ďA Biographical History of Lancaster Co. Being a History of
Early Settlers and Eminent Men of the CountyĒ by Alex. Harris, 1827
Lancaster, Pa.: Elias Barr & Co., 1872
Pg. 357, DAVID LANDIS, a soldier of the Revolution, who enlisted when but 17 years of age, and served faithfully till the termination of the struggle, a period of five years and seven months. He was engaged in agricultural pursuits, and in 1824 was elected from Ephrata Twp. a member of the Pa. Legislature. He died April 7, 1852, age 90 years.
Pg. 357, LANDIS FAMILY. (pg. 358) There is no family so closely and so essentially connected with the growth and development of Lancaster Co., as the LANDIS family. It is more numerous, and continued to be through all generations, time and changes devoted to farming, which department of industry made this county what it is, as is (pg. 359) well known. The pedigree, or genealogy of this numerous and powerful family, will be herein accurately given to the fifth generation or degree, from the first emigrant, the root of the stock. The LANDIS family are nearly all here at this time, and most of them own one or more farms. The common progenitor of the LANDIS family, whose descendants are here traced and arranged in order, by branches of families, emigrated to this country in 1718, a native of Switzerland.
Pg. 360, REV. BENJAMIN LANDIS, a Mennonite preacher, accompanied by his only son and child, whose name was also BENJAMIN, age 18 years, came to America from Switzerland in the year 1718, and bought from the Conestoga Indians a tract of about 240 acres of land, situated in what is now West Lampeter Twp., about four miles from Lancaster City, at the intersection of the Horse-shoe and old Philadelphia roads. The most part of the original tract is now owned and occupied by HENRY N. LANDIS, in the fifth degree from the propositus.
BENJAMIN LANDIS, the younger emigrant, had four sons, whose names were in the order of their births and respective ages, as follows: BENJAMIN LANDIS, ABRAHAM LANDIS, JACOB LANDIS, and HENRY LANDIS. The plan adopted to illustrate the pedigree of the family, is to take these four sons, being the first born upon the soil, in the order of their respective ages, and enumerate the descendants of each one of them in regular order to the fifth degree. Counting the senior or older emigrant, the first degree or beginning, will place the four first born upon the soil in the third degree. This plan will bring us to, and stop with, the generation now represented by men all over sixty years of age, but about one-half of them still living, and all of them second cousins in relationship. They being in cousinship one degree nearer than they would be if the progenitor would have had two or more sons with descendants in the male line. With a (pg. 361) view to a better understanding of the matter, one of each branch of the family in the degree, marking the stopping place, is here given, beginning with the oldest branch, as follows: JOHN LANDIS, of Manor Twp., called Manor John; BENJAMIN LANDIS, of East Lampeter Twp., called big Benjamin; BENJAMIN LANDIS, of Manheim Twp., called rich Benjamin; DAVID LANDIS, of East Lampeter Twp., called miller David; ABRAHAM LANDIS, of Lancaster Twp., occupying and owning the city mill farm; ABRAHAM LANDIS, of East Lampeter Twp., called old road ABRAHAM; JACOB LANDIS, of the same township, called gentleman Jacob; HENRY LANDIS, residing near New Holland; BENJAMIN LANDIS, of East Lampeter Twp., called little Benjamin; DANIEL LANDIS, now living in Manheim Twp., near the village of Eden; DAVID LANDIS, called fuller DAVID; and HENRY N. LANDIS, residing upon the original LANDIS homestead in East Lampeter Twp.
BENJAMIN LANDIS, the first born upon the soil, and oldest son of the younger emigrant, moved to and settled in Manheim Twp., in the year 1753, on a farm about three miles from Lancaster City, near the Reading road, and near where the LANDIS valley Mennonite meeting-house now stands. He had three sons - BENJAMIN, HENRY, and JOHN. BENJAMIN, the oldest of these three sons, had also three sons - JOHN, BENJAMIN, and JACOB; and these are the fifth generation. This JOHN LANDIS resided in Manor Twp., and was called MANOR JOHN, and was elected commissioner for Lancaster Co. in 1838. BENJAMIN, the second of these, lived on the old Manheim homestead, and died in 1822. JACOB, the youngest, moved to the State of Ohio a few years ago, where he is still supposed to live.
