Matthias was the son of Heinrich Irion and Maria Magdalena Conradi. He was born in Talheim, District of Tuttlingen, on the Danube in Germany. The Lutheran Evangelical Church there, pictured on the top right, was built in 1600 and was presumably where he was baptised.
By 1730 he had moved to Graben, District of Karlsruhe, on the Rhine, where he married Maria Magdalena Pfister. They had one child, Eva, in Graben, then emigrated to America, arriving in Philadelphia in 1732. Unable to pay his passage, he entered into 3 years and 9 months of indentured servitude to farmer David Kaufman of Oley, Pennsylvania (the farm pictured at the right below the church). By 1744 Matthias had his own farm in what is now Lynn Township of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. He named 5 children in his will: George, Conrad, Elizabeth, Susannah, and Jacob. Because he was illiterate and could not spell his own name, his descendants adopted various spellings, including Yerian, Yarian, Yearian, Yerion, Yaryan, and Yerigan.
Photo of Kaufman farm courtesy of Janice Gibson.
Maria Magdalena Pfister Irion
Elizabeth Yerian Biel*
Jacob Yerian (____ - 1814)*
Eva Irion (1731 - ____)*
George Yerian (1733 - 1804)*
Conrad Yerian (1737 - 1795)*
Susanna Yerian Leiby (1740 - 1805)*
Created by: Carl Bennett
Record added: Dec 22, 2006
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