Maria Magdalena "Lena" Meinder was born on Feb. 19, 1811, presumably in Berks County, PA, the daughter of Burkhard and Elizabeth (Konrath) Meinder. Her darkened, cracked and fading grave marker, written in German script, still stands in Oley, Berks County, and is one of the few and earliest tangible artifacts remaining of the family's German culture and origins.
Lena was young when her father died, and the Berks County Orphans Court appointed Benjamin Mertz as her legal guardian. When she reached the age of 21, she signed court documents acknowledging that she had received her rightful share of her father's estate, and was thus discharging Mertz from his duty. She signed her name, spelled by a clerk as "Magdalena Minder," with an "X."
At the age of 25, on Oct. 16, 1836, Lena married 25-year-old Gideon Schlockerman Reider (or "Reiter") (1811-1870) of Berks County. Rev. Röller performed the ceremony, and an announcement was published in the Kutztown Neutralist newspaper. Gideon was the son of Johannes Weidner and Elizabeth (Schlockerman) Reider, also residents of the Oley area.
The Reiders had four children -- Jeremiah Reider, Magdalena " Lena" Reider, Elizabeth Weiser (or "Weaver") and Mary Hahn.
In 1842, Lena she received a bequest of $332.42 from the estate of her late grandfather, William Cronrad ("Kronrath" or "Conrad").
They owned two small farms in Oley Township, Berks County. The first, measuring 10 acres, was adjacent to the farms of neighbors were Francis Weimberger, Daniel Augstadt Jr., Martin Yoder and Wisler Tally. The second, of 15 acres, adjoined the farms of Jeremiah Hartman, Levi Merkle, Martin Yoder and Wister Tally.
Magdalena apparently passed away on Sept. 1, 1848. She was just 37 at the time, and her untimely death may have been a result of childbirth. She was placed into eternal rest at the Friedens Church Cemetery in Oley Township. No obituary has been found in an index of the German-language Reading Adler newspaper spanning the years 1825 to 1850.
Her grave marker, written in German, was inscribed with her maiden name of "Meinter." (link)
Gideon did not remain a widower for long. By 1850, he remarried to Elizabeth Stitzer (1823-1879), who was a dozen years his junior. Her last name also has been spelled "Stiger" over the years. She brought a young son, James Milton Spies (1844-1930), to the marriage, believed to have been born out of wedlock.
When the federal census was taken in 1850, the family resided in Oley, with Gideon working as a stone mason and 21-year-old laborer Ephraim Stitzer (Elizabeth's brother?) making his home under their roof.
They had six more children of their own -- Sarah Ann Kline, Gideon Reider Jr., Joel Stitzer Reider, Catherine "Cate" Reider, Daniel S. Reider and Emma Scheidt.
Further heartache shook this family when daughter Cate died at the age of 10 years, six months on March 30, 1877. The child was laid to rest in the Reider family plot in Friedens Cemetery.
Gideon passed away on Feb. 3, 1870, at the age of 58 years, two months and 26 days. He was buried with wives at Friedens Church. Despite a search in 2013 by the founder of this website, no obituary has been found in the Reading Adler.
Gideon's grave marker was inscribed in German, and it still stands erect today.
Widow Elizabeth outlived her husband by nine years. She appears as a 47-year-old in the 1870 census of Earlville, Oley Township with the following members of the household: Amelia (age 14), Gideon (12), Joel (9) and Kate (3) as well as two-year-old Annie Simpson and 64-year-old Anna Moll. Her son James relocated to Indiana and settled in or near Roann, Wabash County, where he married, raised a family of nine children under the name spelling "Spiece" and died in 1930. [Find-a-Grave]
Elizabeth died on Jan. 12, 1879, just one month shy of her 56th birthday. She rests in Friedens Cemetery, between her husband and his first wife, our Lena. No obituary was printed in the Reading Eagle. The grave stone erected at her final resting place also is inscribed in German.
Their farm was put up for auction, and daughter Lena Reider captured the bid at the price of $1,720.
~ Son Jeremiah Reider Sr. ~
Son Jeremiah Reider Sr. (1838-1923) was born on New Year's Day 1838 (or 1835) in Berks County.
He apparently was married three times, with one of his brides named Sarah. In total, he had five known sons -- Oliver Reider, George Reider, Jeremiah Reider Jr., Paul Reider and Charles Reider.
The 1880 census shows this family in Reading, Berks County, with Jeremiah plying his trade as a carpenter.
In October 1912, he was mentioned as a surviving sibling in the Reading Eagle obituary of his sister Magdalena "Lena" Reider.
Sadly, while at his Friedensburg home on the fateful day of April 26, 1923, he was overcome with natural gas when "jets on stove open but gas not ignited," wrote the county coroner. He was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Reading where he died nine hours later. He was age 85 at the time.
In an obituary, the Reading Eagle said that the funeral was held at the home of his son Jeremiah Jr., at 554 North 13th Street in Reading, conducted by Rev. William A. Fluck. His remains, noted the Eagle, "were dressed in a black suite and reposed in an oak casket. Interment was made in Aulenbach's cemetery by Undertaker Lutz."
