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- Landis, Hans Heinrich; details from Larry Landis
- Benjamin, a mennonite preacher, emigrated from Switzerland to Lancaster
about 1717, by one account with brothers Felix and John. Most Landis's of
Lancaster county are apparently descended from Benjamin, and his descendents are
listed in several books. Since our
families descend from John, however, Benjamin's descendents will not be listed here.
By another account, Benjamin was not a brother of John and
Felix, and was the son of a Jacob Landis.
- Felix, emigrated from Switzerland to Lancaster about 1717, by one account with
brothers Benjamin and John. Felix settled in that part of Lancaster which later became
Daughpin County. Most Landis's of Lancaster county are apparently
descended from Benjamin, and his descendents are listed in several books. Since our
families descend from John, however, Felix's descendents will not be listed here.
- John (=Johannes) Landis (Sr), was born estimated 1690
in Switzerland. Came to Pennsylvania about the year 1717. With him were 2 brothers,
(Rev.) Benjamin and Felix. By another account, Benjamin was
not a brother of John and Felix, and was the son of a Jacob Landis. Benjamin and Felix
both apparently went directly to Lancaster county, where Benjamin's descendents are
numerous and well-to-do. John is thought to have first gone to Germantown, though
positive information is lacking. Not long after his arrival in the colony of William
Penn, he is found in the upper end of Bucks County, in
Richland or Millford township where he passed the rest of his life and died early in
1748, where he left a will in German. He married Ann Musselman.
- Ann Musselman, sister of Jacob Musseman. Married John Landis.
- John Landis (Jr), born 11 November 1720 in Bucks County, and in
time moved to Douglas township (now Montgomery County) Pennsylvania. Married a young
widow Eshbach, whose maiden name was Eliza Bechtel. Died 9 December 1796. A record of
John's descendents is apparently found in the record of the 1925 Landis family reunion.
Email from Edwin Eshbach regarding Elizabeth Bechtel
- Jacob Landis, born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; died 1806 near Jersey Shore, Lycoming County,
whence he had removed (from "Landis Family of Lancaster County", by D.B. Landis). Additional data from Larry Landis
- Martin, buried in Skippack. No other data
- George. No data
- Samuel. See email from two descendents. Also see Landis history by Larry Landis
- Veronica. See email from descendent Chuck Wolfram
- Barbara. No data
Information about the above Landis family members comes from research by David Schmucker,
historian and genealogist for the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Rd.,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602-1499; research done March 2002 and primarily taken from a
contribution by Mr. Alburtus Rankin, of Mount airy, Philadelphia, printed in the
proceedings of the SEVENTEENTH REUNION of the LANDES - LANDIS - LANTIS FAMILY, dated
Saturday September 3, 1932, Perkasie Park, Perkasie, PA. A copy of the
Landis family coat of arms adorns the front cover.
Also see email from Greg Hase
Additional information on this Landis family from Larry Landis