Presentation notes by Perry Ruff Longaker, b. 1934

In 1895, a group of people in the Philadelphia Pa. area met to form an organization to implement the reunion of the Longacre, Longaker, and Longenecker Families, the

descendants of the two Swiss Langenegger brothers, Daniel and Ulrich. The first president of the committee was the Honorable A. B. Longaker of Norristown, Pa. From the

beginning of this committee, efforts were made to solicit biographical information from the families with the idea of future publication. It appears that Judge Longaker had

been gathering historical material for some time before the formation of the committee and was likely one of the prime movers in this endeavor. The first convention was

held in Pottstown Pa. in 1896 and subsequent reunions were held in the same area at least until 1915.


In 1902, a 310 page, hard-bound book was printed entitled, "History of the Longacre-Longaker-Longenecker Family" with A. B. Longaker as the editor and historian of the Association.

An original copy of the "History" has been scanned and translated and is presented here in a single (.htm) file.


It is as faithful to the original printing as is possible without making excessive demands upon the software with which it might be read. It does, of course, only include information

collected by the Association up to 1902. It appears that A. B. Longaker has added short genealogical linkages to many of the biographical sketches. These must be considered, in some cases,

as educated guesses and not as documented evidence. The Index of the "History", which is not comprehensive as far as all names mentioned, contains on occasion, details that do not appear in

the text.










Origin-Organization-Minutes of the Proceedings-Members' Names-List of Subscribers for the History -Re-unions, When and Where Held-The Business Transacted-Programme of the Exercises-Election of Officers,etc ......................................... 9


General Biography-Ancestral Stems-Colonial Immi-grants-Their Number-Whence they Came-When and Where they Settled-Their Vocations-Real Estate Purchased-Their Posterity, with Biographies and Genealogies to the Beginning of and Including a Period of About Twenty-five Years of the First Part of the Nineteenth Century-Services in the War of the Revolution-In the
War of 1812-1814-Civil War-And Spanish-American War................................................... 73


Genealogies of those Living-Sketches of Families-Branches-Ancestral Stems-Pedigrees-Personal Traits -Temperament-Color of Hair and Eyes-Height-(iii)



Weight - Complexion - Characteristics - Professions-

Vocations-Date of Birth and Death-Date of Mar-

riage-Issue-Names of those Dead and those Living-

Those Serving in the Civil War-Letters-And Extracts

from Letters, etc...................................... 97


Key to Abbreviations.-b. (for born), d. (died), m. (married),

numerals [1], [2], [3], etc., by surname from lowest to highest de-

note, in pedigree, generations by an ascending scale, and from the

highest to the lowest denote generations by a descending scale.


After the first meeting had taken place and resulted in a Re-union Association, to meet periodically, about every three years, it was desirable to adopt some medium for an interchange of senti-

ment; and in order to obtain harmonious action amongst all who might be disposed to promote the objects of the work a special correspondence was tried for a period of nearly two years; it failed to

produce a definite and harmonious result. A circular letter, with diagram and chart attached, was then issued, as follows:

Surname, Given name. Residence, Birthplace, Date of birth, Remarks, Date of marriage, Wife's name, Remarks on her parentage and ancestry, Names of her children.

Father's name. Residence, Birthplace, Date of birth, Place of death, Date of death. Remarks concerning him, Date of marriage, Wife's name. Remarks on her parentage and ancestry.

(Paternal) grandfather's name. Residence, Birthplace, Date of birth. Place of death. Date of death. Remarks concerning him. Date of marriage, Wife's name, Remarks on her parentage

and ancestry.

Great-grandfather's name, Residence, Birthplace, Date of birth, Place of death. Date of death. Remarks concerning him

Date of marriage. Wife's name, Remarks on her parentage and ancestry.

Great-great-grandfather, Residence, Birthplace, Date of birth, Place of death, Date of death, Remarks concerning him, Date of marriage. Wife's name. Remarks on her parentage and ancestry.

Great-great-great-grandfatber, Residence, Birthplace, Date of birth. Place of death, Date of death. Remarks concerning him, Date of marriage, Wife's name, Remarks on her parentage and


If there are more than the six generations, for which space has been allowed on preceding pages, tbey can be given on a separate sheet of paper. Names of the children of each generation,

with dates of birth, death, marriage and to whom married, can also be given on a separate sheet; also additional remarks.



Anyone will be furnished, upon application, with additional copies of this blank form, either for their own use or for that of their friends or relatives, and they are cordially invited to write,

below, the names of persons who may be interested in the work.

No charge is made for inserting a lineage. If a copy of the volume is desired (price, $1.00, payable after delivery and acceptance as satisfactory), please make a note of it below.


By a thorough, though not entirely an exhaustive research, it is believed-that the Colonial Ancestry of these families is from three stems, viz.: Daniel Longenecker, who immigrated from

Switzerland between 1720 and 1727, and purchased 240 acres of land at Mingo, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1733; Ulrich Longenecker in 1733, with his sons Ulrich and Jacob; having been

preceded by his sons, David in 1719, John in 1727, and Christian in 1729; they settled in Lancaster County; and Andrew Longacre some time prior to 1700, who filed a draft for 250 acres of

land in Philadelphia County. July 9th, 1706.

From these three stems there comes a posterity, many of whom are residents of the counties of Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, York, Cumberland, etc., Philadelphia

City, and others in many of the States of the United States, now known under the names of Longenecker, Longnecker, Longanaker, Longaker, and Longacre.

The objects of the Association are the holding of re-unions, and the preservation of ancestral pedigree by the publication of a volume containing biographical sketches with incidents

and events, either public or private, which are worthy of historic record, and as well the proceedings of the first Re-union, which was held in 1896, giving a list of the names of those who were in

attendance (in number about 250). It is under consideration to have a second re-union some time the current year; the time and place will be hereafter announced.

Each person receiving this circular is requested at an early date (at the furthest before July 1st next) to fill attached blank and return the same, giving pedigree as far back as known,

names, ages, and marriages of their children, carefully forming legibly each letter or figure, so that mistakes may be avoided, together with all matters of interest incident thereto, to be used

by the historian in arranging the pedigree and biographical sketches; and especially narrate all facts, events, etc., which are important in the family history, with profession, business pur-

suits or vocation; and the personality of the subject, noting general appearance, height, weight, cast of features, complexion, shape of nose, forehead, mouth and head, color of eyes and hair,

temperament, etc.-these all are interesting features in family history.

A. B. LONGAKER, President.

NORRISTOWN, PA., April, 1899.


The correspondence, which theretofore had been

fragmentary and fugitive, then became definite and

cohesive; and, as a result, well-prepared biograph-

ical sketches have been presented and printed, as

the subsequent pages of this volume fully show;

and also genealogies, herein submitted, whether by

diagram, chart, or narrative, will afford those inter-

ested in the work well-prepared forms to suit the

most exacting, and will enable anyone desirous to

do so to complete his pedigree by supplying the

missing link with a continuing and connected entry

upon the intervening blank pages inserted for that


In order to confine this volume within the num-

ber of pages intended, it became necessary to ex-

clude a chapter devoted to letters, records, drafts, etc.

As the book progressed this omission has been sup-

plied by inserting extracts from letters pertinent to

the subject matter, and of which they are explana-

tory or illustrative.

It seems to be physiologically true that some of

the children of subsequent generations will be of a

type strongly resembling their ancestral prototype;

it is therefore desirable to give, as has been done by

some, their personal characteristics, so that their

offspring may be able to know the features, form,

etc., of their progenitor. There is an ever-pervad-

ing sentiment, not born of curiosity, but innate in

the economy of the development of the human

race, to know, and to perpetuate and reproduce,

the personality of those long since departed; and

therefore to note the features, complexion, color

of the hair and eyes, temperament, physical form,

and traits of character, is regarded a special privi-

lege, if not a duty, afforded the members of this Asso-

ciation to give to their posterity a recorded memorial


of their family history, and to perpetuate that

which is now known to them, and to afford to those

who may desire to do so an opportunity to prosecute

further search to find out that which still remains


The volume itself is an unfinished, not a com-

pleted, book. The prospectus designed nothing

more than sketches, and while some biographies are

quite full and some genealogies are complete and

an unbroken pedigree from the colonial and ances-

tral immigrant to the present time, others are

incomplete, and, as soon as data shall be found to

supply that which is wanting, they also will be


It is believed that the submission at this time of

the doings, acts, and undertakings of the members

of this Re-union, and as is here presented, have

erected a fundamental structure upon which to rear

in the future a superstructure fitting and unique in

all its proportions, and that it may well be said, by

those who may hereafter complete the work, that

this ASSOCIATION "builded better than it


In submitting his work in the compilation and

arrangement of the subject matter, the historian

recognizes very able and zealous co-workers, who

gave very valuable assistance and suggestions, and

who especially submitted various diagrams, forms,

sketches, genealogies, and biographies so well

adapted to the subject matter; whatever may be

found worthy of commendation, each did his part

so well and willingly, as well as the publisher, that

all are alike to be commended.










The Report of the Secretary and Minutes set forth sufficiently

its Origin and Organization.





Yerkes, Pa., September 28, 1895.

A number of the members of the Longacre-Long-

aker-Longenecker Family met at the home of Mrs.

Caroline E. Longacre, Yerkes, Pa.. on the 28th day

of September, 1895, for the purpose of forming an

organization to effect a re-union of the family. Mr.

C. Lincoln Boner was made temporary chairman aud

Miss Gertrude B. Longaker temporary secretary.

Rev. Frank C. Longaker opened the meeting with



prayer, after which an organization was formed, and

officers were elected as follows:

President.-Hon. A. B. Longaker, Norristown,


Vice-President.-C. Lincoln Boner, Philadelphia,


Treasurer.-Miss Lizzie Dismant, Limerick, Pa.

Secretary.-Miss Gertrude B. Longaker, Potts-

town, Pa.

Committee on Order of Business.-Rev. Frank

C. Longaker, Linfield, Pa.; Miss Lillian Miller,

Limerick, Pa.

After a short retirement on the part of this com-

mittee, the following was submitted:

I. Call to Order.

II. Prayer.

III. Roll Call.

IV. Reading of Minutes.

V. Officers' Report.

VI. Reports of Committees.

VII. Unfinished Business.

VIII. New Business.

IX. Miscellaneous Business.

X. Refreshments.

XI. Adjournment.

After some discussion, item No. 3 was dropped,

and the report then adopted as corrected.


It was moved and seconded that a committee on

programme be elected, and that the mover, Mr.

Henry A. Longacre, be precluded from the commit-

tee. Motion lost.

On motion, the following committees were ap-


On Place.-Mr. Walter F. Longacre, Miss Nellie

Dismant, and Miss Gertrude B. Longaker.

Programme.-A committee of all persons present,

Mr. Walter F. Longacre as chairman.

On Arrangements.-Mr. Henry A. Longacre, Mr.

Newton Miller, and Miss Lizzie Dismant.

Rev. Frank C. Longaker made a motion that a

committee on constitution be appointed. Motion lost.

On motion, the ladies of the Programme Com-

mittee attend to the matter of refreshments.

Moved and seconded that Committee on Finance,

with Treasurer as chairman, be appointed to raise

money necessary for the movement. Motion lost.

Moved and seconded that the next meeting be

held at 220 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, Pa., on the

first Saturday night in December, at 7 o'clock.

There being no further business, those present

were invited to the dining-room, where refreshments

were served.





Pottstown, Pa., December 7, l895.

A meeting of several members of the Longacre-

Longaker-Longenecker Family was held at 220

Chestnut Street, Pottstown, Pa. In the absence of

the President, Mr. C. Lincoln Boner, Vice-President,

called the meeting to order. The meeting was

opened with prayer by Mr. Walter F. Longacre.

The minutes of the previous meeting were then

read. Then followed the reports of committees.

On Programme, Mr. Walter F. Longacre, chairman,

reported the Hon. A. B. Longaker had consented to

give a sketch of the family, and Rev. F. C. Long-

aker would contribute a poem. The Committee on

Place suggested Ringing Rocks Park, Pottstown,

Pa., which was adopted, and the committee con-

tinued. Mr. Henry A. Longacre, chairman of Com-

mittee on Arrangements, reported progress.

On motion, the time for the Re-union was left to

the Committee on Arrangements. The procuring

of refreshments was given into the hands of the

ladies. Under the head of new business, Mr. W. F.

Longacre suggested that a register be procured for

the day of the Re-union, in order that all members

might register.


Moved and seconded that his suggestion be


Adjourned to meet at Jeffersonville, Pa., on May

2, 1896.





Jeffersonville, Pa., May 2, 1896.

A meeting of the committee was held at Jeffer-

sonville, Pa., Hon. A. B. Longaker, President, in

the chair. Meeting opened with prayer by W. F.

Longacre. The minutes of the previous meeting

were read and approved. Committee on Arrange-

ments reported progress. The Entertainment Com-

mittee reported that Rev. J. H. Longacre, Weissport,

Pa., would take the part on the programme assigned

to him. It was suggested that one of the commit-

tee correspond with the members of the family in

Lancaster County, Pa.

It was moved and seconded that No. 10 be

stricken from the order of business.

It was moved and seconded that the next meet-

ing be held on June 6, 1896, at the Hartranft House,

Norristown, Pa.





Norristown, Pa., June 6, 1896.

The meeting was called to order by the Presi-

dent, Hon. A. B. Longaker, at 8 o'clock p. m.

It was moved and seconded that Miss Gertrude

B. Longaker arrange with the manager of Ringing

Rocks Park for a date, either the third or fourth

week in August.

On motion, the members of the committee

pledged themselves to defray expenses.

It was moved and seconded that Mr. Henry A.

Longacre and Miss Gertrude B. Longaker be ap-

pointed a committee on invitations.





The Convention of the Longacre-Longaker-

Longenecker Family was held at Ringing Rocks

Park, Pottstown, Pa., on August. 20, 1896.

The day was a beautiful one, and the family

largely represented. A few minutes past 11

o'clock a. m. the meeting was called to order by

Hon. A. B. Longaker, President. The meeting

was opened by Rev. L. K. Evans, Pottstown, Pa.,


who invoked the blessing of God upon the assem-

bly. Rev. Frank C. Longaker, of Continental,

Ohio, then delivered the address of welcome, in a

very pleasing manner, which was followed with a

piano solo by Miss Florence Shenkle, Phoenixville,

Pa. The Hon. A. M. Beitler, Philadelphia, Pa.,

then delivered an address on the Brower Branch of

of the Longaker Family. A piano solo by Miss

Anna R. Evans, of Pottstown, Pa., was next in

order. Hon. A. B. Longaker, Norristown, Pa., then

gave a great many interesting facts in reference

to the Longaker Family, from the time they came

to this country from Switzerland, about 1727 to

1733, to the present day. Mr. David Evans, Phila-

delphia, Pa., then favored us with a cornet solo.

The programme being concluded, a short business

session was held.

On motion of Mr. Henry A. Longacre, of Jeffer-

sonville, Pa., the convention was changed into a

permanent organization, with the Hon. A. B. Long-

aker, of Norristown, Pa., as its chairman.

It was then moved and seconded that the present

committee be continued, with the addition of enough

more persons to make the number fifteen.

The following officers were then elected:

Vice-President.-Mr. C. Lincoln Boner, Philadel-

phia, Pa.


Treasurer.-Miss Lizzie Dismant, Limerick, Pa.

Secretary.-Miss Gertrude B. Longaker, Potts-

town, Pa.

The matter of holding a re-union every three or

five years was left to the discretion of the commit-

tee. During the day a telegram was received from

Judge J. H. Longenecker, Bedford, Pa., regretting

his inability to be present, and wishing all a very

joyous Re-union. All departed in the evening with

the recollection of having spent the 20th of August,

1896, both profitably and pleasantly.



Pottstown, Pa., August 20,1896.




The present occasion is not a new one. Re-

unions of this kind are so surprisingly frequent at

the present as to assume somewhat the nature of a

fad. Yet we would not call this occasion the out-

growth of a desire to be in the fashion. While

other re-unions may fall under this head, we still

congratulate ourselves that our gathering is neces-

sary, that it has in it a purpose nobler than mere



But, after all, to most of you this Re-union is a new

idea, having never before been so directly interested

in a family Re-union. On the other hand, to those

who arranged for the present gathering, the idea is

an old and familiar one. Already in January, 1895,

Miss Gertrude B. Longaker, now Secretary of the

General Committee, wrote to me concerning the

advisability of such a re-union. Others were at

work before, offering suggestions and attempting

to give the matter permanent form. For years

Hon. A. B. Longaker was gathering material for a

biography of the Longakers. From the time of

Miss Gertrude's first letter to me until the first

meeting of the committee, correspondence and per-

sonal interviews were frequent. The plans sug-

gested had a sensible appearance; and so earnest

and zealous were some of our cousins, that, when

the first meeting of the committee was held at

Yerkes, in September, 1895, the Re-union was an

assured fact At the first meeting of the represen-

tatives of the Longacre-Longaker-Longenecker

Family, a temporary committee was organized to

take this year's convention in hand. The committee

met from time to time to plan and arrange for a suc-

cessful gathering. In their meetings there was more

than mere talk-and I say this all the more gladly

on account of having attended only once.


The work of this temporary committee is before

you. In to-day's convention and festivities it is all

summed up. No one need imagine that it was an

easy matter to arrange to-day's exercises. Difficul-

ties showed themselves again and again. How to

get the people-the Longakers-interested in this

Re-union? was the perplexing problem. Some

could not see the use of a re-union, while others

thought it would be a picnic for the committee

only. Well, it was a kind of a picnic for them, I


However, in the work of planning and arranging

some pleasing episodes were sandwiched in. Soon

after becoming a resident of Ohio, I learned of

Longakers or Longaneckers living near Columbiana

of that State. A letter of inquiry was at once ad-

dressed to them, and the Re-union project presented.

In due time a reply was received. Their family

history was plainly and briefly stated. But at the

conclusion of his letter, the dear cousin said:

"But it is impossible for you to be related to us,

since we and our people have been Mennonites

from time immemorial." Another, not invited by

the first invitation sent out, wrote to the Secre-

tary that he would come, invited or uninvited, if

he had to travel a thousand miles. These exam-

ples show that some were afraid of the Re-union;


afraid that it would establish false relationships,

and do violence to religious convictions of long

standing. Others were afraid that we should miss

them in the invitations, and so be deprived of their

smiles for this occasion.

So instances of amusing happenings and difficul-

ties might be multiplied. But you ask, Why all

this labor, and, I may add, expense? Only for the

purpose of becoming acquainted with each other,

of shaking each other by the hand, and saying, "I,

too, am a Longaker." Yes, these are some of the

reasons for our gathering to-day. But not all. We

desire to become acquainted with our past; we

want to know whence we came, and how we

came hither; we want to know who our fore-

fathers were, whether noble or ignoble, whether

famed in myth and legend or unsung and for-

gotten, whether they feared God or served time and

the world.

These things we desire to know. To-day steps

are to be taken to organize a permanent committee.

In the years to come this committee is to dig and

search in the records of the past for our fathers, and

the part they took in developing civilization. The

work of the present is incomplete. New members

are to be enlisted in the work. New material for

the family history is to be collected. Hence our


meeting is for profit and pleasure. Let us have the

profit, and the pleasure will come.

You have been invited here, Longakers' and

Longeneckers' by proxy. The time of year is such as

to cause you to long for a brief rest from your work,

whatever it may be. The place selected is intended

to invite you. Touch yonder rocks, and they will

ring out a glad welcome to you all. To attend to

the business before us you are urged; to participate

in the pleasures provided you are invited. Let this

day be long remembered. And now to all alike:

Salve! All hail!



(One of the Judges of the Courts of Philadelphia)

Mr. Chairman and Kinsfolk:

To me has been given the pleasant but difficult

task of speaking on the Brower branch of the

Longaker Family. I appreciate the honor and rec-

ognize the duty, but, at the same time, I feel my

inability to do justice to the subject.

We, of the Browers, can trace, our line back, by

links unquestionable, to Henry Brower, who had

the good sense, or good fortune, his first wife

having died, of selecting a Longaker as his sec-


ond wife. She was the grand-daughter of Daniel

Langenecker. Her mother was Elizabeth, daugh-

ter of Daniel Langenecker, who had married Jacob

High. He came to this country with the German

name of Hoch. He evinced a progressiveness

which has ever since been a distinguishing trait in

his posterity, and soon anglicized his name and was

called High.

Henry Brower and Barbara High were married

about 1750, or a year or two prior thereto. The

exact date I believe is unknown. We know that in

1741 he purchased a farm from Peter De Fraine,

father of his first wife. His last child by that mar-

riage (there were but two) was born April 1, 1845;

The date of the death of his first wife, nee De

Fraine, I do not know.

Henry Brower's second wife bore him five chil-

dren, four sons and one daughter. One of the sons

died unmarried. The daughter married Jacob


Henry Brower's children by the first marriage

were a son and a daughter. Both married, the

daughter, Jacob Baugh; the son, Magdalena Buck-


Were I to attempt to trace the descendants of

Henry Brower by his two marriages through his

sons and daughters, and through the five or six gen-


erations who have come into the world since his

death, I would assume a task which would be im-

possible of performance on my part for lack of data,

and would make an essay less interesting and longer

than a candidate's acceptance of a nomination. I

may safely say, however, that one may go through

Chester and Montgomery Counties and find his de-

scendants in every township and in every walk of

life. They are good citizens, living up to the

highest standards of morality in public and in pri-

vate life, and performing each, conscientiously and

manfully, the duty in life allotted to him.

If we would inquire what character of men our

ancestors were, we find, as to them as individuals,

but little positive data but much negative in char-

acter. They were all Mennonites. Daniel Lang-

enecker was a Mennonite preacher. This sect had

peculiar religious beliefs. Prominent was the desire

to avoid vanity. This led them to keep self in,

the background. No credit was taken for a good

deed done; no record made of achievements indi-

cating the possession of ability above the ordinary.

If a church was built, no record of those subscribing,

no mention of the committee through whose efforts

the funds were obtained or under whose supervision

the work was done were preserved. If a book was

printed the author's name was not disclosed. They


were indifferent to their past They lived sober,

solemn, godly lives. They esteemed godliness

above everything else; in fact, all else was vanity.

Hence, we do not find much to aid us in determin-

ing just what our ancestors a hundred and fifty

years ago were like or did. But one of the things

ordained by Penn, and scrupulously carried out by

his systematic and Quaker officeholders, was to keep

neat, accurate, and complete public records; and,

while the records show that it was not unusual, two

hundred years ago, to find a Mennonite decline to

serve in public office, the records show no ancestor

of ours at the bar of justice for offense against the

law. They were non-resistant in belief. They

were called "defenseless Christians." Those rec-

ords which evidence the ownership of real prop-

erty, its transmission by deed and will, bear fre-

quent witness to the thrift of our people. Their

material prosperity was spoken of by everyone who

made a study of them. If we would know more of

them, we must, in default of accurate knowledge of

individuals, study them as a class, and this retro-

spect has to do almost exclusively with the Menno-

nites. In speaking of them, however, brief men-

tion of our State's history must be made for the

sake of continuity of narrative and historical accu-



Pennsylvania, of all the present States of the

Union, bears the imprint of the Dutch and the Ger-

man more plainly than any other. The earliest

settlers were the Dutch. They came in 1623.

After them came the Swedes, who were, in turn,

supplanted by the Dutch, who finally were com-

pelled to give way to the English.

The first real explorer of the Delaware was Cap-

tain Hendrickson, a Dutchman. In 1616 he came

up the river as far as the mouth of the Schuylkill.

The Dutch made their first settlement in 1623, on

the Jersey side of the river opposite the present site

of Philadelphia. This settlement was subsequently

abandoned for Newcastle in Delaware.

In 1638 the Swedes came. They founded the

present city of Chester, and built a fort at Tinicum.

The Dutch secured control again in 1655, though

they did not dispossess the Swedes of their holdings.

In 1664 the English conquered the province, and

from thenceforth their dominion continued.

Subsequently, in 1681, the province of Pennsyl-

vania was granted to William Penn.

The Swedes, the Dutch, and the English, prior

to Penn's acquisition, had made but little headway

in settling the country or establishing a govern-

ment. True, each has left some landmarks, but the

creation of the Commonwealth dates from the


charter to Penn, and a study of the character of the

immigration for the next fifty years makes clear

how much our State is indebted to the Quakers, the

Tunkers, the Mennonites, and those Germans,

Swiss, and Dutch who came here to find an asylum

from religious persecution.

The men who founded Pennsylvania were of in-

tense. religious convictions. The foundation stone

upon which the colony was built was religious


The Quakers, the Tunkers, and the Mennonites

had much in common, both in creed and in man-

ners. They had been preceded in the years of the

Reformation by many sects, some strong, some

weak, some lasting for but a little while, others

enduring for years. Their names now seem strange,

and a study of their creeds would be interesting

only to the historian or to the theologian. Most of

these sects, such as the Anabaptists, Familists,

Seekers, and others, were swallowed up by the Bap-

tists and Quakers in England, and by the Menno-

nites and Tunkers in Holland and Germany. The

Quakers may be said to have had their beginning

about the middle of the seventeenth century. The

English Quakers of Penn's time dressed in plain

garb. They were opposed to war, official oaths,

and politics. Their methods were peaceful. Those


who came to the new colony were compelled, how-

ever, by their very surroundings, to assume a very

prominent part in the government and politics of

the colony, and by force of circumstances many of

their Society openly favored defensive war.

Penn guaranteed religious liberty in his colony.

At that time the Mennonites were being persecuted

in Switzerland and in Germany, and the new colony,

holding out the hope of peace and the enjoyment

of religious belief without molestation, became a

Mecca for these persecuted ones to seek. Hence we

find the Germans and Dutch flocking to Pennsylva-

nia-the first considerable body coming in 1683.

From that time forward the Germans and Dutch

came in great numbers. They were almost entirely

of the Mennonite sect.

The origin of this sect is not free from doubt.

By some they are said to have been the successors

of the Anabaptists, or an outgrowth from that sect.

Others trace their descent from the Waldenses.

This much is known: That Menno Simons was

born in 1492; that he was educated for the priest-

hood and ordained, and that in 1536 he severed his

connection with the Romish Church. He taught

the severance of Church and State, non-resistance,

and opposition to the taking of oaths. He soon

became the leader of a sect. They adopted plain


dress and simple manners. They grew in numbers

and were called Mennonites. A study of the tenets

of faith of the Quakers leads to an appreciation of

the fundamental likeness of the two sects, and in-

deed the Mennonites and the Quakers fraternized

abroad and here, holding services in the same meet-

ing-houses and greeting one another as friends. It

is not at all strange that the Quaker colony at-

tracted the Mennonites who were worn out with

persecution abroad.

For historical accuracy mention should be made

of the fact that with the Mennonites and Tunkers,

though in less numbers, came the Pietists, the

Schwenkfelders and numerous other sects, each

holding as its own some peculiar tenet of faith, but

all alike in the main. The Tunkers believed in

baptism by immersion, while the Mennonites bap-

tized by sprinkling. They differed but little in any

other point in their creed from the Mennonites.

They were, however, more peculiar than the latter

in the severity of the plainness of their dress. From

a split in the Tunkers came the German Seventh-

Day Baptists, who established the settlement at


A review of the immigration of the last century

into Pennsylvania would be interesting, but it does

not concern us to-day. Our ancestors, both Daniel


Langenecker and Henry Brower, were Mennonites

of the true faith. They came either from Switzer-

land, Germany, or Holland. It is proper that we,

their descendants, should at this time, lacking de-

tails as to their life and achievements, glance at what

their sect did.

Too little credit has been given in the history of

our State to the impress made by the Germans or

Dutch. Their coming was coincident with the

Quakers. They held the same belief as to non-

participation in government as the Quakers. The

latter were, by circumstances, compelled to assume

direction and control of public affairs. Our ances-

tors held to their faith. They studiously avoided

participation in public matters. They shrank from

the public gaze. They clung together, living up to

their beliefs and fashioning their daily lives by


They were tillers of the soil and artisans. One

of their number, Willem Rittinghuysen (Ritten-

house), built on the Wissahickon the first paper-

mill erected in the colonies. They came here each

with his Bible, and that sacred book was printed in

German in America many years before it was in

English. The settlement at Ephrata had a printing-

press, and, in 1748, they printed for the Mennonites

the "Martyr's Mirror," fifteen men being engaged,


in the work for three years. The paper was made,

the printing done by hand, sheet by sheet, and the

book bound by the brethren at the Monastery.

If we study the history of our State we will find

the Germans adding lustre to every page. Such

names as Muhlenberg, Rittenhouse, Wister, Shoe-

maker, Hiester, Hartranft, and scores of others that

might be mentioned, are a part of the history of the

province and the State.

A study of the home life of the Mennonites and

of their predominant traits should make us proud

of our ancestors. They were of sturdy stock. In

spite of persecution so bloody as now to be almost

past belief, they adhered to their religious doctrines.

They were imprisoned, tortured, murdered, but they

never gave up. They were driven from place to

place; they had no spot to call home. They were

poor and oppressed in every way, and yet they clung

to their faith and their belief in God, and their

magnificent courage never forsook them.

In their daily life here, in Penn's Quaker prov-

ince, they were industrious, frugal, and thrifty.

They understood husbandry thoroughly. They

purchased the best land. Frequently their barns

were built before their houses were planned, and

the barn was frequently more pretentious than the

house, and generally larger. The men were quiet,


persistent, hard-working, and to each his word was

his bond. The simplicity of his church was re-

flected in the simplicity of his home. He was

eminently domestic. Nothing has impressed me

more, in the study of the character of these old Men-

nonites, than the fact, traceable at least in all the

family history of the Langeneckers and the Browers,

that almost all the men married, and apparently all

the women who were asked did the same, and small

families were the rare exception.

The women were true helpmeets. They were

retiring, modest, but intensely home-loving and


The sect has added more to the material pros-

perity of the state than can be calculated. They

have made the southeastern part of Pennsylvania

noted for its productiveness.

How much the intensely religious character of

these our old ancestors, how much the German-

mysticism so predominant in their make-up, how

much their quiet, retiring lives and their peaceful,

thrifty ways have gone in making Pennsylvania the

prosperous, law-abiding, and magnificent common-

wealth she is, we cannot of course determine. Sure

it is that a state is an aggregate of individuals, that

as the people are God-fearing, peace-loving, honest,

and thrifty, so will the state be. Each citizen


makes his impress upon the state; it may be so

little as to be inappreciable, it may be so great as to

mould history. Each community likewise stamps

its character upon the general mass. When we

consider that the Germans in Pennsylvania have

been estimated to be from one-third to one-half the

total population, we must conclude that the mass

must have been greatly moulded and affected by the

good qualities of such a large proportion of the


In the early part of the eighteenth century, Gov-

ernor Keith and Governor Gordon, noting the great

numbers of Dutch and Germans reaching the prov-

ince, secured the adoption of a resolution by the

Council that these foreigners landing should take

the oath of allegiance, and that the master of each

ship should make up a list of his passengers. This

order was not at first strictly enforced, but along

about 1725 the provisions seem to have been more

strictly complied with. The lists of those arriving

contained the names of males above sixteen. We

can gain some idea of the great number added to

the comparatively small population of the province,

when we consider that Rupp gathered thirty thou-

sand names of German immigrants from these imper-

fect and partial lists.

I have already wearied you with the length of


my remarks. The subject is interesting, however,

and it is difficult to decide how little to say with

reference to it or to do even partial justice to it and

be brief.

Before I close, however, I want to call your atten-

tion to one act of our early Mennonite fathers, the

effect of which no man can measure.

On April 18th, 1688, Dirck Op den Graff,

Abraham Op den Graff, Gerhard Hendricks, and

Francis Daniel Pastorius sent to the Friends' Meet-

ing at Germantown the first protest made in this

country against human slavery. This protest

shows that while our Mennonite ancestors would

not take part in government, and called themselves

"defenseless Christians," yet they were ready to

raise their voices in protest against that which their

religion taught them was wrong. They were pro-

testing against an institution already well estab-

lished on this continent.

Little did they think that in the years to come

mankind would, closer and more closely, study the

question then presented by them to the Friends at

Germantown. The Friends, who at that time found

the question too weighty for their determination,

became, nearly two centuries later, the foremost ad-

vocates of the abolition of the institution the Men-

nonites protested against in 1688.


The protest is quaint in its language, but it has

the force of truth, that mighty force that, nearly

two hundred years later, burst the shackles from

four million slaves and rid us forever of the curse

of human slavery.

The protest was in these words:

"This is to ye Monthly Meeting held at Rigert Worrells.

"These are the reasons why we are against the traffick of

mens-body as followeth: Is there any that would be done or

handled at this manner? viz. to be sold or made a slave for all

the time of his life? How fearful & faint-hearted are many on

sea when they see a strange vassel being afraid it should be a

Turck, and they should be tacken and sold for Slaves in

Turckey. Now what is this better done as Turcks doe? yea

rather is it worse for them, wch say they are Christians for we

hear, that ye most part of such Negers are brought heither against

their will & consent, and that many of them are stollen. Now

tho' they are blace, we cannot conceive there is more liberty to

have them slaves, as it is to have other white ones. There is a

saying, that we shall doe to all men, like as we will be done our

selves: macking no difference of what generation, descent, or

Colour they are. And those who steal or robb men, and those

who buy or purchase them, are they not all alicke? Here is

liberty of Conscience, wch is right & reasonable, here ought to

be lickewise liberty of ye body, except of evildoers, wch is an

other case. But to bring men hither, or to robb and sell them

against their will, we stand against. In Europe there are many

oppressed for Conscience sacke; and here there are those op-

pressed wch are of a black Colour. And we, who know that

men must not comitt adultery, so doe comitt adultery in others,

separating wifes from their housbands, and giving them to


others, and some sell the children of those poor Creatures to

other men. Oh! doe consider well this things, you who doe it,

if you would be done at this manner? and if it is done accord-

ing Christianity? you surpass Holland & Germany in this

thing. This mackes an ill report in all those Countries of

Europe, where they hear off, that ye Quackers doe here handel

men, Licke they handel there ye Cattle; and for that reason

some have no mind or inclination to come hither. And who

shall maintaine this your cause or plaid for it? Truely we can

not do so except you shall inform us better hereoff, viz. that

christians have liberty to practise this things. Pray! What

thing in the world can be done worse towarts us then if men

should robb or steal us away & sell us for slaves to strange

Countries, separating housband from their wife & children.

Being now this is not done at that manner we will be done at,

therefore we contradict & are against this traffick of men body.

And we who profess that it is not lawful to steal, must licke-

wise avoid to purchase such things as are stolen, but rather help

to stop this robbing and stealing if possibel, and such men ought

to be delivred out of ye hands of ye Robbers and set free as well

as in Europe. Then is Pensilvania to have a good report, in

stead it hath now a bad one for this sacke in other Countries.

Especially whereas ye Europeans are desirous to know in what

manner ye Quackers doe rule in their Province & most of them

doe loock upon us with an envious eye. But if this is done

well, what shall we say, is don evil?

"If once these slaves (wch they say are so wicked and stub-

born men) should joint themselves, fight for their freedom and

handel their masters and mastrisses, as they did handel them

before; will these masters & mastrisses tacke the sword at hand

& warr against these poor slaves, licke we are able to belive,

some will not refuse to doe? Or have these negers not as much

right to fight for their freedom, as you have to keep them slaves?


"Now consider well this thing, if it is good or bad; and in

case you find it to be good to handel these blacks at that man-

ner, we desire & require you hereby lovingly that you may in-

fome us herein, which at this time never was done, viz. that

Christians have Liberty to do so, to the end we shall be satisfied

in this point, & satisfie lickewise our good friends & acquaint-

ances in our natif Country, to whose it is a terrour or fairfull

thing that men should be handeld so in Pensilvania.

"This was is from our meeting at Germantown hold ye 18 of

the 2 month 1688 to be delivred to the monthly meeting at

Richard Warrels.





Pennsylvania takes just pride in the fact that

upon her territory was fought the decisive battle of

the Civil War, and that at Gettysburg the Rebellion

reached high-water mark, and that that great bat-

tle, fought under the able leadership of one of her

own sons, was the beginning of the downfall of the

Rebellion. She must ever, while our independence

exists, stand pre-eminent among the original colo-

nies by reason of the fact that within her borders

the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed,

the first Continental Congress was held, and the

Government of the new Union spent the first few

years of its life. But when this quaint but sturdy

protest of these old Mennonites comes to be well


known, Pennsylvania will claim for herself and will

be conceded a still more exalted and prominent

position among the colonies because it was from

amongst her own people that this first protest

against human slavery emanated, and we, who trace

our ancestry from these Mennonites, who had the

foresight and the courage to make this protest and

on such incontrovertible grounds, may justly be

proud of such ancestry.


The address of Hon. A. B. Longaker is omitted

because the subject matter of his remarks appears

more fully in the colonial history and biography of

the first immigrants.



Henry A. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa.

David W. Longacre, "

Mrs. David W. Longacre, "

Esther A. Longacre, "

John Longacre, "

Gertrude B. Longaker, Pottstown, Pa.

Mabel Longaker, "

Louis Longaker, "


Beulah Longaker, Pottstown, Pa.

Henry A. Cole, Royersford, Pa.

A. L. Bechtel, Bally, Pa.

J. Nathan Bechtel, Bally, Pa.

William B. Mack, "

Frank C. Longaker, Continental, Ohio.

Lillian T. Miller, Limerick, Pa.

Frank D. Evans, Linfield, Pa.

Hiram C. Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Clara L. Longaker, "

May Longaker, "

Herbert Longaker, "

D. R. Buck-walter, Royersford, Pa.

Mrs. B. B. Brandt, "

Addison T. Miller, Limerick, Pa.

Mrs. Addison T. Miller, Limerick, Pa.

Ernest T. Miller, Collegeville, Pa.

Newton T. Miller, Limerick, Pa.

Lizzie Dismant, "

George E. Longaker, Lansdale, Pa.

Albert W. Longaker, "

Henry C Longenecker, "

Mrs. Lydia Ann Haberda, St. Joseph, Mo.

Addie M. Longacre, Camden, N. J.

D. K. Neiffer, Philadelphia, Pa.

Jennie Argue Neiffer, Philadelphia, Pa.

Amanda J. Neiffer, "


Mrs. Albert H. Davis, Philadelphia, Pa.

George D. Haldeman, "

P. K. Shenkle, Trappe, Pa.

Annie M. Shenkle, Trappe, Pa.

Elias Rahn, Ironbridge, Pa.

Lydia Rahn, "

Rev. L. K. Evans, Pottstown, Pa.

Mrs. Ellie V. Evans, "

Daniel Longaker Evans, "

John L. Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Caroline Longaker, "

Matthias R. Longacre, "

John H. Longacre, Arcola, Pa.

John H. Longaker, Schwenksville, Pa.

Isaac H. Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Isaac A. Longacre, Eagleville, Pa.

Mrs. Isaac A. Longacre, Eagleville, Pa.

Mary Ida Longacre, "

David E. Longacre, "

Helen Longacre, "

Florence Evans, Linfield, Pa.

Mrs. Owen Evans, "

Mrs. Mathias Geist, Pottstown, Pa.

Elizabeth Longaker Geist, Pottstown, Pa.

Anna Rebecca Evans, "

Mrs. Emma. A. Smith, Tamaqua, Pa.

Sarah H. Miller, Camden, N. J.


Adaline Doll, Philadelphia, Pa.

Clara Doll, "

Anna C. Senseman, Camden, N. J.

Henry L. Young, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ellen P. Young, "

Harry F. Renter, "

Thomas F. Longaker, West Philadelphia, Pa.

H. D. Longacre, Camden, N. J.

Owen Evans, Linfield, Pa.

Clifford Haldeman, Philadelphia, Pa.

C. B. Longenecker, M. D., Philadelphia, Pa.

David Longenecker, Lansdowne, Pa.

Mrs. David Longenecker, Lansdowne, Pa.

Roberta Longenecker, "

Mrs. E. Longenecker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Davis Longaker, Lansdale, Pa.

Mrs. Davis Longaker, Lansdale, Pa.

Miss Eva Longaker, "

Miss Frances Longaker, "

John W. Longaker, "

Walter S. Young, Philadelphia, Pa.

Edgar L. Young, "

Sallie Longaker, Louisville, Ky.

Dan Longaker, "

Mrs. Katie L. Cameron, Cynthia, Ohio.

John W. Longacre, Quakertown, Pa.

Mrs. John W. Longacre, Quakertown, Pa.


Milton S. Longacre, Quakertown, Pa.

Katie S. Longacre, "

A. H. Davis, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mamie Senseman, Camden, N. J.

Flora Kratz, Schwenksville, Pa.

Frank Kratz, "

Susan L. Kratz, "

Aaron S. Longacre, Quakertown, Pa.

Henry S. Longacre, "

Reuben R. Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Emma P. Longaker, "

Howard C. Longaker, "

Ralph Longaker, "

Lizzie M. Longaker, "

David Evans, "

Abraham M. Beitler, . "

Mrs. Abraham M. Beitler, "

M. S. Longaker, Pottstown, Pa.

Mrs. M. S. Longaker, Pottstown, Pa.

Mathias Geist, "

A. L. Fretz, Cynwyd, Pa.

David A. Fretz, Cynwyd, Pa.

H. C. Styer, Norristown, Pa.

M. F. Styer, "

Mrs. S. K. Shenkle, Phoenixville, Pa.

Florence S. Shenkle "

Grace G. Shenkle, "


Barbara G. Shenkle, Millersville, Pa.

Maude Shenkle, "

Mrs. Anndera Longacre Benner, Philadelphia, Pa.

Bertha Longacre Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

Daniel W. Longacre, Eagleville, Pa.

B. F. Dismant, M. D., Limerick, Pa.

Francis Bechtel, Spring City, Pa.

Jennie W. Cole, Royersford, Pa.

Mrs. Willis Lewin, Royersford, Pa.

George F. Longacre, Yerkes, Pa.

Walter F. Longacre, "

Samuel A. Bridges Stopp, Allentown, Pa.

John L. Bauer, Bally, Pa.

Laura B. Bauer, "

Annie R. Bauer, "

Charles S. Longacre, Collegeville, Pa.

Daniel Longaker, M. D., Philadelphia, Pa.

Abram Longaker, Linfield, Pa.

Daniel Norman Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Edwin Longaker, "

Elizabeth P. Longaker, "

Isaac Willauer, Phoenixville, Pa.

Benjamin H. Willauer, Phoenixville, Pa.

Mrs. P. M. Willauer, "

Daniel S. Longacre, Shelly, Pa.

Katie S. Longacre, "

John S. Longacre, "


Isaac S. Longacre, Shelly, Pa.

Henry R. Longacre, "

Lizzie L. Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

Katie S. Longacre, Collegeville, Pa.

Edith Vanderbilt Longacre, Oaks, Pa.

Mabel Longacre, "

Lizzie S. Longacre, Collegeville, Pa.

Lena S. Longacre, "

Hannah S. Longacre, "

Henry W. Longacre, "

C. Lincoln Boner, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mrs. C. L. Boner, "

Ethel E. Boner, "

Ellen E. Boner, "

Emlie E. Boner, "

Mary S. Longacre, Collegeville, Pa.

J. E. Longacre, M. D., Weaversville, Pa.

Hattie T. Longacre, Mantz, Pa.

J. H. Behler, Nesquehoning, Pa.

Mrs. J. H. Behler, Nesquehoning, Pa.

John L. Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

Mrs. J. L. Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

Mary F. Detwiler, "

S. Howard Yocum, "

Mrs. S. Howard Yocum, Oaks, Pa.

Aaron Funk, Spring City, Pa.

Mrs. Aaron Funk, Spring, City, Pa.


Erwin L. Force, Spring City, Pa.