Son Jeremiah Reider Jr. lived at 554 North 13th Street in Reading. He provide information for his father's death certificate in 1923. Interestingly, he did not know the names of his father's parents.
~ Daughter Anna "Elizabeth" (Reider) Weiser ~
Daughter Anna "Elizabeth" Reider (1840-1919) was born on Dec. 16, 1840 in Berks County. She married Daniel L. Weiser (1813-1890) in about 1860. The groom was 27 years older than the bride.
They had nine known children -- Catherine "Cate" Stitzer (born 1861), Amelia Rebecca Keiffer (1864), Mahlon R. Weiser (1866), Lydia Schwartz (1868), Anna Weiser (1869), Abigail "Abbie" Lykens (1872), Daniel Weiser (1873), Sarah "Sallie" Endy (1876) and Maria "Mary" Bolich (1877). Another son, their second child, died in infancy apparently unnamed.
It is logical to think that Daniel might have been a blood relative of the famed Conrad Weiser (1696-1760), a German immigrant to Pennsylvania who was active in public affairs as a diplomat with Native Americans and Berks County judge, helping lay out the town of Reading and carving out the County of Reading from Philadelphia County in 1752.
But in fact Daniel was of a completely different family of Weisers who originated with David Weiser, a German emigrated to America in 1739 on the ship Loyal Judith. An 1890 article about Daniel in the Reading Eagle said that he "was born and raised on the old homestead settled by his grandfather, Jacob Weiser who was married to Catharine Levan. The lineage of the Weiser family extends through the Levon's, DeTurk's, Bertolet's, Reider's, Hoefer's, Keim's, etc., some of the earliest settlers of Oley.'
Daniel's family is discussed in detail in the book The Weiser Family: A Genealogy of the Family of John Conrad Weiser, The Elder, authored by Frederick Sheely Weiser, Manheim, PA, 1960. Our Daniel and Elizabeth mentioned in the book in a section about "other" families of Weiser.
When the federal census was taken in 1870, the Weisers made their home in Earlville, Oley Township, Berks County, where Daniel was a sawyer. In 1880, continuing to live in Friedensburg (Oley), the 66-year-old Daniel made a living as a farmer.
Daniel suffered a stroke of paralysis and passed away at home on July 25, 1890, at the age of 77. He was buried at Friedens Cemetery, with Rev. Isaac S. Klahr officiating, and arrangements handled by undertaker Uriah H. Shlegel.
Elizabeth outlived her husband by 29 years, remaining on their farm in Oley Township. The 1900 census shows her as a 59-year-old widow with 33-year-old unmarried son Mahlon in the household, while married son Daniel lived next door. In 1912, she lived in Friedensburg.
Elizabeth was felled by a stroke and died on Aug. 29, 1918, at the age of 77. Burial was at the Friedens Church Cemetery. Son Mahlon was the informant for her Pennsylvania death certificate.
Daughter Catherine Weiser (1861-1885) was born in 1861 in Berks County. In about 1883, she married Ammon B. Stitzer (1861-1916), the son of August and (?) (Bridegam) Stitzer. They are said to have had one son, Ammon W. Stitzer. Sadly, Catherine died at the young age of 24, in 1885, leaving Ammon as a single parent. He married a second time, in about 1886, to Clara M. Schaeffer (`868-1942). (The second wife's name also has been given as "Alice.") They had at least five children of their own: Clinton E. Stitzer, William E. Stitzer, Clarence Stitzer, Samuel Stitzer and Florence Stitzer. Ammon was a member of the Kutztown Council of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the K. of F. of New Jerusalem. Ammon died in Fleetwood, Berks County, at the age of 54, on March 5, 1916. He was interred at the New Jerusalem Church. At the time of his death, Ammon's son Samuel lived in Fleetwood; son Clarence and daughter Florence at home; and son William in Muskogee, OK. Clara outlived her husband by more than a quarter of a century. Heartache struck again on Feb. 7, 1912, when her son Clinton E. Stitzer died at the age of 25. She passed away at the age of 73 years, six months and 24 days on May 14, 1942. She is buried with Ammon and her son Clinton at the New Jerusalem Church in Berks County.
Daughter Amelia Rebecca Weiser (1865- ? ) married Harry W. Kiefer (or "Kieffer"), the son of George S. and Rachel B. Kieffer. They were wed on March 21, 1891 in Oley Township. The Kieffers lived in Reading and had two known children -- Ella Kieffer and Valey W. Degler. Harry passed away sometime before October 1951.
Son Mahlon R. Weiser (1866-1943) was born in August 1866. He married Katie Mersinger ( ? -1973) in about 1939. They lived at 202 Riegel Avenue in the West Lawn neighborhood of Reading, and were members of the Reformed Church of Oley (seen here). They had no children. Mahlon died at the age of 76 on May 19, 1943. Following a funeral led by Rev. Paul P. Haas and Rev. Rollin T. Reiner, he was interred in the Shalters Church Cemetery. Katie outlived him by three decades. She passed away in 1973.
