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By Scott Funk Hershey. Ph. D.; LL D. 

Price 60 Cents 

The Petite Book Company 
New Castle, Pa. 


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0]^^ r is hoped that every Hershey will 
now take an interest in having his 
particular famil> record traced, and 
put in permanent form, for his own 
satisfaction, and the benefit of those who come 
after. The writer will be glad to give every aid 
possible. The names of the Hershey parent, 
grandparents and great grandparents, where 
possible, should be given, together with the 
dates of birth and death ; and names of ail 
children, uncles, aunts and cousins; also ad- 
dresses of those living. A stamp should now 
be enclosed with every letter. The large number 
of letters being received makes this necessary. 


Samuel L. Hershey, Phil. 
Pres. National Hershey Association 



I IIS bookette has been a work giving 
the best of all compensation— that FOREWORD 
of genuine pleasure. The study of 

*^* t fi'i^ genuine pleasure. I he study or 
l^ ^^^f^] the history and tradition of our 
famil) has given me an increased sense of 
respect for our forefathers. Years ago I was en- 
gaged in collecting facts pertaining to my fathers 
fathers, hoping the knowledge would interest 
and benefit my little son. Then came that sad 
da> in Boston Nshen we had to say — "And we 
have no children left on earth." I lost all interest. 
The interest revived upon the inauguration of 
the Hershey Reunions in 1906. I realized that 
there were hundreds of boys and girls in the 
Hershey family who might be inspired by a 
knowledge of the family to which they belonged. 

The family records might have been more 
complete, had many taken more interest. Some 
have been a bit in fear of some unpleasant 
things getting into print. The true historian 
will not withhold essential facts. 

It is a great pleasure for me to confess that 
were I to put into this little volume the worst 
thing I know there would need be no blush on 
any face. Mistakes, such as are consequent 
upon human frailty, have been made by some, 
but they have been exceedingly rare. I have 
known of two or three who have dropped by 
the wayside through idleness and drink — poor 
fellows, here is a tear! They departed the paths 
of their fathers, and withdrew from their fathers' 
God. I never knew a Hershey involved in the 
most serious offences against society. It is a large 
family. There are at least seventy-five thousand 
people in this country belonging to this family. 
The record is exceptionally pure. It is worth 
while for each of us to raise our eyes to Heaven 


and say, " Father, I thank thee for my Fathers 
for many generations. I shall frankly, and 
even gladlv, give my \ery best conclusions. 
Some conclusions of others I have had to dis- 
card as for instance the relation of the New 
England Herseys to our familw I have given 
careful attention to every bit of evidence and 
decided as only I could. Some will be surprised 
and disappointed upon learning of the race 
through which we came into Northern Europe, 
and upon learning the creed from which we 
sprang. 1 am glad lor both, and for reasons 
given in the proper place. 

1 have a very deep sense of appreciation 
for much help, without which this work could 
not ha\e been written. 

Particular and appreciative mention must 
be made of the Hon. W . L. Hershey, Marietta, 
Pa.; Mr. Jere Hershey, of Vincennes, Ind.; 
Mr. Joseph H. Hershey, of Dundas, 111.; Mrs. 
Cornelia Bennett, of Baltimore, daughter of the 


late highly esteemed Rev. Andrew Moses 
Hershey of Virginia; Miss Cornelia Hershey, of 
Woodland, California; and Mrs. Mary E. Charles, 
of Big Spring, Md. They may never know how 
they have cheered on the work. 

The chief aim in the form of the book has 
been to secure artistic and permanent form. 
We have sought a paper and binding that will 
last. For this reason we have discarded cloth 
and leather. 

Some one in the next generation, or even 
a hundred years from now, may from this work 
continue the history of the family. This will 
show the importance of preserving the book in 
ever>' family, and in old age to commit it to that 
child most likely to hold it as a sacred trust, 
and in turn commit it to the next generation. 

Many valuable records came in too late for 
use. They should be carefully worked out, 
and another edition of this book printed in about 
two years. 



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OLDING a great Hershey family 
reunion, for the past three years, 
at Lancaster, Pa., has stimulated 
an interest among the Hersheys 
Members of the family ha\'e gath- 
II over the country. For a longer 
period, the Hersheys about Akron, Ohio, have 
held a reunion, and another annual gathering 
has been held at Greenville, Ohio. The gather- 
ing at Lancaster has been growing in national 
interest, size, and enjoyment. In reporting the 
gathering of 1908, a clever newspaper writer 
put It this way: 

"At the third outpourintj of the Hershey Freind- 
schaft at Rocky Springs Park, the Hersheys filled 
the street cars and they occupied the swings; they 
held forth on the row boats and they crowded round 
the springs. There were Hersheys in such bunches 
that they seemed to fill the air; to tell the honest truth 
about it. there were Hersheys ever>'where. Twas a 
great day for Old Rocky, with the Hersheys on a lark, 
and the fact cannot be questioned — the Hersheys 
simply owned the Park." 




This paragraph does not intend to imply 
that the gathering lacked dignity, but to convey 
an impression of the enjoyment and enthusiasm 
of the occasion. It was, in fact, a great social, 
religious gathering of five hundred people. 

On August 3d, 1909, the Western Ohio 
Hersheys hold their reunion at Greenville, Ohio. 
August 28th, the National Hershey Association 
celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of the 
coming of the first Hersheys to this country. 
The Hersheys upon this interesting occasion are 
to be the guests of Mr. Milton S. Hershey, the 
Chocolate Manufacturer, at "Hershey" near 

At the December, 1908, meeting of the 
Executive Committee of the National Hershey 
Association, the writer was asked to write the 
history of the Hershey family. 

The Monday following the Hershey reunion 
of 1907, a number of us took carriages in Lan- 
caster, and spent the whole day on a pilgrimage 


to our ancestral burial grounds. We stood 

with uncovered heads amon^ the graves of our ^ 

f f .u \y . . A- A- HISTORICAL 

iorelathers. We engaged in prayer, and in one r-DI^/lA/-I^ 
1 I- J I ij ivA rlLuKIIVlACjh 

or two yards we listened to the sweet old IVlo- 

ravian h\mns. We stood first beneath the fine 

old tree under which is buried the first Hershey 

who came to America Christian, — who, with 

two friends, held a tract of one thousand acres 

of land under a patent granted by Penn in 1717. 

This site is some two miles west of Lancaster. 

Another site we visited that day calls up 
an incident which ought to be preserved in our fj-jE LAST 
histor\'. On another {arm, where at the time OF THE 
of the incident, an original Hershey lived, we CONESTOGAS 
came, in a pasture field upon four well-placed 
stone markers, beneath which lie the last two 
Conestoga Indians, who, in their last years, had 
been cared for, without charge upon the Province, 
by a Christian Hershey. 

At a council with the Indians held at Lan- 
caster in 1756, the Governor of the Province 


of Penn delivered a speech from which it ap- 
pears that the Conestoga Indians, under the 
instigation of the French, had been giving trouble, 
and had "fallen upon the peaceful inhabitants." 
I find that the Conestoga Indians, tho formerly 
living on the best of terms with the German 
settlers, began to be uneasy as early as 1720. 
The whites finally turned upon these deluded 
children of the forest, and a terrible battle — 
which became known as the Blood Bath — brought 
an end to the Indian peril and to the Indians. 
The two following documents are of interest. 
The first is an extract from the Moravian records, 
the other from the records of the Province of 
Penn, pertaining to the Conestoga Manor. 

"May 21, 1767. 
The Rev. Bernhard Adam Grube, visiting in 
the country, lost his way not far from Manheim and 
came to a house where abide the only couple of Indians 
remaining in this Province. The man was not at 
home; but the woman was as happy as a child, when 
Mr. Grube began to speak to her in the Delaware 
tongue, which she slightly understood, altho she and 


her husband are Conestoga Indians. At the time of 
the Lancaster Blood Bath, these two Indians were in 
the same dantjer of being murdered; but the Mennonite 
with whom they had been living for fifteen years hid 
tliem in his cellar, where they had to stay all winter, 
until the excitement had abated." 

"To All Whom It May Concern: — 

Greeting: — Whereas, I am given to understand 
that the Bearers. Michael and Mary his wife are 
friendl> Indians, who formerly resided with other 
Indians m the Conestoga Manor, and for upwards of 
lifteen months last past lived with Christian Hershey, 
at his plantation in Warwick township, Lancaster Co., 
Pa., during which time they have constantly behaved 
in the most friendly and peaceable manner, to all his 
Majesty s subjects, I do therefore hereby grant the 
said Michael and Mar>' my protection and do enjoin 
and require all officers, civil and military, as well as 
all other persons whatsoever, within this government 
to suffer them to pass and repass on their lawful bus- 
iness without the least molestation or interruption, and 
they are hereby also desired to treat the said Indians 
with civility, and to afford them all necessary assistance. 

Given under my Hand, Seal at Arms at Phila- 
delphia, the 17th Augt. 1764. 


By his Honour's Command 



It was well done. It was kind in them — 
these noble forefathers of ours — to thus care 
for, decently bury, and reverently mark and pre- 
serve the graves of the simple children of the 
OVER THREE The Hershari, the history of which has 

CENIUKlho been traced for three centuries and a quarter, 


with a fading trace reaching centuries still more 

remote, were descended from a most honorable 
ancient lineage of high standing, in all the ideals 
and forces of character. Men of the soil they 
were, rather than of the mart. 

The orthography of the name, during the 

long history of the family, has undergone many 

changes. It has appeared in Hebrew, Greek, 

Italian, Swiss, German, Dutch, English and Irish 


MANY FORMS '^^^ effort to adapt the spelling and pro- 

OF FAMILY nunciation of the name to different languages, 

NAME has brought about the many changes in the 

name. Between the Hershari of North Italy, 


the Hersche of Switzerland, the Harsha of Ger- 
many, and our own final form of Hershey, many 
forms are found. In the old Donegal Cemetery, 
Lancaster Co., I have found five forms, Hersey, 
Hershy, Hershe, Hurshv , and Hershchey. The 
following fourteen dilTerent spellings have been 
collected from old tombstones and Bible and 
court records: Hershi, Hersha, Hershy, Hersche, 
HarsN, Hersay, Harsey, Hartha, Herseey, Her- 
zey, Hersee, Hirschey, Harschey, Harse. 

The Major Herzey connected with the 
Weather Bureau at W ashington is likely de- 
scended from the family of the above like 
spelling. It is in harmony with that accuracy 
of attention, which is generally found as a family 
trait with us, that, in the baloon tournament in 
France two years ago, the United States baloon 
won over all contestants thro the aid of a 
Hershey. Much of the American's success 
was attributed to Major Herzey's knowledge of 
meteorological conditions obtained thro his long 





service in the Weather Bureau at Washington. 

Before the sailing of the baloon, Major 
Herzey closely examined the latest weather re- 
port and saw instantly that the heavier and 
faster outer currents would be in the lower 
strata, and the wind revolving about the center 
would inevitably change their direction and 
carry the baloon northward toward England. 

Consequently, while the rivals of the 
Americans sailed up into the upper currents, 
the American baloon, acting upon his advice, 
remained close to the earth, their guide-rope 
touching much of the time. His judgment was 
vindicated in the result. Altho the United 
States was the twelfth baloon to start, it was 
the first to reach the English coast. 

Christian Hershey and his three children, 
Benjamin, Andrew and Anna, located in Lan- 
caster Co., Pa., in 1709. The father was a 
Bishop in the Mennonite Church, and was suc- 
ceeded in that office by his son Benjamin. The 


first Mennonite society held services in a log 
building located on the land of Benjamin Her- 
shey. Riipp's collection of thirty thousand 
German and Swiss settlers in Pennsylvania 
shows that thirtv-four located in Lancaster Co. 
prior to 1712. Among them were Christian 
Hershey, Hance Brubaker and Michael Cryder, 
who secured jointly one thousand acres north 
of the Little Conestoga River. 

It appears that another Hershey came into 
Lancaster Co. in 171L His name, however, is 
not known to the writer. In 1719 two brothers, 
both mmisters of the Mennonite Church, arrived 
with their father. They were Rev. Andrew 
Hershey and Rew Benjamin Hershey, with 
their father, Hans Hersche. In 1739, a third 
brother, also a minister, Rev. Christian Hershey, 
arrived, having been detained in some capacity 
at the German Court at Friedensheim. The 
writer is a descendent of the Andrew of this 
family. A Christian Hershey arrived in Phila- 


delphia in 1743 by the ship Lydia from Rotter- 
dam. He was thirty years old. Nothing is 
known of him or his descendants.^ The same 
must be said of the 1752 arrival. So far as we 
know the Hersheys in this country, they are 
descended from the two families — the 1709 and 
the 1719 group. 
ON THE Blue walled are the hills of Lancaster. The 

BANKS Hersheys knew how to read the secrets of 

OF THE Nature. Asked why they took land in the 

L/Ul\t:.olUUA yalley where the heavy timber made the carving 

out of a settlement so much more difficult than 
on the hills, where the Scotch-Irish located, 
they replied that the great timber showed the 
great richness of soil. 

As an agricultural county, Lancaster is 
without a peer in the United States. Its splen- 

^Is thought by some that this and the Christian 
who came in 1739 are the same, and that the date 
1739 is a mistake. But our early family records 
compel me to retain the 1739. 


did natural advantages, mountain bordered; 
abundant streams and springs; fertility of soil ; 
and exceptional climate, are matched by the 
thrift and intelligence of its old families. A few 
will be surprised at the statement that it is the 
richest agricultural count)' in our countr\'. 

The taxable real estate in Lancaster Co. 
in 1907 amounted to $89,109,416. The writer 
has eaten at many tables in many lands, but 
nowhere in all the world would he rather sit by 
a table, when appetite is at its best, than one 
laden with Lancastrian delicacies. 

It has been claimed by one historian that 
Lancaster Co. is the richest county in the 
United States, because it has been tilled for two 
hundred years b\' the sturdy descendants of 
the Swiss Mennonites. Five hundred of these 
Mennonite families settled in this county in the 
first third of the eighteenth century. 

