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and is witnessed by his friends, Abraham Schultz, Gre-
gory Schultz and George Kriebel ; in it the testator, among
other things, disposes of about 800 acres of land located
in Berks, Montgomery and Northumberland counties. Pa.,
including two of the finest farms in eastern Berks ; one
of them, late that of his brother Melchior, had been
bought by the testator for and in the name of his son
Andrew. His family, all of whom survived him, con-
sisted of his wife Rosina, a daughter of Baltzer Yeakel,
and four children, Regina, Andrew, David and Susanna.


It mio-ht well be asked how the one-time shepherd June 4, 1854, at St. Paul, Minn., and his remains were

and weaver boy of Berthelsdorf came to have so much sent to Clayton, Pa., and interred at the Washington

property at his' disposal. Matt. 19; 29. He could work Meeting-house).

on the farm, or at the loom, perform deeds of kindness, Enoch K. Schultz, son of Adam, was born March 31,

courtesy and condescension, withovit compromising his 1816, on one of his father's farms in Hereford township,

dio-nity, which was unfailing. His life motto was "Soli and died on the farm where he was born Aug. 31, 1885,

Deo Gloria" ("To God alone the honor")- Father aged sixty-nine years, five months. He was a farmer and

Schultz died on the 9th of ]May, 1789, aged seventy-one also carried on sawmilling from his youth until his death,

years, one month, thirteen days. The immediate cause a period of over fifty years. His sawmill, now operated

of his death was 'apoplexy. His end was one of serene by his son, Daniel N. Schultz, was conducted before 1800

contentment and blessedness. He died as he had lived, by one Doris Eck, whose child was drowned in the mill

His last words, barely audible to the family, were: "A penstock. Adam Schultz purchased this property in ISOl

little while and ye shall not see me, and again a little or 1802, and a sawmill had been established there long

while and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father." before. The present mill is the third on the site, and was

The Rev. Christopher Hofifman, of Skippack, preached erected by Enoch Schultz in 1874. He also put up the

the funeral sermon, taking for his text the words of Paul, present large brick dwelling, in 1877, and had previously

n Timothy 4: 7-8, "I have fought a good fight, I have built the barn, in 1854. This property was in the Schultz

finished my course, I have kept the faith," etc. name from 1785, and was purchased by Abraham Schultz

Andrew Schultz, son of Rev. Christopher, born Jan. and Casper Yeakel from Charles Maberry in 1785. In

29, 1753, died Feb. 5, 1802, aged forty-nine years, six 1800 Abraham Schtiltz bought Casper Yeakel's share of

days. In 1776 he married Charlotte Yeakel, who died the farm. Enoch K. Schultz was a Republican in politics,

Feb. 11, 1825, and they had issue : Christopher, Susanna, and in religion a member of the Schwenkfelder Church, in

Regina, Esther, Maria, Christina and Henry. which he held the ofBce of deacon.

David Schultz, son of Rev. Christopher, born April 10, On Nov. 14, 1841, Mr. Schultz married Leah K. Neu-

1757, died Aug. 4, 1833, aged seventy-six years. He' re- man, daughter of Samuel and Regina (Krauss) Neuraan,

sided in Hereford township, Berks county, immediately of Upper Hanover township, Montgomery county, the

adjoining the Schwenkfelder meeting-house. In 1781 he former of whom was a chairmaker by trade, and also

married Anna Kriebel, and the following are the names made pipe organs, Mr. Neuman made an organ for each

and years of birth of their children: Sitsanna, 1782; An- of his three daughters. Mrs. Neuman lived to be nearly

drew, 1784; William, 1786; Rosina, 1788; Christopher one hundred years old. Mr. and Mrs. Enoch K. Schultz

K., 1790; Philip, 1793 (died 1817); Maria, 1795; jere- became the parents of ten children, namely: Sarah m.

miah, 1797; Christina, 1799; Regina, 1801. Abraham S. Krauss; Lydia m. Enos S. Schultz; Levi m.