Annie D. Force, "

Hon. A. B. Longaker, Norristown, Pa.

Jacob S. Longacre, Mantz, Pa.

Mrs. Lovina Longacre, Mantz, Pa.

John S. Longacre, North Penn, Pa.

Mrs. J. W. Delp, Reading, Pa.

Mrs. A. L. Bechtel, Bally, Pa.

Elsie M. Bechtel, "

Mamie Bechtel, "

Mrs. Adele T. Miller, Collegeville, Pa.

A. H. Hendricks, Pottstown, Pa.

Mrs. A. H. Hendricks, Pottstown, Pa.

Miriam Hendricks, "

Mary L. Force, Spring City, Pa.

Harriet Longacre, North Penn, Pa.

Frank A. Behler, Kepner, Pa.

Mrs. Frank A. Behler, Kepner, Pa.

Elmer Behler, "

David Longacre, Summit Hill, Pa.

David S. Longacre, Normal, Pa.

Rev. J. H. Longacre, Weissport, Pa.

Mrs. J. H. Longacre, "

Fannie K. Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

A. H. Brower, "

M. S. Brower, "

A. J. Brower, "


Mary Brower, Oaks, Pa.

Mrs. Joseph Hopson, Philadelphia, Pa.

Lizzie B. Longacre, Yerkes, Pa.

Laura B. Bauer, Bally, Pa.

L B. Bauer, Westchester, Pa.

Isaac W. Longacre, Shelly, Pa.

H. W. Longacre, Collegeville, Pa.

John S. Hunsicker, Ironbridge, Pa.

Mrs. John S. Hunsicker, Ironbridge, Pa.

H. T. Hunsicker, "

Mrs. H. T. Hunsicker, "

Wilmer C. Hunsicker, "

Mrs. Wilmer C. Hunsicker, "

Mrs. Frank F. Saylor, "

Bertha Saylor, "

Leroy Hunsicker, . "

Stanley Hunsicker, "

Sadie H. Hunsicker, "

Horace L. Kohl, Limerick,. Pa.

Mary E. Kohl. "

J. Elwood Kohl, "

G. W. Kauler, "

H. E. Kauler, "

H.T. Miller, "

Louisa Kohl, "

Emeline Longaker, "

Catherine Linderman, Zieglersviille, Pa.


Emma Longacre, Spring City, Pa.

John H. Nispel, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mrs. Esther Johnson, Limerick, Pa.

Mrs. Annie Senseman, Camden, N. J.

John Linderman, Zieglersville, Pa.

I. E. Johnson, Limerick, Pa.

Lulu Kauler, "

A. B. Schantz, Hosensack, Pa.

Mrs. A. B. Schantz, Hosensack, Pa.

Annie L. Bauer, Sassamansville, Pa.

W. Horatio Kauler, no address.

Minerva T. Miller, "

A. H. Detwiler, Gratersford, Pa.

Cora Detwiler, "

Elsie Detwiler, "

Edgar Roy Detwiler, "

Florence Detwiler, "

Gertrude Detwiler, "

Norma Detwiler, "

Aaron Fretz, Norristown, Pa.

Sarah Longaker Fretz, Norristown, Pa.

Harry Messinger, Jr., Conshohocken, Pa.

Mrs. Harry Fretz Messinger, Conshohocken, Pa.

E. T. Miller, M. D., King of Prussia, Pa.

Emma S. Longacre, no address.

May S. Longacre, "

Mary H. Longacre, "


Edward Bowman, Limerick, Pa.

Mrs. Frada Bowman, Limerick, Pa.

Edwin H. Bowman, "

Mrs. Ida Bowman, "

Mabel Bowman, "

Helen Bowman, "

Ella Agna Bowman, "

H. L. Bowman, Frederick, Pa.

Mrs. Sophia Bauman, Frederick, Pa.

Mrs. Ida Hashinger, Philadelphia, Pa.

Edwin Hashinger, "

Harry Hashinger, "

Mrs. Susan Bechtel, "

Jacob L. Fritz, Pottstown, Pa.

Mrs. Jacob L. Fritz, Pottstown, Pa.

Sue B. Fritz, "

Mary Johnson, New Berlinville, Pa.

Annie Mack, Bally, Pa.

Carrie Young, Philadelphia, Pa.

Elizabeth F. Longacre, Yerkes, Pa.

Hannah Longacre, "

Mrs. Hannah Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

Milton Detwiler, "

Katie Detwiler, "

J. Warren Rosenberger, Yerkes, Pa.

Mrs. Ida Rosenberger, "

Katie Rosenberger, "


W. P. Detwiler, Ph. G., Phoenixville, Pa.

Mrs. M. S. Longaker, Pottstown, Pa.

Montgomery Longaker, Jr., "

Frank S. Brant, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mrs. Helen Longaker Brant, Philadelphia, Pa.





No. Copies. Names and Addresses.

2 Caroline Longaker,

823 Cambria Street, Philadelphia.

1 Dr. C. Howard Harry,

Norristown, Pa.

1 David S. Longacre,

Normal, Pa.

2 Rev. L. K. Evans,

Pottstown, Pa.

1 M. S. Longaker,

Pottstown, Pa.

1 Gertrude B. Longaker,

Pottstown, Pa.

1 Mrs. J. H. Behler,

Nesquehoning, Pa.


No. Copies. Names and Addresses.

1 Mrs. H. K. Kurtz,

Coatesville, Pa.

6 H. A. Longacre,

Jeffersonville, Pa.

1 David A. Longaker,

Box 76, Chester, Pa.

4 Dr. C. B. Longenecker,

3512 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia.

l Dr. Jerome Longenecker,

3409 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia.

1 David Longenecker,

Lansdowne, Pa.

1 Mrs. Davis Longaker,

Lansdale, Pa.

1 Mrs. Kirk,

Lansdale, Pa.

1 D. K. Neiffer,

936 W. Dauphin Street, Philadelphia.

6 A. A. Longaker,

410 Cypress Avenue, Johnstown, Pa.

1 John L. Bauer,

Bally, Pa.

1 Dr. J. E. Longacre,

Weaversville, Pa.

1 George Doll,

319 Marshall Street, Philadelphia.


No. Copies. Names and Addresses.

1 H. F. Young,

2306 N. Ninth Street, Philadelphia.

2 Henry Nispel,

Camden, N. J.

2 G. W. Kendig,

E. Baptist Avenue, York, Pa.

2 J. C. Swiler,

Maytown, Pa.

1 Abraham L. Bechtel,

Bally, Pa.

1 Miss Ada S. Buckwalter,

Phoenixville, Pa.

2 John S. Nispel,

108 N. Second Street, Philadelphia.

1 Mrs. Silas B. King,

Kimberton, Pa.

1 Howard Reifsnyder,

110 S. Front Street, Philadelphia.

1 Clifford Williams,

Forty-Fort, Pa.

1 Dr. Daniel Longaker,

652 N. Eighth Street, Philadelphia.

1 L. C. Longaker,

Bradford, Pa.

1 Annie E. Longaker,

Norristown, Pa.


No. Copies. Name and Addresses.

1 Mrs. James W. Delp,

126 W. Oley Street, Reading, Pa.

1 George F. Longaker,

William Penn, Pa.

1 Henry C. Conrad,

Wilmington, Del.

1 Abraham M. Beitler,

Court of Common Pleas No. l, Philadelphia.

1 Howard L. Williams,

Davenport, Iowa.

1 J. W. Rosenberger,

Yerkes, Pa.

1 George F. Longacre,

Yerkes, Pa.

1 Charles Longacre,

Yerkes, Pa.

25 Mathias R. Longacre,

Oaks, Pa.

10 Judge J. H. Longenecker,

Bedford, Pa.

1 Mrs. A. A. Wertman,

Tannersville, Pa.

1 Isaac W. Longacre,

Shelly, Pa.

3 Daniel Longaker,

604 Laurel Street, Louisville, Ky.


No. Copies. Names and Addresses.

1 Frank Longaker,

1432 W. Green Street, Louisville, Ky.

l Mrs. F. L. Bauman,

Ada, Ohio.

1 John W. Longacre,

Rich Hill, Pa.

1 J. H. Longacre,

Arcola, Pa.

1 Jacob S. Longacre,

Mantz, Pa.

1 Mrs. Lydia A. Habuda,

601 N. Thirteenth Street, St. Joseph, Mo.


At a Business Meeting it was resolved that each

member shall pay twenty-five (25) cents to defray

the ordinary expenses.


Frances B. Longaker, Lansdale, Pa. $0 25

D. Brower Longaker, " 25

Abram Longaker, Linfield, Pa. 25

Susan Longaker, " 25

Henry Nispel, Camden. N. J. 25

Henry A. Cole, Royersford, Pa. 25

Jennie W. Cole. " 25


John Nispel, Camden, N. J. $0 25

Dr. Daniel Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa. 25

Mrs. Neiffer, " 25

Mrs. C. L. Young, " 25

Dr. Edgar T. Miller, King of Prussia, Pa. 25

Frank D. Evans, Linfield, Pa. 25

A. H. Detwiler, Gratersford, Pa. 25

Mrs. Detwiler, " 25

W. P. Detwiler, Phoenixville, Pa. 25

David A. Longaker, Chester, Pa. 25

Mrs. A. Longaker, " 25

Daniel W. Longacre & family, Eagleville, Pa. 1 00

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Force, Spring City, Pa. 50

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Funk, " 50

Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa. 50

Mr. & Mrs. Isaac A. Longacre, Eagleville, Pa. 50

Misses Doll, Philadelphia, Pa. 1 00

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa. 50

M. S. Longaker, Pottstown, Pa. 25

Daniel Longaker, Louisville, Ky. 25

David A. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa. 50

Mary L. Force, Spring City, Pa. 25

Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Behler, Nesquehoning, Pa. 50

A. L. Bower, Congo, Pa. 25

Mrs. Fanny Detwiler, Oaks, Pa. 25

I. B. Bauer, Bally, Pa. 25

M. B. Schantz, Hosensack, Pa. 25


Jacob L. Bauer, Sassamansville, Pa. $0 25

Mrs. Caroline E. Longacre, Yerkes, Pa. 25

Miss Elizabeth F. Longacre, " 25

Miss Caroline F. Longacre, " 25

Miss Hannah L. Longacre, " 25

Walter F. Longacre, New York City. 25

David F. Longacre, " 25

George F. Longacre, Yerkes, Pa. 25

A. L. Bechtel, Bally, Pa. 25

Henry A. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa. 25

Jacob D. Funk, Yerkes, Pa. 25

S. Howard Yocum, Oaks, Pa. 25

John S. Longacre, Shelly, Pa. 25

Isaac S. Longacre, " 25

Rev. L. K. Evans and family, Pottstown, Pa. 1 00

Mrs. Andora L. Benner, Yerkes, Pa. 25

J. W. Rosenberger, " 25

Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Miller, Limerick, Pa. 50

Lillian T. Miller, " 25

David S. Longacre, Rich Hill, Pa. 25

Henry S. Longacre, " 25

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Hendricks, Pottstown, Pa. 50

Aaron S. Longacre, Rich Hill, Pa. 25

Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Shenkle, Phoenixville, Pa. 50

Florence Shenkle, " 25

Grace Shenkle, " 25

Bertha Detwiler, Oaks, Pa. 25


Horace Kohl, Limerick, Pa. $0 25

Mr. & Mrs. C. Lincoln Boner, Philadelphia, Pa. 50

Mrs. Ellen Longaker, " 25

W. Scott Young, " 25

George D. Haldeman, " 25

Mrs. Caroline Haldeman, " 25

Mrs. Lizzie Detwiler Hoar, " 25

Beulah Longaker, Pottstown, Pa. 25

Mrs. M. S. Longaker, " 25

Gertrude Longaker, " 25


At the Longacre-Longaker-Longenecker Family

Re-union, held at Ringing Rocks Park, in the sum-

mer of 1896, the members there assembled voted to

have the proceedings of the meeting published in

book form, together with the papers read before the

meeting, and any other data relating to the early

history of the family which the committee might

be able to secure.

The committee have, since the Re-union, held

several meetings and have secured considerable, ad-

ditional information, largely through the efforts of,

Judge A. B. Longaker, of Norristown, one of the

members of the committee.



The Convention of the Longacre-Longaker-

Longenecker Family was held at Ringing Rocks

Park on August 20, 1896. The day was a beau-

tiful one, and the family largely represented.

A few minutes past eleven A. M., the meeting

was called to order by the President, Hon. A. B.

Longaker, and it was opened by the Rev. L. K.

Evans, of Pottstown, Pa., who invoked the bless-

ing of God upon the assembly. Rev. Frank C.

Longaker, of Continental, Ohio, then delivered an

address of welcome, in a very pleasing manner.*

Miss Florence Shenkle, of Phoenixville, then ren-

dered a piano solo, and the Hon. A. M. Beitler de-

livered an address on the Brower Branch of the

Longaker family.** A piano solo by Miss Anna R.

Evans, of Pottstown, Pa., was next in order. Hon.

A. B. Longaker then gave a great many interesting

facts in regard to the Longakers, from the time

they came to this country from Switzerland, about

1727 to 1733, to the present day. Mr. David

Evans, of Philadelphia, then favored us with a

cornet solo.

The programme being concluded, a short busi-

ness session was held. On motion of Mr. Henry

* See page 16. ** See page 20.


A. Longacre, of Jeffersonville, the convention was

changed into a permanent organization, with the

Hon. A. B. Longaker, of Norristown, Pa., as chair-

man. It was then moved and seconded that the

present committee be continued, and others added

so as to make the number fifteen. On motion, Mr.

C. Lincoln Boner, of Philadelphia, was made Vice-

President; Miss Lizzie Dismant, of Limerick, Pa.,

Treasurer; Miss Gertrude B. Longaker, Pottstown,

Pa., Secretary.

The matter of holding the Re-union every three

or five years was left to the discretion of the com-

mittee. During the day a telegram was received

from Judge J. H. Longenecker, of Bedford, Pa., ex-

pressing his regret at his inability to be present,

and wishing all a very joyous re-union.

Two hundred and eighty-five persons entered

their names on the register. All departed in the

evening with the recollection of having spent the

twentieth of August both profitably and pleasantly.





A meeting of the Committee on Longacre-Long-

aker-Longenecker Family Re-union was held Sep-

tember 12, 1896, at the Hartranft House, Norris-

town, Pa..


The meeting was called to order by the Presi-

dent, Hon. A. B. Longaker.

On motion of Mr. H. A. Longacre, it was ordered

that the Secretary send a circular to each member

of the Longacre-Longaker-Longenecker Family,

notifying them that on receipt of twenty-five cents

they would be registered and a pamphlet, contain-

ing proceedings of the Re-union of August 20,

1896, would be sent them.

It was moved and seconded that the Secretary be

instructed to write Hon. A. M. Beitler for his ad-

dress furnished on that occasion, to be filed with

the records and published.

Moved and seconded that the Rev. F. C. Long-

aker also be asked to furnish his address, together

with an account of the origin of the movement,

and the Hon. A. B. Longaker his history of the

Longacre-Longaker-Longenecker Family.

On motion, the Secretary was paid $6.92 for ex-

penses incurred.

The following persons were then added to the


J. L. Longaker, Miss Lizzie D. Detwiler,

Mathias R. Longacre, Mrs. L. K. Evans.

It was moved and seconded that the President

and Secretary call the next meeting at a time to be

set by them.


There being no further business, the meeting






The Convention of the Longacre-Longaker-

Longenecker Family was held at Sanatoga Park,

Pa., on August 23, 1899.

About eleven o'clock the relatives assembled in

the pavilion, and the meeting was called to order

by the President, the Hon. A. B. Longaker. After

the reading of the minutes by the Secretary, Miss

Gertrude B. Longaker, the following officers were

elected to serve for three years:

President.-Hon. A. B. Longaker.

Vice-President.-C. Lincoln Boner.

Secretary.-Anna R. Evans.

Treasurer.-Lizzie Dismant.

An Executive Committee of fifteen persons was

appointed by the Chairman, consisting of the fol-

lowing persons:

Hon. A. B. Longaker, Rev. Henry E. Longenecker,

Lizzie Dismant, Henry A. Longacre,

Nellie Dismant, W. P. Detwiler,

C. Lincoln Boner, Rev. Frank C. Longaker,


Reuben R. Longaker, Walter F. Longacre,

Dr. Daniel Longaker, Lillian Miller,

D. B. Longaker, Anna R. Evans.

M. R. Longacre,

The Treasurer reported six dollars and forty-two

cents in the treasury. It was requested that every

member pay twenty-five cents every three years to

help defray expenses. The meeting then adjourned,

to meet at half-past one.

The Convention re-convened at one-thirty, when

the Rev. L. K. Evans opened with prayer. Hon.

A. B. Longaker then gave an interesting address,

after which Miss Shenkle, of Phoenixville, Pa.,

rendered a very pretty piano solo. This was fol-

lowed by a recitation by Miss Mabel Longaker,

Pottstown, Pa;, and Daniel L. Evans, of the same

place, sang a solo. Miss Mae Longacre, of Eagle-

ville, Pa., gave a recitation, and the programme

was closed by a pretty vocal solo by Miss Bertha

Detwiler, of Oaks, Pa.

The meeting then adjourned, and the relatives,

who had spent a thoroughly enjoyable day together,

returned to their different homes.






Hon. A. B. Longaker, Norristown, Pa.

C. Lincoln Boner, Philadelphia, Pa.

H. A. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa.

Samuel Longacre, Phoenixville, Pa.

Beulah M. Longacre, "

Lavinia Lukens, "

Kate C. Niman, "

Thomas F. Longaker, West Philadelphia, Pa.

David W. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa.

Helena Longacre, "

Mrs. Anndora T. Benner, Yerkes, Pa.

Edith V. Longacre, Oaks, Pa.

Mabel Longacre, "

M. S. Longaker, Pottstown, Pa.

Mrs. M. S. Longaker, "

Gertrude B. Longaker, "

Beulah Longaker, "

Mabel Longaker, "

Louis Longaker, "

Russel Longaker, "

Mrs. F. S. Brant, Philadelphia,. Pa.

Effie Brant, "

Frances Longaker, Lansdale, Pa.

D. Brower Longaker, "


John U. Longaker, Lansdale, Pa.

George E. Longaker, "

W. S. Young, Philadelphia, Pa.

Carrie L. Young, "

Edgar L. Young, "

Emma L. Rose, "

Daniel Longaker, Louisville, Ky.

George F. Longacre, Yerkes, Pa.

Carrie Longacre, "

Hannah L. Longacre, "

Florence S. Shenkle, Phcenixville, Pa.

Grace G. Shenkle, "

Barbara Shenkle, Millersville, Pa.

Maude Shenkle, "

Lucy M. Longacre, Phoenixville, Pa.

George F. Longaker, William Penn, Pa.

Esther A. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa.

Bertha L. Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

Abram Longaker and wife, Linfield, Pa.

Jennie A. Neiffer, Philadelphia, Pa.

R. R. Longaker, "

Emma Longaker, "

Howard C. Longaker, "

Ralph Longaker, "

Lizzie Longaker, "

Caroline Longaker, "

Francis Longaker, Louisville, Ky.


Eliza H. Longaker, Louisville, Ky.

Maggie C. Longaker, "

Kate L. Longaker, Ohio.

Sallie Longaker, Louisville, Ky.

Elizabeth Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa.

Daniel N. Longaker, "

Edna Kinsey, Linfield, Pa.

Rev. L. K. Evans, Pottstown, Pa.

Mrs. L. K. Evans, "

Anna R. Evans, "

Daniel L. Evans, "

Daniel W. Longacre, Eagleville, Montg. Co., Pa.

Mary H. Longacre, " "

Mae S. Longacre, " "

Emma S. Longacre, " "

Clara F. Dewees, Philadelphia, Pa.

Savilla Longaker, Pottstown, Pa.

Irma D. Longaker, "

Amanda J. Neiffer, Philadelphia, Pa.

Marie Longaker, "

Henry A. Cole, Royersford, Pa.

Jennie W. Cole, "

Horace L. Kohl, Limerick, Pa.

Mary E. Kohl, "

I. B. Bauer, Bally, Pa.

Ellen L. Young, Philadelphia, Pa.

Harry Reuter, "


Mrs. Adele T. Miller, Collegeville, Pa.

Mrs. Caroline Longacre, Yerkes, Pa.

Mrs. Clara W. Longaker, Chester, Pa.

David A. Longaker, "

John L. Bauer, Bally, Pa.

Isaac A. Longacre, Eagleville, Pa.

Sarah J. Longacre, "

Mary Ida Longacre, "

David E. Longacre, "

Florence R. Longacre, "

Mrs. F. H. Detwiler, Oaks, Pa.

M. V. Detwiler, "

George Halderman, Philadelphia, Pa.

Clifford L. Halderman, "

Mrs. Caroline Longaker, "

A. L. Bechtel, Bally, Pa.

Mrs. A. L. Bechtel, Bally, Pa.

J. Nathan Bechtel, "

Elsie M. Bechtel, "

Mamie M. Bechtel, "

Miss Hattie I. Longacre, Mantz, Pa.

Miss Sallie L. Longacre, "

Jacob L. Bauer, Sassamansville, Pa.

Hannah L. Bauer, "

Amanda L. Bauer, "

Milton B. Schantz, Hosensack, Pa.

Mrs. Katherine Schantz, "


A. L. Bauer, Congo, Pa.

Andrew B. Bauer, Jr., Congo, Pa.

Florence Evans, Linfield, Pa.

Jacob D. Funk, Yerkes, Pa.

John S. Longacre, Shelly, Pa.

Sarah M. Longacre, Phoenixville, Pa.

Addison T. Miller, Limerick, Pa.

Lucinda T. Miller, "

Aaron S. Longacre, Rich Hill, Pa.

David S. Longacre, "

Henry S. Longacre, "

Isaac S. Longacre, Shelly, Pa.

Ida S. Longacre, Rich Hill, Pa.

Lizzie S. Longacre, "

Milton S. Longacre, "

A. H. Hendricks, Esq., Pottstown, Pa.

Mrs. A. H. Hendricks, "

Frank D. Evans, Linfield, Pa.

Lillian T. Miller, Limerick, Pa.

Georgiene Dismant, "

Mrs. B. F. Dismant, "

E. T. Miller, King of Prussia, Pa.

Nellie Dismant, Limerick, Pa.

Mrs. Charles S. Longacre, Greensburg, Pa.

Catharine S. Longacre, Plover, Pa.

Lizzie D. Hoar, Philadelphia, Pa.

Annie L. Landis, Schwenksville, Pa.


H. H. Landis, Schwenksville, Pa.

Horace Landis, "

Adaline Doll, Philadelphia, Pa.

Matilda Doll, "

Clara Doll, "

Henry Nispel, Camden, N. J.

Mrs. Laura L. Nispel, Camden, N. J.

Edna G. Nispel, "

Anna E. Nispel, "

Annie M. Wynn, Spring City, Pa.

Annie Crater, Pottstown, Pa.

Fannie R. Longacre, Philadelphia, Pa.

Mary R. Wynn, Spring City, Pa.

Mrs. Matilda Dunlap, "

Nellie Maud Rhoads, Phoenixville, Pa.

Daniel Longaker, Louisville, Ky.

Elizabeth Dismant, Limerick, Pa.

William P. Detwiler, Phoenixville, Pa.

Annie M. Shenkle, Trappe, Pa.

Philip K. Shenkle, "

Barbara A. Shenkle, "

M. R. Shenkle, Phoenixville, Pa.

Dr. Daniel Longaker, Philadelphia, Pa.

David A. Longacre, Jeffersonville, Pa.

Daniel Longacre, New York City.

J. H. Behler, M. D., Nesquehoning, Pa.

Mrs. J. H. Behler, "


Miss Mary E. Behler, Nesquehoning, Pa.

J. M. Rosenberger, Yerkes, Pa.

Ida P. Rosenberger, Oaks, Pa.

Mrs. Mary Force, "

Mary Halterman, Mont Clare, Pa.




Those present were Hon. A. B. Longaker, M. R.

Longacre and wife, C. Lincoln Boner, D. Brower

Longaker, Dr. Daniel Longaker, and Henry A


Hon. A. B. Longaker occupied the chair, and

stated that the object of the meeting was to discuss

the issuance of the History of the Longacre-Long-

aker-Longenecker Family.

After considerable discussion, the following was


Resolved, That the material we have be put into shape at

once and printed, and that the price be kept within the limita-

tion of one dollar ($1.00), and that the book be sent to those

who have subscribed and who may subscribe for same.

Judge A. B. Longaker stated that the reason

more rapid progress had not been made on the


manuscript for the book was due to the fact that

his eyes have been and still are in a very bad con-

dition, and that it would be necessary to employ an

amanuensis or stenographer to complete the book,

whereupon it was

Resolved, That Judge A. B. Longaker select a stenographer

to assist in the preparation of the manuscript for the publishing

house, the remuneration not to exceed fifty (50) dollars, and to

be paid out of the proceeds of the sale of the book.

There being no further business, the meeting, on

motion, adjourned.


Secretary Pro Tem.


Norristown, Pa., March 29, 1902.

A meeting of the Committee on Longacre-Long-

aker-Longenecker Family Re-union was held at

the Hartranft House, Saturday, March 29, at three


The object of the meeting was to select a place

at which to hold the next Re-union, and also to

hear any reports concerning the Family History.

Judge A. B. Longaker occupied the chair, and

those present were:

Hon. A. B. Longaker, Reuben R. Longaker,

Henry A. Longacre, Anna R. Evans.

C. Lincoln Boner,


Mr. Henry A. Longacre moved that the Re-union

be held on Wednesday, August 20, 1902, at Potts-

town, and this was adopted. It was also moved

and seconded that the place of meeting be Sanatoga

Park, and the Secretary was instructed to see the

authorities of the Park, and engage it for that

day, so that the Longacre-Longaker-Longenecker

Family could have sole possession.

A Programme Committee of three, consisting of

Henry A. Longacre, Rueben R. Longaker, and Miss

Anna R. Evans, was appointed to provide suitable

entertainment for the day. This committee was

given power to increase their number by the addi-

tion of a Reception Committee, consisting of as many

as they may deem proper to place thereon.

The subject of badges came up for discussion, but

was left over for further consideration.

Judge A. B. Longaker reported progress in his

work of preparing the History, and stated that he

thought in about four weeks, at least, part of it

would be ready for the printer's hands, and in eight

weeks he hoped to have it entirely finished.

There being no further, business, the meeting ad-

journed, to meet at the call of the Chairman of the

Programme Committee.





JUNE 4, 1902.

A meeting of the Committee on Longacre-Long-

aker-Longenecker Family Re-union was held at the

Hartranft House, Norristown, Wednesday evening,

June 4, at 7.30 o'clock.

Those present were: Judge A. B. Longaker, H.

A. Longacre, C. Lincoln Boner, R. R. Longaker,

W. P. Detwiler, Lizzie Dismant, and Anna R.


The minutes of the last meeting were read and

approved. The Treasurer's Report was then read

and accepted, and the Secretary was instructed to

spread this report on the minutes of the meeting.




Aug. 19. Received dues from First Committee $10 00


Aug. 23. Received membership dues........... 22 50

Sept. 7. Received from Secretary............ 3 00

Nov. 8. Received from Secretary............. 2 50

Nov. 16. Received for books................. 5 00

Received from sundry sources................ 11 42


$54 42




Sept. 12. Paid Secretary for stationery..... $6 92


April 19. Paid President for stationery and

postage..................................... 5 00

April 19. Paid Secretary for stationery..... 2 50

Postage and registering..................... 1 08

------ $15 50


June 4. Balance in bands of Treasurer....... 38 92


$54 42



Matters concerning the coming Re-union were

discussed, and Mr. Henry A. Longacre and C. Lin-

coln Boner both handed in forms for the invitations

to be sent out Both were read, and then the Sec-

retary was asked to write a third, combining the

ideas of the two, and send it to Mr. H. A. Longacre

for approval.

Judge A. B. Longaker stated that already por-

tions of the book were in the hands of the printer,

and the work was going on.

It was moved and seconded that Mr. R. R. Long-

aker provide suitable badges for distribution to the

members of the family on Re-union Day.


The printing of the invitations was given in

charge of C. Lincoln Boner.

There being no further business, the meeting ad-

journed at 8.30 o'clock.





Pottstown, Pa., July 1, 1902.

The Third Triennial Re-union of the Longacre-

Longaker-Longenecker Family will be held at

Sanatoga Park, Pottstown, Pa., on Wednesday,

August 20, 1902, at eleven A. M.

Yourself and family are cordially invited to be


Sanatoga Park is located about three miles below Pottstown,

by which it is connected by trolley, and it can also be reached by

trolley from Philadelphia and Norristown.

Express trains on the Reading Railway, leaving Philadelphia

at 8.36 and 10.21 A. M., arrive in Pottstown at 9.27 and 11.32 A. M.,

respectively, and those leaving Reading at 9.25 and 10.15 A. M.

reach there at 9.49 and 10.46 A. M., respectively. The trolley

cars from the town to the Park run every ten minutes, and

accommodations are good.

Persons, not desiring to bring their lunch with them, can ob-

tain the same on the grounds at reasonable rates.

A business meeting will be held at 1.30 P. M., immediately

after which a short Literary and Musical Programme will be


rendered. A full representation is earnestly requested, as the

History of the Family will be ready for distribution at that time.

If you have not as yet sent in your order for the book, you

may, if you desire, send a postal asking to have one or more

copies reserved for you until Re-union Day. The demand so

far has been reasonably good, and assures the committee that

before long the edition will be exhausted.

You will confer a great favor on the committee by extending

this invitation to any member of the family with whom you

may come in contact, as the list of names in possession of the

Secretary is doubtless very incomplete.

The day and grounds have been reserved exclu-

sively for the Longacre-Longaker-Longeneckcr

Family, so come and make this Re-union the most

successful one ever held.

Cordially yours,



By order of the Committee.






Ulrich and Daniel, brothers, are the Colonial

ancestors of the Longenecker family in America.

Their descendants are numerous in Eastern

Pennsylvania in the Counties of Montgomery,

Chester, and Lancaster. They emigrated from

1722 to 1733, and it is probable that some of them

were in and around London eight to ten years

before sailing for the American Colonies. They

were Huguenots, and in Europe, as well as here,

were German Quakers and affiliated and wor-

shiped with the English Quakers. Their ancestors

fled from the Spanish Inquisition, and, after the

Massacre of St. Bartholomew, escaped to Switzer-

land and settled in and near to Zurich.

They were educated, and in literary attainments

are to be regarded as progressive as were those

educators who settled in provinces along the Rhine,



and who were at least one hundred years in advance

of other European districts.

Daniel was a Mennonite preacher and Christian,

a son of Ulrich, also, at the time he immigrated,

and both upon their arrival in the New World

continued active in their ministerial duties. They

were persecuted at home, and to obtain religious

and civil liberty they went abroad. They were

co-workers in a common cause, and much that they

did was accomplished by associated effort; but, in

order to be explicit, it is deemed better to present

the biography of the one as distinct from the other

where it can be done judiciously.

It is well to notice, preliminarily, that there is

a third colonial stem bearing the name of Longacre,

and, in order to eliminate their descendants from

the other two, it is deemed well to show that there

is no kinship amongst the three, or at least it is not

acknowledged here; although it may be probable

that within two or three centuries ago-if research

shall be made-it will be found that there, was

a common ancestry amongst the three stems.

Andrew Longacre in 1634, prior to the grant of

the province to William Penn, came with the

Swedes and settled on the Delaware at Kingsessing.

The letter of Andrew, Longacre, D. D., of New

York City, and a descendant of Andrew Longacre


the first, is so clear and satisfactory that it is here


"New York, 31 East 60th St.,

July 3rd, 1896.

Hon. A. B. Longaker:

Dear Sir: In reply to yours of June 30th, as to our family

history. We trace our ancestry to the Swedes who settled on the

Delaware River below the site of Philadelphia in 1634. In a

deed between Penn and the twenty-four principal Swedes, our

ancestor's name is written as I write mine, "Andrew Longacre,"

but it is signed "Anders Long'ker," or as it was sometimes

written, Longoker; which has, I believe, the same significance

as Longacre.

We have almost unbroken records of the family from that

time gathered from public records. The family has remained

very steadily in the neighborhood of Kingsessing. A branch of

it settled in Winchester, Va., and another branch about two

generations back settled in New Jersey near the Delaware.

My father's name was James Barton Longacre, an engraver,

and for twenty-five years and over the engraver of the Mint of

the United States. He died in 1869. His father's name was

Peter, who is buried at Kingsessing, and his father's name was

Andrew (I believe).

As a descendant of the original Swedes, my father voted in

the election of pastors for the Swedes' Church in Philadelphia,

until the law was passed giving that privilege to the actual pew-


My father was always under the impression that your family

(Longaker, of Norristown) was an early off-shoot from ours;

but I see by your brief sketch of your ancestry that could not

have been the case.

My brother, James M. Longacre, 32 S.Walnut Street, Phila-


delphia, and I will be glad to give you any further information

in our power, but we have no claim to unite in the family

re-union on August 20th.

Very truly yours,


Andrew Longacre-Draft for 250 acres, assign-

ment to John Culin, has endorsed on it under date

of 9th day, 7th month, 1706, assignment to John

Hughes (Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. II.,

page 740).

Request of Andrew and Peter Longoker to re-

survey and divide 200 acres of land at Siamessing,

2nd month, 5th day, 1736, page 77; ibidem, page 81;

patent to Andrew Longaker for 140 acres in King-

sess, Philadelphia Co., an old Swedes' grant, 8th day,

7th month, 1736-same vol., page 81, Peter Longoker

presented draft of about 40 acres of Swamp Cripple,

or meadow, lying in Kingsess, next to the Schuyl-

kill, desiring confirmation of the same, etc. Neither

warrant nor survey of the same could be found,

therefore it is referred for further consideration.

Patent to Peter Longoker for old Swedes' land in

Kingsess, Philadelphia Co., was granted 6th month,

12th day, 1738, p. 105.

Israel Longacre owned two tracts of land on the

west side of Schuylkill River, one of 200 acres, in

which, as grantee, he is described as residing at


Darby; Andrew Culin and wife, of about 200 acres,

granted to him by deed, dated 1759, recorded in

Book Y, page 111, at Westchester; the other John

Knowles and wife, granted 1764, Book Y, page 116.

He was also enrolled and mustered with the militia

in 1778 to 1780-Capt. Diehl's company (Pennsyl-

vania Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. VI., page 174). He

is buried in the Mennonite graveyard, near Spring

City, and his grave is yearly decorated by the Zook

Post of the Grand Army, as one of the Revolu-

tionary soldiers there buried.

Dismissing this digression the biography of the

other stems will be resumed.

Ulrich Longenecker immigrated in 1733. His

age was 69 years, and there came with him his wife

and two sons-Ulrich, Jr., aged 22 years, and Jacob,

19 years. He located upon a tract of land of 229

acres, lying upon the west side of the Schuylkill

River-now in North Coventry Township, Chester

Co., for which a warrant issued April l0th, 1736, to

Ulrich Loninnacre-and a deed of Ulrich Loninnacre

and wife, dated May 17th, 1749, was executed to John

Staner (now Steiner), recorded at Philadelphia, in

Deed Book A, Vol. 10, page 25. In 1767 the tract was

patented to Henry Benner, and the adjoining owners

are mentioned to be Hans Switzer, Marten Switzer,

Adam Henry, and Andrew Wolf (vide letter of Geo.


P. F. Wanger, June 25th, 1895, in Chapter entitled


It is traditionary amongst his descendants that he

was a book-printer at Zurich, Switzerland. Three

other sons preceded him in coming to the new world.

David immigrated about 1722. Rupp says it was

as early as 1719; whatever was the date, it is quite

probable that he sailed in the same vessel in which

his Uncle Daniel and family came. John immigrated

in 1727 and Christian in 1729; these sons, except

Jacob, settled in Lancaster County, Pa., as did their

father at a later period.

Daniel 1st had four sons-David, John, Henry, and

Jacob-and two daughters-Elizabeth and Magda-

lena; in all two fathers and nine sons, making eleven

immigrants from Europe settling in the new Colo-

nies (it being traditionary that eleven came, of whom

nine settled in northern part of New York State and

two in Penna. (vide infra), but nine did not settle in

New York and only two in Pennsylvania. It is a fact

corroborating the records as presented subsequently

in this volume, that all finally settled in this State.

It may be true that Daniel-being a Mennonite

preacher and coming some six to eight years earlier

than the others-did go first to northern New York,

to the German Quaker settlement, near to the line

of Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of Wilkes-Barre;


but certain it is that he was officiating as preacher

at Manatawny some few years prior to 1727.

Here the letter is inserted:

"ISLIP, L. I., OCTOBER 12,1896.

A. B. Longenecker, Esq.:

Dear Sir.: Your communication of October 8th duly re-

ceived, and in reply will say I have no knowledge of my

ancestors. Early in life, had I been interested, I could have

known much, as it was often talked of by my father, but I was

too young to have it make any impression or for it to excite

any interest in the conversation. I often beard my father say

eleven brothers emigrated to this country from Switzerland;

two settling in Pennsylvania, the other nine in the northern

part of New York State. I never saw my grandfather; believe

his name was Peter; died in Lancaster Co.

Some years ago my brother David (the only brother I had)

made a trip to Europe to ascertain about our ancestors; as far aa

my memory serves, with but little success. He brought with

him a genealogical tree, but I never saw it.

You might possibly get some information from the only

remaining nephew, Dr. Jerome Longenecker, of Philadelphia.

I have not his address.*

I remember someone saying the Longeneckers were book pub-

lishers in Switzerland, in Tell's region.

There is a Judge Longenecker in Chicago; also a prominent

officer in the navy, I have forgotten his title; also a Colonel

Longenecker, probably the one you speak of. Several by the

same name in Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

My father was born in Lancaster Co., 1783; died March, 1861,

aged 77. My brother died several years ago, in his seventy's.

I was born 1823, consequently am in my 74th year.

* The address, 3409 Spring Garden Street.


A short time ago a gentleman called at my son David's office in

Brooklyn; told him much about the Longeneckers; apparently

much interested. I will try and get his address and send it to

you. I have had ten sons (no daughter), a fair prospect of the

continuance of the name. Six are living; all practicing dentistry

in New York. Dr. C. B. Longenecker, of Philadelphia, can

give you Dr. Jerome Longenecker's (his uncle) address.

Will be pleased to hear from you again; hoping you will be

successful in your researches.

Yours truly,


Another letter is here presented as important,

as to the locality from which the immigrants came

and as regards the orthography of the name.


Mr. J. H. Longenecker

DEAR SIR: Your kind letter of the 5th inst. to hand. My

thanks to you for your information concerning your Associa-

tion. My native State, properly Canton, is Appenzell, in which

the name of Longenecker is quite numerous. I knew a great

many of that name in the County of Gais. Where I came from

it is spelled with an a instead of an o, Langenecker.* A Lang-

enecker emigrated from my native town a few years before I

did. I supposed you was the man. He left Switzerland about

1850. I left in 1853; last heard of him he was in Cincinnati, 0.

Truly, etc.,


*A (with umlaut) is soft, equivalent to ae diphthong,

phonetically Laengenecker.


I heard nothing further from him, but the state-

ment confirmed the impression previously enter-

tained that the family originated in Switzerland.

Very sincerely, etc.,


Ulrich[1], about 1746, after selling his lands upon

the Schuylkill, went to Lancaster County with his

son Ulrich[2]. He acquired no other lands. It is

not known when he died, nor where he was buried.

Of his five sons, four-David, John, Christian, and

Ulrich[2]-died possessed largely of real estate, the

deeds for which were recorded, as appears subse-

quently in Chapter entitled "Records," together

with extracts from their wills; and Jacob, his

youngest son, settled near what is known now as

Parker-Ford, and married the widow (Susanna) of

his cousin, John Longenecker.

Jacob Longenecker[2], grandson of Ulrich[1], about

1780, changed the name to Longaker, and the

descendants of Daniel, their names to Longacre.

The descendants of Ulrich[1] in Lancaster County

and their descendants elsewhere generally retained

the name of Longenecker; one branch, however,

adopted Longnecker, and a few Longanaker, and

under these names their descendants are residing


in many of the States and Territories of the United


Ulrich[1] and Daniel[1] each named his eldest son

David; and it is not improbable that he who shall

search their European pedigree will discover that

David was the paternal ancestor. This narrative

is all that is known of Ulrich[1] since his landing in


The biography of Daniel[1] presents an interesting

and active life amongst the earlier Colonial settlers

in Eastern Pennsylvania. His mission as preacher

amongst the Mennonites gave him charge of the

Manatawny district. At what time his charge

began is not known; but it is known that he and

Jacob Bechtle (now Bechtel) were representatives

in the Convention of Quakers held at Germantown

in September, 1727.

May 1, 1733, Patent Book A, Vol. 6, p. 174,

Philadelphia. John Penn, Thomas Penn et al.

conveyed to Daniel Longeneker 230 acres of land

on the southeast side of the Schuylkill River, then

Philadelphia County, at Mingo Creek, and extend-'

ing along said river southeasterly to the land now

known as the Almshouse Farm at Black Rock. A

reference to this grant is recited in deed recorded at

Norristown, in Deed Book No. 13, page 260, dated

March 30, 1756, in which the heirs of said


Daniel, deceased, are the grantors to their brother


The time of his death is not known exactly, but

it is probable that it occurred in 1756, as his

widow, Elizabeth, then renounced her right to

administration, and to David, the eldest son, letters

issued, with John Bookwalter and Jacob Hoch

(now High) sureties, dated October 12th, 1756.

To this bond he signed his name in German, David

Langenacker, a (diaresis) is soft and pronounced

ae (Laengenacker).

On the 13th day of November, A. D. 1756,

Elizabeth, the widow of said Daniel, and his

children, to wit: Elizabeth, wife of Jacob High;

Magdalene, wife of John Buckwalter; Ann, wife of

Philip High; Mary, wife of Valentine Clemmer;

Jacob Longacre, Jr., and the widow and children of

his son John, deceased, joining therein; Susanna,

late the widow of said John, married to Jacob

Longenecker; Elizabeth, married to Nicholas Cress-

man; Catherine, Daniel, and Sarah, conveyed said

220 acres of land to his said son David.




Mill and tract of land on Mingo Creek, 31 acres

for mill-race, etc.

Dated April 16th, 1773, Book I, page 105, at Norristown.

As the sons of Daniel and Jacob, son of Ulrich[1],

were intimately associated and co-workers in that

which was done, their doings being so blended,

their biography is discussed together, giving inci-

dents, records, and pedigree of those who were born

not later than about 1770. David (son of Daniel[1]),

in his will dated 2nd day of January, A. D. 1776,

probated in Phila., August 18th, 1776, names lega-

tees his widow, Barbara, and children-John, Mary,

Magdalena, David, Jacob, Henry, Daniel, Peter,

and Isaac, the last five being minors; his son John,

and Daniel, a son of his deceased brother John, are

appointed executors. The estate is divided, equally

amongst his children-having provided for his wife,

Barbara, during her life. Mary married Christian

Maris; he died, leaving, her surviving, she

married Matthias Pennypacker (the grandfather

of Judge Pennypacker), and had issue, an only

daughter, Elizabeth, who married William Walker,


of Chester Valley. Some of the descendants of

William Walker are living in the valley, and

others in Philadelphia. The Colkets, Audenrieds,

and Wilsons are amongst the descendants.