The Hersheys were all Mennonites, and, 
upon coming to this country, settled in Lancaster 


Co. From thence they migrated to other 
counties, and rapidly to other states. Before 
the Revolutionary War, they were in Maryland 
and Virginia and Canada. In 1802, one, Joseph 
Hershey, with his brothers, George, William 
and Samuel, left Lancaster Co. and settled at 
Goshen, Ontario Co., New York. Joseph died 
at one hundred years of age. During the second 
quarter of the last century, from 1825 to 1850, 
several families, not closely related, moved to 
Ohio, some to Stark Co., some to Ashtabula Co., 
some to Wayne Co., and others to Montgomery 
Co.; and still others to Darke Co. Some of 
these went from York Co., Pa., but they or their 
fathers had gone into York Co. from Lancaster. 
Between 1835 and 1865, four families of 
the Maryland Hersheys, among whom was my 
father, migrated to Tippecanoe Co., Indiana. 
During the decade from 1840 to 1850, several 
families moved to Wabash Co., Illinois. Earlier 
a couple of the Marj'land families moved to Iowa. 


A beautiful hospital in Muscatine bears the 
name of the Hershey Hospital in honor of one 
of the descendants. Hersheys from Pennsyl- 
vania, Ohio and Illinois have moved to Nebraska, 
Colorado. Washington, California and Oklahoma. 
Indeed, they are now in every state in the 
Union, and at least one is in Alaska, and one in 
the Philippines. 

No fact connected with our history is OUR NAME 
more interesting than that of the family name, 
because of its meaning, and the light it throws 
on the famil> origin. The name has gone thro 
many changes of form in the efTort to accommo- 
date it to various languages. In Switzerland it 
is still Hersche. A number of families resid- 
ing in Luzern and Appenzell still retain this old 
spelling. In the last few years, several persons 
have come to this country using the form 
** Hirshi." They are all Mennonites, and, I have 
no doubt, came from the original Hersche family 
of Appenzell. 




The name originated in the Hebrew word 
*^ "Tzvi," meaning " hart," as in the 42d Psaim, 

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks." 
In the early part of the last century, the Jews, 
forced by the Napoleonic decrees, had to take 
family names. The celebrated Rabbi Hirsch of 
Chicago writes me that the only earlier excep- 
tion was in the case of the Jews who settled in 
Italy and Holland in the fifteenth and sixteenth 
centuries, who had long been compelled to use 
family names. With the most devout, the 
passage quoted above was a favorite, and no 
doubt the word "hart" was adopted by many as 
a family name. In Germany " Hertz " was the 
first form, and various adaptations brought into use 
the names "Hirsch," "Herschel" and "Herchel." 
These families were all of Hebrew origin. 
Many of the most worthy and eminent people 
in this country, who came from the continent of 
Europe, would be surprised to know that they 
sprang from the Hebrew race. The Hebrew 


brain possesses intelligence, versatility and 
adaptation in better proportion than that of any 
other race, and when it breaks from its racial 
creed, without losing its religion, it is sure to 
have a marked career. 

The "Hirsch familv is man\ branched. 
I find them distinguished as physicians and 
bankers in Germany; plavwrights in Austria; 
artists in France; and educators in Prussia. 
Rabbi Emil Gustav Hirsch of Chicago, liberal 
as are all of the name, advocates the adoption 
of Sunday as the Jewish Sabbath. He tells 
me that he is not related to Baron de Hirsch 
who left o\'er one hundred millions to philan- 
thropy, and said that, in relieving suffering, he 
never asked whether the cr)' of necessity came 
from one who belonged to his own faith. 
When he lost his only child he said, in reply to 
a message of sympathy, " My son I have lost, 
not my heir. Humanity is my heir.' Moses 
Hirschel, the eminent German writer, became a 


/ Christian when fifty years old, and upon his 

iN baptism adopted the name, Christian Hirschel. 

Sir Wm. Herschel, the great astronomer, was 
of Jewish descent. He had a brother Jacob, 
while his father's name was Isaac, and his grand- 
father's name Abraham. 

The frequency of such names in our early 
history, the origin of our family name, and the 
many elemental marks of character and face in 
the Hersheys, as we first meet with them, over 
two hundred years ago, are some of the things 
which lead me to the unavoidable conclusion 
that we sprang, long ago, from the loins of that 
great race of history and civilization. How 
much more satisfactory than to have learned 
that we came from pagan origin, and that some 
time back in the remote past our family were 
roasting and eating their fellowmen, or were 
worshiping stone and wood devices for a God. 
Instead, our forefathers belonged to that race 
which was prince above all nations in the ancient 


world, giving laws and writing constitutions for 
all civilizations. What origin would be better 
calculated to stir our >oung Hersheys to noble 
thoughts and deeds ? 

in the far-away past, we lived under the 
blue of the Syrian skv, and had in the very 
grain of our nature those Old Testament ideas 
which are so easily traced in the history of the 
Hershey character, and are only disappearing 
within the present generation. The family came 
into continental Europe as a part of the Hebrew 
migrations, under the influence of the commer- 
cial instincts or the stress of Roman persecu- 
tions in Palestine, possibly at the time of the 
destruction of Jerusalem; for these are the 
causes which sent this race on its world-wide 
and history-long dispersion. 

Several arms of the Alps swing downward THE 
into Italy. The region is traversed by the HERSHARI 

River Po. Between these Alpine ranges are ^^ 

II f .1 • . i k- f • TU- PIEDMONT 

valleys, tertile, picturesque and historic. 1 his 


is known as the Piedmont region. The Pied- 
mont was settled, and its population constantly 
fed, by those who had fled from the persecu- 
tions of the East and the South, raging against 
a pure Christianity. First it was the persecu- 
tions of the Jewish authorities in Palestine, and 
the agricultural classes began to go over into 
Europe in large numbers. Then came the pagan 
persecutions of Rome, and to escape the knife of 
the gladiator and the claw of the beast in the 
ampitheater, the most faithful fled northward, 
tarrying here and there, but gradually pushing 
on into the secluded mountain valleys of the 
extreme north. Then in the time of Augustine 
the persecutions grew in bitterness, but were a 
long while in reaching the Piedmont Alps. 

The Piedmontese of the Italian Highlands 
were never subject to Rome. The first of these 
people began to arrive in the Piedmont, or 
Italian Alps, when fleeing from the persecutions 
of Nero. In later centuries papal persecutions 


drove them from the southwest and southeast. 
They were Jews and Romans and Spaniards 
converted to Christianity, fleeing for life, liberty, 
and conscience. There were Spaniards from 
the West, Grecians and halian independents 
from the South, and Syrians and Jews from the 
East the \ery flower of Christianity, clear- 
visioned in their faith, full of self-denial for con- 
science sake, with devotion to their religion their 
highest purpose. This body of simple belie\ ers 
in the apostolic faith, sometime back in the 
early centuries, after the custom which generally 
prevailed, selected a religious symbol which 
appeared on its church seal and was used in 
all ofhcial church documents. h is that of a 
standard with a dark field, having a lighted 
candle standing in its center, throwing out its 
beams on ever>side. Over it hangs the sky of 
night dotted with seven stars ; while around it 
are the words, "Lux Lucet In Tenebris (a light 
shining in the darkness). 


In these valleys, and holding to this faith, 
so very nearly apostolic in its simplicity and 
purity, the Hershari dwelt prior to their Swiss 
sojourn. From whence they came into these 
valleys is veiled. Faint tracings indicate some 
more Southern Italian source, Grecian, or Syrian, 
which, we cannot tell. 

Now, any one of several causes would ac- 
count for our family being in the Piedmont. 
Driven from Palestine by the early Jewish per- 
secutions — if they had already become Chris- 
tians — they sojourned for generations in Greece; 
or, entering Greece as Jews, there or in Rome, 
they became Christians, and under the Nero 
persecutions, they fled northward; or as Jewish 
shepherds, they tended their sheep on the plains 
south of Piedmont, and becoming converts to 
Christianity, were pressed northward by papal 
persecutions against this religion. I am inclined 
to this last view. 

During the sixteenth century Rome became 


exceedingly bitter in her effort to strangle the 
Reformation life out of Europe. Many in all 
sections of Europe were losing their property, 
suffering bodily torture, and even killed. The 
crushing blow came when the Piedmontese were 
ordered to come into agreement with Rome 
withm twenty days under penalty of confiscation 
of property, and death. The people fled for 
refuge to the Alps still further north, which 
move took them into the Swiss Alps. And 
about this time, the latter part of the sixteenth 
centur\, our family appeared in the Swiss Alps 
of Innesholden. 

That the Swiss Hersches came up from 
the Piedmont Alps is shown by their religious 
views being identical ; and by the time of their 
appearance in Switzerland ; and by the Italian 
names, ver\ frequent in the first generations of 
their residence in the Swiss Alps, and then 
rapidly passing away. When we first meet this 
famiK' in Innesholden, Switzerland, we have 


such Italian names as Odd, Corii, Antoni, Anton, 
Barsoha and Baschoin. There were names, 
too, which indicated a more eastern residence, 
like that of Hyronimus Hersche, and others that 
were Hebrew, as Balthaser Hersche. These 
names all disappear in time from family use. 
The first to go were those which indicate a 
Grecian or Syrian association, or residence of 
the family, and then those which were Italian, 
and which are so frequent in the family when 
we first meet with it. These are rapidly dis- 
placed by the Swiss names, and these in turn 
give way to the German. So, by the middle of 
eighteenth century, we have only a few of the 
Swiss names, while the German names come 
and hold with most persistence. 

During the first few generations in this 
country, the Bible names were most generally 
used, and were, apparently, the favorite ones for 
Hershey children. This is to be accounted for 
by the dominent character of the people. They 


read the Bible, and thought about it, and con- 
versed over it a great deal. It was natural they 
should give their children the names of their 
favorite Bible characters. In the names which 
prevail in the family thro several generations, 
we have an indication of certain qualities which 
dominate m the family. This is not true, how- 
ever, among unthinking classes. But families 
which consider the importance of character in 
life are moved b>' some controlling ideas, or 
ideals, in selecting names. 

Our American ancestors were not only 
strongly religious, but they belonged to the class 
of people known as M\stics. They believed in 
the quiet, simple life, withdrawn from actual, 
aggressive affairs, and much devoted to medita- 
tion, b\- which they believed they came to 
possess a high spiritual sense, thro which hidden 
spiritual truth was revealed. 

In consequence, we find all thro the Swiss 
and American residence, the names of Bible 


men of humility, patience, obedience, heroic de- 
votion to duty, and spiritual fervor. The names 
are those of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, 
Benjamin, Andrew and John, and, very often, 
the name of Christian, as standing for all the 
Christian graces. But I have not met with a 
James Hershey and rarely with that of Peter 
or David, and only once with that of Moses. 
Tho Peter, David and Moses possess some of 
the qualities of character the Hersheys most 
admire, still they were men of war, which our 
people always held to be the greatest evil on 
earth. Since that day when the family began 
to migrate from the valley of the Conestoga, 
going West, South, East and North, diverse 
currents of influence have wrought a change in 
this particular as in others. And perhaps now, 
names only express preferences of the individual 

The upper elevations of the half Canton 
of Innesholden, Switzerland, reach a height of 


8,215 feet, passing into a field of perpetual snow, -riip 

Tfie highest peak is Mount Sentis, from a HERSCHES 

glacier of \n hich starts the River Sitler, in whose IN 

beautiful valley is situated Appenzell. In the INNESHOLDEN 

long ago it was the seat of the Abbotts of St. 

Gall, founded in 720. • 

in this secluded, magnihcent cathedral of 
Nature, shut off from the corruptions of Rome, 
and the confusions of Europe, we meet, prior to 
the year 1650, a class of people called Pietists, 
Mystics, Idealists. We hnd them French Hu- 
guenots, German religionists, descendants from 
old Roman Christians, and exiles from Bohemia 
and Moravia. The\ loved Nature and Nature's 
God. Their time was largely given to medita- 
tion on Scripture, communion with Nature, and 
ideal fellowship with each other. Among these 
we meet with the Hersche family, our ancestors. 
Just when they appeared in Innesholden, we do 
not know. We do know at least one family 
that lived there about 1580 or 1590. Likely 


but two families were there at that time, as no 
marriages were celebrated in the family in that 
province prior to 1600. During the entire first 
half of the century following there were but 
three marriages among the Hersches in the 
whole province of Innesholden, while in the 
second half of that century there were fourteen; 
and in the first quarter of the next century there 
were as many marriages among the Hersches 
as in the entire century preceding, tho many 
had already left for Germany, Holland, England, 
Ireland and America. This is official proof 
that the Hersches entered Innesholden in the 
last quarter of the sixteenth century, and at 
most there were but two families. Only for two 
or three generations were they left to the free- 
dom of their consciences. The feudal system 
came to be a burden in these mountain valleys. 
The Hersches had to pay war tithes and taxes, 
and were liable to war service under their 
feudal lord. The religious persecutions came 


from Catholics and Protestants. The Hersches 
were distasteful to the State Church founded by 
Zwingli, because they refused to bear arms. 
They were exiled, imprisoned, tortured, while 
some of them suffered the death penalty, and 
some were sold to the Turks. Their innesholden 
residence came to be a bitter experience. 

The faith of these Swiss Pietists was akin THEIR 
to that of the English Quakers. In fact, before RELIGION 
the English Quakers arose these people were 
given to spiritual meditation for their religious 
instruction, and were opposed to oath taking 
and going to war. 

William Penn took at least two trips into 
Germans, and on the second penetrated into 
Switzerland. His object was to visit the Ger- 
man and Swiss Pietists, for the purpose, as he 
states, to serve them "In the service of the 
Gospel." It was natural afterwards, when 
Charles II. gave Penn a grant of the largest 



province In America, that he should look to 
Germany and Switzerland for colonists. In 
1683 he invited them to settle in his American 
colony. The promise of liberty of conscience, 
which he circulated thro Europe, attracted all 
the religious idealists. Penn had an agent at 


These Mennonite forefathers of ours carry 
the protest against the sinfulness of war, and 
that of the sinfulness of state and church union, 
far beyond where we have been placing it. It 
takes us back before George Fox and William 
Penn were decrying war, and Roger Williams 
was thundering for separation of Church and 
State. The Swiss Mennonites of Innesholden 
were opposed to war, to oath taking, and to 
holding of civic positions. Their view in regard 
to oaths and war is one of the links in the 
chain, showing that the Hersches of the Innes- 
holden Alps had descended from early Jewish 


converts to Christianity, who had come thro the 
fire of Roman pagan persecutions in the early 
centuries. They did not get their opinions from 
Menno, their hrst appointed leader. Menno 
Simmons had become troubled about Roman 
Church Doctrines, and, after a careful study of 
the Scripture, he renounced the Papacy, and 
began to associate with these men of like faith. 
They urged him to become their religious leader. 
This was the hrst Mennonite congregation. 

