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  • ID: I803
  • Name: Mathias * SCHLEIERMACHER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Name: Mathias SLAYMAKER 5
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1670 in Hesse Kassel, Strasburg, Germany
  • Death: 25 Nov 1762 in Gap, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Burial: Old Leacock Church Cemetery - Leacock, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 5 8
  • NATU: 14 Oct 1729 , Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Will: 25 Nov 1762
  • Note:
    In the name of God Amen the twenty fifth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty two, I Mathias Slaymaker, of Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, and province of Pennsylvania, yeoman being very sick and weak in Body but of Perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that is it appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say,
    Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hands of God that gave it and my Body I recommend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection to receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate where with God hath been pleased to bless me in this Life I give and dispose of the same in the manner and form following first of all it is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied,
    Secondly, I give and bequeath unto the Heir of my oldest son Lawrence Slaymaker deceased ten shillings to be levied out of my Estate.
    Thirdly, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret one hundred pounds to be levied out of my Estate one year after my decease.
    Fourthly, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Barbara the sum of one hundred pounds which she received from me at Sundry times and ten shillings more to be levied out of my Estate.
    Fifthly, I will and bequeath unto my son Mathias Slaymaker all that Messuage or tract of Land that now her repectively dwells on and the sum of ten shillings to be levied out of my Estate.
    Sixthly, I will and bequeath in like manner aforesaid unto my two sons John and Henry Slaymaker the Lands they respectively dwell on and ten shillings each of them to be levioed out of my Estate.
    Finally, I will and bequeath unto my youngest son Daniel Slaymaker all the remainder of my estate real and personal and do constitute and appoint him to execute this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testament, Wills, or Legacies and Executors by me in any wise before this time named willed and bequeathed ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed Sealed published pronounced by me the said Mathias Slaymaker to be my last Will and Testament. Witnesses: William White and John Liggit
    Proved: Lancaster County on the eighteenth day of December Anno Domine 1762
    page 44
    Name: Slaymaker, Mathias
    Year: 1762
    Book: C
    Volume: 1
    Page: 43
    SLAYMAKER, MATHIAS Strasburg Twp.
    November 25, 1762 December 18, 1762
    Children: Lawrence, Margaret, Barbara, Mathias, John, Henry and David.
    Ex.: Daniel Slaymaker.
    9 10
  • Note:
    Descendants of Mathias Schleiermacher
    Leacock Presbyterian Church, situated on the Old Road, about fifteen miles east of Lancaster City, was incorporated March 10, 1787, by act of General Assembly of Pennsylvania. Trustees in said act of incorporation were Rev. N.W. Semple, James Mercer, John Craig, John Slaymaker, Geo. McIlvaine, Henry Slaymaker, Jr., Wm. Porter, Wm. Crayton and James Cooper. The following Slaymakers have served as elders in this church: Henry Slaymaker, Henry Slaymaker, Jr., Daniel Slaymaker, John Slaymaker, William Slaymaker, Samuel Slaymaker, Captain John Slaymaker, Nathaniel E. Slaymaker, and Amos Slaymaker. Adjoining the church is the graveyard, which has been and still is used as a burial place by many of the descendants of Mathias Slaymaker and is his own resting place. The church was started in the early part of 1700.
    The name "Slaymaker" is the English translation for the name Schleiermächer, which originates from the province of Alsace which in later years became part of the empire of Germany.
    Early Christian art from 313 A.D. to the late 5th century was depicted on veils and draperies in blocky, frontal and unproportionate style. The Schleiermächer family has been an influential manufacturer in the fine art, veil, drapery, and canvas industry in one form or another since the 4th century.
    The name Schleiermächer's direct translation means art veil, drapery and canvas maker for homes and not for ships at sea.
    Description of coat of arms:
    Ein Steinhammer ohne steil; A stone hammer without a handle.
    Ein Offner Flug; The wing of a bird ascending in vapor or smoke.
    The stone hammer without the handle can be seen in the center of the cut, the open wing or ascending vapor or smoke can be seen at the top of the cut, also across center of the cut can be seen the drapery or veil, the insignia of Slaymaker.
    Married Catherine Sciebell in Germany and had 7 children. Moved to "USA" around 1710. Persecuted religiously. Joined with the Ferrees with holdings of 4,000 acres of Penn's 1710 land grant in Pequea Valley.
