|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1723|
Leonard was the son of Johnannes Groninger and his wife Agatha Stefelmeier/Steifelmeier/Sheftermeir.
Leonard was born on June 30, 1723 and baptized on March 29, 1724, at Kuchen, Germany. He emigrated from Kuchen, Württemberg, Germany, and arrived in America on the ship "Lydia," from Rotterdam on October 19, 1749.
He married Elizabeth Deishman (or Swartz) at Lewisburg, PA sometime prior to 1753.
11 GRONINGER children:
1. Daniel B-about 10/24/1754 PA; m. Anna Maria (_).
2. Susanna B-about 1756 PA.
3. Anna Margaretha B-2/17/1757 PA.
4. Joseph B-6/18/1758 PA, D-5/5/1842 OH; m. Elizabeth Hill B-1765.
5. Maria Magdalena B-5/24/1761 PA.
6. Elizabeth B-about 1763 PA.; m. John Brown.
7. Leonard B-about 1765 PA, D-9/12/1831 PA; m. Maria Barbara May (4/12/1769-10/31/1859) in about 1788.
8. Johann Jacob B-5/31/1767 PA, D-8/29/1813 Scioto Co., OH; m. Mary Betz B-about 1771, D-about 8/1830 Scioto Co., OH.
9. Magdalena B-1/22/1766 PA; m. David Phipps.
10. Johann Peter B-8/3/1771 PA, died young.
11. Johann George B-3/29/1773 PA, died young.
Leonard and Elizabeth died and are buried in the Lewisburg, PA area. Searches of the Dreisbach Church and Buffalo Crossroads Church cemeteries for their graves found nothing. Tombstones from that period are virtually impossible to read. A cenotaph will be erected in their name.
Kuchen is in the Schwabian area of Southwest Germany on the Fils river between Stuttgart and Ulm. Protestant parish registers (1558-1898) of baptisms, marriages, deaths, family registers, confirmations, etc., in Staatsarchiv Stuttgart were filmed by LDS on three microfilm reels in 1989, i.e., #1658778, 1658779 and 1658780. A column note on Leonard's baptism page records - "gone to Pennsylvania."
NOTE: The collected work on the films was through the research of Russell L. Warner, GRS, Eaton Rapids, Eaton, MI (Feb. 18, 1912-Sep. 26, 1980).
Groninger; Chroninger; Croninger: same family, different spellings. (Also, Kroninger.)
About 100 years later (1856) two connected Groninger families also emigrated from Kuchen. One family settled in Pennsylvania, where the father entered the Union Army and was killed in the Civil War. The other family settled in Wisconsin, from whence a descendant is a current "cousin." Most of the people in the United States with the above listed surnames descend from these Kuchen emigrees.
NOTE: Joseph [Sr.]'s line adopted the "C" spelling when they moved to Ohio in the early 1800's, although the "C" spelling is sometimes found in Derrstown (present Lewisburg, PA) records of Joseph. The "h" [Ch] was added later as the family moved farther west, ending up in Missouri. Richard Chroninger started his ancestral research in 1987 and found the files of Russell Warner filmed by the LDS (reel #987306) to be of great help and interest.
Elizabeth Deishman or Swartz Groninger (1733 - 1778)*
Joseph Groninger (1753 - 1842)*
Susanna Groninger Kuhn (1757 - 1813)*
Leonard Groninger (1758 - 1831)*
Note: This is a "memorial" stone rather than a headstone. It is not a cenotaph.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Cenotaph to be erected by descendants..
Created by: Mary E. Warner
Record added: Dec 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81606523