Royers: Past and Present.

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BASTIAN and Agnes Royer sought to "make and Leave peace behind by their childrens, by their life," and Peace was a key word in their joint will. The following article is compiled for the interest of our readers who have often wondered, "Who were the Royers and whence came they?" A complete dissertation on the Royer family would fill volumes; therefore, the writer presents to you, the reader, the Royer families who lived upon the soil of Franklin county, Pa., and surrounding parts of Maryland, with as much information about early ancestors Royer as has been found that can be delivered in these few pages. Since space must be considered, we apologize and ask that you please be in peace if your name and those of your family do not appear in this article.
   As with all compilations of this nature, the information can be only as correct as the sources consulted. The Publications Committee welcomes valid corrections and any additional information the reader may wish to share.
   Genealogical data would be impossible to collect, assemble, and print if there were not, in addition to records, printed outlines, and surviving documents, those persons who are genuinely interested and so graciously and generously share and contribute their knowledge. To all those descendants of Sebastian Royer, and their friends, we extend a very sincere thank-you for helping to make this article possible.
  R-O-Y-E-R is the best-known spelling of this family's name in the Antietam country. Variations of the name can be found in various documents and records; as, Rayer, Reyer, Rier, Reier, Ryer, Rheyer, Rhayer, Rherer, etc. The early Royer immigrant, Sebastian Royer, simply signed his will with "ii", and the clerk wrote the name as "Rheyer." For practical purposes, the spelling "Royer" will be used here, unless a variant spelling is copied from a record or reference.

SEBASTIAN ROYER was an early settler in Lancaster county, Pa. He must have been born around the year 1676. Of French heritage, it is also thought that Sebastian as a boy about nine years of age accompanied his Calvinist (Huguenot) father when he fled from the religious persecutions in his native France, went a distance of about sixty miles, and crossed the border into the neighboring German Palatinate. We can only assume Sebastian spent the remainder of his youth in the Palatinate with his parents.

Some accounts concerning the Royer family imply that Sebastian Royer married a first wife in Germany, that she died and he and his four sons immigrated to America where he remarried a woman by the name of Agnes, maiden name unknown. Sebastian is depicted as having immigrated to America as early as 1718. Records of immigrants who entered America's ports not having been required at that time, verification of the year of his immigration lies deep in the records. A "Bastian Rayer" does appear on I. Daniel Rupp's list in Lancaster county, Pa. Rupp had printed the contents of a document that "has been upwards of one hundred and fourteen years in the possession of the Meylin family," and in which is recorded an act, passed on October 14, 1729, naturalizing those persons named, including the name of "Bastian Royer," "who were subjects to the Emperor of Germany, a Prince in amity with the Crown of Great Britain, and who transported themselves and estates into the province of Pennsylvania, between the years one thousand seven hundred, and one thousand seven hundred and eighteen...". Thus, Bastian Royer was naturalized by this act on October 14, 1729 and verification is made of his immigration, sometime between the years 1700 and 1718.

While the previously mentioned Bastian Royer may have married and had children before he emigrated from Germany about 1718, did he marry a second wife named Agnes after arriving in America? Located in the German Rheinland-Platz just east of Nwustadt, lie the villages of Hassloch and Bohl. There is a record, copied from Hassloch reformed church records, Bohl, that states "Sebastian Rheyer and his wife Agnes nee Flockirth had the following children baptized at Hassloch" and who, according to this record, "emigrated about 1726, ship unknown". The names of the first two children are familiar to Royer researchers. The dates copied after the names of the first two children indicate baptism, while those dates after the remaining six names are preceded with "b.", which may have indicated their birth or their baptismal dates. Named as they appear in the copied record were
      (1) Johann Emich bp. December 18, 1707;
      (2) Johann Georg bp. August or October 24, 1710(record faded);
      (3&4) twins, Maria Magdalena and Anna Margretha b. June 4,1713;
      (5) Johann Martin b. March 10,1716 and died December 30, 1716;
      (6) Samuel b. October 4, 1718;
      (7) Johann Heinrich b. October 15,1721; and
      (8) Anna Catharina b. September 20, 1725. In comparison with the known names of Sebastian's last wife and children, all occur in American records and researched family data except Johann Martin who died in infancy and twin Maria Magdalena. An additional daughter,

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Catharine, was born in 1728. This record casts doubt that the marriage of Sebastian to Agnes Royer took place after Sebastian's emigration to America. Also, Emich appears in the Hassloch record as the eldest son, a fact specified in the will of Sebastian and Agnes Royer.
   When Sebastian Rheyer's first child, Emig, was baptised in 1707, Sebastian might have been thirty-one years of age and could well have had a previous wife and several children. However, no record has come to light to verify this possibility.
   In the event Bastian Rayer, a settler in Lancaster county in 1719, and Sebastian Rheyer in the Hassloch Reformed church records, who immigrated from Germany in 1726, are one and the same, one can only assume that Sebastian may have made more than one voyage to America. It is documented that at that time a settler would go back for his family after establish-ing himself on American soil. Assuming the Hassloch church record was an accurate account of this family with no omissions, between the conceptions of sons Samuel in 1718 and of Johann Heinrich in 1721, there was ample time for Sebastian to have emigrated to America, become a settler in Lancaster county, and returned to Germany whence he immigrated again with his wife and children in 1726.
   It is not known when Sebastian Royer first bought land in America. On January 3, 1733, he obtained a warrant for one hundred acres of land in Lancaster county. He owned land in Leacock township, Lancaster county, in 1735. It is thought he then removed to Brickerville, Warwick township, Lancaster county, where he purchased sixty-four acres from the Penns on August 25, 1742, and two hundred twentytwo acres on January 26, 1743. On June 20, 1754, Sebastian deeded land to his son Samuel. Royer family tradition credits Sebastian as having owned as much as five hundred acres of Lancaster county land.
   Sebastian was a deacon in the Lutheran church. Family tradition insists that Sebastian donated land for the Lutheran church at Brickerville; however, the Brickerville Lutheran Church trustees had purchased land directly from the Penns. Sebastian may have provided the money for the purchase. The property of the old Warwick Church, organised in 1730, bordered Sebastian's land.
  Sebastian Royer's wife, Agnes, was a member of the Reformed Church. Land records establish that Sebastian did give a tract of land for the erection of a Reformed church. It is said that even though the land was reported to have been purchased by Reformed trustees in 1747, it was still a part of Sebastian's estate in 1759. This church was called Zion Reformed Church, and was located about one-half mile from Brickerville, on the road leading from Brickerville to Brunnerville. It was long known as Royer's Church, and was referred to as a Presbyterian church in old


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Pulpit of Old Zion Reformed Church, near Brickerville, Lancaster County, Pa.

deeds. The first church was a wooden structure, and, like the old Warwick Lutheran church, was used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War. This structure was razed, and the old logs were taken to Warwick, Lancaster county, and used to construct the dwelling house of John Kissinger. In 1813 a brick structure was built. It still stands and is now used only for special occasions. Royer family history describes Old Zion Reformed Church as standing on the hill up from the side-wooded ravine in which nestled the home of Sebastian Royer, saying a stone might have been thrown by a single cast from the church to the Royer home. Indeed, from the church, one views the cemetery, beyond which is located the ravine and a panoramic view of Lancaster county countryside.    Sebastian Royer died sometime between August 3, 1758, when he and Agnes executed a joint will, and February 14, 1759, when the will was admitted to probate. Agnes died sometime after August 3, 1758.
                                            The Will of Sebastian and Agnes Royer.
   Warwick Township, Lancaster County. In the Name God Father Son and Holy Ghost Whereas me Bastian Royer and his Wife Angnes bath Laid us Town by Crowing Sickness so they taught to make and Leave Peace behind by their childrens by their Life and is this their Married People Their Ernsly Will and Desire That after their Decease John Emich Reyer the oldest Son, shall have the sum of Five Pounds for his Two Shares Which he would have in forhand of his Brothers and Sisters and if the said John Emick Ryer have received The Five Pounds Then all the Brothers and Sisters shall Devide in equal shares and none Shall have further as one of the others and wee old aged Bodys Hopes That our beloved Childrens will be satisfied with these our Last Will For it is one Child to us Like the others and you Shall Devide in Peace and be Satisfied with That That we left behind us for you and by this our Last Will you stand and neither but anything thereof nor thereto Then the Lord God will Bless you in this and everlasting Life and by this writing which were left before your eyes after our Decease Keep That and be in peace and Let father and mother rest in the Earth and Shleep and being satisfied therewith and we are in Conscion shure That is Right which we Think That you beloved Childrens May acknowledge and Take it in peace and Lastly we weesh you all the peace of God in your harts Through Jesus Christ Amen.
   Dated August 3rd Anno 1758.
Witness                                                     His
Johannes Neigy                          Bastian Reyer ii (Seal)
Johanne Michael Butz                              Mark