1 he movement spread rapidly over Zurich 
and Innesholden. Thr Hersche famil>' had 
come from the Italian Piedmont region, under 
the northward pressure of papal persecutions. 
For a long while the Piedmontese had been left 
alone by both church and state. In consequence, 
they had grown indifferent to both. This, with 
their religious vieus, made their great desire 
to be separation from the world, and be left to 
dvsell in love and meditation. In the Roman 
Church, the ideal Apostle was Peter, in the 


Reformed Church, it was Paul, and with these 
Swiss Mennonites, it was John. 

They believed that taking oaths, holding 
office, serving in war, and going to law, were con- 
trary to the Gospel. So that they were perse- 
cuted alike by Catholics and Protestants. They 
were put in prison, their homes were burned, 
their property was confiscated, they were 
shackled by the feet, and sold for service in the 
Swiss mercenary army, while some were put to 
death. Once more they had to move on. 
Among them were the Hersche family. Some 
went — only for a short sojourn, it seems — to the 
region of the Rhine in Germany ; others went 
to Holland, where they were protected by the 
noble Prince of Orange; others went to England, 
under the invitation of Queen Ann; and still 
others to Ireland ; while some came to America. 
To all these countries the Hersche family 

It clearly appears that we owe our lot in 


this countr>' to the refusal of the Swiss Hersches 
to bear arms and take oaths, which exposed 
them to civil persecution ; and to their evan- 
gehcal faith, which exposed them to religious 
persecution. Out of their great misery, has 
come our greater good. 

Queen Ann came to the throne of England 
in 1702. Shortly after, svhen the persecutions 
came to be bitter in Switzerland, these German 
Pietists were invited to England, and with royal 
bounty man> ol them were assisted to America, 
Ireland and elsewhere. Some thirt\' thousand 
left Germanv and Switzerland in answer to the 
Queen's invitation. Thousands died from ex- 
posure and hardships, while seven thousand be- 
came utterlv discouraged and returned. Several 
thousand were placed on ships bound for the 
Silly Islands, southwest of England, but never 

Some six hundred of this large contingent 
were settled in Ireland, County Limerick, on 




unimproved lands near Arbela and Adair and 
Rathkeale. The descendants still reside there, 
and are still known as the German Platinens. 
and are the most wealthy farmers in the county, 
I have heard of one or two Hersheys who claim 
that their ancestors came from Ireland. If so, 
they are the descendants of these early settlers 
in County Limerick. 

It was a beautiful, romantic and uncommon 
life that our fathers led in the valley of the 
Conestoga, in Lancaster Co., Pa., up to the 
Revolution. One of their first acts was to 
erect grist, saw, fulling, oil, hemp and cider mills. 
Their buildings were stone, two stor>^s, pitched 
roof; often imposing structures, with arched 
cellars, wide hallways, and open fireplaces ; 
frequently having quaint inscriptions high up on 
the gable wall, with name and date and often 
some proverb, or a line from the Bible or hymn 
book. An institution peculiar to them was the 
Conestoga wagon, which originated with them. 


Dr. Benjamin Rush called it the "Ship of inland 
commerce." It was drawn by five or six 
horses, conve\ing from two to three thousand 
pounds of farm produce, it was no uncommon 
sight to see a line of from fifty to one hundred 
moving toward Philadelphia, sixty miles away. 
Bows of bells arched above the collars, care- 
fully selected to chime, from the small treble of 
the leader to the heavy bass of the wheel 
horses. These bells, ringing from five hundred 
horses, made an unforgotten melody, which old 
writers never tire of describing. 

One of the earl\ efforts of these people 
was to print the Mennonite Martyr book, a 
great work, dealing with the sufferings of their 
fathers in the old country. In a future edition 
I shall hope to tell of this book. 

There are many Herseys In New England, 
especially in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 
It is generally believed by those of our family 




who have given most attention to the family 
history, that they are a branch of the Hershey 
family. 1 have come to the opposite opinion 
and for many reasons. So far as known, the 
New England Herseys, and their overflow in 
the South, are the descendants of a gentleman by 
that name who came from England in the early 
part of the seventeenth century. Dr. George 
D. Hersey, of Providence, is in direct line from 
William Hersey, who emigrated in 1635, from 
Hingham, England, to Hingham, Massachusetts 
Bay Colony. He had previously surveyed the 
Massachusetts coast for the British government, 
and was given a large grant of land. In the 
same year, 1635, a Richard Hersey, twenty-two 
years old, came from England in the ship 
"America," for Virginia. He was an Episcopal 
Chaplain. 1 know of no descendants of the 

I have several reasons for holding that the 
Herseys are not a branch of our family, tho 


the similarity of name ought to carry some 
weight, if there were additional evidence, not 
otherwise. The Herseys were distinctly an 
English family, with no trace of any German or 
Swiss sojourn. They were attached to the 
Episcopal and Puritan churches, with which our 
people never had the remotest connection or 
sympathy. They bore no resemblance to the 
physical type of our family. The> were given 
to commercial and professional affairs, while 
our familv , histor\' and tradition connects wholly, 
in that early date, with the soil and its cultivation. 
The evidence of the similarit)- in name must be 
dropped, when not supported by any additional 
evidence, h is barely possible that the Hersey 
family came from the original family stem way 
back in Eastern Europe, centuries ago, and 
emigrated to England, where many generations 
converted it into a purely English type of life 
and character. The name Hersey indicates 
that it had its origin in the same original Hebrew 




term from which ours sprang. Tho such a 
remote common origin is possible, it is too 
remote, and too uncertain, to be of any interest 
to us. 
* "^ The writer has been identified for many 

i\r w/AD years with the world-wide movement for Peace 

and Arbitration. It is but recently that he has 
learned that the Hersheys have always been 
opposed to warfare. It is one of the strong 
indications that the family dates back into the 
' earlier Christian centuries, when all the disciples 
of Christ believed that war was wrong. They 
went to the Piedmont to escape from the war 
zone of Europe. The greatest of Church his- 
torians, Neander, says the Waldenses, by which 
he means the Piedmont Christians, "Not only 
disapproved of oaths, but held it to be un- 
Christian to shed blood." The family went to 
the Swiss Alps when war tramped into the 
Piedmont. And when war came into quiet 
Innesholden, they fled to America, to become 


a part of the peace colony of William Penn. 
When the Revolution came, their situation 
was most tr>ing. In their great dilemma, they 
addressed a Declaration to the Assembly of the 
Province of Penn at Philadelphia. We insert 
it, because it is worthy of preservation. The 
Benjamin Hershey who composed it, and was 
the first to sign it. was a brother of the Rev. 
John B. Hershe\, the great-grandfather of the 







In the first Place we acknowledge us indebted 
to the most high God, who created Heaven and Earth, 
the only good Being, to thank him for all his great 
Goodness and manifold Mercies and Love through 
our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is come to save the 
Souls of Men. having all Power in Heaven and on 


Further we find ourselves indebted to be thank- 
ful to our late worthy Assembly, for their giving so 
good an Advice in these troublesome Times to all 
Ranks of People in Pennsylvania, particularly in 
allowing those, who, by the Doctrine of our Saviour 
Jesus Christ, are persuaded in their Consciences to 
love their Enemies, and net to resist Evil, to enjoy 
the Liberty of their Conscience, for which, as also 
for all the good things we enjoyed under their care, 
we heartily thank that worthy Body of Assembly, and 
all high and low in Office, who have advised to such 
a peaceful Measure, hoping and confiding that they, 
and all others entrusted with Power in this hitherto 
blessed Province, may be moved by the same Spirit 
of Grace, which animated the first Founder of this 
Province, our late worthy Proprietor, William Penn, 
to grant Liberty of Conscience to all its Inhabitants, 
that they may in the great and memorable Day of 
Judgment be put on the right Hand of the just Judge, 
who judgeth without Respect of Person, and hear of 
Him these blessed words, "Come, ye blessed of my 
Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you," &c. 
"What ye have done unto one of the least of these 
my brethren, ye have done unto me," among which 
number (i. e. the least of Christ's brethren), we, by 
His grace, hope to be ranked; and every Lenity and 
Favor shown to such tender conscienced, although 
weak Followers of this our blessed Saviour, will not 
be forgotten by Him in that great day. 


The Advice to those who do not find Freedom 
of Conscience to take up Arms, that they ought to be 
h«*lpful to those who are in Need and distressed Cir- 
cumstances, we receive with Cheerfulness towards 
all Men o( what Station they may be — it being our 
Principle to feed the Hungr>' and give the Thirsty 
DrinK; we have dedicated ourselves to serve all Men 
m rver>' Thing that can be helpful to the Preservation 
ot Men s Lives, but we find no Freedom in giving, or 
doing, or assisting in any Thing by which Men's Lives 
are destroyed or hurt. — We beg the Patience of all 
those who believe we err in this Point. 

We are always ready, according to Christ's 
Command lo Prier, to pay the Tribute, that we may 
offend no Man, and so we are willing to pay Taxes, 
and to render unto Caesar those Things that are 
Caesars, and to God those Things that are God's," 
although we think ourselves ver>' weak to give God 
his due Honor. He being a Spirit and Life, and we 
only Dust and Ashes. 

We are also willing to be subject to the higher 
Powers, and to give in the manner Paul directs us; — 
'for he beareth the Sword not in vain, for he is the 
Minister of God, a Revenger to execute Wrath upon 
him that doeth Evil. " 

This Testimony we lay down before our worthy 
Assembly, and ail other Persons in Government, 
letting them know, that we are thankful, as above 
mentioned, and that we are not at Liberty in Con- 


science to take up Arms to conquer our Enemies, but 
rather to pray to God, who has Power in Heaven 
and on Earth, for US and THEM. 

We also crave the Patience of all the Inhabitants 
of this country, — what they think to see clearer in the 
Doctrine of the blessed Jesus Christ, we will leave 
to them and God, finding ourselves very poor; for 
Faith is to proceed out of the Word of God, which is 
Life and Spirit, and a Power of God, and our Con- 
science is to be instructed by the same, therefore we 
beg for Patience. 

Our small Gift, which we have given, we gave 
to those who have Power over us, that we may not 
ofFend them, as Christ taught us by the Tribute Penny. 

We heartily pray that God would govern all 
Hearts of our Rulers, be they high or low, to meditate 
those good Things which will pertain to OUR and 
THEIR happiness. 

The above Declaration, written by Benjamin 
Hershey, minister of the Mennonist Church, and 
signed by a number of Elders and Teachers of the 
Society of Mennonists, and some of the German 
Baptists, presented to the Honorable House of As- 
sembly on the 7th day of November, 1775, was most 
graciously received. 

But they were true patriots, and were in 
sympathy with the cause of Independence, and 


some of them entered the army in spite of the 
traditional conscience of the family against war. 
However, they mostly devoted themselves to 
furnishmg supplies, peacefully paying fines, and 
carmg for the sick and disabled. Indeed, it is 
said in some old histor>', that but "for the Penn- 
sylvania German women the army could not 
have kept the field a month." These very 
conscientious Christians found themselves in a 
predicament. From 1717 all immigrants had 
to sign a writing binding themselves to "observe 

and conform to the laws of England." This 
was a solemn covenant for these serious Men- 
nonite people. When the Revolution came, 
most of them could not see their way clear in 
conscience to take up arms against England. 
A great many of the Mennonite Hersheys gave 
supplies, and nursed the sick and wounded. 
But some of the most conscientious could not 
see their way in conscience to render any 
further assistance than the care of the wounded. 



And so it came that they were regarded as 

It is known that, about the beginning of the 
Revolution, two or three Hersheys left Lancaster 
Co. and went to Canada, from whom some of 
the Canadian Hersheys are descended. There 
are quite a number in Ontario. The first to go 
to that country, it is supposed, went because 
they were Tories, it is entirely incorrect. It 
was their way to extricate themselves from a 
serious difficulty. They had bound themselves 
in writing to conform to England. They saw 
no other way out. Their course is to be greatly 
respected. The Hersheys have never taken to 
war. There were some in the civil war, but not 
many. I only know of two in the regular army. 

The Hershey family was not one of 
position, but one of standing. There was a 
time in Southern Europe, when cultivation of 
the land was a fine art. In the sixteen century 
Cornaro, the aged writer and Venetian philan- 


throplst, grouped the agricultural class with 
scholars and all the highly respected folks. 
Louis Cornaro writes most interestingly about 
his fellowship with artists, statesmen and agri- 
culturists. The Hershari were at that time 
agriculturists, never learned, because not patrons 
of the school, but always intellectual in cast of 
mind, thinking deeply on matters of life, duty, 
character, death and eternity. But they were 
not influenced b\' the ways of the schools. The 
great tidal waves of current thought swept past 
them m placid flow, or violent surge, and they 
were little influenced. \\ ith the old-fashioned 
ways, deep-seated in the blood of the family, 
many, even now, think and live still much as 
did their fathers two or three hundred years 
ago. Fine and strong woven in the tissue of 
character, they have not been greatly moved 
by the fads and follies of modern American 
social life. All the forces we have inherited 
from our fathers and mothers act as so many 


little threads In the weaving of our Individual life. 

"Our life contains a thousand strings, 
And fails if one be gone; 
Strange that a Harp of a thousand strings, 
Should keep in tune so long." 

The history of this family Illustrates the 
high values which should be placed on religion 
and Industry. Two hundred years in this 
country, and no prison In the land has ever had 
the name of a Hershey on Its register. We 
have not been able to learn of a Hershey boy 
ever having been sentenced to a reformatory. 
In New York state, in a period of seventy-five 
years, among the descendants of one man we 
find two hundred thieves and murderers; and 
the family cost the Government within that 
time more than a million dollars. The contrast 
puts the doxology Into our hearts, and we praise 
God for the high character of the Hershey 
family thro the past. It may fairly be claimed 
that the average character of our family ranges 



on as high levels as that of any other large 
family in the countr\'. And many will be natur- 
ally sur[)rised to learn that there are at least 
seventy-five thousand persons in the United 
States who have the Hershey blood. 

Our fathers ha\e been identified with some , r-Ar^r-n.c- i^i 


or the most religious awakenings and movements r^pi injQv 
during the last two centuries and a half. Many 
of them were leaders in the Mennonite Church 
m Switzerland and in this countr\'. In the first 
family that came from Switzerland, the father 
was a Bishop, or head minister, and his son 
after him^\vhile another son was a minister. 
In the (1709 family, two out of three brothers 
ere ministers. In almost ever>' family from 
one to three sons became ministers. My 
great-grandfather and two of his brothers were 

The Rev. John B. Hershey was one of the 
founders of the United Brethren Church, while 
a sister became the mother of the celebrated 


Bishop Jacob Erb of that church. The family 
is now represented in the ministry of perhaps 
every church in the country, except the CathoHc 
and Episcopal. 