Daughter Lydia Weiser (1868-1955) was born in 1868 in Berks County. At the age of 20, on Dec. 1, 1888, she married George Schwartz (1866-1943). They had six known children -- Harrison Morton Schwartz, Raymond Schwartz, Ellen R. Schwartz, Joseph D. Schwartz, Esther May Schwarts and Pearl Schwarts. Their home in 1937-1951 was in West Reading. George died in 1943, while Lydia outlived him until her passing in 1955. They are buried in the Welsh Baptist Meeting House and burial ground in Reading. (link)
Daughter Abigail Weiser (1871-1937) was born on July 15, 1871 in Oley Township. She married Samuel Lykens (1865-1944), and they lived in Gibraltar, Robeson Township, Berks County. They had 11 children -- Bertha McGowan, Samuel W. Lykens, Helen Elizabeth Kochel, Florence Katherine Rhoads, Arthur D. Lykens, Mary Clementine Clouser (or "Clauser"), Esther Knabb, Viola "Ruth" Lykens, Vernon Lykens, Margaret Lykens and Harold Lykens. They were members of the Reformed congregation of St. John's Church in Gibraltar. Abigail died at home at the age of 66 on Oct. 25, 1937. The funeral was held in the family home, and at St. John's Union Church at Robeson Crossing, led by Rev. John C. Dries and Rev. Ehrgood, followed by burial in the church cemetery. Daughter Viola "Ruth" Lykens (1896-1961) also is buried at St. Johns. (link)
Son Daniel R. Weiser (1873-1962) was born in January 1873 in Oley Township. He married Katie Heist (1877-1952) in 1897. They had five children -- Paul Jeremiah Weiser, Maude Yoder, Lena H. Weiser, Meda Wessner and Leon H. Weiser. The Weisers made their living as farmers in Lobachsville, and were members of Frieden's United Church of Christ in Oley Township. Katie passed away in 1952 at the age of 75. Daniel outlived her by a decade. At the age of 89, he passed away in his residence in Lobachsville. At the time, reported the Reading Eagle, he was survived by 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was laid to rest in Lobachsville Cemetery, following a funeral officiated by Rev. Ear. G. Wolford.
Daughter Sallie Weiser (1875-1951) was born in 1875 in Oley Township. She married Thaddeus K. Endy (1872-1955), the son of John L. Endy. They lived at 1032 Union Street in Reading and were members of the St. Thomas Reformed Church. They had four children -- Marie DeTurk, Solis W. Endy, John Endy and Harold W. Endy. Circa 1897, Thaddeus was elected as a teacher in Oley Township and in 1903 attended the Teachers Institute, giving a presentation on "Method of Conducting a Review Recitation in History." He also was an officer with the Oley Republicans committee. By 1913, he had secured employment with the U.S. Post Office as a rural mail carrier in Oley Township. To supplement his income, he served as caretaker of the Knights of the Golden Eagle (K.G.E.) Lodge Hall, serving in this role for 19 years. In the winter of 1916, Thaddeus retired from his work at the lodge hall "in order to start truck farming on his newly acquired tract of land, formerly owned by his father," reported the Reading Eagle. He was so well admired that the Golden Eagles threw a surprise party for him on March 11, 1916, attended by some 175 people. Sallie died at the age of 76 on Oct. 17, 1951. Following a funeral led by Rev. Dr. Lee M. Erdman, she was laid to rest in Friedens Cemetery. Thaddeus outlived her by four years. He passed away in 1955, at the age of 83.
Daughter Maria "Mary" Weiser (1877- ? ) wed Claude Bolich (1874- ? ). Circa 1937-1951, they made their home in Auburn. They are thought to have lost an infant in early 1907, with the child buried at Friedens Church Cemetery. Their known children were Joseph Weiser Bolich, Sarah Elizabeth Bolich, Amy Kathryn Bolich, Mahlon Daniel Bolich, Esther Mary Bolich and Edna O. Aufferman. Maria was the last surviving member of her immediate family of brothers and sisters. She was mentioned in the 1962 newspaper obituary of her brother Daniel R. Weiser.
~ Daughter Mary (Reider) Hahn ~
Daughter Mary Reider ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
She married Robert Hahn ( ? - ? ).
She apparently was deceased in 1912.
~ Daughter Magdalena "Lena" Reider ~
Daughter Magdalena "Lena" Reider (1842-1912) was born on Nov. 16, 1842 in Oley Township.
She was named for her mother, Mary Magdalena (Meinder) Reider, but was only a young girl of six years of age when her mother died.
Her father later remarried, to Elizabeth Stitzer, who went on to have six more children of their own, who thus were Lena's step-siblings.
She never married, but remained on the family farm in Oley for many years. She purchased the farm outright after her step-mother died in 1879.
As an adult, reported the Reading Eagle, Lena "was the head cook at the Mansion House for 29 years and was held in high esteem by a large circle of friends. [She] lived retired for the past 16 years and was a member of the Reformed denomination."
Circa 1912 she made her home at 1018 Pear Street in Reading.
At the age of 70, on Oct. 15, 1912, while getting out of bed, Lena suffered a stroke or cerebral hemorrhage and died immediately. Her lifeless corpse was discovered by a six-year-old nephew, John Connors, "with her head upon the floor and feet resting on the bed.... [She] had been in seemingly good health before retiring at 7:30 p.m." the night before.