George Martsen                                        Her
Johannes Martin                         Anges X Royer (Seal)
   This will has been described as "somewhat quaint and peculiar" inasmuch as it is claimed that it was the practice in those days to divide and convey the whole estate during the lifetime of the parents. The will was admitted to probate in Lancaster county on February 14, 1759. Letters of Administration were granted to John Emig Royer; sureties were George and Samuel Reier.
   The Royer heirs conveyed Sebastian's land to the Brubakers. From the attest of the deed, their signatures indicate the following children were then living: Emig Ryer and wife Catharine, George Ryer and Elizabeth his wife, Samuel Ryer and Julian his wife, Henry Ryer and Catharine his wife, Philip Hautz and Margaret his wife, Jacob Conrad and Maria Catharine his wife, Stophle Ryer and Catharine his wife.
   The children of Sebastian Royer follow:
   1. Johann Emig, of whom more presently.
   2. Johann George, of whom more presently.
   3. Maria Magdalena was either born or baptised June 4, 1713.
   4. Anna Margaretha, twin of Maria Magdalena, married Johann Philip Hautz.
   5. Johann Martin (born or baptised March 10, 1716-died December 30, 1716).
   6. Samuel, of whom more presently.
   7. Johann Heinrich was born or baptised October 15, 1721. One Heinerich Reyer and wife were  sponsors at the baptism of Johann Heinerich, son of Johannes Pfaffenberger (Poffenberger), on   April 10, 1757, at Emanuel Lutheran Church (Warwick Congregation), near Brickerville, Elizabeth township, Lancaster county.
   8. Anna (Maria) Catharina, born or baptised September 20, 1725, married Jacob Conrad.
   9. Catharine (born September, 1728-died April 28, 1809) married Stophle (Christopher) Royer  and had at least five children.

                                   Johann Emig Royer and His Descendants.
   JOHANN EMIG ROYER (Emick, Amos; born ca. 1707-died April 2, 1769), first son of Sebastian, was baptised at Hassloch Reformed Church on December 18,1707, and died in Lancaster county, Pa. He and his wife Catharine had seven children:
   1. Philip.
   2. Christopher, of whom more presently.
   3. Peter.
   4. John.
   5. Daniel.
   6. Elizabeth.

    CHRISTOPHER ROYER, son of Emig, married Anna, daughter of John Landis, of Lancaster county, Pa. According to Christopher's will, probated April 1, 1805, in Lancaster county, he had nine children, viz.:
   1. Mary died prior to 1803.
   2. Christiana, of whom more presently.
   3. Sarah.
   4. John (born March 17, 1768-died October 28,
   5. Ephraim (born April 20, 1770-died February 4, 1847).
   6. Rebbecca (born June 23, 1772-died March 3, 1850).
   7. Salome.
   8. Joel (born April 3, 1779-died October 3, 1853).
   9. Daniel (born May 1, 1781-died September 16, 1853).

CHRISTIANA ROYER (born June 2,1764, in Lancaster county,Pa.- died December 15,1851,inWashington county, Md.), daughter of Christopher, was married twice: (first) to Christian Zug, who died shortly after their marriage, leaving one daughter:
   1. Susannah (born February 20, 1784-died January 23, 1818) married Christian, son of John  Frick, and had two daughters, both of whom married Swars, of Lancaster county.
       Christiana (Royer) Zug married (second) Abraham Frick (born June 20, 1759-died February  5, 1842, near Neffsville, Lancaster county, Pa.), by whom she had seven offspring:
   2. Anna, of whom more presently.
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   3. Maria (born July 22, 1789-died January 22, 1792).
   4. Magdalena wed Peter Baker (born March 11, 1789-died October 20, 1874) and removed  from Lancaster county to near Waynesboro, Franklin county, and thence to Clark county, OH.
   5. Abraham, of whom more presently.
   6. Maria (born December 18, 1797-died March 8, 1861) remained single.
   7. John, of whom more presently.
   8. Jacob, of whom more presently.

ANNA FRICK (born October 12, 1787-died April 8, 1836), daughter of Christiana, married November 21, 1808, Christian Frantz (born December 17, 1786- died February 7, 1862), a farmer and Reformed Mennonite preacher, who removed from Lancaster county to near Waynesboro, Franklin county, around 1825.
   Christian Frantz was a large man weighing around two hundred forty pounds, and was a zealous missionary who made at least two trips as far as Illinois to spread the Reformed Mennonite faith. In 1827 he established a Reformed Mennonite church on Mason and Dixon's line at Ringgold, Washington county, Md. This church was commonly referred to as "Frantz's Church," and was the parent church of the Waynesboro congregation (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume V., page 5).    After removing to Franklin county, Christian Frantz first purchased the farm now owned by Mr. J. Herbert Frantz, two miles east of Waynesboro, but shortly thereafter purchased the farm on which the village of Wayne Heights was built. His residence was the large stone house recently owned by Colonel James P. Mattern, located on Welty road, just south of the State highway leading from Waynesboro to Emmitsburg. Upon his retirement from farming, Christian Frantz erected the present residence of Mrs. H. C. Lower at the intersection of Welty and Amsterdam roads and resided there until his death. Christian and Anna (Frick) Frantz had eight children:
   1. Isaac (born November 11, 1809-died Septem-ber 18, 1846) married Anna Newcomer and        had five children.
   2. John (born August 10, 1811-died March 4, 1877) farmed on the Wayne Heights farm. He  married (first) November 19, 1844, Anna Weaver, who died the following year, and (second)  December l9, 1847, Catharine Ryder, who bore him five children. Their son John R. Frantz  was the grandfather of Messrs. Aldus and Richard Frantz, of Waynesboro.
   3. Abraham of whom more presently.
   4. Jacob (born October 13, 1815-died February 25,1880) farmed on the place now owned by  his great-grandson, Mr. J. Herbert Frantz. He married Frances Hoffman and had seven  children. Their daughter Susanna married Isaiah Sprenkle, a Reformed Mennonite preacher,  and has numerous descendants in the Antietam country. Jacob's son John H. Frantz succeeded        to the homestead and was the grandfather of Messrs. Emmert Frantz and J. Herbert Frantz, of        Waynesboro, and the late Arthur F. Miller.
   5. Chistian (born May 4, 1819-died March 10, 1884) married October 4,1842, Leah Stouffer  and had eleven children, of whom the youngest was the late J. Elmer Frantz, sometime  president of the Landis Tool Company, at Waynesboro, and father of the late Raymond Herr   Frantz, sometime president of the Wayne Tool Company, at Waynesboro.
   6. Samuel (born September 1, 1821-died September 14, 1901) owned the Fairview farm and  mill just east of Waynesboro until around the time of the Civil War when he suffered financial  reverses. Later he operated the Ashland Mill on the west branch of Antietam creek at  Waynesboro. He married Barbara Stouffer and had eight children. Their daughter Melinda        married Alpheus J., son of Nancy (Royer) Fahnestock. Another daughter, Emma, married  Jacob Freese Newman, a miller, and was the mother of ten children including the late Miss T.  Kate Newman and Mesdames Alan P. Gilmour and W. L. Harbaugh and the late Samuel  Frantz Newman, all of Waynesboro.
   7. Benjamin (born October 17, 1824-died February 1, 1907) was a physician at Waynesboro for  many years. He married October 9, 1849, Mary A. Ryder and had eleven children including  the late Dr. Joseph Frantz and John Frantz, a mail-carrier, both of Waynesboro.
   8. Anna (born February 26, 1828-died February 7, 1861) married Martin Hoover and had two  daughters.

ABRAHAM FRICK (born May 8, 1793-died February 4,1879), son of Christiana, moved from Lancaster county to Ringgold, Washington county, Md., and thence to Good Siding, Quincy township, Franklin county, Pa. He married Catharine Diffenbach (born May 20, 1793-died September 7, 1872), who bore him six children:
   1. John D. (born July 10, 1820-died January 7, 1909), a miller and machinist at Waynesboro,  married Louisa A. Stoner and had nine children.
   2. Mary (born September 26, 1823-died May 27, 1848) wed Samuel Hershman and had one son, Abraham, who had one daughter, Emma, who married a Benedict.
   3. Annie, born January 20, 1825, married Jacob Beaver, of Waynesboro, and had four children.
   4. George (born November 7, 1826-died December 23,1892) founded Frick Company, of   Waynesboro. He married December 9,1849, Frederica (born August 12,1824-died April  10,1901), daughter of Frederick and Frederica Oppenlander. George Frick had eight

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      (1) Franklin died at the age of twenty-one years, single.
      (2) Martin died in infancy.
      (3) Anna Elizabeth was crushed by machinery in her father's shop at the age of eight years.
      (4) Abraham Oppenlander became president of Frick Company. He married twice but left no  issue.
      (5) Ezra likewise became president of Frick Company. He married and had one daughter,  Frederica, who was the mother of Mrs. William B. Curry, of Waynesboro.
      (6) Amos M. was a jeweller at Waynesboro. He married but left no issue.
      (7) Frederick was superintendent of Frick Company; also inventor of an industrial clock. He  married a distant cousin, Minnie Sprenkle, and had three children.
      (8) Annie married Victor B., son of David M. and Mary Magdalena (Dietrich) Good (see  Antietam Ancestors, Volume IV., page 31), and was the mother of two children: the late George Frick Good, of Gettysburg, and Frederica, the late Mrs. Harry Espenshade (q. v.).
   5. Abraham died young.
   6. Jacob was a machinist. He married Anna Gantz and had twelve children. He was the  grandfather of the late Paul F. Frick, of Wayncsboro.

