Switzerland to France, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Ohio
My 4th great-grandparents were Mary LANDIS 1772-1858 Franklin County, Virginia to Preble County, Ohio and Henry EIKENBERRY 1771-1828 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to Franklin County, Virginia to Preble County, Ohio. They are buried in the Eikenberry-Wheatville Cemetery on their pioneer Eikenberry farm.
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Mary's parents, my 5th great-grandparents, were Henry LANDIS 1740-1825 Ringoes, Hunterdon County, New Jersey to perhaps Maryland to Franklin County, Virginia to Preble County, Ohio and Mary GARBER or CARVER about 1740-1788 Hunterdon County, New Jersey to perhaps Maryland to Franklin County, Virginia. Henry LANDIS is buried in Section 36, Lanier Township, Preble County, Ohio on his farm in a small family burial plot consisting of 3 tombstones. I know nothing about the GARBER/CARVER families, so if you do please contact me Email.
Henry's parents, my 6th great-grandparents, were Heinrich Hirt LANDIS 1716-1809 Alsace, France to Ringoes, Hunterdon County, New Jersey and Elizabeth NAAS about 1716-1753 Krefelt, Germany to Ringoes, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. In 1723 they were in the first baptisms of the German Baptist Brethren in America. The Brethren Historical Library and Archives on Facebook posted 8 photos November 9, 2018 from a recent visit to the site on Wissahickon Creek now in the Wissahickon Valley Park. Heinrich LANDIS in 1750 built a stone house still standing in Amwell, New Jersey. A signs says "Built about 1750 by Henry Landis, local saddler. Lafayette, stayed here while being treated by Dr. Gershom Craven." Heinrich had a second wife Catherine GROFF, quite likely related to Fronica GROFF married to Peter EIKENBERRY. Henry had a total of 23 children if compiled genealogies are correct.
- Friends of the Wissahickon
- Schuylkill River Greenways map
- Wissahickon Valley Park 7 miles of serene wilderness along the Wissahickon Creek. 57 miles of trails in lush 1,800-acre gorge with forest and meadow. 2,042 acres in northwest Philadelphia including the Wissahickon Creek from its confluence with the Schuylkill River from Wissahickon Valley Park on Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia.
- A descendant Joan Landis has compiled paintings of our ancestors in her book From Switzerland to America from Masthof Press.
- Henry's daughter Rebecca LANDIS RUNYAN is buried in Dilts Graveyard, with husband John RUNYAN, and John Ringo who started the town called Ringoes before it became Amwell. The Harley Herli Family page mentions relationships with Landis, Naas and Ringoes, New Jersey and a little information about the Herli-Harley Graveyard which was apparently on the Orville Dilts Farm when only 3 tombstones were recorded.
- Landis Family Burying Ground, I assume was later called Dilt's Graveyard above.
- Landis Burial Ground Lost and Found February 27, 2017 photo and story posted by Hunterdon County Historical Society on Facebook.
- Hunterdon County, New Jersey GenWeb
Henry's parents, my 7th great-grandparents, were Johan Heinrich Landis 1782-1826 Hirzel, Switzerland to Chester County, Pennsylvania and Elizabeth HIRT perhaps 1688-1783 Alsace to Germantown, (Pike or Columbia County) Pennsylvania. Elizabeth was a daughter of Jacob HIRT 1662-1727 Germany to Germantown, (Pike or Columbia County) Pennsylvania. They briefly belonged to the Ephrata Cloister formed by Conrad Beissel. Galen Frysinger has some great Ephrata photos here!
A recent LANDIS book outlines the first 8 generations from Hirzel, Switzerland A Combined Landis/Landes Genealogy Report of the Descendants of Hans Landis and Katharina Schinz by Samuel E. Wenger.
There are about five more generations of LANDIS found in Switzerland back to 1521. The family includes the classic religious persecution story of relatives beheaded for practicing their religion contrary to the authorities. In this case, it is true that my ancestor Hans LANDIS was the last martyr beheaded in 1614 Zurich Switzerland for his Anabaptist beliefs. First found in the 1660 Dutch classic Martyr's Mirror describing the torture of over 1500 pages, with my Hans Landis on page 1103-1104 (160) and 162. Images from this book are found on the Bethel College Mennonite Library and Archives. This story can be found in many internet searches. The Amish Masthof bookstore has a 248 page book 2755 Hans Landis; Swiss Anabaptist Martyr in Seventeenth Century Documents by James Lowry with new information on his life. A line drawing is referenced in history books. He is mentioned in German in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland as well as in Italian and French. Geneva and environs was the stronghold of Calvinism for decades before the beheading of Hans Landis.
