years War, Louis XIV of France made war on the Palatinate; so, once again, many of the Mennonite families moved from the war torn area. The Kreiders along with others traveled to the province of Wertenburh near the town of Ittlingen, Germany (about 1690). While these almost unbearable conditions existed in Europe, William Penn invited the Swiss Mennonites to his colony in America where homes and religious freedom were assured them. Many Swiss-German Mennonites including some Kreiders eagerly took advantage of Penn's offer and left for Pennsylvania. There were 2 Kreider families, the name being spelled Greiter, who lived near Ittlingen, Germany at the time of Penn's invitation. This is known through a letter dated May 14, 1715 which is now preserved in the Generallandesarchive at Karlsruhe. This letter contains the heads of the 2 families and the names and approximate birth dates of their children

      Sept 16, 1736, ship Princess Augustus, from Rotterdam

  • Sources 
    1. [S5093] Krider-Reynolds Ancestors, Leroy Glen Krider & Avis Ina (Reynolds) Krider, (Prepared in 1941).

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