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From: "Janet Hall" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Conestoga COB
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 14:05:03 -0600
In the Addendum (Harry Royer) to the Royer History, (Francis) the following
is a quotation per Harry Royer's quote of Rev. Paul Brubaker minister of the
Middle Creek Church of The Brethern (1981) :
I have found the name Emig Reyer in a number of Brethren History books,
always in connection with those who formed a separate congreatation
following the division of followers of Conrad Beissel and the Conestoga
group on Sept. 29, 1734....From several sources I have learned that this new
group was at times called Cocalico...With our historical items at the Middle
Creek Church, we have a sale bill from 1875 when the Middle Creek Meeting
House was constructed. Under the title of the Middle Creek Church is listed
the following: also known as Royer's Meeting House. It was apparently at
that time that the new meeting house was constucted (1874) that the Royer
Meetinghouse was razed, because the items listed on the sale bill were old
lumber, windows, etc. I have also been told that the Royer Meetinghouse was
located right ouside the cemetery close to the road (this would be on the
west end of the cemetery). I have also learned that the meetinghouse served
as a schoolhouse in the community as well, although I have never see this in
print...It has been within the past five years (letter written in 1981) that
we have officially changed our name to The MIddle Creek Church of the
Brethren. Prior to that it was known as West Conestoga. Our church
separated from the mother church, Conestoga, on May 5, 1864.
Harry Royer goes on to say "Thus we have had the following names for this
congregation: Royer's, Conestoga, West Conestoga, Middle Creek, and possibly
Emig Royer lived just a short distance from the Middle Creek Church on
Middle Creek and very close to the three creeks you mentioned. He and John
Landis would have been very close neighbors. I am a little confused
regarding the barn as our local guide took us to a site just outside Akron
where it once stood. It sounds from your experience that it was still
standing last summer. ??
Conestoga, PA is listed as having hosted the Annual Brethren Conference
("Meeting" at that time) on the following dates: 1763, 1777, 1780, 1781,
1820 (Joseph Royer farm), 1831
I hope this is helpful.
----- Original Message -----
From: "winter dellenbach" <>
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: [BRE] Conestoga COB
> Janet - thanks for this. A few questions and comments -
> I am aware of the concept of a mother church that spins off other
> nearby churches once these "branches" are strong enough to survive on
> their own and have their own elders/minister.
> 1. Does anyone know if Conestoga was at some time a "mother church" and
> was Cocalico ever a spin off?
> 2. Are you saying that Middle Creek Church WAS what I am referring to
> as the Cocalico branch?
> 3. Can you or others add more information about the Middle Creek Church
> and its relationship historically to the Conestoga Church and to the so
> called (did it really exist?) Cocalico branch of the Conestoga Church
> (see my initial email below). Were there other Conestoga spin offs?
> Janet- did you take the Landis family tour this summer before the
> reunion? We saw John of Ephrata's farm, the Dividing Barn, his son
> Jacob's farm nearby, and drove by the Kemper Cemetery where both are
> buried. I was there too - perhaps we met and don't know it?
> I am interested in what information about John of Ephrata in the 3
> books you mention. Do you have time to give me a little more regarding
> the nature of the information and if it is sourced?
> Thanks -
> On Friday, February 3, 2006, at 07:25 PM, Janet Hall wrote:
> > Yes, I have some info for you. You will find reference to John Landis
> > in
> > several books on the Royer family: Addendum to History of the Royer
> > Family
> > in America, J.G.Francis by Harry Royer and the original J.G. Francis
> > book.
> > The Middle Creek Church of the Brethren was originally known as the
> > Conestoga group after a split in 1734 when some Brethren followers
> > went with
> > Conrad Bissel's Ephrata Group (Ephrata Cloister). It was in the barn
> > of
> > John Landis that the split occured. There is a picture of the barn in
> > the
> > Addendum. On my visit to PA last summer, I found that the barn had
> > been torn
> > down but the stone foundation was still visable.
> > I am a Royer descendant. Emig Royer was present at the time of the
> > split
> > and became part of the Conestoga Brethren. He is said to be buried in
> > Middle
> > Creek Church of the Brethren and if I were to guess, I think you would
> > find
> > this to also be the burial site of John Landis.
> > I hope this helps
> > Mary Landis is listed as wife of V. Benj. H. Royer (one notation says
> > 1st
> > wife and another 2nd wife). Mary died Mar. 8, 1839 and b. July, 27,
> > 1837.
> > Benj. is buried in Lehn's cemetery in Lancaster Co near Neffsville.
> > I do not know the link between Mary and John but
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "winter dellenbach" <>
> > To: <>
> > Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 9:37 AM
> > Subject: [BRE] Conestoga COB
> >> Can anyone give me information on the "Cocalico Creek Branch" of the
> >> old Conestoga German Bap. Brethren Church near Akron in Lancaster Co.
> >> PA?
> >> I have seen a note about John of Ephrata (John/Johann) Landis who was
> >> an early member of the Conestoga Church, supposedly of the Cocalico
> >> branch. His farm was on Cocalico Creek, adjacent to Hammer and Middle
> >> Creek. I have some info on the Conestoga Church but nothing on this
> >> branch.
> >> And of course, any information re: John of Ephrata and specifics about
> >> who his father was is always appreciated.
> >> winter
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