She was laid to rest in the Reider family plot in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, which she jointly owned with her half-brother Daniel S. Reider. (link) Her brother in law Ammon M. Kline provided the information for her death certificate and identified her mother as "Magdelena Meinder."
Gideon's Son Daniel S. Reider ~
Gideon's son Daniel S. Reider (1851-1923) was born on Nov. 1, 1851 in Oley Township.
He married Sarah R. Leader (1854-1916), daughter of Edward and Esther (Wanner) Leader of Berks County.
They produced seven known children -- twin Jennie Reider, Edward Alonzo Reider Sr., Carrie E. Wentzel, Catherine Reifsnyder, Emma Keim, Frank R. Reider and C. Irwin (or "Irvin") Reider.
Sadly, twin daughter Jennie died in late July 1891 and was laid to rest at Charles Evans Cemetery, with Rev. L.E. Derr officiating. A short obituary in the Reading Eagle said "The remains were enclosed in a white coffin, suitably inscribed."
For three decades, Daniel served in the elected position as superintendent of buildings and repairs for the Reading School District. The Reading Eagle once observed that:
[His] many duties placed him in daily contact with hundreds of school children, teachers and others. He had a happy faculty of making lasting friendships, especially among the children by whom he was familiarly known as "Uncle Dan"... [On] Feb. 22, 1889, [he] was elected by the school board to an office that was then termed superintendent of repairs. As his work increased he was given assistants, and in 1918 he was named superintendent of buildings, which office he held up until the time of his retirement. When he first assumed his duties in 1889 the district comprised 38 buildings with a total valuation, including property and equipment, of $571,500. Today there are 50 buildings in the district, with a valuation estimated at over $4,500,000. So familiar was Mr. Reider with the various types of school buildings that it was nothing unusual for him to superintend needed renovations to them without so much as consulting the blueprints. This was only one of the many outstanding traits of his efficiency. Two high schools were erected during Mr. Reider's incumbency and he supervised the construction of both. They stand today as memorials, in a sense, to his keen foresightedness. Due to the painstaking care, his election to the post he occupied for years was always unanimous, despite opposition. In later years this faced discouraged opponents.
Daniel also enjoyed hunting, and in November 1915 traveled by automobile to hunt at Porter's Lake with architect E.Z. School and John J. Witman of the Reading Electric Company. In February 1913, he and his son Frank visited his brother Gideon in Reading, according to a short article in the Eagle.
Their address in 1891-1916 was 448 North 11th Street in Reading.
Heartache shook the family in the early weeks of the new year 1916. Married daughter Carrie Wentzel was stricken with chronic bronchitis and arthritis, and her health went downhill quickly. She died at age 25 on Jan. 13, 1916.
Sarah suffered from kidney disease leading to uremia which caused her death later that same year on Nov. 9, 1916, at the age of 61. She was laid to rest at the Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.
The Evans cemetery, founded in 1846, is a prominent site within the city of Reading. Its most notable landmark is a large sandstone entranceway, constructed in 1852 of the Gothic Revival style. It is a final resting place for Pennsylvania governors and senators and for Reading mayors.
Daniel outlived his wife by seven years, afflicted with kidney failure and chronic bronchitis. His address circa 1923 was 448 Eleventh Street.
He died on March 28, 1923, at the age of 71. His death was front-page news in the Eagle, which included his photograph as well as the list of buildings he supervised. Son in law Charles B. Reifsnyder was the informant for his official Pennsylvania death certificate, and incorrectly wrote the name of Daniel's mother as Magdalena "Meinter" before crossing out the last name and inserting "Stitzer."
The Reideres are interred at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading. (link) Cousin-researchers Eugene Podraza and the founder of this website visited their graves and photographed them in April 2013.
Son Irwin C. Reider (1876-1932) was born on Feb. 5, 1876. He was united in matrimony with Twillia Greiss (1866-1934), daughter of David and Susanna (Shiffert) Greiss. He became a Reading police officer in July 1906. The Reading Eagle reported that he resided at 448 North 11th Street, was 30 years old, weighed 185 lbs. and stood six feet high. Later still, he earned a living as a carpenter. They dwelled at 446 Mulberry Street in Reading. Suffering from bronchial infection, he was admitted to Reading Hospital. He died at the age of 56 on Sept. 29, 1932. Interment was in Laureldale Cemetery in Tuckerton, Berks County. Twillia lived for another two years after her husband's demise. Felled by a coronary occlusion, hardening of the arteries and heart valve problems, she passed away at the age of 67 on June 23, 1934. Daisy I. Young signed her death certificate.
Son Edward Alonzo Reider Sr. (1887-1961) was born on Feb. 12, 1887 in Reading. As an adult, he was tall and slender, with blue eyes and brown hair. Circa 1917, he was employed as a carpenter at the Beard Construction Company in Reading. He was married, lived at 525 Ritter Street in Reading and had at least three children, among them Edward Alonzo Reider Jr. (1906-2003). When he filled out a military draft registration card during World War I, he claimed he should be exempt from military duty due to his health. In 1957, he resided in Reiffton, PA and was named in the Reading Eagle newspaper obituary of his brother Frank. He died on Jan. 7, 1961, as he approached his 74th birthday. Edward Sr. rests for eternity at Charles Evans Cemetery.
