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From: "McIntosh" <>
Subject: Re: [Christian Landes] Katherine G. Bushman papers part 2
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 08:55:16 -0600
Karen, This article was very interesting to me. I admitingly don't know
much about the Landis family yet, but would like to know more. In your
article, John (3) from Samuel migrated to IL with his wife, a Skelton, and
family. My Christian Landes branch is from Livingston County, IL. I can't
help but wonder about the connection. Also, the Isaac Landes I just found
here in KS came from Sangamon Co., IL in 1859. Isaac was married to a
Christina Shutt whose father was a judge and heavily involved in politics.
The Landes family, in your article, that moved to IL were involved in
Congress and studied law too. I sure wish I could connect up these people
with our line somehow. If they are related, we would be in-laws of General
Funston!!! Isaac 's daughter married into that family. General Funston
lived in this area and we have an annual celebration to honor him, which
family descendants attend. I could then sit at the head table <smile>.
From: Karen McPherson <>
Date: Monday, February 19, 2001 9:11 PM
Subject: [Christian Landes] Katherine G. Bushman papers part 2
>Below is an excerpt from the family manuscript I mentioned in my last post.
>I have included about half of it here. I have the entire document in Word,
>and since I cannot send attachments to the list, you will need to let me
>know if you want me to send the document to your individual mailboxes.
>is written by Jacob F. Landes, of Goshen, VA in 1924. He is the father of
>Lucy Landes Moore, a researcher that has been mentioned in the Bittinger
>History of the Landes Family of Augusta and Rockingham:
>(Explanation- numbers behind the name indicate the generation)
>...For about 2 generations, history fails to reveal individual members of
>the Landis family - that is from 1640 - 1717. In 1717, three brothers,
>Reverend Benjamin, Felix, and John Landis, all Swiss Mennonites, having
>heard of the religious freedom in America, early took advantage of William
>Penn's liberal policy to settle here. They came from the vicinity of
>Manheim on the Rhine where they had been driven from Zurich, Switzerland,
>and purchased land from Penn and the Conestoga Indians in what is now
>Lancaster County. Like most of the pioneer settlers in the American wilds,
>these people were comparatively poor in worldly possessions, and had their
>hands so full of work that they failed, it seems, to keep their family
>records. They became, however, instinctively American in their progress
>proceeded at once to skillfully till the soil which has since made the
>county of Lancaster known the world over as the "garden spot". Here these
>people worshipped God according to the dictates of their own consciences in
>perfect peace. The county improved and the people multiplied. In the
>e of time, some of the people emigrated to new territory, many of them
>coming to the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
>(The above was partly gotten from a book, "History of the Landis Family of
>Lancaster, Pennsylvania", published by D. B. Landis.)
>Among the number that emigrated was John Landes, the oldest known ancestor
>of one branch of the Landes families in Rockingham and Augusta Counties.
>was probably born somewhere in Penn., about 1730 - 1745 and is supposed to
>have been a descendant or near relative of the early settlers. He was
>married to Catherine Miller in Pennsylvania about 1760 -1765, and had nine
>children -- four boys and five girls. They came to Rockingham County in
>1790 when their youngest child (Samuel) was 2 years old and settled on a
>farm four miles south of Harrisonburg on the Valley pike. The farm is now
>owned by A. U. Wise. In 1796 he moved to Augusta County and settled on a
>farm on Naked Creek about 3 miles west of Burketown -- the farm is now
>by the Croushorns. In connection with this farm he also bought a mill and
>operated both. Later, probably in 1812 - 1820 he made a division of his
>property on Naked Creek among his children and moved to Mossy Creek, a
>distance below Mt. Solon where he and a partner either bought or built a
>mill which was afterward converted into a paper mill. The records do not
>show just when and where John Landes and his wife died but they were both
>buried in the old Landes graveyard on the original farm now owned by the
>Croushorns. No stones were erected to mark the graves but a little house
>was built over them which stood for many years, which, the older people,
>still living well remember. The graveyard has been fairly well kept and
>has a good wire fence around it at this time.
>The only known near relatives of John Landes who came with him from PA were
>2 half-brothers : Benjamin and Daniel. Benjamin was never married, and
>being of a roving disposition he wandered away, going sough and was never
>heard of again. Daniel married, reared a large family and died at a ripe
>old age. He was buried beside his wife at Emanuel Church near Sangerville.