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- My home town Allen County Public Library has many LANDIS Family books in their catalog in the Genealogy Center
- Schwenkfelder Library, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, was supposed to archive more than forty loose leaf notebook files of the LANDIS Reunion Chairperson Dorothy K. LANDIS according to the 1954 Reunion Report. However, I have been told that the archivist did not know of these records and they were not there in July 2007. If anyone knows what happened to them, I would like to correct this information. By the way, the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana will accept and archive donations of all genealogical material. They can provide you with a hard bound copy of your material and archive your files for permanent storage to avoid potential losses of priceless genealogical records. See July 31, 2004 of their Genealogy Gems newsletter.
- Partial 24th LANDIS Family Reunion 1939 at Ancestry.com with subscription
- Partial 31st LANDIS-LANDES Family Reunion 1950 at Ancestry.com is also published by Higginson Book Company with copies occasionally found for sale at online book stores.
- Partial 33rd LANDIS-LANDES Family Reunion 1952 at Ancestry.com contains my LANDIS line information
- Kenesaw Mountain LANDIS first Professional Baseball commissioner. His obituary says he grew up in nearby Logansport, Indiana. While famous for taking on Rockefeller and his oil fortune, he also blocked integration of blacks into professional baseball. Kenesaw is a descendant of Frederick LANDIS 1739-1803 line of Chester County, Pennsylvania detailed in the 1952 Reunion Report.
- Partial 35th LANDIS-LANDES Family Reunion 1954 at Ancestry.com
- History of the Landis Families - John of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with many links to other Landis sites - by Larry M. Landis
- Itinerary of the 2007 European Heritage Tour including Switzerland where they visited the Hans Landis homestead in "Hirzel—the hometown of Johanna Spyri—the author of the book Heidi to see the Heidi Museum and the church built from money taken from Anabaptists who were banished from their homeland. This is the hometown of Hans Landis who was martyred for his faith." PalAm verison with slightly different photos and 2007 tour pricing site.
- LANDES Family Ancestry.com
- LANDIS LANDES Family Tree DNA Project
- LANDES Family GenForum
- LANDES Family Rootsweb
- LANDESS Family Ancestry.com
- LANDESS Family GenForum
- LANDIS Book Ancestry.com
- LANDIS Family Ancestry.com
- Visit to Hirzel, Switzerland
- Henry LANDIS
- Ephrata John Landes
- LANDIS Family Ancestry.com
- LANDISS Family Ancestry.com
- LANDIS LANDES Genealogy.org
- LANDIS Family GenForum
- LANDIS Family GeoCities
- LANDIS Family Line
- LANDIS Family Rootsweb
- LANDIS in Four Mile COB
- LANDIS German Song Mastof Press by cousin Nadine Holder and on
- LANDIS Family GAMEO - Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online
- Lancaster County Historical Society
- The East Amwell Township web page states Lafayette recuperated at the LANDIS House from the famous Revolutionary War 1777 winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
- Listed on page 4 of the Rolling Hills Girl Scout "Walking In George Washington's Foot Steps" Tour below Ringo's Tavern, which was mentioned in George Washington's papers where the Son's Of Liberty secretly met to discuss ridding the colonies of the British.
- LANDIS House Photograph on page 13 of pdf
- LANDIS in Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society Publication
- LANDIS Early Years Timeline
- LANDIS Valley Museum
- Landis listed on Wikipedia
- LANDISS Family Tree
- Nadine Holder detailed LANDIS page
- Rootsweb L Archiver
- Harley Herli Family mentions relationships with Landis, Naas and Ringoes, New Jersey
- Floyd LANDIS a twelfth cousin, the now disgraced Tour de France bicycle winner-loser, Wikipedia has quite a page on him.
- Floyd thread Ancestry.com, his LANDIS ancestors
- Active.com Floyd's parents
- Lancaster, PA online
If you find research that adds to, or contradicts mine, please leave a Comment on my Follis Families on Facebook page, or send me an Email.
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