Daughter Carrie E. Reider (1890-1916) was born on Nov. 17, 1890. She married Elmer Wentzel ( ? - ? ). Carrie was an active volunteer at the Zion's Reformed Church and heavily involved with its Christian Endeavor Society and Sunday School. They lived at 448 North 11th Street in Reading. Tragically suffering from bronchitis and arthritis (inflammatory rheumatism), Carrie passed away at the age of 25 on Jan. 13, 1916. The Reading Eagle said "Her demise caused much sorry among her relatives and many friends." Burial was in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.
Son Frank R. Reider (1879-1957) was born on Sept. 16, 1879 in Reading. At the age of 23, on May 1, 1903, he wed 19-year-old Exeter Township resident Octavia Wanshap (1884-1964), daughter of Mahlon and Susan Wanshap. At the time, he earned a living as a clothing cutter, and she as a seamstress. They lived for decades at the address of 326 North 2nd Street in Reading. The couple had five daughters -- Grace Arlene Reider, Marian E. Kutz, Helen R. Lesher, Laura F. Heinly and Jane S. Terry. Sadly, daughter Grace died at the age of two years, nine months on Dec. 19, 1910, due to acute bronchitis and laryngitis. The child was laid to rest in the Charles Evans Cemetery. Frank's career in the clothing industry progressed at the J.G. Leinbach Co. trousers and overcoats mill in Reading. The company was located at the northwest corner of 8th and Penn Streets in Reading, and advertised itself as "Headquarters for Overcoats." He eventually rose to become president and board chairman, succeeding A. Ellsworth Leinbach. Other officers of the firm were secretary/treasurer S.W. Reiff and vice president Robert L. Auchenbach. Frank also was president of the Berks County chapter of the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America (POS of A). While never named state president, he did receive an honorary title of "past state president" only awarded to one other individual, Congressman Daniel K. Hoch. Frank was a member of the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, Reading and the board of trustees of the POS of A Old Folks Home at Chalfont, PA. He also belonged to the Goodwill Fire Company of Kempton, PA. Among his other community activities were as a member of the St. John's Lodge of the Masons, the Rajah Temple; DeMolay Commandery No. 9; Reading Royal Arch Chapter No. 152 and Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He retired from Leinbach in the mid-1950s. Stricken with colon cancer and diabetes, Frank died at the age of 77 on May 23, 1957. Interment was in Laureldale Cemetery. An obituary in the Reading Eagle -- in which he was pictured, shown here -- gave the count of his living descendants as 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Octavia outlived him by seven years and passed into eternity on Oct. 11, 1964.
Daughter Katharine E. Reider (1878-1943) was born on April 10, 1878. At the age of 23, she married 25-year-old clerk Charles B. Reifsnyder (1876-1946), son of William Henry and Sarah J. (Rentz) Reifsnyder of Centreport, PA. The nuptials took place in Reading on April 25, 1901. Their home in 1923 through 1943 was 109 Oley Street. They couple had two children -- Mary R. Lauther and William D. Reifsnyder. Charles was for many years a self-employed salesman. They were members of the Calvary Reformed Church, and Charles belonged to the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America. Katharine suffered for many years from hypertension. At the age of 65, she suffered a stroke and died in St. Joseph Hospital in June 15, 1943. Her husband signed the death certificate. She was placed into eternal repose in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading, and a brief death notice was printed in the Reading Eagle. Charles outlived his wife by only three years. Burdened with hypertension and congestive heart failure, he died eight days after his 70th birthday on April 7, 1946. The Eagle published an obituary.
Daughter Emma Reider (1881- ? ) was born in about 1881. At the age of 22, on Oct. 15, 1903, she was united in holy matrimony with 24-year-old Claude L. Keim (1879- ? ), son of John and Mary Keim. The ceremony was officiated by L.K. Derr at Reading. At the time of marriage, Emma resided at 448 North 11th Street in Reading, and Claude at 837 Moss Street. He was employed as a hatter. Clyde was deceased by 1957, at a time when Emma lived in Shillington, Berks County.
Other family members -- not yet known how they connect -- who are buried in the Reider family plot of graves at Charles Evans Cemetery include youngsters Andora Reider (1892) and Jane E. Reider (1891) and adult Annie L. Simpson (1902).
Gideon's Daughter Sarah Ann "Sally"
Gideon's daughter Sarah Ann "Sally" Reider (1849-1924) was born on Aug. 2, 1849 in Exeter Township, Berks County.
At the age of 23, she married Ammon M. Kline (1850-1919), a carpenter, in about 1872. Born May 27, 1850 in Exeter Township, he was the son of Ephraim and Harriet (Moser) Kline.
The Klines lived in Exeter Township and later in Reading, Berks County, and were members of the Olivet Reformed Church of Riverside.