Abraham Schultz, son of George Schultz, the elder Sallie Reiff; Erwin N. is mentioned below; Regina m.

brother of Rev. Christopher Schultz, was born March 33, Nathan M. Schultz; Susanna m. William S. Schultz;

1747, in Upper Hanover, Montgomery Co., Pa. He was Daniel m. Susan G. Schultz; Esther died unmarried, of

a great lover of books, and, having a retentive memory typhoid fever, aged twenty-one years, twenty-one days ;

and comprehensive mind, he became one of the best Mary m. Samuel R. Seibert, and died Sept. 6, 1902;

educated men of his time. He was a member of the Emma died unmarried of scarlet fever. Enoch K. Schultz

Schwenkfelder religious society, and served it in the died Aug. 31, 1885, and his wife passed away March 31,

capacity of trustee, school inspector, teacher and cate- 1907, aged eighty-five years, six months, three days.
chist. The community frequently called bis services into Erwin N. Schultz, of fhapel, Hereford township,

requisition as scrivener and counselor. In 1796 he was Berks county, proprietor of the Chapel Planing Mill, was

elected a member of the General Assembly from Mont- born July 26, 1847, on the Enoch K. Schultz homestead

gomery county. He died on Dec. 25, 1823. In 1771 he in Hereford township, and there attended the public

married Regina Yeakel, daughter of Christopher Yeakel, schools. His boyhood days were spent in work upon the

and their children were : Benjamin, born July 30, 1772 farm, and he continued to work for his parents until he

(died March 20, 1803); Adam, Sept. 20, 1775; Isaac, was thirty years old, learning the carpenter's trade at

March 4, 1778; Abraham, Feb. 18, 1781 (died March 23, home, and also gaining considerable experience in the

1802) ; Frederick, Aug. 10, 1784 (died Dec. 17, 1794) ; sawmill business, in which his father was engaged. After

Joseph, Jan. 22, 1787; and Melchior, June 33, 1789. leaving home he took up the carpenter's trade, which he

Rev. Melchior Schultz, the other son of George Schultz, followed over a district covered by a radius of eight

born March 35. 1756, died June 11, 1826, aged seventy miles, working as boss carpenter and employing as many

years, two months, sixteen days. In 1781 he married as nine men. He was principally engaged in building

Salome Wagner, and they had children : Christina, Regina, houses and barns, his principal contract being for the

Maria, Henry W., Sarah, Frederick and Susanna (twins) Perkiomen Seminary, at Pennsburg, Montgomery county,

and Rosma. Rev. Melchior Schultz was a minister of the a large institution which he put up in 1893, and on which

society of Schwenkfelders for a long time, and he was a force of twelve men was employed from \ngust until

likewise a farmer, Iivmg in Worcester township, Mont- April. In 1882 he built an addition to the Palm roUer-

gomery county. niill.

^ Adam Schultz, son of Abraham, was born Sept. 20, 1775, In the spring of 1878 Mr. Schultz came to his present
in Upper Hanover township, Montgomery Co., Pa., and home in Hereford township, which he bought from, his
died Aug. 30, 1831, of typhoid fever, on his farm near father-in-law, Joshua Schultz, the following vear Here
I reichlersvile, in Hereford township. Flis two sons he has his home and business, having remodeled the house
died but a short time afterward of the same disease. He and barn, built several additions to the buildings and put
owned 160 acres there, where the sawmill is located, and up the present planing-miH, where he keeps three nien
engaged in both farniing and savymilling, likewise operat- constantly employed. He makes doors, sashes, window-
ing a distillery, making apple-jack and rye whiskey. He frames, blinds, shutters, and other planing-mill products,
also owned 214 acres in Washing on township, now owned which he sells in the surrounding towns and district, and
by Mary .\nn Schultz. Like all his family, he was a he is a man whose personal integrity and high standards
Schwenkfelder in rehgiotis faith. On May 31, 1801, Mr. command the respect and good-will of alf who know
Schultz married Regma Knebel, born June 35, 1780, daugh- him. He is tall and well built, robust in constitution
ter of .\ndrew kriebel, died May 3 1858. They had and commanding in presence, and is well known th otigh-
children as follows: Abraham, born April 12, 1803 (died out the reo-ion ""uu^ii

