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Located in Dover Township in York County, Pennsylvania, Strayer's
Reformed Church, also called Salem Church, was organized in 1757.
Both Lutheran and Reformed congregations once met in the building.
The Lutheran church register dates from 1762, and the Reformed church
register dates from 1764. The late William J. Hinke originally
translated the Reformed records from German to English in 1939, and
his manuscript has been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of
Utah. The records in this database span the years 1764-1800 and
include the names of more than 5,900 individuals. Records for the
years 1800-1921 will be published in a subsequent Ancestry.com
database. For researchers of German immigrant ancestors who settled
in Pennsylvania, this database can provide valuable vital statistics
not available in other records.

Source Information: Lineages, Inc., comp. "York County, Pennsylvania,
1745-1800: Strayer's (Salem) Reformed Church." [database online]
Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Records transcribed from Family
History Library copies of church records for this locality. For more
information, see Family History Library Catalog (FHLC)
#974.841/D1 K2y.


died within days of his brothers Eli and William and also of his sisterLeah and her husband Leander Weigle


Henry Welcomer d. March 9, 1866

his brothers:

Eli Welcomer d. March 16, 1866
William Welcomer d. March 17, 1866

his sister (marr.):

Leah ( Welcomer ) Weigel d. July 25, 1866

and her husband:

Leander Weigel d. June 29, 1866 
452 Listed as Henry Welcome on Marriage License even in his own hand.Changing name back to what it had once been? Youthful rebellion?

Later on his son's marriage documents (consent of minor) it's Welcomeragain 
Henry F. Welcomer
453 Location of Nieman's Cemetary

In the early 1900's, what was once a dirt road, became Route 74 orCarlisle
Road. At that time the road went down the middle of the cemetery. Instead
of changing the route to go around the cemetery, they moved the graves and
grave markers. They made a very neat looking cemetery, placing the head
stones in perfect rows. We know that the grave stones were placed inperfect
rows, for appearance purposes, but we can not confirm that the remainswere
correctly placed under them. They didn't follow any order when they moved
the graves and stones, anyone can be anywhere and beside anyone.


Shiloh Lutheran Church
2201 Church Rd.
York, Pa. 17404


I've been pursuing the idea that Jacob was the son of Benjamin & AnnaMaria.
There was also a John George Welkmer, Jr. born in 1797 to Sr. andCatherine
source 331-414 - Zieglers Lutheran/Reformed Church (N. Codorus Twp)

Wondering if Jacob and Benjamin may have been brothers, but George (b.1812) might not be...

Looking more like George and Benjamin were brothers and Jacob was not -Benjamin found in 1830 with 2 15-20 year old boys - should be 3 if theywere all brothers, but one could have been on his own I suppose.

Seems like Ben and George were from Cumberland c. orig, and there aresooo many Whitcomb/Witcombs that I'm trying to see if Jacob might beconnected with them. His first son was Henry, Henry Witcomb in 1830doesn't list the right age kids for Jacob to be his. There is an Adam Wthat has the right kids. Also, Benjain sr in 1830 has 2 kids the rightage to be Jacob, Ben or George. George was married in 1830, but I can'tfind him in the census anywhere, so I think it is he and Ben living withtheir father in 1830. Might be Jacob tho. David W. has a boy the rightage.

Just found a Jacob Whitcomb in Cumberland co in1820 with a boy the rightage! s middleton. Cant find him in 1810


In 1840 census Jacob Welcomer is listed living in Dover, York Countybetween 20-30
In 1870 Henry, his son, has died and living with Jacob are Henry's wifeMary (Fink) and their children Jacob, George and Henry. His daughter Leahhad also died so her daughter Susan is also living with him. Maryeventually marries Adam Rupert, who is working in Jacob's shoe shop andliving there at the time 
Dauphin County, PA
Londonderry Township
Geyer's Hillsdale
Cemetery Listings
Wa through Wz

looks like he and lots of relatives are buried here
Joseph Welcomer

Henry Welcomer d. March 9, 1866

his brothers:

Eli Welcomer d. March 16, 1866
William Welcomer d. March 17, 1866

his sister (marr.):

Leah ( Welcomer ) Weigel d. July 25, 1866

and her husband:

Leander Weigel d. June 29, 1866 
Leah Welcomer
456 dates possibly 1839 from christine Dice Mary Welcomer
457 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living
458 Served on USS Bang - Sea Fox - Sea Dog - Queenfish - Medregal. RAY F. WELCOMER

Henry Welcomer d. March 9, 1866

his brothers:

Eli Welcomer d. March 16, 1866
William Welcomer d. March 17, 1866

his sister (marr.):

Leah ( Welcomer ) Weigel d. July 25, 1866

and her husband:

Leander Weigel d. June 29, 1866

one record says that cause of death was typhoid fever 
William Welcomer
460 Marred literally the girl next door. In the 1910 census, John C.Firestone is listed at 1424 Stanton St. in York - their oldest daughteris Rosa. William James Welcomer
461 another wife? listed as married 21 years in 1930, but some children are older than that William W. Welcomer
462 date is a guess Benjamin Weltkam
463 found a Benjamin Welcomer plain as day in the 1830 census with lots ofkids

Conewago Twp., York Co. Pa.

also a George Witmer right in amongst lots of Finks and Auginbaughs andFettrows

010201101 males 1 son 5-10 2 sons 15-20 1 30-40 one 40-50one 70-80

1000101 females 1 under 5 1 20-30 1 40-50


Jacob 1880 census list father as PA birth

Benjamin Weltkam
464 ID as brother of Sylvester in 1880 census- age 25 - sailor David Wheeler
465 We have her mother's clock, says on the back she lived in Hallowell Maine



weird coincidence:

have been looking for ancestors of my G-G Grandfather, John RobertWheeler. From his gravestone, obit and other family sources, he was bornDecember 23, 1811 in Chatham, Columbia County, New York. I haven't beenable to locate his parents. It is also rumored (Note in an old familybible) that he is related to the John Wheeler woh came to America March24, 1633 on the ship "Mary and John". I have no connection, however,between the two.

Here is the Obituary (Lots of clues)

John Robert Wheeler. Another old settler of Lake County passed fromearth. John Robert Wheeler was born in Chatham, Columbia County, NewYork, December 23, 1811, and died of heart disease at his residence inthe town of Deerfield, February 23, 1881, aged 69 years and two months.He was converted in 1835, under the labors of Joshua Poor. In 1839 he wasmarried to Miss Catharine M. Hermance, who still survives him. Had sixchildren. Eliza a., the oldest daughter, died in 1866. The remaining fiveare Hermance Wheeler and Hiram Wheeler now living in the town ofDeerfield; Mrs. John Williams, of this city; Mrs Gearge Skidmore, ofChicago, and Miss Hattie Wheeler. He removed to Illinois in 1846, and forthree years was a resident of Cook County. He then removed to LakeCounty, where he has lived ever since. He united with the MethodistEpiscopal Church at Barrington, and for several years was class leader ofthat place, or until his removal to Waukegan in 1867. In 1868 he removedto the town of Deerfield where he lived to the time of his death. He wonmany friends in Lake County and died trusting in the Saviour. For thepast few weeks he was a great sufferer, but during this time he did notfail to speak of the home beyond the grave, and when nearing the ColdRiver he exclaimed "all is right" and soon passed over. His remains werebrought to Waukegan for interment. 
466 buried in the lot of Benjamin F. Beane - father in law? brother in law? Noyes Haskell Wheeler
467 Hannah Wheeler living with them in the 1850 census only - listed as 62 WILLIAM H. WHEELER
468 Joseph Whitcome of the right age in Ogle county Illinois in the 1880 census very close to a Jacob Fink who is working on a farm. Says that Jacob is 24 but he would only be 18 at the time. Joseph Whitcomb
469 she's not with her parents in 1860 but not with Christian yet either

living with daughter Ida in 1910 with family, the Cyrus Schaeffers. Nextdoor is Davis S. Buch and his wife of 45 years (8 of 9 kids still living)Maria. Brother of Christian? 
470 There is a Jacob White living a few doors down from Benjamin in the 1870 census - 92 years old then - in the house of John and Elizabeth Lutz - father??. Henry White living with them in 1860 - he is 47 when Ben is 43, probably brother. Also in 1860, living with Elizabeth and Henry Spickler, 22 and 27 years old, married w/ child. Relation? unsure
From THE LITITZ RECORD Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Friday, 17 August 1883
Benjamin White, 65 years, Died August 14, 1883 at Mt.Vernon, Penn
Township. Interment at New Haven today at 10 AM (Buried at Kissel Hill
Cemetery beside his wife Fannie) [see Fanny's Family group for her


