James Martin Yeager.

An brief history of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside families, and their collateral kindred of Pennsylvania online

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Valentine Yeager was married to Mary M. Docken-
wadlerin April 14, 1757. by the pastor of the Lutheran
church at Trappe, Pa.

Col. Nicholas Lotz of the Revolutionary Army, from
Berks county, who served in the Provincial Conference of
June 16, 1776, and in the General Assembly for sixteen years
and who filled the office of Associate Judge of Berks county
from 1795 to 1806 and who died in 1807. was married to
Rosa Yeager. daughter of John Yeager, of Reading.

Nicholas Yeager and Anna Hillegas were married by
George Michael Weiss in the Goshenhoppen Reformed
Charge about 1750.

Christian Yeager was a taxpayer in Penn township,
now Snyder county, in 1796.

John Andrew Strassburger, the second, of Upper Mil-
ford township, Lehigh county, married in 1780, Eva Yeager,
who died April 2J, 1825. Buried at Zionsville Church, Le-
high county. Their son, Rev. John Andrew Strassburger
(the third), was licensed to preach at Carlisle, Pa., by the
Synod of the German Reformed church, September 10, 18 18.

( )n his gravestone in the Indian Creek Reformed
Church yard. Bucks county, are the words:

REV. J. A. STRASSBURGER

Born Oct. 3, 1796
Died May 2, I860

As a minister of German Reformed Church he served
the Indian Creek and other congregations, from April, 1818,
to July, 1854.

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HISTORY OF THE YEAGER FAMILY

George E. Yeager

Nicholas Yeager of Kentucky had son Adam, born 1707.
Adam had son John, born 1732.
John had son Joshua, born 1766.
Joshua had son Elijah, born 1816.
Elijah had son Geo. E., born 1855, Ft. Branch, In-
diana. (1913).



Herman V. Yeager

Herman V. Yeager, son of Charles M. Yeager, and
grand-son of William Yeager, was born in Mifflinburg,
Union County, Pa., in 1885.

He evidently displayed a musical nature very young,
for while still in knickerbockers at the age of six, he practiced
on the piano, while his boy companions were calling him to
come out and play with them.

He studied with one teacher after another, developing
his musical knowledge throughout his school days. After
his musical career had been decided upon, he entered the
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachu-
setts, where he settled down to real work. He finished his
studies there in 1903. After directing an Orchestra in Bos-
ton, he played in several theatres through the East. Finally, he
went to Harrisburg, where he has been conducting the Or-
chestra in the Orpheum Theatre since 1908. In addition to
his work there, he does a great deal of music writing, com-
posing, arranging for orchestra, etc. For several summers
he has had charge of the music at the Forrest Inn, Eagles
Mere, Pa. He is, probably, the youngest musical director
in the United States, in any Theatre playing first-class
vaudeville. He has had many offers to locate in other cities.
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Herman V. Yeager

Musical Director



III!



The Pennsylvania Quakers



Owing largely to their position of non-combatants the
members of the Society of Friends have been considered in
die light of tories, and while I am not here to defend them
from the charge, believing that the most intelligent part of
the population in that clay were just as well qualified to
judge which form of government they preferred as any
others, yet if the preferences of those Friends who violated
the discipline of the Society by taking up arms is any indi-
cation of the prevailing sentiment we might conclude that at
least ninety per cent, of Friends secretly favored inde-
pendence. — Gilbert Cope, Esq., in an address before the
Chester County, Penna., Historical Society-



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Some Annals of the Buffington Family




Hon. Joseph Buffington

Judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeal?
Lineal descendant of Richard Buffington, the First.



United States Courts

Pittsburgh

Feb. 5, 1910.
My Dear Dr. Yeager : — I am obliged to you for remem-
bering me in connection with your work. Such books serve
a highly useful historic purpose and any relationship that
includes one among its number is very fortunate. I have
never done anything in the picture line myself in such books
and I am a bit loath to begin. If you really think I should
do it I will send you a small photo lithograph picture plate
that was used in a college publication which I think would
serve your purpose. Very cordially yours,

Jos. Buffington.
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One of the Oldest English Families
in Pennsylvania



RICHARD BUFFINGTON, the progenitor of the
Buffingtons of Pennsylvania, and the direct ancestor of
J. M. Yeager, of Yeagertown, settled here before the name
of Pennsylvania was given to the Province. William Penn
obtained a charter for the Province of Pennsylvania on the
Fourth of March, i860. But the records of the court at
Upland, now Chester, show that Richard Buffington was a
taxable in 1676. or one hundred years before the Declaration
of Independence.