JOHN FRICK (born April 7, 1799-died April 20, 1878), son of Christiana, migrated from Lancaster county to near Ringgold, Washington county, Md. He married Annie Kelso (born June 1, 1800-died January 20, 1876), who bore him these children:
   1. Maria wed Jacob Bonebrake (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume III., page 97) and was the ancestor of Mrs. Rolland Daley, of Waynesbro.
   2. Annie (1830-1914) married Dr. Benjamin Ryder, of Chambersburg, Pa., and had six children.  The eldest, Dr. John A. Ryder (1852-1895) was once referred to as "the most eminent  embryologist and histologist in the world."
   3. Jacob farmed at Mercersburg, Pa., but spent his later years at Waynesboro. He wed Mary A.  Funk (born September 11, 1836-died February 28, 1913) and had seven children. Both the  late Mark F. Frantz, of Waynesboro, and Harry Espenshade who married Frederica Good (q.  v.) were grandsons.
   4. Benjamin (born December 1, 1835-died August 8, 1876) married twice but left no issue.
   5. Elizabeth married December 11, 1856, Aaron Funk, a farmer at Roadside, near Waynesboro.        They had nine children. The eldest, Annie M., married John R. Frantz (q. v.), a grandson of        Anna (Frick) Frantz. The second, Ida B. was the first of three wives of Charles A. Hassler, of        Waynesboro, and was the mother of the late Samuel Hassler. The third, Alice F., married        Samuel P. Hostetter, the grocer, of Greencastle. The youngest, Maude G., married J. Stover,        son of Abraham E. and Elizabeth (Stover) Price, and was the mother of Mr. J. Stover Price, of        Waynesboro.
   6. JOHN remained single.
   7. ABRAHAM married Laura K. Martin and had one son, Earl Kelso Frick.

JACOB FRICK (born March 17, 1801-died January 31, 1897), son of Christiana, wed in 1822, Maria Pfautz (born January 8, 1801-died March 14, 1869) and resided on the homestead of his grandfather Frick near Neffsville, Lancaster county. He had six children, viz.:
   1. Elizabeth (born July 2, 1823-died January 7, 1896) married Jacob Haverstick.
   2. Lydia (born November 28, 1824-died January 14,1902) married October 27,1843, at        Lancaster, Pa., to Benjamin N. Landis. They settled at the junction of thc two branches of        Antietam creek, south of Waynesboro. They had seven children:
      (1) Frank Frick was a machinist and inventor at Waynesboro. He married Elizabeth Hershey            and was the father of the late Mark H. Landis, industrialist of Waynesboro, and the            grandfather of Mrs. Nevin Fisher and Mr. A. B. Sollenberger, of Waynesboro, as well as            the late Mesdames James McKown and Robert G. Steiner, Miss Anna Sollenberger,           Thomas Brennaman Smith ("Tom Brennaman" of radio fame), and Dr. Franklin Sollenberger,           of Waynesboro.
      (2) Ezra F. was the father of the late Mrs. Paul Stoner, of Waynesboro.
      (3) Mary Ann wed Jacob D. Kohr, of Dillersville, Pa.
      (4) Elizabeth F. married Eli J. Treichler, of Sanborn, N. Y., and was the mother of thc late Lorin            W. Treichlcr, who married Margaret Frantz (q. v.).
      (5) Salome F. married Jacob K. Miller, a farmer at Ringgold, Md., and was the mother of nine             children, and the grand-mother of Dr. David Hess, of Shady Grove, Pa., and Mrs. David E.             Honodel, of Rouzerville, Pa.
      (6) Abraham B. was a machinist and inventor at Waynesboro but later settled at Philadelphia.            He had seven children, and was the grandfather of Mrs. D. E. Rhinehart, of Painesville, OH.
      (7) Emma F.
   3. Anna married Jacob M. Frantz, of Millersville, Lancaster county, Pa.
   4. Maria wcd John Bowman and resided in Clark county, OH.
   5. Abraham P. was a physician. He married Mollie K. Smith.
   6. Salinda married Noah D. Swartly and resided on her homeplace near Neffsville, Lancaster        county.

ABRAHAM FRANTZ (born September 20, 1813- died January 31, 1884), son of Anna (Frick) Frantz, farmed near Waynesboro. He wed Martha Goff (born December 25,1818-died April 22,1899) and had the following offspring:
   1. Anna Elizabeth (born January 8, 1839-died April 24,1910) married John M. Bonebrake (see        Antietam Ancestors, Volume III., pages 94 and 95) and had one son, Jay, who resided at        Philadelphia.
   2. Elam wed Martha Funk and farmed at Glinden, Md.

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   3. Ezra G. (born December 8, 1842-died September 14, 1848).
   4. Mary Alice (born November 6, 1844-died April 4, 1894) remained single.
   5. Benjamin Franklin (born February 23, 1847- died November 2,1908) farmed south of        Waynesboro. He wed Martha L. Funk and had eight children:
      (1) Harry Abraham, of Moorestown, N. J.;
      (2) Mabel Good, a nurse, remained single;
      (3) Clair Groff, of Moorestown, N. J.;
      (4) Margaret Funk wed Lorin W. Treichler (q. v.);
      (5) Anna Luella married John L. Plank and resided at Waynesboro;
      (6) Frank Bernard, father of Miss Mabel Frantz and the late Mrs. George Heckman, farmed            near Waynesboro and was afterwards an auctioneer and junk dealer at Waynesboro;
      (7) Alice died in infancy; and
      (8) Arthur M.
   6. Abraham Groff (born October 16, 1849-died July 24, 1852).
   7. Martin (born March 27, 1854-died August 8, 1855).
   8. Ida Martha (born June 7, 1856-died January 18, 1911) married Willis W. Frantz and        resided at Waynesboro. They had no issue.
   9. Ella Louise (born August 24, 1858-died December 29, 1904) married John Denlinger, of        Lancaster, Pa.
   10. Christian G., a dentist at Lancaster, married Georgia Myers.

                              Johann George Royer and His Descendant.
JOHANN GEORGE ROYER, second son of Sebastian, was baptised August or October 24, 1710. His name appears in records of the Hassloch Reformed Church in the Palatinate. He would have accompanied his father to America. On May 18, 1743, as George Reyer, he received a warrant for one hundred acres of land in Lancaster county, Pa. Most early researchers concluded that George probably lived in the vicinity of his father's homestead. He also might have been the George Royer who on April 22, 1772, purchased a tract of land in Antrim township, Cumberland (now Franklin) county, and been the father of Christian Royer who moved to Franklin county in 1793, and of George Royer who settled near Reistville, Lebanon county, Pa. George, son of Sebastian, joined the Brethren Church. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had children:
   1. George, who died around 1803, wed Margaret Landis (born July 13, 1763-died January        27, 1843) and resided at Reistville, Lancaster county. They had five children: John, Henry,        Lizzie, George, and Susanna.
   2. Christian, of whom more presently.
   3. Christopher.                                                                     

CHRISTIAN ROYER (born May 4,1749, in Lancaster county, Pa.-died cat 1814), son of Johann George, purchased two hundred sixty-two acres of land in Elizabeth township, Lancaster county, from the Penns on December 19, 1774. He married Anna ("Nancy") Stohler, both having been baptised at the Conestoga Church of the Brethren on November 1, 1777. Christian served in the Lancaster county militia as a private during the Revolutionary War in the years 1778,1779, and 1782, under Captains Duck and Volck, respectively. On April 5, 1792, he sold his land in Lancaster county to Robert Coleman, of the Coleman Iron Works, for one thousand six hundred sixty pounds. This land bordered Berks county. In 1793, Christian removed to Franklin county, where in 1795 his cousin Samuel Royer sold him parcels of land "Turnpitt" and part of "Jacks Spitt," both of which Samuel Royer had acquired from the Penns. In 1796, Christian purchased a parcel of land called "Jack's Line," located about a mile from Price's Church of the Brethren and three miles north of Waynesboro. Here he spent the remainder of his life. His will, written in June, 1808, was probated in June, 1814. The children of Christian and Anna (Stohler) Royer follow:
   1. John, of whom more presently.
   2. Maria, of whom more presently.
   3. George, of whom more presently.
   4. Nancy, of whom more presently.
   5. Catharine (born May 19, 1785-died July 23, 1854) married David Zook (Zuck, or Zug; 1780- 1824), who was born in Washington county, Md., the youngest son of Jacob Zug and a descendant of Ulrich Zug who migrated to America in 1727.