Under date of December 8th, 1900, an 
article appeared in the Watchword of Dayton, 
headed " The Hersheys, a Prominent Pioneer 
Family," from which we quote: 

"The Hershey family has been prominent in the 
history of the United Brethren of Christ from the 
time it was organized until now, Rev. John Hershey 
being one of its original founders. Indeed ten or 
fifteen years before it was formally organized in 1800, 
he was associated with Otterbein, Newcomer and 
Kemp in laying the foundation of the Church. 

He was a native of Pennsylvania, but moved to 
Washington County, Maryland, after the middle of 
the eighteenth century, and made his home on Beaver 
Creek, about seven miles east of Hagerstown. He 
and Newcomer lived within a mile of each other. 
He belonged originally to the Mennonites. He was 
intellectually strong, an able preacher and reHgiously 
influential. He and his wife sleep side by side in 
Fahrney's Graveyard, a mile or two from his home. 
A son, John Hershey, Jr., lived in Hagerstown, be- 
came prominent in business, was one of the founders 


of the old Hagerstown Bank, mayor of the city, and 
in 1824 wa.s chairman of the committee of one hundred 
to weIcom<" Gen. Lafayette to Hagerstown. 

I have known many of Rev. John Hershey's 
descendanf.s. but I never knew one who was not a 
credit to their godly sire and the Master whom he 
served, as well as to the church of their choice and 
the community in which they lived. 

This article was written by an old minister 
of the United Brethren Church. 

Another, whose illuminated Christian life 
left a fragrance which lingers still, was the Rev. 
Abraham Moses Hershey, of the Presbyterian 
Church, a grandson of the Rev. John B. Hershey. 
His minisir\- was rich in fruit and full of sacrifice. 
At nearly eight) he passed away after but an 
hour's illness, saving. "All is peace," and with 
his face lighted up with a sweet smile. His 
neighbors and friends in Virginia, where most 
oi his service was rendered, bear witness to a 
beautiful life, full of sweetness and service. 
There have been many such. The family has 
been and is most remarkable for the number of 


ministers it has produced. I know of more than 

one hundred of the family now in the ministry. 

We trust this may be continued. 

A FAMILY The forces which make for great vitality 

OF LONG and long life are remarkably strong in our family. 

'^'''^ It may be expected that the strain of American 

life in the present generation is going to reduce 
this. But many of a former generation are still 
lingering in the quiet evening hours of life. 
They are intensely interested in this history. A 
large number of letters are on file written by 
those who are past eighty years of age. Indeed, 
great hosts of the Hersheys have lived to be 
over eighty, and many to be over ninety. The 
grandfather of the writer, Jacob Hershey, of 
Washington Co., Md., lived to be ninety-six, and 
a daughter of his, Catharine Hershey Northcott, 
is still living at Portland, Me., at the age of 

This great longevity which has so strongly 
marked the family is owing to the simple life, 


conformity to the laws of God relative to mind 
and body, and to the fact that, for many gene- 
rations, it has been a famil\- of the open country 
life, and so immense stores of vitality have ac- 
cumulated in the blood. To all of this must be 
added the deep religious life of the famil>, 
which, when it is of the quiet, meditative type, 
always conduces to long life. The Bible promise, 
that they who keep the laws of God shall have 
long life, is verihed in the histor>' of this family. 

There are several large branches of the INFORMATION 
family about w hich information ought to be col- ^VANTED 
lected, for histor\' and data for records. 

There are a great many Hersheys in North- 
western Ohio, centering about Fremont; and in 
Northeastern Ohio, centering about Akron and 
Canton; and in New York State and in Virginia. 
Some of the Hersheys in Illinois, Missouri and 
Kansas, might, without much difficulty, be traced 
back to their connection with the main branches. 


THE 1709 


Bishop Christian Hershey, an elderly 
Swiss gentleman, was the first Hershey to 
appear in this country. He located in Lancaster 
Co., Pa., with his three children. His son, 
Benjamin, was a Bishop in the Mennonite 
Church. Bishop in the Mennonite Church was 
not similar to that office in the Catholic, Epis- 
copal or even in the Methodist Church. A 
Bishop in the Mennonite Church was the head 
pastor, or a sort of President of the Board of 
Ministers. It indicates the distinction of service 
and honor held by our fathers in that church. 
This and other titles will be used merely to 
distinguish the different branches, and for this 
it is very useful. 

Christian Hershey was the first Mennonite 
Bishop in this country. He held the office until 
his death. He was succeeded by his son, 
Benjamin, who was in turn Bishop until his 


This record is not complete, but is made 
as full as possible from the data furnished. It 
shows the descent of the Hon. Washington L. 
Hershey, who has done so much to collect 
records of the family. 

c Bishop 

1. Bishop Benjamin Hershey. Christian Hershey 

2. Andrew Hershey. B. 16^8, D. 17S4, Mar. .Mary Miller. 

3. AnuH Hershey, Mar. Herman L^ng. 

c. 2 

4. Maria Hershey, B. 1728, D. 178^), Mar. Peter Cryder. Andrew Hershey 

Mary Miller 

5. John Hershey, B. IT.M), D. 17%. .Mar. Elizabeth 

6. Joseph Hershey, B. 1731, D. 1795. 

7. Eva Hershey. ' 

8. Elizabeth Hershey, Mar. Daniel Brubaker. 

9. Christian Hershey, B. 1735. 

10. Anna Hershey. B. 1737, Mar. John Huber. 

11. Benjamin Hershey, D. 1787. 

c. 9 

12. Christian Hershey, B. 1760, D. 1800. Christian Hershey 

13. Maria Hershey, Mar. John KaufFman. g j^-j--^ 

14. Catharine Hershey.- 15, Joseph Hershey. - 

16. John Hershey. - 

17. Christiana Hershey, B. 1788, D. 1815. 

L Unmarried. 2. Died in childhood. 


Anna Hcrshcy 

18. Abraham Hershey, B. 1790, D. 1869, Mar. Anna 
-.- 19. Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1792, D. 1868, Mar. Chris- 
tian Hershey. 

20. Katharine Hershey, B. 1794, D. 1878. 

18 c. 

Abraham Hcrshcy 21. Christian Hershey, B. 1814, D. 1879, Mar. Nancy 

- 22. Isaac Hershey, B. 1816, D. 1854, Mar. Eliza Hershey. 

23. Jacob Hershey, B. 1817, D. 1904, Mar. Susan K. 

24. John H. Hershey, B. 1820, D. 1890, Mar. Anna 
Bell, (2) Mariah Cope. 

25. Daniel H. Hershey, B. 1822, D. 1872, Mar. Anna 

26. Abraham H. Hershey, B. 1824, D. 1906, Mar. Fanny 
Long, (2) Kline, (3) Winterhal. 

27. Harriet H. Hershey, B. 1823, D. 1906. 

28. Anna H. Hershey, B. 1829, D. 1862, Mar. John 

29. Solomon H. Hershey, B. 1831, D. 1901, Mar. Anna 
Miller, (2) Lavina White. 

30. Tobias H. Hershey, B. 1833, Mar. Harriet Bishop. 

Jacob Hcrshcy 
Susan K. Long 


31. Amelia L. Hershey, B. 1842, D. 1884, Mar. Rev. 
Levi H. Shenk. gc. Howard H., B. 1864. 
ggc. Edith, B. 1884; Amelia. 

32. Hon. Washington L. Hershey, B. 1843, Mar. Sarah 
Ann Detwiler. 


33. Abraham L. Hershey, B. 1845, Mar. Fanny K. 

34. WebsU-r L. Herahey. B. Ift46, Mar. Catherine G. 

35. Benjamin L. Herahey, B. 1848, Mar. Elizabeth S. 

36. Horace L. Hershey, B. 1H49. 

37. Franklin L. Hershey, B. 1851. 

c. 3() 

88. John Milton Hershey, B. LsTO, Mar. Katie Fultz. Tobias H. Hershey 
39. E<!wanlS. Hershey, B. 1S71. 40. Annie Hershey. ' f]^^^^^{ Bishop 

41. Charles Sumner Hershey, B. 1875. 

42. Zelma Hershey. 43. Hattie Herahey.' 

44. James Gartield Hershey, B. 1881. 

45. C^ra May Hershey, B. 1882, D. 1899. 

46. Daper Hershey, B. 1885. 47. Lilian Hershey. ' 

c :« 

48. Ley Roy Hershey. 49. Russell Hershey. John M. Hershey 

50. Robert Hershey. 51. Minnie Hershey. i^^^jj py|^ 

52. Helen Hershey. 

Maria Hershey 


53. Christian Kauffman, Mar. Mattie S. Miller. 

54. John KautTman, Mar. Polly Swan. 
6.5. Mary Kauffman, Mar. Daniel Spickler. Jo^^n Kauffman 

56. Benjamin Kauffman. Mar. Susan Hayberger. 

57. Jacob H. Kauffman. 

58. Betzy H. Kauffman, Mar. Tobias Miller. 

1. Died in childhood. 



Christian Kauffman 59. 

f.lattic S. Miller ^^• 




Washington L 

Sarah Ann 










Susan M. Kauffman, B. 1828, Mar. Aaron Hershey. 
John M. Kauffman, B. 1830, Mar. Betzy Beanderfor. 
Marion M. Kauffman, B. 1832, Mar. Jacob Bean- 

Tobias M. Kauffman, B. 1835, Mar. Mary Loman. 
Jacob H, Kauffman, B. 1837, Mar. Maria Herman. 
Amelia M. Kauffman, B. 1839, Mar. David Kluge. 
Elizabeth M. Kauffman. ^ 66. Benjamin Kauffman. ' 


Alvin D. Hershey, Mar. Minnie Schlott. 

gc. Carrie; Margie; Willie S. 

Nora D. Hershey, Mar. George N. Bernthizle. 

gc. Cora May; Laura H.; Harry H.; Wm. W. H. 

Nervy D. Hershey, Mar. Charles H. Staley. 

gc. Harry H.; Alvin H.; Florence H. 

Ella D. Hershey, Mar. John Kolb. 

Harry D. Hershey, B. 1873, D. 1895. 

Elmira D. Hershey. 

Annie D. Hershey, B. 1877, Mar. Chester Fuhrman. 

gc. Levi H.; Harry H.; Catherine; Washington. 

Jennie D. Hershey, B. 1879, Mar. Willis Boyles. 

gc. May. 

Katie D. Hershey.^ 76. Emma D. Hershey.^ 

Ida D. Hershey, B. 1885, Mar. Milton McElroy. 

gc. Raymond. 

Laura Hershey. 79. Levi D. Hershey. 

Lizzie D. Hershey. 

1. Died in childhood. 


c 33 

81. Anna I^ura Hershey, B. 1869, Mar. Harry B. Eicher. Abraham L 
gc. Ralph; Cheater; Fannie. Hcrshcy 

82. Minnie May florshey. B. 1871. Mar. David C. Baker, y^^^nns K. 
gc. Salem; Ida H.; Fanny F.; David //. Mellintfer 

83. Salem Livinjjston Hershey, B. 1873, Mar. Florence 

g^c. William F.; Abraham F.; Salem F. 

84. Bertha C. Hershey. B. 1H76, Mar. Samuel Little. 
gc. Osmund W.; Mrllrille H.; Samuel F. 

85. Florence Fanny Hershey, B. 1878, Mar. David W. 
Newcomer. go. Garfield //. 

86. Ed^'ard McllvjUe Hershey. 

87. Abraham (Jartield Hershey, B. 1881, Mar. Ellen B. 

gc. L. Heartier; Bertha H. 


88. Walter Emen>on Hershey, B. 1876. 34 

89. Viola Gertrude Hershey, B. 1^7- Webster L Mershcy 
9.J. Wilford Oliver Hershey. B. 1879. Mar. Lillian Catherine G. ZooH 


gc Melba D.; Mellville D.; Edward D.; Oliver D.; 

91. Mabel Mina Hershey, B. 1880. 

92. Mazie May Hershey, B. 18^2, Mar. Harry Flory. 
go. Delas H. 

93. Leroy Webster Hershey, B. 1887. 

L Died in childhood. 

2. Missionary in Ben^ral. India, for Church of God. 



Benjamin L 

Elizabeth S. 


Christian H. 

Nancy Erisman 

94. Alma Katharine Hershey, B. 1893. 

95. M. Susan Hershey, B. 1897. 


96. Ida G. Hershey. 1 

97. Frankhn G. Hershey, B. 1873, Mar. Catherine 

gc. Stoner; Elizabeth; Edna. 

98. Paris G. Hershey, B. 1874, Mar. Florence Bruckhart 
gc. Edgar B.; Vernon B.; Mabel Elizabeth. 

99. Jacob G. Hershey, B. 1876. 

100. Edna C. Hershey. 

101. N. G. Hershey, B. 1879. 

102. Horace G. Hershey, B. 1882, Mar. Bigler. 

gc. Horace. 

103. John G. Hershey, B. 1885, Mar. Henry. 

104. Susan May Hershey. ^ 

105. Lillian G. Hershey, B. 1890. 


106. Maria B. Hershey, Mar. Harry Foust. 
gc. Harry. 

107. Henry E. Hershey, B. 1846, Mar. Mary A. Wissler. 
gc. Anna; Christian W., Mar. Anna M. Horstick. 
ggc. Mary Ann; Esther Shultz; Henry Erisman; 

gc. David N., Mar. Izola Keller, 
ggc. Sarah; Anna; Janet. 

gc. Elizabeth; George Smith; Lydia, Mar. James 
Dilaney. ggc. Eleanor; Henry E. N.; John G. 