John F. Watson in his "Annals of Philadelphia" al-
ludes, (says Gilbert Cope, one of the best genealogists in the
State and to whom the compiler is greatly indebted for Buf-
fington data) more than once to the gathering of Richard
Buffiington's descendants at his own house at the Forks of
the Brandywine in 1739, and to the fact that his son Richard
was the "first-born Englishman in Pennsylvania."

The Pennsylvania Gazette (edited by Benjamin Frank-
lin) for June 28 to July 5, 1739, contains the following:

"Philadelphia. — ( In the 30th of May past, the children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren of Richard Buffing-
ton, Senior, to the number of one hundred and fifteen, met
together at his house in Chester County, as also his nine sons
and daughters-in-law. and twelve great-grand-children-in-
law. The old man is from Great Marlow upon the litanies,
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FAMILY




Richard Buffington V

of Chester County



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in Buckinghamshire, in Old England, aged abont 85, and is
still hearty, active and of perfect memory. His eldest son,
now in the sixtieth year of his age, was the first born of
English descent in this province."

Many events of great historic interest gather abont the
county of Buckinghamshire, which is abont twenty-five
miles from London. Here William Penn is buried. In this
county John Milton finished Paradise Lost and here he
wrote L'Allegro. Here lived Hampton, the great patriot.
Here is Stoke Poges churchyard which suggested Gray's
Elegy. Here lived Cowper who wrote some of the choicest
hymns in the English language.

Here Burke, the greatest of orators and statesmen, died
and was buried. Here Herschel, the great astronomer, made
most of his important discoveries, and here was one of the
finest country seats in all England belonging to the Duke
of Buckingham. Here is Eton College, one of the most
celebrated schools in Great Britain, founded at least fifty
vears before the discovery of America : where the immortal
Gladstone graduated and many other Englishmen who be-
came famous in the world of science, literature, politics and
statesmanship.

Some years ago the compiler of this book visited Eton,
and Windsor Castle, just across the river, and saw for the
first time Queen Victoria, riding in her carriage on her re-
turn from a trip to Frogmore, the burial place of her con-
sort, Prince Albert.

It was from this historic county our progenitor emi-
grated to the then wilderness of the present Pennsylvania
in 1675.

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Richard Buffington Holds Office
Under William Penn

William Penn obtained a charter for the Province of
Pennsylvania on the 4th of March, 1680 (1681, N. S.), and
on Sept. 13, 168 1, the first court under the new dispensation
was held at Upland, at which time Richard Buffington ap-
peared as a witness in one case, as a plaintiff in another and
as a defendant in a third. He was a member of the Grand
Jury June 27th, 1683, and a witness at the same court. On
December 14th. 1683, he prosecuted John Child "in an ac-
tion of Trover and Convertion." and "the Jury finde for the
Plaintiff and give him his heifer and thirty shillings damage
with Cost of suite."

At a Court held the 6th day of the nth month, 1684,
"Richard Buffing-ton is Ordered to Receive the Levie raised
for the Court House and Prison in the Township of Chester."
Jt was also "Ordered that the Collectors of the Levie for the
Court House and Prison shall be Considered for their time
and Paines twelve pence in the pound."

He appears to have changed his residence and at court,
6th of 1st month, 1687-8, he was appointed "Constable" for
Chichester Township. March 5, 1688-9, "Richard Buffing-
ton. Constable of Chichester, being attested declareth that
when he went downe to Chichester about ye levies John
Wickham did swear if any one should levie any thing upon
him he would have a tyme of him."

hi that day there were no public schools and a number
of neighbors would join together in the employment of a
teacher.

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As has been intimated Richard Buffingion, Sen., ap-
pears to have inclined towards the Baptist Society, and it
might have been stated that the records of the Brandywine
Baptist Church, in Birmingham, show that he was baptized in
Crum Creek, 6 mo. 26, 1699, and assisted in organizing a
congregation in 171 5. At what time his son Richard iden-
tified himself with Friends is not recorded, but at Newark
(now Kennett) Monthly Meeting. 6 mo. 7, 1725, "The pre-
parative meeting of Kennett returns Richard Buffington jun-
ior to this meeting's consideration for an overseer, which this
meetirig approves of." At that date Bradford Meeting was
considered a branch of Kennett. After this Richard took
an active part in the business of the meeting. His wife.
Phebe Buffington. first appears on the records as an active
member in 1729. In 1733 sll e obtained the recommendation
of the monthly meeting as a minister.

