The Pequea Colony of Swiss
Mennonites was the first colony of whites to settle in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.On 10 OCT 1710, the men of the colony received a warrant for
10,000 acres of land, north of Pequea Creek in what later was to become LancasterCounty.During the next two years, several other men arrived in the colony,
including Theodorus Eby and Jacob Kreider. They came from Europe or the Germantown settlement near Philadelphia.
Lancaster town itself was laid out in March
1730, and Toris Eby and Jacob Gritor (Kreider) were among the owners of lots.
Theodorus Eby was one of our ancestors;
as well we believe was Jacob Kreider.The Ebys fold back into the family later on.Today we speak of Jacob Kreider and his
Jacob Croyder (Kreider) received
warrant 3 JUN 1741
for 250 acres of land in Lebanon
township -- then a part of LancasterCounty.He and his four sons settled along Snitz Creek.
A lengthy history of the
descendants of this family has been written -- concentrating on those hundreds
of Kreiders who remained in and around LebanonCounty.The history does note, however, that many
Kreiders felt the call to go west. Our John Krider was among those.
The Kreiders provided many
ministers of the Mennonite faith.They
also provided founding leadership for the developing Brethrenchurch
-- also known as Dunkers and German Baptists.Our Catharine Krider, in her obituary, was identified as a faithful
member of the GermanBaptistChurch.
Catherine Anne Krider
Wife of Jacob Renschler/Rangler
Catherine Anne Krider Rangler is
buried at SchoenbergerCemetery, outside Kirby, Wyandot Co., Ohio, with her husband
and two of her daughters, Charlotte and Mrs. Hugh (Eliza Ann) Dempsey.The stone says Catherine died at the age of
70 years and 21 days.Two obituaries
were printed at the time of her death.The age given in the second obituary differed slightly from the age on
the gravestone: 71 years and 23 days.
Mrs. Catherine Rangler, one of the esteemed ladies of Kirby, died in
that place Wednesday evening of last week after a long and painful
illness.She was born in AshlandCounty on July 26, 1826, and was the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Krider.In 1846 she was
married to Jacob Rangler and to them were born eight children of whom survive,
Mrs. Mary E. Ensminger and Lottie Rangler, both residing in Kirby.Deceased was an estimable, pure Christian
woman.She was held in the highest esteem
by all who knew her.Her funeral
occurred Friday morning, the service being conducted at the house by the Rev.
Nearly Seven Years of
With Dropsy Finally
Ends in Death
Catherine Rangler, wife of Jacob Rangler, died at her home in Kirby,
Wednesday evening at
after a protracted illness of nearly seven years.Her death was caused from dropsy.Mrs. Rangler was born in Ashland
July 26, 1826, hence at her death she was aged 71 years and 23 days.Her maiden name was Catherine Krider.She came to this county sixty three years
ago, and had continuously resided here since.November 9, 1846, she was married to Jacob Rangler, and they were the
parents of eight children, only two of whom are now living, Mrs. Mary E.
Ensminger and Miss Lottie Rangler, both residents of Kirby.Deceased was a devout member of the German
Baptist church, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.The funeral will occur from her late home at tomorrow morning.The services will be conducted by Rev. Levi
Dickey.The remains will be interred in
the Schoenberger cemetery.
I visited the little town of Kirby and the SchoenbergerCemetery in late June of
2000.Catherine shared a grave stone with
her daughter Eliza Ann Dempsey who had died several years previously while
caring for Catherine. Nearby were the grave markers for husband Jacob and a
second daughter, Charlotte.The family
name carved into the stone was RANGER.More on this later.
What can we learn of Catherine’s
father John? The 1840 Federal census for Ohio
lists a John Krider of Richland township, HancockCounty -- which is one county to the
west of Wyandot.
The 1860 census for Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio
lists: John Krider, 57, farmer, born in PA; Elizabeth, 55, born PA; and Samuel,
14, born PA.Catherine would have been
married to Jacob for some 14 years prior to this census, so was not listed with
In addition, the internet's
ancestry.com lists a John Krider who married Catherine Kurtz.John was born about 1800 in Pennsylvania
and died August 1865 in Wyandot County,
Ohio.I think this is the same family -- although
the internet reference only listed a son for John and Catherine (Kurtz) Krider
--son's name: Alexander Adison Krider of WyandotCounty.I believe the couple may also have had a
daughter named for her mother, Catherine.
The Rangler Connection
What we do know for sure is that Catherine,
the devote German Baptist, married Jacob, a Pennsylvania Dutchman and “pioneer
resident of Kirby.” Jacob was a farmer whose family of origin spelled their
surname any number of ways: Wrenchler, Renchler, Renschler, Rensler, Renshler,
Rentschler, Rangeler, and Rengler.Jacob
preferred Rangler and that was how the name was spelled for Eternity on his
The couple raised three daughters, Eliza Ann, Mary E.
and Charlotte.Eliza Ann married Hugh
Dempsey and Mary E. married Beecher French Ensminger, son of the Rev. Lyman
Ensminger, minister of the local Church
of God. Charlotte
never married and remained in the family home.She may have been infirm herself since it was her sister Eliza who came
from Findlay to
care for her mother Catherine during her long illness.