David[3] (David[2], Daniel[1]) died in 1826. and let-

ters of administration were granted June 10th, 1826,

to John, Christopher, and Daniel Longacre, in the

sum of $10,000 (Book No. 3, page 122, at Nor-

ristown); subsequently a deed of release, between

Henry Longacre and Daniel Longacre, dated the -

day of ------, recorded at Norristown. Book

No. 3, page 351, recites that David[3] died intestate,

leaving Barbara, his widow, and eight children to

survive him, to wit: John, Christopher, Frances,

Daniel (and Hannah, his wife), Debora (and her

husband, M. Roudenbush), Elizabeth, Jacob (and

Sarah, his wife), Isaac (and Hannah, his wife).

Recurring to Daniel[1]; his son, John, October 14th,

1735, purchased from John Penn et al. (Deed Book

F, Vol. 9, p. 3, Philadelphia) 250 acres of land on the

southeast side of the River Schuylkill, at Black

Rock, adjoining lands of George Burson, Nicholas

Hooper (supposed to be Harper), the manor of

Gilbert, and lands of his father. He died in 1745,

leaving a will dated May l9th, 1745; probated at

Philadelphia the same year, July 20th ; of this will

his father, Daniel, and John Bookwalter are appointed


executors. This will is witnessed by Christian

Morey, Jacob Morey, and David Langenacker. He

left to survive him his widow, Susanna, his son

Daniel, and three daughters of his said son, to wit:

Elizabeth, married Nicholas Cressman; Catharine,

married Jacob Bechtel (Mennonite preacher), of

Northampton; and Sarah, married John Cochenouer.

His widow married Jacob Longenecker[2] (Ulrich[1]),

A. D. 1746. By a clause of the will, in case she

should marry again, her appointment as executrix

was determined, and the bequest to her reduced to

a child's share, and the testator's only son, Daniel,

became vested in fee of all the real estate, charged

with the payment of the legacies of his mother and

his three sisters. How soon thereafter Daniel went

into possession is not known, but his mother pur-

chased from the Parker heirs 275 acres of land at

what is now known as Parkerford, and took posses-

sion of it in 1746. Jacob Longenecker and his wife,

Susanna, and the daughters, Elizabeth, with their

husbands, and Nicholas Cressman, Catharine, and

Jacob Bechtel, and Sarah and John Cochenouer, by

deed dated March 21st, 1760 (Book 13, page 260, re-

corded at Norristown), conveyed the same to Daniel;

and although he is the grantee, he attested the signa-

tures of the names of Catharine and Jacob Bechtel

(spelling his name Daniel Longenacker). This land


adjoined the lands of Daniel[1], his grandfather, on

the north, and fronted on the Schuylkill River from

that line southwardly and easterly along the pool

of Black Rock Dam; the other adjoining owners of

land were George Burson and Nicholas Hooper

(probably Harper). Henry Longacre and Elizabeth,

his wife, by deed dated December 26th, 1789, con-

veyed to Daniel 58 1/4 acres, and by deed dated May

3rd, 1800, Daniel conveyed to Abraham Gotwalts 243

acres, 230 of which was part of said 250, and 13

acres, part of said 58 1/4 acres. In 1806 Abraham

Gotwalts conveyed the said 243 acres to the Directors

of the Poor, now the Montgomery County Alms-


The will of John[2] (Daniel[1]) dated May 19th, 1845,

probated at Philadelphia, July 20th, 1845, bears the

signature of John Longenecker. His father, Daniel[1],

and John Buckwalter are the executors; the wit-

nesses to the will are David Langenacker, Christian

Morey, and John Morey.

As witness to a bond on Daniel[1] Longenecker's

estate, dated October i2th, 1756, he wrote his name

David Langenacker.

Referring again to the will of said David, son of

Daniel[1], it contained a clause-that in the event

his son Jacob should die in his minority, Henry his

next eldest brother should take his share (Jacob


having died). Henry, a blacksmith, took his share

and conveyed 118 acres and 89 perches to his

brother David by deed dated May 28th, 1787

(Book 3, page 348, Montgomery County).

Letter translated from the German is here


Letter of Daniel Lengenacker, dated May 18th, 1738, as


"Dear and loved friends, and Cousin C. Clotz with our friendly

greeting to you and your loved wife and children, wishing and

hoping for you all, you and your friends, good health.

Our father-in-law and mother-in-law have both died, the

mother May 29th, 1735, and the father August 23rd, 1737.

Father has written to you several times, but never received an

answer. I don't know whether the letters have been correctly

addressed, or why you have not answered them. After the

death of our mother-in-law we received a letter from your hand

and with your signature dated May 24th, 1737, stating that we

owe you a sum of money amounting to 596 marks and 2 stubers

which debt was standing open in your father's estate against

our father-in-law and mother. I inform you that this is a great

mistake. When my father-in-law with his family moved from

Hamburg to Pennsylvania, your father bought his house, and

because your father would not make payment in full at that

time and our father had some debts, your father wanted him

to have his and our father's debts secured in the house-that he

would not be detained in moving, and that he would have time

to pay off the debts formerly of our father.

In this manner your father took the debts of our father on

him, and it was settled with the purchase money due my father

for the house. When my grandfather left Hamburg, your


father was not there, but he met him in Holland, where he had

a talk with him at Amsterdam, aud asked him for the notes he

had given for his former debts. Your father said his intention

was also to go to Pennsylvania, and be would deliver the notes

with receipts to my father; otherwise your father would have

had to pay my father-in-law the balance due on the house.

Your father died, and the notes have never been returned to my

father-in-law, as they should have.


Bobestown May 8th 1738

My Dear loved parents

Bobestown Pennsylvania America."

Whilst this letter shows that Daniel did not

immigrate direct from Switzerland, the tradition

amongst his descendants and those of Ulrich[1] is

that they were brothers, and prior to the period of

his purchase in Hamburg both were residents of


Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. II.,

page 402, recites as follows: "Land Office, April

7th, 1767, Philip Longacre, Jacob Longacre, and

John Longacre, and their sister's children of Caspar

Longacre, deceased, enters caveat to granting a

patent to Samuel Leaper, for a tract of land in

Hereford Township, Berks County, surveyed by

warrant to said Caspar." (This extract is inserted

so that the descendants of this branch may trace

their pedigree.)


Jacob was a revolutionary soldier under the

name of Jacob Longenacre. He was enrolled and

mustered with the militia in 1778, Captain Brown-

back's Company (Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series,

Vol. VI., pages 194, 197, 199, and 201).

Jacob Longenacre, Jr., his son, also served in the

same Company (pages 194, 197, and 201). His will,

executed in 1795 and probated in 1796, con-

tains a provision that in the event of another war,

and in case the lands devised to his son, Jacob,

should be damaged because of giving wood to the

army, the price should be decreased to compensate

for the injury done.

Jacob Longacre, Jr., a son of Daniel[1] (Vol. VI.,

pages 194, 322, 323, and 430), under Captain Jacob

Peterman, for year 1777, also for year 1778 (Vol.

V., p. 730).

John Wagenseller also, an ancestor of Peter

Wagenseller, who married Susanna Longaker, a

daughter of Jacob Longaker[2], also David Longen-

acre, son of Daniel[1] (Vol. V., p. 738).

It is deemed worthy of remark that some of the

descendants of Jacob (son. of Ulric) did military

service in. the War of 1812-14;. Henry and Joseph

Longaker, in Civil War; A. B. and Davis Long-

aker, brothers, sons of said Henry, and three of the

posterity of Susanna (nee Longaker) Wagenseller;


and in the Spanish-American War, Norris S. Long-

aker, only son of said A. B. and John U., a son of

said Davis.

Jacob Longacre, born October 15th, 1767, and

married to Catharine Zimmerman, in deed dated

-------, 1807, between him as grantee and

Daniel Longacre, grantor, is recited to be the son of

said Daniel; the ancestral pedigree is, Jacob[4],

Daniel[3], John[2], Daniel[1].

Extract from letter of Judge Pennypacker,1107

Girard Building, Philadelphia, dated October l0th,

1895, addressed to Judge Longaker:

"DEAR JUDGE: Matthias Pennypacker married Mary Maris,

widow of Christian Maris and daughter of David Longaker, April

19th,1796. They had one daughter, Sarah, whose portrait you will

find in the Biography of Heindrick Pannebecker. Where you will

also find set out in full the information concerning the Lang-

enecker preachers and the authority for it. You cannot get a

copy of the Biography, but there is one in Norristown belonging

to John A. Pennypacker, where, no doubt, you can see it. Sarah

Pennypacker left a large number of descendants, including the

Colkits, of Philadelphia, and the wife of Colonel J. C. Audenried.

She married William Walker."

Johannes Langenecker was chosen Mennonite

preacher at Schuylkill in 1772. David, his brother,

was a preacher there about 1750.

Jacob[2] (Ulrich[1]), having married the widow of

John, settled on the west side of the Schuylkill

about 1746, and at time of his death was pos-


sessed of about 400 acres at and in the vicinity

of Parker-Ford, and an undivided moiety of a farm

of 182 acres with his son, Jacob. By the marriage

with the widow of John, the children were two

sons, Jacob and Peter, and five daughters-

Salome, married Christian Bliem; Mary, married

Christian Wisler; Esther, married Henry Rhodes;

Magdalena, married Daniel Ruth (Root); Susanna,

married John Brower. The other sons of Ulrich[1],

David, John, Christian, and Ulric, Jr., settled in

Lancaster County, where many of their posterity

are living.

David, his eldest son, came to America, probably

as early as 1719. May 29th, 1729, Peter Beller

conveyed to him 250 acres of land situated in

Strasburg Township, Lancaster County (vide Deed

recorded July 23rd, 1770, Book 0, p. 264). By deed

dated May 23rd, 1759, recorded July 21st, 1770

(Book 0, p. 263), David Longenecker, Sr., con-

veyed to David Longenecker, Jr., 150 acres, in

Lampeter Township. His will, was filed in 1766,

and the deputy registrar, Edward Shippen, noted

on the record that it was written in "High Dutch,"

and could not be translated. It cannot be found at

this day amongst the records, but, at the time of

filing, letters testamentary were granted to Abraham

Longenecker, Jacob Witmer, and Jacob Hartman.


Same year inventory was filed. Upon a record in the

Orphans' Court under dates of 1784 and 1787, the

said executors were cited, etc., and the question

submitted for decision was whether or not David,

Jr., a son and devisee of the testator, should be

allowed interest on his distributive share. The

recital in deed of Abraham Longenecker and

Magdalena, his wife, sets forth that David, Jr., was

his brother (Book K K, pg. 387). Jerome Long-

enecker, M. D., 3409 Spring Garden Street, Phila-

delphia, says David was, in the early days of the

Province, a collector of taxes, and performed other

official duties about 1722 to 1730. There is every

reasonable probability that he was highly educated,

and that his will was written by himself. Research

at Strasburg and Lampeter, where some of his

posterity are living, would likely find the will, and

several other facts to supply any missing link in

the pedigree. Dr. Jerome has an iron seal ring,

used to attest writings by the European ancestor;

the copy was made from the original at Zurich,


It is contained as follows (in the will of said John,

of Rapho Township): Will dated August 14th,

1767, probated September 26th, 1767, naming

Elizabeth, the widow, and children, Jacob, the

eldest son; Christian, Henry, Peter, John, Ullery,


Daniel, Abraham, Anna, Mary, Elizabeth; executors,

his son, Christian, and Peter, his nephew; real estate,

three tracts, 66 3/4, 128, and 118 acres.

Abstract from will of one Christian, of Rapho

Township, dated June 19th, 1804, probated June

1st, 1808, to wit: Elizabeth, late wife of Michael

Huber (she being deceased), leaving children,

Barbara, Elizabeth, Christiana, Mary, and Michael,

they to take their mother's share; Abraham, Daniel,

Barbara, wife of Peter Hummer; Mary, wife of

David Ober; and Susanna, wife of Valentine Gensel.

Abstract from will of Christian Longenecker, of

Donegal Township, etc., dated March 14th, 1812,

and probated April 29th, 1814; testator names

his children, to wit: Christian, Ann, wife of

Abraham Gish; Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Hurst;

Barbara, wife of Samuel Bossler; Christian Longe-

necker and Abraham Gish are appointed executors.

Christian Longenecker, of Donegal, died intestate

about 1759; June 5th, 1759, his son, Peter, pre-

sented to the Orphans' Court, of Lancaster County,

petition for Commissioners to value his real estate,

etc., of about 500 acres, valued by said Commission-

ers at L780, and divided into seven shares, amongst

his children, Peter, Ann, wife of Peter Reist, Eliza-

beth, wife of John Reist, Christian, John, Maria, and



John Longenecker, of Rapho, nominates his

nephew, said Peter, one of the executors of his will;

and Ulric Longenecker nominates his nephew, said

Daniel, as one of the executors of his will.

Extract from letter of H. E. Longenecker,

Mount Joy, Lancaster County, Pa.:

"My great-grandfather was Christian; born 1738; died April

l6th, 1814, and is buried at Bossler's Meeting House, West

Donegal Township. My grandfather, Christian, was born May

5th, 1785 ; died June, 1855. He had four sous and five daughters.

His sons were Christian, Henry (my father), John. and David."

Said Ulrich, Jr., acquired land, to wit:




Patents: one dated Feb-

ruary 22nd, 1748, for 142

acres (Vol 14, page

157), the other for 37 1/4

acres (Patent Book A,

Vol. 14, page 307), all in

Rapho Township, Lan-

caster Co., Pa.

Ulrich Longenecker died leaving a will dated

l4th September, 1792, making bequest to his wife,

Veronica, and children, as follows: ("And all his

lands to his two youngest sons, Abraham and

Ulrich"), and reciting, "My eldest son, Peter, being

dead, I give to his son, Christian, three pounds . . .


the rest of my estate equally to John, Daniel, Eliza-

beth, Jacob, Veronica, Michael, Anna, Maria, Bar-

bara, Magdalena, Catharine, Abraham, Ulrich, and


He appointed his nephew, Daniel Longenecker,

of Donegal, and his own son, Daniel, executors.*

The foregoing abstracts are presented so that the

posterity who may desire to have an unbroken

pedigree of their colonial progenitor, Ulrich[1], may

have some data to complete their own genealogy,

and record it in the published book.

* His nephew was a son of Christian, an uncle of the testator.






DAVID W.[5] (Isaac[4], David[3], David[2], Daniel[1]).

David W. Longacre, Jeffersonville, born at Mingo,

October l0th, 1834; parents removed to Lower

Providence Township, 1835. Married Rebecca, a

daughter of Henry Allebach, and the name of her

mother was Esther Hunsicker, a daughter of Garret

Hunsicker; the children are: Isaac, eldest, born

March 11th, 1867; married, December 24th, 1889,

to Sarah Reiff. (They have children: Mary, born

March l9th, 1893; David R., born February 20th,

1894; Helen, born January 7th, 1896; died, May

20th, 1897; Florence, born May 24th, 1897.)

Henry A., second son, born August 30th, 1869;

David A., third son, born March 26th, 1872;

Esther, born December 30th, 1875; John, born

June 21st, 1878.

Father's name, Isaac, born February 20th, 1803;

died, July 8th, 1879; married Hannah Weiss,

October, 1831; children are said David W., Cath-

arine M., John B. Detwiler, Henry W., born De-



cember 8th, 1838; Isaac W., born January 6th,

1841; Daniel, born January 10th, 1843; Jacob,

born November 22nd, 1845; John, born October

28th, 1848; and Hannah, born April 7th, 1851;

died aged about seven weeks.

Grandfather, David, born at Mingo, December

25th, 1759: died, May 5th, 1826; married Debora

Ziegler, born July 4th, 1761; died, January 28th,

1826. Their children were: John, Christopher,

Barbara, David, Debora M., Michael Roudenbush,

Daniel, Elizabeth, Henry, Jacob, and Isaac.

Great-grandfather, David, residence Mingo, and

eldest son of Daniel[1] (for Biography and Genealogy

of said David and Daniel, his father, see Chapter

II). The genealogy of David W.[5], Isaac[4], David[3],

David[2], Daniel[1].




David W. Longacre always was a man of deep

convictions and sincere purposes, of life, and was

signally successful in whatever he undertook.

After leaving his father's farm in Lower Provi-

dence Township he taught school for two terms

and worked in a store for two years.


He has been a life-long Republican, but never

aspired to office higher than that of School Director,

to which he was elected for several terms.

In 1865, David W. married Helena Allebach,

and their domestic life has been one of remarkable


Like most of the Longacre family, their life has

been very unostentatious and unassuming. Ever

since their marriage they have lived on a farm near

Jeffersonville, and, by the exercise of good judg-

ment, tenacity of purpose, and hard work, have

made same fairly successful.

In religious convictions they are Mennonites,

and it is considered quite an exception to find their

places vacant in the church.

They always believed in making home a more

pleasant place for their children than the corner

grocery or places of a similar nature; and with this

end in view, the home was kept filled with good

books, magazines, periodicals, and various innocent

games. The result has fully justified the course


They have had five children born to them: Isaac,

Henry, David, Esther, and John, all of whom are


Isaac married Sarah Reiff, and is the father

of four children: Mary, David, Helen (deceased),


and Florence. He owns and operates a large farm

near Eagleville, Pa., formerly owned by his

maternal grandfather.

Henry is unmarried, and for five years was a

school teacher. For nearly six years he has been

employed by a large corporation in Philadelphia as

confidential clerk.

David, is unmarried, and for three years taught

school. For the immediately preceding five years

he has occupied the position of private secretary to

the president of a large corporation in Philadelphia.

Esther is unmarried, and is quietly and unostenta-

tiously assisting her mother in her household duties.

John, the youngest member of the family, after

leaving the farm, took a course in a business

college, and is now employed as clerk in a glass

manufacturing establishment, in Philadelphia.



Emmanuel Longacre[5], Trappe, Montgomery

County, born April 26th, 1839. Attended the

public schools and Freeland Seminary; taught

school four years, in Civil; War nine months,

in 109th Regiment, Company I, Pennsylvania

Volunteers; also Second Lieutenant 34th Regi-.


ment, Company C, Pennsylvania Militia; a

farmer, and member of St. Luke's Reformed

Church; married Caroline E. Force, January 7th,

1865, a daughter of Jacob V. and Elizabeth Ever-

hart Force. Children by this marriage: Elizabeth

F., Raymond F., Charles E., Walter F., George F.,

Hannah L., David F., and Daniel.

Father's name, Daniel, born November 29th,

1792; died, October 31st, 1864; married Hannah

Landis, born November 26th, 1805, daughter of

John and Mary Landis; died, March 19th, 1877.

Both were members of the Mennonite Meeting.

Paternal grandfather, David, who married Debora


Emanuel[5] (Daniel[4], David[3], David[2], Daniel[1]).




That I may be correctly placed and known in the

family of Longacre-Longaker-Longenecker, I will

note that my great-grandfather, David Longenecker

(now written Longacre by a portion of the family),

during the infancy and youth of my grandfather,

owned and occupied a farm on the east side of the

Schuylkill River, three miles above Phoenixville,


Pa. Here grandfather, Peter, was born, February

9th, 1770, who, in early manhood, located on a

farm one and a half miles east of Masontown, Fay-

ette County, Pa., and engaged in farming. Besides

a farmer, he was also a minister of the Gospel, of the

Mennonite faith.

Here Peter, my father, was born, August 7th,

1802. When about thirty-three years of age he

removed with his then small family to Ohio, loca-

ting on a farm a few miles north of Winesburg,

Holmes County, where his family of fourteen chil-

dren all lived to adult age. About the half chose

the way of their fathers, becoming farmers and far-

mers' wives, while the remainder chose professions.

As for my individual career, I may say, it was

many sided. In young manhood a teacher, later a

soldier, farmer, and banker.

Think I am permitted to say a very small portion

of my time has been wasted in idleness.

Among my earliest recollections are the longings

I felt for possession: of a jack-knife and gimlet.

After becoming the owner of those treasures, I

could make-so I felt-anything anyone else had


After visiting a menagerie, a sculptor suddenly

loomed up, and the animals, from the elephant to the

monkey, were carved out of bass-wood.


After hearing a pipe-organ for the first time, what

intense thought I devoted to planning how to con-

struct one myself, and after making some pipes out

of alder, I had, on account of the very frequent

demands made on me as a farmer's boy, to forego its


I took education as readily as the average boy,

at least. My opportunities were restricted to four

months a year in country district school and three

terms in academy.

My parents were great lovers of music. By force

of circumstances, reinforced by custom, their most

accessible instrument was the human voice, with

which they were well equipped, and of which they

made free use, as a consequence the children could

sing before they could walk and talk.

I am the least gifted of any in the family in this

art, yet there are constant demands on me by the

church and Sabbath school even at this day.

I am by nature an artisan with a little of the artist

mixed in. These being the trend of my inclinations,

my father planned for me the vocation of carpenter,

and when a young man I devoted six or eight

months to its practice.

From nineteen to twenty-three years of age I

taught common school during the winter months.

In 1862 enlisted in the 102nd Reg. 0. V. I., for


the suppression of the Rebellion. I served my time

ont I will note but a single incident of my army


While an inmate of a hospital at Athens, Ala.,

the garrison there was surprised and captured by

Gen. Forest I was on the second floor of the build-

ing; When the rebels entered the rooms of the

lower floor, my anxiety to evade capture became

intense, and, in my eagerness to escape, I chanced

to glance at a small open fireplace in the room,

immediately ran to it, made a hurried inspection,

and found I could support myself in the flue just

above the arch, so I entered it. The Johnnies, did

not find me, but I was compelled to remain in my

place of concealment twenty-six hours.

The sequel proved if I had been captured I should

never have returned home, as this episode was fol-

lowed by a very severe sickness.

Discharged from the army July, 1865 ; married in

September of same year; taught another term of

school, and the following spring began my fifteen

years' career of farm life, at which, being-fairly suc-

cessful, I found pleasure and enjoyment.

January 1st, 1881, I quit the farm as the tiller.

of its soil, but not of its possession, and in part-

nership with five others engaged in business as a

private bank, locating in Wilmot, of Stark County,


Ohio, seventeen miles from Canton, the county


I was elected cashier, which position I have held

ever since, now twenty-one years and over. The

cares and anxieties of the work often worried me,

and yet in a general way, notwithstanding its grave

responsibilities and duties, the vocation to me is a

pleasant one. When honestly and honorably con-

ducted there is no safer business than banking.

The year 1886 brought to my sad experience the

death of a wife. Of all bereavements, the taking

away of the companion, in the prime of life, must be

the severest.

To her were born a son and a daughter; the son

died in infancy; the daughter remains.

Ten years later I united in marriage with the

only daughter of the late P. Helmreich, of Canal

Dover, Ohio.


John[5] (Peter[4], Peter[3], David[2], Daniel[1]).

John Longenecker[5], Wilmot, Ohio, born 1839;

reared on farm; school teacher six years; three

years in the army during Civil War; farmer fifteen

years; banker eighteen years, and now president of

the bank; married Sevilla Freed, first wife, 1866,

who died 1886; married Augusta Helmrich, second


wife, 1896; children by first marriage: Lawrence

(now dead); daughter, Vinnie.

Father's name, Peter, residence in early life at

Masontown, Fayette County, Pa., now resides near

Winesburg, Holmes County, Ohio; in 1829 married

Elizabeth Shank, who was born 1807, in Rock-

ingham County, Va.; her grandfather, Adam, came

from Switzerland; her father was Henry; he was

a farmer, medium stature, brown hair and eyes,

straight nose with cleft at point, rather wide mouth;

of social disposition and even temperament; fond of

music, as are his children also. Sold farm in Fay-

ette County, Pa., in 1835, to cousin, Joseph L., and

removed to Holmes County, Ohio; had a family of

four sons and five daughters.

Paternal grandfather, Peter, born February 9th,

1770, in eastern Pennsylvania; removed to Fayette

County, Pa.; later went to Holmes County, Ohio;

in stature about five feet, eight inches; weight,

about 145 pounds; in youth brown hair and eyes;

married Elizabeth Naftsinger.

Great-grandfather, David, lived at Mingo, Pa.,

and was the eldest son of Daniel Longenecker the



ABSTRACT DIAGRAM - Prepared by John Longenecker, Wilmot, Ohio

[2]David Longenecker

[3]Peter Longenecker

[4]Magdalena Mast

[4]David Longenecker

[4]John Longenecker

[4]Levi Longenecker

[4]Peter Longenecker

[5]David R.Longenecker, Wakarusa, Indiana, retired farmer

[5]Frances Longenecker, died December 27, 1875, near Winesberg, Ohio

[5]Susan Sliffe, Shanesville, Ohio, on farm.

[5]Hannah Shutt, Peabody, Kansas, on farm.

[5]Lydia Grant, died at Osceola, Iowa, March 14, 1875.

[5]Mary Freed, died near Winesberg, Ohio, May, 1868.

[5]John Longenecker, Wilmot, Ohio, banking.

[5]William H. Longenecker, Lancaster, Ohio, railroading.

[5]Joseph Longenecker, near Peabody, Kansas, farming.

[5]Alpheus Longenecker, died at Wilmot, Ohio, May 29, 1886.

[5]Peter Longenecker, died near Winesberg, Ohio, January 24, 1879

[5]Absalom Longenecker, died near Winesgerg, Ohio, January 11, 1875

[5]Albert G. Longenecker, died near Winesberg, Ohio, April 24, 1877

[5]Jacob Longenecker, near West Berlin, Ohio, farmer.

[4]Elizabeth Strome

[4]Susan Moyer

[4]Joseph Longenecker

[4]Catherine Holzer

[3]David Longenecker, Montgomery Co., Pa.

[4]Jacob Longacre, of Schuykill Co., Pa.

[4]Isaac Longacre, of Montgomery Co., Pa.

[3]John Longenecker

[4]Jacob Longenecker, Westmoreland Co., Pa.

[4]Joseph Longenecker, Fayette Co., Pa.: son, Jacob, same place, farmer.

[4]David Longenecker, Lancaster, Pa.; son a merchant.

[3]Daniel Longenecker, Carroll Co., Ohio. Only offspring a daughter.





D. R. Longenecker, Wakarusa, Ind.

W. H. Longenecker, Lancaster, Pa.

Joseph Longenecker, Ebbing, Kan.

Jacob Longenecker, Delaware, Ohio

Susan Sliffe, Shanesville, Ohio.

Hannah Shutt, Peabody, Kan.

Zachariah Longenecker, Mishawaka, Ind.

Abraham Longenecker, Masontown, Pa.

David Longenecker, Masontown, Pa.

J. F. Lenz, Wilmot, Ohio.

William Moyer, Wilmot, Ohio.

Extract from letter of Rev. Noah Longenecker,

a Dunkard minister, Pierce, Ohio, in which he

says: "My grandfather was Daniel, who married a

Mock, Lancaster County, Pa.; thence, he moved to

Columbiana County, Ohio. Three of my grand-

father's brothers, Joseph, Daniel, and Samuel, were

Dunkard ministers; Daniel died in Pennsylvania;

Samuel, in the West."





In complying with the request for a sketch of

my life, I, after some consideration, prefer to make

it a little more than an outline.

Characteristics of our branch of the family of the

lineage I am proud of, but will do myself great

injustice without charitable criticism, and not out-

line for someone else to finish a better picture tor

the galaxy of posterity.

Jacob Longacre, whose parents were residents of

Montgomery County, Pa., was born October 15th,

1767; married at the age of twenty-eight, Catherine

Zimmerman. They had eight children, three sons

and five daughters. My father, Henry, next to the

youngest, born 1809, at the age of twenty-six,

married Elizabeth Reiff.

A carpenter by trade; carried on an extensive

business in carpentering, cabinet work, and agricul-

tural and farming implements, employing a large

force in his large shops and in building opera-

tions; died at the age of thirty-six. His exten-

sive operations and estate settled up at a disad-

vantage. My mother retained the home, a new


house just completed, and the twenty acres of land

attached. My mother was left with but little more

than the home to commence the struggle, to keep

together, as a mother only can, her five little

children, I the oldest, only nine years old; but,

thanks to a good and self-sacrificing mother, she

lived to see her five children grow up and fill places

of honor and trust. Two sons and a son-in-law

served with distinction in the army of the Rebellion,

the other two sons filling positions in a bank. All

members of church; three deacons in the Baptist

church. I attended school in the winter months,

working in the summer. My earliest experience

picking stones, kicking them loose from the frozen

ground, in the early spring. With the skin worn

off at the ends of my fingers, at twelve cents a day,

and boarding myself, and never happier than at

work or at school over difficult problems, or slated

for debate or spelling-bees. Accident by ax, sickle,

or broken limb not exempting, when out of service

in the field or wood, drawing, making wax and

paper flowers in my room.

With some taste for art, if not born an artist, my

flowers found patrons, and art in after years

diplomas and medals. When I was seventeen years

old I left home, my mother making the sacrifice of

my assistance she so much needed; no credit to


myself; but, boy like, I become infatuated with the

thought of a great artist and a great city, and

started in the stage-coach, with my little trunk, for

the city of Philadelphia, where a four years'

apprenticeship at wood engraving was arranged for

me. Soon getting the freedom of the office, there

were but few nights that did not find me studying

and drawing and doing such parts of work as the

journeymen and artists were glad to have me do at

small compensation.

On my mother's first visit to her boy, $10.00,

my first earnings from home, was her happy sur-

prise; purposing to express her appreciation she

started out to make a purchase, and had her pocket

picked, and left the city the following day a very

unhappy woman.

My employer died when I had served two years

of my apprenticeship. I took a year's engagement

in Cincinnati at engraving on wood, making draw-

ings on the blackboard in the evening for the

famous Dr. Wood and other members of the Ohio

Medical College Faculty.

The publishing firm where I was employed failed,

and, earning my way back to Philadelphia, I went

to New York, and worked on Harper Brothers' and

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Publications.

At twenty-one years of age I contracted with an


illustrated paper, and made frequent visits to my

mother in Montgomery County, Pa. Camden,

N. J., was an interesting stopping-place en route,

both ways. At the same time building oper-

ations were going on in Brooklyn, N. Y., on a lot

25 x 200. A defective title stopped things there,

and in the following spring it looked as if a

cyclone had struck it; hopes and prospects of home

and happiness were crushed, followed by litigation

and the loss of the earnings of two years' hard


At twenty-two years of age was married to Miss

Mary A. Goodwin. With the aid of a mortgage, fur-

nished and moved into our new house and home, on

Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y., being then estab-

lished in business in New York City. In business

about four years when the War of the Rebellion broke

out. I closed my place of business, left New York

with the Signal Corps, leaving my home and dear

wife and two little boys; sailed out of New York

harbor on the Belle Wood, a large sailing vessel,

with troops for New Orleans, La. Stationed at

Baton Rouge, La., was appointed military store-

keeper, and held the position during the war, issu-

ing all the stores to the army during the siege of

Port Hudson, excepting ammunition, commissary

stores, and hospital medicines; winning for myself


the honored epithet, "Longacre has made nothing

out of it. It is not because he is too honest, but

too -- dumb."

My wife, selling her little home in Brooklyn,

joined me at Baton Rouge, with our three little

children-the little girl I had never seen. The

climate not agreeing with my wife, we returned to

Philadelphia. I worked a few months at engrav-

ing, then went into business, but soon took in a

partner, with capital, the first to combine engrav-

ing, printing, and lithographing, in this country,

under one management. But several, changes of

partners brought no end of trouble and embarrass-

ment, the managing and my own work as the

engraver meant hard work: on three occasions left

worse off than when I started; once, with a debt

and obligations of the firm to meet. Energy, per-

severence, the merit of my work as an engraver,

and advertising, had their effect. An advertiser

was awarded a cash premium for a large float in

the bi-centennial parade in Philadelphia, illustrat-

ing the century's progress of the three branches of

business. Over twenty employees on the float

in the engraving, lithographing, and printing de-

partments, and up-to-date office, with telephone,

typewriter, rolling desk, etc. One of many post-

ers: "I don't want people to think my husband


is such an ugly old man; Mrs. ---- said she saw

my husband's picture posted up all over, looking at

a horrible big bug through his eyeglass."

My last and fourth partnership experience was

the result of a deep-laid scheme between my part-

ners and another firm, to unite our combined

establishments; my partner selling out the busi-

ness of Longacre & Co.; having first transferred

his attachable property, I going out with nothing

but my little kit of engraving tools, with an in-

valid wife and five little children to support. I had

no time, or the heart, or the means to institute

criminal proceedings; but retribution followed

them; though wealthy, my partner's son, a few

years after, paying his father's board in a cheap

boarding house, his accomplice, two years after,

failing, taking a position as a compositor at $16.00

per week. Through the solicitation of my patrons,

with proffered capital that I might continue to do

their engraving, printing, and lithographing, I

started again, southwest corner Seventh and Market

Streets (my office, being the room Thomas Jefferson

occupied and in which he drafted the Declaration

of Independence, was open for visitors during the

Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia), with bor-

rowed capital and no partners.

During the first year, my six-year old boy was


drowned; my wife died, and a fire, starting in an-

other part of the building, burned me out, with no

insurance, the policy lapsing a few days before, not

renewed through a clerk's having taken sick.

With unflinching courage I rented temporarily

a large room near-by. It was suggested to start

under a new name, encumbered as I was, but the

new sign went up, LONGACRE CO. Six months

after, I sent the auctioneer to my beautiful, fur-

nished little home in Camden, N. J., and at night,

after the sale, took my four children, one only a

year old, to a hotel in Philadelphia, over night.

Three years after, I married my second wife,

Miss Mary J. Vanderbilt; moved into our new house

in Tacony, and, established in a flourishing busi-

ness, six years later out of debt.

Against better judgment and aversion to an in-

ventor's life, I had for years struggled against, I

yielded to outside pressure, took out nine patents

and filed several caveats, spending three years of

perplexity and study as known only to inventors.

Forming a stock company in New York, some of

my patents, the basil and concrete principles of one

of the best and most popular cash registers now on

the market, I (an inventor's progeny) had nothing

but worthless stock and the little home in Tacony.

About this time, eleven years after our marriage,


my second dear, good wife died, leaving me two

little girls, one a year old.

One of my sons, starting in the publishing busi-

ness, I traveled for him two years, giving him a

start. I then took up art, sketching principally

large manufacturing plants, making some pictures

as large as 80 x 40 inches, supporting myself and

little girls and youngest son, four years at the

plumbing trade, wearing out on the field, instead

of rusting out at home, homeless and companion-

less. Wearing so well I married, June 5th, 1901,

Miss Regina V. Noll, youngest daughter of Michael

Noll, of Pfouts Valley, Perry County, Pa., at her

beautiful home, known as Pine Grove Farm, now

the home of my two daughters and myself, where

the latch-string is always out.

Proud of the honor to be re-elected on the com-

mittee of the Longacre-Longaker-Longecker-

Longenecker Re-union, sorry I had to send my re-

grets to the Re-union at Sanatoga, instead of repeat-

ing the pleasure of the three years before at Ring-

ing Rocks, at Pottstown, Pa.


In compliance with the request to add to my

biography my boyhood days, I will give a short



Religiously inclined, remember my going to church

and Sunday school, on crutches, when very small,

and an Episcopal prayer book is one of my most

prized treasures. Yet the dear Lord did not take

me out of this world, as the good boy of the library

book, but if not to amass great wealth, or what

some term success in life, I trust I lived to make

some happier and many to feel the touch of some-

thing infinitely better.

Had the moral courage when but a small boy

to take the jeers and scoffs for not joining the boys'

rabble and nightly rendezvous. Naturally a

coward, though braving the right and stood by it,

and in my place when and where duty called.

Great account was made of the annual public

school exhibition. It had become known that one

in dialogues and recitations on the present occasion

had met with a serious accident. When I came on

the stage, bandaged and arm in a sling, felt proud of

the cheers I received, and taking my parts, suffering

intense pain.

My first debate was on the side of temperance,

subject being, "Which is the greater evil, war or

intemperence?" Temperate in my habits, never

using liquor nor tobacco, and spared the evil of wild-

oats sowing and its results. Exercises, water and

diet still my three consulted physicians.


Tender in sympathy, going to the Skippack

hills over a mile away to look up a lost sheep,

rescuing it from the thicket, bringing it home

in the dark night

Happy when busy. Few intervals of idleness.

Studious; always ready for the contest in examin-

ations, spelling-bee, or debate. Conscientious, never

took advantage of the limited means of my good

mother's kindness; in the evening, singing school

or geography class (singing from large maps).

Playing truant but once, with another boy went

into the woods, covered ourselves up with leaves.

The day was too long to ever repeat it.

I could be guilty of mean things, for what could

be meaner than a boy to trick a little sister? and

good reasons to remember my trick. Loosening

the alternate pickets on a fence bordering a pond,

bantering to follow, it was not long before a

treacherous picket was struck, a splash, a scream,

and a half-drowned little girl fished out of the

water, but I guess she has forgiven, if not forgotten,

as she thinks everything of her brother.

Patient, bred if not born, now, if not then, a

prided virtue, owing to the fit of anger being

nipped in the bud by a vigilant mother and a vigor-

ous switch, all on account of hogs. Blessed be the

name in this particular case. Our hogs were kept


shut up, and when they on this occasion broke out

of their pen they were simply hoggish in their

wild escapade through high grass, young corn, and

ripening grain. Getting them back to the place

they got out, the opening ten times larger; for the

third or fourth time their noses to the opening, with

a "euch-euch," and off again tearing through the

fields. I just lay down and rolled over and over,

saying some naughty words, mixed up enough

to make a clown laugh, but my mother appearing

at a window didn't "Matthias, when you get

those hogs in, come into the house and bring a good

switch along." Then I wished the hogs would

never go in. I believe that was the first time, and

I know it was the last time I ever uttered if even

thought a profane word.

One of the unhappiest of my boyhood days was

the one that I spoiled all the pleasure that had been

the talk and the counting of months and days by

sister and brothers; on good behavior for months.

It was to be a happy Christmas, ginger cakes,

molasses candy, and nuts. It was a cold winter

day when I went jubilantly across the fields to

Evansburg with the molasses jug, and returned

with the handle. The top rail of the fence being

icy, I gathered myself up from the hard, frozen

ground, but not the molasses, the happy little


quartette of sister and brothers in their eagerness

coming to meet me. It was a solemn, sad pro-

cession back, but philosophizing, "Better luck, and

if I wouldn't be more careful next Christmas!"

So went my boyhood days, too busy for very

much mischief. I grew; so did work. Always a

great treat to get off to do chores for neighbors.

Not a few errands of mercy for my mother, whose

kindness reached somebody every churning day

and butchering day.

Often riding the Baptist minister's old gray in the

cultivator when my short legs hardly reached across

the horse's back. Stone picking; the champion

corn dropper in the county; still wearing marks

of the brush chopping; still suffering the effects of

too early use of my broken arm.

When confined to the house by sickness, or acci-

dent, drawing, painting, making artificiaL flowers,

or doing fancy needle work.

The little twenty-acre farm meant something

with ten or twelve cows, two horses, and other

stock. Early and late in winter school days, often

before daylight, frosty mornings, in bare feet

through frost-covered grass and, iced stubble, to

bring the cows in. Warming the feet where a cow

had just lain. One pair of cowhide shoes a year

did not always reach.


But it was not all work and no play, so Jack did

not grow a dull boy, or Metthias either. Vendues

and holidays brought the boys together for a good

time. Especially Easter, and, if extra good, the

menagerie in its yearly circuit to Norristown.

Happier boys there could not be; starting off on a

seven-mile walk to the show with twenty-five cents

for admission and ten cents for spending money.

When sixteen years old, I was an applicant for a

position in the country store. A rival on many a

contest at school had the advantage of speaking

German. The free and unguarded cash drawer

was too much of a temptation, and he was sent to

the penitentiary.

Time's never ceasing shuttle wove the impression

into the warp and woof of my life until it reached

an inventor's misfortune. At seventeen left my

country home for Philadelphia to learn the art of

wood engraving. Not without a country boy's

city experience with its associations and tempta-

tions, but I had come from a good home training,

and with a mother's prayers.

A dozen apprentice boys the first encounter.

The introduction to a company of boys on the

street, the second. Having neither time nor dis-

position for corner lounging, I got their dis-

pleasure, and they went for my country presump-


tion. Country muscle and the science of the gym-

nast, already acquired at the office, not least the

gloves (at the expense of some few knock-downs),

the boys, for some reason best known to themselves,

seemed to encourage the plucky country boy, but

served me a good purpose on my first and last fist-

fight If not securing their good feeling, I was

respected ever after.

A company of boys from the Sunday school

class were my tried associates, the few even-

ings I could spare from my studies and work

from the office. Some of them playing musical

instruments, we met at parents' homes. Some of

them had sisters who played the piano, and, with

music and such games that were allowed at the

several homes, they were pleasant evenings. Then

came the club-room with iron-clad rules, resolutions

and by-laws, long and blue. Music, reading, and

such games as were played at the homes, the club-

room grew attractive; sisters disappointed, parents


One night in the card game, Seven's Up, some

one proposed a small ante. I threw down my

hand of cards, said "Good-night, boys," and I have

never cut a pack of cards since. Converted and-

united with the Baptist Church at the age of



I hope there has been a thread of moral running

through this chapter. If so, and a benefit as well

as interest to anyone, I am glad I have given the


Yours truly,


Longacre, Matthias Reiff; residence, Philadel-

phia, Pa.; born, Montgomery County, Pa., June

6th, 1836; height, 5 feet 10 inches; weight, 160

pounds. Wife, Mary J. Goodwin; born, April

14th, 1837; died, August 6th, 1879. Ancestry,

Scotch and English. Married, June 8th, 1858.

Children: Matthias R., Jr., born, April 1st, 1859;

children, four (one deceased). Harry B., born Jan-

uary 14th, 1861; children, three (one deceased).

Mary I., born August 21st, 1863; children, five

(two deceased.) Willie, born July l0th, 1867;

died, July 3rd, 1874. Elizabeth, born September

4th, 1869; died, July 5th, 1870. Albert B., born

January 7th, 1878.

Married, second time, August 31st, 1882, to Mary

J. Vanderbilt; born in the State of New York, June

8th, 1846; died, August 25th, 1893. Children:

Edith Vanderbilt Longacre, born May 21st, 1887.

Mabel Longacre, born January 11th, 1892. Mar-

ried third wife, Miss Regina V. Noll, June 5th, 1901.


Father, Henry Longacre; residence, Montgom-

ery County, Pa.; born, April 1st, 1809, Mont-

gomery County, Pa.; died, October 28th, 1845,

Montgomery County, Pa.; height, 5 feet 10 inches;

weight, medium; features, regular; hair, dark.

Wife, Elizabeth Rein. Children, seven: Margaret

(deceased), Matthias R., Thomas P., Jacob (de-

ceased), Ann Dora, David B., Henry D.

Paternal grandfather, Jacob Longacre; residence,

Montgomery County, Pa.; born, October 15th, 1767;

died, April 15th, 1845, in Montgomery County,

Pa.; height, medium. Seven children: Mary E.,

married S. Kurtz; Abraham, married. Ruth Jones;

Rachel, married Isaac Kurtz; Juliann, married

Thomas Fulton; Debora, married Thomas Walker;

Henry, married Elizabeth Reiff; Catherine, married

David Rosenberger.

Wife's name, Catherine Zimmerman; married,

May 7th, 1795; born, April 20th, 1770; died, Feb-

ruary 10th, 1840.

Said Henry born, April 1st, 1809; married Eliz-

abeth Reiff, March 12th, 1835 (Rev. Joseph Re-

nard, Philadelphia, officiating); died, October 28th,

1845. Wife born, July 16th, 1817; died, Septem-

ber 15th, 1878. .

