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Samuel Pletcher

Male 1751 - 1830  (79 years)


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  • Name Samuel Pletcher 
    Born 28 Jan 1751  Wieslach, Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Mar 1830  Galion, Crawford County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Pletcher Cem., Crawford County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I399  Carl
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2016 

    Father Martin? Samuel? Pletcher,   b. 1730, Schleitheim, Schaffhausen, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1757, On Ship To Amer. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Mother Mary Maynard,   b. 1731, Alsace?, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F214  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Yotta 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Pletcher,   b. Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Pletcher,   b. Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. David Pletcher,   b. Abt 1772, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Somerset County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. William Pletcher,   b. 1774, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1857, Lewiston, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Samuel Pletcher,   b. 1778, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1811, Howard, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     6. Henry Pletcher,   b. 1782, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Anna Pletcher,   b. 1784, Lancaster County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1854, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +8. Jacob Pletcher, Sr.,   b. 11 Mar 1790, Big Valley, Huntington County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1870, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "THE PLETSCHER OR PLETCHER FAMILY IN AMERICA" "When Samuel and Henry Pletcher were of the proper age, about 12 or 13, they were apprenticed out to trades. Samuel was apprenticed to a weaver, and Henry to a cobbler. The usual apprenticeship pe riod was until the apprentice reached the age of 21 years, a period of seven years or more for which the apprentice received their food and clothing." "At the time of the Revolutionary War, Samuel was 23 years old, and was married to Elizabet h Yotta (Yoder or Yates) of Lancaster and had sons. There is no record of his service during the war." "Samuel and Elizabeth Yotta Pletcher lived in or near Lancaster, PA and all of their 8 children were born in the Lancaster Valley. After t he birth of his eight children, Samuel Pletcher move his family to Huntingdon County, PA in the center of the state where he was recorde in the first U.S. Census of 1790. Samuel then moved the family to McDonald's farm near Beech Creek, PA, nea r Howard where he had a distillery from 1813 to 1821. In 1821, he moved his family, children and grandchildren to Ohio (Crawford County)...they took with them the five younger children and their wives, husbands and grandchildren : Henry, Jacob , Elizabeth (Reed), Catherine (Nestlerode), Anna (Pletcher) Pletcher."
      Lancaster County PA 1770-1790 Howard, Centre CountyPA 1813-1821 Galion, Crawford County OH from 1821 to present day. Informtion from Howard Pletcher, Goshen, IN--Born Jan. 30, 1751 state of Baden Germany, at Wieslach, (south of Heideeh his widowed mother Marie Manardt Pletscher and infant brother Heinrich "Henry" about the year 1757-58. In Lancaster County, PA he married Elizabeth Yotta "Yoder". About 1775, shortly after marriage, he moved to Big Valley, Huntingto n County, PA. From Big Valley he moved to Beach Creek, Center County, PA about 1804-05. In 1821 he dispose of his interests in Center County and followed the families of his son Jacob and son-in-law Jacob A. Pletcher to Crawford County, OH. H e became the first burial in Pletcher Cemetery. Inscription on his headstone:
      Samuel Pletcher died Mar. 15, 1830
      Age 79yr. 1 m. 17 d

      Pletcher Family History

      The Pletcher family name was common in Schleitheim, in the Canton of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, in the 15th century. The Pletchers were nearly all land owners, all were Catholic and they were classed a noble family. The name had various shetscher, Platscher, Ploetscher due to the region the family lived in. Around 1520 to 1530, the Pletcher's broke from the Catholic faith and became Anabaptists, known as Swiss Brethren or Mennonites.

      Since the Church of Switzerland was Catholic, Mennonites were persecuted and sometime exiled. At the end of the Thirty Years War (1648), many fugitive Mennonites fled Switzerland into the Palatineate region of Germany. Since church recordet Mennonites, the names were not preserved.

      The first Pletchers migrated to Pennsylvania, later to Ohio. Many of the Pletchers who migrated to Indiana settled in Elkhart County. According to the Mennonite Quarterly, two Elkhart County Bishops, Jacob Wisler and John F. Funk dividete Northern Ohio Mennonite churches followed Wisler. Their group was called the Wislers and the other the Funks. They took issue with Henry Pletcher's preaching in English and the congregation also took a stand against holding evenin g services. So most of the Pletcher's left for Indiana. Preacher Henry Pletcher and his family followed in 1882. He became on of the ministers of the Yellow Creek congregation in Elkhart County. He was violently opposed to the use of tobacco an d had difficulty working with the Elkhart County ministers. Henry was "silenced" and John F. Funk charged that he "talked too much." After he was silenced, he continued his connection with the Mennonite Church and donated the land on which the S alem Mennonite church stands.

