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Samuel Pletcher

  • Birth 29 Jan 1750 Germany
  • Death 15 Mar 1830 Galion, Crawford County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Galion, Crawford County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 25658731

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 Samuel and Henry were raised by their great Uncle Fredrick Mennardt. March 30, 1771 in Lancaster Co. PA Samuel Pletcher 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. 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 lasted 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 Co. 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 County 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 sold 245 acres in Nittany Township, Centre County to Jacob Keller for 600 pounds or $400. The deed was signed by Samuel in German.


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  • Originally Created by: jbowers
  • Added: 31 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25658731
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Pletcher (29 Jan 1750–15 Mar 1830), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25658731, citing Pletcher Cemetery, Galion, Crawford County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 (contributor 47081711) .