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Our Involvement with The American Branch of the Lein Family involves two generations, that of John LINE, who was a founding member of Hellers Church and an early resident of Lancaster County, and his daughter, Dorothea, who married Johannes SWOPE.

1 John LINE [LEIHN, LEIN, LYNE] 1,2,3



Death: By 19 Aug 1746, [Will Entered on this date in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania] 1,3 Father: Unknown LEIN
Emmigration: From Germany, date unknown,  but by  1725 to Pennsylvania and possibly earlier. He is credited as a founding member of Heller's Church, the origins of which exist in 1725. His daughter married in  Lancaster County year 1725 to John Swope indicating the LEIN family had emmigrated at least by that year.  Another daughter is mentioned as "yet living in Germany" in John Line's  will 1746 clearly stating his homeland.    One unsourced family tree provides birth place for some of John Lein's chldren of Kirchardt, Germany5 but this has not been verified or pursued, although those notations are entered where they occur among John Lein's children. See Children of John LINE.
Naturalized:  1729, Pennsylvania. He was naturalized along with his son in law John Swope.   See   Naturalization Document relevant to them both. John Line was present America before his naturalization date as evidenced by the marriage of his daughter Anna Dorothea LINE to John SWOPE in 1725 in Lancaster County.
Resided: Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Religion: Reformed. He was Elder of the earliest Reformed Church, which at first was called the Hill Church, later called Hellers, and now officially called Salem. See narrative on John Line, 2nd entry, directly below.
Spouse and Children of John LINE

Narrative on John Line:

Spouse: Unknown Children of John LINE {all mentioned in father's will}:
  • Anna Dorothea 1st wife to Johannes [John] Swope
  • Barbara
  • John Michel
  • John
  • Jacob
  • Eva
  • The following is provided as a research tool for ongoing study 
    of John LINE's  Children and Grandchildren.
      • 1771 tax lists for Lancaster, Penna

      • [lists page of original source, acres, horses, cattle and sheep]
        LINE, CHRISTIAN 78      MRTCK   14      0       0       0
        LINE, GEORGE    102     LECCK   450     4       5       0
        LINE, HENRY     53      CNSTG   100     0       0       0
        LINE, HENRY     92      STRSB   0       2       2       0
        LINE, HENRY     102     LECCK   250     3       2       0
        LINE, JNO       53      CNSTG   100     3       3       0
        LINE, SAMUEL    78      MRTCK   0       1       0       0
        LINES, JNO      152     HDLBG   100     2       2       06
    1.1 Anna Dorothea 3 [See own page dedicated to this direct ancestor, mentioned in her father's will,  First wife to  Johannes [John] Swope  and in which her progeny, and our continued descendancy is evident]



    1.2 Barbara LEIN3, 2

    Assured daughter mentioned in will and mentioned as yet resident in Germany [1746]
    Birth: Germany2
    Death: After 11 August, 1746 [mentioned in father's will] Germany? Resided Germany at time of father's will

    žBarbara Lein, wife of Jahn Jacob Weidler, was still living in Germany when her father wrote his will in 1746. If John Lyne (Johannes Lein) had stated where in Germany she was living, he might have facilitated the searches of his descendants for the records af his birthplace.Ó 2
    žI bequeath to the children of my Daughter Barbara wife of John Jacob Weidler being in Germania yet Sixty Ducates to be pd. to them out of my Estate. ž John LineŪs Will.

    Spouse: Jahn Jacob [Johan Jacob] WEIDLER3,2According to one online tree, unsourced, the father to Jahn Jacob is Hans WEIDLER5 and  the marriage of Barbara Lein and Weider occured 21 JAN 1715/165. No place is offered.

