George Simon Samuel Eisenhard Sr.
Catherine Jarrett
Johannes Knerr
Maria Catharina Hartman
Johannes Eisenhard
Maria Magdalena Knerr
Jonas Eisenhart


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Jonas Eisenhart 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 31 Jan 1803, Upper Mahantongo Twp., Schuylkill, PA 5 6 7 8
  • Christened: 30 Jan 1804, Rebuck: Himmel's Church, Northumberland, PA 6
  • Marriage (1): Anna Maria Geist before 1821
  • Died: 4 Jun 1881, Port Trevorton, Snyder, PA at age 78 4 7
  • Buried: Leck Kill: St. John's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Northumberland, PA 4 7

   Other names for Jonas were Jonas Eisenhardt, Johannes Jonas Eisenhart 7 9 and Jonathan Eisenhart.10

  Christening Notes:

Sponsors were Michael Paul and Elizabeth.

  Burial Notes:

His tombstone reads: Jonas Eisenhart, Born Jan. 31, 1804; Died June 4, 1881; Aged 77 y., 4 m., 3 d.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. He has conflicting birth information of Tombstone shows birth 1 year later than the Himmel's Church records., 31 Jan 1804 and Upper Mahantongo Twp., Schuylkill, PA. 4 The tombstone birth date is 31 Jan 1804 but the Himme's Church records recorded the birth as 31 Jan 1803 and the baptism in 1804. More likely that the tombstone is in error than the church records.

2. Census in 1810 in Upper Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland, PA. 11 The 1810 census recorded the household of John Eisenhart as:
Under 10 = 4 (sons)
26 to 45 = 1 (father)
Under 10 = 2 (daughters)
10 to 16 = 2 (daughters)
26 to 45 = 1 (wife)

3. Census in 1850 in Upper Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland, PA. 12 The 1850 census recorded Jonas Isenhart [indexed incorrectly as James Isonhart], farmer, 46, living with wife Mary, 43; Daniel, 19; Sarah, 18; Mary, 17; John, 15; Harriet, 11; Catherine, 9; Amelia, 8; Gabriel, 6; Emanuel, 4; Jonathan, 2; and Lewis, 4 months old when the census was recorded on 6 Nov 1850. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. His real estate was valued at $3000.

4. Census in 1860 in Upper Mahanoy Twp., Northumberland, PA. 13 The 1860 census recorded Jonas Eisenhart, 56, with wife Mary, 53; Gabriel, 17; Emanuel, 15; Jonathan, 12; Lewis, 10; and Amelia, 19. Next door is Jonas' daughter Harriet, 24, with her husband William Snyder, farmer, 26; Lewis, 3; Henry, 2; and Catherine, 1. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania. Jonas real estate was valued at $3,500 and William's $0 indicating he is living on Jonas land. The post office is Green Briar.

5. Census in 1880 in Chapman Twp., Snyder, PA. 5 The census listed Jonas Eisenhart (age 76), a retired farmer living in the household of his son, Gabrial Eisenhart (37). Living with them are Gabrial's wife Mary (32); sons Andrew W. (12) and William (11); and daughters Sarah A. (8), Mary E. (6), Annie L. (4), Dollie H. (2). Also there is John A. Carling (16) whose occupation is listed as "hired on farm" and Jane Bouseman (17) whose occupation is domestic servant.

6. He has conflicting death information of 1883 and Chapman Twp., Snyder, PA. 14

7. Book: an article about his son Jonas published in the History of Cherokee County Kansas, 1904.
Mr. Eisenhart's parents were natives of Pennsylvania. The father, Jonas Eisenhart, a farmer, died there at the age of 72 years, and the mother, Polly (Geist) Eisenhart, died at the age of 58 years. They were the parents of an unusually large family, which consisted of nine boys and nine girls. Fourteen of them lived to a marriageable age. Six only are now living, namely: William, Daniel, Gabriel, Lewis, Emanuel and Mary.