    White Chimneys
    Houseful of Our History
    Published by Stel-Mar, 329 Rhoda Dr., Lancaster, PA 17601 by Samuel Cochran
    From page 2 of the section on the "Colonial Period (1720-1790)
    The Pequea Valley's first settlers in 1712 were Mary Ferree ( a French Protestant), her family, and German Calvinist, Mathias Schliermacher, his wife and a daughter.
    While Mary Ferree's home is long gone, her grave marker can be seen in the small, stone-fenced Ferree Burying ground on the Blackhorse Road in Paradise Township near the tracks of the Strasburg Railroad. Mathias Schliermacher's original log cabin - now with additions - is still occupied by his descendants, the William Kinzer family. It is located on the north side of U. S. Route 30 at Vintage, two miles west of White Chimneys.
    Matthias SLAREMAKER was naturalized Oct. 14, 1729. There is a transcription of the document in its entirety (2 pages). The document reads, in part:
    WHEREAS, ... divers Protestants, who were subjects to the Eemperor of Germany, a Prince in amity with the Crown of Great Britain, transported themselves and estates into the province of Pennsylvania, between the years one thousand seven hundred, and one thousand seven hundred and eighteen; and since they came hither have contributed very much to the enlargement of the British Empire ...
    BE IT ENACTED That ... Matthias SLAREMAKER* ... be, and shall be to all intents and purposes deemed, taken, and esteemed, His Majesty's natural born subjects of this province of Pennsylvania ...
    *There is a footnote which says, "The name was originally in German SCHLEIERMACHER."
    (p. 417-8)
    REMARKS TAKEN FROM "THE HISTORY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF MATHIAS SLAYMAKER - who emigrated from Germany and settled in the eastern part of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania about 1710. Compiled by Henry Cochran Slaymaker, published Lancaster, PA 1909.
    Mathias Slaymaker, or as it is in the German, Schleiermacher, was born and bred in Hesse Castle, in Germany, from which place he emigrated to the city of Strasburg, then and now a part of the German Empire; for many years it was, however, a part of the French Empire, and located along the left bank of the river Rhine, in the province of Alsace. It belonged to one of the provinces which composed the Palatinate, the seat of the most terrible religious persecutions for more than one hundred years after the Reformation took place. When Mathias Schleiermacher left Germany, to find wider opportunities in this world, his immediate family were people of position and eminence, and early in the Reformation embraced Protestantism. Mathias, above mentioned, had two brothers, one was a clergyman and settled in the emperor's dominion, high up in Germany; he was appointed Secretary of Legation from that government to the Court of St. James, afterwards Charge d'Affairs, and there married and settled. John Adams, when minister to the Court of St James, resided with one of his descendants. His oldest son was governor of an island. From this brother of Mathia Schleiermacher it is almost certain that the Duvalls, Stewarts and Slamakers living in or near Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland and Washington D.C., also an Isaac Slaymaker living in New Jersey, descend, as I have seen it expressed by one of them that their fathers said "they had lived under the shadow of Windsor Castle." The older brother of Mathias was a major in the King of Prussia's tall regiment, and it is probable that a son of his was one of the officers in the Hessian troops, as one of that name was confined as a prisoner in the Lancaster jail. Mathias Slaymaker emigrated to this country about 1710, and he and his family settled on a tract of 1,000 acres, which he purchased from a company called the London Company and known as the "London Lands," situated in Strasburg Township, now Paradise Township, and built a log house near a spring not far from the present village of Williamstown, Lancaster County, PA. It is very likely he gave the name to Strasburg Township. He was married in Germany, his wife's maiden name is unknown, her Christian name was Catharine. They had five sons, Lawrence, Mathias, John, Henry and Daniel, and two daughters, Margaret and Barbara. Lawrence and Margaret were born in Germany. Mathias Slaymaker, as well as his sons, were noted for their gigantic stature and strength, which was of great advantage in those days, as the Indians were all around them. Mathias lived to an advanced age and died about 1762, and is buried in Old Leacock burying ground, which has been the burying place of many of his descendants up to the present time. The literal translation of Schliermacher is a veil maker; not the kind of veil worn by women, but an awning or drapery maker; the insignia can be seen on the coat of arms.