    1.3 John Michel LINE (LEIN) (LYNE)3



    Assured son mentioned in will.
    Died: After 11 August, 1746 [mentioned in father's will]
    As only daughter Barbara is mentioned in father's will as residing in Germany at time of the will, one is inclined to believe this child, and the others mentioned, are present in America at the time John Line's will was written.  One Unsourced family tree shows  John Michel was born 7 May 1692, Kirchardt, Germany5

    ž...my own Children named John Michel Lyne, John Lyne, Jacob Lyne and the Sons have already received what I was willing to give to them I gave to each of them Three hundred acres of landÓ  John LineŪs will4

    1.4 John LINE (LEIN) (LYNE)3



    Assured son mentioned in father's will. As only daughter Barbara is mentioned in father's will as residing in Germany at time of the will, one is inclined to believe this child, and the others mentioned, are present in America at the time John Line's will was written.
    ž Item my own Children named John Michel Lyne, John Lyne, Jacob Lyne an the Sons have already received what I was willing to give to them I gave to each of them Three hundred acres of landÓ  John LineŪs will)3
    Died; After May 25, 1742
    There is a John LEIHN,  and a John LEIN, SR, both present at the marriage of sister Anna Dorothea's widower John Swope's 2nd marriage.
    25th day of May, 1742

    1.5 Jacob LINE (LEIN) (LYNE)3



    Assured son mentioned in will.
    Died: After 11 August, 1746 [mentioned in father's will]
    As only daughter Barbara is mentioned in father's will as residing in Germany at time of the will, one is inclined to believe this child, and the others mentioned, are present in America at the time John Line's will was written. One Unsourced family tree shows him born 2 MAR 1701/02, Kirchardt, Germany  (Source Calls Him John Jacob)5

    ž Item my own Children named John Michel Lyne, John Lyne, Jacob Lyne an the Sons have already received what I was willing to give to them I gave to each of them Three hundred acres of landÓ  John LineŪs will4

    1.6 Eva LINE (LEIN) (LYNE)3



    Assured Daughter mentioned in will. Husband likewise given in that will. Died: After 11 August, 1746 [mentioned in father's will]

    žVeltin Herchelrod one of my Sons in Law, who has received fifteen pound in money on Stead of the Ten Pistoles which I promised to my Daughter Eva to give to by her Marriage shall give five pounds thereof to my Estate again....and to the Children of my Daughter Eva the Wife of Velten Herchelrad, and it shall be divided among them according te the following manner - that is to say - Each of my Grand Children shall have an equal Share of my Estate whatsoever one as much as the other, to them which are alive now, or shall or may be born in the Time to come.Ó John LeinŪs Will.Birth: Caveat Emptor: unsourced online tree states 23 Sep 1712, Kirchardt, Germany5

    Spouse: Veltin Herchelrod3



    Sources :

    1., Gilbert Ernest Swope, The Swope Family 1676-1896, T.B. & H.B Cochran, Publishers, 68.
    2. Emily Swope Morse and Winifred Morse McLachlan, "The Swope Family Book of Remembrance", pub.1972. .   300 limited editions . Volume II.
    3. JOHN›LYNE's Will ›(LEIN) .

    4.  Edward W. Spangler, The Annals of the Families of Caspar, Henry, Baltzer and George Spengler, York, Pennsylvania: The York Daily Publishing Co., 1896., Genforum Subscription. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/_glc_/5769/index.html, pg 331(Uncited source/Text published 1898).
    5. žThe Witmeyer Family-Online Tree,Ó Steve Embree sre3@duke.edu   www.duke.edu/~sre3, http://www.duke.edu/~sre3/witmeyer/MyHTMLFiles/index.html, viewed 061701  Largely unsourced at location, sre3@duke.edu   www.duke.edu/~sre3.
    6. page seven of online transcription. 1771 Lancaster Co. Pa. Tax Lists
    1771 Lancaster Co. Pa. Taxlists first page [from the webpages Welcome to Our Family Histories by Helen S. Durbin and Susi C. Pentico.]

    7. For her name as Elisabetha, Witmeyer researchers cite  žRecords - Kirchardt Reformed and Obergimpern Lutheran, GermanyÓ from book entitled ž 18th Century Emigrants - The Northern Kraichgau by Annette K. BurgertÓ This reference and name is cited at webpages entitled  The Witmeyer Family. and can be found linked from  the  websiteŪs mainpage  Contact at page: name Steve Embree [ sre3@duke.edu ] www.duke.edu/~sre3
     
     

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