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Yes. Yoder was a key "Mennonite" (anabaptist) family from the Steffisburg area. We've discussed the few specific links in the past. Eymans resided at Oberdeissbach, a small mountain town over the Thun Sea. I suspect that they were members of the same 'district/congregation' in terms of standard government records keeping information on people. Yoders have been key resources in understanding the background of many who moved through Conestoga There have been a number of strong Yoder oriented genealogists and historians I've run into, and there are Eyman connections though not many for the past centuries;-) I'm on the road in Pennsylvania and can't check records. |
This morning was glorious. It was overcast and wanted to rain. We drove out from Harrisburg up Clark's Creek Valley to Stackpole lane, which defines the Eastern boundary of the land that Felix's great grandfather owned as first owner of record with Jacob Reiff(?). Gorgeous semi-dark forest with May Apples peeping out of the ground, some pines and abundant cover. I walked through the mist to a beautiful old bridge over Clark's Creek and onto the land that had been Jacob's. There was a fisherman there hauling trout out of the stream. I told him I was on a quest to get a feeling for the area. He was born and raised in the area and the Eyman name was famiiiar to him, though he didn't have a sense of the full family or how or where they'd used the land. Any buildings would have been long gone, though as I wandered deeply in and saw turn-offs, I encountered no trespassing signs that dulled my willingness to risk.
Ulrich Eyman/Iman is the best known of our ancestors, though the precise ties to Felix are unclear. He's buried at Fehl's farm in the back of a building built in 1719 (Postlethwaite's Tavern) where the British held court before any Pennsylvania authorities had been affiliated. The place is now the home of a Fehls descendant, who married into the Harnish family. The Christian Eyman and Susan who had lived on an adjoining property as tenants and then owners of Christian Herr land had children who married Harnish -- and Harnish House is one of the most fascinating remainders from those times. As I was wandering the road, the owner came out to check his mail box and was happy to chat. I really didn't want to bother him to hike across his back lot for visit grave markers.
We also made it to the Hans Herr house near Lampeter and were pleased to be there. The grandson of Hans, a Christian Hershey Herr had left numerous financial records in an archive at Millerville University. I visited their special collection and found a box which hadn't been opened for forty years. There were some fascinating noted proving stronger links than I'd imagined to Michael Shanks, confirmation that Herr had married an Eyeman, and not the Eyerman appearing in Herr genealogy. There was way too much to read, though the university reference librarians were incredibly helpful. They're reviewing the records I want and considering tthe best and least destructive ways of getting me photos or scans of key items. In a couple of days we'll turn around and head for Southern Illinois, where Felix was born. I'm not too optimistic that we'll find a lot new, though the chairperson of the county (Monroe) genealogical society will meet us and show us around.