L Sec. Am. Bap. Pub. Society, Phil. 


gc. Frank; Mabel; Helen. 
108. Elizabeth Hershey, Mar. Layman. 

c. 25 

K/J. Byerly Herehey, B. 1847. Daniel H. Hcrshey 

110. Anna Stitler Hcrshey, B. 1848, Mar. liev. David A^j^a Stitler 

111. John Martin Hershey, B. lHo4. 

112. Jennie S. Hershey. B. 1853. Mar. Dr. Chas. Ixxier. 

113. Kate S. Hershey, B. 1855, Mar. Kev. A. Juilson 
Itowland. D. D.. LL. D. 

114. Ida S. Herahey, B. 1858, Mar. Jas. Moffat. 

115. Osiar M. Hershey. 

116. Etl^'ar l\ Hershey. B. 1S61. 

117. Abraham Lincoln Hershey.' 

c. 110 

118. Anmi K. Downie. B. 1875. ^^^^ S. Hershey 

119. Minnie T. Downie. B. 1877 

120. Elsie L. Downie. 

121. A. Grace Downie, B. 1882. 

Kev. David 

c. 113 

123. Herbert R. Rowland, B. 1879, Mar. Mary Umpleby. k^^^ 5 Hershey 
gc. Natalie, B. 1908. P , * . 

124. Charles Kingsley Rowland, B. 1880. Kev. Juason 

125. Ernest Wilson Rowland, B. 1886. °^ ^" 

126. K. Hershey Rowland, B. 1897. 

1. Died in childhood. 

2. Thirty years a missionary. 


John Hcrshcy 
Anna Bell 

Mariah Cope 

c. (by Anna Bell) 

127. Emmanuel B. Hershey. 

128. Elizabeth B. Hershey, B. 1845, Mar. John Kener. 
gc. Hiram H., B. 1866; Frank H., B. 1868; Ella 

H., B. 1870, Mar. H. 0. Boyd; Milton H., 
B. 1873; Mary H., B. 1876; Edie H., B. 1879. 

129. Jefferson B. Hershey. 

gc. Minnie May^; Laura Bell, B. 1873; John 
Henry, B. 1874, D. 1897; William E., B. 1878, 
D. 1893. ggc. William Harris. 

130. Anna B. Hershey. 

131. Henrietta B. Hershey, B. 1860, D. 1895. 

132. Katharine B. Hershey, B. 1851, Mar. Charles 

c. (by Maria Cope) 

133. Mary Ann Hershey, B. 1859. 

134. Malinda C. Hershey, B. 1860, Mar. Philip Snyder. 
gc. John H, B. 1880; Minnie H, B. 1886; Henry 

H, B. 1895. 

135. Ida C. Hershey, B. 1862, Mar. David M. Bridgeman. 

136. Alice C. Hershey, B. 1864, Mar. John Boyer. 
gc. Monro; Grant; Katie. 

137. Manirva C. Hershey, B. 1866. 

138. Maria B. Hershey, B. 1868. 

139. John C. Hershey, B. 1869. 

140. Sarah Ann Hershey, B. 1870, Mar. Alfred Mowser. 
gc. Milton, B. 1895; Emma, B. 1897; Adaline, B. 

1899; Dora, B. 1900; Effie, B. 1903. 

1. Died in childhood. 


141. Amanda C. Hershey, B. 1872, Mar. John Becker. 
gc. Minnie; Aaron. 

142. Abraham C. Hershey, B. 1875. 

143. Henry C. Hershey, B. 1878. 



Wayne H. Bruchart. 

U. S. Grant Bruchart. 
Thadeus Stevens Bruchart. 
Dalj^reen Bruchart, 
Kuthiford B. Haves Bruchart. 

Katharine Hershey 
Chai. W. Bruchart 


149. Byerly Moffat. 
151. Loiler Moflfat. 

150. Morris Moffat. 

Ida S. Hershey 
James Moffat 

c. 29 

152. Solomon M. Hershey, B. 1S57, Mar. Susan B. Solomon H. 
Bridgeman. Hershey 

153. Irvin V. Hershey.' 154. Elias B. Hershey.' Ao,,, MiiUr 

., . ^ ,^, .. .. ,, . Anna [viiiier 

155. Charles A. Hershev, B. 1864, Mar. Mavme Howel. , 

nu^^i^^ j-.v^^".., ' Lovma White 

gc. C harles Andrew. 

156. Warren D. Hershey. B. 1865, D. 1890, Mar. Clara 

gc. David Linville, B. 1905. 

157. Frank Edgar Hershey. » 

158. Clarence H. Hershey, B. 1874. 

159. Leon E. Hershey.^ 

L Died in chQdhood. 



Ida C. Hcrshcy 

David M. 


160. Willis Roy Bridgeman, B. 1880. 

161. Lizzie C. Bridgeman, B. 1882. 

162. Clarence C. Bridgeman.- 

163. Jonas C. Bridgeman, B. 1885, Mar. Emma Miller. 

164. Abraham C. Bridgeman, B. 1887. 

165. Annie C. Bridgeman, B. 1890. 

166. Emma C. Bridgeman, B. 1892, Mar. Ezra Waltz. 

167. Monro C. Bridgeman. - 

168. Daniel C. Bridgeman, B. 1895. 

gc. Lizzie H., B. 1907; Riifus H., B. 1909. 

169. Clara C. Bridgeman, B. 1897. 

John Hershcy 
Elizabeth Warner 

John Hershey 

gc. of 175 

Susan Miller 

170. Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1796, Mar. Joshua Lamatte. 
gc. Jacob; Henry; Harvey; Nancy. 

171. Christiana Hershey, B. 1797, Mar. Peter Hoover. 

172. Magdalena Hershey, B. 1800, Mar. Jacob Hantz. 

173. John Hershey, Jr., B. 1804. 

174. Susan Hershey, B. 1806, Mar. George Bowersock. 

175. Benjamin Hershey, B. 1808, Mar. Barbara Ferry, 
gc. John Hershey, Mar. Susan Miller. 

176. Abraham Hershey, B. 1812. 

177. Hannah Hershey, B. 1815, D. 1889, Mar. John Frick. 

178. Joseph Hershey, B. 1822. 


179. John Jacob Hershey, B. 1870. 

180. Charles Hershey, B. 1874. 

181. A. Benj. Hershey, B. 1876, Mar. Lillian Hershey. 

1. Unmarried. 

2. Died in childhood. 


c. 177 

182. William Henry Frick, B. 1340, D. 1873. Hannah Mershcy 

183. Benjamin Franklin Frick, B. 1841, D. 1871. j^^^ p p^j^|^ 

184. John v. Frick, Jr.. B. 1843, D. 1869, Mar. Mary 
L. Meyers. 

185. Abraham Frick, B. 1^44, D. 1877, Mar. Annie Bond. 

186. Mary Kllen Frick, B. 1846, D. 1874. Mar. Newton 
J. Skinner. 187. Daniel B. Frick.' 

188. Joseph Hershey Frick. B. 1856. D. 1882. 

c. 1«1 

189. M. Hershey Knck, I^ 1>71. John P. Frick 

190. Alice Frick. B. 1873. y^ L. Meyers 

191. Ruth Frick. B. 1880. 

c. 185 

192. Charle.s C. Frick, B. 1867, Mar. Louise Spanj^ler. Abraham FricK 

193. Benjamin Frick. B. 1870, D. 1889. ^^^^j^ g^^^j 

194. Joseph Frick.' 195. Nellie Frick.' 

c. 186 

195. Clara Belle Skinner, B. 1875. Mary E. Frick 
1%. Ivan Skinner, B. 1877. Newton Skinner 

1. Died In chil&hood. 


THE 1719 

Jo^^ Hersche 

HE lineage of this branch of the 
family has been traced thro old 
Bible and Court records, family 
documents, old letters, religious 
newspaper articles, the records of historical so- 
cieties; and by Court and other records in 
Switzerland. It is possible to trace it more than 
one hundred years beyond the 1709 branch. 
Tho beyond doubt the 1709 branch and the 
1719 Hersheys descend from the same Swiss 
branch, as we know both branches came from 
Appenzell, in the half Canton of Innesholden. 
I have been able to do most in working out this 
branch, as it is my section of the family, and I 
have had much valuable help, for which I wish 
to express sincere gratitude. 

This is the most original ancestor known. He was 
born at or near Appenzell about 1535. He was a 
resident of Appenzell, Innesholden, Switzerland, in 
1621, at which time his son Conrad next in the hne 
of this family descent, was married. 

1. The Swiss for Jacob. 



2. CoNUAD Hkrsche. son of Jog, Mar. Greth Lamere' 
at Appenzell 1621. 



3. Franzikst Hkksche^ son of Conrad and Groih, ^^nrad Hersche 
Mar. En^jel Darig' at Appenzell 1662. Grcth Lemare 

c. 3 

4. Hans Hersche, Mar. Anna Geunder at Appenzell Franzie5t Hcrschc 
16^»^>. Enjtcl Darig 

c. 4 

5. Rev. Andrew Htn.^ut-i, ii. 1702 in Appenzell, D. Hani Herschc 
17^2 in Lancaster Co.. Pa. The family moved to Anna Geunder 
"Friedensheirner HofT" on the Rhine. After a few 

years came to America in 1719, and settled on the 
Little Conestojfa in Lancaster Co., Pa. 

6. Rev. Benjamin Hershey. 

7. Rev. Christian Hershey. 

"Andrew Hershey (1702-1792) waabom in Switzer- 
land in the year 17u2, from whence his father 
moved to the Palatinate at the Court of Freiden- 
sheim. In the year 1719, he, with his father and 
brother Benjamin, came to America and settled in 
Lancaster Co. , Pennsylvania. His brother Christian 
was obliged to remain at the Court until the year 
17^^9, when he also came to America. These three 
brothers, Andrew, Benjamin and Christian, were 

1. This n*me shows the introduction of French Huguenot blood. 

2. The Swutf for Frances. 

S. From thid on the nAines of the wives are Swias or German. 


Rev. Andrew 


Andrew Hershey 


chosen preachers of the Mennonite Church. Andrew 
died in the year 1792, aged 90 years." 

The above statement is taken from a German 
document printed prior to 1834. And the early 
records of Andrew Hershey 's family, 1702-1792, 
are proven by his will in the Recorder's Office at 
Lancaster, Pa. 


8. Rev. Christian Hershey, B. 1734, D. 1783, Mar. 
Elizabeth Heistand. 

9. Andrew Hershey, B. 1734, D. 1806, Mar. Magdaline 

10. Rev. John B. Hershey, B. 1741, D. 1811, Mar. 
Magdalena Hoover. 

11. Rev. Benjamin Hershey. ^ 12. Jacob Hershey. 
13. Rev. Abraham Hershey, Mar. Mary Herr. 

'14. Isaac Hershey. iXiln 15. Henry Hershey. 
16. Peter Hershey. 17. Catharine Hershey. ^ 

18. Maria Hershey. 18a. Odti Hershey. ^ 


19. Catharine Hershey, B. 1780, only C. by Mag. 

20. Anna Hershey, B. 1762. 

1. This is the Benjamin who wrote the "Declaration " to the Pa. 
House of Assembly. 

2. Either Catharine or Maria Hershey married an Erb, and became 
the mother of Bishop Jacob Erb of the United Brethren Church, who 
in 1830, in the Susquehanna River, near Harrisburg, baptized John 
Winebrenner, the founder of the Church of God. So all the descend- 
ants of Bishop Erb are members of the Hershey family. 

3. This is the last appearance of an Italian name in the family. 


21. Jacob Hershey, B. 1760, D. 1821. 

22. Maria Hershey, B. 1768, D. 1849. 

23. Andrew Hershey, B. 1770, D. 1835, Mar. E:8ther 

24. Henry Hershey, B. 1772, D. 1838. 
24a. Elizabeth Hershey. B. 1775, D. 1870. 

25. John Hershey. B. 17h:>.. I). IKil. 


26. Jac<»b Hershey. 

27. John Hershey. 

28. Henry Hershey. 

29. Andrew Hershey, Mar. Anna Hartman. 

30. Benjamin Hershey. 
And several daughters. ' 


31. Jacob Hartman Hershey, B. 1826, D. 1898, Mar. 
Anna Manninj^. 

32. Barbara Hershey, Mar. Rev. Joseph N. Metzger. 
gc. Andrew Hershey. ggc. Charles, gggc. two. 
ggc. Maud, Married William Bum; Elsie. 

33. Benjamin Hershey. 

34. Anna Hershey, Mar. David R. Doner. 


35. David Hartman Hershey. 

36. Anna Elizabeth Hershey.' 

37. Andrew Heistand Hershey, 

38. Sonera Catharine Hershey. 

Mar. Ella BrowTi. 


Jacob Hershey 
Grandson of 

Andrew Hershey 
Anna Martman 


Jacob Hartman 

Anna Manning 

L Names not known. 2. Died in childhood. 3, No children. 


Anna Hcrshey 
David R. Doner 

39. Sylvia Victoria Hershey. 

40. Mary Amanda Hershey. 

41. Jacob Manning Hershey. 

42. Harry Elmer Hershey, Mar. Dora A. Mayer, 
gc. Frances Mayer Hershey. 

43. Sarah Hershey. 


44. Alice Doner, Mar. Albert Trout, 

45. Calvin Doner. 

46. Mary Doner, Mar. Rev. Isaac Hess. 

47. Sonora Doner. 

48. Albert Hershey Doner, Mar. Hattie Hess, 
gc. Walter and Myrtle. 

49. Minnie Doner, Mar. Rev. Robert Taffray. 
gc. Margaret. 

50. Lizzie Doner, Mar. Dr. Kraybill. 


Andrew Hcrshey 
Esther Kaufman 

23a. Christian Hershey, B. 1796, D. 1834. 

236. Anna Hershey, B. 1799, D. 1874. 

23c. Andrew Hershey, B. 1802, D. 1839. 

23rf. Maria Hershey, B. 1804, D. 1881. 

23e. Catharine Hershey, B. 1809, D. 1872. 

23/ Esther Hershey, B. 1811, D. 1848. 

23.g. Barbara and Elizabeth Hershey (twins) B. 1814. 

23/?. John Hershey. ^r :  

23i. Magdahne Hershey, B. 1823, D. 1871. 

1. Died in childhood. 


c. 10 

51. Andrew Hershey, B. 1766, D. mS'J, Mar. Elizabeth p^y JqJ^,^ g 
Stauffer, (2) Elizabeth Wolgenmuth. Hcrshcy 

52. David Hershey, B. 1786, D. 1860, Mar. Christiana u wj i m 

^ Matfdalena hoover 


53. Joseph Hershey. 

gc. Sophia; Elxza; Julia; Catharine; Maria. 

