Herr, John 1 2

Birth Name Herr, John
Gender male
Age at Death about 84 years, 8 months, 11 days


John Herr, an immigrant from Switzerland, is commonly known by researchers as John/Hans Herr, the land agent. On June 30, 1711, John received a patent for 530 acres in what is now West Lampeter Township. In his will, proved on November 6, 1756, he devised this land to his sons, John and Christian Herr. Neither John Herr nor his son, John Herr, was naturalized, but the other son, Christian, was. On May 21, 1761, Christian Herr received a new patent for the whole tract. John Herr's wife, Frances, died after 1756. John and Frances Herr's undated Das gantz Nuw Testament, printed in Europe and containing the birth records of their children, belongs to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. (Taken from the 1994 Supplement to the Third Edition of the Genealogical Record of Hans Herr, by Theodore W. Herr, originally published 1908, p. 789.)


Pequea Settlers 1710

1710 Sep 23: A group of 29 Mennonite immigrant families arrive in Philadelphia on the ship Mary Hope (1 pp162-176) and settle along Pequea Creek. (3,4)

1. Martin Kendig
2. John Funk
3. Jacob Miller
4. Christopher Franciscus
5. Johann Rudolph Bondeli
6. Wendel Bauman
7. John Herr, Jr.
8. Martin Kendig
9. Christian Herr
10. Martin Meylin
11. Martin Kendig

This is the first group of Mennonites to settle in what later would become Lancaster Co., PA. The settlers of 1712 will follow.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1672      
Death 12 September 1756      


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Herr, Hans17 September 163911 October 1725
Mother Kendig, Elizabeth1 May 16399 June 1730
    Brother     Herr, Abraham 1660 1727
    Brother     Herr, Christian about 1662 about 1749
    Sister     Herr, Maria Margaretha 1663 1 December 1725
         Herr, John about 1672 12 September 1756
    Brother     Herr, Emanuel 1689 about 1745
    Brother     Herr, Isaac about 1691 1747