>The names of the children of John Landes the first immigrant to the
>Shenandoah Valley by that name were: John, Christian, Samuel, Henry,
>Barbara, Annie, Lizzie, Susan, and Katy.
>In the division of the properties of John Landes on Naked Creek, named
>above, three of the boys--John, Christian, and Samuel-- got the land. It
>supposed that the land was valued and that the three boys paid out to the
>other children or to their father. Henry married in Rockingham and lived
>Christian (2) got the "home place" or original tract and the mill. He had
>children: Abraham, David, Christian, Mary, and Nancy. David (3) married a
>Seawright and went west, probably to Indiana. Christian (3) married a Bell
>and also went west. The home place and the mill seem to have fallen to
>Abraham (3), who operated both until 1864 when Sheridan burned the mill.
>The mill was rebuilt as a flouring mill but after the death of Abraham in
>1865, the mill property, containing 12 or 15 acres of land, the water
>and a house and barn was sold to Joseph Calhoun. Mr. Calhoun built a feed
>mill on the stand and operated it as such for many years; he also had a
>carding machine in it for some time. A short time before the death of Mr..
>Calhoun, the property was advertised and sold under a decree and was bought
>by Joseph D. Landes who complied with the terms of the sale, but before he
>got possession of the property, the mill, house and barn were burned by
>incendiaries, all burning at the same time.
>The farm was sold to J. W. Harshbarger who owned it for a short time. He
>sold it to Nicholas Croushorn whose heirs still own it. Abraham was twice
>married. His first wife was a Kitch from Penn. To them were born 5 boys
>and 1 girl, Benjamin (4), Daniel (4), David (4), Christian (4), and John
>(4)--the daughter was Mary (4). The second wife was Isabel Finley -- they
>had five children--Josiah (4), Wilson (4), Marion (4), Riley (4), and
>Annie was married to a Mr. Eutzler, a Methodist preacher. Of the 2
>daughters of Christian Landes (2), Nancy (3) was married to Daniel Brower,
>minister of the Dunkard church, as they were then called. Among their
>children was Enoch who was also a minister of the same church. The other
>daughter, Mary, was married to a Link. At this late date, she and her
>family have been lost sight of.
>Samuel (2) was twice married. His first wife was a Sheets. To this union
>were born 8 children: five boys and 3 girls viz: Jonathon, John, Christian,
>Samuel, and Valentine, --the girls were Polly, Catherine, and Betsy.
>Jonathon (3) married a Miss Landes, and settled in the neighborhood. He
>nine children; John (4) married Rebecca Hollar, and lived in the Roman
>neighborhood. Cyrus (4) married Sarah Echard and lived near Spring Hill.
>Edward (4) was never married. Lucy (4) married Ben Landes. Martha (4)
>married Pat Loyd. Mary (4) was not married. Ellen (4) married John
>Hettie (4) Joseph S. Harshbarger. Nancy (4) married A. R. Moyers. John
>married a Skelton and with his family moved to the west about 1856 and
>settled in the southeastern part of Illinois on the Wabash River. Not much
>is known of his children except that his oldest son, Silas Zephaniah,
>studied law and was elected to Congress as a Democrat, for several terms
>back in the 80's. There were several other children.
>Valentine (3) and Samuel (3) both married here and with their families
>to Missouri. The three girls all married and settled in Augusta County.
>Polly (3) married a Shaver and had 2 daughters. Catherine (3) married a
>Brower and Betsy (3) married George Hulvey. The second wife of Samuel (2)
>was Betsy Welsh. They were married about 1825-1830, and had eight
>children--five boys and three girls--making sixteen children by the two
>marriages. Abe (3) , the oldest, was twice married. His first wife was a
>Craun. They had two children-- a son and a daughter. The second wife was
>a Hollar -- they also had children. David (3), the second son, married
>Cook, near Mt. Sidney and had five children, viz: James (4), Jack (4), John
>(4), Homer (4), and a daughter, Florence, all living in and around
>William R. (3), the third son, married Mary Stover and had a number of
>children. Among the older ones were: Lizzie (4) Furry, Sallie(4) Orebaugh,
>Nelie (4) Shumate, William and Ernest. There were others whose names I
>Daniel B. (3), the fourth son, married Jennie Pumphrey soon after the War
>between the States. He engaged in sawmilling, threshing, and farming.
>he sold out and moved to North Garden, Albermarle County, where he bought a
>farm. His children were Alice (4), K. (4), D. (4), Pike (4), Virgie(4),
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