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Peter Risser
Birth: 1713
Bern, Switzerland
Death: 1804
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA

Son of Hans Risser, who "came to Friedelsheim from the German village of Ibersheim in 1711, and married ______ Lehmann in 1712. He originally came from northern Switzerland." This information is courtesy of R. Bruce Pinkerton who states that "One of the best references for this early info is from the research of Ellen Risser Farrell, "Risser Families in the Palatinate and in America", in "Pennsylvania Heritage", Vol. 10, p. 21, April 1987. "

Peter Risser was born in Friedelsheim, Germany on Sept. 3rd, 1713. Elisabeth Hershey was also born in Friedelsheim in about the year 1714. They were married in 1736. Note: As stated above, Peter may have been born in Bern, Switzerland.

Peter and Elizabeth were Mennonite Anabaptists who were driven from Switzerland to Rhenish Bavaria by religious persecution. Peter and his four brothers (Ulrich, Jacob, Johanns, and Philip) accepted sanctuary through the auspices of William Penn's American settlement program. Peter, Elizabeth, their two children Esther and John, along with Elizabeth's parents - Christian and Esther (Egle) Hershey, sailed from Rotterdam on the ship "Robert and Alice" and landed at Philadelphia on September 3, 1739.

Having arrived in America at 26 years of age, they received a grant of 271 acres of land for a homestead near Elizabethtown in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He built a mill on the site and soon became a prosperous farmer and miller. He donated land for the Risser Mennonite Meeting-House and adjoining cemetery

Peter Risser died in 1804 at the age of 91 years and is buried in the Risser Meeting House Cemetery.

The Reesor Family in Canada Genealogical and Historical Society
The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey By Lawrence Berger-Knorr

In addition to Esther and John, Peter and Elizabeth had eight other children, among whom was Christian Reesor (1746-1806), who was killed by a falling tree.
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  Elizabeth Hershey Risser (1714 - 1786)
  John Risser (1739 - ____)*
  Christian Reesor (1747 - 1806)*
  Peter Risser (1750 - 1841)*
  Jacob Risser (1764 - 1835)*
*Calculated relationship
The days and months listed on the marker are different from those found in some historical resources.
Risser's Mennonite Cemetery
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Originally Created by: Evonne Reynolds
Record added: Feb 21, 2006
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Peter Risser
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Thank you
 Added: Feb. 17, 2015
To my 6th great grandfather ~ Rest in peace
- kw
 Added: Feb. 5, 2015
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