Richard Buffington was married three times. By his
first and last wives he had thirteen children. The twelfth
child. Joseph, by deed of March 23, 1748. purchased from
Isaac Norris the homestead of Richard Buffington, of over
200 acres, for £100, which evidently did not include the
value of the improvements made by his father. Here he
lived at the time of the battle of Brandywine. and the near-
by ford on the eastern branch of the Brandywine was long
known as Buffington's.



Richard Buffington's Will

Richard Buffington's death occurred in January, T747-S,
when he was in his 04th year. His descendants now number
many thousands, scattered nearly all over the United States.
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The following is a copy of his will :

''In the Name of God Amen. The Seventh Day of
January in the year of our Lord 1747-8, 1 Richard Buffing-
ton in the County of Chester and Province of Pennsylvania.
yeoman, being Sick in Body, but of Perfect Memory, Thanks
be to God therefore, calling unto mind the Mortality of my
Body, and knowing that it is for all Men once to Die, do
make and ordain this my last Will and Testament : That is
to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my
Soul into the Hands of God that gave it. and for my Body,
] recommend it to the Earth, to be buried in a Christian like
and decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors, noth-
ing doubting but at the general Resurrection T shall receive
the same again by the mighty Power of God. And as touch-
ing Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to
bless me with in this Life, 1 give, devise and dispose of the
same in the manner following:

"Imprimis, It is my will and I do order. That in the
first place, all my just Debts and Funeral Charges be paid
and Satisfied.

"Item. I give and bequeath unto .Mice my dearly be-
loved Wife one Room at the X. E. corner of the House with
the Cellar under it and five pounds a year and firewood Suf-
ficient for one fire brought convenient, and one Milch-cow
reasonably kept without any cost to her. one feather Bed
the one I now lieth on with Suitable furniture as now is.
one Case of draws that stands in the said Room and one
Walnut chest that stands in the House and forty shillings
to buy other furniture with. During her Widowhood, Onlv
the feather bed and furniture and ( )ne Case of Draws and
(best and forty Shillings worth of furniture as before men-
tioned forever.

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Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Dain
one Bible worth thirty Shillings. Item, I give and bequeath
to my Daughter Mary Turner One Bible worth thirty Shil-
lings. Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth
Freeman One Bible of thirty Shillings price. I give and
bequeath to my Daughter Lida Martin One Bible worth
thirty Shillings. Item, I give and bequeath to my son Wil-
liam Buffington all my wearing apparel. I give and bequeath
to my daughter Abigail Seed one Bible worth thirty Shil-
lings. Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Alice Mc-
Arthur one Bible worth thirty Shillings and a Horse named
Roan. Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Buffing-
ton Deceased's Heirs five Shillings. Item, I give and be-
queath to my Daughter Ann Hickman deceased's Heirs five
Shillings. Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ruth
Harlan deceased's Heirs five Shillings. Item, I give and
bequeath to my Son Richard Buffington deceased's Heirs
five Shillings. Item, 1 give and bequeath to my Son John
Buffington deceased's Heirs five Shillings. And the re-
mainder of all my Estate I give and bequeath to my son
Joseph Buffington his Heirs and Assigns for Ever both Real
and Personal Whatsoever and Wheresoever. But in case of
s'd son Joseph Should die without Heirs Lawfully begotten,
my will is that it shall descend to my two Daughters, Abigail
and Alice their Heirs and assigns forever Equally to be di-
vided Share and Share alike. Item, I give and bequeath
to Owen Thomas now Minister of the Anabaptist Society
held at John Bently's in the Township of Newlin and county
aforesaid five pounds. Item, I give and bequeath to the So-
ciety before Mentioned twenty pounds to be paid in the
manner following, viz't. five pounds to be paid four years
after my decease, five pounds the Ensuing year, five pounds
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more the Ensuing- year and five pounds the next Ensuing.
Item, ] give and bequeath to Richard Kimbol two pounds
ten Shillings. Likewise I constitute, make and ordain my
s'd son Joseph my ( )nly and Sole Executor of this my last
Will and Testament, And \ do hereby utterly disallow, re-
voke and disannul all and every other former Testaments,
Wills, Legacies and Executors, by me in any way before
this Time Named, Willed and bequeathed. Ratifying and
Confirming this and no other to he my last will and Testa-
ment. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal the day and Year above written."