JOHN ROYER ("Hannes"; born January 23, 1774- died June 27, 1846), son of Christian, became a minister of the Brethren Church. He reared his family on one of his father's farms at the "Wharf," on which stood a grist mill, which he purchased. He also owned a farm at the foot of South Mountain, on which he operated a saw mill that, it is said, ran night and day, and was the source of John's money. At his request he was buried on the latter farm. His widow was buried at Price's Church of the Brethren. Elder John Royer married Susanna (born October 25,1780-died January 5,1860), daughter of Michael and Christiana (Hess) Stover, and had the following children:
   1. Elizabeth (born April 23, 1803-died January 18, 1891) married May 21, 1822, Samuel        Hollinger, a farmer. They had twelve children and retired to Shady Grove, Franklin county, Pa.
   2. Catharine (born October 30, 1804-died August 5, 1869) married John A. Shank. They        were the ancestors of the late J. Alfred Myers, of Waynesboro and Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

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Link to photo on this page
Mansion house on Royer Homestead, near Five Forks, Pa.
Occupied By Christian Royer, George Royer, Daniel W. Royer, and Samuel Shank

   3. Susan (born November, 1806-died June 20, 1901) married Rev. Abraham Golley. They        had three children:
      (1) John D. was a schoolteacher and lawyer, and assumed the surname "DeGolley" in 1896 as            part of a scheme, which came to nought, to claim a large fortune to which Royer           descendants were allegedly entitled in France and the United States.
      (2) James was a schoolteacher and removed to Waynesville, Haywood county, N. C.
      (3) Anna lived with her brother James.
   4. Anna (born October 7, 1809-died September 10, 1880) married Christian Kieffer.
   5. Sarah (born January 3, 1811-died October 21, 1869) married Francis Pauling.
   6. Mary (born July 19, 1812-died January 10, 1891) wed Jacob Stover.
   7. Christeann (born in 1816-died January 13, 1892) remained single.
   8. John was born in 1818.
   9. Jacob Stover (born February 8, 1821-Septem-ber 1, 1903) married Anna Ziegler. He        was killed on the railroad at a grade crossing south of Hagerstown, Md.
   10. Hannah E. (born November 19, 1822-died February 12, 1912) remained single.
   11. Leah S. (born cat 1825-died September 9, 1881) remained single.

MARIA ROYER (born June 5, 1776-died May 12, 1848), daughter of Christian, wed John Shank and had eight children:
   1. Christian (born November 1, 1800-died May 31, 1884) married Magdalena Strite and had        eight children. The eldest son, Samuel, farmed on the old Christian Royer homestead.
   2. John, of whom more presently.
   3. Jacob farmed east of Chambersburg, Pa.
   4. David, of whom more presently.
   5. Nancy married Daniel Shank and removed to Putnam county, OH.
   6. Henry (born September 29, 1813-died October 25, 1875) married Susan Myer and farmed        near the Marsh Store, southwest of Waynesboro.
   7. Daniel, of whom more presently.
   8. Michael removed to Putnam county, OH.

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father's five-hundred-acre homestead including the grist mill and saw mill, before his father died. In turn, George is said to have given two hundred acres of this farm to his daughter Anna Myers, while the remaining three hundred acres went to his son Daniel, who received the extra one hundred acres for providing a home for his father. The annual meeting of the Brethren was held on his homestead in 1828. George Royer also owned approximately two hundred acres in Antrim township, at what is now Kauffman's Station, which he devised to his daughter Catharine Kauffman. George Royer married Susan E. (Wolf) Wells (born 1782 or 1784-died January or June 4, 1834) and had children as follows:
   1. Catharine (born September 27, 1805-died November 9, 1872) married Abraham Kauffman, a        millwright and farmer who owned "The Hall" at what is now Kauffman's Station, Antrim        township, Franklin county. They had issue:
      (1) Anna Maria (born May 13, 1837-died April 10, 1840);
      (2) George Royer, born May 14,1841, a graduate of Michigan University and Bellevue            Hospital Medical College, who practised medicine at Kauffman's Station, which was named            for him. Dr. George Royer Kauffman wed August 13,1867, Mary Elmira Kisecker and had            a son, Leslie M. Kauffman, M. D., who married June 12, 1901, Nellie V. Geiger and            practiced medicine at Kauffman's.
   2. Anna was the first wife of Daniel Myers who farmed part of the old Royer homestead. They        had issue:
      (1) George;
      (2) Catharine, who married a Frederick; and
      (3) Susan.
   3. John (born April 27, 1810-died August 16, 1829).
   4. Daniel W., of whom more presently.

NANCY ROYER ("Anne"; born February 17, 1780- died April 9, 1865), daughter of Christian, married Jacob Hollinger (born September 19, 1781-died September 5, 1857), a farmer in the Marsh district, near Waynesboro. They had issue:
   1. Jacob, a farmer, wed Mary Stoner and removed to the vicinity of Lanark, Ill.
   2. David allegedly died during the Civil War from worrying over teams of good horses        repeatedly seized from his farm near Waynesboro by the Confederate Army. He wed Maria        Nicodemus and had seven children. The family settled in Ohio.
   3. Mary (born November 5, 1811-died January 23, 1873) wed Lewis Shriver Forney (born        May 26,1805- died July 11, 1884), a tanner and entrepreneur at Waynesboro. L. S. Forney        was largely responsible for persuading George Frick (q. v.) to establish his engine works at        Waynesboro, and for obtaining a branch of the Western Maryland Railroad into Waynesboro.        He also was a prime mover in developing the public works of the town, where he was a large        landowner. They had eleven children, only one of whom, Adam, remained at Waynesboro.
   4. Samuel married Nancy Baker and settled at Linwood, Kans.
   5. Elizabeth (born November 17, 1817-died August 6, 1894) married John Gilbert, of        Waynesboro. Issue:
      (1) Anna B., who married George F. Foreman (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume IV., page 25)            but left no issue;
      ( 2) Henry Clay, who spent many years in the West as a travelling salesman, wed Mary Coon,              and retired to Waynesboro;
      (3) Martin Luther, who died as a child; and
      (4) a son who died in infancy.

JOHN SHANK (born January 2, 1803-died September 23, 1870), son of Maria, farmed southwest of Waynesboro. He married Lydia Myers (born April 7, 1808-died December 26, 1881) and had issue:
   1. Nancy (born January 31, 1827-died June 25, 1901) married George D. Herman, a farmer and        Brethren minister in Washington county, Md.
   2. Henry (born October 8, 1829-died June 19, 1911) married Frances Bassler and had five        children. Their son Harry C. conducted the Willow Grove Dairy on the homestead, one mile        southwest of Waynesboro.
   3. Susan (born February 19, 1831-died December 3, 1910) married Daniel Jacobs (born        October 16, 1823-died August 13, 1886), a farmer at Welsh Run, Franklin county, Pa. They         had twelve children.
   4. Maria (born November 24, 1832-died December 19, 1891) wed John Miller, a farmer in        Washngton county, Md. They had six children.
   5. Eva.
   6. Lydia married Jacob Bassler and settled at Martinsburg, Blair county, Pa.
   7. Joseph (born March 19, 1839-died April 18, 1907) owned a farm adjoining his father's place.       He married February 22, 1860, Lizzie Hykes and had six children. They were the grandparents       of the late Warren S. Omwake.
   8. JOHN (born July 10, 1842-died January 4, 1915) farmed in the Marsh district near       Waynesboro and was an early investor in the machine-tool industries of Waynesboro. He       married Susan Funk (born June 15, 1846-died July 4,1908), who bore him nine children, viz.:
      (1) Cyrus, who died in infancy;
      (2) Minnie Gertrude, who married Alfred Benjamin Gilbert;
      (3) Myrtle Bertice, who married Walter E. K. Miller;
      (4) Fanny Grace, who married Harvey B. Rinehart;
      (5) Jay Funk, who married Sue Lillian Baxter, and was the grandfather of Mrs. Iris S. Kofod, of            Waynesboro;
      (6) Catherine Funk, who married Thomas A. McAfee;
      (7) Adin St. Clair, deceased, of Waynesboro;
      (8) Lottie May, who married Roy M. Lehman; and
      (9) Mabel Elizabeth, who married Bruce C. Layman.
   9. Christian died young.
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         whose farm the plant of Frick Company was built. They had seven children:
      (1) John P., who married Anna Miller and was the father of the late H. Clyde Funk and Miss            Erma Funk;
      (2) Lydia Ann, who married Michael Etter Sollenberger and was the mother of the late O. F.            Sollenberger, of Greencastle;
      (3) Myrtle Ellen, who married J. J. Oller (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume III., page 98);
      (4) Margaret Alice, who married Daniel S. Mickley.

