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Melchior Beyer - "the only immigrant Schwenkfelder known to have gone back to Europe after the migration to Pennsylvania, for he again returned to America in 1749 from Holland and brought with him Hans Ulrich Seiler, a Swiss Redemptioner, who murdered Abraham Beyer's daughter, Anna Rosina, wife of David Schultz (see The SCHOLTZE Family.)" I've included the story of her murder in the comments below this post.
The following is from "Genealogical Record of the Schwenkfelder Families: Seekers of Religious Liberty who Fled from Silesia to Saxony and Thence to Pennsylvania in the Years 1731 to 1737". Edited by Samuel Kriebel Brecht, A.M. Printed for The Board of Publication of the Schwenkfelder Church, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. Rand McNally & Company. 1923. [NOTE: The Silesia referenced below was an area of Europe which is now in southwestern Poland. Germany ceded this province to Poland after WW II. The area borders present day Germany and the Czech Republic. The founder of the Schwenkfelder Church, Caspar Schwenckfeld, was born in Ossing, Silesia, which was changed to Ossig (Osiek in Polish), and is still a small town outside of Lubin, Poland, which is outside of Legnica (Liegnitz in German), Poland. For more information, see the website of the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center at: http://www.rpc.ox.ac.uk/rpc/sfld/s_guide.htm The SLHC is located in Pennsburg, PA.]
THE BEYER (BEER) FAMILY
MELCHIOR BEYER was married to Eva, nee unknown.
Their known children were:
1. Ursula BEYER (BEIER), b. about 1686, d. May 15, 1767,, m. Rev. Balzer (Balthasar) HOFFMAN, b. 1687 in Harpersdorf, Liegnitz, Silesia, d. July 11, 1775, son of Christopher Hoffman and Ursula Anders. Ursula and Balthasar came to Pa. in 1734 with their children and settled in Lower Salford Twp.
Their children were: i. Anna, b. 1712, d. Jan 16, 1796, m. George Schultz.
ii. Rosina, b. Dec. 21, 1718, in O. Hdrf., d. June 14, 1788, m. 1) Christopher Seipt, 2) Christopher Yeakel
iii. Christopher, b. Dec. 3, 1727, at Berthelsdorf, Saxony, d. Jan. 29, 1804, m. Rosina Dresher.
2. Abraham BEER (BEYER), b. Aug. 16, 1690 in Nieder Harpersdorf, Silesia, d. Oct. 30, 1754, m. Nov. 1717, Rosina JAECKEL (YEAKEL), b. June 16, 1699, d. July 30, 1770, dau. of Hans and Maria Jaeckel (Yeakel).
Abraham Beer fled with his wife, two sons, three daughters, one foster son, and one foster daughter. When they came to Pa. in 1736, there were three sons and three daughters.
They settled in Worcester Twp., Pa. He was naturalized June 21, 1743, and is the only immigrant Schwenkfelder known to have gone back to Europe after the migration to Pennsylvania, for he again returned to America in 1749 from Holland and brought with him Hans Ulrich Seiler, a Swiss Redemptioner, who murdered Abraham Beyer's daughter, Anna Rosina, wife of David Schultz (see The SCHOLTZE Family.) Abraham and Rosina are both buried in the Methacton Cemetery.
Although Abraham Beyer signed his name as "Beer" to the Oath of Allegiance, he soon changed it to "Beyer." There are more variations in the spelling of this name than that of any other Schwenkfelder immigrant. We find the following variations in spelling: "Beer, Baer, Bar (umlaut over 'a'), Bayer, Bear, Beyer, Boyer, Byer, and Buyer." As a matter of fact in one legal paper the same name was written four different ways, and we find the same man signing one form of spelling at one time and another form at other times.
Children of Abraham BEER (BEYER) and Rosina JAECKEL (YEAKEL) were:
i. George, b. Dec. 21, 1718 in Nieder Harpersdorf, d. 1736-1739.
ii. Anna Rosina, b. Aug. 13, 1720 in Nieder Harpersdorf, d. June 14, 1750, m. David Schultz (Scholtze.)
iii. Abraham, b. Feb. 1722, d. Mar. 6, 1796, m. Barbara Hiestand.
iv. Anna Maria, b. about Mar. 1, 1725, d. Apr. 10, 1802, m. 1) Abraham Jaeckel (Yeakel), 2) Peter Gerhard, who m. 2nd time, Elizabeth Krauss.
v. Andrew, b. about 1733, d. Apr. 19, 1773, m. Philipina Weyand.
vi. Susanna, m. Dirk (Derrick) Casselberry.
vii. George, b. July 13, 1739, d. Sept. 19, 1744. Buried in Methacton Cem.
3. Maria BEYER, b. about 1694, d. Mar. 12, 1768, m. Melchior KRAUSS of Neu Armenruhe, b. ?, d. before 1737. Maria Beyer Krauss arrived in Pa. in 1737 with her children. She is buried in the Washington Schwenkfelder Cemetery.
Children of Maria BEYER and Melchior KRAUSS were:
i. Melchior, b. ?, d. Sept. 16, 1779, unmarried.
ii. Christoph, b. May 19, 1720, in Neu Armenruhe, d. Oct. 23, 1795, m. Susanna Schultz.