    A note of LCHS material states Mathias is the son of Henry, SR d. 1785. His son, however, Henry JR died in 1785.
    Gunderson Slaymaker Family Association "White Chimneys" by Samuel Cochran
    ?? Mathias Slaymaker's 1st wife was Anna Elisabeth Lukat who was probably the mother of Margaret, Lawrence (Lorentz) John(Johannes). Their first child born in Germany was listed as Johannes.
    5 11

    Mother: Unknown *

    Marriage 1 Catherine * SCIEBELL b: 1705 in , , Germany
    • Married: in , , Germany 5 12 6
    1. Has Children Lawrence * SLAYMAKER b: in , , Germany
    2. Has Children Margaret SLAYMAKER b: in , , Germany
    3. Has Children Barbara SLAYMAKER b: 26 Feb 1724/25 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania c: 11 Nov 1744 in New Holland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children Mathias SLAYMAKER b: 1727-1728 in Leacock Twp, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    5. Has Children John S. SLAYMAKER b: Jun 1730 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    6. Has Children Henry SLAYMAKER b: 01 Aug 1734 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    7. Has Children Daniel SLAYMAKER b: 1736 in Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    1. Abbrev: PA: Bio History of Lancaster Co
      Title: A Biographical History of Lancaster County : being a history of early settlers and eminent men of the county; as also much other unpublished historical information, chiefly of a local character
      Author: Alexander Harris
      Publication: Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr & Co., ©1872; FHL film #928247
    2. Abbrev: Slaymaker: Articles
      Title: Slaymaker Articles: Houseful of Our History + Penn's Deed and Washington's Lost Knife
      Author: Life Magazine and Dora Jane Hamblin
      Publication: Chicago, IL: Life Magazine Vol. 63 No. 8, August 25, 1967
    3. Abbrev: Tritt: Crone
      Title: The Crone and allied families : from these families were descended John Switzer Crone (1849-1926) and Ella Marshall (Weaver) Crone (1854-1929)
      Author: Frank L. Crone
      Publication: Richmond, VA: F.L. Crone, ~1952 Typescript; FHL film #873031
    4. Abbrev: Research: Betty
      Title: Research: Grindstaff-Meeker-Tritt-Stapp
      Author: Betty M. (Grandstaff) Moses <BMoses4999@aol.com>
      Publication: Tulsa, OK: B.M. Moses, ~2002 Files
    5. Abbrev: Slaymaker: Mathias
      Title: History of the descendants of Mathias Slaymaker : who emigrated from Germany and settled in the eastern part of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about 1710
      Author: Henry Cochran Slaymaker; Clyde L. Groff and Samuel R. Slaymaker II (Added)
      Publication: Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Press, ©1909, Revised 1969; FHL film #1321343
    6. Abbrev: Slaymaker: Schall/Shaull
      Title: A historical account of the Schall/Shaull family
      Author: June L. (Shaull) Lutz
      Publication: Grand Rapids, MI: J.S. Lutz, Typescript 1968; FHL fiche #6046532
    7. Abbrev: Find
      Title: Find A Grave - Cemetery Records and Online Memorials
      Author: 200,000+ contributors
      Publication: Salt Lake City, UT: Jim Tipton, 1995; <http://www.findagrave.com/>
    8. Abbrev: laplante.ged
      Title: * The Cameron and Paige Report *
      Author: Patricia A. (Wren-Simon) LaPlante <patty.laplante@gmail.com>
      Publication: Everett, WA: Compiled 2001-2007; <http://wc.rootsweb.com/~laplante>
    9. Abbrev: Court
      Title: Court Record
    10. Abbrev: Court: Lancaster Co, PA
      Title: An index to the will books and intestate records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1729-1850 : with an historical sketch and classified bibliography
      Author: Eleanore Jane Fulton and Barbara Kendig Mylin
      Publication: Lancaster, PA: Fulton and Mylin, ©1936; FHL film #2055448
    11. Abbrev: Slaymaker: White Chimneys
      Title: White Chimneys : Slaymaker Family Home
      Author: Samuel C. Slaymaker
    12. Abbrev: PA: Bio Annals of Lancaster Co
      Title: Biographical annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania : containing biographical and genealogical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settlers
      Publication: Chicago, IL: J. H. Beers & Co., ©1903; FHL film #0908995
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