DAVID SHANK, son of Maria, farmed near Zullinger, Washington township, Franklin county, Pa. He married March 21, 1833, Susan Carbaugh, who bore him six children:
   1. Mary wed Jacob Middour (born October 5,1830- died August 4, 1896), a farmer on the        Tomstown road near Waynesboro, where a descendant, Mr. Joseph Middour, still farms.
   2. Sarah A. married Henry Whitmore, a farmer of Antrim township, Franklin county. She was        the ancestor of J. William Stover, Esq., of Chambersburg, Pa.
   3. Annie E. (born May 30, 1837-died July 5, 1911) married D. R. Miller, a farmer in the        Marsh district, and had seven children. Messrs. Zane, Walter J., and Edward A. Miller, of        Waynesboro, are great-grand-sons.
   4. Susan (born October 15, 1840-died October 2, 1897) married Benjamin Miller, a farmer         near Zullinger, Franklin county, and had three children.
   5. David C. wed Mary Stella Lecrone and had six children. The eldest, Araminta, married Scott        Bomberger and was the grandmother of Mrs. Melvin Pryor, of Rouzerville, Franklin county,        Pa.
   6. George H. (born January 27, 1851-died August, 1875) remained single.

DANIEL SHANK (born November 12, 1817-died April 5, 1892), son of Maria, farmed on the Shank homestead. About Daniel Shank the late E. O. Blair once wrote, "He was of small stature, with a rugged frame and pleasing personality." He married Rebecca Funk (born October 8, 1829-died January 30, 1912), who bore him nineteen children:
   1. John F. was a rancher at Glendora, Calif.
   2. Catharine F. married Lee L. Gilbert, a farmer of Franklin county, Pa.
   3. Mary died in infancy.
   4. Jacob D. farmed near Waynesboro. He married Jennie McFerren but had no issue.
   5. Martha B. wed Daniel Rinehart Fitz (born May 30, 1850-died February 2, 1889) who was        killed at the Frick Company works. They had seven children.
   6. Henry G. married Ella Lowrey and settled at Onset, Mich.
   7. Ann Rebecca died in infancy.
   8. Daniel R. farmed near Waterloo, Iowa. He wed Mary Elizabeth Knop and had four        children.
   9. Susan A. married March 1, 1874, Jacob Henry, brother of Daniel R. Fitz who married        Susan's sister Martha, and a farmer near Waynesboro. Jacob and Susan Fitz had nine        children, and were the grandparents of Mr: Ezra G. Fitz, of Zullinger, Pa.
   10. David died in infancy.
   11. Nancy ("Nina") married December 22, 1881, Jacob W. Newcomer, a fruit grower just north          of Waynesboro on the road leading to Quincy. They had eight children, and were the          grandparents of Mesdames John E. Geesaman, of Quincy, and Victor H. Hughes, Sr., of          Waynesboro.
   12. Martin married and removed to Canada.
   13. Christian.
   14. Aaron farmed at Modesto, Calif. He married Rebecca Garver and had three sons: Arthur,          Walter, and Floyd.
   1 5. Cyrus.
   16. Effie Minerva married Christian N. Bayer, of Washington county, Md.
   17. Joseph died in infancy.
   18. Ida May wed September 6, 1888, Edward H. Bonebrake ("Little Ed"; see Antietam         Ancestors, Vol-ume III., page 95).
    19. Elam died as a small child.

DANIEL W. ROYER (born August 22, 1816-died December 12,1889), son of George, wed Maria Adams, who was reputedly a granddaughter of General Nicodemus, a member of Napolean's staff. He succeeded to the homestead but lost it through financial reverses. After Maria's death, Daniel W. Royer went to live with his son George in South Dakota. Daniel W. and Maria Royer had issue:
   1. Anna married Hezekiah Shank.
   2. John A. (born February 15, 1840-died June 14, 1908) served at Fortress Monroe, Va., during        the Civil War. Afterwards, he practiced medicine at Waynesboro before moving to Ohio,        where he was a surgeon for the B & O and Big Four railroads. He married in February, 1859,        Emma Helen Bonebrake (see Antietam Ancesotrs, Volume III., page 96) and had these        children:
      (1) Daniel Bonebrake;
      (2) Ida, who married, first, Jesse Rupp Oller (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume III., page 98)            and, second, H. E. D. Gray;
      (3) Carrie;
      (4) Walter Scott, who wed Margaret Pate and resided in Washington, D. C.;
      (5) Grace, who remained single; and
      (6) Carl Leslie, who remained single.
   3. Daniel practiced medicine at Shady Grove, Antrim township, Franklin county, before        moving west. His wife, Mattie, whose maiden name has not been ascertained, died January 12,        1887, at the home of her sister in Portersville, Calif.
   4. George J. married Barbara Catharine Stover and removed to Mt. Morris, Ill., where he was        a farmer and
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       veteranarian. Around 1885 they removed to Alpena, S. D. They had sixteen children.
                                    Samuel Royer and His Descendants.
SAMUEL ROYER (born 1718-died before September 14, 1764), son of Sebastian, was probably born in the Palatinate. Using the date given in the Hassloch Reformed Church record, he was born or baptised on October 4, 1718. Samuel was a young boy when he came to America with his father, and probably spent the remainder of his life in Lancaster county. Samuel's name appeared in the attest of the signatures when his father's heirs conveyed the homestead to the Brubakers. In 1754, Sebastian deeded a part of his land to Samuel. Samuel also witnessed a deed at Brickerville, Lancaster county, in 1762.
   Samuel Royer's wife was Julian, whose maiden name has not been ascertained. In 1746, however, "Samuel Royer and Juliana Schak(?)" were sponsors at the baptism of a son of Michael Dibendoeffer and wife Barbara Schak at the Saltenrich Reformed Church, at what is now New Holland, Lancaster county, Pa. Samuel and Julian Royer had at least these children:
   1. Samuel, of whom more presently.
   2. Henry.
   3. John.
   4. Juliana.
       Noted here with uncertainty is a possible second marriage of Samuel Royer to a woman named        Eve, alluded to in one record.

SAMUEL ROYER (1738-1823), son of Samuel, was born in Lancaster county, Pa., and in 1768 removed to Franklin county, where the following year he purchased around one hundred acres of land in Antrim township. During the Revolutionary War, he served as captain of a company from the vicinity of Waynesboro and also in the fifth company, First Battalion, Cumberland County Militia. He was among those who petitioned for the erection of a new county (Franklin) at the 1784 session of the General Assembly. On March 27, 1786, he was appointed a justice of the peace and served as a judge of the court of Franklin county for seven years. Samuel Royer also had his share of trouble. A notice in The Carlisle Gazette, June 13, 1787, read, "Sheriff's sale of horses, cows, sheep, hogs, stills, waggons, &c., property of Samuel Royer." A notice in the June 20, 1787, issue of the same newspaper read, "Samuel Royer, Franklin Co., states he has paid his account with the sheriff which will appear on the docket of Cumberland co." And in the July 11, 1787, issue of the same newspaper: "Reward offered for dark bay horse missing from pasture of Samuel Royer." Samuel Royer married (first) in 1761, Catharine Laubscher (Lampshear, Laubshear), who bore his children:
   1. Daniel, of whom more presently.
   2. Samuel, of whom more presently.
   3. John (born November 22, 1778-died March 5, 1850) removed to Woodberry township,        Huntingdon (now Blair) county, Pa.
   4. Jacob (born December 25, 1780-died March 2, 1861), a farmer and tanner, wed Mary,       daughter of Christian and Mary (Resin) Keagy, of Waynesboro, and removed to Woodberry       township, Huntingdon (now Blair) county.
   5. Elizabeth.
   6. Catharine.

Samuel Royer wed (second) Mary Loupshaw (Lamp-shear, Laubacher).
(Note: Samuel's brothers had sons named Samuel. In a deed recorded July 31, 1792, in Washington county, Md., land was exchanged between Wendal Lantz, Christian Houtz, Samuel Royer, and Henry Bittorf, yeomen, all of Berks county, Pa., and John Cushwa, of Washington county, Md.)