They had two known children -- David B. Kline and Alberta "Bertha" Connor.
When the federal census was taken in 1880, they lived next door to Sarah's married brother Gideon and his family in Exeter Township. That year, Ammon labored as a farmer. Living in their household that year was 15-year-old servant girl Ann Hoffman.
In June 1895, Ammon was employed as a carpenter at the Blandon Iron Works, installing an addition with other journeymen carpenters. One of their tasks was to construct a 500-lb. truss or rafter made of walnut timber beams that each were more than nine inches high and a foot wide. While raising the rafter using a sling, the rafter broke and fell to the ground, shattering the ankle of a co-worker. Ammon later testified at the colleague's a personal injury trial, with his testimony published in the Reading Eagle.
Ammon also was "employed at the local Reading Railway offices for 20 years," reported the Reading Eagle, most likely in the car shop where he made many friends. He was a longtime elder and secretary with the consistory of Olivet Reformed Church, teaching in the intermediate department.
The 1900 census shows the Klines living in Reading, with Sarah Ann's 58-year-old unmarried half-sister Lena Reider, widowed daughter in law Ida Kline and grandson Arthur Kline residing under their roof.
Sarah Ann and Ammon lived in the early 1920s at 1018 Pear Street in Reading. She was afflicted with hardening of the arteries and suffered a stroke on Aug. 2, 1924, dying the same day at the age of 75. She was buried at Charles Evans Cemetery.
In his final years, Ammon lived at 1018 Pear Street in Reading. He endured kidney disease and paralysis on one side of his body.
He died on Aug. 25, 1919, at the age of 69. A brief viewing was held in his home followed by services at the Olivet church, led by Rev. Fred H. Sterner and Rev. L.M. Beaver. With remarkable detail, the Reading Eagle described his funeral:
Brief sermons were delivered. The choir rendered hymns in the church. The bearers were these members of Olivet: Frank D.S. Kreitzer, Wilson Frymoyer, Solomon Tobias and William King. The body was attired in a black suit and rested in a square-cornered solid oak casket with silver antique handles, trimmings and name plate. Interment, under the direction of Undertaker Seidel was made in Charles Evans cemetery. The floral tributes were many and beautiful and adorned either side of the casket. Among them were: Asters, Mr. and Mrs. Tobias; gladioluses, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Weaver; asters, Lewis Riegel and family; roses, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Britton; asters, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Trumbore; galax wreath and roses, Reading Railway car shop employees; large spray of asters, Olivet Reformed Sunday School; basket of roses, Olivet Reformed choir; asters, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Huber; flowers, Yeager family; asters, Steckler family; galax wreath and asters, grandchildren; gladioluses, Mrs. Edgar Breneiser; asters, Mr. and Mrs. Maurer; large spray of gladioluses and asters, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Chambers.
Sarah Ann survived her husband by five years, suffering from "a complication of diseases," reported the Eagle. She "had been in ill health for the last two years and was bedfast five months." She died on her 75th birthday on Aug. 2, 1924, and was survived by five grandchildren. She was laid to rest in the Kline family plot at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.
Daughter Alberta "Bertha" Kline (1878- ? ) was born in 1878 in Stonersville, Berks County. At the age of 21, on Oct. 7, 1899, she married 20-year-old George E. Connor (1879- ? ), son of Edward and Elizabeth Connor. Rev. M.A. Kieffer officiated. At the time of marriage, he lived at 143 West Spring Road in Reading, and worked as a laborer, while she resided at 533 Spring Road in Reading. They made their home in Reading at least through the mid-1920s.
Son Rev. David B. Kline (1872-1907) was born on Sept. 28, 1872 near Phoenixville. Chester County, PA. Attending local public schools until he graduated at age 18, he taught three terms of school in Stonersville, Exeter Township, Berks County. Said the Reading Eagle, "Following this he went to Buffalo, entering the Buffalo School of Commerce, and graduating there three years later in shorthand and typewriting. Coming back to Reading he was employed at the Radiator Works. Four months later he went to Stoner's Business College as instructor in shorthand and typewriting. [He] remained there for nearly 10 years." He married Ida Clouser (1871- ? ) and had one son, Arthur Kline, born in 1897 or 1899. They have two entries in the federal census of 1900 -- one with this family intact, and the other with the widowed Ida and young Arthur living in the dwelling of David's parents in Reading. The reasons for this discrepancy are confusing and not understood. Feeling the tug of the call to Christian ministry, and having studied with Rev. Charles E. Schaeffer, he enrolled at Franklin and Marshall College seminary at Lancaster, PA. In May 1906, he received his divinity degree and immediately was named pastor of St. Paul's Reformed Church of Tatamy, Northampton County. As a mark of the congregation's early confidence in his abilities, they purchased a "handsome parsonage" into which the family moved in early April 1907. Tragically, afflicted with kidney disease, and while at home drawing a bucket of water in the yard, a blood vessel burst in David's head, and he collapsed into unconsciousness. Despite the best efforts of physicians Fetherolf and Beck, he died within a few hours. He was age 35, and the incident occurred on April 19, 1907. Burial was in the Kline family plot at Reading's Charles Evans Cemetery, with local undertaker Seidel handling the arrangements. David's untimely death left Ida as a young widow and single mother of a nine-year-old boy.