m-'^'i'k/^^''^^' J=o??'' ^a"!'" ^'c^""' J^''"' -'"'P''," ^' 1^"^ 0" Nov" 10, 1877, Mr. Schultz married Susanna S

o''l,-^r'-A'l ^^-i;r-^''in'',c^f-n'' ?^l '^'',"' Nov. Schultz, born March 10, 1843, daughter of Rev. Joshua

is'.. =^'\ c '7',^ o-To^^' ^^^V '^"°",'' ^■^" ^^^'"^^ ^1' Schultz, died Oct. 17, 1905, aged sixty-three vears seven

1816: Sarah Sept. 1 1818 (was drowned May 11, 1830); months, seven davs. Two children were born ioh^s

Regina, Oct, 9, 1831; and Solomon, Nov. 9, 1834 (died union, Cora S. and Oscar S. Mr. Schultz's second mar-



riage was to Mrs. Emma S. (Schultz) Yeakel, widow of
William K. Yeakel, whom he wedded May 4, 1907. The
family home is a comfortable residence on the Green Lane
& Goshenhoppen turnpike. Mr. Schultz and his family are
members of the Schwenkfelder Church, in which he is
now serving his second term as deacon. He is a Republi-
can in political opinion.

JEFFERSON SNYDER, attorney at law at Reading
since 1875, was born in Exeter township, Berks county,
at what is now known as the village of St. Lawrence, Nov.
6, 1848. After receiving his preliminary education in the
local schools and attending the Freeland Seminary (now
Ursinus College), he took a regular course at Lafayette
College, and graduated with distinction in 1872, having
received the highest honors of his class and delivered the
valedictory in the graduating exercises. He then served
as a tutor in the college for one year. With this pre-
paration, he entered the law offices of George F. Baer,
Esq., as a clerk and student, and, after a course of read-
ing for two years, was admitted to the Bar Aug. 9, 1875.
He then opened an office and carried on an introductory
practice for two years, when he was selected by Mr.
Baer to become his assistant. Mr. Snyder's ability and
character came to be so highly appreciated by Mr. Baer
in the course of a few years that he formed a law part-
nership with him, and Mr. Baer continued a partner in
the business until 1901, when he became the president
of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company, and on
that account was obliged to discontinue the practice of
law at Reading.

The law business was very large and diversified, and
as Mr. Baer became more and more engaged in enterprises
of various kinds, of a public as well as of a private
character, the responsibilities of its management were
gradually thrown upon Mr. Snyder, and he proved him-
self thoroughly competent to take care of it. Philip S.
Zieber, Esq., was admitted into the firm in 1898 (he hav-'
ing been a student and admitted to practice as a lawyer
from the same office in 1884, and having become familiar
with the business by assisting in the office work until
that time), and the name was then changed to Baer, Sny-
der & Zieber, being thus continued until Mr. Baer with-
drew, when it became Snyder & Zieber; and as such they
have carried on a very active and lucrative practice until
the present time. The intricate and extensive legal af-
fairs of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company,
and of the Reading Iron Company, in Berks county, have
been looked after and directed in this office since 1870,
which evide-nces the superior character and professional
accomplishments of these attorneys; and the law reports
of the State during this long period of nearly forty years
show the great volume of litigation conducted by them be-
fore the several courts. Mr. Snyder's son, Thomas laeger
Snyder, Esq., has been a member of the firm since 1902,
having studied law in this office and then been adinitted
to practice before the several courts of the county.

In 1877 Mr. Snyder married Anna Lizzie laeger, daugh-
ter of Rev. Thomas T. laeger, of Reading, and Mary A.
(Palsgrove), his wife, of Mercersburg, Pa., and they have
three children : Mary, ml to Dr. John M. Brister, sur-
geon in the United States navy; Thomas laeger, attorney
at Reading; and John Kendig, who is studying music at
the New England Musical Institute, at Boston.

