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- Jacob Landis, born 4 February 1748 in Richland or Milford township, Montgomery
County, Pennsylvania. Married an Elizabeth Shelly. For 20
years after he married his second wife, Jacob lived near his birthplace in Montgomery County.
Early in 1805, Jacob apparently made up his mind to leave his old home, and seek a new
field for his labors. A quaint story comes down to us of his going far up into central
Pennsylvania into what was then Lycoming County, now Clinton, to the "Pine Creek Country"
and taking with him "three or four shot bags full of gold and silver," of his fears of
losing his treasure and giving it into the hands of a man called White, who guarded it
night and day until the purchase of a new home was completed. Jacob did not long enjoy
his new home and very soon was stricken with a "fever" (probably malaria) and died on
20 August 1805, a comparatively young man. This immigration of Jacob Landis into Lycoming
County has caused the compilers of the Strassburger genealogy to fall into error, owing
to confusion in identifying the right Jacob. The Strassburger book supposes Jacob the son
of John, the emmigrant, to have died in Lycoming County, whereas this Jacob who was one
of the executors of his father's will, lived and died in Bucks County, where he was born.
Descendents of Jacob (of Lycoming) and his second wife still reside in Clinton and Tioga
- Elizabeth Shelly, daughter of Michael Shelly and Barbara Yoder. This person is
apparently described on Pg 7 of the 1938 Landis Reunion Report
- Barbara S., born 1774, names of parents not listed; no other data
- John S., eldest son of Jacob, was also the eldest son of the eldest son of the
eldest son. Born 16 August 1776 in Douglas township, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania.
He came to Lancaster in 1797 from his father's place in Montgomery county and engaged in
business in the town where he remained for many years continuously, except for a short
residence in Middletown, Dauphpin County in the year 1806. Returning to Lancaster he
engaged in the merchandising business, in which he remained most of his life. He entered
into the activities of the town, serving as alderman and in other civic capacities.
John S. Landis was the administrator of his father's estate, along with Andrew Kerr (Carr).
and on 3 September 1811 John was awarded his father's 323 Acres in Dunstable Township
(Lycoming County). He was a member of the fraternal order of Masons and was Master of the
famous Lodge No. 43. He was married on 19 June 1803, to Mary Klein, and died on 28 April
1850, and is buried in the Lancaster cemetery.
- Ann, born 7 October 1778. No other data
- Joseph, born 30 June 1784 (alternately 5 June 1784), went with his brother John to Lancaster
in 1797, passed the greater part of his life in and about Mannheim, in Lancaster County,
where he was much respected. Much time was spent as a Mennonite minister. Married to
Catherine Share (Catherine born 1786), and this couple bore 5 children : Hiram
(born 6 Dec 1818, died in infancy), John Joseph (born 13 Feb 1820, died at age 3).
Josiah (born 16 Oct 1822), Elijah (born 12 Nov 1825,
lived in Dayton, Ohio, his son Wilbur linked to Wright brothers),
Hiram John (born 7 Nov 1828, possibly living in Mossilon, Ohio, in 1933), and
Joseph S. (born 6 Dec 1832)
- Hammon (possibly X. Hamman), spelling of her name is doubtful. No other data
- Benjamin, born 1 (alt 7) October 1788. Married on 26 Sept 1816 to Mary Hammond (Hammon) of
Fayette County. Died 23 July 1863
- Elizabeth, born 2 March 1794. Married Charles Duffy
- Solomon, born 31 October 1795. No other 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.
Information on Joseph Landis in part contributed by Cathryn Jane Spiess of Ann Arbor, Michigan