Juliann (fourth child, of Jacob Longacre and

Catharine Zimmerman), born, December 10th


1803; died, October 29th, 1876; married Thomas

Fulton, November 13th, 1828. Issue, seven chil-

dren: Sarah Ann, married -- Gallagher; issue,

Maggie, Thomas, Mary. Catharine, married --

Helffinger. Mary is deceased. Henry, fourth child,

married ----; issue, Charles G., Emily A.,

Thomas, Alfred R. Elizabeth married Jacob

Auchey; issue, Ruth Annie, William Henry,

Samuel C., Cora Emily, John Warren. Rachael

Bixley, fourth child, married -- ----; issue,

Blanche, J. Albert, Amy C, Kenneth.






Christian B. Longenecker, the first son of my

grandfather, was born November 20th, 1805, and

died February 23rd, 1895, aged eighty-nine years,

three months, three days; married to Elizabeth

Berks. He was a farmer in Lancaster County, Pa.

They had one daughter named Fannie. She was

married to J. W. Heisey, a farmer, in Lancaster


County. They had seven children: Simon Win-

field, Lizzie, Edwin, Harry, Samuel, Mary, and


Second child of grandfather, named Rachel, born

November 28th, 1806; died, 1813.

Third child of grandfather, named Annie, born

February 23rd, 1808; died, August 21st, 1894, aged

eighty-six years, five months, twenty-eight days;

married to David Miller, born 1805; died July 16th,

1889, aged eighty-three years, eleven months, thir-

teen days. They had fourteen children, and at the

time of mother's death had eighty-one grandchil-

dren and forty-one great-grandchildren. They

were farmers in Lancaster County.

Names of the children of David Miller: Elizabeth,

born March 15th, 1829; Fannie, born August 18th,

1830; Annie, born November 25th, 1831; Chris-

tian, born February 20th, 1833; David, born July

16th, 1834; John, born May 20th, 1836; Henry,

born March 22nd, 1838; Barbara, born May 16th,

1839; Mary, born November 13th, 1840; Leah,

born March 14th, 1842; Abraham, born January

23rd, 1844; Martin, born August 6th, 1846; Martha,

born November 2nd, 1849; Samuel, born March

14th, 1852.

First child of David Miller, Elizabeth, married

to Abraham Martin. They had two children,


David and Fannie. Fannie died single. David

married Esther Shopp, having three children,

Alvin, Elizabeth, and Annie.

Second child of David Miller, Fannie, married

Henry Metzger. They had five children: David,

Annie, Amanda, Joseph, and Emma.

Third child of David Miller, Annie, unmarried.

Fourth child of David Miller, Christian, married

Nancy Heisey; issue, Henry and Lizzie. Henry

died young, and Lizzie is single; first wife died;

second wife, Mary Ginder, no children.

Fifth child of David Miller, named David, mar-

ried Frances Garber; issue, two children, John and

Frances. Frances died, aged six months, two days.

John married Fannie Heistand; have no child-


First wife of David Miller died March 1st, 1861.

Second wife, Leah Nissley; issue, five children.

Anna, born June 14th, 1863; Barbara, born August

29th, 1864; Mary, born March 23rd, 1867; Milton,

born March 1st, 1874; Elizabeth, born May l0th,

1877. Barbara married Amos Stauffer; issue,

four children, Norman, Bertha, Mary, and Leah.

Mary married Harry Miller. Milton married Mary

Hostetter, having no children. Elizabeth, single.

Sixth child of David Miller, named John, died



Seventh child of David Miller, named Henry,

married Lizzie Erb; issue, nine children, Daniel,

Anna, David, Simon, Henry, Benjamin, Amos,

Ezra, Lizzie. Daniel married to Frances Snyder;

issue, four children; Anna married Levi Ebersole;

issue, three children; Henry married Lizzie New-

comer; issue, one child; Benjamin married Annie

Weaver, living in Kansas, one child; Amos, single;

David, Simon, Ezra, and Lizzie, died young.

Eighth child of David Miller, Barbara, married

to John Erb, a minister in the old Mennonite

Church; issue, thirteen children, Mary, Annie, Bar-

bara, Ellie, Amanda, Susan, Fannie, Lizzie, Alice,

Samuel, John, Emma, David. Mary married

Frank Nissley; Annie married Abraham Lutz;

Barbara, single; Ellie married Benjamin Brubaker;

issue, Amanda and Nye; Alice married Ephraim

Sharer; Susan, Fannie, Lizzie, Samuel, John,

Amanda, and David, single.

Ninth child of David Miller, named Mary,

married Andrew Stoner; issue, nine children,

Lizzie, Annie, Fannie, Mary, Martha, Emma,

Albert, Leah, Dora. Lizzie married Samuel

Frowers; Annie married Samuel Eshleman; Emma

married Joseph Shoop; Albert married Mary



Tenth child of David Miller, named Leah,

married Jacob Erb, living in Kansas, a deacon in

the old Mennonite Church; issue, five children,

Tilman, Annie, Mary, Susan, Jacob. Tilman, re-

siding in Kansas, a Bishop in the old Mennonite

Church, married Lizzie Hess; issue, five children.

Annie married Christian Reiff; issue, three chil-

dren (names not given); Mary married Jones Eby;

issue, two children; Susan, single; Jacob, died


Eleventh child of David Miller, Abraham,

married Mary Grammes; no children.

Twelfth child of David Miller, Martin, married

Lizzie Connelley; issue, three children, Phares,

Lizzie, and Jacob. Phares married Emma Kray-

bill; issue, two children. Lizzie married Mr.

Albright; Jacob married Lillie Demmy. Martin

Miller's first wife died; now married to Lizzie

Zimmerman; issue, ten children, Samuel, David,

Martin, Ira, Levi, Reuben, Annie, Lizzie, Benja-

min, Frances.

Thirteenth child of David Miller, named Martha,

married Amos Zimmerman; issue, two children,

Ellie and Nathaniel.

Fourteenth child of David Miller, named Samuel,

married Annie Risser; issue, ten children, Edwin,


Jacob, Samuel, Emery, David, Lizzie, Annie, Ada,

Mary, and Elmer.

Fourth child of grandfather, named Mary, was

born September 16th, 1809, and died in the year


Fifth child of grandfather, named Elizabeth,

born July l3th, 1811; married John Horst, a

farmer, residing in Dauphin County, Pa.; issue,

nine children, Fannie, Catharine, Mary, Annie,

Lizzie, Leah, Jacob, Adaline, Ellen.

First child of John Horst, named Fannie, married

Samuel Rupp; issue, three children.

Second child of John Horst, Catharine, married

Jacob Nissley; issue, six children.

Third child of John Horst, named Mary, married

Martin Nissley; issue, six children.

Fourth child of John Horst, named Jacob, married

Lizzie Hammacker, having ten children (names not


Fifth child of John Horst, named Adaline,

married Daniel Metz, having no children.

Sixth child of John Horst, named Ellen, un-


Sixth child of grandfather, named Fanny, was

born November 22nd, 1812; died, November 29th,

1888, aged seventy-six years and seven days. Mar-

ried John Ebersole, a. farmer, in Lancaster County.


They were blessed with nine children: Barbara,

Levi, Fanny, Anna, David, Christian, Lizzie, Abra-

ham, John.

First child of John and Fanny Ebersole, named

Barbara, married to Abraham Rutt, were blessed

with seven children, Ellen, Edwin, Fannie, Bar-

bara, Abraham, and two died young. First child,

Ellen, married Martin Metzger, having two chil-

dren; second child, Edwin, married Lizzie Gruber,

having no children; third child, named Fanny,

married Michael Mumma, having one child, named

Milliard; fifth child, named Abraham, a school

teacher, married Lizzie Fink, having no child-


Second child of John and Fanny Ebersole, Levi,

born July 26th, 1840, a minister of the Gospel in

the old Mennonite Church, married to Mary Risser.

Blessed with six children, Tilman, Amos, Emma,

Fannie, Martin, and John. First child, Tilman,

died young; second child, Amos, married Clara

Wissler; issue, four children; third child, Emma,

married Edison Martin; fourth child, Fanny,

married Joseph Nissley; issue, two children; fifth

child, Martin, married Lizzie Risser; issue, one

child; sixth child, John, died single.

Third child of John and Fanny Ebersole, Fanny,

born December l7th, 1841, married Martin Rutt,


a minister of the Gospel in the old Mennonite

Church; ordained to the ministry of the Word in

1771, and ordained Bishop in 1880, having charge

of the following meeting-houses: Basslers, Goods,

Rissers, Stauffers, Stricklers, Shopps. Blessed with

five children, Amanda, Lizzie, Alice, Gabriel,

Martin. First child, Amanda, married John L.

Garber; blessed with two children, Mary and Ezra;

second child, Lizzie, married Tilman Kraybill;

blessed with seven children, namely, Alice, Fanny,

Cora, Martin, Gerty, Mary, John; third child, Alice,

married Henry Erb; blessed with two children,

namely, Mary and Amos; fourth child, Gabriel

(a school teacher), married Amanda Nissley;

blessed with three children, Ada, Alvin and Walter;

fifth child, Martin, married Suie Hess; issue, one

child, which is dead.

Fourth child of John and Fanny Ebersole, Anna,

married Abraham Risser; issue, two children,

Elias and Amanda. Elias married Rosy Gingrich;

Amanda married Seth Brubaker; issue, five chil-

dren; her first husband, died; her second, husband

is John Snyder.

Fifth child of John and Fanny Ebersole, David,

married Maria Brubaker, now living in Freeport,

Ill.; issue, four children, Ella, Annie, Cora, and

Fanny. Ella married Arthur Ritzman.


Sixth child of John and Fanny Ebersole, Chris-

tian, born October 26th, 1846; died, single.

Seventh child of John and Fanny Ebersole, Liz-

zie, married Martin Mumma; issue, three children,

Annie, Martin, and Mary.

Eighth child of John and Fanny Ebersole,

Abraham, born December 20th, 1853; died sin-


Ninth child of John and Fanny Ebersole, John,

died in infancy.

Seventh child of grandfather, named Barbara;

born March 8th, 1815; died, February 19th, 1898,

aged eighty-two years, eleven months, one day;

married Harry Hilsher, a farmer; issue, two chil-

dren, Ayres and Van Buren. Ayres born Septem-

ber 21st, 1849; died single. Van Buren born

January 1st, 1855; married Sarah Hunsperger;

issue, three children, Henry, Stella, and Van


Eighth child of grandfather, John, born July

13th, 1817; died September 12th, 1898, aged

eighty-one years, two months, twenty-one days;

married Nancy Garber. They were farmers. He

was a deacon in the old Mennonite Church. Blessed

with seven children, Fanny, John, Levi, Christian,

Kate, Annie, and Lizzie.

First child, Fannie, died single. Second child


of John and Nancy Longenecker, named John,

married Barbara Brubaker; a farmer, living in

Jackson County, Kan.; issue, thirteen children,

Irvin, Annie, Emma, Maria, Lizzie, Christian,

John, Levi, Katie, Laura, Mary, Fannie, Alda.

Christian and Laura are dead. Annie married

George Decker; issue, two children, Albert and


Third child of John and Nancy Longenecker,

Levi, married Annie N. Risser; issue, three chil-

dren, Elmer, Ira, and Henry. Elmer married

Emma E. Snyder; issue, two children, Levi and


Fourth child of John and Nancy Longenecker,

Christian, married Lavina Bender; issue, seven

children, Dora, Annie, Phares, Ada, Elem, Mary,

and J. Bender.

Fifth child of John and Nancy Longenecker,

Kate, married Jacob Rutt; issue, ten children,

John, Harry, Annie, Ida, Albert, Alice, Jacob,

Christian, Norman, Mary. Harry and Christian

are dead.

Sixth child of John and Nancy Longenecker,

Annie, married Levi Kraybill; issue, four children,

Emma, Lizzie, Mary, and Ruth. Emma married

Phares Miller; issue, two children, Arthur and


Ruth; Mary married Albert M. Stoner; issue, one

child, Edgar.

Seventh child of John and Nancy Longenecker,

Lizzie, married Elem Hirsh; issue, six children,

John Harrison, Walter, Annie, Mary, Lottie, and


Ninth child of grandfather. Henry, born Decem-

ber 19th, 1818, and died March 22nd, 1870, aged

fifty-one years, three months, three days. Married

Elizabeth Ebersole; a farmer; issue, eleven chil-

dren, Esther, Christian, Fannie, David, Henry,

Samuel, Lizzie, Annie, John, Amanda, and


First child of Henry and Elizabeth Longenecker,

Esther, married Henry E. Landis; issue, six chil-

dren, Annie, Jonas, Mary, Lizzie, Alice, and Emma.

Annie married Elias Risser, having no children;

Jonas married Annie Witmer; issue, one child,

Lizzie; Mary married John Ebersole, having one

child, Esther; another child, Emma, is dead.

Second child of Henry and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, Christian, married Mary Hernley; issue,

two children, Amelia and Ephraim. Amelia mar-

ried Clinton Sharer; issue, four children, Edna,

Della, Ervin, Elmer. Ephraim married Ella Bru-

baker; issue, two children, Ada and Eva.


Third child of Henry and Elizabeth Longenecker,

Fannie, married John Burkholder; issue, four chil-

dren, Henry, Ida, Ephraim, and Lizzie.

Fourth child of Henry and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, David, married Barbara Lehman; issue,

four children, Lizzie, Katie, Henry, and Benjamin.

Fifth child, Henry E. Longenecker, a minister of

the Gospel.

Sixth child of Henry and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, Samuel, married Susan Lehman; issue,

seven children, Annie, Daniel, Harry, Lizzie, Susan,

Samuel, and Sadie. Annie married Alien Gantz;

issue, one child, Anna Caroline.

Seventh child of Henry and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, Lizzie, single.

Eighth child of Henry and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, Annie, married Jacob Landis; issue, three

children, Mary, Lizzie, and Henry.

Ninth child of Henry and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, John, married Lizzie Hershey; issue,

seven children, Albert, Hershey, Mary, Martin,

Roy, Ivin, and Harvey. Ivin is dead.

Tenth child of Henry and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, Amanda, single.

Eleventh child of Henry, and Elizabeth Long-

enecker, Abraham, married Lizzie Ebersole, having

no children.


Tenth child of grandfather, Mary, born July 5th,

1821; married Martin Nissley; issue, four chil-

dren, Jacob, Christian, John, and Annie.

Eleventh child of grandfather, David, born May

31st, 1823; died young.

Twelfth child of grandfather, Abraham, born

July 31st, 1825; died young.

Thirteenth child of grandfather, David, born

September 6th, 1830; died April 11th, 1895; not

married; was a school teacher.

Fourteenth child of grandfather, Levi, born Oc-

tober 24th, 1835; died young.

Longenecker, Henry E., of Salunga, Lancaster

County, Pa., was born in West Donegal Township,

Lancaster County, Pa., April 9th, 1853. Minister

of the Gospel in the old Mennonite Church; or-

dained February 19th, 1880, having charge of a

church at Chestnut Hill, West Hempfield Town-

ship, Lancaster County, Pa. Married, January

14th, 1875, Catharine H. Bomberger (born January

26th, 1851). They have no children.

The father of Henry E. Longenecker was Henry

B. Longenecker; born December 19th, 1818, at

Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pa.; died

March 22nd, 1870, at Conoy Township, Lancaster

County, Pa. He was a farmer, little of stature,

and died by the fall of a tree. He had eleven chil-


dren, six sons and five daughters, all living at the

time of his death, the youngest over thirty years of

age: Esther, Christian, Fannie, David, Henry,

Samuel, Elizabeth, Annie, John, Amanda, Abra-

ham. Henry B. Longenecker married, May 23rd,

1844, Elizabeth Ebersole, who died January 7th,

1896. She was the daughter of David Ebersole, a

farmer, in Conoy Township, Lancaster County,

Pa., a deacon in the old Mennonite Church at

Good's Meeting-house, in Conoy Township.

The grandfather of Henry E. Longenecker was

Christian Longenecker; born in Lancaster County,

Pa., May 5th, 1785; died in West Donegal Town-

ship, Lancaster County, Pa., July 31st, 1855. He

was little of stature, and a farmer. Married Fannie

Brenamen (born May 22rd, 1789; died October 5th,

1868). They had fourteen children, seven sons and

seven daughters, five of whom died before they

were grown up. The names of the children were

Christian, Rachel, Annie, Mary, Elizabeth, Fannie,

Barbara, John, Henry, Mary, David, Abraham,

David, and Levi. They had two named. David and

two Mary; after the first died they gave others the

same names.

The great-grandfather of Henry E. Longenecker

was Christian Longenecker; born March 16th,

1738, in Lancaster County, Pa.; died April 16th,


1814, in Lancaster County. It is supposed that he

was born in this county, because his father was in

this county, and he himself is buried there, with

his wife, at Bassler's Meeting-house, in West Don-

egal Township.

The great-great-grandfather of Henry E. Long-

enecker was Melchior Longenecker, who died in

Lancaster County, Pa.


Longenecker, Henry E.; residence, Salunga, Lan-

caster County, Pa.; born, Donegal Township,

Lancaster County, Pa., April 9th, 1853. A minis-

ter of the Gospel in the old Mennonite Church;

ordained February 19th, 1880, having charge of a

church at Chestnut Hill, West Hempfield Town-

ship, Lancaster County, Pa. Married, January

14th, 1875, Catharine H. Bomberger (born January

26th, 1851). No children.

Father's name, Henry B. Longenecker; resi-

dence, Conoy Township, Lancaster County, Pa.;

born, Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pa.,

December 19th, 1818; died March 22nd, 1870, at

Conoy Township, Lancaster County, Pa. He was

little of stature. He was a farmer; died by the

fall of a tree. Had eleven children, six sons and

five daughters, all living, the youngest over thirty


years of age: Esther, Christian, Fannie, David,

Henry, Samuel, Elizabeth, Annie, John, Amanda,

Abraham. Married, May 23rd, 1844, Elizabeth

Ebersole, who died January 7th, 1896. The father

of Elizabeth Ebersole, David Ebersole, was a

farmer, in Conoy Township, Lancaster County, Pa.

He was a deacon in the old. Mennonite Church, at

Good's Meeting-house, in Conoy Township.

Paternal grandfather, Christian Longenecker;

residence, Lancaster County, Pa.; born, Lancaster

County, Pa., May 5th, 1785; died July 31st, 1855,

at West Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pa.

He was little of stature; was a farmer. Married

Fannie Brenamen (born May 22nd, 1789; died Octo-

ber 5th, 1868). They were the parents of fourteen

children, seven sons and seven daughters; five of

them died before they were grown up. Children:

Christian, Rachel, Annie, Mary, Elizabeth, Fannie,

Barbara, John, Henry, Mary, David, Abraham,

David, and Levi. They had two named David

and two Mary. After the first died they later

gave the others the same names.

Great-grandfather, Christian Longenecker; resi-

dence, Lancaster County, Pa.; born, Lancaster

County, Pa., March 16th, 1738; died, Lancaster

County, Pa., April 16th, 1814. It is supposed that

he was born in Lancaster Countv, because his father


was in this county, and he himself died and is

buried in this county. I was at his and his wife's

graves, at Bassler's Meeting-house, in West Donegal

Township, Lancaster County, Pa. His wife's name

was Anna, and she was born in 1740 and died in


Great-great-grandfather, Melchior Longenecker;

residence, Lancaster County, Pa. Melchior is a

mistake; the aunt who said she was told so has

forgotten, or else the author of it did not know.

The records, dates, etc., and age, show that Ulrich[1]

was the great-great-grandfather. Pedigree: Henry

E.[5], Henry B.[4], Christian[3], Christian[2], Ulrich[1].





Rufus B., born April 6th, 1816; died September

26th, 1882; Mary (Mrs. Abraham C. Cole, de-

ceased), born August 1st, 1817; died ----, 1882;

Louisa (Mrs. Sebastian Kohl), born December 17th,

1823; Emeline, born September 25th, 1827; John

Boyer, born September 11th, 1832; died June 5th,

1888; Frances Mira, born June 30th, 1836; died

September 13th, 1838.


Sebastian Kohl, of Limerick Township, born

April 16th, 1812. He was married April 1st,

1845, to Louisa, daughter of Peter and Hannah B.

Longaker, and had four children: Mary Adeline,

born March 30th, 1846; Hannah Emma, born

June 8th, 1848; Horace, born August 5th, 1850;

Sarah Jane, born March 6th, 1856; died November

4th, 1889.


Montgomery S. Longaker, born December 24th,

1842; Hannah E. Longaker, born September 22nd,

1844; married Matthias Geist; issue, Harry and

Lizzie; Lizzie married Irvin S. Brant. Elmira

Longaker, born March 20th, 1847; died April

12th, 1847; Sarah Ann Longaker, born September

24th, 1848; died May 6th, 1861; Horace Long-

aker, born August 4th, 1850; Mary Longaker,

born November 10th, 1852; married William H.

Thomas; died April 23rd, 1885, leaving her hus-

band to survive her, but no children; Lewis C.

Longaker, born February 14th, 1856, in Pottstown,

and was educated in the public schools of that

borough. In the spring of 1877, he entered the

office of Beam & Son, Parker's Landing, Armstrong

County, Pa., and became engaged in making gauge

tables of oil tanks, continuing with the firm until


the fall of 1878. In the spring of 1879 he entered

the gauging departmemt of the United Pipe Line

Company (a branch of the Standard), measuring

and computing oil tanks. In July, 1895, he was

put in charge of the running of oil in the Bradford

District, and is still so engaged. September 5th,

1883, he married Gertrude P. Robinson, of Brooklyn,

N. Y. Unto them three children were born, Ger-

trude Elizabeth, October l3th, 1884, Harold Robin-

son, September 25th, 1886, and Evelyn.



Children of Diana M. and Montgomery S. Long-

aker: Gertrude, born September 7th, 1870; Helen

B., born October l4th, 1872 (Mrs. Frank S. Brant);

Elizabeth, born November 5th, ----; died Feb-

ruary 16th, 1875.

Children of Mary J. and M. S. Longaker: Charles

K., born July 4th, 1877; Montgomery B., born

August 20th, 1879; Beulah, born October 20th,

1881; Mabel, born November 19th, 1883; Joseph

B., born April 22nd, 1886; died September 2nd, 1887;

Louis, born October 19th, 1888; Russel B., born

January 21st, 1895.





The Longaker family has been an active one in

Montgomery County's history, and the adminis-

tration of the affairs of that section of the State

has been participated in by various members for

several generations. Hon. Montgomery S. Long-

aker, the subject of this biography, has occupied

public office for a number of years, and through his

extensive and active career has always evidenced

the possession of a high order of ability and great


Montgomery S. Longaker was born December

24th, 1842, at Crooked Hill (now Sanatoga), Mont-

gomery County, Pa., his parents being Rufus B.

and Elizabeth Longaker. Mr. Longaker was

trained to follow in his father's footsteps. He

obtained his elementary instruction in the public

schools of his native place, and, after completing

his course there, he was sent to the Hill School at

Pottstown, to complete his education. He then

engaged in teaching for several years, and in 1864

entered the County Treasurer's office under his

father, who then held that important post. Mr.


Longaker entered into the affairs of his county

with the same energetic spirit as that which dis-

tinguished his father's career, and for several years

he occupied a position in the administration of

public affairs, which kept him in the vanguard of

the leaders of Montgomery County. In the spring

of 1875 he was elected Burgess of Pottstown,

which position he so well filled that he was re-

elected in the spring of 1876. Politics constituted

for him an interesting study, and, both from the

economic standpoint of national affairs and the

broad management of county politics, he was well

fitted to represent the organization of the De-

mocracy of his county. In the fall of 1876 he was

elected to a seat in the State Assembly, and resigned

the office of Burgess, to which he had given so

thorough an administration, and assumed his new

duties as a State Legislator, serving during the

Sessions of 1877 and 1878.

On January 20th, 1886, Mr. Longaker was

appointed Postmaster of Pottstown by President

Cleveland, thus coming into the greatest promi-

nence of his career, and he took charge of the office

February 16th, 1886. He served as Postmaster for

four and one-half years, when he was succeeded by

an appointee under the administration of President



On August 16th, 1894, Mr. Lougaker was again

appointed to the office by President Cleveland, and

once more assumed charge on September 1st of

that year, serving for a full term of four years.

His administration of this responsible post proved

very acceptable to the general public and the

officials at Washington as well as creditable to

himself. For a number of years he has been

prominent as a local leader of the Democracy, and

has been a delegate to many Democratic Con-


Mr. Longaker was married August 10th, 1869, to

Diana M. Beerer, a daughter of Joseph and Eliza-

beth Kline Beerer, of Norristown. Three children

were the result of this union: Gertrude B., Helen

(Mrs. Frank S. Brant), and Elizabeth, who died in

infancy. Mrs. Longaker died November 12th,

1874, and two years later, in 1876, Mr. Longaker

married Mary J. Beerer, a sister of his first wife.

By the second marriage he had a family of seven

children: Charles K., Montgomery B., Beulah,

Mabel, Louis, Joseph B. (deceased), and Russel B.

Mr. Longaker is a member of Trinity Reformed

Church. He is also identified with the Masonic


He is a manager of the Reading and Perkiomen

Turnpike Company and also of the Pottstown Gas


and Water Company. In the affairs of Montgomery

County he has always been a prominent figure, and

he continues to occupy that position in the esteem

of the people of his community.



Henry A. Cole, rn January 22nd, 1838. Mar-

ried, May 5th, 1864, Jeanette Wentz Arnold, who

was a daughter of Dr. Samuel Arnold, of Plymouth

Township, Montgomery County, and her grand-

father, Daniel Arnold, of French ancestry. Unto

them were born two children: Carrie and Arnold


Paternal grandfather, Abraham C. Cole, was born

August 28th, 1805; died May 29th, 1871. Married

Mary Longaker, a daughter of Peter and Hannah

(nee Boyer) Longaker.

The paternal grandfather of Henry A. Cole was

Henry Kohl, Limerick Township, who married

Barbara Achelberger.

Genealogy: Mary Longaker[5], Peter[4], Jacob[3],

Jacob[2], Ulrich[1].



(RUFUS[5], PETER[4], JACOB[3], JACOB[2], ULRICH[1]).

Peter Longaker, the father of Rufus B., was a na-

tive of Lawrenceville, now Parker-Ford, Chester

County, Pa., where he was born, on his father's

farm, March 14th, 1786, and died November 1st,

1866, in Limerick Township. He married Hannah

Boyer, November 7th, 1815, a daughter of George

and Mary Boyer, who was born in Churchville, Here-

ford Township, Berks County, Pa., September 1st,

1795, and survived until her ninetieth year. There

were born to Mr. and Mrs. Longaker six children:

Rufus B., Mary (Mrs. Abraham C. Cole, deceased),

Louisa (Mrs. Sebastian Kohl), Emeline (John B.

and Frances Mira, deceased).

Rufus B., the eldest of this number, whose birth

occurred in Limerick Township (where his father

then resided), on the 6th of April, 1816. At the

age of sixteen became a pupil at the Trappe Board-

ing School. On completing his course of study,

he spent two years in teaching in Cumru Town-

ship, Berks County, Pa., and then became a clerk

in a country store at the Trappe. He embarked in

the mercantile business at Crooked Hill, Mont-

gomery County, remaining there from 1840 to 1851.


Having been in that year elected Recorder of

Deeds, he removed soon after to Norristown, and

remained for three years the incumbent of the

office. Returning to Pottstown in 1855, he en-

gaged in the purchase and sale of cattle and horses,

continuing the business for several years. He was,

in 1863, the successful candidate for County Treas-

urer, and served in that capacity for two terms,

meanwhile retaining his home in Pottstown. In

1862, under the firm of Longaker & Van Buskirk,

he embarked in the wholesale wine and liquor

business, in which he was succeeded by his son,

Montgomery S. Longaker. Mr. Longaker was an

influential member of his party, and at various

times delegate to Democratic State Conventions.

For three years he served as member of the Borough

Council of Pottstown. He was for many years in

the Board of Management of the Union Mutual

Fire and Storm Insurance Company of Mont-

gomery County, as also a Manager of the Reading

and Perkiomen Turnpike Company. He was a

devout member of Trinity Reformed Church, of

Pottstown. Mr. Longaker was married, January

20th, 1842, to Elizabeth, daughter of the late

Abram Smith, of Pottstown. Their children are

Montgomery S., Hannah E. (Mrs. Matthias Geist),

Horace S., Mary (Mrs. William H. Thomas), de-


ceased, Lewis C. (of Bradford, Pa.), Sarah Ann,

and Elmira (deceased).

Mr. Longaker enjoyed a reputation for prompt-

ness and integrity in all his business dealings. Pos-

sessing sound judgment and a mind that grasped

quickly the details of business, he was frequently

consulted upon matters involving important issues.

He was extensively acquainted with public men

throughout the State, and enjoyed the confidence

and friendship of many persons in high official

position. The death of Mr. Longaker occurred,

after a life of great activity and usefulness, on the

26th of September, 1882.




Ulrich Longenecker stem, branch of Isaac Long-

aker, who married Catharine Diehl. Issue, three

sons: Daniel, Isaac, Francis. First, child,. Daniel


Grandparents: Maternal, George Boyer married

Catharine Hoffman; paternal, Isaac Longaker mar-

ried, December 27th, 1812, to Catharine Diehl.

Parents, Daniel Longaker married Elizabeth Boyer.

There were born unto them eleven children:


George W. Longaker married Eunice Naomi

Shearer. Unto these were born three children:

(a) Mary N. Longaker married Frank Huston. (b)

Katie Longaker, who married Amos Albertson, of

Norristown. These have two children, Morton

and Dorothy, (c) Daniel Longaker, M. D., a phy-

sician, living at Reading, Pa.

Katie Longaker died at age of sixteen; Annie

E. Longaker, unmarried; Daniel Moore Long-

aker died in infancy ; Mary Boyer Longaker died

at the age of five years; Ellie V. Longaker married

Rev. L. K. Evans, D. D., of Pottstown. These

have two children, Anna R. Evans and Daniel

Longaker Evans. Bertha Longaker married Rev.

David W. Moore (now deceased); was pastor of

Presbyterian Church at Bridgeport, Pa. No issue.

Sallie Longaker died at age of thirty-three years;

Elizabeth Longaker married Dr. C. Howard Harry,

of Norristown, Pa. One son born unto them,

Carolus P. Harry. Claribel Longaker married

Ellwood Rhoads, of Norristown, Pa. No issue.

Daniel Longaker died at the age of seven years.

Grandmother, Catharine Hoffman Boyer, was

the daughter of Jacob Hoffman, who was born

March 18th, 1765, and who was married to Cath-

arine Schlough, September 26th, 1786.

Grandmother, Catharine Deal Longaker, was the


daughter of Daniel Deal, died October 29th, 1826,

and his wife Mary, died October 6th, 1843.

Grandfather, Isaac Longaker, was born February

4th, 1792, and died June 20th, 1818.

Grandmother, Catharine Diehl Longaker, was

born May 7th, 1792, and died July 4th, 1873.

Daniel Longaker[5] (Isaac[4], Jacob[3], Jacob[2], Ulrich[1]).

Jacob[3] changed name from Longenecker to Long-





The Longenecker family of Bedford, Blair, and

Huntingdon Counties, Pa., are of Lancaster County

stock. The best information indicates that during

the latter part of the Eighteenth Century, Peter

Longenecker went from Lancaster County to what

was then (if prior to September 9th, 1784,) Cum-

berland County, or (if after that date) Franklin

County, and settled in Washington Township, now

Franklin County.

There were five sons of whom I can learn, viz.:

Jacob, David (my grandfather), Daniel, Joseph, and

Abraham, and two daughters, one married to a

man named Mock and one to Abraham Winters.

From Washington Township, Franklin County,


the children named all removed to Huntingdon and

Bedford Counties, except Daniel and Joseph, who

went to the State of Ohio at an early day. Jacob

located near Petersburg, Huntingdon County. The

records of that county show a conveyance to him

on the 6th of November, 1801, from John Graffius.

(See Record Book "I, No. I," page 76.) Some of

his descendants still reside in that locality. (For

David, my grandfather, see below.) Daniel and

Joseph, as stated, removed to Ohio. They may

have gone directly from their home in Franklin

County, and probably did, or perhaps after staying

for a short time in one of the more westerly

counties of the State. At all events, Peter S. Long-

enecker, of Galva, Ill. (a son of Abraham Long-

enecker, post, and hence a nephew of Daniel and

Joseph), informs me Joseph visited his father's

(Abraham Longenecker's) family, in Morrison's

Cove, Bedford County, while living in Ohio during

his (Peter's) boyhood, and that in 1842, he (Peter)

and his brother-in-law, Jacob Strock, when travel-

ing through Ohio, visited his uncle, Daniel Long-

enecker, who then lived with his son near New

Lisbon, the county seat of Columbiana County.

I do not know where Joseph resided. The only

thing I can learn of the daughter married to Mock

is that she lived at one time in Blair County, near


Martinsburg. The daughter married to Abraham

Winters lived with her husband on a farm near

Williamsburg, then in Huntingdon County, now

Blair. They had two sons and two daughters, of

whom Abraham Winters, Jr., removed to Iowa in

1854, as Peter Longenecker says he then saw him

and his family in Ogle County, Ill., on their way

to Iowa.

Abraham Longenecker, who died in the latter

part of the year 1840, was married to Nancy Snow-

berger and had the following children, viz.: Abra-

ham, who died early in the fifties, and his family

afterward removed to Black Hawk County, Iowa,

locating on a quarter section of land sold them by

my father, near Waterloo in that county.

Fannie, who married Abraham Keagy, a farmer,

near the village of Woodbury, Bedford County,

and who died in 1898, aged ninety-four years.

Samuel, who was a school teacher for many.

years, an intelligent man, of extensive reading, and

died, unmarried, in old age .at-Woodbury.

Catharine, who married Jacob Strock, who was

for some years engaged in merchandising in Wood-

bury, and early in the fifties removed to a farm

near Polo, Ogle County, Ill., where his family still



Jacob, who died in old age in Woodbury, un-


Daniel, first engaged in the milling business,

afterward in merchandising at Claysburg, Blair

County, then, about 1855, removed to Northern

Illinois, engaged in farming. One of his sons was

Charles 0. Longenecker, a very successful mer-

chant in Ogle County, Ill., who died a few years

ago in the southern part of that county.

David S., who was engaged in various occupa-

tions, including agriculture, and died a few years

ago at Roaring Springs, Blair Count, Pa., a highly

respected citizen, and leaving a family of daughters

and one son, who is now practicing medicine in

Emporia, Kan.

Barbara, who intermarried with David F. Buck,

a prosperous farmer and merchant. Both died

some years ago at their home at New Enterprise,

Bedford County, leaving two sons, Charles L. Buck

and Samuel L. Buck, and two daughters, Mrs.

Obediah Ober and Mrs. D. M. Brumbaugh.

Peter Longenecker, who still lives at Galva,

Bureau County, Ill. The only remaining member

of the family. His son, Calvin S. Longenecker, is

engaged in business at 133 Wabash Avenue,

Chicago, Ill.


Susannah, who married John Keagy and removed

to Fayette County, Pa.

David Longenecker, my grandfather, was born

near Waynesboro, Franklin County (or possibly in

Lancaster County), about 1760 to 1765. He was a

carpenter by occupation and is so described in

a deed for his first purchase in Huntingdon County

from Daniel Pennington, dated September 3rd, 1794,

and is also there described as being from Washing-

ton Township, Franklin County. After removing

to Huntingdon County, about the time mentioned

in said deed, he resided in Franklin Township,

Huntingdon County, on Spruce Creek, as the title

papers indicate. He afterward removed to Wood-

bury Township in the same county (now Huston

Township, Blair County), and lived there until the

time of his death. The first deed to him for land

in the latter community bears date February 25th,

1812, and was for sixteen acres purchased from

John Paulus (Paul). By a warrant from the Com-

monwealth dated December 9th, 1814, and a patent

dated April 10th, 1816, he acquired title to twenty-

seven acres in the same neighborhood, and by deed

dated August 30th, 1815,, he purchased from John

Brumbaugh and his wife one hundred and sixteen.

acres, also in the same locality. On the 25th

of April, 1828, he and his wife, Elizabeth, sold and


conveyed to their son, John Longenecker, my

father, their mansion farm situated as above, re-

serving a yearly payment of $50.00 during life, to

begin April 1st, 1829.

David Longenecker died on these premises, Sep-

tember 4th, 1838, aged about seventy-five years, and

was buried in the family graveyard, located thereon.

He had three sons who survived him.

Jacob lived in the same community until he at-

tained middle life, when he removed to South

Woodbury Township, Bedford County, near New

Enterprise, where he died, the ---- day

of ------, 187-. He had a son, Samuel,

who removed to the West and remained there

(locality not known). He also had several daugh-

ters, one of whom married a Mr. Dilling; one,

Isaac Hoover, who resided until his death in Kan-

sas; and one, John Snowberger, of New Enterprise.

Peter died unmarried, near Martinsburg, Blair

County, in 187-, and

John Longcnecker, my father, was born May

21st, 1804, in Huntingdon County, now Blair, and

died July 29th, 1876, at his home, near Knob-

noster, Johnson County, Mo. He was all his life

engaged in farming, first owning the farm which

his father had conveyed to him in Huston Town-

ship, Blair County, on the 25th of April, 1828, and


which he, on the 25th of December, 1843, con-

veyed to Jacob Hoover. On the 14th of April,

1846, he purchased from Jacob and Peter Long-

enecker one hundred and fifty-nine acres of land in

Middle Woodbury Township, being the mansion

farm of Abraham Longenecker, the father of the

vendors and uncle of the vendees. He removed,

with his family, to these premises in 1844, in pur-

suance of a contract of their purchase, and resided

thereon until 1867, when he sold the same and re-

moved to a property which he owned near by, on

which stood a grist mill, built by his uncle, Abra-

ham Longenecker, early in the centuries, which he

operated until 1869. In the spring of that year

he disposed of the latter and removed to Johnson

County, Mo.

He was first married, in 1826, to Susan Smith,

by whom he had four children: David, born Octo-

her 4th, 1827, who lives with his family in Union-

ville, Appanoose County, Iowa; Catharine, born

August 22nd, 1829, who lives in Johnson County,

Mo., unmarried; John, born December i8th, 1831,

who resides in Kingman County, Kan.; and Susan,

who died in infancy. David and John are both

engaged in farming. His wife having died in 1833,

he was again married, in 1836, to Elizabeth Hol-

singer, who was born September 6th, 1806, in what


is now Bloomfield Township, Bedford County, and

who died August ----, 1880, at Pomona, Frank-

lin County, Kan., at the home of her daughter


From the second marriage the following issue


Daniel, born October l4th, 1837, now residing

near Paola, Miami County, Kan., where he is en-

gaged in agriculture and stock-raising. In 1866

he married Susan U. Reichard, a daughter of Dr.

Reichard, residing near Hagerstown, Md. He was

then engaged in the milling business on his father's

property, and in 1867 removed to Johnson County,

Mo., and several years later to his present home in


His children are Oscar M., who, for two terms,

was Superintendent of Public Instruction of Miami

County, Kan., and is now a practicing physician in

the same county; Florence, a successful teacher

in the schools of Kansas City; Arthur, now en-

gaged as a clerk; Charles H., now practicing med-

icine in Kingman County, Kan.; Alice Winnefred,

who died at the age of sixteen, on the 2nd day of

May, 1898; Albert, just graduated from the Paola

High School; and Jacob H. Longenecker (a sketch

of whom you have already received).

Mary. born April 13th, 1842, attended school at


the Allegheny Male and Female Seminary, Bed-

ford County. Married Henry Albaugh, and resides

in Kingman County, Kan. Has several children,

of whom Nannie graduated from the State Normal

School at Emporia, Kan., and is now married to

----- Stanley, who is now engaged in the study

of the law, in his native State of Kansas, and

Mira and Mattie, who are at home with their


George Longenecker, born February 26th, 1844,

and died July 17th, 1899, at his home in Nelson,

Butte County, Cal. He had served in the army

during the War of the Rebellion, in Company G,

One Hundred and Sixty-first Pennsylvania Volun-

teers (Sixteenth Cavalry), had taught school, grad-

uated from the Missouri State Normal School at

Warrensburg, went to California and engaged in

the drug business. He is survived by his wife and

two children, both of whom lately graduated from

the California State Normal School at Chico.

Nancy, born May 24th, 1846. She attended the

State Normal School at Millersville, Pa.; went

with the family to the West; married Samuel G.

Longaker, who engaged in merchandising at Pa-

mona, Kan., afterward removed to Baldwin, Kan.,

and later to Kansas City, where they now reside.

Two of their sons are in the service of the Wells-


Fargo Express Company, Irwin being the General

Route Agent for the company, and Ira an agent

for said company at Hastings, Neb.


By the lists of names of foreigners who arrived

at Philadelphia and took the oath of allegiance, as

given in Volume 17, "Pennsylvania Archives," the

following appears:

Hans Longenecker arrived by the ship "James

Goodwill," D. Crocket, master, from Rotterdam,

last from Portsmouth. Was qualified (by taking

the oath of allegiance) on September 30th, 1727.

(See page 8 of said Volume, also "Colonial

Records," Volume I, pages 284-5.)

Christian Longinacre & Anna Barbary Longin-

acre arrived by the ship "Mortonhouse," James

Coultas, master, from Rotterdam, and was qualified

on the 19th August, 1729. (See page 17 of same

Volume, also "Colonial Records," Volume 3, page


Alrige Langneker, aged 69; Ulrich Loninacre,

Jr., or Olrig Langnecker, aged 22; Jackop Lang-

necker, aged 19 ; and Stifan Lunneker, aged 33, all

arrived by the ship "Hope," of London, Daniel

Reed, master, from Rotterdam, and qualified Au-

gust 28th, 1733. (See pages 85, 86, and 87,and


"Colonial Records," Volume 3, page 517, where

the name is spelled "Loninacre," and Alrige and

Stifan are omitted.)

In Rupp's "Names of 30,000 Pennsylvania Immi-

grants," the last edition of which was published by

I. Kohler, No. 911 Arch Street, Philadelphia, in

1890, the name of Christian Longenecker appears

as having arrived at an earlier date than any of the

above-named persons, I think about 1717 to 1720,

but have not the book before me and speak only

from memory. He was probably the pioneer of

the families of the name coming to the United

States, or what were then the Colonies.

In a German Baptist Calendar, published at

Huntingdon, Pa., or Mt. Morris, Ill., the name of

Christian Longenecker appears as a minister of that

church in Lancaster County, at a very early day,

and it is probable that it was tie same person men-

tioned in Rupp's book.

A list of families of the County of Dauphin, in

1790, taken from the first census of the United

States, for that county in that year, the following

names occur: On page 17, Jacob Longnecker, Abra-

ham Longnecker; on page 18, Christian Longe-

necker; and, on page 19, Daniel Longenecker.

The United States Marshall for Pennsylvania, at

the time of taking said census, was Colonel Clement


Biddle, and his assistant for Dauphin County was

Charles Brown. The list was republished in 1890.

Colonel Henry C. Longnecker, of Allentown,

Lehigh County, Pa., was Colonel of the Ninth

Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, in the three

months' service, during the War of the Rebellion

(see Bates' History of Pennsylvania Volunteers,

page 86). At the time of the choice of officers,

Colonel Longnecker was in New York City, but,

immediately on being informed of his election,

hastened to Harrisburg and joined his regiment.

The regiment was organized at Camp Curtin, on the

4th of May, 1861, proceeded to West Chester,

where it remained until the 26th of May, when it

was ordered to the State of Delaware, and con-

tinued there until the 6th of June, when it went to

Chambersburg and joined General Patterson's com-

mand and served with it until mustered out at Har-

risburg, July 24th, 1861.

From June 17th to the close of the term of ser-

vice, Colonel Longnecker commanded the Brigade,

succeeding General Dixon S. Miles, of the Regular

Army, in the command. He was also Colonel of

the Fifth Regiment of Pennsylvania "Militia of

1862," organized September 11th-13th, 1862; dis-

charged September 24th-27th, 1862 (see Bates',

Volume 5, page 1158).


