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An American Family History

The Baker, Kessler, Kibler, & Kenoyer Families

Ancestors of Elizabeth Baker Branstiter

Elizabeth Baker Branstiter was born in 1805 in Virginia. Her ancestors were German Palatine Lutherans who were driven out of Germany by war, famine, despotic rule, and disease. The first settlers in America sent back favorable reports and others followed. The Bakers, Kesslers, Kiblers and Kenoyers came to Philadelphia in this wave of immigration. From there, they went to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and then to Clark County, Ohio where Elizabeth met and married Daniel Branstiter.

This German-American community was active in the American Revolution. Elizabeth's grandfathers, Jacob Baker and Henry Kessler served in the American Revolution as did her great-grandfather, Leonard Kenoyer. Her great- grandfather, Henry Kibler donated "mutton and money" to the cause.

Her family remained devoted Lutherans and the church was the center of their community.

Johannes & Anna Elizabeth Gramm  

Philip Baker and Anna Catherine Gramm 1752

Philip Baker

Rheindürkheim, Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Luray, Page County, Virginia


Reader's Company
Mt. Pisgah Church

Henry (Heinrich) Kibler and Mary Pierce 1760
Henry Kibler DNA match
Mary Amelia Pierce

Luray, Page County, Virginia

 

Leonard Kenoyer and Anna Barbara Buck 1753

Leonard Kenoyer DNA match

North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania

Hoover's Company
St. Jacob's Old Stone Church
Moravian Church

Courting
Michael Kessler  

Henry Kessler and Barbara Kenoyer 1770

North Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania
Rockingham County, Virginia
German Township, Clark County, Ohio

 

Jacob Baker and Magdalene Kibler 1776

Page County, Virginia
German Township, Clark County, Ohio

George Washington

Philip Baker and Mary Elizabeth Kessler 1803

Rockingham (now Page) County, Virginia
German Township, Clark County, Ohio

 

Related Families:
The Friermood Family
The Henkle Family
The Kiblinger Family
The Pence Family

 
 
Click here for the Branstiter Table of Contents
 

DNA match with other descendant in this line.
Henry Kibler
Magdalene Kibler Baker
Philip Baker
Elizabeth Baker Branstiter
Sarah Branstiter Taylor
Louisa Taylor Long
Viola Long Bertrand
Emma Ethel Bertrand
Virginia Smith Miller

DNA match with other descendant in this line.
Leonard Kenoyer
Barbara Kenoyer Kessler
Mary Elizabeth Kessler Baker
Elizabeth Baker Branstiter
Sarah Branstiter Taylor
Louisa Taylor Long
Viola Long Bertrand
Emma Ethel Bertrand
Virginia Smith Miller

 

Bauman & Dreisbach
 
 
 

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