64. Christian Hershey, B. 1773, D. 184», Mar. Catha- 
rine Hershey. 

55. John Hershey, I). Ib54, Mar. Barbara Hershey, 
(Ist Coz.). 

56. Jacob Hershey,  -Mar. Mane Mar^jaret Young. 
After Jacob three daughters whose names are not 
known. Jacob liveii % years. 

c. 13 

57. Kittle Hershey. 5i5. Mary Hershey. (^^y Abraham 
69. Barbara Hershey. Hershey 

60. Anna Hershey, B. 1808, D. 1870, Mar. Daniel ^ ^^^^ 

61. Elizabeth Hershey. 62. John Hershey. 

63. Jacob Hershey. 64. Christian Hershey. 

65. David Hershey. 66. Abraham Hershey. 

c. 60 

67. Maria Ann Witmer, B. 1830. Anne Hershey 

68. Benjamin Witmer, B. 1831. p^^j^ Witmer 

69. Elizabeth Witmer, B. 1833, Mar. Jacob Sneath. 

1. Grandfather of the author. 2. Bom on the ocean, parents 

being en route for America in Bailing ship that took three montha. 


Elizabeth Witmcr 
Jacob Sneath 


Christian Hcrshcy 



David Hcrshcy 
Christiana I^horer 

70. Elias Witmer, B. 1835. 

71. Catharine Witmer, B. 1838. 

72. Abraham Witmer, B. 1840. 

73. Jacob Witmer, B. 1841. 

74. Henry Witmer, B. 1844. 

75. Sarah Witmer, B. 1847. 





Isaiah Sneath, B. 1855, Mar. Ella Jane Mark. 

gc. George Mark Sneath. 

Rev. Elias Hershey Sneath, B. 1857, Mar. Anna 

Sheldon. gc. Herbert Camp Sneath; Katharine 

Wilhous Sneath; Richard Sheldon Sneath. 

Emma E. Sneath, B. 1870, Mar. Henry C. Bninner. 

gc. Caroline Sneath; Harry Clark. 


80. Jacob Hershey. 

81. Joseph Hershey, B. 1802, D. 1888. 

82. Jonas Hershey. 83. David Hershey. 
84. Benjamin Hershey. 85. Fannie Hershey. 

86. Mary Hershey, Mar. Horner. 

gc. Edward; Frank; David; Rev. John Horner; 
and two daughters. 

87. EHzabeth Hershey. 68. Catharine Hershey. 

88. Susan Hershey. 


89. Magdalene Hershey, Mar. David Hershey. 
gc. Rev. John Hoover Hershey. 

90. Lydia.i 

1. No children. 


91. Susan Hershey, Mar. Michael Emmert. 

92. David N. Hershey, B. 181S, D. 1903. Mar. Ella 

93. Chriritiana Hershey. 93a. Catherine Hershey. 

94. Christian Horshey, Mar. Victoria Young. 
go. David h'l- 

/i/i/-. r 

c. 51 

95. Joseph Hershey, H. 17%. D. 1858, Mar. Maria y^ridrew Mcrshey 
Steni'er. r,. , ^. f-. „ 

96. Sarah Hershey, H. 1 .9.-', Mar. Philip Lehmaster. 

97. Jacob Hershey T' T'V D. 1873, Mar. Eliza Cul- 

98. John Hershey, B. 1805, D. 1--. Mar. Betsey Smith. 

99. Rev. Andrew Moses Hershey, B. 18U9, D. 1888, 
Mar. Elizabeth Lee. 

100. Elizabeth Hershey. ' B. 1810, D. 1853, Mar. Alex- 
ander Fisher. 

101. Lsaac Hershey, B. 1816, D. 1899, Mar. Jemima 

102. Magiialine Hershey, Mar. John L. Smith. 
gc. Sai^lla, Mar. David Funk.- 

103. Lutie Hershey. Mar. John L. Sadtler. 
gc. Lester and Harriet. 

104. Isaac Hershey. 105. Elizabeth Hershey.* 
106. Barbara Hershey.' 107. Lydia Hershey.* 


John Htrshcy 

Barbara Hershey 

(First Cousins) 

1. One child died in childhood. 
3. Unmarried. 

2. No children. 

i I 


Jacob Hcrshcy 

Marie Margaret 

108. Savilla Hershey. ^ 109. John Hershey. ^ 

110. Fannie Hershey, Mar. John Resh. ^ 

111. Joseph Hershey, Mar. Margaret Speck. 
gc. Katie S., Mar. Frank Bi-umback. 

Lutie F., Mar. H. E. McDade. 
ggc. Edith and Grace. 
gc. Harry, Mar. Juha Brumback. 
ggc. May; Joseph and Anna L. 

112. Sarah Hershey, B. 1804, Mar. Henry H. Snively.^ 

113. Maria Hershey, B. 1806, Mar. Jacob Houck, 
Dayton, Ohio. 

114. John Jefferson Hershey, B. 1808, Mar. Christiana 

115. Matilda Hershey, B. 1809, D. 1875, Mar. George 

116. Rev. Jos. Madison Hershey, B. 1810, D. 1879, Mar. 
Marie Witler. 

117. Henry Young Hershey, B. 1812, D. June, 1884, 
Mar. Ann EHzabeth Funk. 

118. Samuel Hershey."^ 

119. Mary Ann Hershey, B. 1815, Mar. Christian 

120. Margaret Hershey, B. 1816, Mar. Henry Reeder. 

121. Catharine Hershey, ^ B. 1817, Mar. James H. 

1. Unmarried. 2. No children. 3. Moved to Iowa about 1840. 
4 Died in childhood. 5. Still living. 






Dr. Jacob Hershey. B. 1819. 

Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1821, D. 1905, Mar. William 


Majjdalene Hershey, B. 1S23, Mar. George Harnish. 

gc. Norvuin; Arbelia; Xettie; George. 

Quincy Adams Hershey, B. 1825. 


Michael Emmert, Jr. 
Annie Emmert, Mar. 

gc. Sue E.: At/ms, Mar. W. T. Beall. 
ggc. Emmirt T. and Thomas L. 

Susan Hershey 
Michael Emmert 







c. 92 

Ma^cdalene Hershey. 129. Cornelia Hershey. David N. Hershey 

Davidella Hershey. 131. May Christian Hershey. p||^ plournav 
Grace Harlan Hershey. 
David Newcomer Hershey. 
Florence Floumey Hershey. 

c. 95 

Joseph M. Hershey, B. 1800, D. 1879, Mar. Cath- Joseph Hershey 

arine Laird. 

Andrew W. Hershey, B. 1826, D. 1900, Mar. Emily 


John Hershey. B. 1828, D. 1858, Mar. Delia Higgins. 

Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1831, D. 1889, Mar. Robert 


Daniel Hershey, ^B. 1834, D. 1891, Mar. Ellen Smith. 

Maria Stcngcr 

1. Eifrht children living in Oklahoma; names wanted. 



Sarah Hcrshcy 
Philip Lchmastcr 

Lena Lchmastcr 
George Oylcr 

John Lchmastcr 
Sarah Hubcr^ 

140. Hannah Hershey,^B. 1836, Mar. Abraham Touquay. 

141. Samuel Hershey, "' B. 1838. 


142. Elizabeth Lehmaster, D. 1893. 

143. Lena Lehmaster, Mar. George Oyler. 

144. John Lehmaster, Mar. Sarah Huber. 

145. Mary Lehmaster, Mar. Jacob Spessard. 

146. Sarah Lehmaster, Mar. Emanuel Hawbaker. 

147. Catharine Lehmaster, Mar. William Kalby. 
gc. Harvey; Annie, Mar. Shanabrook. 


148. Cornelia Oyler. 

149. Albert Oyler. 

150. Byron Oyler. 

151. Edward Oyler. 

148a. Wesley Oyler, 
149a. Sarah Oyler. 
150a. Emma Oyler. 

152. Abraham Lehmaster. 
152a. Ama Lehmaster, Mar. 

153. Annie Lehmaster, Mar. — 

154. Wilham Lehmaster. 

155. John Lehmaster. 155a. 



Maurice Lehmaster. 

1. Six children; names wanted. 2. No children. 

3. The Huber family (now called Hoover) is a fine old Pennsyl* 
vania German family descended from Hans Huber, who was bom in 
Switzerland in the latter part of the seventeenth century. He was a 
mystic in religion and was attached to the Mennonite faith; he came 
to this country and settled in Lancaster Co., Pa,, prior to 1717. There 
was an Amos Hershey Huber about the middle of the last century. 


156. Otterbein Hawhaker. 157. Ida Hawbaker. 
158. Alcestra Hawbaker, 159. Edward Hawbaker. 

16^J. Violetta Spessard, Mar. Hege. 

161. Alvey Spossanl. 

162. Katie Spes.sartl, Mar. Rev. J. B. Brenneman. 

163. Harvey S|>es8ard. 164. Daisy M. SjKJssard. 

165. Vertie Spessard. 

166. John K. Hershey. 

167. Jacob M. Hershey, B. 1S45, Mar. Ella F. Colbert. 
-16,S. Lsaac Hershey. 16y. Robert Heryhey. 

170. Mary Hershey, Mar. William Einley. 

171. Elizabeth Hershey, second wife of Wm. Finley. 

172. Laura Hershey, Mar. Dr. Jenner. 


173. Mary J. Hershey, Mar. J. V. Upton. 

gc. Isaac; Ella Cynthia: Roy; Ruth; Ina Marie. 

174. Laura Ethel Hershey, Mar. E. Otis Mitchell. 
gc. Raymond K. 

175. Ella Sylvia Hershey, Mar. John Colbert. 
177. William C. Hershey. 

179. Ina Minnie Hershey. 


ISO. Cornelia Hershey, B. 1840, Mar. Livingston O. 

Sarah Lehmastcr 

Emanuel hawbaker 


Mary Lchmaster 

Jacob Spessard 

Jacob Hershey' 
Eliza Culberson 

Jacob M. Hershey 
Ella F. Colbert 

1. Poetoffice. Dundas, IlL 


Rev, Andrew 
Moses Hershey 

Elizabeth Lee 


Isaac Hershey 
Jemima Besore 





Joseph M. Hershey l^^- 

Catharine Liard 



Laura E. Hershey, B. 1848, Mar. Etman A. Free- 
man, gc. Stuart F.; Bert; Vena Pearl; Earl. 
Mary Irene Kershey, B. 1852, Mar. James E. 
Riddle, gc. Helen E., Mar. John E. Dee; Clar- 
ence E.; Harvey H. 

Mason Knox Hershey, B. 1860, D. 1899, Mar. Ar- 
cher Cowder. gc. Lizzie L.; Oscar E. ; Ethel May. 


Mary E. Hershey.^ 

John B. Hershey, B. 1845, D. 1898, Mar. Maria 

gc. Sadie J.; Kate E.; Fannie A.; Frank B. 
William P. Hershey, B. 1846, Mar. Alice McMullen. 
gc. Effie M.; Mattie J.; Grace J.; W. E.; Isaac; 
John R.; Bessie E. 


Jeremiah Hershey, B. 1839, Mar. Martha J. Jack- 

John W. Hershey, B. 1841, Mar. Susan Seeds ; 
(2) Sarah Gear. 

gc. James H.; Joseph; Laura; Rosie. 
Isabella Hershey, B. 1843, D. 1871, Mar. Miles B. 
Friend, gc. Victor and Virginia. 
Caroline Hershey, B. 1846, Mar. Hugh Seeds ; 
(2) William Cleary. 

Harriet H. Hershey, B. 1848, Mar. David W. Mc- 
Clarrel. gc. Fred, Mar. Jenette Jordan, 
gc. Kate, Mar. Mike Cogan; Charles C. 

1. Unmarried. 


192. Charles W. Hershey, B. 1853, Mar. Laura Swift. 
gc. Laura Bell and Minnie May. 

193. Jemima Hershey, B. 1857, Mar. John Monag^han. 
gc. William, Mar. Delia Stelty; K^fie R., Mar. 

Charles E. Hill; Hurley E.: Ida M., Mar. 
Wm. Kifij?; Mary M., Mar. John VV. Lamer. 


194. Hurley S. Hershey. 

195. Joseph Hershey, Mar. Sallie Filten. 
gc. Laura May; J ere Ward: Alice. 

196. Laura May Hershey. 197. Ida Josephine Hershey 

Jeremiah Hershey 
Martha J. Jackman 



198. MoUie Seeds, Mar. Richard Utter. Caroline Hershey 
gc. Richard Utter, Jr. Hugh Seeds 

199. Kate Seeds, Mar. Louis Ruark. William Clary 
gc. Mollie. gc. by a 2d wife, Charles. ,q^ 

c Cornelia Hershey 

200. Livingston H. Bennett, Mar. Jennie Eyesman. Livingstone 0. 

201. Rev. Leybum M. Bennett. Bennett 

202. Lula Lee Bennett, Mar. Thomas H. Dickman. 

203. Stephen H. Bennett. 

204. CJrace Bennett and 205. Blanche Bennett (twins). 

206. Helen Bennett. l^^ 

Maria Hershey 

^- ^ , Jacob Houck 

207. Margaret M. Houck, Mar. Peter L. Snyder. 

208. John D. Houck. 


209. William H. Houck, Mar. Mary C. Wilson. 

gc. Ella M., Mar. Richardson; Mir a Houck. 

210. David L. Houck, Mar. Elizabeth Swope. 
gc. Albert C. Houck. 

211. Martin J. Houck, Mar. Ella M. Hoglen. 
gc. Elmer H., Mar. Etta Class. 

Fanny M., Mar. Perle L. Sagebiel. 
ggc. Frederick H.; James L.; Robert M.; Ellinor 
Margaret, Mar. Dr. Louis A. Thompson. 

212. Albert H. Houck, killed in the Battle of the Wil- 
derness, 1864. 

115 c. 

Matilda Hcrshcy ^^'^- ^^.ry Margaret Carson, Mar. Geo. C. Cook. 

George Carson ^^' ^^^^^ ^'' ^^^' ^^^^ Everett; Nettie C, Mar. 

South; Ellsivorth E.; and May N. 

214. Sarah Elizabeth Carson, Mar. George W. Claggett. 

215. Amanda Kate Carson. ^ 

216. Frances Matilda Carson. 

217. Samuel T. Carson. 

gc. George Clinton; Mrs. Chatham Fletcher. 

218. American Ann Carson, Mar. Alfred North, 
gc, Harry, by former husband. 

219. Alice Cordeha Carson, Mar. Frank W. Cheney, 
gc. Marion, Mar. Frank Baltz; Richard Holmes; 

Rhoda Frances. 

220. Clara Permelia Carson, Mar. John P. Sewerson. 
gc. Mary and a Mrs. Perdue. 

1. Unmarried. 


221. George EMward Carson. 

gc. George C; Kdxcard; Clara Frances. 

