While researching and constructing the North Annville Geneaolgy project, I have identified quite a few names that came up again and again. Many of the twentieth century residents of North Annville can trace their family back to one or more of the following ancestors. These families are particularly important to the genealogy of North Annville. There are many other surnames, such as Funck, Kreider, Light, and Meyer, which figure prominently in the ancestry of Lebanon County in general and whose genealogy is researched more thoroughly and published by others.
Johann Valentine Boger (1758-1826) and Julianna Imboden (1763-1846)
Valentine and Julianna were both born in Pennsylvania, the children of German immigrants. Valentine was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. They had two surviving children, John and Joseph, who made their home in Annville Township. Valentine and Julianna are buried at Hill Lutheran Church.
John Early (1724-1796), Susanna Brumbach and Regina Siechle
All of the Earlys of Lebanon and Dauphin Counties are descendants of John Early, a master builder who emigrated from Wurtemberg, Germany, to Pennsylvania in 1750. After his first wife died, he settled around Londonderry Township, where he became one of the founders of Bindnagle’s Lutheran Church. John and Regina were undoubtably buried there, although no identifiable stone exists.
Jacob Ellenberger (1736-1810) and Anna Hunsicker (1741-1805)
Jacob came to America from Gönnheim, Germany, at the age of 3, when his father bought a considerable tract of land in the area that became North Annville Township. Jacob and Anna were buried in their family cemetery, but many of their descendants are buried at Kauffman’s Church.
Johann Nicolaus Ensminger (1732-1831) and Christina Elizabeth Phillipi (1734-1803)
Both Johann and Christina were born in Alsace, Germany, and emigrated with their parents to the Cocalico area of Lancaster County. Their son, John Peter Ensminger, was an officer in the Lancaster militia during the Revolutionary War.
John Peter Heilman (1714-1782) and Salome Fry
John Peter and Salome were immigrants from Heilbronn, Germany, who settled in the area known today as Heilmandale. John Peter was an elder of the Lutheran congregation and served as building master for Berg Kirche (Hill Church), the oldest institution in what is now Lebanon County, where they are buried.
John Adam Heilman (1715-1790) and Anna Maria Catharine Steger (1709-1787)
John Adam and Anna Maria were immigrants from Zuzenhausen, Germany, who settled in the same area as John Peter Heilman. Although the two families intermarried, contemporary research has found no substantial evidence that John Adam Heilman and John Peter Heilman were closely related, or that they even knew each other prior to their emigration. John Adam and Anna Maria Heilman are also buried at Hill Lutheran Church.
Abraham Herr (1763-1812) and Anna Reist (1767-1831)
Abraham was a descendant of Hans Herr, who is generally credited with spurring the Mennonite migration to Lancaster County. Abraham and Anna’s descendants settled throughout North and South Annville. Anna is buried at the United Brethren cemetery in Annville.
Jacob Hostetter (1799-1874) and Anna Longenecker (1802-1871)
Jacob and Anna were born and raised in South Londonderry Township. Jacob was the grandson of Johannes Hostetter, who had emigrated in 1732 from Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, with his parents to Warwick Township, Lancaster County. Many of Jacob and Anna’s descendants settled in North and South Annville. They were likely buried in a family cemetery.
Jacob Killinger (1709-1779) and Anna Margaretha Kuchenbeisser
Jacob emigrated from Helmstadt, Germany, with his second wife, Anna Katherine, and four children. All three of his sons were veterans of the Revolutionary War. The Killingers of Lebanon County are descendants of Jacob’s sons, Andrew and Michael. Killinger Creek was named by Michael. Jacob and his second wife are buried at Hill Lutheran Church.
Johannes Maulfair (1771-1856) and Margaretha (1775-1859)
John and Margaret were both born in Lancaster County, the children of German immigrants. They settled in the area that became North Annville Township between the Quittapahilla and Swatara Creek. John and Margaret had thirteen children. They are buried at Bindnagle’s Lutheran Church.
William Killian Merck (1719-1792) and Anna Catharine
Killian Merck (aka Mark) emigrated with his brother from Embrach, Switzerland, in 1735. Eventually he and Anna established a farm in Hanover Township, near present-day Ono. Killian and Anna had at least 13 children, some of whom moved to Centre County. By 1850, there were at least twenty families in Lebanon County with the surname, Mark, all descendants of their sons, Adam and George.
George Snoke (1792-1864) and Catherine Fernsler (1801-1865)
George was a grandson of Johan Thies Schnug, who emigrated from Germany in 1740. He established a farm near what is now Palmyra. George’s father, Johannes Schnug, served in the Lancaster County Militia. George and Catherine’s farm was located in (North) Annville Township, where they raised twelve children. They are buried at Bindnagle’s Lutheran Church.