The items are not summed up, but amount to over £500,
which, when we consider the age and that he had doubtless
advanced each of his married children, speaks well for his
industry and thrift. From the location of the articles men-
tioned in the inventory it is evident that the house was of
one story. The little room, the southeast room, the west
room, and the kitchen are all the apartments. The little
room was no doubt the northeast room which he devised for
the use of his widow and where he slept on a bed which with
its furniture was valued at £12:0; not so bad for that time,
nor even for the present. A case of draws (drawers) at £4
and a walnut chest at £2 were also in the same room.



Memorandum Book of George Buffington, the Revo-
lutionary Soldier, continued by his son, George,
the husband of Catharine Yeager, sister of Jacob
Yeager of Yeagertown.

Page 1. — George Buffington — his memoranda book.
Including his own birth and the birth of my wife and the
birth of my children and grandchildren. And the death of
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my father and mother and of my brothers and sisters and of
my brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and sons-in-law.

Page 2. — George Buffington. I was born in Chester
County, the 8th day of February, in the year of our Lord,
1750. and was married in the year 1782, the 2d day of Sep-
tember, to my wife, Barbarah, whose maiden name was
Hoffman. My wife Barbarah, was born in Tulpehocken
Township, Berks County, in the year of our Lord 1763 on
the 31st day of May. Her god-father and god-mother were
Frederick Wolf and his wife Eva.

Page 3. — Elizabeth Buffington was born June 27,, in
the year of our Lord, 1783. Deceased. Isaac Buffington
was born August 8th in the year of our Lord, 1784, god- father
and god-mother were Peter Hoffman and his wife Sarah.
Jacob Buffington was born the 16th day of May in the year
of our Lord 1786; his god-father and god-mother were
Jacob Smith and his wife, Mary. Mary Buffington was
born the 26th of July in the year of our Lord, 1788. De-
ceased. Susana Buffington was born the 25th day of Aug-
ust, in the year of our Lord 1790; her god-father and god-
mother were Michael Enterline and his wife Elizabeth.

Page 4. — Rachel Buffington was born the 15th of April
in the year of our Lord 1792 ; her god-father and god-mother
were John Hoffman, Sr., and his wife, Marv. George Buf-
fington was born the 12th day of May in the year of our
Lord, 1795. his god-father and god-mother were John Hoff-
man. Jr., and his wife Christina. Catharine Buffington was
born the 15th day of February in the year of our Lord 1797.
Her god-father and god-mother were Christi Hoffman and
his wife Susannah. Margaret Buffington was born the 22(1
day of August in the year of our Lord 1799. Her god-
father and god-mother were Nicholas Hoffman and his wife,
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Margaret. John Buffington was born the 7th day of Jan-
uary in the year of our Lord 1804. His god-father and
god-mother were John Buffington and his wife Catharine.

Page 5. — Jacob Fisher's child — Jacob Fisher son of
Jacob Fisher and Susannah his wife, was born the 26th day
of May in the year 1811; his god-father and god-mother
were George Buffington and his wife, Barbara ; baptized by
Parson Ulrich. My son-in-law, Jacob Fisher, departed this
life the 8th day of February in the year of our Lord, 1811.
Leonard Fisher departed this life the 22(\ day of June in
the vear of our Lord, 1814, aged $2 years, 1 month and 15
days.

Page 6. — Jacob Yeagcr's children — Jonathan Yeager.
son of Jacob Yeager and Susanna Buffington, his wife, was
born the 21st day of June in the year of our Lord. 1817.
his god-father and god-mother were his father and mother;
baptized by Parson Reily. Simon Yeager was born the
20th day of November in the year of our Lord 1818; his
god-father and god-mother were his father and mother;
Paptized by Parson Reily. Daniel Yeager was born the
29th of October in the year of our Lord 1820; his god-father
and god-mother were his father and mother ; baptized by Par-
son Gerhart. Moses Yeager was born the 26th of June in
the year of our Lord 1822; his god-father and god-mother
were his father and mother; baptized by Parson Gerhart.

Page 7. — Benjamin Yeager was born the 22(1 of August
in the year of our Lord 1824 ; his god-father and god-mother
were his father and mother; baptized by I 'arson Shindel.
George Yeager was born the 17th day of August in the year
of our Lord [826; his god-father and god-mother were his
father and mother; baptized by Parson Shindel. Susannah
Yeager was born the 26th clay of March in the year of our
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Lord 1828; her god-father and god-mother were George
Daniel and his wife, Margaret ; baptized by Parson Shindel.

Page 8. — Catharine Yeager Buffington departed her
life June, the 17th day, 1873, and her funeral sermon was
Job, 6th chapter, 22d verse.