Their son Arthur D. Kline (1897-1985) was born in 1897. He married Naomi E. (1897-1979). Naomi died in 1979, at the age of 82. Her cremated remains were laid to rest in the Charles Evans Cemetery. Arthur joined her in death six years later, in 1985, at the age of 88, and his cremains were placed beside Naomi's.
Gideon's Daughter Emma S. (Reider)
Gideon's daughter Emma S. Reider (1855-1944) was born in December 1855.
At the age of 22, in about 1878, she wed 22-year-old Thomas W. Scheidt (also spelled "Scheit", "Shide", "Sheide" and "Sheet") (1850-1937), the son of Henry Scheidt. They had seven known children -- Howard Scheidt, Gideon Scheidt, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Scheidt, Birdy R. Scheidt, Thomas Reider Scheidt and Emma R. Scheidt.
The federal census of 1880 shows the Scheidts making their home in Oley Township, Berks County, with Thomas' occupation listed as farmer.
In 1900, remaining in Oley Township, the census-taker recorded that all seven of Emma's children were still alive.
When her sister Sarah (Reider) Kline died in 1924, Emma was named in the Reading Eagle obituary as a surviving sister, along with their brother Joel.
Thomas passed away in 1937, at the age of 87. He is buried in the Friedens Church Cemetery in Oley Township.
Emma followed him to the grave in 1944. Nothing more about her life is known.
Son Howard Scheidt (1871-1891) was born on April 9, 1871. He died just a day after his 20th birthday, on April 10, 1891. The cause is not yet known. His remains were placed at rest in the Friedens Cemetery in Oley. His grave marker, legible today, appears to have been broken off and re-attached at some point in time.
Son Gideon R. Scheidt (1878-1912) was born on Nov. 17, 1878. He married Mary A. (1878?-1940). They resided on a farm in Fleetwood, Rockland Township, Berks County. Suffering from cancer, he passed away at the untimely age of 33 on Oct. 15, 1912. A physician reported that the cancer was "general all over body." No obituary has been found in the Reading Eagle. Interment was in Friedens Cemetery. Mary outlived him by more than a quarter of a century. She died on April 11, 1940. They rest together under an elaborately carved stone in the Friedens Church Cemetery, in Section XIII, Row 3.
Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Scheidt (1880-1912) was born on March 21, 1880 in Oley Township. She married Charles F. Moyer. The couple made its home in Hyde Park, Muhlenberg Township, Berks County. Afflicted with abdominal pain and heart failure, and overcome by heat in the summer of 1912. Lizzie died at the age of 32 on July 9, 1912. Burial was in Hinnershitz Church, following a funeral service at the Moyer residence. A short death notice was printed in the Reading Eagle.
Daughter Birdy R. Scheidt (1884- ? ) was born in December 1884 in Oley Township.
Son Thomas Reider Scheidt (1893-1950) was born on March 13, 1893 in Oley Township. He was tall and slender, with brown eyes and brown hair. He married Mabel Y. Noel (or "Noll") (1897-1948), and their known offspring was Pearl M. Scheidt. Thomas was a self-employed painter, working in the Oley Valley area. During World War I, Thomas registered for the military draft, filling out a card on June 5, 1917. He stated that he was married and had one child at the time. The federal census of 1920 shows this family living in Alsace, Berks County, with Thomas working as a farmer on a "truck farm." Both passed away at relatively young ages. She died first, in 1948, at the age of 51. He followed her into eternity two years later, in 1950, at the age of 57. They are buried at the Samuel Union Shalters Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County.
Daughter Emma R. Scheidt was born in June 1896 in Oley Township.
Gideon's Son Gideon Reider Jr. ~
Gideon's son Gideon Reider Jr. (1858- ? ) was born in 1858.
He wed Sarah Dreibelbis (1859-1882). They had at least four children, Ammon Reider, Charles B. Reider, Edward Reider and an infant daughter.
The 1880 census shows the young family living in Exeter Township, Berks County, next to Gideon's married sister and brother in law, Sarah "Sallie" and Ammon Kline, and their family. That year, Gideon was a laborer.
Sadly, the Reiders' son Ammon, age one year, nine months and 22 days, died on May 1, 1881. His tender remains were laid to rest in Friedens Cemetery.
Tragedy further compounded the heartache a year later when Sarah died at age 22 years, five months -- possibly in childbirth -- on March 6, 1882, and an infant daughter also died in 1882, aged nine days.
In 1883, Gideon Jr. married again, to Mary E. (?) (1867- ? ). They lived at Robeson Station in Robeson Township, Berks County, and had eight children. Those children alive in 1910 were Harry Reider, Maurice Reider, Charles Brook Reider, Edward "Eddie" Reider and Blanche Reider.
In 1910, the federal census lists the Reiders in Robeson, with Gideon having no occupation, but sons Maurice and Charley employed as molders in a local steel plant.
Gideon Jr. died during the early 1910s, with son Charles taking over operation of the family farm near Robeson Station.