222. Hershey Elia.s Carson, 
jfc. Rayjnond. 

223. Eva Julia Carson, Mar. Milton Morehouse. 
gc. Milton; Frances; Abraham Lincoln. 

c. 116 

224. Lurena Hersht-}, Mar. William Whistler. Rev. Joseph 

225. Jacob C. Hershey. Madison Hershey 
22G. Margaret C. Hershey, Mar. Henry Whistler. Maria Wilier 

jjc. h'lUi Utile; Viola; William Joseph. 
221. William H. Hershey, Mar. Frances Ketrow. 

(2) Eliziibeth Mannion. 
228. Samuel Hershey. 229. John Jerome Hershey. 

2:^0. Indiana C. Hershey. 2d wife of Wm. Whistler. 

gc. Lena, Mar. H. Murphy. 

ggc. Ruth; Anna; Glady.^ 
231. Lafayette G. Hershey. 2:^2 David C. Hershey. 
2:i3. Nellie Hershey. 2:^. Elsouri Hershey. 

235. Laura Hershey, Mar. Arthur Gober, 


236. Clarence J. Whistler, Mar. Louise Stair. Lurena Hershey 
gc. Dora; Helen; John; Kennith. William Whistler 

237. Dora Whistler. 

238. Elba Whistler, Mar. Bertha Borick. 
gc. Gladys. 

239. Lulu Whistler, Mar. Ernest Grill. 
gc. Ernest; Helen; Elnora. 


227 c. 

William H. Hcrshcy240. Alvin 0. Hershey (by 1st wife), Mar. Eva Clough. 

Frances Kctrow gc. Pearl. 

By 2d wife. 
Elizabeth Mannion 24I. Sylvester J. Hershey, Mar. Dora Root. 

gc. Floyd; Eva; Mary; Clarence. 

242. Elva F. Hershey, Mar. George E. Myers. 

gc. Florence; Fern; Mary ; William; Alvin; Clifford. 

243. Charles J. Hershey. 

244. William L. Hershey, Mar. Josephine White, 
gc. Kennith; Wilrtia; Emerson; Dorothy. 

245. Maud U. Hershey. 

246. Harry E. Hershey, Mar. Mary Grimes. 
gc. Ena; Lloyd. 

247. Nellie H. Hershey. 248. Victor Hershey. 
249. Florence L. Hershey. 

112 c. 

Sarah Hershey 250. Samuel Snively, B. 1834. ^ 

Henry H. Snively 251. Mary C. Snively, B. 1831, D. 1908, Mar. Richard 

L. Bennett. 

252. Jacob H. Snively, B. 1835, Mar. Ehza J. Tayler. 

253. Ann Letitia Snively, B. 1837. 

254. Martha J. Snively, B. 1839. ^ 

255. Alfred Curtis Snively, B. 1842. 

256. Harvey T. Snively, B. 1845. ^ 

257. Frances Snively, B. 1848. 

1. Deceased. 


c. -^1 

258. Charles E. Bennett, B. 1858. Mary C. Snively 

259. Carrie M. Bennett, B. 1S60, Mar. Jas. B. Chicker- Richard L. Bennett 

260. Richard L. Bennett, B. 1862. 

261. Sarah A. Bennett. B. l^fVl D. 1901. Mar. John 

262. Frank S. Bennett. ' 

26:?. Lizzie T. Bennett, B. 1869, Mar. Harry McCourt.- 
2t;4. James A. Bennett, B. 1873. 

c. 259 

265. Helen A. Chickerinp, B. 1884, D. 1902, Carrie M. Bennett 

266. Mary E. Chickering, B. 1887. James B. 

267. Ruth B. Chickerin^, B. 1893. Chickcring 

c. 261 

268. Gratia E. McGilton.* Sarah A. Bennett 

209. Paul R. MoGilton, B. 189<). 
270. Frank B. McGilton, B. invl. 

1. Deceased. 2. No children. 

3. Died in childhxid. 


John McCiiton 

c. 255 

271. Vir^Hnia F. Snively.' Jacob H. Snively 

2T2. Letitia R. Snively. B. 1872. P,. , j , 

273. Harriet M. Snively, B. 1874. '' ^" 

274. Alice F. Snively. B. 1875. 

275. Henr>' H. Snively. ^ 

276. Harvey K. Snively, B. 1882. • 

277. Edward T. Snively, B. 1883. 


Sarah Elizabeth 

George W. 

298. Emma Estella Claggett, Mar. Lewis Cross. 

299. Josephine W. Claggett, Mar. William Wadsworth 

George W. Claggett, Mar. Julia Smith. 
Fannie M. Claggett. 
Annie L. Claggett. 
Satiah B. Claggett. 

304. Tangior Claggett, Mar. Lilian Himebaugh. 
gc. Julia; Elizabeth. 
Clinton R. Claggett, Mar. Fanny Noel. 
gc. C. Rodger, Jr. 

Louella C. Claggett, Mar. Abraham C. Strite. 
gc. Josephine C; Samuel C. 





Elizabeth Hcrshey 307. 

William Gardner 308. 







Dr. Scott Hershey Gardner, Mar. Mrs. K. Small. 

William Carlton Gardner. 

Mary Elizabeth Gardner, Mar. Benjamin F. 


Dessie Gardner, Mar. Charles E. Young. 

gc. Bertha, Mar. Horatio S. Fenner; Karl E. 

Nettie E. Gardner. 

Louise Irene Gardner, Mar. John Hickman. 

gc. Edna May; Maud Irene; Wm. Clark; John 

Maria Kate Gardner, Mar. Gus. Shipley. 
gc. Ethel. 
Grace Emma Gardner. 











Grace Louise Charles, Mar. F. H. Aukeney. 

gc. Franklin C. 

Katie I. Charles. 317. Roger Darley Charles. 

Frederick Louis Charles. 

Henjamin Gillin Charles. 

Mary F' ranees Charles. 

Thomas Berry Charles.* 


M. Virginia Hershey, B. 1848. Mar. Wm. Albaugh. 

Scott Funk Hershey, B. 1852, Mar. Georgia E. 




Mary E. Gardner 
B. F. Charles 

Zartman Albaugh, B. 1878. 


Florence Albaugh, B. IsTa. 

Merle Hershey Albaugh. 


Helen Hershey. - 
Marie Hershey.' 
Paul A. Hershey. * 


331. Coynesa Reeder. 

Theodore Reeder. 
Courtney Reeder. 
go. Florence; Donovan; Mary; Josephine. 


Henry Young 

Ann Elizabeth 


M. Virginia 

William Albaugh 

Scott F. Hershey 
Georgia E. Mayes 

Margaret Hershey 
Henry feeder 

1. Died in childhood. 

2. Deceased. 

119 c. 

Mary Ann Hcrshcy 333. David Spessard, Mar. Zentmyer. 

Christian Socssard ^^' Henry; Marion; William; Mrs. Edward Wei- 


John Jefferson 

Christiana Bear 
Rosanna Watters 

Izura Hershcy 
George Miller 

Scott Hershcy 
Mary Wolfkiil 

Emma Hershcy 
John Eckstine 





gand; Clayton; Lutie. 
Mrs. Jacob Stover. 


Anna Hershey, Mar. 

gc. Ashby; Will; Frank; Cora. 

Izura Hershey, Mar. George Miller. 

Clark Hershey. gc. Arthur; Pansy. 

Scott Hershey, Mar. Mary Wolfkiil. 

J. Vinton Hershey, Mar. Elizabeth Zentmyer. 

gc. John Raymond; Lawrence; Lillian. 

Emma Hershey, Mar. John Eckstine. 

341. Rose Miller. 

343. Will Miller. 

345. Mary Miller. 

347. Kellar Miller. 


348. Louella Hershey. 
350. Orville Hershey. 
352. Roger Hershey. 

342. Edith Miller. 
344. Grace Miller. 
346. Ruth Miller. 

349. Clarence Hershey. 
351. John Hershey. 
353. Earl Hershey. 

354. Grace Eckstine, Mar. William Crider. 

355. Clifford Eckstine. 

356. Bess Eckstine, Mar. William Witmer. 


357. Clarence Eckstine. 
359. Harry Eckstine. 

358. Marv Eckstine. 


360. Albert Hershey, B. 1850. 

361. Kuben Hershey, B. 1853. 

362. Henry Hershey. B. 1856. 

363. Andrew Hershey, Mar. Ella B. Vanschoik. 

364. Mary Hershey, B. 1862. 

365. Carlton Hershey, B. 1864. Mar. Florence A. Harris 


366. Ernest A. Hershey. B. 1887. 

367. Mabel Hershey, B. 1888. 

368. Eva Hershey, B. 1889. 

369. R.. a Hershey. B. 1892. 

370. William Hershey, B. 1894. 

371. Russell L. Hershey, B. 1895. 

372. Bessie L. Hershey, B. 1897. 

373. Ruth Hershey. B. 1898. 

374. Charles C. Hershey. B. 1902. 

375. Albert A. Hershey, B. 1904. 

376. Mary E. Hershey, B. 1907. 


377. Robert W. Cross, Mar. Mabel Bell. 

378. Rebecca Irene Cross. 

379. John L. Cross. 380. Rexford H. Cross. 
381. Julian C. Cross. 382. S. Wilmer Cross. 
383. Thomas T. Cross. 3S4. Lewis Llewelyn. 


Andrew W. 

Emily Beesley 

Andrew Hershey 
Ella E. Vanschoik 

Estella Claggett 
Lewis Cross 


299 c. 

Josephine Claggctt 385. Elizabeth A. Speilman. ^ 

William W ^^^' ^i^^^^^^ Reginald Speilman. 

Soeilman ^^'^' ^^^^^^^ Claggett Speilman, 

Christian Hcrshev ^^^" '^^^^^ Hershey, B. 1799, Mar. Susan Horner. 
(First Cousins) ^89. John Hershey, B. 1801. 

Catharine Hershev ^^^' ^^"""^ Hershey,^ B. 1804, D. 1863. 

^ 401. Mary Hershey, B. 1806, D. 1884, Mar. Wm. Homer. 

402. Jonas Hershey, B. 1808, Mar. Elizabeth Strickler. 

403. Benjamin Hershey.^ 

404. David Hershey, B. 1813, Mar. Maria Campbell. 
gc. Frances; Oliver. 

405. Catherine E. Hershey, B. 1815, D. 1878, Mar. Wm. 

406. EHza A. Hershey, ^ B. 1817, D. 1896. 

407. Susan Hershey, B. 1819, D. 1893, Mar. Charles 

388 c. 

Jacob Hershey 408. Benjamin Hershey. 409. Sarah Hershey. 

Susan Homer ^^^- Henry H. Hershey. 411. Kitty Hershey. 

402 c. 

Jonas Hershey ^^"^^ Fanny Strickler, Mar. H. H. Stafford. 
CI- u iu ci • bi gc. Charles; Florence; Mildred. 

1. Deceased. 2. Unmarried. 
3. Died in childhood. 


c. 4U7 

414. Edwin Hershey Champlin, B. 1847, D. 1882, Mar. Susan Hershey 
Hattie Oswald. ^^^^,^^ Champlin 
gc. Lddie\ (ji'orgv. 

415. Newton M. Champlin, B. 1848, Mar. Ema A. 

416. Martha Champlin. ' 

417. Dr. Charles D. Champlin, B. 1855, D. 1890, Mar. 
Ella Kane. 

418. William T. Champlin,- B. 1857, D. 1898. 

419. Julius S. Champlin, B. 18G0, D. 1902, Mar. Jennie 

gc. Pearl. 

420. Susie F. Chiimplin, B. 1»68, D. 1900, Mar. Stephen 

1. Died in childhood. 2. Unmarried. 




HE National Association of the 
Hershey family was constituted 
for the purpose of awakening and 
unifying the interest and sympathy 
of all persons, in this country, who have Hershey 
blood in them; and for social helpfulness and 
enjoyment; and with the hope of establishing 
on a farm in Lancaster Co., Pa., a Hershey 
Home, where any members of the family may 
pass the evening years of their lives, if they wish. 
This last is a most Christian and philanthropic 
enterprise. There is no more beautiful nor health- 
ful country in the world than the valleys of the 
Susquehanna and Conestoga, in the County of 
Lancaster. The expectation is cherished by a 
few that a farm, perhaps one of the original 
Hershey estates, may be purchased, and a com- 
modious house with all the quiet comforts be 
maintained as an open, hospitable home, where 
the Hersheys from everywhere may go and 


spend a few days or weeks in rest, upon the 
payment of a modest rate, or where those with- 
out means, in old age may, without money or 
price, have their evening of life made beautiful 
and peaceful. It is hoped to have the location 
near an electric Ime, where access to Lancaster 
would be easy. When a sufficient fund to in- 
sure success has been received, the under- 
taking will be opened. \\ e in\ite contributions 
either large or small. They should be sent to 
the Treasurer of the Association, who, at 
present, is E. K. Hershey, Lancaster, Pa., R. F. 
D. We hope that the aged members of our 
family who base ample means, and especially 
those having no direct heirs, will provide in 
their wills, and make a bequest for this cause. 
Such a clause may be placed in a will in these 
words: "And I gi\e and bequeath to the National 
Hershey Association, with Headquarters at 
Lancaster, Pa., the Treasurer of which in 1909 

was E. K. Hershey, the sum of S 


said sum to be used for the establishment and 
maintenance of the Hershey Farm and Home 
in Lancaster Co., Pa." 

The officers of the Association at this 
date are: 

Pres., Samuel H. Hershey, Philadelphia. 

First Vice-Pres., Abraham L. Hershey, 
Lancaster Co., Pa. 

Second Vice-Pres., Andrew H. Hershey, 
Lancaster Co., Pa. ^^. "^^ 

Treas., E. K. Hershey, Lancaster, Pa. 

Historian, W. L. Hershey, Marietta, Pa.-- 


E have a list of more than thirty 
sections showing no connection DIS- 
NNith either of the Main Branches. CONNECTED 
We are inserting a few to show BRANCHES 
what may be cJone to find that connection. If 
some member of every branch will take the 
matter u[), and keep at the search, that link 
could be found. We suggest that someone 
volunteer his service, and begin by writing to 
everyone whose address is known ; ask for all 
information possible, about parents, grandparents 
and further back ; dates of birth and death ; to 
whom married ; names of children and grand- 
children. Ask that the old family Bible be 
hunted up, and a careful copy of records be 
sent ; also that copies of deeds and wills be 
searched for names and dates ; also old news- 
paper files. It will take work, but future gene- 
rations will be grateful. We further suggest 
that each sectional branch have a family record 
made ot their own particular branch, including 



all members known; and that a copy be se- 
cured by every individual family. This should 
be made with space and form provided for 
future births, marriages and deaths, and for 
postofEce addresses, so it could be continued 
for two or three generations to come. 