Dr. J. H. Longenecker, of Lancaster County, was

Assistant Surgeon of the One Hundred and Thir-

tieth Regiment from September 15th, 1862, to May

21st, 1863 (see Bates', Volume 4, page 207). Bates'

General Index, Volume 5, gives his name as John

H. Longenecker, but on page 207, of Volume 4, it is

merely J. H.




His district was composed of the counties of

Bedford and Somerset, each of which had at the

time nearly 40,000 population, making one of the

largest single districts in the State; that is, one of

the largest in its territory and business as well,

presided over by one judge. The great coal in-

terests of Somerset County were rapidly develop-

ing during his term, and at its close the population

of that county had grown to at least 60,000. When

he went on the Bench the legal business of the

district had greatly accumulated and the work of

the courts was far behind. He determined to bring

it up and in a few years did so, in Bedford County,

and before retiring from office, in January, 1902,

left it practically so in Somerset also. In addition


to holding the regular and special courts of his own

district, he frequently held courts in quite a num-

ber of the other counties of the State. During

the ten years he was on the Bench many impor-

tant cases and interesting legal questions came

before him. It is a matter of gratification that he

was affirmed, with a few exceptions, in the cases

that went up for review. Amongst such cases of

interest might be cited Cypher v. Railroad Com-

pany, 149 Pa. 359; Chamberlain et al. v. Hartley

et al., 152, Id. 544; Tissue v. Hanna, 158, Id. 384;

Young v. Colvin, 168, Id. 449; Eifert v. Lytle et

al., 172, Id. 356; Dauler et al. v. Hartley et al.,

178, Id. 23; Rutherfoord v. Railroad Company, Id.

38; Fritz et al. v. Menges, 179, Id. 122; Mechessny

v. Unity Township, 164, Id. 358; Irwin v. Irwin,

169, Id. 529; Frazier v. Butler Bor., 172, Id. 407;

Assigned Estate Fair Hope, etc., v. Fire Brick Com-

pany, 183, Id. 96; Philson's Use v. Life Insurance

Company, Id. 443; Olinger v. Shultz and Mognet,

Id. 469; Commonwealth v. Roddy, 184, Id. 274;

Estate of S. S. Reighard, 192, Id. 108; Common-

wealth v. Sheets, 197, Id. 69; Clapper v. Fred-

erick, 199, Id. 609; Gardner's Estate, Id. 524; and

in the Superior Court: Commonwealth v. Dr.

Mitchell, 6 Supreme Court Reports, 369; Mauk v.

Insurance Company, 7, Id. 633; Hillegas v. Huff-


man et al., 6, Id. 211; Chambersburg and Bedford

Turnpike Company, 20, Id. 173. In Burkhart v.

Insurance Company, II, Id. 280, the judgment was

reversed by a divided court, and afterward, when

the same question came up in the Supreme Court,

in 200, Pa. 340, the first ruling was sustained.

Although his time was so largely absorbed in

official duties, yet he has been at various times

School Director, Town Councilman, and Burgess.

He is a member of Major Watson Post, G. A. R.,

and a member of the Loyal Legion.

He married Rebecca V. Russell. His two older

sons, Samuel Russell Longenecker and Ralph

Longenecker, entered Yale University in the Class

of 1890, in the Academic Department. Russell

left in his sophomore year, began the study of law

in Bedford, and in 1893 was admitted, since which

time he has been in practice here. Ralph grad-

uated with his class, well up, in 1894, and at once

began the study of law with Moses A. Points, Esq.,

of Bedford. When the Pittsburg Law School

opened he entered it as a student and graduated in

its first class (and at its head), in June, 1897, taking

as a prize a set of the American and English Enc.

Law. Since then he has been in practice of his

profession in Pittsburg and an Instructor in the

Law School.


Charles, the third son, took a course in State

College in mechanical engineering, and has been

for several years in the employment of the Cam-

bria Steel Company, at Johnstown, in the line of

his profession.

Since the close of his judicial term, the Judge

has resumed the practice of the law.

His brother, George, resided in Nelson, Butte

County, California, July l7th, 1899. He was reared

in Bedford County, served in the Union Army in

the War for the Suppression of the Rebellion,

taught school, went to the West and later to the

Pacific Coast, where he was engaged in the drug


John S. Longenecker, another brother, died at

Kingman, Kan., November 21st, 1901. He had also

served in the Union Army during two enlistments.

Had been a farmer in Bedford County, in Missouri,

and Kansas.




Longenecker, Jacob H.; residence, Bedford, Pa.;

born September l7th, 1839, Huston Township,

Blair County, Pa.; married December 21st, 1869,

Nannie Rebecca Russell, who had graduated with


honor from "Oakland Female Institute," Norris-

town. Pa., September 18th, 1866. Her paternal

ancestry was Scotch-Irish; maternal, German.

Her maternal grandfather was Christian Reamer

and her mother Nancy Reamer. Her paternal

great-grandfather, Alexander Russell, left Prince-

ton College to enter the Revolutionary Army in

1775, was commissioned a Lieutenant in Captain

Alexander's Company, of Carlisle. Served five

years. Afterward lived and died at Gettysburg.

Her grandfather, James McPherson Russell, was a

lawyer in Bedford, was in Constitutional Conven-

tion of 1837-38, and a member of Congress. Her

father, the late Hon. Samuel L. Russell, was also a

lawyer in Bedford. Served in Congress and in

Constitutional Convention, 1873, and died in Bed-

ford September 30th, 1891. Children: Samuel

Russell Longenecker, Ralph Longenecker, and

Charles Longenecker.

Father, John Longenecker; residence, Huston

Township, Blair County, until 1844; Middle Wood-

berry Township, Bedford County, 1844 to 1869,

and thereafter Johnson County, Mo.; born, Huston

Township, Blair County, Pa., May 21st, 1804;

died, Johnson County, Mo., July 29th, 1879 (near

Knob Noster). First married, 1826, Susan Smith,

bv whom he had four children: David, born Octo-


ber 4th, 1827, now living in Unionville, Iowa;

married and has a family; is a farmer. Catharine,

born August 22nd, 1829; not married; now living

in Johnson County, Mo. John, born December

18th, 1831; never married; lives in Kingman

County, Kan.; farmer. Susan, born October 19th,

1833; died in infancy. First wife died November,

1833. In 1836 he married a second time, Elizabeth

Holsinger, born September 6th, 1806, in Bloomfield

Township, Bedford County, a daughter of George

Holsinger of that township, who came from

Waynesboro, Franklin County, not later than 1796

(as the assessment of 150 acres of land to him in that

year shows). His father was Jacob Holsinger, who

was born on shipboard, June 24th, 1731, while his

parents were en route to America. Jacob's father,

Rudolph Holsinger, arrived in Philadelphia by the

ship "Brittania" and took the oath of allegiance

September 21st, 1731. (Volume 17, Pennsylvania

Archives, pp. 28-30; Colonial Records, Volume 3,

p. 415)

Paternal grandfather, David Longenecker; resi-

dence, Franklin County, as a young man, and later

Huntingdon and Blair Counties; born, Washington

Township, Franklin County (or possibly Lancaster

County). Date of birth not known, but supposed

to be about 1760 to 1765. Died September 4th,


1838 (aged, say seventy-five), at Huston Township,

Blair County. He was a carpenter, and is so

described in a deed to him for his first purchase in

Huntingdon County, from Daniel Pennington,

dated September 3rd, 1794, and also as being from

Washington Township, Franklin County. When

in Huntingdon County he first resided on Spruce

Creek in Franklin Township, as his deeds show.

He afterward removed to Woodberry Township,

same county (now Huston Township, Blair County),

and lived there till he died. Is supposed to have

been twice married, his wives being sisters named

Yorty, of near Frankstown, Blair County.

Great-grandfather said to have been Peter Long-

enecker; residence, Lancaster County, and later

near Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pa.; born in

Lancaster County and died in Franklin County, Pa.




The father of Joel M. was Edwin A. Long-

enecker, born April 12th, 1807, in Lancaster City,

Pa., and removed to Crawford County, Ill., and

died February 16th, 1894. There were six sons

and two daughters. All six boys enlisted in the


Union Army. The oldest, Henry B., was killed

and the youngest, Michael, died in the army, the

remaining four, Rufus, Addison, Benjamin, and

Joel, are still living. Joel M. Longenecker was

born in Crawford County, Ill., January 12th, 1847;

was educated at Robinson, Ill.; taught two terms

of school, read law at Robinson, and in 1870 was

admitted to the Bar. He began the practice of his

profession at Olney, Ill. He has held several im-

portant positions. He was elected Justice of the

Peace two months after he became of age, and

while reading law. Soon after settling at Olney

he was elected City Attorney, and in 1876 was

elected State Attorney of Richland County. In

1881 he removed to Chicago; in 1887 he was

elected State Attorney of Cook County (being

the county in which Chicago is located); this was

to fill an unexpired term. In 1888 he was again

elected State Attorney of Cook County for four

years; in 1892 he declined the nomination for re-

election and went into private practice. While he

was State Attorney some very important cases were

tried, some of which attracted attention throughout

the entire country.

The one very prominent, the Cronin Case, was

tried by him, and, on account of the discoveries

made, caused the people everywhere to take great


interest in it. One hundred days were consumed

in the actual trial of it.

He is now residing in Chicago and is widely and

prominently known as a jurist, and is a distin-

guished and leading member of the Chicago Bar.

He was married to Florence Fitch in 1870; has

four children, two boys and two girls, living, and

two children dead.


Longenecker, Joel M., Chicago, Ill.; born Janu-

ary 12th, 1847, in Crawford County, Ill.; has lived

in Chicago twenty years; practiced law since 1870;

was a soldier in the Civil War (one of six brothers

in the Union Army, two of whom lost their lives

in the War of the Rebellion); was State Attorney

of Cook County for five years; tried the great

Cronin Conspiracy Murder Case; was in it one

hundred days, etc. August 30th, 1870,. married;

Florence Fitch, whose father was born in Virginia,

and mother in Ohio; Florence was born in Craw-

ford County, Ill. Their children are: Ralph (dead),

Rolla R., Theodore (dead), Joel F., Gladys, and


The father of Joel M. was Edwin A. Long-

enecker, born April 12th, 1807, in Lancaster, Pa.;

died February, 1894, in Crawford County, Ill. He


married Mary Byers, of Lancaster County, Pa.,

July 22nd, 1830, and removed to Crawford County,

Ill., in 1835, residing there until his death. He

was a blacksmith, but for twenty-five years before

his death he farmed.

The grandfather of Joel M. was John Long-

enecker, born October 31st, 1775, in Lancaster

County, Pa., and died May 29th, 1838, in Lan-

caster City, Pa. His wife's name was Prudence.





Abraham M. Beitler was educated in the public

schools of Philadelphia, graduating from the Cen-

tral High School in July, 1870. He was one of the

speakers at the school commencement, his address

being entitled "A Plea for the Lawyer."

He began the study of the law January 1st,

1871, in the office of C. Stuart Patterson, and was

admitted to the Bar January, 1875.

In January, 1878, having attracted the attention

of the City Solicitor elect, William Nelson West,

Esq., he selected Mr. Beitler as one of his assistants


in the Law Department of the city. Mr. Beitler

continued in the office during all the six years of

Mr. West's two terms. At the termination of Mr.

West's incumbency, Mr. Beitler was a delegate to

the convention to select his successor, and in that

convention voted for Charles E. Morgan, Jr., who

had been Mr. West's first assistant. Mr. Morgan

was not selected as the candidate, but the choice of

the convention was Charles F. Warwick. In spite

of the fact that Mr. Beitler had not supported Mr.

Warwick, the latter, when he entered upon his

duties as City Solicitor, named Mr. Beitler as his

second assistant, and later, upon the resignation of

the first assistant, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Beitler was

advanced to the important post of first assistant,

having won his way by his industry and ability

from the lowest grade to the highest in the city's

law office in less than nine years.

At the same time Mr. Beitler was building up an

extensive and lucrative law practice.

As First Assistant: City Solicitor he had charge

of all the important litigation in the law office of

the city during the last term of Mr. Warwick, in-

cluding the famous cases against the city passenger

railway companies to compel them to renew with

modern paving the cobble-stone surfaces of the

streets they occupied. After long and bitter litiga-


tion, the city won in the Supreme Court, and to

that victory the citizens owe the magnificent pave-

ments of Philadelphia, which have given the city

the reputation of being the best-paved city in the


On October 1st, 1891, Mayor Stuart tendered Mr.

Beitler the position of Director of the Department

of Public Safety, a department embracing the Bu-

reaus of Fire, Police, Health, Building Inspection,

Boiler Inspection, City Property, and Electricity,

employing upward of three thousand men and dis-

bursing annually about six millions of dollars. He

accepted the post, and, though he was then but

thirty-eight years old, he conducted the department

with such success and so entirely to the satisfaction

of the people, that when Mayor Stuart's successor,

Mr. Warwick, was elected, no one disputed Mr.

Beitler's right to be retained, and Mayor Warwick

appointed him his Director of the Department of

Public Safety. This was in April, 1895. About

this time factional politics dictated the appointment

of an investigating committee to ferret out alleged

abuses in the city government of Philadelphia.

Emulating the celebrated committee styled the

"Lexow," which had just been showing to the world

the corruption in the police force in the city of New

York, the Pennsylvania committee began an inquiry


into the police methods and administration in Phil-

adelphia. In spite of the fact that the committee

had on it none but partisans, that it had unlimited

means at its disposal, a corps of detectives in its

employ, able and determined counsel to represent it,

that it paid its witnesses and guaranteed them im-

munity from prosecution for whatever crimes they

confessed, and in spite of the fact that cross-exami-

nation of the witnesses was not permitted and only

one side was ever heard, Mr. Beitler and the depart-

ment he presided over went through the trial un-

scathed. When, after the committee had been

taking testimony for over a year, the Governor ap-

pointed Mr. Beitler to the vacancy in Court of

Common Pleas No. I, caused by the death of the

President Judge, Joseph Allison, the Bar and the

Press united in praising the selection. In fact, a

delegation of the leading members of the Bar waited

on the Governor and requested that Mr. Beitler be

named. This was in February, 1896. In the

autumn following Judge Beitler was unanimously

nominated by the Republican Convention for the

full term of ten years, and his nomination was

endorsed by the Democratic, Prohibition, and the

Labor Parties, so that at the November election he

had no competitor for the Judgeship. He had

had three colleagues on the judicial ticket, but


received the largest vote cast for Judge, and the

largest vote ever given up to that time for any

nominee for any office in Philadelphia.

He has now been on the Bench over three years.

He has never lost those traits which early in life

won him friends-modesty, affability, and entire

frankness and candor. On the Bench he has been

distinguished for his industry, his strict attention to

his judicial duties, and his quick grasp of the merits

of the cases brought before him. He is regarded

as one of the safest, most conservative, and even-

tempered Judges on the Bench, and his rulings have

rarely been reversed by either the Superior or

Supreme Courts.


Abraham Merklee Beitler; residence, 1015 Pop-

lar Street, Philadelphia, Pa.; born July 8th, 1853;

married, October 16th, 1879, Julia Louisa Borne-


His father, Daniel Brower Beitler, was born May

31st, 1814, in Chester County, Pa., but, in the early

part of his life, he came to Philadelphia; he mar-

ried, October 7th, 1852, Mary Ann Eliza Merklee;

her mother, Catharine Knowsland; her father, Con-

rad Merklee, who came from Holland about 1800;

he served in the War of 1812.


His grandfather, Abraham Beitler, married Mary


Daniel Brower Beitler, born, Chester County, Pa.,

May 31st, 1814. Mary Ann Eliza Beitler, born,

Philadelphia, June i8th, 1820. Married, in Phila-

delphia, October 7th, 1852. Issue: Abraham Mer-

klee Beitler, born July 8th, 1853. Married Julia

L. Bornemann. Issue: Harold Bornemann Beitler,

born December 31st, 1880; admitted to the Bar July,

1902. Elise Julia Beitler, born December 6th, 1888.

Amanda Catharine Beitler, born November 12th,


William Lejee Beitler, born October 27th, 1857,

married Mary B. Brown, January 13th, 1881. Issue:

Sydney Hayward Beitler, born July 9th, 1882;

William Lejee Beitler, Jr., born November 6th,

1885; Mildred Beitler, born January 5th, 1895.

Elsie Mary Beitler, born January 4th, 1860; mar-

ried William G. Carroll, December 20th, 1882.

Issue: Edwin S. Stuart Carroll, born November

7th, 1883; Helen Beitler Carroll, born September

11th, 1886; Arthur William Carroll, born January

21st, 1889; Elsie Carroll, born October 30th, 1892.

George Frederick Beitler, born April 7th, 1862;

died ----.

Lewis Eugene Beitler, born October 4th, 1863;

married Clementine Worrilon Beck, June 12th, 1894.


Issue: Edwin Fitler Beitler, born June 23th, 1895;

died December 23nd, 1896; Lewis Eugene Beitler,

Jr., born April 19th, 1897.

Lewis E. Beitler, after receiving a common-school

education, entered into a mercantile business, and,

after some time, became a clerk in one of the lead-

ing trust companies. He had meanwhile studied

stenography, and became an expert shorthand

writer. When Edwin H. Fitler was elected Mayor,

in 1887, he selected Mr. Beitler as his Private Sec-

retary. So successful was he in the discharge of

the arduous and delicate duties of this important

post, that Mr. Fitler's successor, Edwin S. Stuart,

requested Mr. Beitler to remain as his Private Sec-

retary. During Mayor Stuart's term, General

Daniel H. Hastings was a frequent caller at the

Mayor's office. He became acquainted with Mr.

Beitler, and, when in 1894, he was elected Gover-

nor, he requested Mr. Beitler to become his Private

Secretary. Mr. Beitler went to Harrisburg, and,

during the four years of Governor Hastings' term,

served as the Governor's Secretary. He was, when

he went to Harrisburg, acquainted with every man

of note in Philadelphia and many throughout the

State. His service in Harrisburg extended his cir-

cle of acquaintances, and it is safe to say that no

man in Pennsylvania of his years knows more men


in business, professional, and political life than Mr.

Lewis E. Beitler, and his acquaintances are likewise

his friends. When Governor Hastings' term ex-

pired and Mr. Griest was selected by Governor

Stone as Secretary of the Commonwealth, he se-

lected Mr. Beitler as his Chief Deputy. In his new

position, Mr. Beitler is demonstrating anew his

ability. He is already conversant with the duties

of his responsible post, and has the regard, esteem,

and confidence of his superior.




Daniel Brower Beitler was the oldest son of

Abraham Beitler and his wife, Mary Brower. He

was born in Chester County, Pa., on May 31st,


His father, Abraham: Beitler, was born March

6th, 1785, and his mother, Mary Brower, on

November 1st, 1788. Abraham Beitler died June

23nd, 1866, at Philadelphia. Mary Brower died

May 13th, 1862. They are buried at the Diamond

Rock Mennonite Meeting Burial grounds, in Ches-

ter Valley. Mary Brower's ancestery runs back,

through the Browers and the Longakers or Lang-


eneckers, to the early part of the eighteenth


Daniel B. Beitler came to Philadelphia when a

young man. He received a common school edu-

cation in Chester County. His father's family was

a large one, and early in life he was compelled to

assist his father in maintaining the family. While

yet a boy he drove a six-horse team across the

mountains to Pittshurg.

After locating in Philadelphia he engaged in the

feed business and then in the livery stable busi-

ness. In 1860 he had three large stables, all in the

Ninth Ward. He sold out his stables to take

charge of the hotel which his father had conducted

for years. This was the New Market Inn on

Market Street above Sixteenth, a celebrated old-

fashioned farmers' inn, which Daniel B. Beitler

continued to run until the time of his death. It

was frequented by the farmers of Chester, Mont-

gomery, Bucks, and Delaware Counties. During

the meetings of the Friends its capacity was taxed

to the utmost, the Inn being the headquarters of

the Friends' from the rural sections. Attached to

the Inn were extensive stables, and on market days

from forty to seventy-five horses were accom-

modated. In those days the farmers hauled their

produce to market.


Early in life Daniel B. Beitler took a deep interest

in politics. He was an ardent Republican. He

was too old and not physically able to take part in

the War of the Rebellion, but he became an active

member of the Union League, when that patriotic

organization was formed, and gave valuable assist-

ance in recruiting and equipping the various regi-

ments sent to the front by it. His wife's sister was

a volunteer nurse at the Cherry Street Hospital,

which was located at Broad and Cherry Streets, and

which cared for wounded soldiers. His wife gave

such assistance as her household duties permitted,

but the resources of her kitchen and the services of

her cooks were always at the command of her

sister. Daniel B. Beitler was ever ready to assist

the soldier boy, and many a large pot of coffee and

many a ham and hundreds of loaves of bread found

their way from his kitchen to the rendezvous of

recruits in the neighborhood.

On June 1st, 1861, he was appointed by President

Lincoln an Inspector in the Customs Service, and

he filled this position to the time of his death,

except during President Johnson's term.

He was a delegate to the National Republican

Convention which placed General Garfield in nom-

ination. He was for several terms a member of the

Republican State Committee, and for many years


Chairman of the Ninth Ward Republican Executive

Committee. He was a great lover of sport with rod

and gun and an ardent admirer of horses. For several

years he owned the celebrated stallion "Brower

Eclipse," whose colts were regarded as the finest in

Delaware and Chester Counties. He always drove

a pair of them, and in the winter delighted to make

trips to his relatives in Chester County. He drove

his pair of bays and always took one or more of his

children with him. He met a hearty welcome

everywhere, whether he visited his relatives or those

who enjoyed his hospitality at his Inn.

He died April 24th, 1881, at the age of sixty-

seven years. He had never accumulated a fortune,

hut he left his children the record of a blameless

life, and no man ever speaks of Daniel B. Beitler

but in words of praise. His heart was tender; he

was the friend of the needy and the oppressed; he

strove to do his duty as a father, a husband, a

friend, a neighbor, and a citizen. He was known

to his friends, political and social, and to every

man, woman, and boy in the old Ninth Ward

as "Uncle Dan," and this term was used as a term

of endearment

David Beitler was the eighth child of Abraham

Beitler and Mary Brower. He was born December

9th, 1830. He married Elizabeth Groves Furey on


June 2nd, 1859. He died March 11th, 1875. He

left to survive him two children, a son (now

deceased) and a daughter, Mary Laura, now the

wife of Leonard R. Tapley and still living.

David Beitler came to Philadelphia when a young

man. He was a man of fine physique, of very

pleasant manners, and of more than ordinary

capacity. On the 4th of May, 1858, he was elected

an Alderman in the Ninth Ward. The next month

he was appointed Committing Magistrate at the

Central Station by Mayor Henry. He was con-

tinued in that position under Mayor Henry and

under Mayor McMichael until the expiration of

the latter's term in 1869. Mayor Fox then came

into office. He was a Democrat. Alderman Beit-

ler was a Republican of exceedingly strong political

bias, and, while he never allowed politics to control

the discharge of his official duties, he refused to

serve under a Democratic Mayor.

In 1872 William S. Stokley was elected Mayor,

on the Republican ticket, and he at once re-.

appointed Alderman. Beitler as Committing Magis-


The Committing Magistrate is the representative,

of the Mayor in the discharge of judicial duty at

the Central Police Court. His duties are onerous

and responsible. Alderman Beitler was recognized

as one of the best Committing Magistrates Phila-


delphia ever had. He served under every Repub-

lican Mayor from the time of his election as Alder-

man in 1858 until the time of his death. He died

in commission, having been elected and re-elected

by the people of his ward continuously from 1858

to 1875. He was elected too in a ward in which

the political parties were very evenly divided, but

his vote was always far in excess of that of his


His judgment was so good and his knowledge of

the law so much respected and valued that the lead-

ing lawyers in the city took to his Court their im-

portant cases.

He was a member of the Union League, having

joined that patriotic organization at its foundation.

He was as a father kind and indulgent; as a

friend, steadfast, generous, and true; and as an

official, fearless, intelligent, and upright.

He died beloved by his family and friends and

respected by all who knew him.




William Brower, M. D., Spring City, birthplace,

Coventry (now East Coventry, Chester County,

Pa.); born February 25th, 1842; married, September


18th, 1869, Sallie M. Kendall, of English parentage

for four generations preceding her, who had settled

in Montgomery Comity, Pa. Unto them was born

a daughter, Blanche Brower. Dr. Brower is widely

and prominently known as an eminent, successful,

and popular practitioner in that portion of Chester


His father's name was Gilbert Brower, of Parker-

Ford, Chester County; date of birth, February 5th,

1815; date of death, December 18th, 1890, at

Parker-Ford; he was a farmer occupying the

Brower homestead; he married Lydia Urner in

1839, a direct descendant of Ulrich Urner, who

came from Alsace, 1708, and she was of the sixth


Paternal grandfather, Henry Brower, was born on

the homestead, December 29th, 1785, and died

April 23rd, 1833; he was a farmer; he married

Elizabeth Mattis.

Great-grandfather, Abraham Brower, was born

on the homestead, April 1st, 1745, and died October

1st, 1805; he married Magdalena Buckwalter.

Great-great-grandfather, Henry Brower, who es-

tablished the homestead, as a farmer, was born

February 14th, 1720; he immigrated in 1726, and

is of an ancestry of Swiss origin, who were of the

Palatinate region along the Rhine. However this


may be, it is quite probable that his ancestors for

several generations were settled in a district lying

near to the city of Worms. He was twice married.

First wife, ---- De Fraine, and unto that mar-

riage were born Abraham Brower and Salome

Brower, who married Jacob Baugh. The second

wife, Barbara High, was born April 1st, 1732, and

died January 17th, 1797. Unto the second mar-

riage the issue were Daniel Brower, Jacob Brower,

Elizabeth Brower, John Brower, and Isaac Brower.

Barbara High was the daughter of Elizabeth Long-

acre, whose father was Daniel Longacre (Long-

enecker[1]), Said Daniel Brower married Frances

Reiff; issue, Henry, Christian, Abraham, Daniel,

Frances, who married Nathan Pennypacker; Bar-

bara, who married ----- Kurtz; Mary married

Abraham Beitler; Eliza, second wife of Nathan

Pennypacker; Ann, married John H. Umstead;

Catharine, married Henry Longaker; and Sarah,

who died unmarried.

The children of the first marriage of Nathan

Pennypacker: Joseph, Jacob, and Ann. She mar-

ried James A. Pennypacker; issue, first child,

Nathan Pennypacker, who was a physician of dis-

tinction, had a large practice, and was a member of

the State Legislature. He married Eliza Davis;

his widow and only daughter, Mattie, reside at


Phoenixville; second child, Mary E., who, October

1859, married William Williamson ; he died May

19th, 1885. He was a printer and formed a part-

nership with Lewis H. Davis, and up to the time

of his death edited and published the Pottstown

Ledger. The descendants are: First child, Stan-

ley Williamson, died September 11th, 1883, aged

twenty-three years, unmarried; second child, Anna

Pennypacker Williamson, married Joseph Whitaker

Thompson, Attorney-at-law, residing at Montclare,

Montgomery County, Pa., practicing in Phila-

delphia, and is the first assistant of United States

District Attorney James B. Holland; third child,

William L. Williamson, Jr., married Olivia Esh-

bach; he died March 31st, aged thirty-one years;

Percy Williamson, unmarried.

The second wife of Nathan Pennypacker was

Eliza Brower, a sister of the first wife; issue, an

only child, Frances, who married Joseph. Fitz-

water; he is a farmer, and they reside near Port

Providence; issue, first child, Albert, who married

Letitia Vanderslice; issue, two children, Caroline

and Joseph; second child, Ada, unmarried.

Ann Pennypacker after the death of her husband,

James A., married Samuel Buckwalter; no issue by

last marriage.




Rev. Peter Longanecker, a Mennonite minister,

came from Lancaster County, Pa., and lived in Fay-

ette County for a period. He moved to Holmes

County, Ohio, where many of his descendants are

living. He and William's grandfather, Joseph

Longanecker, were cousins, and his son, David, a

second cousin, who lived west of Masontown, Fay-

ette County, Pa. His farm is still owned by his

son David. He married Miss Peggy Showalter.

To them were born Christian Longanecker, who

died July 23rd, 1899; Elizabeth Cover, long since

dead; and Peter, David, and Absalom, who are still


Additional remarks about Joseph Longanecker

(grandfather of W. A. Longanecker) and family:

Maria (Leckrone) Longanecker, the first wife of

Joseph Longanecker, was the mother of four chil-

dren, viz.: John Longanecker, Frances (Longa-

necker) Riley, Catharine (Longanecker) Mack,

and Maria (Longanecker) Renshaw, all of whom

died of apoplexy in advanced life, except Maria

L. Renshaw, who died of typhoid fever.

Sarah (Mack) Longanecker, the second wife of


Joseph Longanecker, was the mother of three chil-

dren, viz.: Jacob F. Longanecker, Nancy (Longa-

necker) Moser, and Lydia (Longanecker) Ball. Of

these, Jacob and Lydia died of apoplexy, and Nancy

of pneumonia.

Joseph Longanecker had two brothers, David and

Jacob, and one sister, Nancy. David lived in Buf-

falo, N. Y., and died without children. Jacob, who

died in West Newton, Pa., was the father of seven

children, viz.: David, deceased; Henry, deceased;

Jacob, deceased; Frances (Longanecker) Eberhart,

deceased; Barbara (Longanecker) Brown, Sarah

(Longanecker) Goldsmith, and Mary ----. Nancy

(Longanecker) Snyder, sister of Joseph Longa-

necker, lived in Buffalo, N. Y., and had a family,

mostly girls. A number of her descendants still live

in Buffalo.

Jacob F. and Matilda (Moser) Longanecker.

family. Date of marriage, February 24th, 1842.

To them were born three children: Mary Ann,,

born May 7th, 1843; married to William C. Col-

lier, October 8th, 1863; died May 19th, 1887, of

phthisis. Almira, born July 10th, 1846; died

August 3rd, 1857, of typhoid fever. William A.,

born April 19th, 1849.

Matilda Moser was born January 5th, 1821. She

was a daughter of Daniel and Susanna (Custer)


Moser. Daniel Moser was born August 31st, 1792;

died May 3rd, 1887. Susanna (Custer) Moser, born

October 18th, 1787; died March 26th, 1873. She

was the daughter of George Custer, who was a first

cousin of General George Washington, they being

sisters' children. George Custer was the fourth son

of Paul Custer, and his mother was Sarah Ball, the

daughter of Colonel Ball, of Lancaster County, Pa.

Her sister, Mary Ball, was married to Mr. Augustine

Washington, father of George Washington.

Additional remarks about Jacob F. Longanecker:

He was an industrious farmer, and took great de-

light in raising fine stock. He was held in such

high respect as a private citizen and capable busi-

ness man that he was elected to the office of County

Commissioner in 1855, on the Republican ticket,

notwithstanding Fayette County had always been

largely Democratic. His management of the affairs

of the county was so acceptable to the people that

he was urged, at the end of his term, to offer for

Sheriff, but he declined, preferring to give his spe-

cial attention to the more congenial vocation of

farming and dealing in fine stock. He resided until

1882 upon the farm of 212 acres in German Town-

ship, near Masontown, Fayette County, Pa., where

he was born and reared. He then bought a farm

near Fairchance, Pa., where he resided until Feb-


ruary l9th, 1889, when he removed to Fairchance,

where he died, of apoplexy, April 7th, 1889.

Nancy Longanecker, sister of Jacob Longanecker,

married Joseph Moser, brother of Matilda (Moser)

Longanecker. She was the mother of four children,

viz.: Daniel, Sarah (Moser) Griffith, Amanda (Moser)

Griffith, Matilda (Moser) Antram, and Altha L.

Daniel resides on the old homestead; Altha L. is the

leading druggist of Uniontown, Pa., and stands high

in business and social circles. By close attention to

business and judicious investments, he has acquired

a handsome fortune.

Lydia Longanecker, sister of Jacob Longanecker,

married Zachariah Ball, and was the mother of

three children, Sarah and Jacob, both deceased, and

Joseph, who resides on a fine farm north of Union-

town, Pa.

Additional remarks concerning Dr. William A.


Dr. Longanecker was born on a farm near Mason-

town, Pa., and educated in the common schools and

Waynesburg College. Leaving college, he taught

six terms in the common schools, receiving a pro-

fessional certificate in 1874 from the veteran County

Superintendent, Joshua V. Gibbons. In 1870 he

served as Assistant Census Marshal. In 1871 he

began the study of medicine with Dr. George W.


Neff, of Masontown (the present Major-Surgeon of

the Tenth Pennsylvania Volunteers). In 1874 he

attended lectures at the Jefferson Medical College,

of Philadelphia, and graduated March 10th, 1876.

On April 4th, 1876, he formed a partnership with

Dr. Henry B. Mathiot, of Smithfield, Pa. In 1880

he located at Fairchance, Pa., where he is now en-

gaged in a large and successful practice, and enjoys

the confidence and esteem of the best people in his

community. He has served, and is now serving,

acceptably as physician and surgeon for a number

of large companies having done, and now doing,

business in his town. In politics he is a Republican,

and has served his party with fidelity. Dr. Longa-

necker is an uncompromising foe of the liquor

traffic, and, by his untiring effort, has saved his

town from the curse of the saloon. He has inter-

ested himself in the building up of homes for the

common people, and many laboring men are enjoy-

ing comfortable homes because of his liberality and

encouragement. His career has been marked by

honesty and integrity of purpose. He is a Chris-

tian gentleman, conscientious in his profession, and

of fine business ability. On October l9th, 1882, he

married Miss Ida F. Mathiot, a daughter of Dr.

Henry B. Mathiot, of Smithfield, Pa. Their union

has been blessed with two children, Ellen Douglas,


born March 10th, 1887; and Carrie Mathiot, born

August 3rd, 1889.

Ida F. Mathiot Longanecker, wife of Dr. William

Longanecker, is a daughter of Dr. Henry Bernard

Mathiot, who was one of the most noted physicians

of Fayette County, and practiced his profession for

over fifty years at Smithfield, Pa. He died on Feb-

ruary 24th, 1894, being seventy-eight years old.

George Mathiot, grandfather of Mrs. Longanecker,

was an officer in the Continental Army of the Rev-

olution. Her great-grandfather, Jean Mathiot, was

the son of a French officer, and came from France

to America, and settled at Lancaster, Pa., in 1754.

His wife was Catharine Margaret, daughter of Hon.

Jean Bernard, Mayor of Dampierre, France. They

were married in 1753, and had three sons, Christian,

John, and George, the latter being the grandfather

of Mrs. Longanecker.


Longanecker, William Alexander, Fairchance,

Fayette County, Pa., born April 19th, 1849, near

Masontown, Pa. Stout build, five feet eight inches

in height, weighs 180 pounds, fair complexion, blue

eyes, light brown hair, broad, high forehead; prom-

inent nose, sanguine temperament. Profession,

physician (allopathic). October 19th, 1882, married


Ida Frances Mathiot, a daughter of Dr. Henry Ber-

nard and Rebecca Ruth (Brownfield) Mathiot, born

at Smithfield, Pa., September 22nd, 1857. Children,

Ellen Douglas Longanecker and Carrie Mathiot


The father of William Alexander was Jacob F.

Longanecker, born June 17th, 1818, near Mason-

town, Fayette County, Pa.; died April 7th, 1889, at

Fairchance, Pa. He was a large, stout man, five

feet eight inches in height, weighed 200 pounds,

fair complexion, light hair, blue eyes, high fore-

head, large nose inclined to Roman, sanguine tem-

perament. February 24th, 1842, married Matilda

Moser, daughter of Daniel and Susanna (Custer)

Moser. Matilda Moser was born January 5th, 1821.

Daniel Moser was born. August 31st, 1792; died

May 3rd, 1887. Susanna (Custer) Moser was born

October 18th, 1787; died March 26th, 1873.

The grandfather of William Alexander was Jo-

seph Longanecker, born, in Lancaster County, Pa.,

in 1778; died, near Masontown, Pa., in 1853. He

was a prosperous farmer, and, by his industry, hon-

esty, and frugality, accumulated a large estate, be-

ing able to give a good farm to each of his eight

children. He was a leader in the Mennonite

Church. He was a stout man, about five feet seven

inches in height, weighed 200 pounds, light com-


plexion, blue eyes, light hair. He was twice mar-

ried. His first wife was Maria Leckrone. His

second wife, Sarah Mack, was the mother of Jacob

F. Longanecker. She was the daughter of Jacob

Mack, Sr., and was born June 17th, 1798; died

June 13th, 1892, aged ninety-three years, eleven

months, and twenty-six days.

The great-grandfather of William Alexander was

John Longanecker, of Lancaster County, Pa.

Additional remarks about Joseph Longanecker's

children and grandchildren by his first wife:


John Longanecker.

Married Mary ("Polly")






Married John Riley. Both



One daughter died in infancy.

Hannah Jane (Johnson), also




Married Jacob Mack. Both



Sarah (Walters), deceased.

Joseph, Uniontown, Pa.

Alexander, Masontown, Pa.

Nancy (Ferren).

Jacob, deceased.



Married Samuel Renshaw

Both deceased.


Joseph, deceased.


Frances (Ross).

Sarah, deceased.


William, deceased.

Araminta (Honsaker).




Joseph Longanecker.

Married Annetta Barber.

Both deceased.


Harriet Ann.

Sarah (Smith), deceased.

John H., Uniontown, Pa


James Q.

Nancy (Franks).

Catharine (Llewellyn).

Matilda (Johnson).


Jane (Fort).

Annetta (Skiles).

David, Masontown, Pa.

Jacob Longanecker, of West Newton, had also a

daughter, Eliza, who married ---- Rotharmel.





Longenecker, Isaac S.; residence. Mount Joy, Pa.;

born, Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, Pa.,

January 3rd, 1835. Occupation, Cashier Union Na-

tional Bank, Mount Joy. Height, five feet six

inches; weight, 137 pounds; regular features;

medium-dark complexion. November 15th, 1859,

married Harriet G. Fretz, a daughter of Daniel and


Margaret Fretz, who were farmers. Unto them one

child, Emma Longenecker, was born, who married

John W. Eshleman. Mr. Longenecker lived on a

farm until reaching the age of fifteen years; he then

entered a country store in Mount Joy, Pa.; quit

mercantile business in 1882; entered into banking,

and, in 1885, became the Cashier of the Elizabeth

National Bank; and, in 1890, became the Cashier

of the Mount Joy National Bank, which position he

still holds.

Father, Abraham Longenecker; residence, near

Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pa.; born in the

year 1805, in Dauphin County, Pa; died,----,

1881, at Bachmanville, Dauphin County, Pa. Oc-

cupation, farmer; height, five feet nine inches;

weight, 160 pounds; round face and head; dark

complexion, and regular features. Married Anna

Shenk, 1830, daughter of Christian Shenk, farmer

and preacher. Children: Samuel, born 1831; mar-

ried ---- Fishbunn, in 1856. Abram, born 1833;

died 1850. Isaac S. (as above). Magdaline, born

1837; married Peter Cramer, 1858; died; 1885.

David, born 1843; married Annie Beck, 1862.

Peter, born 1846; died 1889. Harry, born 1850;

died 1885.

Paternal grandfather, Jacob Longenecker; resi-

dence, near Bachmanville; born, near Campbells-


town, Lebanon County, Pa., May 16th, 1774; died,

Bachmanville, November 30th, 1856. Occupation,

farmer. Height, five feet five inches; weight,

about 145 pounds; sandy hair, fair complexion.

Married Barbara Buck. Children: John, Abraham,

Christian, Samuel, Elizabeth, Barbara, Veronica,

Catharine, and Jacob.

Great-grandfather, Abraham Longenecker; born,

Lebanon County, Pa., in 1748; died, in Lebanon

County, in 1823. Occupation, farmer. Married

Barbara Fretz. Children: Jacob, Abraham, Daniel,

Elizabeth, Veronica, Barbara and Peter.



Dr. Daniel Longaker, the oldest son of Abraham

and Susanna (nee Correll) Longaker, was born

September, 1858, near Collegeville, Montgomery

County, Pa. His early years were spent on the

farm. He attended the country schools and the

Collegiate Institute of Abel Rambo, at Trappe.

At the age of seventeen he went to Philadelphia as

an apprentice in a drug store, and soon entered the

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, where he at-

tended three annual courses of lectures and gradu-

ated with honors in 1879.


In the fall of the same year he was admitted to

advanced standing in the Medical Department of

the University of Pennsylvania, and in March, 1881,

he took his degree in medicine. Immediately on

graduation he commenced the practice of medicine

in Philadelphia. He served a three-years' term as

attending physician to the Northern Dispensary,

and at the same time acting as an assistant of

Doctors Albert H. Smith, J. G. Allen, and Elwood

Wilson, at the Philadelphia Lying-in Charity.

Here his work was largely in the specialty of Sur-

gery and Obstetrics.

In 1885 he became one of the medical chiefs of

this institution, which position he occupied only a

few years. Exceptional opportunities for observa-

tion led him to contribute frequently to the

literature of this special branch of medicine.

In 1884 he married' Margaret A. Pancoast,

daughter of Nathan F., and Mary E. Pancoast.

Two sons and four daughters were born unto them

and make up his present family. A laborious

family practice engrosses most of his time. He is

frequently called in consultation by other phy-

sicians in complicated cases.

He has always been fond of athletics; walking,

swimming, and bicycling have been favorite sports.

In these he realizes health-giving agencies which


are well adapted to overcome the disease tendency

of many occupations, especially those of a seden-

tary nature. He is a very busy practitioner, with

the promise of many years of usefulness and good

health in the future.





Longaker, Daniel, of 645 North Eighth Street,

Philadelphia, born September 9th, 1858, at Iron-

bridge, Montgomery County, Pa. Physician in

large practice in Philadelphia for the last eighteen

years, of erect figure, five feet eight inches; weight,

one hundred and thirty-five pounds; large features,

dark complexion, prominent straight nose, broad

forehead, large mouth, large head, brown eyes

and black hair, nervous temperament; married,

December 18th, 1884, Margaret A. Pancoast,

daughter of Mary Elizabeth (Hoff) and N. Folwell

Pancoast Her mother was of German descent

and her father of Quaker. Children, Margaret,

William R. (deceased), Norman, Elizabeth P.,

Edwin, Rachel F., Anna, William R.


The father of Daniel was Abraham Longaker, of

Linfield, Pa.; born December 2nd, 1835, in Lim-

erick Township, near Schwenksville, Pa. In his

prime a muscular man, above medium height,

broad shouldered, heavy; dark complexion. At

present, gray-haired, with gray beard; form slightly

bent, quite active, in good health. Living in par-

tial retirement. Farmer's lad, carpenter, farmer,

marketman, were his varied vocations. Was a

school director, bank director, etc. Married, Decem-

ber 5th, 1857, Susanna Correll, only daughter of

John and Rachel (Fetterolf) Correll. Mother's

grandparents on her mother's side came from


The grandfather of Daniel, was Abraham Long-

aker, born 1792, near Limerick Square, and died

in 1872, near Schwenksville, Pa. Married (first)

Anna Smith, who died leaving two children, Anna,

who married George Doll, and Mary, who married

Nispel. Second marriage, Hannah Haldeman, who

died leaving a number of children. She was a

Pennsylvania German, a Mennonite, and a good

woman. Abraham Longaker "was a weaver (linen

and carpet) and a farmer; excelled; in the growth

of apples, pears, etc.

