John Kryder 6th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree
John or Johann was born in France, Germany or Pennsylvania on or around April 22, 1736, sources vary. By 1767 he was definitely in Pennsylvania where he married Ann Maria Fuchs or Fox. John and Ann had at least 5 children born between 1768 and 1775 in the area of Lancaster, PA.
John and family were part of the German American Pennsylvania community. During the American Revolution they were in the Big Runaway of 1778: “The Big Runaway was a mass evacuation in June and July 1778 of settlers from the frontier areas of what is now north central Pennsylvania during the American Revolutionary War.” The locals knew of the dangers because of the war, had requested aid: rifles, armed men from the Continental Congress, none of it arrived in time. So everyone fled with livestock and whatever possessions they could carry. Books and movies could be made about this one event, it’s huge and lasted through 1779 when the American gov’t committed more aid to “security of the frontier”.
John sold bacon and beef to the Continental Army during the American Revolution. His neighbor George Marquart had the mutton and Jacob Yeiser provided the brandy. At some point John fought in the American Revolution. There’s no military records yet, but his headstones recognize his service in the American Revolution and the French Indian Wars. John has a headstone probably original from his death in 1803 and then a newer marker which his descendants set out out in 1994.
- Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-2014 at Ancestry
- The Big Runaway at Wikipedia with sources
- Find a Grave memorial “Photo added by Storres Myers” [Find a Grave has lots of spam links don’t click anything except Photo and Family Members links]
- History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania at Archive.org
- Historical papers and addresses of the Lancaster County [PA] Historical Society at HathiTrust