The writer has in mind a plan for such a 
record, and would like to hear from all who 
desire a record as complete as possible, and 
going back as far as possible. 

Old family Bibles should be hunted up, and 
a very careful copy made of all records of names, 
births, marriages and deaths. Most of the old 
family Bible records are in Pennsylvania Ger- 
man. Someone able to read that dialect should 
be asked to make the translation. In a great 
many families, it is no longer the custom to keep 
Bible family records. \t is a great misfortune, 
as there will be no records of many families. 
Almost everyone knows where his grandparents 
are buried. Ask someone to visit the ancestral 


burial grounds and take the records from the 
stones. A great many will see their connection 
to these branches which follow. We hope all 
such will seek additional information and send 
it in. 

Disconnected Branch I. 


1. J 

,'.,,. ^, I u i> 1 D XT iTiu; Benjamin Hcrshey 

Jacob Hershey, the only ihiM knuwn, B. Nov, 1796, i- • luir 

D. A\i^. 1872. The old home farm was one mile 

west of PetersbuTi^, Lancaster Co. Jacob was a 

prominent farmer, distiller and miller. Mar. 

Elizabeth Miller. 

c. 1 

2. ^ev. Emmanuel Hershey, B. Feb. 4th, 1821, Mar. j^^q^ hershey 

Mai^dalena Bear; Minister in Dunkard Church, ^.. . ., ^... 
^ , ^ ^. . Elizabeth Miller 

Darke Co., Ohio. 

3. Jacob Hershey, B. 1822. D. 1874. 

4. Benjamin Hershey, B. 1823, D. 1856. 

5. Sarah Hershey, B. 1824. 6. Jeremiah Hershey. - 

7. Elizabeth Hershey.' 

8. John B. Hershey, B. 1828. 

9. Anna Hershey, B. 1830. 

10. Amos Hershey, B. 1832, D. 1898. 

11. Elizabeth Hershey. B. 1833, D. 1907. 

1. Still living, also his wife, in Darke Co.. Ohio. 

2. Died in childhood. _ 

9» 63K4')P 

Rev. Emanuel 

Magdalena Bear 

12. Mary Hershey, B. 1835. 

13. Susan Hershey, B. 1836. 

14. Amelia Hershey, B. 1837. 

15. Henry Hershey B. 1839. 16. Harriet Hershey. ^ 

17. Fannie Hershey, B. 1843. 

18. Reuben Hershey, B. 1845. 


19. Adam B. Hershey, B. Jan. 9th, 1846, Mar. Susan 
Mary Brown. 

20. Samuel Hershey, B. 1847. 

21. Jacob Hershey, B. 1849. 

22. Barbara Hershey, B. 1852. 

23. Sara E. Hershey, B. 1854. 24. Isaac N. Hershey. ^ 

25. Emma Hershey, B. 1857. 

26. John Hershey, B. 1859. 

27. Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1861. 

28. Mary Hershey, B. 1869. 

19 c. 

Adam B. Hershcy 29. Nettie Maud Hershey, B. 1871, Mar. Frank H. 

Susan Mary Brown Frisch. 

30. Laura Helen Hershey, Mar. Edward H. Johnson. 

31. F. Raymond Hershey, B. 1876, Mar. Cora Ella Bell. 

32. Rev. Charles B. Hershey,- Mar. Zora Faught. 

33. Herman G. Hershey, B. 1880, Mar. Freda Von Waitz. 

34. Emma C. Hershey, B. 1884. 

35. John B. Hershey, B. 1889. 

1. Died in childhood. 

2. Minister in Christian Church, Sumner, 111. 


c. 29 

36. Lowell 11. Hery^hey Frisch, B. 1898. Nettie Maud 

37. Edwin A. Hershey Frisch, B. 1899. Hershey 

38. Gertrude H. Frisch, B. 1901. p^^^^l^ ^ p^jj^.|^ 

39. DoriB H. Frisch, B. liH)3. 

40. Emma H. Frisch, B. 1904. 


^* Laura Helen 

41. Ruth Hershey Johnson, B. 1895. Merjhey 

42. Zclma Hershey Johnson, B. 1897. Edward R. Johnson 


43. Marjraret Hershey, B. 1900. P. Raymond 

44. Horace Her^hey, B. 11»* J Hershey 

45. Howard Hershey, B. l:»u.,. Cora Ella Bell 

46. Arnold Hershey. B. 19<j7. 

c. (by Ist wife) r u i. 

47. George Von Waitz Hershey. B. 1905. ^^'?^?> ^- ""^^^^ 

Freda Von Waitz 

Lillian Weltz 

[This is a large and important branch of our family. 
There must be now living at least 100<J descendants of 
Benjamin. 176(3-1815. uf which we have onlv forty-seven 
registered. He had other children than J'acob. What 
were their names? Who are their descendants? His 
son Jacob had seventeen children, of whom three died 
in childhood. At least ten of the remaining fourteen 
were likelv married and had families. There are at 
least four Yiundred and twenty descendants of Jacob of 
whom we know nothing, as we have only the descend- 
ants of Emanuel. Who can furnish information?] 


Disconnected Branch II. 

Christian Hcrshcy 


Alice Bauchman 


Joseph Hershey, B. 1765, D. 1831, Mar. Esther 


Christian Hershey. 4. Andrew Hershey. 

Abraham Hershey. 6. Maria Hershey. 

Joseph Hershey 
Esther Hostetter 

John H, Hershey 
Ann Straman 


Annie E. Hershey l^- 
Andrew R. Byerly 

7. Joseph Hershey, B. 1807, D. 1855. 

8. Magdalene Hershey, B. 1810, D. 1887. 

9. Benjamin Hershey, B. 1813, D. 1894. 

10. John Hostetter Hershey, B. 1815, D. 1874, Mar. 
Ann Straman. 

11. Catharine Hershey, B. 1818, D. 1898. 


12. Annie Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1842, Mar. Andrew 
Robertson Byerly. 

13. Helen Hershey, B. 1843, Mar. John Shupp Landis. 

14. Joseph Straman Hershey.^ 

15. John Harry Hershey, B. 1846. 

16. Albert Hershey, B. 1847. 

17. Mary Alice Hershey, B. 1849, Mar. Robert Crane. 


John Hershey Byerly, B. 1864, D. 1896, Mar. Ida 

19. Mary Elizabeth Byerly. ^ 

20. Sarah Alice Byerly. ^ 21. James Wm. Byerly. ' 

1. Died in childhood. 









Paul Robertson Byerly. B. 1S77, Mar. Mary Helen 


Robert Crane Byerly, B. 1882. 

Ethel Byerly, B. 1884. 


Alfretta May Byerly, B. 1887. 

Esther Byerly, B. 1888. 

John Hershey Byerly, B. 1891. 

Mary Alice I^ndi.s, B. 1863. 
Annie E. I^ndi.s. ' 
Benjamin Hershey Landis. ' 
Helen E. Landis, B. 1869. D. 1889. 


William McCray Hershey. ' 
John H. Hershey. ' 
Helen Hershey, B. 1887. 
Harold Hershey. B. 1890. 


Aug-usLa Crane. Mar. Howard Mattock, 
gc. Alice. 

John H. Byerly 
Ida Mitchener 


Helen Hershey 
John Shupp Landis 


John Harry 

Florence McCray 

Mary Alice Hershey 
I^obert Crane 

1. Died in childhood. 


Disconnected Branch III. 


Benjamin Hershcy 2. Christian Hershey, B. 1719, D. 1782, Mar. Anna 


Christian Hershcy 

Anna Hernley 4. 




Christian Hershey 12. 
Elizabeth Schnydcr^^. 

Christian Hershey, B. 1762, D. 1840, Mar. Eliza- 
beth Schnyder; (2) Mrs. Mary Acker. 
Catherine Hershey. 5. Magdalena Hershey. 

Veronica Hershey. 7. Benjamin Hershey. 

Esther Hershey. ^9. Isaac Hershey. 

John Hershey. 11. Peter Hershey. 

13. Christian Hershey. 

Mrs. Mary Acker 

John Hershey 
Barbara Reist 

Barbara Reist 


Christian R. 

Susan Frank 




c. (all by 1st wife) 

Annie Hershey. 

Elizabeth Hershey. 

John Hershey, B. 1798, D. 1872, Mar. Barbara Reist; 

(2) Barbara Reist (cousin of the first Barbara) . 

Isaac Hershey. 17. Joseph Hershey. 

Mary Hershey. 19. Samuel Hershey. 

c. (all by 1st wife) 

Abraham R. Hershey. 

Christian R. Hershey, B. 1831, Mar, Susan Frank. 

Elizabeth R. Hershey, B. 1832, D. 1890, Mar. Henry 

Schin. go. Barbara; Levi. 

22. Olivia Hershey. 

23. John G. W. Hershey, Mar. Lizzie R. Groff. 

24. Susan Hershey. 

1. Married. 

2. Address wanted. 


c. 23 

25. Christian S. Hershey. ' John 0. W. 

26. Mary Grace Hershey, B. 1893. Hershcy 

27. Owen G. Hershey, B. 1894. Lizzie R. Groff 

28. Henry G. Hershey, B. 1896. 

29. Naomi G. Hershey.' 

30. John G. Hershey, B. 1898. 

31. Laura G. Hershey, B. 1901. 

32. Abraham K. Hershey, B. 1902. 

33. Isaac N. Hershey, B. 1903. 

34. Susan Ellen Hershey. ' 

35. Helen Jane Hershey, B. 1905. 
SC). Lou KtU Hershey, B. 19o7. 

37. Robert Lincoln Hershey, B. 1909. 

Addresses wanted of all members of this family. 

C. 1 

2. Abraham Hershey, B. \1<'k D. l^>i. Mar. Anna Christian Hershcy 

3. Barbara Hershey, B. 1788, Mar. John Shelly. 

4. Christian Hershey. B. 1794. 

5. Jacob Hershey, B. 1795, D. 1822. 

6. Anna Hershey. B. 1798. 

c. 2 

7. Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1810, D. 1860, Mar. John Abraham Hershcy 

H^^^h^y- Anna Undis 

L Died in childhood. 


Panny Hershey 
Henry Zug 

Harriet Zug 
John Keller 

Arabella Zug 
William W. Riddle 

8. Mary Hershey, B. 1814, Mar. George Kapp. 

9. Anna Hershey, B. 1817. 

10. Fanny Hershey, B. 1819, Mar. Henry Zug. 

11. Susan Hershey. 

12. Eusebius Hershey, ' B. 1825, D. 1891, Mar. Mary 
Ann Stahl. 

13. Barbara Hershey, B. 1826. 

14. Harriet Hershey, B. 1829, D. 1850, Mar. Samuel 

15. Martha Hershey, B. 1831. 

16. Matilda Zug, D. 1905. 

17. Harriet Zug, Mar. John Keller. 

18. Arabella Zug, Mar. Wm. W. Riddle. 

19. Fanny Zug, Mar. Henry Zug. 

20. Lola Zug. 


21. Harriet B. Keller. 

22. Mabel Hershey Keller. 


23. Edith Riddle. 
25. Wm. C. Riddle. 
27. Robert B. Riddle 

24. Mary Riddle. 
26. Howard Riddle. 
28. Helen M. Riddle. 

1. Missionary in Africa. 


Disconnected Branch V. 
c. ^ 

2. John Lonjr Hershey, B. 1794, D. 1822, Mar. Mar>' Joseph Hershcy 
Rhorer. 1770-1822 

3. Mary Hershey, Mar. John Sprechler. Elizabeth Long 

4. Catherine Hershey, Mar. John Eshleman. 

5. Ehzabeth Hershey, B. 1818, D. 1896, Mar. Isaac 

6. Barbara Hershey, D. 1856, Mar. David Hamley. 


-~ 7. Isaac Hershey. B. 1816, D. 1854. Mar. Elizabeth Jobn Long 

Hershey. Hershey 

8. Elizabeth Hershey, B. 1818, D. 1854, Mar. John Eby. Mary Rhorer 

9. Tobias Hershey.' 

10. Maria Hershey, B. 1828, D. 1904, Mar. Andrew 

11. Anna K. Hershey, B.1841, D. 1860, Mar. John Ressler 

c. 7 

12. Fanny Hershey, B. 1838, D. 1899, Mar. Samuel Fritz. ,^^^ ^ Hershey 

gc. Salena; Isaac; MaHe. Elizabeth Hershev 

13. Elias H. Hershey, B. 1839, Mar. Levina Stoner. ciizaDcm ncrsney 

14. Ruben H. Hershey, B. 1842. 

15. Harriet H. Hershey, B. 1843. 

16. Mariah H. Hershey.- 

17. Clayton Hershey. B. 1860. ^^ 

18. Clara Hershey. B. 1863. Elias H. Hershey 

Toi^m childhood. • Levina Stoner 



Clayton Hcrshcy 

B. 1860 

Harriet Hcrshcy 
Henry Rhule 

Malinda Hershcy 
Wesley Shenk 


19. Harriet Hershey, B. 1866, Mar. Henry Rhule. 

20. Melinda B. Hershey, B. 1867, Mar. Wesley Shenk. 

21. Mary Ann Hershey, B. 1869. 

22. Mariah Hershey, B. 1873. 

23. Albert Hershey, B. 1877. 




EHas Hershey, B. 1878. 
gc. Ley Roy; Harry Paul; Elias. 
Herman Hershey, B. 1884. 
Minnie Hershey, B. 1888. 

27. Harriet Rhule. 

29. Raymond Rhule. 

31. Mabel Rhule. 

33. Norman Rhule. 

28. Wilson Rhule. 
30. Harry Paul Rhule. 
32. Emerson Rhule. 
34. Emma Rhule. 

36. Paul H. Shenk. 

B. 1842. 

35. John H. Shenk. 

37. Christian H. Shenk. 

38. Benjamin H. Shenk, Mar. Mary Brubaker. 

39. Annie H. Shenk. 

40. Elizabeth H. Shenk, Mar. Peter Wagner. 

41. Barbara H. Shenk. 



43. Henry K. Hershey, B. 1865. 

44. Lizzie Ann Hershey, B. 1868. 

45. Sarah K. Hershey, B. 1870. 
gc. Laura K.; Martin K. 


Ruben H. Hershey ^2. Jefferson K. Hershey, B.