Amanda White+
Matilda White
Benjamin White
Veronica White
John W White+
Elizabeth White+
Isabel White
Harriet White
Fianna White 
471 Six kids- 4 living in 1900 Hannah Wilson
472 Flo J. Welcomer Retired teacher

Sept. 5 2000
YORK - Flo J. Welcomer, 89, of West Manchester Township, died Sundayafternoon at Manor Care North. She was the wife of W. Arthur Welcomer.The couple observed their 68th wedding anniversary Jan. 9.

The service will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen's United Church ofChrist, 1569 W. Market St., York. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.Viewing will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. The Robert F. KollerFuneral Home Inc., 2000 W. Market St., York, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Welcomer was born June 20, 1911, in Red Lion. She was the daughterof the late Robert A. and Sara (McDowell) Workinger.

She was a teacher in the West York Area School District, retiring in 1976after 22 years of service. Prior to that, she was an elementary schoolteacher in York Township for 10 years. She was a member of St. Stephen'sUnited Church of Christ, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees andthe Delta Cappa Gamma Society; she was a former member of the Women'sGuild, Shamrock Sunday school and West York Education Association.

Mrs. Welcomer also is survived by a daughter, Fay E. Myers of York; threegrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Officiating at the service will be her pastor, the Rev. Elmer W.V.Scofield.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's United Church ofChrist, 1569 W. Market St., York 17404. 
Flo Workinger
473 His (Henry Worrall's) eldest daughter Caroline set out in 1835 with herhusband and two young children as part of a wagon train heading for Illinois, 2,000 miles away.

Here is part of the text of a letter sent by Henry Worrall of New York
to his brother Benjamin Worrall at Upper House in Ughill, Yorkshire,
England. Henry Worrall was the father of Caroline Worrall Rehorn, and the
account below must be referring to her. The letter was dated 15 April1835.

"One of my sons in law my oldest daughter and two of my grand-children are
about setting out tomorrow to the State of Illinoes a distance of 1500 to
2000 miles in the far off Western Country = and I have heard suchfavourable
accounts of the country that I feel tempted to clear out and start after
them - but I am now too old for such a long journey - but I am confidentit
would be a fine country for our children."
s-Nigel Brassington - Worrall historian


he's living with his son Henry in Tn. in 1870 and his wife is living inNew York City with their daughters 
474 Lived next door to brother Noah Mary Jane Worrall
475 lived next door to sister Mary Jane Noah Worrall
476 Phoebe Worrall Palmer was an American evangelist and religious writer,and an influential and active figure in the 19th-century Holinessmovement in Christian fundamentalism.

Phoebe Worrall was reared in a strict Methodist home. In 1827, shemarried Walter C. Palmer, a homeopathic physician and also a Methodist.From the beginning of their married life, the Palmers shared a deepinterest in their religion. They became active in the revivalist movementin the 1830s, and from 1835 Phoebe Palmer conducted regular women's homeprayer meetings. Gradually the meetings became known as the TuesdayMeeting for the Promotion of Holiness, and they became centres of thegrowing Holiness movement that sought Christian perfection. As themeetings grew, they were moved into larger accommodations. During the1840s, Palmer also became active in charitable work among the poor andthe imprisoned. In 1850, she led the Methodist Ladies' Home MissionarySociety in founding the Five Points Mission in a notorious slum districtof New York City. She was also a regular contributor to the "Guide toHoliness," the chief periodical of the perfectionist movement, and shewrote a number of books, including "The Way of Holiness" (1845).

From 1850, Palmer's evangelical activities included annual tours of theeastern part of the country and Canada, during which she and her husbandvisited Methodist camp meetings and conducted their own Holinessrevivals. From 1859 to 1863, the Palmers worked in England. In 1862,Phoebe Palmer became editor of the "Guide to Holiness," which her husbandhad purchased, and she filled that post for the rest of her life. Shepublished a record of her British experiences as "Four Years in the OldWorld" (1865). From its organization in 1867, the National Associationfor the Promotion of Holiness provided the institutional framework formuch of the Palmers' evangelical work. Phoebe Palmer continued in thatwork and in her Tuesday Meetings until her death.