HENRY, the second of the three, had five sons, viz.: BENJAMIN, HENRY, JOHN, ISAAC and JACOB. BENJAMIN, the oldest, called rich BENJAMIN, lived in Manheim Twp., near Oregon, and died there some years ago, leaving a numerous and prosperous family. HENRY, the second son, called drover HENRY, now resides in the same township. JOHN, the third son, called miller JOHN, resided in Hempfield Twp., where he died. ISAAC, the fourth son, resided in Manheim (pg. 362) township, and was noted for feeding fine cattle. JACOB, the youngest, now resides in the same township, near the LANDIS valley meeting-house. JOHN, the third son of the three, had also three sons, viz.: JOHN, BENJAMIN and HENRY. JOHN, the oldest of the three, resided in the vicinity of Landisville, and was known as swamp JOHN. BENJAMIN, called big BENJAMIN, resided in East Lampeter Twp., on the horse-shoe road. HENRY, the third and youngest, resided in the same township, on the long lane, and was known as swamp HENRY. These are the descendants of BENJAMIN, the oldest son of the junior emigrant to the fifth generation/
Next in order came the descendants of ABRAHAM LANDIS, the second son of BENJAMIN, the younger emigrant. This ABRAHAM had two sons, viz.: BENJAMIN and JOHN. BENJAMIN, the older of the two, lived in East Lampeter Twp., and had four sons, viz.: JOHN, ABRAHAM, BENJAMIN and DAVID. JOHN, the oldest of these four, called farmer JOHN, lived in the same township, and was elected commissioner for Lancaster Co., in the year 1846; he was the first president of the Lancaster County Bank, after it was chartered as a regular banking institution, elected to that position in the year 1841, and continued to fill the same with honor to himself and advantage to the institution, until February 1867, a period of 26 years. He was buried on the 7th day of February, 1867, in the graveyard belonging to Mellingerís meeting-house, about four miles east of Lancaster City, on the old Philadelphia turnpike road. ABRAHAM, the second of these four, lived and died in East Lampeter Twp. BENJAMIN, the third of these four, lived and died in the same township. DAVID, the youngest of the four, now resides in the same township, and is known as miller DAVID, and is at present a member of the board of directors for the poor of Lancaster Co.
JOHN LANDIS, (called MUSSER JOHN), the second son of ABRAHAM, had three sons, viz.: JOHN, ABRAHAM and EMANUEL, all of whom resided in East Lampeter Twp., except ABRAHAM.
JOHN, the oldest of these, died about 15 years ago. ABRAHAM owns and occupies the farm near the city water works, known as the city mill farm in Lancaster Twp. (pg. 363) And EMANUEL resides near the Pa. railroad bridge on the Lampeter side of the Conestoga.
Next in order come the descendants of JACOB LANDIS, the third son of the younger emigrant. This JACOB had two sons, JOHN and ABRAHAM. JOHN, the older of these two, called brick JOHN, had eight sons: JACOB, JOHN, ABRAHAM, BENJAMIN, CHRISTIAN, MARTIN, DAVID, and DANIEL. JACOB, the oldest, died in East Lampeter Twp. near where LANDISíS warehouse on the Pa. railroad stands, probably 30 years ago; JOHN lived and died in West Lampeter Twp., on the Millport and Strasburg turnpike road; ABRAHAM, called old road ABRAHAM, resides on the old road in East Lampeter, about four miles from Lancaster; BENJAMIN resides in Upper Leacock Twp., near Bareville; CHRISTIAN lived in East Lampeter, and died there in 1871; MARTIN resides in Upper Leacock, near Bareville; DAVID also resides in the same township, a little south of Bareville; and DANIEL resides in Hempfield Twp., near the village of Petersburg. ABRAHAM, the younger of the two sons of JACOB, had five sons: JACOB, ABRAHAM, BENJAMIN, JOHN, and ADAM. JACOB, the oldest of these five, called gentleman JACOB, resides in East Lampeter Twp., near the old road, about four miles from Lancaster, and was at one time director of the poor for the county. ABRAHAM, the second of these, resides on the old yard occupied by the original emigrant, on the farm adjoining JACOBíS, and BENJAMIN also on the farm adjoining; JOHN, the fourth of these, resides in East Hempfield Twp., near the village of Petersburg, and is a Mennonite minister of the Gospel; ADAM, the youngest, in unmarried, and lives with his brothers in East Lampeter.