DANIEL ROYER (born April 27, 1762, in Lancaster county, Pa.-died March 26, 1838, near Waynesboro, Franklin county, Pa.) served as ensign in the fifth company, First Battalion, Cumberland County Militia during the War of the Revolution, as a Ranger on the frontier. Family tradition insists that during the severe winter at Valley Forge (1777-78), Captain Samuel Royer, as Commissary Officer, ordered his young son Daniel to bring his entire herd from their home at Five Forks, Franklin county, to Valley Forge. General Washington thanked them and asked them both to dine with him at his headquarters.
   On the list of taxables for 1786, Daniel Royer was listed as a "freeman" living in Washington township, Franklin county, Pa. He was commissioned a justice of the peace for Washington township on March 27, 1786, and also served as judge of the Franklin county court. In 1791, 1793, and 1794, he was one of the Commissioners of Franklin county, and was a State legislator in the House of Representatives for the 1794-96 and 1799-1800 terms. Daniel Royer was the justice of the peace who attested the signatures affixed to the town plot of Waynesburg (now Waynesboro) in 1797. He also was a tax assessor for Washington township.
   Daniel Royer purchased several tracts of land. In 1803 he was assessed for nine hundred four acres; in 1807, for nine hundred fifty acres; and in 1813, for nine hundred forty-eight. He was a man of many talents. In 1811 he and his brother John purchased land in Huntingdon county and erected Cove Forge. Around 1812, Daniel built the stone house (now Renfrew Museum) on the banks of Antietam creek east of Waynesboro. There he had a sawmill, gristmill, and

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tanyard. In 1814 he purchased another tract of land in Huntingdon county, on which he built Springfield Furnace. His sons Samuel and John, along with his sons-in-law David Good and George Schmucker, carried on his interests in the iron industry.
   In 1788, Daniel Royer married Catherine (born November 9, 1763-died May 7, 1858), daughter of Abraham and Mary (Miller) Stoner (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume I., page 17). Both Daniel and Catherine lie buried in the family burying ground in a field just south of the village of Wayne Heights, immediately east of Waynesboro. They had issue:
   1. David (born October 16, 1790-died in 1860) never married and resided in the house that is        now Renfrew Museum.
   2. Samuel(born July 10, 1792-died September 3, 1856) removed to Huntingdon county. He        married (first) Sarah Provines (1796-1832) and (second) September 22, 1835, Martha        (Patton) McNamera, daughter of John Patton.
   3. Elizabeth(born December 2, 1794-died March 13, 1868) married March 23, 1826, David        Good (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume IV., page 30) and re-moved to Huntingdon county.(        now Blair Co.
   4. Mary ("Polly"; born July 25, 1796-died in 1819) wed George Schmucker and resided in        Huntingdon county.(Now Blair Co.
   5. John (born July 14, 1798-died November 21, 1885) remained single.
   6. Jacob (born April 28, 1800-died in 1852) remained in Washington township, Franklin        county.
   7. Susan, born August 23, 1803, married Henry Reichard (Reigart, Reighart) and resided in        Huntingdon county.
   8. Rebecca, born November 5, 1805, married George W. Smith and resided in Huntingdon        county.(Now Blair Co.)
   9. Catherine (1807-1883) never married and remained on the homestead.
  10. Nancy, born February 14, 1812, married Peter Fahnestock and remained on the         homestead. They had one son, Alpheus J., who married Malinda, daughter of Samuel Frantz         (q. v.).

SAMUEL ROYER (born December 9, 1771-died February 19,1838), son of Samuel, married Susannah, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Engelhart) Mack and granddaughter of John and Margaret (Sneider) Mack and great-granddaughter of Alexander Mack who founded the Church of the Brethren in 1708. In the 1850 Federal Census, Samuel's widow Susan, aged seventy-three years, was living in Washington township, Franklin county, with her unmarried fifty-year-old daughter Nancy. Samuel and Susan Royer had issue:
   1. Nancy (born March 30, 1800-died March 2, 1867).
   2. Daniel, of whom more presently. 8 .b 8 .s
   3. Elizabeth (born February 12, 1807-died Octo-ber 25, 1883) married Samuel Needy. They        were the ancestors of Mrs. Kenneth Wachter and Mr. Charles S. Rinehart, of Waynesboro.
   4. Susan (1807-1875) was born near Midvale, Washington township, Franklin county, Pa. She        married William Hoeflich (1800-1885), who was born in Carroll county, Md. They had issue:
      (1) Samuel, who died without issue;
      (2) Susan, who married Melchor Spielman, of Upton, Franklin county, Pa., and was the             ancestor of Mrs. Ralph Blair, of Selinsgrove, Pa., Mesdames S. Harold Martin and Daniel             Kirk, of Waynesboro, and Mrs. Lewis S. Stouffer, of Ringgold, Md.;
      (3) Nancy R. ("Nannie"), who remained single;
      (4) Mary C., remained single;
      (5) John R., who married and resided at Waynesboro, and was the grandfather of Mrs. G. Earl            Heefner, of Waynesboro;
      (6) Sarah, who resided in Baltimore, Md.; and
      (7) Charlotte, who married John Secrest, of Upton, Pa.
   5. John lived in Baltimore, Md. He married Charlotte Johnson and had one son, John.
   6. Jacob married Eliza Zimmerman.
   7. Samuel M., of whom more presently.
   8. David (born August 25, 1817-died April 6, 1823).

DANIEL ROYER (1802-1880), son of Samuel and Susannah, in 1841 married Eliza Maxwell. Both lie buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro. They had issue:
   1. David (born ca. 1841-died December 31, 1864) was wounded at Gordonsville during the Civil       War. In a letter, later written to Lieutenant H. G. Bonebrake, Private A. Shockey described the       circumstances at the battle of Gordonsville, Va., on December 23, 1864, and those of his       comrade, Sergeant David Royer. Private Shockey described having left camp near Winchester,       moving directly to Strasburg, across the mountain into eastern Virginia, arriving at Madison       Court House on December 21, 1864, and crossing the Rapidan river early in the evening, nine       miles beyond which they bivoaucked. The weather was very cold with a heavy snow. There       they passed the night. "The following morning, December 23d, dawned clear, but intensely cold,       with high winds. The command moved early in the morning in the direction of Gordonsville.       When we approached the Southwest Mountains we saw the smoke of the enemy's campfire       above the tree tops. A short time after we heard skirmishing and we hurried to the front. . .when       we had reached an open field, we made a headlong dash in an attempt to dislodge the enemy.       They evidently expected us and were prepared, for they opened on us with a rattling of       musketry. Fourteen horses went down in the charge alone, and a number of men were wounded       and missing.... The only thing I could do to avoid the shot of the Rebels was to lie flat on the       ground and crawl to a

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      depression a short distance away. In this place I was joined by William Cooper and Sergeant       David Royer of my company, the latter badly wounded. Conditions were such that I could not       examine his wounds carefully. I could not tell where the ball struck him, but he was bleeding       freely, his clothing saturated with blood; anal he soon became very weak. We were in short       range of the enemy, who were hidden by a barricade. . . . I expressed a determination to take       the risk of exposure and run to the rear in hopes of reaching our line. The dying man by my side       pleaded earnestly for me not to desert him in his distress. I explained to him that in any event we       would be separated.... I took Comrade Royer by the hand and bade him good-by forever,       sprang to my feet and ran with my might, for my life." Braving exposure to the enemy, Private       Shockey escaped and successfully joined his company. William Cooper also returned safely. "It       was later discovered that Sergeant David Royer was shot in the groin, and taken to a       Confederate hospital near Gordonsville where he died.... After the war his remains were        brought home and buried [in the family burying ground] near Waynesboro, Pa."
   2. Susan C. (born August 26, 1844-died December 30, 1928) married William Shank. They had        one daughter, May, who married Harry C. Geist and in turn had one daughter, Leah, who       married J. Clair McCullough.
   3. Mary Jane (born January 29, 1846-died August 27, 1905) wed William Mentzer but had no        issue.
   4. Hannah Margaret (born November 28, 1848- died January 17, 1885) married Benjamin        Shank but had no issue.
   5. Ann Elba (born August 30, 1852-died June 28, 1853).
   6. Emma Charlotte (born April 2, 1856-died July 23, 1925) married March 23, 1890, David H.        Eshelman (1857-1924). Issue:
      (1) Sherman R., who married Mabel B., daughter of Daniel Hess (see Antietam Ancestors,            Volume III., page 101), and was the father of Mr. Weldon H. Eshelman, of Midvale, Pa.
      (2) Lois, who married J. Harlan Frantz (q. v.) and was the mother of Mr. J. Herbert Frantz.
   7. Samuel Francis, of whom more presently.