Mr. Snyder's father was Benjamin Leinbach Schneider,
farmer, merchant and manufacturer of woolen goods in
Exeter township, along the Antietam creek, near "Black
Bear." He died in 1860, aged thirty-five years. He mar-
ried Rachel Schmehl, daughter of Jacob Schmehl and Bar-
bara (Breidegam), his wife, of Ruscombmanor township.
She died in 1901, aged seventy-seven years. They had
seven children : Adaline, ra. to Harrison Seidel ; Jeffer-
son; Emma Louisa, m. to Harry Creen, of Philadelphia;
Amelia Amanda, who died in 1867, in her girlhood ; Agnes,
m. to Jacob Happel; Mary Olivia, m. to Isaac Deturck;
and Stockton, m. to Ida Brumbach, both of whom were
killed in the "Honda Wreck" on the Southern Pacific
railroad in California May 11, 1907.

His grandfather was David Schneider, farmer of Oley,
along the Monocacy creek, about a mile above the "Oley
Line" hotel. He died in 1866, aged sixty-nine years. He
married Mary Magdalena Leinbach, daughter of Thomas
.Leinbach, farmer, of Oley, and they had seven children :
Simon, Benjamin, Joel, Jackson, Rachel (m. to William
Brumbach), Mary Ann (m. to Harrison Yoder), and
Emma (m. to Daniel Happel).

Mr. Snyder's wife's father. Rev. Thomas T. laeger,
was an active and influential Lutheran minister in Berks
county for many years. His father was Rev. Gottfried
Frederick Immanuel laeger, for sixty years an honored
minister of the Lutheran Church in Berks county, born
at lUigen, in Wurtemberg, Genmany, in 1796, emigrated
to Pennsylvania in 1817; located at Hamburg, Berks
county, in 1818, where he then began to preach as a
minister of the Lutheran Church; and died at Hamburg
in 1879. In 1820 he married Mary Audenried, daughter
of Lewis Audenried, of McKeansburg, in Schuylkill
county, Pa., and they had eleven children, including Rev.
Thomas T. His wife died in 1888, aged ninety-one years.

THOMAS MYERS RICHARDS, for fifty years con-
nected with the Reading Railway Company, and from 1905
until his death, Sept. 5, 1908, vice-president of the Philadel-
phia & Reading Coal and Iron Company, was born at
Pottsville, Pa., Oct. 27, 1835.

Mr. Richards attended the public schools of Pottsville
until 1842, when his parents removed to Reading, and he
there attended the local schools until he was thirteen years
old. He then worked in different stores for ten years,
and he entered the employ of the Philadelphia & Read-
ing Railway Company, Oct. 3, 1858, as a clerk in the of-
fice of the master machinist, and he was afterward con-
nected with this great railroad, with the exception of
the time of his service in the army. In 1867, he was
transferred to Port Richmond to take charge of the ship-
'ment of coal, and he continued there until 1875, when he
was promoted to the head of the coal sales department
of the P. & R. Coal and Iron Co., with quarters in the -
general office building, No. 327 South Fourth street, Phila-
delphia, Pennsylvania. His services were so highly ap-
preciated that March 15, 1905, he was elected second vice-
president of the company, and April 2, 1906, first vice-
president. His employment with the company covers an
extraordinary period of time, and his promotion to the
head of the coal department, which is the largest in the
country, in point of traffic, attests in the highest degree,
not only his superior ability in the discharge of his re-
sponsible duties, but his great fidelity to the enormous
financial interests of the company.

In April, 1861, Mr. Richards responded to President
Lincoln's appeal for troops in the Civil War, by raising
a company of infantry, which became Co. G, of the First
Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. They were mustered
into service April 20, 1861, and Mr. Richards was elected
second lieutenant. The company was discharged at the
end of its term of enlistmient, July 26, 1861. He assisteid
in raising, another company for nine months, which on
Aug. 16, 1862, was m-ustered in as Company E, 128th
Pennsylvania Volunteers, and rendered meritorious serv-
ices. He entered as first lieutenant and was promoted to
captain Sept. 18, 1862, which commission he held tmtil his
discharge, May 19, 1863. He was wounded at the battle
of Chancellorsville May 3, 1863. Upon the company's re-
turn to Reading, he re-entered the employ of the railroad
company which had retained his position for him. He
died Sept. 5, 1908, after several months' illness.