8. Book: Genealogical & Biographical Annals of Northumberland County by J.L. Floyd, 1911. 14
Jonas Eisenhart grandfather of John H., was born in Berks County, Pa., and there followed farming until about 1800, when he came to Northumberland County, settling at Leck Kill. From there he moved to Snyder County, Pa., where he also engaged in farming. There his children grew up.

He made his home at Port Trevorton, along the river, and there he died in 1883. He is buried at Leck Kill.

He married Polly Geist daughter of Andrew and Christina (Snyder) Geist and she died at Leck Kill, and is buried there. They had sixteen children, namely: William, who died in Jefferson County; Daniel; John, who died in Nebraska; Jonas, who died in Central America; Gabriel, who died in Snyder County, Pa.; Emanuel, living in Philadelphia; Lewis, who died in Shamokin; Edward, who died young; Lucius, who married Jacob Shankweiler, and died at Shamokin; Sarah, Mrs. Starr, who died near Leck Kill; Caroline, who married John Eyster; Mary, who married John Diehl, and died in Indiana; Harriet, Mrs. Snyder; Catharine, who married Daniel Thomas; Amelia, who married John Cooper; and one that died in infancy.

Jonas Eisenhart had two brothers, Stephen and Reuben, who both died in Shamokin.

9. Book: The Geist Relation, 1940. 15
Caroline Eisenhart-Eister (1-4) a daughter of Mary Geist-Eisenhart (11-3) was born at Greenbrier, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania on January 17, 1821 and died at Shenandoah, Schuylkill County. She is buried in the I. O. O. F. cemetery at Shenandoah but has no tombstone. She may be buried with her two brothers on the same plot. The brothers have tombstones but none can be found for her. She was a housewife and had the German education of that time. She married John Eister (1-4) on __ and they had three children.
1 - Silas Eister
2 - Prescilla Eister
3 - Uriah Eister

John Eister (1-4) the husband of Caroline Eisenhart-Eister (1-4) died near Herndon, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania in about 1881, and may be buried at Hickory Corners or at the Peiffers Church. He was a lame man and was one of those early teachers who went from house to house to teach the children and was paid by the parents whose children they taught. He also was repairing clocks and watches.

Jonas married Anna Maria Geist, daughter of Andraes Geist Sr. and Maria Christina Schneider, before 1821. (Anna Maria Geist was born on 14 Jun 1807 in Greenbrier, Northumberland, PA 2 4 6 10 16 17, christened on 10 Aug 1807 in Rebuck: Himmel's Church, Northumberland, PA,6 died on 13 Oct 1868 in Leck Kill, Northumberland, PA 2 4 10 17 and was buried in Leck Kill: St. John's Lutheran and Reformed Church, Northumberland, PA 4 10 17.)


1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of December 11, 2002), Film #: 455397.


3 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, International Genealogical Index (R) (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, data as of December 11, 2002).

4 Geist, A. Frank, The Geist Relation, 200 years in America (Valley View, Pa.: 1940, 925 pgs.), page 234.

5 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255194; National Archives Film T9-1194; Page 74D.

6 Himmel's Church Baptismal Records (

7 Find A Grave,

8, Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950, Jonas Eisenhardt, 1804.

9 Genealogy Research conducted by Bruce Franklin Beacher Ph.D. (1919-2004).

10 St. John's Lutheran and Reformed Church Cemetery, Leck Kill, Northumberland County (

11 1810 United States Census, 1810 United States Census, Pennsylvania, Northumberland County, Upper Mahanoy Township, Series: M252 Roll: 53 Page: 91.

12 1850 United States Census, James Isonhart, Upper Mahanoy, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 192.

13 1860 United States Census, Year: 1860; Census Place: Upper Mahanoy, Northumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1149; Page: 362; Image: 367; Family History Library Film: 805149.

14 Floyd, J.L, Genealogical & Biographical Annals of Northumberland County (1911 online at, Page 645.

15 Geist, A. Frank, The Geist Relation, 200 years in America (Valley View, Pa.: 1940, 925 pgs.), page 278.

16 1880 United States Census, FHL Film 1255164; National Archives Film T9-1164; Page 546A.

17 Find A Grave,

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