Isaac Buffington's Children. — Catharine Buffington,
daughter of Isaac Buffington and Hannah, his wife, was
born the 10th day of June in the year of our Lord 1810; her
god-mother was Catharine Fisher ; baptized by Parson Ul-
rich. Hannah Buffington was born the 5th of February in
the year of our Lord 1812; her god-mother was Susannah
Fisher ; baptized by Parson Walter. Jonathan Buffington
was born the 15th of August in the year of our Lord 1814;
his god-father and god-mother were George Buffington and
his wife, Barbara ; baptized by Parson Reily.

Page 10. — Susannah Buffington was born the 23d of
February in the year of our Lord 1818; her god-mother
was Catharine Buffington ; baptized by Parson Shindel.
Thomas Buffington was born the 27th of June in the year of
our Lord 1819 ; his god-father and god-mother were Joseph
Fisher and his wife, Magdaline ; baptized by Parson Shindel.
Esther Buffington was born the 13th of October in the year
of our Lord 1821, her god-mother was Susannah Fisher;
baptized by Parson Gerhart. Esther Buffington departed
this life the 15th day of August in the year of our Lord
1823.

Page 1 1 . — Joseph Buffington was born the 24th day of
August in the year of our Lord 1824; his god-father and
god-mother were George Daniel and his wife, Margaret ;
baptized by Parson Shindel.

Pa^e 12. — Jacob Buffington's Children — Elizabeth Buf-
fington was born the 26th day of November in the year
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1809; her god-father and god-mother were George Buf-
fington and Barbarah, his wife; baptized by Parson Ulrich.
John Buffington was born the 25th day of June in the year
181 1 ; his god-father and god-mother were John Riggle and
his wife, Susannah ; baptized by Parson Ulrich. Mary Buf-




George Buffington and his wife, Catharine Yeager Buffington



fington was born the 27th of June in the year [813; her
god-mother was Mary Sheetz, single woman; baptized by
I 'arson I [endel.

I 'age [3. — Amos Buffington was horn the 14th of Feb-
ruary in the year 1X15. his god-father and god-mother were
Stofel hark and his wife, Rachel; baptized by Parson Reilv.
George Buffington was born in the state of Ohio on the
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2 1 st of February in the year 1822 and was baptized on the
17th of March, 1823, in New Philadelphia by Abraham
Snyder, a minister of the gospel ; his god-father and god-
mother were John Sheetz and his wife, Elizabeth.

Page 14. — George Buffington, his children — Cyrus Buf-
fington, son of George Buffington and Catharine, his wife,
was born the 30th day of December in the year of our Lord
1 821 ; his god-father and god-mother were George Buffing-
ton and his wife, Barbarah ; baptized by Parson Gerhart.
Amanda Buffington was born the 28th day of May in the
year of our Lord 1824 ; her god-father and god-mother were
John Yeager and his wife, Catharine ; baptized by Parson
Gerhart.

Page 15. — Elias Buffington was born the 23d day of
December in the year of our Lord 1825 ; his god-father and
god-mother were John Yegel and his wife, Elizabeth ; bap-
tized by Parson Gerhart. John Buffington was born the
31st clay of January in the year of our Lord, 1828; his god-
father and god-mother were Stofel Yeager and his wife Han-
nah ; baptized by Parson Gerhart. Hannah Y. Buffington
was born the 9th day of September in the year of our Lord
1830; her god-father and god-mother were her father and
mother ; baptized by Parson Gerhart.

Page 16. — George Buffington (father of H. E. Buffing-
ton, Lvkens, PaA, was born the 23d of November in the
year of our Lord 1832; his god-father and god-mother,
George Daniel and his wife, Rebecca ; baptized by Parson
Gerhart. Peter Buffington was born April the 11th, 1843;
his god-father and god-mother were his father and mother ;
baptized by Parson Gerhart.

Page 17. — Catharine Buffington was born the 2d of
November in the year of our Lord 1834; her god-father and
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god-mother were her father and mother ; baptized by Par-
son Gerhart. Elizabeth Buffington was born the 3d of De-
cember in the year of our Lord 1836; her god-father and
god-mother were her father and mother; baptized by Par-
son Gerhart. Laura Buffington, born the 23d day of De-
cember in the vear of our Lord 1838; her god-father and
god-mother were her father and mother ; baptized by Par-
son Gerhart. Jeremiah Buffington was born the 23d day
of November 1840; his god-father and god-mother, his
father and mother: baptized by Parson Gerhart.

Page 18. — George Daniel — his children — Beniville


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