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John Royer b. 1743 Lancaster Co. PA; d. 1832 Rockingham. Co. VA
Posted by: Margaret K. Miller (ID *****2974) Date: November 17, 2002 at 08:47:06
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Two of John Royer's sons, Christian and Peter, settled in Rockingham County, Virginia.

From: "Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Peter and Lucy Ann Leap Royer"
Compiled by Madeline Huffman Hilbert & Rosalie Kite Leake, May 1991.

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John Royer (our direct link) son of Samuel & Juliana Lamphere (spelling taken from the book) Royer, was born in 1743 in Lancaster County, PA and died in 1832 in Rockingham County, VA. In 1761 he married Mary Elizabeth Rohr who was born in 1744 and died in 1801 and is buried in the Old Cemetery at McGaheysville, VA. They move to Rockingham County, VA in 1792 and had 1065 - 1803 acres of land. They were the parents of six children: John, Jr., Philip, Peter (our link), Christian, Catherine, & Elizabeth. John's second wife was Barbara (last name unknown). She died in 1839. They were the parents of one son: Henry.

Samuel Royer (our direct link), son of Sebastian & Agnes Flockirth Royer, was born October 4, 1718 in Hassloch, Germany and died September 14, 1764 in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Juliana Lampshere (spelling taken from the book) in 1728. She was born 1710 in Metz, France. After Samuel died, Juliana married John Unger. No children by him. Samuel and Juliana were the parents of four children: Henry, Juliana, Sam, Jr. and John (our direct link).

Sebastian Mathias Rheyer (Royer), son of Hans Georg & Maria Magdalena Rheyer (Royer), was born ca 1676 in Bohl Pfalz, Germany. He is our first direct ancestor in America. On Feb. 15, 1707 he married Agnes Flockirth, daughter of Johann Wendell Muller. Sebastian & Agnes were the parents of eight children born in Bohl and registered in the Hassloch Reformed Church records. Their youngest daughter and ninth child was born in Lancaster County, PA.

(I'm listing the eight children: Emig (Amos), George, Maria Magdalena, Anna Margaretha, Martin, Samuel (the authors' link), Henrich, Maria Catharina & Anna Catherine).

Sebastian came to the United States (sic) in 1718. It is though he returned and possibly brought his family later because Henry was born in Bohl in 1721. In the book, Ships Passengers of "Delaware" 1641-1823, it lists Sebastian 1726. He was naturalized at a meeting of the Supreme Court in Philadelphia April 11-13, 1743.

On Jan. 26, 1743, Sebastian received a patent from grant of William Penn family for 281 acres of land in Warwick Township, Lancaster, County, PA and Feb. 20, 1757, he bought 153 acres from John Wilson. He later had 500 acres, in all, about 30 miles north of Lancaster, PA about one mile south of Brickerville, 1 mile east of 501 on Brubaker Road then left on Rief-Snyder Road. The trustees from the German Zion Reformed Church where Sebastian later was a deacon, accepted 2-1/2 acres of this land for a church and a cemetery on Sept. 21, 1747. Another tract went to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church were Agnes attended.

The Zion Reformed Church still stands on the hill up the ravine in which Sebastian's home nestled. The home is now gone but the church as been restored and is used several times a year.

Sebastian was a prosperous and strict churchman. He died near Brickerville in Warwick Township, Lancaster County in 1758. His last will was executed Aug. 3, 1758. It is thought he is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in East Brickerville, PA.

Hans George Rheyer was born near Metz, one of the principal towns in Lorraine, France. The people had rejected the Roman Church during the 15th and 16th centuries and became French Huguenots or Protestants and left Touraine for Lorraine. In 1589 to 1610 King Henry IV, a professed Calvinist, succeed to the throne. He issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598 giving freedom of worship. He was killed and persecution increased. The Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685. Many were killed during King Henry's reign and people were drug from their homes at any hour. At this time Hans Georg Rheyer fled to Bohl Germany in the Pfalz. Here he was constable in 1656 and councilman in 1707. Here, too, he married Maria Magdalena and had three sons: Sebastian Mathias, Samuel, & Johan Phillip Rheyer. Hans died July 14, 1719 in Bohl Phalz, Germany.

I just looked at "Genealogical Records of the Royer Family in American 1928" (reprinted). Whole section on Sebastian Royer including photograph of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, erected in 1805 and the Zion Reformed Church, Brickerville, PA.

Sebastian's will is recorded in the book.

There is little on the descendants of Samuel (son of Sebastian). Samuel's son, John, is not even noted.

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