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Peter Eikenberry, Jr
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Birth: 1765
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1846
Preble County
Ohio, USA

~ Peter Eikenberry, Jr.—1765-1846 ~

Martiniss Eichenberg, European Progenitor of the Eichenberg Family in the U.S.A.

As documented in records at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Illinois, Peter's father, Martinus Eichenberg, was the immigrant (Ref. Church of the Brethren memorandum written by Bob Bowman in March 1983). Martinus and his wife, Anna Maria Dornin Eichenberg, were part of a wave of German Palatine emigrants who came to New York between 1722 and 1728 at the invitation of the English Queen Anne. The earliest documented record of the family in America comes from the New York City Reformed Church membership rolls. According to this record, Martinus Eichenberg and his wife Anna Maria Doorn, of Neuwied, joined that church on November 3, 1726, with an affidavit or letter of membership. It was usual for Palatine immigrants to bring with them a letter of recommendation from their church in Germany. Peter was thus a native born American, born some five years after the family's arrival in America.

1d. Peter Eichenberg, Immigrant Father from Europe——1731—1812.

2c. Peter Eikenberry, Jr., was born in 1765 and was therefore twenty five years old when the family moved to Virginia and was at that time unmarried. However, he was married on Oct. 22, 1791, and thus within about a year of his arrival in Virginia. His bride was Elizabeth Landis Eichenberg whose father owned the farm adjoining that of the Eichenberg family and this was presumably her home. They presumably set up their home soon afterward on the 631 acres on the South Fork of Little Creek which he sold in 1806 when he moved to Ohio. They had seven children of whom six were born in Virginia. The children born in Virginia were as follows,—Henry, Mary, Daniel, Joseph, Samuel, and Isaac. Lydia was born in Ohio, as was also Elizabeth, who was the daughter of Peter's second wife. Elizabeth Landis Eikenberry died in 1824 after which Peter was married on Nov. 29, 1825, to Barbara Garver, who survived his death on Aug. 25, 1846.

Peter made his Ohio home on Section 31 in Lanier Twp., Preble County, the same having been entered by his brother Henry at the land office in Cincinnati on Nov. 1, 1805 and assigned to Peter and patented on Oct. 12, 1812. The grant included the east half of the section. Both Peter and Elizabeth were buried in a private graveyard, on his farm.

(Note) Because of the importance to the Henry Landis descendants, daughters of whom married Peter Eikenberry, Jr and his brother, Henry Eikenberry, this biography is inserted here. (Which you will find on Henry's Memorial)


The ancestors of George Monroe Eikenberry are documented in A History and Genealogy of the Peter Eichenberg Family in the U.S.A. compiled by Charles S. Ikenberry and W. Lewis Eikenberry in 1956. The history begins with the first reference (then known) to an Eichenberg in America: the baptism of Peter Eichenberg into the Contestoga Church of the Brethren in Cocalico Township, Pennsylvania, in the year 1752. It was assumed in this history that Peter Eichenberg was the first immigrant to America of the Eichenberg family.


Beginning in the 1750's there had been scattered settlements of Dunkers in the western part of Virginia. Jacob Miller settled along Blackwater Creek in Franklin County in 1765 and laid a strong foundation for the Dunker Church. Gradually settlers from Pennsylvania joined him . Families joining Miller included the Eichenbergs, Bowmans, Barnharts and Landises. Two Landis daughters, Elizabeth and Mary, married Eichenbergs: Peter, Jr., and Henrich, thus contributing to two of the three Eichenberg lines. We will be adding Landis history. The Eichenberg home in Virginia was still in the Ikenberry family in 1956.



The large amount of weaving equipment included in the inventory indicates that someone in the family was a production weaver - there is more equipment than would just be used for the family's needs. The spool wheel would be a quill wheel used to wind quills or bobbins of yarn for the shuttle. The reeds would be used for spacing threads and would be in various sizes for thick and thin yarns. The brushes are likely teasel brushes (made from teasel plant inserted in a frame) and were used to finish fabric and give a fuzzy surface. The loom rake was used to keep yarns untangled. Rathe is an old word for raddle which goes on the breat beam of a loom to keep threads apart. A raddle is essential for weaving many yards or using fine yarn. Some of the equipment was purchased by Peter Eichenberg, Jr. and some by Isaac so perhaps both were weavers.



PETER EIKENBERRY Jr 1)m 10/22/1791 Elizabeth Landis;

b. 1765 Lancaster Co. PA b. PA d. 8/25/1846 Preble Co. OH bur: Family farm bur: Family farm

f. Elder Peter Eichenberg Sr m. Fronica Groff
m. Franklin Co. VA - married 1758 Lancaster Co., PA

Peter, Jr's. Grandparents:

Martiniss Eichenberg and wife, Anna Maria Doorn, from Neuwied, Germany to New York, to Lancaster Co. PA

- Peter Eichenberg, Sr (son), Elder/Conestoga Church, Lancaster Co. PA 1793 Franklin Co. VA

'1806' Twin Creek, Preble Co. OH, with sons Peter Jr, and Heinrich.

- Peter Jr. owned land on the Four Mile: Preble Co. OH side of state line at the Indian Road, land later to son.


Children of Peter and Elizabeth Landis Myers :

- Henry (1795-1870) b. VA m. 1814, Elizabeth Kingery Union Co. IN

- Mary (1796-1854) b. VA 1/m 1813, Baltzer Lybrook Union Co. IN 2/m 1831, William Moss Miami Co. IN

- Daniel (1799-1859) b. VA m. 1821, Sarah Kingery Union Co. IN

- Joseph (1801-1840) b. VA m. Susannah Shively Preble Co. OH

- Samuel (1803-1868) b. VA m. 1825, Martha Crawford Plattsmouth, NB

- Isaac (1805-1889) b. VA m. 1830, Sarah Mellinger Carroll Co. IN

- Lydia (1807-1891) b. OH m. 1825, Daniel Miller Monroe Co. IA

- Elizabeth b. OH, who was the daughter of Peter's second wife. Elizabeth Landis Eikenberry died in 1824 after which Peter was married on Nov. 29, 1825, to Barbara Garver, who survived his death on Aug. 25, 1846.

Family links: 
  Peter Eikenberry (1727 - 1812)
  Elizabeth Landis Eikenberry (1765 - 1824)
  Henry Eikenberry (1793 - 1870)*
  Daniel Eikenberry (1799 - 1859)*
  Samuel E Eikenbary (1801 - 1868)*
  Susanna Eichenberg Myers (1759 - 1846)*
  John Ikenberry (1763 - 1856)*
  Peter Eikenberry (1765 - 1846)
  Faroneca Eichenberg Brower (1769 - 1836)*
  Henrich Eikenberry (1771 - 1828)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Peter made his Ohio home on Section 31 in Lanier Twp., Preble Co. OH
Eikenberry Cemetery
Preble County
Ohio, USA
Created by: AngelWings
Record added: Aug 27, 2012
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Quote from Bio of Peter Eikenberry, Sr. "God can protect his own in the Greatest Danger"
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 Added: Feb. 13, 2015
4th Great Grandfather, my father's line.
- Debbie McGinley
 Added: Feb. 13, 2015

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