The great-grandfather of Daniel was Henry

Longaker, born near Mingo, 1770, and died near


Limerick Square, Pa., about 1800. He was the

only son; has four sisters, Sarah (Bowman), Bar-

bara (Willauer), Magdalena (?), (Boyer), -----

Reifsnyder (?). His wife's maiden name was Cell,

left a widow at an early age; she married Ludwig


The great-great-grandfather of Daniel was (prob-

ably) Daniel Longaker, born near Mingo about


The great-great-great-grandfather of Daniel was

John Longaker, born about 1708; died, 1745; the

son of the original Daniel, the settler on the Mingo.

His father was Daniel Longenecker, a Swiss


Anna (nee Longaker) Doll, wife of the late George

Doll, 319 Marshall Street, Philadelphia; her birth-

place, Limerick, Montgomery County; her husband

was born May 21st, 1814; he died December 28th,

1898. The date of marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Doll

was April 12th, 1837. Unto them were born six

children: First child, Adaline; second child, Mary

A., who married Augustus Henig, May 20th, 1858;

he died April 25th, 1895; third child, Matilda;

fourth child, Emma, who married Thomas S. Mar-

shall, February 7th, 1867; fifth child, Josephine;

sixth child, Clara. The father of Anna Longaker

was Abraham Longaker, born near Limerick Square


in 1792, and died May 17th, 1872, near Schwenks-

ville, Montgomery County. He was a sturdy and

upright farmer, persevering and energetic; gentle-

ness was a very prominent characteristic.

Same pedigree as Dr. Daniel Longaker (supra).

Mrs. A. C. Senseman, a descendant of Mary (nee

Longaker) Nispel (supra), and now residing at 107

North Fifth Street, Camden, N. J. Amelius Sen-

seman was born August 26th, and died November

24th, 1894. October 7th, 1875, he married Annie

Catharine Nispel, a daughter of Henry and Mary

(nee Longaker) Nispel. Unto them were born

four children, William, Walter, Bernard, and Mary.

Father's name, Henry Nispel, 609 North Second

Street, Camden, N. J.; born at Darmstadt, Ger-

many, December 12th, 1817; married, September

14th, 1873, Mary Longaker, a daughter of Abraham

and Anna (nee Smith) Longaker. Unto Henry

and Mary Nispel were born four children, Mary L.,

Annie, John, and William.

Pedigree (supra), as Anna (nee Longaker) Doll.

Abraham Longaker, Linfield, Pa.; born Decem-

ber 22nd, 1835; married, December 5th, 1857,

Susanna Correll, a daughter of John and Rachael

Fetterolf Correll; issue, five children, Daniel, Anna,

Elizabeth, Henry, and Frank.

The father of Abraham Longaker was Abraham;


born, 1792, and died May 15th, 1872, near

Schwenksville. His grandfather was Henry (now

deceased); his residence was Limerick.

The Rev. Frank C. Longaker, of Continental,

Ohio, is said Frank {supra}.




Longaker, Samuel H., of Schwenksville, Pa.;

born September 15th, 1841, in Limerick Township,

Montgomery County, Pa. Married, January 29th,

1866, Elizabeth H. Bardman. Child, Sallie B.


Father's name, Abram Longaker, born September,

1792; died May, 1872, at Limerick, Montgomery

County, Pa. He was married twice; first wife be-

ing a Miss Smith; second wife, Hannah Halteman.




Longenecker, Christian Bachman, 3512 Hamil-

ton Street, Philadelphia; born, November 16th,

1856, in Lancaster, Pa.; Doctor of Medicine; mar-


ried, December 27th, 1886, Effie R. Dock, who is

related to the Rippy, Duncan, Elliott, and Redatte

families of Virginia and Pennsylvania. Children,

Charles and Mary.

The father of Christian B. was Henry Longe-

necker; born November 29th, 1828, at Lancaster,

Pa.; died April 28th, 1880, at Lancaster, Pa.; iron

manufacturer. Married, September 28th, 1852,

Elizabeth Bachman. Their children, David, Chris-

tian B., Ella, Florence, Charles K.

The grandfather of Christian B. was David Long-

enecker; born in Lancaster, Pa.; died February

24th, 1882, in Philadelphia; merchant. His wife's

name was Susan E. Jungling, whose ancestors came

from Germany. Their children were Henry and


The great-grandfather of Christian B. was Henry

Longenecker; born in Lancaster County; died in

Lancaster, Pa.; merchant.

For further information, see Rafsnyder account.

Longenecker, William Roger, Brooklyn, N. Y.;

born in Brooklyn, April 30th, 1873. Dark com-

plexion, dark eyes and hair; height, five feet

eleven and three-quarter inches; weight, one hun-

dred and fifty-five pounds; healthy; dentist. Octo-

ber 28th, 1896, married Pearl Davison, of East


Rockaway, L. I. Child, Roger Davison Long-


The father of William R. is David Reinstein

Longenecker, of Rockville Centre, L. I., who was

born July 30th, 1847, at Dayton, Ohio. Lived in

Lancaster, Pa., during boyhood. Dark brown

eyes; five feet ten and one-half inches in height;

weighs one hundred and forty-five pounds; healthy;

occupation, dentist February 1st, 1872, married

Jessie Lambard, of Brigus, Newfoundland; had

four children, two sons and two daughters.

The grandfather of William R. is John Henry

Longenecker; born April 29th, 1823, in Lancaster,

Pa., who now resides at Islip, L. I. Dark brown

eyes; height, five feet nine inches; weight, one

hundred and eighty-five pounds; healthy; phy-

sician. Connected with Hospital at Naval Academy,

Annapolis, Md., during the war. Married Ellen

Fraim, of Lancaster, Pa. Ten sons, six living; all


The great-grandfather of William R. was Henry

Longenecker, who died in Lancaster, Pa. He had

three children, two sons and one daughter. The

latter married Dr. Reinstein, of Philadelphia.




Rafsnyder, Edwin Albert, of Brooklyn, N. Y.;

born, Philadelphia, Pa., 1875; unmarried.

The father of Edwin Albert Rafsnyder was

Edwin Rafsnyder; born 1829, in Philadelphia, Pa.;

died May 29th, 1899; married, 1869, Maria Louise

Reinstein, a granddaughter of Henry Longe-

necker. Their children were Frederick Albert

and Edwin Albert. Edwin Rafsnyder was a prom-

inent builder.

The grandfather of Edwin A. Rafsnyder was

Frederick Reinstein; born 1796, in Wertsburg;

died 1866, in Philadelphia; a prominent dentist of

Philadelphia; married Mary Longenecker, a daugh-

ter of Henry Longenecker, in 1829. Children:

Henry, Frederick Albert, and Mary Louise.

The great-grandfather of Edwin Albert Raf-

snyder was Henry Longnecker; born, Lancaster

County, in 1779; died, in Lancaster, in 1859.

Merchant. Married Mary Huhn. Children: David,

John, and Mary.

The great-great-grandfather of Edwin A. Rafsny-

der was Peter Longenecker, of Lancaster. County,

Pa., a minister.


The great-great-grandfather of Edwin A. Raf-

snyder is believed to be Christian Longenecker,

who resided in Lancaster County, but was born in

Switzerland, and one of whose sons, Peter, was a

Mennonite preacher.

His great-great-great-grandfather was Ulrich Lon-

genecker, who immigrated from Switzerland in 1733.

Pedigree: Edward Albert[6], Maria Louise[5], Mary[4],

Peter[3], Christian[2], Ulrich[1] (Swiss immigrant, 1733).




The Rev. Samuel Augustus Bridges Stopp was

born in Allentown, March 19th, 1875. After spend-

ing four years at the Muhlenberg Preparatory

School, he took the full classical course of four

years at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, where he

was graduated with the degree of A. B. in 1896.

Mr. Stopp was a member of the Euterpean Society,

Editor-in-Chief of the Muhlenberg, a speaker at the

Junior Oratorical Contest, a contestant for the

"Butler's Analogy " prize-in both of which con-

tests he received honorable mention-and a speaker

at the commencement exercises in 1896, where his

subject was "The Truly Beautiful." He was also

historian of his class. Confirmed in St. John's


Lutheran Church, Allentown, on Palm Sunday,

March 25th, 1888, he was always identified with

the Sunday school and various societies of that

prominent parish.

In September, 1896, Mr. Stopp entered the

Senior Class at Princeton University, where he be-

came a member of the Philadelphia Society, and of

the famous old "Whig Hall," the American Whig

Society, one of whose founders was James Madison,

and was graduated with the degree of A. B. in June,

1897. He spent the next year in graduate work at

Princeton, and received the degree of A. M. from

the University in June, 1898.

In September of the same year Mr. Stopp was ad-

mitted to the Junior Class of the Lutheran Theolog-

ical Seminary at Mount Airy, Philadelphia, where

he took the full three-years' course. He was grad-

uated in St. Michael's Church, Germantown, on

Tuesday, in Whitsuntide week, May 28th, 1901,

when, by appointment, he delivered an address on

"Truth and Worship." At the request of the Pitts-

burg Liturgical Association, he prepared a mono-

graph, entitled "A General Survey of the Book of

Common Prayer," which was read before that body

March 11th, 1901, and afterward printed and re-


Mr. Stopp was ordained to the holy ministry by


the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsyl-

vania in St Michael's Church, Allentown, Pa., on

Monday, June 3rd, 1901. He was elected pastor of

St Paul's Church, Doylestown, June 16th, 1901,

and entered upon the performance of his pastoral

duties July 1st, 1901. Mr. Stopp is still laboring

at Doylestown.


Stopp, Samuel Augustus Bridges, Allentown, Pa.;

born March 19th, 1875, at Allentown, Pa. Grad-

uated from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, in

1896; from Princeton University in 1897, degree

of A. M.; from Princeton in 1898; graduated at the

Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mount Airy, Phil-

adelphia, Pa., 1901.

S. A. Bridges Stopp is the son of John Stopp,

Postmaster at Allentown, 1890-94; a son of Joseph

Stopp, merchant, of Allentown, and grandson of

John Stopp, soldier in the Revolutionary Army.

John Stopp married, March 26th, 1874, Ella Mag-

dalene Dech, daughter of Solomon and Matilda

Magdalene Dreisbach Dech, granddaughter of Jacob

Dech, soldier in the Revolutionary Army, and great-

granddaughter of Simon Dreisbach, Delegate to the

State Congress of 1776.

The maternal grandfather of S. A. Bridges Stopp


was Solomon Dech (1818-1871); married Matilda

Magdalene Dreisbach (1820-1888).

The maternal great-grandfather of S. A. Bridges

Stopp was Jacob Dreisbach (1794-1826); married

Magdalene Bliem (1798-1847).

The maternal great-great-grandfather of S. A.

Bridges Stopp was Christian Bliem (1773-1831);

married Magdalene Hoch.

The maternal great-great-great-grandfather of S.

A. Bridges Stopp was Christian Bliem (1746-1816);

married Salome Longaker.

The maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather

of S. A. Bridges Stopp was Jacob Longaker, who

landed, -with his father and brothers, in 1733, aged

nineteen years.

The maternal great-great-great-great-great-grand-

father of S. A. Bridges Stopp was Ulrich Longe-

necker, born in Switzerland, and was an immigrant

to the Colonial Province of Pennsylvania in 1733,

aged sixty-nine years.


I. Christian Bliem, born at Mannheim, Germany,

December 25th, 1711; immigrated to Pennsylvania

in 1735; purchased a farm of three hundred acres,

part of which is included within the borough limits


of Pottstown; died March 9th, 1810, aged ninety-

eight years, two months, and fifteen days.

II. His son Christian (1746-1816) was born at the

homestead, and married Salome Longaker (1746-

1811), daughter of Jacob and Susanna Longaker.

The Bliems were Mennonites, and so took no active

part in the Revolution, but furnished supplies to the

American Army.

III. The children of the above were Jacob, Philip,

Daniel, Christian, John, Mary, Susanna, and another


Christian (1773-1831) became very well-known as

a Mennonite minister and performed many self-

denying deeds in his itinerant ministry. In 1790

he moved to Northampton County, and, in 1829,

was called to Bucks County, where he was stricken

with paralysis, while preaching in the Mennonite

meeting-house at Springfield. His wife was Mag-

dalene Hoch (now High). Their children were:

IV. Salome (1796-1847); married Joseph Dech,

of Bethlehem. Magdalene (1798-1847); married

Jacob Dreisbach (whose daughter Magdalene mar-

ried Solomon Dech, the father of Ella Dech Stopp).

Elizabeth (1800--); married Peter Anewalt.

David (the father of the Rev. J. Christian Bliem)

married Susan Boyer. Katharine (1809) married

the Rev. Dr. David Kemmerer.


The Bliem descendants in Allentown are: Messrs.

John and Samuel Anewalt, prominent merchants;

and the children of the Anewalts; the Rev. Chris-

tian Bliem, 210 North Eighth Street; Calvin

Bliem; Mrs. William H. S. Miller, North Jefferson

Street; and their descendants.





John Longanecker, of Hiram, Ohio, was born in

Burton City, Ohio, July l4th, 1848. He was raised-

on a farm, and followed that occupation till about

thirty years of age, then ran a meat market five

years; afterward took up carpentering. Four years

ago moved to Hiram to educate his children, where

he is now the janitor of the Young Men's Christian

Association building. Married Susan E. Myers, Jan-

uary 1st, 1874, whose mother's name was Winger.

Her father lived near Smithville, Wayne County,

Ohio, and was a tailor by trade. Children: Frank,

Lizzie, Lida, and Flora. Frank, in June, 1899, grad-

uated at Hiram College, Ohio. He is now professor

of languages in Fayette Normal University, Ohio.


The father of John Longanecker was George

Longanecker, who was born in Lancaster County,

Pa., and died at Burton City, Ohio, December 30th,

1893. He was a tall, strong man, six feet two

inches, and weighed 190 pounds, a carpenter by

trade, but spent the latter part of his life on a farm.

He was always anxious for peace, had a quiet, retir-

ing disposition, and never had a quarrel or lawsuit

with anyone in his life. His wife was Martha

Westeffer, who was born in Lancaster County, Pa.

They were among the pioneer settlers of Ohio.

Her mothers maiden name was Weaver.

The other children of George Longanecker were:

William, of Cerro Gordo, Ill.; Mrs. Jacob New-

comer, Seville, Ohio; and Mrs. S. M. Lehman, of

Burton City, Ohio.

Circular Letter gives names, to wit: Frank M.

Longanecker, New Brighton, Pa.; John Longa-

necker, Beach City, Ohio; John Longanecker,

Wadsworth, Ohio; a family of Longaneckers,

Delta, Ohio; William Longanecker, Cerro Gordo,

Ill. Adam Steiner, Morrison, Ill, knows of some

of the families.

Longenecker, Harry, Fort Washington, Pa.; born

May 19th, 1865, at Landisville, Lancaster County,

Pa. He is five feet seven and one-half inches tall,

of stout build, light complexion, gray eyes, and


Roman nose; single at the age of thirty-four; fol-

lows farming and butchering for a living. He has

one sister married to a Reformed minister, William

H. Mader, located at South Easton, Pa.

The father of Harry Longenecker is Joseph

Longenecker; of Londonderry Township; born

August 15th, 1838, Lebanon County, Pa. He is

five feet seven inches in height, dark complexion,

heavy set, black hair, full, strong beard, and Roman

nose. By occupation always a farmer and fancy

stock breeder; in his early days he was one of the

founders of the American Devon Cattle Club; was

in the cattle breeding business until 1893. Married,

December 4th, 1860, Susan S. Creider, one of the

ten children of John E. Creider, an enterprising

farmer of Lancaster County.

The grandfather of. Harry Longenecker was

Samuel Longenecker, of Londonderry Township;

born, 1812, in Lebanon County, Pa.; died, No-

vember 26th, 1893, at Florin, Lancaster County,

Pa. He was of medium height. He was a

minister, belonging to the United Brethren in

Christ. He was of an inventive turn of mind, a

plow-builder, and farmed in earlier days. Two of

his sons, John and Samuel, were ministers also. In

1833 he married Magdalena Brubaker, a daughter


of Benjamin Brubaker, a farmer, at Conewa?

Lebanon County, Pa.

The great-grandfather of Harry Longenecker

was Jacob Longenecker; born in Lebanon County,

died in Londonderry Township, early in the sixties

He owned and carried on a distillery in Lebanon

County. He married Barbara Buck. They had

eight children.

Longenecker, Alfred R., Bryan, Ohio; born Sep-

tember 9th, 1841, in Richland County, Ohio. Came

to Williams County some time during the early

part of his life; lived on a farm for many years.

In 1893 he moved his family to Bryan, and he is

now employed by the Standard Oil Company. He

is a man of medium height, with blue eyes and

brown hair. September 17th, 1863, married Sarah

Ellen Altaffer, daughter of John Altaffer, who came

to Williams County with her parents at ihe age of

four years. Children, Lillian Elnora, Elva Alden,

and Luella May.

The father of Alfred R. was Peter Longenecker,

born December 25th, 1816, in Lancaster County,

Pa.; died December 18th, 1882, near Paris, Mich.

He had three brothers, Jacob, John, and George.

George lived for some time in Mason County, Ky.

He also had several sisters. At the age of twenty-


one he married Nancy Reifsnider, April 13th, 1837,

in Star County, Ohio, having settled there early in

life. His trade was plastering. He was a man of

medium height, with dark eyes and hair. Had

nine children, Savilla, Deliah, Alfred R., Laruha-

mah, Kezia, Benton, Oliver, Marion.

Longenecker, Daniel, Columbus, Ohio; born Jan-

uary 14th, 1842, near Lancaster, Pa.; was killed in

a railroad collision on the Pittsburg, Cincinnati,

and St Louis Railroad on May 7th, 1891. Married,

March 9th, 1870, Cornelia A. Simpson, daughter of

Washington Simpson, of Columbus, Ohio. Chil-

dren, Mary, Charles, Alvah, Daisy, Orrin, James

Carl, and Rae.

Longacre, Rudolph Franklin, of Meadville, Pa.;

born September 11th, 1869, at Cleveland, Ohio. Di-

vision Freight Agent, Meadville Division, Erie Rail-

road. Married, September, 23rd, 1889, Nellie Sher-

wood. Children, Mabel Ford Longacre and Ger-

trude Sherwood Longacre.

The father of Rudolph F. was Joseph Franklin

Longacre, of Cleveland, Ohio.




Maxton, Esther G. (Longacre), of Pughtown, Pa.,

was born March 7th, 1875, at Nantmeal Village,

Pa.; married I. Winters Maxton, March 10th, 1897.

The father of Esther G. Maxton is David Long-

acre, of Pughtown, who was born August 18th,

1826, in Montgomery County, Pa. David Long-

acre was twice married, his first wife being Hannah

B. Reinhart, who was burned to death, June

14th, 1869. They had four children, Prizer (who

died at Aiken, S. C., May 18th, 1894, of consump-

tion); Dr. H. Y. Longacre, St. Charles, Ill.; Annie

M. Wynn, of Spring City; and Debbie S. Cloud, of

Sheeder, Pa. By the second wife, who was Rebecca

Wynn, a daughter of Samuel and Ann (Guest)

Wynn, and to whom he was married March 27th,

1873, David Longacre had one daughter, Esther G.

The grandfather of Esther G. Maxton was Henry

Longacre, born 1786; died 1848, in Montgomery

County, Pa.; married, 1808, Debora Cressman.

The great-grandfather of Esther G. Maxton was

Jacob Longacre, born December 6th, 1751; died

May 21st, 1837. His wife's name was Juliann.



Samuel D. Longacre, residence Phoenixville;

born September 28th, 1847, in East Vincent Town-

ship, Chester County, Pa. April 10th, 1871, mar-

ried Beulah Martin, daughter of Benjamin Martin,

of Uwchland, Chester County, Pa. Children, Eva

M., Sarah M., Mary L., and John 0.

Father, John Longacre, residence East Pikeland,

Chester County, Pa.; born at Upper Providence,

Montgomery County, Pa., April 28th, 1815; died

at East Pikeland, September 6th, 1878. Was a

farmer by occupation, and a member of the German

Reformed Church of East Vincent, Chester County,

Pa. Married, December 31st, 1846, Maty Ann

Diemer, daughter of Samuel and Sarah, Finkbiner


Grandfather and grandmother both died while

he was young. Knew very little about them.

Isaac Longacre, now deceased, who lived at

Rodenbach Church, farmer, told me about twenty

years ago that the ancestors of the Longacre family

were two brothers, each of whom bought about 1000

acres of land; one located in Montgomery County,

and the father and son together had 1000 acres,

which included the Poor-house Farm; the other in


Chester County. Some of the land was at Paw-

ling's Bridge and some in what is now Schuylkill

Township. The latter sold his land and went with

his family to Lancaster County. He said they came

from Germany.

F. W. Longacre, M. D., Great Bend, Kan., writes

that he is much interested in the Longacre history,

and refers to his brother Samuel, of Phoenixville,

to give information as to his ancestors. He mar-

ried Mary L. Wise, of Kansas City, November 25th,

1880 (have no children). She was reared in Mont-

gomery County, Pa.





Peter Beller to David Longenecker, deed, dated

May 29th, 1729, for 250 acres of land in Strasburg

Township, Lancaster County. Deed of David

Longenecker, Sr., to David Longenecker, Jr., his

eldest son, dated May 23rd, 1759, for 150 acres in

Lampeter Township. Deed of the executors of

David Longenecker, dated March 27th, 1787, for 75

acres, recited to be part of the said 150 acres.

Some of his descendants are living on the home-


stead, and this record is given as facts standing in

the ancestral line, to wit: Personally appeared in

court John Witmer, Jacob Hartman, and Abraham

Longenecker, executors of the last will and testa-

ment of David Longenecker, late of Lampeter

Township, deceased, together with David Longen-

ecker, Jr., one of the sons and devisees of the said

testator, and it being submitted to the court under

the special circumstances of the said estate what in-

terest moneys are of right due and payable unto the

said David Longenecker, Jr., of his distributive

share of the said estate settled in the register's office

at Lancaster the 2nd day of June, 1770. The court

on argument and advisement had of the premises

do order and direct that the sum of L25 18s. 3d.,

the interest for nine years on L48, the proportion of

the said David Longenecker, Jr., of the moneys at in-

terest and under the particular management of John

Witmer, be paid to the said David Longenecker,

Jr., in full of his distributive share of the personal

estate whereof his said father died possessed, amount-

ing in the whole to L85 6s. 4d., which said sum was

accordingly paid by the said John Witmer to the

said David Longenecker, Jr., in open court, and the

same David agreed that he was fully satisfied and

contented therewith.

(The above is recorded in Record Book, 1784-


1787, on page 429, in the Clerk of the Orphans'

Court Office at Lancaster on March 27th, 1787.)




Peter Longenecker was father of nine children;

six are yet living. I will give you the births and

as much concerning them as I can.

1. Savilla Longenecker was born November

25th, 1837; died November 27th, 1837.

2. Deliah Longenecker was born October 30th,

1838. I cannot give the date of her death defi-

nitely, but think she was about fifty years old. She

married Levi Hamman. To them five children

were born; their names are Lewis, Franklin, Della,

Alice, and Mabel. Alice Hamman is married.

Deliah was a woman of medium height; black eyes

and black hair.

3. An infant born September 4th, 1840, died

September 4th, 1840.

4. Alfred R. Longenecker (see blank).

5. Laruhamah Longenecker was born October

13th, 1843; married Wilson Overly. To them

were born four children; one died when but an in-

fant The names of the children living are Albert,


William, and Harvey. William Overly is married.

He has dark eyes and dark hair; is tall and slender.

Residence, Pioneer, Ohio.

6. Kezia Longenecker was born April 24th, 1845;

married Lem Richards. She has dark eyes and

dark hair. She is very fleshy, and not very tall.

Residence, Bryan, Ohio.

7. Benton Longenecker was born March 6th,

1847; married Mary Page. He is of medium

height; brown eyes and brown hair. Residence,

Pioneer, Ohio.

8. Oliver Longenecker was born January 23rd,

1849. Oliver seems contented to spend his days

alone, as he has never married. He takes much

comfort from his pipe, and says that an old bache-

lor's life is the life for him. He is very fleshy; has

blue eyes and gray hair. Residence, Bryan, Ohio.

9. Marion Longenecker was born May 19th,

1851; he married Ellen Conely. To them were

born two children, whose names are Charles and

Clinton. Marion has black eyes and black hair.

He is very tall; I think perhaps he might measure

seven feet. Residence, Bryan, Ohio.

Names, births, etc., of A. R. Longenecker's chil-


1. Lillian Elnora Longenecker was born May

28th, 1865; married Henry Radabaugh, May 27th,


1883. To this union one daughter was born, June

17th, 1884; her name is Gertrude Belle. Lillian

is short and fleshy; she has brown eyes and brown

hair. Mr. Radabaugh's occupation is the agricul-

tural business. Residence, Stryker, Ohio.

2. Elva Alden Longenecker was born October

22nd, 1867; married Irwin E. Reed, November 11th,

1886; to them one son was born, August l7th,

1887. His name is Charles Guy. Elva is tall and

very slender; has brown eyes and brown hair. Res-

idence, Cleveland, Ohio.

3. Luella May Longenecker was born September

30th, 1878; married Frederick A. Yunck, October

20th, 1898. She has blue eyes and brown hair; is

of medium height. Mr. Yunck is employed at the

L. S. and M. S. Freight Office. Residence, Bryan,



Peter Longanecker, deceased, Richmond, Ind., a

son of Samuel Longanecker, of North Star, Darke

County, Ohio. Peter has three brothers: Joseph,

Samuel, and Frank. Their mother's name was


[Extract from letter of Mrs. Peter Longanecker,

Richmond, Ind.]

0. B. Longenecker, M. D., Dayton, Ohio; born,


September 11th, 1859, Hillgrove, Ohio; was reared

on a farm; taught school for two years. Graduated

in medicine in 1884, and is now at the head of The

Dayton Medical and Surgical Institute, Dayton,

Ohio. In height, five feet nine inches; dark hair

and eyes; good physique, muscular and active; en-

gaged in special practice along with college duties,

and is eminently successful in his profession. He

married, July, 1884, Clara Lowry, whose father's

people come from the State of New York, and he

was reared in Clark County, Ohio, on a farm. The

family were prosperous farmers. Her father was a

physician, practiced medicine, and died at Rosehill,

Darke County, Ohio., Unto 0. B. and wife two

children were born, Hilton and Irene.

The father of 0. B. was Henry, born at Green-

wood Township, Mifflin County, Pa., and moved to

Hillgrove, Darke County, Ohio. He was born in

1830, and died, Hillgrove, Ohio, October 21st,

1896. He was a prosperous farmer, quiet, sober,

upright. About five feet ten inches high, dark

sandy hair and dark eyes. One child, Frank, with

first wife. Second wife, nine children, 0. B., Har-

vey, Belle, John, Alice, Olive, Edward, Rutherford

B., and Mary. All living except Belle, Alice, and,

Frank; Married first wife about 1852 or 1853;

named Hettie Herr. Married second wife, August


l5th, 1858, named Elizabeth Nowlin, who was

reared on a farm, near Hillgrove, Ohio; of Scotch-

German ancestors. Her father was a blacksmith

and farmer; was Justice of the Peace for many

years. Prosperous, and a man of good, hard service

and large influence in his neighborhood.

Paternal grandfather, Henry, resided at Pleasant

Hill, Miami County, Ohio. He was born in Juniata

County, Pa., in 1791, and died near Pleasant Hill,

Ohio, in 1872, aged eighty-one years. He lived

first three miles west of Lewistown, Pa., on the

Juniata River. In 1834 moved to Pleasant Hill,

Ohio, on farm of 160 acres. He was a successful

farmer. For many years before his death he was a

Dunker, or German Baptist preacher, deacon, and

leader. He married Anna Hart, and unto them

were born ten children: Benjamin, David, Henry,

Sarah, Anna, Fanny, Susan, Esther, Isaac, and

Elizabeth. His wife was born in Juniata County,

in 1794, and died at Pleasant Hill, in 1863.

Great-grandfather, David Longenecker, resided

at McAlisterville, or Swales, Juniata County, Pa.

He married twice. Issue of first wife six children-

Henry, Esther, Samuel, Joseph, David, and Cath-

arine. One with second wife-John.

[Dr. 0. B. Longenecker is believed to be of the

sixth generation from his European ancestor, Ul-


rich[1], born in 1664. His genealogy has one link

to be supplied.-A. B. L., Historian.]





Grandfather of H. F. Longenecker, Samuel

Longenecker. The following is a list of his

brothers and sisters as near as we know: Abraham,

John, Christian, Jacob, Elizabeth. One married to

Benjamin Brubaker, one married to Henry Bru-

baker, one married to John Enswinger, one married

to Jacob Moyer.

Grandmother Longenecker's maiden name,

Magdalena Brubaker.

John B. Longenecker, Florin, Lancaster County,

Pa., is in possession of grandfather's Bible. Fur-

ther information may be obtained from him.

Grandfather and grandmother's family: John, B.

Longenecker, Florin, Lancaster County, Pa.;

Joseph B. Longenecker, Fort Washington, Pa.;

Elizabeth B. Longenecker (now Brenner), Madison-

burg, Wayne County, Ohio; Samuel B. Longen-

ecker, Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio.


Marriage of Samuel B. Longenecker (father) and

Elizabeth S. Brenner (mother), January 28th, 1868.

Father born in Dauphin County, Pa.; mother born

in Lancaster County, Pa.

Births: Samuel B. Longenecker (father), Novem-

ber 2nd, 1846; Elizabeth S. Longenecker (mother),

November 26th, 1845.

Their children: H. F. Longenecker, January

7th, 1869; Mary M. Longenecker, August 6th,

1870; infant daughter, August 4th, 1873; John B.

Longenecker, July 27th, 1874; Catharine Longen-

ecker, August 27th, 1876; Anna B. Longenecker,

September 12th, 1877; Elizabeth Longenecker,

June 1st, 1879; Allen Longenecker, July 13th,

1883; Nettie Longenecker, July 30th, 1885.

Marriages of children: Allan C. Buchwalter to

Mary M. Longenecker, November 9th, 1893. Their

child, Jesse Buchwalter (son), born September 9th,

1895. John B. Hostetter to Anna B. Longenecker,

November 28th, 1897. John B. Longenecker to

Mary A. Gerber, March 13th, 1898.

Deaths of children: Infant daughter, August

4th, 1873; Catharine Longenecker, September

10th, 1876; Nettie Longenecker, January l7th,


Mr. Samuel Longenecker (grandfather) came to

Ohio from Pennsylvania in the spring of 1864,


having sold his farm in Pennsylvania; he invested

in several farms near Smithville, Wayne County,

Ohio. He owned at different times the farms now

known as the John Billman farm, two miles west

of Smithville; the Daniel Ramseyer farm, one-half

mile north of Smithville; and the Samuel B. Long-

enecker farm, two and one-half miles southeast of

Smithville. Thinking Pennsylvania better, on ac-

count of his ill-health he removed to Union Deposit,

Dauphin County, Pa., after living in Ohio for

about fifteen years, having disposed of his Ohio

property to the above-named persons.

Grandfather and grandmother are both dead, but

we are not able to give the dates of their deaths, not

having access to the family Bible held by John B.

Longenecker, Florin, Lancaster County, Pa.

Anna B., married to John B. Hostetter, live on a

farm two and one-half miles south of Smithville,

Ohio; Elizabeth and Alien being at home with

their parents.

Elizabeth B. Longenecker (father's sister) was

married to Benjamin Brenner, 1863. One child

was the result of their marriage, Elenora, born in

1865. They live on a beautiful farm one mile

northeast of Madisonburg, Wayne County, Ohio.

Mr. Brenner, died April, 1899.

Benjamin Brenner and Elizabeth (mother) S.


Brenner's parents were Mr. and Mrs. Christopher

Brenner's children, who came to Smithville from

Lancaster County, Pa., in 1855.

Samuel B. Longenecker (father) came to Ohio

from Pennsylvania in the fall of 1867, and after his

marriage moved on his father's farm, two and one-

half miles southeast of Smithville, which he now

owns, having lived there ever since his marriage.

He is about five feet eight and one-half inches tall,

weighs 165 pounds, hard working, scrupulously

honest and religious in all his dealings. He is a

member and minister in the Brethren in Christ


Their children are variously engaged. H. F.

Longenecker, who is a graduate of the Ohio Nor-

mal University of Ada, Ohio, is Superintendent of

Schools at Smithville, Ohio.

Mary M., married to Allen C. Buchwalter, live in

Smithville, Ohio; Mr. Buchwalter being engaged

in the milling business known as the Smithville

Milling Company, Shrock & Buchwalter; John B.

Longenecker living on the home farm.

Harry C. Longenecker, Union Deposit, Dauphin

County, Pa., is of kinship to this branch.



Daniel Longenecker (the husband of Cornelia A.),

who was killed in a railroad collision, May 1st, 1871,

was born near Lancaster City, Pa., January l4th,

1842; was married to Cornelia A. Simpson, March

9th, 1870, in Franklin County, Ohio. His father's

name was Daniel; his mother's name Mary; seven

children were born unto said Daniel and Cornelia:

Mary M., Charles F., Alvah D., Daisy B., Orrin J.,

James Carl, and Rae S.

Amos Longenecker, Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster

County, Pa., the eldest brother of said Daniel, is

referred to for full information as to the family





Lucinda T. Miller, Upper Providence; born De-

cember 30th, 1802; married Addison T. Miller, De-

cember 29th, 1859. Issue, six children: Horace,

Ella, Elizabeth, Cora, Edgar, and Newton; the

mother of Lucinda Miller was born October 15th,

1810,and died September 6th, 1895. Her ancestors

are of the lineage of John Longacre, a Mennonite


preacher, and a son of Daniel[1] Longacre, of


[As John Longacre died about 1744, and Jacob

Longenecker married his widow, Susanna, about

1745, there is a link missing in this genealogy.-

A. B. L., Historian.]



VINCENT, PA., AUGUST 17, 1895.

Hon. A. B. Longaker, Norristown, Pa.:

"DEAR SIR: Your invitation and courteous note

of July 30th received, after some delay.

Father and mother (Mr. and Mrs. David Long-

acre) are thinking of coming to the Re-union, and

the rest of us would thoroughly enjoy the treat were

it possible.

My great-grandfather's (that is, father's grand-

father's) name was Jacob Longacre, and father's

father's name was Henry Longacre, who had three

brothers and one sister, namely: Peter, Samuel,

George, and Anna. Anna married a Beidler. I

know nothing more of her, and nothing at all of

grandfather's (Henry Longacre's) brothers.

We are descendants of the Longacres who settled

at Mingo, but know nothing of our ancestors.


Do you know where we could obtain a history of

the Longacre family? Will there be an account of

this Re-union published? We would like to have

an account, if possible.

Henry Longacre married Debora Cressman; of

this union there were twelve children, three of

whom are living, namely: Elijah Longacre, Leba-

non; David Longacre, Vincent; Semella Lessig,

Spring City.

I am the youngest daughter of David L. There

are two girls and one boy besides myself, namely:

Dr. H. Y. Longacre, St. Charles, Kane County, Ill.;

Anna M. Wynn, Spring City; Debbie S. Cloud,

Sheeders, Chester County, Pa.

My oldest brother, Milton P. Longacre, of Fort

Wayne, Ind., died of consumption, May 18th, 1894,

leaving five children, three boys and two girls.

We would be glad to hear any further informa-

tion concerning the family.

Yours respectfully,


These are the children of David Longacre:

Milton Prizer was born January 14th, 1851; Dr.

H. Y. Longacre was born December 31st, 1853;

Anna M. Longacre was born June 14th,1855; Deb-


bie S. Longacre was born July 5th, 1862; and Ester

G. Longacre was born March 7th, 1875.

Milton was married May 1st, 1873, to Rachel

Lilley, who died March i6th, 1876; was married

again September 20th, 1880, to Carrie Schlatter.

Dr. H. Y. was married May 28th, 1884, to Nettie

B. Norton.

Anna M. was married November 19th, 1884, to

Thomas G. Wynn.

Debbie S. was married February 12th, 1889, to

Lewis W. Cloud.

Ester G. was married March 10th, 1897, to I.

Winters Maxton.

Of this ancestry is Anna M. Wynn, of Spring

City, Chester County, Pa.; and Debbie S. Cloud,

of Sheeder. Rebecca Wynn (second wife) is the

mother of Ester G. (nee Longacre) Maxton; her

maiden name was Ann Guest, who married Samuel

Wynn, a son of James and Nancy Wynn. Pater-

nal grandfather of Ester G. had two sisters; Anna

married a Beidler, and Julia Ann married ----


These are my father's brothers and sisters, chil-

dren of Henry and Debora Longacre:

George Longacre was born December 17th, 1808;

Susanna Longacre was born August 18th, 1810;

Jacob Longacre was born June 16th, 1812; John


Longacre was born February 2nd, 1815; Henry

Longacre was born December 26th, 1817; Elijah

and Elisha Longacre were born June 7th, 1820;

Manoah Longacre was born January 16th, 1822;

Elijah Longacre was born May 5th, 1824; David

Longacre was born August 18th, 1826; Julia Ann

Longacre was born February 15th, 1829; and Sem-

ella Longacre was born May 8th, 1832.

They are all dead, except Elijah, born 1824, who

lives in Lebanon; David, at Pughtown; and Se-

mella Lessig, Spring City.

My father, David, was married to Hannah B.

Reinhart, December 25th, 1849.



Milton Prizer Longacre, residence (Mrs. Long-

acre's), 29 Garden Street, Fort Wayne, Ind.; born,

in Chester County, Pa., January 14th, 1851; died,

at Aiken, S. C., May 18th, 1894, of consumption,

brought on by the grip. Married, May 1st, 1873,

Rachel Lillie, of Pennsylvania, who died March

1st, 1876. They had one daughter, Bertha L.

Longacre, born September 20th, 1874, and she

died September 1st, 1898. On September 20th,

1880, he married Caroline Schlatter, who was born


July 12th, 1853, near Fort Wayne, Ind,, and edu-

cated at Wooster, Ohio. Lived in Fort Wayne,

Ind., except the winter of 1893 and 1894, which was

spent in Alabama.

Children: Milton Guy Longacre, born November

2nd, 1882; Hazel Irene, born October 29th, 1884;

David Sebastian, born March 1st, 1886; Ray Leon,

born February 19th, 1899.

Father, David Longacre, residence Vincent, Ches-

ter County, Pa.; born August 18th, 1826. To his

first wife, Hannah B. Reinhart (born March 15th,

1831; died June 14th, 1870) were born four chil-

dren: Milton P., Harmon Y., Anna M.,and Debbie

S. In 1873 he married Rebecca Wynn. They had

one daughter, Esther.

Harmon Y. Longacre, M. D., St. Charles, Ill.;

born at Phoenixville, Chester County, Pa., Decem-

ber 31st, 1853; dark complexion, dark hair and

eyes, and Roman nose. May 17th, 1884, married

Nettie Bell Norton; unto them was born one child,

Frank H.

Father of Dr. Longacre is David Longacre


Abel Longacre, Newport, Perry County, Pa,, a

son of Joseph Longacre, has an uncle Isaac, of

Chester County, Pa., and also had an uncle John,

whom he believes died in Norristown, Pa.



His father, Henry Longacre, was born April 26th,

1787, and his mother, Debora, was born January

23rd, 1781; issue born unto them: George, De-

cember 17th, 1808; Susanna, August 18th, 1810;

Jacob, June 16th, 1812; John, February 2nd, 1815;

Henry, December 25th, 1817; Elijah, June 2nd,

1820; Manoah, January 16th, 1822; Elijah, May

5th, 1824; David, August 18th, 1826; Juliann,

February 15th, 1829; Samella, May 8th, 1832.

The above, as is believed, were born in Lebanon

County, Pa., and belonged to the Mennonite Meet-


The said Manoah Longacre was twice mar-

ried; first wife was Lucy Hoffman. Issue were:

Abraham, born October 31st, 1843; Annie, born

January 28th, 1846; Mary, born February l4th,

1850; Noah, born April 20th, 1852; Henry, born

November 19th, 1854; Edward, born January 11th,

1861. The first wife died in Cleveland, Ohio, 1870,

and all of the children, of first wife were born in

Philadelphia, Pa.

He married second wife, Catharine Herig, of

Cleveland, in 1871, who was born November 25th,

1851. Unto the second marriage three children


were born: Savilla, born March 12th, 1874;

Charles H., born October 27th, 1876; George H.,

born November 8th, 1888. Manoah died December

15th, 1893. Address of Mrs. Manoah Longacre,

No. 7 Shale Street, Cleveland, Ohio.




Selma Pawling, residence Portland, Ind., born

near Pittsburg, Ohio, December 29th, 1865; mar-

ried, June 15th, 1889, Joseph Brewington, whose

father came from Maryland and his mother from

Pennsylvania. Children: Charlie, Delee, and


Mother, Thamazine Longacre, residence Portland,

Ind., born in Chester County, Pa., December 6th,

1829; died at Hector, Ind., June 27th, 1886; mar-

ried, in 1849, Charles Pawling, who was born and

raised in Philadelphia. Children: Allie, Samuel,

Ida, Elmer, Sophia, Lincoln, and Selma.

Maternal grandfather, Abraham Longacre, born

September 29th, 1798; married Ruth Jones. Chil-

dren: Isaac, Jacob, Josiah, Joseph, Mary, Thama-

zine, Abraham, Thomas, and Samuel.

Great-grandfather, Jacob Longacre, born October


15th, 1767; died April 15th, 1845; married Cath-

arine Zimmennan, May 7th, 1795. Children:

Mary, Abraham, Rachel, Julia Ann, Debora, Henry,

and Catharine.

Edward Thompson Kurtz, of Newcastle, Pa., born

April 5th, 1844, in Juniata County, Pa.; attorney-

at-law and speculator in real estate. Height, about

five feet ten and three-quarter inches; weight, 160

pounds; complexion fair, hair light; married, June

23rd, 1868, Ellie E. Frampton, born in Philadelphia;

only child of James B. and Mary (Loy) Frampton.

Children: James Hanna (deceased), Edward Framp-

ton. James Hanna was solo violinist on Princeton

University Mandolin Club for two years.

The father of Edward Thompson was Isaac

Kurtz, of Walnut, Bureau County, Ill.; born Febru-

ary 28th, 1799, in Chester County, Pa.; died April

1890, at Walnut, Ill.; married, December 27th,

1821, Rachel Longacre, a daughter of Jacob and

Catharine (Zimmerman) Longacre.

The grandfather of Edward Thompson was Jacob

Longacre; born October 15th, 1767; died April

15th, 1845; married, May 7th, 1795, Catharine


Davis Brooks Kurtz, of Newcastle, Lawrence

County, Pa.; born, July 6th, 1826, in Chester

County, Pa.; married, September 15th, 1853, Julia


Maria Wilder, of Plymouth County, Mass., whose

ancestors were Pilgrims and landed at Plymouth

Rock from the Mayflower. Children: Charles M.,

Emilie, Louis T., Edward Lawrence, and Katie


The father of Davis Brooks was Isaac Kurtz, born

February 28th, 1799, in Chester County, Pa.; died

April, 1890, in Bureau County, Ill.; married, De-

cember 27th, 1821, Rachel Longacre.

Thomas Walker, of Howells, Neb., born May

26th, 1846, at West Whiteland, Chester County,

Pa.; married, March 24th, 1869, Rebecca C. Bearss,

a daughter of Orson L. and Martha (Pickard)

Bearss. Children: Homer D., Debbie M., Martha

B., Daisy D., Verner V. The father of Thomas

Walker was Thomas Walker; died several years

ago; had no record of his death or marriage, as

sister, Mrs. H. C. Stevens, of Carroll, Iowa, has all

the family records.