Source: "Palmer, Phoebe Worrall" EncyclopÊdia Britannica


Ingersol, S., Nazarene Roots; Phoebe Palmer: mother of the holinessrevival,î Herald of Holiness, 11.


Phoebe Palmer: Mother of the Holiness Revival
by Stan Ingersol

She could have graced a throne, or filled the office of a bishop, ororganized and governed a new sect. . . . Whoever promotes holiness in allthis country, must build upon the deep-laid foundations of this holywoman,î wrote a leading minister upon the death in 1874 of Phoebe Palmerof New York City. A century later, M. E. Dieter argued in his history ofThe Holiness Revival of the Nineteenth Century that ìthe quiet discourseand boundless activityî of Mrs. Palmer ìbecame the major impetus insetting off a world wide [holiness] movement.î

Phoebe Palmer was born in New York City on December 18, 1807, into afamily steeped in Methodist spirituality. Her father, an Englishman fromYorkshire, had been converted in his native country in the latter phasesof the Wesleyan Revival, and rich family piety shaped Phoebeís earlysocial environment. Religiously inclined since childhood, she knelt withhusband Walter C. Palmer, a physician, during the Allen Street MethodistChurch revival of 1832, pledging her life to the promotion of holiness.In 1835 Sarah Lankford, Phoebe Palmerís sister, united the womenís prayermeetings of Allen Street and Mulberry Street Methodist churches. Twoyears later, Phoebe testified to the sanctifying grace and afterwardemerged as the leader of the prayer meeting, now known as the TuesdayMeeting for the Promotion of Holiness and held in the parlor of thePalmersí home. In 1839, men were admitted to the Tuesday Meetings, andMrs. Palmerís circle widened to include Methodist bishops, theologians,and ministers, as well as lay men and women. Soon the cradle of renewalgently rocked all of American Methodism.

The path from prayer meeting to pulpit was gradual but sure. In the1840s, Phoebe and Walter Palmer began an itinerant ministry that tookthem from churches to camp meetings and conferences throughout theNortheast. Conventional and inordinately modest, Phoebe Palmer insistedthat her talks were not ìsermonsî; she styled them, rather, asìexhortations.î Simply put, she preached. Drawn into his wifeís expandingnetwork of activity, Walter Palmer periodically put aside his medicalpractice to travel and assist her ministry. In time, he also gainedrepute as a lay preacher, though his fame never exceeded that of hiswifeís.

Phoebe Palmer played a major role in the holiness movementís expansion tonational and international scope. Her impact was increased by her writingand editing. Her articles appeared in Methodist organs such as theChristian Advocate and Journal, and books from her hand appeared after1843. Among the leading ones: The Way of Holiness (1843), Faith and ItsEffects (1848), and Promise of the Father (1859). Publications extendedher influence into Southern as well as Northern states and into Canada,where the Palmers ministered personally in 1857. In 1859, the coupleassumed a transatlantic role as the British Isles became the scene oftheir labors for the next four years. Upon their return to the UnitedStates, they purchased the Guide to Holiness, the leading Americanjournal of the higher Christian life, and Phoebe was its editor from 1864until her death a decade later. The immense popularity of the Guide toHoliness during her tenure as editor greatly stimulated the rise of thebroader Wesleyan-Holiness press.

Her broad influence was exerted in still other ways: through the New YorkFemale Assistance Society for the Relief and Religious Instruction of theSick Poor, of which she was the corresponding secretary from 1847ñ57;through the Methodist Ladiesí Home Missionary Society, in which she wasactive; and on a host of influential people including Frances Willard,leader in late-19th century temperance reform; Englishwoman CatherineBooth, cofounder (with husband William) of the Salvation Army; and on thecircle of Methodist ministers, including Rev. John S. Inskip, who foundedthe National (now Christian) Holiness Association in 1867. To her, morethan any other personality of her century, the holiness movement owes itsexistence.

