Eyer Family Genealogy Forum
There were at least three 18th century Eyer immigrants to America. John Eyer came in 1744 and settled in Chester County, PA. He and his descendants appear to be Mennonite. Some went to Canada about 1800. Some of these families returned to the US settling in IN and IL. This family is very extensive. John Martin Eyer (1729-1804) came in 1749. He married Anna Dorothea Buescher (1736-1825). They lived first in Bucks County, PA, then to Upper Mt Bethel Twp in Northampton Co, PA in 1788 and finally to Hamilton Twp now Monroe Co (then part of Northampton Co) where they are buried at Christ Hamilton Lutheran Church. An extensive story about this family was authored by Pastor Fred Weiser and appears in Volume 14 of the Pennsylvania German Society (1980). The story is primarily about Martin's son John Adam Eyer (1755-1837) schoolmaster and noted fraktur artist. I am descended from Martin's son Philip Henry Eyer (1770-1845). Martin's descendants were Lutheran. Frederick Oyer/Eyer arrived around 1767 and died at the Revolutionary War battlefield at Oriskany. His descendants were initially in upstate NY and are the subject of Phyllis Smith Oyer's "Oyer and Allied Families". In the PA German dialect Eyer was pronounced and frequently spelled Oyer. The original form in Switzerland and Alsace was Eyer. I do not know of a connection between John, John Martin, and Frederick. If you are descended from John Martin and you give me enough info, I can probably get you "back to the boat". I want to have your Eyer family info to add to my data base. At some time, I will publish it but am not in a rush.
Dave Eyer email@example.com
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