John Christian Schneider
Susanna Margreta Ranck
Jacob Schneder


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1. Anna Maria Kitzmiller

Jacob Schneder 1 2

  • Born: 8 Mar 1735, East Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA 1 2
  • Christened: 8 Jun 1735 3
  • Marriage (1): Anna Maria Kitzmiller
  • Died: 9 Jul 1829, Terre Hill, Lancaster, PA at age 94 1 4
  • Buried: East Earl: Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Lancaster, PA, USA 1

   Another name for Jacob was Johann Jacob Schnader.3 4

   FamilySearch ID: LT19-T1T.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He has conflicting birth information of 25 Mar 1735 and East Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA. 3 4

2. Book: Biographical Annals of Lancaster County: Schnader, 1903. 5
From Page 109:

Christian Schneider had surveyed for him, under warrant from the proprietaries of Pennsylvania, dated Jan. 10, 1733, 138 acres of land on the north and south of Conestoga creek, adjoining said George Weber's land. This tract of land was afterwards conveyed to him by deed for the consideration of £20, 6s, 1d by Thomas Penn and Richard Penn. He erected a cabin on this tract, on the south bank of Conestoga creek, at a spring on land now (1903) owned by John Trego, in East Earl township, Lancaster Co., Pa., where he and his family resided up to the time of his death in 1793. His wife died in January, 1767 [Zeltenreich Church Record.] The name is spelled in various ways, viz.: In his will he signed it "Sneder;" in a deed to his son Christian he wrote it "Schnyder;"in the patent deed to him it is written "Sneeder," alias "Schneder;" later on we find it written "Schnader," "Sneider," "Snyder," "Sneder" and "Snader." When they came to this country they invariably wrote it "Schneider" which is undoubtedly the proper orthography.

Jacob Schneider and Matheis Schneider took up by patent about 250 acres of land some distance northeast of Weber-Thal where Center (now St John's) Reformed and Lutheran Church is erected. Jacob Schneider also purchased considerable land from William Morris, who had previously received a patent for the same. The writer has been unable to find that Matheis left any descendants or that he ever married. The descendants of Jacob are numerous and widely scattered; among them may be mentioned Rev. Charles Schneider, pastor of the Reformed Church at Shamokin; Rev. Davis Schneider, Reformed missionary in Japan; Edward R. Snader, professor of Physical Diagnosis at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

They were all followers of Zwingli, and in this country their descendants have generally united themselves with the Reformed Church. Many of them are buried at Center (now St John's) Reformed Church above mentioned. The descendants of Christian Schneider are buried in New Holland and Zeltenreich's Reformed burying-grounds. The children of Christian and Susanna Margretha Schneider were: John Jacob, Christian, Philip, Michael (sometimes called John Michael), Margaret, Elizabeth.

From Page 692:

The Schnader family originated in this country with the great great grandfather of Reuben K. who emigrated in the early part of the eighteenth century to East Earl township, this county, settling on a farm which is still in possession of the Schnaders. It is not known where he is buried.

Jacob Schnader, the great grandfather, was one of the organizers of the Centre Lutheran and Reformed Church, the site of which was the burial ground of one of his children. When Jacob settled four miles back from the Conestoga river in the virgin forest, all the surrounding country was a wilderness and he commenced to clear a farm with his axe. He worked with the energy of those men of iron who seemed to know no fatigue during his entire life and at his death, this sturdy pioneer was the owner of 1,000 acres of excellent land. Jacob Schnader was a most remarkable man, for he lived to his ninety-fifth year, being born in 1735 and died in 1829. He was married for the second time at the age of seventy five.

Jacob married Anna Maria Kitzmiller. (Anna Maria Kitzmiller died about 1803 in Earl Twp., Lancaster, PA 2.)


1 Find A Grave,

2 Unknown, The Schader Family Reunion, 1929 (Printed booklet given to attendees of the 1929 Schnader Family Reunion.).

3 Harold E. Marks, The Marks/Schnader Connection: Berks and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Ormand Beach, Florida. 1996. 138p. Can be downloaded from library at, Page 44.

4 Meginness, John F., Biographical Annals Of Lancaster County, Pa: Containing Biographical And Genealogical Sketches Of Prominent And Representative Citizens And Many Of The Early Settlers (J. H. BEERS and CO., 1903. Online at:, Page 692.

5 Meginness, John F., Biographical Annals Of Lancaster County, Pa: Containing Biographical And Genealogical Sketches Of Prominent And Representative Citizens And Many Of The Early Settlers (J. H. BEERS and CO., 1903. Online at:, Page 109 and Page 692.

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