We now come next to the descendants of HENRY, the fourth and youngest son of the younger emigrant; he had five sons, viz.: BENJAMIN, JOHN, HENRY, PETER, and ABRAHAM. BENJAMIN, the oldest of these five, had four sons, viz.: DANIEL, HENRY, BENJAMIN, and JOHN; all of these were born and resided part of their time about New Holland; the two older ones died there some years ago; the third one, BENJAMIN, moved to Adams Co., Pa., many years ago, where he is still living; the youngest one, JOHN, also moved (pg. 364) to Adams Co., where he now resides, about five miles east of Gettysburg. JOHN, the second one of these five, had two sons, viz.: BENJAMIN and JOHN. BENJAMIN, the older, called little BENJAMIN, resided in East Lampeter, near Millerís store, where he died a few years ago; JOHN, the second and younger of the two, died at the age of 18, at least fifty years ago. HENRY, the third one of the five, had four sons, viz.: DANIEL, JACOB, HENRY, and ISAAC. DANIEL, the eldest of these four, resides in Manheim Twp., on the New Holland turnpike road, about three miles from Lancaster City; HENRY, the second one, died some years ago unmarried, in East Lampeter Twp., where he lived; ISAAC now lives in the same township near LANDISí S store; and JACOB died unmarried in the same neighborhood a few years ago. PETER, the fourth one of these, had only one son, whose name was DAVID, and was known as fuller DAVID, residing in Upper Leacock Twp., near the village of Monterey. ABRAHAM, the last of the five and youngest son on HENRY, the youngest son of the junior emigrant, lived and died upon what is part of the original LANDIS homestead in East Lampeter Twp. He died in 1861, at the age of 81 years, and was the last connecting link between the two generations. He was a Mennonite minister of the Gospel, and a man much esteemed for his goodness as a citizen, a neighbor and a Christian. He had five sons, viz.: HENRY N., ABRAHAM, JACOB, JOHN, and BENJAMIN. HENRY N. LANDIS, the oldest of these, now occupies and owns the old homestead in East Lampeter Twp.; ABRAHAM, the second one, emigrated to the State of Illinois in 1849, settled and now resides in Whiteside Co., near Sterling; JACOB also moved to the same State, and died there about 12 years ago; JOHN, the fourth of these five sons, also moved to Illinois, and died there about 15 years ago; BENJAMIN, the youngest of the five, moved to Franklin Co., Pa., and died there also about 15 years ago. These are the generations of this family of LANDISíS, to the fifth degree from the senior propositus. In tracing the pedigree, it appears that this family embrances all the LANDISíS who are now living within eight or ten miles of (pg. 365) Lancaster City, except a very few. There are LANDISíS living in this county, north of Ephrata, but they are not related to these whose genealogy is herein given. In the third degree, according to the manner of computation, there were four LANDISíS; in the fourth, twelfth, and in the fifth, forty-seven; in the sixth degree, taking the same ratio of increase, one hundred and eighty; and in the seventh degree, many of whom belonging to the older branches of the family, are now over twenty-one years old, there are certainly not less than five hundred all in the male line. It is perfectly safe to assume, that there are at this time one thousand living descendants, male and female, in Lancaster Co., all sprung from BENJAMIN LANDIS, junior, who started out a boy eighteen years of age, just one hundred and fifty-three years ago. The writer regrets very much that the name of the woman to whom this young man was married, cannot be ascertained.
The first emigrant, BENJAMIN LANDIS, was, as has been stated, a Mennonite minister of the Gospel, and all his descendants to the fifth generation adhered to the Mennonite faith without an exception.
Pg. 365, JOHN LANDIS, a native of Switzerland, emigrated to America in the beginning of the 18th century, and located in Bucks Co., Pa. He had five sons, viz.: JACOB, JOHN, MARTIN, GEORGE and SAMUEL; and two daughters, VERONICA and BARBARA. JOHN, one of the five sons, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Nov. 11, 1720, and moved to Montgomery Co., in the same State. His son, JOHN, and grandson of the first emigrant, was born Aug. 16, 1776, and emigrated to Lancaster Co. in 1797. He married a daughter of MICHAEL KLINE, the grandfather of GEORGE M. KLINE, ESQ., of this city. He was for many years engaged in the mercantile profession.
Pg. 365, JESSE LANDIS, son of the last named JOHN LANDIS, was born Oct. 15, 1821. He read law with Emanuel C. Reigart, and was admitted to the bar in Sept. 1843. He ranks at present among the well-read attorneys of the Lancaster bar. In 1861 he was elected by the county commissioners solicitor (pg. 366) on the county, and held the same by annual reelection until the year 1869. He has written, and is now preparing for publication, a supplement to Linnís Analytical Index.
Pg. 366, SAMUEL LANDIS was a member of the Legislature in 1829 and 1830.
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