Milton V. Detwiler, of Oaks, Montgomery

County, Pa.; born March 15th, 1850, at Royers-

ford, Pa.; married, February 18th, 1875, Hannah

Rosenberger, whose mother's maiden name was

Catharine Longacre, a daughter of Jacob Longacre.

Children: David R., Frank R., Joseph Warren, and




Daniel W. Longacre, born January 10th, 1843;

married, December 23rd, 1874, Mary H. Shultz.

Her father's name was Andrew R. Shultz; her

mother's maiden name was Magdalena E. High;

lived at Clayton, Berks County, Pa. Children of

Daniel W. and wife: Emma S. and May S. Long-

acre. David W. branch (ante).

John W. Longacre, Rich Hill, Bucks County,

Pa.; born October 28th, 1848, in Lower Provi-

dence, Montgomery County, Pa., second youngest

of eight children; married, January 9th, 1875, Mary

(Bechtel) Schantz, daughter of Henry and Eliza-

beth (Bechtel) Schantz, of Hosensack, Lehigh

County, Pa.; issue seven children: Aaron, Henry,

David, Milton, Lizzie Ida, Mary, and Katie.

Father's name, Isaac Longacre; residence, Lower,

Providence, Montgomery County, Pa.; born near

Black Rock, February 20th, 1803; died at Skip-

pack, Pa., July 8th, 1879. He was the youngest of

seven children and suffered from gravel and kid-

ney disease, and was blind a few years. He mar-

ried Hannah Weiss, daughter of Samuel Weiss, of

Douglass Township, Montgomery County, Pa.


The paternal grandfather of John W. Longacre was

David, near Black Rock, Montgomery County, Pa.

Same ancestral line as David W.



Isaac W. Longacre, bora Lower Providence

Township, June 6th, 1841; worked on the farm and

attended the public school; had several terms in the

Freeland Seminary, and one term at Freemount

Seminary, Norristown; he taught five terms in the

common schools of Montgomery County, and one

term in the town of Wakarusa, State of Indiana;

married, January 6th, 1870, Susan K. Shantz, of

Milford, Bucks County, Pa., and commenced farm-

ing on the old homestead. Two years later he

purchased the home of his wife, in Bucks County,

where he now resides. Unto them were born five

sons and two daughters: John, Daniel, Isaac,

Henry, Ross, Horace, Katie Blanche, and Susan

Viola; two other sons died in infancy. His father

was Isaac Longacre, whose grandchildren, now

living, are seventeen sons and eighteen daughters.

He was noted for firmness in habits and dealings;

he was a deacon in the Mennonite Church; was

blind the last year or more of his life, and bore it


without a murmur. He had a family of six sons

and two daughters, namely: David W., Henry,

Isaac W., Daniel, Jacob, John, Kate, and Han-

nah; married, October 16th, 1831. Hannah Weiss.

His father was born February 20th, 1803; died

July, 1879. Isaac W. same lineage as David W.

(ante, page).



Shenkle, Barbara Ann, of Trappe, Montgomery

County, Pa.; married, March 12th, 1858, Philip

Shenkle, born November 24th, 1824, at Coventry,

Chester County. Children: Michael R., Anna M.,

Alfred E. (deceased), Elwood P. (deceased), and

Wesley H. (deceased.).

The father of B. A. Shenkle was Michael

Roudenbush, born June 26th, 1792, and died April

20th, 1864, at Upper Providence, Montgomery

County; married, January 12th, 1819, Debora

Roudenbush, a daughter of David Longacre.

The grandfather of Barbara Ann Shenkle was

David Longacre, born December 25th, 1759, and

died May 15th, 1826, at Mingo, Montgomery

County, Pa.; married Deborah Ziegler.

Great-grandfather supposed to have been Daniel





Christopher Longacre, born October 22nd, 1786;

died March 10th, 1860. Successful farmer of Upper

Providence, Montgomery County, Pa.; married Cath-

arine Roudenbush, first wife. Issue, one daughter,

Debora Longacre; married second wife, Frances

Herstine. Issue, three children: Mary, John H.,

Fannie H.

Debora Longacre married Andrew B. Bauer, far-

mer, of Douglass Township. Issue six children:

Catharine Bauer, married Milton Shantz. Child,

Aaron Shantz; married Annie Stauffer. Issue, one

daughter, Edna. Elizabeth Bauer (died young).

John L. Bauer, married Annie Bechtel. Issue,

Irvin B., Laura, Annie; married (second wife)

Sophia Gabel. Andrew Bauer (died young). Jacob

L. Bauer, married Susanna Linsenbigler. Issue,

Annie, Amanda, Ella. Aaron Bauer, married Liz-

zie Bauman. Issue, Andrew B., Mary, Sammie,

Katie, John, and Irvin; married (second wife)

Malinda Latshaw.

Mary Longacre, born July l4th, 1834; married

John E. Force, February 1st, 1857. Issue, Fannie

Elizabeth Force, born November 10th, 1857; mar-


ried Cornelius Smith; died July 23rd, 1882. Er-

win L. Force, born June 19th, 1861; married An-

nie Funk. Issue, Mary Force (living in Chester

County, near Spring City). John L. Force, born

October 10th, 1866; died August 2nd, 1894.

John H. Longacre, born April 21st, 1837; mar-

ried Lydia Bertolet Issue, Fannie Longacre; mar-

ried Aaron Funk. Issue, Lydia Funk and Annie

Fnnk, Chester County. Mary J. Longacre, married

Jacob Stauffer. Issue, John, Rudy, Mary, and

Clayton. Sallie Longacre, married Jacob Funk.

Issue, Alvin and Lizzie (Upper Providence, Mont-

gomery County). Samuel Longacre (died young).

Lizzie Longacre, married Samuel Pool (Upper

Providence, Montgomery County, Pa.). Emma

Longacre, married Clayton Kulp. Issue, Ruth and

Mary (East Vincent, Chester County).

Fannie H. Longacre, born September 21st, 1839;

married Samuel B. Detwiler, M. D. Issue, Laura;

Detwiler, born March 9th, 1864; married Howard

Yocum. Issue, George, Mary (deceased), Ernest,

and Frances. Lizzie Detwiler, born February 13th,

1866; married Harry K. Hoar. Issue, Frances

Hoar. John L. Defrwiler, born August 24th, 1868;

married Emma Roberts. Issue, Mary, Ira, Ruth,

Wesley, and Irvin. Fannie Detwiler, born January

4th, 1871; died of diphtheria, aged seven years, eight


months, seventeen days. William Penn Detwiler,

born May 27th, 1873. Druggist, Phoenixville, Pa.

Bertha Detwiler, born December 9th, 1875. Sam-

uel Bertolet Detwiler, born September 18th, 1881.



My mother's grandfather, Abraham Longnecker,

married Catharine Wagner. They had ten chil-

dren: Joseph, Elizabeth, Barbara, Susanna, Anna,

Catharine, Isaac, Frances, Daniel, and Benjamin.

Joseph Longnecker, born June 10th, 1773; mar-

ried Betsy Ripley; had eleven children, all born in

Cumberland County, Pa.

Elizabeth Longnecker, born January 1st, 1775;

married David Gipe; had eleven children. Lived

in Franklin County, Pa.

Barbara Longnecker, born February 26th, 1777;

married twice, Wolf-Miller; had three children by

Wolf. Lived in Cumberland County, Pa.

Susanna Longnecker, born December 10th, 1780;

married Michael Livingston; had three children.

Lived in Perry County, Pa.

Anna Longnecker, born December 11th, 1782;

married John Dill; had seven children reach ma-

turity. Lived in Cumberland County, Pa.


Catharine Longnecker, born February 26th,

1785; married Miller; had three children. Lived

and died in Cumberland County, Pa.

Isaac Longnecker, born February 19th, 1788;

married Frances Eshleman; had five children.

Lived in Cumberland County, Pa.

Frances Longnecker, born April 9th, 1790; mar-

ried John Olewine; had six children. Lived in

Cumberland County, Pa.

Daniel Longnecker, born June 2rd, 1793; was

mentally and physically weak; was never able to

walk; died at the age of fourteen.

Benjamin Longnecker, born February 15th,

1796; married Mary Rife; had eleven children.

Lived in Cumberland County, Pa.

The tradition amongst the oldest of the descend-

ants is that the European ancestors lived in Switzer-





William Wellington Longacre, residence Mount

Pleasant Mills, Pa.; born October 9th, 1865, at

Verdilla, Pa.; married, September 2nd, 1894, Kate

M. Houser, eldest daughter of George M. Houser.


Father, Isaac S. Longacre, residence Verdilla, Pa.;

born, Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa., December 5th,

1836; died at Verdilla, Pa., June 20th, 1895. Far-

mer and auctioneer. He was celebrated as an auc-

tioneer, and was called to almost every part of the

State to conduct large sales of live stock, which was

his specialty. Elected County Commissioner of

Snyder County, Pa., 1868-1871, which office he

filled with credit to himself and to the county. He

was a great promoter of church and school work.

In June, 1858, married Mary A. Witmer, only

daughter of John Witmer, and a niece of Judge

Witmer and David H. Witmer. John Witmer, her

father, took up 200 acres of land along the Susque-

hanna River, north of Port Trevorton, where he

also had a distillery. They spoke the English lan-

guage. Children: Sadie E. Witmer, Susan Ar-

dilla, William W., M. D., J. Oscar, Alice R. Shotz-

berger, Isaac W. Longacre.

Paternal grandfather, Peter Longacre or Longen-

ecker; residence Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa.; born

March 27th, 1789, in Chester County, Pa.; died De-

cember 31st, 1843, in Coventry Township, Pa. He

was a tanner by trade, having learned his trade

from Peter Shantz, of Chester County, Pa., to whom

he was apprenticed for three years. Married Eliza-

beth Rhoads and moved to Mount Pleasant Mills,


Pa., where he bought a large farm, and engaged in

farming until his death. Here his first wife died,

December 17th, 1831. On May 22nd, 1834, he mar-

ried Susan Shaffer, who died January 27th, 1879.

His children by the first wife were: Esther Long-

acre, born May 2nd, 1810; William, born April 22nd,

1812; Elizabeth, born December 25th, 1813;

James, born October 3rd, 1815; Mary, born Novem-

ber 21st, 1817; Peter, born December 17th, 1819;

Debora, born April 21st, 1822; Catherine, born

August 8th, 1824; John, born September 15th,

1827; Hannah, born September 3rd, 1829.

By the second wife he had the following chil-

dren: Isaac S. (deceased); Samuel S., born August

26th, 1837. Resides at Elkhart, Ind. Jacob S.,

born December 10th, 1839; died September 10th,


Great-grandfather, Peter Longenecker, of Chester

County, Pa.

William Wellington Longacre was born at Ver-

dilla, Snyder County, Pa., on October 9th, 1865,

being the oldest son of Isaac S. Longacre. During

the summer he worked on the farm for his father,

and attended the public school in winter. At the

age of sixteen years he entered the Freeburg

Academy. At the age of nineteen be began teach-

ing public school; then taught school in winter


and attended the academy during the summer,

graduating in June, 1889, with honors. In the

fall of the same year he began reading medi-

cine with the Hon. Dr. E. W. Tool, of Freebnrg,

Pa. He entered college September 1st, 1890, and

graduated April 18th, 1893, with honorable mention

in a class of 212. This was the largest class in the

history of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

After passing the State Board of Medical Examiners

of Pennsylvania, he took a trip to the State of Ohio

with the intention of locating there, but returned to

Pennsylvania and located at Mount Pleasant Mills,

Snyder County, Pa., where he resides at the present

time, and enjoys a very lucrative practice. His

ability as a general practitioner and surgeon is

admitted by his medical colleagues, and the laity as

well. He has achieved success as a surgeon by

exercising good judgment in technical cases. On

September 2nd, 1894, he married Miss Kate M.



Judge A. B. Longaker, Norristown, Pa.:

"DEAR SIR: I am in receipt of your favor of the 16th instant,

and enclose herewith express money order for one dollar, in

payment for one volume of the Longaker history, which I shall

be glad to receive as soon as published.

I regret that I am able to give you but little information

regarding my ancestors. My grandfather, Peter Longacre, was

born March 27th, 1789, in Chester County, Pa., in or near what


city, I do not know. On August 4th 1809, he was married to

Elizabeth Rhoads. They moved to Union County, Pa., near

Selinsgrove, and there, after some years, his wife died. On May

22nd, 1834, be was married to Mrs. Susannah Shaffer, my grand

mother. They had three sons, Isaac, Samuel S. (my father),

and Jacob. Grandfather died December 31st, 1843, and grand-

mother in the year 1879, both near Selinsgrove.

Our family record shows the death of Jacob Longacre (who,

we believe, was one of grandfather's brothers), February 1st,

1832; also the death of Estor Settlon (who, we believe, was a

sister), in 1823.

Father was born August 26th, 1837 near Selinsgrove.

Mother's maiden name was Mary J. Getten. I have two

brothers, Simpson and Charles, and one sister, Elizabeth.

Both of my uncles, Isaac and Jacob, were born, married, and

lived near Selinsgrove. They died during the last eight years.

I have tried for a number of years to obtain some information

regarding my grandfather's relatives, but have met with little

success. If, as editor of the history, you can give me any

further information, it will be very gratefully received.

Thanking you for the information contained in your letter of

the l6th instant, I remain,

Very respectfully yours,


George F. Longaker, born January 19th, 1872, at

East Coventry, Chester County, Pa.; occupation,

cleric; height, six feet one inch; weight, 205 pounds.

Married Lottie E. Rennard, November 28th, 1894, a

daughter of Jacob and Hannah Rennard of An-

selma, Chester County, Pa., farmers.

Father's name, Isaac W., residence Spring Mill,


Pa.; born April 29th, 1843, Birchrunville, Pa.;

occupation, farmer and agent; height, six feet one

and one-half inches; weight, 220 pounds. Had only

one child. Married, March 14th, 1868, Lizzie

Deery, a daughter of George and Mary Deery,

Chester Springs, Pa., farmers.

Paternal grandfather's name, John S. Longaker,

residence Upper Pottsgrove, Montgomery County,

Pa.; born June 9th, 1808; died at Fox Hill, Mont-

gomery County, Pa., April -, 1876. January 31st,

1834, married Hannah Hipple. Issue, six children:

John H., Mary Ann, Hannah, Isaac W., Morris F.,

and Clara F.

Great-grandfather, Isaac Longenecker. Married

Mary Sheleigh. Issue, eleven children: John S.,

Peter, Samuel, Jacob, Susan, Lizzie, Isaac, Rachel,

Enos, Mary, and Nathan.

Great-great-grandfather, Peter Longenecker.

First wife, Elizabeth Rhoads; second wife, Susan

Sheleigh. Issue, eleven children: John, Jacob,

Peter, Isaac, James, Hannah, Hannah-Kate, Susan,

Hettie, Elizabeth, and Mary.




George Frowert Longaker, William Penn, Pa.,


only son of Isaac W. Longaker, and Elizabeth

(Deery) Longaker.

Isaac W. Longaker, Chester Springs, Pa., one of

six children of John S. Longaker and Hannah

(Hipple) Longaker.

John S. Longaker, East Coventry, Pa., one of

eleven children of Isaac Longenecker and Mary

(Sheleigh) Longenecker.

Isaac Longenecker, one of eleven children of

Peter Longenecker.

Peter Longenecker, great-great-grandfather of

George F., married Susan Sheleigh. Issue, seven

daughters: Hannah, married Gottshall, no chil-

dren; Kate, died young; Susan, married Slifer;

Hettie, married Setzler; Elizabeth, married Peltz,

no children; Mary, died young. The boys, were

John, Jacob, Peter, Isaac, and James. James died

young. My great-grandfather's name was Isaac,

grandfather's name was John S., and father's name

was Isaac.

Henry Clay Longnecker, deceased; residence,

Allentown, Pa.; born near Mechanicsburg, Pa.,

April 17th, 1820; died September 16th, 1871.

Graduate of Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. Studied

law, and practiced his profession until his death.

Served in the Mexican and Civil Wars, and was

elected District Attorney, and afterward a Repre-

sentative from Pennsylvania in the Thirty-sixth


Congress. June 27th, 1866, married Mary Jane

Lewis; children: Kendig Lewis Longnecker, Bessie

Longnecker, Reginald Longnecker.

Father, Henry Longnecker, residence near Me-

chanicsburg, Pa.; born April 14th, 1782; died

February 17th, 1837. On February 22nd, 1810, mar-

ried Elizabeth Kendig, daughter of Daniel Kendig,

who was a son of John Kendig, and was born near

Conestoga, Lancaster County, Pa. Daniel had but

one brother, older than himself, Henry. His

mother was married twice, the second time to a

Mr. Yerdy, whose mother's name was Ann Stay-


Children of Henry and Elizabeth Kendig Long-

necker: Mary Ann; Matilda (married her cousin,

Hymen Longnecker; children: Edwin, married

Elizabeth Halderman; children: Matilda, Jacob,

Caroline, and Edward; Henry C., married Ella

Lewis; issue, one son: Parke L.; John, Gustavus),

Rudolph, John Kendig, Elizabeth, Barbara, Sarah,

and Henry Clay.

Paternal grandfather, Daniel Longnecker, resi-

dence near Manheim, Lancaster County, Pa,; born

1735. Daniel Longnecker had blue eyes and dark

hair. His wife's name was Witmer, and their

children were: Barbara, married Henry Kendig;

John, Christian, Ann, George Fisher, Henry, Eliza-

beth, married John Rhodes.


Great-great-grandfather, Ulric[1] Longenecker;

born in Switzerland in 1664.



"Martin Kendig settled in Lancaster County, for-

merly Pequea, Chester County. Martin Kendig

was sent as commissioner to Europe in 1711 and 1717,

in which years there were large accessions. Benedic-

tus Witmer David Longenacker appears to have

settled at the same place in 1720. When he immi-

grated does not appear. Also George Kendig and

Jacob Byers. These were of the Mennonites who,

on account of persecution, fled from the Cantons of

Zurich, of Bern, and Shauffhausen, about the year

1672, to Alsace, above Strassburg on the Rhine,where

they remained till they immigrated in 1708 to Lon-

don; thence to Pennsylvania, They lived some-

time near Germantown, Pa. In 1712 they pur-

chased a large tract of land from Penn's agents in

Pequea, then Chester, now Lancaster County.

(Rupps' Collection of 30,000 Names. November

number of 1836, pages 352 and 353.)

Hans Langenecker, among fifty-two Palatines,

with their families, came in the ship James Good-

will, David Crocket, Master, from Rotterdam, but

last from Plymouth, England, September 29th,


1727. August 19th, 1729, ship Morton House,

James Conetas, Master, from Rotterdam, last from

Cowes, England, when sailed, June 21st, Christian

Longenacre (in Rupps' and in Colonial Records

is printed Longinacre). (Colonial Records, Vol.

3, page 301. Rupps' Names, April, 1856, page 7.

Colonial Records, Vol. 3, page 391. April number

Rupps', page 14.)

August, 1733, Hans Stayman, Peter Stayman.

Hans Stayman, Jr., Michael Whitmer, Ulrich

Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, Ulrich Longinacre,

Ulrich Longinacre, Jr., Jacob Longinacre, ship

Hope, of London, Daniel Reid, Master, from Rot-

terdam, but last from Cowes, England. (Colonial

Records, Vol. 3, page 556. May and June num-

bers of Rupps', page 37).

My grandfather's name was Daniel, and his

father's name (my great-grandfather) was Ulrich.

My grandfather, Daniel, was born near Manheim,

Lancaster County. My father was born near May-

town, Lancaster County.


The foregoing is a memorandum made by H. C.

Longnecker-how long before his death is not


"My husband's father was named Henry, and was

born April 14th, 1782; died February 17th, 1837.


Colonel Longnecker had but one brother, John,

who read and practiced law with Judge Banks, at

Reading. He was born in 1813 and died Novem-

ber 9th, 1852, at Panama. He had several sisters.

Not any of his family are now living. Some of

the descendants of those persons mentioned may be

found about York and Lancaster Counties. (Daniel

Longnecker was married to a Witmer; his son

Henry to Elizabeth Kendig).

There was no history or record to be found with the

crest excepting the name Van Langenecker, which I

have marked on the copy. I have another copy, not

colored, arranged for a seal or letter heads, which I

could not get copied. A gentleman called here last

Friday. He said his name was M. R. Longacre,

and left his business card. He saw the crest I

speak of, and, as he is acquainted with you, will be

able to describe it to you if you wish to use it.


This sketch is presented by Mrs. Longnecker at

the request of the historian.

The crest spoken of indicates that the ancestor

had a coat of arms; an iron seal, spoken of by Dr.

C. B. Longenecker, of Philadelphia, and of which

he holds a copy-brought from Zurich-verifies

the fact of an ancestral coat of arms, and it is be-


lieved that if a future historian will prosecute a

search his reward will be the finding of it.

Longenecker, William Roger, residence Brook-

lyn, N. Y.; born, Brooklyn, N. Y., April 30th, 1873.

Dark complexion, dark eyes and hair; height, five

feet eleven and three-quarter inches; weight, 155

pounds. Healthy. Occupation, dentist Octo-

ber 28th, 1896, married Pearl Davison, of East

Rockaway, Long Island. Son, Roger Davison


Father, David Rinestein Longenecker, residence

Rockville Centre, Long Island; born, Dayton, Ohio,

July 30th, 1847. Dark brown eyes; height, five

feet ten and one-half inches; weight, 145 pounds.

Healthy. Occupation, dentist. Lived in Lan-

caster, Pa., during boyhood. February 1st, 1872,

married Jessie Lambard, from Brigus, Newfound-

land. Children: two boys and two girls.

Paternal grandfather, John Henry Longenecker,

born at Lancaster, Pa., April 29th, 1823. Dark,

with brown eyes; height, five feet nine inches;

weight, 185 pounds. Healthy. Occupation, phy-

sician. Was connected with hospital at Naval

Academy, Annapolis, during the war. Resides in

Islip, Long Island. Married Ellen Fraim, of Lan-

caster, Pa. Children: ten sons, six living, all den-



Great-grandfather, Henry Longenecker, died

at Lancaster, Pa. Children: two sons and one

daughter. The daughter married Dr. Rinestine,

of Philadelphia.





Islip, Long Island, August 21, 1902.-Dr. John

Henry Longenecker, a retired physician, died on

the 19th inst. at his home on Union Avenue. He

was eighty years old.

Dr. Longenecker was a native of Lancaster, Pa.

He was graduated from the Jefferson Medical Col-

lege, Philadelphia. He practiced his profession in

New York, Brooklyn, and, for many years, at Hud-

son, Mass. During the war he was assistant sur-

geon at Annapolis Hospital and treated, among

others, Union soldiers who had been confined at

Libby Prison. For a time he was connected with

a Pennsylvania regiment as surgeon and saw active

service. He was wounded in the ankle by a spent

shell. A widow and six sons survive him.

The body will be taken to Lancaster, Pa., to-day,

for interment.




The name of Henry Longaker appears in the list

of soldiers of the War of 1812, as private in a com-

pany commanded by Captain John Hall, in the

Sixty-fifth Regiment, commanded by Colonel John

L. Pearson. This regiment was in the service of

the United States, under Brigadier-General Samuel

Smith, commanding the Fourth Military District,

at Camp Snyder, October 18th, 1814. (See Vol.

XII., Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, page


August 3rd, 1835, he was commissioned Colonel

of the 109th Regiment of the Militia, Second Bri-

gade, Second Division, composed of the counties

of Bucks and Montgomery.

July 5th, 1825, commissioned Justice of the Peace

for the district composed of the townships of Lim-

erick, Upper and Lower Providence, and Skippack

and Perkiomen.

November 10th, 1831, commissioned Sheriff of

Montgomery County, Pa. He was a member of the

House of Representatives for the sessions 1836-1837

and 1837-1838.

In 1851 he was elected and commissioned one of

the Associated Judges of the Court of Common


Pleas, etc., of Montgomery County, Pa., and re-

elected and commissioned. He was well and popu-

larly known throughout the county, and recognized

as a leader in public affairs. He was an ardent and

effective supporter of the public schools, and as a

Legislator voted to extend the system.

A biographical sketch and a portrait of him ap-

pears in the "Biographical and Portrait Cyclo-

pedia," of Montgomery County, Pa., published in

1895. He and his brother Isaac were born Feb-

ruary 4th, 1792. Henry died November 2nd, 1872.

He married Catharine Brower, who was born Jan-

uary 23rd, 1799, and died December 1st, 1860; issue

born unto them: Price, October 18th, 1816; died

December 10th, 1826; John, February 9th, 1818;

died November 25th, 1892; Frances, May 4th, 1819,

died, unmarried, 189-; Albert, May 4th, 1821; died

February 25th, 1895; James, March 4th, 1823; died

August l9th, 1846; Sarah Ann, born June 23rd, 1825;

died December 19th, 1901; Abraham Brower (and

his sister, Elizabeth), born April 21st, 1828; Eliza-

beth died May 7th, 1828; Henry D., born July 15th,

1829; died October 3rd, 1894; Davis, born Decem-

ber 2nd, 1833; died March, 1897; Mary Jane, born

March 23rd, 1836.

Daniel Brower, the father; of said Catharine (nee

Brower) Longaker, was born May 2nd, 1757, and


died April 2nd, 1802. The issue born unto them

were: Henry, born May 3rd, 1780; Barbara, born

January 3rd, 1782; Frances, born June 1st, 1783;

Christian, born September 11th, 1784; Abraham,

born May 22nd, 1787; Mary, born October 31st,

1788; Eliza, born November 3rd, 1790; Sarah, born

August 15th, 1783; Daniel R., born May 22nd,

1796; Catharine, born June 23rd, 1799; Ann, born

October 1st, 1801.


Jacob[3], father of the Honorable Henry Longaker

(Jacob[2], Ulrich[1]), married Catharine Detwiler, a

daughter of John Detwiler. Unto them were born

eleven children: John, Jacob, Peter, Hannah, mar-

ried James Miller; Susanna, married Peter Wagen-

seller; Abraham, Isaac, Henry, Joseph, Samuel,

and Catharine, who married Henry Swinehart. The

father of these children died in 1806, and their

mother in 1817. Of the sons only three married,

Peter, Henry, and Isaac. Abraham studied medi-

cine, graduated, and went to Memphis and practiced

there a few years, and died. Jacob died unmarried

in Canada. John, Joseph, and Samuel went South.

The dates of their deaths are unknown. Catharine

died in Ohio, not far from Mercer County, Pa.

Some of her descendants are living there.




Albert Alonzo Longaker, born in Philadelphia,

August 26th, 1861; now a resident of Johnstown,

Pa. Vocation, draughtsman. September 24th,

1885, married Mary Reese Hawkins, a Quakeress,

whose English lineage goes back to Sir John Haw-

kins, and whose mother is of the Cover family

ancestry-German immigrants to Lancaster County,

Pa. They have no children.

The father of Albert Alonzo was John Longaker,

of Philadelphia, but born in Upper Providence

Township, Montgomery County, Pa. He married

Harriett Crawford Allabaugh, a daughter of John

Allabaugh, of same township, a farmer by occupa-

tion. John Longaker was born February 9th, 1818;

died November 25th, 1892, in Philadelphia. His wife

was born November 2nd, 1824, and died in Philadel-

phia, May 25th, 1863. Issue born unto them,

seven children: Henry Orlando Longaker, born

July 27th, 1853; died February 25th, 1862; Mary

Magdalene Longaker, born October 27th, 1855;

died February 13th, 1856; Abraham Brower Long-

aker, born November 26th, 1856; David Allabaugh

Longaker, born May 27th, 1858; Sarah Jane Long-

aker, born October 29th, 1859; died June 27th,


1860; Albert Alonzo Longaker, born August 26th,

1861; Joseph Emanuel Longaker, born May 8th,

1863; died August 25th, 1863.

Abraham Brower Longaker resides in Chicago,

is married, and has a family of children.

David Allabaugh Longaker, Chester, Pa.; born

May 27th, 1858; married, May 14th, 1895, Clara

Elizabeth Weidner, a daughter of Helen Safford, of

Bennington, Vt, and Charles A. Weidner, of Phila-

delphia and Chester, iron founder and ship builder.



Albert Longaker married Rachel R. Stem, No-

vember 27th, 1855. For thirty-five years he was

an active and leading business man, engaged in the

lumber trade and planing mill manufactory. He

was a director of the Montgomery National Bank,

prosperous, and left a comfortable estate to his

widow and children. Albert and Rachel's issue:

Frances Brower Longaker married William M.

Shoemaker, February 8th, 1888. Issue, William

M. Shoemaker.

Sarah J. Longaker, deceased, married Henry C.

Conrad, February 20th, 1884. Issue, Edith L.

Conrad and Rachel L. Conrad. A. Edwin Long-

aker, deceased. E. Louisa Longaker married


George K. Yeakel, August 27th, 1901. Henry C.

Conrad is one of the leading members of the Bar of

the city of Wilmington, Del. In statecraft he is

very popular and efficient, and is widely known as

an eminent jurist as well as one of the leaders of

the Republican Party. In social and religious cir-

cles he is conspicuous, and stands in the foremost

rank. At the burning of the Park Side Hotel,

New York City, his escape and rescue, whilst it

seems to border on the miraculous, was largely due

to heroic courage and indomitable will power, in-

spired, in moments of great emergencies, to act with

calm and deliberate judgment-it is an act which

should be made historic.



Henry D. Longaker was born July 15th, 1829;

died October 30th, 1894; married Mary A.

Young, a physician of Bethlehem, Pa. Issue born

onto them: Henry (deceased), Francis Abraham,

and Mary A. In 1884 Doctor Longaker and his

wife settled at Seattle, Wash, and established a

sanitarium for the treatment of chronic cases. They

were successful practitioners. His wife died a few

years before her husband. The two surviving chil-


dren reside at Kent, near Seattle, and enjoy an

ample estate left by their parents.



Sarah Ann Longaker married Aaron Fretz.

There were five children born unto them:

Joseph Henry married Annie M. Neal. Issue,

one child, Sara J., who married Penrose Vernon.

J. Henry Fretz died November 26th, 1876.

Albert L. married Annie Hoffman, who died,

leaving one child, David A. Fretz. His second

marriage was to Clara Graves, and there was one

child born unto them, Alberta, who died at the age

of seven.

Frances L. married Henry C. Messinger. Mr.

Messinger is a leading and prosperous merchant-

full of energy and enterprise-and a prominent and

active citizen of the flourishing town of Consho-


Kate B. married Charles Bevan, and four chil-

dren were born unto them: Maude L., Sara F.,

Frances M., and Henry Charles. Kate B. died

February 9th, 1895. Charles Bevan died May

12th, 1899.

Mary Jane married Henry C. Styer. One child

was born unto them, Elizabeth Augusta.


Aaron Fretz died May 16th, 1898.

Sarah Longaker Fretz died December 19th, 1901.



Davis Longaker, born December 2nd, 1833; mar-

ried, June 5th, 1866, Elizabeth W. Ullman, a

daughter of Philip and Eve Ullman. He died

March 6th, 1897. Issue: Eva, Katie Brower (who

died August 11th, 1869), Henry D. Davis Brower,

John Ullman, Frances Brower, Elizabeth Spare

(who died September 5th, 1896), George Everett,

Mary LaRue, Albert, and Helen (who died October

15th, 1891).

Davis Brower Longaker was born March 1st,

1872; attended the public schools at Lansdale, and

in 1888 graduated from the High School and en-

tered the West Chester Normal School; taught

school for a year, then graduated at West Chester,

1893. Spent two years at St. George's Hall, Sum-

mit, N. J., and seven years at Cheltenham Military

Academy, Ogontz, Pa., as a teacher. Married, Sep-

tember 18th, 1900, Miss Maud Rice, of Reedsville,

Mifflin County, Pa., daughter of George Clifford

and Catharine Relph Rice.

John Ullman Longaker is in the civil service of

the United States in the Philippine Islands.




Children of Morris L. and Mary Jane (nee Long-

aker) Kirk; first child, Henry L., born October

10th, 1865; married Maria Cressman. Unto

them were born three children: Ralph Levering,

Franklin, and Nelson. Second child, Davis T.,

born November 27th, 1869. Third child, John

Morris, born February 4th, 1872; married Gertrude

M. Levy, June i4th, 1900. Fourth child, Franklin

F., born July 4th, 1877.



Mrs. Laura C. Parker, 3608 Ellis Avenue, Chi-

cago, Ill, is of this lineage. Her father was the

late Joshua Wagenseller, of Pekin, Ill. Her mater-

nal grandparents were Peter and Susanna (nee

Longaker) Wagenseller, born in Montgomery

County, Pa. A full biography of them appears in

the History of the Wagenseller Family, edited and

published by George W. Wagenseller, A. M., of

Middleburg, Union County, Pa.

The father of Mrs. Parker, Joshua Wagenseller,

who lived at Pekin, Ill., and died there, being very

intimate with President Lincoln, was offered a cab-


inet appointment, which was declined by him (see

History of Wagenseller Family).




David Rosenberger married Katharine, daughter

of Jacob Longacre, December 31st, 1837.

David Rosenberger was born January 7th, 1809;

died December 7th, 1882, aged seventy-three years

and eleven months.

Katharine Longacre, wife of David Rosenberger,

was born October 19th, 1813; died December 8th,

1893, aged eighty years, one month, nineteen days.

Children: Mary, Margaret, Hannah, Abram, Davis,

Joseph, Warren, and Henry.

Mary Rosenberger, born December 21st, 1838.

Living. Married Samuel H. Hallman. Residence

Montclare, Montgomery County, Pa. Carpenter.

Margaret Rosenberger, born February 21st, 1841;

married Job T. Cox. Died February 11th, 1887,

aged forty-five years, eleven months, twenty-one

days. Residence, Oaks.

Hannah Rosenberger, born October 1st, 1843.

Living. Married Milton V. Detwiler, farmer. Res-

idence, Oaks, Montgomery County, Pa.

Abram Rosenberger, born May 16th, 1847; died


January 10th, 1849, aged one year, seven months,

twenty-two days.

Davis Rosenberger, born October 22nd, 1849;

died April 4th, 1873, aged twenty-three years, five

months, twelve days.

Joseph Warren Rosenberger, born September

19th, 1852. Clerk. Married Ida F. Kratz. One

child, Katharine K. Rosenberger, born June 15th,

1889. Residence, Yerkes, Pa.

Henry Rosenberger, born August 19th, 1858.

Farmer. Married Hannah Schwenk. Residence,

Kirkwood, Alachua County, Fla.




PAGE ---).

Thomas Walker was born May 26th, 1846, in

Walkerville, Chester County, Pa. Moved to Galena,

Ill., in 1851. Was married to Rebecca C. Bearss,

in Bureau County, Ill., on March 24th, 1869. His

oldest son, Homer D. Walker, was born in Bureau

County, December 12th, 1869. The spring of 1872

he moved to Colfax County, Neb. His oldest daugh-

ter, Debbie M. Walker, was born on the 22nd day of

August, 1872; Martha Bearss Walker was born on

the 25th day of November, 1874; Daisy D. Walker


was born on the 16th day of July, 1877; Verner V.

Walker was born on the 3rd day of September, 1881.

Henry Longaker Rosenberg, born August 19th,

1858. Married, June 12th, 1884, Hannah R.

Schwenk, of Montgomery County, Pa. Issue unto

them born: Eugene, Lena, and Bertha. Residence

of the family, Kirkwood, Fla. Same stem as M.

R. Longacre (ante, page --).

Mathias R. Longacre, residence Haddon Heights,

N. J.; born April 1st, 1859. March 18th, 1877,

married Ella Viola Hainer, a Quakeress; children:

Leon B., Clarence H., Walter M., J. B. Ward.

Same stem as his father, M. R. Longacre (ante,

page, --).

Mary A. Kern, 1815 Bouvier Street, Philadelphia;

born August 21st, 1863. Married, December 12th,

1883, D. Edgar Kern. Issue unto them born, five

children: Edgar Longacre Kern, Harry Collier

Kern, Raymond Clifford Kern, Collier Kem, and

Grace Kern.

Maternal father, Mathias R. Longacre; born

June 6th, 1836 {ante, page --).

Benner, Anndora Longacre, of Yerkes, Mont-

gomery County, Pa.; born October 8th, 1839, at

Lower Providence, Montgomery County, Pa. Mar-

ried Milton Benner, April 29th, 1857, who died in

Chicago, February 22nd, 1891. Served in Civil War


as Signal Officer. Children: Ida (married Gros-

venor C. Varnum, of Jonesville, Mich.; daughter,

Hattie C. Varnum) and Alice Gertrude Benner.

Mrs. Benner is a sister of Mathias R. Longacre,

and refers to him for her ancestry.



He was educated in the public schools, and pre-

pared for college at the Washington Hall Academy

at the Trappe, and entered in the fall of 1847 the

sophomore class of Franklin and Marshall College,

at Mercersburg, Pa. In the fall of 1848 he entered

the junior class of Union College, Schenectady,

N. Y., and graduated in 1850; was one of the prize

orators, and entered the Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

He was a member of the A. 0. Fraternity, now

merged in Delta Upsilon; is a member of the

Alumni of Union College, of New York City, and

of the American Institute of Civics, New York.

In July, 1853, he was graduated from the State

and National Law School of New York, taking the

degree of B. L. In September, 1853, he graduated

from the law school of Judge Washington McCart-

ney, at Easton, Pa., and was admitted to practice in

the courts of Northampton County, August 19th,


1853. On September 23rd, 1853. he was admitted

in the courts of Montgomery County, and com-

menced the practice of law in Norristown, Pa.

In 1854 he was one of the delegates to the Demo-

cratic Convention, at Harrisburg, to nominate a

Canal Commissioner. In 1856 he was elected a

member of the House of Representatives of the

Pennsylvania Legislature. He was re-elected in

1857 and 1858; in 1858 he was chosen Speaker of

the House; from 1860 to 1870 he was Secretary of

the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society. Sep-

tember 13th, 1862, he enlisted as a private in the

independent cavalry, commanded by Captain D. H.

Mulrany, and served during the emergency. July

1st, 1863, he was mustered into Company H, Cap-

tain B. Markley Boyer, Forty-first Regiment, Emer-

gency Militia. He was elected Quartermaster of

the regiment. When the regiment, with others,

formed the brigade commanded by Colonel James

Nagle, acting as commander, he became Commis-

sioner of the brigade; in the division of General

Couch, Department of the Susquehanna.

February, 1867, he was appointed Collector of

Internal Revenue for the Sixth District, composed

of the counties of Lehigh and Montgomery. In

1868 he was elected President Judge of the Courts

of the Third Judicial District, composed of the


counties of Lehigh and Northampton; under the

State Constitution of 1874, the counties became

separate districts; then, living at Allentown, he

selected Lehigh as his district. At the close of his

term he returned to Norristown, and resumed prac-


December 8th, 1859, he married Mary Moore

Slingluff, the second daughter of William H. and

Mary Knorr Slingluff. There are three children:

the eldest, Leila, married, August 7th, 1884, Henry

Keller Kurtz, member of the firm of W. W. Kurtz

& Sons, bankers, Philadelphia, Pa. Their children

are William Nesley Kurtz[2], born May 12th, 1885;

a daughter, Leila, born July 11th, 1888; and a

son, Henry Keller Kurtz[2], born July 19th, 1891.

The second child is a daughter, Rosalie, and the

third a son, Norris Slingluff Longaker, who, in his

twenty-second year, enlisted as a private for the

Spanish-American War, April 21st, 1898, in Com-

pany H, Captain Hendler, Third Regiment, Penn-

sylvania Volunteers, under Colonel Robert Ralston.

The regiment was mustered out in 1898.

A biographical sketch and portrait of Hon. A. B.

Longaker appears in the "Biographical and Portrait

Cyclopedia," of Montgomery County, published in

1895, and also in "The Bench and Bar of Pennsyl-




His widow, Caroline (nee Hallman) Longaker,

823 Cambria Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

Jacob S. Longaker, 823 Cambria Street, Philadel-

phia, Pa.

J. L. Longaker, 823 Cambria Street, Philadel-

phia, Pa.

Mrs. D. K. Neiffer, 936 Dauphin Street, Phila-

delphia, Pa.

H. C. Longaker, 1216 Cambria Street, Philadel-

phia, Pa.

F. D. Longaker, 3116 Hazel Avenue, Philadel-

phia, Pa.

R. R. Longaker, 549 Westmoreland Street, Phila-

delphia, Pa.

Mrs. A. F. Young, 2550 North Ninth Street,

Philadelphia, Pa.

Samuel Longaker, Righter Street, Wissahickon,

Philadelphia, Pa.

Reuben R. Longaker, 549 Westmoreland Street,

Philadelphia, born March 23rd, 1859. Married

Emma P. Parkhill, January 5th, 1881. Issue, five

children: Jennie A., Howard H., Reuben Ralph,

Elizabeth M., and Caroline H. The parents of

Reuben R. were Isaac S. and Caroline H. (nee

Hallman) Longaker. Father, born September 5th,


1812; died February 15th, 1887; date of marriage,


The grandfather of Reuben R. was Isaac Long-

aker, born 1792. Married Cathanne Diehl. Issue,

three children: Daniel, Isaac, and Francis.

Caroline H. Longaker, December 23rd, 1880, mar-

ried Jacob Young, wholesale grocer, Philadelphia.

Children: Walter Scott Young, Edgar L. Young.

Amanda J. Longaker, April 27th, 1876, married

David K. Neiffer, residence 936 Dauphin Street,

Philadelphia. Children: Jennie Argue Neiffer and

Florrie Marie Longaker, adopted; a daughter of

John L. Longaker, deceased.

Isabella Longaker married John Y. Linderman,

residence Pottstown, Pa.




James M. Landis was born near what is now

the village of Graters Ford, in Montgomery

County; his father removed soon afterward to

Upper Providence Township, near Royersford,

where he lived almost continuously until 1860.

During boyhood he received a common school ed-

ucation and attended for one year the Washington


Hall Academy, at the Trappe. After leaving the

Academy he became Assistant Station Agent at

Royersford, from 1860 to 1864; in the latter year

he entered the Freight Claim Office of the Reading

Railroad Company in Reading. In 1868 he became

Traveling Auditor, and in 1871 Chief Clerk in the

General Superintendent's Office at same place. In

1877 removed to Philadelphia, and since that time

has been and is now Chief Clerk in the General

Manager's Office, as well as of the Vice-President's

Office, at the central offices of the Reading Com-


Mr. Landis is of the true type of his ancestry-

persevering, resourceful, habitually trained to brev-

ity and accuracy-of sound morality and strictest

integrity. He is held in high estimation by the

officials of the corporation whose interests he has so

well guarded with the strictest fidelity.

His biographical sketch appears in the "Bio-

graphical and Portrait Cyclopedia," of Mont-

gomery County, published in 1895, page 612.


James M. Landis, 1855 North Twelfth Street,

Philadelphia, born November 19th, 1842, at Graters

Ford, Montgomery.County, Pa.; married, September

21st, 1868, Emma M. Good, daughter of John S.


and Lavinia Good, born in Berks County, of Penn-

sylvania German ancestry. Children: Bertha M.,

born August 24th, 1869; Herbert D., born De-

cember 21st, 1871; died July 8th, 1871; Charles A.,

born June 6th, 1872; died May 28th, 1878; Edward

H., born November 16th, 1876; Arthur S., born May

20th, 1879; died April 16th, 1880; George 0., born

December 15th, 1880. (Bertha M. Landis married

Howard W. Curry, June 20th, 1894. Children:

Harriette E., born July 28th, 1895, and Jean L.,

born January 30th, 1897, and died April 17th,


The father of James M. Landis was Abraham B.

