The Krider Family

Swiss Mennonite/German Baptists

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 Lancaster County.  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 descendants.

Jacob Croyder (Kreider) received warrant 3 JUN 1741 for 250 acres of land in Lebanon township -- then a part of Lancaster County.  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 Lebanon County.  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 Brethren church -- also known as Dunkers and German Baptists.  Our Catharine Krider, in her obituary, was identified as a faithful member of the German Baptist Church.

Catherine Anne Krider

Wife of Jacob Renschler/Rangler

Catherine Anne Krider Rangler is buried at Schoenberger Cemetery, 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 Ashland County 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. Levi Hickey. 

Nearly Seven Years of Protracted Illness

With Dropsy Finally Ends in Death

Catherine Rangler, wife of Jacob Rangler, died at her home in Kirby, Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock after a protracted illness of nearly seven years.  Her death was caused from dropsy.  Mrs. Rangler was born in Ashland County, Ohio, 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 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.  The services will be conducted by Rev. Levi Dickey.  The remains will be interred in the Schoenberger cemetery.

Schoenberger Cemetery

I visited the little town of Kirby and the Schoenberger Cemetery 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.

John Krider

What can we learn of Catherine’s father John? The 1840 Federal census for Ohio lists a John Krider of Richland township, Hancock County -- 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 the family.

In addition, the internet's 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 Wyandot County.   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 gravestone.

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.

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