ELMER E. STAUFFER, prominent in the business, re-
ligious and social life of Boyertown and vicinity, comes
of an old family whose early home was in the mountains
of Switzerland. Extracts gleaned from various sources,
chiefly from the diary of Hans Stauffer, written during
his voyage from Switzerland, through Germany, Holland
and England, to America, give the earlier history -of the



(I) Daniel Stauffer, a descendant of the ancient house
of Hohenstaufen, in Suabia, was born at Alzheim, near the
Rhine, in Switzerland, about 1630, and there he also

(II)- Hans Stauffer, son of Daniel, was born at Alzheim
about 1650 or 1055. In 1685 he married a widow named
Kinget Heisland. They belonged to a religious sect called
Mennonites, and in 1709 they were driven by persecution
to North America, but first they went to the Pfalz. The
diary reads as follows : "In the year 1709, I, Hans Stauf-
fer, left my own native land, the Schweitz, on the 5th day
of November, with my wife and children, — Jacob, aged
IH, Daniel 12, Henry 9, Elizabeth with her husband
Paul Fried, and one child named Mary. After a stormy
voyage, on Jan. 20, 1710, we arrived in London." In the
spring after a perilous voyage they landed probably at
Philadelphia, and settled at or near Valley Forge, Chester
county, in the land of Penn. It is said that Hans Stauffer
is buried in the Mennonite graveyard near Valley Forge.
The sons who survived him were : Jacob, Daniel and

(III) Jacob Stauffer, eldest son of Hans, was born at
Alzheim in 1696. and accompanied his father to America
in 1710. At Valley Forge he married, and afterward
moved to a place called Hereford (now Washington town-
ship). The country was then a vast wilderness, and a
remnant of one of the Indian tribes resided there. He
was one of the first settlers and original purchasers of a
plantation in that neighborhood, which adjoined the land
where later the Roman Catholic chapel was erected. His
grain was carried on horseback to the gristmill some-
where below Norristown, twenty miles away. Like many
of his descendants he was a Mennonite, and he is buried
in the Mennonite cemetery adjoining his plantation. His
children were : Henry, born 1725 ; Christian, 1728 ; Susan,
1730; Esther, 1732; Ahraham, 1737; and John, 1737.

(IV) Henry Stauffer, son of Jacob, was born Aug. 13,
1725, and he died June 19, 1803. He went to Colebrook-
dale township, where he purchased a farm and developed
it. His grave is in the cemetery of the Mennonites at
Boyertown, on a lot he gave to the congregation of that
faith for burial purposes. In 1770 he married Maria

(V) Jacob Stauffer, eldest son of Henry, was born
Aug. 2, 1754, and he bought his father's farm in Cole-
brookdale township, there following farming. He died
March 20, 1839, and is buried in the Mennonite cemetery
at Boyertown. This graveyard was given by him to the
Lutheran and Reformed Churches. In 1785 he married
Susanna Huff, and among their children were : Catherine,
Esther, Maria, Judge John, Henry and Elizabeth.

(VI) Judge John Stauffer, son of Jacob, was born
July 4, 1792, and he died Nov. 28, 1854. He was a great
friend of education, and was a leading citizen of Boyer-
town. The Stauffer mansion, which he erected and which is
now occupied by Elmer E., is a fine building, and con-
tains much hand carved wood. Judge John Stauffer mar-
ried Elizabeth Keely, and they had twelve children, among
whom was William K.