SAMUEL M. ROYER (born September 16, 1814- died July 31,1897) settled on land he purchased on the South Mountain on the boundary between Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland. Some of the land on which Fort Ritchie is now located and on which Lake Royer was created belonged to him.
   Samuel M. Royer wed Mary Jane (born July 15, 1818-died February 2, 1888), daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Kraus) Hammaker and granddaughter of Samuel and Anna (Overdear) Hamaker. Mary Jane's great-grandfather Adam Hamaker was a member of the Flying Camp of
Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. Mary Jane's twin sister, Anna, married Samuel A. Bachtell.
   Both Samuel M. and Mary Jane Royer lie buried in the Royer family burying ground, which in Samuel's obituary was referred to as "the old Stouffer burying ground on the John Hess farm, east of [Waynesboro]." Mary Jane died while sitting in her chair knitting. They had issue:
   1. Daniel, born March 31, 1840, married Elizabeth ____, and was living in Illinois when his father       died, and in Indiana when his brother John died in 1904.
   2. Elizabeth (twin of Daniel; born March 31,1840- died April 14, 1923) married December 30,        1856, Samuel Nichols (born cat 1829-died June 14, 1904), a hackman at Pen-Mar. During        the era when the region along Mason and Dixon's line on South Mountain was a summer        resort, Elizabeth operated a boarding house known as `'Germantown Cottage." Three of their        sons were killed by trains in separate incidents on the Western Maryland Railroad. Their       daughter Susan Sophia (born July 13, 1865-died January 26, 1939) married John Moser and        lies buried at Germantown Bethel Church Cemetery.
   3. Jacob (born November 20, 1842-died January 4,

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       1862) is said to have died of food poisoning while serving in the Civil War.
   4. Nancy, born September 21, 1844.
   5. Susan Virginia (born July 31, 1845-died September 14, 1936) married William Augustus, son        of Mathias and Mary (Buhrman) Nichols. They had issue:
      (1) Franklin E., who died single;
      (2) John W., who married Maranda Miller;
      (3) Alfred, who married Jenny E. Wade;
      (4) Samuel Royer, who wed Mary E. Fitz;
      (5) Rufus;
      (6) Clarence;
      (7) Mary, who wed Lewis E. Benchoff; and
      (8) Charles H. During the summer resort era, Susan (Royer) Nichols conducted the "Golden            Rod Cottage" boarding house at Cascade, Md.
   6. John, of whom more presently.
   7. Anna Maria, of whom more presently.
   8. Theodore Samuel, of whom more presently.
   9. Alma Sophia, of whom more presently.
  10. Catharine, born February 19, 1858, married (first) John M. Buhrman and was residing in          Baltimore, Md., in 1904. She married (second) Lewis Fox, while John M. Buhrman          remarried to Nettle Birely. In 1947, Catharine was living at Azalea, N. C. She had at least          one child.
  11. Mary Jane, of whom more presently.

SAMUEL FRANCIS ROYER (born January 15, 1859-died January 14,1918) married March23,1880, Nancy Catharine McGinley (born April 6,1861-died February 20, 1930). They had eight children:
   1. Garfield (born April 22, 1881-died March 22, 1961), of Waynesboro, married Daisy Maude        Holtzman and was the father of twelve children. The surviving children are Mesdames Jack        White and Joseph Spangler and Messrs. Donald, Paul, Robert, Ralph, and Samuel A. Royer,        all of Waynesboro, and Mr. James Garfield Royer, of Hagerstown.
   2. Bertha May (born October 12, 1882-died December 30, 1928) married Joseph B. Spangler.
   3. Grace Maxwell (born June 6, 1884-died February 12,1961) married Benjamin Franklin        Minnick and was the mother of Mr. Austin M. Minnick, of Waynesboro.
   4. Margaret B. (born February 20, 1886-died March 15, 1967) remained single.
   5. Nellie Ruth (born September 4, 1889-died January 29, 1981) married Grover Cleveland        Miller, a farmer in the Marsh district near Waynesboro. They were the parents of, among        others, Mesdames Chester Kauffman and Mary McCoy, of Waynesboro. Mrs. George R.        Stouffer, Jr., Miss Kaye L. Ressler, and Messrs. James and Richard Ressler are grandchildren.    6. Ida Ethel (born November 28, 1891-died in 1977) married Roy W. Wilders.
   7. Samuel Earl (born December 14, 1898-died July 16, 1981), a stone mason near Waynesboro,        married Martha Viola Miller, a sister of Grover C. Miller, who married Nellie R. Royer. They        were the parents of Mrs. William H. Arthur, of Waynesboro, and others. [N. B.: Another sister        of Grover C. Miller, Beulah, married J. Frick Miller, a son of Salome (Landis) Miller (q. v.),        and thus a descendant of Johann Emig Royer.]
   8. Richard Allen (born May 23, 1901-died March 16, 1953) remained single.

JOHN ROYER (born December 13, 1847-died November 24, 1904), son of Samuel M. and Mary (Hammaker) Royer, became a minister of the Church of God. He married Amanda J., daughter of George and Eliza (Strange) Warbuton, of Lebanon, Ind. John and Amanda had issue:
   1. Charles O. (1874-1950) married Anna M. Stephey.
   2. Mary Etta ( 1876- 1966) wed Charles Francis Manahan (1869-1930) who for a number of        years ran the general merchandise store and feed and coal business at Sabillasville, Md. Later,        their son Francis M. Manahan continued the business and ran the post office. C. F. and M.        Etta Manahan had issue:
      (1) Francis Marion married Nellie M. Fox and had children Hazel, Thelma Louise, Harold            Francis, and Donald M.;
      (2) Mary Royer married George T. Eayres;
      (3) Susie J. married Robert Smith and had one son, William;
      (4) the late Lt. Col. William Theodore married Elizabeth West and had three sons: Richard            Royer, a graduate of West Point, Ronald C., of Blue Ridge Summit, and William T.
   3. Samuel Theodore, of whom more presently.
   4. Alta Mae (1884-1961) married Ivan M. Brown (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume V., page        18) and lived near the Germantown Bethel Church of God. They had issue:
      (1) Myrtle M., who        married Wilbur M. Fox and was the mother of, among others, the Rev.            Merle U. Fox, of        Cross Keys, Pa., Mr. Robert Fox, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and            Mr. George Fox, of        Waynesboro;
      (2) Charles L., who died in infancy;
      (3) Clarence L., a well-known stone mason, who married Letha A. Wolf and daughters Hilda,             Maetta, Martha Ellen, and Thelma;
      (4) Amanda, who married Harry Davis;
      (5) John, who married Amanda M. Pryor;
      (6) Jesse R., a well-known stone mason, who married Emma Wetzel;
      (7) William;
      (8) Upton, who married Esther Cool;
      (9) Paul;
    (10) Mary, who married James Eyler, and resides at Thurmont, Md.;
    (11) Beulah, who married Charles Wagaman;
    (12) Francis, who remained single;
    (13) James, who married Betty McCleaf;
    (14) Ivan, who married Bernice McNaulty.
   5. Anna Elizabeth (1886-1951) married Stanley Moody ("Mood") Pryor (see Antietam        Ancestors, Volume III., page 44).
   6. Harrison (1888-1975) married Annie Macpall. He was in the Phillipines when his father died in        1904; in Indiana in 1927.

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   8. John T. married (first) Bertha K. Ridenour and (second) Effie (Etta) E. Cogill and lived at Paw        Paw, W. Va.

ANNA MARIA ROYER (born September 26, 1850- died December 19, 1923), daughter of Samuel M. and Mary (Hammaker) Royer, married John C. Miller, an employee of the Western Maryland Railroad. They had issue:
   1. Luella Amanda, whose daughter Florence married Harry Smith and removed to Dixon, III.,        where they farmed and reared four children. Their daughter, Mrs. Stella Grobe, is a Dixon        historian. 2. Anna Mary Elizabeth married (first) Harry Brown and had issue and (second)        Clarence J. Beaver. The Beavers farmed for themselves on the land once owned by her        great-uncle Daniel Royer (now Renfrew Park), near Waynesboro. Their daughter, Mrs.        Clarence Barnhart, resides near Waynesboro.
   3. Martha E. (born January 12, 1875-died July 24 1875).
   4. Florence Virginia.
   5. William Henry (born May 8, 1878-died October 7,1914) was a conductor on the        Chambersburg, Green castle, and Waynesboro Street Railway and died fror injuries sustained        when two trolley cars collided in the square in Chambersburg. He married Annie Iren Flaugher        but left no issue.
   6. Samuel Royer married Esther Shannon and live in Nebraska.
   7. John Jacob never married.
   8. Harvey Allen married Edith M. Smith and had issue:
      (1) Helen E., deceased, who married the late Harold A. Bittner and their children are Mrs.            Donald McCleaf, of Waynesboro; Mrs. Robert Abraham, of Foxville, Md.; Mr. H. Richard            Bittner; Mrs. Joan M. Fry; and Mr. James Bittner;
      (2) Harry A., deceased, who was a building contractor at Fayetteville, Pa., and had one            daughter, Mrs. Joyce Divelbiss;
      (3) Esther, who married the late Cover Yingling, of Thurmont, Md., and had children, Harvey,             the late Robert, and Mrs. Helen M. McElroy;
      (4) Gladys, who married Nevin Wolfe and had the late Martha Ann, Leon, and Mrs. Louise            Bass;
      (5) Hazel B. married George C. Zinkhan, Jr., and they have a son, George C.;
      (6) Robert E. married Aneeda Ridenour and have issue: Mrs. Kenneth Stottlemyer, Gary            Robert, Miss Patricia Miller, Mrs. Joseph Lunny, Mrs. Franklin Shockey, Dale Ray, Robert            Lee, and Mrs. Douglas Burgess. Harvey A. and Edith M. Miller also reared from infancy            following the death of her mother, Betty, the daughter of Clyde and Hazle Myree (Tome)            Kendall, who married the late Joseph Dingle, a plumber at Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.
   9. Nellie May, who died in 1907, leaving a son, Walter, who attended the Maryland School for        the Deaf, at Frederick, Md.