      Samuel Pletcher, born January 29, 1750, in Germany, married Elizabeth Yoder, 1771, in Lancaster, Penn. Samuel's son, Jacob, born March 11, 1790, in Lancaster, Penn., married Barbara Nestlerode. Jacob's son Christian, born December 31, 18d Mary Catherine Enders, in 1862. Christian's son, Noah Pletcher, born February 15, 1866, in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, was married to Emma Anderson in 1891, and died April 16, 1937. His son Clayton, born September 3, 1893, in A labama, married Elsie Fetters in 1913, died October 23, 1957. Clayton's son LaVern Pletcher, was born May 5, 1914, and married Lenore Doering, May 26, 1935. LaVern's son Richard Pletcher, born April 5, 1941, married Susan Templeton, January 26 , 1964. LaVern and Richard founded Amish Acres in 1968.
      Source: Amish Acres web site
      angiergabeladded this on 1 Jun 2010
      mwigeloriginally submitted this to Igel Family Tree on 29 Dec 2007
      Pletcher Cemetery in Crawford County, Ohio:
      Monument erected in Pletcher Cemetery on Beck Road, Galion, Crawford County, Ohio. The Pletcher Cemetery is the resting place of Samuel Pletcher 1751 - 1830. Inscription on monument reads: PLETCHER CEMETERY SAMUEL PLETSCHER GERMAN IMMIGRANT
      Born January 15, 1751 near Alt Wiesloch State of Baden Germany. Died March 15, 1830 near Galion, Polk, Township Crawford Co Ohio
      Samuel arrived at the Port of Philadelphia November 10, 1756 aboard the ship "Snow Chance" with his infant brother Heinrich (Henry) and his widowed mother Marie (Mennardt) Pletscher. The father, Samuel Pletscher died at sea. The brothers Samue l and Henry were raised
      by their great Uncle Fredrick Mennardt. March 30, 1771 in Lancaster County PA Samuel Pletcher married Elizabeth Yoder
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      From findagrave.com:
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=25658731

      Birth: Jan. 29, 1750, Germany
      Death: Mar. 15, 1830
      Galion
      Crawford County
      Ohio, USA

      Born January 15, 1751 near Alt Wiesloch State of Baden Germany. Died March 15, 1830 near Galion, Polk, Township Crawford Co Ohio. Samuel arrived at the Port of Philadelphia November 10, 1756 aboard the ship "Snow Chance" with his infant brothe r Heinrich (Henry) and his widowed mother Marie (Mennardt) Pletscher. The father, Samuel Pletscher died at sea. The brothers Samuel and Henry were raised by their great Uncle Fredrick Mennardt. March 30, 1771 in Lancaster Co. PA Samuel Pletche r married Elizabeth Yotta, Yotter, (Jordy) Yoder. The family lived in big valley Huntingdon Co PA from 1780's until 1804 From 1804 until 1818 they lived near Howard below Beech Creek in Centre Co PA. Elizabeth (Yoder) Pletcher died in Centrer Co unty PA between 1810--1819. Samuel, a widower, followed his son Jacob and son -in-law Jacob A. Pletcher and their families to Crawford Co Ohio in the
      spring of 1821 where he spent the remaining 8 years of his life.He was a weaver and family said made cloth for Rev. War for uniforms, blankets,etc.

      Samuel and his brother Henry lived on their step-father's farm until they became of age (around 12 - 13) when they were apprenticed out to learn a trade. Samuel was apprenticed to a weaver and Henry to a cobbler. An apprenticeship usually laste d until the apprentice reached the age of 21 years and the apprentice received food and clothing.

      When the Revolutionary War began, Samuel was 23 years old, was already married to Elizabeth Yoder and had sons. There is no record of his service during the war, but according to family tradition, he was a volunteer in the service of his country . The bible of William Henry Reese (grandson of Ulrich Pletcher) had a note which reads: "Samuel, father of Olie, fought in the American Revolution".

      Samuel married Elizabeth Yoder, daughter of Ulrich and Magdalena Yoder, March 30, 1771 in Lancaster County By 1790 they had moved to Huntingdon County and in 1792 Samuel was issued a warrant for a tract of land in Tod Township, Huntingdon Count y containing sixty-two acres and 155.9 perches. The 1790 census for Huntingdon County, Huntingdon Township lists: Samuel Pletcher, 2 males greater than 16, 4 males less than 16 and 4 females.

      The book 'History of Beech Creek Area' lists Samuel as one of the sawmill operators of Bald Eagle Township from 1801 to 1811. A deed in the Centre County Courthouse, February 28, 1810, Samuel Pletcher, Sr. of Centre Co, Bald Eagle Township sol d 245 acres in Nittany Township, Centre County to Jacob Keller for 600 pounds or $400. The deed was signed by Samuel in German.


      Family links:
      Parents:
      Samuel Pletscher (1729 - 1757)

      Children:
      Jacob Pletcher (____ - 1870)*
      William Ulrich Pletcher (1774 - 1857)*
      Elizabeth Pletcher Reed (1785 - 1856)*
      (Mrs. Jacob A.) Anna Pletcher Pletcher (1787 - 1855)*

      Burial:
      Pletcher Cemetery
      Galion
      Crawford County
      Ohio, USA

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