Three of Phoebe Palmerís children died in infancy; she raised the otherthree to adulthood. But all who have received Christian nurture inWesleyan-Holiness churches are her heirs and grandchildren in the faith. 
Phoebe Worrall
477 The Christian Advocate - August 9, 1888

Wade B. WORRALL was born in New York City October 2, 1818. He came from along line of pious ancestors. He was brother of Mrs. Sarah LankfordPALMER, Mrs. Miles PALMER, and the late Mrs. Phoebe PALMER; and uncle ofMrs. Joseph KNAPP, and of Mrs. FOSTER, the wife of the Rev. Dr. ElonFOSTER. He was converted when a boy at Greene Street Methodist EpiscopalChurch, New York City, and remained an active member of that society formany years, singing in the choir, and otherwise rendering it efficientservice. He was early and long a member of Joseph LONGKING'S famous Bibleclass. He was one of a society in that church called the Octophiloi, theother seven being the Rev. Samuel A. SEAMAN, William H. ARTHUR(deceased), Charles C. NORTH, William C. FREEMAN (deceased), ProfessorGeorge C. COLLARD, D. S. LANDON (deceased), and the Rev. Dr. John M.REID. Its 50th anniversary will be celebrated next October. BrotherWORRALL married in 1841, at Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, New York,Miss Caroline E. MORIARTY, whose father and grandfather were Methodistpreachers. With his brother he inherited from his father a large ironfoundry and business at Elizabethport, Union County, New Jersey, and onElm Street, New York City, from which relations he retired about 15 yearsago. He continued to be financially identified with the Haverstraw BrickYards. He was remarkable for close attention to business, kindness toemployees, and courtesy to everyone. His associates affirm that theynever heard him speak a harsh word to anyone. His business record andreputation are of the highest order. He accumulated a good degree ofwealth, which he liberally bestowed upon the work of the church and uponcharitable objects. He was always companionable and popular. He moved toFlushing about five years ago, and has resided here ever since. Thoughconsiderably indisposed during the winter, he was not seriously ill,until a few days prior to his decease May 13. His sickness was brief andpainful, but he contnued cheerful and resigned. He was an official memberof the church. Through life he was honored and respected by all. Thestricken widow and one child--a married daughter--survive him.
Thomas L. POULSON 
Wade Benjamin Worrall
478 seems like she had only one child. Living with her parents in 1910 asEmma A. Quay, one child, one child living. Emma Amelia Wunder
479 Sybilla & Johannes and their children emigrated to America, Johannes diedat sea on his way to America.


Sigmund Zimmerman, of Aarburg, Switzerland, maried Barbara Metzgar,daughter of Mathias Metzgar and Anna Lippertine. Fpllowing their marriagethey moved to Colmar and from there returned to Aarburg.
1. Johannes Zimmerman.
2. Johann Michael Zimmerman, married Maria ??. Resided Durbach, Baden;sons migrated to Port of Philadelphia 9/28/1748.
3. Johann Mathias Zimmerman, remained in Europe.
4. Johann Peter Zimmerman.
5. Sybilla Zimmerman, b. ?? d. ?? daughter of General John and SarahZimmerman, and granddaughter of Matthew Metzgar from Hochs, Seigniory ofLahr, a part of Baden, and Anna Lebewtin from Weibnom, Deux Ponts (orZweibruchan), Germany, in the Palatinate. The birth and death dates ofSybilla Zimmerman Rothermel are unknown, but it is believed that she isburied in the family cemetery on the farm of her son-in-law PeterFetherolf, Berks Co., PA. She married Johannes Rothermel, b. ca. 1708.
Johannes and Sybilla resided in Wachbach, Germany, a small village in thenortheastern part of the State of Wurtenburg on the Tauber River.Wachbach is sixty miles due east on Mannheim and three miles south ofMergentheim. It is here that their eight children were born.
In the spring of 1730, Johannes and his wife, five sons, his daughter andher husband Peter Fetherolf traveled down the Rhine River to Rotterdam,Holland, where they sailed to Cowes, England. Here they boarded "TheThistle of Glasgow", with Colen Dunlop as Master, and set sail forAmerica. Johannes took ill, died and was buried at sea. Sybilla and thechildren landed at the Port of Philadelphia, PA., on August 29, 1730. Thefamily settled on land near Seiholtzville, Hereford Township, BerksCounty, Pennsylvania. Two of her children, Anna Maria and Leonard residedon neighboring farms. 

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