Landis, born October 26th, 1808, at Trappe, Pa.;

died July 3rd, 1890, at Howellville, Chester County,

Pa. He was a son of John and Mary (Beidler) Lan-

dis. February 9th, 1840, married Hannah Miller,

daughter of James and Hannah (Longaker) Miller;

born February 1st, 1816; died July 29th, 1851. She

is buried at Providence Mennonite Meeting, near

Yerkes Station, Montgomery County, Pa., by the

side of her husband.

The paternal grandfather of James M. Landis

was James Miller, born August 25th, 1784, in Mont-

gomery County, Pa.; died February 17th, 1871, at

Philadelphia. He was a son of Christian and Eliza-

beth (Tyson) Miller; married, May 13th, 1810,


Hannah Longaker, a daughter of Jacob and Cath-

arine (Detwiler) Longaker. She was born May

19th, 1787; died February 5th, 1816. Buried at

St Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe, Pa.

The maternal great-grandfather of James M.

Landis was Jacob Longaker, died 1806, whose wife

was Catharine Detwiler.

The maternal great-great-grandfather of James

M. Landis was Jacob Longaker (Langenecker), of

Parker-Ford, Chester County, Pa. About 1746

married Susanna, the widow of John Langenecker.

(John was a son of Daniel, who settled at Mingo in

1733. He arrived some time prior to 1727; because

of that date he was a member of the Quaker Con-

ference at Germantown, attending as a Mennonite

minister and representing Manatawny District,

Berks County. He and Ulrich are believed to be.

brothers. He was aged about sixty-seven years in

1733; his granddaughter, Barbara. High, married

Christian Brower about 1748.)

The maternal great-great-great-grandfather of

James M. Landis was Ulrich Langenecker, who was

born in Switzerland, and immigrated in 1733 and

settled in Lancaster County, Pa. He was then

sixty-nine years of age. His sons, Ulrich, Jr., and

Jacob, aged twenty-two and nineteen years, re-

spectively, came with him. Three, sons, David,


John, and Christian, preceded him, and all settled

in Lancaster County, Pa.

Landis, Davis M., of Davenport, Iowa; born May

3rd, 1846, at Royersford, Montgomery County, Pa.;

married, April 22nd, 1890, Margaret Shannon.

Child: Rita May Landis, born February 24th, 1891.

Fathers name, Abraham B. Landis. Same geneal-

ogy as James M. Landis.

Longaker, David Allabaugh, Chester, Pa.; born

May 27th, 1858, Philadelphia; married, May 14th,

1895, Clara Elizabeth Weidner, daughter of Charles

A. Weidner and Helen Safford, of Bennington, Vt.

Mr. Weidner is an iron founder and ship builder,

doing business in Philadelphia and at Chester, Pa.

The father of David A. was John Longaker, of

Philadelphia; born February 8th, 1818; married,

March 4th, 1852, Harriet Allabaugh; died Novem-

ber 25th, 1892, at Philadelphia.

The grandfather of David was Henry Longaker

(ante, page --.)

Jacob Longacre was born at Black Rock, Mont-

gomery County, Pa., November 12th, 1800. He

was married to Sarah Stauffer, of the same place,

and had seven children, viz.: David, Mary Ann,

John, Harriet, Jacob and Joel (twins), and Sarah.

They moved to West Penn Township, Schuylkill

County, Pa., soon after their marriage. David mar-


ried Polly Hoppes, from West Penn, Schuylkill

County, and they had ten children: Deborah,

Emma, Jacob, David, Mary, Sarah, Christopher, and

three infants.

Deborah is married to Frank Behler, of West

Penn, Schuylkill County, Pa., and has one son by

the name of Elmer.

Emma is married to Pierce Troxell, of Sittler,

Schuylkill County, Pa., and has three children:

Ira, William, and Irene.

Rev. Jacob is married to Irene Fenstermacher, of

Lehighton, Carbon County, Pa., and has one son,

David F.

David, Jr., is married to Minnie Miller, of

Normal, Carbon County, Pa., and has four children;

Harrison, Frederick, James, and Lizzie. Mary died

when she -was about twelve years of age.

David S. Longacre, a son of Jacob Longacre, and

his wife, Sarah, a born Stauffer. He was born

August 16th, 1833, near Trappe, Montgomery

County, Pa., and moved with his parents to Schuyl-

kill County, near Tamaqua, in his boyhood days.

He was married to Miss Polly Hoppes, a daughter

of Solomon Hoppes, and his wife, Polly, a born

Snyder. He moved with his family to Normal,

Carbon County, in the year 1865, on an hundred-

acre farm, in the beautiful Mahoning Valley, where


they still reside. He was blessed with ten children

in the family, namely, six boys and four girls.

However, six of the children have gone to their

eternal rest. Four died in infancy, and one at the

age of six, and another at the age of ten. At this

writing he is living, but suffering from rheumatism.

Emma L. (Longacre) Troxel, the oldest daughter

of David S. Longacre, and his wife, Polly. She was

born July 29th, 1862, in Schuylkill County, Pa.

She was married to Pierce Troxel, a son of William

Troxel, and his wife, Polly, a born Haberman. She

lives in Schuylkill County, Pa. Postoffice station,

Andreas. She was blessed with three children,

namely, Ira, William, and Sadie Irene Troxel. She

is engaged in farming.

Deborah (Longacre) Behler, the second daughter

of David S. Longacre, and his wife, Polly. She

was born September 7th, 1863, in Schuylkill

County, Pa. She was married to Frank A. Behler,

a son of Emanuel Behler, and his wife, Maria, a

born Haberman. She lives in Kepners, Schuylkill

County, Pa. Blessed with one boy, Elmer E.

Behler. She is engaged in farming.

Rev. Jacob H. Longacre, son of David S. Long-

acre, and his wife, Polly (Hoppes) Longacre, was

born at Normal, Carbon County, Pa., August 10th,

1865. He taught public school for three years, and


prepared at the same time for college at Normal

Institute, Carbon County, Pa., and Palatinate Col-

lege, Myerstown, Pa. Entered college September

6th, 1887, and graduated June 26th, 1890. In the

fall of 1890 he entered the Lutheran Theological

Seminary, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, and graduated

in the spring of 1893; was ordained to the office of

the ministry in the Lutheran Church. He is serving

four congregations since ordained, in the neighbor-

hood or vicinity of Weissport. He was married,

June 23rd, 1896, to Miss Irene Deborah Fenster-

macher, from Lehighton, Carbon County. She is a

graduate of the High Schools of Lehighton, and was

a student at West Chester State Normal School.

She taught school at Lehighton for five terms, and

is also a musician. She is a daughter of Reuben

Fenstermacher (deceased) and his wife, Levina, a

born Frontz. He lives in Weissport, Carbon County,

Pa. He has one son, namely, David Fenstermacher

Longacre, born May 7th, 1897. His calling is that

of a shepherd or minister.

David H. Longacre, a son of David S. Longacre,

and his wife, Polly Hoppes Longacre. He was born

December 19th, 1869, at Normal, Carbon County,

Pa. He was married to Miss Minnie Miller, a

daughter of Moses Miller, and his wife, Sania, a

born Frontz. He has made his home with his


father. He was blessed with four children, namely,

Harrison, Frederick, James, and Lizzie Irene Long-

acre. His occupation is farming.

Mary Ann Longacre, who died in 1863, was mar-

ried to Henry S. Boner, and had three children:

Emily Priscilla, Charles Lincoln, and Lewis Oliver.

Emily Priscilla died at the age of three years.

Charles Lincoln is married to Estella Gertrude

Denison, of Mystic, Conn., and has three daughters,

Ethel Eudora, Ellen Elizabeth, and Emlie Estella,

all of whom are living.

Lewis Oliver, who died in Philadelphia, at the

age of thirty-four, was married to Hannah B. Ren-

ninger, of Philadelphia, and had two children,

Harry Strong and Edna, both of whom are liv-


John married Amanda Sittler, of Mahoning, Car-

bon County, Pa., and had six children: Olivia,

Lizzie, Lillie, Hattie, Carrie, and Roscoe. Olivia

is married to Dr. Alvin Wertman, of Sittler, Schuyl-

kill County, Pa.; has one daughter, Elsie.

Lizzie is married to James W. Delp, of Reading,

Berks County, Pa., and has three children: Mamie,

Bert Alma, and Llewellyn.

Lillie died at the age of six years.

Hattie is married to D. B. Zehner, of Reynolds,

Schuylkill County, Pa., and has one son, David.


Carrie is married to Dr. Austin Wertman, of

Sittler, Schuylkill County, Pa.

Harriet is unmarried, and resides at North Penn,

Schuylkill County, Pa.

-Jacob S. is married to Lovina Kistler, of Mantz,

Schuylkill County, and has six children: Mamie,

Edwin, Jacob, William, Sallie, and Hattie.

Mamie is married to Dr. Jacob H. Behler, of Kep-

ner, Schuylkill County; has one daughter, Mary.

Dr. Edwin is married to Amanda Mosser, Lehigh

County, Pa.

Dr. Jacob is married to Cora Barrall, Weavers-

ville, Northampton County. Has one daughter.

Dr. William, single.

Sallie, single.

Hattie, single.

Joel was married to Sallie Miller, of Lehighton,

Carbon County, and had one daughter, Jennie.

After his first wife's death, he married Sophia

Smith, from Monroe. County, Pa., and has six


Jennie is married to Thomas Leeser, of Mantz,

Schuylkill County, and has one son, David.

Sarah Longacre is married to Francis Mantz, of.

Mantz, Schuylkill County, Pa., and has eight chil-

dren: Sylvester, Oliver, Ella, Abyssinia, Sabina,

Eugene, Buehia, and Mary.


Oliver is married to Harriet Ohl, of Wehr,

Schuylkill County, and has one son.

Ella is married to Daniel S. Zehner, of North

Penn, Pa. The others are single.

John S. Longacre, son of Jacob and Sallie A.

(Stauffer) Longacre, was born in West Penn Town-

ship, Schuylkill County, Pa., on February 25th,

1839, and now resides at North Penn, Schuylkill

County, Pa. In his earlier days he taught school;

afterward he was engaged in various kinds of busi-

ness. At present he is a farmer. His height is

five feet nine inches. His complexion is light; has

blue eyes and light hair (gray now). His weight is

140 pounds. On December 20th, 1865, he was

married to Amanda Sittler, daughter of Samuel

Sittler and Elizabeth, his wife. Six children were

born to them, namely, Olivia, Elizabeth, Lillie,

Hattie, Carrie, and Roscoe.

Jacob S. Longacre, son of Jacob and Sallie A.

(Stauffer) Longacre, was born in West Penn Town-

ship, Schuylkill County, Pa., in the year 1843.

Having obtained his preliminary education at

home under the private family teacher, he attended

Freeland Seminary, Montgomery County, Pa. He

taught school for two terms. At the breaking out of

the Civil War he enlisted in the Union Army. After

his discharge, in 1862, he went to the State of Wis-


consin and worked on a farm. When President Lin-

coln made a call for volunteers he enlisted in the

Sixtieth Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, and went

with General Sherman to the sea in 1865. At the

close of the war he was discharged from the army

service, and returned to his native State. On re-

turning home, he found his mother had died while

he was in the army. His father died in 1860. In

1866 he married Lovina H., daughter of David

Kistler, a tanner. In 1867 he bought the farm and

tannery from his father-in-law, and took his brother-

in-law, William H. Kistler, as a partner, and ever

since they have been partners in tanning and farm-

ing. Since 1880 he has held public office-for two

terms Justice of the Peace, and since then that of

notary public.

During their union he and his wife were blessed

with seven children; one of the daughters, Allie

K., died during infancy, but the rest are grown


His oldest son, Edwin D., graduated in 1893 from

the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada,, and is

located at Shenandoah, SchuyUdll County, Pa. In

1894 he was married to Miss Mary M. Mosser, of

Stines Corner, Lehigh County, Pa. Jacob E.

graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at

Philadelphia, Pa., in 1894, as an M. D., and is located


at Weaversville, Northampton County, Pa. In

1896 he was married to Miss Cora A. Barrall, of

Allentown, Pa. William S. graduated from the

Ontario Veterinary College in 1896, and is engaged

in a lucrative practice at home. His eldest daughter,

Mame J., was married in 1895 to Dr. J. H. Behler,

who is a practicing physician at Nesquehoning,

Carbon County, Pa. Sallie L. is a seamstress by

trade. My youngest child, Hattie I., graduated

from the Nesquehoning High School in 1897, and

has since taught in the public schools of the town-

ship in which she resides.

He and his family are members of the Lutheran

Church, and in politics are Republicans.

Behler, Mary Jane Longacre, of Nesquehoning,

Pa.; born May 11th, 1867, at West Penn, Schuyl-

kill County, Pa.; married, June 15th, 1895, J. H.

Behler, M. D. Child: Mary Edna Behler.

The father of Mary J. L. Behler is Jacob S. Long-

acre, of Mantz, Pa.; born May 26th, 1843, at West

Penn; married, May 26th, 1866, Lovina Kistler.

The grandfather of Mary J. L. Behler was Jacob

Longacre, of Black Rock, Pa.; born Black Rock,

1800; married Sarah Stauffer; died February 5th,

1860, at West Penn.

Behler, Jacob H., M. D., of Nesquehoning, Pa.;

born, April 6th, 1865, at West Penn, Schuylkill


County, Pa.; raised on a farm; attended country

school; at the age of seventeen started to teach

public school; taught for five terms; in the mean-

time attended Normal School at Bloomsburg and

Kutztown; after three years' course at Jefferson

College, Philadelphia, graduated in 1891, April

15th; afterward practiced medicine at Bowmans

and New Ringgold; located at Nesquehoning, July

15th, 1893. Member of P. 0. S. A., K. of P., A. A.

S. R., Masons, Medical Societies of Carbon County,

Lehigh Valley, and Pennsylvania. Height, five feet

eleven inches; weight, 185 pounds. Married Mary

Jane Longacre, June 15th, 1893, daughter of Jacob

S. Longacre. Child: Maty Edna.

Longacre, Edwin D., of Shehandoah, Pa.; veteri-

nary surgeon; born September 27th, 1869, at

West Penn, Schuylkill County, Pa. Height, five

feet ten inches; weight, 165 pounds; complexion,

light; temperament, cool-headed. Married, Sep-

tember: 18th, 1894, Mary S. Mosser, daughter of

Levi J. and Polly Mosser, of Stines Corner, Lehigh

County, Pa.

The father of Edwin D. is. Jacob S. Longacre,

of Longacre Station (Mantz P. 0.), Pa.

Longacre, Jacob E., M. D., Weaversville, Pa.;

born July 20th, 1870, at Longacre Station, Schuyl-

kill County, Pa.; married, November 10th, 1896,


Cora A. Barrall, daughter of Dr. A. Barrall and

Susan, his wife, both of whom were born in North-

ampton County. Child: Hilda May Barrall Long-


Cora A. Barrall Longacre, wife of Dr. J. E. Long-

acre, of Weaversville, Northampton County, Pa.,

died July 14th, 1901.

Hilda M. B. Longacre, daughter of Dr. J. E. and

Cora A. B. Longacre, born October 2nd, 1897; died

December 6th, 1901.

Father's name, Jacob S. Longacre, of Longacre

Station, Pa.; born West Penn, Schuylkill County,

Pa.; married, May 26th, 1866, Lovina Kistler,

daughter of David and Mary Kistler.

Grandfather's name, Jacob Longacre; born near

Norristown, Pa.; married Sarah Stauffer; died in

West Penn, Schuylkill County, Pa.





Isaac Longaker and his brother, the Hon. Henry

Longaker, were born February 4th, 1792. Isaac

married Catharine Diehl, December 27th, 1812, and

died June 20th, 1818. He was a shoemaker by


trade, and a farmer by occupation. Isaac and

Catharine (nee Diehl) Longaker had three children,

Daniel, Isaac, and Francis.

Francis Longaker was born in 1817, and was

reared on a farm near Norristown, Pa., until about

the age of twenty years, when he learned the trade

of a plasterer; he was educated in the public

schools. About 1850 he went to Louisville, Ky.,

married, and followed his trade, and was well and

popularly known amongst the enterprising citizens

and business men of that city.

He reared a family of children, and they and his

widow survive him, and are living in Louisville.

His eldest son, Daniel, is well and popularly known,

and is established in the sale and repairing of bicy-

cles, and, in that line, has established one of the

largest houses and shops in that city. He is pros-

perous in business and the owner of valuable real

estate, and is recognized amongst his numerous ac-

quaintances as energetic, trustworthy, and success-

ful. Sallie Longaker and Mrs. Kate L. Cameron,

Cynthia, Ohio, are sisters of said Daniel.

H. A. Cole and his wife, Jenny W. Arnold Cole;

no children. Mary (nee Longaker) Cole and Abra-,

ham C. Cole are the parents of H. A. Cole. John

S. Hunsicker married Louisa Cole, a daughter of

said Abraham C. and Mary Cole. They have four


children: Emma, married Henry T. Hunsicker;

Jene, married Frank Saylor; Wilmer C. Hun-

sicker, married Maggie Spare; and Harry C. Hun-

sicker, married Matilda Halteman.




Names of brothers and sisters of Benjamin F.

Dismant, son of the late John and Deborah Dis-

mant. Deborah Dismant was the daughter of John


Susan Dismant Williams, aged seventy-two years,

born November 11th, 1829; married to Samuel

Williams, deceased. Names of children: Edward

Williams, deceased, a physician, married to Miss

Dennison; one child, Clifford. John Williams, de-

ceased. Howard Williams, married to Miss Coch-

raine; one child. Emma Williams, married to

Henry Smith. Effie Williams. Harry Williams,

married to Miss Peacock. Herbert Williams, a phy-

sician, married to Miss Lillian Becket; one child.

Bertha Linden Williams, married to Rev. Hunter,

one child, Desmond Hunter.

Lucinda Dismant, aged sixty-nine years, born

December 30th, 1832; married to Addison T. Mil-


ler. Names of children: Horace, deceased, married

to Adele Fetterolf; two children: Ernest and Helen.

Ella, married to Abram H. Hendricks, Esq.; one

child, Miriam. Lillian T. Miller. Cora, married to

Heyser Detwiler, farmer; six children living: Elsie,

Leroy, Florence, Gertrude, Norma, deceased, and

Carl. Edgar T. Miller, a physician. Newton T.


John Dismant, deceased, born October 30th,


Lizzie, aged sixty-five years, born June 21st,

1838; married to Owen Evans; three children:

Franklin, Florence, and Wallace, deceased.

Sallie, deceased, born December 17th, 1841; mar-

ried to Owen Evans. Two children: David Evans,

married to Miss Hibbert; two sons. Elma Evans,

deceased, married to Joseph Scheidt;. one son,


Benjamin Franklin Dismant, a physician, aged

fifty-seven years, born February 27th, 1845; mar-

ried Mary M. Walt Five children: Elizabeth,

Nellie, Georgiene, John, and Harry.

Francis and Emma Dismant, twins. Emma, de-

ceased, born November 15th, 1847, aged fifty-four


Horace, deceased, born June 13th, 1854.

Dark hair and eyes predominate.




Father's name, Benjamin K.; birthplace, East

Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Pa.;

residence, Shiremanstown, Cumberland County,

Pa.; date of birth, July 16th, 1816; date of death,

January 26th, 1887; place of death, Shiremans-

town; date of marriage, November 26th, 1840;

wife's name, Margaretta Moltz; three children:

Alcinda M., Catharine A., and Jacob Moltz.

Grandfather's name, Isaac; birthplace, ----;

date of birth, February 19th, 1788; date of death,

----; residence, near Good Hope, Cumberland

County, Pa.; place of death, near Good Hope, Cum-

berland County, Pa.; wife's name, Frances Eshel-

man; five children: Jacob, John, Benjamin, Catha-

rine, and Elizabeth.

Great-grandfather's name, Abraham; residence,

East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County,

Pa.; wife's name, Catharine Wagner; ten children:

Joseph, Elizabeth, Barbara, Susanna, Anna, Catha-

rine, Isaac, Frances, Daniel, and Benjamin.





Association, Re-union, formed........................... 1

Address of Hon. A. M. Beitler, Re-union Convention at Ring-

ing Rocks........................................ 15

Address of Hon. A. B. Longaker at Ringing Rocks........ 15

Address of Rev. Frank C. Longaker...................... 15

Allegiance, oath of, required............................ 31

Ancestors, Colonial, Ulrich[1] Daniel[1] Longenecker, brothers,

the Stem......................................... 73-74

Andrew Longacre, D. D., third Stem, not of kinship....... 74-77

Arms, Coat of, and Crest.............................. 258


Boner, C. Lincoln, Vice-President...................... 15, 285

Boner, Lewis Oliver................................... 285

Boner, Henry S....................................... 285

Brower Branch, Longaker Family........................ 20

Barbara High, wife of Henry Brower .................... 31

Brower, John, marries Susanna Longenecker.............. 92

Bliem, Christian, marries Salome Longenecker............. 92

Badges for members at Re-union Convention............... 70

Biography of Colonial Stems............................ 73

Beitler-Brower-Longacre Branch ........................ l80

Beitler, Daniel B...................................... 182

Beitler, David B., Alderman............................ 183

Beitler, Hon. A. M., Judge Common Pleas Court, Philadel-

phia, biography of................................. 173-177

Beitler, Hon. A. M., genealogy of....................... 177-180


298 INDEX.


Book, order for....................................... 72

Brower-Longacre Branch............................... 185

Brower, William, M. D................................ 185

Brower, Henry, immigrant, born February l4th, 1720...... 186

Brower, Blanche...................................... 186

Brower, Gilbert, Parker-Ford........................... 186

Brower, Henry; first wife, Eva DeFraine; second wife, Bar-

bara High; granddaughter of Daniel Longacre.......... 187

Baugh, Jacob, husband of Salome Brower................. 187

Brower, Catharine, wife of Hon. Henry Longaker......... 187

Brower, Mary, married Abraham Beitler; Frances, first wife

of Nathan Pennypacker; Eliza, second wife of Nathan

Pennypacker; Barbara, wife of -- Kurtz; Ann, wife

of Rev. John H. Umstead.......................... 187

Bliem-Longaker Branch, Stem Ulrich[1] ................... 309

Rev. Samuel Augustus Bridges Stopp lineage.............. 209-214

Bear, Mary, Longenecker, family ........................ 247

Benner, Milton, in Civil War........................... 272


Convention, first one of Longaker family at Ringing Rocks.. 24

Colonial immigrants and settlers, Ulrich and Daniel Longen-

ecker, brothers; five sons of Ulrich and four of Daniel.. 77-82

Civil War Soldiers, Hon. A. B. and Davis Longaker........ 274

Civil War, soldier of, Emmanuel Longacre................. 100

Civil War, Longenecker, John, Wilmot, Ohio, prisoner, etc.. 103-104

Caveat of John, Philip, and Jacob Longacre, and for children,

of Caspar Longacre, deceased, as to certain lands,

Hereford Township, Berks County .................. 89

Committee, Executive, Hon. A. B. Longaker, Miss Nellie

Dismant, C. Lincoln Boner, Rev. Henry E. Longen-

ecker, Henry A. Longacre, W. P. Detwiler, Rev. Frank

C. Longaker, Reuben R. Longaker, Dr. Daniel Long-

aker, Walter F. Longacre, Miss Lillian Miller, Miss

Anna R. Evans.................................... . 59

INDEX. 299


Chapter I. Organization, minutes, proceedings, etc........ 73

Chapter II. Colonial Stems, first immigrants.............. 73

Chapter III. Genealogy and biography of those living..... 93

Cole, Henry A., Mary Longaker Branch.................. 147

Coat of Arms......................................... 258


Dismant family and others of the branch.................. 393

Dismant, Miss Elizabeth, Treasurer...................... l6

Detwiler, Miss Bertha, vocal solo........................ 59

David W. Longacre, genealogy and biography, children, his

branch, etc....................................... 97-100

Detwiler, Milton V., Jacob Longacre Family.............. 241


Evans, David, cornet solo at Ringing Rocks........... ... 15

Evans, Rev. L. K., D. D., invoked a blessing............ 55

Evans, Mrs. L. K., member of committee................ 57

Evans, Miss Anna R., piano solo........................ 55

Evans, Daniel L., recitation............................ 59

Emmanuel Longacre and family......................... 100-101


Hunsicker, --. and others of that family................ 292-294

300 INDEX.



Invitation, third Re-union, Sanatoga Park................. 72

Immigrants, Daniel and Ulrich Longenecker, from 1722 to

1733, biography, etc., of them and their sons. Chapter

II.............................................. 73-88

Immigrants, Colonial, nine sons: David, Christian, John,

Ulrich, Jr., Jacob. David, John, Henry, and Jacob..... 77-79

Immigrants of Swiss origin............................. 79-81

Immigrant with Swedes, Andrew Longacre, sometimes writ-

ten Anders Long'ker, settled at Kingsessing, Philadel-

phia, 1634....................................... 75-76

Israel Longacre with Swedes, soldier of the Revolution, etc.. 76-77

Iron seal ring to attest name to legal papers............... 93

In memoriam, Longenecker Family...................... 160


Kendall, Sallie M., wife of William Brower, M. D......... 186

Kurtz, Edward Thompson, Jacob Longacre Family ........ 240

Kurtz, Davis Brooks.................................... 240


Landis-Longaker Branch: James M. Landis, Assistant Sta-

tion Agent, Reading Railroad Company, now Chief

Clerk, General Superintendent's Office, as well as of the

Vice-President................................... 277

Landis, genealogy of; maternal great-grandfather of, was

Jacob Longaker...................................... 278

Landis. Davis M., sketch of............................ 281

Longacre, Andrew, the immigrant with the Swedes, and

Israel Longacre and descendants,................... 75-77

INDEX. 301


Longenecker, Jacob[1] (now Longaker), settled at Parker-Ford,

names of children, etc.............................. 81-83

Longenecker, John H., letter, ancestor was printer at Zurich,

Switzerland....................................... 79

Longenecker, David, visited Zurich and brought with him a

genealogical tree, etc.............................. 79

Longenecker, John H., six sons, all practicing dentists...... 79

Longenecker, Jacob, changed the name to Longaker about

1780, and Daniel's descendants changed to Longacre... 81

List of members who paid dues of 25 cents................ 51-54

List of members present. Re-union of 1899................ 60-66

Longaker, Miss Mabel, recitation........................ 59

Longacre, Miss Mae, recitation.......................... 59

Longaker, Samuel G., Kansas City...................... 160

Longaker, Irwin, General Route Agent of Wells-Fargo Ex-

press Company at Hastings, Neb.................... 160

Longaker, Rev. Frank C, Continental, Ohio.............. 55

Longaker, Hon. A. B., elected President.................. 56

Longaker, Miss Gertrude B., elected Secretary ............ 56

Longenecker, Hon. J. H., Bedford, regret of absence....... 56

Longacre, Jacob, birth of, May 15th, 1867; husband of Catharine

Zimmerman........................................ 109

Longacre, Elizabeth, mother of Barbara High; said Barbara

second wife of Henry Brower....................... 187

Longacre, Esther G., Maxton, biography of...'............ 219

Longacre, Samuel Diemer.............................. 220

Longacre, T. Miller, Stem Daniel[1], pedigree.............. 232

Longacre, Ester G., Family Branch...................... 233

Longacre, Carrie S., family of.......................... 236

Longacre, Jacob, family of, M. R. Longacre Branch........ 239

Longacre, Daniel W., Stem Danie[1]...................... 242

Longacre, John W., Stem Daniel[1]....................... 242

Longacre, Isaac W., Stem Daniel[1]....................... 242

Longacre, Christopher, and family of..................... 245

Longaker, John S., Fox Hill, Montgomery County......... 253

Longaker, George F., biography of........... ........... 252

Longaker, Samuel H., genealogy of...................... 205

Longaker, Dr. Daniel, Philadelphia, biography of.......... 199-205

Longaker, Peter, family of............................. 141

302 INDEX.


Longaker, Rufus B., Mary, Louisa, Emeline, John B., Fran-

ces Mira......................................... 141

Longaker, Rufus B., and family, Montgomery S., Hannah E.,

Elmira, Sarah Ann, Horace, Mary, Lewis C.......... 142

Loogaker, Lewis C., and family......................... 143

Longaker, Montgomery S., and family, Charles K., Mont-

gomery B., Beulah, Mabel, Joseph, Louis, Russell B... 143

Longaker, Montgomery, biography of.................... 144-147

Longaker, Mary, Cole Branch .......................... 147

Longaker, Rufus B., biography........................ . 148-150

Longaker, Daniel, and family, sketch of, children of, George

W., Mary N., Katie, Annie E., Daniel M., Mary B.,

Ellie V., Bertha, Sallie, Elizabeth, and Claribel....... 150-152

Longenecker, George, Nelson, Butte County, Cal., in drug

business, served in Union Army in Civil War.......... 167

Longenecker, John S., deceased, served in Union Army in

Civil War........................................ 167

Longenecker, Hon. Jacob H., genealogy.................. 167

Longenecker, Hon. Jacob H., genealogy; Adjutant of 101st

Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, "Cyclopedia of

Montgomery County, Pa.".......................... 357

Longenecker, Joel M., sketch of, his father's family, six sons

aad two daughters; all the sons enlisted in Union Army,

Civil War; Henry R. was killed in the army, and

Michael died in the service; four are living; admitted to

the bar in 1870; State Attorney, Cook County, Ill.;

tried the celebrated Cronin case (for murder); trial,

lasted 100 days ................................... 170-171

Longanecker, William Alexander, biography of, father of the

Rev. Peter Longenecker, Mennonite preacher; married

Peggy Showalter; children: Christian; Elizabeth mar-

ried Cover; Peter, David, and Absalom.............. 189

Longanecker, second wife of Joseph Longanecker was Sarah

Mack; children: Jacob F.; Nancy married Moser; Lydia

married Zachariah Ball............................ 189

Longanecker, Joseph, father of Lydia Longanecker Ball..... 189

Longanecker, Nancy, a daughter of Joseph.......'.......... 190

Longenecker, Isaac S., biography and pedigree.............. 197

Longenecker, Dr. C. B., biography of ................... 205

INDEX. 303


Longenecker, John, grant of land now poorhouse farm; died

in 1745; will of; children.......................... 85

Longenecker, John, Susanna, widow of; marries Jacob Long-

enecker.......................................... 85

Longenecker, Henry and David, brothers................. 88

Longenecker, Daniel[1], letter of, to his cousin Clotz......... 88

Longacre, Philip, Jacob, and John, and the children of Cas-

per, deceased..................................... 89

Longenecker, John and David, Mennonite preachers at

Schuylkill, 1750 to 1772............................ 91

Longenecker, Jacob[1], will of, children of, land at Parker-

Ford, etc........................................ 92

Longenecker, David, son of Ulrich[1], immigrated about 1719;

settled in Lancaster County, Pa.; tax collector; will of,

in High Dutch.................................... 92-93

Longenecker, John, Wilmot, Ohio; sketch of, genealogy, etc. 101-107

Longenecker, John, Wilmot, Ohio; list of names of his

branch to circular letter was mailed.................. 108

Longenecker (now Longacre), Daniel, and his sons........ 87-88

Longenecker, letter of May 18th, 1738................... 88

Letter of H. E. Longenecker, Mount Joy; names of father,

grandfather, etc................................... 95

Longacre, David W., and family........................ 98-100

Longacre, Emmanuel, and family... .................... 100-108

Longacre, Matthias R., genealogy and biography of........ 109-125

Longacre, Matthias R., boyhood days.................... 116

Longacre, Matthias R., genealogy....................... 123

Longnecker, Col. Henry C., deceased.................... 23, 163

Longenecker, David, deceased, biography of, died about

1770............................................ 221

Longenecker, Rev. Henry E., biography and genealogy of

his branch........................................ 125-141

Longenecker, Hon. Jacob H., and branch of: Jacob, David,

Daniel, Joseph, Abraham, Mrs. Mock, and Mrs. Abra-

ham Winters................................. 152-161, 357

Longenecker Family, in memoriam...................... 161-164

Longenecker, Hans, immigrant. Colonial; Christian, immi-

grant, Colonial; Alrige or Ulricb, immigrant. Colonial;

Stifan (or Stephen), immigrant. Colonial ............. l6l

304 INDEX.


Longenecker, Col. Henry C............................ 163

Longenecker, Dr. J. H., Assistant Surgeon............... 164

Longanecker family in Ohio, pedigree of.................. 214

Longenecker, Peter S., Galva County, Ill................. 153

Longenecker, Abraham, and family, Morrison's Cove....... 153

Longenecker, Daniel, New Lisbon, Ohio.................. 153

Longenecker, Abraham, married Nancy Snowberger........ 154

Longenecker, Samuel, school teacher..................... 154

Longenecker, Fannie, married Abraham Keagy............ 154

Longenecker, Catharine, married Jacob Strock............. 154

Longenecker, Jacob, died unmarried...................... 155

Longenecker, Daniel, and his son, Charles 0. ............. 155

Longenecker, David S.; a family of daughters and one son, a

physician, of Emporia, Kan........................ 155

Longenecker, Barbara, married David F. Buck............ 155

Longenecker, Peter, and bis son, Charles S., 133 Wabash

Avenue, Chicago ................................. 155

Longenecker, Susanna, married John Keagy.............. 156

Longenecker, David, Lancaster County; born about 1760-65. 156

Longenecker, John, father of Hon. J. H. Longenecker...... 157

Longenecker, Nancy, married Samuel G. Longaker........ 160

Longenecker, Hon. J. H., President Judge, biography of;

leading cases decided by him; member of G. A. R. and

Loyal Legion..................................... 164-167

Longenecker, Samuel Russell, Attorney-ai-Law............ 166

Longenecker, Ralph, Attomey-at-Law and instructor in

law school .......................................... 166

Longenecker, Charles, Mechanical Engineer, with Cambria

Steel Company.................................... 167

Longenecker, Luella May Yunk, biography and genealogy of..223-228

Longenecker, H. F.. family. Stem Ulrich[1]............... 228-231

Longenecker, Cornelia A., family of...................... 232

Longenecker, George................................. 160

Longenecker, George, in Union Army........................ 167

Longenecker, John S., in Union Army....................... 167

Longacre, William Wellington, biography of; Isaac S.

Longacre, father of; married Mary Witmer; children

of, Sadie E., Susan Ardilla, William W;, M. D.; J.

Oscar, Alice R. Shotzberger, Isaac W................ 248

INDEX. 305


Longacre, Peter, grandfather of; married Elizabeth Rhoads;

children of: Esther, William, Elizabeth, Mary, Peter, De-

bora, Catharine, John, Hannah; second wife: Isaac S.,

deceased; Samuel S., Jacob S....................... 249

Longenecker, Peter, great-grandfather of the above......... 249

Longacre, Miss May S., Elkhart, Ind., letter of............ 251

Longnecker, Alcinda M., and others of her father's family... 295

Longnecker, Mary J., wife of Col. H. C., deceased; chil-

dren of: Kendig Lewis Longnecker, Bessie, and

Reginald ........................................ 254-255

Longnecker, Henry, and Elizabeth Kendig, his wife; chil-

dren of, Mary Ann, Matilda married Hymen Long-

necker, Edwin married Elizabeth Halderman, Henry C.

married Ella Lewis, one son; Parke L., John, Gus-

tavus Rudolph, John Kendig, Elizabeth Barbara, Sarah,

and Henry C..................................... 255

Longnecker, Daniel, and family......................... 255

Longnecker Family as given by Col. H. C Longnecker;

Martin Kendig, Commissioner, sent to Europe, 1711 and

1717............................................ 256

Longnecker, John, Attorney-at-Law; died at Panama...... 257

Longaker, Hon. Henry, and branches of his family; biog-

raphy of; soldier, War 1812-14; Colonel of 109th

Regiment, Militia; July, 1825, commissioned Justice of

the Peace; 1831, Sheriff; 1851, one of the Associate

Judges; re-elected 1856 ........................... 261-269

Longaker, Jacob; married Catharine Detwiler; children of 263

Longaker, Albert Alonzo, of John Longaker Branch....... 264

Longaker, Albert (family); married Racbael Stem; children:

Frances Brower, married William M. Shoemaker; one

child, William M.; Sarah J., deceased, married Henry

C. Conrad; children: Edith and Rachael; E. Louise,

married George K. Yeakel......................... 265

Longaker, Dr. Henry D., deceased; children of........... 266

Longaker, Sarah Ann; married Aaron Fretz; children:

Joseph Henry, Albert L.; Frances L. married Henry C.

Messinger; Kate B. married Charles Bevan; Mary

Jane married Henry C. Styer ....................... 267

Longaker, Davis, family of............................. 268

306 INDEX.


Longaker, Davis Brower, biography of................... 268

Longaker, Joho U., Civil Service in Philippine Islands ..... 268

Longaker, Mary Jane, wife of Morris L. Kirk; family of... 268

Longacre; Rosenberger Branch......................... 270

Longacre; Bears-Walker Branch........................ 271

Longacre, M. R., Haddon Heights, N. J.; family of ...... 272

Longacre, Andora Benner; Milton Benner served in Civil

War............................................ 272

Longaker, Hon. A. B., sketch of; student at Washington

Hall, Trappe; graduated at Union College, Schenectady,

1850; one of class orators; A. 0. Fraternity-now

Delta Upsilon; Phi Beta Kappa; Alumni of New York

City; Institute of Civics, New York; graduate of State

and National Law School of New York State; also of

law school of Judge McCartey, Easton, Pa.; Quarter-

master 41st Regiment, then Commissary of Brigade;

member of House of Representatives, Pennsylvania,

sessions 1856, 1857, and 1858, and Speaker of House

in 1858; Collector of United States Revenue, 1867;

President Judge of Court of Common Pleas, 1868-term

ten years; close of judicial term resumed practice at

Norristown. December 8th, 1859, he married Mary

Moore Slingluff, the second daughter of William H. and

Mary Knorr Slingluff; children: Leila, married, Au-

gust 7th, 1884, Henry Keller Kurtz, member of firm

of W. W. Kurtz & Sons, Bankers; their children, William

Wesley Kurtz, born May 12th, 1885; Leila, born July

11th, 1888, and Henry Keller Kurtz[2], July 19th, 1891;

the second child, Rosalie, and the third, a son, Norris

Slingluff-Longaker, soldier in Spanish-American War..... 273-275

Longaker, Isaac S. (family of); widow of, Caroline; chil-

dren of: Jacob N., J. L., Mrs. D. K. Neiffer, J. H. C..

F. D., R. R.. Mrs. A. F. Young, Samuel............ 276

Longaker, Isabella; married John Y. Linderman........... 277

Longaker, David Allabaugh, sketch of.................,.. 281

Longacre, Jacob and family, biography of....^.».......... 281-291

Longacre, M. R., stationed, at Baton Rouge, La.; Military

Storekeeper......................................... 112

Longenecker, Joel M., and five of his brothers, Henry B.,

Michael, Rufus, Addison, and Benjamin.............. I71

INDEX. 307


Longenecker, John, Lancaster County (father of Joel M.),

born October 31st, 1775............................ 171

Longeneckcr, Dr. John Henry, at hospital aod Naval Acad-

emy during Civil War.......................... 207

Longnecker, Colonel Henry C., Civil War and Mexican

War............................................ 254

Longenecker, William Roger, genealogy of............... 259


Mennonites, Tunken, Quakers, and Swedes as Colonial immi-

grants and settlers................................. 25-30

Mennonites' protest against slavery in 1688.............,.. 32-35

Mennonite preachers: Daniel[1] Longenecker, Christian Longe-

necker, David and John............................ 73-75

Members, list of, who have paid dues-25 cents............ 51-54

Minutes, proceedings, history, etc., to be printed........... 54

Members of the Re-union Association-registration fee, 25

cents............................................ 57

Members of Committee: J. L. Longaker, Matthias R. Long-

acre, Miss Lizzie B. Detwiler, Mrs. L. K. Evans...... 57

Members of Pennsylvania State Legislature............... 187

Memoriam to Longenecker Family......................... 160


Officers of Re-union Association.......................... 1

Order for the book.................................... 72

Organization, origin. Chapter I.......................... 1-73

308 INDEX.



Pennypacker, Matthias, married Mary Maris, widow, and

daughter of David Longenecker..................... 84

Pennypacker, Sarah, married William Walker............. 84

Pennypacker, Judge Samuel W., letter of, as regards Mary

(nee Longaker) Maris....... ..................... 91

Pennypacker, Nathan, married Frances Brower; children:

Joseph, Jacob, Ann................................ 187

Pennypacker, Ann, wife of James A. Pennypacker; chil-

dren: Nathan, Mary E............................ 187

Pennypacker, Mattie................................... 187

Pennypacker, Mary E., married William Williamson; issue,

Stanley, deceased; Anna, wife of Joseph Whitaker

Thompson, attorney-at-law; First Assistant United States

District Attorney James B. Holland, William L. Wil-

liamson, Jr., deceased; Percy Williamson, unmarried... 188

Pennypacker, Frances, married Joseph Fitzwater; children:

Albert and Ada.... .............................. 188

Pennypacker, Nathan, M. D............................ 187

Proceedings, history, etc., to be printed.................. 55


Revolutionary War, soldiers of; George Mathiot, grandfather

of Mrs. Alexander Longanecker, was an officer in the

Continental Army..................................... 194

Raftsnyder, Edward Albert, genealogy of................... 208

Re-union, first meeting................................... 2

Re-union of 1899............................................ 58

Ringing Rocks, First Re-union Convention................... 14

Re-union of 1902 ........................................ 71

Report of First Convention, exercises, etc................ 14

Re-union of 1896, Ringing Rocks; list of those present.... 36-47

Revolutionary War, soldiers of, enrolled and mustered with

the Militia: Jacob Longenecker, Jacob Longenecker, Jr.,

John Wagenseller, whose son, Peter, married Susanna

Longaker.......................................... 90-91

INDEX. 309


Revolutionary War, soldiers of: Alexander Russell, great-

grandfather of Nannie Rebecca Russell, wife of Hon.

Jacob H. Longenecker, left Princeton College in 1775;

was commissioned as Lieutenant, Captain, and served

five years......................................... 167-168

Russell, Captain Alexander; James McPherson, Member of

Congress; Hon. Samuel L,, Member of Congress; Nan-

nie Rebecca, wife of Judge Longenecker.............. 168

Register of names in 1896-about 285 members............ 56

Registration fee, 25 cents............................... 57


Secretary, Miss Gertrude B. Longaker ................... l6

Subscribers, list of, for history........................... 47-51

Sanatoga Park, Third Re-union of 1902.................. 71

Shenkle, Miss Florence, piano solo ...................... 55

Swiss origin, letter of Ulrich Hein....................... 80

Soldiers in the Civil War: Hon. A. B. and Davis Longaker.. 91

Stopp, Rev. Samuel Augustus Bridges, biography of........ 209-214

Shenkle, Barbara, Ann Longacre Branch.................. 244


War of 1812-14, Hon. Henry Longaker and Joseph Long-

aker............................................ 90

War of the Rebellion, A. B. and Davis Longaker; War,

Spanish-American, Norris S. and John U. Longaker,

soldiers of ....................................... 91

Will of David Longenecker, children of: John, Mary, David,

Jacob, Henry, Daniel, Peter, Isaac. Mary married

--- Maris; he died, and she then married Matthias

Pennypacker..................................... 84

310 INDEX.


Will of David Longacre[3]; his widow, Barbara, and eight chil-

dren surrived him: John, Christopher, Frances, Daniel,

Debora, Elizabeth, Jacob, and Isaac.................. 85

Will of John Longenecker, Rapho Township, naming chil-

dren, etc......................................... 93

Will of Christian Longenecker, abstract, etc., names of chil-

dren ........................................... 94

Will of Ulrich Longenecker, Jr., lands, children, etc.; exec-

utors named...................................... 95

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