Son Charles Brook Reider (1891- ? ) was born on May 28, 1891 in Clingan, Berks County. At the age of 15, he was given the responsibility to drive his father's milk delivery wagon every morning over the "Birdsboro route." He also assisted his father in farming chores. One morning in August 1907, after finishing his deliveries, his mother asked him to help his father make hay in Arlington, near Birdsboro. He left for Arlington, but never arrived. Said the Reading Eagle, his parents speculated that "he had arranged with some Reading boys to leave home and get employment in a city, and that he boarded a Belt Line coal train to carry out that purpose. Efforts have been made to locate him, but thus far without avail. His has always been well treated and there is not reasonable excuse for his strange action, except that his mind may have been filled with rosy conceptions of great opportunities in the city, and he has ventured to try them out." Charles apparently returned, and as a young man was of medium height and build, with grey eyes and brown hair. Ten years after his brief disappearance, he was employed as a moulder at Birdsboro Steel Foundry Machine Company in Birdsboro. As World War I raged in Europe in 1917, he filled out a military draft card, stating he lived at Birdsboro R.D. #1, and that he should be exempt from military service because his employer already was working on governmental contracts. At the age of 29, he married Mabel Lott ( ? - ?) on Sept. 27, 1921, at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lott in Baumstown. They honeymooned at Niagara Falls, and then returned to set up their home "at the Reider homestead," said the Reading Eagle.
Son Edward Reider (1894- ? ) was born on Nov. 5, 1894 in Clingan, Berks County. He was of medium height and slender build, with gray eyes and brown hair. Edward was a farmer, laboring for Lyman J. Nupstead (?) in Birdsboro, Berks County. Circa June 1917, when he registered for the military draft during World War I, Edward was married and had a child. He may have married Edna (?) (1897- ? ) and had these children -- Alma M. Reider, Alfred L. Reider and Jacob G. Reider. In 1920, Edward was employed in Robeson, Berks County as a laborer in a forge.
Gideon's Son Joel Stitzer Reider ~
Gideon's son Joel Stitzer Reider (1859-1929) was born on Christmas Day 1859 in Berks County.
On Oct. 30, 1885, at the age of 26, Joel married 21-year-old Emma Sittler (1864-1934), who was five years younger. Rev. P.P.A. Hoffman of Reading officiated.
Emma's maiden name also has been given as "Fidler." She was the daughter of Moses and Almira (Delp) Sittler of Mertztown, Berks County.
They resided in Friedensburg (Oley), Berks County, where Joel earned a living as a house painter. The family were members of the Frieden's Reformed Church, and Joel belonged to the Muhlenberg Lodge.
The couple had these known offspring -- John S. Reider, Wayne Reider, Lena Deysher, Daniel Reider and Dora Carl.
When his sister Sarah (Reider) Kline died in 1924, Joel was named in the Reading Eagle obituary as a surviving brother (misspelled "Joseph"), along with his brother Emma Scheidt.
Suffering from heart valve disease, known at the time as "dropsy," Joel passed away on Feb. 7, 1929 at the age of 69. Following funeral services led by Rev. Earl G. Wolford, Joel's remains were placed into rest in Friedens Cemetery in Oley. Their son John S. Reider of Oley signed the death certificate. An obituary in the Eagle said he was survived by four grandchildren, his sister Emma Scheidt and step-brother James Spies of Roann, Wabash County, IN.
Emma outlived him by five years. She died of heart problems, also at age 70, on June 21, 1934 1934.
They rest together under a red Barre granite marker at Friedens Cemetery. Their marker was photographed by the founder of this website during a research visit to Berks County in April 2013.
Son John S. Reider (1894-1952) was born on Oct. 23, 1894 in Oley. He married Edith M. (?). The Reiders dwelled in Oley, where John followed his father's occupation as a house painter. Afflicted with a tumor of the brain or spine, John died at the age of 57 on July 28, 1952. Interment was in Friedens Cemetery.
Son Wayne S. (or "Wane") Reider lived at home in 1929. He resided in Fleetwood, Berks County in 1934.
Daughter Lena Reider (1897-1993) was born in 1897. She married Chester H. Deysher (1894-1966), son of Daniel and Ida (Heffner) Deysher of Alsace Township. They had one daughter, Erma V. Smith. As a young man, Chester served in the U.S. Army during World War I. Later, he was a member of the Greater Reading Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Camp 221 of the Patriotic Order of the Sons of American. He spent most of his working career as a carpenter. A talented musician, Chester played saxophone with local bands and belonged to the American Federation of Musicians, Local. 135. They resided in the late 1920s in Reading. Chester collapsed while visiting at 1202 Reading Boulevard in Wyomissing, and was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he succumbed on Feb. 9, 1966. In an obituary the Reading Eagle noted that his funeral was conducted by Rev. Merrill Q. Ressler, with burial in Spies-Zion Cemetery. Lena survived him by 27 years. She passed away on May 19, 1993. They rest side by side in the Spies Zion Cemetery in Alsace Manor, Berks County.
Daughter Dora Reider ( ? - ? ) was wedded to Lester W. Carl ( ? - ? ) and made their home in Reading.