THEODORE SAMUEL ROYER ("Sade"; born December 13,1852, at Cascade, Md.-died 1934), son of Samuel M. and Mary (Hammaker) Royer, built the house on the farm now owned by Mrs. G. Earl Buhrman on Royer road, where he devoted his life to farming. He married Susan M. Moser (1868-1932) and had issue:
   1. Bina M.(born April 12, 1895-died November 29, 1854) married Paul Robert Oller and had        one son, Paul Robert.
   2. Mary Jane (born June 30, 1897-died July 16, 1968) wed Harry A. "Doe" Wade, of Cascade,        and had children,
      (1) Paul R., who married Mae Schildt;
      (2) Harry A., who married Beverly LaBeck;
      (3) Esther Jane, who married John Christie;
      (4) Charlotte Geraldine, deceased, married Fern Baker; and
     (5) Theolore Edward, who married Betty Ridge.
   3. Grace M. (1901-1913).
   4. Martha married Elton Hedges and resides at Falls Church, Va., and has one daughter, Mrs.        Martha Ann Duggar.
   5. Samuel T. (born March 4, 1905-died October 1, E 1983), who married Helen E. Flohr and        had issue,
      (1) Mrs. Betty Palmer,
      (2) Mrs. Frances Edwards,
      (3) Martha wed Harry Layman,
      (4) Susan married John Corder,
      (5) Mrs. Shirley Oliver.
   6. John (born 1908-died February 22, 1910).
   7. Charlotte died young.
   8. Paul died young.
   9. Miram married Walter Andercyk and had children:
      (1) Mrs. Doris Jean Green;
      (2) Patsy, who died in infancy;
      (3) Walter, who married Dorothy Kinder;
      (4) Mrs. Mary Frances Jeffords;
      (5) Robert Theodore; and
      (6) Janet, who died aged about six years.

ALMA SOPHIA ROYER (born April 15, 1855-died January 21, 1943), daughter of Samuel and Mary (Hammaker) Royer, married Thaddeus Allen, son of Jacob and Catharine (Moore) Wastler, of Thurmont, Md. Thaddeus A. Wastler was a minister of the Church of God, a postmaster at Cascade, Md., and superintendent of the Buena Vista Ice Company at Lake Royer, Cascade, Md. They had issue:
   1. Charles Rufus died in childhood.
   2. Jacob Royer died as a child.
   3. Nettie K. died in infancy.
   4. Nannie P.., twin of Nettie K., died in infancy.
   5. Minnie married William Flaugher and lived in Kentucky.
   6. Thaddeus Allen married Lucie Pearl Carrington and died at Pensacola, Fla.
   7. Sylvia Alma married John David Wade.
   8. Theodore Samuel married Sylvia M. Flaugher.
   9. Mary K. married Robert L. Calimer, lived at Lantz, Md., and had the following children:

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      (1) the late Mrs. Alma Wangness;
      (2) Robert E. "Bud"
      (3) Harvey David, deceased
      (4) the late Mrs. Nellie M. Stottlemyer
      (5) Samuel A.
      (6) Lee
      (7) Calvin, deceased
      (8) Mrs. Mary K. Gill
      (9) the late Mrs. Rose Holtz
    (10) Thaddeus Allen

   10. Viola M. Married Ernest C. Larrabee and had children:
      (1) Ernst C.
      (2) Mrs. Thelma Ramsburg
      (3) Mrs. Marlene Stevenson

MARY JANE ROYER ("Molly"; born December 4, 1861, at Cascade, Md.-died May 11, 1947), daughter of Samuel M. and Mary (Hammaker) Royer, wed John Marshall Moore (1856-1925), who was born at Union Bridge, Md., and conducted the `'Sunset View" cottage at Cascade, Md. They had issue:
   1. Bertha M. ( 1878-1900).
   2. Cora B. married Francis Thomas Stem and had one daughter, Mrs. Fielder Gilbert.
   3. Samuel G. had sons Samuel G. and Carl.
   4. Lewis Jacob, a carpenter and cabinetmaker, married Debbie Hewitt Hamburgh Dingle and was        the father of
      (1) Mary Anna, who remained single;
      (2) Elinor Reed, who married Henry S. Dunbar;
      (3) Fred Lewis, who married Evelyn Jane McClain and had children Mrs. Joanne Johnson,            Fred, and Mrs. Kay Holloway;
      (4) Frank Owen, who married Doris E. Olsen and had children Bonnie Lou, Mrs. Kitlie Brown,            Frank Owen, Mrs. Vicki Sanders, Shawn Lewis, and Warren.
   5. Roy H. married (first) Virgie R. Staub and (sec-ond) Elsie N. Harbaugh, by whom he was the        father of Mrs. T. H. King, of Waynesboro.
   6. Mary wed Thomas Johnson and lived in Balti-more, Md.
   7. Charles Howard married Mae E. Sensenbaugh and lived at Greencastle, Pa.
   8. Joan Early wed Mary A. Warrenfeltz.
   9. Emily R. married G. Ross Pryor.
 10. Walter R. married Ada F. Flohr.

SAMUEL THEODORE ROYER (1880-1960), son of John, married (first) Martha Grace Pryor (see Antietam Ancestors, Volume IIl., page 45) and had issue:
   1. Eva married Leslie Baker.
   2. Samuel Theodore, deceased, married Louise Gall. They started Royer's Restaurant at        Thurmont, Md., which their son Samuel T. continued, but which has recently been demolished        and replaced by a convenience store.
   3. Mary Jane wed Ammon Siple.
   4. Leah M.. married William O. Clauss.
   5. Ruth married Jack Miller.
   6. Gladys, deceased, married Kenneth Layson.
   7. Lillian wed Marion Dunlap.
   8. Martha G. married John Weigle and settled in California.
   9. James Paul, deceased, married Bernadette Willard and farmed on the old Jacob Harbaugh        homestead in Harbaugh Valley at the eastern edge of Sabillasville, Md.
 10. Etta married Joseph Trumbly.
 11. Ruby Anna married Creighton Flynn.
 12. John C., of Oldtown, Md., married Dorothy B loom.
 13. Marjorie wed Edwin Rutter.
 14. Jean, of Harrisburg, Pa., married Calvin Koons.
 15. Joseph F. married Josephine Portner and lives near Thurmont, Md.
 16. Ann married Doug High and sctllcd at Camp Hill, Pa. Samuel Theodore Royer married        (second) Jennie C. (Marker) Biser, widow of Charles Biser.

*American Revolutionary Soldiers of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Daughters of the American   Revolution, Franklin County, Pa.
*Ankrum, Rev. Freeman, A. B. Alexander Mack the Tunker.
*Arthur, Dan, and Ron Kcipcr. Renfrew Park: A Pennsylvania German Farmstead. 1987.
*Blue Ridge Zephyr, The Evening Record, and 'l'he Record Herald, Waynesboro, Pa.
*Francis, Rev. J. G. The Royer Family In America. Lebanon. 1 928.
*"Hassloch Record," Quarterly of the Pennsylvania German Society, Volume 12, Number 2, April,    1978.
*Lancaster County Archives, Will Y-2, pages 518-519.
*Laughlin, Dr. Mary A. A /listory of the Prather, Shank, Royer, Laughlin Families. Hagerstown,   Mary-land, September 7, 1928. Finished by Grace E. Laugh-lin Hykes, Greecastle, Pa., July,   1955.
*Old Zion Reformed Church pamphlets. Pennsylvania and Maryland Cemetery Records. *Washington County (Maryland) Records.

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