(VII) William K. Stauffer, son of Judge John, was
born in Boyertown Sept. 19, 1819, and he became a fore-
most man there. He died April 1, 1891, in a room im-
mediately below the one in which he was born. This old
home has sorne sixty acres of valuable land, and this Mr.
Stauffer cultivated. He was a surveyor and convey-
ancer many years, and was a useful man in his district.
He was secretary of the cemetery board, and in this was
succeeded by his son Elmer E., who also succeeded him as
treasurer of the old Boyertown Water Company. Mr.
Stauffer was a pillar in the Evangelical Church, and did
much for the benefit of that church. He married Harriet
Gilbert, daughter of Henry and Lydia (Spang) Gilbert,
the former of whom, now "deceased, was a miller in Cole-
brookdale. She was born Nov. 6. 1824, and now lives with
her son Elmer E. They had children as follows: (1)
Irwin G., born 1846, died 1849. (2) James G.. born 1848.
died 1849. (3) Sidney G., born 1850, died 1851. (4) One
born in 1852 died unnamed. (5) George Washington.

born 1853, died 1857. (6) Rev. William Henry,
born Aug. 28, 1857, was educated at Mt. Pleas-
ant Seminary, Palatinate College (one year), and Ur-
sinus College, from which he graduated, after which
he again graduated at the Northwestern Theo-
logical College, at Naperville, 111. He entered the ministry
of the Evangelical Association, and is now stationed at
Lyons, N. Y. He married Sybilla Schneider, of Suspen-
sion Brid'^e N Y., and their children were ; Grace, Milton,
Edith (deceased), Edna, Ruth, William and Arthur. (7)
Francis G., born Aug; 6, 1839, married Feb. 22, 1881,
Lizzie Keiper, of Naperville, 111., where he also attended
Northwestern College, and was graduated. Their child-
ren were: A son born in 1886 (died in infancy); and
Leslie De Witt, born April 3, 1888, a noted athlete taking
a college course in W^sleyan College, Delaware, Ohio.
Francis G. is in the fence and wire business. (8) Elmer
E. is the youngest in the family.

(VIII) Elmer E. Stauffer was born on the old Stauffer
homestead July 2, 1864. He was educated in the public
schools of Boyertown, Mt. Pleasant Seminary, and Lafay-
ette College, Easton, Pa. He took the civil engineering
course, but on account of his father's ill health, he was
compelled to abandon his college education for the time,
and consequentlv did not graduate at Easton, but later,
in January, 1S8'6, graduated from Bryant & Stratton s
Business College at Philadelphia. After his return home
he engaged in conveyancing, together with the real estate
business. He did most of the grading and surveying for
the borough of Boyertown, and in 1907. when the brick
street paving was put down, he was elected by the council
as engineer with an assistant to oversee that the work
was done according to the specifications. He is associated
in business with Horace F. Tyson, under the firm name
of Tyson & Stauffer, dealing in lumber, coal and feed at
Barto, and doing an extensive business. Mr. Stauffer
is a director in the Boyertown Casket Company, a posi-
tion he has held since 1902. He is notary for the Nat-
ional Bank of Boyertown, and is secretary of the Fairyiew
Cemetery. He and his family are members of the Trinity
United Evangelical Church, Boyertown, and he served the
church faithfully as treasurer and trustee many years.
He has been superintendent of the Sunday school since
his young manhood, and in many ways has proved him-
self an earnest worker in the cause of Christ. Mr. Stauf-
fer has settled up many large estates, among these
being the Kuser, Levengood and Bleyler estates. He was
also executor of his father's estate. In politics he is a
Prohibitionist, but in home elections often votes the Re-
publican ticket, always trying to vote for the best man
and for the best interests of the commiunity. He was a
member of the school board three years, and was also
secretary, and helped on the plans of the present high

On Oct. 16, 1888, Mr. Stauffer married Andora F. Ty-
son, daughter of Abraham and Susan (Fetterolf) Tyson,
of Royersford, Pa. Mrs. Tyson was a sister of Dr. A. H.
Fetterolf, President of Girard College, Philadelphia. Mr.
and Mrs. Stauffer have three children : Eva May, Walter
Tyson and William Everett.

JOHN A. MATTHEW, a prominent citizen and success-

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